Ankerbräu Nördlingen

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German Helles
Ranked #279
Ranked #44,251
3.47 | pDev: 9.51%
Ankerbräu Nördlingen
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Photo of mwilbur
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 50 cL can into shaker pint glass. Exp 05/2021 stamped on the bottom of the can.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow hue with 1 inch bubbly white head with good retention.
S: Softly sweet grain malt, caramel honey, and hints of banana and citrus.
T: Slightly bitter caramel malt and grain. Not up to what the aroma promised.
M: Light body. Slightly oily feel. Lightly sweet.
D: Not a good brew. Give it a pass.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amber + medium golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of very slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of bready + grainy malts with a moderate amount of grainy + honey-like sweetness. Light aromas of spicy + earthy hops. Hints of lager yeast aromas.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready + grainy malts along with light flavors of nutty malts and a moderate amount of grainy + honey-like sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of lager yeast. Finally there are light flavors of spicy + earthy + grassy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly leaving a relatively clean finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a relatively clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pleasantly crisp and clean mouthfeel. Nice example of the style and whilst somewhat sweet, not cloying in any respect. Enjoyable and I could easily enjoy another of these.

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Photo of FBarber
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden color with a bit of chill haze. Two finger frothy white head dissipates quickly leaving just a thin layer of white bubbles on top of the beer.

Aroma has some notes of bread, slightly sweet, with a touch of honey. Some spicy earthy hops come through on the nose.

Taste has some notes of grain, light bready notes reminiscent of a homemade baguette, some nutty character is also present from the malts. Spicy peppery grassy hopes come through. The spiciness is noticeable but not unpleasant. Flavor profile does lack some staying power on the palate. It lingers momentarily before washing away far too quickly.

Feel is prickly with some vibrant carbonation. Crisp abrupt finish. Otherwise smooth and easy drinking.

This was a solid helles lager. I would drink this one again for sure. I rather enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL can, EXP 05/2021. 2019 Costco Advent calendar. Crystal clear golden body is capped by a tall and persistent white head. Doughy pale malt, Munich malt, and earthy hops for aroma. Nice smooth and balanced flavors of light caramel, honey, nutty & doughy grain along with spicy, earthy, and herbal noble hops. Medium body, exceptionally smooth, ample carbonation, and a balanced finish. I guess I liked this one more than most - I thought it was pretty good.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Around medium body with about the same for carbonation
Aroma is floral earthy, malt, grainy bread
Taste at first struck me as a nice balance of mild bitterness with some mild sweetness to counteract it. Flavors were easy to find and distinguish, would try this again

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Photo of roadhouse
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Clear golden yellow, lingering carbonation bubbles and white head. Looks great.

Smell: Strong on spicy/herbal hop notes, very very mild bit of bready notes (much less than there should be I think).

Taste: Main flavor is the aforementioned spicy/herbal hops. This lacks a good malty, bready flavor characteristic of the style. The swallow is very lackluster as well and comes off very watery to me. A very light watered down herbal linger.

Feel: Carbonation is slightly lower than I think it should be, which ends up contributing to the watery flavor.

Overall: It's okay, certainly not the worst I've had but slightly below average for the style I'd say. This was part of the Costco advent calendar. I've been drinking one per day and I have to say this the worst one yet.

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Photo of hman43
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden and very clear. It has a white head with moderate head retention.

Smell: It has a bready aroma to start with. There is very low spice.

Taste: It has bready flavors with moderate bitterness. It has low spice.

Feel: It has a medium light body with high carbonation.

Overall, it is a basic, easy drinking beer with plenty of bread flavors.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent Helles.
Quite golden Looks with an inch of foam and OK lace. Smells mostly of malt, although probably not 100% barley. Tastes are balanced; sweetish malt balanced by modest hops. Finishes clean like a lager should. The continuing carbonation cleaned my palate for more Indian leftovers; it was a good enough match.

This certainly is Ankerbrau Nordlingen's biggest seller in the States; judging that it has 5 times as many BA ratings as its next beer. Grandl also appears to have been in the Kalea Advent Calendar at least twice before.

I got to their website and will confess to having trouble navigating the Google translation. But, here is what I suspect: another multi-century family-like brewery in a mid-sized Bavarian town that diversifies its beer business by buying other brands and distributing them. (Nordlingen also offers soft beverages.) Culture is culture and keeping it is worth some OA Hugs.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The eleventh can in the Costco/Kalea 2019 Advent Calendar.
Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) can into a muffin top taster pint; best by 05/2021.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a one finger, fluffy white head, rim and cap retention, and solid, if spotty lacing.
S: Very light in the nose. Aroma largely barley grain with a touch of white pepper and corn.
T: Dry. Flavors follow the nose, but light and with a touch of lemon. Light bitterness.
M: Light bodied with persistent carbonation.
O: Enjoyable without being a standout. Not dramatically different from any commercial lager.

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Photo of jkblr
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL can stamped EXP 05/2021 (19 months from now!) poured into a mug at fridge temp 5.1% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with pils malt and floral hops. The taste is grassy hops & mineral over a weak pale malt base with a moderate bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, ok to good. The prominent mineral taste and lack of malt doom this one for me. A touch more bitter & darker than it should be as well.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a huge billowy head of just slightly off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very cereal in nature with lots of grainy and oaty smells. There is a little bit of caramel and some lighter fruits, but the grain are the main show. Sorta smells like liquid Cheerios.
Taste – the taste begins with a big oaty and grainy taste as the nose would have suggested, but upfront there is more sweetness of caramel and corn syrup then would have been expected form the nose. More and more sweetness come to the tongue and are matched by ore grain and a light noble hop flavor. These flavors take the taste to the end, where they leave one with a rather grainy and cereal flavor with a decent sweetness and lightly dank taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite crisp with a carbonation level that is average. The crisp and thinner body was prime for the flavors, but a little higher carbonation may have accentuated the easy drinking feel slightly better. Overall however the feel was rather well done.
Overall – A sweeter and more cereal lager with a nice crisp feel. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light to medium golden body, with a touch of haze, crowned by a faint, fine-beaded head, which soon fades to a scattering of foam. Small, sparse streams of minute bubbles race to the surface. The lacing is thick, and coats the glass walls relatively well.

Aroma: White bread, apples, and pears define the aroma, with hints of cereal, and a faint note of light caramel. The hop presence is quite restrained, offering hints of floral bitterness.

Taste: Begins with cracker malt, and a little light caramel. As the taste progresses, a bit of bitter apple rind presents. Slightly spicy hops are notable as well. Finishes with a lingering, mild herbal bitterness, and just a hint of wood.

Mouth feel: Offers a bit of stinging carbonation at the open, but fairly full.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant enough, while a bit average, nothing disappointing.

Presentation: Packaged in a 500 ml, 16.9 ounce steel can, served in a standard Pilsener glass. Expiration date on the bottom of the can is 03/2019. Beer number eight (December 8th) from the 2017 Costco Advent Beer Calendar.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass from the can.

Appearance: Light gold color with medium bubbles on the body. White head maybe half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: light hop scent smells somewhat appetizing making my think of a toasted bread and citrus skin.

Taste: Light malts which dissipate quickly and a bready feel.

Mouth: light carbonation and barely sticks, it's not bad because of its semi sweet finish but much improvement could be done.

Overall: Not good but definitely not bad. Has much room for improvement but more well suited for hot weather or looking for something light.

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Photo of Buck89
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Advent box. Poured into a snifter. Crystal-clear bright golden color with a frothy white head. Decent head retention. Faint citrus and floral notes on the nose with some light bready notes. Light and crisp tasting up front with floral hops that quickly faded to a muddled, somewhat metallic finish.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw color with a finger of white head. Head retention is fair with a few strands of lacing left behind. Aroma is pale, pilsner, and earthy malts. There is a dash of oak, and herbal, grassy notes as well. Flavor profile is clean and crisp, with notes of pilsner, and pale malts, and herbal, grassy hops. There is a spot of oak at the very back. Mouth feel is a little fizzy, and a medium-thin thickness. Overall, a crisp, simple lager that provides a fair amount of flavor.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can poured into a pint glass. Day 8. Clear gold with a one finger white head. Retains for the majority of the glass. Floral biscuit on the nose. The taste is pale with metallic notes, slight wine quality to it. The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is medium light. Would be a decent summer beer.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Says drink cool, which I'd say is between 40 and 45 degrees so that is what I did and poured into a pokal glass.

L: light gold, light carbonation, soapy head that laces glass.

A: maltedition honey mixed with old pennies, somewhat unpleasant

F: light bodied and malty and slightly chewy

T: metal, apples, malt, wheat, honey, bread, and grass

O: alright, but hoping day 9 will be better.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can. From Costco. In Bavaria hefe glass. After dinner. Plain, very foamy and again the odd soapy notes that's constant in my costco's advent calendar.Not too unpleasant though and you get used to

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Grandl is a bit of an odd beer. Brewed and lagered to be clean and smooth, but with a claim on the can to be "aged patiently." It might also be the first advent calendar beer in which I detect an off-flavor.

In both the smell and flavor, I get strong hints of metal. It is more potent on the nose than the swallow; inhaling near the beer brings up a strong image of pennies. That sort of coppery characteristic is present in flavor as well, though that may be more pronounced because of the smell. Neither the flavor nor the aroma is typical of the style. This is the first real off-flavor I've gotten from this pack, and I wonder if it was a brewing problem or a shipping and storing one. After all, these beers had to get all the way from Germany to Oregon! It is a potent smell, and one that certainly affects my feelings negatively.

Fortunately, the metallic aspect is a minor quibble on the flavor, which is otherwise good and style-appropriate. This is a malt-dominant beer, but it is not the least bit sweet. The malt comes through as a grain flavor, with very light hints of a soft bread. A minor hop kick is present, and though the flavor is so light it is difficult to pin down, I'd lean towards saying it is floral. The beer is medium in other aspects- medium carbonation, medium body- and leaves just the tiniest sting on the tongue.

Grandl poured with a large, persistent, and creamy head that left large lacing marks on my glass. This is pitch perfect for the style, and I'm happy to see a more dominant head from this pack. It is quite clear, with the color somewhere between yellow and pale gold. It's very low on the SRM scale, a 2 or less.

Overall, Grandl was a bit of an oddball. It was the first beer of the Brewer's Advent Calendar to have a noticeable off-flavor, but it was also spot on with some of the BJCP style guidelines. I personally like the flavor, and while the smell does detract from my enjoyment, I think I would give this one another go.

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Photo of txmilligan
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful , clear coppery gold hue in the glass, with no discernable aroma. Wonderfully creamy, almost buttery flavor. Smooth in the mouth, no off putting aftertaste. Nice, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can (from the beery advents calendar), it pours a golden amber with a lovely head. Definite grain in the nose. Some malt in the mouth. Enjoyable.

One of the German brewery list sites states that Anker-braeu no longer brews on site, but it is contract brewed at Fuerst-Wallerstein nearby. It would be interesting to find out if this were brewed before the transfer!

2019 Update: Yum!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml can with exp date of 09.01.16 on the bottom. Poured a clear golden color with modest white head that faded quickly. Smelled of white bread and a thread of butterscotch. Taste pretty much followed suit; bready malts, caramel like butterscotch, finished with mild grassy hops. Feel was medium and a bit dry. Overall: okay but nothing special.

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Mainly yellow 500 ml can labeled "Bavarian Lager". It's stamped on the bottom with a production date of July 2015 and a EXP(iration) date of Sept. 2016. Not sure if it was warming, lowering of carbonation or what, but this was notable better for the 2nd 1/2 of the can.

Appearance: Clear golden body with little visible carbonation topped by a decent white head. Plenty of sticky white lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: Lightly sweet; mild mix of malts and faint hops; hints of caramel and apples.

Flavor: Lightly sweet up front but very mild bitterness by the aftertaste. Hints of baked bread and caramel. Light hops add grassy and herbal notes a well as some faint spiciness.

Light body and medium carbonation with a touch of dryness in the finish.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, clear, with a white head that shows pretty good brewing. Nice retention and lacing for a mediocre style. Aromatic, but totally standard fare: corn, DMS, grassy hops and slightly sweet grain.

Nothing fancy, but quite drinkable. Finishes on the sweet side, with a prick of grassy hops for interest. No one will write home about it but it gets the job done. Balanced, drinkable, middle of the road carbonation.

Finishes a little on the dry side, similar to the last Ankerbrau I had.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice beaming golden colour with a thin head. Not much in the way of visible effervescence.

The aroma is some light malted grain and grassy hops. Nice, but pretty standard.

The flavour is light and malty to start, while quickly developing some sweetness. This slowly blends into a nice earthy hop flavour and a richer roasted aftertaste. Very nice example of the style.

Overall, this beer manages to have all the essential points of a good Helles lager while balancing them admirably.

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Grandl from Ankerbräu Nördlingen
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 73 ratings