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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Photo of puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 16 oz. can with an expiration date of 07/12/17. Sampled on March 10, 2017.

The pour is a yellow with great clarity and an immense white foamy head that leaves lacing as it fades...eventually.

The aroma brings forth a toasted bread quality with some Euro-Pils malt sweetness and a grassy hop profile.

The body is light to medium. Not a bad body for the style.

I always look for some certain Euro-qualities in my German Pilseners and this one has a toastiness to it, a clean, crisp grassy hop finish, and a slight dryness. But there is also a papery, cardboard character that is interfering with all of those other characters. There are better ones out there.

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Photo of Cooldill
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a .5 liter glass.

L: Typical German Pilsner, pale yellow. It did produce a nice 2 1/2 finger head that lingered for a while and faded. Nice head for the style.

S: Barley malt and not much else. Very slightly floral hops but that's about it. Average smell.

T: Lightly malty, clean tasting with a distinct flavor of subtle yet lingering "white grape" flavor. It reminds me somehow of a weak sparkling white grape juice. Lightly balanced sweetness and the hops are more subtle and less bitter than in other examples of the style. Very clean and refreshing, but not as flavorful as I hopped for, somewhat watery. Still interesting and good.

F: Moderate carbonation with a slightly slick mouth feel. Easily quaffable, enjoyable if rather thin mouthfeel.

O: Not as impressive or complex as other German Pilsners, but highly drinkable and refreshing. This would make a good pairing with food such as pizza or Mexican food. It doesn't hold up all that well in it's category and I believe it needs some more assertive hop character at least in order to be truly worthwhile. Probably won't buy again but will enjoy the rest of the four pack.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have been fishing around for employment since mid-September 2016 & my latest expedition took me up Oregon Pike near Highland Pizzeria. Once I was in the vicinity, I could not resist the opportunity to stop in and scout around their coolers as well as having a draft (or two). Lo & behold, a few things jumped out at me, mostly in the form of bottles, but so goes things.

From the bottle: "Seit (Since) 1824".

I Pop!ped the cap & decided to have some fun, involving both a fresh bottle & a really tall glass. My pilsener glass recently broke in the dishwasher, but I had a semi-substitute standing by. I less poured than dumped the beer in and allowed it to froth and slosh as it saw fit. I got three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head that stood tall until it realized that it was unsustainable and fell like a house of cards. The result was still a finger of suds that resembled the meringue atop a lemon pie. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. I was kind of surprised by the intensity of the Saaz/Noble hops on the nose, underlain by a biscuity maltiness. This was more indicative of a Czech Pils, but the nose is not everything. Mouthfeel was light, somewhere between thin to medium with a dash of ethereal. I saw where this is also available in a CAN & not only do I want one, but it seems quite CANducive to being outdoors on a hot, humid, summer's day. The taste tended more towards bready & malty than the nose had led me to expect, but it was in keeping with the style. The taste was like proofing bread, sitting out in the sun to rise as the yeast and malts get a chance to do their thing, but coupled with a honey sweetness & the grassiness of freshly-mown hay or grass as one lazes about in the field. My maternal grandparents lived on the edge of a working farm when I was growing up and this brought back a flood of memories. Finish was clean & crisp and I again thought of how much I might enjoy a CAN of it during the summer. I really want to revisit this one at some point.

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Photo of SamQ
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First German Pilsner experience. The appearance was exquisite. The head could have been cut with a straight razor. Truly remarkable. The smell was a bit off, but the flavor was creamy as expected of a Pilsner. Unlike your Czech Pils though, the German alternative was a slight bit more zesty. All and all, I recommend this beer. A nice lighter beer, easy to drink, and quite robust.

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

Most of the beer I buy are Pilsners. I have had all kinds both domestic and Imported German beers. This one I picked up this afternoon and never heard of it before. Honest the price was right. Less than craft beers made here in Pa. which ticks me off but that is whole different subject. I am on my second one and it seems OK. Taste is nothing special good or bad. Good everyday beer. Perhaps a bit on the dry side, not sweet or too distinct. I would buy it again but not a new favorite.

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Photo of bwood06
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My buddy and I went to a local German place that had bocce ball, so we just had to play a little and drink while doing it. This beer was on tap and sounded like a good bocce beer so I ordered it up. This beer is clear and golden in color and seems to glow just a bit in the light. Moderate carbonation is easily visible, although there is a bit of cold haze. The white, frothy head dissipates rather quickly to a rocky lacing that is retained nicely. 3.75/5 The aroma is very much on the hoppy side of things with grassy hops taking center stage and the typical pilsner malt sweetness acting as a complementary partner. White bread comes out just a bit but the aroma is really incredibly simple with the pilsner malt and grass being just about it. It may be simple, but it is very good. 4/5 The flavor is every bit as simple as the aroma with the pilsner malt and white bread being the sweet components, and the bitter part coming from grassy hops. There is a light green apple puckering on the very back end but other than that this beer is incredibly simple. The bitterness from the hops does linger for just a bit, but not overly long. 3.5/5 The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and dry with a dryness that lingers for quite some time after swallowing. There is a moderate carbonation burn up front that lasts for quite a while. 4/5 This is not my favorite pilsner by a long shot but it does hit the spot quite nicely. Incredibly simple, if you couldn't guess that already, and straightforward, but very easy drinking and enjoyable. Easily sessionable if desired. 3.75/5

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

Half liter mug at Gustavs Bargarten. Keizer OR. $5.50 Yellow beer. Slightly hazy, with a nice frothy white head. Creamed corn and grassy hop aromas. Same in the taste..hops in the end. Grainy a bit. Mouth feel not too bad. Average pils.

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

after recently enjoying a whole host of old world pils types, this one really satisfies me a little less. it doesnt seem to have anywhere near the flavor fullness of some of its peers, and while the lighter characteristics make it plenty drinkable, the style never really hurts for that, and it comes across pretty one dimensional. still tasty, just possibly less evolved, certainly less interesting. radiant bright golden in color, perfectly clear, and with a classic inch of excited white head. less hoppy in the nose, certainly than the czech styles, but also less hoppy than other german ones, and i miss it. bittering balance is all here, very very mild in aroma and flavor. the malt is fresh and clean, also extremely light. slight trace of tin in the finish, not adjunct metallic, but on its way maybe, it doesnt bother me much though. really dry and well carbonated, which it should be and is, and quite refreshing when real cold. i see this as a nice compliment to heavy german food, sausages and such, but on its own its not quite substantial enough.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased just before it's "best by" date for a reduced price (Best by April 2016). Pours amber with a nice head, continually replenished for awhile. Decent mass market pilsener..

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Photo of josanguapo
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Corte Ingles. In Teku glass. Playing Blackguards. Good for its style. Pleasant to drink, without the metallic touch of most commercial ones and a noticeable herbal bitterness.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Besdies being the name of a stadium which Schalke 04 plays its home matches, Veltins is also a pilsner-styled beer found in the north of Germany. Just saw this in the US at the local Total Wine, it comes from a 330 ml bottle. On to the beer:

It's straw color and bright bubbles are an excellent starter, and topping it is a thick retaining head. A real looker. A few sniffs with the nose and it's down to earth again. It smells like a mass produced lager with its sulfur aroma. A touch of grass attempts to take it away from the common imported lager.

Veltins is an adventure in the rugged character of this beer. I taste hay, and the hay has a rough character. Husky as well. A note of grass too. Is there hop extract here? The beer is light, but the taste has a tendency to stick to the palate.

I was hoping to taste an under the radar Jever. Unfortunately, Veltins has more in common with Beck's than the former.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best by 3/12/16.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, corn flake, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, corn flake, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the aromas and flavors are a bit too corn flake forward to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Champagne blonde with a pile of craggy white froth that sinks quick. 3.75
Doughy sweet nose that’s a bit sickly with a bit of grass, wax, and coriander seed. 3.5
Shortbread with some twinkly herb, hay, and spice muffin hops. 3.75
Lemon zest finish and mildly tingly linger.
Light, watery, fizzy. 3.5

There are some hops here, believe it or not, in a few different guises - definitely a pils, and more so than similar suspects like Bitburger. But there’s also a snappiness missing from the body, which plays out a bit flaccid. Above average supermarket pilsner. 3.75

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

My least favourite Lager when visiting Germany, the Germans already serve Lager with a massive head which is bad enough.
The Beer/lager loses it carbonation almost immediately, making you drink it faster. Not my first choice.
Pale, smooth and clean taste, just a shame about the bubbles ! 'hic'

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Photo of Hayley_86
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The look is that of a regular pilsener and the feel is also not bad. But then the taste is kind of foul. An undefineable odness to it that takes the pleasure out of drinking it. So overall not good.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A textbook pilsner, with average noble hop taste, significant carbonation. Crisp, drinkable and refreshing. Not going to blow you away by any means but sticks true to its’ style.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; light gold in color - SRM approx. 4-5; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; light lacing;

S: light grainy malt, some perfumy/floral notes from the hops as well as a touch of spiciness;

T: flavor is dominated by moderate hop bitterness that lasts all the way through a long finish; there is some malt graininess and a touch of sweet ness as well; a bit of breadiness from the yeast is also evident;

M: light bodied; effervescent carbonation; dry; crisp; refreshing;

O: very easy to drink;

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Photo of woemad
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.29. Brewed in the Ruhr Valley town of Meschede, I know for a fact I drank at least one bottle of this while studying in Germany almost exactly 15 years ago (there’s photographic proof, though the label was slightly different and the bottle was a stubbie). According to the label, this was bottled on June 6th of this year, which creates the (admittedly spurious) impression that bottling this beer was how Germany chose to recognize the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Poured into a Jever Pilsener glass, this was a slightly chill-hazed gold color and featured an appropriate-sized sudsy, bone-white head. Said head began dropping after a couple of minutes, but left sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

Grassy, herbal hops and earthy yet slightly sweet malts are what the nose picked up. Yep, it smells like an authentic German pilsener.

Slightly bitter and herbal tasting, with a mineralish aspect that stood out just a tad. Partway through there was a light, tart fruity flavor that complemented the dryness. Things finished off with a dry, clean zap.

Light bodied, with a prickly, slightly dry mouthfeel.

This makes me want to go out and find a Jever to compare it with. I think this has a slightly more mineralish flavor than that brand (my favorite authentic pils), but is fairly similar. For $1.29 a bottle, I’d definitely have this again.

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Photo of djura
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found it in Greece.

A- Excellent creamy white foam. Less bubbles then expected from pilsener. Yellow color.
S- Pale malt with some citrus notes.
T/M- Very decent pilsener. Lots of malts. A bit peppery taste with right amount of bitter aftertaste.

O- Real German pure beer.

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

A delicious pilsner with a classic balance between hops, malt and yeast. If you are a fan of exceptionally hoppy beer, then this may seem to fall short but I think this is a perfect example of why German beers in many ways still set the standard. The hops are bitter but not over-the-top aromatic and provide a fine counter-balance to its essentially malty character. An excellent value at $11.00 per 12 at Binny's in Chicago.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another German pilsener.
Pours a clear golden color, topped with familiar two fingers of white head.
The mild grainy and malty aroma are wasily picked up.
The taste is light, slight sweetness at first, followed by somewhat grainy body, little bitterness. Finishes with a nice bittery and refreshing feel.
Another fine German pilsener, that is.

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Photo of dar482
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer has an aroma of grass, floral, a light bready malt.

The flavor follows of that bright green grass in the front, some floral hops, and a clean lager yeast. A bready malt in the middle.

A light and effervescent mouthfeel.

This is on par for the style.

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Photo of Hamme
4.59/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - The foam disappears a bit quick, but the color of the beer itself is like a beer should look.

S - It smells like fresh grains and it immediately brings me back to the beautiful hills of Germany.

T - The taste is strong especially for a lager, whom are known to be watery which is absolutely not the case with this beer.

M - It is thick and sticky on the tongue and leaves a pleasant and strong fresh aftertaste. It's so fresh that it feels like you just brushed your teeth.

O - I can't think of a lager beer that tops this one, it goes great with fries and schnitzel or pizza and even spaghetti's with red sauce. Plus it leaves no hangover when you drink a few more of this beer which is brewed according to the strict German purity laws. If you like lagers, Veltins is a must try!

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Photo of steveh
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't believe I've ever had this beer. Good 12 pack sale at a local spot and I was craving something light and crisp. A Northern German Pils. Best by 6/6/14 on the 12 pack and bottle labels.

A -- Clear pale straw color with a firm, dense white head that settles to a respectable cap leaving great lacing.

S -- Light herbal hops with some mild graininess back.

T -- Lightly bready to grainy up front with some citrus character in the middle -- a hint of melanoidin breadiness trying to garner some attention. Finishes spicy and herbal with good hop bitterness in the finish. Herbal bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light body.

O -- A decent Pils overall, something to quaff without thinking, but still won't take the place of a Trumer or EKU Pils.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts are present in the nose along with notes of floral and grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts with bits of sweetness and hints of grain; the hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but nothing really stands out in the taste when it is compared to the top beers in the style.

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