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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by IronDjinn on 02-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
33
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Ctb6582
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 TheRock7755
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | 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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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msromberg
2.23/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant German lager. Nice to try, but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrPat
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of valkyre65
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 dro7
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very malty, light body. Little to no carbonation, light golden taste

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of trebbates
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has the straw flavor of a pilsner but not so weak.

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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 skywizzard
3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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