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

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Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 02-11-2002

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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 153
Photo of Hodgson
4.38/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is expiry-dated Oct '16, thus brewed just a couple of months ago. It's very good, malty and lightly sweet with a steely Hallertau (or that type) hop character.

This beer must, must, must be drunk very fresh.

Sitting in the can even at 4 months let alone 6 delivers much less of the authentic character.

It's a classic but few I believe will get it as good as I did (outside Germany). Mine was sourced at LCBO.

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Photo of tesguino
4.13/5  rDev +40%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i try this beer in a 5 liter steel keg, a very rich in flavor and smell, the classic pilsner german beer; good lacing, malts and hops aroma, sweet like a caramel and sugar taste, serve in a pilsner glass or in a mug; try with cheese and mexican christmas food; good for the american food too; 98% recommended.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.02/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance - pale yellow in appearance, thin lace around the edge with virtually no head. Substantial carbonation.

Smell - very fresh, floral aroma, a little bread scent as well. Notable fresh grasses and a decent hint of orange.

Taste - lively sweetness from the beginning, and then good hop bitterness following. Typical maltiness supported by subtle herb flavourings.

Mouthfeel - it is quite peppery with the heavier carbonation. The decent bitters merge okay with the bubbles.

Drinkability - this impresses me as a brew I would have again. One of the better German pilsners I've had so far.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.87/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pale golden colour with a thin light head. The smell is a little faint but what a pilsner should smell like.

I like this beer a lot, a very good pilsner. A little bitter without much aftertaste. It goes down very well, almost too smooth - you can barely catch the taste of this beer.

These characteristics make it a great session beer.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle

Appearance: Pale to medium golden yellow in color with a small white head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Clean, with a dry pilsner character and a little spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light in body, dry with light hop flavor. Carbonation is medium with a little tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: A refreshing, easy drinking German pilsner that is good on a hot day. Good representation of the style

First taste of Holsten was while on vacation in Greece years ago. It was very refreshing after a long day of sightseeing. I just spotted it in the states, so I decided to revisit Holsten. Not as refreshing as I remember, although I am not in Greece. Maybe the location has something to do with that??

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Photo of alankwak
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very light golden lager. Good head retention and lacing
S: Moderately hopped brew. Good aroma.
T: Very good here. A nice german lager. I really enjoyed this beer. A light hop flavor.
M: Light yet with body. Not very filling yet you know you're drinking beer when you have one of these.
D:Very good. They go down so well. Just a good quality beer.

I had this from a 5 litre mini keg and loved it. My Dad sent it to me as a gift and it turned out to be a very good one. I would drink this beer again faster than a bum would cash in a lottery ticket. Nice hop aroma.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into pint glass nov8 2009

A clear golden yellow with heavy carbonation and a decent two finger head that has decent retention but left no lace

S some bread mixed up with some floral hops and grass

T not far off the smell nothing great but nothing to be ashamed of either

M light but crisp with a nice mild bite to it

D no problems overall and worth trying I just wish it was a little warmer outside

better then our big name beers with no doubt and well worth it for the price.

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Photo of putnam
3.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is competent, northern European industrial lager. Designed to be brewed and consumed in large, mindless quantities.

Potent, hop oil aromas are released on unlidding. On the nose it is vaguely minty and gym-sock-like. On the palate it is piercing, bright and very dry. After warming, the fine, intense mousse resolves in a creamy, palate-drenching pattern of stone and herb. A lot of steely grip on the cool, crisp finish. Volleyball beer.

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Photo of Pepeton
3.61/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About two years ago I tried this beer from a 5 liter minikeg, and sort of remember that it wasn't bad. So I gave it another try, from bottles this time.

Color is light straw yellow, good head and some lacing.

Smell was skunky, so a turndown for me. Guess it was an old bottle. No best before date, though.

Taste is another story. Not only it was crisp, as a pils is supposed to be, but nicely bitter. Round body.

Had a dry aftertaste, with that herbal, oily finish a hops.

Sure, I'll buy more.


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Photo of goindownsouth
3.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good German brew. Not as high on the food chan as say Weihenstephaner, but not bas nevertheless. Very crisp and clean with a good aroma and a very good finish. Worth a try if you are just getting started in German biers. Prost!

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Photo of joecast
3.57/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

label states 5% abv and has a green outter ring vice red as the pic shows. best before 02/06

very pale yellow appearance. thin white head fades to a frothy ring above the beer. leaves some lacing on the glass.

good hoppy aroma. very fresh grass on the nose.

taste has an ok level of bitterness up front. sweet maltiness comes through in the middle. finishes quickly as it slides down the back of the throat.

pretty standard german pils, which isnt a bad thing. that bit of hop bitterness is what does it for me.

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Photo of JanM
3.56/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow in color. Not much foam and what was there quickly turned into a froath floating on top. Smelled of spicy herbs and citrus. I popped it open and the aroma filled my kitchen. Unfortunately it was not reflected that much in the taste which is bitter with some sweetness. It's definately a decent beer and a good thirst quencher but there are better German lagers around.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

--In all aspects this beer was average. It poured an average color, with small amount of head. It smelled nothing spectacular.
--The surprise came in the taste. It has a very smooth taste that left me wanting more. Again, it was nothing extraordinary, but it was a nice tasting beer that I would drink again, and again, and...

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Photo of Brabander
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit more than an average score for a beer which is a bit better than average.

Bought this beer five months ago in Germany at a supermarket. I like tro try the German beers. This beer is form the north of Germany and to start with this i can say it is not a bad beer. The biggest problem however for me is to describe the beer. Like all German pilseners it's a beer like many other in it's field.

Good and nice white head and little to no carbonation. A bit dry taste.

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Photo of tang214
3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good german pilsner. I had this a pub in London and it turned out to be a better alternative to what they had on tap. It had a nice deep golden color and generated a nice looking head in the bottle. The aroma is very distinct with hops. Great bitterness and just enough malt which tasted fairly rich for the quantity. It was a very good brew and make seek it out to drink again, if i can find it.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, with a small white head, lots of fine lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rather prominent noble hops, with lots of fine lacing, and slight slow-rising carbonation.

Taste: Prominent hops from start to finish. Beneath this there is a solid pale malt backbone, but the hops are dominant.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant, competently-made example.

Presentation: Packaged in a half-liter brown PET plastic bottle with a twist-off cap, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Thanks to Max for hand-carrying this back from Dresden.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.44/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pilsener glass.

Simple, crisp looking pilsener, fairly pale colour, a 1/2 inch head subsides fairly quickly. Low carbonation in the glass, looks a little flat. Smell is fairly clean, similar to Granny Smith Apples, a fresh juicy sweetness combined with a slight sourness.

Taste is fairly simple, and a bit on the watery side. A nutty malt texture comes out in the background. Mild acidity to balance, low hop bitterness, but very drinkable. Nonetheless, it really isn't an offensive flavour profile, and enjoyable on this football-watching afternoon. Mouthfeel is a bit watery andovercarbonated. Bites the tongue just a little too much for my liking, but on the whole I found this to be a quite enjoyable Pils.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale golden yellow, almost clear as it comes out of the bottle. A foamy, tight white head tops the liquid, with some sticky blobs of lace clinging to the glass.
The aroma is pretty clean, with a light pils malt character. Some spicy saaz, with a mild herbal german noble hops presence. A touch of skunkiness, but not too bad. Slight graininess.
The flavor starts with a light, airy pils malt. Lots of tingly carbonation as you hold it in your mouth. Very light body. A touch of grain with the malting. Fairly smooth. Clean flavor, with soft noble hopping coming through in the middle, and a light spicy saaz flavor in the finish. No apparent lightstruck flavor, thankfully. Some corny graininess in the aftertaste, with a lightly oxodized cardboardiness.
Not a bad german pilsner. Nothing special, for german standards, but definitely worth a shot. The flavors are clean and delicate. Decent stuff.

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Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this brew on-tap during a recent trip to Europe. It pours a pale, yellowish-gold color, with nice clarity but a disappointingly thin head. The aroma is a mix of grain and pleasant hops. A bit of malt comes forth in the taste, but all of the qualities are a bit restrained. Medium to light in body and pretty refreshing, this brew is more or less standard fare. Worth a try, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one comes out a nice golden yellow color with good size white foamy head that lingers nicely and good sticky lacing.
The aroma is of grain,with some lite herbs and overtones of wet grass.
Tastes like stale grass with a little bite and mild herbs with metallic overtones and finish's off with some kinda fruity aftertaste.
Medium mouth with good sparkling carbs and leaves a dryness at the end.
Easy drinking,nothing really special,but goes down good just the same,another one of those beers that go down well on hot days.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard straw color with a long lasting thin white cap. Intermitant webs of lace cling to the glass. The aroma is grainy and light with just a bit of floral hops. The taste is sweetish but not overly so with a sufficient amount of hop balance. The mouthfeel is thinnish with less carbonation than most euro lagers. The finish is not very bitter or long.

German macro lagers are so much better than North American ones, they have much more hop flavour. This is a good one. Not overly complex or bland, a step above Becks.

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Photo of atomicbolt
3.37/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up when I was grabbing an assortment of tallboy cans from the LCBO. This one was pretty inexpensive (especially for an import) so I happily gave it a try.

500mL can, pours a fairly pale yellow colour, lots of fizzing, not much head, looks like a good pilsener. Grainy, hoppy smell, a little metallic, almost bitter-smelling.

Up front, the taste has a fairly pronounced bite to it. A little sweet, real grainy, with a real kick from the carbonation at the back of the throat. Goes down with a grassy, crackery aftertaste - something about the sharpness of the aftertaste didn't sit too well with me, but not a big deal.

Overall, a quite good German pilsener, especially for the price. Reminds me of a more well-rounded Becks. No real complaints, feel free to give it a shot.

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Photo of A380
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow, with little head. Smells Decent, Honestly I cant really pick any smells out.. and i tasted aluminum. Its not terrible and its definitely not as good as the Holsten Pilsener in Germany but you know what its definitely not the worst out there. Im not sure how i feel about the carbonation.. it doesnt seem like its too overpowering but im burping like crazy.. I find it tastes slightly spicy and a little bitter. lots of herbs and kinda earthy. the aftertaste is not bad at all except for the aluminum - btw this was poured into a glass... Overall its an ok beer, pretty cheap compared to other imports and its not the worst so why not give it a go? Maybe pair it up with some cheese on toast? Cheese and toast with lots of butter.. you cant go wrong!

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Photo of Kulrak
3.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw color with a fluffy white head (which took some effort) that falls away quickly leaving some lace. Smells mostly skunky with some hoppy notes. Flavor is a little sweet but balanced by just enough hops. Nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy. Pretty easy drinking beer, I'd get it again.

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Photo of steeler
3.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this gem up at the lcbo. This was a gem for the price...onto the review

Appearance - Nice golden yellow hue, really nice.

Smell - That skunky euro lager smell, not good.

Taste - Nice and smooth, with moderate hop bitterness, crisp finish. Well rounded.

Mouthfeel - Nice and full, very satisfying.

Drinkability - This is VERY high, for the price and the taste this is definitely a great session beer.

Overall, this is a great beer for ht 1.85$ per can price tag, another solid cheap beer. Highly recommended!

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