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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,674
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 34
Gots: 166 | FT: 1
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Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canadianbarman on 07-19-2001

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Ratings: 1,674 | Reviews: 817
Reviews by Finn:
Photo of Finn
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can, best by 10/03/12

warsteiner pils is a very pale yellow, with a modest amount of fluffy white lacing. Sweet, bready, crackers in the aroma with a bit of spicy and grassy hops. A mouthful reveals sweet base malts, which quickly get caught up with a somewhat strange bitterness. It finishes clean and fairly dry. Overall, it's not as lively tasting as the more expensive german pils, but for the price it's a good beer to have around when you just want to drink a beer. Just make sure it's fresh enough or it will lose much of it's already modest merit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SoulFroosh
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in a clearance/discount/weird section of my local craft beer/wine store.

I didn't know what to expect. I wasnt sure if it was a Euro adjunct or a genuine German Pilsner. It smells like an adjunct lager. Turns out it's a real Pilsner and it pretty darn refreshing.

It is kind of like a classic adjunct lager but with real hop flavors and a good malt backbone. Very nice. I would happily have this in my fridge all the time.
Not sure if I'll ever find this again, though.

It was nice knowing you, Warsteiner. I'll meet up with you again if I ever get the Deutchland.

Photo of Popsinc
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vey pale/light yellow pour with a think head. Mild nose, a little hoppiness to it, but nothing really stands out. Smooth texture, lighty hopped. Crisp towards the end and a dry bitter finish. Not something i would make a point of drinking again. A half decent beer but not a classic.

Photo of RoyalT
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Pils has the classic light, hazy straw color with a moderate, white head.

Smell – The light German hops and delicate grain give this one a beautiful Pils aroma.

Taste – The Premium Verum is expertly blended. The light hops leads things off strongly and carries through, the grain stands tall in the middle, and the subtle sweetness at the end rounds things out.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied, of course, with a subtle tingly carbonation and a nice, refreshing finish.

Drinkability – This palate-cleansing Pils went down just fine. I would definitely buy again.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, this is one of the best thirst quenching, light beers out their. I just love it. It’s clear, crisp, and dry as ice in the finish making it extremely drinkable. There’s nothing special about any of its traits but together they form a solid and exceptionally balanced and smart beverage. There’s no need for logorrhea with this one. Ii is what it is and it’s good.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, this is the best-looking pilsner I've seen in forever. Bright new brass color is crystal clear and the head on this beer is huge. It stays for the entire time I drink my massive 22oz serving and leaves a great lacing. I couldn't really smell (smokey bar) but I'll assume it was a nice puchy noble hop smell based on the taste. Speaking of which, very simple but bold and balanced. Rather on the sweet side for a pilsner, but balanced by the drying power of a very forceful hop bitter. Has that Hienekin/ Grolsch kind of crisp, snappy finish. Mouthfeel is a little stingy. Forgot how good this stuff is. I drank quite a bit.

Photo of Dmann
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good German Pils for a warm summer day. This one poured a medium yellow color with a small white head that did not stick around for long and did note leave much in the way of lace. The dominant smell was malt but just enough hop in there for you to notice. The taste was similar with a good malt flavor but the hops kicked in at the finnish to balance everything out. Mix that with a good mouthfeel and this is a great beer to drink with some brats off the bbq in these warm summer months.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Prost!, the new beer bar in Portland. It came to me in a pint glass, and was a pale yellow color with a fairly small white head. The aroma was mostly bread, with something that came across as sweet. Taste was more bread, with a little hops. This was a good beer to drink on a hot and humid summer day.

Photo of Todd
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even better on-tap ... this beer is such a great alternative to our mega-swill beer in the US. Very smooth and creamy on the palate. Just a touch of sweetness and bitterness to flavour. Crisp, and a bit dry towards the finish.

A no frills beer, but something nice and clean to switch to now and then when all you want to do is quench a monster beer thirst.

Photo of twi1609372
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not a bad beer in any way. it has the germal feel and taste. a casual or uneducayed beer drinker minght not fully apreciate a beer like this, but i find it to be enjoyable. dark, flavorful, hoppy, with some biterness, not skunky, but quite refreshing for a darker brand of beer.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warsteiner Premium Varum: I'll pick this one up for a change of pace from the regular ales I get.

Though not my personal style I do appreciate this beer's craftsmanship.

Appearance: Light Golden yellow, pours a good head right off the cuff and it settles down after a few minutes to a slick with the remaining lace sticking around until the drink is finished.

Smell: Clean, not skunky at all, just a sweet hops and barley malt smell. Not offensive in any way, shape or form.

Taste: Strong hops are present, drinking whilst smelling really add to the experience of this beer. The drink finishes a bit lighter than it starts, so overall full of flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, a tad dry with some bitterness kicking in after the swallow, but again very nice and almost set apart from other German Pilsners. It's just right for what it is.

Drink: Quite, try it. I'm an Ale-Hound and can easily enjoy a good Warsteiner any time as well! It's not a chugging beer, but rather one to appreciate its build.

This is my favorite German Pilsner style tried thus far because on every level it lets you know what it is you're drinking.

Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours out a big bubbled sudsy head that drops to a thin ring of lace. You'll see head retention build big and drop like this from hop extracts. Perfectly clear and bright golden yellow color. Light biscuity malt with a hint of grassiness, other than that the nose is very clean. Clean and crisp palate with a moderate body and solid stream of carbonation. Grassy malt flavor middle to end with a touch of sweetness up front but very dry in the back. A ghost-like DMS or cooked corn pops up in the middle. Hop bitterness is sharp to start then lays down a very faint cooked herbal note in the finish.

Pretty good coming from one of the big boys in Germany, the most I'd throw at it which I have many times is the classic cheese burger and fries.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium straw. Decent white head which leaves quickly. Almost no smell. Very smooth taste. A little fruity tasting. Somewhat grainy finish. No distinct flavor, lacking in both the malt and hop dept. Basically, this is a pretty boring brew. Nothing bad here, but nothing special or memorable either. Worth a try, though.

Photo of tjthresh
1.84/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

My brother in law thougth he was hooking me up with this one. Just kind of blah. The best I can muster to say about this beer is that I poured with a nice head. I was also very dry, crisp and I imagine it would be refreshing if I wanted to be refreshed. It just doesn’t taste very good.

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, pale, yellow color, with a frothy, white head that has medium retention. Chains of island lace are left down the sides of the pilsener glass.
Aroma has tart, lemonrind and mildewed grass. This hop aroma never becomes skunky and sweetish malt keeps it all in balance.
Mouthfeel reveals a light body and well carbonated beverage, with a slight twinge of hops bitterness.
Taste is lemon-like tart, dry, and crisp. Hints of sweet, pale malt remain in the background. Finish is an assertive, dry, lemonrind, with a white pepper aftertaste.
One of the better European pilseners, in my humble opinion.

Photo of badbeer
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Half liter bottle sampled one day before the end of the best before date.

Had a nice appearance with a golden color and had a white head that dissipated slowly with slight lacing. Smell was slightly skunky but still had a slight floral hoppiness to it. Has a nice clean flavor to it, again with only subtle maltiness and hoppiness as expected. Mouthfeel was decent with a good amount of carbonation and light body. Drinkability is insane on this, it goes down incredibly smooth, if only the rest of it was on this level. Definitely worth a try, and it's one that when fresh, I will be coming back to.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Limpid dull urine in color. Initally frothy head gone in an instant. Thin ring at the edge but, alas, no lacing. Aroms are sweet. Not much else...perhaps some earthen hops? Flavor is average. Not too bad, but nothing stellar. Crisp and dry, with a dash of sweetness up front, followed closely by a husk-like grain flavor, and ended with a bitter hop aftertaste that was short-lived. Decent body and mouthfeel for a pilsener. Drinkable? Sure. Would taste much better on a hot and humid Richmond day.

Photo of PsychoJedi
4.69/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The looks are a pale golden with a nice head. A little too pale though. The smell is classically German. Absolutely a delight to smell the distinct smell that is German beer and this one is no exception. The taste is also classically German with the hole Purity Law bit. Not too week either. This is no watered down beer by any imagination. Goes down smooth with a very delayed, but very slight too aftertaste. You would have to be looking for it and even then, would have to be looking long. Verdict: must try.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear yellow with a thick white head and heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of light hops with a sweet upfront taste and mild bitter throughout.

Overall: Not bad at all. Good German brew.

Photo of bsp77
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into clear cup.

Appearance: Pale yellow with stark white head that mostly dissipates.

Smell: Very grassy with a spicy noble hop kick. Not too much aroma.

Taste: Same as the smell - very grassy, with a nice spicy and bitter hop finish. Very light apple and citrus, but this is a very simple Pilsner.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite good for a mass produced German Pilsner, but the smaller German brewers and US craft brewers make better.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a bud lite yellow color with a small white head that's very tame abd a bit bland. Nose is slightly wheaty and a bit grainy.

Taste is very crisp an surprisingly creamy and smooth. It's not bad but it doesn't have mch flavor at all. Better than a by any day but not great.

Photo of wjimson
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell of this good looking straw yellow beer is of faint bread and yeast. A good inch and a half worth of foam lining up in a pint glass. Served very cold (~3 degree celcius). The taste is clean and simple: bread and yeast slight hop bitterness, yet without tasting like water. The clean and refreshing taste makes the beer very drinkable and quaffable.

I have had this beer many times before in the past, and I have remember this beer to be slighly sweet. This beer works very well on a very hot day when one may be tired and thirsty. Great for quaffing.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale straw colour with good carbonation. Creates a large, frothy white head that subsides rapidly. Aroma of light grainy malt with the faintest hint of solvent; little else to mention.

Tastes of pale malt with a mere suggestion of bitterness. A hint of sweetness. No hoppy aroma or flavour to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly, leaving the palate slightly dry. A faint malty aftertaste.

Unimpressive - this is as bland as industrial macro lager. It lacks the malty body and hoppy bite that I would anticipate from a good pilsener. It's also very expensive for what you get - the same flavour can be had from other lagers for a fraction of the price. I don't recommend this; spend your hard earned cash on something else.

Photo of far333
2.26/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very light yellow color with slight traces of a pure white foam, but no head to speak of. Faint aroma of yeast and butter, some corn. Carbonation explodes from the bottom to the top, fueling a thin white low head. Flavor is consistent from start to finish from the front of the palate all the way to the back, mostly corn. Perhaps a hint of citrus and grass, but too faint to be sure. No hop flavor to speak of. Not impressed with this selection.

Photo of niknar
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear, light gold color. Moderate white, foamy head...some noticable lacing.

Smell was a pleasant combination of fruitiness and yeast. I personally enjoy yeasty beers. I saw another review that mentioned a bread smell, and I have to agree.

Taste is smooth and moderately carbonated. Mouthfeel is very thin, but typical of its style. I drink this beer fairly regularly, and consider it a much improved alternative to the average mass produced American pilsner.

Highly drinkable. Nothing that will rock your beer drinking world, but a good "next step" for those who drink primarily mass produced rice and corn syrup American beers.

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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
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