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Veldensteiner Landbier | Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

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3.77/5
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82 Ratings
Veldensteiner LandbierVeldensteiner Landbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
Germany
kaiser-braeu.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 09-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,629
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
82
pDev:
12.2%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of goalie33
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear, dark garnet in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The smell is quite malty and has aromas of pumpernickel bread along with some hints of raisins.
T: The taste is slightly sweet and has malty flavors of brown bread. No bitterness is detectable, but the hops prevent any cloying sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful but isn’t very filling. I would have no problem drinking multiple ones in one sitting.

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Photo of shirfan
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and slightly hazy, average lacing.

Rich malty aroma with notes of brown sugar, cookie dough, and nuts.

Taste is just slightly sweet while maintaining a dark bread and biscuit flavor. More brown sugar/molasses, a little yeast, and a kiss of hops in the finish to balance things out.

There's a very mild sour/tangy/umami thing going on in the background that I can't really describe, but it adds a moreish component. Open fermentation? I thought "kellerbier, but different".

Tasty, drinkable, and not run-of-the-mill.

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Photo of fx20736
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a mug, served chilled.

Murky medium orangish brown with a thick 1 finger latte colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: rich smell of malt which could be described as fresh baked brown bread, faint soy sauce or even a whiff of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: yep

Taste: like the aroma, deeply toasted caramel malt, not much hops detected. A chewy, tasty winter time beer.

Notes: I was a little wary of this one as I picked up a whole case of these swing top bottles for $ 10 but it tastes pretty good. Next bottle I will let warm just slightly. I had never heard of this brewery before.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the Veldensteiner Keller beer a few months back and was inmpressed so I picked up this today.Poured a nice chesnut hued brown with a large rocky off white head that looked great in a 1/2 liter stein.Aromas of chocolate cookie dough and light molasses mixed with toasty malt.Not very sweet on the palate with unsweetened chocolate and toasted grain standing out most,some mild brown sugar-like sweetness comes into play in the finish.A no frills solid dunkel lager.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, served in a tapered pub pint.
Freshness dating... "Mindestens haltbar bis: L152C054".

Dark tawny copper color, thick fluffy head of off white foam, about two fingers width. Lasting head retention, a ski9m is present at all times, and there's spindly lacework all around the glass.

Nutty, woody malt aromas, light toasty cookie sweetness.

Flavors are similar, rich and nutty malt complexity. Some toastiness, hazelnut and grain husk notes, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Body is great at first, and seems to lose a little carbonation as it sits. Light bodied and full flavored. A tasty Dunkel, fits nicely into the session-worthy Landbier category.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a high tan head alots of lacing and a nice copper color.
Smells of taffy,sweet baked bread and sweet malts.
Taste is very malty with hints of sweet breads and baked crackers, with a touch of spicey Hop. Very clean and a touch sweet!
If feels sweet and malty and refreshing in your mouth.
Overal I give it a 4.5 it is very tasty and is the real deal, very much a real Beer!
Thanks to Epps Beverage Limerick for the gift of a bottle of this. Give this one a try it is awesome!

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Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A great looker, with a massive head that sits atop the chestnut colored liquid; wonderful retention and lacing

Smell: Brown bread with toffee undertones

Taste: Brown bread with a sweet toffee aspect through the finish; a bit unbalanced toward the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Would like to see a bit more balance; just a tad too sweet for me

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a little pop from the swing top cork/lid as I opened it. Made an aggressive pour and was rewarded with a 3" head that was a tan color that laced and ringed well. The color was a medium Mahogony, that was sparklingly clear.

Aroma was of toasted malts and a peek of sweetness.

Tasted wonderful, maltly, slightly sweet, complex with just a hint of hops to finish clean and crisp.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, WOW!

Overall this could easily become a session beer, that leaves a warm feeling in the mouth, almost like a Belgian Quad, but not quite, hence the complex remark earlier. I will return to this one again very soon.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out similar to some brown ales in color. The head was thin and white. The aroma had some malts on the nose and not too much else. The taste of the beer was a lot like most German lagers it seemed. There was a slight grassy flavor, and some sweet malts to balance it all out. The mouthfeel was pretty light despite the color of the beer. Overall it was an ok beer. Nothing too fancy here.

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Photo of BestOfBatonRouge
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'd been looking at this bottle for a while at the local grocery and today it was time. Poured in to a pint glass it displays decent carbonation and an attractive reddish color. Roasty taste that's very heavy on the front end and goes away on the back. It goes down smooth and isn't very thick on the mouth feel. Sweet taste that lingers on the tongue. The bitter is pleasent and barely lets you know it's there. I enjoyed this beer and will likely pick it up again on a whim.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a new brew at my local beer store that I picked up today, why not try it for $3.49 a bottle. 500 ml swing top bottle. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with an inch off-white head. Aroma is sweet, the brew smells like toasted and bready malt, caramel and a bit of butterscotch. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's the addition of a nutty flavor and a little bit of bitter hops noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little creamy and has decent carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good brew.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very nougat nose of toasty looks like the picture dunkel. nice two fingers of head and a mild murky brown amber. the nose is toasty in the absolute sense. some hints of roast seasame and other grains. palate is a subtle sweet that has a well back malt that isn't thick but a reinforcing creamy. creamy but still lager quick on the aftertaste. the finish doesn't sit. not syrupy. although i hear that a landbeir is a veinna lager but that seems like a qustionable coin. great very german lager. and i'm into that.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; light, clear, brown with an off white head. Dissipates at a moderate speed with not much lacing. Froathy film remains on the surface throughout the drink. Retention of head could be better.

smell; Really pleasant roasted barley malts, cradled by only the sightest grassy hops. An odd harvest-like farm smell as well, rustic without being dirty and with class. Reminds me of being on farms in Germany, surrounded by sunny fields in late summer. Not often that the smell of beer alone gives me such lovely flashbacks, from my carefree younger days.

taste; Perfect, one of the masters of the style. The rich and toasty malts dominate in a gentle way, leaving a warm mildly sweet malty finish. Imagine low sugar pudding, made with dark chocolate. Also some simple cereal flavors hang in the backround and massage the hops into a soft purr. So complex and so balanced....this is some world class flavor!

mouthfeel; medium bodied and creamy, slightly chewy, in a dusty sort of way. Goes down smooth and inspiring.

drinkability; not much room for improvement here, so refreshing and I want more.

One of the better beers I have had, highly reccomended!

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1/2 liter bottle into a pilsner glass... might not be the most appropriate, but I had one out.

Pours a deep red - almost brown - color, with a large off-white head. Great retention and lacing. All these Veldensteiner beers that I've picked up look great.

The smell is rich and malty, almost boozy even, with warm notes of caramel and roasted malts. Smells like it's on the verge of being a doppelbock really.

The taste is less complex... the roasted malts dominate big time. Roasted on the front of the sip and roasted on the aftertaste. Not boozy at all on the taste, and thinner than I expected. A little disappointing after the look and smell of it. Oh well, still a decent beer and one I'm glad I picked up.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

A very beery appearance, with its head held high and a deep chestnut glow in the light. Herbs, sweet grass, grape skin and a spicy backdrop all within a clean lager nose. Big toasted grain flavors; dried grass, animal feed, baked crackers and a bit of freshly kneaded biscuit dough. Hops run spicy with a quick combo of herbal citric flavor in the back. Grape skin and more graininess hold strong even into the finish. Clean for the most part, there is a hint of cooked veggies. Ends on a dry, spicy, bitter and grainy note.

Very country; lager-clean, yet rustic. Drinkable and complex. It tells you to sip, yet we felt we had to quaff it back. Good drinking all around, a slice of Germany in a bottle. Pairing it with a plate of roasted pork with gravy and a potato dumpling would be wonderful.

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Photo of stakem
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swingtop bottle wtih a freshness date of 9/16 poured into a pint glass. This brew appears an amber orange color that is fairly clear displaying rising bubbles of carbonation that support a finger's worth of creamy tan head. Lace clings along the glassware in leggy patches.

The aroma comes across as a perplexing mixture of dark carmelized sugars smelling of a sugar sweetness mixed with lightly smoked grains. Some light buttery notes are included in the smell as well.

The taste of this brew is like a mild rauchbier upfront. Flavors of pete smoked malt combine with a caramel sugary sweetness give way to the light buttery tones suggested in the aroma. Slight bit of bittering hops are detected to balance out the malty sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light moderate amount of carbonation that is quite smooth. It leaves a lingering flavor of smoked malt and buttery sweetness in the mouth which degrades the drinkability a bit but overall it isn't that bad, just a bit off for what I was expecting.

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Photo of ShinerStArnoldTX
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this at my local grocery store, my dad is getting into homebrewing and needed some re-sealable bottles - just doing my part. Note: I smoked a lot of tobacco today so my chemo receptors may be a little numb.

Appearance: clear ruby-brown, 2 finger soda-y head, nice retention and excellent lacing.

Aroma: caramel, grass, alcohol

Taste: just like the smell. Caramel malt and generally grainy up front, pretty mellow taste, as to be expected from a lager. Surprisingly watery given the great retention but nevertheless damn good. Slight bitter hop finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: smoothe, medium-heavy carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

Drinkability: substantial

(not sure what the ABV is but I am FEELING it, don't eat this on an empty stomach)

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Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml flip top bottle.

Pours a nice reddish brown with a thick, large off white head that holds for awhile before receding to some nice lacing.

It has a nice light malt profile, with hints of dark and light, and a pinch of rustic noble hops.

The flavor is really nice on this one, it has a lot of flavor but it supremely light and drinkable. The malts range form slightly roasty with the slightest hint of coffee to nice rich caramel. Ends with some medicinal hoppiness and some sweetness. It is perhaps a bit sweet for the style but a good one nonetheless.

This brew is superbly drinkable, it is good now in the winter, but it would also be fantastic in the hot summer. The Munich Dunkels are some good beers and this is no exception.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml flip-top bottle, with two weeks of life left of its best before date.

Poured into a vase shaped 'Old Speckled Hen' badged glass.

Looked impressive, a deep head of a light tan colour sat on top of a dark brown body that was clear and full of very small rising bubbles.

A hint of roasted malts in the aroma, pleasant but only a faint smell really.

The taste was malts all the way, smokey malts, if I didn't know better I'd have thought this a Bamberger style rauch beer. I'll go for mildly smoked, with a fresh hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

The alcohol can be found as the mouth dries and makes the beer very drinkable indeed.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A frothy head erupts upon pouring, concealing a copper and clear brew. Retention is great, leaving rings around the glass.

S: aroma is presented well, with plenty of honey, toasted grains, and a touch of hops.

T: malty sweet, with plenty of toasted malt, honey, and just a touch of aromatic hops.

M: medium body with a dose of carbonation to keep it refreshing.

D: a great brew. Recommended to any fan of oktoberfest/märzens and bocks. Very well balanced, and worth a try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle from Angotti Beverage. Pours a medium borwn colour, with some off-white head. Pleasant malty aroma, even a little chocolate. Mildly flavourful, light, easy drinking. Middling mouthfeel. Mild hop bite in finish. Well done and a hit with supper.

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Photo of emsroth
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml flip-top bottle

App: A cross between red and brown based on the light. Small but thick, tan head

Smell: Dark, sweet, and dense. A thick, bready aroma with hints of candied fruits like dates and raisins.

Taste: A rather uni-dimensional but delicious roasted flavor. Equal parts bitterness from the roast and the hops. The light hops rest on the side of the palette and linger after the sip. They have a wonderfully refreshing, indistinguishable earthy flavor.

Light medium body with smooth carbonation.

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

A - 3 finger head that is light tan in color falls slowly with lacing. The beer is clear deep amber.
S - Sweet roasted malt, bitter hops, little grassiness.
T - Sweet dark malt, mild dark fruit, a little nutty. Bitter on the aftertaste. A touch of licorice lingers.
M/F - Medium body. Light carbonation - smooth.
D - Decent beer though I doubt that I will seek out.

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Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml slim swing-top bottle, BB 16/02/09, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark copper hue with abundant micro fizz supporting a long-lasting creamy dark beige froth
S: sour-sweet dates and plum-skins, nuttiness, caramlised-sugary malts and a light whiff of roast malts, laced with a decent level of sourness true to a well-lagered bier. Very well integrated on the aroma, slightly fruity on top of very soothing dark maltiness.
T: mildly sour dark fruits sit on top of an underlying layer of roast malts and ground leafy herbs, turning mildly chewy and bitter at the back, reminiscent of dark tea leaves, dried hops, as well as mildly roasted malts... a touch of yeastiness does reveal itself, but serving maybe just the faintest hint of what defines a Landbier that this beer is also named after?! Lingering sour-bitter in the finish.
M&D: very refreshing and healthily carbonated, the overall body is light but retains a decent body throughout the drink. Despite the name, this Dunkel Landbier tastes very different from all other Pale Landbier that I've come across, totally new to my drinking experience in a sense. This is indeed like a standard Dunkel but comes less roasty and slightly more fruity overall.

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Veldensteiner Landbier from Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 82 ratings
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