1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Holsten FestbockHolsten Festbock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

106 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 106
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 07-29-2002)
View: Beers (24) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by 49degrees:
Photo of 49degrees
49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holsten's Festbock is an exceptionally enjoyable, easy drinking beer that dishes up enough kick taste wise, aroma wise, style wise, and alcohol wise to really be considered a nice general drinking beer. But its high alcohol content (7%) does seep through in the taste which was a bit of a downer. However, if you're drinking a few brews a day, its tough to justify paying $5-10 a bottle for the great stuff, but Holsten's Festbock (obtainable locally for a mere $2.10CDN (that's $1.37USD) for a traditional 500ml can, this is not only enjoyable, its incredibly affordable.

Packaged similarly to that of their Maibock and Premium (Lager), I've made the mistake on more than one occasion of picking up the Maibock (which is considerably lighter) when I really wanted the Festbock. Nonetheless, both are enjoyable, but the Festbock is clearly the frontrunner in their lineup.

Pours surprisingly clean and crisp for a bock styled beer, with condersiderable thick frothy white head which disapates to a rather flat shallow surface murkiness., Thankfully, this one still delivers excellent (longterm) glass lacing. Exceptionally dark, hints of amber can be seen when raising your glass to a bright light.

Taste wise, Festbock presents a very nice blend of caramel, chocolate and coffee tones, with a nice blend of malts and hops to make this more than just a little enjoyable. As mentioned earlier, there is a slight hint of the alcohol coming through, but the above characterists help to gloss over that minor drawback.

I'm a fan of the bock concept with the Doppelbocks (Aventinus and Celebrator) clearly leading the ways in my book, but with the price of those at 2-4 times higher, Holsten's is a nice alternative when you've already got the important money wrapped up in the "premium" brews.

Serving type: can

01-19-2003 19:25:49 | More by 49degrees
More User Reviews:
Photo of Socialiste
Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.5%

05-31-2014 08:19:30 | More by Socialiste
Photo of DreamDeath
DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-18-2014 06:08:06 | More by DreamDeath
Photo of Exeter
Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.5%

04-13-2014 06:01:51 | More by Exeter
Photo of Tivlavrie
Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

03-22-2014 01:49:02 | More by Tivlavrie
Photo of WillAndSarah
WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-09-2014 03:21:18 | More by WillAndSarah
Photo of cam477
cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-08-2014 20:56:06 | More by cam477
Photo of curewhatalesu
curewhatalesu

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

01-16-2014 00:03:18 | More by curewhatalesu
Photo of DamageCase76
DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-11-2014 05:10:47 | More by DamageCase76
Photo of AndrewC
AndrewC

Newfoundland (Canada)

2/5  rDev -39.8%

12-13-2013 00:27:54 | More by AndrewC
Photo of Erik-P
Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-21-2013 08:30:02 | More by Erik-P
Photo of beerluvr
beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fluffy sticky eggshell coloured head, nice trailing on the glass as it recedes, gorgeous deep amber/light reddish color, gentle carbonation, clear as a bell. Sweet malty nose, lots of breadiness and a light whiff of caramel with a subtle hop flower backing. Bittersweet with great balance of the two. Perfectly balanced with the hops, neither dominates..makes for a smooth easy drinking Lager. Finishes long and strong, this is a great example of the style and worth looking for.

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 02:14:12 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Botulizard
Botulizard

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +13%

09-17-2013 23:58:42 | More by Botulizard
Photo of harpus
harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-16-2013 20:42:44 | More by harpus
Photo of FadetoBock
FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-18-2013 16:30:55 | More by FadetoBock
Photo of mattsander
mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-29-2013 00:16:14 | More by mattsander
Photo of KStark
KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-24-2013 21:41:49 | More by KStark
Photo of patre_tim
patre_tim

China

3.75/5  rDev +13%

03-31-2013 03:09:58 | More by patre_tim
Photo of JokineAugustus
JokineAugustus

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

03-15-2013 00:49:19 | More by JokineAugustus
Photo of Vandelayindustri
Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

03-12-2013 22:12:50 | More by Vandelayindustri
Photo of LampertLand
LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13%

02-18-2013 01:33:42 | More by LampertLand
Photo of Scrylol
Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a one finger creamy head.

Slight grassy hops and caramel malt on the nose, some slight sweetness to it.

Big caramel malts and grain notes come forward on the tongue, slight hop bitterness throughout the mouth. Some hints of earthy notes. Leaves a dry, bitter aftertaste.

Bit too much carbonation, but the body felt right; medium body.

First time I've tried a beer from Holsten. Not much going on in this beer, but it wasn't too bad.

Serving type: can

11-30-2012 06:24:03 | More by Scrylol
Photo of cfalovo97
cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-13-2012 01:48:31 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of CurtisD
CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

10-31-2012 21:37:28 | More by CurtisD
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

10-05-2012 00:54:02 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Holsten Festbock from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
77 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.