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Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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Bavik Pils / LagerBavik Pils / Lager

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276 Ratings

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002)
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Photo of freed
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with lots of bubbles. Brief foamy head thins but remains.

Aroma is of pils malt and almost resembles an american adjunct lager.

Taste is slightly sweeter and slightly maltier than an american lager. Cleaner yet more interesting too, and a nice smooth finish that requires further investigation. Very drinkable.

freed, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks like a whit in the glass...cloudy...not clean and clear...Nose has some noble hop qualities...grassy....taste is sweet..bready almost...the only thing pilsnerish is the hopping...very malty...body is medium..low carbonation which doesn't fit either....

With all that said I don't mind this beer at all...sure it's not a trademark pilsner but it is tasty and I like a sweeter flavor to a pilsner anyhow...plus it tastes good out of a can...easy drinking...decent flavor....forget the fact it's from Belgium...there are many better from that country but for what this is it isn't bad at all...solid offering...I'd buy some of these for the golf course..let's call it a Belgium Lager though

ZAP, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy sun yellow. Chunks of yeast in suspension. Thin ivory white head. Nice aroma of soft, bready malts and flowery hops. Medium-full body. A little light on the carbonation for a pilsner. Bready malts form the base of the flavor with nice Saaz-like hop tones. Flowery hops add a nice touch. Pretty decent pilsner, especially coming from a can.

Bighuge, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of brentk56
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale, slightly cloudy golden color with a small white head that settles down to a rocky set of islands; decent lacing

Smell: Grassy, earthy, Euro Lager nose; slightly vegetal

Taste: Fairly neutral, almost water-like; some lemony bitterness on the finish along with some phenolic flavors

Mouthfeel: Light and reasonably carbonated

Drinkability: OK for a quaffer; purchased by mistake and it met my low expectations

brentk56, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Listed as Pils Bavik on the confused Menu at the Zolder in Brugge during a recent visit on Good Friday 25th April, 2005. Properly called Bavik Pils, I was eager to give this one a whirl on tap in Belgium as I had seen it arrive in Cans in the US, so I wanted a taste datum for the Can when I get to try it.

Appearance: Archetypal. Straw colored body, immensely lucid and filled with streamers. Soft whispy white head sits tall at first but soon finishes at the ½” mark. Brewery conditioned levels of carbonation fills this brew, often resulting in the odd gaseous burp after the swallow.

Nose: Nothing is out of place here, perfectly clean nose filled with some delicate pilsner malts and with mere hints of some citric lemons and a light wheat odor. Low on strength and easy going.

Taste: Smooth feel, light tastes throughout but not the boring wishy-washy Belgium Pils, for it does have some flavor, even though it’s depressed at times. Pilsner malts, lemon juice, sparks of hop bitterness. Low profile but nothing offensive or off-putting here. Aftertaste has a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation tricks your mind, feels pretty good but when you concentrate hard, this is actually quite thin, watery almost at times. The culmination of the thin feel and high carbonation has something that fails to break an average rating.

Drinkability: Very clean, crisp, aerodynamic lines. Nothing outstanding but I could manage a few of these with a Curry no problem, but I am not too sure I could drink a lot of this in a stand-alone session, it’s just too gassy.

Overall: I have had this before many, many times in Belgium, and I honestly think its one of the better “for the masses” Pils out there. It’s clean, crisp and actually has some Pils-like flavor, unlike the Alken-Maes and Jupiler home-grown contenders, if only Bavik to get this more widely distributed. Nothing outstanding but certainly not one of the worst Belgium “Pils” on the market. I think I will try the Cans when I see them back in the USA.

TheLongBeachBum, May 15, 2005
Photo of soper2000
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Kahn's in Indy on a whim. The can actually reminded me a little of Brahma, especially once i saw "cerveja" on it. Anyways, an agressive pour leads to a 2 finger white head with large soapy bubbles atop a straw yellow body with some particles in suspension. Nose is sweet and malty much like a typical euro lager. Taste finishes a tad metallic, not generally pleasant. I'll probably pass on this one next time.

soper2000, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of nortmand
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow, with some floaties, not sure what kind though. Not a very strong head.
Hay/cut grass smell, with a sour edge.
Tastes like a mass produced foreign lager. Like Heinekin, but a bit thicker in the mouthfeel and a bit more sweetness and other lager related flavors.
Nicely carbonated, beer like this should be.
Not bad, overall, but nothing special. It's probably considerably better becaus eof it's brown bottle packaging. I just hope there isn't anyone out there who thinks this is representative of Belgian beer.

nortmand, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer represents the notion to not judge a book by its cover. Nothing impressed me at first. The label looked cheap, appearance was nothing impressive - very pale with little carbonation, no aroma to speak of. All this changed from the first sip to the last. Fantastic light taste that was above and beyond any domestic light beers or even Pilsner Urquell. Went down great. Bought this in a mix and match single and will definitely try it again. Paid $1.59 for the bottle.

Backer2004, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden pilsener color with a fluffy white head. Yeasty, grassy, husky and bready nose, rather clean smelling. Tastes rather fruity in the malt and the bouquet of the hops ties together pretty nicely. Starts rather malty sweet, then there's a watery portion mid-palate and a faint tartness and dryness in the finish. Very atypical for a Euro pils, but it seems right for a Belgian pils. Possesses unique characteristics the the Interbrew adulterated version is missing.

crookedhalo, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Belgian lager? I havent seen many of these before so I decided to give it a try. The beer appeared very lagerish in color with a foamy white head that stayed the whole time I drank it. Lots of bubbles racing to the top but not much lacing. This beer was really sweet for a lager/German pils. The upfront sweetness was almost too much for me but it had a really smooth mouthfeel to it. The base of this beer was grainy and sweet as well. The hops came in a provided a profound spicy flavor to this beer. It seems like there were more spices (clove, coriander?) added to this beer at the end of the fermentation b/c it was almost overly spicy in the finish. This was a decent beer that complemented my cherry bbq chicken well but I couldnt drink this one as a session.

granger10, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of kiya
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

what i must mention is that this is the first Belgian Beer i've ever seen in cans, which is what led me to buying a six pack to try...
once poured into a tall pilsner glass a fizzy short head appears leaving a very weak lace that trickles down the sides of the glass.... a light yellow colored beer that is very similar to the color of the mass produced mexican beers that are pilsner influenced.

the aroma is light with a slightly harsh citrus tinge to it which i enjoyed greatly..

the flavor though, or lack of, is a bit off putting.. i was expecting more from a Belgian beer. no hop flavor and very little flavor of anything else for that matter. goes down very easy. the carbonation really comes through if rolled around over your tongue, leaving you with an almost "just brushed my teeth" feeling. sounds worse than it actually is..

in the end i found that i would buy this beer again if i was in a situation where i couldn't have bottles and needed to find something drinkable in a can. and for 5.99 a six pack of a beer imported from belgium, you're not overspending.

the price equals the flavor here.

kiya, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Hazy, very light yellow in color with a nice, white head that left some lacing and nice pools on top of the liquid.

Smell – There’s almost no smell to this lager except for a hint of lemon and maybe grass.

Taste – There’s almost no taste to this lager, either. The grassy, slightly sweet-n-sour attempt at a German Pils is insulting.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the light and carbonated mouthfeel to this one.

Drinkability – I refrained from dumping this with a shaking hand. It’s right on the edge.

RoyalT, May 28, 2004
Photo of ADR
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy pale yellow, strange for a Lager or more specifically, a Pilsner. Head is very light and rises to over 1/2 an inch, very fluffy in texture. Decent overall lacing on the glass. Weird yeasty aroma, musty with some nutmeg and grass components. Starts light and perfumey on the tongue, sweet and even a little estery. No real hop sense. Body thins markedly later, as does the taste, but strangely, there's little carbonation and a weird slick sensation that's almost like flat Ginger Ale. A very odd beer for style, almost resembles Wittekerke in some aspects,

ADR, May 03, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale but cloudy light yellow, like diluted lemonade. Half-finger of white bubbles has some streaky lacing and does well to maintain a covering. Some irregular-shaped chunky sediment in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - a peppery yeast smell with some general sweet hints. Delicate, nicely done.

Taste - good pils flavor, a little light, and sweet for the style without overdoing it. Some weak citrus influence gives it a pils/hefe hybrid taste. Finishes a little sour, a little lemony.

Mouthfeel - on par, smooth and crisp, quite refreshing!

Drinkability - not too complex, very easy to drink. One of the more enjoyable beers I've had from a can.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It boasts of mostly pale malts and lager yeast. It is dry and hopped sparingly. The taste is average as well. It is basically just a pale brew with no malt character that is slighty bitter and dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with above average carbonation. This beer drinks about average. There is nothing special about it. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden brew.

Smell is a nice malt and grain Pilsner. Slight hay scent.

Taste is malt and lots of grain with a slight tartness. Clean pilfer taste with a mild bitter finish. Not the best but certainly drinkable.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable, a solid brew but not outstanding.

Zorro, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation. Light golden amber color. Light bodied - not your usual Belgian. Nose is malty. Start sweet and crisp; finishes on the sweet side but there are some soapy overtones.

jdhilt, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale, straw-yellow color, with a tall, frothy, long-lived white head.
Aroma: clean and smooth, notes of lemon and honey, but largely spare.
Taste: all the above recurs, again, clean and smooth, again, citric and honeyish. Tasty hops up front, providing a neat little texture, but beyond that it's all lightness. Finish continues a further taste of honey, that crisply dries out. Just the barest malt, flavor is lightness personified.
Anecdote: The other night I invited some folks over and treated them to a 750ml bottle of Kasteel, and they were duly blown away. Later, one of them saw a can of this in my fridge, and asked to try it. "This is way better than that other one!" he practically screamed. This is for him and his kind, all the world over, Lord Bless 'em!

feloniousmonk, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma is sweet light malt with pils hops quality. A decent mix, a little sweet and a little sour.
Pours with a huge full white head that breaks up erratically and leaves nice lacing. Clear yellow gold with bubbles rising from the bottom.
Not much to the flavor. A little too watery with a light malt base that shows bitterness mid to finish, but not excessive or very long. Slight dryness. Sweet at first, sour at the finish.
Thin with an easy drinking quality. Little body.
Very average. Nothing distinctive and too close to water.

garymuchow, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bight pale gold. Very fizzy. A very nice creamy head with heavy lace. Smell is lightly sour with a hint of hoppiness.

Tastes "bright", that's the only way I can describe it. Light bodied and refreshing. Sweet apple undertones with hints of wild grass. Light hops aftertaste.

Not a beer that will knock your socks off but a bit better than some of the other reviews would indicate. Maybe it's better out of the bottle. A solid european light lager.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a "good beer that comes in a can" tasting after work. Pale pilsner color, white head, faint hops and citrus aroma. Tasted very clean, with an oily hop flavor, no skunk or funk as compared to Heineken and Pilsner Urquell. Drinkable middle-of-the-road beer. Pretty good I'd say. Maybe some others had a bad batch.

chaduvel, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this beer may get slammed a bit for being in a can and that's what I find especially appealing. A decent (not great) beer in a can. A beer I can take on our local beach, or condo pool (no glass allowed). It pours a straw/gold color and holds a substantial frothy white head and lots of clingy lace. The aroma leaves a little to be desired with a raw malty, hop and odd damp basement smell. A modest sweetish malt, almost oily body blends well with the spicy and slightly metallic hops. A faint citrus taste comes and goes. A light alcohol fuminess is noticeable throughout. Better than Heineken.

BeerResearcher, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

An interesting brew. 11.2oz can, "Belgian Premium Lager." Color is a clear gold with a mild aroma of malt and husks. My first sip was not too good at all, but has gotten slightly better after a few. Has a chewy malt flavor, with a somewhat acrid bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is actually quite nice...not very carbonated despite it being a can of lager, and its pretty damn smooth. Not bad, not great, but worth a try for something a little different.

Thanks to NeroFiddled for the sample!

IrishRedRock, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of Brent
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I found this to be a rather odd beer. In some ways a sterotypical euro-lager - very sweet and bready with a hint of grassy flavors. Mouthfeel was extremely soft, as though they had been over-tinkering with the water ph. Sweetness and bread flavors went beyond the euro-lager norm, however, and clear Belgian influences were present - it bordered on a Belgian white ale, without the spices.

Brent, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, yellowish gold with a firm, bright-white head that holds very well and leaves excellent lace. The aroma offers a full, grainy maltiness and an herbal hoppiness. The body is light-medium, and it has a very fine, restrained carbonation. Very smooth & creamy in the mouth. The flavor has, surprisingly, a light touch of Belgian "mustiness" which is not normally found in their pilseners. The malt is well balanced with bitterness & there's some lightly woody & herbal hop flavor. The hops are confusing - or is that interesting - to me. I can't identify any variety, or even a general characteristic, other than the "dried leaves" note it has - and maybe a little bit of light, dried pine. I wonder if they're using aged hops; and yet that doesn't seem the case either! Odd. The finish is semi-sweet / semi-dry with some nice bitterness but also a sticky maltiness, although there's also a gently lingering earthy & mineral quality that helps to dry it out. This one is a quagmire. It's not a very good example of a pilsener at all. And it doesn't have any stand out qualities. But it is interesting & memorable. If it was a touch drier it might be better - but then it would be like every other mediocre Belgian pilsener. I have to give it some credit for its uniqueness (although that's not reflected in the score). I certainly wouldn't buy a case of this, but I found it interesting enough to suggest trying one to see what it's like.

NeroFiddled, Sep 14, 2002
Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.