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Warsteiner Premium Verum - Warsteiner Brauerei

Warsteiner Premium VerumWarsteiner Premium Verum

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1,369 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1369
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%

Brewed by:
Warsteiner Brauerei visit their website

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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3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

0.5L can brought in from Germany in a suitcase. Poured into some kind of pilsner. I actually have a glass from a bottle bought in the US, too, just as a curiosity if the imported versus local versions taste perceptibly different. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the same packaging.

Pours crystal clear, golden, with a fizzy head and light carbonation. This is essentially what I expect pilsners to look like. Smell is sweet, straw, lagery yeast, surprisingly mild.

Taste is sweet and crisp. Something a little corny about it, but it's German, so there shouldn't be. Straw again, less of the lagery yeast. Again, quite mild. I'd like something with more bitterness a little more.

Mouthfeel is actually kind of thick. Certainly not a light and dry as I think of with other pilsners. Overall, I'd take this over a BMC AAL any day.

The American bottle looks identical. Maybe slightly, slightly more carbonated. Smell is a little skunkier, but that could be can versus bottle. Taste is noticeably different. Again, more skunkiness in the American bottle; the German can is much sweeter. American bottle has the advantage of seeming crisper due to the extra bitterness.


Serving type: can

03-02-2014 20:37:37 | More by snaotheus
Photo of NSBeers

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.06/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - 2 fingers of of smooth off-white head. Extremely clear yellow colour, I could read a book looking through it. Carbonation holds well, it's still bubbling strongly after nearly eight minutes out of the can. Head dissipated quickly though, leaving a splatter of grey-white foam.

Smell - It has a crisp, bitter smell to it. Definitely high hops quality, as is traditional in German beers.

Taste - It somewhat lacks in flavour right away, but gets stronger the more you drink. The bite of bitter hops is replaced with an almost tangy sweetness on the edge of your tongue. There are hints of fruit in there as well, though the flavour is so subtle and disppears so quickly I can't put my finger on what it is.

Mouthfeel - Light and fairly watery. Almost feels a luke-warm breeze caught in your throat.

Overview - While it definitely gets points for it's presentation, it's lack of any substantial flavouring is it's downfall. Remember kids, just because it looks good doesn't mean it is good. However as is the case with most import beers, you're not getting the best product; if I wanted to do a truely fair review, I'd have to go to the Warsteiner Braeuerei itself and try a batch. As it stands however, I'm giving the Premium Verum One and a Half Stars out of Five.

Serving type: can

08-03-2013 21:09:20 | More by NSBeers
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can poured into a pint glass. Served cold and purchased from the Beer Store for $2.60 CDN.

Appearance - Pale golden color, some bubbles are present with the quickly dissipating 1.5 fingers of bright white head. A little lacing left around the glass and the golden beer is crystal clear.

Smell - Grassy slightly floral aroma mixed with a light grain smell. Not outstanding, but nothing unpleasant and suits the style pretty well.

Taste - Similar to the nose, not unusual, maybe not the most flavorful beer, as there is also a low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-low carbonation. Smooth and refreshing in the mouth. Feels like a great beer in the mouth year round as it retains its refreshing characteristics even in the dead of Canadian winter.

Overall - A fine German pilsener that is enjoyable year round.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 20:48:57 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of mmmbirra


3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

half liter can in a Kloster Andechs ceramic mug.
After the foam dies down, which it does quickly, you can see it's a transparent yellow. A few bubbles rise to the surface.
A little cracker-like maltiness in the nose with some nice hoppy spice. Not too powerful, but a pleasant combination of aromas.
There's again a cracker-like maltiness on the palate with a kind of spicy, though mostly non-descript, hoppiness running through the beer. A slight hop bite in the back leaves a touch of bitterness on the tongue.
It's rather light-bodied, and perhaps a bit watery. Very refreshing for a hot summer afternoon.
Not very complex; straightforward and enjoyable. I'll be drinking quite a few of these in the park this summer, I'm sure, though I can't see myself turning to this when the weather cools down.

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 17:07:29 | More by mmmbirra
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Ontario (Canada)

3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 500ml can, poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden straw colour. A bit of carbonation is visible. Poured with about two fingers of head which fade rapidly, leaving behind next to no lacing.

Smell - Grains and cereal...

Taste - Grains up front, followed by light malts and a few grassy bits. An light alcohol flavour linger after the beer is gone...and not in a good way really.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation for a pilsner. Light body, with a dry, decently crisp finish.

Overall - 3/5

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 03:25:27 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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.

Serving type: can

05-10-2013 09:03:17 | More by GMB
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New Brunswick (Canada)

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

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

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

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 .

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

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.

Serving type: can

01-18-2013 01:19:34 | More by ghisty
Photo of CDRSchafer


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

I drink this a lot because Fort Sam Houston has it for $20 a case which is a great price for a decent everyday beer. You can't beat it at that price. Wouldn't drink it as much for $25. Wouldn't drink it at all for $30.

Nice looking beer. This reminds me a bit of the pils I had in Germany, but it's more on the lower end, like Bitburg. It's a very dry beer with quite a bit of flavor, that goes well with basic American food.

Serving type: can

11-19-2012 20:10:20 | More by CDRSchafer
Photo of davey101


3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into an over sized wine glass...only the best glassware!

A - Very clear straw yellow body. Pour yields a massive fluffy bone white head. Sticks around for a solid amount of time. Light lacing.

S - Sweet and grainy with notes of hay, banana, and light spice. Finish is fruity almost. Smell is actually fantastic.

T - Similar to the nose. Initially it is sweet with some banana and cloves, then it finishes grainy with some noticeable hops. Kind of a bubblegum aftertaste. Mouth feel is lightly carbed and thin, was hoping for more crispness. Highly drinkable.

O - Surprisingly tasty. I could see working this in as a session beer. Its well priced, and the cans mean no skunked off flavors. Woot!

Serving type: can

10-19-2012 01:35:26 | More by davey101
Photo of corby112


3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can served on lufthansa airlines, best before 1-30-13.

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly fades into a lasting ring. Glass is left coated with sheets of soapy lacing.

Light crisp hop aroma with a subtle earthy, floral character countered by pale malt and faint bready yeast. Pretty bland really other than the faint hop character with a little bread and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a spicy hop bite up front that lingers over the bready yeast and pale malt notes into a slightly dry finish. Nice grassy, earthy flavor with a decent amount of dry bitterness that doesn't overpower the other flavors. Hints of straw and bready yeast followed by pale biscuity malt. Well balanced, enjoyable session(able) beer.

Serving type: can

06-28-2012 00:02:57 | More by corby112
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 5 Liter mini keg. The beer is a clear light golden color. A frothy white head sits on top, and actually stays around for a while. A very random, light foamy lacing sticks to the glass. The beer smells malty, and there's a toasted bread/peanut butter smell in there. The taste is fairly consistent with the aroma. It's a toasty, malty ordeal, with perhaps a grassy taste in there at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, not my favorite German beer, more like a decent substitute for an American Adjunct Lager.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 16:21:29 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of rangerred


3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml can into a footed pilsener glass.

Appearance is a clear medium yellow with a one finger kind of fizzy white head. Good retention, though.

Smell is quite malty with light bready grain along with some noble flowery hops thrown in.

The taste has a light breadiness at first quickly followed by some sweet caramel that is not really present in the nose. There is a quick hop bite in the middle lasting through the finish. Some flowery hop flavor is there but not a lot.

Overall, a decent pils but far from the best out there. It is pretty refreshing, though.

Serving type: can

04-17-2012 22:43:10 | More by rangerred
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.

Serving type: can

03-05-2012 01:32:53 | More by Finn
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Great clarity, pours a straw yellow with poor head retention and no lacing

S: Grainy and crisp aroma with slight bitter.

T: bitterness is the most identifiable. Slight soapy character.

M: really washes in a non-palatable way. leaves the cheeks tart.

O: Meh

Serving type: can

01-24-2012 02:25:54 | More by BasementBer
Photo of WoodBrew


3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Warsteiner Vernum pours a bright clear yellow with foamy white head. Some very mild lacing as it drops to a slight head. Continuous bubbles. Smells typical of most Euro pilseners...Saaz hop as a base. The taste is decent and refreshing. The Saaz bitter taste is left on the pallet. Mouthfeel is nice, light bodied, nice carbonation and sharp. Overall a very refreshing beer that I would try again. Serve nice and cold!

Serving type: can

12-17-2011 14:20:29 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of woodychandler


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I could have sworn that I had reviewed this beer from a CAN before, but neither this site nor my The CANQuest (TM) spreadsheet seems to indicate this, so I am deeply grateful for the opportunity. The sad thing is, I CANnot remember who to thank! I have incurred a recent deluge of CANs and I am slightly overwhelmed. If you sent it to me and would like to be mentioned, just shoot me a B/M.

From the CAN: "Eine Königin Unter den Bieren" [A Queen of Beers]; "Brewing Excellence Since 1753".

The Crack & Glug did not take long, coming out of an 11.2 fl oz/330 ml CAN, but it resulted in a finger-and-a-half of bone-white head with mild retention. The color was a slightly pale sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy hoppiness overlaying the inherent lager sweetness and my mouth began to water. The initial swig presented a very honey-like sweetness initially before the grassy hops kicked in. The mouthfeel was on the low end of medium, not quite thin, but not much over the line, either. Finish was mmmellow and it was a very pleasant reminder of why I like Pilseners, whether they be German or Czech in style. I would definitely have some of this in my cooler when headed to the beach, the backyard, or even for Hula in the Coola Day (01 February, annually). Worth an attempt at seeking out. Man, this was like tea in terms of its mellowing qualities - I was suddenly becoming very sleepy.

Serving type: can

12-03-2011 01:50:15 | More by woodychandler
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3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light straw color with a full, foamy, light, airy, sticky, white head. Good retention leaving a thin patchwork of lace.

S - Big grainy and bready malt aroma that gives way to a healthy amount of grassy and herbal hops along with notes of lemon and pepper. Slightest hint of cooked vegetable/corn.

T - Similar to the nose. Starts with a lot of grainy, bready, and biscuity malt. This persists throughout. Mid sip it gives way to grassy, herbal, and spicy hops. Hints of lemon as well. Finishes with a subtle bitterness but it is pretty crisp and doesn't linger that long.

M - Light to medium body with above average carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and easy drinking.

D - Well balanced and easy to drink. Crisp, refreshing, and light. Very easy to drink with a nice subtle bitterness.

Notes: Easy to drink pilsener. Nothing outstanding but overall it is solid. A good level of hops and it finishes really nice. Good basic lager.

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 19:26:27 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Been meaning to try this one for a while as I have generally heard positive things about it. Pours a pale straw colour with a puffy, rather lofty two-finger white head with good retention - it lasts a few minutes before dying to a creamy cap with some lacing. Looks like a pilsener, alright. Smell isn't anything special but it's definitely style-appropriate; sweet, grainy malts and faint grassy hops.

And now the important part. Grainy malts, a little bread or cracker-like, make up the backbone of the flavour, with some grassy, slightly herbal hops and a bit of lemon citrus coming forward in the finish. Nothing explosive or mind-blowing in terms of flavour but the balance between the sweet-ish malts and slightly bitter hops is definitely pleasing. Crisp, relatively dry finish. Light-bodied, with fairly heavy carbonation (although lower than in many euro lagers). This stuff is as drinkable as any macro lager, except it also tastes good.

Can't find much to complain about here, it's one of the better German pilseners I've had recently. Pretty standard really, I'd appreciate more hop character, but it's refreshing and tasty nonetheless. I will almost definitely be picking up some Warsteiner again when I feel like a pils.

[Updated Feb. 21 2014]

I picked up another can, this time to compare it side-by-side with a few other well-known German pilseners (Beck's, Holsten Premium and Stiegl Pils). This is the best of the four in my opinion, with a classic, bready pilsner malt/grassy noble hop flavour. If you're not already a German lager fan then Warsteiner probably won't convert you, but it's still a good lager that I'd rank up there with some of my other preferred imports.

Final Grade: 3.68, a B grade.

Serving type: can

08-25-2011 17:39:36 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of NilsFrisk


3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on a flight, and i could guess there wouldn't be much to say about it.
Light pale, white head, crisp lager smell, light malt taste, and a slight hoppy bitterness in the back of the tounge.
Simple to drink, not anything exciting, but its a good beer

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 23:00:34 | More by NilsFrisk
Photo of marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into the Warsteiner Pilsener glass. Pours a pale straw colour with two fingers worth of thin foamy head. Settles to a ring around the glass and left a couple spots of lacing.

S: Sour grains with a little biscuit malt but mostly just get the sour grains.

T: Sour grains with some grassy hops. Some biscuit malt in the aftertaste. It’s nothing complex.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

O: I had two Warsteiner glasses sitting around and saw this beer on the shelves at the MLCC so I figured it was time to review it. This beer wasn’t anything special but I enjoyed it. It’s very easy drinking and would be a great session beer.

Serving type: can

05-14-2011 04:02:16 | More by marty21
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size frothy/fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, corn, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has the perfect amount of carbonation leaving it feeling smooth and light at the same time. I can taste lots of grains mixed with some light hops and some lemony undertones. There is also a little bit of a metallic taste to it. It finishes with a grainy dry and zesty aftertaste.

Overall - This is a pretty decent pilsner. It has a nice spicy/zest flavour to it that sets it apart from its competitors. With some many choices in the euro-beer category you could do far worse. I'll buy this one again sometime this summer.

Serving type: can

03-28-2011 18:06:56 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a beer mug.

Appearance: Very pale golden, with a rather persistent head. I'm used to slightly richer colours, but this is pleasing to the eye.

Smell: A rather acidic smell, very faint hints of malt flavour, not especially unpleasant, but it could be less sour..

Mouthfeel: A bit viscous and thick, the bubbles just tickle without stinging too much. Quite nice.

Taste: Not as sour as it smells, but quite bitter at first. After a while, most of the grain flavour comes out rather subtly. Further mouthfulls are a lot more grainy and less hoppy.

Drinkability: I would certainly have this again. I can do this in sips, gulps, or any other dosage recommended. Once again Germany wins through.

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

02-10-2011 01:20:23 | More by Moontang
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2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow color, poured with lots of carbonation yielding a a bit more than a finger of dense head, which went away in about a minute.

Smell: Not a lot to go on here. Slight skunkiness, I'm not getting anything else.

Taste: A bit of bitterness, not getting much malt at all. Might be a metallic edge, especially after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: On the light side, crisp, dry. A little of the hops bitterness lingers.

Drinkability: I wasn't too excited by this beer. It's wet, carbonated, and has a little bitterness, but not something I want to keep drinking.

Serving type: can

02-07-2011 12:01:59 | More by dbaker61
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow colour with thin white head. Small amount of lacing, but head retention was pretty poor. Smells of some mild grassy hops with lots of grain malt. Flavour is just a hint of bitterness, with some mild sweetness. Really not that much flavour, though nothing off about it either. Carbonation was a bit too high for the style. Ok beer to get if there is nothing better around, but won't seek this out again.

Serving type: can

10-16-2010 03:17:06 | More by kwjd
Photo of PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has just a small, fast-dropping head, which reduces to nearly nothing then absolutely gone within minutes. The lacing is just the odd bubble spot. The colour is a crystal clear pale yellow.

In the smell is bread, a tad of that "Euro-lager skunky smell" just when I opened the can, and a bit of corn, I think.

The taste is a bit of honey and grain at first. I seem to get some corn or rice out of it... it tastes a bit flat and cheap as the glass wears on.

I find the carbonation a bit sharp / aggressive. It's still refreshing and crisp, and not too watery. The finish is dry.

Overall, it's an average beer that would best suit a hot day, when you're just looking for something to wet your whistle.

Serving type: can

10-13-2010 19:22:00 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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Warsteiner Premium Verum from Warsteiner Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 1,369 ratings.