Bavaria Beer | Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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Bavaria BeerBavaria Beer

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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 weeare138
1.15/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to BA Capones for the sample...
Appears a pale straw color that's only a few shades darker than water...even lighter than ginger ale. A thick, fluffy white head slowly fades out with tons of sticky lace left around the glass.
Smell is of skunk from a mile away with rotten cabbage and grass clippings...blecchh.
Taste is of grassy chunks with herbal notes and mineral water mixed with some dirty dough. There's also a funky flavor that reminds me of pond scum and frogs.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grassy, herbal, and very hard to drink with the skunky, mineral qualities. A chalky bitterness makes this concoction even more gross.
I really hate wasting beer with so many uneducated beer drinkers out there but this isn't's fizzy skunk juice.

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Photo of BennyFortman
1.46/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Had this beer in Ontario Canada and it was vile. It sold for 2$ a tall can which is at the cheap end for 500 mls of beer in my region. It was so foamy and acidic that my stomach soon felt bloated after just a few cans. Next came the hiccups and eventually I vomited to get this crap out of my system. Spaten has done the same to me also. This beer honestly makes me not to be a beer drinker anymore. Terrible.

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Photo of crossovert
1.46/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

11.2 oz green bottle. It just arrived at the liquor store, 9.99 for a 12 pack, I needed a cheap beer so i bought it.

The packaging is really nice, it looks nice, that is how you knwo the beer will suck.

It is a pale gold like every other pale lager, doesn't remind me of a pilsener.

I have a fresh bottle so it isn't skunky but it doesn't smell like much. It has a maltiness to it that is not German-inspired at all. It smells tangy and fruity, more like an AAL.

The flavor is alot liek say a moosehead, better than an aal but still shit. German Pilsener? MY ASS. I can't believe the score the Bros gave, must have been pounding the drugs hard that night, this is not to style at all.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
1.49/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer was an ordinary, clear yellow brew with a very thin head that died away quickly.

The aroma was VERY skunky, with some grains underneath. Overall, it smelled like an armpit on a hot summer day.

Taste was likewise bad. Slightly skunky on the foretaste, followed by grains and a bit of bitterness. A long skunky aftertaste followed.

Mouthfeel was thin, watery, and flat.

Drinkability is bad. I would go after a Bud Light over this ANY day. If you see this beer, run, don't walk in the direction of the nearest IPA and forget you ever saw it.

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Photo of Indybeer
1.57/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle. Poured a typical straw yellow color with a good head that lasted, and some good lacing on the glass. Aroma is floral and sweet. That is all I can say good about this! Taste is just awful. Watery and thin, with some bitterness in the finish. This is one beer I won't bother with again!

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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 jujubeast6000
1.68/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Rated 12/8/2005 (12oz bottle from 24 variety pack):

Pours a light golden color body, with a medium sized head, big bubbles, but fairly quickly diminishing. Has an aroma of malts. Taste of malts, and is acidic, slightly bitter. Light tasting. Not much flavor.

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.71/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

500ml can
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on June 29, 2009 after purchasing fropm one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent pale gold colour with a foamy, bubbly white head, and a ton of effervescent. The aroma was grassy malt, some off aromas, and hops. The mouthfeel was highly carbonated and light-bodied. The flavour was grainy malt with a bitter finish, and some peppery notes.

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Photo of tesguino
1.8/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dutch beer sold in my country, 3 years ago; since my first bottle its flavor was robust, with body; but i´m not impressed because is a dutch beer in a german style; however this beer is good for a european cuisine, not for mexican food; try serve this beer in a tall mug for its foam and appreciate its rich blond color; 65% recommended.

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Photo of Suds
1.98/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a can, this yellow brew is unimpressive at best. It has a small head and a very light, clear appearance. The aroma is grassy, with a very slight herbal hop smell. Not much in the way of malt or grain in the smell. The taste is slightly sweet, with a serious metallic quality. No real flavor, and nearly no bitterness. It's quite carbonated, and with the thinness, it gives a bit of a soda-water impression. The finish is pretty empty. I really didn't get anything out of this brew. Not really satisfying, even as a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of marc77
1.99/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Crystal clear golden hue. Efferevescent & topped by a thick, fluffy head that settles into a moderate, lace - leaving layer. Cooked veggies, grassy hop, pungent sulfur, and grain husk in aroma. The off putting sweetness and astringent grain flavors coupled w/ the meager hop bitterness and lack of any noteable hop flavor render this brew most unenjoyable and rough. Finishes w/ a lingering cabbage soup flavor & dextrin sweetnesss. A drop or two of isomerized alpha acid would make Bavaria more palettable... barely. Craptastic!

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Photo of pradipta
2.03/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

failed again in my quest for a supermarket label that I'd actually want to drink! pale yellow urine like colour, with a head that subsides quickly leaving a film that looks like someone spat into the glass. I couldn't find a nose, inspite of my best efforts. Taste was not vile like that of many of its adjunct cousins, and that is about the only saving grace.

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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 Reaper16
2.06/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of a new series titled "Reaper Does Blind Tastings of Assorted Pale Lagers."

11oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a very typical straw yellow color. Some soapy bubbles but the head dissipates rather fast. This is a picturesque example of a bland pilsner.

This green-bottled lager has definitely got some skunk action going on. Spoiled hops linger in the nose, mucking up the cracker-like pils malt aromas.

Surprisingly, the beer doesn't taste skunky. It's a rather bland and clean pilsner profile. Soft noble hops (though clearly spent and strained from the sun-exposure), and a clean-to-the-point-of-being-watery malt body. This isn't at all what I'm looking for from what is ostensibly a legit pils, but it would score better as a Euro Pale Lager.

Insubstantial, watery mouthfeel. Overly slick for some strange reason. Overall, this is quite a bad pilsner. I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone, skunk or no skunk.

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Photo of soper2000
2.1/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I love cheap liquor store pick-ups. For curiosity's sake I have this sitting in a pint glass in front of me. Pours just a tinge darker than straw yellow. Virtually no head but very slight lacing. Smell has a touch of sweet malt with just a bit of grassy/peppery hop aroma. Taste is... Well, taste is very clean and mildy sweet before a very gentle hoppiness rolls over the tongue. Hop taste has a decent pepper subtleness. Typical pale lager I assume. Unoffending in everyway but not worth repeated drinking in my opinion.

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Photo of avalon07
2.11/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a yellow color and a clear texture. There was about a quarter inch of head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was nonexistent.

S: Smelled of a little of bitter hops, but was dominated by skunkiness.

T: A thin, watery brew, with some bitter hops thrown in. Not very interesting.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Yet another boring, mass-produced, green-bottled beer. Not offensively bad, but simply undistinguished.

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Photo of kinger
2.18/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blah, weak lager lacking adequate malt content. Grassy aroma slightly appealing. Average pale gold pour, medium white head, moderate lacing. Light shallow mouthfeel, finishes with a weird emptiness. Flavor is virtually non-existent, really lacking in the malt department I could however detect some mild hop bitterness. Overall a guzzler perhaps, may be refreshing after a long hot day but rather weak.

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Photo of Andreji
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a 330ml can.

Pours a simple slightly dark toned golden colour with a little but dense white head that leaves much lacing; there is also permanent but moderate carbonation. The smell is faint but predominantly malted and slightly hoppy. The taste, very weak, reflects this maltyness poorly as it gives off a little sweetness combined with the bitterness at the end, also very light.

Extremely weak body, very watery and oily overcoming the flavour almost completely.

A bad beer. not worth having twice.

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Photo of Drew966
2.21/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bavaria Beer comes in an eight ounce green bottle and pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. There is a mildly skunky aroma in the Heineken vein. The flavor however is more assertively skunky and there is a bit adjunct noticeable. Not much to recommend this one. I'd pass.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.22/5  rDev -26%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can into Paulaner pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. My can, purchased at the Spar off-license in Galway, perfectly matches the label in the beeradvocate picture except it displays 5.0% ABV rather than 4.8%. I frequently run into these little distinctions and like to point them out. Note that the can says it was brewed and canned in Holland, so I can't attribute the discrepancy to a rebrewer.

A: Off-urine yellow colour; on conjecture it's empty straw or wheat. Very transparent. Pathetic, thin head does have fair retention. About as inviting as sex with Kathy Bates in a pool of olive oil.

Sm: What smell? That vague hint of barley I had to forcefully inhale like a glue junkie?

T: Light empty open goes straight to water mixed with straw. Nonexistant finish. Very watery. To its credit I'm surprised they fit 5.0% in there. It doesn't taste bad because it doesn't really taste. That makes it better than Bavaria red. A damned embarassment to German Pilseners.

Mf: Light, wet, watery, but surprisingly coarse. I hate to admit it but the coarseness actually improves the beer. Other more inferior (is this possible? ...Yes) beers would be too smooth in addition to the light body and watery consistency. This one manages to stay on the palate for a bit. If the taste were better, this would be quite a nice effect.

Dr: Well, it tastes like nothing, but it's 5.0% ABV. Admittedly not easy to do. I won't be buying it again, but if you can find it fairly priced, I do have to say it wouldn't be a bad choice for getting sloshed if you can't handle hard alcohol.

German Pilsener fans would do well to outright ignore this beer's existence and move right along. USC fratboys rejoice (this isn't as much of a slight as it might seem; I attend USC).

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Comes in a green 33cl bottle with a green and white label full of lettering. Ingredients conform to the purity law - but I don't believe it. Best before 9/04, I opened it on 11/2/03.

Well, this was the most popular imported beer in Kazakhstan in the mid-nineties. That's about the most I can say for it. It pours a perfectly acceptable, utterly unremarkable clear gold with a small white head that sticks around a bit and leaves a bit of lace. The nose is powerful, actually pungent, with rice or grain or something. The mouth is very prickly, and full of sourish grain. The taste is stale malt and bad bread, with a weak hops chaser that can't break through the mold. The aftertaste is heavy and stale. Not a good product.

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Photo of mynie
2.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours without a head. Nothing. It's light, maybe a little bit darker than American lagers like Budweiser or Coors.

The taste is a very light but nice malt that kind of seems like a dull Heineken only with a very faint but pleasent fruity aftertaste.

This might be the most heavily carbonated beer that I have ever drank. It's so fizzy that it's hard to swallow right out of the bottle, which is a shame because the bottles are pretty... Once it's been poured into a glass and allowed to set a while, it goes down alright.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.24/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium amber with a dirty white head that looks more substantial than the heads on many pale lagers. It actually has some stiffness and is persisting for a respectable length of time. Unfortunately, the aroma is no great shakes. Slightly sour, slightly hop skunky, possibly adjuncty; not a nose to be proud of.

The taste follows suit, more or less. Holland is not good beer. It's creamed corn sweet with a sharp, pungeant bitterness and elements of grain and grass. Isn't quite grimace-inducing, but with any significant warming, I'm sure that it could achieve that designation pretty quickly. The finish is lingeringly, quinine-like bitter. Light-medium body on a good day with a mouthfeel that borders on frankly watery on the swallow.

I doubt that anyone is tripping over Bavaria Holland since there aren't that many reviews. If you happen to see it on the shelves, just nod and walk on by. It isn't worth your time or your money.

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Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours a translucent gold or straw color if you like, the head average and white, lace covers the glass. Malt is dominate in the nose, lemon like crispness, somewhat sweet, and so is the start, top cadaverous, finish astringent, minimally hopped, droughty aftertaste and not a beer that “Trips My trigger”.

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Photo of JDV
2.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear golden with white head. Smell is slightly skunky, and a bit sweet. Taste is a bit cereal like in its sweetness with a funky bitterness to follow. Crisp and bubbly, watery mouthfeel, but the malt flavor of this tastes a bit cheap. Not my favorite of pale lagers, but drinkable. Wouldn't seek this one out again.

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