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

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 139
Avg: 2.94
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-11-2002

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Photo of MeisterBurger
1.16/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

These are very dark times for me indeed, as I find myself quickly running out of beers at the LCBO (the government monopoly that sells beer in Ontario) to try. And so it is that I find myself picking over the canned eurolager section. God help me.

Pours a pale urine color with a white head that dies down leaving the whole thing completely lackluster.

The aroma is grainy, corn, light noble hops.

The taste is weak and watery, grainy, corny, and downright soapy. Metallic bitterness lingers in the finish.

Very thin, light mouthfeel -- could do with a tad more carbonation.

This is so not a good beer. It's amazing how many beers tack the word "premium" on to the name when what they really mean is fucking horrible.

Incidentally, the can has the following url printed on it: www.holsten.ca Which doesn't exist. Near as I can google, it never did.

Yeah. I'm done here.

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Photo of Andreji
1.74/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A terrible beer, common to those german "export" beers. Pours a very, very intense golden tone with a lot of carbonation, looking quite like a soda. The smell, very metallic and citrusy is absolutely unappealing and rather disturbingly close to something like heineken (or worse). The taste, perfectly terrible, is very bitter and metallic, again, like licking some iron rod or something. This also gives a repelling mouthfeel and thus lowers the drinkability, because who'd ever want it?

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Photo of TinusTime
1.75/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had a sample of this at the distributors that carries it.. Pours a golden colour with a stark white head.. Smell is a little of hops, but more medicinal and chemical than anything. Taste is just blah.. Nothing special, a bit of sweet malt and hops and more medicinal flavour.. Mouthfeel. Highly carbonated and prickly on the tongue. The worst thing is the after taste.. I could taste this beer for 10 minutes after words and it was not pleasent.. It took almost an entire SNPA to get rid of the taste .. I am not even sure if the beer is still brewed in Germany. I think I heard that it might be brewed in England. Overall this is the worst German bier I have had. Becks seems like nectar compared to this..

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.92/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml can
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on January 4, 2007 after purchasing from the LCBO. The beer poured a translucent metallic gold colour with a generous white head. The aroma was slightly metallic as well, with a little malt character. The mouthfeel was watery with some carbonation. The taste was very grassy. Too grassy for my liking.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, reminiscent of American Macros. Head is small, fades quickly to almost nothing.

Smell: Stale grassy malt, old yeast. Below average.

Taste: Watered down euro lager, with adjunct and off flavors abounding. Not good at all.

Mouthfeel.: OK< but leaves a metallic flavored coating in your mouth on the way down.

Drinkability: Pass on this, there are many other domestic beers that are cheaper and better than htis mess.

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Photo of bark
2.03/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is pale straw yellow; the large airy head sinks quickly down to a white lid with some lacing.

The smell is quite… unexciting: Some sour malt and chemical bitterness with a touch of chalk and wet cardboard. Below the average pale euro lager.

The taste is sweeter than expected with a malty, unusual note of milk chocolate, earth and metal. The aftertaste got some anonymous artificial bitterness and mineral notes.

The carbonation is quite low with small bubbles. It would have been fine for an ale but not for a lager.

On the whole an dull and unbalanced experience, I wonder what’s so “Premium” about it? And why am I wasting my time drinking this crap?

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Photo of Jason
2.09/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.22/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

CAN you dig it? I am on a CAN mission. Scope them reviews, should ye doubt.

I got a nice, rocky, finger's worth of bone-white head off of my pour. The color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was sharp with alcohol. 5.0% and it was that sharp?!? Wow! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, but I got a really unusual taste on the tongue, like must, or some other flavor denoting age. The bottom of the CAN seemed to indicate freshness until January 2009. Oof. Finish was slightly sweet, but with a flavor that I simply cannot quantify. Not good.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
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.


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.


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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of Barraclou
2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 330ml (11,2 fl.oz.) green bottle. 5.0%ABV Ingredients (label): water, malt, hops

Appearance: Very pale, almost clear. Some rural towns got more color with their sulfuric drinking water issue.

Smell: Awful. It is skunky.

Taste: Skunky pilsner and some bitterness. My note (2.5) is because I want to be somewhat positive on this one.

Mouthfeel: Sparking bubbles with creamy smoothness.

Drinkability: Next time, I will skip my turn on this one. I admit that I am not a big fan of pilsner, but this one is just too skunky and tasting not too good.

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Photo of drpimento
2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

And to think I really used to like this beer... Got this can at the nearby Supermercado Carrefour here in Recoleta, Buenos Aires a few days ago. Pourd a white head, no lace. Pale gold color. Light pils aroma with a hint of hops. Flavor's about the same. Bitterness stands out. But the body's fairly thin. At least it's an all malt beer. Finish is ok, but forgettable. Just not a lot here.

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Photo of berley31
2.46/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured with a small, white head that very quickly dissipated to a thin film floating on top of the beer. Body is bright yellow and completely clear.

S: Meh. Cooked corn and some skunkiness. Gross.

T: Not much better. I'm getting the cooked corn again... and not much else.

M: Light-bodied with a thin texture, and average carbonation.

D: Oh, I wasted a beer choice on this? Why did I listen to my brother on this one? An insult to German beers, really.

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Photo of aletale
2.48/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500 mL can into a lager pint glass...

I was hesitant to try any other Holsten products after being quite unimpressed with their Festbock, but many months later I decided to give something else of theirs a go. I figured their pils would be a safer bet. Was I safe? Yes and no.

Pours a golden straw colour, with a small white foamy head which dissipates to a small ring quickly. Little to no lacing. Medium carbonation.

Nose is typical pils notes. The usual floral hops are present, but not as present as I would've expected. Grainy, earthy malts are also noted.

The taste is..intriguing. While the floral hop flavour you'd expect from this style are present, it takes a back seat to soft, bready malts on the front with a nice yeasty/carbonation finish. Medium mouthfeel.

I've never quite had a German pils like this one. Not great, not terrible.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.56/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, small white head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. Light and refreshing. Crisp taste. Slightly malty. Slightly hoppy. Slight off taste? a little vegitative and stinky. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
2.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pretty unremarkable stuff. The big deal proclaimed on the label was the new plastic bottle.

So, pours up clear yellow with a small short-lived head. Nose is full of hops. Not much by way of flavour, slightly bitter hop finish.

A simple unremarkable average beer. Yawn.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 1L bottle into a glass. The beer is a pure golden color with a slightly off white 2 finger head that dissipates in about half a minute.

Smell: Some bread hidden deep in there, but otherwise not too much there.

Taste: Light malty flavor without much bitterness or hop character at all. Somewhat watery. There's a light honey sweetness in there as well.

Meh - not too impressed with this one. Not good, not bad... just another average beer. There are better average beers out there for lower prices than I paid for this one.

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Photo of Viggo
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow/slightly golden, thin white head forms and disappears, leaves some big bubbles and a little lace spotting. Smell is sweet, malty, some iron, floral and citrus, alcohol, corn. Taste is the same, almost a slight malty roastiness, lots of corn, citrus, floral, iron, some alcohol, pretty average. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Kind of smooth, and the weird flavours give it an edge.

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Photo of Conrad
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not a complicated beer.
A: Pale, very clear light gold colour. No head to speak of, just a white film on top of the brew.
S: Had to hunt for aromas. Light hops, maybe some grass. But I am trying to train my nose to pick up on subtleties, and I guess it's not there yet.
T: Gentle hops taste, faint bitters. Maybe a bit salty. Not offensive, but I have had better.
M: Medium to light body. Low carbonation that started out good, but faded toward the bottom of the glass. A bit slick.
D: All being said, it is a good drink, but not a spectacular one. There is nothing here to make it exceptional or to challenge the senses. Have one, then move on to something else.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.69/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pour is clear golden with some small bubbles. The tall white head is a bit soapy and quickly sinks into only little lace.

S: Grainy semi-sweet malt and some bitter hops in the back. Kind of buttery and skunky.

T: Sweet malt, a bit grainy and bready. The bitter hops are a bit too anonymous. Again the skunky buttery tone is present.

M: Lovely long bitter aftertaste. Body is smooth and medium, while the carbonation is mild.

O: Not the best German Pilsener I've had this summer, but quite drinkable anyway.

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Photo of allboutbierge
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed at all.

Holsten pours a fizzy light gold color reminscent of American macro swill. Though the color is similiar the head isnt. It pours a fairly nice white and fluffy head but its short lived and leaves on the slightest amount of lace on the glass. Aroma is slightly herby and bitter, too weak to really discern much. Flavor is fairly sour and the first thing that comes to mind is grapefruits. Some herby flavor is in there but compared to other quality german pils like Jever, this brew is an amateaur. Not bad and undrinkable, but theres alot better out there.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is completely unspecial. It is a very average Euro-lager
that underachieves in all areas. You can finish the can but it escapes my memory what this beer really is all about two minutes after the last drop. Avoid but accept if offered for free.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear gold. Decent sized head without much retention but good lacing.

S - A touch of skunk. Crisp hops. Slight tart aroma.

T - Sweet malt up front, followed by strong hop presence and residual graininess. And raw bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation hits a bit hard at the start, but mellows out. Otherwise, it has a bit of a slick feeling.

D - A little rough around the edges I'd say. I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as some other Holsten offerings.

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Holsten Premium from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
70 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.