Original Oettinger Pils - Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-16-2003

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Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
1.85/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Oettinger isn't the greatest tasting beer but for price (at least in australia) i think it's an underrated beer. I can happily sit and drink it all afternoon. (158 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Half-inch bleached head that lasted for about 30sec, no lacing. Clear golden.
Boring grainy malt aroma, no hops. Big metallic bitter kick, with a cardboard taste to follow. Not overly foul though.
Very watery with a noticeable tingle from carbonation.
Rather boring. Still, it's become a staple of my uni drinking lifestyle when I know I won't actually be bothering to really taste the beer. Mainly due to it being 1 of the 4 cheapest beers available, and not too horrible. Would advise to drink from the bottle rather than pour into a glass. At least then you don't get the nasty smell. (587 characters)

Photo of Douberd
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle of 330 ml.. Golden yellow colour, with some bubbles rising to the surface and a two finger soapy head that quickly dissolves, leaving some light lacing on the glass.
Aroma is the usual for pilsener malts, with some traces of corn too. Taste is bitter and also a bit corny. Quite metallic too, as if it was coming from a can. Medium thickness on the body, and less than average carbonation (395 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml can

A- Very light golden, perfectly transapent. Couple of finger white head, shows decent retention at first but soon recedes without leaving even a hint of lacing

S- Weak. A basic malty/grainy feel, nothing reminding of noble hops

T- Grainy crispness upfront, a hint of lemon, a touch of undifened hop bitterness, quite metallic

M- Light body, extremely high carbonation, brings life but feels almost offensive at times

O- Low quality beer. Their Export was a little better than the standard macro lager, this one is not (532 characters)

Photo of mwrseeley
2.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This review is directed towards the product that comes in the 500ml silver can.

This pale straw pils poured a wonderfully frothy and meringue-like head that slowly dissipated leaving behind patches of sticky lace; perhaps the best thing about Oettinger Pils. Made with barley malt, Oettinger had aroma with a very faint cereal quality; The taste was dominated by a hops bitterness and any malt flavours were pushed far into the background.

A bitter beer with plenty of bite. Some people may find this pils enjoyable in a regular-beer sort of way. It is cheap and worth investigating if only to compare it with the best-selling beers on the North American market; the German equivalent of a North American or Australian macrobrewed beer. (743 characters)

Photo of orz
2.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear straw color, white head stays for longer that you would expect (nevertheless it collapses after a couple of minutes).

S: Like cheap beer. Nothing impressive.

T: Malts and hop. Bitter and salty.

M: Hard to say anything.

D: Not bad for hot weather.

Good, because it's cheap. 79 euro cents for a liter! ;-) (318 characters)

Photo of Kulrak
2.72/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw color with no noticeable head, even pouring straight into the glass. What head was there disappeared as fast as it appeared. Can't get a whole lot of smell out of it, either. Very faint aroma of noble hops, very faint. The taste is fairly heavy with noble hops, otherwise clean. Not much maltiness or sweetness there. Finishes fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is light, and a little scraping on the tongue. As for drinkability, it's not a bad german beer, but it's nowhere near the best either. Probably won't bother with it again, I can get much better german lagers for the same money. (600 characters)

Photo of TC92
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is probably one of the best value-for-money drinking beers you can get in Australia. It's nothing special as far as pilseners go, but at $15 for a six pack of 500ml cans, you really can't go far wrong. Quite watery with high carbonation and a medium, tolerably metallic hoppy bitterness. Would recommend to anyone who wants to get pissed fast and cheap but not resort to VB or XXXX Bitters. (395 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the last beers i tried on holiday on the sunny island of Tenerife.

500ml can, poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Golden Lager hue, 3 finger head that reduces quickly to a crown rim, no significant lacing. lively beading

S - Not a lot here for my liking, some mild hop bitterness but not overpowering, malts are noteable, bready dough smell.

T- a little characterless here, starts with a nice hop bite, but fades quickly to watery thin finish, not a lot to write about in this department. not impressed really.

M - high carbonation, but thin on the ground.

D - A below par pils for me, nice hop element, but watery finish kills it, wouldnt purchase again. (682 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
2.87/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pils glass by the freshness date indicated on the bottom.

L:
Gold straw in color with dense and soft white head with good retention, low visible carbonation, it leaves good lacing patches when head dissipated.

S:
Barley malt leads with floral hop, citrus. The smell is quite inviting.

T:
Significant citrus zest, mute malt base, finish by hop bitterness which is slightly lackluster.

F:
The body is medium with soothing carbonation and dull mouth feel.

O:
The appearance and smell look good but the fact is that the taste and feel kill this beer. (575 characters)

Photo of PapaEugene
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I normally buy this beer at LIDL for the heavy-drinker guests who couldn't care less about the choice of hops or other ingredients.

A: Light yellow color with a huge head that dissapears slowly.

S: Besides some regular pilsener smells, there's some cookie-like aroma.

T: Herbal hops, grains and again that cookie-like sweetness. Citrus and a light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium/high carbonation.

D: I grab one myself occasionally, especially in summer. Not my favorite style though. (493 characters)

Photo of gonzo138
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a clear pale golden color with a white head that retained and laced decently

S- very light smell, little bit of malt sweetness little bit of hoppy spice aroma, nothing special

T- complements smell, little sweet at first, a little hoppy at the finish

M- very carboanted, light body, kind of dry mouthfeel

D- a very drinkable beer, nothing special, a good session beer, the price was certainly right (priced at about $4.99 a six pack) will might drink again, just a run of the mill pilsner i suppose (518 characters)

Photo of Macca
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok so I am not a big fan of cans so that is a couple of points of somewhere.

this pours a light honey colour. Clear. hardly an head to speak of. Not the most attractive beer.

Grainy aromas fighting it out with a touch of lemon. Grains win.

Maltiness on the palate. Not what I was expecting from a pils. Some mettalic bitterness.

Medium bodied.

Cheap and sort of cheerful. (376 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
2.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: the beer pours a yellow color with huge fluffy head
Smell: Malts, grain, yeast and some very light grasses and floral hops
Taste: Malts, grain, bread (yeast) and some hops in the end
Mouthfeel: thin body medium carbonation
Overall: Nice watching football (the real football!!) beer (287 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
2.94/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Original Oettinger Pils? Huh, we'll see about that. I'm always apprehensive when reviewing a non-Czech Pilsener as other countries always make something akin to a watery flavourless Lager - but I'm giving this one a chance because it's just so damn cheap (6 x 500ml cans for $13.99 = cheap in Australia!).

Poured from a can into my 500ml Stein glass.

A: Wow, this one really lets off a bit of fizz when poured into the glass but the head dissipates in the same violent fashion that it poured... disappointing. The body is golden bordering on a certain yellow colour that we've all seen before while going to the loo. The head is straight white.

S: Malt, malt, malt... and a whiff of hops. Hint of macro grains with metal. Some apples as well.

T: The flavour is neither original or exciting. Grains dominate with a sharp bitterness at the end. Is it crisp? Yes. Is that what we want in this style? Yes. Could use a bit more finesse in the flavour department? Most certainly.

M: The carbonation in this beer is far too harsh. It reminds me of an Australian Lager in this regard and I'm not sure if any Germans would even like a beer this carbonated (at least I don't remember any other German beers like this when I was last over there).

D: Hmmm, my review might sound pretty harsh thus far but there is one saving grace for this beer: it's cheap! Yep, it is a cheap beer and when I want a cheap beer this stuff isn't nearly as bad as the macro Australian Lagers (which I err away from). Is it drinkable? "Eh" is all I will say.

Food match: German food (Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Kartoffel, Knudel, etc...) or even Italian food (Fettuccine Carbonara, Linguine Napolitana, Penne Arabiata, etc...). (1,698 characters)

Photo of Finite
2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

For the money its a really good drop. $15 a 6 pack here in Australia and comes in a great 500ml can. On that front it smashed most other macro beers off the shelf.

In terms of quality its ok. Certainly brewed on a budget but there is some malt complexity in there. A touch of depth in the malt profile brings forth a late sweetness which I find good and also necessary as the hops are sharp and very grassy. A little poor quality and probably not the best saaz going around but all for the price its pretty good.

Quite a soft carbonation and almost creamy mouthfeel late in the piece. Carbonation feels a bit fine for a pilsner but not unsatisfying. (651 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml can

Pours a straw like yellow with a thin white head that leaves some lacing. Smells of a general maltiness and graininess with some background hops. Malt shows itself more in the taste than in the smell. Very biscuity. There's some really muddled hop flavors in there somewhere, very faint, and there's this out of place bitterness. Not sharp and biting but leans more to a dirty hop bitterness. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly but never feels watery. A good beer to have a few of when you don't really want to think about what you're drinking. (567 characters)

Photo of WHROO
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 pack from the local BWS...

Poured a typical clear light yellow colour, & with a nice hint of caramel & hops in the aroma...also some 'plasticky' yeasty dough.
Once run across the entire tongue, it went from an initial hoppy feel to a definate grainy maltiness, bready, doughy & yeasty in flavour too, & a tinge of burnt notes. Some pepperness too.
Quite a lingering bitterness as expected for a Pils, Mouthfeel: carbonation was a little too harsh.
Overall, not bad, very easy to drink, goes down great when thirsty....just that powerfull yeasty doughy aroma & taste left it a little different, & not good if u don't like full yeasty characteristics.
For the price an alright drink for a hot summers arvee in the sunburnt country!!! (747 characters)

Photo of mmmbirra
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.5 liter can into a Pilsner Urquell mug.
Yellow, transparent, white foam. Standard pils look.
The smell is clean. Sweet pils malt and a kind of nondescript hop aroma takes a back seat.
The taste is again very clean. Some malt, more nondescript hop bitterness. Light-bodied, perhaps too much so, but nothing about it is unpleasant.
A nice amount of bitterness in the after-taste leaves a tinge on your tongue, though it feels at times astringent.
Amongst the other German beers that are priced similarly in this neck of the woods, Warsteiner and DAB mostly, this is the best, not that that's saying much. Nothing to be excited about but I'll have a few in a park on a hot summer day in Italy.
Dirt cheap too. € 0.68 / 0.5 liter can. (737 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an average beer on all counts.
More malty sweet than I would expect from a pils and lacked the saaztartness.
For reasons unknown this is selling very cheaply by the slab at Liquorland and is a reasonable quaffing option for the budget conscious (253 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow colored beer with a big frothy white lasting head. Aroma is malty with wheat and caramel hints. Flavor is sweet. Body is average and carboation is low. (158 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L, Germany, brewed in Mönchengladbach.

Pours a clear light gold. Good effervescence, but a poor head and poorer retention.

Aroma is grainy, and not too offensive.

Slightly metallic and not that clean at all. But, there is something I dig about this beer. Though it's cheaply brewed, they don't skimp on the hop extract, making for a nice bitterness. Touch of tang and earthiness. It's got some body and good bready flavors to it as well, but the overall mouthfeel and finish are a bit harsh.

This is one of the cheapest beers in Germany (30-50 Euro cents, depending on where you shop), but it isn't that bad at all. I can see why it's Germany's number one seller, and also why it's probably the choice brew of all the vagrant and unemployed in Germany. In fact, in their honor, one should really drink this beer straight from the bottle, preferably on the street. It's the way of the Oettinger. (902 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pils pours just as any pils should. It has a perfect bright white head, with the body being clear, and golden staw in color. The only limfac is how the head dissipates too quickly, but still has pretty good lacing.

The aroma is on par. It has a hay/cracker fragrance, but with a hint of lemon and metallic hops.

The taste is a little bit sweeter than I expected. There's almost a graham cracker flavor here, with a follow up of a slightly skunky taste.

This has an odd tobacco like bite to it. It's not very appealing for a light bodied lager.

Over all this beer is ho-hum, and I'd probably never purchase it again. It almost tastes like drinking a moderately stale beer from a can. I think it's time to revamp the recipe on this one. (743 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: standard 330mL light brown bottle with a pretty boring macro lager.

Appearance: pours out a fairly light yellow amber colour with over a finger of fluffing white head that fritters away to a thin film. Looks okay.

Aroma: some sweet grains here with a touch of grass hops. Quite a light aroma.

Taste: there is a bit of a malt fug here alongside the grains and touch of grass. A bit awkward, but better than I expected considering the price.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away pretty quickly with only that odd malt flavour lasting through. Still, not bad.

Mouth feel: a light feel with a medium to stronger carbonation. A touch dry on the finish, definitely a refreshing pilsener.

Overall: this is a pretty cheap macro-lageresque version of the German pilsener. It is drinkable and very refreshing, but nothing really special. Where this beer wins out is the almost amazing price of AU$31 for a case of 24 x 330mL. It blows my mind that this can be sent over from Germany for this price, and yet the standard Australian 'cheap' macro lagers tend to be around $45 - or almost 50% more. What the?? (1,108 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on a recent trip to Bologna. Served in a 33 cl bottle, it poured a clear yellow color with a fantastically stable white head. It's a nice looking brew, looking just right as an inviting Pils. The aroma had a bit of malt in the background, with a notable fresh, floral, herbal hoppiness as well. The aroma was a little subtle though. The taste was solid, with a nice bitterness in the mid-taste and a little peppery sensation in the mid-tongue. Light in body, with a nice crispness at the finish. Fairly drinkable as well. All in all, this was a fine brew, but nothing special. It's on par for the style, and is also quite refreshing. Nothing really grabs you that this is extraordinary. Good, but ordinary. (722 characters)

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Original Oettinger Pils from Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH
74 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.