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Hollandia - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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BA SCORE
66
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96 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 182
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bavaria Brouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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 rastaman
1.33/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Probably down there with heineken, but perhaps better at half the price, only drink in situations where your moneys running low, light fizzy, easy to drink, no character. (170 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
1.35/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I simply won't mince words with this one, it's an absolutely terrible lager. The not-so-secret objective of this beer is nothing more ambitious than to make a low-cost alternative to Heineken, and to a certain degree they pull it off.

It's a pale yellow color, with a scent not unlike your average European-made Lager. The taste, at first, it oddly identical to Heineken, very light, very heavy on the fermented veggies.

The difference is in the aftertaste, which is oddly bitter, and with an absolutely disgusting astringency. At first, it's not so apparent, but the more you drink, the more the aftertaste spreads until after your second bottle, it's all you can taste.

Cheaper than even a 6-pack of Budweiser at my local grocery store, and for good reason. Avoid this one at any cost. (797 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
1.51/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes very quickly into no lacing. The aroma is of skunk with some grainy malt underneath the skunk. The taste is more malty and less skunky than the aroma, but it still isn't pleasant. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer. I try not to review beers which I think might be skunked. However, I see no need to refrain from reviewing a beer that is skunked due to the fact that it is bottled in green glass, which is something the brewer can control. This is a bad beer. I will not drink it again. (633 characters)

Photo of Anonmatel
1.7/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hollandia is one of those cheap averagely made beers, that only sell cause they are erally cheap, they should only be drunk if you get them for free, and there is nothing else to drink. Taste is rather average, slightly hoppy, tastes like a bad bad batch of Steinlager (and thats saying something). Still it's cheap. (316 characters)

Photo of FLima
1.7/5  rDev -38.2%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of irishtimepiece
1.72/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Clear and yellow with a fizzy white head.
The smell is just terrible, skunk probably isn't strong enough a word.
Tastes of fish. Yeah, fish. No aftertaste at all, though, which I guess is a plus.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery, highly carbonated.
I could drink these all night long, but I wouldn't want to. I bought this on accident and wouldn't have tried it otherwise. It is exactly what I expected it to be. Boring, bland, and just plain bad. (447 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
1.86/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can into Guinness pint glass in Galway, Ireland.

A: Thin pathetic head of fair retention. Clear off-urine colour.

Sm: Just barley. Can advertises "hop extract" - ????

T: Barley and malt. That's it. How amazing...

Mf: Thin and pathetic. A bit coarse on the finish.

Dr: Cheap shite beer. Better than Budweiser (what a compliment!). (337 characters)

Photo of colts9016
1.9/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The color is a golden yellow with carbonation. No head. The nose is skunky malty aroma with hints of yeast. The tastes is very yeasty skunky and the malt is an afterthought and very bitter. The mouth feel is harsh with no finish. This was not a good beer. (255 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
1.92/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours to a deep golden color and thin white bubbly head. Aroma is skunks and rubber. Taste is cheap, dry eurolager crap. Finishes with a dryness that is not too bad. Overall, this is a crappy, smelly, cheap tasting beer that has few things going for it. (253 characters)

Photo of Falcone
2/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (227 characters)

Photo of shirfan
2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale yellow, wisp of a head burns off quickly.

Aroma is mild skunk, thin noble hops, corn.

Taste: The worst of old and new world macro lagers, combined. Thin, under-hopped, and vaguely corn-sweet, with a dirty penny metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is watery and not even very quenching due to the poor flavor.

Not a good choice; I had been out in the sun and wanted something light and quenching from the nearest store. These were next to Grolsch for almost $3 less -- and now I know why. (496 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.03/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale straw, snowy head dissipates to a tiny covering.
Massive skunk aroma, along with stale malty cardboard. Astringent.
More cardboard on taste with shortlived weak bitterness.
Feels watery, with little carbonation.
Not extremely offensive, but pretty dodgy all the same. (277 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
2.13/5  rDev -22.5%
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! (1,709 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
2.14/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold color, huge white head. Lots of active carbonation. Stink lewdly of grass. I can smell the empty bottle 6 feet away. Tastes of malt, grass, and a little hops. Very dry. Not one of my favorites. I don't like the euro lagers very much, but one of the better ones I've had. (281 characters)

Photo of Macca
2.16/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This pours a golden colour with a centimetre of head. Clear.

Boring macro aromas. All grains and cooked veges. Slightly metallic.

Ho hum. Almost no flavours at all. Just washes over the tongue and leaves a slight drying sensation. This how to make a dumb beer.

Ok mouthfeel.

Just another boring euro. (304 characters)

Photo of Bigjay1584
2.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I found a 12 pack of this stuff for 8.99 at a local grocery store and I knew I shouldn't mess with a cheap unknown beer... BUT it was brewed in Holland so I thought I'd give it a chance for the low price.
App- The first thing that I noticed was that it was extremely light in color. It literally looked like water in the bottle (and tasted like it as well). light head dissipated quickly.
Smell- There is almost nothing here except a little citrus and grass. At least it doesn't smell bad.. it just.. doesn't smell enough.
Taste- Water water water.. imagine watery Heineken. I've never had Heineken light but this must be its close cousin.. I will admit though that it is refreshing and might work well for a summer afternoon.
mouthfeel- just wayy too thin.. carbonation is ok.. nothing notable though
Drinkability- The one good thing about a watery beer is that it is very drinkable but when there are so many other more flavorful beers out there why would u really want more of these?
A very boring, very watery beer (in the spirit of 'Heineken light perhaps) that does have a very clean refreshing aspect to it. (1,117 characters)

Photo of wolffman17
2.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear pale straw. A nice chunky head leaves plenty of lace behind.
It smells grassy and skunky. It's not pleasant, but it was expected.
Grainy taste with a strange peppery, metallic finsish. Not good, but it could be worse.
Drinkability is quite low. This stuff has no character.

Don't let the "it's a good value" statements think this one's worthwhile. I won't be spending my money on it again even if it is a good value. (445 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.21/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale hay color, absolutely clear with a whitish head of 1/8 of an inch of soapy bubbles. Sweet vegetal aroma, slight skunk, and little to zero hops. Flavor is slightly better than the aroma, slightly sour but with some peppery hop sense to offset the absolutely tasteless sweet mash. A bit of a weird hot cinnamon in the aftertaste. Doesn't generate enough flavor for me to have much of an opinion -- other than it doesn't have the dryness of a decent Pilsner nor the drinkability of a mid pack Lager. (501 characters)

Photo of k3punk
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.26/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a clear, pale orange with a fizzy, bone white head that quickly dissipated without a lacing. Visible carbonation was light and sporadic.

S: A light wiff of skunkiness was emitted upon first opening. The nose yielded raw green vegetables (brocolli), was disappointing and very light in nature,(which was probably the only good thing about it).

T: a light showing of sour oranges, musky grains and fresh green vegetables. Some metallic nature was also detected and was overall pretty bland. Some maize makes a late entry and comes off pretty much like a Heineken flavor-wise.

M: light with some astringency and fizziness from the carbonation. Not a good feeling.

D: Drinkability was unimpressive, and didn't care to finish this one. A big pass here needless to say. (779 characters)

Photo of Andreji
2.26/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden colour with a thick foam head that fades slowly, some lacing left, and some carbonation is present. The smell has more than a few hops and some maltyness present. The taste, nothing special, is rather watery and bitter leaving behind most of its true possible flavour, and this gives it a less than sterling mouthfeel. Good to try, but just to get it out of the way: won't be at it again. (408 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.28/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz stubby green bottle, states that the beer is brewed with crystal clear water, finest hops, select cereal grains and pure yeast … isn’t that what all American macro breweries put on their labels? No freshness date.

Appearance: Yellow straw colour with a semi sticky lace that fades to just a mere ring of lace.

Smell: Hmm … cooked cereal grain, ghost like DMS / cooked veggies and some husky grain make up the vaguely clean aroma.

Taste: Smooth with and odd crispness off the moderate carbonation, grain with undertones of cooked corn. Astringent flavours pull hard and leave a dry bitty mouth feel. Hops are processed and lean and add to the astringent flavours. More and more grain and astringency evenly flow, not to the point of not being drinkable. Big veggie after tastes is not pleasurable either.

Notes: Nothing like a crappy Dutch beer, Heineken may have done it right the bad way but this beer steals the show for being not only bland but with the imported lager taste too and doing it all the wrong way ... either way they are the same only this one is cheaper $$$ so buy this one over Heineken. This beer is just not happening at all. (1,195 characters)

Photo of Pepeton
2.28/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tried this one because from the very same brewery I liked their Bavaria.

Nice green stubby bottle, pours a clear light straw yellow; small and short lived white head with almost no lacing.

Skunky smell is always a turndown for me, some malts are detectable though.

Taste is refreshing, tingy due to carbonation.

Crisp and dry aftertaste.

Unless I get it for free, I'll pass on another.

¡Salud! (412 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
2.29/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (1,772 characters)

Photo of jwhawkins81
2.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma - The expected green bottle euro import skuny aroma and a little floral hops.

Appearance - Good thick white head and solid lager yellow color. Easily the best part of this beer. Straight out of a beer commercial. Good lacing.

Taste - Not what I call crisp. Just a muddled flavor with a wave of light hops near the end.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly not a thin mouthfeel but medium bodied. I wonder if I burned all the carbonation on the pour.

Drinkability - Not bad, a lager that isn't an immediate turn off just something not worth going out of your way for. Nothing special and actually a little below most other euro-lager imports. (639 characters)

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