Bavik Pils / Lager | De Brabandere

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
326
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
21.69%
 
 
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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 NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, yellowish gold with a firm, bright-white head that holds very well and leaves excellent lace. The aroma offers a full, grainy maltiness and an herbal hoppiness. The body is light-medium, and it has a very fine, restrained carbonation. Very smooth & creamy in the mouth. The flavor has, surprisingly, a light touch of Belgian "mustiness" which is not normally found in their pilseners. The malt is well balanced with bitterness & there's some lightly woody & herbal hop flavor. The hops are confusing - or is that interesting - to me. I can't identify any variety, or even a general characteristic, other than the "dried leaves" note it has - and maybe a little bit of light, dried pine. I wonder if they're using aged hops; and yet that doesn't seem the case either! Odd. The finish is semi-sweet / semi-dry with some nice bitterness but also a sticky maltiness, although there's also a gently lingering earthy & mineral quality that helps to dry it out. This one is a quagmire. It's not a very good example of a pilsener at all. And it doesn't have any stand out qualities. But it is interesting & memorable. If it was a touch drier it might be better - but then it would be like every other mediocre Belgian pilsener. I have to give it some credit for its uniqueness (although that's not reflected in the score). I certainly wouldn't buy a case of this, but I found it interesting enough to suggest trying one to see what it's like.

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Photo of Jason
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz white, red and copper can. Freshness date on the bottom of the can. 11.2 oz? What’s up with that? If you are going to export a canned beer to the US it should be 12,16, or 24oz cans … don’t gyp us on .8 oz, Geezz!

Appearance: Thin cropped white lace, barely holds together though with each sip it rolls back again to a thick lace. Clarity is fine and is of the ultra cold filtered kind.

Smell: Faint rubbing of herbal hop and a fullness of grain in the aroma. Quite clean at that.

Taste: Clean palate within a light to moderate body, the hop flavour gets restless and throws around some leafy and herbal flavours as it drops a clean bite of bitterness. Maltiness is light and actually thin in a way with only a graininess that recedes to a husky flavour towards the end. A ghost like buttery flavour, faint metallic / earthiness and some very light warming alcohol wrap up the finish.

Notes: A decent Euro lager at best, Stella Artois is a half notch better but I’d rather have a Bavik for the sake of smaller breweries. Though at $5.99 a six pack of 11.2 oz cans it is a bit pricey for what you get.

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Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
3.32 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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