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Hans' Pils | Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good
52 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
332
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
29.65%
 
 
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Hans' PilsHans' Pils
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by champ103 on 08-08-2010

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 332
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 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 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 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 jngrizzaffi
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both great. Has the typical pilsner aroma. Floral with a very slight piney hop. Biscuity taste with a slight floral, piney hop. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Tasty refreshing beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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.

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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 mjurney
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 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!

RJT

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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 ChrisKuhns
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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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 obrike
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 ccoff
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 jamescain
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 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 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
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.

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Hans' Pils from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.