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Hans' Pils | Real Ale Brewing Company

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88
very good
53 Reviews
Hans' PilsHans' Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by champ103 on 08-08-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
348
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
29.72%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 348
Photo of obrike
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single at World Market. Poured a lovely lighty straw color with a fairly significant head...stuck around for a while too. Ample lacing. Very nice.

Getting a lemony, grassy hop scent. Not too pronounced, but good enough to take notice.

Yum. That's refreshing. Super fresh grassy hop blast with a lingering dry bitterness. Chewy malt backbone too. A very good beer for a hot Texas afternoon. I'd say this one is better than the Prima Pils I've tried, but I'm almost certain this one is fresher.

The carbonation on this one is fierce. Really coats the mouth and tongue well, leaving you wanting another sip immediately.

Nice job Real Ale...this one is probably one of your best!

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Photo of puck1225
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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 TBoneJones
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow pour, hazy body, ample carbonation, pure white saliva-like head.
Some grass, malts, cereal barley.
Tastes like a nice creamy pilsner with malt-soaked grains. Well-made. Nothing too distinct, but certainly drinkable and enjoyable.
Mouth feels thick and creamy given the style, refreshingly so & with a very nice citrusy hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but I most enjoy the malt/ grains at play. I can't ask for more here.
Overall, I'd go to this again even if as a sessionable brew. Almost up there with Prima for me (Where Victory's take on the style stands out with a perfectly grassy characteristic, Hans Pils to me has a character defined more by a smooth & tasty-grain type of finish). And this being canned is a plus.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of Ford
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into regular pint glass

Really nice looking pale yellowgreen color.. ok mostly yellow..

SMell is fantastic... fresh cut grass and lemon...mmm

Taste is clean and crisp.. whatever that means I guess...citrusy with a touch of bitter at the end.

I'll certainly be picking this beer up again and hope to get some on tap this next spring and summer.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jamescain
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Freetail.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with a fluffy white head about a centimeter thick that fades to a thin lacing and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Very fruity and spicy, pineapple and peach notes are what I can pick out.

Taste: Complex and fruity, with pineapple and apple flavors and a yeasty earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation with a dry finish. I could easily see myself drinking more.

Overall: This is definitely one of the best Pils I've ever had due to the complexity that is not usually associated with the style.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – The color of the beer is a soft gold with a light haze to it. There is a nice stream of bubbles as well. The head is white and frothy with excellent retention and build. The head leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

S – The nose is semi bitter with hints of grains and a nice twist of lemon towards the end.

T – Taste is bitter..but more floral than anything. Lemon comes through mixed in with all sorts of grains. There is a dry wheat character that seems to stick around almost to the end. It’s a very natural taste.

M – The mouth feel is pretty damn smooth and crisp. Goes down nicely with tingly carbonation.

O – No complaints at all on this one. Every aspect of this beer is top notch. Great example of the style. I’m very happy to be able to get my hands on this on.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hans Pils pours to a straw color with a slight haze and a nice head of foam that doesn’t hold up for long, but does offer some good lacing. The nose is unmistakably pilsner, with a scent that combines bread, earthy/grassy notes, fruit, and a touch of bitterness.

Tasting this beer again reveals its pilsner origins. The flavor combines pale malts, lightly toasted/bready notes, some earthy/spicy hops, yeast, a touch of fruit, and grains. The flavor profile is a little more bitter than other pilsners, but certainly not too bitter and it still keeps itself in- line with what one would expect for this style.

Hans Pils has a bubbly body, pleasant mouthfeel, and crispness. The bitter sensations and somewhat sour flavor could surprise some people at first, especially those who are used to plain ol’ American style, mass produced pseudo pilsners. But the overall flavor is tasty and memorable. Add everything together and you have a very respectable effort that can compete with the better American pilsners.

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Photo of guityler83
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A very small, quickly falling bright white head with tiny bubbles that cling to the edge of the glass and dust the top of the beer. A moderatly hazey straw yellow color that darkens in the thickerr part of the pilsner glass.

S: Very light, clean but firm noble hop aroma. Earthy, woody, spicey. Behind the hops is a sweet smelling bready aroma. Simple but effective. Very traditional

T: Firm, but moderate noble hop bitterness that is consistent with the aroma; woody and earthy from begining to end. There is a slight bready sweetness coming from the malt, but it finishes very dry so it comes off much more hop forward then balanced (in a good way). There is a grainyness to the malt aftertaste like most german pilsners. Clean fermentation and a crisp refreshing flavor overall.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body and lower abv makes this beer very drinkable. A mild mouth drying sensation from the grainyness.

O: Noble hop forward, crisp, refreshing, trad. german pilz. I'm a big fan of this beer and the style in general.

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Photo of ChrisKuhns
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

(A) Pours a hazy, gold with big white head.

(S) Very grainy and a bit spicy; notes of grass, ammonia, flowers, and citrus.

(T) Easy drinking decent hop bite; crisp and refreshing.

(M) Dry finish and a bit tingling but can mouthfeel some hops in this one.

(O) Well balanced drinkable especially on a hot day. Definitely will try it again in the future.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden beer with a pillowy soapy head. Smell is a little stale with faint hops and grains. Taste is clean, dry, and crisp. A little bready with a slight skunk that is common with the style. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Overall a nice german style pilsner.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours gold and slightly cloudy with a rocky white head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam, leaving modest lacing.

S - Toasty and bready with a sharp grassy hop bouquet.

T - Toasty malt sweetness is balanced nicely with an assertive hop bite.

M - Medium-bodied with a dry, hoppy finish. Hop bitterness carries over into a pleasant aftertaste.

O - This is a refreshing and flavorful pils that is perfect on a hot Texas day. Solid example of the style and highly recommended.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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 brurevu
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It poured a clear gold with a substantial white head and with an aroma of spicy hops. The taste was light, crisp and refreshing with a smooth body and surprisingly full mouthfeel for a lighter brew. The Hans’ Pils was a full flavored pilsner with just the right amount of hops to give it a good bitterness without going over the top. Real Ale really dialed this one in and created an excellent Pilsner.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic

A: A massive pillow of white foam that leaves a hint of lacing and the carbonation consists of large bubbles and a lot of them. This is one of the more strikingly active beers that I've seen in some time. The color is pale straw yellow

S: strong aroma of bread and bitter, earthy hops and it is just slightly sour smelling

T: bready body with clean herbal hopping that fades into a sweet then fairly bitter finish. Hops and grain, man. Hops and grain.

M: quite rich and the carbonation, despite its active presence, isn't that tingling. There are definitely some hops in this one as the finish is dry.

o: If i'd do anything to this is dial the sweetness back a tad, but not very much. The balance of hops to malt has to be just right and this is very very close. This beer feels decadent despite it's pale, fizzy look. Recommended.

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Photo of amalahow
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
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 boddhitree
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

First, I really like that it's in a can. Nice, traditional artwork with a font that evokes old world Germanness and a hop pictured beyond the writing, making me think this will be a hoppy version of a Pils, right?

Appearance: First demerit is that it's light in color compared to a normal German Pils. It's light gold, looks thin, and got a protein haze to it. The haze would be ok if it were Kellerbier, but their selling it as a Pils.

Aroma: Decent amount of Pils malt aroma, more toasty than a German, sweeter than usual, but it's got also a nice Noble hop coming up underneath that.

Flavor:
Up front: Nice biting Noble hop bitterness, but not too heavy, just right actually. There's a nice tartness, too, verging more on citrusy and crisp.

Mid: Even more bitterness and tart/astringent biting flavor here, very nice, some more citrus and almost lemony. I'm not getting much sweet Pils malt here, where you'd usually find it in a German Pils.

Back: Also ditto above, quite bitter, which I like. Not much Pils malt sweetness, again. In the very back, you finally get it, though not a lot. It's good, but again, it's like a pale imitation of a German Pils.

Aftertaste: All bitterness from Noble hops, like sucking on a hop before throwing it in the boil.

Mouthfeel: mmmm, sorry to say it, but here is where it really falls down on the job. It's light, crisp, almost getting to the thick Pils mouthfeel a German Pils demand, yet never quite reaching it. Disappointing is how I would describe this mouthfeel, for I really want to like it.

Overall: I really want to like this beer. Yes, I get that hop-forward Pils is what kinda Märicans probably are hankerin' for, but it still is slightly disappointing for me. It's quite bitter, almost in the high 30s or low 40s IBU-wise, and again, I'm finding a serious lack of enough German Pils malt backbone. It's like, "hey, I can do hops, yeah, hops, that's it, I'll hop it up, and now I got a Pils." Unfortunately, hops are only a part of a Pils, and though a hoppy Pils is good, balance within the spectrum of Pils malt sweetness is essential to make it get beyond just good or serviceable. But after drinking more sips, I'm getting more Pils malt sweetness, even though I can't pinpoint where it's coming from, but it's almost a sickly sweetness that's not complex enough. Hard to explain such nuances, but that's where I'm at for this beer. The mouthfeel, though crisp, is still a major demerit for me. A 3.5 of 5.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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 PhilsPils
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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 MEsquandoles
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6 pack for around 10 bucks. The first year they bottled it! Third year as Summer seasonal.

Just higher on the ABV and IBUs than BJCP Guidelines, but I certainly don't mind. This is probably the hoppiest Pils I've ever had.

Bright, hazy, golden yellow with full white head. Excellent head retention. Reminds me of Duvel.

Big nose of freshly cut grass, flowers and cilantro.

Vibrant hop character. Clean and raw.

Big oily mouthfeel wih dry finish. Lingering bitterness.

I really can't find anything wrong with this. Good fix for hop heads, super drinkable. The only Pils I can think of liking more is the Victory Braumeister series. Okay I thought of something wrong with it - it doesn't stay in the glass long enough...it does leave a lotta lacing though.

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Photo of spaceycasey
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden color with pillowy white head with excellent retention.

S - Grassy, bready aroma with distinct floral hop aroma. RIght away my expectation has gone to "Americanized German Pilsner"

T - Very lovely hop flavor and bitterness to balance crisp pils malt flavor.

M - Crisp and light with slight resin-character, presumably from the hop oils

D - Easy to knock back a few of these

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Photo of Clonies720
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow color. Hard to say what the head looks like since the bartender did an awful job pouring it. All that's left is a thin ring of white lace.

Smell: Light grainy malt and distinctive flowery/spicy noble hops. Clean, no fruity esters, no diacetyl.

Taste: Dry from start to finish. Crisp with a long-lasting bitterness from the noble hops that lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Low bodied.

Overall: Crisp, clean, refreshing beer that prominently features noble German hop bitterness. Loses big points in the appearance for lack of a head (maybe due to bartender error), and the hazyness. It also looses out a tad in the mouthfeel department. Still, it's a phenomenal summer beer, and at 5.3% ABV you can toss back 2 or 3 without becoming inebriated.

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Photo of redraider2323
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Anvil in Houston:

A - pale straw, clear

S - pilsner malt aroma, earhty, spicy noble hops. Fairly big hop aroma.

T - hop forward with good balance. Dry, earthy, spicy hops coat the palate.

M/D - medium thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Excellent example of style.

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Photo of BEERZILLA
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden yellow with a huge head even with a conservative pour.laces the glass big time,it almost glows in my pilsner glass.the appearance is the best thing about this beer.from here it goes down hill not much smell to me.the taste is a little strange to me,not bad just something's not right.the best pilsner I have had is noble pilsner from Sam Adams I also like victory prima pils but this one just seems not right.overall I would call this a good beer,it goes down good on a hot day but just falls short IMO .pilsners are such a diverse style that it makes them hard to judge to me some times it seems as if you drink one and ask yourself is this really a pilsner?

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