Grandl
Ankerbräu Nördlingen

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From:
Ankerbräu Nördlingen
 
Germany
Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #242
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
79
Ranked #27,744
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 8.96%
Ratings:
100
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 18, 2021
Added:
Feb 24, 2010
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  11
SCORE
79
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3.52 by jak from North Carolina on Dec 18, 2021
 
3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
 
3.5 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Oct 18, 2021
 
3.34 by Olesjm from Kansas on Aug 03, 2021
 
3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 15, 2021
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3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

Consumed 4/4/21
Brewer's Advent Calendar 2020 #11

Medium gold with some hints of amber, clear, pours with a small white head, fades to a medium collar
Pale grains, pale malts, light bread, crackers, light touches of caramel grain, toast, very light hint of noble hops, light malty sweetness, hints of lemon and light fruit, mainly apple, somewhat unrefined overall, borderline like a mix of styles
Light body, mostly crisp, carbonation on the low side

This lager, like many others in this calendar, is not bad. But it's not really that good, either. It is not really that good of an example of a Helles, as it really should be cleaner. I realize I am drinking these cans really late, but why bother printing a best by 2022 date on the bottom of the can if they needed to be consumed in 2020?

Apr 05, 2021
 
3.5 by Birdlegs from Washington on Mar 31, 2021
Photo of Roguer
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

Beautiful light gold crystal clear body. Very good head production and retention.

Slightly sweet, slightly grassy nose. Honeyed white bread with a touch of lemon.

Flavor follows: white bread, light grain and cereal, with a sweetness on the back third that isn't unpleasant, but neither is it entirely pleasant. Very light citrus. Kind of dull and mineral-like aftertaste.

Effervescent finish. Otherwise a lively and very drinkable body.

Certainly not a bad Helles, but it's not great. I would happily take it over an AAL, but it's closer to Budweiser than it is to Spaten.

Jan 08, 2021
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3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Clear dark gold with a white cap. Classic golden lager malts, honey grains and not much else in both smell and taste. Not bad just boring. Feel is clean, crisp, light bodied, and thing with higher carbonation. The honey impression is the best part of the beer, but simply loses interest halfway home. The wife liked it

Jan 01, 2021
 
3.53 by BlueSpader from Washington on Dec 30, 2020
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3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Day 11 on the Costco 2020 Beer Advent Calendar. Poured from a can into a tulip. Pours golden yellow red with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain, pretty plain. Tastes of sweet grain with slight caramel notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Dec 24, 2020
Photo of Parmesan
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a brilliant golden yellow with a small white head and no lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S:. Grain and sweet apple, with a light hop. Smells pretty sweet.

T:. Grain and a bit of watery sweetness, the taste is a bit of a let down.

F:. Light body, carbonation seems a little low

O:. The taste is a let down on this beer.

Dec 18, 2020
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: crisp biscuit, crackers, bready, light malts, bright subtle hops, clean finish. Same with the nose. Warm golden hue, clear, with foamy head and some lace. Medium body. Refined and balance beer to start the day with.

Dec 16, 2020
 
2.57 by CRK from South Dakota on Dec 14, 2020
Photo of Gordono
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Gordono from Nevada

Beer 11 Costco advent calendar.

Not bad, very drinkable, but unremarkable. Not overly sweet, dry finish, looks like beer, smells like beer.

A side note: nearly half way through this Costco advent calendar and I’m finding that all the beers are nearly undistinguishable from one another. No variety, all safe, middle of the road, average beers, and I have to wonder if all beers in Germany are really this boring.

Dec 12, 2020
 
3.34 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Dec 12, 2020
 
3.18 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Dec 12, 2020
 
3.19 by Brian_Pheiffer from California on Dec 12, 2020
 
3.52 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Dec 11, 2020
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3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by snaotheus from Washington

2020-12-11
Label looks similar, name is similar, my can says 5.1% abv and the listing says 4.8%. Dunno.
500ml can served in a big snifter. EXP 2022/05. Day 11 of my Costco advent calendar.

Pours a brassy amber color with a big white head that fades fairly quickly to a thin white skin with some uneven lacing around the edges. Carbonation seems light to medium. Smell is grainy and yeasty, a little grass.

Taste is a little hint of dates, more grain, mild grassy finish.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, it's not bad.

Dec 11, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a golden body, albeit translucent, with decent head and a touch of lace. Mild lager aroma (typical graininess) but not much else going on. Smooth, clean, slight sweetness, decent floral and earthy hop bitterness with good balance and clean, easy finish. Not bad at all but nothing really going on and rather an easy-drinking thirst quencher.

Dec 06, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a mostly clear yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells mainly grainy and malty, somewhat typical for the style, with a bit of sweetness and no hop character.

This is not bad, per se, but there's just a lot of nothing here. It's lightly sweet and malty, and finishes very crisply, but there's not much punch to it.

This is light bodied, crisp, and very clean, with a good drinkability.

I didn't hate this one, but it just won't stand out to me in the future.

Nov 30, 2020
 
3.72 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Nov 28, 2020
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3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

great bavarian style lager - very refreshing

Nov 24, 2020
 
3.73 by 22Blue from Kansas on Nov 22, 2020
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3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by MNAle from Minnesota

From the Costco 2019 Advent pack. 500ml can stamped Exp 05/2021, so probably a bit long in the tooth at this point.

Aroma is slightly sweet honey with grain/bread and hints of mineral.

Golden amber, clear, with sufficient rising bubbles to a 1/2 inch thick white head, that recedes within a minute or two to a cap with a short wall of lacing. Darker than most; a nice looking lager.

Taste is the bread/grain up front with the honey sweetness followed by the balancing mineral from the hops. Not much (if any) bitterness, only a cleansing mineral flavor. Nothing offensive, but nothing extraordinary, either. The finish is clean and dry, with a disappearing aftertaste in the beginning. As you drink, however, the mineral taste begins to linger in a mildly unfavorable and somewhat unplesant way.

Mouth feel is unremarkable, on the thin side.

Overall, an ordinary German lager that suffers from a building mineral aftertaste.

Apr 23, 2020
 
3.53 by F_riedrich from Germany on Apr 12, 2020
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3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by mwilbur from Minnesota

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.

Feb 03, 2020
 
3.2 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Jan 14, 2020
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3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Bottek007

Overall poors light, overall mild taste.
Beeady, malts . Carbonation nice, good taste.
Overall average.

Jan 01, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.

Dec 31, 2019
 
3.5 by ChrisG523 from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2019
 
3.52 by Kdouble from Tennessee on Dec 20, 2019
Photo of FBarber
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by FBarber from Illinois

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.

Dec 18, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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.

Dec 16, 2019
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3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Dec 13, 2019
 
4.03 by Haybeerman from Colorado on Dec 13, 2019
 
3.4 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Dec 12, 2019
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3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by gefinley from California

Had a strong dish soap smell that faded with time. Only one can, so not sure if it was isolated. Not seeing other reports of it, so guess so.

Dec 12, 2019
 
3.24 by Impetuous from Montana on Dec 12, 2019
Grandl from Ankerbräu Nördlingen
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 100 ratings