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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002

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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of Gorski1974
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
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 -31.4%
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
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | 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. C (75-79) score range

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Photo of Lutenist
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +78.6%
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 bigbid
4.29/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Balanced, light, can be had all day long and you won't get sick of it.

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Photo of brewnme
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cprigmore
3.46/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a buck a can, not to bad. The variety of craft brews is plentiful, try it then move to another.

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Photo of BeerSnobsAreUglyLibs
3.77/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iman99
3.6/5  rDev +28.6%
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 Oleg85
2.62/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -3.2%
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 mishi_d
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NordicHermit
2.06/5  rDev -26.4%
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 Bunman3
2.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Raime
4.28/5  rDev +52.9%
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 +25%
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 Boo-urns
4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Juiposa
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Koyovis
4.84/5  rDev +72.9%
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 +78.6%
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 JPNesker
2.94/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutaltruth
2.94/5  rDev +5%
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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Hollandia from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
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