49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holsten's Festbock is an exceptionally enjoyable, easy drinking beer that dishes up enough kick taste wise, aroma wise, style wise, and alcohol wise to really be considered a nice general drinking beer. But its high alcohol content (7%) does seep through in the taste which was a bit of a downer. However, if you're drinking a few brews a day, its tough to justify paying $5-10 a bottle for the great stuff, but Holsten's Festbock (obtainable locally for a mere $2.10CDN (that's $1.37USD) for a traditional 500ml can, this is not only enjoyable, its incredibly affordable.
Packaged similarly to that of their Maibock and Premium (Lager), I've made the mistake on more than one occasion of picking up the Maibock (which is considerably lighter) when I really wanted the Festbock. Nonetheless, both are enjoyable, but the Festbock is clearly the frontrunner in their lineup.
Pours surprisingly clean and crisp for a bock styled beer, with condersiderable thick frothy white head which disapates to a rather flat shallow surface murkiness., Thankfully, this one still delivers excellent (longterm) glass lacing. Exceptionally dark, hints of amber can be seen when raising your glass to a bright light.
Taste wise, Festbock presents a very nice blend of caramel, chocolate and coffee tones, with a nice blend of malts and hops to make this more than just a little enjoyable. As mentioned earlier, there is a slight hint of the alcohol coming through, but the above characterists help to gloss over that minor drawback.
I'm a fan of the bock concept with the Doppelbocks (Aventinus and Celebrator) clearly leading the ways in my book, but with the price of those at 2-4 times higher, Holsten's is a nice alternative when you've already got the important money wrapped up in the "premium" brews.
Masterkush7 (340) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
pours clear dark copper-reddish with a nice creamy light beige head, some retention and lacing. brown sugar, maple, fruity grassiness, some dry caramel and toastiness, sweetness. average carbonation, light to medium body
Cunningham (3912) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Clear deep nutty brown color with an off white head that leaves an ok lacing.
Aroma: A bit sweet malty and fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet and a moderate bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Malty and fruity. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: Not very fancy. But Ill have another if somebody gives me one.
Personal stats: Can Espen brought with him from Dortmund.
pictoman (327) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 500mL can. Clear copper brown with off-white head. Aroma right out of the can was almost like 7up, but became more like mild caramel and molasses after sitting in the glass. Taste of sweet malt and very subtle dark fruit. Quite light. Alcohol is hidden.
solidfunk (2801) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2013
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Way too much sweet malt and caramelized sugar in this one. Overpowering. Not been good in a seasonable way. Tall can.
strider2112 (2) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found this boch in a small, Chinese-owned, liquor store, in Fox Creek Alberta no less!
I’ve never had holsten’s Boch before, I have had their black one (the name escapes me). What drew me to this in the liquor store was the peculiar packaging (4-500 mL cans taped together), combined with the fact that most of them had been taken. Price was $11, which is right for 2L of great German beer!
If you’re ever in Fox Creek, get it for sure, and keep an eye out in other places too. It is a great beer.
tlpenney (1) - - AUG 6, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fairly aromatic. Lots of caramel, bitter hops...very earthy. Dark with a small head. Not too bad.
Freaky_tiki (365) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours bourbon & cola dark with a hearty one finger cap. Taste is full with toffee, toasted pumpernickel & booze on the tongue. Bocks somewhat confuse me so my rating here is a little on the amateur side (if only others on here would be more honest when they rate a beer style they ’re not familiar with). While the taste is full without being bold, there is a syrupy essence here that makes me reach for something more crisp for my next pour.
Sixx (26) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, frothy, clear, brown, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation,
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer is much better than anticipated. The malt character is weak and masked by the booziness.
lesifflebiere (984) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
D’un brun compact et un peu rougeoyant, avec une effervescence qui soutient avec peine un mince filtre de mousse. Au nez, du malt grillé et du bois, avec du whisky, beaucoup de sucré, des pommes et de l’orge. En bouche, alcool costaud, suivi du malt et du bois, avec une certaine amertume. Presque fruitée. Son fort goût d’alcool, qui constitue déjà un défaut majeur, finit par lasser dès la 3ème ou 4ème lampée ; dommage, car elle avait bien commencé en nez et en bouche, nous faisant presque croire à une surprise prochaine.