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Hansa Pilsner - Hansa Borg Bryggerier ASA

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BA SCORE
72
okay

36 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 2
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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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by normZurawski:
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normZurawski

New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -30.3%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +22.4%

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.

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

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

10-26-2004 19:34:19 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

2.93/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

08-31-2005 23:46:06 | More by Billolick
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Dave18576

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +2%

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

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

08-20-2004 23:00:55 | More by cokes
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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

Denmark

1/5  rDev -66%

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

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

California

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

07-14-2004 14:26:51 | More by Dukeofearl
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Norway

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

California

3.78/5  rDev +28.6%

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.

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

Connecticut

2.9/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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

New York

2.9/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +37.8%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev +15%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

06-18-2004 20:44:40 | More by abents
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Florya

Norway

2.5/5  rDev -15%

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

Minnesota

1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

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.

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

Norway

3/5  rDev +2%

08-02-2014 19:45:14 | More by Saksis
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.33/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

09-06-2003 02:46:51 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Kookiekwan

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

01-01-2005 16:10:44 | More by Kookiekwan
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UnionMade

New York

3.03/5  rDev +3.1%

12oz Bottle courtesy of Happyhour. Thanks dude!
The brew pours a pretty normal golden straw, capped with about a half inch of white froth. Nothing unexpected. Good clarity, with blobbly patches of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma leaves little to the imagination. Brisk, grainy malt with a rather unassuming floral hop undertone. The flavor is much the same, with a pleasant enough grassy edge to the hops, though they could still use a bit more presence for my taste. The malt is crisp and grainy, nice and clean, with full carbonation supporting the lightish body. A solid enough pilsner, but nothing steps out of the continental lager mold at all. I have a feeling that this could be fresher. I don't detect any real oxodization, but it feels like it's starting to acquire the first signs of deterioration. If you're looking for a norwegian brew, this is a good enough choice.

10-26-2004 20:06:18 | More by UnionMade
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alexskovan

New York

3.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

03-30-2007 21:54:18 | More by alexskovan
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Hansa Pilsner from Hansa Borg Bryggerier ASA
72 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.