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Swinkels Family Brewers
European Pale Lager
Ranked #190
Ranked #29,714
3 | pDev: 19.67%
Mar 11, 2023
Apr 23, 2002
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Rated by d1rt_dev1l

2.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Very cheap beer that is drinkable. Probably the best beer to buy if you are on a budget.
Mar 11, 2023
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
500 ml can served cold into a beer mug.

appearance - Foamy golden color capped with two fingers of dense but short lived head. Lots of effervescence. Small ring of foam lasts more than a couple of minutes,

Smell - Mostly bready and grainy with a distinct sweetness that seems like overkill. No adjuncts.

Taste - Light grainy flavors, the sweetness carries through. Decent enough lager, nothing to complain about an no off flavours.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thin and watery with sufficient carbonation.

Overall - Passable beer that is a relatively decent European Pale Lager. Nothing to standout, but certainly not a bad brew. Probably drinks even better in the summer.
Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 3 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Feb 27, 2023
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Reviewed by MrNo from Canada (ON)

3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
I've bought a 500ml can in Canada. Nothing special. I wasn't expecting a great experience only if the can didn't have the "Holland premium beer" labelling. I think it's an ok beer but nowhere near advertised.
Feb 23, 2023
Rated: 3.29 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Oct 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

2.02/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Cheap, from Holland, with a German name ; ) Bottle has a boring design a bit. Drinking in a flute glass...

Aroma is quite faint, with an interesting and unique sweet malt element. Quite dark for a pilsner, fairly light head.

Definitely has a Dutch kind of reminds me of Grolsch a little, but less flavoursome. Hops are fairly subtle. The malt dominates, and there is good balance, so it's definitely not sweet like Amstel, for example. Though this really lacks the hoppy excitement of better pilsners such as Radeberger... however the malt has a complex and interesting flavour, and mouth feel is better than most other budget pilsners.

I probably wouldn't buy this again, however it is an ok effort, for sure. Not sure why it's named after a German state however, when it doesn't taste like a German pilsner at all, and most Dutch people usually dislike Germany as a result of their regular invasions ; )
Sep 12, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

3.47/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer is absolutely one that falls into a strange category on BA and every review website. Either we consistently get the freshest Bavaria here in Canada or something strange is happening elsewhere, but Bavaria is an excellent macro that is deserving of much more than its current ranking here. Likely typical biases playing in here (“this beer is the only one that magically gives me headaches” … Lol)

It’s a macro, but a clean one. Just barley, water, hops and yeast. The heads on mine always last a good time, it’s a crystal clear gold with excellent carbonation. True — there is not too much to write home about. But what the beer gets right is being a straight up excellent pale lager with a great deep bready taste. It’s crisp, clean, and the pale malts really shine through. You get bitter, grassy hops on the nose and a precise, bready malt on the palate. Crisp with a decently long finish, this is an incredibly refreshing beer. Perfect for these humid temperatures in parts of North America here on the northeast US/southeast Canada.

Always had the 500mL cans, maybe people are getting struck beer from their normal green bottles but this is a very classic beer with absolutely nothing wrong with it on any angle whatsoever.
Aug 05, 2022
Rated: 2.85 by Spark420

May 08, 2022
Rated: 3.21 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Apr 15, 2022
Rated: 3.38 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Strid from Sweden

3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good refreshing lager with a nice balanced bitter aftertaste. No strange taste and not super malty, but very fresh. Very easy to drink, really cold. Perfect on a hot summer day. Minus that the bottle is so minimal. But grab like 10 of these and have them when you are relaxing grilling some food or watching sports. Perfect.
Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 2.63 by misteil from Ireland

Feb 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
(660 ml bottle). Standard golden colour lager. Initial good thick head that doesn't last very long. Standard lager aroma and flavour, reminds me of Amstel. Not very exciting.
Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 3.12 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario 500ml at 5%.
poured a 1finger head into glass good carbonation nice clear golden color.
taste is a little apple malt medium bitterness very refreshing and enjoyable.
overall a very good beer brewed with mineral water .
Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 2.75 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela

Mar 04, 2021
Rated: 2.94 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Sep 12, 2020
Rated: 3.15 by BeerBogus

Oct 07, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by Exeter from Canada (AB)

Aug 30, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts

May 05, 2019
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Rated by Dutch72 from Ohio

1.59/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Don’t be fooled by the looks this is a beer that gives you headaches instantly unless you’re into it stay away.
Mar 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Caolanboyo from Northern Ireland

5/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Look this costs one pound a 500 ml bottle in Tesco's , it tastes like Heineken nearly identical for a fraction of the price. At 5% it does the job gets you warm drunk. I saw it advertised everywhere in Amsterdam were I paid 5 euro for a pint. Look at all these comments below people need to wise up and start drinking wine or whiskey if they are concerned about colour , taste notes or any other semi protentious jargon . It's a cheap beer and competitive in regards to other muck brands on the market that charge more, I'd strongly advise you to buy a few if your after a cheap night with a surprisingly good taste.
Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

2.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Tiene una cabeza espumosa blanca que se disipa en unos pocos minutos. Es ligera y con una carbonatación media. Aroma a granos. En boca es dulce, refrescante y fácil de beber.
Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 3.27 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Nov 11, 2018
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Reviewed by FriedichVonostrowo from Brazil

2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pale gold with pretty good head retention
over carbonated without much flavour or noticeable aroma
I am just not impressed with this beer
I won't be buying it again!
Another unimpressive Dutch beer!
Chose Grolsch over this one in Holland!
Nov 01, 2018
Rated: 3 by Chasecrandell from New York

Oct 04, 2018
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Reviewed by LocalBeerGuy from Canada (SK)

3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a good beer when cold easy to drink a bit of head some carbanion pick them up for 6 pack of tall cans for $17.00 taste of some grassy notes smell of some hops.
Oct 02, 2018
Rated: 2.06 by YJY from England

Aug 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The only beer choice available on a transcontinental flight.
Pours a golden color with a sizable lathery white head that displays good retention and lacing.
Not much to the aroma, mostly a slightly sweet cereal grain.
Likewise, the taste mostly highlights a light toasted malt sweetness. However, towards the end, some bright citrusy hops appear. The bitterness is mild and mostly fir balance.
Medium bodied with a round malt texture. Balanced and fairly smooth. It could have used a little more crispness.
Not remarkable, but I could have done much worse.
Jul 06, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle into lager glass, unknown bottle code. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a small dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A touch of skunky aromas, but hardly detectable. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice Euro pale lager. All around nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the minimally bitter finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. This felt a bit old for sure, but it was tasty. Clean pale malts and mild earthy hop balance. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example.
Jun 30, 2018
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

1.61/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
When you buy a beer for less than a dollar, you have to expect nothing. This is about as much as you get with this one. There isn't much to say about it except it is a pretty poor utility beer and I found it overly sweet.
Feb 27, 2018
Rated: 2.99 by MrDis from Indiana

Feb 03, 2018
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Reviewed by schavuytje from Netherlands

1.36/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
smell of light bread, bright blond and supple fine foam, in the mouth sour bread that is almost chewed, the co2 makes it a soda, little taste and then you get thirsty
Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by Bajengurkan from Sweden

Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 2.04 by BenMaalouf from Virginia

Nov 14, 2017
Rated: 3.14 by bmaggot from Lithuania

Oct 04, 2017
Rated: 2.75 by mcthfg from Korea (South)

Sep 14, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by Fedebadra from Argentina

Aug 07, 2017
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.08/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Could this be the best Dutch beer? Probably. At least for me this one hit the spot. But is this really a Pilsener?
Starts very strange, with a smell like pure apple juice, quite fruity, and drinking it becomes quite neutral (which I prefer in terms of drinkability), with a slight apple-like taste lingers on and leaves hints of cinnamon behind.
Very pleasant, very drinkable, quite good, be what it be, feels great to be sitting and drinking this on the Adriatic coast.
Jul 20, 2017
Rated: 3 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Jul 14, 2017
Bavaria Beer from Swinkels Family Brewers
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 496 ratings