Dutch Windmill
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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #419
Ranked #49,352
2.71 | pDev: 16.24%
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jamesroses from Argentina

3.29/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml can best before Dec 22nd '18

Pours clear golden, big small bubbles white head. Good retention and lacing.

Aromas of sweet malts, cereal, grains, a bit of herbal hop presence.

Taste is rather sweet and malty but not unbalanced. Slight hop bite in the end.

Mouthfeel is on point with the style.

Good lager.

Dec 16, 2018
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Andrewharemza from Australia

2.97/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a clear gold with a small fizzy head. Aroma is slightly malty. Flavor is sweet malt with a touch of bitterness on the end. Very drinkable not bad.

Jul 24, 2015
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ManuelHerrera from California

2.44/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer suffers from a lack of creativity on the part of the brewer. Served in a 12 oz green tinted bottle, it pours a pale gold with a mediocre head.

The biggest issue I had with the beer was the mildly skunky smell that came with it, possibly past freshness. The flavors were light and crisp, but without much going on. Some light yeast and plantain flavors with a dull finish. It didn't carry too much carbonation which was refreshing and palatable, but overall this beer doesn't impress.

Aug 31, 2010
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berserker256 from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the name of this beer. It sounds like a Duece Bigelow dirty sex act. Anyway it's the typical euro 11.2 ounce green bottle. Pours out a pale gold color with mediocre head. Smells sweet and carmel malty along with earthy grassy character also. Tastes toffee sweet with mild hop bitterness and really not skunky at all. Dry finish. Pretty good flavor typical of the style. Nice carbonation but a little thin, but also easy drinking. Simple basic beer.

Mar 10, 2010
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HalfFull from California

3.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 330 ml. green bottle. Medium straw in color with half an inch of short lived white foam. Some lacing initially and keeping a surface film from a steady carbonation.

Grassy hops on the nose and a light sense of husky grain. Pleasant though subtle overall.

Well balanced in flavor and not too sweet. Touch of citrus hop on the finish. Offers a nice neutral grainy texture and body and a well placed carbonation level. Decent drinkability for the style as the beer doesn't offend in any way. Simple and straightforward.

Jan 29, 2010
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jadpsu from Georgia

2.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Not bad. Pours a robust pale straw yellow with a moderate head that had average staying ability and some decent side lacing.

Has that Euro slight skunk oder, which for me I can't get past. A little graininess is noted.

Taste is nothing special, nothing to pick up here. To thin for me.
Just a hot day type of brew to quench a thirst.
I wouldn't turn it down. More like a inexpensive American Macro than a brew from Holland.

Sep 05, 2009
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everetends from Alabama

3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle that my Dutch friend brought over for me to give a go since he was been observing my beer hobby. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty typical macro color. Very clear, transparent and light yellow color. Held to the light, it is even more vibrant of a yellow, and even more typical. The head was about half a finger of white fizzy foam, but it fell off quickly and has no chance of creating any lace here at all. The carbonation is active and constantly moving. Kind of a let down on the foam and lace situation. Ah well.

S: Getting mostly just some pale malts, a bit bready. Lots of grains coming through and maybe some adjunct flavors. Slight flowery hops presense as well, but al is pretty weak actually. Ah well.

T: Yet again pretty macro going on here, but with a twist. Got some light and pretty pale malts. A vey crackery type flavor. Then you hve the typical grains coming across. After that though, you get a nice amount of floral and earthy hops presence. The hops being here really saves the flavor for me. If not for that probably would be a bit of a fail for me.

M: Very light in body with a heavy carbonation. Keeps this beer very crisp and refreshing. This beer does have a nice dryness to it that is a very nice suprise. ABV is light and not a problem. Aftertaste is slight hops but it finishes pretty clean.

D: Well its pretty normal fair and it falls into a macro with a bit better ingredients floating around. Its not bad, but it is not great in the least. The hoppiness was a nice suprise for sure. All in all, its ok. I'd absolutely have another if he brought me another.

Jun 12, 2009
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plaid75 from New York

2.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a faint grainy malt, some flowery hops and a bizarre sweetness.

The taste consisted of a diluted husky grain with an unimpressive and lazy hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a disappointing and essentially flavorless lager.

Nov 05, 2008
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mooseisloose from Florida

2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At first glance appears to be a budgetary heineken clone, same bottle shape, etc. Bottle smell is also similar to a Heineken, sweet with slight hoppiness. Pours into my trusty Aguila mug to a bright yellow, not much head to speak of, plenty of carbonation bubbling from the bottom. Taste is sweet but tart not really any bitterness to speak of kind of reminds me of a sweet tart. Has good mouthfeel but the sweetness is a little too much. Need a little more hop bite to make this beer palatable. This would go good with a hot dog, with lots of spicy mustard, maybe.

Aug 10, 2008
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Drew966 from Florida

2.4/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dutch Windmill pours a pale yellow with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mostly grassy and grainy, but also has an odd chemical like smell as it warms. The taste is on the sweet side, it's grassy and grainy too. It's not terrible, but it's not particularly good either. I'd pass.

Aug 31, 2007
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acrawf6 from Louisiana

2.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out a darker straw with a white head.

Smell. Has a cereal-like aroma. It is sweet, but also has the small amount skunkiness to it, not to mention an old cigarette/hotel room aroma. horrible.

Taste. Not as bad as the smell. Very neutral taste. sweet though. i'm not getting much of any hops here, slightly malty. To be honest, the taste isnt good, but it isn't an unpleasant taste. quite boring though.

Mouthfeel is ok. lighter on the body. Ok carbonation. Balance isn't all there, but not horrible.

Overall, i'd say it is drinkable (especially for the price) and i'd take it over heineken for a few reasons, but i dont think much of this beer.

Jun 07, 2006
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GuinnessHero from Mississippi

2.49/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a 12pk of this at Winn-Dixie for 8.99 a 12pk. I figured why not? Boy was I wrong.

A - The only thing going for it is the appearance. Crisp golden yellow with a decent head that last the entire session. Carbonation bubbles fill the glass.

S - OH man. Skunk smell, just like Heineken. Strong smell of skunk, so bad that I couldn't put my finger on any of the other smells inside it.

T - Skunky of course, slight alcohol tinge as it hits the pallet. Very light on the mouth, and is refreshing.

M - Clean and crisp. Nothing special here.

D - The skunk factor kills this for being a drinkable beer. All of the ones in my 12-pack have been this way. I highly doubt it is just my batch as most of the reviews seem to agree with my opinion.

Apr 20, 2006
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Redrover from Wisconsin

2.04/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz green bottle with no freshness dating.

The beer is a decent gold with large but quickly collapsing head.

Massive skunk nose. When I opened the bottle it was overwhelming. Same when I poured.

Taste is sweet and slightly sulfuric and that skunk funk lingers. It really distracts from what ever other taste is in the beer.

The mouth is solid but not overly inspiring. No reason to drink this one, any sub American macro (Old Milw, Red Dog, etc) is better. Way over priced at $1.50 for a single.

Mar 02, 2006
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

2.43/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice gold color with very sudsy but thin white head and good lacing. Nice nose of sweet malt and slight lactic sugar.

Taste is a pretty decent pilsner. Bitter, dry, and tangy. Hops are slightly spicy. Taste is kind of inconsistent between sips and off flavors show upevery now and then. Aftertaste is a bit skanky.

Mouthfeel far too thick. I can't see myself coming back to this.

Jan 22, 2006
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clemtig76 from South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this at a local Winn-Dixie that was closing. At $4.50 for a 12 pack I said what the hell. Pours a light straw color with a thin head. Very little in the way of an aroma, just a little husky grain. Taste is mild and slightly sweet with very little hop bitterness. Definitely not the best beer anound by any means, but at less than forty cents a bottle, not too shabby.

Aug 18, 2005
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Gagnonsux from Texas

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another budget import bought at Winn-Dixie. Paid $8.99 for a sealed 12-pack. Dutch Windmill pours a light golden color with an extremely tiny dishwatery head. Smell is skunky, stupid green bottles, I still don't know how it got skunked because the beer was in a sealed case. Some grain smells are also detected. Taste is way better than I expected after smelling this stuff. Taste is sweet, but has some graininess to balance it out. This is about what I expected given the price and brewery. An easy-to-drink euro macro, but nothing worth buying if you have more money.

Oct 23, 2004
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cretemixer from Indiana

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light gold in color with a pure white loose bubbled head. It fades rather quickly to a thin layer and a solid collar leaving a sparse lace.
Mild hoppy aroma with a slight vegetal note. Mineral edge.
Very minimal bitterness. Watery taste. Has little character all around. It tastes like a typical macro import.
Light body with a almost creamy mouthfeel initially, but finishes crisper.
My dad gave me this beer last time I visited and I have to say it was a step up from his usual offerings.

Jul 29, 2003
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Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 25 ratings