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

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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

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 07-29-2002)
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Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

05-25-2012 05:22:45 | More by joefinnigan15
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +13%

05-16-2012 04:08:32 | More by ThinkAgain
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2/5  rDev -39.8%

04-22-2012 03:55:36 | More by 500MLperWeek
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Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +50.6%

04-13-2012 13:50:15 | More by aceparadis
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-10-2012 02:14:24 | More by RedAleMan
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly decent bock from a generally poor brewery. Poured a two finger head upon an amber body with some patchy lacing. Quickly melted a thin collar of foam.

Smell is earthy hops, sweet molasses, licorice.

Taste follows the nose with some carmelized sugar coming through and dark fruit.

Light to medium bodied with some carbonation there is little in the way of bitterness. Very easy drinking and the alcohol was well masked.

Again, not a bad brew from Holsten and worth a try.

Serving type: can

02-21-2012 00:35:35 | More by Stocean1
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

02-10-2012 19:38:22 | More by oldp0rt
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

01-19-2012 05:43:10 | More by schopenhauerale
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

01-17-2012 15:42:28 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark golden colour with tons of carbonation. Bright. One finger of light beige head on top that looks like it has staying power. No lace with a half finger of retention.

S - Dark malts, sugar, toffee, bread.

T - Caramel, sugar, toffee, less bready. Sugar is pretty strong with some odd earthy tones. Perhaps some honey as well.

M - Nice carbonation, a medium to full body, and a slightly rough finish.

O/D - A touch sweet and unstructured with some off bits, but alot better than expected. Some nice complexity hanging around with some rich malt character. Not bad.

Serving type: can

12-27-2011 23:23:24 | More by tbeckett
Photo of bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-01-2011 06:08:05 | More by bigox420
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Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.5%

11-20-2011 00:53:38 | More by marty21
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The sound of ompah bands are in the air around KW, so Oktoberfestering is just around the corner - figured a bock was in order. Used to drink a lot of this, but I haven't in a while. So now I will.

Poured into a dimpled mug for added classiness, enjoyed on a warm fall afternoon. A dark ruby chestnut brew, thin white head subsides quickly into a fine ring. Some lacing.

Nose is caramel, toffee, dark fruit (figs), a bit of rye bread. Quite nice.

At first the Festbock is quite nice and hearty, a good kick in the ass courtesy of autumn, but after a few sips, it starts to get a bit cloying and the mouthfeel becomes a bit oily and less pleasant. Still, you could do worse bock-wise, and considering the dearth of bocks in regular rotation in Ontario, this one works for when you need one in a pinch. Sweet, a bit of nuttiness, that bit of rye and booze.

It's okay, better than the Maibock, but certainly not among the best bocks I've encountered. But if getting sloshed Oktoberfest-style is your aim, you could do worse!

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 21:37:09 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Tford

Rhode Island

2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice, dark golden-brown colour with a two finger pale yellow head; it is a very good looking beer.

S: This is only a 7% ABV beer but it smells like it is 17%. This may be because there are no other scents to go along with it.

T: You can taste fruit and hops with a little spice; however, it seems a little watered down. Unlike the smell of it, the alcohol isn’t too noticeable

M: It has a medium body with a bit of carbonation, a pretty good mouthfeel.

O: Festbock has the potential to be a really excellent beer, but it isn’t. Although it looks pretty and has a nice mouthfeel, it lacks in the smell/taste categories, which are the ones that count.

UPDATE: Dammmnnn. Be sure to drink this beer cold! My last two mouthfuls warmed up while I was writing the review, and now it tastes like STRONGLY fermented athlete's foot.

Serving type: can

06-13-2011 07:50:54 | More by Tford
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served at slightly warmer than fridge temperature, this bock pours a dark copper brown colour; mostly translucent. A finger of creamy beige head lasts a few minutes before reducing to a collar around the edge. Carbonation looks a little high but looks can be deceiving. Smell is mostly roasted caramel malts without much else.

Taste is cloyingly sweet with an odd hint of some flavour I can't quite put my finger on in the finish (coffee? licorice? burnt brown sugar?) in addition to a very faint bitterness from the hops in the aftertaste. The finish is weird, but it gives character to a brew that is otherwise dominated by sweet malt character, i.e. boring and kind of cloying. Feels a little heavy/chewy in the mouth, with low-to-moderate carbonation. The alcohol is hidden fairly well, at least until the beer starts to warm, at which point the ethanol and sweetness combine to give a rather unpleasant, sticky feel to the beer.

For a cheap bock or high ABV single can that's easy to find even in liquor-board-controlled areas of Canada, this isn't too bad, but I'd never specifically look for it. Doubt I'll get it again.

Serving type: can

05-17-2011 03:45:32 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - malts, dark fruits - not a whole lot of smell.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation but it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. As the first sip hits my tongue I can tell I'm in trouble. The beer has a very harsh taste to it. Right away I can taste the alcohol.. and tastes like a bottle of 5$ rum. I can also taste some malts and perhaps some dark fruits. (dates?) It finishes with a boozy/malty aftertaste.

Drink - The beer had some promise when I first poured it into my glass. The appearance is actually pretty good. But the taste is just dreadful.. it's almost undrinkable. Life is too short to spend time drinking beers like this one.

Serving type: can

03-24-2011 14:45:36 | More by spinrsx
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Holsten Festbock" stands as one of my favorites in the local liquor store. It has a nice dark color, an excellent creamy head and a very smooth taste. I am surprised at the low price of this brand. Overall it feels like a beer that you would be served in a nice pub to accompany your meal. I have chosen on almost every occasion to drink this brand.

Serving type: can

03-11-2011 20:25:02 | More by toomanyideas
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from the LCBO, had this on several occasions and getting around to reviewing this just now!

Pours a dark reddish-orange, with a finger of brown head that fizzles like cola to nothing. No head retained, no lace. Nose of dark bread, mild dark fruits, touch of roast, sweet malts. Taste follows, more dark bread again with the sweet malts. Light, dry and dark fruits float around as well, relatively indiscriminate. Some alcohol in the finish, but a fairly reasonable mouthfeel overall. Good drinkability for the alcohol content, and often a decent choice at the LCBO in lieu of some of the other subpar offerings always found there.

Serving type: can

02-27-2011 23:54:35 | More by liamt07
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear amber orange with a nice head that left good lacing. The nose of the beer was dominated by a malty sweetness. Upon tasting the beer though, that sweetness dominated the beer, being not an enjoyable malt backbone, but verging on cloying.
The hop character was there, but killed by the sweetness. The higher than average ABV was there, but not dominating either. Felt a little sticky on the palate and if this beer could have controlled the sweetness it would be one I would have reached for again.(03-13-10 Review).

EDIT: Consumed on 11/17/10, can poured into a beer mug. Bottom on can dated 05/2011 and found the sweet malt well balanced. As with everything, the time and place affect your perceptions :). OTOH I found the carbonation to be too low, affecting mouthfeel negatively.

Serving type: can

11-18-2010 03:19:36 | More by kjyost
Photo of A380

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark red brown with a decent head thats gone very quick and weak lacing. Good Carbonation and nice caramelized taste to it with some grains and a slightly roasted taste. This beer goes down very well for a strong beer and at only 7 percent ABV its drinkability is pretty good. aftertaste is pleasant and the overall experience is pretty good too :)

Serving type: can

11-12-2010 03:56:35 | More by A380
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour into a glass mug. Three finger bubbly off white headon a clear ruddy brown. Thin bubbly lacing. The head soon diminishes to a ring.

Sweet malt and spice smells. Some phenols. Taste is deep caramel toffee. Very big flavour. Licorice? Sweet and dark malts.

Medium body and carbonation. A little sweet for a big session, but better than the maibock in that regard. A 500ml can of 7% is not to be taken lightly. Another one of my fave winter brews though.

Serving type: can

10-31-2010 04:40:51 | More by scott451
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy can into snifter

A- Pours like thin maple syrup. Two finger white head that stays for a couple minutes. Lacing is decent.

S- Toasted malts, brown sugar, caramel.

T- Brown sugar, caramel, sour dough bread.

M- Smooth, just enough carbonation.

Overall great beer. Saw the thread on beer brats and decided to make my own. Half this can is in the pan as we speak.

Serving type: can

09-11-2010 21:31:54 | More by korguy123
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Getting ready for Oktoberfest in Munich, trying to mix in a German beer every time I do a review session.
A - an attractive deep amber, one thumb of white head didn't last or retain much
S - strong sweet roasty molasses malt, light grassy hops, and a definite hint of the 7% ABV
T - sweet thick molasses and roasty barley malt, pleasant grassy hop flavour, a little tinny, but a sweetness lingers almost like burbon
M - lower carbonation, somewhat chewy thickness, definite tangy sweetness that dry's out with the alcohol
D - at 7% ABV the alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant, the flavours are strong but the do balance somehow, a decent offering

Serving type: can

08-18-2010 03:35:15 | More by joemcgrath27
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Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass june20 2010

A clear deep amber with a few bubbles feeding a two finger light tan head that has average retention and leaves no lace

S a fair bit of burnt sugar and molasses with some sweet malt and candied fruit

T not far from the smell but with a little booze and some nut and a mild chemical aspect that brings it down just a bit

M a little thin and slightly sticky but nothing bad by any means

D decent for 7% no real problems with this brew, even a little better then expected

for cheap high test this is pretty good, I seem too remember not liking the Maibock as much as this but I'll have to go back and check my review

Serving type: can

06-21-2010 05:37:17 | More by wordemupg
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper red with a large and fast dissipating tan head. No lace. Weak caramel malt, bread, and raisin aroma. Sweet toffee flavour with a little bit of raisin and a mild bitterness to the finish. There's a slight antiseptic character as it warms that I find unpleasant. Almost medium bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy but slightly thin mouthfeel. Mediocre. Finished it, probably wont buy it again, definately wont recommend it.

Serving type: can

05-14-2010 02:04:13 | More by mintjellie
Holsten Festbock from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
77 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.