Bavaria 8.6 Original
Swinkels Family Brewers

Bavaria 8.6 OriginalBavaria 8.6 Original
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Swinkels Family Brewers
European Strong Lager
Ranked #57
Ranked #29,733
2.57 | pDev: 27.24%
Jan 20, 2023
Dec 29, 2001
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.05/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
March 2006: 650 ml very dark blueish green bottle, bought in France. ABV is 7.9%. Golden colour, large lasting head, decent lacing. Malty and fruity aroma with some alcoholic notes, but not unpleasant. Hints of oak and leather. Flavour is very sweet, but surprisingly it is not as repulsive as many other (often less sweet) golden strong lagers. Tolerable hops obviously contribute to a (nearly) acceptable balance. Moderate carbonation. I’ve had worse beers.
Jan 20, 2023
Rated: 3.14 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 2.66 by misteil from Ireland

Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 1.46 by gwydno from Spain

Oct 08, 2021
Rated: 3.4 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Nath91 from Australia

1.53/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
The local bottle shop near me stock some of these strong European lagers, which are good on a Friday night, when you want to get your buzz on, and not think too hard about the present, future, or past. They've started stocking this one, so thought I'd pick up a can and give it a go.

Look: Clear, very bubbly golden beer, looking like a classic Australian adjunct lager, rather than a typical pale Euro lager. Frothy white head that has more important places to be than my glass by the way it's disappearing as I type this.

Smell: Strong alcohol whiff on the nose, bitter grassy hops, somewhat sour on the nose, biscuit malt. Smells like a hangover in the making.

Taste: Sweet syrupy goo. It's like they've poured a lot of simple syrup and mixed it with straight alcohol. Struggling to find anything positive about the flavour, might be some hop extract in there somewhere, but if it is they've mixed with with simple syrup and turned it into a hop cordial.

Feel: Smooth, not overly carbonated, but sickly sweet.

Overall: 20th review, and this is the first one I'm proper regretting. I've had OJ strong, and from memory that's more palatable, this is just beer cordial. I look on the can and sure enough, it lists hop extract, and glucose syrup. 1-2 cans may get you buzzed, but heck, I'd rather drink a 6 pack of an average Aussie adjunct lager than force myself to down this. Better drink it ice cold, because once it warms up, it's going to be completely undrinkable.

In a word: Yuck!
Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 2.31 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela

Mar 05, 2021
Rated: 3.61 by Amalthea

Nov 23, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by Daniel473 from Netherlands

Oct 05, 2019
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Reviewed by meshborg from Thailand

2.43/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
If your on holiday in europe and you want quick buzz this is your beer.It looks good price reasonable and tastes ok.Def the pick of the strong cans.Obvs
big supermarket will provide better but not always option.
Oct 05, 2019
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Rated by Issou from California

2.39/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Taste like metallic piss but oh boy if you want to get drunk I defenitly recommend. RSAiste will understand
Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 2.63 by Campodog from Spain

Feb 15, 2019
Rated: 2.13 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Sep 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Michighan from France

5/5  rDev +94.6%
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 !
Jun 05, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Apr 04, 2018
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

1.43/5  rDev -44.4%
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
Mar 01, 2018
Rated: 2.27 by McWooze from France

Nov 08, 2017
Rated: 2.58 by thatsmyspot from Italy

Oct 26, 2017
Rated: 2.59 by insouciantx from New York

Oct 24, 2017
Bavaria 8.6 Original from Swinkels Family Brewers
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 167 ratings