Grandl | Ankerbräu Nördlingen

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Ankerbräu Nördlingen

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IronDjinn on 02-24-2010

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valkyre65
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dface
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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 avisong
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sammytag
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
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 +0.9%
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 -10.2%
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 +7.6%
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 +13.2%
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%
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 +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pegasus
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
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 crobinso
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Harrison8
3.66/5  rDev +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 RBorsato
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trebbates
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NWHopinator
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of dro7
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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 +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck89
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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 TheEpeeist
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Grandl from Ankerbräu Nördlingen
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 50 ratings