Gouden Haven | Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

Gouden HavenGouden Haven
29 Ratings
Gouden HavenGouden Haven

Brewed by:
Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DogFood11 on 10-01-2006

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Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gouden haven could be the definition of an average euro pale lager. Decent looking with a decent head and lacing. Classic nose with the sweet floral/hay like hop. Not at all skunky despite the green bottle. Maybe a touch sweeter than say Heineken and a tad less bitter than Grolsh. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and decently smooth. Drinkable, but seeing as it was in a beer traveler pack of ten, I'll probably never see another.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
1.1/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Seems we have come across one of those label beers. We did a little research and there is no evidence of a brewery in Maarsen, Holland. The PO Box for an address generally tells you that it is a contract-brewed beer. Very little info about the importer name, perhaps all D.B.A.s. Is this the invasion of the faux-foreign supermarket beer?

Quick to foam up, almost spilling out of the glass with a normal pour. Head retention is very good with some rings of lace left on the glass. Clarity is fine with a pale dull yellow glow. The aroma is pungent with gritty cooked corn, slightly skunky over boiled hops which are probably just a hop extract of some sort and a mildly astringent grain to boot. Very smooth and crisp with a light refreshing quality, all of this gets kicked in the teeth with a hard astringent grain and hop-bitter harshness. Cooked corn runs rampant--perhaps some cooked cabbage as well. Dry astringent aftertaste does nothing to help in the end.

Wow, we did not think beer could taste this processed and tooled to the point of not being drinkable at all. Extremely difficult to finish the bottle let alone what was left in the glass--we finally gave up on this one. Simply avoid this beer.

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Photo of Jason
2.24/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz green bottle with no freshness date.

Pale yellow straw, decent clarity with a tight white bubbly lace. Apple skin, dried grass and lemon oil in the nose. Grainy with a astringent bite, some of that comes from the hop bitterness. Cooked veggies with a thin malt body, apples and animal feed grain flavors in the dry finish.

Cheap lager flavor, a bit bland with flaws. If forced to drink ... make sure it is ice cold to dull the flavors here.

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Photo of trackstar1043
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a perfectly unclouded golden yellow, fizzing off white head with no trace of lacing about on part with an American Marco-Brew, not impressed at all.

S - Scents of wheat, a bit of malt, and a metalic afternote. Has a bitter smell.

T - Just like the nose, bitter, with no one flavor jumping out, again a metalic aftertaste.

M - Light and fizzy, no body and no aftertaste worth mentioning.

D - Easily forgetable, not worth it.

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Photo of elricorico
2.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking for the style, quite clear pale gold with an ability to generate and hold a decent sized, very white head. Lots of visible carbonation rushing to support it.

The smell is a bit grassy and sweet. Nothing skunky to it. Tough to place much hops in there.

Sweet malt dominates the flavour. Very faint hop finish that reminds me of a tangy orange. Not much to talk about, but it isn't bad. Certainly clean tasting.

Mouthfeel is thin but not watery and slightly fizzy. Could be worse, but certainly isn't a strong point.

A guy could easily put down several of these, but I imagine boredom setting in pretty fast. Not bad though, especially considering the style.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

2009 backlog. 12 oz bottle. Aroma is not like Heineken, which I was expecting. I was expecting a skunk beer and ended up with a decent smelling Euro lager. This is just the aroma, mind you. Appearnce is as a standard Euro lager--pale gold, little head, average lacing. Tastes like straw, cheap adjuncts; no skunk, surpsringly, given the green bottle. Better than I was expecting, but definitely not great.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow. A good amount of head with a fair amount of lacing.

Smells of a little maltiness and a little hoppiness.

Taste is very light. Mostly watered down maltiness. A very small amount of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Maybe too light.

This is not undrinkable.

This reminds me of a Heineken/Becks without the skunky/funky flavor. Would much rather have this than the previous ones mentioned.

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Photo of matjack85
2.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine gave me this beer so I have no idea what store carries it or what it costs. It comes in a 12oz green glass bottle with no freshness date.

The beer pours a clear pale gold color that made a 1½ finger bubbly white head that lasted about a minute and left a decent amount of spotty lacing on the glass.

There's not much to smell here - just a slight grainy/malty sweetness mixed in with a little bit of funk.

The taste is mainly grainy sweetness with a bit of hop bitterness kicking in halfway through. Not enough quality malt flavor for me and what hop flavor there was didn't really taste all that good. Nothing memorable here - just a so so tasting Euro pale lager.

The mouthfeel was the best part and totally unexpected. Instead of being weak and watery, this beer is actually smooth and creamy with only moderate carbonation. The aftertaste was a bit bitter and also a little metallic.

At just 4.8% abv there isn't much alcoholic taste and they are pretty easy to drink, but I don't think I would want more than one at a sitting if I had something else in the fridge.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.14/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An odd find at Tim's Little Big Store, they always have the random-est beers no other store has.

Pours a plain clear yellow color, very little head and what there is disappears fast, no lacing.

Smell is all malt, kinda grassy, overall the aroma is very faint, not as "skunky" as most euro lagers though.

Taste is crisp and light in the mouth, clean malt taste on the sides with a subtle sweetness.

Not my most favorite style and not the first I'd reach for, but for the style is fairly decent.

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Photo of 5EKF
2.59/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the green bottle I am rewarded with a clear golden beer with a good white head.

Smell is clean and grainy with the clear scent of Nobel hops. Malt is a distinctly baked cracker in nature. There is a bit of sweetness remaining but it isn't much. No sign of skunk at all despite the green glass. There is a caramel smell here that is reminiscent of burning Malt-O-Meal.

Taste is sweet with a fair flavor of caramel to it at the start. Good flavor of Nobel hops it is a little floral with just a little bit of bitterness in the after taste. The taste is pretty much Heineken clone with a slightly stronger hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

If European Macros are your thing this is as good as any of them. Not something that I would suggest spending a lot of money for but if you have to get beer for a party and buy something in a green bottle this is similar but different from the Heineken's of the world.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.92/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another in a seemingly endless line of export beers from this brewer. Not too bad looking, just your typical euro-lager ,pale gold with a small pure white head, loads of carbonation. For being in a green bottle the aroma is not skunked, just weak, grassy hop, and a scent of malt. In taste its quite a malt based lager, but hops make a small weak appearance in the back of the tongue and in the fter taste. Its pretty thin and a bit over carbonated for my palate. Over all another Euro-lager, it aint horrid but it is very far from good.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.43/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium-strong carbonation and light bodied. Slight hoppy nose, traces of skunkiness. Starts with a slight sweetness, late hoppy/bitter finish. Another green bottle that doesn't cut it. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of VJM115
3.83/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've only seen this beer at one, non-specialty store and no bars. I decided to buy it and check it out, and I liked it quite a bit. I would highly recommend it should you come upon it. It's in a green bottle that looks like a heineken, but despite the preconceived notions you get when looking at it, it is a pleasant surprise when tasted. Has a nice smell of fresh hops, pours to a golden color with nice foam leaving lace in the glass. Tastes quite good with a full flavor and goes down smooth for a great drinkability.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this one while visiting the folks. My dad is constantly trying new beers. Good for him!

Poured into a mug, the beer is light yellow, with a fairly impressive head.

None of the sulfur aromas I expected from a green bottle from the Netherlands. There is malts, crackers and a hint of floral hops.

The taste is slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness in the finish. There are no off or bad tastes. While mild, it is heads above a typical BMC and also better than the standard green bottle brew from its native land.

The mouth is crisp, yet the beer has a creamy texture. Easy enough drinker that I would not seek out but would not turn down either.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.12/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a nice golden color with active carbonation. Crystal clear body below a sticky white head that leaves tons of lace. Something to look at if nothing else.

Did you say Heinekin? Yep, you could wrap this up real quickly as its almost a clone of Heinekin. It has the green bottle and the skunk backdrop in every pull. Drying hops enter the frame late in the game and they are welcomed and needed as the malts are lackluster and not much of a factor.

Notes: Picked this up @ the local grocery store so more reviews are sure to come soon but for my money this is a dissaster.

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Photo of likethetaste
2.38/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This poured like your typical euro pale lager. Taste like your average Macro. In fact, to me this tasted worse then your typical american lager.

Has a strange aftertaste that is not pleasant. It does have a nice appearance compared to other general lagers but after that this beer is nothing special. I will not buy it again.

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Photo of Brad007
1.66/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of sweet malt and bitterness. Pretty average for the style.

Taste is very thin and sweet with bitterness that stands out on the tongue. Very unpleasant with a bit of apple juice feel to it.

Mouthfeel is full of that lingering sweet malt and apple juice at the back of the throat. Hard to tolerate.

A very, very average euro pale lager. I've had much better but I would totally steer clear of this if I were you.

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Photo of steveh
3.77/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa -- not sure how old Jason's bottle was, but I didn't get any of the off characters he did.

A -- Bright, clear golden with a thick, off-white head that holds up *okay,* but could be better (this beer is darker gold than any US macro).

B -- Some nice grainy to sweet malts and lightly spicy hops coming through.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready malts up front, turns mildly grainy toward the end, with a mild hop bitterness in balance.

M -- Smooth and soft mouthfeel with a medium light body.

D -- Actually very easy to down a couple and enjoy without being "wowed" or repulsed.

Okay, it's not a well played micro Pils, or one of the better imports, but for the going price and a nice quaffer to have on hand, you could do *much* worse.

I think many of the reviewers are being prejudiced by the Euro Light Lager spector on this beer. Like to see someone sample it in a blind tasting.

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Photo of atuite
3.43/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definitely reminds me of a Heineken. Appearance is golden yelow with light head and pungent smell. Taste is of a pungent lager, actually not as robust as Heineken and hence easier to drink. Very easy to drink, finished 3-4 beers in one sitting on the phone with a friend. Price was fair. Good easy drink.

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Photo of eballard
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can I say? I got this beer because it was something I had never seen and I like to try something new when I come across it. Really there’s nothing new about this beer. I think I have had the same thing a number of different times in the same green bottles with different labels. That being said it’s not a bad beer if it’s what you’re looking for. It pours a pail golden with a bubbly white head that disappears as fast as you pour. It’s a highly carbonated beer. It smells a little on the skunky side with strong scents of grain. It has a sweet grain flavor with nothing very exciting. It’s a cool and crisp beer and it goes down with very little after taste. In the end I would say it’s a drinkable beer and right up your alley if you like this kind of and import. I don’t see my self going to any great lengths to have it again. OK beer wrong style for me.

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Photo of pdangler
3.75/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer because it was extremely inexpensive and I had correspondingly low expectations. Actually pleasantly surprised by this one even though I dislike Heineken and its brethren. Very smooth and I found no skunkiness at all. A very nice bargain beer with good light flavor.

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Photo of Drew966
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gouden Haven pours a golden yellow with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is somewhat skunky, grassy hops are also noticeable. The taste is quite mild, grassy hops and a decent malt flavor that is in the background. Not bad for what it is, namely a Heineken knock off.

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Photo of Andrew644
2.91/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- light to medium gold with an overabundant head

S- not the best smell, I get the malt smell but little of the hops.

T- to say the least its average, ok malt and hop flavor but nothing jumps out to me.

M- good carbonation but not the best.

D- easy to drink but leaves me wanting more flavor.

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Photo of jettjon
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a green bottle, no freshness date, looking a lot like another Heineken clone from the get-go. Poured into a pilsner glass, decent looking beer with medium-golden-clear color and good carbonation, thick 2-finger white cap that fades at a moderate pace down to a thin cap and solid ring. Decent amount of sticky lacing left behind. Nose is vaguely citrus-y, a bit skunky, and very Euro-lager-ish. Taste pretty much what one would expect from a decent Euro-lager-pale-ale… decent sweet malt balanced against moderate hops plus a bit of citrus tang. Mild bitter finish. Mouth is not bad a’tall, with a semi-viscous character, smooth, and with light carbonation. Drinkability is decent; I see this as a big hit with the import crowd, especially since it’s “new,” at least in the states, it seems.

Overall: Another pale Euro, love ‘em or hate em. This one’s decent but I wouldn’t go hunting it down. Worth a try.

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