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

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Holsten MaibockHolsten Maibock

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Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of proc
4.05/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a bright, golden, lager-like color in the glass with a slight head. Aroma is that or caramel and bread dough. The taste is excellent and in my opinion, very underrated here. There is a malt sweetness that isn't cloying, yet balanced on the swallow. I would drink this again without hesitation. A bit high ABV for a session beer, but I think I could handle the session... ;-)

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.92/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - clear dark gold. big chunky clingy head. little rising bubbles. Head retention could be a touch better.

S - Strong metallic smell. Some sweetness, grain and fruit as well, but the metallic-ness is overwhelming.

T - Fruity and slightly earthy. Sweet, but not cloying. Hops finally show up near the end, herbal and lightly bitter.

M - Medium-bodied and slightly creamy. Much more substantial than I would expect from a lighter beer.

D - A bit strong for a session beer, but quite tasty IMO. Starts off like a tripel but finishes like a vienna lager? or a pils maybe. I like it.

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Photo of MAB
3.74/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An appropriate color for the style, but the head didn't stick around too long.
I liked the taste. A lot. Fairly sweet, with sugary alcohol tones. Still, it was plenty malty and not all sugar.
Easy drinking, which is dangerous with a 7% brew!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woody's doing the CAN-CAN yet again. CAN you believe it?

Cue Fred Sanford on vacation in HI (sort of): "I'll have a Maibock. That's my bock. Dummy over there CAN have his own bock. I want what's mine. He CAN have his own if he CAN handle it. Big dummy."

CAN you get excited over a beer? I love watching the head approach the top of the glass as I hang out on somebody's C/S couch. This got a finger's worth of weak, bone-white heas with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite lager-sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a really sugary taste on the tongue. Finish was syrupy-sweet. Man, it just needed to be toned down a wee tad. A steady diet of this would make me a diabetic.

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Photo of Tackledorange
3.58/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it poured a clear golden colour with a 2 finger head that left some pretty decent lacing. It smells fairly sweet with a little floral hop smell and some grassy tones. It tastes very similar to what the smell is like more malt forward with a little tangy taste of hops at the end fairly light in flavour and body but for 7% abv it is pretty easy drinking but as it warmed up to room temperature the alcohol became very pronounced but not to overbearing.

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Photo of Quej
3.53/5  rDev +25.2%
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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Photo of ozmodium
3.35/5  rDev +18.8%
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 redmosquito
3.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's so rare that you come accross a maibock on the shelf, let alone in January. This one poured a golden yellow color with a thin head that left some lacing. Nice yeasty bock aroma with some good malt and little or no hops. The flavor is good, bitter then breadlike maltiness, and then an odd finish, dry and corn bread like. Overall, this is a nice surprise, even if it doesn't pack the maltiness of other maibocks that I've tried.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like another tall boy can in the icebox, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a pungent head shop clove smell. Pours to a golden colour with a creamy white head. Taste is a weighty funky almost skunky mix. The first thing that hits you is a dubbel-like maltiness and sweetness followed by a large and in charge hoppiness made up of noble hops. This seems like something to be imbibed in the biergarten out a 2 liter mug no less. Das ist gut, excepting for the funky twang on the aftertaste, otherwise the early workings of a belgian. Not too chabby.

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Photo of smcolw
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Short-lived, diminutive head that settles to rim bubbles. Absolutely no lace whatsoever. The color is dirty gold. Clear.

Smells earthy and sour. No deep malt aromas that I have come to expect from this style of beer.

Starts off neutral, mostly pale malt. There's a creaminess to the flavor. The swallow sours a bit and the aftertaste is brief. I note a brief spice of hop just after the swallow. The body is proper; the carbonation tilts toward the higher side.

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.29/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head on my Holsten maibock started wispy and quickly disappeared. The beer's colour is golden and nothing out of the ordinary. I enjoyed the sweet maltiness of the taste. The relatively high ABV isn't driven to the fore.Not imbibing in many bocks, I can't fairly compare this beer to others of its type. I did like it, though, and would try it again.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't dislike this beer eventhough it is a poor Maibock. The taste is fairly malty with a decent sweetness. This is much better than the straight pilsner that they make. It is drinkable and better than a crap NA macro but when you taste a superior maibock such as Paulener or Ayinger it does pale in comparison.

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Photo of stoutman
3.23/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong malt in the nose that almost drowns out any hop. Sweet malt and a chewy finish dominated by the toffee like sweet malt. Gold pour with a white head and a steady stream of carbonation. This is a quite thin and boring Maibock. Rather sweet and bland.

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Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bocks are great beers for evolutionary geneticists: variation under domestication, natural selection, laws of variation, hybridism - examples abound in this historical German family of brews. This particular example, for instance, is much clearer and lighter than doppelbocks of similar strength, yet its deep orange body is darker than most helles (light) bocks.

The Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law) - which this beer claims to adhere to - is an assurance that adjuncts weren't added to the beer, but it's no indication of whether the ingredients that were added are any good or added amply. This beer has a fairly flaccid maltiness that is accented by a dry alcohol and slight corny sweetness.

The alcohol and the malts work hand in glove; traces of bready Munich malt absorb some of the booze while it, in turn, beefs up the malt's otherwise pale plainness. There's a good balance struck. It's not what I'd call "rich" - which this style absolutely should be - but it's fairly clean. Still, I'm not satisfied unless I can feel the Munich malt in my gums.

The alcohol, while you can be sure it’s in there, is certainly not flagrant. The beer is, however, quite thin and notes of raw white sugar (probably added to boost the alcohol content) come and go, lingering more as the beer looses its chill. It would have certainly benefited from a few more kettle hops - they've really gotta axe that residual sweetness.

Holsten Maibock started off as a Seinfeld episode – a beer about nothing – but became more like a David Lynch film: pretty strange, hard to assess and even harder to tell if I liked it. I'm not sure what to think – I love the style but it is inherently a pale, strong lager which means that, if done poorly, it constitutionally becomes a “malt liquor”. That confusion doesn't happen with the style's best examples. With this one, however, it’s up to interpretation.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Maibock poured a rich amber slighty orange colour with little head. The smell is quite sweet and mild.
The taste isn't bad. For a 7% beer, i would say the alcohol is well hidden. Taste is a little bit sour, but is pretty good. Again i like it quite a lot for a high alcohol beer.
The mouthfeel gets a low rating because the below average aftertaste. Very difficult to detect anything hoppy, more of the malty sweetness that just fades out.
I could see drinking a lot of these only with the distinct goal of getting drunk fast. Its like sometimes when things aren't happening fast enough you add a couple of these to the mix in between your regular 5% beers to really get the party hopping.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very strong and bitter taste. Sometimes you can even taste the alcohal in it. The smell is also quite strong.

It's very similar to your average malt liqours, but I would say it's a step up from beers like Colt 45 or Old English. (Hence the okay score), it's also very cheap.

Overall this is an okay beer, but taste wise there are better beers out there.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.14/5  rDev +11.3%
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 joemcgrath27
3.12/5  rDev +10.6%
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 wordemupg
3.11/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into pint glass jan31 2010

A clear golden yellow with a fast falling finger of head that left a few rings of lace while the foam lasted

S some floral and grassy hops with some honey

T as it smells but with with some booze that hurts its cause and its a little sweet

M just a little syrupy with a fair amount of carbonation

D would serve a purpose if you feel like catching a cheap buzz, but nothing special going on here

not a bad beer but not worth looking for, I doubt I'll be drinking this again soon unless I'm broke and want to wash some worries away

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Photo of spinrsx
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear darker yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts and very very light hops mixed with corn. There is also a hint of a caramel sweetness. It finishes with a malty cooked corn aftertaste.

Overall – The taste seemed little bit harsh at times, but for the most part it's a fairly enjoyable above average beer. Not something I'd ever buy again but it wasn't a waste of money.

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Photo of scott451
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amberish gold into a glass mug. Two finger bubbly white head which didn't stick around. Good lacing.

Sweet malt smells. Some grassy floral notes. Sweet malts again in the taste. Caramel toffee with a slight bite. Very smooth hop finish. Quite nice. Big flavour.

Medeum body and carbonation. A little sweet for a big session. A 500ml can of 7% is not to be taken lightly. One of my fave winter brews though.

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Photo of entheogen
3.09/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am reviewing a 500mL can of Holsten Maibock in a pilsener glass: best-before date is December 2006.

A: The beer looks to be a deeper yellow color, kind of like a light bronze. There was initially about 2 fingers worth of head, but it had dwindled down to a 2mm covering within about 3 minutes, leaving a very small amount of lacing that was very linear. It is pretty.
S: The smell is mostly citrusy and a very tiny bit smoky. Something about the smell turns me off: there's something a little fetid there... it's horrible to say this, but the off smell reminds me of Alberta Genuine Draft (which brings to mind beer-induced vomiting). It isn't horrible, just the presence of an unexpected (and not too enjoyable) element.
T: The initial taste I get is metallic, probably to do with how long it's been sitting around in the can. This is followed by sweetness, then a little zing from the hops. Carbonation is pretty low, alcohol is not really that obviated. It is there, but it is a background hum. This stuff is pretty good.
M: Kind of beefy, my first expectations were for this to be light, but this stuff hangs around in the mouth for a little while. Kinda creamy at the very very end.
D: This stuff is as smooth as the festbock (the only other Holsten product I can get). This isn't overly intrusive, and is very cool for a higher alcohol beer that is relatively inexpensive as well.

I could see myself drinking this in the future, if only to supplement the festbock. Although the smell is not very nice, you get used to it after a couple sips.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
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 kwjd
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL can from the LCBO. Pours a golden yellow colour with a finger of thick white head. The head dissipates leaving some patches on top of the beer. Smells quite grainy with a very faint grassy aroma. Almost no bitterness, very sweet though. Flavour is fairly clean and for a cheap high alcohol beer, I can see the appeal in this. I think it tastes better than macro lagers and it certainly punches higher at 7% alcohol.

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Photo of peensteen
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Now, I have had this on many occasions but every time I have consumed this right out of the can and usually on the subway on the way somewhere. I bought this with the same intentions but the subway was full so instead I will review this.

Pale blonde/orange colour, one finger of white head with some retention and no lace to speak of. Smell is malty and bready, sweet candy like notes, some fruits come across as well, light hint of corn and some alcohol. Taste is malty and fairly sweet, some green apple flavours as well, light alcohol heat, some grassy notes come off as well, lightly bitter, malty-sweet finish. Light carb, med-full body, decent weight. This is a fairly average beer and in all respects isn't very good however, there is something I really enjoy about this beer and I will still buy this as my staple "one for the road" beer.

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