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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Holsteiner Lager is a copper colored lager beer that is malt accented, very smooth and gently hopped with the finest German noble hop varieties.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Draft at Ballydoyle, Downers Grove. Once again, I’m impressed by the quality of the beers Argus makes their first time on tap. Maybe being fresh from a local brewer and served at a place that takes care of their beer has something to do with it, but this is as good as an Oktoberfest can get. Only the RB credo of only giving big ratings to barley wines and impy stouts keeps me from rating this higher. Admittedly, the smell is just middlin’, a nice maltiness with sweet notes, but not much more. In a thistle pint, it’s golden brown, like autumn leaves; very clear, with a good layer of pillowy foam atop. Taste is just what a malty German beer should be. Rich and sweet, but not overly roasted or sugary, just a light caramel touch, Noble hops that just add some balance at the start, then become a bit spicy and peppery further down. Enough carbonation to keep you from swilling it, and to deliver more flavor. Clean, smooth lager finish. Only surprise was a slight estery banana burp five minutes later. I’m admittedly biased because I was first to enter this brewer on RB, but they’ve all been very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1854) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Enjoyed at the Blind Robin in Chicago, IL with some friends. The bartender opened this up because we were complaining about the 5 Rabbit beer we purchased, he said he liked this one much more. I didn’t take notes, but from what I remember it was a solid Oktoberfest brew, pretty standard, mostly malty and pretty smooth. Not bad, I may try a bottle again sometime soon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 355ml bottle. It pours a clear amberish orange with a nice foamy off-white head. The smell is decent. Sweeter than a typical example but nice. Some toasted malts and a pinch of hops. The flavor is nice. Sweetness again comes though but with a nice tastiness and nuttiness. For an American brewer this is pretty competent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Amber-orange body with a thin white head. Sweet, malty aroma with notes of cereal, sugar, and fruit coming through. The palate is relatively light and smooth. An easy drinking brew. The flavor, like the aroma, is sweet. Malt, biscuit, sugar, and a fruity sweetness dominate. There’s is really no bitterness at all. Tasty brew, but I don’t think I’d have more than two in a row.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (4111) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 6, 2015
Watery but enjoyable with some burgers or other food and some Sunday American football. Not special but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6764) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Found this in a bottle at Chicago Midway. A rich malty nose is biscuits. Those are tasted, too. This is a full bodied lager that is copper in hue with a beige head. Soft fruit is tasted and hops are very light. A bit of bitterness is felt deep in the throat. Flavor fades a bit and although it is nice things are never big. This was a nice surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christpuncher (2838) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
A really good lager ou of chicagos argus brewery. Super malty and really bitter. Had this one at kilmers house ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2014
12 oz bottle pours amber with a white head. Aroma of malts, grass, pine and spice. Taste is malts, resin and grass. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7432) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl. - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy medium copper with soft light off-white head that leaves just a trace of lacing. Aroma has some light cake mix accents, a touch of toffee. Flavor is similarly sweet with some caramel accents, a bit of date-like fruity sweetness and some raw cake mix sweetness. Mouthfeel has a decent thickness to it. Much better than expected,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
12 oz bottle from the Binnys Singles Rack (Naperville, IL). Pours a richer copper amber hue. Healthy glow with mellow haze. Sunset striking fiery elements glow with a small offwhite head that dies to a tiny ring. Aromas are touches bready malts, biscuits, and gentle toast. A bit of dry mellow grassy and floral hops, earthy with a touch of stale grain. Kiss of sweetness. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied offering a firm dryness up front, gentle yeast, bit of spice with earthy dry hops. Middle brings the toast and bready malts, some mellow touches of sweeter more girthy biscuit, bready malts, pale grains, and gentle toast. Fairly light and sessionable, with dryness lingering into the backend, a firm earthy and grassy dry hopping. Florals, gentle spice and a bit of sweetness gives some hold on the palate. Ok overall, kinda surprised me. A touch of metallic in the middle and into the backend. Touch of carmelization. Not bad. Some sweetness jabs at times but overall the balance is there, a firm hopping, good drinker. Dryness, spice, toast. Marzen offers some good value here.

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