Hansa Pilsner | Hansa Borg Bryggerier ASA

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Hansa PilsnerHansa Pilsner

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Hansa Borg Bryggerier ASA

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-02-2001

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 48
Photo of carlborch
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours brilliant light gold and forms a 2-inch white head, that starts to settle pretty soon, leaving pretty Belgian lace. The nose is sweet malt, with a very faint suggestion of hops. It has a medium-light body with medium carbonation and a slight bitterness towards the front of the palate. After a few sips, the head has dissipated. For a Pilsner, the hop is low both in terms of bitterness and aroma. The body is very light and the lingering is short and mostly sweet malt and butter-notes. I find it refreshing but neither exciting nor surprising. That is, there is not much to contemplate, but it is easy to quaff. On the 0.5 liter can can they say it is their pride!

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hansa Pilsner….in a can from a local convenience store in Bergen, Norway.

Appearance-large white head, pale lager style body with a cloudy yellow color in the glass. Head disappears quickly.

Smell-small amount of hops find their way through, alcohol as well a light touch of grain and malt backbone

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, refreshing at first as the light body comes with some light hop flavor, doesn’t follow through though and becomes watery on the way down. Carbonation is ok, smoothness one would expect, no metallic flavor seeps in, which is good. Not much else here.

Overall-inoffensive, flavors do work and this beer is refreshing, but there isn’t much behind the façade and that keeps it from being truly something to recommend. Better than it’s many competitors, but not great.

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Photo of drpimento
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this can at a convenience store the other night here in Oslo. Poured with a world common beer white head, very little lace. Aroma was world common beer too: a little malt and a little hops, some sweetness. Flavor was similar but sweeter. Clean. Very clear light yellow color. A bit soft. Not much finish. Forgettable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A small white head on a pale, gold body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Pils malt and some honey, little to no hop aroma.

T - Grainy malt with some pils character and a nice, herbal hop character.

M - Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A bit light for a pilsner, but a pleasant surprise when I was expecting another watery euro lager.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy gold with a solid white head. STRONG toffee/raisin aroma, unusual, strange. Taste is a big hit of that toffee/raisin, then a muddled wash of other flavors, not all of them pleasant. I find the aftertaste unpleasant.

Weird stuff. Hard to pin down, and hard to say if I like it or not. Smells big, taste doesn't really deliver on the aroma, then the taste fades and fizzles. Strange brew.

Give it a try. See what you think.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly flecked marigold with a hint of orange. Superfine bubbles ascend to a manila colored cap that was two fingers to start and isn't losing digits very quickly. It's a good looking lid that should leave a good bit of glass coverage when it finally begins to melt (note: it doesn't).

The nose isn't very pilsener-like at all. Hansa smells like just another Euro pale lager (Nordic division in this case). Hops clearly aren't the focus, as they should be, but isn't immediately clear what is since the aroma is so weak. It's slightly musty and musky and... nothing else of note.

Things improve to some extent on the palate, but I'm still not buying the whole German pils thing, not for a minute. In a blind taste test, I'd call this an EPL ten times out of ten. The worst part of it is, it isn't a very good one of those. Minimally sweet, untoasted pale malt combines with lackluster noble hops to create a stunningly average beer that does nothing to make me look forward to the next sip.

The mouthfeel is on the full side for the style (barely) which puts it no more than medium in a general sense. I like the feel of the carbonation and like the fact that it's consistent from the top of the bottle to the bottom, so I've rewarded it with an above average score.

Don't be fooled by the name. Hansa Pilsner is nothing more than a middle of the road Euro pale lager that will probably turn into roadkill if allowed to warm a few more degrees. I'm sure that Norwegians are good at many things, but if this offering is representative, brewing beer isn't one of them.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale straw with lots of assertive bubble action and just a skim of white for a head. Aroma is grassy with sweet grains, light hops, and just a hint of skunk. Taste is a bit wet. It cracks with dry malts but then lets short, lacking a dry finish. The hop presence isn’t as big as I would like either. Not too bad overall though. Very drinkable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.27/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This brew pours a clear pale golden color. The head is one finger in height and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is very buttery, far too butter for a pinlsener. The taste is also buttery. The mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is one of the worst beers I have ever had.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a squat 330ml green can with lots of Norwegian on it. Pours a golden straw color topped by plenty of slightly creamy, slightly fizzy white head. Aroma of adjunct malt, crisp lager yeast, a hint of Noble hops, and just a whiff of cooked vegetable. Palate is mellow and a bit sweet, pretty pleasant for a Euro pilsner. Finish is dry with just a bit of bite from the hops. Body is smooth and slightly creamy. Not a bad offering.

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Photo of normZurawski
2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Let's cut to the chase. This isn't a good beer. It looks, pours, and smells fine. But once the liquid touches your taste buds, it all goes downhill. There's nothing approaching balance or smoothness. There's little in terms of flavor. All I get from this beer is a good looking beer with no head and a sour/bitter aftertaste. Some here have said it's tasteless to a fault. But all I get is a bad aftertaste to this, so much that I'm going to dump it out and get something more drinkable.

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Photo of WMBierguy
2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up because I had never before tried a Norwegian beer. It looked like a standard macro-Euro pilsner, but I decided to get it anyway. I wasn't disappointed, bt I wasn't surprised. This reminded me of Heineken, but slightly sweeter. I don't think that European pilsners fare well in their trip to the states. I've never had one that wasn't at least partially skunked. This was no exception. I'll give this another try if I'm in Europe, but it wasn't worth trying again Stateside.

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Photo of Billolick
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, that has best before dating on the rear label. Pours very clear and very light yellow/amber. Minimal white head and no lacing. Nose is almost nonexistant. Light, semi crisp pilsner. lacks the hopped for dry pilsner hop kick and grassy aromas. Easy drinking and thankfully cheap. Fine brew on a very hot day only.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden beer, as a Pilsner should be.

Smell is sweet and bready with a very spicy hop scent. Strong malt scent and the odor of herbs from the hops. This is a very pleasant smelling brew.

Taste is a bit of malt and spiciness from the hopping but not as strong as the scent. Mild bitterness but not at all harsh.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is this beer's strong suit. This is mild and tasty but not at all harsh or fatiguing to drink.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a clear yellow lager with a half finger head that dissipated quickly, with no lace. Purely run-of-the-mill.

The aroma was of barely skunky hops, a little acrid, and a little malty, with some graininess overlaying it all.

Flavor was of crisp medium malts, with a little hop bite, but slightly metallic and grainy.

Mouthfeel was thin, with that metallicy taste kind of setting up a tang on the back of the tongue.

I was not impressed. It was OK, but not worth hunting for.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold color, with a medium white head that fades quickly to a small layer of foam. Smell is nice and malty, and surprisingly good hops in the background. Taste is slightly metallic throughout, but is a good example of a pilsner. Well-hopped with a strong malt background. A good beer from a country I never thought of when thinking of beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very average looking. Straw colored with a decent head.

Smells like grain and wonderful citrus. Very malty and nice.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Grain upfront followed by a distinct alcohol kick, fading into a citrusy malt and a hint of bitterness in the end. Mildly complex and fairly tasty, but it just doesn't come together.

High carbonation leads to a crisp mouthfeel that somehow manages not to hamper drinkability.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger white head that stays leaving a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation. Faint malty nose. Starts light and sweet, finishes sweet with a hint of hops in the background. Would make a good summer beer. $1.45 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden and clear has a 1/2 finger head with no retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is very faint of grassy hops. The taste is pale malty but very thin, it also has some hops in the background but overall this beer is lacking in flavor. This beer is crisp clean and drinkable( but so is water).

Reflection: I was taken in by the large display they had in the store. I would pass on this Pilsner it was pretty flavorless.

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Photo of alexgash
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden straw with a medium-sized, fluffy white head.
Surprisingly strong malt aromas: honey smeared biscuits. Spicy, almost herbal hop backing.
Disappointing weak malt flavors up front. Cerealy with a flash of sweetness. Some cardboard. Hops come in and provide some vegetal bitterness, just as the malt flavor turns to apple. Light-bodied; decent pilsner carbonation, but could be better. Not worth flying to Norway for. Fly there for the girls or maybe the fjords.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on back label.
It pours a yellow/gold color with a medium-sized, fading snow-white head.
A smell of mixed dry grain and cut grass are about all there is in that department. I thought I may have detected a trace of hop, but it didn't reveal itself again.
A mild graininess gives way to a hint of weak tea, and maybe a dose of hard water. A crisp fizzy effervescence tingles the tongue and as it warm, begins to leave a hint of maltiness.
This may be a good newbie brew to introduce to certain macro-drinkers into the realm of better beers.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle courtesy of Happyhour. Thanks dude!
The brew pours a pretty normal golden straw, capped with about a half inch of white froth. Nothing unexpected. Good clarity, with blobbly patches of lace clinging to the glass. The aroma leaves little to the imagination. Brisk, grainy malt with a rather unassuming floral hop undertone. The flavor is much the same, with a pleasant enough grassy edge to the hops, though they could still use a bit more presence for my taste. The malt is crisp and grainy, nice and clean, with full carbonation supporting the lightish body. A solid enough pilsner, but nothing steps out of the continental lager mold at all. I have a feeling that this could be fresher. I don't detect any real oxodization, but it feels like it's starting to acquire the first signs of deterioration. If you're looking for a norwegian brew, this is a good enough choice.

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Photo of Jason
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with a "best before" date on the back label.

Perfect clarity with some bubble action going on, decent one finger of lace. Typical aroma of grassy grain and musty cheesy hops. Fluffy mouth feel with a semi-astringent bitterness from the hops and grain. Odd malt sweetness does not play well against the hops. Crispness is lacking, and the malt character just doesn't seem fresh. This is not just up to par with the rest of the Euro-lagers.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purely golden, transparent appearance, heavily carbonated, a constant stream of fizz from bottom to top, nestled under a fluffy, pristine white head.
Nose is largely empty, soft, a little sweet and buttery.
Crisp and clean on the palate, to a fault. Smooth, but almost wholly flavorless. Let's try some more to be sure...Decent, drinkable, dry.
Not as hoppy as I'd like from a pilsener. Light bodied all the way, short finish, leaves the mouth as quick as it comes. Nothing wrong with it, though, except that it hangs too closely to the edge of blase'.

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Photo of cokes
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gold-coated straw with a modest snowy cap.
Hollow, dry maltiness and dead herbs on the nose.
Begins the cracker like maltiness of many a good pils. This, however lacks the authoritative dryness many of those provide. On the other hand, this is miles from any notable sweetness - sure, some red apples are noted, but they are more crisp than anything and flee quickly- it's mostly just "there". Ends with a meager herbal hop snap.
Vacated in structure, and only a notch or two above watery.
Overall, this is mildly flavored. Not bland, just lacking definition. It's certainly drinkable, but that's about it.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.27/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Norwegian beer!

Pours a clear golden yellow- not dark, with medium-sized bubbles in a head that fades quickly. Aroma is somehat better than a standard pilsener- clean and refreshing grains, light scent of summer fruits. No obvious off flavors, adjunct flavors (good, because the label says it is brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law. The flavor is clean and refreshing, mostly grain profile with a slight hops tingle working around the edges. There's not much else goin on here. In summary, a decent brew, but nothing that grabbed me.

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