For millions of people, when a beer is compared to Coors Light it's seen as a positive endorsement. I am not one of those people. I think Coors Light tastes like bland piss and that pretty much sums up Hollandia lager.
When I poured this Dutch lager, I was looking forward to a good tasting beer. I have generally had good experience with Dutch beers, and I figured this would be another one. A nice foamy head developed when poured and the colour was a typical pale lager gold. So far, so good.
The taste was very mild and unassuming. It was almost too mild. I thought, maybe it was just me. I had just finished a nice malty German beer about 30 minutes before I had this one, so I thought it was just a clash of tastes in my mouth between the two beers.
I decided to have Carolyn try it, and her response describes this beer perfectly. "It tastes like Coor's Light. I like it", she exclaimed. No wonder I thought this beer's taste was too mild. It's because it is!
After thinking about what Carolyn said, she was right. It does taste like Coor's Light. Maybe that's a positive review for you, but for me, that's a kiss of death. If you love Coor's Light, I strongly suggest you get a few Hollandia. You'll love them. However, if you like a little flavour with your beer, steer clear of it. This beer only deserves two burps, and that's all it gets.
I've never heard of Bavaria Beer before I found it on sale at my local beer store. Three things attracted me to it. It was on sale, it was big and it was in a green bottle. I've come to realize that I'm a sucker for beers in green bottles and this marketing ploy always works on me.
The first thing I noticed when pouring the Bavaria was its beautiful gold colour. It really stood out as I poured it into the glass. I also like the nice head that formed when poured and stayed as I drank it down. Like it's countryman Heineken, Bavaria beer has a slightly bitter after taste that sticks with you.
The brewer Bavaria International is Holland's largest independent brewer. It has been brewing beer since the 1680's and has been owned by one family for its entire history. The brewery uses it's own source of naturally pure water, and it even has it's own malt house to malt the barley. It's one of the few breweries left in the world to malt its own barley.
I would definitely get Bavaria again. I give it 4 out of 5 burps. Even Carolyn liked it, and she doesn't like many beers. Perhaps this will be a great beer for non-beer lovers. let me know what you think.
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