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Hollandia - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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149 Ratings

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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

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 Gagnonsux
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Gagnonsux, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of SetarconeX
1.33/5  rDev -51.3%

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.

SetarconeX, May 10, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

cypressbob, May 02, 2004
Photo of Hhawk06
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Hhawk06, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of jsolack
3.2/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

jsolack, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of genaro
2.35/5  rDev -13.9%

Hollandia came in a green bottle. It was a clear gold color with lots of bubbles and nice to look at. The head was small and vanished soon after pouring. The slightly skunky/earthy aroma wasn't too exciting. The taste was slightly malty and sweet with some hop bite and crispness. The finish was dry and inconsequential. If this beer is cold and you are hot and thirsty it performs its function well.

genaro, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Not too much to say about this beer. This is nothing more than a run-of-the-mill lager replicating something from Miller or Anheuser Busch. It isn't bad, but it is far from something good. This review is on a 16 oz can, and that is about 12 oz more than I really need. If you have very simple-drinking guests, this one might not be bad.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of jahsausage
2.73/5  rDev 0%

At tbe end of the day, Hollandia is a lager, i'm not reallly welll knowned for my love of lagers. Hollandia is a cheap and not so nasty euro lager but its still a euro lager. Don't expect any suprises from this one but also don't expect any insane prices!!! its a good value, goood swilling lager this un, you'lll get more than you expect!!!

jahsausage, Jan 25, 2004
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 TastyTaste
2.2/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

TastyTaste, Dec 27, 2003
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
Photo of garymuchow
2.98/5  rDev +9.2%

Fairly straight hops aroma with a small base of malt.
Gold, clear, bubbles rising, full white head and lots of lacing.
Light overall in flavor. Mix of bitterness. Sweetness up front, dryness to the finish.
Thin and a little watery, but fairly crisp and refreshing.
Straight and uncomplicated. Decent price.

garymuchow, Nov 09, 2003
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 AtLagerHeads
2.83/5  rDev +3.7%

A light yellow beer with a small, quickly diminishing white head that left no lace whaysoever. The flavor is surprisingly bitter as if highly hopped, yet the hop flavor is quite neutral leaving no distinct sense of hop style. This beer appears to be cleanly brewed with giving any strong adjunct sense and finishes quite crisply.

AtLagerHeads, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
2.65/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz green bottle. Poured a typical straw yellow, with a moderate head. No lacing to speak of. Fairly descent carbonation with numerous small bubbles. Aroma is slightly skunked, which cleared after sitting. Taste starts off mildly sweet but quickly fades, leaving a faint bitterness behind. Wattery and bland is all I can say! This is another one of those beers you could sit and drink all night, because it's so much like a macro lite beer, nothing there to fill up on.

Indybeer, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of Andreji
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

Andreji, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
2.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with a large cloudtop head and slight carbonation, good lacing. The head collapses fairly quickly.

Aroma: Slightly sweet caramel notes, cooked vegetable aroma, slight hops, and no skunk - a miracle.

Taste: Begins with a sharply sweet note, followed by a distinct cream corn note. Not much in the way of hops, but turns to a dry, metallic bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Unremarkable.

Drinkability/notes: Not a particularly good beer, even though it is cheap. Bavaria, from this same brewer, is better.

Pegasus, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of ADR
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

ADR, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of Anonmatel
1.68/5  rDev -38.5%

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.

Anonmatel, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of Morris729
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a pale golden straw color with a thick and bubbly white head that fades into a patchy lace with large bubbles. Nose is overly cooked and stale grains. Light and crisp in the mouth. Taste is a bit bland with notes of cooked corn and a sweet finish. I don’t know what else to say about this beer other than I don’t recommend it.

Morris729, Feb 14, 2003
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 DrewS
2.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Tastes quite similar to Heineken and I guess it should being that it is their original recipe (from what I've been told). Really nothing happening with this brew. It's good to give to friends who really don't know any better. They think you're breaking out the good stuff when it is actually cheap swill (around $5.00 for six). I did, however, drink the heck out of the first six I bought. I guess I figure if there is no taste to savor, throw it on back.

DrewS, Apr 19, 2002
Photo of rastaman
1.35/5  rDev -50.5%

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.

rastaman, Apr 11, 2002
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
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Hollandia from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
65 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.