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 BucBasil
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Typical light gold color and pure white head with 2 fingers, quickly dissipating.

S: Leafy hoppiness, with a slight sweetness within. Corn and grain.

T: Taste is slightly sweet of corn and white bread. Finishes wish a hint of honey and a vegetal note.

Notes: Completely typical. Nothing exciting here. Skip this one.

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Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and gold with a soapy cap of white foam. Sticky, spotty lace and decent head retention. Nice aroma, clean grains and grassy, floral hops, a bit of honey sweetness and bready malt. Mild to moderate hop bitterness that was noticeable throughout and lingered in the finish. Clean malt flavour with floral hops up front and a hint of spice in the finish. Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation, crisp and clean. Quite refreshing and well made. Although nothing stood out as exceptional, it was solid all around.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +27.6%
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 treque
3.27/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-colored beer with a tendency to gold, opaque and almost no carbonation slightly dirty white foam, settling near zero.

Has little aroma,no perception of alcohol

T: Little bitter in taste with a final very thin, slightly bitter. Body very Light, refreshing, quenching in times of heat

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Photo of matjack85
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I found this single 11.2oz green bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield,IL for $1.49. There's a bunch of numbers on the back label, but if that's a freshness code, I can't make heads or tails out of it.

The beer poured out a crystal clear yellow/gold color that was bright yellow when held to the light. It produced a two-finger white head that lasted a few minutes and left some decent lacing on the glass.

There is no smell to this beer - neither good nor bad.

Very mild flavors here - a faint amount of malt to balance out a faint amount of hop bitterness. I also get a little metallic flavor from the water. It's actually not a bad taste but there's just not enough to it.

Smooth mouthfeel with actually more body to it than I would have guessed. The low carbonation actually works well here. I loved the mouthfeel.

Not a great beer but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of bala747
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is commonly available in Singapore in most supermarkets and some bars. It is usually my staple 6 pack of beer (other than Warsteiner or Grolsch) and I have drunk it far more times than even the local brew, Tiger beer.

A: Pours a golden yellow colour into my favourite Warsteiner pilsener glass with a big head that dissipates very quickly leaving some lace. This beer appears really heavily carbonated and there are bubbles everywhere. Quite pretty to look at.

S: Smells of barley, grain, and some faint floral scents.

T: Tastes like a good lager, with some alcohol, hoppy bitterness and a very slight hint of candy. Very nice taste, comparable to Warsteiner.

M: Nice, crisp, dry mouthfeel, very bubbly in my mouth and the nice carbonation makes it very pleasant to drink.

D: as said above, while heavily carbonated, and it does not taste of any adjuncts nor is there much skunkiness. A good, dependable 'stock' beer that can be drunk at almost any time of the day.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My parents, bless 'em love their German pilsener. Since I was a kid their fridge has featured Beck's, Dinkel, Spaten, St. Pauli, and the like. A few times while dipping into their stores I've seen (and drank), a similar looking and tasting brew called Bavaria, which strangely, hails from Holland. So at least I had a point of reference when I heard about the big brouhaha at the current World Cup pertaining to Bavaria brewery, 30 comely Dutch maidens, and very short orange skirts. Google these words together if not familiar with the controversy.

This is pretty tame, run of the mill pilsener poured into my Warsteiner pokal. A nice golden color and retaining almost no head at all. Subtle but grainy hops in the nose.

Relaxing, mellow taste that follows through with some gentle noble hops in the finish. A bit of bread and biscuit notes predominate but overall not a ton of flavor. A little watery in texture, could stand some crisping.

Agreeable but uninspiring. I can see why they've resorted to media stunts involving hot blonds because the beer just isn't very exciting.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass june30 2010

A clear golden yellow with only a little carbonation but a solid two fingers of head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lace, this was quite the surprise lets hope this is as good as it looks

S nope not quite, some sour smelling malt and mild grassy hops

T the sour grains are now slightly sweet and the grassy hops are still there but nothing special

M a little thin but quite crisp with just a little bite and enough carbonation to please

D no real problems just a little average where it counts

I might drink this again the price is right, perhaps on a hot day when I feel like downing a 6 pack of tall boys

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.71/5  rDev -43.2%
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 Zorro
3.22/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear yellow colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is clean for a cheap beer with a light grassy hop with a slight lemon scent. Bread dough and yeast make up most of the malt scent.

Starts out smooth with no real strong flavors, a fair hint of bitterness in the finish. Not a real complex flavor. Lemon in the hops nice but not a best of the breed beer.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Good smooth beer with no off flavors; it's not the best beer in the world but OK for $4 a six-pack.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +32.9%
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 Mosstrooper
3.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Deep straw color with a good-sized white head that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of spots of lace.

Smell: Very weak smell overall- some sweet pale malts and grain hints.

Taste: Sweet grains throughout, with a light herbal bitterness in the finish. Light on flavor, though.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied and smooth, with balanced carbonation and a very clean finish.

Drinkability: This beer was actually better than I expected, though not great. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this, but if I could find it again for the price I bought it for (only $1/can at my local Kroger), I'd buy it without question. Worth a shot.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.32/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed while in St. Martin
Appears golden yellow in color with a small white head that falls to a tiny ring almost instantly. Smells malty with slightly bitter hops. Some caramel. The taste is a lot of rich malt, some dry bitterness, a bit of marzipan. Body is light/medium. Small bubbles light to medium carbonation level. Fairly smooth. Overall easy enough to drink but would likely not go out of my way to purchase again.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.27/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

340 ml 5.0% abv

Appearance: Average euro-lager look. Clear, light (but not adjunct light) gold in colour, reasonable head that leaves reasonable lace.

Smell: Light maltyness, a hint of honey and a decent whiff of grassy hops. Nothing special but for the first time in the while I haven't dreaded taking a sip of a macro-lager...

Taste: Not quite as god as the smell, but still perfectly acceptable. Sweet malt followed by a slightly stale hop flavour (almost no bitterness to back it up though).

Mouthfeel: Light but not watery with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Hot day, barbeque and this beer will go down pretty well.

Hmmmm I see that other reviewers have mentioned adjunct. This version of Bavaria I tasted is brewed in South Africa using only malted barley, hops and water.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can with an undecipherable code on the bottom. Pours a crystal clear medium yellow color with a fluffy cap of white foam. Retention is a little below average and the lacing is nice and sticky.

Smell is of light grains and a bit of grassy hop. A bit of sweetness along with a mild husky aroma. Pretty straightforward and does not deviate much from the standard euro lager.

Taste is pretty crisp with the grainy malts dominating the flavor profile. There is some hop balancing in there but mostly on the finish. A bit of a musty flavor comes through and a slight metallic bite. It is a step up from Heineken as far as Holland beers are concerned, but not as good as most German pilsners from Deutschland. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Not too bad, but pretty forgettable beer. There are many better options from Germany I would look to before this one.

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Photo of Shadman
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bright amber yellow with a thick, bone white head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Some sharp biscuit malts, hint of Saaz hop. Unfortunate aroma of adjuncts takes away from the overall experience.

Quite grainy with some metallic twang. Hop bitterness is decent. Finishes with more annoying metallic twang.

Fairly smooth feel.

Decent Pils, not world class, but certainly affordaable here @ $14 for 6 500ml cans.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.1/5  rDev +36.2%
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 kflorence
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the "8 Best beers around the world" pack from BevMo.

A: Pours a translucent golden color with a fair amount of head. Not much lacing around the glass as you drink. Looks about as I expected, kudos for the green bottle.

S: The aroma is filled with sweet malt and grains, corn seems especially prominent. There's also some spice in it, and some honey.

T: The taste is rather on the sweet side, but not overly so. Lots of sweet malt and grain flavors, much like the smell. A very faint grass flavor in there, but much less prominent than Harp.

M: Very smooth, nicely carbonated and overall very pleasant. Not watery, but also very light in body.

D: This is a pleasant brew, but certainly nothing ground breaking here. I certainly would not be opposed to drinking one, and I would probably purchase it again if I saw it on sale and was in the mood for a pilsener. Obviously, the German's do it best, but I found it quite refreshing.

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Photo of decimator
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear golden colour with a 3cm head that quickly dissipated with only a bit of lacing.

S - Mild sweet malts with a bit of a skunk sourness in the aroma.

T - Mild sweetness with a light metallic tang in the finish.

M - Just feels average.

D - Goes down easy but overall this is a pretty bland yet inoffensive beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml can, abv listed as 5%.

Tall fluffy white head with decent retention. Clear light gold body.

Bready malt, some quick light sweetness and a hint of spicyness from the hops in the aroma. Clean for the most part.

A bit grainy and husky in the flavour, alcohol warmth, some grassy spicyness on the finish. Tastes like imported commercially mass-produced lager to me, kissing cousins with the domestics.

Crisp mouthfeel, perhaps not as much clean, grainy and a bit rough around the edges, sandpaper carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

Well, a bit of an improvement from the bottled version (skunk-o-rama), but this is still a bit rough for what I expect from an Euro Pils, it'll do in a pinch and it's more crisp than commercial domestics, but I don't have a hankering to consume this on a regular basis.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
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 Spineypanda
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw light color, and has a decent head.
Smells of yeast and many other beers of this style.
It does not quite taste what I imagine a true Dutch Pilsener would taste like in Holland, for sure... but I have no idea, never been there!
Not a bad beer, but nothing I would go out of my way to buy like so many other people.

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Photo of xichix
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review!

Bought this at a nearby supermarket. Really Expensive ($5) since beers around here only cost $1.5, but is common to see foreign beers this expensive. It reads "Holland Imported - Bavaria Pilsener Cerveza. Lieshout, Holland". This one has 5.0% ABV.

Served in a glass. Almost no head. Color is gold-like. I smell malt and it also tastes like it and a bit of hops with a bitter aftertaste. It goes down well, really light. Perfect for this hot weather. I'd try it again!

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a pint glass... pale golden color, clear, thing white head... boring.

The smell was malty, sweet, but weak and uninspiring... smells like another bland Euro lager to me.

The taste is more full than most of this style... so that's good... it's still nothing special but at least it had some body to it and doesn't taste watered down. There's something to be said for that.

Good mouthfeel, very drinkable... obviously this isn't something I'd rush out to get again, but I'm not going to turn my nose up at the overall product.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Crystal golden color, compact head of foam, some bubbles can be seen from the bottom, good lacing;

S: Sweet, malt-sweetened juice lemon;

T: Sweetened malt and grain, background of floral hops;

M: Very refreshing, medium bitterness and light body;

D: Taste like Heineken and Grolsch, but much better, very good pilsener, i liked a lot with fish.

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Bavaria Beer from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
3.01 out of 5 based on 457 ratings.
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