Bavik Pils / Lager | De Brabandere

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Bavik Pils / LagerBavik Pils / Lager

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BeerBeast
1.85/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Head disappeared immediately, leaving a watery, thin color; the smell is of onions & feet; and the taste is worse than anything I would ever have in a football parking lot. Really terrible. I will never have this beer again. A rare (for me) actual drain-pour.

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Photo of shirfan
2.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Average gold color, thin but sticky white head.

Mild clean malt aroma with a whiff of sour pear or perhaps apple.

Taste is, in a word, bad. There's some crisp, sweet malt here, but it's overshadowed by a strongly metallic, astringent, drying flavor. On top of that, it turns a bit sour towards the end. There are some leafy, grassy hops in here, but they're totally ruined by the 9-volt battery flavor.

Ick, bordering on drain pour.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.28/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A. Clear straw yellow with a 1/4"head that dissipates quickly.

S. Nothing really to smell here. A bit of a slight yeasty aroma.

T. Really dissappointing here. Tastes like a poor light beer. I am not impressed.

M. Very light mouthfeel.

D. I could not have more than one of these, and I believe one is too much.

Note: Hard to find anything positive to say about this one.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.37/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Straw color, very bright, clear. Head white, with medium-sized bubbles on the glass means each another sip.
Aroma: malt-hop crazy dumb.
Taste: metallic note, malty, dry grass.
Gentian: clear, a little soap might be. Saturation of high fit. Alcohol does not feel.

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Photo of sopor
2.38/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle with no date, but perhaps a batch#. I am thankful for the fact that I did not spend the money on this beer.

Pours a pale golden yellow witha large head developing in my pint mug (wasn't at home or else it would have been a Pils glass) and heavy bubble action. The beer looks pretty good, but maybe it's just me not liking pale beers as much...

The smell was very minimal with a sweet malty "funk". This same flavor, or lack thereof, continued onto the tongue. Slight fruity flavor, but overall extremely lacking in anything good. This is not how I like my Pilsners.

This beer is extremely thin and seems to water down in the mouth. Again not impressive.

Overall I'm very dis-satisfied with this beer.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.41/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh 11.2oz bottle. Pours hazy straw yellow with a fizzy white cap that leaves nice lacing behind. Sweet corn smell with some note reminiscent of wet hay. Tastes very slightly better, though not markedly so. Some grainy pils malt coming into play, but still a general adjunct fell. Quite sweet, and not pleasantly so. Light feel, though not really watery. Not a great take on a pilsener; really too sweet. In all honesty Jupiler (or any number of other euro lagers) would be a better alternative.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear, bright, straw yellow with a voluminous white head. Scattered lacing results when the head dissipates to a chunky film.
Smell is missing. A lot of inhalation results in little being found, some citrus/floral hops, some faint malt. Is this a BMC product?
Taste is much more prevalent with the aforementioned citrus & floral hops, malt, a wee bit of alcohol but no burn, some saltiness crackers, maybe some apple?
Medium bodied with restrained effervescence. A decent, fading, aftertaste. This isn't a BMC brew, the hops are not overpowering, it has some flavor and some balance. There really isn't anything to recommend this but it's no drain pour either. To quote a friend, "it doesn't suck". But that is the best thing I can say about it.

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Photo of alysmith4
2.46/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very average beer.. average in appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Nothing special to report, just that it went down easy and I would recommend having it served extra cold. The only interesting thing that I could say about it was that it tasted very honey-like.. I'm not sure why, but the beer had a definite honey flavor to it.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger of quickly eroding white head with large bubbles. Pale yellow color with fairly high clarity. Watery white lacing.

S- Floral hops and some citrus. Lemon is a big smell here. Unfortunately it smells like dishwashing liquid.

T- Grassy, slight taste of alcohol, muted citrusy hops. Light Pilsner.

M- Light, watery, carbonation is slight.

O- Just not a great style of beer in my opinion.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Hazy, very light yellow in color with a nice, white head that left some lacing and nice pools on top of the liquid.

Smell – There’s almost no smell to this lager except for a hint of lemon and maybe grass.

Taste – There’s almost no taste to this lager, either. The grassy, slightly sweet-n-sour attempt at a German Pils is insulting.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the light and carbonated mouthfeel to this one.

Drinkability – I refrained from dumping this with a shaking hand. It’s right on the edge.

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Photo of Brent
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I found this to be a rather odd beer. In some ways a sterotypical euro-lager - very sweet and bready with a hint of grassy flavors. Mouthfeel was extremely soft, as though they had been over-tinkering with the water ph. Sweetness and bread flavors went beyond the euro-lager norm, however, and clear Belgian influences were present - it bordered on a Belgian white ale, without the spices.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.67/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color, very reminiscent of most macro lagers (Heineken, Stella Artois, etc.). Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a dominant sweetness again reminiscent of other pale lagers. However, it does have a touch of herbal hops that sets it apart a little bit from other macro lagers.

Taste: Very little bitterness up front. Towards the back it develops a sickly kind of sweetness backed by just the slightest amount of grassy hops. All in all, general macro lager territory here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fizzy, like most lagers.

Drinkability: A pretty standard lager. I was honestly hoping for more from a "pilsener" from Belgium but honestly there is nothing to set this beer apart from Stella and its ilk. You can find much better for much cheaper.

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Photo of Lothore
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured strait into the glass a very water fizzy looking golden color. The upside is that the head retains fairly well and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is of wheat, fairly bland, smells similar to typical mass proudced american beers. The taste is not objectionable but doesnt seem to be distinct at all. Not what I was expecting, very fizzy and thin. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and thin. Overall this beer is very drinkable which is its upside. I wouldn't recommend trying it unless you get it for free. I certainly wont be purchasing it again.

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Photo of MerkinMan
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from the can into a tall pilsner glass. Beer was nice a gold, but a little cloudy. The smell was clean: no skunky smell, no alcohol, hops, or grain smell.

This beer is sweet like it came from Eastern Europe or West Asia -- kind of like a Ukrainian beer. The sweetness is not bad, but not really what I expected. The wrapper in which the cans were packaged said this beer was a pilsner, so it seems to me they use that word rather liberally. I was expecting something crisp and spicy.

Mouthfeel is good -- nothing noteworthy.

I will finish this six pack (of course), but I probably won't get this again -- especially at $9 a sixer.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From total wine

A - Super carbonated. Foam seeped out of the bottle. Straw yellow in color, lots of head, dissipates slow, with decent legs.

S - Minerals, malts, and earthy hops.

T - Minerals, malts, and sugar esters.

M - Spicy, yet balanced.

D - Not sure if I would purchase again, but interesting none the less.

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Photo of brentk56
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale, slightly cloudy golden color with a small white head that settles down to a rocky set of islands; decent lacing

Smell: Grassy, earthy, Euro Lager nose; slightly vegetal

Taste: Fairly neutral, almost water-like; some lemony bitterness on the finish along with some phenolic flavors

Mouthfeel: Light and reasonably carbonated

Drinkability: OK for a quaffer; purchased by mistake and it met my low expectations

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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not very crisp, crossing over into blonde ale territory, hops are almost an afterthought. Sweetish cereal grains, light aroma and taste, extremely pale golden body, small wispy head. Cereal finish.

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Photo of soper2000
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Kahn's in Indy on a whim. The can actually reminded me a little of Brahma, especially once i saw "cerveja" on it. Anyways, an agressive pour leads to a 2 finger white head with large soapy bubbles atop a straw yellow body with some particles in suspension. Nose is sweet and malty much like a typical euro lager. Taste finishes a tad metallic, not generally pleasant. I'll probably pass on this one next time.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured minimal head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is a faint grain smell.
The taste is unoffensive with a mild bitterness and a touch of honey sweetness.
Light body with moderate carbonation.
I could throw a couple of these back while doing some yard work in the summer...

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

An interesting brew. 11.2oz can, "Belgian Premium Lager." Color is a clear gold with a mild aroma of malt and husks. My first sip was not too good at all, but has gotten slightly better after a few. Has a chewy malt flavor, with a somewhat acrid bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is actually quite nice...not very carbonated despite it being a can of lager, and its pretty damn smooth. Not bad, not great, but worth a try for something a little different.

Thanks to NeroFiddled for the sample!

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Photo of theopholis
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a light, bright, very clear, straw color, with an impressive white head.. The head white and impressive and has some good staying power. It leaves some lacing, but it's not overwhelming.

Aroma - Initial pour gives an incredibly sour mash. Almost smells like it even has some Bret in it. But after it settles down....geez, it still smells incredibly sour. Just the barest hint of malt sweetness and hops in there.

Taste- Quite grainy up front. A hint of bread. Not enough hoppy bitterness. A nice malt sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel-- Good carbonation level with a light to medium body and a dry gritty finish.

Drinkability - Drinkable, but don't buy a sixer.

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Photo of ADR
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy pale yellow, strange for a Lager or more specifically, a Pilsner. Head is very light and rises to over 1/2 an inch, very fluffy in texture. Decent overall lacing on the glass. Weird yeasty aroma, musty with some nutmeg and grass components. Starts light and perfumey on the tongue, sweet and even a little estery. No real hop sense. Body thins markedly later, as does the taste, but strangely, there's little carbonation and a weird slick sensation that's almost like flat Ginger Ale. A very odd beer for style, almost resembles Wittekerke in some aspects,

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Photo of Crosling
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce can. Pale golden color. Thin white foam that lasts well. Nose shows some light malts, a touch of vinous character and some grassy hops. Really clean nose. Flavor has some bready malty character and some tangy, slightly citrus hops. Well balanced, clean lager.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Listed as Pils Bavik on the confused Menu at the Zolder in Brugge during a recent visit on Good Friday 25th April, 2005. Properly called Bavik Pils, I was eager to give this one a whirl on tap in Belgium as I had seen it arrive in Cans in the US, so I wanted a taste datum for the Can when I get to try it.

Appearance: Archetypal. Straw colored body, immensely lucid and filled with streamers. Soft whispy white head sits tall at first but soon finishes at the ½” mark. Brewery conditioned levels of carbonation fills this brew, often resulting in the odd gaseous burp after the swallow.

Nose: Nothing is out of place here, perfectly clean nose filled with some delicate pilsner malts and with mere hints of some citric lemons and a light wheat odor. Low on strength and easy going.

Taste: Smooth feel, light tastes throughout but not the boring wishy-washy Belgium Pils, for it does have some flavor, even though it’s depressed at times. Pilsner malts, lemon juice, sparks of hop bitterness. Low profile but nothing offensive or off-putting here. Aftertaste has a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation tricks your mind, feels pretty good but when you concentrate hard, this is actually quite thin, watery almost at times. The culmination of the thin feel and high carbonation has something that fails to break an average rating.

Drinkability: Very clean, crisp, aerodynamic lines. Nothing outstanding but I could manage a few of these with a Curry no problem, but I am not too sure I could drink a lot of this in a stand-alone session, it’s just too gassy.

Overall: I have had this before many, many times in Belgium, and I honestly think its one of the better “for the masses” Pils out there. It’s clean, crisp and actually has some Pils-like flavor, unlike the Alken-Maes and Jupiler home-grown contenders, if only Bavik to get this more widely distributed. Nothing outstanding but certainly not one of the worst Belgium “Pils” on the market. I think I will try the Cans when I see them back in the USA.

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Photo of rangerred
2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy medium yellow with a fizzy white head that fades rather quickly.

Smells of light grain and grassy hops and a little bit grapy.

Flavor is light grain and hay along with a tiny bit of grape. A moderate bitterness is present towards the finish along with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is a pretty average pilsner. Nothing special but a great thirst quencher.

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