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 Brent
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cock & Bull in Covington, Ky. Appropriate medium straw color. Not quite crisp, but still pleasantly sharp malt profile. Hopping was nondescript, but adequate. Some hard-water mineral notes. Finish was clean, with a lingering, slightly acidic hop bite.

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Photo of scottoale
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice 330ml.brown bottle with "VELTINS" embossed on the neck. Pours a pale gold with a pure white 1/2inch of short lasting head. A little fine-bubble lace with this one.

Smells of light, sweet bready malt with a grassy hop to the finish and a little metalic.

Light sweet malty nose, bready and grainy with a quick bittering of hops that give a clean and balanced finish. Quite a refreshing taste. The alcohol is undetectable, the carbonation is there in the mouthfeel, though not visable.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth, but light in body. An easy drinker and a good, solid Pils...cheers!

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

Looks like a typical pilsner out of the bottle -- pale, yellowish, big white head. The smell is a bit creamy, with with a green hop character and plenty of bready malts. On the palate, the sweetness of the malt is immediate, then quickly followed up by hoppy bitterness. It's not really special in any way, just solid and inoffensive. Mouthfeel is very smooth and easy drinking.

Nothing too special here, just a solid pilsner with no real weaknesses and no special strengths.

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Photo of jp32
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy golden yellow color with very little head, yet it does leave nice lacings. The smell is crisp and hoppy. It tastes well-hopped. One of the better tasting german pilseners I've had. I'm really surprised this beer is rated so low... I'm actually quiet impressed. The mouthfeel is adequate for the style, and the drinkability has got to be great because I'm sucking these ones down in a hurry. Cheers!

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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 Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, it's a light gold colour with a big head that didn't last very long.

The aroma is a mix of hops and malt and the first sip emphasizes the hops but as I sipped more, the malt made a decent appearance.

All in all, a very serviceable German Pils that I'd enjoy on those hot summer days.

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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 thechaacster
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the "Summer Brews" pack from Cost Plus World Market. Bottle says 5.1% abv. Label shows this being about a month past the sell by date, so buyer beware. Poured a light gold with the big fluffy white head you would expect from a good pils. Lots and lots of lacing, too. The taste is focused squarely on the herbal hops, with a dry finish. Thankfully none of the skunkiness I have experienced from other popular pilsners. A good beer to pair with hearty food, but not necessarily something I would want to drink a bunch of. Still, a perfectly good pilsner.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another euro pils in da can. This is ok but really a shadow of Konig or Topvar. Not enough body and hops and not much of a finish. Drinkable , yes in the way that Becks is better than Canadian. Seems there is too many German lagers in a can available and not enough duppelbocks and vienna lagers .

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a pale yellow color with a finger and a half of head composed of rather large bubbles that fell to slightly ring the top ofthe glass. The nose was slightly grainey and touched with a hint of noble hop. I would like a little more gusto flavor-wise. The flavor was much the same. A big dose of graineyness hovering over a very light bed of spicey noble hop. The feel was light and bubbly. Very refreshing on a summer night on the patio of our local watering hole. Drinkability was not all that bad. It was easily consumed and quenced my thirst after not having beer for a few days of being sick. Overall, average, but refreshing.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent German Pilsner. Poured out to a nice golden yellow color with a good head, typical of a well crafted German brew. Odors of rice and bread were noted. Taste was a bit one sided, reminding me of a light lager. Flavors of hops and grain were most present, as was a touch of a lemon like quality on the finish. Overall, quite refreshing and crisp. Worth a try.

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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 KarlHungus
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The case of the six pack I bought says "The Best German Pilsner!". I figured it probably wasn't true, but it still might be good so I bought it.Pours a clear straw color with a small creamy white head. It is more pale than other pilsners I've had. Sweet smell with underlying bitter hop aromas. The sip tastes sweet, with a nice bitterness at the end. The aftertaste is sweet and sicky. Not as crisp as I would like a pilsner to be, but well balanced for what it is. The mouthfeel is light with nice carbonation. Overall, it is not the best German pilsner I've had, but it isn't bad either. It is good enough that I want to drink the other five bottles, instead of pawning them off on less beer educated friends who would just get drunk with it. On the other hand, I will not buy it again.

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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 maxpower
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a good creamy white head that doesn't last very long with some lacing, grassy and flowery aromas. Bready, cracker like flavors with a mild sweetness that turns hoppy and bitter with some dryness in the finish. Medium bodied with a soft but kind of watery mouthfeel, a decent pils.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually pulled in by fancy bottles, but this one was sharp dressed. Thick, dense, pale cream colored head fades slowly leaving a few random strings of lace. Pale malt, crisp citrus, and spicy hops in the aroma. Transparent, brilliant golden beer with a few medium sized bubbles rising briskly from the bottom of the tall slender pilsner glass. Lightly sweet pale malt mixed with a solid dose of spicy and floral hop flavors. The flavors are crisp and there's just a slight grainy flavor that's barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but thicker then expected. This is a pretty solid beer. The flavor is light, but there's enough hops in their to keep it enjoyable. At $12 a 12pack it would make a good gateway beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Shocking dark aqua green bottle, funky 11.2 ounce size, thin body with a long proboscis neck which has the word ‘Veltins’ vertically embossed on it in two locations. Has a barely decipherable date of 7.11.04 on the back label. Listed at 5.1% ABV.

Appearance: Pale Pilsner straw gold body that has a few streamers. Solid fluffy white head has good retention and staying power. Ring like lacing and good supporting carbonation.

Nose: Toasty malts, light in character but decent in strength. Has a funky sweaty pungent pong of hops though – quite weird, it reminded me of the good old days of Burton Ales back in the UK, it’s not bad, it just seems like it is…..

Taste: Very crisp and despite the funky nose a very clean taste profile. Toasty malts and light spicy hops in the back end. Mildly acidic lemony hint in the back end.

Mouthfeel: Conditioning plays a big role here. The feel is of a lively Pilsener even though it has a light feel overall. Dry at times.

Drinkability: Easily quaffed, the nose can be off-putting at times, but there again I thought the same when I drank my first ever cask-conditioned Marston Pedigree and was assaulted by rotten eggs in the odors.

Overall: A strange Pilsener, light character, light bodied, rather “lite” overall, but not that bad. The funky nose is something else though…..

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden pilsener with a very nice white head that leaves a ton of lace around my glass. It has a nice grassy, sweet aroma with just a touch of hops, pretty much a standard German Pils aroma. The flavor is crisp and has a malty sweetness that is pretty well hidden behind a generous hopping. The nice hoppy finish of this beer makes it stand out when compared to other macro German Pilseners. I definitely will be revisiting this beer in the future.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a white foam head and pale yellow-gold color. Good carbonation, good bit of head retention and lacing. Aroma is grainy and spicy-hoppy. Flavor is nice and dry but has a weak wateriness to it. Hop bitterness is on the low side for the style. Finishes dry, grainy and spicy. Not too bad. It reminds me of the Czech style of pils than German.

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Photo of clvand0
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear yellow color with a small head that dies off quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little grainy, but there's nothing much there. A slight skunkiness. It has a metallic taste. Slightly bitter and a small bit of malt is found, but there's not much to this beer. I really didn't enjoy this one as it came across to me as the typical Euro lager.

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

Appearance – This one is a brilliant bright yellow in color and slightly hazy. It has some good, light carbonation and is topped with a beautiful, white, retentive, clinging head.

Smell – The aroma here is unusually grainy and the hops are spiced but very light. This is not bad but off from what I’m used to for the style.

Taste – The beer mellows a bit at the taste. The hops pick things up a bit and there’s a light fruity finish that evens things out.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Pils has a nice, light, tingly feel on the tongue and some surprisingly stiff drying in the mouth.

Drinkability – This isn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination but is rather inexpensive and worth a look.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 light green bottle. Freshness date on back label.
It pours a shiny gold color with a fast fading snow-white head and thin trailing lace.
The smell is of fresh cut grass, dry malt and sharp Euro floral hops, and just a touch of sulfuric gassiness.
A raw and grainy malt taste is complimented and then lost in the edgy spicy and metallic hop bite.
A light sweetness appears at around the halfway point, but I feel the brew lacks the mildly sweet malty and herbal character one normally expects from the style. Nice, should try beer!

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific pilsner and a fine representation of the style. It’s brassy with volatile carbonation and a tall, brilliantly white head. The aroma is crisp and malty and the taste is dry and satisfying.

I poured this from a slender and yeastless green bottle and enjoyed nice thready lace and light even-handed bitterness.

Classic Bavarian styling from start to finish.

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Photo of rousee
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I ordered this one online cuz I had never seen it in a store. It reminds me of Radeburger -a simple straight forward German pilsener. Fairly poor head retention. Standard German nose (ie. Spaten, Warsteiner) mild with a hint of malty bitterness. Taste is also fairly straight-forward with a bit of a bite on the finish (like Pilsner Urquel). It is safe to say, I don't think too highly of these other beers I have compared to the Veltins. These are the Bud, Millers, Coors of Germany/ Czech Rep. Mostly 3.5s here though cuz it is better than average but nothing exceptional-- I wish USAs macros were this decent !!!

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish gold color with one finger of head. Not much lacing. The smell is classic pilsener, with a malty background and some grassy aromas. The taste is light, a little sweet. Balanced malt and hops. The body is very light, but the drinkability is pretty good. Not too shabby.

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Pilsener from Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 299 ratings.
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