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Hollandia - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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BA SCORE
65
poor

149 Ratings
THE BROS
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awful

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bavaria Brouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002)
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Photo of zeff80
2.73/5  rDev 0%

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, pale golden color with a small, short-lived white head. It left a little soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of corn, grains, caramel malt and grasses.

T - Mostly tasted of corn and caramel. It had a slight bitter kick.

M - it was crisp and fizzy. A very light bodied lager.

D - This is an okay lager. Not something that I'd pick up regularly but it is drinkable.

zeff80, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

biboergosum, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +22%

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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of Jason
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

Jason, Apr 09, 2002
Photo of WesWes
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a white lace head. The aroma is decent. It is mildly skunky with that green glass smell, but it has a nice pale aroma with a bit of hop scent. The taste is average. It is dry and watery, but it has a fair malt and hop flavor. Again, it is skunky, but it goes down relatively smooth. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with less than average carbonation. This beer drinks decent; an average European lager.

WesWes, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev +11%

Dumpy brown 25cl bottle with an ABV of 4.8%, best before 08/2010, drank 12/2009. Poured into my La Chouffe tulip shaped glass.

Golden bright, clear body and a good looking white head. Lets call the colour 'mid-lager' in depth and style.

Classic lager/pilsner aroma of 'not much at all'.

I wasn't expecting too much from this cheap supermarket lager, but to be fair it has a little taste and a hint of flavours. Mid range in the sweet v dry stakes it is refreshing, clean and more robust than I thought it would be.

The words boring and bland came to mind, but it it is better than that, only just, but I'm going to call it an average lager/pilsner considering all things.

BlackHaddock, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
1.93/5  rDev -29.3%

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!).

kojevergas, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +47.6%

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.

woodychandler, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
1.25/5  rDev -54.2%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev +23.8%

This is a bland and boring beer in a green bottle but here it is another 90+ day so it makes a good lawnmower beer and would be easy to pound down several with an ABV of 5.0%.

jdhilt, Aug 03, 2002
Photo of biegaman
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

biegaman, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of rab53
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

beerthulhu, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +9.9%

tdm168, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev +9.9%

dmorgan310, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of liamt07
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

liamt07, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

harpus, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.18/5  rDev +16.5%

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

wordemupg, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +25.6%

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.

tone77, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
2.55/5  rDev -6.6%

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair/good lacing. The head lasted for around four minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread mixed with light floral hops and some cooked corn. As well I can taste a bit of apple juice flavour. It ends with a corn/grainy aftertaste with a bit of spice.

Overall – I guess the small highlight for this beer is the light floral hop bite.. and I mean very light. But other than that, it's just another euro lager filling up the shelves at my local beer store.

spinrsx, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
1.53/5  rDev -44%

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.

KarlHungus, May 30, 2008
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.03/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

CrazyDavros, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Brent
3.25/5  rDev +19%

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.

Brent, Nov 21, 2003
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Hollandia from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
65 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.