Bavaria Red
Swinkels Family Brewers

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Lager - European Strong
2.12 | pDev: 34.43%
Swinkels Family Brewers
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BronsonArt from Canada (ON)

1.28/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

This beer gave me one of those double-take moments where you take a sip expecting one thing, then experience something quite different! I thought I mixed up my glass of beer with my son's root beer. It was that bad.

If you like your beer artificial tasting and syrupy-sweet this might just be the one for you. For me, it was the first time in a long time—maybe ever—where I poured the last half down the drain. Glad I just bought the one!

Aug 13, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

1.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

This is godawful stuff, and it takes a horrific beer to make me cast aspersions. Too much tinny boozy chemical artificial flavour. This is the first beer I've tasted that I would refuse it was offered to me again. Absolutely vile and repugnant.

Mar 02, 2015
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

2.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500 mL can picked up at TBS; best before Dec. 2014. Served well-chilled, because although (as this review's existence attests) I am a bit of a masochist, I'm not completely batshit crazy.

Pours a surprisingly attractive clear copper-amber colour, topped with just under two fingers of frothy, spongy off-white head. It recedes relatively slowly for the style, with a nice coat of lacing left behind. If nothing else, I can start this review off on a high note because it actually looks pretty great in the glass. The aroma is too boozy for my liking, and has an off-putting solvent note to it; notes of caramel and cherry do little to make up for it. Dread overcomes me...

Sickly sweet, and not in a particularly tolerable way. Caramel is the main flavour, with some oxidised/browned red apple and maraschino cherry notes. Fairly boozy toward the finish, but not the worst offender in this category by a wide margin. It does possess a moderate warming quality. Medium-bodied, with weak carbonation and a slick, gross mouthfeel that coats the palate with each sip. I've had much worse beers, but I still don't really want to finish the glass.

Final Grade: 2.21, a D grade. Bavaria Red is not the sort of beer that should be reviewed. Typing equals time, and once this beer gets warm you might as well pour it down the sink. It's drinkable when ice cold, and from my time served at that liquor store in Edmonton, it would seem that this beer also has the homeless person market cornered. The regular 8.6 is a slightly better beer, and that is not saying very much because they're both atrocities.

Jun 25, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

3.12/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Every so often I try something I shouldn't: this 500ml can is a typical example of this type of thing.

A tramps lager maybe?

Poured into two 'Home Ales' Robin Hood badged Countryman half pint tankards (one for my son) on 23rd Dec 13.

Looks a proper red colour, a lovely mahogany hue actually: the white head refused to hang around, but a quick swirl soon brought it back (only to fall away again very swiftly).

The aroma was of malty red fruits and although my initial thoughts were to drink it out of a brown paper bag, I was pleasantly surprised by the smell, taste and feel of the brew.

Everything was a little too sweet, but I'm a fan of malty/semi-sweet brews so this almost fell into my 'zone'.

Couldn't get the 'brown paper bag' idea out of my head though, so I couldn't score it too highly.

Dec 24, 2013
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mndlssphlsphr from Washington

1.43/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Piss in a can. I never thought that eating food containing red 40 would make me urinate such a concoction. I kid I kid, like a kid of course, and I id like a kid who is clearly two young to drink or appreciate such a product. This is a Dutch joke right, or why else would they use the term 'Bavaria' in the marketing? I must be out of the loop here man ... #hedoesntget_it

It looks alright, but I have no idea what made it look this way. The writing on the wall{can} does not say it at all. Something is afoot. I wonder what.... but this is Panama and everything here comes by crate. When one asks the question, "Who is John Frum?" I am reminded of this beer. Quite frankly this can knocks out a local, but honestly and in a very well intentioned-good-natured way....they don't know no better.

Mar 05, 2013
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

1.46/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Deep red colour, collar of white/off white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is a mixture of malt and sugar, some fruit is present, but very sweet smelling almost candy like notes mixed with alcohol. The taste is a awful mixture of malt and sugar, some cherry taste and rocket fuel like alcohol...just terrible. Medium carbonation, syrupy and thick feeling, med-full body. This was just horrible, no person should ever have to drink this, I barely got through 1/4 of the tall can before this saw the drain, avoid at all costs.

Apr 17, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

2.25/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

can dumped into pint glass 11/10/11

A clear pinkish copper with a fair amount of bubbles feeding a short lived thumbs width of tan head that leaves a little polka dot lacing

S smells like caramel covered cherries and some booze, perhaps a little cough syrup and we all know how much I love cough syrup

T metallic booze with some nail polish remover, and not tasty nail polish remover either, I'm talking bad nasty boozy sickly sweet yuck

M sweet boozy heat and a lovely chemical aftertaste that reminds me that drinking stuff under the sink may have been a better idea

O the smell fooled me for a moment but after tasting it I was sure that this is nothing worth trying again

I like getting blackout drunk as much as the next guy but have a little class while waking up in a chicken coup, what dose remorse taste like again?

Nov 11, 2011
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TheBrewo from New York

2.15/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

We pour a brew of reddish copper. The head stands half a finger high and dissipates quickly to a gathering of small tan bubbles around the center of the glass. Bits of chunky lacing are left as it goes. The beer is otherwise clear, with no sediment found. Carbonation appears high, and many bubbles stick around the glass, suspended under the liquid. The aroma is bright and steely. It is comprised of big adjuncty grain, subtle yeast character, and huge coppery bite. There is the faintest sugary, fruity sweetness, and has an earthy vibe similar to walking into an old musty cabin. The taste begins with bitter grain. There is a dark sourness to it, similar to that of black coffee, but without the flavoring of such. The middle peaks with that faint fruitiness from the nose, but is by no means well defined. It is a sugary wash. The finish rounds out with dark adjuncty grain that bites with traces of booze and a bit of toast. Rather clean, surprisingly. The aftertaste breathes distinctly of penicillin, and biting metallic grain. The body is medium and the carbonation is high, almost to the point of being offensive. There is little coating, and the mouth is left tinny, yet cooled. The abv is strong but appropriate, and the beer is not the easiest drinker.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how the flavors picked up a bit after the aroma. Through the nose we were expecting something admittedly offensive to the palate, but rather we were given a darker brew that gave a robustness of flavor that presented as somewhat integrated with the rest of the beer’s components.

May 29, 2011
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toomanyideas from Canada (NB)

3.28/5  rDev +54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The price is right and the flavor is not terrible, unless of course you drink more than a few of these in a sitting. It looks fine in a glass, the smell is inoffensive, and the taste is enjoyable although as a warning note, this beer is almost too sweet. One thing that I do enjoy a lot about this is that it has a nice creamy head that sticks around for a while after pouring.

I will not give this drink a terrible rating. I have bought this on several occasions, and it is when I am in the mood for a sweet "red" beer. For most occasions however, I would advise something else on the menu.

Mar 11, 2011
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

2.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one's been kicking around in the fridge for some time...

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour, finger of head with solid retention and some sticky big bubbled lacing.

S - Rather mild, but comes across sweet with toffee and butterscotch and some leafy hops on the finish.

T - Sweet alcohol dominates, with a bit of maraschino cherries. Reminiscent of Grand Marnier. Too sweet for my liking and the alcohol is way too in your face.

M - Medium bodied ale, but has a bit of a syropy feel to it. Too thick.

D - Unique flavours, but the sweetness is just too much for my liking. Alcohol is not hidden, and slaps you around a bit. I would not recommend this to anyone.

Feb 05, 2011
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

1.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Can into Paulaner pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a copper-red with a five finger head of decent thickness and impressive cream. I didn't expect this thick a head from a high abv beer, much less from a garbage brewer like Bavaria.

Sm: A musty light aroma. Kind of a dirty barley scent.

T: Garbage open to foul barley. Kind of a filthy beer. Maybe some fruit that had gone off before being added. Syrupy and outright abysmal. Makes regular bavaria look better by comparison (until I remember I'd have to drink two cans of it to match the ABV).

Mf: Way too slick. Too smooth and even too wet.

Dr: Buy it to get lambasted if you dare. This is what I politely call a "student beer" - both because it tastes like it was brewed by the brewer's students and because only broke-ass students would drink it. Laughably bad for the style. The price could be worse.

Jan 13, 2011
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

2.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can. Ah, Bavaria, the cheeky Dutch brewer who messed with FIFA and Budweiser at this past year's World Cup, and with orange summer dress clad blonde guerrilla marketers, at that. My kind of insurgency.

This beer pours a clear, dark golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, somewhat rocky ecru head, which leaves some nice Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it rashly recedes - a hell of a lot better looking than I was expecting, I gotta say.

It smells of sticky caramel apple, a bit of cherry cough candy, maybe a touch of pear compote, and very little else. The taste is sweet, distressingly cloying caramel malt, more overripe apple, isolated sugary, and kind of spoiled notes, and a rather disagreeable warming phenolic alcohol. Jeez, it made me do the involuntary head shake, usually reserved for the biggest and baddest barleywines or BA stouts (or more than likely, malt liquors).

The carbonation is quite light, but not exactly absent, the body medium-light in weight, like malty low-acid fruit juice, and smooth, I suppose, but still filmy and clingy as hell. It finishes sweet - low-grade fruity, boozy, and kind of medicinal, a certain cough medicine analogy starting to crystallize.

Holy Jebus! What a Jekyll and Hyde of a beer! Looks like one thing, and tastes like one unholy sort of another. It's just hard to reconcile, so attractive on the outside, evil on the inside. Ok, so maybe that's not an altogether uncommon thing. Anyway, this is (to paraphrase a tad) the beer your mother warned you about. Like the aforementioned World Cup stunt, it's all just show, pomp and circumstance - and skanky under the hood.

Nov 26, 2010
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CrazyMike from Canada (AB)

1.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is dark red with medium head. Smell is malty and fruity.

Good beginning, now for the downside.

Has a very strong, sweet, syrup like taste with a hint of fruit. High alcohol is apparent. Very thick body with little carbonation, sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Overall, this is like malt liquor but more sugary. It's cheap and gets you loaded if you can get through the taste.

Nov 04, 2010
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

1.6/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- This has an impressive thick foamy head that slowly dissolves into a puffy off white layer about a quarter inch thick on top of the brew. The color of the beer itself is clear and has the typical reddish hues that should be expected. There is some decent lacing clinging to the glass as well. The only knock might be the amount of perceived carbonation that is rising to the top.

S- Very sweet malty aromas dominate, and I do agree with a prior assesment, in that it has some candy apple like quality to it. It also has a moderate boozy smell to it and no hops are noticeable.

T- This is way to sweet for me, that's for sure. It opens up with tons of brown sugar that is mixed into overripe berries....strawberry juice to be exact. Once you get past this initial shock (and I mean that literally, it made me shiver), there is some faint malt and an alcoholic medicinal quality to this. It finishes sweet as well...just overpowering sugar.

M- This is thick with syrup like sweetness initially but it becomes more medium towards the end. The carbonation is actually quite creamy but the alcohol really comes through here.

D-It's like someone took Robitussin and let it sit in the sun for 8 1/2 hours, then added grain alcohol to it! I'm not sure if I can finish this one. It's a party beer and might appeal to the crowd who just wants to get plastered. I do admit it's a little better with salty food, such as I'm having with this beer in the last bit of this review, but I am not enjoying this. Definitely the worst red I've tried and I won't be getting this one again. Pass! (I ended up dumping the last half of my pint....just couldn't do it)

Oct 21, 2010
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Seanstoppable from Canada (NS)

2.18/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A new(?) addition to the NSLC's Beers of the World wall, and like a sucker, I picked it up.

Pouring results in a reddish amber color, with lots and lots of bubbly white head. Head slowly evaporates, leaving sporadic lacing

Some minor caramel malt scent.

Taste is a malty sweetness, slightly syrupy in nature. Taste is also very strong - you can tell this has alcohol from the flavor. The strength does not leave a good flavor in the mouth.

It is indeed a 'strong lager', but not in any enjoyable way. Reminds me extensively of cheaper beers I bought earlier in my youth, except stronger in flavor.

Oct 03, 2009
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BoitSansSoif from France

2.36/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Pours a nice clear amber color w/thick off-white head of mousse. A few small bits of sticky lacing, decent retention.

S-Sweet roasty malt, bits of mineral, various fruit (red apple, berries) faint candy sugar, faint alcohol.

T&M-Sweet malt that opens up to a generic fruit bouquet but immediately after gets much sweeter. The finish is syrupy and sweet, and the aftertaste is also sweet. The malt imparts a nice toasty quality that is unfortunately dominated by the sweetness, and there is also a faint medicinal quality, and some warm alcohol in the finish. Robust carbonation.

D-Some redeeming qualities, but too sweet. Again, this seems like one of those beers that I'm afraid young kids will get trashed on because of the abv and the sweetness.

Sep 13, 2009
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sammytag from Canada (AB)

2.73/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Actually impressed by the head on this beer. looks good. The beer is a deep amber colour. I want to drink it.

On the nose, I get a nice balance that favors sweet smelling malt complexity over a sharp hoppy aroma. No warning signs here. Solid. Nothing surprising or flawed, just standard. Somewhat enticing.

I really liked the first couple sips of this beer. It's not great, but there's a brown sugary flavour and an alcoholic warmth that follows which is a plus for me. A good, inexpensive winter warmer. But. Once the carbonation dies down, it loses its lustre and its high alcohol content peeks through in a bad way.

When all is said and done, this brew is too sweet, although it does have nice qualities and is a worthwhile beverage for the curious. Probably one of the better 500ml import cans available in Alberta. If you don't take this beer too seriously, you might enjoy it.

Aug 25, 2009
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

2.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours the color of bourbon, maybe a little darker. The head is surprisingly long lasting, leaving a good smattering of lace. The aroma is sweet, a bit fruity and boozy, simplistic. The taste is a tremendously sweet wreck. Its almost lacticy in its character, very sweet. Some heat from the alcohol and some stewed vegetables are also present. The mouthfeel is coating and cloying. The finish is sweet and mildy alcoholic.

This is a very nice looking but terrible tasting cheap lager. I won't try it again.

Jan 20, 2009
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mooseisloose from Florida

2.46/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500 ml can from Cafam. Smells like slightly roasted malts and some red licorice with a little caramel. Pours to a bright amber with a 3 finger head with great structure, stands well and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Taste is sharp malts with some bitterness and the AC is most prevalent. Finish is better than the start with some caramel. This seems more like a jump-starter than a a brew. Starts to mellow as it warms up but it still doesn't get there. Mouthfeel is smooth but has a problem getting past the taste. Nothing I'd buy again.

Jan 01, 2009
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mrmanning from Canada (ON)

1.75/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a bright red with a bleached white cap of decent froth. The aroma is fruity, albiet I'm not one to discern which fruit it is. Maybe some cherries? It's pretty arbitrary. There is also some hay/grass/floral aroma that is tough to place. Tastes sweet, like the candied cherries, red pepper jelly...its sweet and too much so for me. Cloying, and no fucking way I'm drinking this whole can. Liquid dessert gone wrong. Blearrg!

Apr 04, 2008
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

1.92/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 500 ml silver can, dark transluscent chestnut/amber in hue, tall light spongy cinnamon head. Sticky patchwork lacing down the glass.

Um, I could smell this stuff from the glass right after the pour about a foot away, kind of a funk. Upon closer and more wary inspection it offers up yeast and alcohol and some detergent. Sweet and sour grainy malts are exposed as it warms.

Hey, who wants homebrew? Tastes just like a high test batch of red ale homebrew from a basic doubled up kit. Simple generic sweet malt combined with much heat from the alcohol, with a sour finish. Get's more difficult to swig down after the first 1/4 of the glass. Soapy aftertaste reminiscent of detergent.

Mouthfeel is half decent, medium-bodied and smooth with some burn from the alcohol, although I had to brace myself for another sip just to double check.

Well then, it's been a while since I've done a sink pour, but that's exactly where the last half of this "red strong beer" is headed. Cloyingly sweet to start, with a "bitter beer face" sour finish that can induce intermittent gagging, or at least I'm speaking from personal experience. User results may vary.

Mar 30, 2008
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onid678 from Australia

1.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Having the name barvaria on the can i thought that it would be a great tasting beer. It looks okay but oh no does not taste well.
A beer does not go down well when its reminds you of cough syrup. So i had to push myself to finish it, pity the ratings dont go lower. I'd put 0 for drinkability and 0.5 for taste.

Sep 11, 2007
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Suds from Missouri

2.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a ½ liter can, this beer is a deep red color with a decent head. Despite reservations (the pale 8.6 was truly awful), this is an enticing and and attractive looking brew. The aroma, though, brings the goodness to an abrupt halt. Sharp and unpleasant alcohol are the first smell, followed by misplaced fruits. There's a lot of ripe berries and cherry smells, but they're not backed by any malt qualities. Instead, they're lonely and misplaced esters, lost in a sea of harsh ethanol. The taste is intensely sweet, like an over-syruped soda-pop, only with a lot of harsh alcohol. The beer is relatively full in body, and the finish is warm. Despite appearances, this is not a good beer.

Aug 25, 2007
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got me on the serving type - it was one of those new fangled metal "bottles". Anyway, not much head, although a thin cover did last. Has some lace. Color is brown with some red highlights. Aroma was very malty sweet, but caught a whiff of bleach! (not my dishwater, which is filtered plus this glass had it's 3rd beer this time and rinsed) Flavor's just the same. Body is surprisingly thin considering sweetness. Good carbonation helps this beer a lot. Very sweet finish. Two dimensional beer.

May 01, 2007
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JulieRFoster from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a silver-bullet colored metal bottle. Not crazy about the bottle, but hey, marketing, what can ya do? True to the style, this beer has a tawny brown color. The head is very frothy and aerated and settles to a tope-colored frothy 2cm.
The nose has hints of raspberry and other red fruits (strawberry?) and of course is fairly sour. The scent develops as it sits. Later on I got a lot of cheese in the nose, like camembert or rocheforte. The flavor is malty and sour – not particularly balanced. The mouthfeel is medium to light with LOTS of carbonation. A little overdone on the carbonation. There was not much lacing to speak of, which could be a product of the carbonation, or of that fact that Parisians don’t know how to properly wash their beer glasses.

May 19, 2006
Bavaria Red from Swinkels Family Brewers
Beer rating: 56 out of 100 with 40 ratings