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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Photo of beerthulhu
2.26/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a clear, pale orange with a fizzy, bone white head that quickly dissipated without a lacing. Visible carbonation was light and sporadic.

S: A light wiff of skunkiness was emitted upon first opening. The nose yielded raw green vegetables (brocolli), was disappointing and very light in nature,(which was probably the only good thing about it).

T: a light showing of sour oranges, musky grains and fresh green vegetables. Some metallic nature was also detected and was overall pretty bland. Some maize makes a late entry and comes off pretty much like a Heineken flavor-wise.

M: light with some astringency and fizziness from the carbonation. Not a good feeling.

D: Drinkability was unimpressive, and didn't care to finish this one. A big pass here needless to say.

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Photo of KeefD
2.67/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow macro lager color with a small head that faded quickly, leaving behind no lacing. Smell is a little skunky, but could be from age. Some grainy malts in the taste, crisp and dry. Medium carbonation, somewhat smooth. I had one of these in college many many years ago and thought it was ok, and thought it would be nostalgic to revisit this one. The nostalgia was short-lived and remembered why I started drinking good beer when I could afford it.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.07/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This felt like a week version of stronger beers, the beer tasted like a week version of peroni, it was not a full bodied beer, was a wee bit week as far as taste, but overall it was not the worst beer I have had, it was pretty good. I would not be opposed to drinking it again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.51/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes very quickly into no lacing. The aroma is of skunk with some grainy malt underneath the skunk. The taste is more malty and less skunky than the aroma, but it still isn't pleasant. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer. I try not to review beers which I think might be skunked. However, I see no need to refrain from reviewing a beer that is skunked due to the fact that it is bottled in green glass, which is something the brewer can control. This is a bad beer. I will not drink it again.

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Photo of Bigjay1584
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I found a 12 pack of this stuff for 8.99 at a local grocery store and I knew I shouldn't mess with a cheap unknown beer... BUT it was brewed in Holland so I thought I'd give it a chance for the low price.
App- The first thing that I noticed was that it was extremely light in color. It literally looked like water in the bottle (and tasted like it as well). light head dissipated quickly.
Smell- There is almost nothing here except a little citrus and grass. At least it doesn't smell bad.. it just.. doesn't smell enough.
Taste- Water water water.. imagine watery Heineken. I've never had Heineken light but this must be its close cousin.. I will admit though that it is refreshing and might work well for a summer afternoon.
mouthfeel- just wayy too thin.. carbonation is ok.. nothing notable though
Drinkability- The one good thing about a watery beer is that it is very drinkable but when there are so many other more flavorful beers out there why would u really want more of these?
A very boring, very watery beer (in the spirit of 'Heineken light perhaps) that does have a very clean refreshing aspect to it.

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

Appearance- The golden straw color pours into a pils glass leaving a 3 finger head that recedes slowly into a nice fluffy 1 finger head that also has some nice clinging lace on the glass.

Smell- Fresh lemon zest malt and a nice balance of hops. I was really expecting some skunk, but didn't taste even a hint of it. in addition to the fresh lemon, I detect a small touch of banana.

Taste- Clean refreshing but note a whole lot in the taste department. Maybe some light malts but the nose doesn't transfer much to the taste.

Mouthfeel- A touch low on the carbonation which may hurt the style a bit.

Drinkability- A good clean lager. I just may revisit it in the future. Lawnmower beer?

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.67/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving is chilled, in a pint glass. Pours golden straw with some head and very little lacing. Smell is clean and dry. Very grainy. Taste is smooth, of malted grain, but no bad aftertaste. Somewhat malty with hints of floral tones. A faint dry malt aftertaste, with a lot of graininess.Sweet and lightly malty taste in the end. For the price this is not too bad, will buy again.This cheap Euro beer is better than most of our domestic macros.

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Photo of onid678
2.42/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden, and slightly amber.

Taste - The taste is better than many of the fairly tasteless beers.

Mouthfeel - Feels very carbonated,.

Drinkability - It is quite easy to drink a few of these, since there is nothing really off putting about it. no heavy alcohol taste or aromatics

Overall - id recommend this beer to anyone who wants n easy drinking imported beer. n also cheap n different to the australian beers.

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Photo of TripelMajor
2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Hollandia is usually by beer of choice when on a budget. It is only 8.99 for a 12 pack in Brooklyn (which is absolutely unheard of, you can barely even find pabst cans for that price).

This is truly an average and forget-able beer. Great when you just wanna beer. Must be ice cold and drank before it warms up.

It's really light in color and smells a little like malt liquor. Tastes like Heineken, only with a slight off putting sweetness. Slight hop tingle, maybe Haulleture or Saaz. It's no Grolsch (which I favor in out of the Dutch Lagers), but it's tasty.

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Photo of Cs1987
2.44/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden, and slightly amber. A nice change from the pure yellow Australian lagers I have had recently. The head, which is quite small if poured carefully, disappears quickly.

Smell - A bit odd. Nothing particularly pleasant about the smell.

Taste - A burnt taste predominates. However, the taste is better than many of the fairly tasteless lagers I have had at this price.

Mouthfeel - Feels very carbonated, and the aftertaste isn't great.

Drinkability - It is quite easy to drink a few of these, since there is nothing really off putting about it.

Overall - This certainly isn't a beer I'd recommend people to try. However, it is very cheap, and better than I expected considering the price.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear & bright light golden color with chunky white head that fades away pretty quickly. Smells a little lightstruck (damn you, green bottles!) and a little of grassy hops. The taste is very light and crisp, finishing clean. Not really much in the way of flavor, but what is there is fairly well balanced. The mouthfeel is fizzy and a tiny bit harsh. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, but nothing really stands out about it.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.91/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on 5-25-07

Pours a clear pale gold with a huge, billowy head. Lots of bubbles rise to the surface leaving great retention and huge lacing.

Smell is a mild maltiness with a bit of very clean hops. Not skunky or adjuncty at all.

Taste is good, semi-sweet with a very good hop balance. Aftertaste is good and very clean.

Mouthfeel is very good, lots of carbonation make the hop spiciness that much better. The clean finish is fantastic.

Drinkability is outstanding, this beer puts every American macro to shame! Flavorful but light and easy to drink, this beer is a session winner.

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Photo of jongillin
2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Based on previous notes dating: 11/23/06 (thanksgiving)

Pours a golden color with a nice white lacey head. Smells mostly of hops and a little malt and perhaps citrus. The taste is typical pale lager style. Nothing about this makes it an interesting lager. The malt profile and the hops choice are par for the course and nothing stands out as being different or extraodinary. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly and it goes down easy. Typical lager drinking fair here.

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Photo of GilaMinumBeer
3.47/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into an oversized weizen glass.

A: Very pale straw/golden color. Thick, frothy, loosely formed head that is slow to dissipate with poorly formed lacing. No bubbles rising to the surface once the head has collapsed.

S: Profound mixture of a malted, dried grass tea. Some sour notes at the finish.

T: Smooth and malty, light hop finish, and very slight hint of sweetness left behind. Very slight bitterness perceived.

M: Very thin, watery. Little to no effervescence. Light carbonation.

D: Although very similar in appearance to a typical mass brewed American Pale lager, this beer was distinctly enjoyable or at least preferred over a domestic example. A little more "heat" would round this beer out nicely IMO.

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Photo of boblog
2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow coloring. Decent head which leaves no lacing. Smells of hops with a bit of pale malt. Pretty boring flavor like most European Pale lagers. Typical Pale Lager dry finish. Easy to drink and cheap I like it more than Heineken and it cost less. Definitely not a beer to sip slowly.

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Photo of irishtimepiece
1.72/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Clear and yellow with a fizzy white head.
The smell is just terrible, skunk probably isn't strong enough a word.
Tastes of fish. Yeah, fish. No aftertaste at all, though, which I guess is a plus.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery, highly carbonated.
I could drink these all night long, but I wouldn't want to. I bought this on accident and wouldn't have tried it otherwise. It is exactly what I expected it to be. Boring, bland, and just plain bad.

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Photo of wolffman17
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear pale straw. A nice chunky head leaves plenty of lace behind.
It smells grassy and skunky. It's not pleasant, but it was expected.
Grainy taste with a strange peppery, metallic finsish. Not good, but it could be worse.
Drinkability is quite low. This stuff has no character.

Don't let the "it's a good value" statements think this one's worthwhile. I won't be spending my money on it again even if it is a good value.

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Photo of vancurly
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow/straw colour. Pours good head, leaving nice lace. Some effervesence.
Weird nose....a strange hint of meat pie. Dunno what that is, but it's making me hungry. Some floral notes in there, with pale malt.
Bit flat I think...could be the bottle. Flavour nondescript...balance of malt & hops that makes it approachable, and quaffable. Definitely a session beer for when the attention is elsewhere.
A drying finish that has some pleasant back palate. I would rather drink this than its "Bavaria" stablemate... but only just.

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Photo of eb003
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a single for (believe it or not) 95 cents at Liquor Barn. They do crazy stuff like that there sometimes. Anyway...the appearance is about average on this one. It's clear with a medium gold color. The smell is very strong... it's a hoppy smell. Actually, the smell made me apprehensive to try it. The taste though, is decent. It does leave a bitter after-taste. But it's ok. The mouthfeel is just above average. It's almost too flat too me. (Maybe I drank it too cold, but there's not a lot of carbonation--I don't see many bubbles in the glass). The drinkablilty is above average. I could drink 2-3, but no way could I drink this one all night.

All-in-all, I'm glad I tried it. I'd drink it again for a buck a pop, but I don't find it too special.

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

Six tall boys for $6? Eh, why not.
Looks like it should; pale gold, fluffy white head, leaves some lacing.
Smells... like a decent macro. Grainy, a bit of herbal hop scent, clean... smells like what most people think of when they think of beer.
Tastes quite the way it smells. Grainy, some hoppy bitterness that is at times ok and at times not.
Bubbly, thin on the palate, watery... relatively easy to drink but for the style it's a wash.
No need for a glass for this beer. Drink it cold, drink it from the container, drink it quickly if that's your thing. Not too shabby at $6 for 6 pints but nothing worth going out of your way for.

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

Poured a pale yellow color with slight haziness. Head is bold and creamy, long lasting with very attractive lacing. Smell is grain like with moderate presence noted. Taste is clear, slightly malty and crisp. Taste rapidly dissapears from the mouth. Finishes is a bit dry and is somewhat enjoyable. Easy drinking and very refreshing.

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Photo of shirfan
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale yellow, wisp of a head burns off quickly.

Aroma is mild skunk, thin noble hops, corn.

Taste: The worst of old and new world macro lagers, combined. Thin, under-hopped, and vaguely corn-sweet, with a dirty penny metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is watery and not even very quenching due to the poor flavor.

Not a good choice; I had been out in the sun and wanted something light and quenching from the nearest store. These were next to Grolsch for almost $3 less -- and now I know why.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although this appears to be yet another pale Euro lagera generica, I snagged it from my parents' fridge while over for dinner to make sure.
Yeah, pours a pale straw color with a little snow white head and plenty of carbonation. Nose is muted but what is there is a mostly unimpressive grain odor.
Taste is quenching but watery with a sweet malty aftertaste. No great hop bitterness or fullness to the flavor..generally kind of wimpy. Mouthfeel is decent but unspectacular; bubbles are under control.
I can't really say it sucks, but it doesn't rule either..fine in a pinch but I won't go looking for it again..blah, blah, blah..

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The 330ml bottle is surely designed for drinking straight from It just sits inthe hand perfectly.
The appearance is average , being clear with a quiet sort of bubble, just enough to let you know the beer is alive.
The smell is pretty ordinary for a Euro Lager , having a real tinny wate quality .This makes the taste a little surprisingas there is an enjoyable blend of malts and bitter hop , neither of which reach any great heights in character ,butdo balance well .
The carbonation sits about right and makes for a refreshing feel.
This is an average beer, suited to rapid thirst drenching guzzling ...Straight from the bottle !

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Photo of nortmand
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Judging from some of the reviews I've read, cans are the way to go with this to get highest quality.

Pours slightly less pale than a usual pale lager. Some white head and minimal lacing.

Smell is grassy, honey straw type flavors typical of the style.

Tastes slightly sweet, with a slightly tart grassiness and a honey-bitter end. Leaves a distinctly honey aftertaste.

Sticky, squeaky mouthfeel. Kind of thin.

Overall, a very average beer, but not bad for a cheap lawnmower light. Just be sure to get the cans.

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