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Holsteiner Lager - Argus Brewery

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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 22.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Argus Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"A copper colored lager beer that is malt accented, very smooth and gently hopped with the finest German noble hop varieties."

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 04-26-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

03-02-2013 01:08:56 | More by ruckus232
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

06-16-2013 03:52:07 | More by Guinnsslvr
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3.79/5  rDev +12.8%

Purchased as a single (unrefrigerated) bottle from Binny's in Chicago area on Monday.

A=Not knowing what a "Holsteiner" was, I was expecting a slightly dark yellow, but this beer poured a nice brownish copper color, with a very impressive cream colored top that lasted for a minute or so, eventually winding down to a 1/4" frosting.. Slight cloudiness as well.

S=The usual suspects--honey and/or brown sugar, with some cinnamon.

T=I decided to try the first sip before accessing this page--I found it rather hearty, reminding me of Spaten or other German imports. When I saw that this was classified as a märzen, I went to look for a "best by" date and found none, so I will assume that it is fresh. Second sip, now about 42º resulted in much more of a hop presence than initially...even dominating, reminding me of a cross between and IPA and a märzen. A faint hint of wheat can be detected as well. For me, a bit too much sweetness and hops.

M=Lighter body than expected; medium light body overall...could be a session beer for some. Feels a tad too light for a märzen, however.

O=I would probably order this again on tap at a restaurant to pair with chicken or butter noodles. If you love märzens, this one is a decent variation when wanting a slightly lighter version with more hops than typical.

01-24-2013 04:54:08 | More by dhannes
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3.83/5  rDev +14%

Dark copper orange body, a nice saturated color with brilliant clarity. A finger of puffy off-white foam rises on the top, forming an irregular pitted surface as the bubbles dissipate. Some tiny streams of rising carbonation along the sides.

Fruity baked apple aroma, lightly sweet and doughy with pie crust notes.

Flavor is similar, malt forward and bready, with apple esters and a lightly spicy nutmeg component. Low level bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean and flavorful. Hearty and medium bodied, perfect for a Marzen lager. Second bottle this week, and probably would drink another. This is the only bottled Marzen produced locally to my knowledge. You can definitely tell a difference in freshness from imported brands.

08-09-2011 23:33:46 | More by emerge077
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

02-15-2012 20:03:28 | More by hopmeister
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4.1/5  rDev +22%

335ml bottle.

It pours a clear amberish orange with a nice foamy off-white head.

The smell is decent. Sweeter than a typical example but nice. Some toasted malts and a pinch of hops.

The flavor is nice. Sweetness again comes though but with a nice tastiness and nuttiness. For an American brewer this is pretty competent.

02-26-2012 03:26:51 | More by crossovert
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1/5  rDev -70.2%

05-14-2012 02:42:41 | More by harrylee773
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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Nice to see another Chicago brewery making its way out to the distant-ish 'Burbs. This offering pours a clear light auburn-amber topped by a finger of light cream-tan foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, very light caramel, grass, and cracked wheat. It's simple, but surprisingly effective here. The taste is pretty much the same deal, though the grassy hops come through a bit more pronounced, balancing all the more nicely with the biscuit. Not bad. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta crisp finish. Overall, a nice surprise: a pleasant, easy-drinking, no-frills beer. Right on.

10-10-2011 05:56:03 | More by TMoney2591
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-12-2013 04:19:29 | More by cadaugherty
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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

11-18-2011 04:14:53 | More by ScrimshawFan
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Another new Chicago brewery trying their hand at Lager, exciting times.

A -- Clear, deep gold to copper with a dense, long-lasting, light tan head that leaves good lacing.

S -- Light nutty to bready character up front with mild spicy hops back.

T -- Quick taste of nuttiness that folds into a nice bready character that starts sweet and finishes dry. The finish is a good balance of spicy hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. There's some lightly vinous, fruity quality that tries to push through in the aftertaste, guessing it's from hops or a warm ferment. Not the greatest for a lager, but also not distracting.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp all around with a light-medium body.

O -- This is a pretty tasty beer and will be a nice change-up from the Goose Island ales. I find it just a little too hop-bitter in its finish to consider it a good Märzen, but it's certainly far from any macro-lager.

Interesting that the brewers call this a "Holsteiner" lager and it's supposed to be Märzen in character -- never really heard of any Märzens from Holstein, but maybe at one time.

01-25-2012 22:12:49 | More by steveh
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-30-2012 16:52:40 | More by wakajawaka76
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4/5  rDev +19%

07-31-2012 00:44:05 | More by vishneda
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

12-24-2013 21:51:29 | More by nheinzie57
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-03-2014 23:42:47 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-20-2014 02:50:37 | More by mrmitsui29
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2.8/5  rDev -16.7%

The color is orange/amber, and very clear, no cloudiness or haze. Smells of weak malt and very weak spice. Really almost no smell to this beer. The taste is decent at first, but nothing special. Kind of dull with nothing sharp or bright in the flavor to hold your interest. There is a touch of minty hops flavor at first with a hint of lemon citrus, but it fades too quickly to a sour malt flavor. In the end, it tastes like a slightly above average small to midsized town local brew pub lager. But, there you don't expect much. The basics of a sturdy lager are here, I suppose, but there is a watery/slippery/rubbery quality to the mouthfeel, and it degenerates to a stale backwash flavor on the finish. I don't think I'd buy it again with so many other beers tasting better at the price I paid ($10/6 pack).

05-04-2011 00:58:28 | More by MNJR
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4/5  rDev +19%

11-22-2011 22:33:52 | More by KC9LDB
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2.58/5  rDev -23.2%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours very little head and appears to be moderately carbonated. A nice copper, golden color. Almost no lacing.

Floral, German hops dominate the aroma accented by a slight caramel maltiness. Really not much else here.

Really not much maltiness at all. A little bit of floral german hops as mentioned in the aroma, but nothing is really well integrated or well balanced. The only real taste that lingers is slightly oily and bitter hops.

This is a lot flatter than I would have guessed. Also too thin for me. Would have liked a tad more carbonation and body.

Overall, this really just missed the mark I think. I can tell they tried to make this a more German style marzen, but the hops are overdone and the malt/body are underdone. My first beer from Argus, and quite possibly my last.

09-19-2011 05:24:18 | More by ahq514
Holsteiner Lager from Argus Brewery
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