Vedett - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 10-26-2003

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Photo of Wanne
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden colour with a white head. Much of the taste comes from the malts, with a slightly bitter hop taste. Average beer. Nothing special.

Photo of interzen
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens chalice - BBE August 2015

Look: Pale straw colour with more head than a particularly heady thing. Seriously, there was so much foam at the top of the glass it looked like an ice cream.

Smell:Not much, really - whiffs of hops and citrus but that's about it. Maybe the head was getting in the way ...

Taste: Distinctly 'meh' - I'd call this a Belgian take on a classic Pilsner. There's hops in there, for sure, with a little bit of zing from the carbonation but really nothing to write home about.

Feel: Again, it drinks like a Pilsner - when you consider the sheer number of beer varieties that exist in Belgium you can't help feeling that this is a bit, well, insipid. Light, fizzy and ultimately somewhat forgettable.

Overall: Easy to drink but ultimately the wrong side of mediocre - I could imagine throwing a few of these back after a hot, summer bike ride but at the same time I'd not go out of my way to track it down. Interesting product from Duvel, but ultimately disappointing - leave the Pilsner-style beers to the Czechs and Germans, they do it much better.

Photo of safaricook
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%

Mediocre, a lager without much taste. Though, nothing wrong with it either.

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This is a great looking beer. Soft, hazy pale yellow, magnificent lacing -- some of the best I've seen.

Very soft to drink, dry on the palate, gentle lemon citrus. Yeast and wheat. Thin bodied, a little spritz from carbonation. Interesting overall, quite subdued in character. Easy drinking, suitable summer time quaff, but not overly exciting or memorable beyond its look.

Worth a try at least.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vedett lager pours with good head and great carbonation. Phenomenol head retention for a lager – what you would expect from Duvel!
The aroma is like a german pilser. Herbal hops with a certain mint character are present.

This Belgian lager has a german pils taste. Delicate grassy hops, sweet malt ... touch of bitterness at finish. Maybe the sweeter end of the German pils flavour spectrum.

Overall, a great pilsner. Up there with Bitburger, Radeburger, Veltins etc. Just a bit on the sweet side perhaps but nice for a contrast with more bitter German pils.

86/100

Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this in a can in Belgium purchased from a cooler at a mini-market, enjoyed chilled in a cup.

The color is golden straw with light hazed thick white head crowns with fine bead and spots of lace stick. The smell is light spice of belgian yeast with mild malt with light sweet odor and faint fruit and honey accent which is pleasant.
The feel is thinnish with moderate carbonation level and light bitterness with mild sweetness and gentle spiced tinge with crisp dry finish -enjoyable texture.

The flavor is good with slight malt up front followed by spice flavor from yeast and gentle peppery hop quality with a slight honey tinge of malt with mild herbal element accenting the pils malt base with a nice dry yet light finish. Overall a very enjoyable blond, not great but well made and flavorful.

Photo of BucBasil
4.06/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 25mL glass in Shanghai China.

A: The beer is a pale hay-gold color with lots of streams of carbonation coming through. Head is 1 finger, pure white and lasts a few minutes.

S: Very citrus - lemon peel with bread. Some grass and wildflower.

T: Light and balanced. Good sourdough bread character. Some light floral hoppy notes coming in. Grassy, finishing with a hint of lemon zest. Nice and refreshing.

F: Can't be said enough. Light and refreshing.

Overall: Very solid beer. Can finally see what people here are raving about. If only all pales were this subtly flavorful rather than going for ONLY refreshing. A great reminder that good beers don't have to be extreme, dark, etc.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of March 2013. ABV is stated as 5.2%. Picked up from a supermarket some time ago. Described as extra blonde; bottles of Vedett always feature strange artwork of the rear label (in this case a photo of a cigarette vending machine that now sells art).

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A pale golden colour with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of fluffy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before reducing to a thick surface layer. Aroma of light malt with hints of stewed hops, faint grain, and a mildly sulphurous harshness in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of stewed leaves, grain husks, very faint overcooked veg and a background harshness. A crisp, distinguished bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light, dry and tingly, with prickly carbonation and good body for the style. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves.

Rather lacklustre. This has the makings of a decent lager; it looks good and overall its character is quite clean. However, the aroma and flavour are spoiled by a pervasive harshness that negates the beer's better qualities. In the end, it's just another run-of-the-mill lager with little to set it apart from the competition. No need to seek it out.

Photo of Douberd
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green stubby bottle of 330 ml, at home. Poured into a lager glass. ABV is 5,2%.
Pours a very clean and pale yellow colour, with two fingers of semi-frothy/semi-soapy head, with very good retention. Foam leaves quite a lace.Lively carbonation in the glass.
Aroma is grass and malts.
Crisp taste, mostly malty and grainy. Nothing too spectalurar. Short bitter finish.
Very thin body and quite high carboantion. Little dryness on the palate.

I guess it would make a difference if it was a really hot day out, this beer is quite refreshing, and highly drinkable in all its mediocrity, and maybe it would have scored a grade or two more, but unfortunately it's not.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in its own long and thin thumbler.

A: Pours a pale clear yellow color. Forms a modest white head. Low retention and few lacings left

S: Mild smell of sweet grains, lager yeasts and grassy hops.

T: Nice sweet grains upfront. Grassy hops. Lager yeasts. End is quite hoppy and bitter. In overall, a dry and crispy taste

M: Light body, medium carbonation. Good earthy hoppy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. A good Lager like this is not something easy to find. Recommended

Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Vedett flute-style glass at some random café in Brussels.

A: Crystal clear straw body under two fingers of creamy white head. Good retention, light lace. Solid.

S: Delicate pale malts - a little toasty - and some faint, clean yeast minerality. Slight herbal hoppiness. Light and pleasant (for the style).

T: Follows the nose - bready, toasty, herbal, dry, and clean. Very nice Euro lager.

M: Light-bodied, frothy, and soft. Great.

O: This one was a jolt at first, since I wasn't familiar with the beer ahead of time: the label just said "Blonde," so I was expecting a BPA, like Duvel Light. One whiff showed that it was in fact a lager, which was a bit of a disappointment, but it wound up being quite nice for its style. Better than Jupiler or Maes if you're in Belgium and just want something thirst-quenching.

Cheers!

Photo of dbaker61
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cL green bottle. Brew date: June 15, 2011; best by June 15, 2012. 5% ABV, 11.6 deg. Plato.

Appearance: Very pale gold color. Crystal clear. Poured with one finger of soapy foam. Head had decent retention, leaving plenty of fluffy lacing.

Smell: Typical mass market lager smell; sweet with no real hops character. Grassy, bready.

Taste: More metallic than bitter, right up front. Almost no grain contribution. This is a one-note beer.

Mouthfeel: Light in body. Very dry finish. Adequate carbonation. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: Will quench a thirst, but not a lot of flavor. Pretty ordinary, in my opinion. I'll look elsewhere next time.

Photo of zbellino
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this on bottle and tap all over Holland and Belgium.

It is probably the best "Pils" as they say on the mass market there. Even though it's really just a pale lager, and doesn't have the hoppage to be a true pils.

A: Really pale color like white-gold that one would associate with the style. But kind of washed out with little depth to the tint. No real lacing to think of, and a very light head that dissipates quickly, again a nod to the style.

S: Almost nonexistant. A bit of wheat.

M: Perhaps a dishwater consistency with a jubilant effervescence.

T: very characteristic, taste of some grain and malt, but not much hop at all to balance it out. The problem is that the typically grainy flavors don't really jump onto the palate.

O: Good for a session when you cannot find a superior beer.

Photo of BMoldy
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted on 09/02/11. From notes:

A: Very pale gold (though at least it wasn’t straw) and extraordinarily clear. White 1” head that faded very quickly and left only some lacing and nothing sitting on top.

S: Some pale malts and the lightest spicy hop aroma. That’s pretty much it.

T: Very light in all ways. More flavor than a Budweiser, but not by much. Very sweet, with just a touch of bitterness at the end. Very slight adjunct taste, but that could be because the grain bill is really lacking.

M: Again, very light, but relatively clean. Kind of like drinking beer-flavored spring water. Decent carbonation.

O: DISAPPOINTED. I had this a few years ago and didn’t think it was that bad at the time, but my opinion has definitely changed as my palate has changed. This beer was light and drinkable, and for the most part lacked any adjunct taste, so that makes it a cut above the rest of the usual macro swill. Still, though, when in Belgium, a Jupiler is a much better bet for both money and taste.

Photo of Boto
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Belgo; This one pours a crystal clear, light golden color. There was a large white head onit that drops off quickly. Some lacing. The aroma is decent. Some grassiness and faint malts. the taste is fairly crisp and clean, although a little light. No real bitterness at all. Easy to drink.

Photo of flyingpig
2.87/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden blond, with a tiny white, bubbly head that settles to a soapy lacing almost instantly.

Sweet tasting, lots of corn & bread. Faint background smell of barely & a slight skunky aroma.

Sweet syrupy & grassy hops. Not verycomplex with some grain in there too.

Smooth feeling lager that is on the light side of medium bodied with a very slightly warm feel to it.

This is a very average beer that is overpriced at £4 a pint. Quite sweet and very well balanced overall but without anything to make it stick out. Overpriced!

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.21/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer pours a clear golden color, with a large white head.
Smell: Malts, wheat and grass. Bit floral from the hops.
Taste: Malty sweetness at first, with clear presence of grains. In the aftertaste there is a nice spicy hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thin body
Overall: Very surprising brew. An very good example for the style

Photo of fullsweep
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL green bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Classic Duvel-shaped bottle, but completely different look to the label and of course, to the beer itself.

A: very pale, bubbly, clear lager; massively thick, foamy white head that dissipates relatively slowly leaving plenty of lacing.

S: sweet smelling, flowery; even though it's a lager it still has a very mild 'Belgian' scent to it.

T: sweeter than your average Euro pale lager; not a lot of complexity to the flavour--it's definitely a lager, just a bit more refined (in a good way)

M: definitely some carbonation there, but not the metallic bite of a canned lager; it also has a syrupy/sticky thickness to it that is not present in most lagers; it's definitely still a lager, but unlike many

O: an interesting and worthy take on a European lager from the Belgian brewing masters.

Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I acquired a 330ml bottle of this at the Oslo microbrewery and pub in Salthill, Galway, Ireland. Poured here at low altitude into a half pint glass (generic). Reviewed from notes.

A: Clear yellow-blonde colour. Three finger head, thin and without cream. Good retention.

Sm: Very light scent of barley. Simple and not particularly appealing.

T: Balanced hoppy body with clean light cream finish. Built par for the style, but is nothing special. Certainly not as complex as I would like.

Mf: Smooth; coarse at the climax. Wet. It doesn't fit the flavours of the body perfectly, but it certainly matches them, just not to the point of accentuation.

Dr: Too expensive. 4.75 quid for a half a pint is highway robbery, even by Irish standards - and this isn't even in Dublin. Compared to other Belgian beers in the style, this is a very poor beer unworthy of your time, and especially your money.

Photo of RuudJH
1.89/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not a fan of lagers, but I'll review this anyway.

Poured into a regular pilsner glass, it shows and breathes pilsner/lager.
A lot of big floaty bits in my glass worried me a bit: there are just lumps of sediment in this. Why?

Taste is very soapy. Maybe the hops are ok, but I'm not going to sample this further, because of that.

Photo of richmof
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most overrated beer in Belgium. Just tried in a blind tasting with other Belgian lagers (Stella, Primus, Jupiler, Maes) and it came last (from everyone)!

Sudsy head dissipated into nothing - although its glass is by far the best of the lager glasses here. Very little on the nose except a mild scent of something chemically. On the palate its metallic, as well as being slightly malty and slightly dry. There is also a skunk quality. Its fine in the mouth and isn't so offensive that you wouldn't have more than one.

I say this as someone who used to order it by preference when looking for a lager here: stop wasting your money, Vedett is 100% marketing and 0% taste. If you are looking for a hoppy lager in Belgium, get Primus or Stella. If you are looking for a sweeter lager, get Jupiler. If you are looking for a malty lager, get Maes. There is no point paying extra for Vedett...except for the slick marketing.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this at a food festival in Belgium, on tap after a glass of wine and some raclette at one of the tents at the festival. It has a good color, and came with a strong head, but I noticed the glass was designed (Vedett glass) that I still got my 33cl even with the good head. Lemony flavor, and felt good in the mouth. I had two, the "whitest" beer I had drank in a while, it was very nice.

Photo of mirnsd
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer at a Christmas market in Avignon, France. I served it in a beer snifter.

Look- It poured a nice straw colour, quite fizzy. Had a bad head retention but it did lace ok.

Nose- Very lagery and hoppy! Reasonably fresh and a little bready and a touch smokey.

Taste- BIG pils malt taste, although still quite refreshing. Lemon and malt flavours really dominate this beer.

Mouthfeel- Very thin but matches the style really.

Drinkability- Very quaffable but not really groundbreaking. Could be a session beer if served on tap but I dont really get its purpose when it is bottled. Seems like its too focused on the marketing and the nice pictures on the bottle than the actual product.

Photo of ultrasupergenius
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at home, in a Duvel glass.

Clear, yellow / tinge of amber. Small head about 1/2 a finger high. Good looking beer.

Aroma of lager, honey, and fragrant herbs.

There is something a bit off (for my palette) in the taste department - reminiscent of Heineken. I believe it is one of the hops that they have used. Off flavor tends to linger a bit.

High carbonation gives this a sting at first. Thin and viscousm but not in a bad way. Something seems simple about this beer.

Certainly drinkable - and I would tend to think this would go down a bit too fast if not careful. I would consider this a suitable replacement if I ever felt in the mood for a Heineken. I just don't often find myself in the mood for a Heineken though - so for the most part this is an average beer that I would pass on for a relatively modest alternative.

Might be a good gateway beer for someone making their way from the mass produced American standards.

Photo of yesferro
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on several occasions last week in Belgium, all of them in bottles. When having this beer, keep in mind what style it is, and you will appreciate it a lot more. I had this during family visits, at houses of people who are usually stuck on Maes and Jupiler and this Vedett sticks out far above them. More taste, less soapy water flavor like a lot of the lesser euro lagers. This beer has the mouthfeel of Duvel and tastes like a euro lager grand cru. I really enjoyed this and hope to see this on the shelves in the USA soon.

edit/add on, just opened the one can I brought back from Belgium. It's one month away from it's due date and it is extremely fruity, this got better! Almost like a pear flavored lager.

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Vedett from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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