Veldensteiner Premium Pils | Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by horndecker on 02-03-2005

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Ratings:
49
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
16.17%
 
 
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this at the Split Rock Beer Fest on 11-21-10. They had a bunch of the Veldensteiner bottles there and I knew that I'd never tried any of them so I made sure to get them all under my belt. I only tried this because I was able to at the festival. This brew is much like all those other German Pilsners out there. Yellow, Clean, Grassy and light.

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Photo of soultrain
2.23/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a classic pilsner glass.

A-Pale golden color, head is 1" of fading foam cap. Streams of carbonation.
S-Smells pretty sweet for a pils. Candyish aroma
T-No,no,no, this is not a pils. Burnt caramel flavor in a pils? Hell, no. This is way too sweet for a pils, and there is not enough noble hop presence. There is no hop presence, actually. Bit of a wet paper flavor, as well. Like: cardboard.
M-The best thing about this beer, but it's an ode to mediocrity.
D-Drank it. It's done. No more, thanks.

CRUX: EVER WISH YOU PICKED UP A 6-PACK OF PRIMA PILS? Me, too. Ever grab a swing top bottle cos it looked great, and there were gold medals all over the label, only to be, uh, dissapointed? Me, too. Someday I'll learn not to be seduced by the swingtop.

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Photo of emsroth
2.34/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 500ml bottle (w/ stopper) into a pilsener glass.

App - Beautiful, pale-golden color in line with the style

Smell - Smells fruity, but reminiscent of over-ripe, rotting apples. Underneath that is the bready, malty smell of caramel malt.

Taste - a bit of a sweet malty taste with a nice level of crisp carbonation. Low in hops; pretty unnoticeable. The taste is far from my perception of a pilsener. It tastes almost like a marzen with the sweet, roasted malt.

Nice mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer if I only liked it.

It's worth a try if you like sweet malt. To be fair, I don't like the sweet caramel malts, so bear this in mind.

Really, the perfect beer except for the smell and taste.

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Photo of fx20736
2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Paulaner Weisbier glass, served chilled.

Slightly hazy lemon gold with cotton ball whitte head,nice lacing.

Slightly citrusy, grassy, sour, peppery. Nice.

Mouthfeel: slightly flat

taste: Doesn't taste attenuated like a lager should, do I detect a little diacetyl?

Notes: How old is this beer? There is a freshness date of 16/09 on it. Is this 3 years old or does that mean to drink by 2016? This one is off, drainpour.

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Photo of horndecker
2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ceramic flip-top 500ml bottle. Pours a clear golden, not unattractive, decent head which subsides to nothing in a few minutes. The carbonation is still present, however, as a little swirl will show. You see I had to make sure it wasn't a dead bottle once I inhaled the grassy, medicinal somewhat unpleasant aroma. The faintest whiff of flowery hops trampeled immediately by a smell which I couldn't identify. Drove me crazy - decaying herbs? old sweet potatoes? lawn clippings left on a compost heap? dirty laundry?

Tasted better than it smelled. Actually decent flavor if you don't inhale while you sip. Dry finish, but not dry enough.

I will avoid this if I ever see it again.

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Photo of potownbill
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Very nice pour, with a 1"head that faded quickly, but left behind decent lacing. Pale, transparent yellow. There was little smell, but what little there was smelled of grass. Not at all unpleasant. First taste was grainy, with corn coming through, and after it warmed, there was some sweetness. No malt, barely any hops. Decent mouthfeel. Not worth the premium price.

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Photo of stakem
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml brown swingtop with a best by date of 9/16. Poured into a pilsner glass it appears a straw yellow color with 2 fingers of white head composed of relatively large bubbles. Lots of carbonation rising to the surface in support of the head that receeds slowly leaving plenty of spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this brew has an upfront grainy sweetness that is very fresh. There isn't much else going on in the aroma outside of the pleasnt fresh grain smell. No indication of hops, alcohol or anything else.

The taste of this brew is pretty much unexciting and bland. Very one dimensional with the fresh grain taste playing as the only distinguishable character just like in the nose of this brew. Fresh grainy sweetness over a light bodied and modestly carbonated brew. No indication of hops and for 5% abv it is hidden quite well.

Fairly drinkable but all together unexciting with nothing much going on in this other than fresh grain and a wonderful appearance. Litterally a ring of lace is left on the glass with every sip.

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Photo of dcbeers
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tall bright white head faded slowly. A few stands of head cling to the glass after each sip. Transparent, glowing pale golden beer with a few bubbles rising from around the edges. Grassy/herbal aroma in a bit pungent. Light crisp body with a touch of biting fizz. Lightly sweat pale malt with a combination of bitter and pungent hops. Grainy almost stale flavor just before the astringent and bitter finish. Everything is good on this one except the stale malt flavor that has persisted for half a bottle so far.

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Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%

Swing top bottle.
Light yellow gold; clear with a decent head.
From a swing top bottle.
Malt dominated pils with good balance and relatively light flavor and body.
Semi-dry finish.

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Photo of crossovert
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml brown flip-top bottle.

It pours a clear, light gold with a foamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but it does leave some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty subdued, it has a very earthy scent, not much clarity in the hops or malt.

The flavor continues the earthy theme, this bottle is probably old unfortuneately.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught into a Veldensteiner pint glass in Berlin, Germany.

A: Clear blonde with a thin head of poor retention.

Sm: Clean barley. Standard fare.

T: Malted barley, crisp finish with very few hops. Standard pilsener build; not bold. Balanced well; very clean.

Mf: Brilliant for a pilsener. Just coarse and dry enough.

Dr: Very drinkable, but nothing special. Fairly priced in Berlin (2.70 quid).

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Photo of drmeto
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
sulfur,grainy,lemon,spicy,grassy,earthy,pears,honey
T:
-grainy,spicy,bready,biscuity,papery
-fairly sharp hop bitterniss
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
o.k Pils

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Photo of civicm87
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ejh06752
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Duvel
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of scooter231
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This pils pours a pale golden color, with very little head, and no lacing to be found. Smell is sort of a sour/sweet combination, with lots of citrus coming through.
Taste is floral, sweet. It's light and very subtle, but there's a very slight skunked aftertaste at the end- the beer is juuuust past it's freshness date, so I'm assuming that's the problem. Also assuming that's not there when it is indeed fresh, I think the taste is pretty decent. I kind of want more, though. It's just too subtle.
Mouthfeel is light, on the watery side. Drinkability is pretty decent- it's light and easy to drink. Still, I prefer beers with more substance. Worth a try though.

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Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with spicy hops, grass and straw countered by bready yeast, light fruit and pale malt. Some sticky pine needle followed by some apple, pear and pilsner malt.

Medium bodied with a crisp, spicy hop bite that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malts into a dry finish. A decent amount of dry, earthy bitterness that dominates the flavor. Hints of grass and straw countered by some light fruit, bread, biscuit and pilsner malt. There's a subtle metallic presence that lingers after the finish hurting the drinkability a bit. A bit hopper than expected but pretty standard.

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Photo of mscudder
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A - A translucent straw yellow with a big, three-finger pale head. Soapy lacing left behind. Good retention.

S - Grain sweetness, light fruit and grass. Took some effort to detect all of them.

T - Few hops, clean and crisp throughout. Far from bold.

M - Light+ bodied, fairly dry on the finish. As far as the style, far from poor.

O - I really do not care for pilseners in general. This does a few things pretty well, without making any major mistakes. I would not return to it, although I cannot name any pils I would buy again!

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Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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

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Veldensteiner Premium Pils from Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
3.34 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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