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Hollandia - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bavaria Brouwerij N.V. visit their website

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 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.

Photo of GilaMinumBeer
3.47/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of boblog
2.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow coloring. Decent head which leaves no lacing. Smells of hops with a bit of pale malt. Pretty boring flavor like most European Pale lagers. Typical Pale Lager dry finish. Easy to drink and cheap I like it more than Heineken and it cost less. Definitely not a beer to sip slowly.

Photo of irishtimepiece
1.72/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Photo of wolffman17
2.18/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of vancurly
2.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow/straw colour. Pours good head, leaving nice lace. Some effervesence.
Weird nose....a strange hint of meat pie. Dunno what that is, but it's making me hungry. Some floral notes in there, with pale malt.
Bit flat I think...could be the bottle. Flavour nondescript...balance of malt & hops that makes it approachable, and quaffable. Definitely a session beer for when the attention is elsewhere.
A drying finish that has some pleasant back palate. I would rather drink this than its "Bavaria" stablemate... but only just.

Photo of eb003
2.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a single for (believe it or not) 95 cents at Liquor Barn. They do crazy stuff like that there sometimes. Anyway...the appearance is about average on this one. It's clear with a medium gold color. The smell is very strong... it's a hoppy smell. Actually, the smell made me apprehensive to try it. The taste though, is decent. It does leave a bitter after-taste. But it's ok. The mouthfeel is just above average. It's almost too flat too me. (Maybe I drank it too cold, but there's not a lot of carbonation--I don't see many bubbles in the glass). The drinkablilty is above average. I could drink 2-3, but no way could I drink this one all night.

All-in-all, I'm glad I tried it. I'd drink it again for a buck a pop, but I don't find it too special.

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

Six tall boys for $6? Eh, why not.
Looks like it should; pale gold, fluffy white head, leaves some lacing.
Smells... like a decent macro. Grainy, a bit of herbal hop scent, clean... smells like what most people think of when they think of beer.
Tastes quite the way it smells. Grainy, some hoppy bitterness that is at times ok and at times not.
Bubbly, thin on the palate, watery... relatively easy to drink but for the style it's a wash.
No need for a glass for this beer. Drink it cold, drink it from the container, drink it quickly if that's your thing. Not too shabby at $6 for 6 pints but nothing worth going out of your way for.

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

Poured a pale yellow color with slight haziness. Head is bold and creamy, long lasting with very attractive lacing. Smell is grain like with moderate presence noted. Taste is clear, slightly malty and crisp. Taste rapidly dissapears from the mouth. Finishes is a bit dry and is somewhat enjoyable. Easy drinking and very refreshing.

Photo of shirfan
2/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although this appears to be yet another pale Euro lagera generica, I snagged it from my parents' fridge while over for dinner to make sure.
Yeah, pours a pale straw color with a little snow white head and plenty of carbonation. Nose is muted but what is there is a mostly unimpressive grain odor.
Taste is quenching but watery with a sweet malty aftertaste. No great hop bitterness or fullness to the flavor..generally kind of wimpy. Mouthfeel is decent but unspectacular; bubbles are under control.
I can't really say it sucks, but it doesn't rule either..fine in a pinch but I won't go looking for it again..blah, blah, blah..

Photo of jarmby1711
2.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The 330ml bottle is surely designed for drinking straight from It just sits inthe hand perfectly.
The appearance is average , being clear with a quiet sort of bubble, just enough to let you know the beer is alive.
The smell is pretty ordinary for a Euro Lager , having a real tinny wate quality .This makes the taste a little surprisingas there is an enjoyable blend of malts and bitter hop , neither of which reach any great heights in character ,butdo balance well .
The carbonation sits about right and makes for a refreshing feel.
This is an average beer, suited to rapid thirst drenching guzzling ...Straight from the bottle !

Photo of nortmand
3.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of tesguino
3.73/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

Pours golden clear with thick white head that fades slowly. Nose of citrus and pleasantly toasted oak. Burnt wheat seems to be the predominant flavor—an asset, not a liability. Grassy, light bitter flavor. Mouth is nicely watery and slightly bitter. Drinkability is good. A decent but unremarkable lager.

Photo of Pepeton
2.28/5  rDev -16.2%
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.


Photo of whynot44
2.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold color with a decent white head that disipates slowly without any real lacing.

The aroma is mild light malt with an herbal hops.

Light on taste but fresh and crisp at first, light sweet malt, with a somewhat metallic finish..

No skunk, nothing really offensive just routine but drinkable and refreshing as it should be. Euro lawnmower beer..

2.74/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I recently procured two samples of this green stubby look alike.
With much trepidation it is time to imbibe.

This looks like a beer. Pale gold color with a two inch white head. Retains nicely before sinking into a cap. Decent lacing.

Typical euro-green bottle skunk in the nose. Grassy and a little sweet.

The taste has none of the skunk that is prevalent in the aroma. The beer is slightly sweet, mellow and rather bland.

Hollandia is very light. Well carbonated. Swallow it and the flavor is gone. It is drinkable but I think I have had mine and now it is time for something else!

Photo of inebrius
3.47/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EagleTalon
1.92/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was pretty much what I expected it to be: a fairly average Euro macro. Appearance is a nice wheat color, head is average, fairly high carbonation. Smell is rather weak, but clean, about what is expected from a Euro pale lager. Luckily no skunking here. Taste is middle-of-the-road enjoyable. Begins with rather weak hops bite, and finishes mildly sweet with some honey taste. For the money this is a nice, solid euro lager. It won't wow you, but it is a decent session cheapie. By the way, this beer tastes a lot like this brewery's Bavaria beer, except that one is a pilsiner.

Photo of SetarconeX
1.35/5  rDev -50.4%
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.

Photo of cypressbob
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

440ml can

Pours with a thin yellow hue, not dark enough for a normal pilsner

Smell is dry and hoppy, hops come through but in a very processed way, nothing natural, chemical aromas

Taste is dry and hoppy, nothing much here besides chemicals

Ok, but f all

Photo of Hhawk06
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours very golden and carbonated, with a big fluffy and frizzy head. Yes, inconsistent. Its smells maize-like but also bitter. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and a tad dry. The taste mainly is composed of a sweet corn characteristic. The finish is mostly sweet, but transfers nicely into a hop bitterness that dries out the palate. This brew is completely average. I'd call it a better version of heineken.

Photo of jsolack
3.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with very thin head. Overage looking.

Skunky nose typical of the style. Smells like sweet grain.

Sweet grainy with very mild bitterness. Tastes really like a typical lager.

Crisp and light in the mouth. Not too dry. Overall very nice.

A nice lager... typical but very pleasent.

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Hollandia from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
65 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.