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Warsteiner Premium Verum - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,368 Ratings
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Ratings: 1368
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%

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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 07-19-2001)
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Photo of Paincane


3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear golden colored brew with a thin white head that leaves mild lace.
S: Grass, fruit and lemon aromas.
T: Grain flavor with sweet malty presence and hints of grape and lemon zest.
M: Light bodied with excellent carbonation. Crisp and refreshing pilsener hop back end.
O: Enjoyable and worth having. Will drink, rinse and repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 22:39:16 | More by Paincane
Photo of diverite


4.21/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew was a bit better than expected. First, it smells bread-like from the pilsen base malt, but its not as crisp as you would expect, nor as bright. The real gem in this one is the toasted smell of a decoction mash. It tastes of bready pilsen, but it also carries a very distinctive decoction mash "toasted" grain flavor that can only be found in a beer that was mashed with the added pains and energy exertion that a decoction mash schedule can provide. This is a throwback to when all brews were mashed this way due to the under-modified base malts that were common years ago, requiring many step mashes to coax the grain in the brewer's direction without adding heat or increased water volume to the main mash. Its just more effort and no longer required these days, but the taste is unique and very traditional....its simply German.

This brew has no up front bittering hops profile, the hops seem to be there as a mild earthy spice (noble variety I think), but not all that bitter. This is a 100% malt forward beer and it is very unique. There are no flavors added, no lightening adjuncts and my guess is no filtering....its 100% malty goodness. This is as real as brew gets and the decoction mash makes it worth trying if you prefer your cold one on the malty side. I will order it again if I every see it offered on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 17:23:21 | More by diverite
Photo of B33R

4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer.       

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 00:39:17 | More by B33R
Photo of TheCondor


3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at the Raglan Road pub in downtown Disney World. Awesome...not the pub necessarily, but Disney World. Highly recommended. Anyway, I wanted to finally get a chance to review a beer that I've had a hundred times. On tap into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a very transparent, straw yellow color with a big fluffy white head about two fingers deep. Carbonation inside the glass could be observed throughout the entire drink. Love the clean, classical label as well. I like it.

Smell - There are certainly some banana notes in there, as well as a grainy scent. A little hops and spices kind of round out the nose. It isn't too impressive. It is multifaceted, but nothing to get too excited about.

Taste - Light maltiness is replaced in the middle of the drink with banana, spices, and cloves. Much like the nose, while the palate has different aspects, there is really nothing remarkable or noteworthy about it. Good, not great.

Mouthfeel - Finished clean and crisp, very light bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall - A good enough beer to drink regularly. I would pay for it again, I would drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out. There are many other good beers out there for a similar price. Again, it is good, but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 02:13:00 | More by TheCondor
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 5L minikeg.

A- Pours the typical clear straw-yellow. Lots of head that retains and laces well. Color and look are not impressive, but right on for the style.

S- Light malts, some spices and a hint of banana. Somewhat complex for a pilsner. Good mix of light malt and other flavorings to create a fair nose.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. Light malts persist throughout. Banana and clove intermingle for an interesting turn early on. Slight skunky flavor typical of European pilsners melds into a very mild hops profile that ends the drink.

M- Typical light and fizzy lager. Can drink lots of them and it won't catch up to you for a while.

Overall, this is an interesting beer for me. I normally don't enjoy European lagers much, but this one is somewhat enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 18:48:02 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of Everydayoff


3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap served in a Warsteiner mug at The Penalty Spot, Bangkok.

Light pale gold in color with actively high carbonation showcase, thick frothy white head with great retention, it collapses to long lasting layer covering atop along with several patch of lacing. In a nose, there are features of crackery malt, corn, grass and some earthiness, while in tastewise, sweetness is dominant by crackery malt along with grassiness, bitterness and citrus from hop in the secondary compartment.

Mouthfeel is super smooth, crisp with fine carbonation and medium body. I would say yes again for the Warsteiner, very easy drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 15:09:36 | More by Everydayoff
Photo of Brenden


3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The typical pale-medium gold of a pils, this beer does show a bit of substance. Activity is consistent and keeps up a fluffy, creamy white head about one finger tall before it turns to a thinnish foam that leaves spotty lacing that's nearly, but not quite, consistent.
Bitterness is very light and seems only to be for balance, which it manages nicely. It gives off some gently skunky notes of Saaz, though perhaps I'm so used to bigger pilseners that I barely noticed at first. There's a nice grassiness and light herbal, leafy note. Malts are fairly dry but more biscuit-like and cracker-like. Grains lie underneath, but it's not too grainy.
This beer is clean, and it's as refreshing and crisp as it ought to be. There's a moderate smoothness to the light body as well.
Some are better and some are worse, but this beer seems to set the standard.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 19:01:02 | More by Brenden
Photo of tobelerone


3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap. A good looking, light gold beer with excellent clarity and a fluffy white head that settles slowly. Lacing is patchy. Grainy cereal aroma, sweeter than expected, pils malt, some grassy noble hops underneath.

Simple and somewhat mediocre tasting pils that’s sweeter than most; caramel notes and bready malt vie with the floral and grassy hops and come out a little too dominant. Finish dries up but not enough to elevate the beer from second rate status; just not bitter or clean enough for my tastes.

Body is medium-light and a bit watery; carbonation is brisk. Easy to drink but there are many better examples of the style on the market.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 14:03:12 | More by tobelerone
Photo of MP72


3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale Gold with a thick white head that seems creamy.

S-sweet malt and some grassy hops

T- A mild sweetness and again grassy hops in a nicely balanced mix.

M-Dry and medium bodied that finishes clean.

O- This a very nice german pilsner , a little less skunky and a bit more flavor and body than Beck's. I think it is exactly what one should expect from a german pilsner. I would recomend this one for sure if your looking to quaff a few lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 22:55:31 | More by MP72
Photo of zimm421


3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a mug. Appears a very clear yellow color, with good carbonation bubbles and a nice white head that has some staying power, but not much. No lacing whatsoever.

Nose has nice yeast scents, malty, bready and sweet. Some pepper and lemon, not much offset to the sweetness though. Taste is similar, again very sweet up front, but then moves towards the lemon and pepper.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation levels. This all works together perfectly to make a nice beer. Overall, I've had much better, but it was nice to throw a few back and relax with the coworkers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 23:39:03 | More by zimm421
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at St. James Infirmary

Deep golden body, light white head.

Smell is mostly toasty malt, but not particularly fragrant.

Taste/feel is smooth and creamy. No noticeable hop presence, light carbonation. For me I kind of get the same vibe as Kronenbourg 1664 on the back end.

It's a pretty good german pilsener. Not a favorite, but I wouldn't mind having plenty more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 04:48:26 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the platt in franlin square at the umternational talkbass annual get together. Arrived straw yellow with a thin foamy head. Super transparent. Very malty and pilsner fresh and brisk. Nice pulsner taste, a bit macro in flavor, but easy drinking and light bodied. Overall decent pilsner but far from the top of the pack.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 19:39:44 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 1 liter mug.

1 finger of white head. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Grains, grassy hops, and a light touch of lemon citrus. A hint of skunk flavors as well.

Taste: Pretty much follows the nose. Grains and bready malts. Grassy hops with a lemon citrus and a bit of skunk mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this reminded me of an American macro lager. Not to much here, but it was fine. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 20:06:44 | More by mothman
Photo of womencantsail


3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at T. Phillip's (La Verne)

A: The pour is a clear straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Sort of an aggressive nose for a pilsner. Grassy hops are very prominent, and there's a surprisingly spicy and peppery aroma to the beer. Pale malts with a touch of bread and some lager yeast.

T: The flavor is very much the same as the aroma. Grassy and spicy hop flavors with a pepper finish and quite a bit of yeast. Pale and cracker type malts with a touch of bread and a dry, bitter finish.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

O: Could easily be that this wasn't terribly fresh, but I wasn't a big fan. The spiciness of it was kind of harsh and became overwhelming at times.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 22:24:54 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nice pilsener color ,creamy head that hung around most of the drink .

smooth taste with a slight bitter sweet touch that finished crisp and clean, with no noticeable aftertaste

very drinkable, could drink this one all day and knight without feeling to heavey...


Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 23:32:43 | More by Kwak
Photo of karait95


3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow color, with a big head on top with small bubbles that dissipates some how slowly, leaving behind traces on the glass, medium carbonation bright color little over the average appearance meeting all the standard.

S: Malty smell, really pleasant combination of sweetness and malty the sweet aroma is most like honey I think this combinations are really great and enjoyable.

T: Very good taste, delicate German pilsener that make you feel the true barley flavor again with the sweetness of the honey that make a good combination, not to intense to taste like candy but as a nice beer.

M: Refreshing, really nice body, not like water but still slim, nice feeling on the mouth in general a little dry at the end with good lasting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 20:30:55 | More by karait95
Photo of david18

New York

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my previous review of the bottle version:

Had this at a german bar in Key West with my dinner. It was pretty good but not one of my favorite pilsners. However, it is a decent german pils and it's always good to see a beer of this caliber in a restaurant in the U.S.

This is a good one to get at any restaurant or bar.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-19-2010 22:00:22


I think I liked the draft even better, which I drank a lot of during the Las Vegas Hilton's Octoberfest special ($3.25 for 16 ounces). Very refreshing, great malt and hops character, definitely a great alternative to the lighter heinekens and buds or the ubiquitous bottled fat tire and Sam Adams. Worth getting any time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 19:11:46 | More by david18
Photo of largadeer


3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Extremely pale and clear gold with a small white head that recedes quickly. Doesn't smell like much, faint pils malt and lager yeast, a hint of grassy hops. Tastes clean and light, mildly malty, suggests some hoppiness. Finish might taste bitter if you've never had beer before. This is like the Bud of Germany, completely bland and boring but not outright terrible, I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 22:54:24 | More by largadeer
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much an average German Pils but a few things should be noted....

taste; starts with a blunt, typical pilsner flavor but then something interesting happens. A kind of strange barley chunky flavor comes out but it's not sweet and almost bad but it quickly grows on me and I start to like it. The hop after taste is very strange too. The flavor is more herbal than bitter, not what I like best but really curious. I think the balance of the hops and barley is on a separate, but not necessarily better level compared to other German brews of this style. I almost want to put it with the export style and not a pilsner, I'm a little confused on the mixed characters.

drinkability; this is a very drinkable beer and I always like to fall back on it on the long Lufthansa flights. Drink to your fill, better than Becks for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 17:52:39 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of chucktrivette


4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 19:25:57 | More by chucktrivette
Photo of kingcrowing


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2010 02:16:51 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of bump8628


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear straw gold with a soapy head that recedes quickly but manages to retain a thin cap.

Pretty much right on par for a true German Pils. Bone-dry, pleasantly crisp, smoothly bitter, with a flair of floral hoppiness.

For $2 a pop as McNellie's monthly special I'll gladly have a few, but at the usual $5-6 per I'll pass.

A German Macro some say...it sure as hell beats an American Macro any day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 20:01:17 | More by bump8628
Photo of jmhart


3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a pub in Aachen.

A- Came out a bright gold with a small white head that faded quickly into a rim around the glass.

S- Biscuity with a gentle amount of noble hops.

T- Grassy malts combined with a nice green hop bitterness and a bit of a dry pepper (not spicy, but just drying on the tongue). Finishes with a crisp citrus flavor. A pretty decent taste with a nice hop character.

M-- Light bodied with a light but decent amount of carbonation. Oily and dry on the finish.

D- I'd had this before in the States...who hasn't...and obviously it was better on tap across the pond. Really tasty. A wonderful afternoon beer before continuing on with my tour of the city.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 23:50:29 | More by jmhart
Photo of ghettobrown

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First German Pilsner I've tried, and was very impressed compared to the American Lagers I've been drinking for years.

A - very clear, clean and inviting. good amount of bubbles in the glass stein

S - fresh, distinct aroma of grains

T - very refreshing. hints of citrus, yet sweet taste

M - great amount of carbonation, light and crisp

D - I can sit and have a few of these with no holding back.

I view this beer as a great starter to German Pilsners, and hope to try more of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 18:14:31 | More by ghettobrown
Photo of smcolw


3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No head or lace on the glass. The color is pale straw. Crystal clear.

The smell is like raw spent brewing grains and little else.

The taste starts with a grainy flavor (like the smell). Some mild bittering hop does appear in the swallow and aftertaste, although the latter is short-lived. Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation--comes across spritzy. Barely better than a macro, but it is easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2010 19:37:09 | More by smcolw
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Warsteiner Premium Verum from Warsteiner Brauerei
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