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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Added by Andreji on 12-29-2001

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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 65
Reviews by jhtipton:
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2.88/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it is a cheap beer, so what should you expect. And it is nearly 8% ABV. Pours a medium golden clear color into my pint glass. Actually gave me alot of head that did stick to the glass. Not much in the smell arena, can barely smell anything. Tast is warming, kinda like a bud with a shot of vodka in it. Mouth feelis light to medium bodied. Drinkability is average. Due to the high ABV, stop at one and get something better to drink.

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Photo of cam477
2/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.56/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev +17.6%

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1/5  rDev -60.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

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3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yikes, way too sweet and the alcohol shows too much, bloody god damn awful, i took about 2 sips, before ouring the rest down the sink, one of the worst beers you'll ever have, no joke.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml can, the kind found in the import section of every liquor store in town.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of cushioned foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent awkwardly webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of warm, almost bready white grain, doctored corn syrup, metallic fusel alcohol, and quite acrid stewed vegetal, grassy hops. The taste is sugary sweet pale grain, rice-like syrup, gasohol, and egregiously stanky dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, with just a pithy, wan frothiness, the body a seemingly sugar-boosted medium-light weight, and smooth, I suppose, but also verging on the sickly cloying. It finishes replete with sweet grain and industrial effluent alcohol.

As is by now probably blindingly obvious, the elevated ABV here isn't very well integrated, rendering a pretty hot lager beer experience - not a good thing. This is a favourite, from what I can tell, even at my local bottleshop, amongst the more shabbily attired, single brand purchasers of note. I can see why, given its relatively inexpensive shelf tag, and overall oomph - all fine, as long as your taste buds take a sick day. Oh - and this is still markedly better than anything Minhas puts out around here.

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Photo of cokes
2.02/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gold with a blanket of wet, milky foam. This honestly looks as though it could be a quality lager.
The aroma is lightly sulfuric, then leans heavily towards creamed corn as it gains any sort of warmth at all.
Begins sweet, with grain, vanilla-extract, and honey. They float, unattached for a moment, then latch onto a variety of vegetal hues. Can after can of cream corn...the nose doesn't lie. Light asparagus bitterness on the finish. Bland otherwise. No malt structure. No hop structure. And despite its strength, no particular alcohol structure. On the lips it leaves a lightly sweetened, powdered-sugar corn film.
It begins as a vapid, empty mess of a body, then it settles into a frothier liquid. Still void of construction. but possessing texture.
What this has going for it is a hidden booze quotient.
Drinkable. sort of, but it is merely a small step up from some U.S. renditions of completely adjuncted, cheapo piss...errr...malt liquor..

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Photo of Sammy
2.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The Beer Store find. This is a pale Euro lager with extra diesel fuel alcohol. Pours light with generous white bubbled head. Some alcohol in aroma. Thin mouthfeel, not much in taste, just enough malt, and some apple juice to swallow a decent sample. Rest drain poured.

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Photo of Reem
2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Momon
2.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Ant777uk
2.08/5  rDev -18.4%
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 fr0wn3r
2.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of WilliamLious
3.13/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Inch head reducing to a film of foam. Golden straw that is clear. Moderate fizzing.

Smell: Not a strong smell, nothing chemical. Slight malty smell.

Taste: Slight sweetness and a strong but not over-powering alcohol taste. A bit of bitterness mostly countering the alcohol and sweetness. Some maltiness also.

Mouthfeel: Moderate lightness become creamy in the mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad. Rochefort beats this of course. Didn't detect any chemical overtones. Perhaps they have process control issues.

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Photo of mishi_d
1.41/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev +29.4%
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 CrazyDavros
2.17/5  rDev -14.9%
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 TimeLincoln
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

Photo of alpacappuccino
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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 RuudJH
2.31/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This Bavaria 8.6 special blond beer looked like a good choice. Nice bottle, not a screaming, but a serious label. Bavaria has a long tradition.
A: golden, allmost orange, clear, flaky head, very low on the bubbles.
S: bread, sweet grains, rather obvious alcohol.
T: Low on sweet fruits and again grains, only a little hops... too simple to mask the alcohol (even though it's 'only' 7.9%)
All in all, this is rather ordinary for a 'special' beer.
Plus: I fear this beer could give you a headache before the end of the evening, if you try more than 1 bottle.

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