Hollandia | Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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Brewed by:
Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%
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 +76%
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 +81.8%
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 +6.9%
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 Squire123
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 +81.8%
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 -33.5%
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 +4%
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 +2.9%
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 +1.1%
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 +3.3%
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 santomark
5/5  rDev +81.8%
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 -27.3%
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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.46/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 650ml green glass bottle with a BB of Feb 2016. ABV is stated as 4.7%. Purchased a while back from a supermarket. The ingredient list includes maltose.

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a persistent surface layer.

S: Aroma of cooked grain with hints of husks, stewed leaves, subtle overdone veg, faint noble hops and a cardboard twang. Mildly sweet and not particularly appealing.

T: Tastes of cooked grain/malt with a harsh bitter finish. Notes of husky grain, faint malt, stewed leaves, overdone veggies and acrid cardboard. Some nasty solvent undertones in the background. A rough bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is light and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and a thin, watery body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/cardboard and cooked grain.

O: Ugh - disgusting. One of the worst lagers I've tried for a while. Looks alright, but this is the only positive. The aroma and flavour are a vile combination of sweet stewed grain and harsh leafiness, with hints of cardboard and solvent. Average body for the style. Horrible stuff; gives macro brews a bad name. Avoid.

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Photo of k3punk
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

As many others have pointed out this is a fantastically average beer. Nothing special at all. I drank a lot of these to pass the time on a short trip to Oman and although it was cheap, it wrecked me. My stomach wasn't right for a few days after.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Format: a 330mL brown bottle with a standard macro label.

Appearance: pours out a clear mid golden amber with a fluffy white head that drops away to virtually nothing.

Aroma: standard lager cheap grains and a touch of grassy hops. Okay.

Taste: standard cheap adjuncts with cereal grains, and not really much else here.

Aftertaste: it all fades away pretty quickly, but is at least somewhat refreshing. So there's that at least.

Mouth feel: light in body with a chunky macro carbonation - this is just a warm-weather slammer.

Overall: it may not be a great lager, but it is also AU$33 for a case of 24 x 330mL. Can't fault that.

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Photo of kasic
2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is my first review and this is how most of my reviews will be, short, sweet and to the point.
Hollindia is a decent cheap beer. Id prefer it over a Bud, Miller or Coors. The price is right too. At Food 4 Less you can get a 4pk of 16.9oz cans for 2.99. That has to be one of the best deals you can get for a beer that wont make you gag. It really is like a cheap version of Heineken. Id recommend this beer to anyone who just needed a couple of beers for the night and was on a budget.

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Photo of soju6
2.61/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can.

A: pours a light golden color with a decent head that fades quickly to just bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and herbal, with some malt sweetness.

T: Taste is quite bland with some malt sweetness and grain. Very mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, fairly smooth but short on flavor.

O: Another Euro Lager that is non-offensive.

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Photo of FLima
1.7/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Golden color with lots of fluffy head with medium retention.
Sweet aroma with notes of herbal hops, though inferior to other similar beers.
Taste follows nose, quite sweet, not sure if a result of the maltose addition. Notes of herbs. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with very low carbonation
It is more of a barley juice with low drinkability, I will remember not to drink it again.

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Photo of FlyingBull
2.58/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased this for $2.50/4-pk of pint cans. Was on sale at F4L for 2 pks/$5 so I HAD to get it.

A- This beer poured a light clear gold with a 1/2" fizzy white head that dissipated down to just a white fizzy covering fairly quickly. There actually WAS some lacing down the glass as I drank it.

S- Very typical "Dutch beer" hop aromas. Lightly herbal hops and just a hint of malt.

T- Out of the gate, this beer tasted sweet to me for the style. It reminded me of Miller High Life. There's more malt flavor vs. hops, but both are really mild.

M-I would say the mouth feel is thin and somewhat - watery.

D- It's drinkable for sure...very light and easy going. Low alcohol which I like. Good cheap party beer for MilBudCor people. ...And they'll think they're livin high and got something imported. :-)

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Grassy hops and a hint of malt.

T-A good balance between grassy hops and sweet malts. It has a little bite to it, but not much else. Its fairly bland.

M-Thin and watery.

D-Very drinkable since it is not the most flavorful beer and it has an average abv.

Overall, I prefer other versions of the style but this was good to try in a mix pack.

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Photo of ghisty
3.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

appearance- yellow. heady. pretty decent carb.
smell-faint grains, slight corn, maybe a single hop.
taste-very short, not complex, a bit foamy and light, honestly pretty uninteresting.
mouthfeel- very slight sharpness, pans out into lagery flat. slightly slick finish.
overall- this beer isnt something complex, its a sessionable, decent, lager.
not the best beer, but pretty far form the worst also, and its usually cheap.
a good filler if you are getting a few more spendy tall cans and want something
to go in between the beautiful ones. this beer would be refreshing very cold,
and I will probably drink it again.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.42/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Poured out of the can a light golden color. Head foamed up to a half inch and then quickly dissipated, leaving a film around the edges. Lots and lots of CO2 bubbles all over the place.

-Smell 3.5: Very pleasant bouquet. I smell grains, corn and a bright yeast.

-Taste 3.5: Front is all about the carbonation; very little taste. Middle is nice: a light barley taste and a light alkaline hoppiness. Finish is very slightly sweet and more light barley. Lots of subdued hops in an otherwise dry, but pleasant aftertaste. Everything is balanced and smooth.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Well-balanced carbonation for this type of beer. Pleasant.

-Overall 3.5: Very good, basic lager. I have tried lagers that cost twice as much as a four-pack of Hollandia, but are on par with it or somewhat below it. The price this beer usually runs ($6 for four 16.9 oz beers) is hard to beat for what you get. It certainly is not "swill," just a pleasingly low-key, well-executed European lager. Recommended for those who know what that is and what to expect.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: poured from a 500 ml can into a pint glass, yellow straw colored with a short foamy white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: not much, grain, seltzer water

T: slightly sweet up front, quickly moves to bitter, light grain, grass

M: thin, watery, good carbonation

O: slightly below average lager, not terrible but nothing memorable

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hollandia (drank from a 16.9 oz. can) has a thick, slightly off-white head, a clear, very bubbly golden appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet grains, malt, and a touch of stinging hops. Taste is sweet grains, sugar, sharp hops, and water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Hollandia finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mild, mostly dry, and massively drinkable. Overall, this one is very good (and sold at a cheap price).


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