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

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Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by atis on 10-13-2008

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Grassy, Herbal, Bold

Full flavored and quite bold, this lager really takes hold of the tastes buds for a while. Spicy and herbal hop character wins us over. Another great example of lagers deserving the same respect as any other beer out there. Well within its style, though we hoped it would be a little bit cleaner.

STYLE: Dortmunder Lager | ABV: 6.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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2.77/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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2.69/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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1/5  rDev -68.8%

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3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2/5  rDev -37.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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3.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Little stubby bottle poured into a Tree House tumbler. (Thanks, Rob.)

a: Dark golden body. Slightly hazy. 2 fingers of a soapy, sudsy off white head.

s: Sweet malts and a yeast like fruit and spice scent.

t: Crisp malts with slight caramel and fruit sweetness. Grassy and floral hops. Slight spiciness.

mf: Medium light body. Medium high carbonation. Nice hop bit. Dry finish.

o: Not as bad as all that. I have had several beers brought over from Germany over the last few months and I am starting to think what they drink and what they ship are two different beers. The beer I had for this review was much better than Astra Rotlicht I have had before. Perhaps it doesn't sit on the shelf as long over there.

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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2/5  rDev -37.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

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4/5  rDev +25%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a thick, fluffy two finger head, which stays thick on top of the beer due to the active carbonation. Dark golden color, with light bitter, hay/bread flavor. Higher alcohol content not evident in finish or taste. Not too bad...

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