Bavik Pils / Lager | De Brabandere

Bavik Pils / LagerBavik Pils / Lager
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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

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

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Photo of mwar
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of pperez38
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of billybob
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light straw color with very slight haze large white foamy head and a light wispy sticky lace. smell from the bottle was not bad but in the glass smelt like wet rags. very light tasting slightly sweet no real hop character light body. this ones a pass.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.53/5  rDev -24%
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 grumpygerman
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of MisterClean
2.71/5  rDev -18.6%
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 geexploitation
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold, a bit yellow, with constant upward bubbles and a light dusting of head. Doughy and a tad minty on the nose, with a little bit of urine. On the palate, a bit tight and minty first off, with some rough papery notes in the middle that maintain a Saaz tang until the end. Mouthfeel is good for the style -- smoothness overlaid with some jagged hop oils. Overall, this is alright, and there's nothing really out of whack here, but things don't quite gel, either.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
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 JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of hero27
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz can.
5.2% abv.

Crystal clear straw/yellow. Very minute specks of yeast visible. Frothy, white head with a surprising amount of lacing.
Grassy, light herbal hops. Subtle aroma of spices, malt, and lemon.
The flavor is also slightly grassy, with light overall body..and plenty of pale malt character.
Certainly not bad for a euro lager. In fact, I think all euro lagers should be available in cans because it would put my mind at ease over whether or not they may be skunked.
Easy to drink..has a smooth, clean taste and little residual aftertaste.

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Photo of tbeer40
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Goldfishman
2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of Anatole
1.5/5  rDev -55%

Photo of jeschaefer
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 mrosenfeld32
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of crookedhalo
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden pilsener color with a fluffy white head. Yeasty, grassy, husky and bready nose, rather clean smelling. Tastes rather fruity in the malt and the bouquet of the hops ties together pretty nicely. Starts rather malty sweet, then there's a watery portion mid-palate and a faint tartness and dryness in the finish. Very atypical for a Euro pils, but it seems right for a Belgian pils. Possesses unique characteristics the the Interbrew adulterated version is missing.

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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 nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bavik Pils / Lager brewed by De Brabandere, with an ABV of 5.20% This brew pours out a could amber color , with a nice white head. This is a unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There is also a nice sweetness in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is nice with grains and malts. Bavik Pils / Lager has a nice balance to it , there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth and bold. I like how smooth this brew is. This is a nice drinking brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. De Brabandere did a nice job with this one. I would buy this again.

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Photo of BJSmit
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of gutbuster
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of alysmith4
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
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 Chaz
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy (unfiltered) straw in color, with a white head of fairly lengthy duration comprised of tiny bubbles, rocky on top. The nose definitely says "pilsener," and dare I say "dry pilsener"? The impression I get after the first sip is that it's a less than typical malt profile; I'd say "more complex than your day to day Macro Lager" but that would lack specificity, so I'll err on the side of laziness at any rate! Flavour is a touch sweet and a touch sour, with a nice lingering hop bitterness. Fuller-bodied than most, and not-quite creamy, but again, with more character than a Miller Lite ("a true pilsener") or a Warsteiner. For some reason this actually gives a more ale-like impression, perhaps dueto the local Belgian malts? Sorry if I'm grasping at straws, but for a reasonably average lager beer from a larger-production brewer this has a lot more going for it than the 79 rating would have you believe. Finish is dry, just as the nose indicates. It is not sharp as per hops, however, but rather soft on the palate and finish ala Jever Pils (and sorry if the comparison brings up an entirely different recipe/animal, but the comparison is worth noting here.)

A well-balanced if not outright complex beer, Bavik Pils will nonetheless entice few of the "Joe Six Pack" crowd into Trading Up, nor will others (including both those who crave Crafts and those who favor Premium Macro Lagers) take a chance. Why? It is priced and packaged toward the Premium/Import segment, particularly in terms of cans -- compare it price and value-wise to the 500 mL cans of Hollandia, Okocim, and Tuborg, and you'll see what I'm getting at.

Bavik Pils is firmly in line with the older, more traditional (often -but not always- unfiltered) Lagers and Pilseners of Central and Eastern Europe, many of which have recently been imported in some numbers for the first time in years. So if you've got a sense of adventure and don't mind spending two bits more than your average sixer of Beck's or Saint Pauli Girl, this is well-worth checking out!

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Photo of brheuer
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Bavik Pils / Lager from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 19.1% out of 100 with 341 ratings
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