Holsten Maibock

Reviewed by on April 8, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • 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

The Review

Holsten is a brewery from Hamburg, in the north of Germany, and this is their spring offering, though it appears to be available year-round – same mounted knight emblem imagery as the other Holsten offerings.

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.

Brady White

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