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

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 11-30-2002)
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Photo of proc


4.1/5  rDev +44.9%

Pours out to a bright, golden, lager-like color in the glass with a slight head. Aroma is that or caramel and bread dough. The taste is excellent and in my opinion, very underrated here. There is a malt sweetness that isn't cloying, yet balanced on the swallow. I would drink this again without hesitation. A bit high ABV for a session beer, but I think I could handle the session... ;-)

03-22-2005 02:26:22 | More by proc
Photo of bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +41.3%

12-01-2011 06:08:23 | More by bigox420
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +41.3%

A - clear dark gold. big chunky clingy head. little rising bubbles. Head retention could be a touch better.

S - Strong metallic smell. Some sweetness, grain and fruit as well, but the metallic-ness is overwhelming.

T - Fruity and slightly earthy. Sweet, but not cloying. Hops finally show up near the end, herbal and lightly bitter.

M - Medium-bodied and slightly creamy. Much more substantial than I would expect from a lighter beer.

D - A bit strong for a session beer, but quite tasty IMO. Starts off like a tripel but finishes like a vienna lager? or a pils maybe. I like it.

02-11-2006 03:02:41 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Subliminal64

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

02-18-2014 14:24:38 | More by Subliminal64
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

01-08-2014 02:35:59 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of Tackledorange

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +28.3%

it poured a clear golden colour with a 2 finger head that left some pretty decent lacing. It smells fairly sweet with a little floral hop smell and some grassy tones. It tastes very similar to what the smell is like more malt forward with a little tangy taste of hops at the end fairly light in flavour and body but for 7% abv it is pretty easy drinking but as it warmed up to room temperature the alcohol became very pronounced but not to overbearing.

02-27-2011 01:16:43 | More by Tackledorange
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +26.5%

A - An nice orange colour and very clear. Lots of visible carbonation and lots of thick white fluffy head which disappears quickly.

S - Has shints of fruitiness, but mostly tin and metal smells (possibly from can). Smells slightly hoppy and a bit bitter.

T - Lots of sweet citrus and thick biscuity malt sweetness up front follwed by bitter dry hoppiness. Long lasting sweetness in the aftertaste despite quick finish and its refreshin hop bite. The coppery metallic twinge suits the colour of the beer quite nicely. A rather bitter beer, with good leafy hops.

M - Slightly drying , mostly thick and heavy-ish. Very refreshing, clean finishing beer.

D - Great drinkablility, and very refreshing. Not too strong or powerful to be hindering on the drinkability.

05-25-2007 23:14:16 | More by Quej
Photo of woodychandler


3.58/5  rDev +26.5%

Woody's doing the CAN-CAN yet again. CAN you believe it?

Cue Fred Sanford on vacation in HI (sort of): "I'll have a Maibock. That's my bock. Dummy over there CAN have his own bock. I want what's mine. He CAN have his own if he CAN handle it. Big dummy."

CAN you get excited over a beer? I love watching the head approach the top of the glass as I hang out on somebody's C/S couch. This got a finger's worth of weak, bone-white heas with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite lager-sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a really sugary taste on the tongue. Finish was syrupy-sweet. Man, it just needed to be toned down a wee tad. A steady diet of this would make me a diabetic.

08-06-2008 06:16:13 | More by woodychandler
Photo of IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

07-28-2014 22:42:51 | More by IanSpindler
Photo of CRObighit2

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

08-04-2014 19:55:56 | More by CRObighit2
Photo of ozmodium

British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +19.4%

First off, I purchased this beer as I wanted to try all the "cheap" beers at the BC liquor stores. This was on sale for $2 along with its darker Holsten brother (can't really remember what they call that one). BTW $2 for a pint can in BC is cheap. Anyway. I was actually pleasantly suprised. Although my expectations were not high... So...
I poured it into my big beer stein, icy cold.

Poured a light orangy amber with a nice, but quick to dissapate pure white head. Fizzy. To hide the delicious 7.0% alc. I assume. (which it does well). No lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, and a nice hoppiness. A bit of baking bread yeasty and um lemon maybe? Something kind of odd, but not bad really. No skunkiness. Cool.

Suprisingly nice taste. Tastes like stronger Lowenbrau. Not watery. Malts malts malts. nice hoppy finish. Something odd about it again. Strange as this is apparently brewed to 1516 standards.

Nice carbonation levels hide the alcohol well and keep the undesirable odours and tastes away when cold. DRINK COLD.

All in all this is actually not bad for a cheap, get you drunk beer. Sure is better than any malt liqour out there. I can drink this, and even choose to drink it on occasion now.

Anyone whos ever drank Lowenbrau (the stuff that's actually made in europe) will recognise the flavours of this beer. It almost seems like Holsten stole the Lowenbrau recipe and fortified it a bit.

09-13-2007 05:35:21 | More by ozmodium
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3.33/5  rDev +17.7%

Looks like another tall boy can in the icebox, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a pungent head shop clove smell. Pours to a golden colour with a creamy white head. Taste is a weighty funky almost skunky mix. The first thing that hits you is a dubbel-like maltiness and sweetness followed by a large and in charge hoppiness made up of noble hops. This seems like something to be imbibed in the biergarten out a 2 liter mug no less. Das ist gut, excepting for the funky twang on the aftertaste, otherwise the early workings of a belgian. Not too chabby.

04-11-2010 22:27:17 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of smcolw


3.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

08-23-2012 23:10:54 | More by smcolw
Photo of mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +17.7%

The head on my Holsten maibock started wispy and quickly disappeared. The beer's colour is golden and nothing out of the ordinary. I enjoyed the sweet maltiness of the taste. The relatively high ABV isn't driven to the fore.Not imbibing in many bocks, I can't fairly compare this beer to others of its type. I did like it, though, and would try it again.

07-02-2005 20:26:54 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +16.6%

I don't dislike this beer eventhough it is a poor Maibock. The taste is fairly malty with a decent sweetness. This is much better than the straight pilsner that they make. It is drinkable and better than a crap NA macro but when you taste a superior maibock such as Paulener or Ayinger it does pale in comparison.

06-08-2004 21:59:45 | More by canucklehead
Photo of redmosquito


3.28/5  rDev +15.9%

It's so rare that you come accross a maibock on the shelf, let alone in January. This one poured a golden yellow color with a thin head that left some lacing. Nice yeasty bock aroma with some good malt and little or no hops. The flavor is good, bitter then breadlike maltiness, and then an odd finish, dry and corn bread like. Overall, this is a nice surprise, even if it doesn't pack the maltiness of other maibocks that I've tried.

01-06-2005 17:29:09 | More by redmosquito
Photo of DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

05-18-2014 06:08:57 | More by DreamDeath
Photo of stoutman


3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

Strong malt in the nose that almost drowns out any hop. Sweet malt and a chewy finish dominated by the toffee like sweet malt. Gold pour with a white head and a steady stream of carbonation. This is a quite thin and boring Maibock. Rather sweet and bland.

07-05-2004 01:00:44 | More by stoutman
Photo of curewhatalesu

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

01-16-2014 00:03:46 | More by curewhatalesu
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +13.1%

Very strong and bitter taste. Sometimes you can even taste the alcohal in it. The smell is also quite strong.

It's very similar to your average malt liqours, but I would say it's a step up from beers like Colt 45 or Old English. (Hence the okay score), it's also very cheap.

Overall this is an okay beer, but taste wise there are better beers out there.

12-08-2005 23:19:09 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +13.1%

Bocks are great beers for evolutionary geneticists: variation under domestication, natural selection, laws of variation, hybridism - examples abound in this historical German family of brews. This particular example, for instance, is much clearer and lighter than doppelbocks of similar strength, yet its deep orange body is darker than most helles (light) bocks.

The Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law) - which this beer claims to adhere to - is an assurance that adjuncts weren't added to the beer, but it's no indication of whether the ingredients that were added are any good or added amply. This beer has a fairly flaccid maltiness that is accented by a dry alcohol and slight corny sweetness.

The alcohol and the malts work hand in glove; traces of bready Munich malt absorb some of the booze while it, in turn, beefs up the malt's otherwise pale plainness. There's a good balance struck. It's not what I'd call "rich" - which this style absolutely should be - but it's fairly clean. Still, I'm not satisfied unless I can feel the Munich malt in my gums.

The alcohol, while you can be sure it’s in there, is certainly not flagrant. The beer is, however, quite thin and notes of raw white sugar (probably added to boost the alcohol content) come and go, lingering more as the beer looses its chill. It would have certainly benefited from a few more kettle hops - they've really gotta axe that residual sweetness.

Holsten Maibock started off as a Seinfeld episode – a beer about nothing – but became more like a David Lynch film: pretty strange, hard to assess and even harder to tell if I liked it. I'm not sure what to think – I love the style but it is inherently a pale, strong lager which means that, if done poorly, it constitutionally becomes a “malt liquor”. That confusion doesn't happen with the style's best examples. With this one, however, it’s up to interpretation.

05-31-2011 21:44:51 | More by biegaman
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +13.1%

Maibock poured a rich amber slighty orange colour with little head. The smell is quite sweet and mild.
The taste isn't bad. For a 7% beer, i would say the alcohol is well hidden. Taste is a little bit sour, but is pretty good. Again i like it quite a lot for a high alcohol beer.
The mouthfeel gets a low rating because the below average aftertaste. Very difficult to detect anything hoppy, more of the malty sweetness that just fades out.
I could see drinking a lot of these only with the distinct goal of getting drunk fast. Its like sometimes when things aren't happening fast enough you add a couple of these to the mix in between your regular 5% beers to really get the party hopping.

03-08-2003 12:04:16 | More by SaunaKing
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +12.4%

Tasted this on July 8th, 2009.

A: Copper like color with a head of big bubbles.
S: Average intensity smell. Mainly malts and caramel.
T: The taste is similar. However, way more caramel than in the nose. Not bad, but not great too. Get some nuts.
M: Medium body.
D: One is enough.

07-13-2009 00:15:11 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of entheogen

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

09-13-2006 02:53:36 | More by entheogen
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +9.5%

A - clear golden yellow, good white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film, decent lacing
S - resiny hops, metallic, light grainy malts, slightly perfumy
T - leafy and resiny hop flavours are fairly crisp and clean, mild grainy malts, but the tinny metallic flavours is a bit much
M - full carbonation but relatively thin, dryness is nice but again the feel is even metallic on the finish
D - relatively easy drinking like most of the German offerings you will find in a Canadian liquor store, but the higher ABV and the metallic flavours start to build up to make the experience less enjoyable

08-09-2010 02:57:33 | More by joemcgrath27
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Holsten Maibock from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
68 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.