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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 jazzyjeff13
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

soju6, Mar 22, 2010
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 soulgrowl
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

soulgrowl, Dec 04, 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 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 Shadman
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Shadman, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

440 mL can poured into a pint glass. Brewed and canned in the UK by Carlsberg UK.

A slow pour yields a very thick, solid white head--lots o' foam! Sits atop an deep yellow brew.

Nothing unusual (or interesting for that matter) in the aroma.

Tastes okay, but again nothing interesting. It doesn't taste bad--very mild, more bitter than sweet.

Drinkability is average on this. It's a nice throw-back beer when you don't want something big or rich, but it's nothing fancy either.

fullsweep, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

thierrynantes, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of biegaman
2.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

biegaman, Mar 30, 2007
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 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 BlackHaddock
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BlackHaddock, Jan 14, 2007
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 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 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 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 wl0307
2.05/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

wl0307, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of therica
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

therica, Dec 13, 2005
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 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 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
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 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 tatterdash
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden colour with a white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is akin to Warsteiner, with a little less hops, but that same sweet malt. Taste, hmm... Hops, some weird burnt taste, which is odd for this style, which unfortunately ruins the crispness I am expecting, bit more hops in the finish though. Definitely not as smooth as the beer I just had, and sadly less drinkable... I want another Warsteiner.

tatterdash, Oct 22, 2004
Holsten Pils from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
74 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.