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

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Veltins PilsnerVeltins Pilsner

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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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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 295
Photo of Globetrotter
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having fond memories of Veltins from my days in Germany, I was thrilled to find this 33cl green longneck bottle with the white and silver label in a Moscow grocery store. Purity law applies. Best before 2/17/05, I opened it on 4/17/04.

Pours a standard clear gold under a two finger white head with good body, decent staying power and some lacing. The nose is slightly skunked at initial pour, then morphing into pine and barley notes. The mouth is light and prickly. The taste is classic German pils - lots of crisp bordering on harsh hoppy bitterness above a mild malty backbone. The aftertaste is strongly bitter, inviting the next taste. It's much better on tap in Germany, but still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A surprise finding this Pilsner, I was relatively impressed in some respects. It poured a crisp-looking golden colour, and left a heat that was surprisingly thick and kind of chunky looking. The aroma was respectably floral, with notes of minor sweetness and some hops for good measure. The flavor is a palate-cleanser, to be sure. Dry and almost salty in a wierd sort of way. A decent find, and goes well with brats mit kraut.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of ark57
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This fine pilsner is crystal clear with a flowery aroma; it is not as hoppy as some other beers in the style. This beer starts with a slight sweetness reminiscent of honeysuckles and ends with a dry balanced finish that seems to last for some time. It is above average, but is not something that I would give a second thought.

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

Bright gold, well carbonated w/ an equally bright white head which fades to a frothy film.
Aroma is a bit skunky ( damn green bottles) but that fades quickly to a clean, slightly hoppy aroma. Very German lagerish.
Flavor is crisp and light with a fairly strong hop taste and bittering. Again, Very German. Nice mouth feel; not watery but certainly not substatial.
Finish is clean and dry.
About what youd/I'd expect from a German Pilsner.

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

An average German Pils.

At first impression the beer looks very thin and watery. But, after one notes its massive head retention and lace the contrary becomes apparent. Taste is mild with a mildly sharp hop bitterness that lingers well after the beer is gone. Fairly drinkable but somewhat boring.

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Photo of TinusTime
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A rep broght me a sample of this the other day claiming all sorts of wonderful things about this beer and how it was huge in Germany etc etc.. I wonder if he had ever tasted this beer? It poured a medium yellow straw colour with a decent head that didnt last too long. The smell was crisp and a bit hoppy with a weird sort of metallic tone and a touch of le skunk. The taste was underwhelming.. Hoppy in that German Pilsner way, yet it left a long odd aftertaste. It reminded me way too much of St. Paulis Girl and Becks. Not the worst beer i had ever had, but not at all worth the hype and definately not one i would shell out 7.50 a six pack for.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special here but drinkable.
Pretty little thing, medium golden hue with a nice frothy crown.
It does have a nice glass ring with a large yet thin island lace.
Smell is lightly of the skunk.
Taste is well balanced with slight hoppy edge.
Medium body and light carbonation...finishes short which is its downfall.

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Photo of jlervine
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a white foamy head from the 5L mini-keg. Head lasted forever, and the lace on the sides of the glass slowly slid down to rejoin the beer. I'm not a pilsner afficionado or anything, but this is what I like in a pilsner.

The smell is lightly sweet with a nice hops presence. The taste is nothing fancy, very simple and light on the palate. Lagers typically aren't my style of choice, but this is a smooth, easy drinking beer that I picked up on a whim. I'm happy with it.

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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 inebrius
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly infinite bitter hop finish sets this Pils apart. Golden straw under a clingy lace. Aroma of dry crackers and lemon pith. Crisp and refreshing. An awesome hot weather brew. I could see myself pounding a few of these, lakeside, sprawled out on aromatic pine needles with a fishing line tied to my big toe. A bitter and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More or less a typical Pils as far as I am concerned. Not really bad but nothing really stood out either. Golden color with some carbonation evident. Hops and spice in the aroma. Crisp and dry with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. I guess it wasn't too bad for the style.

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Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold, good dense white head of 1/4 of an inch. Light sweet aromas, similar to many Pilsners. Malt is pleasant and nutty, straying toward papery but not too off-putting. Hops are acidic in quality and have a slight tobacco sense, as well. This brew has a definite flavor profile along with its crsipness. Nothing incredible but I liked its impression well enough.

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Photo of Todd
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served in a 0.5l branded mug at Restaurant Leibniz-Klause in Berlin.

Appearance: Pale, clear, bright golen yellow with a big, thick, clumpy white foam lace -- plenty of stick.

Taste: Light all over, and smooth. Hops are the focus with a strong, coarse herbal character followed by rind in the background and salty sting. Thin sweetness, but enough to hold things together. Hop finish is long.

Notes: A nice brew to suck back with some food, but nothing fancy. Went quite well with my Kesselgoulasch.

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Photo of Sheldon
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright clear straw color with a thickish white head. Head retention was better than expected. A sweet fruity flavor with a hint of citrus. Moderate carbonation, I found it as drinkable.

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Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice, easy drinking pils. Dryish flavour, with a slightly herby dry hop finish, not big on body, and not big on complexity, but very nice drinking, a slightly better than average German Pils.

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