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Hollande 1620 - World Brews

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Hollande 1620
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BA SCORE
78
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41 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.31%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002)
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maccroz

Cambodia

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The beer is slightly "gamey". It is like other Holland brews I've tried yet it leaves a more funky aftertaste. Very hoppy, but I think they missed out on the combination of grains and hops. It probably appeals better to the palate of someone who was alive around 1620.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 01:01:53 | More by maccroz
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.3/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$1.49 12 oz. single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, frothed, white head.

Smell: Ugh. Big whiff of skunkiness immediately upon opening. Ah, such is the hazards one faces when encountering green bottles. In fact, it's one of the more skunkier beers I've come across since, well, Heineken. Trying my best to smell past that, I find watered down, light pale malts.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a nominal amount of sweetness. Regrettably skunked hops provide a light bitterness, more than enough to counter the faint sweetness. Slight yeastiness. Finishes dry with a light, lingering graininess.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly typical Euro lager with the fairly typical filthy, skunked hop character you get with green bottles. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 02:29:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 00:39:50 | More by Jason
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Brent

Kentucky

2.58/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 03:46:44 | More by Brent
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DrinkinBoy

Georgia

2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Hollande appears a very light, clear, straw yellow. The head was extremely small to begin with with no retention.

Its smell is the quasi hoppy, "old beer" scent that all euro lagers have.

The taste starts with a crisp taste mirroring the smell. On the mid palate most of flavor quickly fades away, the finish has a little sweet not. It does not finish crisp like most other euro lagers do.

Its mouthfeel was a light to medium, which was unexpected and enjoyable. The carbonation was average.

Overall, this beer was just an okay euro lager. It definitely was not the favorite I ever had, and the awkward finish did not leave me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 04:27:18 | More by DrinkinBoy
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Nerudamann

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look - clear, light golden or straw colored. About a finger's worth of a head that dissipated quickly. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - very very hoppy and sharp like a Czech Pilsener. I can't discern much else past the hops.

Taste - Very hoppy like the smell. Starts and finishes fairly bitter, but with a sort of dulling in the middle. Kind of a metallic aftertaste on the back of the palate. Texture is watery, but with a fizziness too due to the carbonation.

Drinkability - the bitterness and metallic taste isn't very pleasant in my opinion. I mean no disrespect to the brewer, and I happy to drink the rest of the beer, but it's a shame that I'm going to have to suffer through the other 5 at some point...

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:20:00 | More by Nerudamann
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color with a surprisingly creamy white head. The head fades rather quickly to a thin collar of foam. Aroma is mild, with a distinct sweetness and a touch of pepper. Not bad, definitely no skunk there (which I feared due to the green bottle, despite earlier reviews). The taste is lighter, but still provides a malty sweetness and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Maybe a touch of corn sweetness, but it is still decent. Peppery hops linger around on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but carbonation is balanced and not as harsh as many lagers. Drinkability is ok, but there is a bit of a saltiness that lingers and actually makes me more thirsty than when I started! Overall, this isn't a bad brew, but not a top contender to make a return appearance in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 16:03:31 | More by aaronh
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tedstertm

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 04:23:32 | More by tedstertm
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -10.4%

02-06-2012 04:47:56 | More by LJWalker
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cdwil

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-30-2011 19:36:12 | More by cdwil
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Redwood21

Virginia

3/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 05:19:24 | More by Redwood21
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dowen44

Georgia

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-16-2011 22:26:46 | More by dowen44
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 01:29:13 | More by Thrasher
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, a gift from a neighbor who I'd helped with some yard work. An interesting choice, for sure, and one I honestly didn't even remember seeing before.

Pours clear straw, loads of effervescence, and a one-finger, fizzy white head that settles in quickly to a thin, soapy layer of white suds. Not much in the way of lacing or retention.

Nose hits you with a massive skunky wallop when the bottle its first opened, fading to a much more restrained skunkiness once the beer has had a bit of time to breath. Underneath that is a mildly pleasant grainy sweetness.

Taste has very little of the skunkiness promised in the nose, which is a pleasant development. Instead, a restrained grainy sweetness and just a hint at floral hops, with the skunkiness barely wafting in towards the finish. Not unpleasant by any means.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, light and crisp and a bit dry.

Drinkability isn't bad either; actually rather pleasant all things considered. Not one I would order up over a lot of beers, but an experience that isn't regrettable, which can't be said of all beers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 23:05:47 | More by JohnQVegas
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 05:40:05 | More by Voonder
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Morris729

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thick and puffy white head that fades into a heavy and creamy lace. Nose is sweet malts and grains with a bit of sulfur. Light in body with a bit of a powdery texture. Taste is sweet malt at first followed by soft, powdery grains. Mildly bitter hops come across in the finish to balance out the beer. A decent brew that (like other reviewers have mentioned) is a step above Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 20:19:27 | More by Morris729
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-19-2012 13:27:53 | More by t0rin0
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argock

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear deep honey gold with ample big-bubbled head with a lot of lace retention

S: Malty with a hint of the green bottle skunk species

T: Very tasty lager. Sweet grains with variety of malt flavors and enough hops bitterness in the finish to keep it interesting.

M: Typical lager consistency with nice dry finish.

D: Very drinkable and puts Heineken to shame with its prominent and not-watered down flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 02:01:19 | More by argock
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mickeymac

California

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hate to mention that other beer from Holland, but tastes like a better version of Heineken. It's the run of the mill color for a lager of its type: pale yellow. The hops are actually noticeable in the nose and, despite the green bottles, skunkiness wasn't a problem. It has just enough malt sweetness to keep things interesting, but is dry like most Euro lagers and the flavor seems to disappear from the tongue almost immediately. There's nothing offensive about it, and it goes down easy. I can imagine throwing down a six-pack (if absolutely necessary) without noticing any ill effects from the alcohol content or the flavor. In other words, it would make a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 15:20:18 | More by mickeymac
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TexIndy

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 22:55:42 | More by TexIndy
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jadpsu

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 20:40:44 | More by jadpsu
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Offa

California

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In an unusual, squat bottle, this says it was made at H-West Brewing in Maarssen, Netherlands.

Dark gold, it has a medium white head soon thinning to ring, some wisps.

Aroma is fairly strong sulphur, herbs, bread crust, dry hay - a strong Euro lager aroma.

Taste is pretty nice, bread crust and dough, zesty herbal bitterness lingering to sides of tongue and cheeks in finish and aftertaste, sweeter up front. Feel is pretty nice, full but lively.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:38:42 | More by Offa
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PatronWizard

California

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Recieved a six pack of this with my birthday swag. Was quite pleased to see that it had only a few reviews. An undiscovered treasure perhaps. Probably not but lets check'er out anyway.

Pours pale gold. Bubbles up. Frothy white head, not long lasting.

Slight sweet malt smell maybe. Not bad aroma.

Better than expected flavor. It's only a lager after all.

Not so much drinkable as guzzlable. Yes I made a new word. I know guzzlable would irritate a lot of sippers but not all beer has to be a sipper to be enjoyed. I had this one with lunch after going to the gym, a situation in which a Russian Imperial Stout would be unwarranted. This little guy did the trick.

Overall:lager. Better than BMC

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 04:52:47 | More by PatronWizard
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PintOHops

California

3.45/5  rDev +3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 00:41:22 | More by PintOHops
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

12-20-2013 02:59:39 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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Hollande 1620 from World Brews
78 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.