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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002

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Photo of puboflyons
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle no. 39912. Sampled on June 3, 2010. It pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a short burst of fizzy off-white head. The aroma is full of grains with thin hops and a slight skunkiness. The mouthfeel is about medium. The taste is also more grainy than anything else with a bit of creaminess and a faint hint of hops at the end. It leaves an aftertaste.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy, straw colored. Thin, white head with no lacing. Aroma is light grain, grass, & some faint floral notes. Flavor is skunky, bitter hops. Typical form for a generic Pilsner. Nothing special, but it does the trick.

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Photo of freed
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with lots of bubbles. Brief foamy head thins but remains.

Aroma is of pils malt and almost resembles an american adjunct lager.

Taste is slightly sweeter and slightly maltier than an american lager. Cleaner yet more interesting too, and a nice smooth finish that requires further investigation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of CHickman
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Lark in E. Northport, NY; pours yellow with a 2 finger foamy white head that faded slowly and left decent spotty lacing.

Tastes and smells like a pilsner with lemon zest, light citrus hops, a little caramel, sweet malt, grains, corn or vegetable husk and some light floral hops or peppery spices. More malty tasting than anything, it was a basic quaffable beer that went down easy. It was just alright in every way.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains lager yeast, light malts and little hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of lager yeast, grain and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then there's a little malt sweetness that comes in along with a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better beers that I've had in the style but I've certainly had a lot worse.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderately sweet with a light spice malt nose, accompanied by moderately light floral hops.

A: Golden color, totally clear with a moderately thick white head and very solid retention. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Sweet malt flavor, yet the beer manages to still be crisp with light floral spicy hop note. The beer has a moderate hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderately high carbonation. The beer has average attenuation.

O: The beer is a German Pils, but the Belgian heritage and influence is noticable immediately in the nose and followed by the accompanying flavor. However, the beer’s flavor is a bit too sweet and the finish is a little sticky.

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Photo of goschool
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This one pours a pale yellow with a good-sized white head.

Smell: The nose features an unimpressive sprinkle of grassy saaz hops.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out with grassy hops, followed by grainy malts that finish sweet, not clean and not characteristic of pilsners.

Mouthfeel: It's light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: It's far from an amazing pilsner, but it's more than serviceable at its Trader Joe's price.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bight pale gold. Very fizzy. A very nice creamy head with heavy lace. Smell is lightly sour with a hint of hoppiness.

Tastes "bright", that's the only way I can describe it. Light bodied and refreshing. Sweet apple undertones with hints of wild grass. Light hops aftertaste.

Not a beer that will knock your socks off but a bit better than some of the other reviews would indicate. Maybe it's better out of the bottle. A solid european light lager.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very jazzy, pale gold color, flowing bubbles but a low rising, moderate head keeps things grounded. The head dissipates pretty quick for such a jazzy look.

sour greens, musky earth, very classically yeasty aroma. Green beans, spring water, herbs and sour-sweet malt, mild pepper.

A pretty classic Pils flavor of musky-earthy and sour notes, soft pepper, veggies, crisp malty bite, bready and sour tones from the malt, more peppery earth in the mild hop balance.

The feel is light, sharp and very crispy, especially to start out. Herbal, sour and clean earthy aftertaste.

If you love the style, it's a must try.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an Ommegang flute.

A: Pours a crystal-clear, yellow-gold color with a short lived one finger layer of bright white head. Carbonation is active and some sticky lace is left behind.

S: Sublte hoppy aroma mixed with some mild caramel malt, red apple, damp grain, and toasted bread crusts.

T: See above, but also features an odd, slightly off-putting, wet paper/cardboard flavor in the beginning and middle. Finishes with a welcome bit of herbal hoppiness.

M: Relatively smooth and slightly oily. Some hop bitterness. Not enough of the crisp Pilsener mouthfeel that I was hoping for.

D: All in all, this was ok. I wouldn't turn one down if offered one, and would take this over Stella anyday.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a cloudy pale straw color with a large white head exhibiting good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells a touch cidery but otherwise the pilsener aroma is there. Pale malts and bread with some strong yeastiness. Mild hoppiness in the form of straw, grass, and spice.

T: Unfortunately the flavor doesn't quite match up. Slight sulfur and skunk notes with a strong grassy hop flavor. Some yeast and lots of cereal sweetness. A slight bitterness on the back end.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Started off well with a nice appearance and nose, but the flavor fell short.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of schoolboy
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up for my road trip this week (road/cruise ship). I was hoping for something with more character, but I did not necessarily expect it. The beer is typical, slightly above average for the style. It has only a slight hops taste (or any other taste).

It is crisp and clean but too thin to be interesting. I really hope I only bought one of these because I don't ever really want another. I would just as soon drink a Pabst, and I would rather have a Rolling Rock. As with other styles, even with a bad style, I prefer American versions.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a "good beer that comes in a can" tasting after work. Pale pilsner color, white head, faint hops and citrus aroma. Tasted very clean, with an oily hop flavor, no skunk or funk as compared to Heineken and Pilsner Urquell. Drinkable middle-of-the-road beer. Pretty good I'd say. Maybe some others had a bad batch.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color and a little hazy; kind of unusual for a pilsner. Nice lacework as the very delicate foam falls. This beer has a delicate aroma of grain with a hint a grassiness. A very light, delicate pilsner, with a bit of spritziness to it. (This could be the result of my careful pour.) The flavor is grainy with hint of minerals. The finish is fairly bitter and dry. Almost makes me think of light version of Duvel. What attracts me the most with this beer is its gentle graininess in the flavor and dryness. Nothing too exciting here, just a well made, dry pilsner.

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Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden with a large white head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy and vaguely floral/herbal. Clean.

The taste is grainy with floral/herbal notes. It has a slight metallic touch . Finishes with a watery crispness. Light-bodied and smooth.

Mainly inoffensive (outside of slight metallic touch), soft and easy enough for a "throw it back" thirst-quencher. But, that's about all it is, but not bad for that.

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Photo of eschbach
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this beer at Total Wine. It looked interesting, so I bought a bottle. It comes in these weird 11.2 oz bottles. These damn European brewers love to skimp us 0.8 oz of beer. that is just wrong!

I filled my pils glass with the beer. It has a very yellow color. It almost looks like pee, but it is really foggy unlike a lot of yellow colored beers. It has a thick foamy head, but it goes away really fast. The smell is nothing special. It smells almost like Budweiser. The taste is very bitter. It has a lot of hops flavor and it has a citrus aftertaste. It feels like water in my mouth. It's a very refreshing beer and it's easy to drink.

This beer is hard to compare to anything else. I'd say the closest I could compare it to is Carlsberg maybe, but it has a very different feel. I like drinking this beer, but I am probably not going to get it in the future because it's hard to find and it's not cheap. There are better German Lagers out there for less money. Also I'd be more inclined to buy it if it came in a 12 oz bottle, instead of these stupid 11.2 0z ones.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tgbljb
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

selection of the beer-of-the-month club. Poured a pale yellow color with a nice white puffy head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is slightly sweet with some piney hops detected. Taste is nice and crisp but nothing outstanding. High carbonation gives a mouth fullness that leads helps to make it refreshing. An easy drinker, Best used as an expensive spacer.

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Photo of becktone
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Straw gold, maybe even paler that that, in color with adequate clarity. Head formation is nice and retention is okay. From where the head started it has left some nice thick lacing. Color of head is white and its texture is borderline rocky-creamy. Only if the retention were better, about 1/2 a finger more would be real nice.

Nose: Nice hoppy aroma fills the room whilst being poured into this pils glass. Floral and spicy aromas abound from the glass. There's a good malt backbone behind it to support the hops, the fact that the malt sweetness can make it past the hop aroma shows that this beer has an excellent malt backbone and that it really does support the rest of the brew....well as far as the hops go. Malt sweetness has a character in it that reminds me a bit of cider.

Tongue: Malt sweetness is the first characteristic to come through. Unfortunately the next thing I detected was a metallic flavor, much like aluminum....its like I've a penny in my mouth and I'm just sucking on it. This lasts all through the finish. Really not as hoppy (in terms of flavor or bitterness) as I would've expected. Seems to be more of a hop driven beer. In my opinion it could use a bit more hop. Something important to note is that one can tell this one is from Belgian...the yeast gives it away. It has a distinct woody, earthy and almost quasi-farmhouse quality that tells you its from Belgium.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light in body with a dry finish. Carbonation is about where it should be. This is an easy drinking beer, but I don't see anything that would really draw me back to it. Nothing outstanding, nothing damning. It is a good beer, quite unique with that little Belgian twinge coming from the yeast. Give it a try.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer represents the notion to not judge a book by its cover. Nothing impressed me at first. The label looked cheap, appearance was nothing impressive - very pale with little carbonation, no aroma to speak of. All this changed from the first sip to the last. Fantastic light taste that was above and beyond any domestic light beers or even Pilsner Urquell. Went down great. Bought this in a mix and match single and will definitely try it again. Paid $1.59 for the bottle.

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Photo of ChipMurray
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Bistro B in Kernersville, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some very light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a medium sized thin patch, some very thin film covering about half the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bready malts with a slightly stronger aroma of grassy and floral hops.

T: Moderate flavors of bready malts with grassy and floral hops which contribute some light bitterness which lingers for a while.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some moderate dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with a fairly low ABV and lighter flavors/aromas - refreshing and sessionable. Pairs well with many foods.

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 342 ratings
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