Pilsener | Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.

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Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2000

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz can. Best by 4/6/2018 date on the bottom of the can.

Deep gold with brilliant clarity. Big, creamy, white head with excellent retention that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing. Constant streams of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

Cracker malt aroma mixed with grassy and herbal hops. More of the same in the flavor with the hops providing a nice bite but not overpowering.

Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth texture. Drinkability is high.

A little surprised by the low ratings on this one. I really enjoyed it. It's not as full bodied as say the Ayinger Pils is, but it's got more body than your typical German Pils. Would definitely purchase again, especially given the value for its price.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw to gold color and crystal clear. Modest starting head but it sticks around. There's an initial ring of lace with intermittent spots thereafter.

The smell is a bit green with the strongest aroma being spent grains and raw, wet barley. Closer to a multigrain bread than beer.

The taste is an improvement to the nose, although it is oddly sweet. The graininess is still very apparent. Low hop even for a German Pilsner. Full bodied for the style with an accurate carbonation. The aftertaste features the sweetness again with little to counterbalance it.

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Photo of beergoot
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very clear, rich golden body; no rising carbonation yet it leaves a one-finger thick, sticky, white head. Honey-like sweetness on the nose; light, sweet cereal grains. Very sweet flavor; corn syrup. Medium body; lots of residual sugars.

This beer just over-does the sweetness factor. The aroma, taste, and even the feel are all impacted with a nearly cloying sharp sweetness to things. Perhaps the most glaring thing about his beer is a nearly total lack of a balancing hop presence to add counterpoint or balance to the sweetness. Not a prime example of a traditional German pils in my opinion...

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apparently this is a bigg-ish deal in Germany, but I don't recall ever seeing it stateside until today, when the local body shop had decently priced 4-packs of tallboys.

Pours dark for the style, very appealingly bubbly with a soapy and retentive white head.

Smells hoppy--much more like a Bohemian than a Municher, though a quick google shows me that the brewery is located in the north of the country, nearer to Belgium and the Netherlands.

And, it's probably just dumb associative prejudice, but I'll be darned if this doesn't taste like a more aggressively hopped Dutch pils. The start is fizzy and lightly peppery, the middle is tangy and fruity, the back end is dry hops and the finish is clean with just the lightest hints of malt fruit.

It's nothing world-changing, but it's a damn fine example of its style and well worth the price.

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Photo of JavierGC
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gundybears
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sparx1100
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, yellow in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grass, cracker, and grain. Super light bodeied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Makes for an excellent sessionable German pilsener. I will get this one again.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours brilliant straw to straw gold filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles capped by a 1" blanket of foam with good retention.

S: mild aroma of faint green apple, some spicy hops, a hint of earthiness, traces of cracker and light bread dough and a very faint whiff of canned cabbage.

T: The flavors start lightly sweet with light cracker. The cracker builds slightly in the middle joined by mild bread dough and moderate bitterness leading to a drying finish.

F: creamy with a medium to medium light body and medium to medium high carbonation.

O: well balanced, flavorful easy to drink beer

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Photo of Spikester
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with four fingers of white ten minute head. Rings of lace are left as the level descends.
Smell is noble hop bitterness with a balancing amount of malt.
Taste is similar to the nose. The mouth feel is light and well carbonated. The finish is balanced and eventually dry. Overall a fine German Pilsener. Born on date indicates this is just shy of being two months old.

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Photo of bankboy66
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty basic fare. Not much taste on tap and a little too carbonated. Better choices out there for a German Pilsner.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent german pilsener at all criteria.

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Photo of HangingJohnny
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ntomich
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a small but white and creamy top off head, and with sticky lacings on the side off the glass. aroma is grains,grass,floral and herbal hops and some citric notes.
The taste is grassy and floral with some light malts inn the back and then it finishes off with a strong hoppy bitterness and a long aftertaste. What I dislike is the balance off the hops that i think gets almost like a grapefruit feel inn the finish that does not suit this beerstyle much.

M: medium carbonated with a medium body. Clean mouthfeel but it feels a little flat. Would like a more crisp feel.

O: all Inn all this is kind of a mediocre german pilsner. Is a whole lot off better pilsners inn germany than this one.

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Photo of Raime
2.47/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Random pilsener for the keks.

Look - Clear straw yellow with the usual suspect stacked white head. Higher than typical carbonation even for the style. Spotty lacing after a finished glass.

Smell - An odd hop level here really. The usual suspects show up without the skunk as typical of the style. Very coarse and abrasive hop and malt style. usually grape like.

Taste - Follows to the nose. Grain husks are a serious thing in this beer with an odd and borderline off putting grape level.

Feel - Full bodied with a super high level of carbonation. Finish retains that weird white grape aspect. Swallows moderate and to the point.

Overall - Bought this as a pallet washer and it didn't quite hit the area I suspected. I mean it was certainly different for the style but the flavors are just weird. Tastes like a beer I used to grab at my old food town for $1 a tall boy called Port Republic. Everywhere else what better, but the taste was lowly. Definitely cannot recommend this Pilsener in any case.

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Photo of SeymourDunn
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of breadwinner
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A perfectly respectable lager/pilsner, though it just doesn't capture the imagination like, say, the recent Ayinger Pils release. Looked great in the mug, decent layer of foam atop a goldenrod body. Nose was pretty muted, no real noble hop snap, nor even especially apparent pils malt. More of a generic maltiness, light note of lager yeast. Palate was fine if unmemorable, again lacking characterful hop or malt expression. Body was pretty solid, though, not thin or watery. Overall, you wouldn't be sad to drink this, and it stood up well to food, but it all felt a bit wanting.

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Photo of AdrianRP
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simply put: Pass. This came available recently at my local Binnys replacing that awesome German Pils, Konig. The beer manager told me they picked this up instead because of it's price. You get what you pay for, and this beer, even at $5.00 for four half liters is still a no go. I love most German brews, in fact, until now, I have yet to rate one that I didn't like. This beer starts out decently enough, good looking, frothy head, a trademark of the style. While in this state when you first drink it the beer exudes a sweetish, almost floral sensation. Interesting and different, but then once the head dissipates it becomes tantamount to an American mass sold lager. Cheap tasting, watery, and even gave me a headache just like Budweiser does. Fortunately it was only $5.00, and the other 3 cans will used to flavor my beer brats this Summer. If you like true German beer pass on this one.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-can 07.12.17. consumed 05.12.17.

A: A prestige clarity of golden-yellow coloring has a full display of of macro-effervesce front and center. A beautiful dairy white frothy capping is > one inch with a lengthy rate of retention adding to the visual. Near full lace coverage smothers the vessel.

S: On the nose some fresh barley grains, right from the farmers field, with some green corn ears and dry whole grains. Light awareness, clean, very nice to style.

T: The flavor was light dried corn and fresh barley. A surprising twang of spicy hops, saaz? Flowery dry hops come on the finish.

M: Very good carbonation tingle, pilsener style malting is spot on, near medium malt depth is a bit above average per style.

O: True German pilsener style, no mistaking the malting here, traditional with a nice sense of hopping. Not many consider this an exciting style, but this is done in old world tradition with a nice rate of drink-ability. Leaves with a flowery hop coating on the tongue.

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Photo of Buck89
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsener glass. Great looking beer - crystal-clear golden straw color with a fluffy and large white head. The foam only reluctantly settled, leaving some scant tracks. A moderately strong aroma, with floral, grassy, and herbal notes, and a subtle bready malt presence. The flavors followed the aroma closely - prominent floral and grassy notes with a clean and slightly sweet Pilsner malt taste that was well-balanced. Dry and crisp on the finish.

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