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Hollandia - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 182
Avg: 2.73
pDev: 24.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bavaria Brouwerij N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002

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Photo of McStagger
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On sale at Ralph's. Four bucks for a four pack of 500 mL cans. Hell I can cook with it if it's as nasty as the price point. Some Julian Code for dating.

A: Into a pilsner glass. Pale straw, bordering on the AAL levels of lightness and clarity. Big carbonation streams up to form a head that is bleached white and dissipating fairly quickly. Large bubbles collapse and die on the glass, leaving nary a trace of their short existence.

S: Smells like the other 90 billion green bottle monstrosities that exist in the world. Malt is pale and grain like. Hops are extract with herbal and even slightly vegetal qualities.

T: Tastes about the same, only less skunky. Maybe that's the light protection of the can. LIttle metallic on the end but then it just falls off. Like a light version of a Euro Pale Lager. Oh, also some bruised green apple on the end.

M: Not too bubbly, but there is a sharp cripsness mid palate and some kind of warmth. I hope I'm not getting a booze characteristic from a Euro Pale Lager at 5%.

O: Pretty bad, but really, really cheap. I'd love to check out some Tesco brand next time.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.84/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden beer with large foam head. Aroma of sweet cereal grain and a little metallic. Taste is slightly sweet, bready and a mild hop bitterness. Soft on the palate. Not too bad actually.

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Photo of santomark
5/5  rDev +83.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

F you neckbeards. I'm giving this 5 across the board because it's inexpensive, purer than the domestic crap, and does the trick. It's a refreshing beer for this summer. And I remember when Euro beers were the snobby thing to love. So there. Grab a 4 pack for $1 and go ape s**t!!!!

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Photo of Falcone
2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a standard macro golden clarity with an average sized head with poor retention. I'm so very bored.

Smells like whatever. Grains and butter. Stale. Still bored.

Tastes like...oh forget it. Avoid this mediocre Euro trash.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 650ml green glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2016. ABV is stated as 4.7%. Purchased a while back from a supermarket. The ingredient list includes maltose.

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a persistent surface layer.

S: Aroma of cooked grain with hints of husks, stewed leaves, subtle overdone veg, faint noble hops and a cardboard twang. Mildly sweet and not particularly appealing.

T: Tastes of cooked grain/malt with a harsh bitter finish. Notes of husky grain, faint malt, stewed leaves, overdone veggies and acrid cardboard. Some nasty solvent undertones in the background. A rough bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is light and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and a thin, watery body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/cardboard and cooked grain.

O: Ugh - disgusting. One of the worst lagers I've tried for a while. Looks alright, but this is the only positive. The aroma and flavour are a vile combination of sweet stewed grain and harsh leafiness, with hints of cardboard and solvent. Average body for the style. Horrible stuff; gives macro brews a bad name. Avoid.

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Photo of k3punk
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

As many others have pointed out this is a fantastically average beer. Nothing special at all. I drank a lot of these to pass the time on a short trip to Oman and although it was cheap, it wrecked me. My stomach wasn't right for a few days after.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.72/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Format: a 330mL brown bottle with a standard macro label.

Appearance: pours out a clear mid golden amber with a fluffy white head that drops away to virtually nothing.

Aroma: standard lager cheap grains and a touch of grassy hops. Okay.

Taste: standard cheap adjuncts with cereal grains, and not really much else here.

Aftertaste: it all fades away pretty quickly, but is at least somewhat refreshing. So there's that at least.

Mouth feel: light in body with a chunky macro carbonation - this is just a warm-weather slammer.

Overall: it may not be a great lager, but it is also AU$33 for a case of 24 x 330mL. Can't fault that.

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Photo of kasic
2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is my first review and this is how most of my reviews will be, short, sweet and to the point.
Hollindia is a decent cheap beer. Id prefer it over a Bud, Miller or Coors. The price is right too. At Food 4 Less you can get a 4pk of 16.9oz cans for 2.99. That has to be one of the best deals you can get for a beer that wont make you gag. It really is like a cheap version of Heineken. Id recommend this beer to anyone who just needed a couple of beers for the night and was on a budget.

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Photo of soju6
2.61/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can.

A: pours a light golden color with a decent head that fades quickly to just bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and herbal, with some malt sweetness.

T: Taste is quite bland with some malt sweetness and grain. Very mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, fairly smooth but short on flavor.

O: Another Euro Lager that is non-offensive.

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Photo of FLima
1.7/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Golden color with lots of fluffy head with medium retention.
Sweet aroma with notes of herbal hops, though inferior to other similar beers.
Taste follows nose, quite sweet, not sure if a result of the maltose addition. Notes of herbs. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with very low carbonation
It is more of a barley juice with low drinkability, I will remember not to drink it again.

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Photo of FlyingBull
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased this for $2.50/4-pk of pint cans. Was on sale at F4L for 2 pks/$5 so I HAD to get it.

A- This beer poured a light clear gold with a 1/2" fizzy white head that dissipated down to just a white fizzy covering fairly quickly. There actually WAS some lacing down the glass as I drank it.

S- Very typical "Dutch beer" hop aromas. Lightly herbal hops and just a hint of malt.

T- Out of the gate, this beer tasted sweet to me for the style. It reminded me of Miller High Life. There's more malt flavor vs. hops, but both are really mild.

M-I would say the mouth feel is thin and somewhat - watery.

D- It's drinkable for sure...very light and easy going. Low alcohol which I like. Good cheap party beer for MilBudCor people. ...And they'll think they're livin high and got something imported. :-)

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.15/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Grassy hops and a hint of malt.

T-A good balance between grassy hops and sweet malts. It has a little bite to it, but not much else. Its fairly bland.

M-Thin and watery.

D-Very drinkable since it is not the most flavorful beer and it has an average abv.

Overall, I prefer other versions of the style but this was good to try in a mix pack.

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Photo of ghisty
3.32/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.42/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: poured from a 500 ml can into a pint glass, yellow straw colored with a short foamy white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: not much, grain, seltzer water

T: slightly sweet up front, quickly moves to bitter, light grain, grass

M: thin, watery, good carbonation

O: slightly below average lager, not terrible but nothing memorable

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).


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Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Plain Jane run-of-the-mill macro beer.

Pours clear gold with a short and spritzy white head that dissipates almost immediately. Smell is corn and some malt. Not offensive, but completely uninspiring in any way. Same anonymous industrial taste. Bland.

You can carry on with your life without having to drink this one and not really having missed anything.

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Photo of Douberd
2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can of 500 ml at home. Pours a pale golden yellow beer, with a one finger head that goes away fast. Not much activity in the glass.
Smells of malts very faintly and of old bread.
Taste is quite bitter and also metallic.
It is medium thin on the body and is quite carbonated.
Overall, it wasn't that bad.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We pour a light golden colored brew. It holds a one-finger head of thick, huge white bubbles. This retains nicely, leaving thick, spotted lacing around the glass. What is left is a sheet of fatty bubbles across the top of the liquid. The coloring is light so there is significant transparency, with no sediment or haze. Carbonation is average. The nose is an adjunct bomb. There is white baker’s flour and corn, with some metallic bites of yeast. There is a sweetness of fermented red apples, but little else. With warmth the malts become slightly darker, and a bit more cheesy and musty. As we sip, the flavoring opens up with the apple sweetness from the nose. The malts are pale, with corn and flour, again, like the nose. It is actually quite mild. The middle punches forward with more flour, barley, and bread. There is light booze, and some interesting cotton candy esters. The finish is metallic and bitter, which is a departure from the simple beginning. This sours and puckers, with more bite from the booze, and more, more, more of those unrefined malts. The aftertaste is with more bread, apple fermentedness, bitter metals, and light pepper. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is dried after an initial coating. There is decent slurp and froth, due to the nicely retained heady film. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the look, and how mild it ultimately was. It could have been much more offensive with the level of metallics and adjuncts for the base, but it was surprisingly even throughout. The flavors were all very separate, without blending for a coherent product. Rather, we were left with a disjointed brew, that was not that pleasant to drink in the end.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.13/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- The coloration of this one is typically macro and Euro....pale gold, crystal clear and with lots of carbonation. The head disappears as quickly as it formed after the initial pour....whats left is a thin patchwork of soapy white film partially covering the beer. I do have to say that the the lacing is half decent looking, as it at least leaves behind some sticky clumps of foam on the glass, and they stay there too.

S- This is best summed up as follows (and in this order): corn, rice, barley malt, dry grass, no hops, and then more corn/rice. Very bland overall and again, smells eerily similar to an AAL.

T- When it's stated on the can that "select grains" were used, they must have meant that they use select cow corn in this beer...it is sweet initially, then finishes clean....too clean. This is very bland overall, following the aromas closely, and I think along with said corn adjunct, lots of white rice was used in this as well. In trying to find something positive, I can taste a hint of hop extract right after the swallow, as it leaves a bittering flavor down in my throat.

M- Thin, highly carbonated and 'sterile' clean, this Hollandaise beer has it all when it comes to nothingness on the palate...reminds me of a more flavorful Coors Light.

O- The only reason I bought this is b/c I honestly thought it was a nice beverage at a beer/wine/liquor festival that I attended....I was also hammered by the time I got around to sampling this one...it's no longer a 5/5 as I put in the book I had. On a hot day, this would be super refreshing I have to admit, but then so is Budweiser, and Bud is cheaper if I'm going that route! Not the absolute worst beer I've had but still....Thumbs down!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.2/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into pint glass22/2/12

A clear straw yellow with a short lived thumbs width of foam that leaves a little speck of lace

S cracker, lemon, sweet malt and hay, pretty straight forward but decent for the style

T the lemons a little off in the mouth but pretty close to the smell

M light in the mouth and the bubbles fluff it up a little, pretty clean aftertaste

O pretty basic stuff but not offensive, not something I'd go looking for but its drinkable

better then some of the other offerings I've had from these guys but still nothing to brag about

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Photo of biboergosum
2.91/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can. Differentiating the offerings from this brewery is a chore in itself.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some attractive honeycomb lace around the glass as it sinks away from sight.

It smells, well, it smells a hell of a lot better than most of its siblings - like actual beer, really - if you mean marginally cheap-ass, sweet grainy malt, and some generally inoffensive (parse that at you own peril) weak-ass leafy hops. The taste is pretty much just a lessened version of all those creamed corn gagfests of lager monstrosities we've all encountered at one time or another. That said, I'm well able to keep my lunch down with this one - the sugary, nondescript grainy malt and plain earthy hop simulacrum have me fooled enough to keep at it.

The carbonation is rather mild, the body medium-light, but suffering none for it, and tentatively smooth amongst some prickly edges. It finishes just off-dry, much less sweet than anticipated, just a murky pale malt and weirdly floral hop tango to middling applause.

By looking at the cumulative score, one might be a bit misled - not all things do well by dissection and investigation - sometimes an adequate stadium beer is just that - thankfully non-represented 'Orange' colours aside - a so-so, still drinkable lager, if only for a can or two. Nah, just the one, please.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.04/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before Feb. 2013 and served ice cold.

Pours a clear pale golden-yellow colour, with a bit more than a finger of fluffy eggshell-white head on top. Solid retention for the style as the head remains for a few minutes, and leaves behind lots of stringy lacing on the sides. Actually pretty attractive for what it is. Bland, faint aroma; grainy and a little sweet.

Decent taste with nothing off-putting or out of the ordinary. Grainy malts, maybe a bit of breadiness, with some apple skin and floral hops. Kind of corny, but acceptably so for an EPL. Not much aftertaste, maybe some pale malt. Thin-bodied with heavy biting carbonation that scrubs the palate, which has a lot to do with the crisp, fairly clean taste. Very easy to drink.

Definitely reminds me of the Bavaria beer from this brewery, though this is marginally cleaner-tasting and generally more enjoyable. Consider this a cheaper version of Heineken - bland and watery but it's serviceable enough and decent value at this price point.

[Updated Nov. 6 2013]

Picked up another can on a whim. While this is obviously just a plain Jane, run-of-the-mill Euro pale lager, it's actually fairly decent considering the price point. I could buy 6 of these cans for 5-6 dollars less than an equivalent number of Heineken cans, and IMO there is very little difference in quality between the two. Any fan of cheap lagers might as well give this one a go - it's inoffensive and easy to drink, which is generally what I look for from beers in this price bracket.

Final Grade: 3.04, a C+.

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Photo of biegaman
2.67/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I half expected a beer named 'Hollandia' to be orange but the fact that it's a bright, pale yellow is the first indication that the most (and possibly only) Dutch thing about it is that it resembles Heineken. But I won't say it doesn't look good - perfectly clear, amply bubbled and lustrous, this is a good lookin' lager regardless of where it's from.

It wouldn't have killed Bavaria Brouwerij to be a little more discrepant when using adjuncts. I understand the appeal of diluting the beer, but isn't there a way of doing so without making it smell as though it's been filtered through an industrial vat of corn syrup? Holding the beer too close to your nose results in a reaction similar to the '2 Girls 1 Cup' video.

Off the bat I find Hollandia more palatable than the other two brands I've tried from this brewer (Bavaria and Bavaria 8.6, both remarkably bad). While it has little to no actual malt flavour, the presence of industrial adjuncts is only moderate. Nevertheless, there is that cloying canned corn taste that plagues all poorly made industrial lagers.

I imagine this beer might fare better in a blind taste test - I can't be sure that my regrettable past experiences with this brewery haven't tainted my opinion of it - although a different label would not change the beer's very syrupy texture and aftertaste. It is quite off-putting and belongs more in fountain soda or the table syrups at cheap diners.

Just because a suit is made in Italy doesn't make it a good suit. And just because a beer is brewed in Holland, a country with rich brewing heritage, doesn't make it any better of a beer - certainly not when it's brewed to resemble every other insipid yellow lager on the market. Hollandia should be somewhat of a disgrace to self-respecting Dutch beer drinkers.

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Hollandia from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
66 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.