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Hansa Pilsner - Hansa Borg Bryggerier ASA

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BA SCORE
71
okay

40 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 20.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by TheDeuce:
Photo of TheDeuce
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

TheDeuce, Oct 04, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Jason
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with a "best before" date on the back label.

Perfect clarity with some bubble action going on, decent one finger of lace. Typical aroma of grassy grain and musty cheesy hops. Fluffy mouth feel with a semi-astringent bitterness from the hops and grain. Odd malt sweetness does not play well against the hops. Crispness is lacking, and the malt character just doesn't seem fresh. This is not just up to par with the rest of the Euro-lagers.

Jason, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of Billolick
2.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Billolick, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Dave18576
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Dave18576, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.33/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gold-coated straw with a modest snowy cap.
Hollow, dry maltiness and dead herbs on the nose.
Begins the cracker like maltiness of many a good pils. This, however lacks the authoritative dryness many of those provide. On the other hand, this is miles from any notable sweetness - sure, some red apples are noted, but they are more crisp than anything and flee quickly- it's mostly just "there". Ends with a meager herbal hop snap.
Vacated in structure, and only a notch or two above watery.
Overall, this is mildly flavored. Not bland, just lacking definition. It's certainly drinkable, but that's about it.

cokes, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

ElGordo, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of brinch
1/5  rDev -65.8%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of buzzy
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

buzzy, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Norwegian beer!

Pours a clear golden yellow- not dark, with medium-sized bubbles in a head that fades quickly. Aroma is somehat better than a standard pilsener- clean and refreshing grains, light scent of summer fruits. No obvious off flavors, adjunct flavors (good, because the label says it is brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law. The flavor is clean and refreshing, mostly grain profile with a slight hops tingle working around the edges. There's not much else goin on here. In summary, a decent brew, but nothing that grabbed me.

Dukeofearl, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

BrazilianAussie, May 23, 2012
Photo of Chronark
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Chronark, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

Zorro, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

connecticutpoet, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of hanklod
3/5  rDev +2.7%

hanklod, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +38.7%
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.

TastyTaste, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

jdhilt, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of abents
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a sample bottle of this, never had a Norwegian beer before. Give it a try.
Pours a golden yellow with nice chunky white head that disapears before you turn around with no lacing. Very disapointing in this aspect. Smells like a solid pilsner, very malty. Taste is very crisp and clean. Nice malty taste up front with a late emerging bitterness that rounds it out well. Very smooth beer, light bodied and well carbonated. Not bad, not all that amazing, but a solid offering none the less.

abents, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of Florya
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Florya, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of normZurawski
2.05/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

normZurawski, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
1.25/5  rDev -57.2%
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.

KarlHungus, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of torwart94
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%

torwart94, Today at 08:09 PM
Photo of Saksis
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Saksis, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.33/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 fl.oz, tall thin long neck brown glass bottle. The front label is shaped like a shield, dark green & metallic gold it simply says ‘Hansa Pilsner Style’ with a small red, black & gold coat of arms type symbol above. The reverse rectangular shaped label states that the beer is brewed to the ‘German Purity Law”, and has a Best Before date of 26.05.04.

Appearance: An exceptionally clear pale straw color, which has a massive head at first. Sadly the huge head soon disappears to a thin broken covering that struggles to remain more than a thin white halo ring at the edges of the glass. Average levels of carbonation leave some lacing.

Nose: Pilsner Malts, and not much else. Crisp.

Taste: Not bad. Pilsner malts are light, slightly soft delicate middle, light herbal hints, low strength bitter finish. The flavors are alright, just below strength really to be anything other than a thirst quencher that reminds you it’s a beer and not a

Mouthfeel: Average, basically, it has the mouthfeel of a thousand other wannabe Pilsners. What more can you say?

Drinkability: A good pounder for the hot weather (do they get hot weather in Norway?!??).

Overall: Not that bad actually, a reasonably clean drink, I have certainly had much worse “Pilsners”. A bit light on the ‘crisp hoppy finish’, but still not a bad attempt overall. Above average.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of Stigh
2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

Stigh, Nov 20, 2014
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Hansa Pilsner from Hansa Borg Bryggerier ASA
71 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.