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

Bought a Mix-A-Six Pack from MacDoodles in Joplin, MO for $9.85 and added a 11.2Fl.oz. bottle of this to it. Poured from the Green Bottle/Blue Labeled bottle into a Shaker Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle. Only a series of numbers.

Aroma- Corn, rice, and sweetness. A very average pils aroma with light grainy character all the way through.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that dies quickly. Has an extreme golden, clear body and leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Very sweet pils malt taste. Crisp and has a TON of this rice flavor. Light Bitterness with nothing but noble hops.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonaton, Sweet, and bites with malt.

Overall Impression- An easy going brew that I’ve always seen but never ordered/bought a store. Easy going and good overall for a German Pilsner.

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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 ZorPrime
2.56/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is pale yellow in color, just like straw. Nice white head that, however, disappear quite fast. The aroma is very faint. Some cereal grain, some wheat... nothing extraordinary. The taste is quite ordinary. Malty. Low intensity in the taste. This is a refreshing beer to drink very cold. Like Heineken. Not bad, but not great too. Average beer.

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Photo of KajII
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear pale yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing to a very small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a straw malt, grassy hops and a soapy yeast with an ultra light hint of caramel.

The taste was slightly malty and a tad grainy with a light caramel sweetness from the beginning and became a tad bitter with a mild hoppiness towards the end. The flavor faded rather quickly after the swallow, leaving behind a very light hoppy taste which disappeared after a few more seconds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall a pretty basic tasting Lager with a good drinkability, great lawn mowing beer...

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Photo of Douberd
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle of 300 ml, ABV is 5%.
Pours a golden yellow colour, with a two finger head that won't last long.Some bubbles in the glass.
Smell of malts, nothing special.
Lightly bitter taste.
Medium thin on the palate and slighty carbonated.
Just another average pilsener, good thing that is so cheap you can buy 36 bottles for 9,99.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a crystal clear, pale straw-colored brew. It holds a half finger head of white bubbles, but this dissipates quickly into a bubbly film. Lacing is chunky and spotty. No sediment or haze is noted, and carbonation appears moderate. The nose is strong with metallics, raw macaroni, flour, and clean yeast. Adjuncts are robust. There is a certain peachy fruitiness to the alcohol and the malts with warmth. Finally, there is a musty, cheesiness about it. As we sip, metallics hit first. There is lemon and fresh apple, affording crispness to an otherwise bittering and souring mouth. The malts take over, with adjuncts and steely barley, pulling us through to the middle, where a bittering, metallic booze comes through on a wave of stinging yeast. Very bready and full flavored. The end is a bit milder, with cooled and bitter malts, and some fusel, echoing alcohols. The aftertaste breathes of sour, mashed grain and some metal. That fermented cheese flavor of the nose comes through here, with a bittering synergy with the malts and salt. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium to high, more so than it looks. The feel is a bit watery at times, but the mouth is left coated with a metallic and bitter sheen. There is little slurp, cream, or pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks fine.

Overall, the strongest component of this brew was the taste. Judging by the nose, we were expecting something much more bittering, but we got something crisp and relatively well balanced. The flavoring was within the style, but the nose took us for a loop, with a hazy, floury bomb. It just didn’t smell fresh, despite the dating and proper storage. In the end, all of the components could have been better integrated amongst each other, which would have made for a more enjoyable brew.

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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 Everydayoff
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle 5% ABV poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

The color is pale yellow, average white head with decent retention and leaves fine lacing, high active carbonation.

Blending with lemon zest, grain, grassy hop, slight herbal.

Start with subtle malt sweetness along with grain note, follow by flash of citrus, hops lend a moderate bitter end.

The body is light to medium with large amount of carbonation through palate, not much dry, rather clean.

Another average lager, go down easy, not too bad.

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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 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 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 evlu1441
3.11/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the cheapest 6-pack of tall cans at my liquor store. I figures I might as well try it, though I'm not hoping for much to be honest.

It pours a nice yet typical golden colour. The head is nice and fluffy making for a rather appealing appearance overall.

The aroma is mainly faint grain and a hint of grassy hops. Balanced, but boring.

The taste is more than I had hoped for! It's quite sweet with some nice smooth (almost marshmallowy) malt flavour. Some slight bitterness finishes things out. Again, there's nothing outstanding here, but it's actually half-decent.

Overall, this is actually pretty good value in my opinion. I might get it again if I'm looking for a well-priced beer that isn't too bad either.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.81/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL can, packaged Apr. 2011, best before Jan. 2013 - that's quite a window. Saw a sixer of these selling for less than a sixer of regular-sized domestic macro beer and thought it looked like a good deal. Listed at 5% abv, rather than 4.8.

Pours a fairly bright golden colour, very effervescent, seated atop which is a lofty, two-finger pearl-white foamy head. Fair retention, there's still some head left after five minutes, and lots of lacing on the sides. Looks as good as any pilsener. The aroma is nothing out of the ordinary - grainy pale malts, with a sweet-ish feel. Very little hop; not a good sign.

Unfortunately the flavour follows the nose and doesn't offer much - barley malts, mostly sweet without any notable hop presence to balance it. Very mineral-tasting, almost to the point of metallicity. The metallicity gets much worse as it warms and the brew takes on a bit of a sour, apple juice feel; this is one to drink quickly and well-chilled. Thin-bodied and watery mouthfeel, with only an echo of grassy, tinny hops lingering in the aftertaste. Carbonation is pretty low for the style, and this is a brew where biting carbonation would have probably helped rather than hindered.

Drinkable is the best praise I can muster, and this is definitely a poor representative of the style it has been placed in. Drink with something salty to munch on hand.

[Updated Jan 31 2016]

Another can; best before Mar 2017. I'm revisiting this review for posterity, but my opinion hasn't shifted much in the intervening 4+ years. I will say that I am not getting any outright flaws (e.g. the acetaldehyde/apple flavour that I mentioned last time), though it still tastes pretty cheap. Bavaria Beer is bad by pilsener standards, but tolerable (for the price) if you're just looking for a bare bones Euro lager for social drinking.

Final Grade: 2.81, a C.

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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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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 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 chrisrhoppe
2.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Smells grainy and malty, the head is fizzy and falls quick, the color is pale straw like. Taste is very sweet and and grainy. Very rough around the edges with a bitter sugary taste that just lingers, almost no hop profile at all
Overall, pass it up. Couldn't even down half of this one

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Photo of djura
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has some metallic aftertaste.
A- Has a dark golden color,medium carbonation and white foam lasting all the way.
S-Very light cereal smell
T,M-Slight bitterness with cereal mix.
O-I expected some better taste,it has some unusual aroma,which i didn't like.

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

A - A pale, yellow with a one finger head. Many carbonation bubbles rise to the top, substantial lacing on the glass unexpected yet welcome.

S - Grains; mostly wheat, floral, metallic (possibly from the tin).

T - Much the same as the smell, add some light bread notes, grass.

MF - Light bodied and high carbonation, which I think works in its favour.

O - A decent pilsener, flavour and budget price combine for good drinkability, a much loved beer in my student days.

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Photo of rarbring
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale straw colored clear brew, a white small head that leaves little lacing.

The smell has some bread, wheat crackers, slightly citric, some banana and hay.

Starts with some white bread, not so sweet, lemon, a medium low bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a fresh texture, a medium body, a dry finish.

Not bad, refreshing and dry. ABV 5%.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.71/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this Pilsner from a 12 oz bottle. The Pilsener poured a straw color and it had very nice clarity. There was a nice fluffy head with above average retention and it produced nice lacing. The aroma of the beer is comprised of sweet honey and lemon. The taste of the German Pilsner was sweet, it had medium body.Overall the beer was very grassy herbal... there was very little if any malt flavor. The beer is nice and smooth, easy to drink.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought a Mix and Match 6-pack of this at Badger Spirts in Beloit, WI in Summer 2011 for $8.99.

Pours a clear golden color with a decent but fastly disappearing head. Scent is rather mild with wheat and bitter malts. The taste is rather weak for a German Pilsner. Slightly grainy with hints of citrus. Rather thin texture that feels about the same as water. It's the kind of taste you expect when they bottle it in a green bottle, but I will say this is better than Heineken.

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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 RuudJH
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

0.5 l can.

Straw yellow, big initial head, white, good carbonation in a clear beer. Nice lacing in the glass.
Smell mostly malty, some corn, a bit of grassy hops. Slightly floral too.
Taste is flat out malts, also with corn, with not much else. Hardly any bitter hoppyness.
Mouthfeel is crisp, the whole drink is refreshing due to the good carbonation.

With a little more hops, and some better malts, this could be an ok pilsner.

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Bavaria Beer from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
3 out of 5 based on 455 ratings.
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