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Grandl | Ankerbräu Nördlingen

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Ankerbräu Nördlingen

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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Reviews by BretSikkink:
Photo of BretSikkink
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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 valkyre65
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dface
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, with a twist cap - yay, I don't have to track down a bottle opener from my hotel room in Jasper!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with lots of puffy, tightly foamy, and soapy off-white head, which dissipates less than quickly, leaving a small sudsy ring of decayed limestone lace around the glass.

It smells of warm biscuity and grainy pale malt, rising white bread, a touch of overripe apple and pear fruitiness, and spicy floral and weedy hops. The taste is crisp, grainy, and crackery pale malt, a twinge of further caramel sweetness, some inoffensive lemon oil, ephemeral petrol notes, and a plain earthy, weedy, and yet beguilingly spicy noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is moderate in its fairly gentle and leading frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, if somewhat unctuous at times. It finishes rather off-dry and strangely crisp, two things that don't particularly or typically go together.

Overall, a decent bright lager, with only a subtle trace of that ol' Euro-skank, so not nearly enough to stop me from enjoying this in utter earnest, after a day taking in some late spring skiing, and in the common area of our lodgings to boot - the only people to question this were an older German couple who just wanted to know what beer it was I was drinking. Zehr gut!

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Photo of sammytag
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this straight from the bottle. Let's dispose of the pretension, shall we?

Great beer. Even without pouring this into a glass, a little sniff gives off some sweet malty aromas & obvious cascade hops (horray!). In the mouth it is crisp, light in body but very flavorful with slightly metallic hop bite. Balanced, easy drinking, but flavorful enough to merit some contemplation. Definitely not a sipper, but served me well this evening as a "drinkin' beer" with some stir-fry.

My two cents - I got this bottle for free, and I've no idea what it cost, but I probably wouldn't pay more than 3 bucks for it. It's not a connoisseur's choice, but is far better than your average 500ml can of euro-urine.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear golden bronze, short white head dissipated to random covering with minimal lacing
S - light toasty malt, some fresh grass and leafy hints, slight metallic hint, generally subtle nose
T - toasty grainy and bready malts, grassy and somewhat floral hop notes, pepperty, and a little tinny
M - medium carbonation, light crispy and somewhat bitter, very dry finish
D - flavours are basic but balanced, feel is refreshing and dry, goes down very easy, nothing fancy but a solid lager that would work for a long session

Interesting to note that all 5 reviews to date are from Alberta, Canada ...?

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.07/5  rDev -11%
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 evlu1441
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
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 IronDjinn
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml brown bottle, twist off gold cap. Pours out a clear dark gold, tall spongy white head with impressive retention.

Clean toasty biscuity malt on the nose, light spicy floral hops.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, rounded at first, crisp finish.

Light biscuit malt flavour upfront, some toastiness, faint caramel malt, mild grassy spicy hops. Clean throughout, mild toasted bready aftertaste. Grainy, veggie off-flavours as it warms a bit, rough aftertaste from this.

Tends to hit most of the right notes in the beginning, but doesn't follow through and maintain the substance in the end, although I'd take a cold bottle of this over any commercial domestic any day.

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Photo of TheRock7755
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trebbates
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dro7
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Kahlerbock
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheEpeeist
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jaimenavarrog
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of skywizzard
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Shadman
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow...you know Trackside in Medicine Hat is becoming THE place to find beer when I'm the 3rd Alberta BA to sample something.

Bright yellow gold colour, foamy white head with secent retention and lacing.

Has that 'classic' ( to my nose) German lager aroma. Crisp biscuit malts, grassy/slight spicy hop.

As goes the nose, so it is in the taste. Crisp biscuit malts and herbal hop with a hint of spice. Finish is slightly dry and bitter...begs for another swig.

given the lighter ABV @ 4.8%, found it to be very satisfying medium in body.

Might be my new summer BBQ lager...nice presentation with the unique cap. Certainly a gateway lager for the macro beer drinker in your life.

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
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 powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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