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Hollandia - Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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BA SCORE
65
poor

153 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 23.62%
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 bcsbeer
2/5  rDev -26.2%

bcsbeer, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of BeerDocT
3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Poured out of the can a light golden color. Head foamed up to a half inch and then quickly dissipated, leaving a film around the edges. Lots and lots of CO2 bubbles all over the place.

-Smell 3.5: Very pleasant bouquet. I smell grains, corn and a bright yeast.

-Taste 3.5: Front is all about the carbonation; very little taste. Middle is nice: a light barley taste and a light alkaline hoppiness. Finish is very slightly sweet and more light barley. Lots of subdued hops in an otherwise dry, but pleasant aftertaste. Everything is balanced and smooth.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Well-balanced carbonation for this type of beer. Pleasant.

-Overall 3.5: Very good, basic lager. I have tried lagers that cost twice as much as a four-pack of Hollandia, but are on par with it or somewhat below it. The price this beer usually runs ($6 for four 16.9 oz beers) is hard to beat for what you get. It certainly is not "swill," just a pleasingly low-key, well-executed European lager. Recommended for those who know what that is and what to expect.

BeerDocT, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: poured from a 500 ml can into a pint glass, yellow straw colored with a short foamy white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: not much, grain, seltzer water

T: slightly sweet up front, quickly moves to bitter, light grain, grass

M: thin, watery, good carbonation

O: slightly below average lager, not terrible but nothing memorable

M_C_Hampton, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Vyronian
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

Vyronian, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Shasty
4/5  rDev +47.6%

Shasty, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

harpus, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hollandia (drank from a 16.9 oz. can) has a thick, slightly off-white head, a clear, very bubbly golden appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet grains, malt, and a touch of stinging hops. Taste is sweet grains, sugar, sharp hops, and water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Hollandia finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mild, mostly dry, and massively drinkable. Overall, this one is very good (and sold at a cheap price).

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of smoothaftertaste
4/5  rDev +47.6%

smoothaftertaste, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of rekel
2/5  rDev -26.2%

rekel, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of 500MLperWeek
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

500MLperWeek, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Plain Jane run-of-the-mill macro beer.

Pours clear gold with a short and spritzy white head that dissipates almost immediately. Smell is corn and some malt. Not offensive, but completely uninspiring in any way. Same anonymous industrial taste. Bland.

You can carry on with your life without having to drink this one and not really having missed anything.

TerryW, May 12, 2012
Photo of Douberd
2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can of 500 ml at home. Pours a pale golden yellow beer, with a one finger head that goes away fast. Not much activity in the glass.
Smells of malts very faintly and of old bread.
Taste is quite bitter and also metallic.
It is medium thin on the body and is quite carbonated.
Overall, it wasn't that bad.

Douberd, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We pour a light golden colored brew. It holds a one-finger head of thick, huge white bubbles. This retains nicely, leaving thick, spotted lacing around the glass. What is left is a sheet of fatty bubbles across the top of the liquid. The coloring is light so there is significant transparency, with no sediment or haze. Carbonation is average. The nose is an adjunct bomb. There is white baker’s flour and corn, with some metallic bites of yeast. There is a sweetness of fermented red apples, but little else. With warmth the malts become slightly darker, and a bit more cheesy and musty. As we sip, the flavoring opens up with the apple sweetness from the nose. The malts are pale, with corn and flour, again, like the nose. It is actually quite mild. The middle punches forward with more flour, barley, and bread. There is light booze, and some interesting cotton candy esters. The finish is metallic and bitter, which is a departure from the simple beginning. This sours and puckers, with more bite from the booze, and more, more, more of those unrefined malts. The aftertaste is with more bread, apple fermentedness, bitter metals, and light pepper. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is dried after an initial coating. There is decent slurp and froth, due to the nicely retained heady film. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the look, and how mild it ultimately was. It could have been much more offensive with the level of metallics and adjuncts for the base, but it was surprisingly even throughout. The flavors were all very separate, without blending for a coherent product. Rather, we were left with a disjointed brew, that was not that pleasant to drink in the end.

TheBrewo, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of ChrisCage
2.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- The coloration of this one is typically macro and Euro....pale gold, crystal clear and with lots of carbonation. The head disappears as quickly as it formed after the initial pour....whats left is a thin patchwork of soapy white film partially covering the beer. I do have to say that the the lacing is half decent looking, as it at least leaves behind some sticky clumps of foam on the glass, and they stay there too.

S- This is best summed up as follows (and in this order): corn, rice, barley malt, dry grass, no hops, and then more corn/rice. Very bland overall and again, smells eerily similar to an AAL.

T- When it's stated on the can that "select grains" were used, they must have meant that they use select cow corn in this beer...it is sweet initially, then finishes clean....too clean. This is very bland overall, following the aromas closely, and I think along with said corn adjunct, lots of white rice was used in this as well. In trying to find something positive, I can taste a hint of hop extract right after the swallow, as it leaves a bittering flavor down in my throat.

M- Thin, highly carbonated and 'sterile' clean, this Hollandaise beer has it all when it comes to nothingness on the palate...reminds me of a more flavorful Coors Light.

O- The only reason I bought this is b/c I honestly thought it was a nice beverage at a beer/wine/liquor festival that I attended....I was also hammered by the time I got around to sampling this one...it's no longer a 5/5 as I put in the book I had. On a hot day, this would be super refreshing I have to admit, but then so is Budweiser, and Bud is cheaper if I'm going that route! Not the absolute worst beer I've had but still....Thumbs down!

ChrisCage, Mar 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev +10.7%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

hogrider, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev +10.7%

dmorgan310, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
2/5  rDev -26.2%

ThinkAgain, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3/5  rDev +10.7%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

HamGlade10, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.18/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 biboergosum
2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 bonbini26
2/5  rDev -26.2%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

beerhunter13, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Stoffel, Dec 31, 2011
Hollandia from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
65 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.