Hollandia - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
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4.03/5 rDev +47.1%
The CANQuest (TM) is back on track and chugging (or Glugging) along today! It's nice to be back.
Another score from my visits to Binney's (South Loop) while passing through CHI-town recently. From the CAN: "Brewed with crystal clear water, finest hops, select grains and pure yeast". Let's do it!
Thanks to the detractor who said that he dislikes the auditory nature of CANs, this Crack and Gluggg is for you! I had never even considered that aspect of CANned beer, but now I live for it. My initial pour resulted in two fingers' worth of rocky bone-white head that fizzled like the time one of my bunkmates tried to hard-wire his alarm clock into his rack lamp. Arc & spark action, baby! Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see THROUGH the Sunday comics. No, not really, but it was crystal clear, just like the water they purported to have used. My oh my, but I CAN really get used to putting my nose into anything that is not an AAL. This had a pleasant lager sweetness without anything getting in its way. That also included hops, so don't look for a hops fix here, you lupulin junkies. Mouthfeel was medium with a very malt-forward sweetness on the tongue. Finish was incredibly smooth, relatively sweet with a mild hop bitterness at the extreme finish. Baby, where you been hiding all this time? You are getting a special place in my cooler! Relatively low ABV means that I won't stumble off the beach in a stupor. Me like.
08-28-2010 21:15:18 | More by woodychandler
3.9/5 rDev +42.3%
Sampled on 5-25-07
Pours a clear pale gold with a huge, billowy head. Lots of bubbles rise to the surface leaving great retention and huge lacing.
Smell is a mild maltiness with a bit of very clean hops. Not skunky or adjuncty at all.
Taste is good, semi-sweet with a very good hop balance. Aftertaste is good and very clean.
Mouthfeel is very good, lots of carbonation make the hop spiciness that much better. The clean finish is fantastic.
Drinkability is outstanding, this beer puts every American macro to shame! Flavorful but light and easy to drink, this beer is a session winner.
05-25-2007 23:38:45 | More by BMoney575
3.9/5 rDev +42.3%
2.99 @ food for less for 4 pints hell of a deal
the first time i drank it i cracked the can and drank thinking 2.99 how could it make a difference. I could barely get it down. The next one i got sophisticated and put it in a straight pint glass. What a difference. The bad smell vanished, it smellled sweet very clear. Head was about two fingers but went away quickly.
It has a sweet taste to it very pleasant. I is definately one that is in the rotation
12-10-2010 05:01:37 | More by zachsmith
3.88/5 rDev +41.6%
Hollandia (drank from a 16.9 oz. can) has a thick, slightly off-white head, a clear, very bubbly golden appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet grains, malt, and a touch of stinging hops. Taste is sweet grains, sugar, sharp hops, and water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Hollandia finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mild, mostly dry, and massively drinkable. Overall, this one is very good (and sold at a cheap price).
07-22-2012 14:12:10 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.75/5 rDev +36.9%
A dutch pale lager; made with generous hops and malt, special for cheese, german, mexican and american food; pale appearance , smell like a boiled hops; taste good over the average; mouthfeel little bitter; its drinkability made special for the pilsner glass or serve in a mug. 80% recommended.
10-17-2005 18:21:06 | More by tesguino
3.73/5 rDev +36.1%
Four pint cans for $3. Pours a straw gold color with large white head, fairly thick with good retention and lacing. Aromas of crisp honeyish malts, touch of earthy hops. Flavor is crisp and relatively hoppy for the style at first, very nice, the finish brings a bit of an adjunct twang with corn and a very small amount of dry malts, though finish is pretty crisp if not "tasting" this beer thoroughly. Pretty good Euro lager overall, some flaws, but for the price I am pretty pleased. Light body, pretty bubbly, not quite fizzy though.
Overall I was pretty pleased with this, drinkable stuff, pleasing taste, good price. A good buy for a few pints of lager. I think it is relevant to point out most reviews for this come from a green bottle and this sample is from the pint can.
07-06-2010 07:24:40 | More by vacax
3.73/5 rDev +36.1%
Appearance- The golden straw color pours into a pils glass leaving a 3 finger head that recedes slowly into a nice fluffy 1 finger head that also has some nice clinging lace on the glass.
Smell- Fresh lemon zest malt and a nice balance of hops. I was really expecting some skunk, but didn't taste even a hint of it. in addition to the fresh lemon, I detect a small touch of banana.
Taste- Clean refreshing but note a whole lot in the taste department. Maybe some light malts but the nose doesn't transfer much to the taste.
Mouthfeel- A touch low on the carbonation which may hurt the style a bit.
Drinkability- A good clean lager. I just may revisit it in the future. Lawnmower beer?
03-22-2008 03:32:47 | More by Greggy
3.48/5 rDev +27%
There is no doubt Hollandia is the result of large commercial brewing. There is a plastic vibe surrounding all facets. Yet I can't help think that the low price of this brew must be altering perceptions. It should be tasted blind amongst it's peers.
Sulforous golden bubbly sweet grain with an iron swizzle stick. Good for camping, boating or all-nighters in Detroit.
Faced with a $5.50 sixer of 16oz. Hollandia cans to the shelves of red, white, gold and blue the decision is easy.
10-07-2004 02:32:13 | More by inebrius
3.43/5 rDev +25.2%
Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malts. Taste is also on the sweet side, some malts, a touch of bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good brew, great for a hot summer day.
09-08-2010 22:31:10 | More by tone77
3.43/5 rDev +25.2%
Poured vigorously into an oversized weizen glass.
A: Very pale straw/golden color. Thick, frothy, loosely formed head that is slow to dissipate with poorly formed lacing. No bubbles rising to the surface once the head has collapsed.
S: Profound mixture of a malted, dried grass tea. Some sour notes at the finish.
T: Smooth and malty, light hop finish, and very slight hint of sweetness left behind. Very slight bitterness perceived.
M: Very thin, watery. Little to no effervescence. Light carbonation.
D: Although very similar in appearance to a typical mass brewed American Pale lager, this beer was distinctly enjoyable or at least preferred over a domestic example. A little more "heat" would round this beer out nicely IMO.
11-27-2006 03:45:11 | More by GilaMinumBeer
3.43/5 rDev +25.2%
Served in a chilled tulip glass.
-Appearance 3.0: Poured out of the can a light golden color. Head foamed up to a half inch and then quickly dissipated, leaving a film around the edges. Lots and lots of CO2 bubbles all over the place.
-Smell 3.5: Very pleasant bouquet. I smell grains, corn and a bright yeast.
-Taste 3.5: Front is all about the carbonation; very little taste. Middle is nice: a light barley taste and a light alkaline hoppiness. Finish is very slightly sweet and more light barley. Lots of subdued hops in an otherwise dry, but pleasant aftertaste. Everything is balanced and smooth.
-Mouthfeel 3.0: Well-balanced carbonation for this type of beer. Pleasant.
-Overall 3.5: Very good, basic lager. I have tried lagers that cost twice as much as a four-pack of Hollandia, but are on par with it or somewhat below it. The price this beer usually runs ($6 for four 16.9 oz beers) is hard to beat for what you get. It certainly is not "swill," just a pleasingly low-key, well-executed European lager. Recommended for those who know what that is and what to expect.
10-19-2012 02:44:00 | More by BeerDocT
3.43/5 rDev +25.2%
Pours golden clear with thick white head that fades slowly. Nose of citrus and pleasantly toasted oak. Burnt wheat seems to be the predominant flavoran asset, not a liability. Grassy, light bitter flavor. Mouth is nicely watery and slightly bitter. Drinkability is good. A decent but unremarkable lager.
10-12-2005 02:56:22 | More by jettjon
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.35/5 rDev +22.3%
appearance- yellow. heady. pretty decent carb.
smell-faint grains, slight corn, maybe a single hop.
taste-very short, not complex, a bit foamy and light, honestly pretty uninteresting.
mouthfeel- very slight sharpness, pans out into lagery flat. slightly slick finish.
overall- this beer isnt something complex, its a sessionable, decent, lager.
not the best beer, but pretty far form the worst also, and its usually cheap.
a good filler if you are getting a few more spendy tall cans and want something
to go in between the beautiful ones. this beer would be refreshing very cold,
and I will probably drink it again.
01-08-2013 23:50:10 | More by ghisty
3.33/5 rDev +21.5%
Its crystal-clear straw-gold body reveals hundreds of average-sized bubbles rising quickly to fall in line beneath its creamy bright-white head. The retention is good and it holds a thin, creamy cap as well as leaving sheets of dappled lace. The nose is clean but offers little more than a mildly sweet, slightly grainy malt that's just lightly infused with leafy or herbal hops. The body is light bordering on medium; and it's crisp in the mouth. The flavor delivers a mildly sweet and lightly grainy malt that's solidified by an undercurrent of hop flavor and restrained bitterness. It finishes with a touch of sweet malt that dries fairly quickly.
10-22-2003 22:14:33 | More by NeroFiddled
3.28/5 rDev +19.7%
Pours a very clear straw yellow, lots of little bubbles, thick frothy white head, some nice retention.
Smells like a typical euro-lager with some hints of citrus and malt.
Tastes very dutch, like heineken with a subtle malt backbone. A nice refreshing beer, but that's all I can say about it.
Nice dry, crispy body and carbonatd finish, not something I'd try again, but on my quest to try every beer I must face the facts and try all these cloned lagers.
12-08-2011 23:47:49 | More by GodOfBeer
3.25/5 rDev +18.6%
Judging from some of the reviews I've read, cans are the way to go with this to get highest quality.
Pours slightly less pale than a usual pale lager. Some white head and minimal lacing.
Smell is grassy, honey straw type flavors typical of the style.
Tastes slightly sweet, with a slightly tart grassiness and a honey-bitter end. Leaves a distinctly honey aftertaste.
Sticky, squeaky mouthfeel. Kind of thin.
Overall, a very average beer, but not bad for a cheap lawnmower light. Just be sure to get the cans.
10-20-2005 22:07:51 | More by nortmand
3.25/5 rDev +18.6%
Seemed a bit over-worked and processed. Malt had a rough grain husk edge that was a bit detracting, but not enough to put me off the beer. Of its class, this is a bit ahead of the middle of the pack. Bright and clean, very drinkable but not a lot of soul.
11-21-2003 02:19:29 | More by Brent
Hollandia from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
66 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.