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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener - Warsteiner Brauerei

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829 Reviews

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Reviews: 829
Hads: 1,881
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 22.45%
Wants: 40
Gots: 241 | FT: 0
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 9/6/12.

Pours a clear light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and some grape juice fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same along with a medium herbal bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but nothing too exciting really.

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Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured straw yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly faded. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of grainy and biscuity malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty. There is a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

was surprised to learn this was the beer in the first class cabin on a lufthansa flight from frankfurt to bangalore. after they mixed up my booking and put me in with the elite folks, i started pumping these. the first three were pretty substandard, not quite cold enough, and lacking body and complexity. this beer pours very light and clear, with a floating white lace head that has decent retention. smells like german crystal and pale malts, some faint sweetness and fresh baked dinner rolls form the aromatic palate of this brew. the flavor is a little less sexy, slightly watered down, and less bravado on the malts than the nose indicates. mouthfeel was less than stellar, too light for me, and too quick in the finish to even really taste it. that said though, its a heck of a session beer with a nice low abv and a smooth feel. by beers 4 through 6 i started liking it, and challenged myself to explain why. i started stasting more of the subtleties in the malt, and it opened up nicely for me, they also started coming out colder which i think helped. all up i put 8 of these back in an 8 hour flight, not too shabby, but i never really got drunk or anything. drinkable brew, but i wont purchase it.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.05/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is another one of those German pilsners. Grassy, light, and fresh. Not a lot of hops in this beer. Has the traditional flavors that most of these beers have. Had it for the first time at Dunerbaks German Restaurant. I felt that it'd be a fitting to have this with some brats. The beer wasn't my favorite mainly because I just don't care for this style too much. But I will agree that it went well with the food I was having.

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear light golden body with a little white head that quickly fades to a ringlet; no lacing

Smell: Very Germanic; grassy, herbacious and biscuity

Taste: Starts out clean with a cracker malt flavor; finishes bitter with a herbacious hops flash

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well-carbonated

Drinkability: A good quaffer when the mercury tops 90 degrees

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is what I compare other pilsners to when reveiwing.
Looks medium straw in color with generous carbonation. Forms a snow white head that gets chunky as it falls. Smells slightly malty and grainy (in a good way). Slight souring and subtle hopping. Tastes lightly malty and vegetable like. Holds a firm body with creamyness and slight hop flavoring. Bittered only for balance. Finish is of pure grains and slight yeast. Obviously a bohemian beer without the 'skunky' flavors and aromas that usually accompany. A terrifically clean and refreshing beer. Flavors are more prominant than in most lagers, makes this beer a stand out.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a mild straw color with plenty of visible carbonation and a nice-forming white head without too much retention. The nose brings some Noble hops as well as a bit of grain. The taste is slightly earthy and floral, with a good deal of grass and grain. Feel is slightly bitter and somewhat dry, with fairly large amounts of carbonation. Drinks okay and is certainly preferable to Heineken and the like, although I think I prefer Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden beer with a small head with almost no retention. Aroma is very weak with small touch of malt and sweet coming out of my glass. Taste is also very weak, almost watery with no hops detectable. Very bland and boring pilsner. I guess this could be an OK session beer on a beach down south…

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can. 'Hop extract?' WTF?

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden yellow colour, with a few fingers of puffy, fuzzy, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a bit of patchy mesa formation lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of warm biscuity pale grainy malt, a bit of cat piss and sulfurous gasohol, and grassy, straw-like hops. The taste is more or less a continuation of the same - semi-sweet pale grain, a warm, booze-infused lemony fruitiness, more mildly acrid sulfur, and grassy, herbal noble Euro-hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a tame frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight and generally smooth, a minor airy creaminess sort of materializing out of nowhere. It finishes well off-dry, the plain grainy malt starting to shed some of the accompanying industrial park bullshit.

So this is what big beer means in Germany, as far as their venerable styles are concerned - close, but no cigar. The framework is there, but the plastic nature of it all kind of drags me down. Everything is just too rounded, too pithy, to remind me more than tangentially of a real German Pils.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a crystal clear yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. A bubbly, white head left small trails of lace.

S - It smelled of grains, light caramel malt and clove.

T - It had a nice sweet flavor with a smooth light maltiness. It has a subtle bitter bite from some hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good pils. Makes a great session brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear light straw yellow; one of the palest beers that I've ever seen. The off-white head is large after an aggressive pour, is frothystiff and leaves a better than average amount of lace. Typical pilsener nose: pungeant, spicy-floral hops. Hallertauer perhaps?

The flavor is interesting and is a little different from the few other pilseners that I've had. That's not to say better however. The beer is pale malty semi-sweet with plenty of lightly lemony, spicy noble hops. I can't say that I care for the hop bill all that much; which, of course, limits my enjoyment of the beer. The finish isn't really crisp, it's more soft than anything else. Good pils body that is nowhere near thin.

Warsteiner Premium Verum is decent beer, but is only a fraction better than average in the grand scheme of things. Even though it doesn't overly appeal to me, I do appreciate its adding to my growing, but still limited, knowledge of the pilsener style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very bright golden yellow out of the bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Lots of carbonation and a big white head. Light grainey like smell with a hint of some fruit in the back. Very crisp, clean and refreshing, very nice pilsner and a fine german brew. I really liked this and it was a nice classic german pilsner. Not too complicated but perfect for the spot. A good call for sure.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger head which I controlled over crystal clear pale yellow almost golden colored beer.

Nose has light toasty malts, sweet lager aromas, some sweet lager fruits, a hint of that bad lager aroma that tends to happen when a light lager isn't handled correctly, and from the brewery in Germany to here who knows what happened in between... light fruity lager aromas, light pilsner malts, perhaps a hint of grassy hops.

Taste starts light, but brings toasty malty straw pilsner malt tastes, then some light sweet lager flavors, light banana and fruity lager yeast flavors, light sweetness, hint of effervescent malt flavor and some light grassy noble hops, hint of bitterness, and just a hint of cheap lager flavor with almost metallic taste, but mostly clean otherwise. Light and easy drinking, good for summer. A dry finish with some light grassy noble hops and hint of bitterness, and light clean lager crisp taste on the finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carbonation, and pretty crisp.

Overall not bad, nice malts, nice lager flavors, only a touch of noble hops, light lager fruits, and it would be nicer if it didn't have hints of cheap or not well taken care of lager flavors unfortunately.

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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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a mini keg of this the other weekend and was quite impressed. A nice floral aroma and a very smooth light taste to it. The mini keg worked very well (much better than others I tried) and me and my friends were all very impressed. A good pilsener at a pretty good price and I would like to try it again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 8/28/07 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very bready with light malts and a little hops but not much else.

T: The taste is likewise quite bready with a little malt sweetness, a mild presence comes in and provides a quick bite if bitterness, but very little hops flavor. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry but a little watery.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, it’s ok if you want something light and I would drink it if BMC were my only other tap choices, but most places where I’ve seen this beer have something better.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

purchased this from Giant, enjoyed in a glass chilled, shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is golden with good clarity very good retention and fine bead with spotty lace stickage. The smell has a familiar sulfur and light malt scent with slight herbal hop aroma. The feel is very good with medium carbonation and subtle sweetness and semi-dry finish.

The flavor begins malty and seems spicier toward the finish with moderately smooth malt flavor and light hints of floral hops adding the mild fruitiness in the yeast. Overall a very good beer, not the best pilsner I have had though

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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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with my pizza tonight

Poured honey yellow with 1" of white bubbly head. A modicum of lacing & zero head retention

S:A little folral hops & malt sweetness

T: Floral hops & some malt sweetness up front. Some grainyness surfaces as this warms. Finishes sweet with a little herbal hops & crispness

MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation & pretty good balance

A fair session beer if you're not looking for anythig too challenging for the style, best choice availible tonight & certainally wouldn't turn one down

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

I like this beer much better than the dunkel version. Your basic german pilsner, which pours a golden hue and the white head that dissipates pretty quick. I have bought a five liter mini keg of this before, and found it to be a really drinkable beer superior to all macros. It is just a nice beer with no off flavors, a nice sweet finish that is also apparent in the aroma. If I was in Germany wouldn't touch this one, but hey in my hometown in WV there isn't many options. This is a nice beer good for football games, and any time you plan on drinking a few. Nothing I have to think too hard about, and that is what makes it enjoyable to me.

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Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.
Surprised to find that this German pils from a fairly large, commercial brewery, is well above average. Adding to the surprise factor, it has a very pale and light body. Excellent clarity.

Nicely balanced and clean yet relatively bold for style.

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Photo of smcolw
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Palest pale yellow color, fine white head. Aromatic head, i.e. giving off the typical lager-type whiff. Fresh, citrusy, lemon, clean, simple, blah, blah, blah...I'm sorry, no matter how many times I try to come up with something new, fresh, original, unique, etc...there's nothing I can do!! It's a boring beer!!!

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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
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