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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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 allergictomacros
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +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 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 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 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 TastyTaste
2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, reminiscent of American Macros. Head is small, fades quickly to almost nothing.

Smell: Stale grassy malt, old yeast. Below average.

Taste: Watered down euro lager, with adjunct and off flavors abounding. Not good at all.

Mouthfeel.: OK< but leaves a metallic flavored coating in your mouth on the way down.

Drinkability: Pass on this, there are many other domestic beers that are cheaper and better than htis mess.

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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 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 Barraclou
2.33/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 330ml (11,2 fl.oz.) green bottle. 5.0%ABV Ingredients (label): water, malt, hops

Appearance: Very pale, almost clear. Some rural towns got more color with their sulfuric drinking water issue.

Smell: Awful. It is skunky.

Taste: Skunky pilsner and some bitterness. My note (2.5) is because I want to be somewhat positive on this one.

Mouthfeel: Sparking bubbles with creamy smoothness.

Drinkability: Next time, I will skip my turn on this one. I admit that I am not a big fan of pilsner, but this one is just too skunky and tasting not too good.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very very pale beer, quite pale I didnt know it was my urine test bled with water! A tiny shy head that dissapeared quicky. Smell fruity, nothing much, reminded me of macro. A tiny hoppish side nothing particular, nothing to brag about, no character, short and dry.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is completely unspecial. It is a very average Euro-lager
that underachieves in all areas. You can finish the can but it escapes my memory what this beer really is all about two minutes after the last drop. Avoid but accept if offered for free.

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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 ADR
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear medium gold color, average to large-bubbled white head of 1/2 an inch to start and average duration. Decent lace, some adhesion of clumps of foam. Lightly aromatic, light hop crispness, a bit of musk. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation average to maybe a touch high. Malt is bready with a hint of raw grain. Hops aren't as apparent in the back flavor as the aroma promises, but a mild sulpherous quality starts to set in. Relatively clean finish, slightly gassy. Seems to be around average as a Pils, could use more prickly bite for my tastes.

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Photo of TinusTime
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had a sample of this at the distributors that carries it.. Pours a golden colour with a stark white head.. Smell is a little of hops, but more medicinal and chemical than anything. Taste is just blah.. Nothing special, a bit of sweet malt and hops and more medicinal flavour.. Mouthfeel. Highly carbonated and prickly on the tongue. The worst thing is the after taste.. I could taste this beer for 10 minutes after words and it was not pleasent.. It took almost an entire SNPA to get rid of the taste .. I am not even sure if the beer is still brewed in Germany. I think I heard that it might be brewed in England. Overall this is the worst German bier I have had. Becks seems like nectar compared to this..

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Photo of cypressbob
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice pilsner when you cant get budvar, eisbrau etc (preferred czech offerings)

Comes in a small 275ml bottle, green

Pours like an amber body and thin head.

Hoppy flavour and bitterness. Has that quintessential pilsner taste, and its very easy to drink

A Perfectly acceptable brew, especially when the majority of the other offerings are pale macro lagers

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You can't fault a Pilsner for looking like a Pilsner, can you?
It pours a Pale golden color with a fading snow-white head and some trailing lace.
It smells immediately of a lightly sulfuric Euro-hop. A light bready malt aroma lingers in the background.
The lightly roasted barley malt has a taste of Saltine Crackers without the salt.
The light lemony hops have a slight metallic bite. It's a smooth and balanced beer with a very clean finish.
I used to find this beer occasionally in my youth (many moons ago) and I was happy when I stumbled upon it. It's not like the beer has changed from what I remembered, it's just that there are so many better beers around this one doesn't stand out any more.

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Photo of TerryW
2.67/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pretty unremarkable stuff. The big deal proclaimed on the label was the new plastic bottle.

So, pours up clear yellow with a small short-lived head. Nose is full of hops. Not much by way of flavour, slightly bitter hop finish.

A simple unremarkable average beer. Yawn.

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Photo of diablo14
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thers plenty of better german beers out there than holsten, and honestly, the only reason i ever consider this brew is if its on special and they giving away a bottle opener or glass with it.

yellow color with the standard white lager head. plenty of appealing bubble action going on also. hoppy nose that was a little skunky and herbal. taste was of straw, some malt and hint of cooked veggies. had some sweetish tones too. did have a lingering bitterness that was kinda dry, and quite hoppy. crisp right at the end which i did like.

not worth it overall but there are times when ill turn to holsten and it will do the job. plenty of others better and preferable.

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Photo of allboutbierge
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed at all.

Holsten pours a fizzy light gold color reminscent of American macro swill. Though the color is similiar the head isnt. It pours a fairly nice white and fluffy head but its short lived and leaves on the slightest amount of lace on the glass. Aroma is slightly herby and bitter, too weak to really discern much. Flavor is fairly sour and the first thing that comes to mind is grapefruits. Some herby flavor is in there but compared to other quality german pils like Jever, this brew is an amateaur. Not bad and undrinkable, but theres alot better out there.

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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 PiratePete
3.02/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A light taste after an unimpressive entrance (out of the can and into the glass). Not much head - it didn't hang around too long. It is very light and non-descriptive. It is smooth and it goes down easily, but then, it hasn't got that much to it that might be offensive. Its balanced between malt and hop with a slight sweet taste. Nothing to get upset about or excited either. Its just a beer with a plain look, smell, and feel. Its a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, small white head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. Light and refreshing. Crisp taste. Slightly malty. Slightly hoppy. Slight off taste? a little vegitative and stinky. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Andreji
1.74/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A terrible beer, common to those german "export" beers. Pours a very, very intense golden tone with a lot of carbonation, looking quite like a soda. The smell, very metallic and citrusy is absolutely unappealing and rather disturbingly close to something like heineken (or worse). The taste, perfectly terrible, is very bitter and metallic, again, like licking some iron rod or something. This also gives a repelling mouthfeel and thus lowers the drinkability, because who'd ever want it?

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a good beer for the masses. Nothing spectacular here, but certainly drinkable at a higher quality level than the Buds and Millers of this world. It comes out pale yellow, with a flat white head that disappears quickly, leaving little trace or lace. The smell is bland - perhaps a bit of malt there, but not much of anything. The hops are detectable in the finish, but only if you are really looking for them. Definitely an average brew by today's standards - it tasted so good fifteen years ago because we didn't yet know how much better beer could be.

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Holsten Premium from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
2.95 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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