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

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of BucBasil
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 1L bottle into a glass. The beer is a pure golden color with a slightly off white 2 finger head that dissipates in about half a minute.

Smell: Some bread hidden deep in there, but otherwise not too much there.

Taste: Light malty flavor without much bitterness or hop character at all. Somewhat watery. There's a light honey sweetness in there as well.

Meh - not too impressed with this one. Not good, not bad... just another average beer. There are better average beers out there for lower prices than I paid for this one.

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Photo of steeler
3.31/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Photo of headlessparrot
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another generic Euro-lager picked up as part of an LCBO mix-and-match 8-pack. Short and to the point:

Poured from a 500ml can into my pint; an aggressive pour earned three fingers of gradually receding head, white and quite soapy in appearance. Light straw in colour, only marginally darker than a run-of-the-mill American macro. Head disappears after about two minutes, but has some rings and considerable lacing.

Smelled pils as soon as I cracked the can - hoppy, with a good underlying mixture of bready and sweet malt. Grassy, herbal, faint citrus. Grain. Faint alcohol? Could be worse, actually.

Taste is more of the same. Initial hops followed by a mixture of bread-y and sweet malt (more bread). Grassy/herbal. Grainy. Not bad, but way too astringent on the finish. Almost metallic. A little dry. Bitter. Earthy. Some weird twang on the throat after a few minutes. There's worse out there.

Mouthfeel is astringent and slightly overcarbonated, but decently bodied. A little too dry/astringent/bitter for high drinkability marks, but it's acceptable. Far too expensive to be a regular, but not as bad as it could have been.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

CAN you dig it? I am on a CAN mission. Scope them reviews, should ye doubt.

I got a nice, rocky, finger's worth of bone-white head off of my pour. The color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was sharp with alcohol. 5.0% and it was that sharp?!? Wow! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, but I got a really unusual taste on the tongue, like must, or some other flavor denoting age. The bottom of the CAN seemed to indicate freshness until January 2009. Oof. Finish was slightly sweet, but with a flavor that I simply cannot quantify. Not good.

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Photo of Jason
2.09/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

500 mL can purchased from the Niagara Falls LCBO.

Minimal white lacing, some stickage here and there. Pale golden yellow color, shiny clarity. Horse feed aroma, faint but its there. Crisp and light bodied. Bitter and a little astringent. Rough grain from start to finish, bitter hopping does not help at all. Finishes bone dry.

German Purity Law What? This beer gives German beer a bad rap, not recommended.

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.92/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml can
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on January 4, 2007 after purchasing from the LCBO. The beer poured a translucent metallic gold colour with a generous white head. The aroma was slightly metallic as well, with a little malt character. The mouthfeel was watery with some carbonation. The taste was very grassy. Too grassy for my liking.

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Photo of atomicbolt
3.37/5  rDev +15.8%
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 GrimmReaper
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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 AlexLMS
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: very clear with a moderate golden colour. The head is white, moderately large and kind of frothy. The head may not last long.
Aroma: weak hoppy nose.
Taste: floral hops and a litlle malty.
Mouthfeel: dry, fair carbonation, low alcoholic strength, light body.
Finish: lingering bitter aftertaste, almost astringent.

Overall: Brisk and refreshing. Not so great but an enjoyable German pilsener.

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Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev +17.5%
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 Viggo
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow/slightly golden, thin white head forms and disappears, leaves some big bubbles and a little lace spotting. Smell is sweet, malty, some iron, floral and citrus, alcohol, corn. Taste is the same, almost a slight malty roastiness, lots of corn, citrus, floral, iron, some alcohol, pretty average. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Kind of smooth, and the weird flavours give it an edge.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
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 slitherySOB
3.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit too much carbonation gives a rather odd looking head. It's fizzy like Pepsi, but doesn't go away as fast. Usual pale yellow colour. Bit of lacing on the glass. Very grassy, somewhat skunky smell, with a bit of malts and... quartz? A bit odd. Plenty of grass in the taste, with a slight cracker aftertaste and some mineral as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, though a tad overcarbonated. It's not bad, but it's nothing to seek after again.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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 HardTarget
3.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sad, as this brewery seems to make several different Pils. This seemed the closest match to the 4.8% abv listed on the brown plastic bottle from Germany (hand carried back)

Aroma: A nice spicy Saaz hop aroma with a mild mineral note.

Appearance: Very clear golden glass with a strong collar and wisps of head.

Flavor: Firm, almost metallic hop note and some skunk. Very one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, firm fizzy carbonation.

Overall Impression: Just didn’t care for this one. A good pilsner, but a touch harsh; Just not my cup of tea.

Thanks to Pegasus for sharing.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Give the makers of Holsten Premium credit: I don't know how they fit a whole skunk in such a little green bottle!

This beer poured clear and golden into my pilsener glass with a fluffy head that dwindled almost immediately to a soapy ring. A closer inspection brought an unfortunate skunky aroma to my nose — which is too bad, because there were spicy hops and subtle malts that couldn't force their way past it.

The taste is a good balance between the hops and malt, though the overall effect is muted and the taste unremarkable. Fortunately, the skunkiness is really more of an issue for the nose, and not the taste buds.

The carbonation is suitable for the style and this beer finished dry and crisp. An adequate lawnmower beer — if you're willing to pay premium, import prices for one.

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Photo of anders36
2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this from a bottle at home. This beer pours a pale golden colour into the glass, with a large white head. Aroma is Malty with some grassy hints. It also has some hints of grain. This beer has a sweet malty and grassy flavor with some hints of grain. The finish is malty with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.44/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Conrad
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not a complicated beer.
A: Pale, very clear light gold colour. No head to speak of, just a white film on top of the brew.
S: Had to hunt for aromas. Light hops, maybe some grass. But I am trying to train my nose to pick up on subtleties, and I guess it's not there yet.
T: Gentle hops taste, faint bitters. Maybe a bit salty. Not offensive, but I have had better.
M: Medium to light body. Low carbonation that started out good, but faded toward the bottom of the glass. A bit slick.
D: All being said, it is a good drink, but not a spectacular one. There is nothing here to make it exceptional or to challenge the senses. Have one, then move on to something else.

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Photo of bark
2.03/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is pale straw yellow; the large airy head sinks quickly down to a white lid with some lacing.

The smell is quite… unexciting: Some sour malt and chemical bitterness with a touch of chalk and wet cardboard. Below the average pale euro lager.

The taste is sweeter than expected with a malty, unusual note of milk chocolate, earth and metal. The aftertaste got some anonymous artificial bitterness and mineral notes.

The carbonation is quite low with small bubbles. It would have been fine for an ale but not for a lager.

On the whole an dull and unbalanced experience, I wonder what’s so “Premium” about it? And why am I wasting my time drinking this crap?

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Photo of JanM
3.56/5  rDev +22.3%
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 allergictomacros
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear gold. Decent sized head without much retention but good lacing.

S - A touch of skunk. Crisp hops. Slight tart aroma.

T - Sweet malt up front, followed by strong hop presence and residual graininess. And raw bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation hits a bit hard at the start, but mellows out. Otherwise, it has a bit of a slick feeling.

D - A little rough around the edges I'd say. I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as some other Holsten offerings.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Pepeton
3.61/5  rDev +24.1%
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 tesguino
4.13/5  rDev +41.9%
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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Holsten Premium from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 2.91 out of 5 with 155 ratings