Grandl | Ankerbräu Nördlingen

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ankerbräu Nördlingen
Germany
noerdlinger.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IronDjinn on 02-24-2010

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Ranking:
#40,631
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
49
pDev:
9.91%
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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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 avisong
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NWHopinator
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of uncleotis
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck89
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +6.7%
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 cb8282
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Apellonious
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -12.5%
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 -12.2%
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 crobinso
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Samputnam14
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teraflx
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Ctb6582
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josephandbrown
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
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 TheRock7755
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of txmilligan
3.43/5  rDev 0%
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 +2.9%
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!

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Grandl from Ankerbräu Nördlingen
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 49 ratings