Swinkels Family Brewers

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European Pale Lager
Ranked #463
Ranked #48,358
2.77 | pDev: 25.99%
Swinkels Family Brewers
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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the can, it pours a lovely golden color with a large white head that slowly dissipates. In the nose, it is lightly bready. In the mouth, it is lightly flavored. Enjoyable on a hot day.

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Photo of superspak
3.17/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Very fruity/yeasty aromas. Very poor aromas with pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with poor strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors; with minimal fruity/yeasty notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an okay Euro pale lager. Nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; smooth and pretty refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Clean pils malts and mild earthy hop presence/balance. A fairly enjoyable offering. Probably old, and would be better fresh with more carbonation.

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Photo of Gorski1974
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brewed with brewers sugar,barley malt, hop extracts and very soft water.
Those facts reveled it's clean character!
Had it cooled to 6c.Packaged in a 50cL can, filled 7 months ago.P date+ ecp date are printed!Very clear and bright golden color.Medium to strong carbonation.Nose picks some malt, biscuit and light grass.Taste is very refreshing.Hallertau hops,roses,,biscuit,pilsner malt is what it tastes.Sweetnes well balanced with bitternes.
Finish is rather short,but clean with zero of flavors exept when beer gets warm and flat.Than, you can taste some soap.
Far better than any other pale lager from Holland.I'ts well matured beer which contributes to it's clean taste.

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Photo of polloenfuego
1.92/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Zero head on this clear blond beer. Active carbonation makes for a little bit of a show though. 2.25

Smell is industrial lager. I can smell biscuit malts and what I believe to be some sweet adjuncts...corn or rice, I'm not sure which. 2.0

Light and on the sweet end, this beer tastes like a factory beer. It reminds me of so many lagers that are mass produced. The one taste I do get is sweet malts. Not much else. 1.75

I wouldn't call it crisp, but it is something along that line. It has active carbonation,and the feel is definitely lighter. This may be the best aspect of this beer. 2.0

Well, another mass produced beer that we should expect nothing from. Apparently this beer is quite popular in the Caribbean. I have to worry for the beer drinkers there if this is true. 2.0

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Photo of Nass
2.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Im drinking a 14.9 oz can of Hollandia. Cheers! It's not as bold and flavorful as Heineken but it's decent and worth trying out. It's not extra cheaply cloyingly and artificially sweet like some cheap lagers are which is a good thing. Cheers! C

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Photo of Lutenist
2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I've enjoyed Hollandia before in the 650ml bottles, in which it's a mild, shallow but pleasant lager with a watery finish, a good cheap quaff for hot weather. Now trying it out of a can and the taste seems more metallic and less immediately appealing.

Also, I'm drinking it straight after several glasses of Boags Draught, and the contrast is quite marked. Boags is a good example of standard-but-decent Aussie lager, medium-bodied, fresh and slightly bitter.

In contrast the Hollandia tastes somewhat stale, "sweet & sour" and with some mushroomy background in there as well.

But it's not a bad drop and does the trick as an adequate heatwave cooler. But buy the bottles rather than cans, and don't sample it straight after an Australian lager - the taste will seem "odd".

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5/5  rDev +80.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good beer, here in Australia sold by woolies brand bottleos $30 carton of bottles. Great taste decent kick, and here to stay as my daily. Don't understand the weak reviews, if you enjoy craft beers this is one that will surprise you and not destroy your wallet so you can still go and get those Winny Blues. Top sellout beer in Western Australia and we can see why, because there's nothing like a ripper of a beer to get the head spinning and have a bloody good night.

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Photo of iman99
3.6/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This a clean crisp easy drinking beer. A nice drink to relax with it's 5% so its an average beer percentage if you just want something normal at a decent price. Has the similar flavor of Heineken or becks but more subtle and enjoyable than Heineken. The light clean taste is reminiscent of Michelob ultra.

Its actually a decent beer and the price is affordable. A very good beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.97/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had this beer about 20 years ago, this ain't no johnny come lately to the beer world. Pours straw yellow, quick vanishing white head from 1/3" deep to nothing in .3 seconds. Aroma is slightly skunky, I actually wanted more skunk out of this. Its a big thing I'm into in Euro lagers.

Taste is a pretty bland affair. Mild noble hops, super light malt Americana adjunct lager style. I don't really see this as any more offensive than Heineken is, just less marketing behind it. Its a lager that you've had plenty of times essentially. There aren't really off flavors, its a highly carbonated, low malt, low hop, average strength lager. Taste is driven mostly by some malt sweetness (I thought this was all barley, could be wrong) and yeast, backdrop provided by those noble hops in small quantity.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.71/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hollandia bought a 12 can for 15,99$

Look: Yellow golden color. Lot's of bubble moving up. About a finger of head that goes away quickly.

Smell: hops and some malt.

Taste: sugar corn, yeast and hops

Feels: light to medium body, medium carbonation, easy drinking, very clean.

So overall would I recommend it ? Sure its a descent macro beer.

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Photo of NordicHermit
2.06/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L: Minimal carbonation and a weak head that disappears quickly.

S: nothing notable

T: watered down, bitter metallic flavour. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

F: nothing of note.

O: had this once before and bought it again for review purposes. Will not be purchasing again. There are better cheap brews to be had.

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Photo of Raime
4.28/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As everybody should know by now, I typically only but brews like this as pallet washer. However, I haven't been much on the craft game lately due to job changes and a few other unexpected life problems. But my local shop had twelve packs of this stuff on sale for $6.99 and I'm known to grab a deal when I see it. Green bottle...oh boy

Look is exactly what your expect though unbelievably clean. I've never seen a beer that looks so inviting in this category. Crystal clear with a small though sticky head that eventually leaves a surprisingly nice amount of lace. Carbonation is low.

Scent is not skunky in the least and I'd like to put a ton of emphasis on that. Clean, grains are small with the grass high and a noticeable hop level.

And the taste. The main event of any beer. Super clean with a nice lemongrass aspect meeting in the middle with a kiss of clean hops. Touches of corn flakes, no skunk and just a touch of bitterness.

Feel is moderate bodied with a low level of carbonation. Taste sticks around and is a bit sticky surprisingly out of this style. Hops amp up and the bitterness amps up a bit as it sticks around the mouth. Grassy. No skunk here either.

Overall I can't believe I got a twelve of this for $7. This is probably the cleanest, least offensive lager I've ever had in my life and I simply do not understand the low ratings on this. Even better than the weihenstephaner Munich helles in my opinion. Would make a fantastic pallet washer, and a perfect easy drinker on a Saturday night. This goes above and beyond the call of duty for the style. A real winner here. Perfectly crisp, no off flavors whatsoever. Try this.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale yellow.
Smell is mild malt and grain. Slightly sour.
Taste is slightly sweet malt with grassy hops. A bit sweet on the finish.
Average lager.

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Photo of Koyovis
4.84/5  rDev +74.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A most excellent lager, purchased for a reasonable price here in Australia. It came halfway across the world, and tastes better and costs less than any of the local lagers.

But how can this be? Hollandia is brewed by the Bavaria breweries, and back when I lived in Holland that was always a last resort type of beer: utterly unremarkable, boring, cheap. But this is not what they brew for export to Australia! It's a most delicious beer here: hoppy and slightly yeasty fragrance when opened, very well balanced flavour that lingers enticingly in the mouth, ready for the next sip. A hearty flavour, not like the yellow soda water type I tasted in the past in a different part of the world.

So we see a theme here in the reviews: raving Australian ones and ho-hummy Europeans. Due to the beer being different I reckon. Alcohol content is 4.75% here. Had seen it in the stores before and always walked past due to low expectations, but am very glad I finally gave it a another go. Yay, good beer!

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Photo of FNQauCairns
5/5  rDev +80.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a superb lager beer, so light, with a nice amount of Hop's flavour, we have just sunk a 6 pack of 330Ml stubbies, so crisp clean to drink when fully chilled. I was introduced to it by a yachty down when l was fishing down in a local river, no fish but 2 superb chilled stubbies. Had the missus go by the local drive through and pick up a carton straight away, by the time l had arrived how, she was into her first,- just. sip sip sip , she looked at me holding a empty bottle and said "where did that go", ready for another. Normally she drinks 1 -2 beers a year, guess that's about to change. So head out and do yourself a favor, ask for Hollandia Premium lager beer. Our Hollandia beers come in small bottles, not cans, and the Alc volume is 4.7%

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.94/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Standard nice lager with a clear
light yellow color with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a
thick ring and thin layer with subtle lacing. Nose of clean sweet malts
and standard grain note with lager influences. Flavors follow the nose
with a light exception of hops that were undetectable in the nose; lightly
grassy and refreshing. Decent mouth feel, crisp, sweet, and clean with a touch
of hops. Nothing to dislike....great after mowing brew.


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Photo of Squire
3.43/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Dutch pale lager, sure I'll bite, I'm easy. No disappointments here if expectations aren't too high. Just another mild, slightly malty/hoppy, clean commercial product that also appears to sell well.

I'll bite again if I can get it cheap.

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Photo of MisterTwitch
5/5  rDev +80.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great Euro tasting, inexpensive lager. Don't understand all the low ratings here...? Stick with your cinnamon pumpkin nutmeg beer from TJs or Buttweiser, I guess. Gave all 5's b/c Food 4 Less stopped selling it and I miss it.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.83/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Bright pale straw with moderate activity. Slightly foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of skunk, sweet grains, acidic bitter noble spices, and vinegar. Very sharp, sour and almost vinous. Slick medium body with moderate carbonation. Medium strength finish from all that leafy and grassy bitterness, faint roasted malts, and a wet cardboard feel. Feels stale, highly acidic, and not fresh at all. Faint flavors, but a very bold finish for a lager. Overall awful quality craft.

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Photo of ordybill
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear gold color with a large white head. The aroma is the most disappointing aspect of this beer. It is bland and rather nasty; consisting of grain and stale vegetables. The taste is better than the smell, but it is not very good. It is grain and some malt. Overall, a great beer to play quarters with or beer pong but not good for much else.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Localized russian version brewed at "Moskovskaya Pivovarennaya Companiya".
4,8% ABV, 11,2% Plato.
Poured into lager glass.
Pours clear golden with 2-finger head, moderate retention.
Smell - grain, dough, metallic.
Taste - watery, grain, slightly hoppy.
Light body, medium carbonation.
Standard mediocre lager.

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Photo of McStagger
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On sale at Ralph's. Four bucks for a four pack of 500 mL cans. Hell I can cook with it if it's as nasty as the price point. Some Julian Code for dating.

A: Into a pilsner glass. Pale straw, bordering on the AAL levels of lightness and clarity. Big carbonation streams up to form a head that is bleached white and dissipating fairly quickly. Large bubbles collapse and die on the glass, leaving nary a trace of their short existence.

S: Smells like the other 90 billion green bottle monstrosities that exist in the world. Malt is pale and grain like. Hops are extract with herbal and even slightly vegetal qualities.

T: Tastes about the same, only less skunky. Maybe that's the light protection of the can. LIttle metallic on the end but then it just falls off. Like a light version of a Euro Pale Lager. Oh, also some bruised green apple on the end.

M: Not too bubbly, but there is a sharp cripsness mid palate and some kind of warmth. I hope I'm not getting a booze characteristic from a Euro Pale Lager at 5%.

O: Pretty bad, but really, really cheap. I'd love to check out some Tesco brand next time.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden beer with large foam head. Aroma of sweet cereal grain and a little metallic. Taste is slightly sweet, bready and a mild hop bitterness. Soft on the palate. Not too bad actually.

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Photo of Santosizer
5/5  rDev +80.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

F you neckbeards. I'm giving this 5 across the board because it's inexpensive, purer than the domestic crap, and does the trick. It's a refreshing beer for this summer. And I remember when Euro beers were the snobby thing to love. So there. Grab a 4 pack for $1 and go ape s**t!!!!

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Photo of Falcone
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a standard macro golden clarity with an average sized head with poor retention. I'm so very bored.

Smells like whatever. Grains and butter. Stale. Still bored.

Tastes like...oh forget it. Avoid this mediocre Euro trash.

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Hollandia from Swinkels Family Brewers
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 235 ratings