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

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Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
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Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2000

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

Got a little tired of the Greek beers at the end of the holiday so I decided to pick up some german ones.

A: Poured it from a can into my favorite IKEA holiday glass. Light yellow color and a big bubbly head. Faded while drinking.

S: Grains, hops some apple/citrus.

T: Again grains and hops. Some unexpected, yet pleasant malty sweetness. Citrus. Slightly bitter.

M: Very pleasant body for just a pilsener. Medium carbonation.

D: A nice pilsener, wil surely drink this again. My favorite of this year's holiday after the Mythos Red.

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Photo of jbro434
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and highly carbonated, maybe due to the can. Carbonation gives way to a decent foamy head that fades quickly, leaving a hazy film on top. Little lacing.
Sharp hop on the tongue upfront combined with a bit of carbonation in the mix. Mouthfeel is hoppy, not complex, yet nicely balanced and dry. Finishes tart and slightly bitter making this pretty good for the type. A good and fairly common pilsner that is worth trying.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of and split w/ dkachur - thanks! My portion poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed golden amber with a fast-fading half-finger of pure, white, bubbly head that leaves a thin collar and no surface of glass lacing. Carbonation is fast but sparse and fine-bubbled.

Aroma: Pale, cracker-like malts, simply sweet, and a very green, earthy note, partially hop-esque and partially green apple-esque.

Taste: Probably this beer's best aspect, though that's not sayin' too much. A very traditional pilsner, perhaps a little sweeter than I'd like - plenty of sweet, residual, simple sugars overwhelm most of the hop bitterness - though there's a definite estery, slightly tart note that's not unpleasant but seems slightly out of place.

Mouthfeel: Not too much carbonation in a body of medium thickness, resulting in a pretty flat and lifeless-feeling beer, though where it is carbonated it's sort of rough and uneven.

Drinkability: Not much goin' here. Just a pretty simple, slightly skunked/off pilsner, not unenjoyable, but not one to have again. Give me a Prima Pils any day.

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Photo of FatCaster
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Schultzy's on the Ave says this one is an "exclusive" to them. I don't know about that, but I was just happy they put it in a proper pilsner glass.

A--Honey golden with sticky arches on the head, but it didn't stick around long. Very little bubbles rose up from the bottom.

S--Sweet apple with a bit of pine tree tossed in.

T--Refreshing and herbal on top and tasted strongly of honey in the back. None too complex, but pleasant.

M--Low carbonation, and not too dense, but it does linger a bit.

D--A fresh and drinkable brew and a half liter wasn't enough to satisfy my thirst. Very pleasant.

Not a lot to it, but reccomended.

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Photo of Quej
2.69/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow, clear as water, llittle head but lots of carbonation.
S - Metallic and coppery, very little smell otherwise.
T - Very little taste, drying and a bit bitter, but not hoppy. Largley tastes of metal. Not offensive, but watery.
M - Very light, watery.
D - About as drinkable as cold water. And about as flavourful.

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Photo of aeminter
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear golden straw. Thin head with minimal lacing.
S- Earthy, hoppy, light
T-Clean hoppy, herbal, some spice. I'm tempted to say Munich malts.
M-Crisp but almost over carbonated
It was kind of noisy and dim when I tried this beer, so I was a little distracted. It's an easy drinking pils.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow, huge long lasting head and lots of lacing. Aroma of continental malt and a small faint hint of charred wood. Flavor of german pils and a firm hop presence as much flavor as blunt bitterness. Quite a well crafted and refreshing pils, don't let the boring looking can turn you off this lager!

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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 prosper
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light yellow in color. Head disappears quickly, but leaves nice lace. Smells light and grainy, slightly sweet. Lots of hops, a little too much carbonation. It's thin and light, but not watery. There's a definite note of malt/sweet dextrins that become more apparent if you let it warm up a little. It finishes with a slight peppery tingle in the throat. Not a particularly complex brew, but I suppose that's expected for a lager.

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Photo of argock
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Straw-yellow with only a thin cap of head with strands of lace down the glass. Probably not the best pour in the world.

S: Delicious sharp herbal hops with sweet malt/grain aromas.

T: A clean tasting brew with woody, herbal hops and a sharply sweet dextrin flavors dominating with noble hops finish that is typical for the style. The yeasty, bready side is less prominent but present.

M: Easy to drink with a velvety feel and relatively low carbonation for a lager. Sweet and noble hops in the aftertaste.

D: A really enjoyable German pilsner which went well with my cheese pizza. Easy to drink with a distinctive dextrin sweetness playing off of a woody hops gives it a unique slot in the German pilsner style.

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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 drpimento
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having this beer in Sibiu, Romania. It's interesting given that I just read my last review which is just before this one. the body is good, but sweeter than a good pils; ditto the flavor, body, and finish. So, the bottom line is slightly different, but neither better nor worse; just slightly different.

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Photo of Shadman
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

purchased in Lethbridge...I liked the can and name..

decent looking pils, clear, rather pale with a frothy head and some sticky gobs of lacing.

Aroma was mostly bready and the floral Saaz hop aroma, fairly muted though.

In giving it a 4, it's obvious I liked this one. Some interesting interplay between the sweet maltiness and the bite of the hops. For my palate, the hop bite was not overplayed. Bit of metallic twang until the carbonation dies down and good hoppy finish.

Smooth, almost creamy. Didn't find it watery at all.

Very nice. If these where on tap locally I could pound them all day on a nice sunny patio.

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Photo of Kendo
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Served in a pint glass. Body is clear light yellow with a small white head. Leaves behind some lace.

S: Not too strong in the nose -- floral and grassy hops over husky grains.

T: Biscuity malt and grainy malt sets the foundation, then comes a fairly crisp, dry, lemony, grassy finish with a slight spicey bite.

M: Light, as you'd expect from a pilsner, but with a nice crisp feel to it.

D: Good.

Notes: I suspect this is better on tap than the green-bottled version we get in the US, but if I could get it to taste like this in the bottles, this would make a decent summer pilsner. A good start to the evening on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer served in a classic Pilsner glass. It came with one finger foamy white head that did dissipate quite quickly.

The beer was a bright golden color, was clear and had nice visible carbonation.

The aroma was fresh, fruity and somewhat spicy.

I thought it had very nice taste that was well balanced.

Started with a nice spice and transitioned to a smooth finish with a nice lingering hop finish.

Really nice.

This beer has excellent mouth feel and excellent drinkability.

When you are in the mood for a Pilsner, I would recommend giving this one a try.

Good effort.

(I'd still take a Victory Prima Pils over this and other Pilsners)

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

a: nice golden/straw body with decent fluffy white head; some lacing

s: notes of fruity appley sweet mailts; hints of alcohol; real fragrant and fruity for a pilsener

t: sweet malts with raw wheat/hay and some nice fruitiness

m: refreshing and lightly carbonated with a bit more substance and smoothness than your typical pilsener

d: i was incredibly impressed with this pilsener. it is still entirely pilsener flavors just more complex and more of them; not to mention 4.8 abv ain't bad; definitely worth a try and maybe a good way to convert your dingus friend who only drinks macro lagers

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Photo of BDTyre
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good German pils. Golden colour with a foamy "whipped" head.

Slight citrus tones in the hops, and a good, sweet, baked bread malt. Crisp hop profile in the flavour, good malts to balance it out. Nice and clean carbonation, a good summer beer.

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

Had this with dinner as a pre-tasting session with the one and only BA BlackHaddock. Poured your typical golden lager color into his .2L Veltins glass. Lovely frothy white head which is to be expected of a German lager. The taste perfectly mirrors the smell: malts, plain and simple. Taste is malty with subtle floral hints. Bottom line is that this is a better than average German lager, and one of the best ones I've had out of a bottle. Well worth a try if you fancy yourself a lager lover.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice, bright gold with a 2 finger, frothy white head that has good retention and leaves a nice looking white lace. slight haze of particles on very close inspection.

S: grassy with honey, caramel malts and minerals.

T: nice floral, grassy hops with a slight honey sweetness in the background and a bready, minerally aftertaste.

M: medium bodied, clean, crisp - nicely carbonated - and quite a smooth, refreshing finish.

D: I quite like this pilsener - its's increadibly easy to drink and is very refreshing. Nice flavour and nice presentation as well. I will certainly be buying this beer again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a bright gold hue, slightly cloudy, with a short-lasting cap of shock white head.

Aroma is faint but discernably grainy and dry.

Flavour is immediately crisp, with dry and mildly metallic grains, which holds throughout, joined by moderately leafy hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated which lends to the flavour profile and the style.

An okay pilsener, which would probably have far more justice done to it if it were more fresh and not so close to the best before date.

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Photo of JBogan
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale yellow with a small head which left soon after. Moderate lacing left behind. Not a very good start.

Smelled faint at first, then I picked up a grainy scent and a good malt base.

Tasted pretty good, with the malt present, no alcohol to speak of. A bit of wheat bread.

I really like the mouth feel on this one. Crisp and solid, light to medium body which is just about perfect for this type of beer. Plenty of carbonation which lasted a long time and felt nice in the mouth. Smooth going down.

This was a pretty drinkable brew. Nothing to put in the beer hall of fame, but enjoyable and pretty typical in style for a Pils. Worth checking out if you come across it.

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Veltins Pilsner from Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
79 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.