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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 drmeto
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear straw golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light body
Decent.One of the better german Macro Pilseners.

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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 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 HopsForBrains
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Botulizard
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 54V4G3
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gemini6
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmaggot
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fallenshadow
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 stanale
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Tschnab
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasu
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pilsener from Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 330 ratings
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