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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: 3.37
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002)
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Photo of argock
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

argock, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of RedneckChemist
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at the local grocer with a quite attractive sale ($6/6pk), so I figured, why not.

Pretty much what I expect from a dutch lager. It has little head retention or lacing. Smells malty, sweet. Slight hint of skunk, but it does not show up in the flavor. Mouthfeel is average, but not too watery. Plenty of flavor present, though. Good malt backbone with a slight bitterness of hops there. A well-rounded brew indeed. Comparable to Heiny or Beck's, but I would have to say I prefer this to either. Seems to be a more carefully crafted specimen. Would definitely drink again and I will be referring my buddies to do the same. Great beer for the style.

RedneckChemist, May 16, 2007
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.

goochpunch, Apr 11, 2007
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.

Redwood21, Mar 21, 2007
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.

helchose, Mar 17, 2007
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of BeerBob
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hollande 1620 “Superieur” Lager Bier pours a classic amber yellow from a light green glass bottle, no apparent best by date on label. Head goes to over two fingers before collapsing to a really rocky thin foam cap with lace up and down the glass wall.

Nose is a pleasant toasted malt with hops and a whiff or two of alcohol. Palate is a well bittered toasted malt and lots of refreshing carbonation that dances across the tongue.

Lots of toasted malt, lots of bittering hops, and lots of carbonation, make this review a joy. I like this brew because no skimping of ingredients is apparent, this stuff really tastes good. Want a good lager and don’t care about the name, then Hollande 1620 “Superieur” Lager Bier is it!

BeerBob, Feb 03, 2005
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.

Thrasher, Nov 13, 2004
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.

beertaster13, Sep 19, 2004
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.

Frozensoul327, Jul 12, 2004
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.

aracauna, May 13, 2004
Photo of maccroz
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

maccroz, Feb 19, 2004
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.

Shiloh, Jan 01, 2004
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.

Brent, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of aaronh
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

aaronh, Jun 17, 2003
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.

Reidrover, May 24, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Morris729, May 04, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

mickeymac, Jan 26, 2003
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Hollande 1620 from World Brews
78 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.