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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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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 BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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 Dogbrick
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color and mildly effervescent with a thin white head that lasts pretty well. Not much lacing evident. Aroma of bready malt and Lager-like hops. Light-bodied and very clean on the tongue. Mild malt and caramel flavors along with a bit of hops. The finish is mildly sweet malt and corn and does not linger. Below average, I would expect more from a Dortmunder from the city of Dortmund.

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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 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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2/5  rDev -36.3%

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 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 adamette
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from a 500ml bottle exactly like the one pictured here into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Best Before" date of 9 4 10. $1.30 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

A Really kind of dissapointed in the look really. It looks like a Bud only a Bud has more of a head. Really, translucent straw yellow body with tiny bubbles rising up and almost no head at all. I seem to recall about 15 seconds ago there was a short (0.5 cm) white head but man was it short lived.

S You know, the style says Dortmunder but I am thinking that this is much more Export Lager. It smells a lot like what I remember a Bud smelling like. Some grains, slight sweetness and rice.

T Eww...This is like a Bud but maybe a step better. Very light, possibly a bit of syrupy stickiness but overall some light grains which dissapear before I can even swallow it. Very little no aftertaste.

M Thin. Very thin. Not unlike the water that makes up most of it.

D Great. It would fit any situation where you might have tried a Bud (the game, with pizza with the boys, something like that).

Notes: I am very dissapointed in this beer as when I picked it up I had Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold in mind. I do not recommend this beer unless you want to try and rate something from Namibia.

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2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of dansmcd
2.4/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - no head, highly carbonated, looks like a sugary ginger beer.

S - Can't detect much here. A faint grassy aroma.

T - Bugger all in the flavour department. There's a hint of lime in there.

M - A crisp, zesty bite to it.

O - Not for me. Pass.

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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.

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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 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 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 Arithmeticus
2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled into flared glass.

A: orangish yell,w thin carb, thin head
S: yeasty, stale
T: not unpleasant, strong flavor; slightly spiced with a deeper flavor than I would have expected from a purity-law beer
M: very bouncy

Not all that great specimen of this beer.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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