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Original Oettinger Pils | Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH

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Original Oettinger PilsOriginal Oettinger Pils

Brewed by:
Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH

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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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 91
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.97/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the stubby German bottle, it pours golden with a small head, quickly dissipating to a spotty layer with a ring. A bit of hops in the nose, a bit of hops in the mouth. Long, not entirely pleasant finish. The German version of the American Lager- serve it cold!

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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 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 BWED
2.38/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

330 mlm can poured into a pils glass.

A- Towering white foamy head sits on a clear, pale yellow body. Retention isn't great.

S- Grainy, grassy, bright earth and slightly fruity hop character.

T- Dull grainy, a little stale. Hops don't really add anything.

M- Light, crisp, but fairly long finish.

O- Cheap tasting. Only worth pounding in some summer heat.

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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 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 Bearded_beer_guy_
1.85/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Oettinger isn't the greatest tasting beer but for price (at least in australia) i think it's an underrated beer. I can happily sit and drink it all afternoon.

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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 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 TC92
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is probably one of the best value-for-money drinking beers you can get in Australia. It's nothing special as far as pilseners go, but at $15 for a six pack of 500ml cans, you really can't go far wrong. Quite watery with high carbonation and a medium, tolerably metallic hoppy bitterness. Would recommend to anyone who wants to get pissed fast and cheap but not resort to VB or XXXX Bitters.

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Photo of Finite
2.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

For the money its a really good drop. $15 a 6 pack here in Australia and comes in a great 500ml can. On that front it smashed most other macro beers off the shelf.

In terms of quality its ok. Certainly brewed on a budget but there is some malt complexity in there. A touch of depth in the malt profile brings forth a late sweetness which I find good and also necessary as the hops are sharp and very grassy. A little poor quality and probably not the best saaz going around but all for the price its pretty good.

Quite a soft carbonation and almost creamy mouthfeel late in the piece. Carbonation feels a bit fine for a pilsner but not unsatisfying.

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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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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 Cozzatoad
2.61/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml can

A- Very light golden, perfectly transapent. Couple of finger white head, shows decent retention at first but soon recedes without leaving even a hint of lacing

S- Weak. A basic malty/grainy feel, nothing reminding of noble hops

T- Grainy crispness upfront, a hint of lemon, a touch of undifened hop bitterness, quite metallic

M- Light body, extremely high carbonation, brings life but feels almost offensive at times

O- Low quality beer. Their Export was a little better than the standard macro lager, this one is not

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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 Douberd
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle of 330 ml.. Golden yellow colour, with some bubbles rising to the surface and a two finger soapy head that quickly dissolves, leaving some light lacing on the glass.
Aroma is the usual for pilsener malts, with some traces of corn too. Taste is bitter and also a bit corny. Quite metallic too, as if it was coming from a can. Medium thickness on the body, and less than average carbonation

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Photo of Everydayoff
2.87/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pils glass by the freshness date indicated on the bottom.

Gold straw in color with dense and soft white head with good retention, low visible carbonation, it leaves good lacing patches when head dissipated.

Barley malt leads with floral hop, citrus. The smell is quite inviting.

Significant citrus zest, mute malt base, finish by hop bitterness which is slightly lackluster.

The body is medium with soothing carbonation and dull mouth feel.

The appearance and smell look good but the fact is that the taste and feel kill this beer.

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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 rvdoorn
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: the beer pours a yellow color with huge fluffy head
Smell: Malts, grain, yeast and some very light grasses and floral hops
Taste: Malts, grain, bread (yeast) and some hops in the end
Mouthfeel: thin body medium carbonation
Overall: Nice watching football (the real football!!) beer

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Photo of orz
2.71/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear straw color, white head stays for longer that you would expect (nevertheless it collapses after a couple of minutes).

S: Like cheap beer. Nothing impressive.

T: Malts and hop. Bitter and salty.

M: Hard to say anything.

D: Not bad for hot weather.

Good, because it's cheap. 79 euro cents for a liter! ;-)

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Photo of doktorhops
2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Original Oettinger Pils? Huh, we'll see about that. I'm always apprehensive when reviewing a non-Czech Pilsener as other countries always make something akin to a watery flavourless Lager - but I'm giving this one a chance because it's just so damn cheap (6 x 500ml cans for $13.99 = cheap in Australia!).

Poured from a can into my 500ml Stein glass.

A: Wow, this one really lets off a bit of fizz when poured into the glass but the head dissipates in the same violent fashion that it poured... disappointing. The body is golden bordering on a certain yellow colour that we've all seen before while going to the loo. The head is straight white.

S: Malt, malt, malt... and a whiff of hops. Hint of macro grains with metal. Some apples as well.

T: The flavour is neither original or exciting. Grains dominate with a sharp bitterness at the end. Is it crisp? Yes. Is that what we want in this style? Yes. Could use a bit more finesse in the flavour department? Most certainly.

M: The carbonation in this beer is far too harsh. It reminds me of an Australian Lager in this regard and I'm not sure if any Germans would even like a beer this carbonated (at least I don't remember any other German beers like this when I was last over there).

D: Hmmm, my review might sound pretty harsh thus far but there is one saving grace for this beer: it's cheap! Yep, it is a cheap beer and when I want a cheap beer this stuff isn't nearly as bad as the macro Australian Lagers (which I err away from). Is it drinkable? "Eh" is all I will say.

Food match: German food (Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Kartoffel, Knudel, etc...) or even Italian food (Fettuccine Carbonara, Linguine Napolitana, Penne Arabiata, etc...).

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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 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 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 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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Original Oettinger Pils from Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH
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