Hannenberg Pils | Grand River Brewing

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Hannenberg PilsHannenberg Pils

Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing
Ontario, Canada

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tribute to the German style of pilsner. A clear pale golden blonde body, almost fruity malts and pointly refined hops. Balanced and very drinkable Pils with great flavor.

Named after our owner Bob Hannenberg who made everything that this brewery is possible.

Added by grub on 05-11-2008

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500ml brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled: AUG 13 2008

A- Clear gold in color with small head that leaves a tiny ring around the glass. Tornadoes of small bubbles swirling up.

S- Nice doughy malt aromas, some citrusy hops as well.

T- Very nice sweet, biscuit malt flavors. Slight fruit. Hints of toasted wheat and vanilla. Spicy with whisper of cracked black pepper. Some slight grassy/herbal hops in the somewhat dry finish. Hints of lemon zest as well. Interesting.

M- Medium bodied brew with excellent carbonation for the style.

D- Incredibly drinkable and flavorfull.

Overall im not sure i would class this as a German pilsner. Im thinking more along the lines of a California common. Either way its a great brew, an excellent quaff! I think im gonna have to grab a pint on tap.

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Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrives at the table proudly showing off a golden yellow body and small white cap of a head. The head hugs the side of the glass as the pils is drank, leaving a good deal of lacing. The smell is light but has a good dose of grassy floral hops and biscuit malt. The flavour is malt heavy, embodied in the taste of bread, honey and caramel. The hops come through at the edges, cloaked in grassiness, lending a light bitterness. Medium bodied and with almost perfect carbonation, this one can be consumed all day long.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Volo, and good thing I have a corny keg in my fridge right now!

Pours a clear golden/straw yellow, thin white head, settles to a thin ring, drops lace rings on the glass. Smell is nice, sweet, grassy, honey, vanilla, lemon and floral hops, some herbal character and wheat/biscuity malt. Taste is honey and wheat, crisp citrus middle, floral, vanilla, quite dry in the finish, herbal and crisp, nice balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, super smooth, very refreshing and drinkable. Well done!

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Winking Judge with the Grand River Brewing owner Robert Hannenberg. First sample had pleasant aroma that none of us including Bill the judge identify, though there is some ppper. Second pint was totally neutral. yellowish with dissipitating white foam. Some citrus and the constant Grand River bitterness. The unfiltered pre-edition was a bit more interesting and complex in fruit that Robert puts down to apricot. Had this 16 months later at Chauncey Smith, London Canada and was just as good as above.

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Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at volo may 9/08.

note from the brewer on this beer: "The beer was designed as a Helles but as usual, the water we work with elevates the bitterness (approx. 13 IBU's) so I don't think we're that far off the pils. It uses the Mittelfruh and Hersbruker varieties and is 4.5%ABV".

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small dense bright white head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. touch of honey and caramel. light bready malt. hints of corn, but not in an unpleasant way - more like a pre-prohibition pils. nice light lager character. bright fresh floral hops.

taste is great. medium-low bitterness level. crackers and multi-grain bread. light caramel and honey with just a touch of sweetness. nice fresh floral hops again.

mouthfeel is great. medium carbonation level. nice fairly light body.

drinkability is great. an excellent summer brew. good balance, light on the palate. i am consistently impressed by grand river. i know i'll be drinking a lot of this one while it's around - in fact, i might have another right now!

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Hannenberg Pils from Grand River Brewing
3.77 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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