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Hollande 1620 - World Brews

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Hollande 1620
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BA SCORE
78
okay

43 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002)
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Photo of Jason
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz green bottle with no freshness date.

Light golden yellow color shows a good clarity with some thickness of lace on top. Not much in the aroma, some grain and faint DMS. Clean graininess is pretty weak, slight tartness fades quick. Hop bitterness is there but the flavor is turned on mute. Dry and relatively clean. Not much is the after taste either.

Weak sauce. Not much going on at all ... tastes like a light beer to me. Pass on this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Thrasher
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is among the best mass-produced lagers I have tasted from the Netherlands, yet it fails to distinguish itself among lagers worldwide (most of which come from Germany and are far superior to this). The beer is an unsurprising golden with a fluffy head that lasts for a good long time. Some lacing, too. The aroma contains some negative green-bottle elements but it is not as offensive as, say, Heineken. The flavor is relatively clean, with some firm metallic flavors and a light, corny malt sweetness. Hops are herbal and lightly spicy, and they do well in finishing the beer. But there is no intrigue, no suspense; the mouthfeel is a bit fizzy and the beer never fully connects with the palate. Still, this is a vastly better choice than Heineken, or Grolsch, for that matter, but I don't think that's saying very much.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hollande was recommended to me by a fellow BA as a tolerable session lager to share with an old buddy of mine. Poured exactly how you would think, yellow, fizzy with big fast falling head. The nose is very skunky, with grains in there for sure. The taste is skunky pilsner with a wierd sweetness that is kind of intrigueing, or maybe im just imagining it. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy but goes down ok. Drinkability is good, as it is with most as it is quite watery. I dont mind slamming a few of these after my palate is toast, or with BMC buddies. Its OK.

Photo of tedstertm
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours a light amber/yellow. With a quickly dissipating white head. It smells pretty dry with just a slight sweetness to it and almost no hop smell. It tastes pretty dry, with no strong flavors coming out except for a slightly nutty aftertaste. The beer is pretty carbonated and tends to fizz up in the mouth. It's a pretty refreshing beer, but I don't know if I could palate more than two, but hey, it's a lot better than a lot of other green bottled lagers out there.

Photo of goochpunch
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out brassy with scant bubbles, a thin head, and some minimal spotty lacing. Subtle malt and hops in the nose with a kick of alcohol. Flavor is rather malty with some breadiness and honey. There is a subtle floral hop character as well. Finishes dry. Reminds me of a helles lager. Mouthfeel leans toward light but there's a bit of residual sugar left in this. Carbonation is pretty mellow. I could drink a few of these in a sitting and it certainly doesn't lack flavor.

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of TexIndy
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz green bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a yellow color with some floaties in it. Some carb and no lacing. The aroma was malty and bready with a bit of skunk. Skunk wasn't too bad and reminded me of Helles or Kolsch. The taste was better than expected and was solid from start to finish. This could be a good change-up beer in the summer rotation for the hot Texas summers. Won't win any awards but goes down easy with more taste than the mass macros. (Summer session change-up)

Photo of Brent
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My first impression was that this beer was flavorless, and its not like I tried this following an IPA or imperial stout, it followed another Euro-lager. On the second swallow, some flavor did emerge, but is was just a non-descript hops bitterness. Okay, I'll let it warm a bit and see what comes forth. Not much, just more bland generic hops bitterness. This beer is not bad, it is just an absence of good.

Photo of helchose
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being a fan of lager beer in general, I decided to try this one anyway. My first impression was that it tasted very watery, but as I got through the bottle I enjoyed it more and more. There are subtle things about it that grow on you slowly. It's far from the best beer I've ever had, but it's a decent one and very drinkable and enjoyable. I might have it again someday.

Photo of Shiloh
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice brew from Holland.
Arrived a nice medium bright golden colour with a medium/light body which is extremely clear. Very short head leaving to a minor island lace. Carbonation is also medium and large bubbled.
Taste at first of mild green apples and continues to the mild hops.
Very smooth and easy to drink...would make a great session beer.
Pleasent taste.

Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK another green bottle lager from Holland.."Hollande 1620 Superieur"

OK this beer pours a rather attractive deep honey yellow with a small white head that drops quick..but theres some good lacing
Very nice freesh aroma fro a "green import" no sign of skunkyness..nice fresh invigorating hops lovelly.
Wow this is a wonderfully refreshing and tasty beer..maybe this is what Heineken should taste like..nice sweetness at the start a nice long semi-bitterness...slight taste of fresh baked bread..very nice indeed
Its got the average Euro'lager finish on the palete good but not exceptional
A very nice thirst quenching lager beer..will certainlly have much more this summer

NOTES anyone sick to the back teeth of Heiniken..i would recommend this beer highly very best Dutch lager I have tasted in the USA.

Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This actually isn't a bad little lager. It pours a clear medium gold that's a bit fuller in color than I was expecting. The bubbles are large, but the head is nice and lingers for a short time instead of instantly fizzing away. You can actually smell the malt and slightly skunked hops. The flavor is maltier than I was expecting as well. It's a nice straw pilsner malt with a touch of chalk. Lightly sweet, there's a touch of hop flavor but low bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and soft and a bit bubbly instead of watery. Very drinkable.

Photo of Voonder
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes:
Pours clear golden color with absolutely no head. Smell - sweet malts, honey. Taste - not as sweet as smell, malts, grassy hops, clove. Moderate cobonation, pretty crisp and clean, not bad lager at all. Refreshing, fairly smooth and balanced. drinkable.

Photo of Mardukk
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a little head and lacing.

Some grassy hops and pale malt and a touch of skunk.

Nice medium bodied euro lager with a grassy hop bite and some maltiness. Light carbonation coupled with the lack of anything off tasting (other than the light skunkiness) make this a good euro lager.

I tend to like Euro lagers more than most and this is a good one. The price on this has been reduced where I live and is now a better bet for your money if you are in the mood for a pale lager.

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An excellent brew. Slightly malty with overtones of slightly roasted hops. This is what Heneken wishes it was. Short lived foamy head consisting of large bubbles was very attractive and hung around for longer than i expected. For the price, this is a wonderful import lager, and although i can't recommend it for longer drinking sessions, if you're gonna have one or two, this brew will do great.

Photo of jadpsu
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bouught this beer 10 years ago. My motivation then was that it was a Holland beer with an economical price tag (no one was buying it at a red neck convience store so they were trying to move it). Anyway I thought then it was a great priced beer and over the next 8 weesks I was the major contibutor to the store depleting its inventory.
So some 10 years later I see it again. Some things have changed and besides the price another is probably me.

It's a good lager, but not great. Pours a golden yellow with a nice head that quickly fades. It does fade to leaving a decent amount of side lacing.

Aroma is a slight skunk with some corn and grain coming through. More malt than hops but both are evident in the taste along with a smooth light to moderate bodied tastey brew.
Not as good as I remembered but still better than most.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as bad as I had thought. A moderate, yet bold pilsner-malt characteristic. Lightly fruity (granny smith apples, pears...) with a Euro-hop flavor that approaches light-striken flavors. Flavors and aromas meld well, swirling around an abundance of carbonation. A light and airy finish that edges toward dryness and crispness, holding on to the light malt and fruit flavors, while contributing a mild grain flavor. Decent stuff.

Photo of PintOHops
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears ultra clear, gold with a quarter inch frothy head with some decent retention. Pretty large carbonation bubbles, about medium carbonation, and leaves no lacing. Appears a little bit better than average Id say. Smells of a dominate corn husk & grain aroma, with some tart grape & apple. Some lite malt and hints of sweet bubble gum as well, but very grainy overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of a dominate corn husk & grain that immediately floods that palate and sticks to the tongue. Lots of sweet malty flavors as well, almost reminds me of a really sweet American Malt Liquor, not in a bad way though. Finishes with a dry, semi lingering hop bitterness, strong grain flavors linger as well. Mouthfeel is smooth without to much bite to it, goes down very easy, and has a lite body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This brew definitely reminds me of Heineken but with more flavor, with simple sweet grainy & malty flavors. This beer is easily tossed back with almost any food, and can be enjoyed all night long. For the price it's pretty expensive with only a little bit more flavor than say something like Heineken, but Id say if you can afford it than probably go for this stuff, or at least give it a try.

IMPORTANT! Be sure to grab a closed 12pack & not an open 6pack because the light will definitely spoil your beer and/or review. Cheers!

Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has typical light smell of skunky which is popular with this style. The hops are quite noticeable! The taste is great! So far the best style of european beer I have tried. The mouthfeel is smooth but crisp which makes a nice finish and gives it an all around A+ in opinion.

Photo of beertaster13
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is what it is, a lager that beer advocates will drink. Pours a clear yellow gold with a subtle white head, lacing is subtle as well. The smell is of slight skunk, once past that you smell a hint of sweet malt mixed with light grain and wheat. The taste is a nice smooth malty front with a light toasted grain finish, a tender hop or two is detected. Light bodied and refreshing, goes good on those BBQ days or during the ballgame.

Photo of Redwood21
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent lager style beer. Like heineken, it comes in a green bottle, and just the same you get that slight skunky smell. It still Is a good beer with more depth in flavor(less watery) than most lagers. Its also relatively easy to find and a nice alternative if you are a Heineken or similar style beer fan. Worth a try.

Photo of Danuel
4.92/5  rDev +46%

Photo of BeerIsGood88
5/5  rDev +48.4%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Hollande 1620 from World Brews
78 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.