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

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Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by canadianbarman on 11-30-2002

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 72
Reviews by Quej:
Photo of Quej
3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - An nice orange colour and very clear. Lots of visible carbonation and lots of thick white fluffy head which disappears quickly.

S - Has shints of fruitiness, but mostly tin and metal smells (possibly from can). Smells slightly hoppy and a bit bitter.

T - Lots of sweet citrus and thick biscuity malt sweetness up front follwed by bitter dry hoppiness. Long lasting sweetness in the aftertaste despite quick finish and its refreshin hop bite. The coppery metallic twinge suits the colour of the beer quite nicely. A rather bitter beer, with good leafy hops.

M - Slightly drying , mostly thick and heavy-ish. Very refreshing, clean finishing beer.

D - Great drinkablility, and very refreshing. Not too strong or powerful to be hindering on the drinkability.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.78/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden/orange pour. The head fades fast. Not much is detectable in the nose, maybe some malt and hints of caramel. Malty on the way down with an odd sweetness, again, maybe caramel (?) but not distinct. Also seems very grainy with an obvious alcohol finish. Not a great beer as far as Maibocks go.

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Photo of FadetoBock
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.04/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at the LCBO - liked the festbock, thought I'd try a bock-off!

Pours a pale yellow, lots of carbonation. White head that disappears very quickly, leaving only a thin ring around the edge. Not fantastic.

Smell is hoppy with a bit of peach, maybe some malt there.

Taste is uninspired. The alcohol kick at the finish ends up dominating the palate after a smooth, sweet entry. Nothing really too exciting here, but hard to nail down.

Mouthfeel is thin, decent carbonation.

Drinkable, but nothing to write home about. Probably won't pick this one up again, although for the price, it's not bad.

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Photo of chickenm
2.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear light copper color, with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears. Aroma of malt, apples, light hops, and alcohol. The taste is overly sweet and dominated by the alcohol, and very little hops in this. Gets worse as the beer warms up. Not very good.. I wasn't able to finish this, and I won't be buying this again anytime soon.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.47/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Can't be a true maibock, golden tone thin white head disappears in seconds, lacing yeah right. Aroma: Touch of hallertau grainy sweetness, this seems disappointingly bland. Taste: Alcohol is evident and overbearing on the grainy cloying sweetness malt liquor like flavor, this sucks. Mouthfeel: Thin watery undercarbonated. Drinkability: Wow, I only paid about a dollar for it the date was good, I had to pour this one down the drain it was horrible.

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Photo of ByTor2112
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I brought this back from Canada.
Off white head dissipates quickly. Smells like a European macro lager, smells like a bale of hay and I can barely get whiff of sweet malt.
Crisp hop bitterness hits the palate with a decent malt body but it tasted like the can somewhat. No alcohol was detected whilst it was cold. A good froth in the mouth sweetens it up and releases the alcohol presence. A good smooth beer but still feels like a european macro with a higher alcohol content. As it warms up the alcohol is more present on the palate. Not bad, but all the while I still felt like this was a Heineken with a higher grain bill.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can - same mounted knight emblem imagery as the other Holsten offerings.

This beer pours a perfectly clear, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and even a bit creamy off-white head, which leaves some thin, filmy ropes of lace around the glass in its steady wake.

It smells of bready, kind of crackery pale grainy malt, warm cereal, over-inoculated sourdough, further earthy yeast, mildly phenolic booze, and weak weedy, earthy hops. The taste is strong, bready cereal malt, rather sweet in its bearing, pithy yeast, a soft, slightly metallic alcohol edge, and more anemic grassy and floral noble hops.

Bubbles are at a premium, as the carbonation is quite soft and lilting in its basic frothiness, the body a stocky medium weight, kind of slick, but ultimately smooth. It finishes clean, I suppose, if a bit sticky, and weirdly drying, after all that, as the still understated warming alcohol and grassy/weedy hops keep on keepin' on.

An adequately drinkable, and certainly affordable Maibock, in the guise of a Euro strong lager, and less boozy than many Continental bocks that I've sampled. Just the thing to hit the spot as the weather unsurprisingly turns, heh, south - and it seems to work as a suitable pairing to the spicy-ass Rogan Josh that is imminently arriving to my dinner table.

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Photo of mintjellie
1.8/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep gold in colour with a poorly retained fizzy white head. Faint pale malt and alcohol aroma. It tastes like a severely under-attenuated and under-hopped pilsner. A little bit of white bread with very little hop flavour or bitterness to offset it's honeyed sweetness. Alcohol isn't hot, but still feels harsh. Everything else is so mute that booze really is the dominant flavour in this beer. Booze and sugar. Light bodied with low carbonation, it feels both thin and syrupy. Terrible beer. This must be Germanys answer to malt liqour.

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Photo of ozmodium
3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, I purchased this beer as I wanted to try all the "cheap" beers at the BC liquor stores. This was on sale for $2 along with its darker Holsten brother (can't really remember what they call that one). BTW $2 for a pint can in BC is cheap. Anyway. I was actually pleasantly suprised. Although my expectations were not high... So...
I poured it into my big beer stein, icy cold.

Poured a light orangy amber with a nice, but quick to dissapate pure white head. Fizzy. To hide the delicious 7.0% alc. I assume. (which it does well). No lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, and a nice hoppiness. A bit of baking bread yeasty and um lemon maybe? Something kind of odd, but not bad really. No skunkiness. Cool.

Suprisingly nice taste. Tastes like stronger Lowenbrau. Not watery. Malts malts malts. nice hoppy finish. Something odd about it again. Strange as this is apparently brewed to 1516 standards.

Nice carbonation levels hide the alcohol well and keep the undesirable odours and tastes away when cold. DRINK COLD.

All in all this is actually not bad for a cheap, get you drunk beer. Sure is better than any malt liqour out there. I can drink this, and even choose to drink it on occasion now.

Anyone whos ever drank Lowenbrau (the stuff that's actually made in europe) will recognise the flavours of this beer. It almost seems like Holsten stole the Lowenbrau recipe and fortified it a bit.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.12/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - clear golden yellow, good white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film, decent lacing
S - resiny hops, metallic, light grainy malts, slightly perfumy
T - leafy and resiny hop flavours are fairly crisp and clean, mild grainy malts, but the tinny metallic flavours is a bit much
M - full carbonation but relatively thin, dryness is nice but again the feel is even metallic on the finish
D - relatively easy drinking like most of the German offerings you will find in a Canadian liquor store, but the higher ABV and the metallic flavours start to build up to make the experience less enjoyable

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Photo of Mandrake
2.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having been pretty impressed by this brewery's Festbock, I decided that, in the spirit of spring, I'd give the Maibock a try.

Pours a medium piss yellow with almost no head. Smell is nearly non-existant, with a bit of slightly rotten grain and perhaps a touch of hops. Taste is medicinal, with piles of phenol and corn, and very little hoppiness or anything of any interest. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but still with some crisp carbonation, and drinkability is decent. Disappointing.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The label on this beer's Canadian-imported can sports a red flag trumpeting its 7 per cent ABV. It may be a bit of truth in advertising, because, really, there isn't much else that sets this beer apart from the multitudes of nondescript beers out there.

It poured into my mug with a miniscule one-finger head that retreated immediately to a soapy ring topping a clear, dark gold body. The beer smelled a bit fruity and alcoholic, elevating it momentarily above blandness.

Sadly, the taste didn't offer much in the way of thrills. It was malty and a bit fruity with only faint hops leading to a dry finish. Thin and watery mouthfeel. This may be a bit of a crazy observation, but it almost tasted like a watered-down Belgian tripel to me.

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Photo of Ebichuuu
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ChrisCage
2.6/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- This pours with a creamy thick white head, but it doesn't retain very well, settling fairly quick into a thin film over the beer. The color is golden and is very clear. There is a lot of carbonation, and they are big bubbles. The columns rise slower than many other beers so we'll see what we get....

S- Sweet malt dominates the aroma, but there is some hints of metallic astringency. The alcohol is more noticeable, but could be expected, being 7% and all. The finish is slightly herbal and there is some mild hop bitterness too.

T- Much like the aromas, with lots of malt sweetness that is slightly honeyed. The initial sweetness is quickly subdued though by a bitter metallic flavor and alcohol, which doesn't taste all that good. The lingering sweetness returns in a more mild manner on the palate afterwards.

M- Medium-light bodied and the carbonation is not overwhelming, which helps a bit in getting through the alcohol. However, it's just too alcoholic to really get a feel for the character overall.

D- Once I'm done this can I think I'll keep it at that. This isn't like the Festbock, which is good IMO. There isn't enough of a balance for me to want to drink this more. Might be good for a beer can chicken though, once the booze burns off, as the sweetness could liven up the meat...

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Photo of Stocean1
2.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden honey colored body - I aggressively poured a one finger white head that was gone by the time i turned around from disposing of the can. No lacing and pretty clear.

S - cereal and corn bursting out, not great but not bad and about what I expected - some floral hops as well.

T - well here we go....syrupy corn, earthy hops coming through, sweet (too) malt, and some spicy pear (or what I imagine a spicy pear would taste like) - I am not pouring down the sink it has been a long week and I need a warm up - ideal brew for a hot late may day in a park out of a bag.

M - A very robust body it is sweet and syrupy with some lingering bitterness, from the pour I assumed it would be heavily carbonated (a real pop from the can) however the carbonation is really non-existent.

O - I will check this off on my bucket list - no need to "experience" this one again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a golden color beer with below average head. Aroma is quite weak for a bock and only faint malt can be detected. Taste is very disappointing, kind of like a foul lager. Body is bit thin with some alcohol burn. Total lack of complexity in this beer.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
1.75/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.14/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted this on July 8th, 2009.

A: Copper like color with a head of big bubbles.
S: Average intensity smell. Mainly malts and caramel.
T: The taste is similar. However, way more caramel than in the nose. Not bad, but not great too. Get some nuts.
M: Medium body.
D: One is enough.

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Photo of Elysha
2.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A decent German seasonal.
The only downside here is the aluminium-taste from the can completely ruins the taste of what should be at least a 3.5.

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Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of evlu1441
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had the regular Holsten, and I wasn't too impressed. I'm hoping this Maibock is more than just an extra strong lager.

It has a deeper golden colour than a typical lager, with thin bubble head that is quickly dissipating. There is a lot of carbonation rising up to the top.

The aroma is sweet and malty. There is also a faint alcohol smell.

The flavour is has a richer maltiness than a regular lager. It has a slightly biscuity character. The alcohol is quite noticeable throughout, and though not offensive, not always the best. The body is kind of light, which lends to a watery taste after a while. After a few gulps, the alcohol is almost all there is to the flavour.

Overall, this definitely tastes like a maibock and not just a strong lager, but it isn't the best representation of the style.

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Photo of tatterdash
1.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I don't know, I keep thinking I got a bad can. It literally got worse and worse as I struggled through it. It poured rather well for a can, clear, golden yellow with a nice white head. Smell, why do I smell rum? Taste, ack! It's like there is a shot of rum in this! The ABV is not hidden at all. It's like boilmaker, to be chugged, not savoured. Sorry folks, I tried but this one was most unpleasent...

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Photo of IronDjinn
1.99/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From a 500ml can with a freshness date on the bottom, and the ingredients on the back in around 11 different languages. It's a clear amber colour, hardly any head to it at all, and that disappears the moment you blink. The aroma is sweet and boozy, but nothing really more distinct than that. The flavour can only be described as when you accidently drink La Fin Du Monde out of the bottle, and even that is being very generous (at least Monde has some character either way). The farther down the glass I go (why am I doing this to myself?) the more cidery it starts to taste. I would actually rather drink a domestic macro than this stuff.

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Photo of CurtisD
2/5  rDev -29.8%

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