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Original Oettinger Pils | Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH

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Brewed by:
Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-16-2003

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43
Ratings:
88
Avg:
3.05
pDev:
25.57%
 
 
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 88
Photo of Hamme
4.88/5  rDev +60%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This lager beer is by far the best bang for your buck. It is brewed according to the German purity laws which is a trademark only German beers receive. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops.

Beers that are brewed according to the reinheitsgebot are beloved by those that know their lagers. Where Belgium lager beers tend to taste watery and the Dutch give you a hangover, this is by no means the case with reinheitsgebot brewed German beers and neither with Oettinger.

The taste is fresh and the bubbles are slightly reminiscent of champagne, it bursts in your mouth and leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Freshness is what keeps coming to mind when drinking this strong flavored beer served cold straight from the bottle. I am a big fan of lager beers and this one is right on top of my list. It is just as good as Warsteiner but it's incredibly cheap, only 6,99 euro per 24 x 33 cl bottles. The company doesn't do any concessions on quality, but has few personal and excluded all third party's from business to keep the prices low. And low priced beer of very good quality is exactly what i like.

The only downside about Oettinger is the silver paper around the opening of the bottle. This tends to give it an aluminum taste if you don't remove it when drinking from a bottle.

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Photo of Sanje
4.74/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I found this beer when I was looking for a beer to call my favourite. It had to be German (I've always liked German beer) and not too pricey or taste too strange. This has fitted the bill PERFECTLY. Another great bonus is that it actually is the cheapest beer you can get in Australia. But dont let that fool you as it nearly did, me. This is high quality pure german beer that really deserves its place in every tap in every pub in the world. Light, balanced and proper beer with a clear yet bitter taste. Thanks to the German purity law which this abides by, I also get to enjoy a most surprising yet pleasant side effect. 0 hangover! Took me off guard but happy to have that. If red wine gives the worst hangovers due to lots of impurities, this beer is on the opposite end of the spectrum. I've had it in a can and bottle. Go with bottle as it gives it that edge in terms of taste and feel. Overall, im glad that this new favourite beer of mine is German, bloody good, causes no hangover and just so happens to be the easiest on my wallet. That lets me drink it even more guilt free! Prost!

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Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to a news item in a German news paper I just read, Oettinger is the best selling brewery in Germany.

The colour is pale yellow; the high head is white and airy. It leaves some lacing when slowly sinking down.

The smell is dry and malty with some mild clean bitter notes (Saaz?) and hints of dough.

The taste is very clean with very light yeasty flavours of dough and white bread. The bitterness is clean and medium strong. Some hints of herbs and lime. The balanced aftertaste is long with some fine bitter notes and a touch of minerals.

The carbonation is medium to strong. Small, refreshing bubbles. The liquid is medium watery (which is a good thing in a this style).

A German Pilsener must be clean, refreshing and highly drinkable. This one does all that in a good way.

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Photo of shererjt
3.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, straw-yellow color with a frothy quite head. Wonderful, crisp, hoppy nose--100% pilsener. Yum. Some sweet helles-like malt there too. Medium body, crisp flavor, well-balanced. Rather helles-like but has a pils kick to it. Nice mouthfeel--clean and tasty. Highly quaffable, too.

This was good beer. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Aussie69
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S - 500ml can is the only way to go, no skunk at all and more beer for your money.

A - Typical macro lager piss yellow prehaps a shade darker.

S - Light malt, no skunk, some hops, very clean

T - Just a decent Pils ticks all the boxes, taste is exactly like the smell, clean, malts not too sweet, nice hop bitterness.

M - Lots of carbonation but it not over carbonated, good zing on the tounge.

O - This is the cheapest beer you can buy in Australia and its fully imported from Germany none of this made under licence bull shite. It craps all over our local macros and I rate this higher than any Becks or Heinekein which is much more expensive. Definatly my go to session beer when i want to knock a few back. Low price and good taste = WIN in my book.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500mL can into a tall pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a very light pale gold color topped with a huge foamy pure white that leaves sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The head quickly dissipates down to one finger, and this stays around for a while.

S: Nice balance with a lightly floral character balanced by grain. The can states that the beer uses malt extracts and perhaps this causes a somewhat lighter, harder to detect malt character?

T: Somewhat vegetal with a light hoppy note. Finishing with a nice balance between grain and a slight bitter dryness leaving you wanting a bit more.

A nice solid pils with ok taste for the value. May pick up again here in BG, but in the presence of other beers would probably skip over.

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Photo of EJNibs
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Light gold with a very small and thin head that dissipates quickly.
S: Grainy, light malt aroma with just a hint of hops, but you almost have to be looking for the hops to pull out much hop scent from this beer's nose.
T: Crisp and clean with a light malt flavor following the nose, just a hint of hop back in the slightly bitter, dry finish.

My flatmates in Berlin drank this beer to hell and back, and for good reason: it was 19 Euro cents per bottle. For that price, it's a solid example of an uber-sessionable German Pils, but it's not something to go out of your way looking for.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda surprised how few reviews there are of this - in Australia, this stuff is widely available for WAY less money per case than much worse domestic lagers through a national chain. I still don't quite understand how it's as popular as it is in Germany though, given their options. Cheap there too?

Pours clear and a VERY pale golden colour. Wispy centimetre or so of head with constant rising bubbles. Nondescript grainy/grassy smell - not much going on.

Opens with a light, bready malt/cookie dough which is the predominant flavor. Hops butt in before you're done with the sip, equal parts spicy and metallic. A bit sweet. Simple and agreeable.

Light-bodied but the carbonation makes it feel a little creamy. Nice. I couldn't in good conscience recommend it to anyone but diehard Victoria Bitter drinkers, but I certainly drink enough of it. Not THAT boring. Well-made German pils.

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Photo of stcules
3.36/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full yellow, with a beautiful hat of a fluffy white foam.
Fresh hop in the smell, but not too much. Malty notes in the background.
In the taste a good pils bitterness, pleasant, clean, average dryiness.
A good bitter finish, not too long, but pleasant.
A bit too carbonated in the mouth, quite short aftertaste.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with voluminously expanding, dense white head, fed by a very strong, fizzy carbonation stream but sinking very gradually. Lacing is not very thick, head seems to hold itself pretty well without leaving itself behind. Looks refreshing, not spectacular.

Nose is fairly good and pilsenery. A little bit of a barley smell behind a slightly sour and musty hop aroma. A slight hint of fresh grass and a little citrus zest. Mostly dank, bitter aroma, not enough to be unpleasant though.

Taste is fairly malty at first and proceeds to turn quite quickly bitter, with slightly spicy hops taking over for a reasonably bitter finish which lingers a bit but is clean enough. An odd creamy sensation comes through towards the back, maybe just a maltiness sliding over the hop bitterness, which distinguishes but never asserts itself.

That creaminess is in part due to the oddly creamy mouthfeel which I think is part of the can-drinking experience and gives this a bit of an English texture. It lacks the tingle of carbonation, although the body is decently full.

Overall a fairly clean drinking lager. Nothing too special but it holds its own, and certainly a good one for quaffing.

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Photo of maddux91
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is by far the cheapest import in Australia that I have found. $29.99 per 24x300ml bottles.

I don't particularly feel like doing a full report for this beer, so I will just say a few things.

Positives:
Cheap
Doesn't taste bad at all
Good example of a sessionable import
Drinks nice straight from the bottle.

Negatives:
Quite lacking in many key characteristics of a good beer.
Overly excessive carbonation, which seemed to vary greatly between bottles.

Buy this if you need something to drink on the cheap. Many other better options though if you are looking for something slightly more expensive (and better).

And on a side note, sure beats any of the other options such as Carlton Draught, Millers, VB etc.

Happy Drinking.

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Photo of atis
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours bright pale yellow with large white head with rather good retention, some patches of lacing. Aroma is weak malt, grassy hops.

Taste is grainy malt, bitter and slightly spicy hops, some citrus and short grassy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with more than moderate carbonation.

Overall, there is not much flavour in it. Not bad, but very boring Pils.

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Photo of dgilks
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale straw colour with a large but shortlasted white head.

Mild sweet, grainy aroma. Not a lot going on.

Smooth and sweet. Fairly bland but not bad.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fair.

A bland, fairly standard German pilsner. While not the best it isn't bad.

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Photo of Redrover
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Marke Original Oettinger Pils. Can poured into a glass, the beer is gold with a minimal head.

Nose of grains and a bit of floral notes.

Taste is pretty neutral, slightly grainy and minimal hopping. Not anything awful but certainly nothing to search out.

Mouth is medium.

A bland non offensive Pilsner from Germany.
3.25 atb

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Photo of ticklechicken
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear, light yellow with little head and next to no lacing
S - very weak scent of grain and yeast
T - grain and mild malt, bitter yeasty aftertaste with a little spice
M - unexpected creaminess, not too carbonated in the mouth
D - cheap decent beer, nothing special but nothing terrible either

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Photo of woutervaneijk
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Considering the low price (sold as a "cheap"-category beer here in Holland), this beer massively exceeded my expectations. Tastes quite good actually.

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Photo of Suds
3.21/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on a recent trip to Bologna. Served in a 33 cl bottle, it poured a clear yellow color with a fantastically stable white head. It's a nice looking brew, looking just right as an inviting Pils. The aroma had a bit of malt in the background, with a notable fresh, floral, herbal hoppiness as well. The aroma was a little subtle though. The taste was solid, with a nice bitterness in the mid-taste and a little peppery sensation in the mid-tongue. Light in body, with a nice crispness at the finish. Fairly drinkable as well. All in all, this was a fine brew, but nothing special. It's on par for the style, and is also quite refreshing. Nothing really grabs you that this is extraordinary. Good, but ordinary.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pils pours just as any pils should. It has a perfect bright white head, with the body being clear, and golden staw in color. The only limfac is how the head dissipates too quickly, but still has pretty good lacing.

The aroma is on par. It has a hay/cracker fragrance, but with a hint of lemon and metallic hops.

The taste is a little bit sweeter than I expected. There's almost a graham cracker flavor here, with a follow up of a slightly skunky taste.

This has an odd tobacco like bite to it. It's not very appealing for a light bodied lager.

Over all this beer is ho-hum, and I'd probably never purchase it again. It almost tastes like drinking a moderately stale beer from a can. I think it's time to revamp the recipe on this one.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: standard 330mL light brown bottle with a pretty boring macro lager.

Appearance: pours out a fairly light yellow amber colour with over a finger of fluffing white head that fritters away to a thin film. Looks okay.

Aroma: some sweet grains here with a touch of grass hops. Quite a light aroma.

Taste: there is a bit of a malt fug here alongside the grains and touch of grass. A bit awkward, but better than I expected considering the price.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away pretty quickly with only that odd malt flavour lasting through. Still, not bad.

Mouth feel: a light feel with a medium to stronger carbonation. A touch dry on the finish, definitely a refreshing pilsener.

Overall: this is a pretty cheap macro-lageresque version of the German pilsener. It is drinkable and very refreshing, but nothing really special. Where this beer wins out is the almost amazing price of AU$31 for a case of 24 x 330mL. It blows my mind that this can be sent over from Germany for this price, and yet the standard Australian 'cheap' macro lagers tend to be around $45 - or almost 50% more. What the??

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Photo of dasenebler
3.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L, Germany, brewed in Mönchengladbach.

Pours a clear light gold. Good effervescence, but a poor head and poorer retention.

Aroma is grainy, and not too offensive.

Slightly metallic and not that clean at all. But, there is something I dig about this beer. Though it's cheaply brewed, they don't skimp on the hop extract, making for a nice bitterness. Touch of tang and earthiness. It's got some body and good bready flavors to it as well, but the overall mouthfeel and finish are a bit harsh.

This is one of the cheapest beers in Germany (30-50 Euro cents, depending on where you shop), but it isn't that bad at all. I can see why it's Germany's number one seller, and also why it's probably the choice brew of all the vagrant and unemployed in Germany. In fact, in their honor, one should really drink this beer straight from the bottle, preferably on the street. It's the way of the Oettinger.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.09/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single 330mL can obtained from the Auto Mercado supermarket in Tamarindo, Costa Rica for 655 CR colones (~ US $1.24). Code "19.01.2017 B3 P10 19:17" printed on the bottom of the can.

A gentle pour generates a whopping 3 fingers of frothy bleach white foam which slowly condenses in a minute or two to a few small wispy patches and a thin meniscus around the glass. Rigorous carbonation clinging to the glass and flowing upward shows no signs of slowing down. Crystal clear light yellow brew. Smell is sweet thin pilsener malt, a small dose of noble hops, and a significant note of aluminum (bleh). Taste is pretty thin and bland, not much malt to speak of and just enough generic herbal hop to leave an impression in the finish. Aluminum note also present but not as strong as in the smell. Body is thin, crisp, and the carbonation not as aggressive as it looks. A decent, watery, cheap, chuggable brew for a hot day. Not terrible, but not memorable either.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow colored beer with a big frothy white lasting head. Aroma is malty with wheat and caramel hints. Flavor is sweet. Body is average and carboation is low.

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Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml can

Pours a straw like yellow with a thin white head that leaves some lacing. Smells of a general maltiness and graininess with some background hops. Malt shows itself more in the taste than in the smell. Very biscuity. There's some really muddled hop flavors in there somewhere, very faint, and there's this out of place bitterness. Not sharp and biting but leans more to a dirty hop bitterness. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly but never feels watery. A good beer to have a few of when you don't really want to think about what you're drinking.

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Photo of WHROO
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 pack from the local BWS...

Poured a typical clear light yellow colour, & with a nice hint of caramel & hops in the aroma...also some 'plasticky' yeasty dough.
Once run across the entire tongue, it went from an initial hoppy feel to a definate grainy maltiness, bready, doughy & yeasty in flavour too, & a tinge of burnt notes. Some pepperness too.
Quite a lingering bitterness as expected for a Pils, Mouthfeel: carbonation was a little too harsh.
Overall, not bad, very easy to drink, goes down great when thirsty....just that powerfull yeasty doughy aroma & taste left it a little different, & not good if u don't like full yeasty characteristics.
For the price an alright drink for a hot summers arvee in the sunburnt country!!!

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Photo of mmmbirra
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.5 liter can into a Pilsner Urquell mug.
Yellow, transparent, white foam. Standard pils look.
The smell is clean. Sweet pils malt and a kind of nondescript hop aroma takes a back seat.
The taste is again very clean. Some malt, more nondescript hop bitterness. Light-bodied, perhaps too much so, but nothing about it is unpleasant.
A nice amount of bitterness in the after-taste leaves a tinge on your tongue, though it feels at times astringent.
Amongst the other German beers that are priced similarly in this neck of the woods, Warsteiner and DAB mostly, this is the best, not that that's saying much. Nothing to be excited about but I'll have a few in a park on a hot summer day in Italy.
Dirt cheap too. € 0.68 / 0.5 liter can.

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Original Oettinger Pils from Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH
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