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

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79
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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

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 pmcadamis
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A fluffy two finger white head tops a honey-gold clear brew with lots of champagne-like bubbles rising to the top. The head eventually settles to a thin cap and leaves a little bit of spotty wet lace on the glass. Swirling brings up a thicker cap.

S - Soft and malty nose with only small hints of floral hops. This is the way that I like pilseners to be....more malty and sweet and less pepper and acrid. Refreshing sea-spray salt air nose with some tight biscuity and crackery malt aromas.

T - Much like the nose it's soft, sweet, and malty like wheat crackers with salt. Upon swallowing, a nice wash of peppery saaz compliments a dry finish. I really like this; one of the best German pilseners IMO.

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

D - This is much more drinkable than others of it's ilk due to the more balanced and malty-sweet flavors that don't have the aggressive peppery notes of some Czech and German pils.

Photo of elricorico
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellow with golden highlights, transparent, with a fairly bubbly head that shows some retention.

S: A very grainy aroma right up front, which smells great, hints of yeast and a little bit of pale malt comes through.

T: Turns out to be a flavorful lager. The first sip revealed a watery introduction followed by an attack of grain and mild hop bitterness in the middle, sharp and crisp. The finish was smooth, washing out the slight bitterness with an almost buttery outro, but still light in flavor, and somewhat drying.

M: A light bodied lager with some solid texture to it, a bit of hop oiliness toward the end as well. Carbonation was a bit low, but I actually think that added to rather than detracted from this beer.

D: Veltins is actually a very drinkable pilsener. Perhaps not the best in each category, I'd say, but certainly nothing to shake a stick at. An above average offering that would suit fans of this style, or lagers in general.

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

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a clear light golden colour... White head poured fairly big and foamy then faded quite quickly to patchy layer.... no real carbonation... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Faint biscuity malts, light peppery hops, spicy fruits (light lemons, apples), some saltiness, some creamy sweetcorn notes, light honey sweetness, light grassy / floral notes...

Taste - Light peppery hops, quite sweet fruits (oranges, lemons), honey, quite sweet malts, some boiled rice notes, salty traces...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with just a little bite... Light body... Pretty drinkable although maybe a little sickly after a while..

Overall - An OK Pils... a few too many macro hints to be better than average... worth a try maybe once..

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.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright clarity with a golden color. The head is white, large and thick. Excellent retention. Nice lacing.
Aroma: agreeable hoppy nose.
Taste: malty.
Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength (ABV 4,8%), light although satiating body.
Finish: lingering slightly bitter aftertaste.
Overall: Veltins is an elegant round beer. I would recommend it for anyone who would like to taste a nice example of a German Pilsner.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Drinkability.

That’s what this beer is all about. It’s easy on the lips like Jessica Alba is on the eyes. It’s light, blonde, soft and spicy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the body.

Flavor wise, there isn’t much there. I would say that water is the primary flavor with some light, almost toasty malts and herbal hops follow through with some pleasant notes. Aroma is light, not quite skunked, and mostly light herbal and floral German hops. Mouthfeel is watery, but lighter then water somehow.

Overall, dull, but oh so drinkable. Very nice but can you believe that Opus charged me $5.50 for a 10 oz poor of this?

Photo of bushbeer75
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle

Appearance: Golden yellow in color with a thin white head

Smell: Clean smelling, a very little spice and dry

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light in body, dry with light hop flavor. Carbonation is mild

Drinkability: A refreshing, easy drinking pilsner that is good on a warm day

Photo of gmfessen
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a golden color with a slight orange tinge and a pillowy off-white head. Smell is primarily sweet with malt, slightly spiced. Taste is similar to the nose, although the hops are well balanced with the malt, there could be more. There is also a slight metallic taste that ruins the experience. The mouthfeel is very light and has a velvety consistency. This beer is pretty decent even with the nasty metallic taste, I would be interested to try a fresher bottle. Pretty drinkable given the good balance of hops and malt, as well as the light body.

Photo of dherling
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a sentimental favorite. When I was about ten my family in Germany introduced me to this. It was the first time I discovered what a good beer could be. OK, now on to my unpartial review:

Poured out a golden yellow color, thin filmy white head. NOse had a strong pilsner malty note, with some spicy hops backing it up. The taste was a bit heavy, but pleanest. Bready, tiny bit of hops, very full flavored and refreshing. Has a medium carbonaiton mouthfeel, appropriate for the style. Finishes smooth and refreshing with a slightly bitter bite at the end.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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!

Photo of Absumaster
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden bright color with a bubbly head.
Smell was malty and slightly bitter, with a cooked vegetable smell, which wasn't very appealing.
Taste was bitter with malty backbone, with the prickly sensation of the carbonation. Also some breadiness and a dry finish. To me a very good pilsener, too bad for the smell, but taste was as good as it gets, it could be a little more hoppy, but that's it.

Photo of nlmartin
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at The Party Source for $1.99. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a pale yellow coloration. The beer has a fluffy two fingers high head. The head is off white in coloration. Thin streaks of lacing remain behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a predominately grassy lemon smell. There is a undertone of bready maltyness supporting the beer.

Taste: The beer hasa a nice sweet malty breadyness. This is supported by lemony grassy earthy hops. The beer has a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very slick light mouthfeel. The beer is well carbonated. This beer is very easy to drink. The beer goes well with food. I had this with burritos.

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cock & Bull in Covington, Ky. Appropriate medium straw color. Not quite crisp, but still pleasantly sharp malt profile. Hopping was nondescript, but adequate. Some hard-water mineral notes. Finish was clean, with a lingering, slightly acidic hop bite.

Photo of scottoale
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice 330ml.brown bottle with "VELTINS" embossed on the neck. Pours a pale gold with a pure white 1/2inch of short lasting head. A little fine-bubble lace with this one.

Smells of light, sweet bready malt with a grassy hop to the finish and a little metalic.

Light sweet malty nose, bready and grainy with a quick bittering of hops that give a clean and balanced finish. Quite a refreshing taste. The alcohol is undetectable, the carbonation is there in the mouthfeel, though not visable.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, but light in body. An easy drinker and a good, solid Pils...cheers!

Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
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 'cus I'm suckin these ones down in a hurry. Cheers!

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of thechaacster
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the "Summer Brews" pack from Cost Plus World Market. Bottle says 5.1% abv. Label shows this being about a month past the sell by date, so buyer beware. Poured a light gold with the big fluffy white head you would expect from a good pils. Lots and lots of lacing, too. The taste is focused squarely on the herbal hops, with a dry finish. Thankfully none of the skunkiness I have experienced from other popular pilsners. A good beer to pair with hearty food, but not necessarily something I would want to drink a bunch of. Still, a perfectly good pilsner.

Photo of canucklehead
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another euro pils in da can. This is ok but really a shadow of Konig or Topvar. Not enough body and hops and not much of a finish. Drinkable , yes in the way that Becks is better than Canadian. Seems there is too many German lagers in a can available and not enough duppelbocks and vienna lagers .

Photo of kmpitz2
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a pale yellow color with a finger and a half of head composed of rather large bubbles that fell to slightly ring the top ofthe glass. The nose was slightly grainey and touched with a hint of noble hop. I would like a little more gusto flavor-wise. The flavor was much the same. A big dose of graineyness hovering over a very light bed of spicey noble hop. The feel was light and bubbly. Very refreshing on a summer night on the patio of our local watering hole. Drinkability was not all that bad. It was easily consumed and quenced my thirst after not having beer for a few days of being sick. Overall, average, but refreshing.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Veltins Pilsner from Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
79 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.