Holsten Maibock - Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
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Reviews by entheogen:
3.15/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I am reviewing a 500mL can of Holsten Maibock in a pilsener glass: best-before date is December 2006.
A: The beer looks to be a deeper yellow color, kind of like a light bronze. There was initially about 2 fingers worth of head, but it had dwindled down to a 2mm covering within about 3 minutes, leaving a very small amount of lacing that was very linear. It is pretty.
S: The smell is mostly citrusy and a very tiny bit smoky. Something about the smell turns me off: there's something a little fetid there... it's horrible to say this, but the off smell reminds me of Alberta Genuine Draft (which brings to mind beer-induced vomiting). It isn't horrible, just the presence of an unexpected (and not too enjoyable) element.
T: The initial taste I get is metallic, probably to do with how long it's been sitting around in the can. This is followed by sweetness, then a little zing from the hops. Carbonation is pretty low, alcohol is not really that obviated. It is there, but it is a background hum. This stuff is pretty good.
M: Kind of beefy, my first expectations were for this to be light, but this stuff hangs around in the mouth for a little while. Kinda creamy at the very very end.
D: This stuff is as smooth as the festbock (the only other Holsten product I can get). This isn't overly intrusive, and is very cool for a higher alcohol beer that is relatively inexpensive as well.
I could see myself drinking this in the future, if only to supplement the festbock. Although the smell is not very nice, you get used to it after a couple sips.
Serving type: can
09-13-2006 02:53:36 | More by entheogen
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3.33/5 rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Short-lived, diminutive head that settles to rim bubbles. Absolutely no lace whatsoever. The color is dirty gold. Clear.
Smells earthy and sour. No deep malt aromas that I have come to expect from this style of beer.
Starts off neutral, mostly pale malt. There's a creaminess to the flavor. The swallow sours a bit and the aftertaste is brief. I note a brief spice of hop just after the swallow. The body is proper; the carbonation tilts toward the higher side.
Serving type: can
08-23-2012 23:10:54 | More by smcolw
3.08/5 rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Now, I have had this on many occasions but every time I have consumed this right out of the can and usually on the subway on the way somewhere. I bought this with the same intentions but the subway was full so instead I will review this.
Pale blonde/orange colour, one finger of white head with some retention and no lace to speak of. Smell is malty and bready, sweet candy like notes, some fruits come across as well, light hint of corn and some alcohol. Taste is malty and fairly sweet, some green apple flavours as well, light alcohol heat, some grassy notes come off as well, lightly bitter, malty-sweet finish. Light carb, med-full body, decent weight. This is a fairly average beer and in all respects isn't very good however, there is something I really enjoy about this beer and I will still buy this as my staple "one for the road" beer.
Serving type: can
01-31-2012 18:31:58 | More by peensteen
Holsten Maibock from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
67 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.