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Hollande 1620 | World Brews

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Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002

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Photo of Offa
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In an unusual, squat bottle, this says it was made at H-West Brewing in Maarssen, Netherlands.

Dark gold, it has a medium white head soon thinning to ring, some wisps.

Aroma is fairly strong sulphur, herbs, bread crust, dry hay - a strong Euro lager aroma.

Taste is pretty nice, bread crust and dough, zesty herbal bitterness lingering to sides of tongue and cheeks in finish and aftertaste, sweeter up front. Feel is pretty nice, full but lively.

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Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has typical light smell of skunky which is popular with this style. The hops are quite noticeable! The taste is great! So far the best style of european beer I have tried. The mouthfeel is smooth but crisp which makes a nice finish and gives it an all around A+ in opinion.

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Photo of Nerudamann
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look - clear, light golden or straw colored. About a finger's worth of a head that dissipated quickly. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - very very hoppy and sharp like a Czech Pilsener. I can't discern much else past the hops.

Taste - Very hoppy like the smell. Starts and finishes fairly bitter, but with a sort of dulling in the middle. Kind of a metallic aftertaste on the back of the palate. Texture is watery, but with a fizziness too due to the carbonation.

Drinkability - the bitterness and metallic taste isn't very pleasant in my opinion. I mean no disrespect to the brewer, and I happy to drink the rest of the beer, but it's a shame that I'm going to have to suffer through the other 5 at some point...

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, a gift from a neighbor who I'd helped with some yard work. An interesting choice, for sure, and one I honestly didn't even remember seeing before.

Pours clear straw, loads of effervescence, and a one-finger, fizzy white head that settles in quickly to a thin, soapy layer of white suds. Not much in the way of lacing or retention.

Nose hits you with a massive skunky wallop when the bottle its first opened, fading to a much more restrained skunkiness once the beer has had a bit of time to breath. Underneath that is a mildly pleasant grainy sweetness.

Taste has very little of the skunkiness promised in the nose, which is a pleasant development. Instead, a restrained grainy sweetness and just a hint at floral hops, with the skunkiness barely wafting in towards the finish. Not unpleasant by any means.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, light and crisp and a bit dry.

Drinkability isn't bad either; actually rather pleasant all things considered. Not one I would order up over a lot of beers, but an experience that isn't regrettable, which can't be said of all beers of the style.

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Photo of Jason
2.56/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz green bottle with no freshness date.

Light golden yellow color shows a good clarity with some thickness of lace on top. Not much in the aroma, some grain and faint DMS. Clean graininess is pretty weak, slight tartness fades quick. Hop bitterness is there but the flavor is turned on mute. Dry and relatively clean. Not much is the after taste either.

Weak sauce. Not much going on at all ... tastes like a light beer to me. Pass on this one.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Hollande appears a very light, clear, straw yellow. The head was extremely small to begin with with no retention.

Its smell is the quasi hoppy, "old beer" scent that all euro lagers have.

The taste starts with a crisp taste mirroring the smell. On the mid palate most of flavor quickly fades away, the finish has a little sweet not. It does not finish crisp like most other euro lagers do.

Its mouthfeel was a light to medium, which was unexpected and enjoyable. The carbonation was average.

Overall, this beer was just an okay euro lager. It definitely was not the favorite I ever had, and the awkward finish did not leave me wanting more.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a little head and lacing.

Some grassy hops and pale malt and a touch of skunk.

Nice medium bodied euro lager with a grassy hop bite and some maltiness. Light carbonation coupled with the lack of anything off tasting (other than the light skunkiness) make this a good euro lager.

I tend to like Euro lagers more than most and this is a good one. The price on this has been reduced where I live and is now a better bet for your money if you are in the mood for a pale lager.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears ultra clear, gold with a quarter inch frothy head with some decent retention. Pretty large carbonation bubbles, about medium carbonation, and leaves no lacing. Appears a little bit better than average Id say. Smells of a dominate corn husk & grain aroma, with some tart grape & apple. Some lite malt and hints of sweet bubble gum as well, but very grainy overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of a dominate corn husk & grain that immediately floods that palate and sticks to the tongue. Lots of sweet malty flavors as well, almost reminds me of a really sweet American Malt Liquor, not in a bad way though. Finishes with a dry, semi lingering hop bitterness, strong grain flavors linger as well. Mouthfeel is smooth without to much bite to it, goes down very easy, and has a lite body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This brew definitely reminds me of Heineken but with more flavor, with simple sweet grainy & malty flavors. This beer is easily tossed back with almost any food, and can be enjoyed all night long. For the price it's pretty expensive with only a little bit more flavor than say something like Heineken, but Id say if you can afford it than probably go for this stuff, or at least give it a try.

IMPORTANT! Be sure to grab a closed 12pack & not an open 6pack because the light will definitely spoil your beer and/or review. Cheers!

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Photo of Voonder
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes:
Pours clear golden color with absolutely no head. Smell - sweet malts, honey. Taste - not as sweet as smell, malts, grassy hops, clove. Moderate cobonation, pretty crisp and clean, not bad lager at all. Refreshing, fairly smooth and balanced. drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.27/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$1.49 12 oz. single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, frothed, white head.

Smell: Ugh. Big whiff of skunkiness immediately upon opening. Ah, such is the hazards one faces when encountering green bottles. In fact, it's one of the more skunkier beers I've come across since, well, Heineken. Trying my best to smell past that, I find watered down, light pale malts.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a nominal amount of sweetness. Regrettably skunked hops provide a light bitterness, more than enough to counter the faint sweetness. Slight yeastiness. Finishes dry with a light, lingering graininess.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly typical Euro lager with the fairly typical filthy, skunked hop character you get with green bottles. Pass.

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Photo of tedstertm
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours a light amber/yellow. With a quickly dissipating white head. It smells pretty dry with just a slight sweetness to it and almost no hop smell. It tastes pretty dry, with no strong flavors coming out except for a slightly nutty aftertaste. The beer is pretty carbonated and tends to fizz up in the mouth. It's a pretty refreshing beer, but I don't know if I could palate more than two, but hey, it's a lot better than a lot of other green bottled lagers out there.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Recieved a six pack of this with my birthday swag. Was quite pleased to see that it had only a few reviews. An undiscovered treasure perhaps. Probably not but lets check'er out anyway.

Pours pale gold. Bubbles up. Frothy white head, not long lasting.

Slight sweet malt smell maybe. Not bad aroma.

Better than expected flavor. It's only a lager after all.

Not so much drinkable as guzzlable. Yes I made a new word. I know guzzlable would irritate a lot of sippers but not all beer has to be a sipper to be enjoyed. I had this one with lunch after going to the gym, a situation in which a Russian Imperial Stout would be unwarranted. This little guy did the trick.

Overall:lager. Better than BMC

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Photo of jadpsu
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bouught this beer 10 years ago. My motivation then was that it was a Holland beer with an economical price tag (no one was buying it at a red neck convience store so they were trying to move it). Anyway I thought then it was a great priced beer and over the next 8 weesks I was the major contibutor to the store depleting its inventory.
So some 10 years later I see it again. Some things have changed and besides the price another is probably me.

It's a good lager, but not great. Pours a golden yellow with a nice head that quickly fades. It does fade to leaving a decent amount of side lacing.

Aroma is a slight skunk with some corn and grain coming through. More malt than hops but both are evident in the taste along with a smooth light to moderate bodied tastey brew.
Not as good as I remembered but still better than most.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hollande was recommended to me by a fellow BA as a tolerable session lager to share with an old buddy of mine. Poured exactly how you would think, yellow, fizzy with big fast falling head. The nose is very skunky, with grains in there for sure. The taste is skunky pilsner with a wierd sweetness that is kind of intrigueing, or maybe im just imagining it. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy but goes down ok. Drinkability is good, as it is with most as it is quite watery. I dont mind slamming a few of these after my palate is toast, or with BMC buddies. Its OK.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz green bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a yellow color with some floaties in it. Some carb and no lacing. The aroma was malty and bready with a bit of skunk. Skunk wasn't too bad and reminded me of Helles or Kolsch. The taste was better than expected and was solid from start to finish. This could be a good change-up beer in the summer rotation for the hot Texas summers. Won't win any awards but goes down easy with more taste than the mass macros. (Summer session change-up)

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Photo of argock
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear deep honey gold with ample big-bubbled head with a lot of lace retention

S: Malty with a hint of the green bottle skunk species

T: Very tasty lager. Sweet grains with variety of malt flavors and enough hops bitterness in the finish to keep it interesting.

M: Typical lager consistency with nice dry finish.

D: Very drinkable and puts Heineken to shame with its prominent and not-watered down flavor.

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Photo of RedneckChemist
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at the local grocer with a quite attractive sale ($6/6pk), so I figured, why not.

Pretty much what I expect from a dutch lager. It has little head retention or lacing. Smells malty, sweet. Slight hint of skunk, but it does not show up in the flavor. Mouthfeel is average, but not too watery. Plenty of flavor present, though. Good malt backbone with a slight bitterness of hops there. A well-rounded brew indeed. Comparable to Heiny or Beck's, but I would have to say I prefer this to either. Seems to be a more carefully crafted specimen. Would definitely drink again and I will be referring my buddies to do the same. Great beer for the style.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out brassy with scant bubbles, a thin head, and some minimal spotty lacing. Subtle malt and hops in the nose with a kick of alcohol. Flavor is rather malty with some breadiness and honey. There is a subtle floral hop character as well. Finishes dry. Reminds me of a helles lager. Mouthfeel leans toward light but there's a bit of residual sugar left in this. Carbonation is pretty mellow. I could drink a few of these in a sitting and it certainly doesn't lack flavor.

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Photo of Redwood21
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent lager style beer. Like heineken, it comes in a green bottle, and just the same you get that slight skunky smell. It still Is a good beer with more depth in flavor(less watery) than most lagers. Its also relatively easy to find and a nice alternative if you are a Heineken or similar style beer fan. Worth a try.

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Photo of helchose
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being a fan of lager beer in general, I decided to try this one anyway. My first impression was that it tasted very watery, but as I got through the bottle I enjoyed it more and more. There are subtle things about it that grow on you slowly. It's far from the best beer I've ever had, but it's a decent one and very drinkable and enjoyable. I might have it again someday.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as bad as I had thought. A moderate, yet bold pilsner-malt characteristic. Lightly fruity (granny smith apples, pears...) with a Euro-hop flavor that approaches light-striken flavors. Flavors and aromas meld well, swirling around an abundance of carbonation. A light and airy finish that edges toward dryness and crispness, holding on to the light malt and fruit flavors, while contributing a mild grain flavor. Decent stuff.

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Photo of BeerBob
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hollande 1620 “Superieur” Lager Bier pours a classic amber yellow from a light green glass bottle, no apparent best by date on label. Head goes to over two fingers before collapsing to a really rocky thin foam cap with lace up and down the glass wall.

Nose is a pleasant toasted malt with hops and a whiff or two of alcohol. Palate is a well bittered toasted malt and lots of refreshing carbonation that dances across the tongue.

Lots of toasted malt, lots of bittering hops, and lots of carbonation, make this review a joy. I like this brew because no skimping of ingredients is apparent, this stuff really tastes good. Want a good lager and don’t care about the name, then Hollande 1620 “Superieur” Lager Bier is it!

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Photo of Thrasher
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is among the best mass-produced lagers I have tasted from the Netherlands, yet it fails to distinguish itself among lagers worldwide (most of which come from Germany and are far superior to this). The beer is an unsurprising golden with a fluffy head that lasts for a good long time. Some lacing, too. The aroma contains some negative green-bottle elements but it is not as offensive as, say, Heineken. The flavor is relatively clean, with some firm metallic flavors and a light, corny malt sweetness. Hops are herbal and lightly spicy, and they do well in finishing the beer. But there is no intrigue, no suspense; the mouthfeel is a bit fizzy and the beer never fully connects with the palate. Still, this is a vastly better choice than Heineken, or Grolsch, for that matter, but I don't think that's saying very much.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is what it is, a lager that beer advocates will drink. Pours a clear yellow gold with a subtle white head, lacing is subtle as well. The smell is of slight skunk, once past that you smell a hint of sweet malt mixed with light grain and wheat. The taste is a nice smooth malty front with a light toasted grain finish, a tender hop or two is detected. Light bodied and refreshing, goes good on those BBQ days or during the ballgame.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An excellent brew. Slightly malty with overtones of slightly roasted hops. This is what Heneken wishes it was. Short lived foamy head consisting of large bubbles was very attractive and hung around for longer than i expected. For the price, this is a wonderful import lager, and although i can't recommend it for longer drinking sessions, if you're gonna have one or two, this brew will do great.

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