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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Added by canadianbarman on 11-30-2002

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Photo of RyanBelle
1.45/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is not a bad beer. It has a personality at 7% ABV that really acts as the redeemer for this bock. I personally don't mind bock's at all and absolutely love dopplebock's usually.

A - Looks good, nice and golden but average.

S - Average Lager smell, exciting but not really a "bock" smell. It's not as strong as it tastes.

T - Not bad. It's a very passable bock that gives Holsten a good name so far from what I have tried. It has lots of warming alcohol characteristics and it tastes a lot like a fine wine, almost moreso than a beer because of the high alcohol content.

M - Not great, because warming alcohol dominates.

D - Not great, because although this will get me drink quick, I like more flavor in my bocks/dopplebocks. This one is a slightly bland example of a bock and drinks somewhat poorly.

Try it if you have experience with bock beers, as this may turn you off or turn you on to that type of beer. It's literally a love it or hate it kind of beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.47/5  rDev -47.9%
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 drinkininthewood
1.6/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

served from a 500ml can

A- piss yellow colour, tiny head that disappears in seconds leaving nothin....no bubbles, nothing. your basically left with a beer glass that looks like its filled with scotch.

S- Macro. Maybe a little pilsner malt.

T- alcohol, acid, i honestly couldnt describe this, its like trying to convince a beer geek that Steelback beers are "premium Canadian Beer"

M- Stingy, acidy, no carbonation whatsoever ( i this even a beer?)

D- i guess you could drink it if you had to.

Overall this is the last Holsten beer im ever having, maybe i got a bad one or something

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Photo of mintjellie
1.8/5  rDev -36.2%
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 tatterdash
1.93/5  rDev -31.6%
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 pootz
1.98/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow, what a let down....this is in no way a maibock...more like a characterless high-test Euro malt liquor that Canuckle head slammers can use to get gooned in "gentile" company undetected by the obvious use of domestic paper bag beers....the Euro lable is like cammo for a good lunch launchin' pissfest brew.. Animal house does Deutschland!

Came in a 500ML can bragging that it complied with the German purity act of 15XX...guess it's there to fool the rustics who think anything from Eroupe is quality and "Ke-lass."

Poured a disappointing lager light gold (MaiBock??) with a tiny head that went away in a minute....no effervescence in the glass, no lace, no ring... when the head left it looked flat and unappealing.

Had virtually no aromas with a singular wisp of alcohol mingled with a slight spice smell.

Started thin and flat went to a weak mouth feel with miniscule malt tastes and a sligt hint of hopp then the finish was ...well....gonzo!....sweet malt completely overpowered by the taste of our old friend ALCOHOL...I poured the rest out

This is the type of stuff I left years ago after all the side effects of drinking too much paper bag malt "likker" shriveled me liver and soul....eeecchhhhaaahhhh no no don't make me finish it...gimme a straight bourbon to chase this taste away!

If you want to get gooned on GOOD Euro strong beer buy an Okocim Mocne...leave this Teutonic urine sample on the shelf.

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Photo of IronDjinn
1.99/5  rDev -29.4%
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 TerryW
2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rough looking soda pop appearance. Unnatural gold colour, brittle white head that immediately leaves the glass. Get real ugly real quick.

Promptly and unpleasantly bitter when you tap a mouthful. Sickly sweetness immediately on the heels of the bitterness. Nose is nasty and vegetal.

Couldn't finish this. Comes across like one of those nasty malt liquor things. Tries to bludgeon you with a heavy does of alcohol.

Skip it.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looks average... very clear, golden yellow. Lots of head that disappears in a couple of minutes, leaving some lacing down the glass.

Smell is nearly non-existent. Smells like a lot of similar beers. Nothing stands out as good or really bad.

The alcohol surely stands out. It's got an OK aftertaste, and you can taste some OK sweet notes in there, and some mildness, but over top all of that is that overpowering shadow of sharp alcohol. Drinking this is almost like trying to grimace down some straight hard liquors.

Trying to separate this from flavour, it "feels" OK. A little creamy, fairly smooth, OK carbonation.

I can drink it, but I don't like it.

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Photo of chickenm
2.13/5  rDev -24.5%
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 JustinBathurst
2.18/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured clear straw gold with a slight tan head.

Smells of cider, honey, and a floral/strawberry licorice.

Mouthfeel is watery and under-carbonated.

Taste? Well, aspirin. This beer was so astringent that I could barely make out anything else for around 10 minutes. Then I noticed some honey sweetness. Obviously, it's hoppy, but it's far too astringent to be enjoyable. However, you couldn't detect the higher alcohol content. I'm not sure if that's a plus or not.

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Photo of PiratePete
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not the best of Holsten. This is just a bland, nothing special, high alcohol, beer. It pours out a very light amber with no head to speak of. Nose is of some hops, alcohol, and something I didn't quite get nor was I interested enough to do so. Not much of an inviting taste - sweet malt (can malt be sweet?). The other Holstens are better.

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Photo of Mandrake
2.33/5  rDev -17.4%
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 Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
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 prosper
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks good, smells good, feels good... too bad about the taste.

Pours a very clear, dark yellow with a dense, frothy white cap. Lots of lace.

Smells grainy, with a hint of sulfur. Soft malts, and characteristic vegetalness.

Taste - pretty bad, all things considered. Sticky sweet, slight grainy pils malt character. Something vegetal in there. It does have a sort of 'cheap-malt-liquor' flavour to it, that's hard to explain. Finishes softly malty - the finish is actually quite nice. Does have some 'lowenbrau-like' highlights. Leaves some alcohol warming. Not sure I'll be able to finish this can, or end up pouring it out. Boil it down a bit, and pour it on pancakes might be ok...

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Photo of korguy123
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Darker than normal straw yellow pour. Zero head just little wisps. Lacing is zilch.

S- Corn, grass and cereal. There is a strange medicinal aroma along with this I can't put my finger on.

T- I get a slight alcohol taste up front with corn, sugar and grains.

M- Light bodied, minimal carbonation.

O- I'm not appalled by this beer, it is just a hefty adjunct lager in my opinion and not worthy of my glass lol...

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Photo of DrJay
2.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very clear golden colour with a rather thin, lacey head. Noticeable DMS aroma, with a hint of toasted malt. Flavour is rather sweet, some DMS, a bit of spiciness. Hop bitterness is too low to balance the sweetness. The finish is lightly sweet, not cloying, and becomes more dry as you keep drinking. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. It also has a light alcohol warmth.

500 mL can with a clearly marked freshness date on the bottom.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.49/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can
7.0% ABV

I tried this beer on March 18, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent orangy-gold colour with a generous white fluffy head that disappeared quite quickly. The aroma was very grassy with very little other discernable aromas. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, ample carbonation, with a little bitterness. The flavour was again a lot of grass with a little bit of hoppy bitterness. When it comes to Holsten brews, this is not as good as the Festbock, but better than the Premium.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium golden hue with very limited head and minor glass ring. The body is thinner than anticipated, medium/light at best. The nose is crisp and of apples.
The high ABV is very evident in the taste of this brew which is highly malted and sweet. Nothing to get excited about here, think I will introduce this brew to my sink and avoid tomorrow's headache.

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Photo of BBP
2.51/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear golden wheat color with little head. Disappeared all together rather quickly.

S- Sweet malt smell. Slight hop aroma.

T- Syrupy. Sweet malts, but lacking a bit in the hop department. Some metallic hints.

M- Hard on the tongue, but goes down easy. A bit more carbonation than average.

D- Pretty good for a getting drunk cheap beer. Not impressive tastewise though. The alcohol isn't too noticable, but it's noticable enough to take away from what could have been good.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.52/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright golden color going for amber. White 2 finger head dead in a minute. Average legs and activity.

Faint aromas and flavors of corn, caramel and herbal spices. Invading highly sugary syrupy taste.

Light body with prickly carbonation. Faint and short finish ending in sweetness and slightly dry.

Overall : A little bland but some good freshness. Overly accessible with a clean finish and almost no alcohol feel.

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Photo of jayfarley3
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 500ml can, poured a golden yellow with a small head that dissapated very quickly, has lots of carbonation.

smells slightly sweet, malty and maybe a little citrus.

tastes like sweet malts, reminds me of a cheap malt liquor, the alcohol is covered up very well.

mouthfeel is pretty thin with a lot of carbonation.

this beer is drinkable but i would much rather have somthing else.

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Photo of decimator
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Typical Lager appearance. Golden color with a 1/2" head that was quickly gone.

S - Mild mix of malts and hops, and some alcohol.

T - A little sweet up front but then it's mostly hop & alcohol bitterness.

M - Average feel. The alcohol is not well masked.

D - Looks & smells ok but once it's in my mouth it loses some of its appeal. One is enough. Not as good as some of Holsten's other beers.

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Photo of Stocean1
2.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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 ChrisCage
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%
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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