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Hansa Pilsner - Hansa Borg Bryggerier ASA

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BA SCORE
72
okay

34 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hansa Borg Bryggerier ASA visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-02-2001)
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Reviews by TheDeuce:
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TheDeuce

New York

2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hansa Pilsner….in a can from a local convenience store in Bergen, Norway.

Appearance-large white head, pale lager style body with a cloudy yellow color in the glass. Head disappears quickly.

Smell-small amount of hops find their way through, alcohol as well a light touch of grain and malt backbone

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, refreshing at first as the light body comes with some light hop flavor, doesn’t follow through though and becomes watery on the way down. Carbonation is ok, smoothness one would expect, no metallic flavor seeps in, which is good. Not much else here.

Overall-inoffensive, flavors do work and this beer is refreshing, but there isn’t much behind the façade and that keeps it from being truly something to recommend. Better than it’s many competitors, but not great.

Serving type: can

10-04-2011 03:14:52 | More by TheDeuce
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Chronark

Norway

2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

06-28-2014 11:11:38 | More by Chronark
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Florya

Norway

2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-26-2014 18:19:54 | More by Florya
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

08-03-2013 00:56:14 | More by buzzy
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Jay82

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

07-31-2013 01:06:55 | More by Jay82
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-23-2012 15:26:41 | More by BrazilianAussie
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brinch

Denmark

1/5  rDev -66.2%

03-16-2012 20:58:27 | More by brinch
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Fenrisulven

Norway

2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

12-22-2011 14:23:31 | More by Fenrisulven
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Dave18576

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +1.4%

11-30-2011 23:26:04 | More by Dave18576
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this can at a convenience store the other night here in Oslo. Poured with a world common beer white head, very little lace. Aroma was world common beer too: a little malt and a little hops, some sweetness. Flavor was similar but sweeter. Clean. Very clear light yellow color. A bit soft. Not much finish. Forgettable.

Serving type: can

07-01-2009 14:50:25 | More by drpimento
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nickfl

Florida

3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A small white head on a pale, gold body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Pils malt and some honey, little to no hop aroma.

T - Grainy malt with some pils character and a nice, herbal hop character.

M - Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A bit light for a pilsner, but a pleasant surprise when I was expecting another watery euro lager.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 07:47:08 | More by nickfl
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alexskovan

New York

3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy gold with a solid white head. STRONG toffee/raisin aroma, unusual, strange. Taste is a big hit of that toffee/raisin, then a muddled wash of other flavors, not all of them pleasant. I find the aftertaste unpleasant.

Weird stuff. Hard to pin down, and hard to say if I like it or not. Smells big, taste doesn't really deliver on the aroma, then the taste fades and fizzles. Strange brew.

Give it a try. See what you think.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 21:54:18 | More by alexskovan
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly flecked marigold with a hint of orange. Superfine bubbles ascend to a manila colored cap that was two fingers to start and isn't losing digits very quickly. It's a good looking lid that should leave a good bit of glass coverage when it finally begins to melt (note: it doesn't).

The nose isn't very pilsener-like at all. Hansa smells like just another Euro pale lager (Nordic division in this case). Hops clearly aren't the focus, as they should be, but isn't immediately clear what is since the aroma is so weak. It's slightly musty and musky and... nothing else of note.

Things improve to some extent on the palate, but I'm still not buying the whole German pils thing, not for a minute. In a blind taste test, I'd call this an EPL ten times out of ten. The worst part of it is, it isn't a very good one of those. Minimally sweet, untoasted pale malt combines with lackluster noble hops to create a stunningly average beer that does nothing to make me look forward to the next sip.

The mouthfeel is on the full side for the style (barely) which puts it no more than medium in a general sense. I like the feel of the carbonation and like the fact that it's consistent from the top of the bottle to the bottom, so I've rewarded it with an above average score.

Don't be fooled by the name. Hansa Pilsner is nothing more than a middle of the road Euro pale lager that will probably turn into roadkill if allowed to warm a few more degrees. I'm sure that Norwegians are good at many things, but if this offering is representative, brewing beer isn't one of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 14:00:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale straw with lots of assertive bubble action and just a skim of white for a head. Aroma is grassy with sweet grains, light hops, and just a hint of skunk. Taste is a bit wet. It cracks with dry malts but then lets short, lacking a dry finish. The hop presence isn’t as big as I would like either. Not too bad overall though. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 16:30:12 | More by DaPeculierDane
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

1.25/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This brew pours a clear pale golden color. The head is one finger in height and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is very buttery, far too butter for a pinlsener. The taste is also buttery. The mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is one of the worst beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 03:18:29 | More by KarlHungus
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a squat 330ml green can with lots of Norwegian on it. Pours a golden straw color topped by plenty of slightly creamy, slightly fizzy white head. Aroma of adjunct malt, crisp lager yeast, a hint of Noble hops, and just a whiff of cooked vegetable. Palate is mellow and a bit sweet, pretty pleasant for a Euro pilsner. Finish is dry with just a bit of bite from the hops. Body is smooth and slightly creamy. Not a bad offering.

Serving type: can

09-07-2006 06:36:19 | More by ElGordo
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normZurawski

New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Let's cut to the chase. This isn't a good beer. It looks, pours, and smells fine. But once the liquid touches your taste buds, it all goes downhill. There's nothing approaching balance or smoothness. There's little in terms of flavor. All I get from this beer is a good looking beer with no head and a sour/bitter aftertaste. Some here have said it's tasteless to a fault. But all I get is a bad aftertaste to this, so much that I'm going to dump it out and get something more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 00:21:08 | More by normZurawski
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WMBierguy

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up because I had never before tried a Norwegian beer. It looked like a standard macro-Euro pilsner, but I decided to get it anyway. I wasn't disappointed, bt I wasn't surprised. This reminded me of Heineken, but slightly sweeter. I don't think that European pilsners fare well in their trip to the states. I've never had one that wasn't at least partially skunked. This was no exception. I'll give this another try if I'm in Europe, but it wasn't worth trying again Stateside.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 00:47:40 | More by WMBierguy
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Billolick

New York

2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, that has best before dating on the rear label. Pours very clear and very light yellow/amber. Minimal white head and no lacing. Nose is almost nonexistant. Light, semi crisp pilsner. lacks the hopped for dry pilsner hop kick and grassy aromas. Easy drinking and thankfully cheap. Fine brew on a very hot day only.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 23:46:06 | More by Billolick
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Zorro

California

3.78/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden beer, as a Pilsner should be.

Smell is sweet and bready with a very spicy hop scent. Strong malt scent and the odor of herbs from the hops. This is a very pleasant smelling brew.

Taste is a bit of malt and spiciness from the hopping but not as strong as the scent. Mild bitterness but not at all harsh.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is this beer's strong suit. This is mild and tasty but not at all harsh or fatiguing to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 03:08:23 | More by Zorro
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a clear yellow lager with a half finger head that dissipated quickly, with no lace. Purely run-of-the-mill.

The aroma was of barely skunky hops, a little acrid, and a little malty, with some graininess overlaying it all.

Flavor was of crisp medium malts, with a little hop bite, but slightly metallic and grainy.

Mouthfeel was thin, with that metallicy taste kind of setting up a tang on the back of the tongue.

I was not impressed. It was OK, but not worth hunting for.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 03:49:23 | More by connecticutpoet
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold color, with a medium white head that fades quickly to a small layer of foam. Smell is nice and malty, and surprisingly good hops in the background. Taste is slightly metallic throughout, but is a good example of a pilsner. Well-hopped with a strong malt background. A good beer from a country I never thought of when thinking of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 22:55:05 | More by TastyTaste
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mynie

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very average looking. Straw colored with a decent head.

Smells like grain and wonderful citrus. Very malty and nice.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Grain upfront followed by a distinct alcohol kick, fading into a citrusy malt and a hint of bitterness in the end. Mildly complex and fairly tasty, but it just doesn't come together.

High carbonation leads to a crisp mouthfeel that somehow manages not to hamper drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 06:12:47 | More by mynie
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger white head that stays leaving a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation. Faint malty nose. Starts light and sweet, finishes sweet with a hint of hops in the background. Would make a good summer beer. $1.45 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 00:54:20 | More by jdhilt
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Kookiekwan

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden and clear has a 1/2 finger head with no retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is very faint of grassy hops. The taste is pale malty but very thin, it also has some hops in the background but overall this beer is lacking in flavor. This beer is crisp clean and drinkable( but so is water).

Reflection: I was taken in by the large display they had in the store. I would pass on this Pilsner it was pretty flavorless.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 16:10:44 | More by Kookiekwan
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Hansa Pilsner from Hansa Borg Bryggerier ASA
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