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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 178 | Ratings: 326
Photo of marcobrau
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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 alankwak
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A : Golden, clear Pils with very good head retention and lacing.
S: Wonderful Sazz hops aroma with a grain background.
T: Awesome clean grassy/grainy notes with a great hoppy flavor.
M: Medium mouthfeel, good.
O: Found this to be a very good pils with a clean flavor profile and very nice hop aroma. Great beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy pilsner malt with a soft sweetness and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of grainy malts and a drying sharp herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a typical euro quaffed. Nothing offensive here.

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Photo of thecheapies
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours out gold, but with decent chill haze. Not your typical pilsner with great clarity. Head muck formed, but proved too thin to keep. Never even towered higher than an inch after an aggressive pour.

Grassy malts with a crackery scent, sweet corn, and aromas of light syrup. Maybe, just the smell of a dense sweetness from the grain bill. Faintly-hopped. Actually rocking the malt presence.

Sweet malts accented by cooked corn and estery notes. Possibly a too-flamboyant yeast is put to work here, killing the crispness that this particular style of lager needs. Grassiness is no longer a prominent attribute. A lot of remnant grain and husk and grain sugars. A departure from the direction most pilsners should take.

Slick and oily in the mouth with too much alcohol revealed in the finish. Some medium bitterness blends with the afterburn of the high carbonation to create a rough and forced finish. Has its burps.

Sub-par. Can't give Bavik Pils many good marks, if any, actually. Crossed-up between approaches, it seems. This pilsner almost has the yeast structure of a wit or a lighter Belgian Golden Ale. Not my cup of tea, and doubtfully yours.

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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 RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bavik has a medium-to-thick, soapy, white head, and hazy golden appearance, some lacing left on the glass, and an enormous amount of bubbles. When I swished the bottom 20% of the bottle, a cloud was seen descending in the glass and lots of little brown specs were visible in the beer. The aroma is of sweet, full, lightly-roasted barley malt, white bread, and a slight hop zing. Taste is of the same elements, with a wonderful, somewhat piney (if you can believe it) hop bitterness showing up mid-sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Bavik finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and wonderful. Each sip gets better, and I recommend, in the strongest way, trying this delightful beer!


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a grassy aroma. Taste is much the same with a grain-like flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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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 dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Trappe Door tulip glass.

Crystal clear golden with a small white head. Only a little carbonation is visible.

M light-medium body. Crisp. Barely adequate carbonation.

Clean, malty finish. Low carbonation for style

O: a typical Czech pils ... but from Belgium.

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Photo of Luigi
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a light clear yellow with white foamy head. About one to two fingers high depending of how aggressive you pour. There is some great lacing around the glass and the retention is average. The head sticks around as a think blanket of foam till the last drop.

The aroma is rather light. Soft grain matched with a grassy hop.

First flavor to hit the palate is light grain and metallic taste. Quickly that grainy flavor is dominated with a very clean and grassy hop. The light grassy hop lingers for a bit.

Light and carbonated with a very crisp and clean finish. Thirst quenching is how I would describe it.

Overall this is you average premium Euro lager. Easy to drink and quenches your thirst, but at 8.99 for six pack of 11.2 oz. of beer is very disappointing. There is nothing wrong with this lager. It is just there are better or equal lagers on the market.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A decent amount of hops in the aroma, with traces of citrus as well.

T: Tasted of light, bitter hops, a little lemon, and some malt in the finish. There's a slight grainy aspect as well. A typical German Pilsener flavor - very straightforward and easy to drink.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a crisp, clean finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not exactly a groundbreaking beer, but pretty well done nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden color with less than a finger of white fluffy head, very little retention.

The scent was of bread and a little citrus.

The taste was full of bready malt, notes of citrus, some yeast notes, and a mild hop presence.

Light body, smooth and a little crisp, low to moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty good beer, relatively light and very easy to drink.

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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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Photo of SupaCelt
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is clear and yellow. minimal head with some spit ring and lacing.

nose is dms and grain yellow love.

taste is pils yellowness. slight corn and sweet syrupy tones.

mouthfeel is light and slick.

overall this is a decent little run. found on an around the world challenge and given a good once over by yours truly.

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Photo of wages
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one in a "build your own" six-pack. I'm not a huge fan of pilsener, but this one is pleasant. I wonder if they use a "Belgian" yeast, or a more standard pilsener yeast?

Appearance - 3/5 - Standard look for a pilsener. It neither impresses nor disappoints.

Smell - 3/5 - Subtle, clean grain aroma.

Taste - 4/5 - Follows the smell with its subtle sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - light bodied with a smooth texture. It's very refreshing.

Overall - 4/5 - As I said, not a huge fan of pilsener, but this one would serve as a good session beer that I wouldn't mind drinking a few of. Makes me think there is hope for pilseners after all!

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Photo of McStagger
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yesterday was Czech, today is German (Belgium, really, but German style).

A: Poured in a pint glass. Hazy medium straw, zesty carbonation. Nice, thick head. Head dissipates fairly rapidly. The lack of clarity is a nice surprise.

S: Spicy hops, lemon rind, bready and doughy.

T: I immediately notice how this is not as crisp and dry as the Czech Pils I had yesterday. Malty breadiness (touch of sweetness), quick surge of medium bodied hops, mild hop spice, very mild citrus rind. Not metallic like the Czech Pils, either. Followed by more bread like or dough like notes and the final spiced hop finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Good. Pretty damn good, even. Not nearly as crisp or dry, like I said. This has a better, fuller body than many pilseners I've tried. Doesn't sting your tongue with carbonation.

O: A quality brew. Been years since I've had one of these and it's as good as I remember. If only this had the following of some other Belgian lagers....


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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spicy and fruity, the Belgian fingerprints are all over this German-style Lager!

Pouring a more Kellerbier apperance of hazy golden hue than a crystal clear Lager, this Pilsner is capped with a blanket of white foam that retains and laces quite well.

Apples and a touch of lemon give an unexpected estery aroma to the beer. Backed with sweet pilsner malt and light raw barley, the beer carries a bready undertow with sharply tart scents.

Zesty and bright flavors of the pilsner malt sweetness and cracker-like bread flavors are balanced with the citrusy fruity esters and spicy alcohol and acidity, rather than the floral and spicy hops that are normally found in Lagers. Lots of apple flavor- red apple, green apple, crabapple, and with a lemon-like citurs character carry much of the flavor throughout. But as Belgians go, hop balance is normally foregone in favor of bold yest contributions.

Bready and creamy still in body with the sprite of efforvesence delivering a prickling sensation early on. Dry, crisp, and moderately acidic in finish, the beer delivers a refreshing late palate without the linger or heightened bitterness from hops. This keeps the beer clean and nearly void of any lingering aftertaste.

The malt elegance of German Lagers here is met with the dry-fruity, spicy bite of Belgian Pale Ales for a truely unique and thirst quenching session. A job well done by Bavik!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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 chocosushi
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim because
I had never heard of
A Belgian-German-Style Pils

11.2 -> Foster's Pint

A ~ Hazed gold, with very large bubbles of carb.

S ~ Dry Straw and honey.

T ~ More honey. Flavors reminiscent of dandelion greens are present. Oats, mulch & straw with a touch of euro-hop bitters.

M ~ A spirited, Carbonated mouthfeel and crisp finish. Not an abundance of Saaz like other German Pils (not a bad thing, just different)

D ~ A very interesting Pils that I will be picking up again for the pricepoint. Interesting to see a Belgian company known for Petrus to do a lager. The owner of the store even SWORE this was an ale. hahahaha. Try it out if you see it, as it is very affordable.


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Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, with a small, dense white head, thick patchy lacing, and modest streams of small, slow rising bubbles.

Aroma: Notes of noble hops and pale malt. The "cracker malt" often noted in the Pilsener style seems absent.

Taste: Opens with mildly sweet malt notes, a little sweeter than I would expect for a Pilsener. A wave of pleasant grassy, spicy hops follows. The slightly sweet undercurrent of the malt carries throughout the taste. Finishes with a bit of mild bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, fairly soft.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, overall, but as others have notes, more like a Euro pale lager than a Pilsener. Its certainly not bad, but not outstanding, either. But on a hot summer day, its just fine.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a mostly clear yellow color with a modest white head. Little bit of lace, not much for retention.

Nose is grassy hops with a firm bready grain/yeast base. Seems like the yeast gives it a bit more complexity but gives up some in clean, sharp hop and grain aromas typical of good pilseners.

Pretty crisp up front with plenty of bubbles and mild hop flavors. Middle is grainy and a little sweet with the bready yeast kicking in. Finishes dry-ish with a decent bitterness. This is not totally unlike Stella, shares some of the same hop characteristics and the yeast is more notable in both than the Czech/German pilseners. It is pretty tasty and pretty affordable for a 12-pack. Id be just as happy with a Bavik as a Warsteiner or Bitburger.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
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 DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pure golden yellow with 1/4 inch of head that turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells of a typical lager rather than pills. Light hop presence, bit of rough grain, and a bit of lemon and funk Slight sour bread

T - A nice bit of bitterness from the grain along side of bread and grainy hops. Malt is sweet which makes it pretty great tasting.

M - Light to medium. Surprised the ABV was so high with such a light beer.

Overall I found this in my mixed sixer place and I was pleasantly surprised. Wouldn't be my go to beer since it was kind of old and carbonation was low but it was a decent beer. Drinkable.

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