Veldensteiner Premium Pils | Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

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Veldensteiner Premium PilsVeldensteiner Premium Pils

Brewed by:
Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 49
Photo of JMD
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy yellow with peachy tones. Active carbonation, and a small head that dissipates quickly.

S: Light fruity aroma, with hints of apple and light honey.

T: Crisp and clean flavor. Apple and light grain, with a mild hop bite.

M: Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Appropriate for the style

O: Overall this is a good pilsner from Germany. Not as hoppy as many of the American interpretations but still and enjoyable beer.

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

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-fairly sharp hop bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
o.k Pils

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Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%

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 DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml flip-top bottle consumed in Nurnberg, on to the beer:

It's a pale gold color with a clean body, a soapy yet fluffy head, and stringy lace clinging around the glass. The nose of grass and hay are nice, though are mannered in a mild intensity. The bite of fresh grass hits the palate first, which then gives the opportunity for a green apple note to kiss. A touch of citrus and hint of vague vegetables rounds the taste. The body is light-medium, closer to medium, with gentle crispness, finishing out this good pilsner.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

Poured a nice frothy two finger foam cap that settled down with considerable lacings on the glass. Deep golden color with tiny bubbles.

Faint sweet aroma, almost like honey.

Nice , light mouth feel. Clean taste with a hint of sweetness. Mild hop and malt taste. Pleasant beer , very drinkable and refreshing. Would have again but wouldn't go far out of my way to buy just one. Good beer for the price.

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Photo of mscudder
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
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 corby112
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
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 jonb5
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.4 Litre served in a Pils flute. Large thick head, light golden colour, clear. Nice noble hop smell. Taste was on the sweet side for a Pils, had notes of fruit which reminded me of gummi bears. Smooth with a bit of fiz. Overall a nice refreshing Pils, easy to drink and decent value for money.

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Photo of fx20736
2.45/5  rDev -26.2%
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 StoutHunter
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Veldensteiner Premium Pils a couple days ago for $3.99 at The Lager Mill. I don't have much experience with German Pilsener's, so I thought I should try an authentic German one to get a good feel for this style, so lets see how it goes. No visible freshness date. Poured from a brown flip top 22oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- The label looks good and is typical for most beers coming out of Germany. It poured a nice and clear golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. It looks just like how a Pilsener should.

S- This beer has a good Pilsener aroma. It starts off with some very lightly toasted pale malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart a nice bready, grainy, and slightly yeasty aroma. The hops stick out nicely and impart a nice grassy and earthy aroma. This is a pretty simple and straightforward smelling Pilsener.

T- The taste of this beer follows the nose very nicely. The flavor starts out with a large amount of lightly toasted pale malts that impart a nice doughy and grainy taste that makes for a pretty good base for this beer and it has a low amount of sweetness. After that comes the hops which are lighter then I was expecting but still impart a good amount of earthy and grassy flavors. The finish is smooth with a low amount of bitterness and it had a nice grainy and doughy aftertaste that really stays in the mouth. The flavor was pretty good and all about the balance between malts and hops.

M- Very smooth, crisp, somewhat dry, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a high amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was spot on for a Pilsener.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty good German Pilsener that was very smooth, clean, and refreshing. After trying this beer it seems like German Pilsener's are all about the balance of hops and malts aren't nearly as hoppy or bitter as it's American counterpart which are flavorful but what it lacks in flavor it makes up for in mouthfeel and drinkability. This beer had great drinkability, it went down very smooth, was refreshing, and it wasn't too filling which made for a better pairing with dinner then an American Pilsener, I could drink three or four of these, it makes for a very sessionable beer. What I liked most about this beer was the drinkability, it went down very smooth, the mouthfeel and appearance are also pretty good. What I liked least about this beer wasn't much but I thought it could use a little more hop flavor while still keeping the same amount of bitterness. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Pilsener to go with dinner, it paired with some sausage and sauerkraut nicely. I recommend giving this beer a try, if your looking for hoppy go for an American Pilsener, if your looking for balance and drinkability go with this German Pilsener. I was expecting this beer and style to pretty similar to the American Pilsener and I was surprised to find that these two styles are very different and I like that. This beer made for a good first impression for Veldensteiner and may have peaked an interest for me in this style, this was a good and sessionable beer, I am down to see what else this brewery has to offer.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sort of surprised about this average. a fantastically easy drink with some degenerated but still characteristic hopping. this is an old bottle. and a pilsner in this form of resealable bottlea isn't to be kept for long. but none the least aged true to form to something quite nice.

pour is golden clear with some bubbles coming up but i would expect more. the nose is like almost a keller but leaner. this is a very old bottle. oolong tea note with a honey pollen floral note. palate is subtle hints of nuttiness... it still drops off like it should. but with a nice and delicate fruity beginning. very nice and delicate floral beautiful. with a toasty hint of biscuit and bark earth. all the qualities are there. but very subtle therefore extremely quick going down.

i will look for this one fresh in germany.

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Photo of atlason
4.54/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly unusual and big pilsner.

Pours a gold color with voluminous head with decent retention. Some lacing.

Nose is toasted malt with subtle noble hops. Very impressive smell.

Taste is a fresh deep malty and fruity flavor. Very strong taste for a pils.

Aftertaste of medium length very consistent with main flavor.

Overall a very nice pilsner if a bit unusual for the style.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -45.8%
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 kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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 theboozecruise
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a tasting at Slinky's in Baton Rouge a few nights ago... I actually scored all 5 categories on my notes, so I'm not just going from memory here!

It's a pale yellow color, pretty decent white head, but really an average looking beer.

The smell is a lot sweeter than one would expect for Pilsner, strong malts and not a lot of hops. Weird, but I like it.

The taste is more balanced, the pilsner hops are there in more force and it's not as unusually sweet.

Decent mouthfeel, crisp and easy to drink... an unusual but good pilsner.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite an unusual Pils, really good but keeping the style in mind, I must be more critical.

appearance; pale and crytal clear yellow. A nice white head in the pour but quickly dissipates. Some pretty lacing and film remains on the surface of the beer throughout the drink.

smell; Bock-like malt odor and citrusy hops. The hops are a little off for the style but complement the sweeter than usual malts.

taste; sharp and bitter hops upfront, the malts keep it from getting to be overwhelming. Finishes with an hop citrus rind bitterness, very blunt but without leaving much of an aftertaste.

mouthfeel; a lot going on here, tight and intense carbonation with a creamy fell, special feature of many beers from this brewery.

drinkability; very crisp and refreshing, if not a bit to heavy.

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Photo of crossovert
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
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 stakem
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
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 emsroth
2.34/5  rDev -29.5%
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 Bierfreund
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass mug, colour is very light. The white head is 3 fingers high, disappears after 5 minutes. Slight lacing.

Fruity nose - smells almost lemony!

Mouthfeel: crisp, but not too much carbonation.

Taste: alcohol tingle on front of tongue, hoppy aftertaste lingers on the back of my throat.

What is left of the head turns into thick foamy chunks! I have never seen that before in another beer. Very interesting! Tasty!

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Photo of potownbill
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
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 HappyHourHero
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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 soultrain
2.23/5  rDev -32.8%
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 ommegangpbr
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dig the flip top bottles. This automatically earns cool points for that.
This strikes me as a better Heineken; it lacks any of that skunky quality- bittersweet and dry with a soft mouthfeel that turns into that tangy, bitter finish which dries up well. Very easy to drink; has a simple flavor profile but has enough going on to keep it from being too boring.
Pretty inexpensive, too. Not too shabby on the whole.

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Photo of scooter231
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
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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