Bavik Super Pils | De Brabandere

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Bavik Super PilsBavik Super Pils

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unpasteurized Belgian Pilsner

Bavik Super Pils obtains its unique taste and aroma from its exceptional brewing process. Our pilsner has not been diluted, we only use aroma hops, guarantee a long and cold maturation process, and pasteurization is out of the question. Those four elements result in this unique pilsner.

Never compromise on taste!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2002

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Photo of pperez38
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of wages
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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 AgingWarrior
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of mercyfulfate
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of McStagger
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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 +5.9%
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 +0.3%
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 +10.4%
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 -8.9%
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 -2.4%
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 +0.6%
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 +5%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a mild white head which sticks around, some lace.

S: Noble hops, grassy, prominent malty sourdough bread character.

T: The flavour brings balance to a nose that was anything but. Good soft malt flavour backed with some biting grassy classic pils hop flavours.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, clean, easy on the palate.

O: For Belgian pilsner this is as good as it gets. One to seek out if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of rings
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pilsner pours pale straw in color, with a floral herbal nose. Unfortunately, the thin, white head falls quickly even though it retains a bit of lacing. (A good pils, as a German brewmaster friend of mine once told me, should take seven minutes to pour--allowing the head to dissipate. "Any less than that, send it back," he claimed.) Regardless, Bavik has a balanced mouthfeel, with plenty of sweetness to compliment the crisp, herbal finish.

While I have to consider that this style--or any lighter lager--will take a beating as an import, this is a good effort ... albeit nothing more than what was to be expected

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Photo of billybob
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
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 LittleDon
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hay colored with a bit of haze. Dense white head and plenty of lace. Excellent head retention. Plentiful small carbonation bubbles are present. Grassy aroma. Surprisingly soft given the amount of carbonation. Healthy bitterness up front and through the middle, fading a bit in the end. Some residual sweetness after the finish. Medium body.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

78th review on BA
bottle to flute

App- Very color foward yellow in the flute with a very nice 1 1/2 finger head. Looked like a very good beer in the glass.

Smell-It's a bit traditional smelling floral hop but does have a mild sweetness to it.

Taste- I was hoping this was better than the B- it was given but it wasn't. It tasted a bit flat from the start and I lost my excitement about this one.

Mouth- A bit light and a tad delicate.

Drink- Wasn't all bad. Still a bit different to have a Belgian beer in the shape of a German Pilsner.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A smooth white head develops when poured, receding to a thin but solid layer of foam on top with spotty adhesion to the sides of the glass mug. The brew is a hazy straw yellow color, with active carbonation.

Some hints of fruit and minerals in the aroma. The flavor references day-old French bread with a touch of bitter orange wedded to a pleasant hop profile. Overall a welcome greeting to the mouth, and a suitable partner for some empanadas or pot stickers. Not something to impress the guests with though.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.67/5  rDev -21%
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 brewcrew76
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy pale yellow with a big frothy white head that leaves huge patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet grainy malt with some light noble, grassy hops.

T - Light bready malts with some sweetness followed by some earthy noble hops. Metallic at times with a touch of wet cardboard.

M - On the light side of medium with soft carbonation. Not as crisp as I would have expected.

D - Slightly disappointing.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a frothy one to one and a half finger head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of citrus and sweet malts. The taste has a nice sweet malt backbone with hints of breadiness and a slight hop bite to it as well. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Overall it is a very solid beer, it is an easy drink with a nice flavor to keep you wanting more.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale straw body with a touch of haze. Tons of apparent effervescence support a thick finger of creamy white foam. Not too bad, but a little pale and hazy.

Smell: nice sweet malt aroma with a touch of noble hops. Not too bad, really, although hops are somewhat limited and the overall aroma is pretty light.

Taste: lightly malty with a subtle bitterness. Malt is a bit sweet but the flavor is pretty good; not a whole lot of character, but it is smooth and pretty to-style.

Mouthfeel: body is pretty light but I like the carbonation level a lot (i.e., it is pretty highly carbonated). Creaminess isn't too bad, either.

Drinkability: a nice, smooth, non-challenging but still a bit flavorful, Bavik Pils hits the spot for me.

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Bavik Super Pils from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 393 ratings