Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,731
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 35
Gots: 187 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: canadianbarman on 07-19-2001

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Photo of RichScherle
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in bottles, cans, and on tap. I love this beer and consider it a good example of a german pilsner (I love pilsners tho some beer snobs automatically sneer at them).

A - beautiful crystal clear golden with a thick, rich cloud white head that subsides rather quickly.

S - I love the aroma because its so rich and elegant yet fleeting. You get noble hop impression with an ever so slight lemony note, then a pilsner malt sweetness with a crackery aspect. Clean and precise.

T - This really is high quality and precise german engineering at work. Zero off flavors. Very pure and sharp pilsner malt subdued sweetness followed by a piney/grassy dryness from the noble hops. Finishes very nicely dry with a totally awesome lingering pilsner malt flavor mixed with a tad of grass. I find this beer to be wonderful for what it is - its obviously not a huge beer but not meant to be - meant to be simple and extraterrestially pure. You can also tell the water used in this brew is great and super soft.

M - awesome grainy texture with amazing dryness that pulls you back in.

D - No problems here - I can drink these no problem thanks to its dryness and purity. Gives almost no hangover whatsoever if you happen to indulge a bit too much.

Some reviewers seemed to hate this brew - but I can't see how a true beer aficionado could rate this beer low simply due to purity of style and the quality expressed as a result of the ultra precise brewing process.

Photo of kdawg105
4.88/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into glass it has the look of a Budweiser. It has smell off malts and some citrus hop notes. Left a nice lace on glass all the way throughout the beer. I was expecting it to be more skunky but it was a very balanced beer that I would recommend trying!

Photo of yankiac
4.85/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A light sparkling gold with a thin lace.

S - Earthy armoa with a subtle undertone of maltiness

T - Earthy hop character with a hint of lemon.

M - Light, Crisp, and refreshing.

D - Could drink this all day and all night.

This is one of my favorites. A great session beer that I come back to quite often.

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.73/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Warsteiner is a rare German beer in that it tastes pretty much the same in the USA, as it does in Germany. How this brewery is able to import it here, keep it fresh, AND keep it inexpensive (less than a Euro per .33L bottle, ye Germans) is a real testimony to remarkable German manufacturing expertise.

Yes, it has a VERY light color--proving that skilled brewing can make a light colored beer with lots of flavor.

Yes it has wonderful lacing--which lasts the whole glass through (take that American mass-brewers!)

Yes, it has a wonderful fresh, but not overwhelming quality hop aroma. Warsteiner is unique amidst German pilsners--in that it has a certain, indescribable to me...."Warsteiner" taste, unlike any other brand. Other pilsners are as good or better...but none has the special taste I discern.

Yes, it has a perfect, gentle...balance between hops and malt...and balance is THE mark of quality beer of any style. Pilsner is, of course, meant to be gentle--and subtle.

Camembert cheese from France is considered by aficionados about the finest that cheese gets. Yet, it doesn't knock your socks off like a blue cheese, or a cheddar. Like most French food, the flavor is subtle and gentle...or dare I say "genteel."

So too is a great Pilsner. Pilsners--be they German style (drier and sharp) or Czech (sweeter and easy) are subtle creatures....and the IPA crowd in America just doesn't get them. These are meant to be an adjunct to pleasant conversation for hours....with friends, in a Stammtisch. Not something to brag about in how many IBUs you can handle....or how dark it is…..or how high the alcohol you can get.

There's something supremely European about the subtlety of a solid Pilsner, in that it really isn't trying to be extreme--only excellent.

Warsteiner is definitely an excellent pilsner. If you don't like it, you should question your own taste and sophistication--not that of this excellent beer.

Photo of JEFFRIBEGGIN
4.7/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A VERY GOOD BEER WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL DRINKABILITY; THE MOUTHFEEL IS ALSO EXCEPTIONAL. THE SMELL IS GOOD. A BEER FOR ALL SEASON BUT GREAT IN SUMMER.
THE BEST GERMAN PILS I HAVE DRANK. I ADVISE TO TASTE IT AT LEAST A TIME IN YOUR LIFE. VERY GOOD IN BOTTLE BUT EXCEPTIONAL IN GROWLER

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 SimonBailey
4.68/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Look, I'm probably the wrong person the write a review for bottled Warsteiner becuase, along with Alpirsbacher and Kloster Scheyern, it is my absolute fave German bottled pilsner.
It kicks ar$e.
It will make you happy.
It is a unique and wonderful beer experience.
Enjoy!

Photo of GMB
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An admittedly overzealous pour of this 11.2 oz. can of Warsteiner "Premium German Beer" produces a straw-golden body of brew, which supports a thick snow-white head with plenty of staying power.

The nose is typical of German Pilseners: mild; slightly sweet; subtle hints of herbs and spices.

The first sip unfolds slowly on the palate. Sweet malts lead the way, but are quickly balanced by some mild aroma hops. Bitter hops emerge towards the end and are substantial enough to hold their own and keep the sweet malts from outstaying their welcome. Well-balanced.

As the mild carbonation suggested, this beer is light and crisp on the palate.

Warsteiner Premium isn't the kind of hoppy, dry pilsener that American breweries are putting out these days. Perhaps that explains why it is undervalued at BeerAdvocate.com. But it is a beautiful representation of the drinkable sophistication that typifies German beer. I'll be revisiting this one.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer does not travel well, but if you are in Northwest Germany, Warsteiner is a must. Beautiful golden straw color below a firm white head that recedes slowly, leaving beautiful lace all the way down the glass. The smell is slightly hoppy, with a distinctive malt undertone that makes this one easy to pick in blind taste tests. The taste is extremely crisp with a marvelous bitter bite in the aftertaste that makes you want more. Of the German pilsner-style, Warsteiner, when kept and served properly, is the best.

I could have easily written an extremely negative review of this beer, based on some servings I've had outside of Germany. This is a classic example of the veracity of the slogan: think global, drink local.

Photo of TOMHONE
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good tasting and very smooth going down. Very mild beer with no after taste. For your average "middle of the road" brew in my opinion a very formidable beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, pale gold with a firm, bright white head, Good retention. Very nice noble and somewhat spicy hop aroma backed by malt and a hint of crisp apple. Rich malt & hop flavor along with a good mouthfeel - not creamy, but full. It clearly displays pilsner malt and grassy and herbal hops backed by a solid bitterness. Very well balanced. Big hop finish with a long lasting dry aftertaste. An excellent, crisp and refreshing north German pilsner of the highest quality.

Photo of goldbot
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and golden, bubbly. Thin white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Classic pilsener aroma; lightly grainy and very nice hop aromas. Floral and a bit fruity. Mild, malty flavor, bready. More floral hops again with the slightest of fruit flavor, perhaps from esters but it blends in nicely with the hops. Crisp, smooth mouthfeel; very light bodied. An excellent example of the style in my eyes; completely stripped down, the essence of pure beer flavor!

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking straight out of bottle:

T=nice, malty flavor with hint of hops.

Body=Very well-crafted medium body, with good carbonation.
Very drinkable, I can drink these 24/7.

It's not supposed to be anything special. It is what it is. A pilsener/lager. A nice refreshing, easy to drink and pleasant enough beer to consume all night and get drunk off of.

And thanks to the German Beer Purity Law(unfortunately long since repealed but many German brewers still abide by this at least for pilseners and lagers.) So, at least there are no cheap adjuncts made in this and tastes a lot better than others of the lager styles.

Outstanding!! Totally underrated. Will buy again.

Photo of alankwak
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Boy what a smooth Pils.
Appearance: Very golden light and nearly clear. It's a true pilsner!
Smell: Subtle, little hint of the nice hoppy flavor that awaits. Not a strong smell.
Taste: Well, what really matters...darn good. What is so nice about this beer is the finish...low to no after taste..at least in any negative way. Nice Saaz(I think) hop finish indeed.
Mouthfeel. Very light, again, this is a pilsner.
Drinkability. Whew...all day my friend...not very filling and very enjoyable.
A very good if not great beer.
I give it an A-.

Photo of slitherySOB
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer. Pours a pale blonde colour with a one finger head that quickly dissipates to half. Nice aroma of hops. Tasted sweet at first with a bitter bite afterwards. At first, this could be confused for a cerveza. One could down quite a few of these and be satisfied.

Photo of lkdrinker
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A full natural aroma with a strong hopsy aftertaste. I can taste the barley and the hops, a great sensory experience. Nice amber body, with the right amount of froth. Not too sweet nor too bitter. I would recommend to my friends. My favorite German beer to date.

Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully clear and brilliant pale gold, with a good half-inch of light froth atop it. Clean, sweet malt nose with a dusty hop aroma Light, grainy malt flavor with a lots of hop presence, both good bitterness and a flowery, grassy hop flavor. Clean finish with some prolonged bitter flavor. Light bodied, neutral texture.

In my opinion, one of the top German pils available in the US. I find the low reviews a bit inexplicable, as this is a very good example of the style. Perfectly balanced and refreshing.

Photo of NODAK
4.32/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is of wet grain...hay....barley. A very distinctive smell to it.

The taste is again one that sets it apart from all other beers I've sampled. The body of the beer has a definitive barley taste to it....it's definitely one that I have not had in another beer. Some may refer to it as grain or hay, but it's quite a sharp and distinctive taste. There's a good pils hop bitterness on the back end as well from the Noble hops, which helps finish the beer out on a clean note. However, the barley does stick around on the aftertaste somewhat.

This, in my opinion, is a good go-to beer for sessions. It's tasty, it's clean, and goes down smooth. I enjoy it.

Photo of ipscman
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this side-by-side with a Trumer Pils, both from bottles. The Warsteiner has a strong aroma. The Trumer almost none. Very sublte. The taste reflected this. The Warsteiner had a sharpness to it I liked. The Trumer seemed flat and watery in comparison. I definitely prefer to Warsteiner. Just one man's opinion.

Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an old friend, Warsteiner... from back in the days of the now defunct Rathskeller... it truly was one of the greater beers i had sampled at that point. surprised i havent rated it here yet.
pours a beautiful yellow with great head and i nice layer retention.
smell is the typical pils/lager stuff....
taste is the same. i get a little honey out of it. it's a little dry. a little sharp. very decent, even now in this age of craft brew proliferation. still a standard to measure up to.
it's not my favorite style but it's decent and it brings a rush of memories. it's especially excellent now after an Underberg and the only thing better would be to be transported back in time to the heyday of Old World and The Rathskeller (and, i suppose, my youth). bratwurst and fried potatoes from mamma and pappa playing his music.

Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is easily drinkable and very refreshing !

Appearance:: pale golden yellow in color with some carbonation.

Smell: Moderate aromas of grainy and malts

Taste: with moderate amounts of biscuit and malts in the body and some bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of

Overall: This is a very enjoyable beer which would pairs well with fancy food.

Photo of Premo88
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: classic everything -- pale yellow, crystal clear, hundreds and hundreds of bubbles flying up the column, sticky 1-inch-plus head of white that laces a bit on the way down, full skin of foam across the top with a thick white collar

S: more classic everything with a nice bread malt dominance, sour grain, pinch of earth/black pepper hops bitterness

T: bitter bite up front, nice sweet finish of bread malt, lemon in there, too -- it's more bitter than the nose, but that lemon note is leaving it with an almost fruity finish

F: perfect ... light, full

O: love it ... no surprises here, though, for I love the true pilseners. it's got that perfect earthy/black-pepper hop bite and some great sour grain/lemon taste on a nice little bed of sweet barley malt. a brew I'll grab again and again.

Photo of ghisty
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance:
light golden very clear. normal pour. normal glass.
light head but a decent head. awesome lace.
every drink leaves a ring around the glass. but its clean and fresh

smell:
fresh. slight citral note .familiar awesomness. notes of hay. fresh hops. dynamic.

taste:
its a great one. sharp carb. clean. and not overly foamy. like the better parts of a pilsner. with slightly less dry finish. and a more lagery flavour. a hoppy easy drinking
brew. with a good start. nice level. and clean finish. somewhat dry and very refreshing.grains and fresh hops with a sharp start and great overall .

mouthfeel:
very sharp and carbed on the drink. quickly evens out to a taste factory. as described.

overall:
i very much enjoy this beer. its always refreshing and its a great starter if you are having a session on a few other imports. goes great with chicken. or curry. or vegetables. or anything actually. dont miss this beer.

Photo of chucktrivette
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first has this beer at an authentic German restaurant. Served in a mug with a one finger head. Appearance was a very light straw color yellow. Nothing impressive with its appearance. The smell was a grassy smell. Typical German lager smell. Taste was quite nice. Grassy/earth taste. This beer has a nice after taste that kept me craving for more. I could drink a good bit of this beer. After trying this beer on tap, I bought a 6 pack. Same quality and taste. I was impressed with Warsteiner Verum. Will try the dunkel soon.

Photo of spaceranger
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsner, Lager, Pilsner, Lager. Who freakin' cares? This is the shit. Germans make the best F-'n beer in the world. EVERYbody knows this. And Warsteiner is one of 'em. At first I thought this was just an average (great) German beer. But, out on the lake today, with time to relax and reflect on the aroma, taste, freshness and refreshing aspects of this brew, I must say it is a wonderful production. I will buy this beer again and again. "Es schmeckt grob" holle ya...hell yes.

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