Holsten Premium - Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
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2.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
04-30-2004 15:01:49 | More by ADR
1.73/5 rDev -40.3%
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..
04-10-2004 21:27:53 | More by TinusTime
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.03/5 rDev +4.5%
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
03-14-2004 12:59:15 | More by cypressbob
2.95/5 rDev +1.7%
You can't fault a Pilsner for looking like a Pilsner, can you?
It pours a Pale golden color with a fading snow-white head and some trailing lace.
It smells immediately of a lightly sulfuric Euro-hop. A light bready malt aroma lingers in the background.
The lightly roasted barley malt has a taste of Saltine Crackers without the salt.
The light lemony hops have a slight metallic bite. It's a smooth and balanced beer with a very clean finish.
I used to find this beer occasionally in my youth (many moons ago) and I was happy when I stumbled upon it. It's not like the beer has changed from what I remembered, it's just that there are so many better beers around this one doesn't stand out any more.
03-05-2004 23:13:22 | More by BeerResearcher
2.65/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
02-10-2004 05:45:31 | More by TerryW
3.05/5 rDev +5.2%
thers plenty of better german beers out there than holsten, and honestly, the only reason i ever consider this brew is if its on special and they giving away a bottle opener or glass with it.
yellow color with the standard white lager head. plenty of appealing bubble action going on also. hoppy nose that was a little skunky and herbal. taste was of straw, some malt and hint of cooked veggies. had some sweetish tones too. did have a lingering bitterness that was kinda dry, and quite hoppy. crisp right at the end which i did like.
not worth it overall but there are times when ill turn to holsten and it will do the job. plenty of others better and preferable.
11-25-2003 12:28:27 | More by diablo14
2.73/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
11-24-2003 22:04:11 | More by allboutbierge
3.45/5 rDev +19%
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.
10-11-2003 17:16:58 | More by UnionMade
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.03/5 rDev +4.5%
A light taste after an unimpressive entrance (out of the can and into the glass). Not much head - it didn't hang around too long. It is very light and non-descriptive. It is smooth and it goes down easily, but then, it hasn't got that much to it that might be offensive. Its balanced between malt and hop with a slight sweet taste. Nothing to get upset about or excited either. Its just a beer with a plain look, smell, and feel. Its a bit of a disappointment.
09-25-2003 22:11:37 | More by PiratePete
2.58/5 rDev -11%
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.
08-23-2003 01:07:18 | More by beerguy101
1.73/5 rDev -40.3%
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?
07-06-2003 14:08:59 | More by Andreji
2.8/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
05-26-2003 10:04:45 | More by Globetrotter
2.58/5 rDev -11%
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.
05-21-2003 20:17:37 | More by IronDjinn
3.48/5 rDev +20%
Good german pilsner. I had this a pub in London and it turned out to be a better alternative to what they had on tap. It had a nice deep golden color and generated a nice looking head in the bottle. The aroma is very distinct with hops. Great bitterness and just enough malt which tasted fairly rich for the quantity. It was a very good brew and make seek it out to drink again, if i can find it.
03-23-2003 12:19:20 | More by tang214
3.55/5 rDev +22.4%
--In all aspects this beer was average. It poured an average color, with small amount of head. It smelled nothing spectacular.
--The surprise came in the taste. It has a very smooth taste that left me wanting more. Again, it was nothing extraordinary, but it was a nice tasting beer that I would drink again, and again, and...
03-11-2003 09:04:58 | More by canadianbarman
3.9/5 rDev +34.5%
A very pale golden colour with a thin light head. The smell is a little faint but what a pilsner should smell like.
I like this beer a lot, a very good pilsner. A little bitter without much aftertaste. It goes down very well, almost too smooth - you can barely catch the taste of this beer.
These characteristics make it a great session beer.
01-28-2003 19:10:32 | More by SaunaKing
3.33/5 rDev +14.8%
Quite impressive pilsener. I had this beer for the first time at a steak house while enjoying my steak. It's actually very pleasant to drink and goes down easily. Pours a nice golden colour topped by a poor white head that settles down very easily. Standard pilsener flavour and smell. Average carbonation and also worth mentioning that it leaves no lace on the glass as you drink it.
12-22-2002 10:19:40 | More by ipogios
3.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
11-10-2002 19:16:01 | More by Shiloh
2.83/5 rDev -2.4%
OK but not extraordinary German lager... I wouldn't qualify it as a pilsener.
Light in colour, light in taste, but otherwise refreshing. Noticeably short on bouquet, but tastes better than it smells.
Holsten has a reputation for under-achieving, and this beer bears that out: a lot of marketing, a nice pure beer, but not worth taking home to meet mama.
08-17-2002 15:07:57 | More by bmacaskill
3.6/5 rDev +24.1%
A pretty good German brew. Not as high on the food chan as say Weihenstephaner, but not bas nevertheless. Very crisp and clean with a good aroma and a very good finish. Worth a try if you are just getting started in German biers. Prost!
07-07-2002 06:04:21 | More by goindownsouth
Holsten Premium from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
69 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.