Brewed by Carlsberg UK
Style: Pale Lager
Northampton, England


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ABV changed from 5.5% to 5.2% to 5%.
Production moved to Northampton in 2005. Holsten Pils is one of the most widely distributed premium packaged lagers in the UK on-trade sector.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
DandyLion (518) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
Euro lager fizz. It's some lager yeah? Pilsner I think yeah? Tastes of horrible nothingness. Is that horrible? I'm getting fed up of tastes of nothing pilsner brewed for a crappy British palate. You could deffo drink loads of it. Lovely lout! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012

June, 2003 5.5% abv. Yellow can. Supported in 2003 by a TV ad campaign of Who’s The Daddy? Stewed hops with a vague malt base that gets nastier as you drink. No matter how many times I drink this, it doesn’t get any better. [1.2]
Dec, 2012 500ml yellow can. 5%. A clean and drinkable lager. Moderate sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Watery texture. [2.3]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BlackHaddock (4964) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
Jan 2007: Small brown 275ml bottle, 5.0%, brewed somewhere within the European Union for ’Carlsberg’. Looked good, crisp, clear, golden yellow with a head that was whiter than white (as the Daz adverts used to say). Do lagers smell of anything really? No, this one doesn’t either. Just a beery, yeasty, hoppy, malty, weak mix. Fairly dry in taste, I drank this while making a Beef Lasagne, this is a kitchen drink, not for serious supping. Can’t get excited about it, but it is not bad enough to slag off, all in all, a typical European fizzy lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AshtonMcCobb (4069) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle at the Lochview Motel. Pours lemon with some head. The nose is mostly pale malt - like porridge oats in a way. The taste has more of the pale malt but with a citrus zing on the end. The palate has a light body, with a creamier than expected texture and a dry refreshing finish. Overall, this was better to go back to than I expected.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2011
A - Light sweet grassiness A - Straw colored with lasting white head T - Light sweetness, where’s the bitter? P - Thin with medium carbonation O - Ehhh...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
markas101 (2027) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2011
27.5 cll bottle, Sheffield, UK. Medium gold, nice hoppy aroma of spice and grass, with some skunkiness in there. Sweet flavour, then some pepper, and a funky finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
tommann (3012) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2011
275ml bottle. Pours light golden with a medium head. Aroma is some grassy hops and some vegetables. Not much to taste, cooked veg, grass, corn in the finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
rabidbarfly (62) - London, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2009
Worst beer I’ve ever tasted, nothing to this beer at all, no taste, no aroma, no body. Shite. Rubbish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wheresthepath (1809) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2009
[Bottle at the Hook & Tackle, Reading] 275ml bottle with yellow label at 5% ABV. 20 years ago, all UK pubs seemed to sell this, but now you rarely see it. I vaguely remembered it being one of the better mass-market lagers at the time. So... how does it taste nowadays? Well.. pours the usual gold with a small white head; soft carbonation. Slight sweet, grassy aroma. Dominant flavour is honey; there’s a slight bitterness in a muted, leafy finish, and an oddly cloying coating is left inside your mouth. It’s certainly a little different to the other mass-market lagers in that it actually has something of a distinctive flavour and character. It’s probably this fact that it’s not crisp and clean (ie not tasteless), combined with the dated-looking packaging, that has caused this lager to decline in popularity. For my part, I thought it was OK as lagers go, but with the sweetnes and cloying mouthfeel I’m not sure I would have wanted to drink much more of it.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
RateBeerMan (42) - , Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2009
I am pretty sure it was in a yellow can? Not sure when it had a silver can or am I reviewing the wrong beer. Anyhow, nasty aftertaste and generally nasty taste in general. crap lager.

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