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Original Oettinger Pils - Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH

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Original Oettinger PilsOriginal Oettinger Pils

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 76
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 24.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH visit their website

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 bark
3.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to a news item in a German news paper I just read, Oettinger is the best selling brewery in Germany.

The colour is pale yellow; the high head is white and airy. It leaves some lacing when slowly sinking down.

The smell is dry and malty with some mild clean bitter notes (Saaz?) and hints of dough.

The taste is very clean with very light yeasty flavours of dough and white bread. The bitterness is clean and medium strong. Some hints of herbs and lime. The balanced aftertaste is long with some fine bitter notes and a touch of minerals.

The carbonation is medium to strong. Small, refreshing bubbles. The liquid is medium watery (which is a good thing in a this style).

A German Pilsener must be clean, refreshing and highly drinkable. This one does all that in a good way.

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Photo of dgilks
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale straw colour with a large but shortlasted white head.

Mild sweet, grainy aroma. Not a lot going on.

Smooth and sweet. Fairly bland but not bad.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fair.

A bland, fairly standard German pilsner. While not the best it isn't bad.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full yellow, with a beautiful hat of a fluffy white foam.
Fresh hop in the smell, but not too much. Malty notes in the background.
In the taste a good pils bitterness, pleasant, clean, average dryiness.
A good bitter finish, not too long, but pleasant.
A bit too carbonated in the mouth, quite short aftertaste.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with voluminously expanding, dense white head, fed by a very strong, fizzy carbonation stream but sinking very gradually. Lacing is not very thick, head seems to hold itself pretty well without leaving itself behind. Looks refreshing, not spectacular.

Nose is fairly good and pilsenery. A little bit of a barley smell behind a slightly sour and musty hop aroma. A slight hint of fresh grass and a little citrus zest. Mostly dank, bitter aroma, not enough to be unpleasant though.

Taste is fairly malty at first and proceeds to turn quite quickly bitter, with slightly spicy hops taking over for a reasonably bitter finish which lingers a bit but is clean enough. An odd creamy sensation comes through towards the back, maybe just a maltiness sliding over the hop bitterness, which distinguishes but never asserts itself.

That creaminess is in part due to the oddly creamy mouthfeel which I think is part of the can-drinking experience and gives this a bit of an English texture. It lacks the tingle of carbonation, although the body is decently full.

Overall a fairly clean drinking lager. Nothing too special but it holds its own, and certainly a good one for quaffing.

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Photo of Suds
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.14/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
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??

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Photo of doktorhops
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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...).

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of atis
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours bright pale yellow with large white head with rather good retention, some patches of lacing. Aroma is weak malt, grassy hops.

Taste is grainy malt, bitter and slightly spicy hops, some citrus and short grassy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with more than moderate carbonation.

Overall, there is not much flavour in it. Not bad, but very boring Pils.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500mL can into a tall pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a very light pale gold color topped with a huge foamy pure white that leaves sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The head quickly dissipates down to one finger, and this stays around for a while.

S: Nice balance with a lightly floral character balanced by grain. The can states that the beer uses malt extracts and perhaps this causes a somewhat lighter, harder to detect malt character?

T: Somewhat vegetal with a light hoppy note. Finishing with a nice balance between grain and a slight bitter dryness leaving you wanting a bit more.

A nice solid pils with ok taste for the value. May pick up again here in BG, but in the presence of other beers would probably skip over.

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Photo of seanyfo
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of jarmby1711
3/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of Macca
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Douberd
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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Photo of Kulrak
2.72/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
2.61/5  rDev -14.7%
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

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Photo of Finite
2.99/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of shererjt
3.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, straw-yellow color with a frothy quite head. Wonderful, crisp, hoppy nose--100% pilsener. Yum. Some sweet helles-like malt there too. Medium body, crisp flavor, well-balanced. Rather helles-like but has a pils kick to it. Nice mouthfeel--clean and tasty. Highly quaffable, too.

This was good beer. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of WHROO
3/5  rDev -2%
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!!!

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Photo of Everydayoff
2.87/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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

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

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

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

The appearance and smell look good but the fact is that the taste and feel kill this beer.

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