Veltins Pilsner - Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 260
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2000

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Besdies being the name of a stadium which Schalke 04 plays its home matches, Veltins is also a pilsner-styled beer found in the north of Germany. Just saw this in the US at the local Total Wine, it comes from a 330 ml bottle. On to the beer:

It's straw color and bright bubbles are an excellent starter, and topping it is a thick retaining head. A real looker. A few sniffs with the nose and it's down to earth again. It smells like a mass produced lager with its sulfur aroma. A touch of grass attempts to take it away from the common imported lager.

Veltins is an adventure in the rugged character of this beer. I taste hay, and the hay has a rough character. Husky as well. A note of grass too. Is there hop extract here? The beer is light, but the taste has a tendency to stick to the palate.

I was hoping to taste an under the radar Jever. Unfortunately, Veltins has more in common with Beck's than the former. (920 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best by 3/12/16.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, corn flake, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, corn flake, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the aromas and flavors are a bit too corn flake forward to me.

Serving type: bottle. (597 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Champagne blonde with a pile of craggy white froth that sinks quick. 3.75
Doughy sweet nose that’s a bit sickly with a bit of grass, wax, and coriander seed. 3.5
Shortbread with some twinkly herb, hay, and spice muffin hops. 3.75
Lemon zest finish and mildly tingly linger.
Light, watery, fizzy. 3.5

There are some hops here, believe it or not, in a few different guises - definitely a pils, and more so than similar suspects like Bitburger. But there’s also a snappiness missing from the body, which plays out a bit flaccid. Above average supermarket pilsner. 3.75 (572 characters)

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

My least favourite Lager when visiting Germany, the Germans already serve Lager with a massive head which is bad enough.
The Beer/lager loses it carbonation almost immediately, making you drink it faster. Not my first choice.
Pale, smooth and clean taste, just a shame about the bubbles ! 'hic' (294 characters)

Photo of Hayley_86
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The look is that of a regular pilsener and the feel is also not bad. But then the taste is kind of foul. An undefineable odness to it that takes the pleasure out of drinking it. So overall not good. (198 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A textbook pilsner, with average noble hop taste, significant carbonation. Crisp, drinkable and refreshing. Not going to blow you away by any means but sticks true to its’ style. (180 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; light gold in color - SRM approx. 4-5; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; light lacing;

S: light grainy malt, some perfumy/floral notes from the hops as well as a touch of spiciness;

T: flavor is dominated by moderate hop bitterness that lasts all the way through a long finish; there is some malt graininess and a touch of sweet ness as well; a bit of breadiness from the yeast is also evident;

M: light bodied; effervescent carbonation; dry; crisp; refreshing;

O: very easy to drink; (520 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.29. Brewed in the Ruhr Valley town of Meschede, I know for a fact I drank at least one bottle of this while studying in Germany almost exactly 15 years ago (there’s photographic proof, though the label was slightly different and the bottle was a stubbie). According to the label, this was bottled on June 6th of this year, which creates the (admittedly spurious) impression that bottling this beer was how Germany chose to recognize the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Poured into a Jever Pilsener glass, this was a slightly chill-hazed gold color and featured an appropriate-sized sudsy, bone-white head. Said head began dropping after a couple of minutes, but left sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

Grassy, herbal hops and earthy yet slightly sweet malts are what the nose picked up. Yep, it smells like an authentic German pilsener.

Slightly bitter and herbal tasting, with a mineralish aspect that stood out just a tad. Partway through there was a light, tart fruity flavor that complemented the dryness. Things finished off with a dry, clean zap.

Light bodied, with a prickly, slightly dry mouthfeel.

This makes me want to go out and find a Jever to compare it with. I think this has a slightly more mineralish flavor than that brand (my favorite authentic pils), but is fairly similar. For $1.29 a bottle, I’d definitely have this again. (1,416 characters)

Photo of djura
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found it in Greece.

A- Excellent creamy white foam. Less bubbles then expected from pilsener. Yellow color.
S- Pale malt with some citrus notes.
T/M- Very decent pilsener. Lots of malts. A bit peppery taste with right amount of bitter aftertaste.

O- Real German pure beer. (274 characters)

Photo of SanWrencho
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious pilsner with a classic balance between hops, malt and yeast. If you are a fan of exceptionally hoppy beer, then this may seem to fall short but I think this is a perfect example of why German beers in many ways still set the standard. The hops are bitter but not over-the-top aromatic and provide a fine counter-balance to its essentially malty character. An excellent value at $11.00 per 12 at Binny's in Chicago. (426 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another German pilsener.
Pours a clear golden color, topped with familiar two fingers of white head.
The mild grainy and malty aroma are wasily picked up.
The taste is light, slight sweetness at first, followed by somewhat grainy body, little bitterness. Finishes with a nice bittery and refreshing feel.
Another fine German pilsener, that is. (343 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer has an aroma of grass, floral, a light bready malt.

The flavor follows of that bright green grass in the front, some floral hops, and a clean lager yeast. A bready malt in the middle.

A light and effervescent mouthfeel.

This is on par for the style. (261 characters)

Photo of Hamme
4.59/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - The foam disappears a bit quick, but the color of the beer itself is like a beer should look.

S - It smells like fresh grains and it immediately brings me back to the beautiful hills of Germany.

T - The taste is strong especially for a lager, whom are known to be watery which is absolutely not the case with this beer.

M - It is thick and sticky on the tongue and leaves a pleasant and strong fresh aftertaste. It's so fresh that it feels like you just brushed your teeth.

O - I can't think of a lager beer that tops this one, it goes great with fries and schnitzel or pizza and even spaghetti's with red sauce. Plus it leaves no hangover when you drink a few more of this beer which is brewed according to the strict German purity laws. If you like lagers, Veltins is a must try! (792 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't believe I've ever had this beer. Good 12 pack sale at a local spot and I was craving something light and crisp. A Northern German Pils. Best by 6/6/14 on the 12 pack and bottle labels.

A -- Clear pale straw color with a firm, dense white head that settles to a respectable cap leaving great lacing.

S -- Light herbal hops with some mild graininess back.

T -- Lightly bready to grainy up front with some citrus character in the middle -- a hint of melanoidin breadiness trying to garner some attention. Finishes spicy and herbal with good hop bitterness in the finish. Herbal bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light body.

O -- A decent Pils overall, something to quaff without thinking, but still won't take the place of a Trumer or EKU Pils. (797 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with notes of floral and grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts with bits of sweetness and hints of grain; the hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but nothing really stands out in the taste when it is compared to the top beers in the style. (801 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow color with a thin head with short retention.
Clear aroma of sweet malt and floral hops.
Flavor of sweet pale malt with notes of herbal hops and vanilla. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
Above average German Pilsner, a bit more malty and flavorful. (289 characters)

Photo of rvonhagen
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Won "Best Pilsner" at the 2007 World Beer Awards. I love the Dortmunder style German beers. My family home town of Hagen is in that region. I have noticed that there is a consistent lack of appreciation for German lagers. These styles of beer are among the world's favorites. The balance achieved is nearly perfect for my tastes. (329 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a great appearance. The head is big and stays around. Loads of great lacing is left behind as the beer rapidly makes its way down my neck!

The aroma is herbal hops with a suggestion of mint butterscotch.

The taste is similar to the aroma with grassy hop bitterness and a distinct butterscotch note that reminds me of the English sweet/candy called Murray Mints. Basically a typical German pilsner flavour with a subtle twist of something unique to make it stand out.

You get the feeling this is brewed with really good mineral water as it is so smooth and delicate on the tongue.

A very solid and enjoyable German pilsner. Not as bitter or sharp as some examples, which could be a minus point for those who prefer that. For me, though I also enjoy the more bitter Bitburger, this is a classic beer with a refined character that's worth returning to now and again in the never ending quest for the worlds finest lager.

My mark out of one hundred would be 87. (976 characters)

Photo of dgapitts
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A decent fresh flavour ... a very nice clean and natural taste, this is soo much better than the Bud I was drinking in the US!

I'm not a huge Pilsner fan normally (I tend to choose dark beers) but this is very good.

Also this is probably the cheapest beer I have drank in 2013as only 0.69 euros for 0.5litres from Aldi ;) (323 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pale golden color in the German mug. Decent mustache of foam. Average carbonation in the mouth for a typical lager.

Watery taste as well as body. Persistent, odd resiny taste is pretty much it for flavor. Sharp and spritzy mouthfeel makes it good for a fast quaff, at least. Being thirsty myself, I had more hope for this. Slight hoppy tang with a hint of medicinal bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall it would be interesting to see if this was any better than the other industrial euro lagers. It doesn't speak much for the German brewing tradition except for being clean and inoffensive. On tap at the Kaiserhof in San Diego. (633 characters)

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle brought back by a friend who went to Germany. simple German Pilsener.
Cold. Refreshing. Pilsner.
Pours the traditional clean golden yellow color. Smells like an every day pilsner.Excellent bitterness. Very light and refreshing body. High carbonation
Overall a decent every day german pilsner (298 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a self-titled glass steidl in a bar in Ibiza, Spain. Cost was 3.80 euro - high by Spanish standards. Reviewed from notes taken in April 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair thickness but little cream. Retention is decent. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Pleasant clean barley.

T: Refreshing clean barley body with a climax loaded with crystal malts. Some background floral hopping as well. Unexpected. It's balanced and refreshing but simple. Some slight cream comes through on the finish, which is a nice touch. Built well for what it is.

Mf: Very smooth and wet. Crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel complements the flavour of the beer and what it's going for.

Dr: Expensive by Spanish standard, but a good refreshing sessionable beer. I like it.

C+ (785 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes
Served in a Pilsner glass at The Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA

A: This beer pours a clear, light yellow with a two finger of bone white sudsy head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Nose is hay, grain, grass, and a touch of undescernible fruit.

T: Taste starts with grain, hay, grass - very thick and earthy tones.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, thin feeling throughout with a slightly dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, somewhat tasty, not filling, mild kick, this was perfect for a hot summer night. Not sure I would enjoy this as much any other time of year, but it is definitely a great for a summer night. (644 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light straw coloured and clear with a thin, white lacing at the top of the glass that fades fast.

Almost no noticeable smell coming from this one other than some corn and very light citrus coupled with various other adjuncts.

Corn & bread to begin with along with some adjuncts and grain, There was some lager hops and a touch of malts but it was a basic pilsener taste and didn't have a whole lot going on with it.

Light in body and with a grainy, sticky feel to it what ended up finishing quite dry and with a tang to it. Carbonation was about medium with this one.

Not a great beer at all and I felt it was especially bad for a German offering. There was very little going on and the taste was basic and unexciting.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Faint aroma of light malt with a whiff of noble hops and solvent.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp bitter finish. Weak hints of stewed noble hops, and a harsh background note. Bitterness is relatively strident for a lager. Mouthfeel is light, prickly and dry. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of light malt and stewed hops.

So-so. Above average for most lagers, but only middling when compared to other German pilseners. A hint of noble hops and a more obvious bitterness, but otherwise this doesn't stray far from the standard lager template. No need to seek it out. (783 characters)

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