Holsteiner Lager | Argus Brewery

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Argus Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A copper colored lager beer that is malt accented, very smooth and gently hopped with the finest German noble hop varieties.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 38
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: complex hops, caramel malt earthy, bread like notes. Same with the nose. Golden amber hue, clear, with a delicate head and small lace. Medium body. Might have been bottle beyond fresh date?

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Photo of Beginner2
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I can believe that this amber lager won the bronze at the World Beer Cup. (Now renamed Argus Lager.... although I'm not crazy about the new label with a monster... because it is a delicate beer.)

This amber pours a nice foam, but is less clear than typical for the style. Smells are mostly marzen malt that carries through to the Taste with only enough hops to prevent sweetness. Balance comes through as it sits comfortably in my mouth.

I enjoyed this O-fest and would like to return to it this Fall and do a side-by-side with a favorite.
Argus should not be as hard to find as it is brewed in my hometown.

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Photo of enelson
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

90% foam on the pour. Nothing special here that I can detect. I don't normally write reviews. Perhaps I had a bad bottle, but it was not very enjoyable.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

I picked up a couple bottles of this and both were EXTREMELY fizzy. Even with a careful pour, the glass was about 80% foam.

A - massive light tan head over cloudy copper body with a high amount of visible carbonation

S - caramel sweetness, grain

T - bready and nutty with a light caramel sweetness, grass, peppery spice

M - highly-carbonated medium body

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is not mild. Malts, bready, sweet, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer I could easily down several of.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a pretty decent lager, a little sweetness and some body to get you through a rough hangover, but not a overly satisfying beer in the mouthfeel especially. its thicker and not well carbonated at all, which make it overly heavy for the style, even a really malty example of it, although there is merit to this scheme. a little copper hue to an otherwise brassy beer, tiny bit of haze, and not much head. it smells like german hops for sure, more robust than some imports in that regard, and it has a sweet medium body not often found in a basic lager. it works in a winter context, gives the hops something to cling to, and actually tastes a lot better than i expected. my first beer from these guys, not enough to have me stoked on them, but a passable introduction. i expect their other styles are more adventurous than this one...

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Photo of dhannes
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single (unrefrigerated) bottle from Binny's in Chicago area on Monday.

A=Not knowing what a "Holsteiner" was, I was expecting a slightly dark yellow, but this beer poured a nice brownish copper color, with a very impressive cream colored top that lasted for a minute or so, eventually winding down to a 1/4" frosting.. Slight cloudiness as well.

S=The usual suspects--honey and/or brown sugar, with some cinnamon.

T=I decided to try the first sip before accessing this page--I found it rather hearty, reminding me of Spaten or other German imports. When I saw that this was classified as a märzen, I went to look for a "best by" date and found none, so I will assume that it is fresh. Second sip, now about 42º resulted in much more of a hop presence than initially...even dominating, reminding me of a cross between and IPA and a märzen. A faint hint of wheat can be detected as well. For me, a bit too much sweetness and hops.

M=Lighter body than expected; medium light body overall...could be a session beer for some. Feels a tad too light for a märzen, however.

O=I would probably order this again on tap at a restaurant to pair with chicken or butter noodles. If you love märzens, this one is a decent variation when wanting a slightly lighter version with more hops than typical.

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Photo of crossovert
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

335ml bottle.

It pours a clear amberish orange with a nice foamy off-white head.

The smell is decent. Sweeter than a typical example but nice. Some toasted malts and a pinch of hops.

The flavor is nice. Sweetness again comes though but with a nice tastiness and nuttiness. For an American brewer this is pretty competent.

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Photo of steveh
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new Chicago brewery trying their hand at Lager, exciting times.

A -- Clear, deep gold to copper with a dense, long-lasting, light tan head that leaves good lacing.

S -- Light nutty to bready character up front with mild spicy hops back.

T -- Quick taste of nuttiness that folds into a nice bready character that starts sweet and finishes dry. The finish is a good balance of spicy hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. There's some lightly vinous, fruity quality that tries to push through in the aftertaste, guessing it's from hops or a warm ferment. Not the greatest for a lager, but also not distracting.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp all around with a light-medium body.

O -- This is a pretty tasty beer and will be a nice change-up from the Goose Island ales. I find it just a little too hop-bitter in its finish to consider it a good Märzen, but it's certainly far from any macro-lager.

Interesting that the brewers call this a "Holsteiner" lager and it's supposed to be Märzen in character -- never really heard of any Märzens from Holstein, but maybe at one time.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Nice to see another Chicago brewery making its way out to the distant-ish 'Burbs. This offering pours a clear light auburn-amber topped by a finger of light cream-tan foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, very light caramel, grass, and cracked wheat. It's simple, but surprisingly effective here. The taste is pretty much the same deal, though the grassy hops come through a bit more pronounced, balancing all the more nicely with the biscuit. Not bad. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta crisp finish. Overall, a nice surprise: a pleasant, easy-drinking, no-frills beer. Right on.

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Photo of ahq514
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours very little head and appears to be moderately carbonated. A nice copper, golden color. Almost no lacing.

Floral, German hops dominate the aroma accented by a slight caramel maltiness. Really not much else here.

Really not much maltiness at all. A little bit of floral german hops as mentioned in the aroma, but nothing is really well integrated or well balanced. The only real taste that lingers is slightly oily and bitter hops.

This is a lot flatter than I would have guessed. Also too thin for me. Would have liked a tad more carbonation and body.

Overall, this really just missed the mark I think. I can tell they tried to make this a more German style marzen, but the hops are overdone and the malt/body are underdone. My first beer from Argus, and quite possibly my last.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper orange body, a nice saturated color with brilliant clarity. A finger of puffy off-white foam rises on the top, forming an irregular pitted surface as the bubbles dissipate. Some tiny streams of rising carbonation along the sides.

Fruity baked apple aroma, lightly sweet and doughy with pie crust notes.

Flavor is similar, malt forward and bready, with apple esters and a lightly spicy nutmeg component. Low level bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean and flavorful. Hearty and medium bodied, perfect for a Marzen lager. Second bottle this week, and probably would drink another. This is the only bottled Marzen produced locally to my knowledge. You can definitely tell a difference in freshness from imported brands.

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Photo of MNJR
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color is orange/amber, and very clear, no cloudiness or haze. Smells of weak malt and very weak spice. Really almost no smell to this beer. The taste is decent at first, but nothing special. Kind of dull with nothing sharp or bright in the flavor to hold your interest. There is a touch of minty hops flavor at first with a hint of lemon citrus, but it fades too quickly to a sour malt flavor. In the end, it tastes like a slightly above average small to midsized town local brew pub lager. But, there you don't expect much. The basics of a sturdy lager are here, I suppose, but there is a watery/slippery/rubbery quality to the mouthfeel, and it degenerates to a stale backwash flavor on the finish. I don't think I'd buy it again with so many other beers tasting better at the price I paid ($10/6 pack).

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Holsteiner Lager from Argus Brewery
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 38 ratings