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Veldensteiner Landbier - Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
86
very good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-26-2003)
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Photo of theboozecruise
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1/2 liter bottle into a pilsner glass... might not be the most appropriate, but I had one out.

Pours a deep red - almost brown - color, with a large off-white head. Great retention and lacing. All these Veldensteiner beers that I've picked up look great.

The smell is rich and malty, almost boozy even, with warm notes of caramel and roasted malts. Smells like it's on the verge of being a doppelbock really.

The taste is less complex... the roasted malts dominate big time. Roasted on the front of the sip and roasted on the aftertaste. Not boozy at all on the taste, and thinner than I expected. A little disappointing after the look and smell of it. Oh well, still a decent beer and one I'm glad I picked up.

theboozecruise, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swingtop bottle wtih a freshness date of 9/16 poured into a pint glass. This brew appears an amber orange color that is fairly clear displaying rising bubbles of carbonation that support a finger's worth of creamy tan head. Lace clings along the glassware in leggy patches.

The aroma comes across as a perplexing mixture of dark carmelized sugars smelling of a sugar sweetness mixed with lightly smoked grains. Some light buttery notes are included in the smell as well.

The taste of this brew is like a mild rauchbier upfront. Flavors of pete smoked malt combine with a caramel sugary sweetness give way to the light buttery tones suggested in the aroma. Slight bit of bittering hops are detected to balance out the malty sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light moderate amount of carbonation that is quite smooth. It leaves a lingering flavor of smoked malt and buttery sweetness in the mouth which degrades the drinkability a bit but overall it isn't that bad, just a bit off for what I was expecting.

stakem, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of ShinerStArnoldTX
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this at my local grocery store, my dad is getting into homebrewing and needed some re-sealable bottles - just doing my part. Note: I smoked a lot of tobacco today so my chemo receptors may be a little numb.

Appearance: clear ruby-brown, 2 finger soda-y head, nice retention and excellent lacing.

Aroma: caramel, grass, alcohol

Taste: just like the smell. Caramel malt and generally grainy up front, pretty mellow taste, as to be expected from a lager. Surprisingly watery given the great retention but nevertheless damn good. Slight bitter hop finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smoothe, medium-heavy carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

Drinkability: substantial

(not sure what the ABV is but I am FEELING it, don't eat this on an empty stomach)

ShinerStArnoldTX, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

crossovert, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

BlackHaddock, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Avagadro, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle from Angotti Beverage. Pours a medium borwn colour, with some off-white head. Pleasant malty aroma, even a little chocolate. Mildly flavourful, light, easy drinking. Middling mouthfeel. Mild hop bite in finish. Well done and a hit with supper.

Sammy, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of emsroth
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

emsroth, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3 finger head that is light tan in color falls slowly with lacing. The beer is clear deep amber.
S - Sweet roasted malt, bitter hops, little grassiness.
T - Sweet dark malt, mild dark fruit, a little nutty. Bitter on the aftertaste. A touch of licorice lingers.
M/F - Medium body. Light carbonation - smooth.
D - Decent beer though I doubt that I will seek out.

ThirstyBird, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml slim swing-top bottle, BB 16/02/09, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark copper hue with abundant micro fizz supporting a long-lasting creamy dark beige froth
S: sour-sweet dates and plum-skins, nuttiness, caramlised-sugary malts and a light whiff of roast malts, laced with a decent level of sourness true to a well-lagered bier. Very well integrated on the aroma, slightly fruity on top of very soothing dark maltiness.
T: mildly sour dark fruits sit on top of an underlying layer of roast malts and ground leafy herbs, turning mildly chewy and bitter at the back, reminiscent of dark tea leaves, dried hops, as well as mildly roasted malts... a touch of yeastiness does reveal itself, but serving maybe just the faintest hint of what defines a Landbier that this beer is also named after?! Lingering sour-bitter in the finish.
M&D: very refreshing and healthily carbonated, the overall body is light but retains a decent body throughout the drink. Despite the name, this Dunkel Landbier tastes very different from all other Pale Landbier that I've come across, totally new to my drinking experience in a sense. This is indeed like a standard Dunkel but comes less roasty and slightly more fruity overall.

wl0307, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Billolick
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mid sized bottle with the swing top closure, no freshness info to be had. Pours medium brown, fairly clear, long lasting loose bubble light tan head. Leaves respectable sheeting/lace. Nutty malt nose, light bodied brew. Malty, light nuttyness but not much else. Thin and watery. Not the most interesting of styles nor one of my favorites. This one does not do much for me. And at over $3 for the bottle, I would not go for this one again.

Billolick, May 02, 2008
Photo of Bierfreund
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Bierfreund, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A red brownish beer with a thin creamy head.

Smell is nutty and malty with grainy and cereal notes. Light molasses and in general roasted.

Taste is nutty with husky and cereal notes. Light caramel background. There is some hay/straw/wet grass off flavors. A pronounced bottom fermented beer that also has some notes of sulfur. Body is medium and drinkability is good. Aftertaste is roasted and dry lingering.

Absumaster, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in the bargain bin at my local beer store as I was curious as to what a "landbier" was. This pours a rusty copper hue with decent but not long lived head and plenty of carbonation visible through the transparant body. The nose is a bit discomforting..lightly hopped, the malt is touched with caramel and a displeasing burnt note that twinges my nose. Yeast is also noticeable.

The taste is yeasty and malty with a bit of a sour flavor that matches the nasty one in the nose. However, with a clean breaking finish and a nice even texture, this is palateable and well drinkable. It has a high refreshing characteristic and is a good summer dark beer. This one definitely grew on me as I drank it as well.

daliandragon, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a huge dense-foamy pale brown colored head. Glowing dark chestnut colored beer holds a swarm of carbonation. Aroma of dark malts with a bit of sour sulfur. Earthy, bready, roasted and caramel malt in the flavor. The earthyness almost tastes like it comes from smoked malt, but I don't think that is the case. Finish is dry and woody. Moderately light, slightly fluffy mouthfeel. I didn't see anything about smoked malt in the description on the back of the bottle. Assuming I didn't miss anything this beer is quite funky. The brewery is the favorite of some of the locals (Erlangen) that I know, but maybe they don't drink much of this one. It's good for another 10 months so that isn't the probably. It's not too bad, and if you just go with the flow you might enjoy it, but I have a hard time recommending this beer.

HappyHourHero, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of paterlodie
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BB 02-08-05. Nice yellowish head and darkbrown beercolor, clear.
Nose is less god giving me lots of cardboard and musty flavor. Catty in there also surrounded bij maltarome but hardly any darkmaltnotes. Taste is empty and oxidised, dry taste cause high fermentation level. No this is not my brew, maybe when its fresh and drunk where it's from it would be something different. Poorout after 10% of the brew.

paterlodie, May 18, 2005
Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was nice pleasant, and nice to drink. Nutty, caramelly, with some dry, lightly bitter, lightly herbal hops, subtle, but good. A fairly light and soft dunkel style of beer, not a lanbier as its called. Lightly sweet, with a dry finish. Nice little session beer.

rastaman, Sep 26, 2003
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Veldensteiner Landbier from Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.