Hansa Pilsener
South African Breweries plc

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Bohemian Pilsener
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3.07 | pDev: 19.87%
South African Breweries plc
South Africa
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 28
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.91/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L- Reeeally pale yellow! Pours with 5mm white head of course bubbles that cleared straight away to minor lacing.
S- Some very faint malt.
T- Some hoppy bitterness (that seems to build), balanced with a medium body. I don't find anything specific like 'grainy', 'bready', 'toasted' etc etc that I can identify and note. I am surprised to note that perhaps because of it's low-key flavour profile I've specifically been struck a few times by the tang of alcohol; and that from a 4.5% beer is uncommon.
F- It is refreshing, and I can imagine it might be just what you need on a hot day. It is quite notably hoppy-dry, firmly between generics like say Stella Artois, yet not OTT as a fashionable mega-hopped craft beer. I also note a couple of times CO2 is released in a sort of rush as I swallow; session this and it could be a 'stormy' night.
O- I had pretty low expectations of this but it's better than I expected. It would work better if it were high summer rather than December. Would I buy it again, not in London because a 330ml can was £1.95. In South Africa, yes, if I wanted something unchallenging and to be refreshed.
BB: 26/12/18. Bought from theSavanna, a SAFr speciality shop in Paddington Station, London UK

- As usual when I try a new beer, I write my review before reading any others here. Same applies to this one.

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Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Experienced in : near Krueger National Park
Appealing to me : taste (better than Castle Lite)
Less appealing to me : - - -

I am neutral on this beer.

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Photo of Gerhardw
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

To my mind the best offering of the lot offered by SA Breweries in South Africa. However, really lacking in body and complexity to really compete with international beers, or even the local South Africa craft beers. I had a Hansa last night as a night cap, and although it was server ice cold and was quite refreshing, it still left me with a sense of "not quite there"

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml can with no visible BB date. Given to me by a friend from SA who visited in December. The labelling says 'Brewed with the kiss of the Saaz hop', and features a cool logo.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A pale straw colour with low carbonation and some visible haze. Forms a decent head of brilliant white foam that lasts for a minute or so before reducing. Aroma of exceptionally light malt with faint hints of stewed hops and overcooked veg. Almost nothing there.

Tastes of watery malt with hints of corn and a crisp bitterness. Faint stewed hops/veg. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy, with light carbonation. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of corn/overcooked veg.

Meh - no masterpiece. Incredibly bland flavour and zero character. Perhaps a twinge more bitterness than other industrial lagers, but that's not saying much. It might just pass muster if you're in SA on a hot day and there's nothing else to drink. Well below par.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.66/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had Hansa whilst in Jo'Burg....it is not the best Pilsner I've ever had...but it was pretty good. The appearance was clear and goldern with good carbonation that provided good head. The smell was not great more grainy than anything. The taste was solid...first couple swigs has a slight metallic hint to it. Overall fairly smooth and easy to drink. But compared to other Pils....it fell just a lil short.

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Photo of bark
2.16/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The colour is straw yellow; the finger thick head is white. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is weak. Hints of white bread.

The taste is impressive weak. Corn? The aftertaste is dusty with some anonymous bitterness.

The carbonation is medium strong, the liquid light.

A completely insipid brew.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz-ish bottle, had a few times when throughout the nation

appearance: clear golden body with a light foamy white head and little lace

smell: bland pale malts, euro hops

taste: very little taste which may be somewhat of a morale victory for a south african brew...very pale malt structure and an even lighter euro hop structure

mouthfeel: light and watery

drinkability: easy

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Photo of SSBrennan
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass the color is a pale gold with a good head but no lacing.

The smell is crisp with a decent hop presence and supporting grain smells.

Taste is solid with a bit of initial grain harshness that fades as you notice the hops. Good flavor balance, very little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is clean with solid carbonation.

A decent beer, very drinkable. This is one of my standbys in South Africa, widely available and it tastes like beer unlike some of the other macro offerings.

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Photo of Onslow
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been a fixture in my grandpappy's house for quite awhile, its priced fairly and has enough of what a beer needs...This beer is tasty, smooth and has nothing to complain about. It is well made and can always be looked to if you need a refreshing beer that with satisfy!..and as one other reviewer said, it is nice to know what hop you are experiencing!

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Photo of hunteraw
2.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale gold, good head, no lacing. I love that it says on the bottle "Kiss of the Saaz" - always nice to know which hop it is you're tasting. Very clear.

Smell: clean lager, hint of hops... corn is indicated as an ingredient on the label, but I can't pick it up in the nose.

Taste: ahh, there's the corn. not too bad, though, much less than Castle - bitterness is also much smoother - noble hops at work.

Mouthfeel: a little thick - surprisingly so, actually. Finishes smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability: somehow a little heavy feeling to be too drinkable. not much to object to in this one, though. nice alternative to some of the other widely distributed beers in SA, though.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light straw color with a finger of white head that falls quickly to a full coat over top of the brew. Clarity is awesome and a nice active bubble keeps cascading from the bottom. Nose is actually pretty solid. There is a modest herbal noble hop, with a light, almost corn-like, sweetness underlaying a lighter grainy character. Flavor is just as solid as the nose. Solid sweet base with a very healthy noble hop flavor and bitterness. Its very nicely balanced and tasty, for the style. The feel is light to moderate with a moderate carbonation, keeping it very smooth and crisp. I just looked at the style, and this one works for a czech pilsner. The sweetness in there may be from some adjuncts, which probably don't belong in there, but its still nice. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Hansa Pilsener from South African Breweries plc
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 28 ratings