Hollandia | Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.

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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

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106
Ratings:
210
Avg:
2.77
pDev:
25.63%
 
 
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +39%
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).

RJT

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Photo of TerryW
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +2.9%
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 -17.3%
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 -23.1%
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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Photo of wordemupg
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
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 +5.1%
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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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
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 +9.7%
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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Photo of biegaman
2.67/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -7.6%
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 -32.9%
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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Photo of zachsmith
3.84/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2.99 @ food for less for 4 pints hell of a deal

the first time i drank it i cracked the can and drank thinking 2.99 how could it make a difference. I could barely get it down. The next one i got sophisticated and put it in a straight pint glass. What a difference. The bad smell vanished, it smellled sweet very clear. Head was about two fingers but went away quickly.
It has a sweet taste to it very pleasant. I is definately one that is in the rotation

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Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malts. Taste is also on the sweet side, some malts, a touch of bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good brew, great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (TM) is back on track and chugging (or Glugging) along today! It's nice to be back.

Another score from my visits to Binney's (South Loop) while passing through CHI-town recently. From the CAN: "Brewed with crystal clear water, finest hops, select grains and pure yeast". Let's do it!

Thanks to the detractor who said that he dislikes the auditory nature of CANs, this Crack and Gluggg is for you! I had never even considered that aspect of CANned beer, but now I live for it. My initial pour resulted in two fingers' worth of rocky bone-white head that fizzled like the time one of my bunkmates tried to hard-wire his alarm clock into his rack lamp. Arc & spark action, baby! Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see THROUGH the Sunday comics. No, not really, but it was crystal clear, just like the water they purported to have used. My oh my, but I CAN really get used to putting my nose into anything that is not an AAL. This had a pleasant lager sweetness without anything getting in its way. That also included hops, so don't look for a hops fix here, you lupulin junkies. Mouthfeel was medium with a very malt-forward sweetness on the tongue. Finish was incredibly smooth, relatively sweet with a mild hop bitterness at the extreme finish. Baby, where you been hiding all this time? You are getting a special place in my cooler! Relatively low ABV means that I won't stumble off the beach in a stupor. Me like.

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

Four pint cans for $3. Pours a straw gold color with large white head, fairly thick with good retention and lacing. Aromas of crisp honeyish malts, touch of earthy hops. Flavor is crisp and relatively hoppy for the style at first, very nice, the finish brings a bit of an adjunct twang with corn and a very small amount of dry malts, though finish is pretty crisp if not "tasting" this beer thoroughly. Pretty good Euro lager overall, some flaws, but for the price I am pretty pleased. Light body, pretty bubbly, not quite fizzy though.

Overall I was pretty pleased with this, drinkable stuff, pleasing taste, good price. A good buy for a few pints of lager. I think it is relevant to point out most reviews for this come from a green bottle and this sample is from the pint can.

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Photo of kcr357
2.81/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased at Albies, 3.99 for a 4 pack of tall cans.
Pours a light golden color similar to any bmc beer. Course foam dissipates almost instantly.
No hops or malt smell, however, there is plenty of corn, rice,metal , and vegs. Manages to not be TOO offensive. THen again I have a bit of a cold....
While it can't be mistaken for a decent beer, it is actually not that bad. Not too much aftertaste, moderate amount of can taste, fairly smooth.
Mouth feel is alright, a bit of bite, lots of carbonation.
Could drink a few of these.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dumpy brown 25cl bottle with an ABV of 4.8%, best before 08/2010, drank 12/2009. Poured into my La Chouffe tulip shaped glass.

Golden bright, clear body and a good looking white head. Lets call the colour 'mid-lager' in depth and style.

Classic lager/pilsner aroma of 'not much at all'.

I wasn't expecting too much from this cheap supermarket lager, but to be fair it has a little taste and a hint of flavours. Mid range in the sweet v dry stakes it is refreshing, clean and more robust than I thought it would be.

The words boring and bland came to mind, but it it is better than that, only just, but I'm going to call it an average lager/pilsner considering all things.

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Photo of Macca
2.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This pours a golden colour with a centimetre of head. Clear.

Boring macro aromas. All grains and cooked veges. Slightly metallic.

Ho hum. Almost no flavours at all. Just washes over the tongue and leaves a slight drying sensation. This how to make a dumb beer.

Ok mouthfeel.

Just another boring euro.

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Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, pale golden color with a small, short-lived white head. It left a little soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of corn, grains, caramel malt and grasses.

T - Mostly tasted of corn and caramel. It had a slight bitter kick.

M - it was crisp and fizzy. A very light bodied lager.

D - This is an okay lager. Not something that I'd pick up regularly but it is drinkable.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
2.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma - The expected green bottle euro import skuny aroma and a little floral hops.

Appearance - Good thick white head and solid lager yellow color. Easily the best part of this beer. Straight out of a beer commercial. Good lacing.

Taste - Not what I call crisp. Just a muddled flavor with a wave of light hops near the end.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly not a thin mouthfeel but medium bodied. I wonder if I burned all the carbonation on the pour.

Drinkability - Not bad, a lager that isn't an immediate turn off just something not worth going out of your way for. Nothing special and actually a little below most other euro-lager imports.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.03/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale straw, snowy head dissipates to a tiny covering.
Massive skunk aroma, along with stale malty cardboard. Astringent.
More cardboard on taste with shortlived weak bitterness.
Feels watery, with little carbonation.
Not extremely offensive, but pretty dodgy all the same.

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Photo of Drew966
2.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hollandia pours a pale yellow with a white head from a stubby green twelve ounce bottle. I can smell skunk as soon as I crack the cap open. The flavor is a bit skunky with some cereal flavors. A second class version of Heineken. Not particularly good, I'd pass.

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Photo of colts9016
1.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The color is a golden yellow with carbonation. No head. The nose is skunky malty aroma with hints of yeast. The tastes is very yeasty skunky and the malt is an afterthought and very bitter. The mouth feel is harsh with no finish. This was not a good beer.

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Photo of WHROO
3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A; Clear Yellow, 1 finger head...recedes to a film of medium beads...average lacing. 6 lines of carbonation is all, would have like to see maybe a touch more.
S: Grassy citrus hops, only a hint of sweet malt. Grainy in aroma & taste.
T: nothing too wrong with the taste, just not much of it. Grainy & a little doughy...if anything it balances more towards some earthy hops instead of malt. Touch of bitterness to finish, & also finishes a little dry.
M: Quite light, carbonation seems just about right. Maybe a touch chalky if anything, but I didn't mind that - made it a little more interesting.
D: Very mainstreamish, & typical of an import lager that tries to please everyone, could have done with maybe a little more body & flavour. The price certainly makes this an easy drinker. Could buy a 6 pack & think "yeah. not too bad".

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Hollandia from Bavaria Brouwerij N.V.
2.77 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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