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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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43 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.27/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of Jason
2.56/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Brent
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
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 Reidrover
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
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 argock
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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 aracauna
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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 TexIndy
3.35/5  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 JohnQVegas
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 AKBelgianBeast
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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 aaronh
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of Morris729
3.16/5  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.

Photo of Shiloh
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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 Nerudamann
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
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...

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Thrasher
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Dapperticus
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of mickeymac
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of beertaster13
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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