Holsten Pils | Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG

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Brewed by:
Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
Germany
holsten.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CAMRAhardliner on 07-31-2004

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#45,356
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
65
pDev:
19.87%
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 29
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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of flyingpig
1.89/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Costcutter, London (£1.29 for 275ml):
Light straw with touch of gold. There is a thin, half centimetre tall and bubbly head that is bone white in colour.

Corn with cheap lager malts and a strongish alcohol aroma to begin with. There is a few hints of grassy hops and a touch of lemon but there is also a very skunky smell.

A sweet taste but laced with a lot more alcohol than the label suggests. There is some grain and faint lager hops with a biterr kick at the end. Slightly better than the smell but not by much.

Dry with moderate carbonation and a very bitter, alcohol laced feel. There is a citrus tang on top of a very light, thin body.

Very poor cheap. A hard beer to drink with the smell coming across even worse. The only thing it had going in its favour was the touches of grassy hops and lemon but these were overpowered by the skunky taste and smell far too easily. After trying this one I can now understand why most people stopped drinking it years ago.

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Photo of Chadhowie
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Beerman1977
4.25/5  rDev +38.4%

Photo of dmcclurejr
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drunk from a can, then later from a glass. This was our standard "walking beer" in Scotland and London.

A: Golden with a half finger head that dissipates pretty fast. Some lacing.

S: Citrus-y, yeast, hops. Fresh.

T: A nice clean taste, goes down easy. Lemon, yeast, slight hops. Good malt body.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: I've always been impressed with this easy drinker when in the UK. It's cheap and tastes great. Perfect for seeing the sights while walking...or sitting

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Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of maviola
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of chuckj76
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of stevoj
2.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pilsener for the masses (especially those in North Germany and Hamburg area). Drinkable, but nothing stands out either. Better to be found almost anywhere in Germany

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Photo of sim0n17
4/5  rDev +30.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.49/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 440ml can with a BB of April 2012. ABV stated as 5%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear pale straw colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that doesn't last long before subsiding. Smells of very little; subtle hints of light grain and perhaps corn or stewed veg, with a faint metallic note. Weak.

Tastes of light malt with a mild, dry bitterness. Faint notes of grain and stewed leaves. There is a metallic hint that isn't particularly nice, and a harsh bitter flavour on the finish. Mouthfeel is tingly and dry (for a lager), but watery. A harsh bitter note in the aftertaste.

Not all that nice. Weak flavour, and the notes that stand out are the unpleasant ones. Doesn't compare favourably with other industrial lagers (which isn't saying much in any case). Avoid.

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Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is a deep yellow with a good head when from the tap. The smell had a hop aroma and a bit skunky. The taste came across as bitter and had a slightly bitter aftertaste. A decent beer for 1-2 drinks at the most.

Another typical North german brew, leaning towards being a bit bitter.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.16/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a bar in Berlin. In a tall pilsener glass.

Tall and clean straw golden color. Nice lacing from the quickly settling two inch head. Average appearance.

Bitter hops. That's about it. Not out of character for a pils, but, just OK.

Bitter hops. Get the picture? Not bad, but nothing to counterbalance it, and the hops are just dry. So, it's a bit like drinking bitter soda water.

Well carbonated, but too much for the lack of flavor. Well, they're damned if they do damned if they don't by this point.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.26/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Holsten Pils is among one of the few off-license standards I haven't yet tried, so it was only a matter of time before this one found its way into my fridge and into my gullet. It is perfectly average to look at, golden yellow, clear, capped with a nylon sheath of white foam. The smell is dispiritingly weak and slipshod, mostly corn and tin, and the flavor is sour and astringent. It is fizzy and drinkable and all, and I guess that's all it needs to be, but even so it is off-putting enough to put it on the list of beers I needn't return to.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

beer from a can this is bloody exciting

pours a blonde straw colour not too light - just

smell is of some hops and nothing much else little malt maybe

taste is bitter hops and just that not very complex

light body good carbonation not fizzy

drinkability is not bad

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Photo of david18
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not the best german pilsner and not my first choice at the bar I was in but this was a second beer and the only thing on the list i hadn't tried yet while in Germany. Not a terrible beer but not the best on the list. Would recommend good heineken or becks on draft over this one.

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Photo of Shadman
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More and more Holsten product available here in Alberta lately...

nice light, clear amber color. Lot's of foamy head that disappears quickly to a fairly robust white cap. Small webs of lacing down the sides of my pilsner glass.

Bready malts and some fairly rich Saaz hop. Decent!

Damn you Holsten! You've let me down again! No real balance here @ all. Quite watery @ first, followed by a veggie-like funk. Sweet malt and slightly spicy hop follow. A real metallic twang puts a real damper on the whole experience. It actually clings to the back of my throat as a reminder not to buy another 4 pack.

Not even close to Radeburger IMO...the only thing this has going for it is the reasonable price.

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Photo of fullsweep
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

440 mL can poured into a pint glass. Brewed and canned in the UK by Carlsberg UK.

A slow pour yields a very thick, solid white head--lots o' foam! Sits atop an deep yellow brew.

Nothing unusual (or interesting for that matter) in the aroma.

Tastes okay, but again nothing interesting. It doesn't taste bad--very mild, more bitter than sweet.

Drinkability is average on this. It's a nice throw-back beer when you don't want something big or rich, but it's nothing fancy either.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : hoped aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : good bitterness, sweet malty with floral hops and a dry finish.
Drinkability : a medium beer in the style German pilsener.

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Photo of plaid75
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a quarter finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of an upfront spicy noble hop with a soft biscuity malt.

The taste featured a mild hop spice and a thin malt, which was a bit watery.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp, but again thin.

Overall an easy to drink but nothing too interesting. It could use a deeper hop presence.

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Holsten Pils from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
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