Hansa Imported Dortmunder | Hansa Brauerei / Namibia Breweries

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Hansa Imported DortmunderHansa Imported Dortmunder
44 Ratings
Hansa Imported DortmunderHansa Imported Dortmunder

Brewed by:
Hansa Brauerei / Namibia Breweries

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2003

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 33
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.

 752 characters

Photo of AdamBear
4.11/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-very golden with lots of bubbles and very nice thick white head

S-crisp german grains. slightly sweet. smells good though faint.

T-comes in with a very good taste of german grains with just a touch of grassyness. ther's a small sweetness to it which i find unfitting, but its small. its such a crisp and drinkable taste though, I love it. the after-taste is matching with only a hint of welcomed bitterness.

M-very creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish that becomes dry

O-this is an example of a great german lager. i truly could drink large amounts of this in a sitting. it goes down so easily with a fresh taste of beer.

 638 characters

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.

 703 characters

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...

 573 characters

Photo of AdrianRP
3.9/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Let me begin by saying that I am partial to import only Germanic 'Larger/Pils' styles of beer. Having said that, please take this into account while reading this short review.

If I can think of one word that really comes to mind when you sample this beer it would have to be 'value.' This to me is important, especially with these lingering economic woes we've been enduring, and that most import beers have morphed into them annoying 11.2 ounce bottles!

In my opinion its a great example of what a proper, good tasting 'light beer' should be! At roughly a buck a 12oz. beer for home consumption, represents an excellent buy. I have been purchasing 6 pack PINTS for roughly $8.00 at Chicago area liquor stores.

This beer is shipped properly in completely enclosed, one pint BROWN bottle six packs, and adheres to the purity law. Its taste confirms this. No reasonable chance of skunk here folks! This is SO important when buying import beer.

It pours decently into a one pint glass, leaving a generous four finger, clumpy head. Surprisingly, most of the beer's modest, yet zesty flavor is in the head, which is something I am not accustomed to.

The color is average yellow, to almost pale, and the head settles rather thinly, yet leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass. There is a definite hops flavor here resembling fresh, sliced Vienna bread. Finish is exceptionally clean, light, and clear making it an excellent summer brew for refreshment.

Overall this is a 'decent' lighter beer with noticeable flavor for consumption when more then one is required!

It is by no means the best representation of this type of beer, but its taste is authentic, with very little next day fallout.

**Additional note: I have read here that this beer was not brewed in Germany. Reading from the packaging of the beer I just purchased it reads:

"Brewed and bottled by Dortmunder Hansa-Brauerei GMBH, 4415 Dortmund, Germany"

 1,923 characters

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.

 363 characters

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.

 1,157 characters

Photo of djwhit24
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

 515 characters

Photo of cbn
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks good, translucent pale gold in color with a nice white head and a smattering of thin lace.

Faint aroma of pale or crystal malt and metallic hop.

Clean, light flavors follow the aroma. Malt as thin as a cracker with a slightly metallic hop end note.

Rather thin with good carbonation, keeps things refreshing.

A true session beer, very easy to drink.

The bottle says "Brewed and bottled in Germany", Dortmunder Hansa-Brauerei, GMBH, 44145 Dortmund/Germany.

 471 characters

Photo of JKG
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

 385 characters

Photo of confer
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had never heard of this beer when I found it at Total Wine and Beer.
It pours a crystal clear bright pale yellow.
Has a dull lemon smell.
The taste just isn't as good as the other categories. Has a nice start but finishes with a bit of fake flavor.
Feels light and goes down easy. For the price this isn't a bad pick.

 319 characters

Photo of XenonX
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

 268 characters

Photo of kshankar
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden color, with a decent head. Honestly, it looked way too regular beer like..I don't know what I was expecting, but I didn't except the macro-look

Aroma: Grainy, light on the hops...but its all mild so there's not much going here for it either. Its not offensive, just mild

Taste: Clean, grainy, and a little bitter on the finish...not bad. Certainly doesn't taste anywhere close to a macro, its much more well done. Otherwise, its really not TOO complex, just a decent dortmunder.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, well carbonated, goes down well

Drinkability: Well, the mouthfeel leans towards giving this a high drinkability..combined with the fairly mild and unoffensive taste, this works out.

 716 characters

Photo of afinepilsner
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One pint brown bottle
This beer is golden in color with white head that quickly dissapears. There a light malt smell to it with a hint of hops. The flavor is mainly of the malt and mildly sweet. Nice carbonation. This light to medium bodied beer that is crisp and refreshing.

 276 characters

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of diamonddave
3.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I hear "Dortmunder" I immediately think of Great Lakes, but maybe that's just because of my relative proximity to Hell With the Lid Off (a.k.a. Cleveland). The Great Lakes Dort is the shit, yo, so Hansa has some big shoes to fill here.

Fast-falling head, no lacing. This has a very grainy, somewhat sweet smell. Smells pretty good, actually. The appearance is light; just by looking, you wouldn't know it wasn't Bud or somethin'.

Tastes so damn grainy it's almost like breakfast cereal. Nowhere near as balanced as the (far superior, in mein humble opinion) Great Lakes Dort. Maybe it's unfair to keep comparing the two, but since these are the only two Dortmunders I've ever had, it's what I gots to do.

High drinkability marks, because it goes down as easy as a regular lite beer. At around eight bucks for a sixer, though, you might as well go for a 12 pack of Whateverthefuck Lite.

 899 characters

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!

 651 characters

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.

 1,518 characters

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.

 656 characters

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...

 506 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Hansa Imported Dortmunder from Hansa Brauerei / Namibia Breweries
Beer rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 44 ratings