1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Warsteiner Premium Verum - Warsteiner Brauerei

Not Rated.
Warsteiner Premium VerumWarsteiner Premium Verum

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

1,527 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 793
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 25
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Warsteiner Brauerei visit their website
Germany

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Warsteiner Premium Verum Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,527 | Reviews: 793 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of prototypic
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Appearance: This one pours a very clear, light yellow color. A little straw-like. Sitting atop is a very foamy white head that's about two fingers tall. It was very quick to vacate the scent and left minimal lacing on the glass. Not bad, but not exactly good either.

Smell: The nose keeps its average-ness going. It's got a sweet, malty smell to it that really is the focal point. Smells earthy and grassy with a touch of grain. Very light hops come through, obviously floral in nature. There's a very faint citrus aroma that emerges late. Smells like lemon mostly. All in all, pretty average.

Taste: If nothing else, this a very consistent beer. A decent earthy, grassy flavor kicks it off. It's a little grainy. Sweet malts follow and really have the strongest overall flavor. Hops are a little more prevalent here. They're floral and give it a spicy bite. It's not bitter, just spicy. Light citrus lemon comes through late and adds a little more sweetness on the tail. Finishes sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has an okay feel. Carbonation is light and it fails to give the crisp bite that it needs. That hurts it quite a bit. Drinkability is average. There's not a lot of flavor and nothing about it really draws you back for more. It goes down pretty easy, but it's not something I'd pick up frequently.

Premium Verum is a consistently average beer across the board. I can't say that it's overtly bad, but it's not quite good either. It's worth a try, but nothing more than that. Definitely not worth picking up an entire six pack in my opinion. Go for the single bottle if it presents itself.

prototypic, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of showell
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

A yellow color with a white head that quickly disburses. It smells of malt and faint grain. The taste is nothing special. I didn't think it was watery, but the flavor doesn't reach out and grab you either. It's refreshing, but nothing special. You could drink a few of these.

showell, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a clear golden yellow. A good amount of white head that dies down to nice layer on top of the beer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass as well.

Smell is very faint, but I pick up some grain and a little floral hops.

Taste of sweet malt followed by a flowery hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little too weak for my liking. A good amount of carbonation though.

This is very drinkable.

This is not a great pilsner, but it is better than Becks or St Pauli Girl.

ocelot2500, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours a clear pale blonde color, head of about an inch with good lacing.

Definitely a floral type of smell. Taste is on the bitter side with a strong presence of malt and hops. Strong tasting at first but surprisingly good drinkability.

Nascartailgatefa, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%

A - Nice action in the pour raising a half inch of bright white head. The body is clear with a slight tint of yellow, and... possibly green?

S - Strong malt aroma beckoning a taste.

T - Malt to start and middle of slight hops with a round finish of both.

M - Very interesting texture to start. Its abrasive texture is subtle enough to make me believe the brew is silky. The texture is like none other.

~ This is a good brew. One I will recommend to friends.

cdkrenz, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%

Warsteiner pours a very clear, golden yellow color. It is a very light yellow color which I would expect from a Pilsner. There is definitely a high level of carbonation as the bubbles dance throughout the glass. There is a good size head maybe 1 ½ inches which makes the brew look even more appetizing. The head is a bright white color and after it settles still leaves a nice white lacing around the glass.

The aroma has a grainy malt smell to it. To me this is not a very complicated aroma. I wouldn't expect something complex from a pilsner, but this is very straightforward. I catch the malt and a little of hops.

When I take a drink, the first thing I notice is the crispness of the beer. The carbonation almost has a bite to it. It has a light/medium body with a maltiness that resembles bread or wheat. I can also taste the quick hint of the hops in the finish. It is a very dry beer that finishes very clean with little aftertaste.

CMW, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%

Well I guess I owe my friend Ryan for sparing me one since he always seems to have a case of this on hand...

Pours a light golden color with a thin white head that left a fair amount of lacing.

Very floral aroma of hops and a touch of citrus. Not much to it but very much like smelling flowers I suppose.

Taste is fairly bitter with the hops very evident. Earthy and grainy with a slight citrus twist in the finish.

A mostly light bodied beer. Not overpowering in any way so it is pretty drinkable but nothing particularly stands out. Overall a very average beer that I wouldn't feel the need to buy, but I could have been offered something much worse so I won't complain.

Vengeance526, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of droomyster
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%

A classic. Pours a clear yellow with a medium white head. Smells of light, leafy and floral hops. Taste is pleasantly sweet: flower nectar-like sweetness with a grassy hop finish. Well carbonated body. Drinkable to the max as either a beer to start the evening or as a session beer to have during the game.

droomyster, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz bottle into pilsener.

Pours a pale golden body with a slightly off-white head that's pretty large after a strong pour. Good amount of lacing and carbonation.

Smells of a straight floral bouquet with some spiciness. Some lemon and citrus is in there as well. Pretty bland.

Tastes of nutty, floral hops backed with the lemon/citrus from the aroma. A nice element of toasted biscuits as well, providing a little bit of complexity. Semisweet up front, but finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel is decent, it's pretty smooth and crisp. Carbonation is good, pretty light-bodied. A great upside to this beer is it's drinkability - knocking back a few of these would not be a problem. The dry/bitter finish might wear you out after a couple but it's an enjoyable straight up Pilsener, despite it being somewhat "boring." Good session brew, however.

TMB0424, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of diabecktic
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance:
Head formation is very quick, but it doesn't retain incredibly well (< 1 finger); it's more "bubbly" than "thick." There is a TON of rising carbonation, though. The beer itself is translucent and has very little color - a diluted, pale yellow is all I can call it.

Smell:
The aroma is mainly floral with spice and a hint of hops. It's not pungent, but it's quite sharp. There's not too much to say - it seems kinda simple to me.

Taste:
I'd say that the flavor matches the nose fairly well. It's definately more on the bitter side, but it doesn't lack too much malt. Spiciness helps make the transition from the quick bite to the malty aftertaste (which seems a little on the dry side).

Mouthfeel:
This is a very light beer, but it's not crisp due to the bitterness. I'd say that the bitterness also masks the carbonation's "feel" on the tongue.

Drinkability:
I think it's a little bitter to consume quickly. It's light enough to go down smoothly, but it's too bitter to slam.

Summary:
I've never had the regular Warsteiner, but I should definately give it a shot. This brew is pretty clean, but definately bitter - a bit too bitter for what I was expecting. However, it's definately not bad; I wouldn't turn it down if offered to me, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it either. Definately try it to experience something that's (perceived to be, at least) "hardcore German."

diabecktic, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

500mL can with best before stamped on bottom poured into pokal.

Pours a crystal-clear, and I mean utterly clear, yellow, with a small white head that quickly dissipates to a thin haze. No lacing.

Aroma is mild hops, earthy and floral, with some sweetness in the background.

Taste is a grainy, slightly gritty hop earthiness mellowing to a bready malt middle, before heading off to a honey sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is remarkably light, airy even, with a good zing from the carbonation. Incredibly clean and srisp.

Drinkability is modest, if only because this beer is surprisingly mild. Nothing sticks out, nothing offends, nothing lingers. Fair, but not even really all that good, let alone excelling.

nighthawk, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Clear yellow with a white head.

S: Floral, spice & a little sweetness.

T: Very floral, slightly spicy with a light breadyness. There's also some sulfury mineral, presumably from the yeast.

M: Light to moderate body is very smooth, almost creamy.

D: A decent drinker.

Derek, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a super clear light yellow color with a large bubbled bone-white head. Retention is slightly above average, some lacing.

Nose is mostly sweet maltiness and faint grassy hops. A bit of sulfur and biscuit in there as well. Almost smells a bit light-struck, at least it was in a brown bottle.

Taste is more of the same. A bit metallic with a faint finish of hoppy dryness and toastiness. A bit boring and very much what I expected this beer to taste like. Drinkable? Yes. Flavorful? Somewhat. Memorable? No. It's a slightly below average German lager for me.

twiggamortis420, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%

A - poured golden yellow with a bubbly white 1" head in a pint glass. Left some lacing.

S - light breadish grains and hops. Hints of floral tones.

T - excellent sweetness but not too malty and finishes with a light hoppy bitterness. Very clean.

M - light bodied beer that leaves the palate refreshed for another taste.

D - highly drinkable.

Overall - Review from notes. One of the first beers I've ever had and it is a solid pils indeed. Goes well with many dishes, especially burgers, bbq, or even pizza. If this isn't a classic pilsener standard, then I don't know what is. Will buy again.

DmanGTR, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

Warsteiner- Premium Verum

A- Clear light yellow with a thcik frothy white head. Big lacing rings around the glass.
S- Honey, lemon, dried grass, corn.
T- Light sweet touch of honey precedes a fresh grainy malt with a light earthy grassy hoppiness in the end.
M- Light and sweet up front with a dry grassy hop finish. Slight corn vegetable aroma comes through.

Overall- Light, airy, and crisp. Simple and easy Pils.

NJpadreFan, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of steeler
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%

This one was left over in my fridge at new years. pours out a nice golden yellow color, with a thin line of lace, that sticks the whole way down the glass. Smells very fresh, floral hops, and malts. Very good. Taste is great, nice and smooth, with malts up front, and a bitter dry finish, nice. Mouthfeel is nice and full, with the perfect carbonation level. Drinkability his high on this one, but i docked it .5 because when warm its just a chore to drink, but otherwise very high. I really enjoy these german pilsners, they are very tasty, but not as good as czech pilsners :P. Anyway, i highly recommend this!

steeler, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours clear pale yellow with a foamy white head and some fair lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and a little hop.

Sweet grain, almost wheat like, some mild malt, a little corn, and mild hop bitterness. Not bad -- but nothing terrific. Intensity of flavor is on the thin side.

Which leads to mouthfeel, which is thin. But the carbonation makes this one a thirst quencher. Which leads to drinkability. Finish is dry and clean. Has all of the elements which would lead me to hate this, yet there is something very drinkable about it. Real summer brew here -- light, refreshing, and clean. Not too bad at all.

OtherShoe2, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%

On tap, enjoyed at the Waldhaus Pub at the Banff Springs Hotel.
Pours a clear golden color. Lots of carbonation bubbles form a bright white head, some nice looking lacing sticks to glass. The smell is grassy / grainy. The taste has a good clean flavour of sweet grains, balanced by some floral hoppy bitterness. Crisp finish, smooth, easy to drink. No metallic or adjunct flavors. A beer always seems to taste better fresh from the tap rather than from a bottle (Proper glassware, a nice looking pour & correct coaster all add to the experience too).

BigBry, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%

A: A clear, pale gold color with a sizable sudsy white head with decent retention and some stick.

S: Grassy and haylike, with some vinous and grainlike whiffs.

T: Fairly crisp, grainy malts with some noticeable sweetness. Grassy hops are not too aggressive, but are most definitely present with a touch of fading bitterness. I also taste some white grape notes, a touch of metal, and actually a bit of alcohol as well. Some vague cooked vegetable flavors also.

M: Medium bodied and fairly creamy. A bit dry at the finish.

D: This is nice. Definitely one of the better mainstream Euro imports.

Clydesdale, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%

Decent german pils

A- Clear golden color with a nice fluffly head that leaves great lacing

S- Floral, medicinal, and metallic smells coming from this. Also some wheaty pils malt

T- Good pils wheat flavor dominates the off flavors and mixes well with the floral hops

M- Light-moderate body with some great carbonation

D- Easy to drink and pairs well with food

EnojysAnyBeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of erz316
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%

A - a nice golden colour is topped by a thick white head of foam, with some lacing around the sides.

S - hints of the malt, not much else.

T - the malts still stay faint, and a mild dryness comes out to play after a while.

MF&D - extremely smooth, coupled with crisp carbonation makes and incredibly drinkable beer. one almost has to swish the beer in one's mouth to arouse the carbonation, which is why I find my self pouring two or three of these guys into my stein and chugging.

erz316, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Golden in color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 2 finger bubbly white cratery head. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head settles into a thin layer of bubbles. Carbonation continues to rise throughout experience. Leaves light, spotty lacing as you drink.

S: Wheat, light malt, and hops.

T: Medium-light hoppiness, wheaty flavor, citrus hints.

M: Hops and citrus start the experience. Hoppy aftertaste, light feel, dry finish.

D: Solid drinkability. Refreshing pilsner.

Decent atmosphere, good hoppy flavor. Light palette, hoppy, but not overwhelming aftertaste. Good pilsner to sip. Real quality for this style.

bmwats, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of TommyW
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

A- Clear, bright yellow. Very sudsy head that fades to nothing.

S- Slightly sweet malt and some grassiness.

T- Malty sweetness that lingers throughout the taste. Some biscuit and then grassiness and hops at the end. Pretty clean finish.

M- Crisp and clean with moderate carbonation.

D- Could drink a few of these due to the clean mouthfeel and clean finish.

TommyW, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

had this one on draft at a favorite stomping grounds, pours a very pale light golden color with a pure white head that dissipates quickly. not much on the aroma side just kinda watery and some corn adjuncts. Tastes is good though, just a nice smooth, easy drinking lager. a decent go to lager

1fastz28, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%

Whew...this was a tough one and inadvertantly my 200th...oh well. Pours a clear golden color with 2 finger rocky head. Poor retention and minimal lacing. Smell is not so pleasant and possible the lowest score I've given any beer for smell. It has a skunky, malty, grassy and a corny smell. Combined it kinda smells like piss, I hate to say that but its honestly the best I can do. Taste is fine. Pretty well balanced, some malt and some grassy hops, slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was somewhat light but it left a rather oily, slick feel that I didnt care for so much. Overall not terrible. I wasnt expecting much and didnt get much, so I guess it all worked out well.

bunnyhustle, Nov 26, 2008
Warsteiner Premium Verum from Warsteiner Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.