1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Vedett - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Not Rated.
VedettVedett

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

92 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 92
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 10-26-2003

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (13) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by ultrasupergenius:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 tempest
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an ice-cold bottle at Cafe Bizarre in Retie, BE. Served in a Vedett flute, it appears a brilliant light gold with bubbles shooting up the length of the glass. I have to say this is a masterful interpretation of the style. It's clean and refreshing, with a little bit of bready malt flavor. Of course, that means that while this makes for a great lawn mower beer, it's a very low-flavor beer.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.68/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this pilsner, it’s a great achievement for the brewery. Much better than their regular pilsner, the Bel-pils. It has an incredibly cool retro logo. And it is a beer that really appeals to young people. It is also commercialised this way. If you go to the website www.vedett.com, you will see that it is filled with a lot of crazy nonsense. Like the picture on the back of the bottle. I have noticed that the beer is also a stepstone for later duvel drinkers.

The beer has a lovely strong sweet hop odour. I served it in a large pilsner glass. It has a very clear golden yellow colour. When it poured out, it gave a huge magnificent fluffy white head. It diminishes as you go. But it leaves a complex lace structure on the glass.
When it is poured in, the carbonation shows a tremendous vividness. When in rest, it’s bubbling calmly.
The taste is refreshingly bitter hop like with some alcohol and slight traces of malts and grains.
The aftertaste is dry, with the same elements as the initial taste and some sugar traces at the end.

Great beer, one of my favourites.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Photo of philipquarles
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice, perfectly clear gold with a small white head that disappears quickly. Lacing is actually good.

Smells of hops, pils malt, and that's it really. Taste is much the same, though the hops are more forward. Tinges of a metallic taste are present. No strong flavors at all.

Mouthfeel is actually very good for this style. Relatively thick and good carbonation make it pretty decent.

Overall, it's unoffensive and drinkable, but nothing really impressive.

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 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 BlackHaddock
2.94/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green 33cl dumpie bottle, bought at Tanner's in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Best before 09-2007, drank 04-2007.

Poured into a Duvel glass it looked like a lighter version of it's brother, same large white head, but a much paler body. It is after all, a pale lager.

What aroma? A hint of wheat, if I am being kind.

Where have they hidden the 5.2%? It is a pleasant refeshing taste, but no alcohol could I detect. Disappointed really, not even a pilsner flavour, more Kolsch and light.

Because the taste is so weak, the mouthfeel is also poor in my opinion.

I was expecting a lot better from this beer (I am a shareholder of the brewery), I won't be buying it again.

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 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 safaricook
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Photo of Sigmund
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rerate bottle, bought at Vinmonopolet: With a brisk pour you get a very large and lasting head, and the carbonation is not too much after all. Fairly decent hops place this pils in the "slightly above average" category. I’m upping it 1 point. Original rating: 330 ml bottle, as Vedett Extra Blond, ABV is 5.2%. Courtesy of Cardinal, Stavanger. Also available in Norway in Vinmonopolet stores (bestillingsutvalget). The beer’s website is www.vedett.com . Served in Duvel glass (same brewery). Very pale colour, decent head. Moderately hoppy aroma, notes of cardboard and "dusty attic". Flavour is moderately hoppy - this is an average pils. A bit too carbonated for my taste.

Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle in Paris, March 2006...

Poured a clear light golden colour... White head poured very big and foamy and faded to nice thick layer...

Aroma - Spicy hops, grainy, light vanilla, zesty, grassy, slight fruitiness...

Taste – Lemony, slight earthiness, some honey creaminess, slight hop bitterness...

Feel - Quite smooth and dry. Light body. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good beer... very drinkable... recommended...

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 mzwolinski
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This turned out to be one of the better Euro-lagers I've had. The lightest of golds in color, it is crystal clear with ampl carbonation and a decently-sized white very white head. Aroma is enticing -- grainy malts and hints of herbal hops. More of the same in the flavor, with a mostly grainy start and a flavorful, if mild, hop finish. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable. I'm not a big fan of the style, but if anyone can do it well, I guess it's Duvel.

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 TheLongBeachBum
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at De Met in Halle (see BeerFly) on Easter Monday 28th April, 2005. Stubby “Duvelian” brown glass bottle with a black, red and white rather retro- looking label, as shown in the BA Avatar. Sampled from the correct Vedett glassware, which is a curved sided flute with an oval version of the main bottle label. Described as an “Extra Blond” and listed at 5.0%. Smudged Best Before Date but it finished in 06 so I guess I got a fresh-ish bottle!?!

Appearance: Pale straw colored body with the merest hint of a golden hue when held to the light. Nice looking bleached white head. Slaked foamy white lacing clings to the side of the curved glass and thanks to the geometric design, slides easily back down onto the surface of the brew to form a consistently thick looking ½” head at all times. Good levels of carbonation are boosted by many streamers.

Nose: Cut grass with fresh wheat tones and some meadow like freshness race out of the glass. Light in strength, but very inviting in character. Some grainy malts in the finish.

Taste: The tastes were almost a 180° reversal of the nose. Grainy malts break through at first; a delicate bitterness fills the middle whilst it finishes with some wheat, herbal tea and a light grain sweetness in the finish which all balances out extremely well.

Mouthfeel: Average body, Vedett lacks the usual “watery” feel of many Blonds; it retains a middle-of-the-road session feel.

Drinkability: An all round easy drinking brew, after a large meal earlier in Triangel in Halle, this brew was a perfect starter beer for the afternoon session. Slipped down easily, even on a full stomach.

Overall: Nothing earth shattering, and certainly not worth seeking out, but it is a tasty enough blond beer cum Euro lager that is a cut above many of its better known and more widely available Belgo-Macro counter-parts. It is a shame it is not more accessible; this is only the second time I have ever see this brew on 12 annual trips to Belgium. Worth trying if seen.

Photo of EPseja
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle -- only one of 24 -- was given to me by a rep from Ommegang who was stuck working during the afternoon at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2007. It was his thanks to me for bringing him a glass of Dogfish Head Festina Peche run through a Randall of fresh peaches. Looks like I'm only the third American BA to review this one. Cool!

Served from a green 12oz. bottle (I think -- the label came off while spending a little time in a cooler) at just above fridge temperature in my spiffy Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass for maximum presentation.

A - Very pale, crystal clear light straw yellow in color, with a fluffy, marshmallowy snow-white head. Active carbonation not only from the etching on the glass, but as part of the beer's character as well. Lacing comes in sticky, cirrus-cloud rings and head retention is superb. The best looking EPL I've ever seen.

S - Crisp, clean European hoppiness with only a whisper of pretzel-like maltiness. Nothing earth shattering, but solid for the style.

T - A gentle Sodabread sweetness is immediate, followed by a crisp middle that is slightly drying and evenly hopped. At the back of the tongue, light citrusy malt notes can be detected. The swallow is nicely bitter without being overly dry or sweet. Refreshing.

M - Just better than watery coming in, with lively carbonation and a slightly "poofy" action that tingles the tongue. Swallow is frothy and satisfying, although just a smidge gassy in the belly. *burp*

D - For this style, I give a thumbs up to Vedet, even if I'm not a champion of Euro Pale Lagers. It's clean and refreshing, and easy to drink. On top of that, it's actually pretty enjoyable as well. Go figure! With Heineken as the most well known beer in this style, it's easy to see how many people might get turned off. This beer is a good reason to take a closer look, and flick the switch back on.

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 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 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 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 darklordlager
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Oddbins on Woodlands Rd. in Glasgow.

Comes up with a 2" bubbly white head with great retention. It leaves brilliant lacing as it goes down the glass.

Smell is mostly hops with a slight medicinal scent laying in the background.

The Taste has some pilsener maltiness up front, that fades into a balanced hopped bitterness. The bitterness sticks on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is about right for the ABV and style. It has some body but doesn't linger around.

I would say that this is a very sessionable beer. Not the most exciting beer in the world, but highly drinkable.

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 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!

1001 Beers to Try Blog:
http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

to view more.
Vedett from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
76 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.