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Hans' Pils - Real Ale Brewing Company

Hans' PilsHans' Pils

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87
very good

173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%


Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: champ103 on 08-08-2010)
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BEERZILLA

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden yellow with a huge head even with a conservative pour.laces the glass big time,it almost glows in my pilsner glass.the appearance is the best thing about this beer.from here it goes down hill not much smell to me.the taste is a little strange to me,not bad just something's not right.the best pilsner I have had is noble pilsner from Sam Adams I also like victory prima pils but this one just seems not right.overall I would call this a good beer,it goes down good on a hot day but just falls short IMO .pilsners are such a diverse style that it makes them hard to judge to me some times it seems as if you drink one and ask yourself is this really a pilsner?

Serving type: can

11-14-2013 05:32:10 | More by BEERZILLA
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Mora2000

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank on tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy and earthy hops with some flowery notes. The flavor is grapes and biscuit malt but it is very bitter. The bitterness is well above what I expect in a pilsener and detracts from the overall flavor of the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The bitterness in this beer needs to be toned way down before I can enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 03:17:29 | More by Mora2000
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ChrisKuhns

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

(A) Pours a hazy, gold with big white head.

(S) Very grainy and a bit spicy; notes of grass, ammonia, flowers, and citrus.

(T) Easy drinking decent hop bite; crisp and refreshing.

(M) Dry finish and a bit tingling but can mouthfeel some hops in this one.

(O) Well balanced drinkable especially on a hot day. Definitely will try it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 02:16:17 | More by ChrisKuhns
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Redrover

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at the Gingerman in Austin this week and on Tuesdays all Texas pints are $3. That is a good deal and a good way to see what goodies the Lone Star state is offering.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a very hazy light gold. It has a fluffy dense white head.

Nose of white pepper, lots of grains and a bit of key lime.

Taste is slightly sour like a Dortmuder. It is grainy, slightly spicy (white pepper) and a bit sour in the finish.

The mouth has decent heft. It is an interesting take on the style. Sourness would limit me to a couple.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 15:50:59 | More by Redrover
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waldoiverson

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic

A: A massive pillow of white foam that leaves a hint of lacing and the carbonation consists of large bubbles and a lot of them. This is one of the more strikingly active beers that I've seen in some time. The color is pale straw yellow

S: strong aroma of bread and bitter, earthy hops and it is just slightly sour smelling

T: bready body with clean herbal hopping that fades into a sweet then fairly bitter finish. Hops and grain, man. Hops and grain.

M: quite rich and the carbonation, despite its active presence, isn't that tingling. There are definitely some hops in this one as the finish is dry.

o: If i'd do anything to this is dial the sweetness back a tad, but not very much. The balance of hops to malt has to be just right and this is very very close. This beer feels decadent despite it's pale, fizzy look. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 23:24:38 | More by waldoiverson
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz, BBD 08/22/13
Doom glass

A: Pours slightly hazy bright almost neon yellow. Full finger if bright white head. Fluffy. Sticky lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Noble hops. Grainy grassy malts. Maybe some lemon and citrus notes. Smells clean.

T: Prickly carbonation and Noble hops on the tip of the tongue. Grassy grainy malts. Biscuity. Crisp clean finish. Good pils.

M: Light bodied. High carbo.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 15:47:46 | More by inlimbo77
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obrike

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single at World Market. Poured a lovely lighty straw color with a fairly significant head...stuck around for a while too. Ample lacing. Very nice.

Getting a lemony, grassy hop scent. Not too pronounced, but good enough to take notice.

Yum. That's refreshing. Super fresh grassy hop blast with a lingering dry bitterness. Chewy malt backbone too. A very good beer for a hot Texas afternoon. I'd say this one is better than the Prima Pils I've tried, but I'm almost certain this one is fresher.

The carbonation on this one is fierce. Really coats the mouth and tongue well, leaving you wanting another sip immediately.

Nice job Real Ale...this one is probably one of your best!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 23:56:10 | More by obrike
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hans Pils pours to a straw color with a slight haze and a nice head of foam that doesn’t hold up for long, but does offer some good lacing. The nose is unmistakably pilsner, with a scent that combines bread, earthy/grassy notes, fruit, and a touch of bitterness.

Tasting this beer again reveals its pilsner origins. The flavor combines pale malts, lightly toasted/bready notes, some earthy/spicy hops, yeast, a touch of fruit, and grains. The flavor profile is a little more bitter than other pilsners, but certainly not too bitter and it still keeps itself in- line with what one would expect for this style.

Hans Pils has a bubbly body, pleasant mouthfeel, and crispness. The bitter sensations and somewhat sour flavor could surprise some people at first, especially those who are used to plain ol’ American style, mass produced pseudo pilsners. But the overall flavor is tasty and memorable. Add everything together and you have a very respectable effort that can compete with the better American pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 03:20:47 | More by BryanCarey
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spaceycasey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden color with pillowy white head with excellent retention.

S - Grassy, bready aroma with distinct floral hop aroma. RIght away my expectation has gone to "Americanized German Pilsner"

T - Very lovely hop flavor and bitterness to balance crisp pils malt flavor.

M - Crisp and light with slight resin-character, presumably from the hop oils

D - Easy to knock back a few of these

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 00:52:47 | More by spaceycasey
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought to me in a shaker pint glass a lightly hazed, yellow color with a sticky coating of white foam.

Grainy, lightly malted nose with a mild grass and herb hops. Clean and very fresh smelling.

Lots of hop bitterness and leafy hop flavor. Good pilsner here, I think this one could hang with some of the better versions from PA I have had recently. Mouthfeel is good, not thin at all and pretty full flavored. I could certainly drink alot of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 14:09:00 | More by twiggamortis420
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jamescain

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Freetail.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with a fluffy white head about a centimeter thick that fades to a thin lacing and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Very fruity and spicy, pineapple and peach notes are what I can pick out.

Taste: Complex and fruity, with pineapple and apple flavors and a yeasty earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation with a dry finish. I could easily see myself drinking more.

Overall: This is definitely one of the best Pils I've ever had due to the complexity that is not usually associated with the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 17:12:36 | More by jamescain
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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from on tap, unknown freshness. This was poured a slightly hazy light straw color with s short lived white head which leaves a lacing. The smells are earthy, a little grassy hops and some light crisp malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty good, earthy and grassy, nice amount of hops and very crisp, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:00:08 | More by DavidST
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

The only Hans I know is a rambunctious ten-year-old who's likely gonna be quite the badass when he grows up. That said, this stuff right here pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, grass, flowers, and a twinge of what almost seems like cilantro way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the background spiciness now less cilantro-like and more almost lime-peel-like. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice pils, one I could easily see drinking many of in the cruel heas of a Texan summer.

Serving type: can

09-17-2013 03:34:58 | More by TMoney2591
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mjurney

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, hazy. Lots of bubbles rising. Nice bright fluffy head. Leaves a good amount of lacing behind.

Fresh lemony aroma. Lots of hops. There some sweet malts, but mostly hops.

Starts off very hoppy, mostly lemony, spicy and grassy hops. Sweet pale malts in the background, slight honey. Clean-bitter finish. Body is light and crisp, carbonation is very active.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 07:50:04 | More by mjurney
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a light hazed yellow with a finger of white fluff. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap. As the cap fades it produces some stringy lace and maintains a composure of very large sized bubbles for a head.

The aroma has classic pils grain quality that is lightly stinky with a mild cheese odor coupled with sulfur. More sniffs reveal a noble hop herbal quality that is mildly pine-like and earthy with a bit of lemony citrus zest. Overall not a bad smelling brew.

The taste is crisp with a mild fresh grain quality. Some of that stinky foot/cheese grain quality comes into play but very faint compared to the aroma and it mixes with mild hints of sulfur. The hops are present with a mild bitterness and again a touch of lemon zest to citrus quality that brightens things up.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is light and refreshing and a pretty solid take on the style. I could see myself throwing down a bunch of this pretty effortlessly.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 02:42:22 | More by stakem
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-06-2013 03:00:25 | More by jasonjlewis
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ccoff

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From bottle at Sun Rise Mini Mart. Got it only a couple days after its summer release.

Pours straw yellow with a small white head.

Smells like a typical pilsner malt with grassy and herbal hops.

Very bitter, very crisp. Hops are spicy, herbal, and earthy in general.

It offers a great mouthfeel of a lingering, tingling bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 18:02:38 | More by ccoff
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elNopalero

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:14:01 | More by elNopalero
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HardTarget

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:03:22 | More by HardTarget
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Premo88

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-06-2013 06:27:15 | More by Premo88
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champ103

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 05:09:39 | More by champ103
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GrayHam

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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
malt.

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
beer.

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

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 18:56:39 | More by GrayHam
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-12-2013 02:40:58 | More by guityler83
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rtepiak

Poland

4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 20:32:28 | More by rtepiak
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JMad

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 00:49:06 | More by JMad
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Hans' Pils from Real Ale Brewing Company
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