Beer review: HaandBryggeriet Pale Ale

Time for another low alcohol beer. This time it’s Pale Ale from HaandBryggeriet. The beer holds 4.5% ABV so it’s allowed to be sold in regular grocery stores in Norway. As most other beers from HaandBryggeriet this beer is bottle conditioned, unfiltered and unpasteurized, just the way I like it!

HaandBryggeriet Pale AleLooks

Deep orange color with a huge head. The head has really good retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

I swirled the bottle a bit before emptying it to get some of the sediments. This is the cause of the haziness of the beer.


Lovely hoppy aroma with some sweet malty notes lurking in the back. I’m getting some hints of orange zest and pineapple. The aroma is overall quite fruity.


There is a good amount of bitterness in the flavor, with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. There bitterness is balanced out by the caramel and honey-like sweetness from the malt.

The beer is very refreshing and packs a lot of taste for a beer with this low ABV.

The mouth feel of the beer is smooth, which is also pretty unusual for lower alcohol beers. Sometimes they tend to get a thin mouth feel, but this one has a much fuller body.

The carbonation level is perhaps a bit high, much like that of German Weiss beers. It does not ruin the beer though.


There are some small yeasty hints up front, then some fruity notes appear with hints of orange zest and some apples. It finishes a bit dry.


This is a really impressive lower alcohol beer. Very refreshing with loads of taste and a good mouth feel. Lovely! Score: 4/5.

HaandBryggeriet Pale Ale

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