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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: 267
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 19.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
Germany | 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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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.

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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 fullsweep
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of Douberd
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of stcules
2.83/5  rDev -18%
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.

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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 mbasti
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of rarbring
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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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 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 kjc51478
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellor with light head. Aroma is sweet malts and a little floral scent. Taste is sweet with herbal flavors and a light hop bitterness in the finishing. Aftertaste is typical German pilsner with a heavy sweetness and light herbal hops. Pretty much your average, run of the mill Pilsner.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes taken in late june 2009.

500ml can. importer label has bottling date of 2009.01.08, with a best by date one year later.

clear, pale yellow straw. large 3-finger fluffy white head recedes to constant thin layer. consistent rings of lace all the way down, tho sometimes thin.

aroma: light, bready malt and yeasty notes, met by mild to moderate fragrance of noble hopping. faint sulfur note. not too exciting, but clean.

taste: hops slightly more forward in the flavor. grassy, almost herbal, with moderate, crisp bitterness and lightly resinous quality lingering into finish. saltine cracker maltiness in the background is a bit simple, but acts as a counterpoint, along with faint sulfur note to accompany the hops.

light, almost watery, but crisp with light resins in the finish. crisp, moderate carbonation with tingly bubbles that also help body.

NOTE: a second tasting of this a couple weeks later, and there were metallic notes in the aroma and taste, interfering with positive qualities.

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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 dasenebler
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 3/11.

Very light yellow-gold with a tight frothy head. Great clarity, but meh.

Aroma is pretty good, with some subtle noble hop notes: grass, light sulfur and spice.

Much lighter than some German pilsners, but quite refreshing. Light biscuit malt. Clean, sturdy bitterness, though somewhat flinty and metallic. Pungent, earthy hop flavor you don't get with many German pilsners. Soft, ample carbonation.

For a cheaper pilsener, Veltins is good. I respect that they do not use hop extract. The use of real hops adds a lot to this beer, which exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured in an ordinary glass.

A simple but worthy German Pilsener: Tasty, bitter and refreshing.

A: Pours the traditional clean golden yellow color. Medium white aired head
S: Smells grains and hops, basically
T: Follows the nose: Malts and sharp hops. Quite "biscuity". Excellent bitterness
M: Very light and refreshing body. High carbonation
D: Good

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Photo of philbertk
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Veltins Brauerei--Grevenstein, Germany--Veltins Pilsener. 4.80% ABV. 30 IBU's? (2.5 / 5.0) Thin mild lace white head. Clear thin bright yellow color. Bavarian stank hint noble hop front. Thin crisp dry Pils body fades to weak mild end. Bland but easy smooth & crisp. 5 oz Taste @ Fremont Oktoberfest 9/24/2010.

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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 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 david18
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Paderborn Germany for a few days and, of course, was very excited about trying as many new Pilsners as I could. My hotel had Veltins, which were available in many sizes including a full liter. The beer was kinda light on flavor and color. Aroma was pretty good. Not a bad beer but not outstanding.

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Photo of Brabander
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this beer in a German supermarket a few weeks ago. Veltins is a know beer in Germany but not so overhyped as for instance Warsteiner.

Poured the beer in one of my Dutch beerglasses. The beer gives a nice white head which disappears in a short while. Little carbonation.

The is some bitterness and dryness in this beer which makes it an average German beer, siply not spectacular.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a branded pils glass at Beer Academy in Athens Greece.

A: Plenty of carbonation. Light gold. Head is 1.5 fingers foamy and bubbly with ok retention.

S: Soapy, lemony, some balance. Very subtle.

T: OK balance, light bread, some lemon hints. Easy drinking pils with not a lot of hop character. Light bitterness in the finish. Clean.

Overall: Maybe intended for a light beer drinking market (such as Greece). An Average pils with nothing too special, but also nothing really bad about it either.

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Photo of lstokes
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average appearance with decent lacing and a pale gold color, and smells purely of floral hops--very little malt or citrus in the nose--it's very smooth with minimal carbonation, and the flavor is surprisingly light.

It's not as bitter as I expected from the nose, there are some toasty malts, and it finishes dry. It's not memorable though, just sort of passes through as a thirst-quencher but not much else. It felt like it got metallic as I went through the glass, too. Not bad, but probably not something I'd buy again.

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