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

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224 Ratings

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2000)
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Photo of rale
3/5  rDev -13%

rale, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of stevoj
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

stevoj, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Zimbo
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bit of a skunky smelll to start which quickly blows off this looked reasonably pleasant. Typically medium yellow for the style this kept some wispy head throughout but showed minimal beading and lacing. A bit hollowy thin all and all and just overly dominated by a carbonic edge which creates an atypically unpleseant bitter edge. A bit too malty for my taste and there isn't much harmony in the integreation of these two elements.

Zimbo, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of adamcthomp
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

adamcthomp, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Cyberkedi, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of fullsweep
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL brown bottle. As I had no clean glassware, I drank this straight from the bottle.

A: even through the bottle (lame, I know), there was great clarity, believe it or not, some fizzy/lightly fluffy head on top.

S: sharp, pungent yet appetizing scent--a foretaste of the bitterness to come.

T: strong bitterness upfront, that lingers and slowly fades but leaves a sharply bitter aftertaste. It's like bitter with a side of bitter!

M: carbonated and fizzy, light on the tongue

O: although very bitter, and unlike any pilsener I've personally tried, it's enjoyable and very classically German!

fullsweep, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Douberd
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured, from a half litre can.

Colour is golden yellow, with a soapy white head, leaving heavy lacing on the glass.
Light aroma of malts.
Taste is very light bitter.
Light thickness on the palate and a bit watery, average carbonation.
Overall quite average.

Douberd, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Milkysunshine, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of brutalist
4/5  rDev +15.9%

brutalist, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Campodog
3/5  rDev -13%

Campodog, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Everydayoff
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

Golden in color, big fluffy cream head with good retention, it leaves lacing ring clinging to a glass upon dissipation. Carbonation is medium to rather high.

Barley malt, bread and floral hop along with some good yeast strain.

Big malt bite brings sweetness and breadiness, reinforcing with modest yet delicate hop bitterness. The body is medium with soothing carbonation and dry finish.

“Yes” pilsner but could be better to add more carbonation to bring more refreshing touch to palate.

Everydayoff, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

sukwonee, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Gregwa, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of stcules
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light golden color, clean, white foam, average creaminess.
In the smell some base grassy hop, and malty notes.
Light body, light hoppy taste, more maltiness, not the top of freshness, but not so bad.
Quite standard aftertaste, some maltiness and balanced bitterness.
Drinkable, as industrial beer.

stcules, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of RollTide05
4/5  rDev +15.9%

RollTide05, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +15.9%

jonb5, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of RWACKO
4/5  rDev +15.9%

RWACKO, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +15.9%

codynevels, Nov 18, 2011
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.

sim0n17, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of mbasti
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say about this beer - it's an absolute staple and our local football club's long-time beer and sponsor. I have probably had 10x more of this than any other beer combined by sheer volume.

The appearance is impeccable if served right - straw golden color, completely clear obviously and with a head that is the right size and has good retention.

Nothing extremely pleasant or unpleasant about the smell, it's a Pilsener - enough said.

The taste is again good, clean and a little on the bitter side for a German Pilsener with some herb-like hop flavors which make it a little more interesting. It goes down smooth out of bottles, cans, from taps, doesn't matter.

The mouthfeel is good, perfect carbonation - as you would expect from a major, industrially produced product.

What I like about this beer is that it is always reliable and I know I can go back to it when I just want a fresh, cold beer and not worry about taking tasting notes. It doesn't produce the excitement of craft beer and it's not innovative in any way - it's just a fine and mature product. For what it's worth, it does the job perfectly for me.

mbasti, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: pours a clear straw color with a huge white head.
Smell: Malts, grains, and light straw.
Taste: Sweet malts, pepper, lightly bitter, bit metallic, bit spicy bitter alcoholic after taste
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, thin body.
Overall: Not too sweet, not full bodied, but easy to drink

rvdoorn, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of rarbring
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear pale straw colored, small bubbles, a white head that settles rather quickly leaving little lacing.

The smell is faintly hoppy, some grass and nettles.

Starting with a white bread malt character, some citric presence and a modest clean bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, medium small body, rather smooth, a small dry finish. Easy to drink.

A very standard pilsener IMHO.

rarbring, Jul 11, 2011
Veltins Pilsner from Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
79 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.