1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hans' Pils - Real Ale Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hans' PilsHans' Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

242 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 242
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 08-08-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 242 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brm300
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

brm300, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Jpa
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Jpa, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of swedishmailman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

swedishmailman, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of scottd18
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

scottd18, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of uncccegr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

uncccegr, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of J_Dub
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

J_Dub, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of boddhitree
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

boddhitree, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of mcdsports
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mcdsports, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of jkn09
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jkn09, May 31, 2014
Photo of Nightwish1094
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Nightwish1094, May 30, 2014
Photo of July2Nov
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

July2Nov, May 28, 2014
Photo of Rado
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Rado, May 26, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

drewone, May 26, 2014
Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

CraigTravor, May 25, 2014
Photo of Salter714
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Salter714, May 19, 2014
Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kbuzz, May 10, 2014
Photo of bmurray10
4/5  rDev +3.6%

bmurray10, May 09, 2014
Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Getalegup, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Heretic42
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Heretic42, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Michaeldmanley
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Michaeldmanley, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of IrishColonial
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

IrishColonial, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Davideo
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Davideo, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Kyleycoyote
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Kyleycoyote, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of KevinBrau
4/5  rDev +3.6%

KevinBrau, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of ChuckHardslab
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ChuckHardslab, Mar 22, 2014
Hans' Pils from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.