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Hans' Pils - Real Ale Brewing Company

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 312
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 29.4%
Wants: 14
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: champ103 on 08-08-2010

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Photo of sbrunner
5/5  rDev +25.6%

This is one of the very few German "style" beers that actually tastes exactly like a German beer. It very closely resembles a northern German "herbes" (=bitter) Pils. The closest German beer as a comparison might be Flensburger, also knows as "Bölkstoff", for those of you who love comic books. As a German-American Texan, I love Hans Pils.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6 pack for around 10 bucks. The first year they bottled it! Third year as Summer seasonal.

Just higher on the ABV and IBUs than BJCP Guidelines, but I certainly don't mind. This is probably the hoppiest Pils I've ever had.

Bright, hazy, golden yellow with full white head. Excellent head retention. Reminds me of Duvel.

Big nose of freshly cut grass, flowers and cilantro.

Vibrant hop character. Clean and raw.

Big oily mouthfeel wih dry finish. Lingering bitterness.

I really can't find anything wrong with this. Good fix for hop heads, super drinkable. The only Pils I can think of liking more is the Victory Braumeister series. Okay I thought of something wrong with it - it doesn't stay in the glass long enough...it does leave a lotta lacing though.

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Photo of amalahow
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I almost never like Pilsners. But I truly love this Pilsner. Perfect balance between a clean taste and an interesting taste. Effervescent and intriguing.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow color. Hard to say what the head looks like since the bartender did an awful job pouring it. All that's left is a thin ring of white lace.

Smell: Light grainy malt and distinctive flowery/spicy noble hops. Clean, no fruity esters, no diacetyl.

Taste: Dry from start to finish. Crisp with a long-lasting bitterness from the noble hops that lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Low bodied.

Overall: Crisp, clean, refreshing beer that prominently features noble German hop bitterness. Loses big points in the appearance for lack of a head (maybe due to bartender error), and the hazyness. It also looses out a tad in the mouthfeel department. Still, it's a phenomenal summer beer, and at 5.3% ABV you can toss back 2 or 3 without becoming inebriated.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep golden lemon, shiny, with a bit of haze to it a little, but with lots of ample rising carbonation and perfectly near spaced bubbles from the bottom. Head is bright white and fluffy at a solid three fingers. Rises with soapy retention and hang a bit with pill and some clingy lace. The body color even has a bit of green hue to it. Nearly perfect looking real impressive.

An extemely clean and very subtle classic nose. Clean malt and crisp sensing with a mild herbality. Good notes of thick bread dough and classic hinting chewy quality. Gets virtually mouthwatering after quite a few snifs.

Palate really sings. First sip fills with a bit of classic bread dough but is a bit hammered down by a controlled crisp effervescence and hop flash. Big huge lemon lime hop flavors in the mid palate, with a good rush. Chewy and crisp with a big classic density, and large almost champagne wash and dryness, but thick honey just a bit with some warmth and time to stay true to pils character.

Great flavorful and tasting pils, this one is a winner.

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Photo of Ford
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into regular pint glass

Really nice looking pale yellowgreen color.. ok mostly yellow..

SMell is fantastic... fresh cut grass and lemon...mmm

Taste is clean and crisp.. whatever that means I guess...citrusy with a touch of bitter at the end.

I'll certainly be picking this beer up again and hope to get some on tap this next spring and summer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Draughthouse in Austin.

Han's Pils pours with a brassy, copper-blonde body that sports a healthy cap of off-white bubbles. Good retention, and the lacing is superb, as the pint glass is coated by thick webs of foam. Grassy aroma, sharp and floral with a sublime balance of Pilsen malt. A bit of bready yeastiness in the background. Really nice so far.

The flavor is everything the aroma promised, and more. Sharp, crisp German hops bite the palate with notes of fresh grass and bitter resin. Hops linger long into the finish like a good IPA, but never are the malts pushed the background, instead balancing nicely with cracker and bleached flour. Uber-clean with no off-flavors. Mouthfeel is superb: light-bodied, well-carbonated, and effortlessly drinkable on a hot Austin day. Han's Pils is easily one of THE best American-made German Pilseners I've come across. Gives Victory's Prima Pils a run for its money.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – The color of the beer is a soft gold with a light haze to it. There is a nice stream of bubbles as well. The head is white and frothy with excellent retention and build. The head leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

S – The nose is semi bitter with hints of grains and a nice twist of lemon towards the end.

T – Taste is bitter..but more floral than anything. Lemon comes through mixed in with all sorts of grains. There is a dry wheat character that seems to stick around almost to the end. It’s a very natural taste.

M – The mouth feel is pretty damn smooth and crisp. Goes down nicely with tingly carbonation.

O – No complaints at all on this one. Every aspect of this beer is top notch. Great example of the style. I’m very happy to be able to get my hands on this on.

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Photo of brurevu
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It poured a clear gold with a substantial white head and with an aroma of spicy hops. The taste was light, crisp and refreshing with a smooth body and surprisingly full mouthfeel for a lighter brew. The Hans’ Pils was a full flavored pilsner with just the right amount of hops to give it a good bitterness without going over the top. Real Ale really dialed this one in and created an excellent Pilsner.

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Photo of redraider2323
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Anvil in Houston:

A - pale straw, clear

S - pilsner malt aroma, earhty, spicy noble hops. Fairly big hop aroma.

T - hop forward with good balance. Dry, earthy, spicy hops coat the palate.

M/D - medium thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Excellent example of style.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours gold and slightly cloudy with a rocky white head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam, leaving modest lacing.

S - Toasty and bready with a sharp grassy hop bouquet.

T - Toasty malt sweetness is balanced nicely with an assertive hop bite.

M - Medium-bodied with a dry, hoppy finish. Hop bitterness carries over into a pleasant aftertaste.

O - This is a refreshing and flavorful pils that is perfect on a hot Texas day. Solid example of the style and highly recommended.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow pour, hazy body, ample carbonation, pure white saliva-like head.
Some grass, malts, cereal barley.
Tastes like a nice creamy pilsner with malt-soaked grains. Well-made. Nothing too distinct, but certainly drinkable and enjoyable.
Mouth feels thick and creamy given the style, refreshingly so & with a very nice citrusy hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but I most enjoy the malt/ grains at play. I can't ask for more here.
Overall, I'd go to this again even if as a sessionable brew. Almost up there with Prima for me (Where Victory's take on the style stands out with a perfectly grassy characteristic, Hans Pils to me has a character defined more by a smooth & tasty-grain type of finish). And this being canned is a plus.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Real Ale’s Hans Pils has a thin, stark-white head and a very hazy, yellow-golden appearance, with some streaming bubbles and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet bread and light malt. Taste is of prominent, grassy hops and sweet, floury biscuit. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Hans Pils finishes crisp, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. This is great beer!


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've really liked this brewery, and I am very excited to see a craft pilsner offered for sale in my local supermarket.

Appearance is very, very nice. The head was so big I had to wait to pour in the last third of the can, and it lasted quite a while, leaving lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is also very nice, great spiciness and hop aromas, along with the grains and grasses you expect from German pilsners.

The taste doesn't disappoint either. You could almost pull it off as a pale ale if you served it in a white can with no label, it's that hoppy. And the spiciness from the hops really accents the grains and grassy flavors perfectly. There's somewhat of a citrusy flavor in the background too, offering a nice complexity to a delicious beer.

Body is perfectly pils, light and well carbonated (but not over-carbonated).

Awesome job again, RABC. Definitely I will be buying this one a lot in the coming months, as I assume that brewer's cut altbier will run out sooner or later!

As always, support your local breweries, especially when they're this good!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at draught house, whip-in, uncle billy's ginger man in austin.

a surprise in freshness and hop. looks the part with a gorgeous white head that sticks. of tight bubbles. bubbles on all occasion had a soapy quality of several colors. nose is minty hop with straw. crisp pepper dry. could say that its even a more refreshingly victory prima pils. more delicately hopped but not lightly hopped at all. just well placed.

american pilsners are getting better. this is proof. voluminously hoppy and airy feel... now we just need to get the character in the malty backbone... for something worldclass.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: slightly hazy straw gold with decwnt head and some lacing
Smell: pretty classic pilsner smells - cereal with some grassy herbal hops
Taste: Full flavored with moderate maltiness and a nice herbal grassy hops kick in the finish. Classic German pilsner flavors.
Feel: Light, spritely carbonation

Overall: classic full flavored german pilsner. Nice balance with a solid hops bite. Flavors were slightly coarser as it warmed but still a great pilsner

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Photo of JMad
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow color with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is nice and grassy with a hint of lemon and grain. It tastes pretty much the same with grassy hops and a hint of lemon and grain, really not much else, but very nice in aroma and taste. The beer is medium bodied with a good amount of light carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of guityler83
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A very small, quickly falling bright white head with tiny bubbles that cling to the edge of the glass and dust the top of the beer. A moderatly hazey straw yellow color that darkens in the thickerr part of the pilsner glass.

S: Very light, clean but firm noble hop aroma. Earthy, woody, spicey. Behind the hops is a sweet smelling bready aroma. Simple but effective. Very traditional

T: Firm, but moderate noble hop bitterness that is consistent with the aroma; woody and earthy from begining to end. There is a slight bready sweetness coming from the malt, but it finishes very dry so it comes off much more hop forward then balanced (in a good way). There is a grainyness to the malt aftertaste like most german pilsners. Clean fermentation and a crisp refreshing flavor overall.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body and lower abv makes this beer very drinkable. A mild mouth drying sensation from the grainyness.

O: Noble hop forward, crisp, refreshing, trad. german pilz. I'm a big fan of this beer and the style in general.

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Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: Up front is spicy yeast. Floral and citrus hops are in full force. Bread and biscuit balances everything out. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of spice and yeast. There is a large assault of citrus hops up front. Flowery and grassy hops as well. Again, plenty bread and biscuit for balance. Nuanced and enjoyable. This is very nice.
M/D: A medium body. Pretty much perfectly crisp, dry and refreshing. Very easy to drink. My pint is gone in no time, and I would have no problem quaffing a few.

Well done Real Ale. This is very enjoyable. Nuanced and subtle, just like a good lager should be. Some recurring themes, but well earned. An excellent lager, and highly recommend.

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Photo of GrayHam
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, the best beer Real Ale has ever released. I find most of their beers to have a residual aftertaste that coats my mouth, and I rarely want to drink more than one at a time. Hans', on the other hand, is crisp and clean - Just like a German-style Pils should be.

A: Gold and clear

S: Noble hops dominate

T: Strong noble hop presence supported by just bit too much

M: Thin and clean. Nice carbonation.

D: I could use this as a palate cleanser after drinking their
other beers. Would be happy to have this as a session

Not quite on par with Victory's Prima Pils, this is still a delicious beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pale pale straw colored beer with a substantial head on it--a good inch thick from one can's pour. Clean malt aroma, a teeny bit grainy, with grassy hop notes. Very good pils flavor, with a good amount of hoppy bitterness, floral, grassy hop flavor, and, of course, pils malt. Not all that much to say, except this is a very good, very easy drinking German style pils.

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Photo of Premo88
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into pilsener
(10/3/13 best by date)

L: yellow, slightest of slight fog (95% clear); perfect white head of thick foam, about 3/4- to 1-inch tall that sticks for a bit; no major lacing after the head but a skin of foam stays on top of the beer most of the way down

S: grainy (milo, barley) ... sometimes muted grain, but with a grassy hops smell; also can smell some malt, a yeasty bread sweetness behind the green hops; at times you get a really cool malt smell that includes a lot of yeast but less sweetness ... a lot going on with this brew

T: hop bite! lots of spice and grass from the Tettnanger hops ... almost at times like a cilantro bite. has a seriously strong malt backbone trying to push through sweetness, and it does at times to give the brew a good balance.

F: perfect. light but full, not watery ... about a light-medium weight with tons of carbonation that somehow seems to help the hop bite. love it.

O: wow. Real Ale nailed this one ... a fantastic recipe that offers a ton of a lot of things ... spice, grass, some grain, loads of malt, enough sweetness to keep you from turning green (at 52 IBUs, this thing is loaded with the Tettnanger!) ... it's a perfect Texas option if you want a strong hopped-up pilsener that is still drinkable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color. It’s hoppy in a way that most pilseners aren’t, with a wonderful Czech Saaz hop profile on the nose and palate. There’s a crisp, dry finish and a some faint biscuit on the nose that reminds me of the Real Ale Fireman’s. Some chew, a fuller body than I’d expect for a pils but not in a bad way at all. This might be my favorite pilsener at the moment.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, pale really, thin yellow. Bright white head didn't hold and didn't lace.

Smell: Lemongrass peppery, website says Tettnanger hops, nice German profile. Bitter green tea.

Taste: Clean cracker malt gives some gritty base to the tonic dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Lightly oiled yet dry and slightly puckering.

Overall: Good representation of the style. Old world sensibilities, bitter and a bit earthy, a great summer treat.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great 1.5 finger head with great retention. The lacing is perfect. The head never dies.

Smell is a bit grainy of light pilsner malts with some noble hops underneath. A floral aroma is very present . A little bit of fruitiness that is pleasant

Taste is light grains and noble hops. The bitterness is apparent and the malt profile is clean. A fair amount of residual sugar is left to balance things out.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp with just enough residual sugars.

Overall this is a great example of the style. Other examples of the style are a bit dryer and a little easier on the hops. I'm pleased with this interpretation.

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Hans' Pils from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.