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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Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much to smell or look at, this beer had a pronounced bitterness, with little redeeming malt. I was OK with it, bit could not finish a 500 ml. can and it was not popular with my dinner mates. While not metallic, the taste was a bit harsh and thin.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this brew gets all kinds of promotion in bosnia, especially during the film festival. it pours a budlight looking watered down yellow color with a white head that doesnt last. it smells like german malts crystal mostly, no hops to speak of. flavor is the standard german pils cheaply made. it doesnt have much of that dusty grainy character, and is more in line with the adjunct lagers in my opinion. still, with decent carbonation and a very light body, its an easy drinking beer. a lot of the beers here are starting to taste the same to me, watery malt half liters without much sex appeal. this is another one of those.

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Photo of metter98
3.02/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and soe lacing down the sides.
S: Faint hints of bready malts are present in the smell along with some bits of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not really watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad German Pilsener from a Dutch macro brewery, especially since there are no aromas or favors of adjunct malts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Standard and proper are a few terms that come to mind as the first half of the glass hits the stomach. But I realize that I haven't taken a moment to think about the beer. Although its a solidly executed beer, there's little to celebrate here also.

The beer pours with a canary-yellow color and forms a foamy head from the abundance of carbonation below. Mild lacing concludes the beer's appearance.

Balanced pilsner aroma provide a grainy sweet scent of dry crackers, sweet hay, and grape nuts. The malt counterpart of hops deliver the earthy noble varieties with mild floral and spice notes. The beer stops just shy of light-stricken (skunk) character.

Flavors show the same part-grain, part-malt blend that was found in aroma, and bring about sulfury apple, mild corn-like vegital taste, and overall a raw barley taste to ride along side the taste of fresh baking bread. Grassy hops turn from herbal early on to spicy bitter in finish. Sulfur and mineral taste give a zesty sharpness to assist hops as the beer crispens up and concludes the taste.

The beer's medium-light body is propped up by a grain sweetness that persists in aftertaste, along with mild astringency and minty alcohol warmth.

It's a fine thirst quencher and likely works well with mild tilapia or simple pasta. But as a stand alone beer, it's largely forgettable.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.66/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, and called "Bavaria Premium Beer" on the labels sent to British Columbia and Alberta, at 5% ABV.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some random streaks of snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of grainy, weakly bready and crackery pale malt, gritty rice husks, and rather prominently skunky, dead grassy, and weedy hops. The taste is sweet bready cereal grain, both malt and corn/rice informed, doughy yeast, a bit of metallic minerality, and more stanky grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate to low, and mostly just overwrought in its frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth. It finishes off-dry, barely, as that skunkiness apparently hasn't had the good graces to just blow off by now.

There might be an average, adjunct-bolstered Euro Pale Lager here (Pilsner? Hah!), but for that acrid skunky odor that was evident upon popping the cap, and carried through to the very end. So not inherently bad, overall, yet it seems to lag in most every respect when held to the proclaimed style, and more so when that light-struck packaging bullshit is factored in.

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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 zeff80
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured out a highly carbonated golden yellow color with an off-white, foamy, three finger head. It actually left some descent lace on the sides of my pilsner glass.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts. It really smelled like a Euro Pale Lager.

T - It tasted fairly sweet. The corn and grain flavors were very evident. It had a grassy bitter bite/aftertaste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay pilsener. At $2 for 22oz it was a good value beer.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely crystal clear deep golden body topped by a frothy but etheral head which drops to a minor collar and whispy surface covering within seconds. The aroma offers a soft grainy maltiness and a mildly skunked herbal hoppiness. The body is medium with a fine-bubbled carbonation that's just below standard levels (@ 2.4 volumes CO2) and gives a light tingle on the tongue before becoming fairly creamy in the mouth. The flavor melds a semi-rich and lightly sweet maltiness with a lightly earthy and herbal hoppiness so well that they appear almost as one. I'd imagine that this might be a factor of freshness except that the skunkiness is so limited (and the bottle appears quite new). If it's possible, I might suggest that this beer is too well balanced! It seems to lose character as it's become quite one-sided. Bitterness is clearly present, as is hop flavor, but it's restrained. And the limited level of carbonation doesn't help to bring out what is there. Still, there are some nice malt and hop flavors in this easy to drink beer giving it a fairly good drinkability. Nice, but overshadowed by many other European pilseners.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a bright, clear, golden-hued body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Modest nose smelling of bland grains, grassy albeit skunky hops, and some blanched vegetables.

Taste: Simple grains with very little character and very little sweetness. Stale, lightly skunked hops with a touch of grassiness and bitterness. Finishes fairly flat with a lingering vegetal taste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A little less than pleasant, unfortunately. While it may be better on draught away from these ghastly green bottles, as it stands, I think you could find far better pilsners out there.

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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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.69/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I could've sworn Bavaria was in Germany... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger-and-a-half of white foam. The nose comprises grass, flowers, light wild rice, and a touch of wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grass in control, but not in an unpleasant way. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little pils, nothing incredible, a fairly tasty choice, especially for the price.

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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 Gagnonsux
3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I paid $6.99 for a 12 pack of bottles of Bavaria Beer. It has to be one of the cheapest imports I've had. Overall Bavaria is a pretty average Pilsener in appearance smell, and taste. Nothing unexpected or great came out of this beer, but overall its solid enough to enjoy at a good price. I would choose it as a session beer over much of the similiarly priced macros on the market and recommend it to beer fans who don't always feel like shelling out a lot of cash for other micros and exports.

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Photo of tdm168
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a half of an inch of loose, soft, foamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose has a grassy, grainy aroma. The flavor is lightly malty, grainy, and grassy with a decent hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp.

This is a decent, easy drinking pilsner. It's not offensive, but it's not overly flavorful. There's just enough flavor to keep me interested. I'll probably have this again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a large foamy/fluffy head. Many champagne-like bubbles rise to the top. Some foamy lacing sticks.

The smell is of lime and bready notes. Pretty clean, with just a touch of sulfur, some Continental-type (Saaz?) hop earthiness/hay. Pretty clean overall.

The taste drops off from the nose, but remains inoffensive. Sweetish malt with a touch of hop bitterness. A bit salty, with a touch of sulfur. Blandish with a soapy aftertaste.

It does have a crisp, refreshing quality to it, with on-target carbonation for the style.

Easy-to-drink. Could be confused with a standard EPL, but not a bad one at that.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: crystal-clear yellow color, with a smallish white head.
Aroma: sweet and cornish, what there is of it, typical lagery smell, with only the faintest whiffs of citrus, flowers.
On palate: sweet, clean, brisk, and actually kind of tasty. Light body. Absolutely no finish, it vanishes as soon as you realized that it was there!
Texture, what there is, dies quickly, too. A simple sweetness resides in the back of the throat, until it croaks, too.
Sweetness continues, to the point of unpleasantness. I do like sweetness in a beer, yes, but only when accompanied by hops, malt, body, texture, taste, etc. Mouthfeel, body, everything is quite forgettable. That serves some people fairly well, but not I.
Not that bad, actually, just not very good. And, lucky me, I chose a pint can to sample. Wee, wee, wee, all the way home!

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Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a 16 oz can from EuroMarket. Straight from the fridge and cold, this was almost tasteless. I guess it's at least inoffensive.

As it warmed, it eventually opened up into a slightly watery version of Heineken with the same light and sweet bready malt with a crisp edge to it. Not bad, but not much of a pilsner either. Consider this a pale lager.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white head. The aroma is average. There is the presence of pale malts and lager yeast. It is a bit less skunky than most of this style. It has a bit of green glass aroma, but not too overpowering. The taste is decent. It is light and actually tasteful. It has a bit of a malty aftertaste which pushes it ahead of most purely because it has some distinguishing characteristic. It is quite mellow, but has a slight metallic flavor to it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well for a pilsner. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit sweet. Taste is good, sweet, malts, and finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a good quality brew.

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Photo of plaid75
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a half inch foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle noble hop and a soft husky grain bill.

The taste consisted of a decent soft malt with a mild caramel sweetness. There was a subtle spicy hop and a mild biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit flat, but relatively clean.

Overall good drinkability, but nothing to get too excited over.

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Photo of biegaman
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A coating of white detergent lays over top the beer for the entire sitting; it is clingy enough to leave splatters of film as it sinks. The colour is a radiant golden. Little specs of bubbles drift lazily. This patch is almost dense enough to obstruct clarity, but not quite.

Apparently the speed of smell is equal to that of sound. No sooner than I heard the fizzy wisp of the cap prying off I could sense the smell of skunk: a brutal blow too, a knockout punch right to the nasal sinus. Luckily now with the entire mug full of beer under my nose there is some malt to drown it out, but still, ouch.

It's too bad that at 5.0% this couldn't be marketed as a "lite" beer. It really has little taste. The flavour is dulled and watery and weak enough to ensure no aftertaste. It is utterly indistinctive from many of its fellow green bottle European counterparts.

The beer is almost entirely flat. A little carbonation might help drinkability but it might also bring out the corn flavour - perhaps we'll leave it as is. It does well not to cross the border into "offensive" territory but seemingly makes no effort to taste, quench, or satisfy like beer should.

Bavaria Holland doesn't offer much even as far as Euro Pale Lagers go. Fans of the style might find it tolerable but I just can't see anyone making a convincing case for this beer. It's not something I personally would ever care to go back to anyhow, especially if I felt like having a refreshing beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a clear body and plenty of effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of frothy white foam and has pretty good retention.

Smell: mildly sweet malt with a light graininess and a hint of noble hops. Not too bad.

Taste: quite sweet up front which gives way to a light graininess and a nice noble hop flavor. The finish is a little too sweet, however, and kind of sticky.

Mouthfeel: very light body with plenty of carbonation. Big, refreshing fizziness, which is good, but it's not really creamy.

Overall: a refreshing enough German Pilsner. A bit on the sweet side to drink a lot of, though.

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