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

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124 Ratings

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG visit their website

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)
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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1/5  rDev -65.8%

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2/5  rDev -31.5%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
2.83/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

WoodBrew, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

ahugenerd, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

RoryOMoore, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Thehuntmaster, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
3/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

evlu1441, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

spinrsx, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of thehyperduck
3.16/5  rDev +8.2%

500 mL can picked up at the LCBO. Pours a bright golden yellow, topped with about 1.5 fingers of creamy, off-white head that lasts a few minutes before fading. A patchy cap and collar remain behind, with a bit of lacing on the sides. Pretty pedestrian-looking... and pedestrian-smelling, for that matter. Light, grainy malts and some faint grassy hops are the only aromas offered up by this pint.

Fortunately the taste is a bit more interesting. Grainy, pale malts provide most of the backbone, with some denser, bready malt flavours further into the sip. Decent finish that blends this crackery-bread malt flavour with a brush of noble hops invoking some dryness; it lingers on the palate briefly after swallowing. Crisp mouthfeel, with appropriate carbonation for the style and a light body. Surprisingly refreshing, and as drinkable as any other pilsener.

I have had a few beers (the fest- and maibock) from this brewery and they were pretty forgettable. This one falls into the same category - it's a generic German pilsener with no serious flaws (unless you consider a weak hop profile a serious flaw), and no particularly admirable qualities of note. Worth a try for the tick, but not something I'm likely to get again.

[Updated Feb. 21 2014]

I picked up another can, this time comparing it side-by-side with a few other German pilsners (Beck's, Warsteiner and Stiegl Pils). This is the cheapest of those four lagers by a significant margin, and despite the price point I'd have to say it's not half bad (and certainly no worse than Beck's). This can be recognized as a legitimate, actual pilsener, though it does have some of that 'apple juice concentrate' flavour I find in a lot of cheap lagers. Overall - you could do worse than Holsten Premium, especially at $2.15 a can, but there are still tastier German imports selling at similar prices.

Final Grade: 3.16, a C+.

thehyperduck, Sep 26, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

Evil_Pidde, Aug 19, 2011
Holsten Premium from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
69 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.