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

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-11-2002

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Reviews by cypressbob:
Photo of cypressbob
3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice pilsner when you cant get budvar, eisbrau etc (preferred czech offerings)

Comes in a small 275ml bottle, green

Pours like an amber body and thin head.

Hoppy flavour and bitterness. Has that quintessential pilsner taste, and its very easy to drink

A Perfectly acceptable brew, especially when the majority of the other offerings are pale macro lagers

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
2.09/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

500 mL can purchased from the Niagara Falls LCBO.

Minimal white lacing, some stickage here and there. Pale golden yellow color, shiny clarity. Horse feed aroma, faint but its there. Crisp and light bodied. Bitter and a little astringent. Rough grain from start to finish, bitter hopping does not help at all. Finishes bone dry.

German Purity Law What? This beer gives German beer a bad rap, not recommended.

Photo of ADR
2.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear medium gold color, average to large-bubbled white head of 1/2 an inch to start and average duration. Decent lace, some adhesion of clumps of foam. Lightly aromatic, light hop crispness, a bit of musk. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation average to maybe a touch high. Malt is bready with a hint of raw grain. Hops aren't as apparent in the back flavor as the aroma promises, but a mild sulpherous quality starts to set in. Relatively clean finish, slightly gassy. Seems to be around average as a Pils, could use more prickly bite for my tastes.

Photo of rastaman
2.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just another german pils, fresh crisp, boring and easy to drink, at least the germans have schwarbiers and wheats to be proud of.

Photo of anders36
2.8/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this from a bottle at home. This beer pours a pale golden colour into the glass, with a large white head. Aroma is Malty with some grassy hints. It also has some hints of grain. This beer has a sweet malty and grassy flavor with some hints of grain. The finish is malty with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can. I always see these being carted out of liquor stores by the armload by older European gentlemanly types.

This beer pours a clear pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of thin puffy, foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some sticky drooping Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of grainy pale malt, somewhat metallic in its bearing, and leafy, grassy, and weedy hops - the dead but not-yet-rotting vegetation kind of weediness, in case you were wondering. The taste is sweet bready, kind of stale mixed cereal grain, a hint of old lemon rind, and soapy, dead flower hops.

The carbonation is on the low and generally soft side of things, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes still pretty sweet, the bready, wan cereal malt not swayed overly so by the mild, ineffectual hops, and standard alcohol dryness.

While I can see the appeal of these shiny (and relatively inexpensive) cans on the shelves of yer better (and less so) booze merchants, the contents are mostly bland and middling, if still warm and comforting at the same rate. I'll have to ask the next swarthy Euro fellow I see buying this about that.

Photo of mintjellie
2.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Didn't realize I'd already reviewed this. Oh well, why not give it another go anyways.

Bright pale gold in colour. A large, fizzy head only sticks around for a few seconds and doesn't lace. Faint grainy aroma. Grainy and slightly sweet with a faint lemony flavour. Faint bittering hop finish. Lacking in character. Did I already say faint? Light bodied. At least it isn't overcarbonated. Even if it's cold and refreshing, there's still better lawnmower beer than this.

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D+ / 2.3
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | drink: 2
rDev: -31.7%

Fizzy pale straw body with 2-3 fingers of fluffy white head the recedes fairly rapidly. Some lace is left behind.

Faint malt and hop aromas. Bread? I just can't pick anything out of this.

Faint grain and skunk flavours. I don't know how, considering this is from a can. Low bitterness, yet that mild bitterness is the most perceptible thing about it. There's an unpleasant mustiness to it. It's extremely bland.

Light bodied, spritzy carbonation. Thin. Watery. Cold. Wet. Boring. And that strange musty taste.

Avoid.

Photo of Anonmatel
3.28/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not bad, not great, Typical German Pils, Fruity, a little Tangy.
Very easy to drink, almost too easy if you know what i mean

Photo of WoodBrew
2.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying a can of Holsten. The beer pours to a deep clear golden color with a thin head that is essentially dissapates. The smell is typical of a pilsner, light with Saaz type hops. Tthe taste follows most Euro pilsners with a light bitterness and slight malt. Although the carbonation is spot on, the mouthfeel is slightly watery and a little lacking even for a pilsener. Good lawnmower beer but nothing to write home about.

Photo of vanrassel
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Give the makers of Holsten Premium credit: I don't know how they fit a whole skunk in such a little green bottle!

This beer poured clear and golden into my pilsener glass with a fluffy head that dwindled almost immediately to a soapy ring. A closer inspection brought an unfortunate skunky aroma to my nose — which is too bad, because there were spicy hops and subtle malts that couldn't force their way past it.

The taste is a good balance between the hops and malt, though the overall effect is muted and the taste unremarkable. Fortunately, the skunkiness is really more of an issue for the nose, and not the taste buds.

The carbonation is suitable for the style and this beer finished dry and crisp. An adequate lawnmower beer — if you're willing to pay premium, import prices for one.

Photo of souvenirs
2.94/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

500 ml can, $1.99 plus deposit at a BC Liquor Store.

When I was in university, one of my friends dated a German guy, studied German, and drank mainly German beer. I think this was the beer she drank the most. I had it a few times back then, but I haven't had it since.

A: Straw yellow, clear, some carbonation.

S: Lightly grassy, a bit metallic.

T: I was expecting a fairly generic lager taste. While this isn't awful, that generic lager taste would be an improvement. It's drinkable, but I'd never get it again. It's kind of watery, and there's something about it that reminds me a little of apple juice.

F: A bit watery, but the carbonation gives it a pleasant crispness at least.

O: I suppose there's a reason it was only $1.99.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.38/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one comes out a nice golden yellow color with good size white foamy head that lingers nicely and good sticky lacing.
The aroma is of grain,with some lite herbs and overtones of wet grass.
Tastes like stale grass with a little bite and mild herbs with metallic overtones and finish's off with some kinda fruity aftertaste.
Medium mouth with good sparkling carbs and leaves a dryness at the end.
Easy drinking,nothing really special,but goes down good just the same,another one of those beers that go down well on hot days.

Photo of evlu1441
3.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours a pale golden lager colour with a nice bubbly head that quickly settles down. Nothing drastic, but still alright.

The aroma is dominated by grassy hops and faint sweet maltiness.

The taste is mostly grassy hops with a hint of sweet grain. Bitterness is quite strong in the end, and not well balanced with the malty flavours that were developing. I finished with a kind of buttery flavour.

Overall, not a bad lager, but a bit watery for my tastes. It doesn't really nail all of its flavours and suffers as a result.

Photo of Kulrak
3.32/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw color with a fluffy white head (which took some effort) that falls away quickly leaving some lace. Smells mostly skunky with some hoppy notes. Flavor is a little sweet but balanced by just enough hops. Nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Pretty easy drinking beer, I'd get it again.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't I been to the bottom of this glass before? Nope, no recollection of ever tasting a Holsten premium lager up to this point.
But it seems so familiar.... That's because this is a very plain beer.
The nose is somewhat tinny, but that might be a result of the 500mL can I poured it out of. There is the faintest hint of a sweet grainy aroma upon further inspection, and the unimpressive head made a hasty disappearing act. The taste is light with the slightest touch of hops, the colour a light straw, but this happens to be a very smooth beer, and it goes down very well. I'd drink it again if I reached for it accidently, but would pay closer attention to what I was doing at the beer store after that.

Photo of 3Vandoo
2.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very very pale beer, quite pale I didnt know it was my urine test bled with water! A tiny shy head that dissapeared quicky. Smell fruity, nothing much, reminded me of macro. A tiny hoppish side nothing particular, nothing to brag about, no character, short and dry.

Photo of joecast
3.57/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

label states 5% abv and has a green outter ring vice red as the pic shows. best before 02/06

very pale yellow appearance. thin white head fades to a frothy ring above the beer. leaves some lacing on the glass.

good hoppy aroma. very fresh grass on the nose.

taste has an ok level of bitterness up front. sweet maltiness comes through in the middle. finishes quickly as it slides down the back of the throat.

pretty standard german pils, which isnt a bad thing. that bit of hop bitterness is what does it for me.

Photo of headlessparrot
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another generic Euro-lager picked up as part of an LCBO mix-and-match 8-pack. Short and to the point:

Poured from a 500ml can into my pint; an aggressive pour earned three fingers of gradually receding head, white and quite soapy in appearance. Light straw in colour, only marginally darker than a run-of-the-mill American macro. Head disappears after about two minutes, but has some rings and considerable lacing.

Smelled pils as soon as I cracked the can - hoppy, with a good underlying mixture of bready and sweet malt. Grassy, herbal, faint citrus. Grain. Faint alcohol? Could be worse, actually.

Taste is more of the same. Initial hops followed by a mixture of bread-y and sweet malt (more bread). Grassy/herbal. Grainy. Not bad, but way too astringent on the finish. Almost metallic. A little dry. Bitter. Earthy. Some weird twang on the throat after a few minutes. There's worse out there.

Mouthfeel is astringent and slightly overcarbonated, but decently bodied. A little too dry/astringent/bitter for high drinkability marks, but it's acceptable. Far too expensive to be a regular, but not as bad as it could have been.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a good beer for the masses. Nothing spectacular here, but certainly drinkable at a higher quality level than the Buds and Millers of this world. It comes out pale yellow, with a flat white head that disappears quickly, leaving little trace or lace. The smell is bland - perhaps a bit of malt there, but not much of anything. The hops are detectable in the finish, but only if you are really looking for them. Definitely an average brew by today's standards - it tasted so good fifteen years ago because we didn't yet know how much better beer could be.

Photo of Pegasus
3.47/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, with a small white head, lots of fine lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rather prominent noble hops, with lots of fine lacing, and slight slow-rising carbonation.

Taste: Prominent hops from start to finish. Beneath this there is a solid pale malt backbone, but the hops are dominant.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant, competently-made example.

Presentation: Packaged in a half-liter brown PET plastic bottle with a twist-off cap, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Thanks to Max for hand-carrying this back from Dresden.

Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/dough mixed with light floral hops and some corn. There is also a bit of a spiciness to the beer on the finish.

Overall – I can't believe how many of these plain/basic euro beers there are available in my area. They all taste so similar it's a wonder why we need such a variety of them. At least this one was slightly above average taste wise. I have no real reason to purchase it again however.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.8/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle

Appearance: Pale to medium golden yellow in color with a small white head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Clean, with a dry pilsner character and a little spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light in body, dry with light hop flavor. Carbonation is medium with a little tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: A refreshing, easy drinking German pilsner that is good on a hot day. Good representation of the style

First taste of Holsten was while on vacation in Greece years ago. It was very refreshing after a long day of sightseeing. I just spotted it in the states, so I decided to revisit Holsten. Not as refreshing as I remember, although I am not in Greece. Maybe the location has something to do with that??

Photo of mooseisloose
2.65/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells like a pilsner, light and zesty like a sweet tart. Pours to a deep golden color with a thin head that is there then gone. Taste is also very light and european-like with a light bitterness and twinge of light malt. Although the carbonation is spot on, the mouthfeel is slightly watery and a little lacking even for a pilsener. Good lawnmower beer but nothing to write home about.

Photo of Absumaster
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden, clear, beer with a creamy head that dies down after some minutes.

Smell is grainy and has a light hoppiness.

A light grainy pilsner, with a hint of lagermalt that has some husk and a muted lager yeastiness. A light hint of sulfur and some vanilla. Drinkability is OK, but this also comes from it's lightness. A good beer for pubbing, less for tasting.

Photo of Shiloh
3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer.....the colour is average at best, the taste is mild, weak, almost flat....well balanced with clean aroma.....What I find interesting here is the fact that the brew is really nothing special, yet the mouthfeel is exellent and I feel as though I could consume gallons of this beer and wish for more.

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Holsten Premium from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
69 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.