Hollandia | Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

HollandiaHollandia
BA SCORE
2.79/5
219 Ratings
HollandiaHollandia
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
Netherlands
bavaria.nl

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,895
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
219
pDev:
25.09%
Bros Score:
2.28
 
 
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Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Plain Jane run-of-the-mill macro beer.

Pours clear gold with a short and spritzy white head that dissipates almost immediately. Smell is corn and some malt. Not offensive, but completely uninspiring in any way. Same anonymous industrial taste. Bland.

You can carry on with your life without having to drink this one and not really having missed anything.

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Photo of Douberd
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can of 500 ml at home. Pours a pale golden yellow beer, with a one finger head that goes away fast. Not much activity in the glass.
Smells of malts very faintly and of old bread.
Taste is quite bitter and also metallic.
It is medium thin on the body and is quite carbonated.
Overall, it wasn't that bad.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.29/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We pour a light golden colored brew. It holds a one-finger head of thick, huge white bubbles. This retains nicely, leaving thick, spotted lacing around the glass. What is left is a sheet of fatty bubbles across the top of the liquid. The coloring is light so there is significant transparency, with no sediment or haze. Carbonation is average. The nose is an adjunct bomb. There is white baker’s flour and corn, with some metallic bites of yeast. There is a sweetness of fermented red apples, but little else. With warmth the malts become slightly darker, and a bit more cheesy and musty. As we sip, the flavoring opens up with the apple sweetness from the nose. The malts are pale, with corn and flour, again, like the nose. It is actually quite mild. The middle punches forward with more flour, barley, and bread. There is light booze, and some interesting cotton candy esters. The finish is metallic and bitter, which is a departure from the simple beginning. This sours and puckers, with more bite from the booze, and more, more, more of those unrefined malts. The aftertaste is with more bread, apple fermentedness, bitter metals, and light pepper. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is dried after an initial coating. There is decent slurp and froth, due to the nicely retained heady film. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the look, and how mild it ultimately was. It could have been much more offensive with the level of metallics and adjuncts for the base, but it was surprisingly even throughout. The flavors were all very separate, without blending for a coherent product. Rather, we were left with a disjointed brew, that was not that pleasant to drink in the end.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- The coloration of this one is typically macro and Euro....pale gold, crystal clear and with lots of carbonation. The head disappears as quickly as it formed after the initial pour....whats left is a thin patchwork of soapy white film partially covering the beer. I do have to say that the the lacing is half decent looking, as it at least leaves behind some sticky clumps of foam on the glass, and they stay there too.

S- This is best summed up as follows (and in this order): corn, rice, barley malt, dry grass, no hops, and then more corn/rice. Very bland overall and again, smells eerily similar to an AAL.

T- When it's stated on the can that "select grains" were used, they must have meant that they use select cow corn in this beer...it is sweet initially, then finishes clean....too clean. This is very bland overall, following the aromas closely, and I think along with said corn adjunct, lots of white rice was used in this as well. In trying to find something positive, I can taste a hint of hop extract right after the swallow, as it leaves a bittering flavor down in my throat.

M- Thin, highly carbonated and 'sterile' clean, this Hollandaise beer has it all when it comes to nothingness on the palate...reminds me of a more flavorful Coors Light.

O- The only reason I bought this is b/c I honestly thought it was a nice beverage at a beer/wine/liquor festival that I attended....I was also hammered by the time I got around to sampling this one...it's no longer a 5/5 as I put in the book I had. On a hot day, this would be super refreshing I have to admit, but then so is Budweiser, and Bud is cheaper if I'm going that route! Not the absolute worst beer I've had but still....Thumbs down!

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of wordemupg
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into pint glass22/2/12

A clear straw yellow with a short lived thumbs width of foam that leaves a little speck of lace

S cracker, lemon, sweet malt and hay, pretty straight forward but decent for the style

T the lemons a little off in the mouth but pretty close to the smell

M light in the mouth and the bubbles fluff it up a little, pretty clean aftertaste

O pretty basic stuff but not offensive, not something I'd go looking for but its drinkable

better then some of the other offerings I've had from these guys but still nothing to brag about

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Photo of biboergosum
2.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can. Differentiating the offerings from this brewery is a chore in itself.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some attractive honeycomb lace around the glass as it sinks away from sight.

It smells, well, it smells a hell of a lot better than most of its siblings - like actual beer, really - if you mean marginally cheap-ass, sweet grainy malt, and some generally inoffensive (parse that at you own peril) weak-ass leafy hops. The taste is pretty much just a lessened version of all those creamed corn gagfests of lager monstrosities we've all encountered at one time or another. That said, I'm well able to keep my lunch down with this one - the sugary, nondescript grainy malt and plain earthy hop simulacrum have me fooled enough to keep at it.

The carbonation is rather mild, the body medium-light, but suffering none for it, and tentatively smooth amongst some prickly edges. It finishes just off-dry, much less sweet than anticipated, just a murky pale malt and weirdly floral hop tango to middling applause.

By looking at the cumulative score, one might be a bit misled - not all things do well by dissection and investigation - sometimes an adequate stadium beer is just that - thankfully non-represented 'Orange' colours aside - a so-so, still drinkable lager, if only for a can or two. Nah, just the one, please.

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear straw yellow, lots of little bubbles, thick frothy white head, some nice retention.

Smells like a typical euro-lager with some hints of citrus and malt.

Tastes very dutch, like heineken with a subtle malt backbone. A nice refreshing beer, but that's all I can say about it.

Nice dry, crispy body and carbonatd finish, not something I'd try again, but on my quest to try every beer I must face the facts and try all these cloned lagers.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.04/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before Feb. 2013 and served ice cold.

Pours a clear pale golden-yellow colour, with a bit more than a finger of fluffy eggshell-white head on top. Solid retention for the style as the head remains for a few minutes, and leaves behind lots of stringy lacing on the sides. Actually pretty attractive for what it is. Bland, faint aroma; grainy and a little sweet.

Decent taste with nothing off-putting or out of the ordinary. Grainy malts, maybe a bit of breadiness, with some apple skin and floral hops. Kind of corny, but acceptably so for an EPL. Not much aftertaste, maybe some pale malt. Thin-bodied with heavy biting carbonation that scrubs the palate, which has a lot to do with the crisp, fairly clean taste. Very easy to drink.

Definitely reminds me of the Bavaria beer from this brewery, though this is marginally cleaner-tasting and generally more enjoyable. Consider this a cheaper version of Heineken - bland and watery but it's serviceable enough and decent value at this price point.

[Updated Nov. 6 2013]

Picked up another can on a whim. While this is obviously just a plain Jane, run-of-the-mill Euro pale lager, it's actually fairly decent considering the price point. I could buy 6 of these cans for 5-6 dollars less than an equivalent number of Heineken cans, and IMO there is very little difference in quality between the two. Any fan of cheap lagers might as well give this one a go - it's inoffensive and easy to drink, which is generally what I look for from beers in this price bracket.

Final Grade: 3.04, a C+.

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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

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4/5  rDev +43.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of biegaman
2.67/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I half expected a beer named 'Hollandia' to be orange but the fact that it's a bright, pale yellow is the first indication that the most (and possibly only) Dutch thing about it is that it resembles Heineken. But I won't say it doesn't look good - perfectly clear, amply bubbled and lustrous, this is a good lookin' lager regardless of where it's from.

It wouldn't have killed Bavaria Brouwerij to be a little more discrepant when using adjuncts. I understand the appeal of diluting the beer, but isn't there a way of doing so without making it smell as though it's been filtered through an industrial vat of corn syrup? Holding the beer too close to your nose results in a reaction similar to the '2 Girls 1 Cup' video.

Off the bat I find Hollandia more palatable than the other two brands I've tried from this brewer (Bavaria and Bavaria 8.6, both remarkably bad). While it has little to no actual malt flavour, the presence of industrial adjuncts is only moderate. Nevertheless, there is that cloying canned corn taste that plagues all poorly made industrial lagers.

I imagine this beer might fare better in a blind taste test - I can't be sure that my regrettable past experiences with this brewery haven't tainted my opinion of it - although a different label would not change the beer's very syrupy texture and aftertaste. It is quite off-putting and belongs more in fountain soda or the table syrups at cheap diners.

Just because a suit is made in Italy doesn't make it a good suit. And just because a beer is brewed in Holland, a country with rich brewing heritage, doesn't make it any better of a beer - certainly not when it's brewed to resemble every other insipid yellow lager on the market. Hollandia should be somewhat of a disgrace to self-respecting Dutch beer drinkers.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair/good lacing. The head lasted for around four minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread mixed with light floral hops and some cooked corn. As well I can taste a bit of apple juice flavour. It ends with a corn/grainy aftertaste with a bit of spice.

Overall – I guess the small highlight for this beer is the light floral hop bite.. and I mean very light. But other than that, it's just another euro lager filling up the shelves at my local beer store.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.86/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can into Guinness pint glass in Galway, Ireland.

A: Thin pathetic head of fair retention. Clear off-urine colour.

Sm: Just barley. Can advertises "hop extract" - ????

T: Barley and malt. That's it. How amazing...

Mf: Thin and pathetic. A bit coarse on the finish.

Dr: Cheap shite beer. Better than Budweiser (what a compliment!).

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Hollandia from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
Beer rating: 2.79 out of 5 with 219 ratings
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