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 nighthawk
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy orange/yellow with one finger of head that idssipated very quicly, leaving no lacing on the glass. Smelled mildly grassy, a little grainy. Grassy taste, some more mellow bitter hops notes. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms. No real discernable malt tastes. Fairly strong carbonation bites the tongue, low-medium body. Bitter taste clings to the tongue for some time afterwards. Not an unpleasant brew, but the alcohol hits you pretty strongly.

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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 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 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 crwills
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a can of this at the LCBO. Poured into a pint glass. Pale yellow, not much head -- but lots of bubbles! Something not quite right about the aroma. It's almost sickly sweet and (sadly) reminds me a bit of overripe garbage. Flavour is a little better, and those "garbagy" notes go away as it warms -- however, when it gets too warm, it's just plain unpleasant and hard to drink, so you really can't win. High carbonation, lots of sweet malt, little in the way of hop flavour (although it's got enough bitterness to be reasonably balanced).

I'm not a fan.

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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 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 ManWithHat
3.06/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber. Active carbonation, but the head fades quickly and leaves only a thin lace.

S - A strange mix of tin, hops and fruit notes. Unusual, but not bad.

T - Starts slightly metallic and acidic and finishes with an alcoholic and faintly malty warmth. The flavours become more assertive and brash when the beer is served warm.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the beer has a crisp and refreshing carbonation.

D - Surprisingly drinkable given the strength of the beer and its odd flavours.

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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 vanrassel
3.07/5  rDev +8.9%
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 BDTyre
2.69/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Holsten is familiar to me from the grocery store with their non-alcoholic products (grocery stores in Canada can't sell liquor or beer).

The red "German Specialty 7.0% alc/vol." tag really set me off. What was I thinking?

Looks okay: light copper with thin white head.

Smell is blah: malts and tin, very faint hops. Aren't maibocks supposed to be hoppier? On a second quaff, it is mostly a cold and tin scent, traces of alcohol.

Taste doesn't change my opinion much. Better developed malt profile, but still lacking any real hop presence. Tin taste, but very bland overall. Maybe I refrigerated it too long? Alcohol is there, but lacks warmth.

So-so mouthfeel; not unpleasant. Barely drinkable due to its underwhelming, very boring flavour.

This may have set me off Holsten for life.

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Photo of ByTor2112
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
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 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 Conrad
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The quick version: It's okay.
A: Deep clear gold yellow. Thin head that left quickly.
S: Hops upfront. A bit of citrus, minimal malts.
T: Nice. Not terrific, but nice. A bit sweet but not syrupy or cloying; lower bitters than I would have thought, considering that is the smell that hits you first.
M: Medium to light body, smooth, medium finish.
D: Have one, then move on to something else that will challenge your tastebuds.

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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 funkengruven
2.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark orange with a little head, not too bad to look at. Smell is nothing special, a little metallic actually. Taste is rather sour with offensive bitterness and skunkyness reminiscent of a bad malt liquor. It however does not leave much of a lingering aftertaste which is not too bad, and it is somewhat bearable. I don't expect I'll be revisiting this one any time soon.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 CAMRAhardliner
2.6/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden with a big whispy near white head that becomes a foam ring quite quickly. The aroma is of bready, slightly fruity, toasty malts and wiffs of hops and corn. The taste is very thin with a prominent alcohol feel. Theres a little bit of husky grain and a lager yeast crispness. The hops are overpowered by rubbing alcohol alcohol flavors. Maybe this beer was too thoroughly fermented, its body is thinnish and it lacks depth in its malt profile. The mouthfeel is watery and unevenly carbonated. Theres a sweet slightly vegetal finish. This beer could really use some more body to mask its 7% abv, as it is I wouldnt try it again.

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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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Holsten Maibock from Hanseatische Getränke-Industrie (HGI) Holsten-Brauerei AG
2.82 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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