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Holsten Pils - Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 17.63%

Brewed by:
Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 07-31-2004)
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-08-2012 16:48:38 | More by dmcclurejr
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -3.8%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-14-2013 03:02:37 | More by EBeckett3
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.9/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Costcutter, London (£1.29 for 275ml):
Light straw with touch of gold. There is a thin, half centimetre tall and bubbly head that is bone white in colour.

Corn with cheap lager malts and a strongish alcohol aroma to begin with. There is a few hints of grassy hops and a touch of lemon but there is also a very skunky smell.

A sweet taste but laced with a lot more alcohol than the label suggests. There is some grain and faint lager hops with a biterr kick at the end. Slightly better than the smell but not by much.

Dry with moderate carbonation and a very bitter, alcohol laced feel. There is a citrus tang on top of a very light, thin body.

Very poor cheap. A hard beer to drink with the smell coming across even worse. The only thing it had going in its favour was the touches of grassy hops and lemon but these were overpowered by the skunky taste and smell far too easily. After trying this one I can now understand why most people stopped drinking it years ago.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 13:28:21 | More by flyingpig
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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

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3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drunk from a can, then later from a glass. This was our standard "walking beer" in Scotland and London.

A: Golden with a half finger head that dissipates pretty fast. Some lacing.

S: Citrus-y, yeast, hops. Fresh.

T: A nice clean taste, goes down easy. Lemon, yeast, slight hops. Good malt body.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: I've always been impressed with this easy drinker when in the UK. It's cheap and tastes great. Perfect for seeing the sights while walking...or sitting

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07-25-2012 17:05:04 | More by brewskifan55
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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

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New York

2/5  rDev -35.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -3.8%

11-19-2011 19:40:03 | More by jonb5
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United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 440ml can with a BB of April 2012. ABV stated as 5%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear pale straw colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that doesn't last long before subsiding. Smells of very little; subtle hints of light grain and perhaps corn or stewed veg, with a faint metallic note. Weak.

Tastes of light malt with a mild, dry bitterness. Faint notes of grain and stewed leaves. There is a metallic hint that isn't particularly nice, and a harsh bitter flavour on the finish. Mouthfeel is tingly and dry (for a lager), but watery. A harsh bitter note in the aftertaste.

Not all that nice. Weak flavour, and the notes that stand out are the unpleasant ones. Doesn't compare favourably with other industrial lagers (which isn't saying much in any case). Avoid.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 20:43:53 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is a deep yellow with a good head when from the tap. The smell had a hop aroma and a bit skunky. The taste came across as bitter and had a slightly bitter aftertaste. A decent beer for 1-2 drinks at the most.

Another typical North german brew, leaning towards being a bit bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 17:28:07 | More by soju6
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3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a bar in Berlin. In a tall pilsener glass.

Tall and clean straw golden color. Nice lacing from the quickly settling two inch head. Average appearance.

Bitter hops. That's about it. Not out of character for a pils, but, just OK.

Bitter hops. Get the picture? Not bad, but nothing to counterbalance it, and the hops are just dry. So, it's a bit like drinking bitter soda water.

Well carbonated, but too much for the lack of flavor. Well, they're damned if they do damned if they don't by this point.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 14:34:26 | More by BillyBoysPie
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United Kingdom (England)

2.25/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Holsten Pils is among one of the few off-license standards I haven't yet tried, so it was only a matter of time before this one found its way into my fridge and into my gullet. It is perfectly average to look at, golden yellow, clear, capped with a nylon sheath of white foam. The smell is dispiritingly weak and slipshod, mostly corn and tin, and the flavor is sour and astringent. It is fizzy and drinkable and all, and I guess that's all it needs to be, but even so it is off-putting enough to put it on the list of beers I needn't return to.

Serving type: can

12-04-2009 22:55:11 | More by soulgrowl
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Holsten Pils from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
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