Hansa Imported Dortmunder | Hansa Brauerei / Namibia Breweries

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Hansa Brauerei / Namibia Breweries

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2003

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by beer272:
Photo of beer272
2.81/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 500 mL bottle, 4.8 % ABV. This is not a great beer, but bought about 6 cases of the stuff for brewing bottles. This beer is so-so, the carbonation is poor. Golden light malt used. Export beer from Germany can be bad, the best is within Germany. I am not impressed they are using hop extracts probably to save money, no real hop taste. Lacing is not the greatest either.

It is quaffable, but will not likely be your favorite beer.

As for bottling, with a two handed bottler, one has to be careful as the bottles tend to shoot out when capping. I almost wonder if these bottles are a slightly different cap size. The brown bottles are excellent for bottling, and they did a great job with packaging.

It is a good price when you consider your getting 16.89 oz per bottle, not 12 oz.

Well just got another 2 cases for $25/ in NJ. They got rid of the 'canned' hops! though now using hop extract. Also now using a super aga that makes capping these bottles a breeze.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.45/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Clear and almost florescent yellow in color with a smallish head.

Smell – The light floral hopping does a good job of covering the rather cheap grain in the aroma.

Taste – The nasty grain takes over at the tongue. The floral hops are there, but they’re no match for the Grain from Hell. The creamed corn flavor is too much to bear.

Mouthfeel – The light carbonation is nice, and the hops are just strong enough to make this one refreshing.

Sinkability – I’m sure I’ll need to chase this with some Liquid Plummer, but it was just too bad to stomach.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.05/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: a thin daffodil yellow color with near champagne characteristics. Lots of bubbles moving around. Just a trace of foam remains atop. One word comes to mind...Bleak

S: grassy with crushed grains. A bit stale in the nose

T: virtually tasteless. Grains (malts and barley) at the forefront with an off-kilter sweetness of old sugary honey. Faint mineral character as well. Some type of noble hop flavors do roam as bittering is very low with just a light snap at the finish

M: about the same feel as a generic ginger ale soda. Plenty of fresh and crisp bubbles within each sip. So light in feel that it is hard to gauge...if that makes sense

O: bought on a whim. I should have done some more research before committing to this one.
As noted earlier by a BA member. Maybe, just maybe, if it was served super ice cold on a hot sweaty day would I welcome this again

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Photo of mempath
2.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

just figured i'd try it...at $1.50, what the heck.

clean looking, ice-white head that settles pretty fast, laces lightly and retains an even 1/4 inch. not quite pale...medium blonde. looks like a classic beer you'd see in a movie. the archetype (if there ever was one).

smell is a distant metal-biscuitness...head has settled into about an 1/8 of an inch. looks like a petri dish from above. another swirl and i just don't get a nose quite, nothing that stands out.

taste is, well, not surprising, not awful, not memorable...tastes like many other basic 'german' beers i've had over the years. non-descript. not 'not impressive' but then not quite 'average'...well, almost.

crisp mouthfeel, not too thin, tingly but fast carbonation makes this go down fast...any aftertaste is gone as soon as you start analyzing. you have to be fast.

very drinkable. especially if you are eating some grilled brats. if i had bought a six-pack, i would've used some of these for beer bread and for marinating brats. an all-purpose quaffer, but then, i'd rather have any yuengling over this. and MAYBE (ha!) michelob's pale ale!

this is an everyday brew. not bad. not great in the least! there are plenty of better average brews out there i'd take over this. and yet, i'd take this over most anything from coors or anheuser. so there ya go.

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Photo of Dragon17
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of shbobdb
3.92/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ya know, in Germany the term 'export' always implied a lower-quality beer. . . now that I live in the USA, I have to say that the reverse is true. This beer poured a beautiful gold with a rock-like head that persisted in all its glory for a few minutes before collapsing into a nice ring-around-the-rosie.
Mmmmm, now this is what I've been missing. All the way from Nambia, eh? I suppose the Hansa traveled far and wide, so why not? Still, I coulda sworn there was a GmbH on the bottle . . .
Ever with a piece of my heart in Stralsund, I drink this beer and think of Stoertebecker. Mmmm, nice, malty and clean. Mmmmm.
Another one please!!! This has the Shbobdb 'simple beer' seal of approval. MMmmm.

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Photo of JKG
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of RepMichigan
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Hansa for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. It was nice spring day in mid Michigan, and a Dortmunder sounded like a good way to start the night off, so lets see how it goes. For some reason I just assumed this was from Germany so I am a little bit surprised to see it is from Namibia. Best before June 6, 2011. Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- This beer has a pretty plain looking label with an old ship in the background. It poured a pale golden straw color with four fingers worth of lumpy white head that died down to a lumpy layer that left lots of lacing.

S- I pick up lots of pale malts that has a lot of sweetness. There is also a big bready aroma to this beer. The hops are grassy and somewhat metallic.

T- The taste is very grainy, those pale malts pretty much dominate the flavor of this beer. The malts were not nearly as sweet as the aroma led me to believe. The hops are more metallic then grassy and leave this beer with a slightly bitter finish that balances out all the pale malts.

M- Crisp, clean, light bodied, and perfect carbonation.

Overall this was an average example Export Lager. It was pretty light and smooth which made for good drinkability. The flavors weren't too impressive, but they remained true to the style. I thought I was buying a traditional German Export lager, and it was pretty close to that, it was just brewed in Namibia instead of Germany.I wouldn't search this beer out but it might hit the spot on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 2 fingers of almost white head over a straw/pale gold colored body. Good stream of bubbles rising to the top, upon which this beer keeps a little froth. Lacing makes futile attempts to cling to the glass but quickly and easily succumbs to gravity.

Pale malt, fresh grassy hops are easily understood. It smells very sweet, and faintly of corn and a light hint of crackers.

Sweet pale malt is up to bat first. This passes to a hint of sweet corn mixed with buttery crackers and finishes with light grassy hops.

This beer is light bodied with heavy carbonation. At times I felt like I was drinking pop rather than beer. There is a slight dry finish.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.91/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 500 ml bottle copped from Total Wine and More in River Edge...
A hefty pour yielded an amazing appearance for the style, replete with a full, five-fingered sized foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Grainy, bread and butter smell emitting from the serving glass...
Taste was creamy, rich and thick with a noticeable grain, caramel, and vanilla essence that dominated the brew... Nutty nuances of malts, bread, butter, and syrup add depth and flavor...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a great level of drinkability to match...

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Photo of djwhit24
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of smokinyodas
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Without going over the top with an in depth analysis, this is a good cheap lite tasting beer that works well with fast foods. Overall there is nothing too complex about it; this is trouble-free light lager made of barley malt and hops. Not a common beer to be found in my location, but still miles better than most in its price range and yet still very drinkable.

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Photo of Portertime
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I like Dortmunders, they have a unique taste. This baby comes in a 16oz bottle and is on sale at my store for 6.49....can't beat it! Pours a bubbly yellow color with a fine head. Smell musty with a little hop spiceyness. Taste is clean and crisp, true to the German purity law. A good beer to sit back and chill with but don't expect heaps of flavor.

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Photo of BigDoug
2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Murph for the freebie bottle!

Poured from bottle to a pint glass.

Pours out a very thin straw yellow fizzy watery looking beer. Head builds up and sparkles like soda or a BMC light lager. Head stayed a touch longer than a BMC beer and left a tiny lace but disappeared completely after a few minutes.

Smell was weak but not horrible. It smelled like a premium American light lager but that isn't saying much for it. It did smell pure though without cheap adjuncts. Light bready smell with maybe a touch of hops hiding in there.

Taste was ok. Refreshing for a hot day for sure but a very simple tasting beer. True to style but way way too light flavored. Sorta tastes like a BMC crossed with Heineken only without the terrible aftertaste. I could drink this all day though cuz it does have a clean finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty poor. Very very watery. The carbonation is kind of weird. When it poured, it seemed a bit overcarbonated. As I drank it, it seemed like it was slightly undercarbonated for the style. Either way, it was watery like a Coors Light only had some flavor.

Drinkability is it best attribute. Very easy drinking session beer. Very refreshing but not something that wows you. I definately could put down alot of these fast. I would drink this again for sure if I wanted something light and not too strong, but I definately wouldn't go searching for this.

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Photo of righlander
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

pours straw yellow with a monster head with nice lacing from a half liter bottle. don't smell like much but i can detect some hops in there somewhere... took a couple sniffs though. taste is pretty average to minimal. it seems like it's kind of flat or something. which is weird because the head and the lacing are impressive. but it doesn't seem carbonated enough. it is not bad. but nothing special. but it does have a unique taste to it. drinkability is good though. the best thing about this beer is the bottles...half liters. buy these and use the bottles for your homebrew! they're totally drinkable. i could have like 6....5 more to go! CHEERS!

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 10/5/2013. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of bready grain, cracker, floral, pear, apple, light pepper, biscuit, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of light fruity esters with malt/hop notes; with good strength. Taste of bready grain, cracker, floral, pear, apple, light pepper, biscuit, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of bread, cracker, floral, light pepper, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Good balance of malt/hop flavors with light-moderate fruitiness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice; without feeling too thin. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good dortmunder style. Very clean with good balance of flavors and minimal esters; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a pint bottle into a mug, this beer is a nice straw-amber color with a finger head that dissipates after a minute - about what you would expect from any "typical" beer. The nose is very typical, and what you would expect from any European lager. The taste is about the same - nothing special, but very drinkable. There's nothing bad to say about this beer, and for the price (about a dollar for a pint) I think I may actually pick it up again. This is a big step above similarly priced beers...

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Photo of stirgy
4.13/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer I have is also called Hansa Imported Dortmunder, and is from the Dortmunder Hansa Brauerei in Dortmund/Germany.

I even looked up their address, spaz that I am:

Dortmunder Hansa-Brauerei GmbH
Steigerstr. 20, 44145 Dortmund Mitte

Same address as the DAB brewery, but different name. Wierd.

This beer poured a clear and bright golden color, had a small but creamy white head and left an intricate lacing on the glass. A vibrant carbonation tickles the tongue. The aroma gives off sweet lemony grains and fresh malts. The taste is very light and very clean, almost lemony fresh. The body is light, but overall there is a firm body of malt holding this beer together. Lively and musty hops bring this beer together. Very nice.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color with monstrous white puffy head. Smell is a bit fruity and sweet. Taste is refreshing, but very subdued, with little to cheer about. Finishes crisp, with a slight malt sweetness and no hops. An average beer. Too expensive for what you get.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Arch578
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Tballz420
3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer i have is called Hansa Imported Dortmunder, and is from the Dortmunder Hansa Brauerei in Dortmund/Germany.

This brew is a pale gold color, with a decent sized white foam head. The scent is of pale malts. As for the taste it is a delicate tasting brew, with sweet malts in the front and a delicate hop presence balancing it out. Cereal grains. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. I'll admit ive never had a dortmunder style brew before, so i cant really know what they are going for, but for me this is a fine beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty flat looking in my glass. Perhaps it is a bit too cold. The color is yellow, as expected and clear as can be.

The aroma is good but not too pronounced. It may be the best thing about it besides the price.

The taste is OK. Not real clean, though, like it's been in this bottle too long. I am not sure I would buy this again, but maybe. It just isn't very exciting.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
2.26/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear yellow straw color with about 3 in of foamy head... looks like Bud light but with good head... one plus.

Smell is a disappointment.. malt and light hops

taste is watery... maybe some malt sweetness but no real hop flavor... just enough to be called "PURE BEER"

mouth-feel is like drinking water.

overall not that good at all.... never seen this beer before and i bought it thinking it was going to be more of a wit beer... then i poured it. oh well.... if you see it pass it up!!

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Hansa Imported Dortmunder from Hansa Brauerei / Namibia Breweries
Beer rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 44 ratings