Welcome to the 10th edition of The Midweek Drink. If you are making your journey back home from a hard days work either by car, public transport, bike or power-walking and haven’t planned on what to have for the weekend that’s coming up or during the Christmas break, then I hope this will keep you occupied on your journey and may help you with choosing your next choice of beverage (except for those who are driving; too risky to read and drive at the same time).
This week, I have chosen a non-alcoholic pilsner (0.5%) called Veltins Alkoholfrei brewed by the German beer company, Veltins. This drink contains only three ingredients: water, barley malt and hops.
A brief timeline on Veltins
- 1824, a small tavern brewery, owned by Franz Kramer, opened its doors for the first time in Grevenstein, Germany.
- 1852, Clemens Veltins took control of the brewery - which continued to grow popular - and decided that it was time to move to a new building to continue to satisfy their customers demand of their beer.
- 1893, brothers Carl & Anton Veltins took over their parents’ brewery and re-named it Brauerei C. & A. Veltins.
- As the 19th Century came to a close, Veltins continued to grow successfully right through into the 20th Century and in 1994, the great great granddaughter of Clemens, Susanne Veltins, took over the company. Today, Veltins continues to produce alcoholic and non-alcoholic pilsner, shandy and soft-drinks using only pure spring water from the Grevenstein region. They also sponsor regional and international sports, such as Porsche Motorsport and FC Schalke 04.
Three senses and a beverage
When you pour from the bottle (330ml) into a glass, you get a clear, pale gold colour; a thin white head that dissipates quickly and light carbonation. It has a light and thin body; crisp and refreshing taste that is met with a malty sweetness and a slight - yet pleasant - bitter aftertaste. And for the aroma, you can notice a bready and hay smell which is quite moderate.