Bavaria Beer | Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Photo of Monsteruss
4.3/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When pouring from this tall 1 pint can, the foam was white, creamy (2 fingers high) and very lacy.
The color was light golden yellow. Smell - light, hoppy and 'pilsey'. Taste was of a light wheat and hoppy. 10 times better than the average American pils and lagers. It's mouthfeel was very smooth and light-bodied.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.1/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- This has a very fluffy snow white head that's about 2 inches thick and takes it's time settling down to a puffy film over the beer. It is a very light, very clear straw color with an average amount of carbonation floating to the top. Decent sticky lacing clings to my glass. A good looking beer...especially for this style!

S- The first thing I smell is a very distinct herbal/mineral aroma, that reminds me of fresh leaves and wet rocks & soil. There is also a bit of a woody aroma about it. The bitter hops come through very well and hide most of the sweet malts that are used. A unique aroma profile that I haven't smelled before in a lager.

T- Here's where I can taste some of the sweet malts used. The dominant flavor though is a grassy/herbal/mineral flavor...the minerals remind me of the astringency that can be found in a German Riesling wine. The finish is a flavorful hop bitterness that lingers on the palate, but I notice that it changes slightly to a bit of a metallic taste.

M- This is a light bodied beer, that is both clean and crisp. The carbonation is quite fizzy on the palate and feels like a scrubbing has taken place. Not bad, not the best that I've had either.

D- This is probably one of the best lagers I've had, mainly because of it's unique aroma and flavor's a beer that I could drink all night! Alcohol is well hidden as well. It must be the "pure mineral water" that is used in the brewing process that makes this different. I highly recommend!

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.04/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 scurvy311
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Great pilsner depth straw yellow
Smell - is that yeast in a pilsner. It's there. Great rich malt hop aroma to it.
Taste - There are no beers worth drinking at our two gas stations on my way home from work. I tried this one just because and wow. It taste like beer. Excellent.
Mouthfeel - What's that? Creaminess in a pilsner. It was. Not whipped cream, but for a pilsner, wow again.
Drinkability - Very drinkable in single or doubles. On a really hot day they are too rich to quaff in quantity.

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

Clean, clear straw yellow color, foamy white head, sticky lace, sweet lemony candy like nose, sweet, citrusy and rich, grassy malt flavor. Nice balanced bitterness. This beer is surprising good and at a great price.

This is a great refreshing beer on those hot Florida summer days.

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

This a Dutch beer which is better than the average Dutch beers. Drank it out of a can because we had bought a kind of present parcel. In the parcel was a dutch dress for the Worldchampionship of football in South Africa.

Pouerd in an original Bavaria beerglass the beer shows itself good. A nice white head and a yellow fluid with nice carbonation. The smell is good and not like much of these pilseners with a overhppy smell.

What can i say for the rest. It is a very smooth beer with no negative things to say about it. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass mug...

Appearance was very clean and gold. Better than most beers I have poured. It also had a substantial amount of bubbles in it crawling up the sides of my glass. Like a chapagne.

The smell was hoppy.

Taste was very clean and refreshing. Not overbearing and skunky.
I use the word clean with most brews from Holland and Germany, cause of the process most of them go through to abide by the local laws. I kinda tasted alcohol in the after taste. But other than that it was very good. Light and airy.

Mouthfeel, was clean. Easy on the palate. I can only taste and sense alcohol at the end.

Drinkability flat out is amazing. I could actually drink this and eat at the same time. Which this is a first for me. I dont drink and eat anything at the same time.

Great brew, Worth a shot.

$8.97 for a twelve pack of bottles.
Try this one, you wont be pissed at me.

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Photo of thegiggy86
3.98/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

During my recent drinking binges, Bavaria has been my staple beverage. It's a great alternative to the very overplayed (on Staten Island), yet enjoyable Heineken. Bavaria is hard to find around here and deserves to be better promoted.

It's green bottle and colorful label are cool to look at and arouse attention from other drinkers who will continue to ask, "What kind of beer is that? Let me taste it."

It has a sharp and delicious smell, typical of an import from Holland.

Its smooth/clean, mouthfeel and taste contribute to its exceptional drinkability.

If you enjoy Heineken, I highly recommend that you try some Bavaria.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.98/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear, light straw body with a decent head that leaves a splotch or 2 of lacing.

S- Whole-grain cracker in front of some citrus and pilsener lager smell which reminds me of some metal.

T- Pretty standard pilsener flavor with a light, grainy malt base and a good sting from the hops.

M&D- The carbonation is impressive and the body is light. High quality drinking here

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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 tang214
3.92/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is easily my favorite Hollish beer that I have tried. It easily beats Heineken and is even a step or two above St. Pauli Girl. It pours a golden straw color with decent head that thins out to a layer that stays on top to the bottom of the glass. The smell good without a skunky aroma commonly found with other Hollish beers. The taste was very good with nice maltiness paired with the hops. It is very smooth and very drinkable. This is a great brew that I will definitely get again, probably many times. The best part is that it is imported by a company here in my home city of Dallas and is frequently on sale.

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Photo of MrHolland
3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden pale straw color with a decnt head that stays around for awhile.

Sweet malt smell with a slight hoppiness that is not bad at all.

Taste is very crisp and light, with a faint hop taste at the end. Not skunky at all.

Mouthfell is light a heavily carbonated feel on the palate.

Could deffenitly drink a 12 pack if that is what I chose for the night for that excallent praice who can complain?

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Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear golden color with massive white puffy head. Great retention with very attractive lacing
Smell is light with a mild fruitiness noted.
Taste also shows a nice fruity character, with a nice dryness to balance.
Very refreshing and easy to drink.
Good beer, Woukld be nice to session.

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Photo of SteveDanielSr
3.86/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since Bavaria is one of my main throw-down beers, I decided it should be among the first I review for Beer Advocate. By throw-down, I mean one of the beers I keep on-hand when I want something a little lighter and less assertive, and most importantly, CHEAP. Bavaria is no exception to this rule. At $8.60 a 12-pack, it is about $2 cheaper than Bud and $5 less than Heine. If purchased fresh and in good condition, it is one of the best values in the beer market today. This leads me to one of my most fundamental beer-buying principles.

When buying this, or any other green-bottle import, it is essential to remember two VERY important things. First, you must get the freshest beer possible, and second, you must either buy directly from an unopened case, or get one of those completely closed 12-packs that doesn’t have the finger holes punched out yet. It’s easy to figure out the age of Bavaria by looking at the code printed on each bottle and on the case/12 pack holder. The production code is a series of numbers that look something like this: 1227331H06. The last three digits are the key. The H is the month code, and because H is the 8th letter of the alphabet that means the beer was bottled during the 8th month of the year: August. The 06 is simply the year. If the Bavaria that your store is selling is no more than 4 months old, and available in a sealed container, then you can be reasonably sure the beer won’t taste like a piece of cardboard soaked in skunk piss.

Okay, let’s talk about the beer. Bavaria is brewed in Lieshout, Holland by the Bavaria Brewery. Note: They also produce Hollandia, which is very similar to Bavaria, if not identical. Bavaria is a typical Dutch Lager, being both medium gold and moderately hopped. It pours brilliantly clear and foamy, with a somewhat short-lived head. The aroma is clean malt with very subtle noble hop and yeast notes. The body is on the light side, but appropriate for the style. The flavor is crisp and clean, with moderate malt flavor and a short, mellow hop bite. I also detected some oxidation in the finish, despite the fact that this beer is only 3-4 months old. This is not surprising since light lagers don’t tent to travel well, and this beer probably spent most of that time in a hot warehouse in the middle of the Texas Summer. Overall, I think this beer compares very favorably to other Dutch lagers. While it is not as assertive as Alfa Edelpils or Dommelsch, it is at least as tasty as Grolsch or the Big-H. I’ll give this one a 4, based on being true to style, very drinkable, and an outstanding value. Bavaria is one of the best (if not *the* best) throw-down beers available.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is back on track! Man, these past ten days were killer while on an antibiotic regimen, but I like the way my right foot is connected to my ankle, so given the choice, ankle beat beer. CAN you dig it?

I hit up Binney's South Loop while passing through CHI and this was part of my haul. From the CAN: "Family brewed and [CAN]ned in Holland."

Crack and Glug time! I got an easy two fingers' of rocky, bone-white head exploding with huge CO2 bubbles. Surprisingly, the head actually evidenced decent retention. Color was a medium sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. It had the characteristic balancing act nose of the style - GER Pilseners use Noble hops, but they also utilize enough malt so that the hops are not as forward as in the Bohemian pilseners. I admire a well-made lager style beer because it is so tricky a style. If it weren't, the west coast brewers would have been all over lagers a long time ago.

I digress - bottom line was that this had a good nose for the style. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial sweetness followed by a hop snap on the tongue. Finish had the same initial sweetness followed by a hoppy bitterness on the extreme finish. It is something like this that makes the madness worthwhile. I would bet that the hops may not hold up as well in a bottle, although I do not speak from experience. I do know that some of the most worthwhile imports that I have drunk in the last few years have been lager beers in a CAN. Definitely cooler-worthy!

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an average light staw color with minimal lacing and head. Smell was typical lager smell. Taste was also typical, but a bit crisper and a bit more flavor than most american macros. Mouthfeel was light and crisp. Drinkability was good as with most lagers.

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Photo of hockeyhead
3.81/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought six pack for 5.99 good deal
A: poured in pilsner glass pours very golden and bubbly with a nice fluffy large bubbly head
S: no real smell just a little bit of malt and maybe a detection of sazz hop
T: very tasty starts off nice and malty and smooth and then slowly drys into a bitternesss with lingering malty taste
M: nice light crispy
D: i llove these i can drink alot of them

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Photo of Tomblerone
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm from the Netherlands, so I grew up with this kind of beer
A-> It looks like all other Dutch beers, nothing special
S-> The smell isn't much different from the other beers either
T-> In my opinion it tastes way better than heineken (=Amstel), Dommelsch and Grolsch, which are the big concurrents here in the Netherlands.
M-> It isn't very bitter in your mouth, but after an evening of drinking this beer, you get a nasty taste in your mouth:)
D-> Easy to drink, you can drink a bottle in no-time

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Photo of pootz
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle from the Beer store:

Poured a deep gold clear lager with a rocky 2 finger cap with fair retention and lacing...

Aroma is fairly well pronounced grainy/bready malts with light floral hopping somewhat like clover ( no dutch skunk here like Heineken)...

..fair malt spine. soft mineral mouth feel, smooth rounded malty character....

Fairly 2 dimensional Dutch lager with a good dose of carapils malts up front then a light herbal-lemony effect from attenuated nobel hopping, clean finish, slight drying from a light use of wheat... biscuit after taste a malty, soft pilsner....this is what Grolsch would taste like if they pumped up their malts and were medium bodied.

A decent Euro all malt golden lager....clean malty tastem subdued lemmony hopping, soft mouth surprizes or over complexity....very drinkable....I’ll buy more if there is no JR Brickman around.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.78/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a nice fluffy white head. Good lace.

There is a hint of malt and grassy hops in the nose. A very balanced aromatic brew. Not bad.

A touch of carmel malt is countered by a pronounced but not overly strong hop profile. The hops linger a bit past the last sip.

This is a typical pilsener: thin, smooth and slightly dry. This is a very easy drinking beer that would be a good introduction to the "next level" of beer to the uninitiated.

My wife bought this for me this evening and I'm very proud of her. At $4.50 for the six pack I'd have to say this was the find of the year. I might have her pick up a few more for my non BA buddies.

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Photo of Apoda_01
3.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Whenever I drink beer, nine out of ten times it's Bavaria premium. The taste never seems to lose it's value. It's that subtile sweetness that apears just before the stunning bitterness sets in, only to give way to a beautiful and refreshing aftertaste. For it's price, Bavaria can't be beaten easily.

There is not a single Dutch lager that comes even close to this golden simplicity.

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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 mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light pale golden color with a big white head and a nice streaming carbonation from the bottom. Smell was very yeasty, with the classic lager smell. Hints of a slight hoppiness could be detected. First impression of the taste was light, crisp, clean and refreshing. Flavors are atypical of the style and nothing exceptional. Overall though it is a fantastic little sessionable lager, I actually prefer to heineken.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow appearance with bubbly white head that slowly settles down but no little lacing. Smell consists of corn, malt, honey and grain. So far nothing special.

Taste consists of honey, grass, citrus with a small hint of malt. Picked up some corn and floral hops as well. Once again, no strong features, but it blends good together and refreshing. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter with a lingering honey taste.

Overall, this has some features of a generic pilsner, but it seems to work and not bad if you’re looking for cheap beer. Worth a try, and in my opinion, better then Heineken.

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