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

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

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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Photo of tesguino
4.55/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An example of good pilsen premium beer, i try this beer in christmas, with mexican food and is so good its presentation in a 5 liter Keg had mor flavor than its other presentation 12oz bottle; appearance like a sundown, smell and taste well ballanced; mouthfeel fantastic, 100% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of Beerman1977
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

Beerman1977, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear and bright golden in color with a bright white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. Very nice appearance! The aroma is nicely hoppy - grassy, floral, herbal. (It should be noted, however, that more often than not this beer is found "skunked"/"catty"/"lightstruck/isomerized. A bottle directly out of a fresh, sealed case is best). Some light, grainy malt aroma is present as well. The body is medium-light with a crisp carbonation that softens quickly. The flavor starts with a burst of hop bitterness and flavor, and then settles into a supple, lightly sweet maltiness. It finishes drying as the lightly sweet malt fades and some lingering hop character emerges. This is a very nice example of the southern German pilsner style.

NeroFiddled, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of sim0n17
4/5  rDev +29%

sim0n17, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of SERENGETI
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had two pints of HOLSTEN just recently together with some seafood. The beer matched the meal very well. There is nothing negative to report. The beer has a lot of "moreness"! ;-) A good north-german Pilsner with a pleasant bitterness. A beer for each occasion.

SERENGETI, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of TheDeuce
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holsten Pilsner...

Appearance-pours out a solid golden color, fizzy and large white head which sticks around for a good five minutes and then phases out.

Smell-light hoppy aroma with grains surrounding it, not much else but what's there is fine.

Taste-Heavier than some other German pilsners, hoppy and grainy, slick on the toungue but not watery, goes down very smoothly.

Mouthfeel-easy enough to drink down, the light hoppiness is welcome, good stuff.

Drinkability-a little added kick at 5.20% ABV yet still flavorful enough to gulp down on a hot summer day.

Overall-a little bit more ballsy than your average German Pilsner, but it's a good one at that. Another true German pilsner that is refreshing and flavorful.

TheDeuce, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of Chadhowie
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Chadhowie, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.75/5  rDev +21%

IRONRakkasan, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of joecast
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

green and gold 500ml can. dated aug 06. 5%abv.

pours a standard clear pale yellow color with little head despite the large number of large bubbles coming to the surface. pretty uninspiring start.

good spicy/grassy aroma. comes across as fresh even though its only a month before its bb date. a light sweetness accompanies the hoppiness, but doesnt distract.

flavors stay pretty light with a good balance. crisp bitterness at the start gives it a very refreshing feel. minimal hop or malt flavor gives it a quick finish.

well, pretty happy with this one. nothing too complex or ground breaking, but would make a great summer afternoon session beer.
too bad its the middle of winter :(

joecast, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of KoG
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

KoG, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Duncanster
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Duncanster, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of brewskifan55
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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

brewskifan55, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Viggo
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, small white head forms, no lace to speak of, pretty bubbly. Smell is sweet and malty, pretty light, not really any hop presence. Taste is malty, theres a bit of grassy hop bitterness near the end but otherwise its pretty bland. Smooth, easy drinking, not a lot of flavour but slightly better than most crap pilseners.

Viggo, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of EBeckett3
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

EBeckett3, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a quarter finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of an upfront spicy noble hop with a soft biscuity malt.

The taste featured a mild hop spice and a thin malt, which was a bit watery.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp, but again thin.

Overall an easy to drink but nothing too interesting. It could use a deeper hop presence.

plaid75, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of dmcclurejr
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

dmcclurejr, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of trevorwideman
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can, pours with very little head or carbonation, I was expecting this one to be a bit prettier, but it looks a bit flat. Straw coloured, as a pils should be. Nose is very malty and sweet. Yeasty and bready. Not a bad smelling beer. Taste is a bit metallic off the bat, slight lemony sourness, and a subdued maltiness. More subdued than I thought, from the smell I expected a more bready taste. I think this brew is a bit unbalanced on the side of bitterness/sourness. Anyways, mouthfeel is a bit thin for my taste, weak carbonation, slides down the throat easily though. Certainly not my favorite pils...

trevorwideman, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

BillyBoysPie, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

beer from a can this is bloody exciting

pours a blonde straw colour not too light - just

smell is of some hops and nothing much else little malt maybe

taste is bitter hops and just that not very complex

light body good carbonation not fizzy

drinkability is not bad

DerBayer, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Osiris9588
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a can, sent via mail by a friend of a friend from Hamburg, poured a paled gold. The head formed rather frothy and thick for a pils, with decent retention, and left traces of lacing.

Them smell offered plenty of yeast, a strong sense of grass, and a hint of citrus and spice. The flavor was dominated by grass and yeast, semi-bitter hoppiness, and then complemented by suggestions of lemon and corriander.

The mouth is very light with ample carbonation and a semi-bitter hoppy finish. The drinkability is high, and the flavor solid. Not a bad example of the style at all .

Osiris9588, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of david18
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not the best german pilsner and not my first choice at the bar I was in but this was a second beer and the only thing on the list i hadn't tried yet while in Germany. Not a terrible beer but not the best on the list. Would recommend good heineken or becks on draft over this one.

david18, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of funkengruven
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a bit more pale than your average pils, leaves a little lacing, smell is sweet and malty, not too bad. Taste isn't exactly what i expected, a little too sweet, bitterness is evident but not overbearing, wasn't the smoothest going down but wasn't that bad, i wouldn't go out of my way to get this one again but it was worth a try.

funkengruven, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of BeerNutta
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holsten is one of those beers in which I categorise with Heineken, Bud, Grolsh etc...

In australia, its part of the premium range. But it is neither here nore there. Ain't great. Ain't crap.

A = Light amber colour with mild foam head.

S = Hop and a grassy smell.

T = Hop bitterness with a skunky aftertaste.

M = Moderately carbonated.

D = Moderately priced. Not offensive. Ok beer.

BeerNutta, Aug 13, 2005
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Holsten Pils from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
74 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.