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Veldensteiner Landbier - Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
84
good

42 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-26-2003

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; light, clear, brown with an off white head. Dissipates at a moderate speed with not much lacing. Froathy film remains on the surface throughout the drink. Retention of head could be better.

smell; Really pleasant roasted barley malts, cradled by only the sightest grassy hops. An odd harvest-like farm smell as well, rustic without being dirty and with class. Reminds me of being on farms in Germany, surrounded by sunny fields in late summer. Not often that the smell of beer alone gives me such lovely flashbacks, from my carefree younger days.

taste; Perfect, one of the masters of the style. The rich and toasty malts dominate in a gentle way, leaving a warm mildly sweet malty finish. Imagine low sugar pudding, made with dark chocolate. Also some simple cereal flavors hang in the backround and massage the hops into a soft purr. So complex and so balanced....this is some world class flavor!

mouthfeel; medium bodied and creamy, slightly chewy, in a dusty sort of way. Goes down smooth and inspiring.

drinkability; not much room for improvement here, so refreshing and I want more.

One of the better beers I have had, highly reccomended! (1,161 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A frothy head erupts upon pouring, concealing a copper and clear brew. Retention is great, leaving rings around the glass.

S: aroma is presented well, with plenty of honey, toasted grains, and a touch of hops.

T: malty sweet, with plenty of toasted malt, honey, and just a touch of aromatic hops.

M: medium body with a dose of carbonation to keep it refreshing.

D: a great brew. Recommended to any fan of oktoberfest/märzens and bocks. Very well balanced, and worth a try. (480 characters)

Photo of Mario61Aler
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a little pop from the swing top cork/lid as I opened it. Made an aggressive pour and was rewarded with a 3" head that was a tan color that laced and ringed well. The color was a medium Mahogony, that was sparklingly clear.

Aroma was of toasted malts and a peek of sweetness.

Tasted wonderful, maltly, slightly sweet, complex with just a hint of hops to finish clean and crisp.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, WOW!

Overall this could easily become a session beer, that leaves a warm feeling in the mouth, almost like a Belgian Quad, but not quite, hence the complex remark earlier. I will return to this one again very soon. (636 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - chestnut brown liquid with beige head

Smell - toasted nuts, toffee, honey, tea

Taste - toasted nuts, honey, tea, toffee, wheat bread

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, low carbonation, slightly sweet, flavors linger properly

Overall - great representation of one of my favorite styles. Recommended

Price Point - $3.99/500ML swingtop bottle (364 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml flip top bottle.

Pours a nice reddish brown with a thick, large off white head that holds for awhile before receding to some nice lacing.

It has a nice light malt profile, with hints of dark and light, and a pinch of rustic noble hops.

The flavor is really nice on this one, it has a lot of flavor but it supremely light and drinkable. The malts range form slightly roasty with the slightest hint of coffee to nice rich caramel. Ends with some medicinal hoppiness and some sweetness. It is perhaps a bit sweet for the style but a good one nonetheless.

This brew is superbly drinkable, it is good now in the winter, but it would also be fantastic in the hot summer. The Munich Dunkels are some good beers and this is no exception. (739 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very nougat nose of toasty looks like the picture dunkel. nice two fingers of head and a mild murky brown amber. the nose is toasty in the absolute sense. some hints of roast seasame and other grains. palate is a subtle sweet that has a well back malt that isn't thick but a reinforcing creamy. creamy but still lager quick on the aftertaste. the finish doesn't sit. not syrupy. although i hear that a landbeir is a veinna lager but that seems like a qustionable coin. great very german lager. and i'm into that. (514 characters)

Photo of Schmidts
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a high tan head alots of lacing and a nice copper color.
Smells of taffy,sweet baked bread and sweet malts.
Taste is very malty with hints of sweet breads and baked crackers, with a touch of spicey Hop. Very clean and a touch sweet!
If feels sweet and malty and refreshing in your mouth.
Overal I give it a 4.5 it is very tasty and is the real deal, very much a real Beer!
Thanks to Epps Beverage Limerick for the gift of a bottle of this. Give this one a try it is awesome! (485 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 L bottle marked L028E054 at 40 degrees into a 0.5L dimpled stein
Aroma of roasted malt, lasts throughout the beer
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and creamy layer
Lacing fair – few partial rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor very intense maltiness with a finish slightly bitter, more of malt bitterness than hops; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4 (515 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

A very beery appearance, with its head held high and a deep chestnut glow in the light. Herbs, sweet grass, grape skin and a spicy backdrop all within a clean lager nose. Big toasted grain flavors; dried grass, animal feed, baked crackers and a bit of freshly kneaded biscuit dough. Hops run spicy with a quick combo of herbal citric flavor in the back. Grape skin and more graininess hold strong even into the finish. Clean for the most part, there is a hint of cooked veggies. Ends on a dry, spicy, bitter and grainy note.

Very country; lager-clean, yet rustic. Drinkable and complex. It tells you to sip, yet we felt we had to quaff it back. Good drinking all around, a slice of Germany in a bottle. Pairing it with a plate of roasted pork with gravy and a potato dumpling would be wonderful. (853 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml flip top bottle. Pours brown with a short lived, off-white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of toasted malt, sweet caramel malt, bread crust, hints of chocolate. Body is medium and smooth. Caramel, toasted malt, plums, hints of chocolate and earthy hops combine on the palate. Long semi-dry finish. Delicious brew. (325 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown with generous head that nicely developed with a vigorous pour. Nose has some pleasant bread dough aromas, light brown baking spice, and dark but not burnt toast. Palate is on the lighter side for body, but good flavors of brown bread and a slight mineral quality. Very easy drinking and has an attractive bottle. (331 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, served in a tapered pub pint.
Freshness dating... "Mindestens haltbar bis: L152C054".

Dark tawny copper color, thick fluffy head of off white foam, about two fingers width. Lasting head retention, a ski9m is present at all times, and there's spindly lacework all around the glass.

Nutty, woody malt aromas, light toasty cookie sweetness.

Flavors are similar, rich and nutty malt complexity. Some toastiness, hazelnut and grain husk notes, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Body is great at first, and seems to lose a little carbonation as it sits. Light bodied and full flavored. A tasty Dunkel, fits nicely into the session-worthy Landbier category. (674 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml flip-top bottle, with two weeks of life left of its best before date.

Poured into a vase shaped 'Old Speckled Hen' badged glass.

Looked impressive, a deep head of a light tan colour sat on top of a dark brown body that was clear and full of very small rising bubbles.

A hint of roasted malts in the aroma, pleasant but only a faint smell really.

The taste was malts all the way, smokey malts, if I didn't know better I'd have thought this a Bamberger style rauch beer. I'll go for mildly smoked, with a fresh hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

The alcohol can be found as the mouth dries and makes the beer very drinkable indeed. (645 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a new brew at my local beer store that I picked up today, why not try it for $3.49 a bottle. 500 ml swing top bottle. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with an inch off-white head. Aroma is sweet, the brew smells like toasted and bready malt, caramel and a bit of butterscotch. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's the addition of a nutty flavor and a little bit of bitter hops noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little creamy and has decent carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good brew. (619 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml swing top Bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a thin foam cap with no lacings. No visible carbonation.

Sweet maltiness aroma almost like molasses or sorghum and raisins.Earthy. Chocolate hints.

Carbonation on the tongue. Malty. Medium mouthfeel.

Good malty taste which I like. Clean with no bitter aftertaste. Slight sweetness lingers on the tongue. Nice beer that I would enjoy again. (426 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber pour with a high beige foam that retain well. Some patchy lacing on the glass. Bottle conditioned yeast sediment at bottom of bottle.

S - Strong smell of caramel malt, rustic grains, and a bit of cocoa powder. This is a very rough beer, and actually benefits because of it.

T - Very strong malt flavors of caramel and coca hit the tongue. Has a rich finish of wheat bread and pumpernickel.

M - Feels thick and has a heavier feel than its ABV. This is an easy drinking beer however.

O - Not a bad option for the style and feels very rustic. Thus unpolished dunkel is probably more true to the style than the more known products. (647 characters)

Photo of emsroth
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml flip-top bottle

App: A cross between red and brown based on the light. Small but thick, tan head

Smell: Dark, sweet, and dense. A thick, bready aroma with hints of candied fruits like dates and raisins.

Taste: A rather uni-dimensional but delicious roasted flavor. Equal parts bitterness from the roast and the hops. The light hops rest on the side of the palette and linger after the sip. They have a wonderfully refreshing, indistinguishable earthy flavor.

Light medium body with smooth carbonation. (511 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear, dark garnet in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The smell is quite malty and has aromas of pumpernickel bread along with some hints of raisins.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and has malty flavors of brown bread. No bitterness is detectable, but the hops prevent any cloying sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful but isn’t very filling. I would have no problem drinking multiple ones in one sitting. (714 characters)

Photo of shirfan
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and slightly hazy, average lacing.

Rich malty aroma with notes of brown sugar, cookie dough, and nuts.

Taste is just slightly sweet while maintaining a dark bread and biscuit flavor. More brown sugar/molasses, a little yeast, and a kiss of hops in the finish to balance things out.

There's a very mild sour/tangy/umami thing going on in the background that I can't really describe, but it adds a moreish component. Open fermentation? I thought "kellerbier, but different".

Tasty, drinkable, and not run-of-the-mill. (532 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1pt .9 fl oz brown bottle with flip top

Kaiser Brau Veldensteiner Landbier poured a cola color and had red highlights when held up to the light. A nice 1-finger off-white/light tan head formed at the top of my pilsner glass. The nose is dominated by roasted malt, and a little nutty. The taste is slightly sweet, malty flavors of burnt toast, a hint of toffee and just enough hops to balance the lager. Mouth feel is light to light-medium with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Veldensteiner Landbier has a good flavor but is not filling making this lager very drinkable. I would even enjoy this dunkel lager on a hot summer day. (631 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL swing-top bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark amber hue with a haze-free body and a good effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of frothy tan foam which subside pretty quickly. Not bad!

Smell: rich caramel malt aroma with a hint of chocolate and a hint of a dark fruitiness. I quite like it.

Taste: mild malty flavor; a bit more subdued than the aroma but a similar flavor profile. Chocolate is a little bit more pronounced than in the smell. There's a little bit of a dustiness toward the end; not off-putting, but not as clean as it could be. Overall, not too bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent level of carbonation and a somewhat thin creaminess. Not bad for the style, but not terrible fulfilling.

Overall: I think this is a pretty tasty example of the style. Not perfect, but definitely worth a try. (851 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a mug, served chilled.

Murky medium orangish brown with a thick 1 finger latte colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: rich smell of malt which could be described as fresh baked brown bread, faint soy sauce or even a whiff of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: yep

Taste: like the aroma, deeply toasted caramel malt, not much hops detected. A chewy, tasty winter time beer.

Notes: I was a little wary of this one as I picked up a whole case of these swing top bottles for $ 10 but it tastes pretty good. Next bottle I will let warm just slightly. I had never heard of this brewery before. (617 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A great looker, with a massive head that sits atop the chestnut colored liquid; wonderful retention and lacing

Smell: Brown bread with toffee undertones

Taste: Brown bread with a sweet toffee aspect through the finish; a bit unbalanced toward the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Would like to see a bit more balance; just a tad too sweet for me (406 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear garnet red with light amounts of visible carbonation. Finger tall frothy off white head with excellent retention. Excellent amounts of lacing present as well.

S: Aromas are malty and bready with just a hint of spicy hops. The malts seem to be toasted and overall the smell is not unlike pumpernickel bread.

T: Flavors are slightly sweet and malty - bready & toasted malts - with slight hints of raisin, toffee, and char.

M: Light to medium bodied and just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: A style that I rather enjoy, I found this to be a good example. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink - I could and will enjoy more of this beer at some point in the not too distant future. Good balance and complexity. (749 characters)

Photo of Bierfreund
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Found this beer in "Jo Jo's" Beerstore in West Hazleton on Airport Road. Since that store carries mostly the usual american macros, it does not qualify to be listed as a beer store on this site. I did check that, just wanted to mention where you can buy it.

They offer a mixed case of 4 variations of Veldensteiner brews: Weissbier, Pils, Premium Lager and this Landbier. All have swing tops, and this Landbier even has a little pattern on it (others are white).

The full case with 20 bottles (500 ml each) was on sale for only 19.95 $

Now to the beer:

Swing Top opens with SOFT (not loud) pop.

Pours dark reddish-brown into dimpled mug (glass). Pale tan head, three fingers high, but that didn't stay for long. Some lacing.

Smells a bit sour, but that's not negative. Fruity nose.

Creamy half-thick mouthfeel, low carbonation, smooth.

Tastes quite malty - no! - VERY malty actually, a bit sweet, not bitter.

Flat aftertaste.

Not bad as a session beer. (963 characters)

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Veldensteiner Landbier from Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
84 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.