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Astra Rotlicht - Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 20.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: atis on 10-13-2008)
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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

moochmonster, Jan 19, 2014
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Photo of sfprint
3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name no doubt refers to Hamburgs red light district, the only sizable red light district I know of in Germany.

A: Slightly thin golden color, with a fluffy and uneven shaped head.

S: Yeasty malt, despite there not being any yeast. Hops are barely discernible in the background. Apricot.

T: A hair sweet, subtle yet full malts, and a mild yeast flavor. Pleasant.

M: A tad astringent, slightly grainy with a nice sharp sting.

D: Decent beer. Different and drinkable.

sfprint, Sep 17, 2010
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

Ebichuuu, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

chuckj76, Jan 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

safaricook, Apr 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Quej
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear gold colour, with some visible carbonation.
S - Slightly sweet, but not much smell to speak of.
T - Some light malt tastes, mostly coppery bitterness amidst blandness. Some slight fruit tastes can be found, but not much.
M - Very light bodied, very carbonated, soda-ish, but quite drying.
D - If I wanted to, I could have another. But I don't.

Quej, Jan 11, 2009
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1/5  rDev -65.2%

saintjulien, Apr 10, 2014
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2/5  rDev -30.3%

jnjander, Apr 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

Savaseri, May 28, 2014
Photo of soju6
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malt sweetness and grain with a hint of alcohol.

T: Mild sweetness with some biscuit. A good bitterness and clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp with a bit of the alcohol peeking through.

O: Decent beer for the price, Nothing fancy. I like the label which says " Brewed with love and alcohol". Seems to be appropriate for the Reeperbahn.

soju6, Aug 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

Brewdog1287, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of atis
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml in Hamburg

Deep golden colour, thin head which soon dissipates; lacing is quite small. Aroma is very weak - sweet and malty. Taste is sweetish, reminds of corn, with medium bitterness at the end. Mild bittery aftertaste. Although the beer is comparatively strong. no presence of alcohol could be felt.

Quite average beer whcih can be found all along Reeperbahn.

atis, Oct 13, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +22%

j_eastwood1, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of rootbeerman
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my cousin bringing me this back from Germany.

A: pours golden clear. Thin short lasting white head.
S: biscuity malt, light floral hop, a little grassy as well.
T: same biscuity malt, nice hop bitterness with grassy notes and lighter floral notes. Overall hop bitterness lingers around for a long time.
M: for style it seems thick, medium low carbonation.
O: probably a lot fresher from a plane ride to the states rather than dealing with importers and distributors.

rootbeerman, Jul 24, 2011
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2/5  rDev -30.3%

rredshift, Aug 12, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

clarknova, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +39.4%

Gregwa, Dec 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

DoubleJ, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served in a thumbler.

A: Pours a clear orange to copper color forming a small and big bubbled white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacings

S: Strong sweet grains. Bready Lager-like yeasts. Some grassy hops

T: Sweet pils grains in upfront. Very crispy. Notes of caramel malts an grassy hops. In overall, a slightly sweet upfront followed by a very crispy and maly taste. Light hops bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly sweet and bready aftertaste

O: Medium drinkability. An above average European strong Lager but not a big deal for a german beer

eduardolinhalis, Dec 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

stevoj, Apr 11, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear golden with a large tan compact but still light head. Slow dissipation leaves decent lacings.

S: Grassy, grainy sweet malt; bready. Some bitter hops in the back.

T: Rather unbalanced and thin compared to the smell; but with the same "flavours".

M: Sweet aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation the same.

O: A very average Dortmunder. Nothing to write home about.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Necronomad, Jun 18, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -9.4%

bird_soul, Aug 18, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl stubby, best by November 2011.

I love how the label says "Gebraut mit Liebe und mehr Alkohol" (brewed with love and more alcohol), a good slogan for a beer that is meant to symbolize the red-light (rotlicht) district of Hamburg.

Pours a very clear, very light amber with a decent white head. Lacing is average, retention is good.

The aroma leaves something to be desired, but it's not off-putting: clean, woody hops, some malt.

The flavor is fine, nothing wrong with it. This a very simple, no-frills "strong lager", with a small dose of sweet, doughy malt flavor. Finishes clean, with light bitterness. No alcohol sting, as some of these stronger German lagers tend to have. The mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and a light weight. Really drinkable for a cheap 6% ABV beer, actually.

Astra Rotlicht is a half-decent beer, just a tad boring in the end. I'd rather drink this than the standard Astra pils.

dasenebler, Feb 10, 2011
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Astra Rotlicht from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
72 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.