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Hans' Pils - Real Ale Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 304
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 (386 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (790 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 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 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 MEsquandoles
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (760 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 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 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)

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 pwsoldier
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (487 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 elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of redraider2323
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of GrayHam
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (628 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 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 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 rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (825 characters)

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