Holsten Pils - Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
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4.1/5 rDev +33.1%
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.
06-02-2005 21:31:41 | More by NeroFiddled
United Kingdom (England)
3.05/5 rDev -1%
Small brown 275ml bottle, 5.0%, brewed somewhere within the European Union for 'Carlesberg'.
Looked good, crisp, clear, golden yellow with a head that was whiter than white (as the Daz adverts used to say).
Do lagers smell of anything really? No, this one doesn't either. Just a beery, yeasty, hoppy, malty, weak mix.
Fairly dry in taste, I drank this while making a Beef Lasagne, this is a kitchen drink, not for serious supping. Can't get excited about it, but it is not bad enough to slag off, all in all, a typical European fizzy lager.
01-14-2007 17:14:24 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
2.05/5 rDev -33.4%
Got this beer because I need something cheap to cook mussels with tonight... no offence to this beer but the packaging and marketing of this beer never has appealed to me. But here it goes, I'm sipping the first small glass of this beer by courtesy of a pot of mussels?! The beer label says it's brewed and canned in the EU for Carlsberg UK...can it be contract-brewed? BB JUN 2006.
A: incredibaly pale straw hue, fierce carbonation with huge bubbles ascending non-stoppingly, and the head is negligible, disappearing in twenty seconds. Looking really not very nice.
S: very soft and thin grainy and semi corn-ish malts on a slightly grassy hop base and a touch of limey note. Too timid the nose is, without supposed presence of hops, but not too unpleasant.
T: thin-bodied and flavourless malts along with some sugary taste and a semi-dry but flavourless hint of hops; slightly grainy overtone in the end, and no aftertaste of anything is left apart from a light chemical touch lingering.
M&D: the fizz is almost all gone by the time I take the first sip, and it's pretty flat on the mouthfeel. Stale, thin-bodied, watery and bland the lager is. Although it doesn't taste "funny" or horrible, it's next to the worst that could happen to any beer. Not totally unexpectable from a canned, mass-produced beer, though. It's not Pils, and certainly not a quality lager.
12-17-2005 23:02:43 | More by wl0307
2.2/5 rDev -28.6%
Sampled both can and bottle, enjoyed far more from a cold can. Aroma off-putting, skunked in bottle. A lot of corn taste, very on par with macro - or even more so domestic value brands. Offers little flavour or satisfaction, there are far better German pilsners out there. While this particular brewery isn't offensive, they aren't much of anything else either. I wouldn't care to revisit.
03-30-2007 14:46:06 | More by biegaman
3.25/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
03-13-2007 01:22:17 | More by plaid75
3.28/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
08-21-2005 05:25:22 | More by Viggo
3.1/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
07-14-2009 13:09:00 | More by david18
3/5 rDev -2.6%
Beer bottle (50cl.), tasted in 2002.
Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : hoped aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : good bitterness, sweet malty with floral hops and a dry finish.
Drinkability : a medium beer in the style German pilsener.
11-30-2008 15:27:39 | More by thierrynantes
United Kingdom (England)
2.5/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
09-04-2011 20:43:53 | More by jazzyjeff13
3/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
03-22-2010 17:28:07 | More by soju6
2.9/5 rDev -5.8%
comes in a yellow and green can with classy writing all over it. Pours a pale golden color with a very shortlived head. The smell is dominated by sweet malts, like gram crackers with a little bit of noble hops as well. The taste is sweetish and not dry enough for a pilsner. It has a strange gram cracker like feel with DMS veggies and some bitter astringency. The hops are too weak. The finish of this beer is sweetish with a bit of bitterness. OK, but nothing more than average as far as pilsners go.
07-31-2004 09:48:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
United Kingdom (Scotland)
1.9/5 rDev -38.3%
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.
04-18-2013 13:28:21 | More by flyingpig
United Kingdom (England)
2.25/5 rDev -26.9%
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.
12-04-2009 22:55:11 | More by soulgrowl
2.78/5 rDev -9.7%
I tried this on-tap at a bar in Darmstadt, Germany. I was not impressed.
I had a nice .5L tall glass. The beer looked rather impressive, a nice golden-tone. The head was near-white with large bubbles, quickly dissipating. The head had a bitter taste, warning me of what was to come. There was a nice taste of strong malt.
The beer was a big disappointment. Large and small bubbles of over-carbonation continued to rise, throughout. The beer, as with the head, had a strong malt taste and also the same bitterness. Other than that, I could not discover any redeeming tastes or characteristics, despite carefully sipping the entire glass. Finally, at the bottom, the last two sips showed some hints of apple and other subtle tastes-- almost as though any good features of the beer had separated to the bottom. Strange.
The beer left a not-overly-pleasant aftertaste, including the bitter effect. I spent a lot of time belching, as I consumed this. I'm sure that American-consumer-beer fans might really like this one.
After trying dozens of beers (pils, kolsch, weiss and others) here in Germany over the past 2 months, this quickly moved to the bottom of my list, as far as drinkability and enjoyment.
12-13-2005 11:04:56 | More by therica
3.65/5 rDev +18.5%
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 :(
07-17-2006 08:51:13 | More by joecast
2.9/5 rDev -5.8%
More and more Holsten product available here in Alberta lately...
nice light, clear amber color. Lot's of foamy head that disappears quickly to a fairly robust white cap. Small webs of lacing down the sides of my pilsner glass.
Bready malts and some fairly rich Saaz hop. Decent!
Damn you Holsten! You've let me down again! No real balance here @ all. Quite watery @ first, followed by a veggie-like funk. Sweet malt and slightly spicy hop follow. A real metallic twang puts a real damper on the whole experience. It actually clings to the back of my throat as a reminder not to buy another 4 pack.
Not even close to Radeburger IMO...the only thing this has going for it is the reasonable price.
06-05-2009 05:08:34 | More by Shadman
3.4/5 rDev +10.4%
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
07-25-2012 17:05:04 | More by brewskifan55
Holsten Pils from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
73 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.