Reviewed by Brady White on April 8, 2015 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Holsten-Brauerei AG
- Origin: Hamburg, Germany
- Rated On: April 8, 2015
- Best Before: end of September 2015
- ABV: 7.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Maibock
- Rating: OKAY
This 500ml can 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, 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, floral noble hops. Bubbles are at a premium, as the carbonation is quite soft and lilting in its 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 much less boozy than many Continental bocks that I’ve sampled. Just the thing to hit the spot as the weather somewhat surprisingly turns sunny and fresh – and it seems to work as a suitable pairing to anything spicy that may appear on one’s dinner table.