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

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BA SCORE
68
poor

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
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)
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Photo of aletale
2.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

aletale, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit more than an average score for a beer which is a bit better than average.

Bought this beer five months ago in Germany at a supermarket. I like tro try the German beers. This beer is form the north of Germany and to start with this i can say it is not a bad beer. The biggest problem however for me is to describe the beer. Like all German pilseners it's a beer like many other in it's field.

Good and nice white head and little to no carbonation. A bit dry taste.

Brabander, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of A380
3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow, with little head. Smells Decent, Honestly I cant really pick any smells out.. and i tasted aluminum. Its not terrible and its definitely not as good as the Holsten Pilsener in Germany but you know what its definitely not the worst out there. Im not sure how i feel about the carbonation.. it doesnt seem like its too overpowering but im burping like crazy.. I find it tastes slightly spicy and a little bitter. lots of herbs and kinda earthy. the aftertaste is not bad at all except for the aluminum - btw this was poured into a glass... Overall its an ok beer, pretty cheap compared to other imports and its not the worst so why not give it a go? Maybe pair it up with some cheese on toast? Cheese and toast with lots of butter.. you cant go wrong!
Cheers

A380, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of seand
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw amber with a small amount of foamy white head. Not too much retains, leaving little lacing.

S: Lightly grainy and sweet with a touch of skunkiness.

T: Very light; minor grainy sweetness, finishing just a touch on the dry side.

M: Medium carbonation, light body.

D: Light body, little flavor, so it's pretty easy to drink, though a little less clear why you'd want to.

seand, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of scott451
3.33/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml can into a glass mug. Best before 11, 2010. Straw coloured with moderate carbonation. Two finger head does not stick around long. Minor to no lacing. Metallic and soap in the smell and taste. Light refreshing mouthfeel. Drinkable. This is my regular beer. Not perfect but no major flaws. A good standby.

scott451, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
2.63/5  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.

mooseisloose, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

soju6, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of MeisterBurger
1.15/5  rDev -60.6%
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.

MeisterBurger, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev +26%
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.

wordemupg, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of berley31
2.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

berley31, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head forms fast and high, and some of it sticks around for several minutes. A fairly average golden/amber beer.

The smell doesn't turn me off, but there's nothing much to note about it either.

The taste isn't too bad. It's fairly light (but mellow/smooth) and crisp. Kind of a "draft beer" aftertaste. It's not my favourite in this genre/area, but it's def. not the worst either.

It feels just fine. Nothing makes me go "wow". Different mouthfuls waver around too little or just enough carbonation.

It's more drinkable than I thought it would be after the first sip or two. I don't see me going back to it, but I wouldn't have anything against having a few of these in a row.

PEIBeerGuy, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of decimator
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear golden yellow color with a white foamy head that lasted a few minutes.

S - Malts and hops but both are on the lighter side.

T - Some hop bitterness but overall a pretty average Lager taste.

M - Average carbonation and crisp feel.

D - It's drinkable. It's good enough to enjoy regularly but it's still pretty average.

decimator, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

mintjellie, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

UncleJimbo, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of atis
3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can from Riga

Pours pale golden with some head and quite good retention, patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish malt with grassy background.

Taste is bittery lemon, bitterish and short aftertaste. The taste seems to be a bit watery. Mouthfeel is medium with slightly less than average carbonation.

Overall, quite ok lager, nothing special, but drinkable, might be a good session beer.

atis, May 23, 2009
Photo of drpimento
2.35/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

drpimento, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.03/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance - pale yellow in appearance, thin lace around the edge with virtually no head. Substantial carbonation.

Smell - very fresh, floral aroma, a little bread scent as well. Notable fresh grasses and a decent hint of orange.

Taste - lively sweetness from the beginning, and then good hop bitterness following. Typical maltiness supported by subtle herb flavourings.

Mouthfeel - it is quite peppery with the heavier carbonation. The decent bitters merge okay with the bubbles.

Drinkability - this impresses me as a brew I would have again. One of the better German pilsners I've had so far.

DoctorStrangiato, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Absumaster
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Absumaster, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of BucBasil
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

BucBasil, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of steeler
3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this gem up at the lcbo. This was a gem for the price...onto the review

Appearance - Nice golden yellow hue, really nice.

Smell - That skunky euro lager smell, not good.

Taste - Nice and smooth, with moderate hop bitterness, crisp finish. Well rounded.

Mouthfeel - Nice and full, very satisfying.

Drinkability - This is VERY high, for the price and the taste this is definitely a great session beer.

Overall, this is a great beer for ht 1.85$ per can price tag, another solid cheap beer. Highly recommended!

steeler, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of headlessparrot
3/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

headlessparrot, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
2.2/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Jason
2.08/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Jason, May 21, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
1.93/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
Holsten Premium from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
68 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.