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Hans' Pils - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 304
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 12
Gots: 55 | 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 BEERZILLA
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
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? (689 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden beer with a pillowy soapy head. Smell is a little stale with faint hops and grains. Taste is clean, dry, and crisp. A little bready with a slight skunk that is common with the style. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Overall a nice german style pilsner. (256 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of boddhitree
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

First, I really like that it's in a can. Nice, traditional artwork with a font that evokes old world Germanness and a hop pictured beyond the writing, making me think this will be a hoppy version of a Pils, right?

Appearance: First demerit is that it's light in color compared to a normal German Pils. It's light gold, looks thin, and got a protein haze to it. The haze would be ok if it were Kellerbier, but their selling it as a Pils.

Aroma: Decent amount of Pils malt aroma, more toasty than a German, sweeter than usual, but it's got also a nice Noble hop coming up underneath that.

Flavor:
Up front: Nice biting Noble hop bitterness, but not too heavy, just right actually. There's a nice tartness, too, verging more on citrusy and crisp.

Mid: Even more bitterness and tart/astringent biting flavor here, very nice, some more citrus and almost lemony. I'm not getting much sweet Pils malt here, where you'd usually find it in a German Pils.

Back: Also ditto above, quite bitter, which I like. Not much Pils malt sweetness, again. In the very back, you finally get it, though not a lot. It's good, but again, it's like a pale imitation of a German Pils.

Aftertaste: All bitterness from Noble hops, like sucking on a hop before throwing it in the boil.

Mouthfeel: mmmm, sorry to say it, but here is where it really falls down on the job. It's light, crisp, almost getting to the thick Pils mouthfeel a German Pils demand, yet never quite reaching it. Disappointing is how I would describe this mouthfeel, for I really want to like it.

Overall: I really want to like this beer. Yes, I get that hop-forward Pils is what kinda Märicans probably are hankerin' for, but it still is slightly disappointing for me. It's quite bitter, almost in the high 30s or low 40s IBU-wise, and again, I'm finding a serious lack of enough German Pils malt backbone. It's like, "hey, I can do hops, yeah, hops, that's it, I'll hop it up, and now I got a Pils." Unfortunately, hops are only a part of a Pils, and though a hoppy Pils is good, balance within the spectrum of Pils malt sweetness is essential to make it get beyond just good or serviceable. But after drinking more sips, I'm getting more Pils malt sweetness, even though I can't pinpoint where it's coming from, but it's almost a sickly sweetness that's not complex enough. Hard to explain such nuances, but that's where I'm at for this beer. The mouthfeel, though crisp, is still a major demerit for me. A 3.5 of 5. (2,470 characters)

Photo of ChrisKuhns
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a clear pale gold and lacy white head.

Some honeysuckle sweet and bready malts. Floral hops and slightly lemony hop. Could come off less sweet.

Light and crisp with a bit of hop bitterness that hits upfront and dissipates through the end. Not as sweet as the nose indicates thankfully. Bready, floral, touch herbal and grassy.

So much better than I remember a couple years ago. I remember a distinct soapiness to it. This can ruled. (447 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/29..poured from a can. Clear gold, active bubbles. Sticky white foam. Clear pilsy nose, very light. German pils taste and a firm bitter. Light citrus pokes through. Simple but good. (183 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a hazy straw gold topped with clingy white foam head. Pleasant noble hop aroma with a soft breadiness. Crisp and light, but not too light. Lemon rind bitterness upfront that's a bit rough on the palate with a raw leafiness, some grass, herbal and floral flavors. Mostly dry, but there's some malty sweetness and cereal grain folded into a bready malts. Dry, grainy finish.

A bit rough around the edges, but this is a good stab at a German-style Pils with a ton of drinkability. (494 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can at Ginny's Little Bighorn on Sun., 12/28/2014 (Chicken Shit Bingo), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over 30-45 minutes (161 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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! (688 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of spaceycasey
4/5  rDev -1%
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 (403 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice bite, but a bit on the bitter side—the latter somewhat overwhelming the pleasant, pungent, stocky, dried-hay fruitiness imparted by the pils malts (a characteristic that I find to be fairly desideratum in a good pilsner). The aromas are definitely on-point: doubling-down on the hay qualities, there are also some good peach, grape, and pear notes, along with a bit of yeasty booziness; the appearance is likewise fit-to-form, with a minor haze, a nice straw refulgence that flashes to milky-gold when held to light, and a pretty feverish effervescence that lends a moderate head that peters but laces well. The carbonation likewise imparts more crispness, amplifying those already provided by the dry malts and aggressive (for a pilsner, at least) hop-bittering.

All in all, a pretty good pilsner, though an iteration that's not quite as refreshing, light in the mouth, or clean, due to sticky bitters. In some senses, Hans' Pils belongs more to the paradigm of highly hop-perfumed imperial pilsners, except without the robust, denser, higher-proof skeletons that allow those to carry their weight more gracefully. (1,131 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of ccoff
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of jamescain
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (438 characters)

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Hans' Pils from Real Ale Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.