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

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210 Ratings

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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 Frozensoul327


3.3/5  rDev -4.3%

A decent German Pilsner. Poured out to a nice golden yellow color with a good head, typical of a well crafted German brew. Odors of rice and bread were noted. Taste was a bit one sided, reminding me of a light lager. Flavors of hops and grain were most present, as was a touch of a lemon like quality on the finish. Overall, quite refreshing and crisp. Worth a try.

06-10-2005 02:21:41 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of BEERchitect


3/5  rDev -13%

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.

06-09-2005 12:23:10 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of KarlHungus


3.2/5  rDev -7.2%

The case of the six pack I bought says "The Best German Pilsner!". I figured it probably wasn't true, but it still might be good so I bought it.Pours a clear straw color with a small creamy white head. It is more pale than other pilsners I've had. Sweet smell with underlying bitter hop aromas. The sip tastes sweet, with a nice bitterness at the end. The aftertaste is sweet and sicky. Not as crisp as I would like a pilsner to be, but well balanced for what it is. The mouthfeel is light with nice carbonation. Overall, it is not the best German pilsner I've had, but it isn't bad either. It is good enough that I want to drink the other five bottles, instead of pawning them off on less beer educated friends who would just get drunk with it. On the other hand, I will not buy it again.

05-31-2005 18:49:08 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.03/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

04-23-2005 13:12:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of maxpower


3.45/5  rDev 0%

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a good creamy white head that doesn't last very long with some lacing, grassy and flowery aromas. Bready, cracker like flavors with a mild sweetness that turns hoppy and bitter with some dryness in the finish. Medium bodied with a soft but kind of watery mouthfeel, a decent pils.

04-22-2005 18:00:45 | More by maxpower
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

I'm not usually pulled in by fancy bottles, but this one was sharp dressed. Thick, dense, pale cream colored head fades slowly leaving a few random strings of lace. Pale malt, crisp citrus, and spicy hops in the aroma. Transparent, brilliant golden beer with a few medium sized bubbles rising briskly from the bottom of the tall slender pilsner glass. Lightly sweet pale malt mixed with a solid dose of spicy and floral hop flavors. The flavors are crisp and there's just a slight grainy flavor that's barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but thicker then expected. This is a pretty solid beer. The flavor is light, but there's enough hops in their to keep it enjoyable. At $12 a 12pack it would make a good gateway beer.

04-20-2005 00:43:12 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

Presentation: Shocking dark aqua green bottle, funky 11.2 ounce size, thin body with a long proboscis neck which has the word ‘Veltins’ vertically embossed on it in two locations. Has a barely decipherable date of 7.11.04 on the back label. Listed at 5.1% ABV.

Appearance: Pale Pilsner straw gold body that has a few streamers. Solid fluffy white head has good retention and staying power. Ring like lacing and good supporting carbonation.

Nose: Toasty malts, light in character but decent in strength. Has a funky sweaty pungent pong of hops though – quite weird, it reminded me of the good old days of Burton Ales back in the UK, it’s not bad, it just seems like it is…..

Taste: Very crisp and despite the funky nose a very clean taste profile. Toasty malts and light spicy hops in the back end. Mildly acidic lemony hint in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Conditioning plays a big role here. The feel is of a lively Pilsener even though it has a light feel overall. Dry at times.

Drinkability: Easily quaffed, the nose can be off-putting at times, but there again I thought the same when I drank my first ever cask-conditioned Marston Pedigree and was assaulted by rotten eggs in the odors.

Overall: A strange Pilsener, light character, light bodied, rather “lite” overall, but not that bad. The funky nose is something else though…..

01-23-2005 08:00:30 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

12-28-2004 06:09:17 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of EagleTalon


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours to a white foam head and pale yellow-gold color. Good carbonation, good bit of head retention and lacing. Aroma is grainy and spicy-hoppy. Flavor is nice and dry but has a weak wateriness to it. Hop bitterness is on the low side for the style. Finishes dry, grainy and spicy. Not too bad. It reminds me of the Czech style of pils than German.

11-14-2004 01:25:40 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of clvand0


2.98/5  rDev -13.6%

This one pours a clear yellow color with a small head that dies off quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little grainy, but there's nothing much there. A slight skunkiness. It has a metallic taste. Slightly bitter and a small bit of malt is found, but there's not much to this beer. I really didn't enjoy this one as it came across to me as the typical Euro lager.

11-10-2004 13:59:30 | More by clvand0
Photo of RoyalT


3.43/5  rDev -0.6%

Appearance – This one is a brilliant bright yellow in color and slightly hazy. It has some good, light carbonation and is topped with a beautiful, white, retentive, clinging head.

Smell – The aroma here is unusually grainy and the hops are spiced but very light. This is not bad but off from what I’m used to for the style.

Taste – The beer mellows a bit at the taste. The hops pick things up a bit and there’s a light fruity finish that evens things out.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Pils has a nice, light, tingly feel on the tongue and some surprisingly stiff drying in the mouth.

Drinkability – This isn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination but is rather inexpensive and worth a look.

10-08-2004 15:41:41 | More by RoyalT
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%

11.2 light green bottle. Freshness date on back label.
It pours a shiny gold color with a fast fading snow-white head and thin trailing lace.
The smell is of fresh cut grass, dry malt and sharp Euro floral hops, and just a touch of sulfuric gassiness.
A raw and grainy malt taste is complimented and then lost in the edgy spicy and metallic hop bite.
A light sweetness appears at around the halfway point, but I feel the brew lacks the mildly sweet malty and herbal character one normally expects from the style. Nice, should try beer!

09-16-2004 02:24:10 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of RedDiamond


4.05/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

09-01-2004 03:31:42 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of rousee


3.45/5  rDev 0%

I ordered this one online cuz I had never seen it in a store. It reminds me of Radeburger -a simple straight forward German pilsener. Fairly poor head retention. Standard German nose (ie. Spaten, Warsteiner) mild with a hint of malty bitterness. Taste is also fairly straight-forward with a bit of a bite on the finish (like Pilsner Urquel). It is safe to say, I don't think too highly of these other beers I have compared to the Veltins. These are the Bud, Millers, Coors of Germany/ Czech Rep. Mostly 3.5s here though cuz it is better than average but nothing exceptional-- I wish USAs macros were this decent !!!

08-26-2004 02:19:57 | More by rousee
Photo of SheepNutz


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a yellowish gold color with one finger of head. Not much lacing. The smell is classic pilsener, with a malty background and some grassy aromas. The taste is light, a little sweet. Balanced malt and hops. The body is very light, but the drinkability is pretty good. Not too shabby.

08-14-2004 21:00:46 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

05-02-2004 18:06:39 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of drewbage


3.7/5  rDev +7.2%

Sampled at the Four Points Tasting of new things in April 2004. Beer was poured into a wine goblet.

Crisp yellow bright and clear with only a low white head to protect it from the air.

Aroma is honeyed with a continental grain bite and a flowery hop perfume

Front flavor is bright and crisp with hops and spicy flavor that leads a honey malt into the wayward valley of finish.

04-27-2004 15:40:55 | More by drewbage
Photo of mikeys01


4.1/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

04-25-2004 02:01:52 | More by mikeys01
Photo of Globetrotter


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%

Having fond memories of Veltins from my days in Germany, I was thrilled to find this 33cl green longneck bottle with the white and silver label in a Moscow grocery store. Purity law applies. Best before 2/17/05, I opened it on 4/17/04.

Pours a standard clear gold under a two finger white head with good body, decent staying power and some lacing. The nose is slightly skunked at initial pour, then morphing into pine and barley notes. The mouth is light and prickly. The taste is classic German pils - lots of crisp bordering on harsh hoppy bitterness above a mild malty backbone. The aftertaste is strongly bitter, inviting the next taste. It's much better on tap in Germany, but still a very drinkable beer.

04-17-2004 18:43:33 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of goindownsouth


3.13/5  rDev -9.3%

A surprise finding this Pilsner, I was relatively impressed in some respects. It poured a crisp-looking golden colour, and left a heat that was surprisingly thick and kind of chunky looking. The aroma was respectably floral, with notes of minor sweetness and some hops for good measure. The flavor is a palate-cleanser, to be sure. Dry and almost salty in a wierd sort of way. A decent find, and goes well with brats mit kraut.

Zum wohl!

03-22-2004 13:27:24 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of ark57


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

This fine pilsner is crystal clear with a flowery aroma; it is not as hoppy as some other beers in the style. This beer starts with a slight sweetness reminiscent of honeysuckles and ends with a dry balanced finish that seems to last for some time. It is above average, but is not something that I would give a second thought.

03-16-2004 14:14:28 | More by ark57
Photo of Shiredave

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%

Bright gold, well carbonated w/ an equally bright white head which fades to a frothy film.
Aroma is a bit skunky ( damn green bottles) but that fades quickly to a clean, slightly hoppy aroma. Very German lagerish.
Flavor is crisp and light with a fairly strong hop taste and bittering. Again, Very German. Nice mouth feel; not watery but certainly not substatial.
Finish is clean and dry.
About what youd/I'd expect from a German Pilsner.

02-18-2004 07:31:33 | More by Shiredave
Photo of WesWes

New York

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

01-16-2004 02:09:48 | More by WesWes
Photo of allboutbierge


3.15/5  rDev -8.7%

An average German Pils.

At first impression the beer looks very thin and watery. But, after one notes its massive head retention and lace the contrary becomes apparent. Taste is mild with a mildly sharp hop bitterness that lingers well after the beer is gone. Fairly drinkable but somewhat boring.

11-06-2003 14:00:41 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of TinusTime


2.53/5  rDev -26.7%

A rep broght me a sample of this the other day claiming all sorts of wonderful things about this beer and how it was huge in Germany etc etc.. I wonder if he had ever tasted this beer? It poured a medium yellow straw colour with a decent head that didnt last too long. The smell was crisp and a bit hoppy with a weird sort of metallic tone and a touch of le skunk. The taste was underwhelming.. Hoppy in that German Pilsner way, yet it left a long odd aftertaste. It reminded me way too much of St. Paulis Girl and Becks. Not the worst beer i had ever had, but not at all worth the hype and definately not one i would shell out 7.50 a six pack for.

08-15-2003 18:45:52 | More by TinusTime
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