1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

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

Holsten PremiumHolsten Premium

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
69
poor

112 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

(view ratings)
Ratings: 112
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 19.59%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-11-2002)
View: Beers (23) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Holsten Premium Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 80 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of biboergosum
biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-20-2010 01:19:39 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

2.08/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-21-2008 04:05:06 | More by Jason
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-04-2008 19:46:36 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Viggo
Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-05-2007 01:05:33 | More by Viggo
Photo of wordemupg
wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into pint glass nov8 2009

A clear golden yellow with heavy carbonation and a decent two finger head that has decent retention but left no lace

S some bread mixed up with some floral hops and grass

T not far off the smell nothing great but nothing to be ashamed of either

M light but crisp with a nice mild bite to it

D no problems overall and worth trying I just wish it was a little warmer outside

better then our big name beers with no doubt and well worth it for the price.

Serving type: can

11-09-2009 07:02:20 | More by wordemupg
Photo of bark
bark

Sweden

2.03/5  rDev -30.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 21:03:33 | More by bark
Photo of drpimento
drpimento

Wisconsin

2.35/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-28-2009 21:15:06 | More by drpimento
Photo of spinrsx
spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-04-2011 14:16:49 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Suds
Suds

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this brew on-tap during a recent trip to Europe. It pours a pale, yellowish-gold color, with nice clarity but a disappointingly thin head. The aroma is a mix of grain and pleasant hops. A bit of malt comes forth in the taste, but all of the qualities are a bit restrained. Medium to light in body and pretty refreshing, this brew is more or less standard fare. Worth a try, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2007 17:40:46 | More by Suds
Photo of canucklehead
canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2004 04:28:10 | More by canucklehead
Photo of beerguy101
beerguy101

California

2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 01:07:18 | More by beerguy101
Photo of IronDjinn
IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-21-2003 20:17:37 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of ADR
ADR

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 15:01:49 | More by ADR
Photo of WoodBrew
WoodBrew

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-17-2011 14:32:16 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of rastaman
rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.17/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2002 18:33:33 | More by rastaman
Photo of Sunnanek
Sunnanek

Sweden

2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2011 14:29:16 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of UncleJimbo
UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500-mL can, purchased in Bamberg, Germany, at a pizza shop 07-26-2009. Holsten Pilsener Premium. 05.2010 stamped on bottom of the can.

This pilsner poured a clear, bright gold color with tall, white foam that settled and left some lacing on the glass. The smell was rather light: some light bready malt with very, very low hop aroma. The taste was very light bready malt with very low hop bitterness, though with some aromatic hop flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with light body and modest carbonation feel. The bready malt gave way to some hoppiness in the finish. This was an OK beer to finish the night with some pizza, but I won't go out of my way for another one.

Serving type: can

07-27-2009 10:34:14 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of TastyTaste
TastyTaste

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 02:12:59 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Pegasus
Pegasus

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 16:11:53 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Absumaster
Absumaster

Netherlands

3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 18:37:20 | More by Absumaster
Photo of HardTarget
HardTarget

Texas

3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sad, as this brewery seems to make several different Pils. This seemed the closest match to the 4.8% abv listed on the brown plastic bottle from Germany (hand carried back)

Aroma: A nice spicy Saaz hop aroma with a mild mineral note.

Appearance: Very clear golden glass with a strong collar and wisps of head.

Flavor: Firm, almost metallic hop note and some skunk. Very one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, firm fizzy carbonation.

Overall Impression: Just didn’t care for this one. A good pilsner, but a touch harsh; Just not my cup of tea.

Thanks to Pegasus for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 05:53:05 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Globetrotter
Globetrotter

Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2003 10:04:45 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of soju6
soju6

Missouri

3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is a golden yellow with a full head. Aroma had a tinge of hops. Taste was a bit bitter. It had a decent carbonation with a slightly bitter after taste. Beer is good for maybe 1-2.

Had this beer at a pub in Kiel, Germany. Typical North german beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 12:22:09 | More by soju6
Photo of allergictomacros
allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-18-2006 01:24:35 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of UnionMade
UnionMade

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale golden yellow, almost clear as it comes out of the bottle. A foamy, tight white head tops the liquid, with some sticky blobs of lace clinging to the glass.
The aroma is pretty clean, with a light pils malt character. Some spicy saaz, with a mild herbal german noble hops presence. A touch of skunkiness, but not too bad. Slight graininess.
The flavor starts with a light, airy pils malt. Lots of tingly carbonation as you hold it in your mouth. Very light body. A touch of grain with the malting. Fairly smooth. Clean flavor, with soft noble hopping coming through in the middle, and a light spicy saaz flavor in the finish. No apparent lightstruck flavor, thankfully. Some corny graininess in the aftertaste, with a lightly oxodized cardboardiness.
Not a bad german pilsner. Nothing special, for german standards, but definitely worth a shot. The flavors are clean and delicate. Decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 17:16:58 | More by UnionMade
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Holsten Premium from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
69 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.