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

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 18.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: canadianbarman on 11-30-2002

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Photo of scott451
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amberish gold into a glass mug. Two finger bubbly white head which didn't stick around. Good lacing.

Sweet malt smells. Some grassy floral notes. Sweet malts again in the taste. Caramel toffee with a slight bite. Very smooth hop finish. Quite nice. Big flavour.

Medeum body and carbonation. A little sweet for a big session. A 500ml can of 7% is not to be taken lightly. One of my fave winter brews though.

Photo of BBP
2.51/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear golden wheat color with little head. Disappeared all together rather quickly.

S- Sweet malt smell. Slight hop aroma.

T- Syrupy. Sweet malts, but lacking a bit in the hop department. Some metallic hints.

M- Hard on the tongue, but goes down easy. A bit more carbonation than average.

D- Pretty good for a getting drunk cheap beer. Not impressive tastewise though. The alcohol isn't too noticable, but it's noticable enough to take away from what could have been good.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.12/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of ChrisCage
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- This pours with a creamy thick white head, but it doesn't retain very well, settling fairly quick into a thin film over the beer. The color is golden and is very clear. There is a lot of carbonation, and they are big bubbles. The columns rise slower than many other beers so we'll see what we get....

S- Sweet malt dominates the aroma, but there is some hints of metallic astringency. The alcohol is more noticeable, but could be expected, being 7% and all. The finish is slightly herbal and there is some mild hop bitterness too.

T- Much like the aromas, with lots of malt sweetness that is slightly honeyed. The initial sweetness is quickly subdued though by a bitter metallic flavor and alcohol, which doesn't taste all that good. The lingering sweetness returns in a more mild manner on the palate afterwards.

M- Medium-light bodied and the carbonation is not overwhelming, which helps a bit in getting through the alcohol. However, it's just too alcoholic to really get a feel for the character overall.

D- Once I'm done this can I think I'll keep it at that. This isn't like the Festbock, which is good IMO. There isn't enough of a balance for me to want to drink this more. Might be good for a beer can chicken though, once the booze burns off, as the sweetness could liven up the meat...

Photo of chickenm
2.13/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear light copper color, with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears. Aroma of malt, apples, light hops, and alcohol. The taste is overly sweet and dominated by the alcohol, and very little hops in this. Gets worse as the beer warms up. Not very good.. I wasn't able to finish this, and I won't be buying this again anytime soon.

Photo of mintjellie
1.8/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep gold in colour with a poorly retained fizzy white head. Faint pale malt and alcohol aroma. It tastes like a severely under-attenuated and under-hopped pilsner. A little bit of white bread with very little hop flavour or bitterness to offset it's honeyed sweetness. Alcohol isn't hot, but still feels harsh. Everything else is so mute that booze really is the dominant flavour in this beer. Booze and sugar. Light bodied with low carbonation, it feels both thin and syrupy. Terrible beer. This must be Germanys answer to malt liqour.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.11/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into pint glass jan31 2010

A clear golden yellow with a fast falling finger of head that left a few rings of lace while the foam lasted

S some floral and grassy hops with some honey

T as it smells but with with some booze that hurts its cause and its a little sweet

M just a little syrupy with a fair amount of carbonation

D would serve a purpose if you feel like catching a cheap buzz, but nothing special going on here

not a bad beer but not worth looking for, I doubt I'll be drinking this again soon unless I'm broke and want to wash some worries away

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looks average... very clear, golden yellow. Lots of head that disappears in a couple of minutes, leaving some lacing down the glass.

Smell is nearly non-existent. Smells like a lot of similar beers. Nothing stands out as good or really bad.

The alcohol surely stands out. It's got an OK aftertaste, and you can taste some OK sweet notes in there, and some mildness, but over top all of that is that overpowering shadow of sharp alcohol. Drinking this is almost like trying to grimace down some straight hard liquors.

Trying to separate this from flavour, it "feels" OK. A little creamy, fairly smooth, OK carbonation.

I can drink it, but I don't like it.

Photo of Seanstoppable
2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I stayed with some friends this Christmas, and they knew I "liked beer", so I ended up with an assortment of imported tall cans.

Pours a gold color with a finger or two of fizzy, rapidly dissolving head. No lacing whatsoever.

No real perceptible scent.

Alcohol content is apparent from the taste. Not overly hard, but definitely detectable as greater than 5-6%. Some sweetness is also apparent, but is mostly second fiddle to the alcohol. Might be true to style, but I found it somewhat unappetizing.

Alcohol character made it feel somewhat heavy for me. One or two of these might be drinkable, but I don't think it is very favorable for a longer session.

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw color with a fizzy white head. Very clear. A ring of head shrinks a little more with every sip until it finally vanishes into the ether.

The aroma is...lightly toasty. Malt sweetness. Really it's barely perceptible.

The taste is a sweet pale malt and noticeable alcohol. Slight spice. Low bitterness. Alcohol dominates in the end. Meh.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full with good carbonation keeping the sweetness light.

Overall this is just bland and inoffensive, and yet I'm having a hard time choking it down.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at the LCBO - liked the festbock, thought I'd try a bock-off!

Pours a pale yellow, lots of carbonation. White head that disappears very quickly, leaving only a thin ring around the edge. Not fantastic.

Smell is hoppy with a bit of peach, maybe some malt there.

Taste is uninspired. The alcohol kick at the finish ends up dominating the palate after a smooth, sweet entry. Nothing really too exciting here, but hard to nail down.

Mouthfeel is thin, decent carbonation.

Drinkable, but nothing to write home about. Probably won't pick this one up again, although for the price, it's not bad.

Photo of decimator
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Typical Lager appearance. Golden color with a 1/2" head that was quickly gone.

S - Mild mix of malts and hops, and some alcohol.

T - A little sweet up front but then it's mostly hop & alcohol bitterness.

M - Average feel. The alcohol is not well masked.

D - Looks & smells ok but once it's in my mouth it loses some of its appeal. One is enough. Not as good as some of Holsten's other beers.

Photo of RyanBelle
1.45/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is not a bad beer. It has a personality at 7% ABV that really acts as the redeemer for this bock. I personally don't mind bock's at all and absolutely love dopplebock's usually.

A - Looks good, nice and golden but average.

S - Average Lager smell, exciting but not really a "bock" smell. It's not as strong as it tastes.

T - Not bad. It's a very passable bock that gives Holsten a good name so far from what I have tried. It has lots of warming alcohol characteristics and it tastes a lot like a fine wine, almost moreso than a beer because of the high alcohol content.

M - Not great, because warming alcohol dominates.

D - Not great, because although this will get me drink quick, I like more flavor in my bocks/dopplebocks. This one is a slightly bland example of a bock and drinks somewhat poorly.

Try it if you have experience with bock beers, as this may turn you off or turn you on to that type of beer. It's literally a love it or hate it kind of beer.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheHammer
2.84/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Came in a green and gold can with the Holsten knight on it. Poured with half a finger of head that retains decently and laces quite well. The beer itself is a nice bronze color with solid signs of carbonation. However I do notice quite a few particles floating in the beer.

Smell - Not much going on in this department. Catching dry grassy hops and that's about it. I think I might be catching a slight bread scent, but the hops seem dominant. It's fairly mild, but it's not really anything to write home about.

Taste - Hmm..interesting starts with a mild barley taste and then turns to some form of sweet vegetable flavor, kinda like sweet potatoes but not that strong and ends with a solid hop presence. All in all interesting but not exactly good.

Mouthfeel - Slight sweet vegetable aftertaste which isn't bad. The carbonation feels a bit excessive though and finishes a bit dry. I've certainly experienced worse, and it all in all it's not bad.

Drinkability - This is really where this beer suffers. The taste is oddball for a single tasting, but I wouldn't want to drink this on a regular basis. It's not very refreshing due to it's dryness and sits a little heavy on the stomach. It does go down smoothly though.

Final Thoughts - The main reason I bought this beer, was because I had a good experience with the festbock. This one however, is nowhere near as good an offering. One beer was enough of this stuff. Anymore then one, I think it would outstay it's welcome.

Photo of Shadman
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent looking beer. Nice rich color, sort of a first-pee-in the morning kind of amber. Nice head and lacing.

Sort of smelled like musty grain, sweet malt, not much in the was of hop.

Big wave of sweet malt followed by some serious alcohol warming. Slight hop edge there, but it gets clobbered by the sweet, somewhat stickiness of the malt. Finish is quite sticky, with maybe a hint of licorice or ainse.

Fuller in body than what I expected due to the high ABV and the sweet/stickiness.

1 and done for me. Someone mentioned it needs more hop to balance it out. Very 1 dimensional.

Photo of prosper
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks good, smells good, feels good... too bad about the taste.

Pours a very clear, dark yellow with a dense, frothy white cap. Lots of lace.

Smells grainy, with a hint of sulfur. Soft malts, and characteristic vegetalness.

Taste - pretty bad, all things considered. Sticky sweet, slight grainy pils malt character. Something vegetal in there. It does have a sort of 'cheap-malt-liquor' flavour to it, that's hard to explain. Finishes softly malty - the finish is actually quite nice. Does have some 'lowenbrau-like' highlights. Leaves some alcohol warming. Not sure I'll be able to finish this can, or end up pouring it out. Boil it down a bit, and pour it on pancakes might be ok...

Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of nighthawk
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy orange/yellow with one finger of head that idssipated very quicly, leaving no lacing on the glass. Smelled mildly grassy, a little grainy. Grassy taste, some more mellow bitter hops notes. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms. No real discernable malt tastes. Fairly strong carbonation bites the tongue, low-medium body. Bitter taste clings to the tongue for some time afterwards. Not an unpleasant brew, but the alcohol hits you pretty strongly.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.49/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can
7.0% ABV

I tried this beer on March 18, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent orangy-gold colour with a generous white fluffy head that disappeared quite quickly. The aroma was very grassy with very little other discernable aromas. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, ample carbonation, with a little bitterness. The flavour was again a lot of grass with a little bit of hoppy bitterness. When it comes to Holsten brews, this is not as good as the Festbock, but better than the Premium.

Photo of JustinBathurst
2.18/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured clear straw gold with a slight tan head.

Smells of cider, honey, and a floral/strawberry licorice.

Mouthfeel is watery and under-carbonated.

Taste? Well, aspirin. This beer was so astringent that I could barely make out anything else for around 10 minutes. Then I noticed some honey sweetness. Obviously, it's hoppy, but it's far too astringent to be enjoyable. However, you couldn't detect the higher alcohol content. I'm not sure if that's a plus or not.

Photo of ozmodium
3.35/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of crwills
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a can of this at the LCBO. Poured into a pint glass. Pale yellow, not much head -- but lots of bubbles! Something not quite right about the aroma. It's almost sickly sweet and (sadly) reminds me a bit of overripe garbage. Flavour is a little better, and those "garbagy" notes go away as it warms -- however, when it gets too warm, it's just plain unpleasant and hard to drink, so you really can't win. High carbonation, lots of sweet malt, little in the way of hop flavour (although it's got enough bitterness to be reasonably balanced).

I'm not a fan.

Photo of jayfarley3
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 500ml can, poured a golden yellow with a small head that dissapated very quickly, has lots of carbonation.

smells slightly sweet, malty and maybe a little citrus.

tastes like sweet malts, reminds me of a cheap malt liquor, the alcohol is covered up very well.

mouthfeel is pretty thin with a lot of carbonation.

this beer is drinkable but i would much rather have somthing else.

Holsten Maibock from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
68 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.