Hauenstein - New Ulm Brewing & Beverage Company
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4.5/5 rDev +22%
This beer pours a clear golden-straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of light caramel, toffee, and hints of darks fruits and butter. The taste has all the subtleties and nuances of the aroma, but they are all a bit stronger. The mouthfeel is appropriately light bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is the best American Macro Lager I have had by far. I could easily drink this again.
09-24-2008 20:06:49 | More by KarlHungus
4.5/5 rDev +22%
Ladies and Gentlemen....I have found my White Buffalo.
Been wanting to try this storied label for years and finally saw it while in St. Cloud. Not cheap for a Macro style beer but well worth it. After opening up the 12 pack of bottles the label looked familiar and I remember distributing this when I was in college working at a local beer distributor in the 80's and this at that time was a cheap off brand.
A-I'll call it gold..clear...little head...
S-The smell is different for this style and has almost a banana bread scent ...very sweet and sticky smelling...I like..
T-Pretty sweet for this style...bet the corn bill is high in this one....maybe that is what gives off the sticky sweet aroma.
M-For as sweet and corny as this tastes it is also pretty clean and smooth drinking.
O-This is really sliding down nicely. A nice sweeter style American Adjunct Lager with more flavor than almost all in this style. Totally different animal than Premium which I expected.
Ratings per style...
02-18-2012 05:23:36 | More by ZAP
4.43/5 rDev +20.1%
If you love lagers and want a good one,look no further than Hauenstein. It literal german translation is "striking rock" and this is a beer which definitely rocks.Its got a cool little mascot too.
Schells doesn't just repackage their Deer Brand (or any other formula) into Hauenstein bottles,this is brewed from the old recipe.I won't go into the subtleties of taste,just know that this is a darn good beer,and is worth seeking out.
If you are in the New Ulm area,find some.You won't be disappointed!
12-14-2009 18:51:59 | More by brewseum
4.43/5 rDev +20.1%
Hauenstein Beer was a throw-away beer when I was in high school.
How things change! This is a fantastic local beer. Now I had it in the returnable bottle, which was excellent...it must be even better on tap. Schell's Brewery brews this on contract
Summertime out on the lake or at the BBQ this beer fills the bill.
Straw colored nice one finger head...this beer has a faint corn taste. The surprise comes with the finish strong and clean w/o any lingering funk. Very drinkable!
03-24-2006 17:21:20 | More by livin014
4.38/5 rDev +18.7%
Appearance: Pale straw colored body with good carbonation and small light head. What is expected from an AAL; nothing more, nothing less. Nevertheless a good representation of the style's appearance.
Smell: Sweet, semi-corny but mostly that crisp dry smell that is characteristic of the style.
Taste: Slightly sweet up front with a small amount of bitterness towards the end. (this of course is for comparison among all other AAL's tried) Quality malts give way for a very impressive, light beer.
Mouthfeel: Crisp. Probably one of best examples of the definition of refreshing in any beer. Very smooth and clean.
Overall: Since I review to style, I view this beer as a perfect example of the style. It has always been a favorite of mine and I'm definitely privileged to have family in distribution range of this brew. The history alone of this beer and Schells would make anyone interested in a bottle. A truly cherished and hidden gem of MN.
07-06-2011 00:09:48 | More by brewdub17
4.33/5 rDev +17.3%
Straw color with a bright white 2 finger head which fades fairly quick, leaving a thin disc of foam on top. The aroma has hops, grain, yeast, and is somewhat sweet.
The beer tastes just like it smells. It is somewhat sweet, with hops, grain, and yeast. Also tastes like there is a light amount of banana flavor. Nice balance from the hop bitterness.
Light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink. Very smooth. I look for this beer in cans or bottles when I visit New Ulm. One of my go to lagers.
06-18-2011 03:28:51 | More by hardy008
4.25/5 rDev +15.2%
According to the bottle it is "The beer with a little character".
The beer pours a pure golden in color with a rapidly disappearing head. The aroma is slightly sweet and floral. The taste is slightly sweet grain with a bitter and dry hop finish. It is well carbonated and crisply refreshing. It is like Old Milwaukee with a strong German lager like hop finish. Alternately it strikes me that if you married Old Style with Budweiser, but added more flavor and realized their full potential, then you would have this. This is a great regional American adjunct lager.
04-02-2011 00:42:17 | More by cpolking
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
This is a solid local adjunct lager. Nothing outrageously special but in the style it holds its own. I can just picture a farmer from New Ulm tillin' up his land with a can of Hauenstein balancing on his stomach.
It pours a typical fizzy yellow with a diminutive head and zero lacing. About average for the style. Pretty complex nose for an adjunct- some hops come through as well as grain and a touch of citrus goodness. Taste follows suit. Mouthfeel is average.
As a college student this was my go-to brew and I've always really enjoyed it. Great label, good beer- simple and unpretentious. Get some.
09-09-2010 19:31:17 | More by bwiechmann
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
local too my area, Shells has been brewing this stuff for ages. It's been quite awhile since I last had one, so a review was due.
A: Straw yellow, pale. Poured a pillowly white, finger high head into my tumbler. Fairly filtered and lots of bubbles that dissipate rather quickly. Small amounts of lacing
S: Yeast is the most pronounced aromatic quality. Somewhat like sourdough bread.
T: Wheat and bread are most prominent. Crisp and somewhat dry.
M: Slightly grainy, although exceptionally smooth. Leaves minute malt residue on tongue.
D: Wonderful. I could easily kick back a few of these, no problem. There motto, "A Beer with a Little Character", is quite suiting considering this beer hits you like a light beer but has a complex character that makes you want more. Great for summertime
10-05-2007 02:39:35 | More by PantherSlayer
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours a brilliant pale gold (straw) in color, topped with a frothy white head and just a little bit of clingy lace. Fairly good head retention. Carbonation is fairly brisk.
I can see how someone might say the nose is pretty bland here, and I would agree up to a point; there's just a dusting of pale malts and very little hop presence as we would come to define by today's American craft standards. Yet in comparison to others in the style (Pale Lager / Adjunct Lager) Hauenstein is at least par for the course and certainly less-offensive than what I've experienced on occasion from comparable national brands.
Sweetish on the first sip, with a lightly vegetal quality and some fruity (red apple) aromatics. Towards the end of the palate there's an adjunct sweetness (a blend of corn and rice) and more vegetal notes as it begins to warm - almost no bitterness to speak of here. Medium-bodied, a bit fuller-bodied than I expect for this type of beer, and the brisk carbonation adds to the drinkability.
Not a bad beer at all, in fact Hauenstein offers a lot of the same taste and drinkability of Grain Belt Premium but at a lower price. I could see this one having a real appeal to certain folks*, to say nothing of the Generation Y hipsters bellying-up in the dive bars of the Twin Cities. A real treat cold, and straight from the package.
Served chilled, in a Libbey pint.
* The packaging is smart and classic: "The beer with a little character" reads the motto on the 12 pack carton, and it refers to the cartoon mason (miner?) in the emblem atop the can or label. A nice can for collectors.
02-23-2009 19:20:16 | More by Chaz
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
Interesting bottle from Mothman (thanks Ben). The label looks old school, like I imagine a beer looking in the 50's or 60's. The beer is clear and pale golden colored, thin wet foam, classic lager. The aroma is muted, neutral but leaning towards malts. A hint of bavaria but also a hint of midwestern corn. The taste is also understated malt, not too different from Budweiser if memory serves. Very drinkable as it should be, pretty damn tasty for the style and much appreciated.
09-24-2009 23:43:13 | More by TurdFurgison
3.69/5 rDev 0%
A piece of brew from New Ulm in snow country usa. First time I had one out of the box I immediately went back and bought another 12 pack. You know, in case the store burned down and I couldn't get more. $10/12 pack bottles = very affordable. I also picked up a 6-er of Hamms which this beer utterly smokes.
Appearance - sudsy white 1-finger head that fully recedes within a minute or so.
Smell - dark toast. Flowers. Copper and coffee beans. Mildewy grain. Bitterness in the smell. Can really be compared to Leinenkugels Original.
Taste - robust, mild bitterness paired with a light sweetness - unfortunately mixed with sucking on a copper penny. Always refreshing and full of great flavor, though. One of my favorites. Goes down smooth. "Outstanding".
Mouthfeel - carbonated and crisp. Finishes syrupy and bitter, mildly dry. Still a smooth drinker.
Overall it's a pleasant beer on a hot and muggy day or an evening in a cool, cozy house. Anyone who had not tried a Hauenstein owes it to themselves to try it. My friends are now fans of this beer, as am I. I've been able to find this for sale for $10/12 pack, sometimes more in other places. At any decent price you would owe it to yourself to pick a box up. Impressive.
For what it is, it's a good beer. More sophisticated and flavorful than any B/M/C lagers and it's cheaper to boot.
05-17-2014 06:37:38 | More by The-Adjunct-Hippie
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured into Bud American Ale pint glass.
Pours 1/2 finger white fizzy head that fades quickly. Color is a clear light straw yellow. No lace either. Nothing to fancy going on so far.
Aroma: Grains, citrus hops, some bananas and cloves. Very interesting for an adjunct lager. It reminds me of a dulled down Schells Hefe. I could be way off here, but I think this is pretty interesting and I dig it.
Taste: Grains come out first, but then I get get the clove and banana flavor as well. The hops are dulled down here but the taste is very unique for an adjunct lager. It definitely tastes like the category, but it has some added flavors to it.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and a little smooth over the palate. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a sticky grain flavored aftertaste.
Overall, I can see why this adjunct is rated higher than most. I am not being biased in my review, and this beer simply has got a lot more flavor going on with it. It fits the style well, but has a bonus with it. Definitely worth a try if lagers are your thing. Very drinkable.
10-01-2009 04:35:20 | More by mothman
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
Huge thanks to bwiechmann for this as an extra. Been wanting to try a good AAL to see whats up with the style.
Pours pale yellow with a huge white head. Leaves lacing down the glass.
Smells like light cereal grains and the lager twang. Its good for the style.
Taste is light with cereal grains. Twang is there but its pretty good. No metallic taste to speak of, which is nice cause the style usually has that.
Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. About right for the style.
Drinkability is good, very drinkable, could have a few of these at a time.
Not my favorite, but glad I tried, and enjoyed it.
01-22-2011 00:45:35 | More by bs870621345
3.61/5 rDev -2.2%
Hauenstein Beer. The name says it all, beer. That's what this is, classic adjunct lager in all it's, ahem, glory. Pours a clear how the fuck should I know, drank it from the bottle. I'm sure it's clear as a bell and yellow, as it should be. Smells like basic brewers malted barely and corn. Clean. Taste is sweat, corny and lightly bready, again, clean. No hop character to speak of. Look, as far as adjunct laden lager goes, this one is really good.
07-13-2013 01:45:42 | More by mjryan
3.58/5 rDev -3%
Pours a fizzy yellow with a thick white head that doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is milled grain, something like mineral alcohol, a little pondwater. The taste has a slight mineral tang, with corny sweetness and a mild hop bitterness. It's fizzy and clean to the palate. A decent beer - would've liked it better, probably, on a hot summer day.
12-11-2012 20:57:08 | More by gory4d
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
Man, took me long enough to get to this.
Enjoyed the first one so much I had a second.
Aroma is kinda' skunky, in a way quite a few a lagers are such as other Schell's beer and Point beer is. Maybe a little sulfur. It's not horrible or bad, but it masks the malt and hop character. I'm so familiar with it that it's not off-putting.
Looks good with a darker yellow to gold and nearly clear body and firm white head with good stamina.
Adjunct is full on corn flavor. A streak of malt appears and little hops to be found. Enough bittering, but trends towards sweetness more than bitter.
Heavy feel for beer of this style. As one of my drinking partners noted it has a feel like a malt liquor, obviously minus the alcohol. It is quite smooth and the tingling of the carbonation is enjoyable.
This is not a bad beer, if you don't mind a heavy adjunct taste. It has a place and time.
10-19-2012 12:47:49 | More by garymuchow
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
Clear straw color with a small head that quickly vanished leaving little in its wake. Just a few specks of lacing is left down the glass.
Aroma of cereal grains. Bready with a hint of pepper as well.
Clean, pale lager flavor. A little sweet for my taste. What sets this adjunct lager apart is its distinct Noble hop flavor. If it was drier I would compare this to a German lager.
Light body that I wish had a little more carbonation. Otherwise solid.
More hoppy than 95% of adjunct lagers on the market but the sweet malt does not suit my tastes.
03-17-2013 18:54:18 | More by morimech
Hauenstein from New Ulm Brewing & Beverage Company
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.