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

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 106
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 15.52%
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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 106
Photo of funkengruven
2.66/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark orange with a little head, not too bad to look at. Smell is nothing special, a little metallic actually. Taste is rather sour with offensive bitterness and skunkyness reminiscent of a bad malt liquor. It however does not leave much of a lingering aftertaste which is not too bad, and it is somewhat bearable. I don't expect I'll be revisiting this one any time soon. (380 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.92/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (591 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
3.17/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (359 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rough looking soda pop appearance. Unnatural gold colour, brittle white head that immediately leaves the glass. Get real ugly real quick.

Promptly and unpleasantly bitter when you tap a mouthful. Sickly sweetness immediately on the heels of the bitterness. Nose is nasty and vegetal.

Couldn't finish this. Comes across like one of those nasty malt liquor things. Tries to bludgeon you with a heavy does of alcohol.

Skip it. (432 characters)

Photo of mwrseeley
3.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (354 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a golden color beer with below average head. Aroma is quite weak for a bock and only faint malt can be detected. Taste is very disappointing, kind of like a foul lager. Body is bit thin with some alcohol burn. Total lack of complexity in this beer. (260 characters)

Photo of proc
4.05/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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... ;-) (387 characters)

Photo of redmosquito
3.32/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (433 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.6/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden with a big whispy near white head that becomes a foam ring quite quickly. The aroma is of bready, slightly fruity, toasty malts and wiffs of hops and corn. The taste is very thin with a prominent alcohol feel. Theres a little bit of husky grain and a lager yeast crispness. The hops are overpowered by rubbing alcohol alcohol flavors. Maybe this beer was too thoroughly fermented, its body is thinnish and it lacks depth in its malt profile. The mouthfeel is watery and unevenly carbonated. Theres a sweet slightly vegetal finish. This beer could really use some more body to mask its 7% abv, as it is I wouldnt try it again. (640 characters)

Photo of tatterdash
1.93/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I don't know, I keep thinking I got a bad can. It literally got worse and worse as I struggled through it. It poured rather well for a can, clear, golden yellow with a nice white head. Smell, why do I smell rum? Taste, ack! It's like there is a shot of rum in this! The ABV is not hidden at all. It's like boilmaker, to be chugged, not savoured. Sorry folks, I tried but this one was most unpleasent... (402 characters)

Photo of DrJay
2.46/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very clear golden colour with a rather thin, lacey head. Noticeable DMS aroma, with a hint of toasted malt. Flavour is rather sweet, some DMS, a bit of spiciness. Hop bitterness is too low to balance the sweetness. The finish is lightly sweet, not cloying, and becomes more dry as you keep drinking. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. It also has a light alcohol warmth.

500 mL can with a clearly marked freshness date on the bottom. (446 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (255 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.28/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (313 characters)

Photo of pootz
1.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow, what a let down....this is in no way a maibock...more like a characterless high-test Euro malt liquor that Canuckle head slammers can use to get gooned in "gentile" company undetected by the obvious use of domestic paper bag beers....the Euro lable is like cammo for a good lunch launchin' pissfest brew.. Animal house does Deutschland!

Came in a 500ML can bragging that it complied with the German purity act of 15XX...guess it's there to fool the rustics who think anything from Eroupe is quality and "Ke-lass."

Poured a disappointing lager light gold (MaiBock??) with a tiny head that went away in a minute....no effervescence in the glass, no lace, no ring... when the head left it looked flat and unappealing.

Had virtually no aromas with a singular wisp of alcohol mingled with a slight spice smell.

Started thin and flat went to a weak mouth feel with miniscule malt tastes and a sligt hint of hopp then the finish was ...well....gonzo!....sweet malt completely overpowered by the taste of our old friend ALCOHOL...I poured the rest out

This is the type of stuff I left years ago after all the side effects of drinking too much paper bag malt "likker" shriveled me liver and soul....eeecchhhhaaahhhh no no don't make me finish it...gimme a straight bourbon to chase this taste away!

If you want to get gooned on GOOD Euro strong beer buy an Okocim Mocne...leave this Teutonic urine sample on the shelf. (1,433 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.47/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Can't be a true maibock, golden tone thin white head disappears in seconds, lacing yeah right. Aroma: Touch of hallertau grainy sweetness, this seems disappointingly bland. Taste: Alcohol is evident and overbearing on the grainy cloying sweetness malt liquor like flavor, this sucks. Mouthfeel: Thin watery undercarbonated. Drinkability: Wow, I only paid about a dollar for it the date was good, I had to pour this one down the drain it was horrible. (462 characters)

Photo of PiratePete
2.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not the best of Holsten. This is just a bland, nothing special, high alcohol, beer. It pours out a very light amber with no head to speak of. Nose is of some hops, alcohol, and something I didn't quite get nor was I interested enough to do so. Not much of an inviting taste - sweet malt (can malt be sweet?). The other Holstens are better. (339 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
1.99/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From a 500ml can with a freshness date on the bottom, and the ingredients on the back in around 11 different languages. It's a clear amber colour, hardly any head to it at all, and that disappears the moment you blink. The aroma is sweet and boozy, but nothing really more distinct than that. The flavour can only be described as when you accidently drink La Fin Du Monde out of the bottle, and even that is being very generous (at least Monde has some character either way). The farther down the glass I go (why am I doing this to myself?) the more cidery it starts to taste. I would actually rather drink a domestic macro than this stuff. (640 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden/orange pour. The head fades fast. Not much is detectable in the nose, maybe some malt and hints of caramel. Malty on the way down with an odd sweetness, again, maybe caramel (?) but not distinct. Also seems very grainy with an obvious alcohol finish. Not a great beer as far as Maibocks go. (303 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium golden hue with very limited head and minor glass ring. The body is thinner than anticipated, medium/light at best. The nose is crisp and of apples.
The high ABV is very evident in the taste of this brew which is highly malted and sweet. Nothing to get excited about here, think I will introduce this brew to my sink and avoid tomorrow's headache. (355 characters)

Photo of SaunaKing
3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (692 characters)

Photo of canadianbarman
2.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my first beer from the Holsten Family. The beer poured with almost no head at all and looked almost flat. The smell was nothing to write home about. The first initial tastes were pretty unimpressive. After a while I 'got used' to the taste. To me this just seemed like an average beer. (293 characters)

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Holsten Maibock from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
67 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.