Hansa Imported Dortmunder | Hansa Brauerei / Namibia Breweries

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Hansa Imported DortmunderHansa Imported Dortmunder

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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 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 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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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.

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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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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 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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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 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 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 MrVisegrips
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a light gold color with a white head that quickly disipates. The aroma is lightly fruity with light hops presence Flavors are complimentary with a nice light malt the hops come through late in the finish but, coupled with the crisp carbonation is just enough to make you want another sip. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both what would be expected form such a light beer. Overall, a good brew when you need a quick thirst quencher.

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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 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 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 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.

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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 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 zerk
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a thin white head... a bit too pale to be called a Dortmunder. Aroma is grainy... with a light touch of floral hops... had to strain to get much aroma though. Flavor isn't bad... some sweet grain and a touch of biterness. Basically this is a very boring beer... nothing special... no hoppiness... no complexity... Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Not offensive or flawed... but when I'm looking for a really good Dortmunder, I'll be looking somewhere other than Hansa.

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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 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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Hansa Imported Dortmunder from Hansa Brauerei / Namibia Breweries
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