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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2000

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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 263
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Low to medium aroma intensity for a Lager. Smells of yeast and hops are present but faint. Malts come through but are light.
Appearance: A straw colored pour into Veltins customed glass (quite nice by the way). Head color is stark white and and stablized at about 1/2 inch. Loosely woven bubbles, highly carbonated (perhaps too much).
Taste: Light, even for a pilsner. Not very daring on any end; hops, malt, or alcohol. Light in body. Hops barely present until the finish. Hopping folded with the yeast gives this beer a little to talk about.
Aftertaste: a little yeasty and grainy, but not too bad. Malts and hops stick around for a while. Mouthfeel leads a bit dry and tart.
Impression: Glad it was served in a nice glass. A good transition for your yellow-beer-drinking-buddies.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale maize with a fair number of superfine particulates that are only appreciated with close inspection and bright sunlight. The dingy white cap was a fat two fingers after the pour and has a good amount of stick-to-it-iveness. Not bad in the lace department, but nothing to get too excited about.

Like so many of the green-bottled Euro pale lagers/Euro pilseners, the scent of skunk was evident once beer and air were allowed to collide. Also, like many of them, that skunkiness was almost gone by the time I got around to actually concentrating on the aroma. There isn't much going on here, just floral noble hops with very little, if any, citrus.

Veltins isn't bad actually; at least it's drinkable. It's more than respectably hopped (probably Saaz or its cousins) with a firm, bitter bite born of either not much malt or a generous hop load. The malting tastes and feels acceptable, so it must be the latter. There's just enough sweetness on hand to blunt what could have been a too sharp, too rough bitterness.

There are no real off-flavors, although I do appreciate a low grade metallic flavor that isn't bothersome in the least and fades by mid-bottle. The body is light-medium and contains an energetic, mouth pleasing amount of carbonation.

This is okay beer I guess. It doesn't change my mind about the 5% rule (which I just made up) that says that 5% of European lagers are actually good. Veltins is in the other 95%, but it really isn't too bad in the final reckoning. It is ultimately forgettable though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Veltins delivers a delicate, easy-drinking pils!

It offers a great appearance with a clear golden body and creamy bright white head that holds well.

The nose expresses fresh grainy malt that's well-infused with softly spicy and subtly herbal hops.

In the mouth it's quite smooth with a moderate carbonation (at least given the style) and medium-light body.

The flavor is perfectly balanced between its gently sweet (and even lightly toasty) malt and spritely spicy, floral, and herbal hops. The bitterness is perfectly balanced to this somewhat restrained version of the style, and it's quite refreshing and easy to drink while maintaining flavor and interest. The finish is drying (as it's malt does linger a bit), and spicy with hops.

Quite nice! There's just enough here to keep it on the dinner table, yet it would also serve extremely well at a sporting event during the summer. Flavorful and refreshing!

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Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow golden body with a nice sized frothy white head leaves nice lacing down my glass. Aroma: Mild sweetness clean grassy hop profile not bad at all, clean with some hops. Taste: Upfront hop bitterness crisp german pils a bit one dimensional and boring at times but I like the hop bitterness that comes through the flavors are of grassy herbal hops. The sweetness is balancing but very nice slightly bready. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied meant for the summer season carbonation was a bit much, other than that nothing special. Drinkability: A nice German pils that is decently flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.03/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Label proclaims this as a "German Pilsner Beer", but it's a pilsner like Miller Lite's a "true pilsner beer". Clear dull yellow color, moderate white head. Aroma: dry, vegetal, flat, hints of corn, flinty, and overall off-putting to this nose. Absolutely no body, texture, nil, nothing, nada. Not a single bit of taste to be accounted for. It passes through you, without a trace of it having been on your tongue at all.

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Photo of WesWes
2.57/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has that typical pale malt and yeast smell that so many of these type beers have. It is not as skunky as some I've tried. The taste is awful. It is grainy and bitter. It doesn't smell skunky, but it sure as hell tastes skunky. The mouthfeel is decent. This is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. Over all this is a terrible beer. It looks good, smells good, and has good mouthfeel, but it tastes awful. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce brown bottle (new packaging?) w/o any freshness dating. Pours prety clear light straw, white head, showing some retention, scattered lacing, nose is mildly earthy. This is a fairly light bodied, crisp pilsner. Light notes of honey and grainy hops in the finish. not a bad little summer quaffer/quencher.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass.
Light in color, light in head with a 'fizzy' sense to it.
Grass, lemon and hops aroma.
Taste was light grass, lemon some malt and hops.
Crisp taste. A refreshing 'ahhh' after the first several sips.
Nice light beer...even though it's not a light beer

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Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca. I was ecited to try a new pilsner, but this turned out to be a little more of a Euro pale lager than anything else. It was pretty bland with a bready flavor and aroma and a touch (not enough) of grassy hops. It could be worse, but it's not really worth trying.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very plesantly suprised to see this beer 'on-tap' at my overnight accommodation this week. I'd booked the Lamb Inn in Iron Acton because it was a Real Ale pub.

Veltins Pilsner is an old friend of mine from years ago, thought I'd reviewed a bottle on here, but no record appears to back that up.

Anyway, the three pints I had all came in tall badged glasses and looked a picture; Clear bright golden yellow body witha good firm white head, retension was good and the lacing stayed on the glass as the liquid flew down my throat.

The Pilsner/lager style doesn't produce any great aromas for my nose, this beer is no different, a few hops, grass and some flowery hints, but nothing to really get into.

The flavours and taste is typical clean German mass produced Pilsner, but a little stronger than say, Bitburger, and with more freshness too.

It brought back happy times and the days of my courting while in germany back in the 70's, glad I stumbled across it again (I have two old Veltins glasses that I use to review lagers and pilsners in).

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Photo of plaid75
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium cloudy straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a doughy cereal grain accented by a light noble hop.

The taste featured a husky grain with some light herbal hops. A bit of a raw vegetable element toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was slightly toward the thin side for the style.

Overall a good middle of the pack pils.

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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 wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 20/11/08, served lightly-chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.
A: straw-ish hue with dark yellow shades; pillowy white foam sustains well, on top of lively carbonation full of medium to small bubbles.
S: very clean limey fruits and doughy sourness dominate the nose, added with a touch of tart star-fruit-juice and very very light floral scent of German hops on the edge; understated in terms of maltiness. True to the tradition of a dry German Pilsener.
T: a soothing swallow of mildly flavoured limey fruits and sour-sweet lager malts slowly transforms into an herbal aftertaste with a dryish palate of hops and soft bitter-sweet grainy malts... chewy and semi-bitter in the end, but not as really DRY or BITTER as some other more assertive examples of German Pilsener.
M&D: semi-clean, moderate in carbonation, medium-bodied for the mild flavour profile... All in all, not a bad pilsener, but not something I'd go for a second pint. I have tried it on tap as well (@ The Rake nr. the Borough Market, London), which was superior to this bottled version.

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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 beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this at a brew fest this past summer, they were giving away bottler openers. Which I found odd for a beer only available on tap in my area. Well one of my locals finally put it on tap and I can add it to my list.

Served in Imperial pint glass. The beer poured a clean, clear, bright yellow with a bright white head that had OK retention and lacing. The aroma was the typical blend of grain, hops and yeast. The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma but had a touch of skunk that wasn't in the aroma.

The body was good, a bit fuller than is typical for the style, which I enjoyed. Drinkability was good, I could have a couple of these. Overall, a decent version of the style, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, it's a light gold colour with a big head that didn't last very long.

The aroma is a mix of hops and malt and the first sip emphasizes the hops but as I sipped more, the malt made a decent appearance.

All in all, a very serviceable German Pils that I'd enjoy on those hot summer days.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a decent white head - typical, but still appealing. Well, it is a pilsner. Strong aroma has a malty core and a robust fruity overtone, pear and apple with a touch of banana. Flavor is crisp and malty with a bitter hoppy undertone and a bit of fruity sweetness. Body is a bit thicker than I expect with this sort of beer, and is quite fizzy. I’m not a pilsner fan, preferring dark beers such as stouts, but I will give any good beer a try regardless of variety.

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Photo of dar482
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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