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

23 Ratings
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Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 09-21-2005

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Photo of Darthmaul
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a big grainy/pale lager malts bomb. The flavor is pale lager yeast, grainy malts and a slightly beery/sweet/smooth finish. Not bad, drinkable.

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Photo of Bitburger
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dper
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vestlake
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light colored beer with a one finger head, lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Very nice clean taste. Great price so I will definetly buy again. Really enjoyed this beer, great example of the style.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A light colored, light pouring, light drinking beer... What more can I say about this well-crafted, not made for dissecting, beer.

Doesn't have the bad adjunct quality of many American macro attempts at the style... Clean clean clean finish and drinkability.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Clean, Hay, Fizzy

This is one of those no-frills Pilsners, a staple blue-collar beer, an industrial lager of sorts—and we don’t mean this in any sort of negative tone. The world needs beers like this, yellow and fizzy but with flavor. Way too easy to quaff back, a real treat for what it is.

STYLE: German Pilsner | ABV: 4.9% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pep
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Antiantianti
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear light golden color with lots of rising bubbles. A white head dissipates quickly leaving only a ring of white bubbles around the edges. Little or no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet grains and malts, a definite dry grassiness giving it a clean aroma.

Taste: A nice malt sweetness to start, followed by a malty body with a dry, grassy finish. Only a faint tang in the finish offers any balance.

Mouthfeel: Dry and clean, pretty light.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised with this at $12 for a 12 pack. This could definitely be one a go-to summer beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains, a bit of sweetness. Taste is light, malts, mild grains, a light sweetness, refreshing but mild. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of mmalon78
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into pilsner glass at Parson's Chicken and Fish in Chicago

A: Beer pours a clear straw yellow with a decent lasting white head.
S: Distinctive malt breadiness of a German malts with some very mild fruit esters.
T: Taste is crisp and clean with early noble hop bitterness and a balanced biscuity malt finish.
O: This beer is true to its roots being the primary beer of the Reeperbahn (Redlight District) of Hamburg. You can not beat the price point on this German import. Overall, my appreciation of traditional styles continues to grow and this is an example why. Definitely recommend it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Man, what a stop at Binney's (South Loop) in Chicago for The CANQuest (TM) recently! I usually do not review CANs without an approved picture in place, but I have the remains of a 12-pack for trade if anyone is curious to try one and plenty for photographic purposes.

From the CAN: "Made with passion in Hamburg, Germany"; I really dig the interlocking anchor and heart logo.

The Crack was problem-free and given that it was a 330ml CAN, I went with an inverted Glug since there was little chance of overflow. Success! I had a brief finger of foamy, bone-white head that quickly faded out of existence. Color was a pale sunshine yellow with NE-plus quality clarity and I wish that I had been able to see into the future as mine is uncertain, but it did enable me to look into the neighbors' kitchen. This smelled like what I expect from a GER Pils - the honey-sweetness of malt along with a grassy Noble hops quality. Textbook. Mouthfeel was full, solid for the style and the taste was just right. It had a honey/lager sweetness underlain by a grassiness that complimented, not drove, the bier. If you want that, then grab a Czech-style Pils. Finish was semi-dry with the grassiness coming into its own. Outside of being forced to buy a shrink-wrapped 12-pack, I have no beef with this beer. Trade with me and try some for yourself.

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Photo of tcdolle
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Heard about this beer from a friend from Hamburg. Seems like the Bier for German punk rockers. Poured at home from 11.2 ounce can into a small glass dimple Stein. Color is a pale straw without sediment, cloudiness or particulates. Body is a little limpid & pours without much "Blume". Pleasant, surprisingly clean aromatic without any characteristic funkiness & possessing aromas of sweet grasses & wet stone. Flavor profile again is surprisingly enjoyable given the price point, with a mellow, pleasing maltiness. Almost a complete absence of hop complexity to complement the malty aspect which gives the beer a certain blandness. Finish is mildly mineral & fairly short. All in all, not really a beer for snobs or aristocrats but a simple beverage perfect for a warm summer day & frankly more enjoyable than Warsteiner, Beck's or St. Pauli Girl.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Who needs sleep? This stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises barley, mild grass, and light flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with an extra caress of funk for the sake of it. Damn you, Bootsy! The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty insipid pils, one that comes across as just kind of a lazy attempt at a mass-appeal pilsner that doesn't wanna express its inner nature. Pass.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of paterlodie
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 03-2007. Not that much of an head and a golden beer thats bright. Nose is hoppy and IMO very malty with litle cardboard and dry grass. Taste is full matly also and tastes like they used quiet some munich malt. Further full of taste and hardly any yeastesters. Good bitterness that's well dosed makes taste OK and together with good carbonisation this brew has also a balanced mouthfeel. IMO a good pilsener that's well and easy drinkable.

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Astra Premium Bier from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
3.58 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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