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Hollandia - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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159 Ratings

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 24.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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 daliandragon
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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..

daliandragon, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
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 !

jarmby1711, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of nortmand
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

nortmand, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of tesguino
3.75/5  rDev +36.9%
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.

tesguino, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of jettjon
3.43/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

jettjon, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of Pepeton
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
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.


Pepeton, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of whynot44
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
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..

whynot44, Oct 03, 2005
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.48/5  rDev +27%
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.

inebrius, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of EagleTalon
1.95/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

EagleTalon, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Gagnonsux, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of SetarconeX
1.33/5  rDev -51.5%
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.

SetarconeX, May 10, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
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

cypressbob, May 02, 2004
Photo of Hhawk06
3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Hhawk06, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of jsolack
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

jsolack, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of genaro
2.35/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 -19.7%
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.

TastyTaste, Dec 27, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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
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