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

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Veltins PilsnerVeltins Pilsner

Brewed by:
Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a great appearance. The head is big and stays around. Loads of great lacing is left behind as the beer rapidly makes its way down my neck!

The aroma is herbal hops with a suggestion of mint butterscotch.

The taste is similar to the aroma with grassy hop bitterness and a distinct butterscotch note that reminds me of the English sweet/candy called Murray Mints. Basically a typical German pilsner flavour with a subtle twist of something unique to make it stand out.

You get the feeling this is brewed with really good mineral water as it is so smooth and delicate on the tongue.

A very solid and enjoyable German pilsner. Not as bitter or sharp as some examples, which could be a minus point for those who prefer that. For me, though I also enjoy the more bitter Bitburger, this is a classic beer with a refined character that's worth returning to now and again in the never ending quest for the worlds finest lager.

My mark out of one hundred would be 87.

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Photo of dgapitts
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A decent fresh flavour ... a very nice clean and natural taste, this is soo much better than the Bud I was drinking in the US!

I'm not a huge Pilsner fan normally (I tend to choose dark beers) but this is very good.

Also this is probably the cheapest beer I have drank in 2013as only 0.69 euros for 0.5litres from Aldi ;)

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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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle brought back by a friend who went to Germany. simple German Pilsener.
Cold. Refreshing. Pilsner.
Pours the traditional clean golden yellow color. Smells like an every day pilsner.Excellent bitterness. Very light and refreshing body. High carbonation
Overall a decent every day german pilsner

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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.


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

From notes
Served in a Pilsner glass at The Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA

A: This beer pours a clear, light yellow with a two finger of bone white sudsy head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Nose is hay, grain, grass, and a touch of undescernible fruit.

T: Taste starts with grain, hay, grass - very thick and earthy tones.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, thin feeling throughout with a slightly dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, somewhat tasty, not filling, mild kick, this was perfect for a hot summer night. Not sure I would enjoy this as much any other time of year, but it is definitely a great for a summer night.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light straw coloured and clear with a thin, white lacing at the top of the glass that fades fast.

Almost no noticeable smell coming from this one other than some corn and very light citrus coupled with various other adjuncts.

Corn & bread to begin with along with some adjuncts and grain, There was some lager hops and a touch of malts but it was a basic pilsener taste and didn't have a whole lot going on with it.

Light in body and with a grainy, sticky feel to it what ended up finishing quite dry and with a tang to it. Carbonation was about medium with this one.

Not a great beer at all and I felt it was especially bad for a German offering. There was very little going on and the taste was basic and unexciting.

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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 jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Faint aroma of light malt with a whiff of noble hops and solvent.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp bitter finish. Weak hints of stewed noble hops, and a harsh background note. Bitterness is relatively strident for a lager. Mouthfeel is light, prickly and dry. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of light malt and stewed hops.

So-so. Above average for most lagers, but only middling when compared to other German pilseners. A hint of noble hops and a more obvious bitterness, but otherwise this doesn't stray far from the standard lager template. No need to seek it out.

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

Bit of a skunky smelll to start which quickly blows off this looked reasonably pleasant. Typically medium yellow for the style this kept some wispy head throughout but showed minimal beading and lacing. A bit hollowy thin all and all and just overly dominated by a carbonic edge which creates an atypically unpleseant bitter edge. A bit too malty for my taste and there isn't much harmony in the integreation of these two elements.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a decent white head - typical, but still appealing. Well, it is a pilsner. Strong aroma has a malty core and a robust fruity overtone, pear and apple with a touch of banana. Flavor is crisp and malty with a bitter hoppy undertone and a bit of fruity sweetness. Body is a bit thicker than I expect with this sort of beer, and is quite fizzy. I’m not a pilsner fan, preferring dark beers such as stouts, but I will give any good beer a try regardless of variety.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL brown bottle. As I had no clean glassware, I drank this straight from the bottle.

A: even through the bottle (lame, I know), there was great clarity, believe it or not, some fizzy/lightly fluffy head on top.

S: sharp, pungent yet appetizing scent--a foretaste of the bitterness to come.

T: strong bitterness upfront, that lingers and slowly fades but leaves a sharply bitter aftertaste. It's like bitter with a side of bitter!

M: carbonated and fizzy, light on the tongue

O: although very bitter, and unlike any pilsener I've personally tried, it's enjoyable and very classically German!

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Photo of Douberd
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured, from a half litre can.

Colour is golden yellow, with a soapy white head, leaving heavy lacing on the glass.
Light aroma of malts.
Taste is very light bitter.
Light thickness on the palate and a bit watery, average carbonation.
Overall quite average.

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

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

Golden in color, big fluffy cream head with good retention, it leaves lacing ring clinging to a glass upon dissipation. Carbonation is medium to rather high.

Barley malt, bread and floral hop along with some good yeast strain.

Big malt bite brings sweetness and breadiness, reinforcing with modest yet delicate hop bitterness. The body is medium with soothing carbonation and dry finish.

“Yes” pilsner but could be better to add more carbonation to bring more refreshing touch to palate.

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

Light golden color, clean, white foam, average creaminess.
In the smell some base grassy hop, and malty notes.
Light body, light hoppy taste, more maltiness, not the top of freshness, but not so bad.
Quite standard aftertaste, some maltiness and balanced bitterness.
Drinkable, as industrial beer.

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Photo of sim0n17
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4.5 because it is nostalgic - love drinking this out on the wandernweg in Sauerland. The appearance is light and clean. Taste is not overpowering and finishes clean. Mouthfeel is a little thin (watery), but is very refreshing in summer. Great water source that makes this Pilsner taste so fresh.

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Photo of mbasti
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say about this beer - it's an absolute staple and our local football club's long-time beer and sponsor. I have probably had 10x more of this than any other beer combined by sheer volume.

The appearance is impeccable if served right - straw golden color, completely clear obviously and with a head that is the right size and has good retention.

Nothing extremely pleasant or unpleasant about the smell, it's a Pilsener - enough said.

The taste is again good, clean and a little on the bitter side for a German Pilsener with some herb-like hop flavors which make it a little more interesting. It goes down smooth out of bottles, cans, from taps, doesn't matter.

The mouthfeel is good, perfect carbonation - as you would expect from a major, industrially produced product.

What I like about this beer is that it is always reliable and I know I can go back to it when I just want a fresh, cold beer and not worry about taking tasting notes. It doesn't produce the excitement of craft beer and it's not innovative in any way - it's just a fine and mature product. For what it's worth, it does the job perfectly for me.

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

Look: pours a clear straw color with a huge white head.
Smell: Malts, grains, and light straw.
Taste: Sweet malts, pepper, lightly bitter, bit metallic, bit spicy bitter alcoholic after taste
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, thin body.
Overall: Not too sweet, not full bodied, but easy to drink

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Photo of rarbring
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear pale straw colored, small bubbles, a white head that settles rather quickly leaving little lacing.

The smell is faintly hoppy, some grass and nettles.

Starting with a white bread malt character, some citric presence and a modest clean bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, medium small body, rather smooth, a small dry finish. Easy to drink.

A very standard pilsener IMHO.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a honey-gold color with good carbonation leaving bubbles and a small white cap

S: Hints of floral hops, a bit of pepper, biscuit, sweet grain presence

T: Soft, sweet, crisp and light. Awesome. Floral hops, biscuit, sweet grains.

M: Light in body, but solid. Moderately carbonated and quite dry.

O: Very easy to drink, very tasty. This is how I like my pils!

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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 kjc51478
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellor with light head. Aroma is sweet malts and a little floral scent. Taste is sweet with herbal flavors and a light hop bitterness in the finishing. Aftertaste is typical German pilsner with a heavy sweetness and light herbal hops. Pretty much your average, run of the mill Pilsner.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes taken in late june 2009.

500ml can. importer label has bottling date of 2009.01.08, with a best by date one year later.

clear, pale yellow straw. large 3-finger fluffy white head recedes to constant thin layer. consistent rings of lace all the way down, tho sometimes thin.

aroma: light, bready malt and yeasty notes, met by mild to moderate fragrance of noble hopping. faint sulfur note. not too exciting, but clean.

taste: hops slightly more forward in the flavor. grassy, almost herbal, with moderate, crisp bitterness and lightly resinous quality lingering into finish. saltine cracker maltiness in the background is a bit simple, but acts as a counterpoint, along with faint sulfur note to accompany the hops.

light, almost watery, but crisp with light resins in the finish. crisp, moderate carbonation with tingly bubbles that also help body.

NOTE: a second tasting of this a couple weeks later, and there were metallic notes in the aroma and taste, interfering with positive qualities.

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

I first tried this at a brew fest this past summer, they were giving away bottler openers. Which I found odd for a beer only available on tap in my area. Well one of my locals finally put it on tap and I can add it to my list.

Served in Imperial pint glass. The beer poured a clean, clear, bright yellow with a bright white head that had OK retention and lacing. The aroma was the typical blend of grain, hops and yeast. The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma but had a touch of skunk that wasn't in the aroma.

The body was good, a bit fuller than is typical for the style, which I enjoyed. Drinkability was good, I could have a couple of these. Overall, a decent version of the style, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 3/11.

Very light yellow-gold with a tight frothy head. Great clarity, but meh.

Aroma is pretty good, with some subtle noble hop notes: grass, light sulfur and spice.

Much lighter than some German pilsners, but quite refreshing. Light biscuit malt. Clean, sturdy bitterness, though somewhat flinty and metallic. Pungent, earthy hop flavor you don't get with many German pilsners. Soft, ample carbonation.

For a cheaper pilsener, Veltins is good. I respect that they do not use hop extract. The use of real hops adds a lot to this beer, which exceeded my expectations.

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Veltins Pilsner from Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 296 ratings.
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