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

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133 Reviews

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 263
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 19.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co. visit their website

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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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 263
Photo of Hamme
4.59/5  rDev +33%
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!

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; proper head and carbonation for a pils, nothing I can complain about.

smell; typical notes of hops, quite pleasant and and well balanced

taste; really super, strong hops but not overwhelming as to miss less pronounced barley notes.

mouthfeel; perfect carbonation combined with rich hops complexity almost makes a thicker feel, very hard to describe but this makes me drink more to try to isolate it.

drinkability; I could definatly drink this all night but would be less willing on a sunny day, super tasty but could be more refreshing.

One of my favorite pilsner beers for sure, highly recommend!

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Photo of dgapitts
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
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 ;)

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a honey-gold color with good carbonation leaving bubbles and a small white cap

S: Hints of floral hops, a bit of pepper, biscuit, sweet grain presence

T: Soft, sweet, crisp and light. Awesome. Floral hops, biscuit, sweet grains.

M: Light in body, but solid. Moderately carbonated and quite dry.

O: Very easy to drink, very tasty. This is how I like my pils!

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

in a BROWN bottle

A- 2in of puffy chunky white foam with good retention. mostly clear golden honey in color with some yeast swirling about for nice eye candy. lots of lace sticking around in serpentine patterns.

S- cream, butterscotch, cooked buttery corn, sour citrus, toffee, apple, some floral hops sneak out with the sweet buttery malt. though much different from any pilsener i've tried, this has a very enticing aroma.

T- nice butter/cookie/biscuit/waffle flavor becomes kinda sour as it merges with the spicy floral hops. some creamy fruit comes to mind as well- pear, apple, melon, and maybe a tiny bit of lemony citrus. tasty hop finish fades slowly leaving a clean malt MF.

MF- supersmooth and creamy for a pils, medium carbonation stings the tongue a little and allows the beer to glide down in gulps.

D- almost got a 5 up in this piece but pilseners aren't my forte, and i think i need some more experience before i hand em out.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow, huge long lasting head and lots of lacing. Aroma of continental malt and a small faint hint of charred wood. Flavor of german pils and a firm hop presence as much flavor as blunt bitterness. Quite a well crafted and refreshing pils, don't let the boring looking can turn you off this lager!

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Photo of sim0n17
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4.5 because it is nostalgic - love drinking this out on the wandernweg in Sauerland. The appearance is light and clean. Taste is not overpowering and finishes clean. Mouthfeel is a little thin (watery), but is very refreshing in summer. Great water source that makes this Pilsner taste so fresh.

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Photo of largadeer
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourme Haus Staudt.

Clear pale gold, slightly hazy, topped by half an inch of lasting head.

Really nice hoppy aroma, grassy and citrusy, herbal, mildly sulfuric, crackery pils malt. Clean and fresh.

Herbal, earthy and grassy noble hop flavors hit the tongue first, followed by a touch of sweet, bready pils malt. It dries up quickly in the finish, ending with a bitter herbal and mineral bite. Very light and dry; punchy but refreshing.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Eli Cannon's. Arrived in my pint glass a pale and just slightly hazy maize yellow, with a moderate layer of foamy white head. Aroma is surprisingly floral hoppy, just a bit sweet and malty. Flavor is refreshing and crisp, there's more to this pilsener than I expected, and none of the skunkiness that others have noted. Taste is bitter and hoppy at first, hint of lemon in there, then easing into a nice simple sweet malt flavor. Hops come back for a clean fresh finish. Body is light and mouthfeel is very smooth. I could drink this all day it's so drinkable. Not sure how the bottled version would be, but damn tasty on tap. Seems like a perfect summer beer, plenty of flavor, not too heavy or alcoholic, goes down easy.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy golden yellow color with very little head, yet it does leave nice lacings. The smell is crisp and hoppy. It tastes well-hopped. One of the better tasting german pilseners I've had. I'm really surprised this beer is rated so low... I'm actually quiet impressed. The mouthfeel is adequate for the style, and the drinkability has got to be great because I'm sucking these ones down in a hurry. Cheers!

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific pilsner and a fine representation of the style. It’s brassy with volatile carbonation and a tall, brilliantly white head. The aroma is crisp and malty and the taste is dry and satisfying.

I poured this from a slender and yeastless green bottle and enjoyed nice thready lace and light even-handed bitterness.

Classic Bavarian styling from start to finish.

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Photo of argock
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Straw-yellow with only a thin cap of head with strands of lace down the glass. Probably not the best pour in the world.

S: Delicious sharp herbal hops with sweet malt/grain aromas.

T: A clean tasting brew with woody, herbal hops and a sharply sweet dextrin flavors dominating with noble hops finish that is typical for the style. The yeasty, bready side is less prominent but present.

M: Easy to drink with a velvety feel and relatively low carbonation for a lager. Sweet and noble hops in the aftertaste.

D: A really enjoyable German pilsner which went well with my cheese pizza. Easy to drink with a distinctive dextrin sweetness playing off of a woody hops gives it a unique slot in the German pilsner style.

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Photo of SanWrencho
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of rvonhagen
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer served in a classic Pilsner glass. It came with one finger foamy white head that did dissipate quite quickly.

The beer was a bright golden color, was clear and had nice visible carbonation.

The aroma was fresh, fruity and somewhat spicy.

I thought it had very nice taste that was well balanced.

Started with a nice spice and transitioned to a smooth finish with a nice lingering hop finish.

Really nice.

This beer has excellent mouth feel and excellent drinkability.

When you are in the mood for a Pilsner, I would recommend giving this one a try.

Good effort.

(I'd still take a Victory Prima Pils over this and other Pilsners)

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Photo of inebrius
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly infinite bitter hop finish sets this Pils apart. Golden straw under a clingy lace. Aroma of dry crackers and lemon pith. Crisp and refreshing. An awesome hot weather brew. I could see myself pounding a few of these, lakeside, sprawled out on aromatic pine needles with a fishing line tied to my big toe. A bitter and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
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;

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden pilsener with a very nice white head that leaves a ton of lace around my glass. It has a nice grassy, sweet aroma with just a touch of hops, pretty much a standard German Pils aroma. The flavor is crisp and has a malty sweetness that is pretty well hidden behind a generous hopping. The nice hoppy finish of this beer makes it stand out when compared to other macro German Pilseners. I definitely will be revisiting this beer in the future.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice, bright gold with a 2 finger, frothy white head that has good retention and leaves a nice looking white lace. slight haze of particles on very close inspection.

S: grassy with honey, caramel malts and minerals.

T: nice floral, grassy hops with a slight honey sweetness in the background and a bready, minerally aftertaste.

M: medium bodied, clean, crisp - nicely carbonated - and quite a smooth, refreshing finish.

D: I quite like this pilsener - its's increadibly easy to drink and is very refreshing. Nice flavour and nice presentation as well. I will certainly be buying this beer again.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a typical pilsner out of the bottle -- pale, yellowish, big white head. The smell is a bit creamy, with with a green hop character and plenty of bready malts. On the palate, the sweetness of the malt is immediate, then quickly followed up by hoppy bitterness. It's not really special in any way, just solid and inoffensive. Mouthfeel is very smooth and easy drinking.

Nothing too special here, just a solid pilsner with no real weaknesses and no special strengths.

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Photo of vancurly
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a)Pale yellow, haze-free, rocky white head, mild bubbling
s) Big noble hop nose, malty, with slight sulfur note
f) Good flavour, nice bitterness, balanced with pale maltiness. Clean, refreshing, crisp.
m) Good balance between body & crispness
d) Very enjoyable

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear straw yellow color. Poured two finger white head that dissipated slowly. Decanted continuously. Light lacing.

S: Slightly sweet, wet grains. Grassy hops.

T: Cereal malts. Slightly bitter hop finish.

M: Light body. Very crisp, clean. Medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Well-balanced malts and hops. Can drink more than a couple...and did.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours light golden with lots of bubbles in the liquid. A large white thick creamy head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacings.

S: Malt, grain and german-style bitter hops. Some citric notes and green apples.

T: (Surprisingly) sweet malt, grain. Bitter hops, rather heavy bitterness. Citric notes.

M: Medium body and nice balanced carbonation. Long bitter aftertaste.

D: Nice German Pilsener.

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Photo of elricorico
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and fairly pale gold with a huge white head, it took a while to pour it all into the glass as I had to wait for the head to fall some.

Smell is strong with spicy hop. Grass and pepper give the strongest impressions.

Faintly toasted cracker taste to the malt with a subtle yet notable spicy hop finish. Hints of lemon and honey. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. As it should be.

A refreshing and pleasant pilsner. Worth trying if you like the style.

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Veltins Pilsner from Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
79 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.