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Bavik Pils / Lager | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A smooth white head develops when poured, receding to a thin but solid layer of foam on top with spotty adhesion to the sides of the glass mug. The brew is a hazy straw yellow color, with active carbonation.

Some hints of fruit and minerals in the aroma. The flavor references day-old French bread with a touch of bitter orange wedded to a pleasant hop profile. Overall a welcome greeting to the mouth, and a suitable partner for some empanadas or pot stickers. Not something to impress the guests with though.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.67/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color, very reminiscent of most macro lagers (Heineken, Stella Artois, etc.). Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a dominant sweetness again reminiscent of other pale lagers. However, it does have a touch of herbal hops that sets it apart a little bit from other macro lagers.

Taste: Very little bitterness up front. Towards the back it develops a sickly kind of sweetness backed by just the slightest amount of grassy hops. All in all, general macro lager territory here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fizzy, like most lagers.

Drinkability: A pretty standard lager. I was honestly hoping for more from a "pilsener" from Belgium but honestly there is nothing to set this beer apart from Stella and its ilk. You can find much better for much cheaper.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy pale yellow with a big frothy white head that leaves huge patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet grainy malt with some light noble, grassy hops.

T - Light bready malts with some sweetness followed by some earthy noble hops. Metallic at times with a touch of wet cardboard.

M - On the light side of medium with soft carbonation. Not as crisp as I would have expected.

D - Slightly disappointing.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a frothy one to one and a half finger head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of citrus and sweet malts. The taste has a nice sweet malt backbone with hints of breadiness and a slight hop bite to it as well. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Overall it is a very solid beer, it is an easy drink with a nice flavor to keep you wanting more.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale straw body with a touch of haze. Tons of apparent effervescence support a thick finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad, but a little pale and hazy.

Smell: nice sweet malt aroma with a touch of noble hops. Not too bad, really, although hops are somewhat limited and the overall aroma is pretty light.

Taste: lightly malty with a subtle bitterness. Malt is a bit sweet but the flavor is pretty good; not a whole lot of character, but it is smooth and pretty to-style.

Mouthfeel: body is pretty light but I like the carbonation level a lot (i.e., it is pretty highly carbonated). Creaminess isn't too bad, either.

Drinkability: a nice, smooth, non-challenging but still a bit flavorful, Bavik Pils hits the spot for me.

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Photo of zeff80
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Tin Can Tavern & Grille in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two finger white head that left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel. There was a slightly floral aroma, too. Nothing impressive but nothing offensive.

T - It tasted of grains, caramel and had a slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer with a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is an okay German pils, but I've had better.

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Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Resto, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. There is a light amount of visible carbonation and a few bubbles on the surface.
S: There is a light aroma of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between bready malts and some mild bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate. There is some dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: This beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and rather sessionable. It's a perfect beer to begin the night with because it opens up your palate.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle no. 39912. Sampled on June 3, 2010. It pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a short burst of fizzy off-white head. The aroma is full of grains with thin hops and a slight skunkiness. The mouthfeel is about medium. The taste is also more grainy than anything else with a bit of creaminess and a faint hint of hops at the end. It leaves an aftertaste.

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Photo of eschbach
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this beer at Total Wine. It looked interesting, so I bought a bottle. It comes in these weird 11.2 oz bottles. These damn European brewers love to skimp us 0.8 oz of beer. that is just wrong!

I filled my pils glass with the beer. It has a very yellow color. It almost looks like pee, but it is really foggy unlike a lot of yellow colored beers. It has a thick foamy head, but it goes away really fast. The smell is nothing special. It smells almost like Budweiser. The taste is very bitter. It has a lot of hops flavor and it has a citrus aftertaste. It feels like water in my mouth. It's a very refreshing beer and it's easy to drink.

This beer is hard to compare to anything else. I'd say the closest I could compare it to is Carlsberg maybe, but it has a very different feel. I like drinking this beer, but I am probably not going to get it in the future because it's hard to find and it's not cheap. There are better German Lagers out there for less money. Also I'd be more inclined to buy it if it came in a 12 oz bottle, instead of these stupid 11.2 0z ones.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12 oz bottle poured into a Peroni glass.

A: Slightly cloudy gold with very steady fast carbonation and a thin head that sticks around.

S: Slight citrus hops, a bit of metal, bread, very light.

T: Light malt, some citrus hops and bread the finish is crisp though a bit watery.

M: Pretty light with a slight creaminess at mid palate.

D: Light with average alcohol makes this a beer that can be consumed pretty regularly.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but not something to call mom about. It delivers refreshment without wow.

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Photo of vitalnj
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Six-pack x 11.2 fl. Oz. picked up at Bottle King. Pours light and clean gold with 2 finger pure white head that dissipates quickly. Simple and crisp fruity refreshing. Sweet with grass hops. High level of carbonation. Overall, this is a nice pilsner.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden color with thick white head that retains well and remains nice and creamy. Nose is faint with some cereal grain and light herbal hops. Palate is also light with malt flavors dominating, a touch of herbal hops, and a relatively watery light finish. Easy drinking, but also not inspiring in the least.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

CAN you believe that I am having my first beer of the day at 0724 (Local, EST)? CAN you believe how much snow we are getting? CAN you believe that a neighbor and I just shoveled a path the length of our block and I am ready for a beer? Well, CAN you?!?

Today's beer was the result of a VERY local trade and the combination of 5.2% ABV and 11.2 fluid ounces made it an enticing prospect.

I got a finger of rocky, bone-white head that was falling as quickly as the snow outside. Color was a pale golden-yellow that shined like the sun when contrasted with the slate grey of the sky. The nose had a slightly sweet quality for the style, more lager than pilsener, but not bad. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a lager-like sweetness on the tongue. I was not getting much in the way of hops until the finish, which evinced a slight bit of floral bitterness. It was okay and since the trade was for nothing terribly special, it worked out, but I have had better GER Pils in a CAN.

From the CAN: "Bier - Biere - Beer - Cerveza - Birra - Cerveja - Pivo"

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Photo of tone77
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, some fruits.Taste is mild, slightly sweet and grainy, finishing a tad sour. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a mediocre brew.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an Ommegang flute.

A: Pours a crystal-clear, yellow-gold color with a short lived one finger layer of bright white head. Carbonation is active and some sticky lace is left behind.

S: Sublte hoppy aroma mixed with some mild caramel malt, red apple, damp grain, and toasted bread crusts.

T: See above, but also features an odd, slightly off-putting, wet paper/cardboard flavor in the beginning and middle. Finishes with a welcome bit of herbal hoppiness.

M: Relatively smooth and slightly oily. Some hop bitterness. Not enough of the crisp Pilsener mouthfeel that I was hoping for.

D: All in all, this was ok. I wouldn't turn one down if offered one, and would take this over Stella anyday.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden yellow colored body with a small white head on top.

S- grainy malts. a little bit of noble hops. some metallic notes also.

T- the taste is very much the way it smells. it starts out with semisweet grainy malts and finishes with a nice amount of noble hops. there is a mild metallic aftertaste.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- easy enough to have a couple of, but not really something id like to drink all night. a nice alternative to the beers normally found at my parents house.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow with a creamy tint.

S: Sweet grains and corn.

T: Light, clean taste with a mild alcohol finish. Metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: Overall, better than most American macro beers but not something I'll be buying again.

Value: I paid $1.29 for a single can. Shoulda been like 99 cents.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal glass, this pilsner generated a sudsy one-finger head. A head of some sort was with the beer the entire time.

This has a light brass color and is fairly hazy for a pilsner.

Because this pilsner is Belgian, there was a little musty aroma to it. I like that. It almost seemed a bit more mature or aged than a typical bright/crisp pils. There's also a little straw and grain aroma, as expected.

Tasted softer than a typical pilsner. And I sense a slight hint of coriander (may be my imagination) and citrus, which really does continue the hefe/pils crossover.

Mouthfeel is soft with moderate carbonation, and drinkability is high.

Tough to rate this one. Do I give it a good grade for its unique take on a pils, or do I knock it for being untrue to the pils style? All I know is I enjoyed it. Hefe's aren't my favorite thing, and pilsner can sometimes be boring or have an unpleasant aftertaste. In my eyes, this is a nice marriage of the two styles, taking the best of both worlds. But beware, this is not your classic pils and some people won't like that.

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Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Very pale brass, with extremely active carbonation. A small, but dense bright white head has nice retention. Leaves a bit of lace.

S: Slightly musty. Smells mostly of fresh cut grass, plus some raw grain. Pleasant enough.

T: Sweet initially from the pale malts. Bitterness comes on right away with a pronounced pepper and lemon bite. Finishes quite dry, with a lingering lemon and straw flavor.

M: Medium light body feels just about right for this style. Carbonation is quite soft.

D: The low ABV and general lightness make this an easy drinker. Not the most complex Pils out there, but pretty decent.

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Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz. can into a pils glass. Dated 04-06-2010 on the bottom of the can. The body was pale yellow with a greenish hue. The creamy white head started out a significant size but eventually sizzled down to a fine ring.

Smell was citrus, clean. Coarse graininess, pretty rich (after it warmed some).

Taste reflected the aroma. Mild grains up front, drying bitterness in the finish. Herbal. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was multi-textured - there was a light burn and it was thinner than expected. However, it finished smooth. $7.49 for a 6-pack at the local grocery.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a Bavik glass.

A: Golden body. Nice head.

S: Some strong bready notes, but otherwise typical pils aroma.

T: The breadiness extends to the taste. Honestly, it's pretty much the only thing distinctive about the flavor. Otherwise, it's just another bland and undistinguished lager.

M: A bit heavy for the style.

D: Some time ago, this one guy was giving out Bavik samples. He told me that Stella Artois is what they drink in America and Bavik is what they drink in Belgium. Be that as it may, there's a ton of better pilsners out there. Let the Belgians stick to what Belgians do best.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.41/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh 11.2oz bottle. Pours hazy straw yellow with a fizzy white cap that leaves nice lacing behind. Sweet corn smell with some note reminiscent of wet hay. Tastes very slightly better, though not markedly so. Some grainy pils malt coming into play, but still a general adjunct fell. Quite sweet, and not pleasantly so. Light feel, though not really watery. Not a great take on a pilsener; really too sweet. In all honesty Jupiler (or any number of other euro lagers) would be a better alternative.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle cause it was the cheapest thing on the expensive menu - tastes like your standard pilsener. Fairly light and easy on aromas and taste, a touch of dirty graininess in an otherwise fairly straightforward malt with a hint of fruitiness. Body was fine. Not one I'd order again.

Marvin's/$6 (!!)/12 oz

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Photo of albern
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is quite a pale beer with a very thin mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, and a creamy white head. The beer laces well and the nose is crisp grains and a bit of grassiness.

The beer is very light, refreshing, quite bland, inconsequential, and drinkable. Nothing memorable here other than some tart graininess, some peppery like bite towards the finish, maybe a touch of dry florals in the body of the beer. There is definitely a snappy pepperishness towards the finish. The aftertaste is pretty non existent and the beer is very light on the tongue.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color with a small head and decent lacing.
The aroma of grains and herbal hops.

The taste is mildly sweet with grains,herbal hops and some mild bitterness. Light malt notes and a hint of apple/citrus.
The feel was light body,medium carbonation,crisp and so easy to drink.

Notes: A good session beer with overall good balance.

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
76 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.