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Bavik Pils / Lager - De Brabandere

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165 Reviews

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 294
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 21.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002

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Photo of eschbach
3.43/5  rDev +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 -6%
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 +14.1%
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 -4.2%
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 -9%
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 -6.3%
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 +2.1%
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%
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 -7.5%
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%
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%
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 -6%
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 -3.9%
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 -27.6%
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 -8.4%
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 -0.3%
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%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains lager yeast, light malts and little hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of lager yeast, grain and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then there's a little malt sweetness that comes in along with a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better beers that I've had in the style but I've certainly had a lot worse.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bavik pils/lager. 5.2% alcohol.

A- Pours a straw yellow color, very pale. Looking through the glass i see numerous floating sediments. Small head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Light corn, yeast, and mild hop scents are there.

T- Very smooth flavor of malts, grains, and a hoppy almost yeasty bitterness bite a the end.

M-D- Mouthfeel is nice and easy, nothing offensive. Very wet on the tonuge and finishes smoothly. A very drinkable beer, will have again. Great session beer also.

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Photo of illidurit
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale straw color, even lighter than most pilseners. Modest white head, no lacing. Aroma is grainy with accents of grass and maybe some esters. Flavor is softer and sweeter than your average pils, with honeyed malt and a touch of stone fruit. Hops are rather subdued. Carbonation is high, body is medium-thin. Drinkable and flavorful but not crisp or hoppy enough.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in Ghent. The aroma was a bit funky, like farmhouse character, at first, but that gave way to very clean malts (too clean, I could hardly taste them) followed by very very earthy hops with orange rind, carraway seed, and a musty earthiness. Worth a try when better options aren't available.

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Photo of nickfl
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white foam on a slightly hazy body. The head settles down quickly and leaves light lace in its wake.

S - Moderate green apple aromas nearly obscure the thick pilsner malt and earthy hops.

T - Light and grainy with some malt. A nice dose of herbal hops appear in the middle with moderate bitterness that lasts through the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a dry finish with slight astringency.

D - Easily drinkable and not unpleasant, but there are some significant flaws that hurt my overall impression of the beer. The apple aroma is hard to ignore and obscures an otherwise nice pilsner character. This is hardly the worst pils out there, but it shouldn't be hard to find a better one.

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Photo of Vancer
3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I swirled this one at mid-bottle, and finished pouring into the Cordendonk tulip. May have forked up - too much yeasties on the bottom turned an initial orange amber into a murky deep orange mess.

First aroma has fruity esters, very orange, along with a good malt backbone. Quaff is getting back to pilsner malt and taste, but still a long way off. But I guess this is just the Belgium interpretation of pilsner, unfortunately it doesn't work well with me. Glad this was a one 11.2oz bottle for sample, wouldn't want a sixer of these.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Good 2/3 inch head with decent retention and good lacing. Smells of mostly lager and some malt. Fits the style. Smooth with low carbonation, slightly thick mouth feel. Good malt taste upfront with a good lager background. Also a very slight hop taste in there as well. Slightly watery for my taste; could have been stronger. Overall, not a bad example of a german pilsner, I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with just a touch of haze and a nice healthy head.

A touch of skunk just for a bit at first in the smell which then smooths out smells a bit like clean straw.

Tastes like one of the better pilsners around if you ask me. Incredibly smooth going down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean and fresh!

Drinkability: If I had to choose a pilsner, and I could choose anything, I would probably pick this one.

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
77 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.