Bavaria Beer | Swinkels Family Brewers

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Swinkels Family Brewers

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Reviews by DARIVA:
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1.5/5  rDev -50%

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Photo of oberon
2.06/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was on special for $1.50 where I watched Lions game yesterday so decided to have one and thats all I could really handle.Pours a deeper yellow than most adjunct lagers with a thin white head that was gone in a blink of an eye,aroma was a little skunky with big doses of corn husk pretty much what I figured.Taste was watery and very bland with a little corn flavor.This brew is pretty bad it didnt even measure up to the Icehouse (the other beer special)so u know it has to be bad,I would take aHeineken over this next time I wont care about the specials it will be Carolina Blond all day.

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Photo of cam477
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Rabbit27
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better Euro/Pilsners around, and at least its NOT brewed under licence in the UK. I never buy anything Brewed under licence!! Not too sweet nor too bitter. Value at £1.50 for a 660ml Bottle (99p if you shop about!) A good session beer and great with BBQ.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Crystal clear and pale straw yellow. Foamy white head at the pour dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Good lacing.

S: Faint smell of citrus-like hops; lemony almost.

T: Very light flavors of pale malts balanced with light fruity hops. There's a hint of sweetness as well some wheat. Finish is relatively quick and clean.

M&D: Light, almost watery mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty average with nothing that makes it bad, nor good for that matter.

Not a terrible brew but not something I would seek out again. Perhaps a notch above other American macros. Mediocre.

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Photo of Dmann
3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very light golden color, with a white frothy head that faded into a light glaze over the top of the glass that left a good lace all the way down. The taste was not at all what I expected. It had no hint of skunk like its other more famous Holland brew and was very fresh and drinkable. I would seek it out again but I have not seen it anywhere in my town outside of the Beers of the Season box that I got for my Birthday. Very good.

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Photo of Guden
2.56/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Very clear light gold in color with a big head that fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S- Light malt, not a lot here. Smells a lot like budweiser so I'm guessing there's some rice.

T- Again rice and sweet breakfast cereal are the main flavors and are pretty bland, but there is some noble hop character mixed in that sits especially well on the crisp finish. Also a bit of metallic and DMS flavors in the mix.

M- A bit thicker and less bubbly than typical American macro, just right for the style.

O- This isn't a special beer in any way but it is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of petewheeler
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz stubby green bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Strawish golden colour with a great clarity and fluffy white lace that stays for a while.

Smell: Sweet lemony, honey and hay like aroma from a mix of sweet aromas, no skunkiness here.

Taste: Rich crispness, moderate body. Sweet grassy grainy flavours with a mild sweetness. Malt flavours stay light and vibrant with endless grassy flavours that border on astringent. Hops go the same route with a balancing bitterness and riding the flavour profile for more down the road with herbal undertones. All in all a dry brew in the finish.

Notes: A semi-clean Euro lager, better than the usual mass-marketed import and at less than $5 a six pack it is a steal!

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Photo of ThePostmaster
2.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color. Little head which leaves quickly. Smell is floral. Taste is full bodoed for green bottles, lightly malty with nice carbonation. Very refreshing, as a Pilsner should be. Floral accents in the taste. Hops present, but the malt is where the action is. This is a decent pilsner.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yet another questionable offering in my beers of the world 12-pack.

Straw-colored in appearance with a thin layer of off-white head that makes a decent attempt to lace the glass. Aromas are sweet, malty, with a hint of bitterness. And an overshadowing skunked facet. Flavor is also on the sweet side. Very clean, crisp and short-lived. Nothing too hefty or thought-provoking. Finishes again with the sweetness. Thin and low-bodied. Not drinkable.

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Photo of Marius
2.37/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

33cl can. Pale golden pour with a nice white head. Smells like citrus hops, sugar, corn and wheat. Tastes sweet and bland, with no kind of bitter or salty note. Ugh...

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.25/5  rDev -25%

Photo of jsolack
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lacy long lasting head. Looks clear and golden.

Sweet grain and an almost skunky scent.

Taste is sweet initially in the mouth but turns bitter in the finish. Missing a nice even grain flavor.

Has a nice dry texture. Carbonation level seems good.

Too bitter to have more than one. Overall not a great beer.

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Photo of fionn13
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. ABV is stated as 5%. Picked up cheap from Lidl.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear light-golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that dissipates swiftly. Aroma of light malt with a faint hint of stewed hops and overcooked veg. A background whisper of tart apples and solvent.

Tastes of light malt with a dry, mildly bitter finish. Weak notes of stewed hops, overcooked veg and solvent. A harsh flavour upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, prickly and dry. Slightly astringent. Faint aftertaste of stewed leaves.

Bah - a fairly typical mass-produced lager, dull and characterless. Weak aroma and flavour with some off-notes. Not particularly good; the low price is the only thing going for it. Give it a miss.

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Photo of supermantoine
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Before I found out there were other, more interesting, beers I was a native Bavaria Pils drinking teenager since the brewery is only a 15 minute bicycle ride away and all the local bars serve it.

Visually the beer looks like a classic pilsener. The color is yellow-goldish with a not so big white head that is quite stable.

Smell is mostly malts: bread/grain with a slight hint of caramel. Earthy smell from the hops and maybe a tiny hint of grape.

Taste is a little bit unbalanced. It needs more hoppiness to resemble a true pilsner. But it's brewed for mass consumption therefore taste isn't really discernible.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Not too much carbonation, nice body and a balanced aftertaste.

Isn't a bad beer at all but it isn't phenomenal.

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Photo of MOShepp
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw color with medium head and plenty of lacing.

Aromas of honey and hay. Pretty mild, not much going on.

Tastes of honey, lemon and grass. A little skunky. Very light, not much body.

It reminds me of a watered down heineken. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of ADR
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear as a bell, just on the gold side of straw in color. Head is very white and a pretty dead affair after 40 seconds. A little clove to the aroma, not much detectable skunk. Sweet and malty upfront, a little sense of Karo syrup and an unfortunate walk toward elements of that glue on the back of brown mailing tape. Finishes quickly thereafter but the hops are mediocre, very macro-like. Forgetable beer in practically all aspects.

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Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Keegan
4.25/5  rDev +41.7%

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clean, smooth and crisp refreshing Lager, This stuff is cheap where I'm from but taste great ! Taste similar to Heiniken without the usual pleasant malty after taste, so not as 'heavy'

Can only recommend it when you fancy buying something different for yourself and to share.

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Photo of thatruth
1.59/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

picked up a sixer from the Biltmore Cabaret's "Cold Beer" section on the side of the club about a fortnight ago. poured from 500ml can into pint glass.

pours a 1" frothy white head, heavier than moderate lacing, clear light yellow body, not so bubbly.

malt, corn. apple juice aroma. smells awful.

tastes comes back to apple juice. simple and plain. alcohol is damn prevalent for such a low content beer. sour mash vibe.

mouthfeel is unpleasant. thin, funky aftertaste.

a cheap, pale, nasty beer. even super cold it is gross. avoid.

**my can said 5.00% alc./vol. as opposed to the previously noted 4.8%.

freshness date on bottom of can: 07/2012

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Photo of rastaman
1.43/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Whoa. its drinkable, but that doesn't make it good or interesting, cheap though, so its not a total waste.

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Photo of JIMTRK16
2/5  rDev -33.3%

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Bavaria Beer from Swinkels Family Brewers
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