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Hollandia - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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BA SCORE
65
poor

168 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002

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Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of vacax
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kcr357
2.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased at Albies, 3.99 for a 4 pack of tall cans.
Pours a light golden color similar to any bmc beer. Course foam dissipates almost instantly.
No hops or malt smell, however, there is plenty of corn, rice,metal , and vegs. Manages to not be TOO offensive. THen again I have a bit of a cold....
While it can't be mistaken for a decent beer, it is actually not that bad. Not too much aftertaste, moderate amount of can taste, fairly smooth.
Mouth feel is alright, a bit of bite, lots of carbonation.
Could drink a few of these.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Macca
2.16/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jwhawkins81
2.35/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.03/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of Drew966
2.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hollandia pours a pale yellow with a white head from a stubby green twelve ounce bottle. I can smell skunk as soon as I crack the cap open. The flavor is a bit skunky with some cereal flavors. A second class version of Heineken. Not particularly good, I'd pass.

Photo of colts9016
1.9/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Photo of WHROO
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A; Clear Yellow, 1 finger head...recedes to a film of medium beads...average lacing. 6 lines of carbonation is all, would have like to see maybe a touch more.
S: Grassy citrus hops, only a hint of sweet malt. Grainy in aroma & taste.
T: nothing too wrong with the taste, just not much of it. Grainy & a little doughy...if anything it balances more towards some earthy hops instead of malt. Touch of bitterness to finish, & also finishes a little dry.
M: Quite light, carbonation seems just about right. Maybe a touch chalky if anything, but I didn't mind that - made it a little more interesting.
D: Very mainstreamish, & typical of an import lager that tries to please everyone, could have done with maybe a little more body & flavour. The price certainly makes this an easy drinker. Could buy a 6 pack & think "yeah. not too bad".

Photo of beerthulhu
2.26/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of KeefD
2.67/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow macro lager color with a small head that faded quickly, leaving behind no lacing. Smell is a little skunky, but could be from age. Some grainy malts in the taste, crisp and dry. Medium carbonation, somewhat smooth. I had one of these in college many many years ago and thought it was ok, and thought it would be nostalgic to revisit this one. The nostalgia was short-lived and remembered why I started drinking good beer when I could afford it.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.07/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This felt like a week version of stronger beers, the beer tasted like a week version of peroni, it was not a full bodied beer, was a wee bit week as far as taste, but overall it was not the worst beer I have had, it was pretty good. I would not be opposed to drinking it again.

Photo of KarlHungus
1.51/5  rDev -44.5%
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.

Photo of Bigjay1584
2.18/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of Greggy
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.67/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving is chilled, in a pint glass. Pours golden straw with some head and very little lacing. Smell is clean and dry. Very grainy. Taste is smooth, of malted grain, but no bad aftertaste. Somewhat malty with hints of floral tones. A faint dry malt aftertaste, with a lot of graininess.Sweet and lightly malty taste in the end. For the price this is not too bad, will buy again.This cheap Euro beer is better than most of our domestic macros.

Photo of onid678
2.42/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden, and slightly amber.

Taste - The taste is better than many of the fairly tasteless beers.

Mouthfeel - Feels very carbonated,.

Drinkability - It is quite easy to drink a few of these, since there is nothing really off putting about it. no heavy alcohol taste or aromatics

Overall - id recommend this beer to anyone who wants n easy drinking imported beer. n also cheap n different to the australian beers.

Photo of TripelMajor
2.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Hollandia is usually by beer of choice when on a budget. It is only 8.99 for a 12 pack in Brooklyn (which is absolutely unheard of, you can barely even find pabst cans for that price).

This is truly an average and forget-able beer. Great when you just wanna beer. Must be ice cold and drank before it warms up.

It's really light in color and smells a little like malt liquor. Tastes like Heineken, only with a slight off putting sweetness. Slight hop tingle, maybe Haulleture or Saaz. It's no Grolsch (which I favor in out of the Dutch Lagers), but it's tasty.

Photo of Cs1987
2.44/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden, and slightly amber. A nice change from the pure yellow Australian lagers I have had recently. The head, which is quite small if poured carefully, disappears quickly.

Smell - A bit odd. Nothing particularly pleasant about the smell.

Taste - A burnt taste predominates. However, the taste is better than many of the fairly tasteless lagers I have had at this price.

Mouthfeel - Feels very carbonated, and the aftertaste isn't great.

Drinkability - It is quite easy to drink a few of these, since there is nothing really off putting about it.

Overall - This certainly isn't a beer I'd recommend people to try. However, it is very cheap, and better than I expected considering the price.

Photo of Kulrak
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear & bright light golden color with chunky white head that fades away pretty quickly. Smells a little lightstruck (damn you, green bottles!) and a little of grassy hops. The taste is very light and crisp, finishing clean. Not really much in the way of flavor, but what is there is fairly well balanced. The mouthfeel is fizzy and a tiny bit harsh. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, but nothing really stands out about it.

Photo of BMoney575
3.91/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jongillin
2.48/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Based on previous notes dating: 11/23/06 (thanksgiving)

Pours a golden color with a nice white lacey head. Smells mostly of hops and a little malt and perhaps citrus. The taste is typical pale lager style. Nothing about this makes it an interesting lager. The malt profile and the hops choice are par for the course and nothing stands out as being different or extraodinary. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly and it goes down easy. Typical lager drinking fair here.

Hollandia from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
65 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.