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

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Brewed by:
Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
Germany
veltins.de

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2000

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305
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
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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 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 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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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Low to medium aroma intensity for a Lager. Smells of yeast and hops are present but faint. Malts come through but are light.
Appearance: A straw colored pour into Veltins customed glass (quite nice by the way). Head color is stark white and and stablized at about 1/2 inch. Loosely woven bubbles, highly carbonated (perhaps too much).
Taste: Light, even for a pilsner. Not very daring on any end; hops, malt, or alcohol. Light in body. Hops barely present until the finish. Hopping folded with the yeast gives this beer a little to talk about.
Aftertaste: a little yeasty and grainy, but not too bad. Malts and hops stick around for a while. Mouthfeel leads a bit dry and tart.
Impression: Glad it was served in a nice glass. A good transition for your yellow-beer-drinking-buddies.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a self-titled glass steidl in a bar in Ibiza, Spain. Cost was 3.80 euro - high by Spanish standards. Reviewed from notes taken in April 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair thickness but little cream. Retention is decent. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Pleasant clean barley.

T: Refreshing clean barley body with a climax loaded with crystal malts. Some background floral hopping as well. Unexpected. It's balanced and refreshing but simple. Some slight cream comes through on the finish, which is a nice touch. Built well for what it is.

Mf: Very smooth and wet. Crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel complements the flavour of the beer and what it's going for.

Dr: Expensive by Spanish standard, but a good refreshing sessionable beer. I like it.

C+

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Photo of largadeer
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourme Haus Staudt.

Clear pale gold, slightly hazy, topped by half an inch of lasting head.

Really nice hoppy aroma, grassy and citrusy, herbal, mildly sulfuric, crackery pils malt. Clean and fresh.

Herbal, earthy and grassy noble hop flavors hit the tongue first, followed by a touch of sweet, bready pils malt. It dries up quickly in the finish, ending with a bitter herbal and mineral bite. Very light and dry; punchy but refreshing.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can into lager glass, best before 12/7/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very nice German pilsener. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV, and a spot on style example. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Veltins delivers a delicate, easy-drinking pils!

It offers a great appearance with a clear golden body and creamy bright white head that holds well.

The nose expresses fresh grainy malt that's well-infused with softly spicy and subtly herbal hops.

In the mouth it's quite smooth with a moderate carbonation (at least given the style) and medium-light body.

The flavor is perfectly balanced between its gently sweet (and even lightly toasty) malt and spritely spicy, floral, and herbal hops. The bitterness is perfectly balanced to this somewhat restrained version of the style, and it's quite refreshing and easy to drink while maintaining flavor and interest. The finish is drying (as it's malt does linger a bit), and spicy with hops.

Quite nice! There's just enough here to keep it on the dinner table, yet it would also serve extremely well at a sporting event during the summer. Flavorful and refreshing!

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Photo of mactrail
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pale golden color in the German mug. Decent mustache of foam. Average carbonation in the mouth for a typical lager.

Watery taste as well as body. Persistent, odd resiny taste is pretty much it for flavor. Sharp and spritzy mouthfeel makes it good for a fast quaff, at least. Being thirsty myself, I had more hope for this. Slight hoppy tang with a hint of medicinal bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall it would be interesting to see if this was any better than the other industrial euro lagers. It doesn't speak much for the German brewing tradition except for being clean and inoffensive. On tap at the Kaiserhof in San Diego.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale maize with a fair number of superfine particulates that are only appreciated with close inspection and bright sunlight. The dingy white cap was a fat two fingers after the pour and has a good amount of stick-to-it-iveness. Not bad in the lace department, but nothing to get too excited about.

Like so many of the green-bottled Euro pale lagers/Euro pilseners, the scent of skunk was evident once beer and air were allowed to collide. Also, like many of them, that skunkiness was almost gone by the time I got around to actually concentrating on the aroma. There isn't much going on here, just floral noble hops with very little, if any, citrus.

Veltins isn't bad actually; at least it's drinkable. It's more than respectably hopped (probably Saaz or its cousins) with a firm, bitter bite born of either not much malt or a generous hop load. The malting tastes and feels acceptable, so it must be the latter. There's just enough sweetness on hand to blunt what could have been a too sharp, too rough bitterness.

There are no real off-flavors, although I do appreciate a low grade metallic flavor that isn't bothersome in the least and fades by mid-bottle. The body is light-medium and contains an energetic, mouth pleasing amount of carbonation.

This is okay beer I guess. It doesn't change my mind about the 5% rule (which I just made up) that says that 5% of European lagers are actually good. Veltins is in the other 95%, but it really isn't too bad in the final reckoning. It is ultimately forgettable though.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow golden body with a nice sized frothy white head leaves nice lacing down my glass. Aroma: Mild sweetness clean grassy hop profile not bad at all, clean with some hops. Taste: Upfront hop bitterness crisp german pils a bit one dimensional and boring at times but I like the hop bitterness that comes through the flavors are of grassy herbal hops. The sweetness is balancing but very nice slightly bready. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied meant for the summer season carbonation was a bit much, other than that nothing special. Drinkability: A nice German pils that is decently flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce brown bottle (new packaging?) w/o any freshness dating. Pours prety clear light straw, white head, showing some retention, scattered lacing, nose is mildly earthy. This is a fairly light bodied, crisp pilsner. Light notes of honey and grainy hops in the finish. not a bad little summer quaffer/quencher.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.03/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Label proclaims this as a "German Pilsner Beer", but it's a pilsner like Miller Lite's a "true pilsner beer". Clear dull yellow color, moderate white head. Aroma: dry, vegetal, flat, hints of corn, flinty, and overall off-putting to this nose. Absolutely no body, texture, nil, nothing, nada. Not a single bit of taste to be accounted for. It passes through you, without a trace of it having been on your tongue at all.

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Photo of stevoj
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From 2012: pretty ubiquitous in germany. Yet another pedestrian pilsener. Drinkable, but bland. I’ll take a pass on any future offerings, thank you. Interesting that this is staple at the Prost! outlet in Boise.

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Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca. I was ecited to try a new pilsner, but this turned out to be a little more of a Euro pale lager than anything else. It was pretty bland with a bready flavor and aroma and a touch (not enough) of grassy hops. It could be worse, but it's not really worth trying.

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Photo of tone77
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a straw color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit unusual, wet hay, grassy. Taste is mild, malts, grassy, no real hops to speak of, it is refreshing. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass.
Light in color, light in head with a 'fizzy' sense to it.
Grass, lemon and hops aroma.
Taste was light grass, lemon some malt and hops.
Crisp taste. A refreshing 'ahhh' after the first several sips.
Nice light beer...even though it's not a light beer

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Photo of WesWes
2.57/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has that typical pale malt and yeast smell that so many of these type beers have. It is not as skunky as some I've tried. The taste is awful. It is grainy and bitter. It doesn't smell skunky, but it sure as hell tastes skunky. The mouthfeel is decent. This is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. Over all this is a terrible beer. It looks good, smells good, and has good mouthfeel, but it tastes awful. It's one and done for me.

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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 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 plaid75
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium cloudy straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a doughy cereal grain accented by a light noble hop.

The taste featured a husky grain with some light herbal hops. A bit of a raw vegetable element toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was slightly toward the thin side for the style.

Overall a good middle of the pack pils.

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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 BlackHaddock
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very plesantly suprised to see this beer 'on-tap' at my overnight accommodation this week. I'd booked the Lamb Inn in Iron Acton because it was a Real Ale pub.

Veltins Pilsner is an old friend of mine from years ago, thought I'd reviewed a bottle on here, but no record appears to back that up.

Anyway, the three pints I had all came in tall badged glasses and looked a picture; Clear bright golden yellow body witha good firm white head, retension was good and the lacing stayed on the glass as the liquid flew down my throat.

The Pilsner/lager style doesn't produce any great aromas for my nose, this beer is no different, a few hops, grass and some flowery hints, but nothing to really get into.

The flavours and taste is typical clean German mass produced Pilsner, but a little stronger than say, Bitburger, and with more freshness too.

It brought back happy times and the days of my courting while in germany back in the 70's, glad I stumbled across it again (I have two old Veltins glasses that I use to review lagers and pilsners in).

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours light golden with lots of bubbles in the liquid. A large white thick creamy head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacings.

S: Malt, grain and german-style bitter hops. Some citric notes and green apples.

T: (Surprisingly) sweet malt, grain. Bitter hops, rather heavy bitterness. Citric notes.

M: Medium body and nice balanced carbonation. Long bitter aftertaste.

D: Nice German Pilsener.

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