Bavaria 8.6 Original | Swinkels Family Brewers

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Swinkels Family Brewers

Style: European Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 156
Photo of Michighan
5/5  rDev +96.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the greatest beer I ever drank. Only two and you'll have the best night of your life. The first sip can be weird but you can't stop drinking it. It's really cheap and the can is beautiful. About the taste, well, it gets better sip after sip ! Just try it and stop consider it like a low beer, only for homeless people. Trust me guys !

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Photo of polloenfuego
1.43/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Blond in color with a frothy white head that lasts several minutes before breaking. 2.25

Smell is sweet malts, caramel and breads along with a tin can smell. 1.75

Taste is remarkably sweet given the style. The sweet malts overpower just about anything else. 1.25

Feel is lightish and the carbonation is medium. The metallic smell from earlier is now an unfavorable aftertaste. 1.25

Another giant cup of nope. I don't know how people can drink this beer. Sweet malty mess with a metal aftertaste? No thanks. 1.25

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Photo of Bruno74200
1.65/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

This heavy and boozy beverage delivers a 8.0% Abv in your face. A lot on the sweet side, this one presents some grainy notes but never shows any hop presence

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
2.18/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice, clear golden body with lots of soapy head frothing at the top, looking very appealing from the get-go. The scent isn't so bad either, with sharp malt characteristics and noble hops on the nose. The palate is what gets you - a generic lager at the forefront of the tongue transforms into a soapy bitterness towards the back, with nothing more than pure alcohol being detected here. Really drinks like dishwater in general. Awful beer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: light amber, clear. The head of a white, fine-bubble, high and medium durable.
Aroma: hints of malt with hops, floral and fruity.
Taste: malty, bread and herbal notes. some fruit in the background alcohol.
Gentian dry hop. The loading medium toward low. After heating, unfortunately, comes more alcohol.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.66/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer form Holland. This 8.6 % ABV have a really nice feeling in mouth. The taste is not too strong and it is fun to drink.

The can I had it is 500 ml can bought in Canada NB.

The color Is a nice clear yellow SRM of 2.

This beer is a must have again.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Carrefour Huelva. In Bavaria glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x07. Sweet, Not like in belgians but more like in caramel. Not bad, not amazing but can be drinked quick even with its ABV

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fab...8.6. This is drink of choice in Paris for many of the homeless fellas. And me also tonight...

It is basically a beer called a name that is its alcohol content, by Dutchies. The crazy creative...

Look is rather see-through and piss like. Fizz lasts about the same time as piss also.

Aroma is like a pub at 5AM combined with ash-trays.

Taste..? Definitely no balance between the flavours and alcohol. Too much carbon dioxide. And ash tray. I am certain that someone has emptied ash trays in this was not me.

Though is it bad or really bad..? It's close to really bad, though I shall still drink it all anyway. Though the taste is actually better than the 5 AM cigarette butt aroma.

Would I drink if I was homeless..? For sure. There is fuck all else to do and I probably do not want to break another tooth opening a bottle of Chimnay Bleu.

Also it seems to have made me cough. Seriously, do not buy unless you are homeless or like me and are testing it to warn other people.

Instead, have a Polish Mocjne or Belgian beer

And I do not smoke in case you were wondering...neither has my beer chalise ever been used as an ashtray, until now

Still, I prefer this to Kronenbourg, 4X, Fosters, and some of the other shite UK lagers, as it is stronger and will put me into the higher dimension quicker...

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bright golden color with a moderate amount of activity. Faint foamy white 2 finger, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint lacing. Flavors of sweet grains, roasted corn, noble spices, faint skunk and butter. Light body with a faint finish of syrup and grassy hops. Overall very poorly crafted. Bland, boozy, flat, blah. Feels terribly adjunct.

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Photo of lucasldoria
3.03/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color. Cream is a little dense, but persistent. Smell and taste with a certain complexity which refers to whiskey. Floral and fruity notes, with the presence of apricots.

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Photo of gsaram
4/5  rDev +57.5%

today I had this beer. First impression is soft, but last taste was little bitter. Just exactly same taste with So-Mac(usually drink soju+beer in Korea). but more soft better than So-Mac.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a tall 500 ml can into a pint glass. "Why am I drinking this?" crosses my mind. A bright yellow hue with a crazy amount of beige foam ... Looks a lot like ginger ale. Smell is almost non-existent with the exception of a corn sugar sweetness accompanied by a twinge of wet grain. Tastes like vodka-harsh boiled grains, chalky grape juice or sour hard candy, and anemic grassy hops. Less sweet and perhaps just a smidgen more refined than American malt liquors but the same basic idea. A notable industrial alcohol warmth emerges and I am thinking that this is reminiscent of a very low-rent imperial pilsener. Watery body is coupled with the expected aggressive carbonation, and there's a hint of peppery spice that you don't get in North American brewed cheap beers. Finishes crisp but with more residual sweetness than a Euro pale lager, grainy with an echo of saccharine fruitiness. Basically the intent of such a beer is to provide a cheap intoxicant, a la North American malt liquors. It probably suits this purpose admirably and tastes marginally better than its New World cousins. That's the best that can be said.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows hay, sweet clean malt, spicy hops, vegetal notes. Some industrial booze too.
Similar flavours, quite sweet with some booze and vegetal notes. Not much going on.
Needs more carbonation.
Could be worse...

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Photo of FLima
2.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Golden color with an one finger head with low retention but leaving some laces. Light aroma of pale malt, bread and vanilla. Malty flavor with notes of apple juice. Hints of minerals, vodka and syrup. Light body with good carbonation. Relatively smooth body given wheat addition and 7.9% ABV is surprisingly well hidden. I was expecting a blunt Malt Liquor with unpleasant flavors, but although plain and lacking hops, it is relatively decent for the style.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

500 mL can from TBS; best before May 2014. So was this beer previously brewed to 8.6%? Or is that value just the current abv in different units? Seriously, I want to know what the numbers mean.

Pours a bright golden-yellow hue, topped at first with two fingers of frothy, puffy white head that sticks around for a good four or five minutes. It even has the courtesy to leave some strands of lacing behind on the sides as it seeps away - definitely one of the better looking strong lagers I've had lately, for whatever that's worth. Unfortunately, it smells terrible - lots of booziness, fusels, grainy malts and corn syrup are the only things I can pick out, and altogether it kind of just smells like wet garbage.

Not very tasty, but actually not that bad for something that's nearly 8%. Relentlessly sweet flavour profile, with vibes of minty apple juice, corn syrup, ethanol, and perhaps some caramel. Doesn't sound very tasty? There's a good reason for that. The finish is a little boozy and a little malty, but still sickly sweet. I can't really find any trace of hops or hop extract; maybe that's where I'm getting mint from? Who knows. Medium-bodied and very smooth, with relatively low carbonation that I am not a real big fan of in this type of brew.

Final Grade: 2.3, an embarrassing D+. The thing that impresses me most about Bavaria 8.6 is probably the drinkability; it basically just tastes sweet and wet, and even though you can tell the alcohol is there (and it will hit you eventually), this is definitely not an especially raunchy-tasting lager considering the abv. Reminds me a little of Boxer Ice, with its weird, fruity, funky off-tastes. I worked at a liquor store in Alberta that sold these; the only customers I ever saw purchase them were homeless people and 'regulars' (alcoholics). Two of these might give you a decent buzz for 4-5 bucks, but Warka Strong can do the same while allowing you to retain your self-respect for the rest of the night. I'd only drink this again if I were pretty desperate.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle single into a hotel water glass. Picked up solo in a Bermudian liquor store.

Pours clear golden, low foam. Some lacing. Blond smell, but light. Full forceful lager taste. Rich, some unsettling bitters. Mineral taste, too.

More potent lager - feel the 7.9% that is for sure. Wouldnt say more than good here.

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Photo of peensteen
2.14/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale golden colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, decent amount of retention and lace. Smell is grainy with apple juice like scents, malty followed immediately by alcohol, dirty water like scents come in, earthy and muddy as well. Taste is grainy and metallic, more of that muddy earth that was in the nose, apple juice, light alcohol but surprisingly well hidden. Medium carbonation, med-full body, decent enough feel. This was pretty bad but I finished the can off without a problem, I would probably never buy this again but I didn't mind drinking it once.

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Photo of Douberd
3.68/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a tall glass frm a small can of 330 ml.

Pours a golden yellow coloured beer, very clean. White soapy head, 2 fingers.

Smell is of malts.

Nice taste, bitter that leaves you with as sweetness.

thin in body and medium carbonated.

The 7.9 alcohol is there, but not so noticeable, it's just says "Hi" and leaves, to mind its own bussiness. On your liver.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.18/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've just finished reviewing this beers little brother: the 6.5% ABV Gold 8.6 beer for the French market, I hope this is more balanced and better in every way.

Anyway, here goes a live review: I'm pouring the 25cl brown bottle into a 'Palm special' labelled bulbous tulip. The beer looks like a typical lager/pilsner, maybe a little more darker than most: still golden with a white head that refuses to hang around though, so very lager like.

The smell is sweet and laden with alcohol: malt sweetness with apple blossom if I'm being kind, the alcohol esters however frighten me: no hop element at all.

The taste is 'a headache in waiting' this is all about the alcohol, no attempt to hide or disguise it what so ever. Malty sweetness and not much else I'm afraid.

This is a brown bag on a park bench sort of beer, not my type at all.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.74/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance – Redish amber colour with a very large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, cherries, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, a bit of dark fruit, and some caramel. It finishes with a malty slight sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I had very low expectations for this beer but ti actually turned out to be fairly decent. The alcohol isn't as noticeable as I thought it would be, and the beer had a fantastic appearance ion the glass. not sure I'd buy it again, but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a very clear, golden yellow. A big fizzy white head was initially present but faded down to reveal nothing more then a thin layer of film like lace on the top. Lots of visible carbonation came streaming up from the bottom of the glass, and it left a tiny bit of residual lace on the sides of the glass.

The smell was light, nice grain and yeasty bread like smell mixed in with some kinda light fruit, maybe some banana, and a touch of alcohol, but it was pretty standard lager. The taste was like a really strong budweiser. It tasted like your standard fare macro lager, buch just stronger. Typical grain adn yeast, maybe some corn in the flavor. A touch of alcohol. very smooth, and clean. Non lingering aftertaste.This was a very sessionable beer. Went down easy and you didnt really feel how strong it was, a dangerous combo. Best served really cold in my opinion.

Overall I was a bit underimpressed with this as a specialty beer, but as a macro lager, I was quite pleased.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew of pale honey-yellow. It holds a creamy head of white foam, standing one and a half fingers high. Patterned lacing appears down the glass as it goes. There is near full clarity through the beer, as no sediment is noted. Carbonation looks to be robust. The nose is full of bready and adjuncty malts which are drying, like flour. There is a healthy scoop of booze mixed in, and the aroma is otherwise composed of fruity, syrupy sweetness. The fruit is of browned apples with a souring twinge. As we sip, the palate is met with bittering malts up front. The middle continues in this, but adds huge fusel alcohols. These mix with the faintest of sweet esters and most distant floral hops for something of a balance. All else is indecipherable through the alcohol of the finish. The aftertaste breathes a shot of vodka, with a twist of white sugar sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation is low to medium. The feel to the mouth is somewhat slick, but no coating or satiation occurs. There is no creaminess to the sip. The beer is not overly watery, and is warming, but not as robustly as one would expect for a beer higher on the abv scale. Due to this the mouth is left a bit puckered and shuddering, but the beer drinks with an even simplicity.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the boldness of the flavor. While there was not much there to pick apart, the flavors presented came through with a surprising strength. Where it started to become unpleasant was when, at the tail end of the middle, the alcoholic burn took over the entire flavor, turning it into straight liquor.

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Photo of CrazyMike
1.86/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Amber brown appearance with minimal head. Smell is sweet and grainy, booze is apparent.

Taste is overwhelmingly sweet, alcoholic and grainy. Body is thick and syrupy with low carbonation. Aftertaste is spicy with a lingering sweetness.

Overall, this is a cheap and powerful beer for those who are embarrassed with buying malt liquor. When it comes to strong beer, it's a little to thick and sweet for my taste.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: My can displays 7.9% ABV, not 8.6%. Poured from a can into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 8th, 2010. Pours a clear yellow with a thin, fizzy head that retains well. Three finger head lingers for quite some time. Generic and unappealing.

Sm: One flat light note of barley, and fresh piney smell. Not particularly grand, but I like this far better than most lagers.

T: Opens flat, body is standard barley, but then- something strange. A sweet tone that bleeds through the finish and lingers on the tongue. It's kind of sweet and almost minty. Unique but not particularly pleasant. It is bold, and I appreciate that this isn't another generic lager. Incidentally, it hides its high ABV quite well.

Mf: Unremarkable. Too smooth, too wet.

Dr: I'd have it again to get drunk. At this price range, its high ABV is quite welcome. I appreciate beers that experiment, but this one is a failure.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.39/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Site says ABV at 8.6%, but the can I have says 7.9%

A - Pours a light golden colour with a thumb of big bubbled head with decent retention and a bit of sticky lacing. I must admit, much more impressive than expected.

S - Sweet corn with an alcohol kick at the end. A bit tinny. Pretty mild overall.

T - Again, a little surprised by this one as I was expecting a drain pour. Sweet corn malts with no hop presence, and a flavour that is somewhat reminiscent of malt liquor. Far from delicious, however, that being said I've had worse.

M - A tad watery, lacking any real character.

D - I would definitely not recommend anyone pick up a can, but it wasn't a drain pour, and I was easily able to take down the can. Taste is a bit of a turn off, and all other characteristics were lacking, with the only respectable category being appearance.

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Bavaria 8.6 Original from Swinkels Family Brewers
Beer rating: 2.54 out of 5 with 156 ratings