Hans' Pils
Real Ale Brewing Company

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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #34
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,044
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.6%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
407
From:
Real Ale Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 407
Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this clear yellow brew slowly which resulted in about a finger of white froth. Has lots of bubble activity.

Hints of grass and straw up front followed by a hint of pear and lemon.

Quite crisp and biscuity with more light fruits and a touch of honey at the end.

A fan of everything by Real I've tried, and this one's no different.

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Photo of LoamRock
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer reminds me of Beck's original before whatever the hecks happened to Beck's original.
A sad tale until Han's Pils. Keep it flowing, Real Ale.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2019-02-27 in Grapevine, TX from a 12oz Can best by 2019-05-11

A - Clear pale straw with a q finger white head and good lace.

S - Pils malt, corn bread, grassy spice,

T - Pils malt, grassy spice, white pepper, touch of honey and lemon flesh. Fair amount of bitterness.

M - light-medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

O - A good, American-styled Pilsner. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can best by 3/26/19. Golden color with a finger of white head. Floral and spice smell. Medium feel. Dry, spicy hop taste. Very good, this is not one of my favorite styles but I'd get this beer again.

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Photo of Squire
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale light yellow gold color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of rich bready malt and floral, spicy hops. Hop brightly is particularly noted in the scent.

Taste is hop forward in a stronger dose than I usually get even in North German styles. Noble hops certainly but used with a generous hand. Malt doesn't get lost in the shuffle but it does stay in the background. Hops are grassy and spicy with a emphasis on the spice. Close to remaining in balance but it's at least 60/40 in favor of the hops.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Yes it's an American version and yes, the hops are a bit much for food matching but the overall flavor is quite nice and I particularly like the way the brewer has kept the beer dry. This is close to outstanding.

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Photo of gvickery
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy light gold, typical pilsner smell. Good carbonation decent white head. Taste is noble hops, malt, grain and some sweetness. To me it tastes more like a Czech pilsner due to the sweetness from the malt. I don't get the spicy notes from the hops either, more floral. It seems a little off to me. Not terrible but not really German either.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

my colleague described this one as style defining, and while i liked it a lot, i wouldnt go that far with it. to me it is quite americanized, even though the hops are quite obviously noble type, they are boldly dosed, more so than any traditional german pils i am familiar with. that is not a knock against it though, and the contribution of the hops is in a lot of ways what sets this one apart from all the clutter in the style. its light and fresh and simple and clean from a malt standpoint, very little there really, so light. the flavor of the hops is pretty robust, saaz-esque, limey and grassy and dried, herbaceous, and plenty bitter. the thing that really made this for me above all else though was the texture, this is so dry its insane, and the carbonation is like a topo chico or something, enormously fizzy, which for me makes it a great fighter of the texas summer heat and a real refreshing can to slug down. well balanced for how light it is, ramping up in flavor as it comes to a finish, and almost rushed through its progression by all the bubbles. it needs to be ice cold, but when it is, its pretty darn good, especially this time of year!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brief impression from a can nabbed at a beer store in Austin, TX:

Probably Real Ale's best beer. Crisp and clean with a nice floral yet grassy hop profile atop a fresh pilsner malt backbone.

B- (3.33) / WORTHY

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Photo of Texasbrew
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One benefit that we have living in Texas is that we can get Real Ale, only sold in the Lone Star state. We feel that one of their best products is the Hans Pilsner beer. Most pilsners that I have tried are light in color and taste, however, this beer is a (German) pilsner i.e. darker in color and heavier in taste with a slight bitter aftertaste. I could reach for one of these all year round if I lived in a colder climate. If I’m out in the hot sun, especially in Texas during the summer, I wouldn’t grab this beer because it isn’t a thirst quencher. Overall great taste and a true lone star beer.

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Photo of DEstlund
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you want to define a Texas Pilsener, this is it. It's bigger, bolder, and a little more bitter than most, but it suits us just fine.

Head: Healthy foam leading to consistent lacing.

Aroma: Earthy, grassy. Definitely a lawnmower beer.

Flavor: Honeysuckle water, sweet floral, with just enough bitterness to give it an edge.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy, with just enough maltiness to balance refreshing with satisfying.

Overall: This could be the truest Texas beer out there. Try it with smoked brisket and tell me it's wrong.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear, golden color with a beautifuly persistent  lacining. Well balanced with the hops just pushing forward. A nice bitter aftertaste mingles with a rich, malty sweetness and leaves me wanting more. Not as crisp as some pilsners, but it's mellow, medium body is very drinkable.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour reveals a hazy golden straw-colored beer with a slightly off-white head. Gorgeous beer.

Aromas are grassy hops and bready malts - perfect. The taste is very rich for a 5.3% beer, with the hops maintaining the grassy note, and adding a slightly floral character, but not overwhelming the pilsner malt. Just a fantastic lawnmower beer, IMHO.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a moderate, dense white head, which retains well. Thick, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: White bread and unsalted saltines vie with lemon zest and floral hops.

Taste: Opens with slightly tart and sour notes. As the taste progresses, earthy hops vie for supremacy with cracker malt winning out. Finishes with tangy lemon riind notes.

Mouth feel: Full and pleasant, very soft,

Drinkability/notes: Exceptionally drinkable, very pleasant, a refreshing alternative to the syrupy sweet malternatives offered in Summer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of txmilligan
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear, straw yellow pour into a glass from a can, nice head and good, steady carbonation. Wonderful, bright aroma that is equal parts sweet and crisp. This is an excellent indicator of the flavor, which was crisp, sweet, electric and had a nice bite to it that didn't linger overlong. This is a beer made to cool off on hot days, a great beer to relax with.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a bountiful head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind

Smell: Bright lemongrass with bready undertones

Taste: Wheat bread with a bright, lemony tone building; slightly grassy through the middle but the lemon drop flavors underpins from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not true to style but I love the slightly sweet, slightly bitter lemon flavor here

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Photo of aoampm
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours straw color with a big frothy head. Lots of bubbles.

Smell is of subtle citrus and wheat.

Taste is more citrus and bread / wheat with a nice crisp finish.

Feel is very light and drinks incredibly easy.

Overall a solid offering and a nice refreshing Pilsner.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Indika in Houston. Very crisp and refreshing, excellent with faux-Indian food (OK, Indian Fusion, whatever). Plenty of hops bitterness but not over the top. Grassy, hay-like aromas mix with bready malt...very pleasant. Actually tastes quite a bit like a German Pils which is not always a given with American iterations of the style. Now I can say I have had 2 Real Ale beers that I like (Full Moon Rye IPA being the other) to go alongside all the ones I didn't think much of.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh at the taproom. This will make you rethink your opinion on AAL that parade as pilsners.

Grains brought in from Germany give a great malty sweetness. Plenty of fruity, citrusy hops balance it out. Really well done and super refreshing in the Texas heat!

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy what color poured from can. White foamy had. Light fruity smell is very Nice. Mild bite on the taste. Crisp, lots to offer in this pilsner. I'll take it.

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Photo of puck1225
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter. Beautiful thick white head and great lacing. Bready and lemony smell and taste. Nice and crisp feel. I enjoyed it very much!

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Photo of maedhros09
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: slightly hazy straw gold with decwnt head and some lacing
Smell: pretty classic pilsner smells - cereal with some grassy herbal hops
Taste: Full flavored with moderate maltiness and a nice herbal grassy hops kick in the finish. Classic German pilsner flavors.
Feel: Light, spritely carbonation

Overall: classic full flavored german pilsner. Nice balance with a solid hops bite. Flavors were slightly coarser as it warmed but still a great pilsner

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Photo of amalahow
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I almost never like Pilsners. But I truly love this Pilsner. Perfect balance between a clean taste and an interesting taste. Effervescent and intriguing.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice bite, but a bit on the bitter side—the latter somewhat overwhelming the pleasant, pungent, stocky, dried-hay fruitiness imparted by the pils malts (a characteristic that I find to be fairly desideratum in a good pilsner). The aromas are definitely on-point: doubling-down on the hay qualities, there are also some good peach, grape, and pear notes, along with a bit of yeasty booziness; the appearance is likewise fit-to-form, with a minor haze, a nice straw refulgence that flashes to milky-gold when held to light, and a pretty feverish effervescence that lends a moderate head that peters but laces well. The carbonation likewise imparts more crispness, amplifying those already provided by the dry malts and aggressive (for a pilsner, at least) hop-bittering.

All in all, a pretty good pilsner, though an iteration that's not quite as refreshing, light in the mouth, or clean, due to sticky bitters. In some senses, Hans' Pils belongs more to the paradigm of highly hop-perfumed imperial pilsners, except without the robust, denser, higher-proof skeletons that allow those to carry their weight more gracefully.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/29..poured from a can. Clear gold, active bubbles. Sticky white foam. Clear pilsy nose, very light. German pils taste and a firm bitter. Light citrus pokes through. Simple but good.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can at Ginny's Little Bighorn on Sun., 12/28/2014 (Chicken Shit Bingo), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over 30-45 minutes

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Hans' Pils from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 407 ratings