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Ratings: 1,616
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 27
Gots: 119 | 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 xylophonica
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 5L mini-keg.

A - Nice pale golden colour. Decent creamy head which you'd expect from this kind of pour. Lacing is minimal at first but really reveals itself later - not bad at all.

S - Mild aroma with some hops/wheat and citrus (mainly orange) but not particularly strong.

T - Taste is surprising. Has a slightly malty, but almost honey flavour. Not your average pilsner. The honey flavour fades to an aftertaste of herbs and a distinct sweetness.

M - Clean, refreshing. Carbonation is only very mild (which is to be expected from the mini-keg) but also slightly soothing.

D - Good, quite drinkable. Honey flavour is present but not overpowering. Great for a Sunday afternoon due to it's somewhat refreshing nature.

Was pleasantly surprised with this beer - had seen it around but never sampled due to the price. Am used to having German biers that surprise but this is a little bit special. Not at all what I expected.

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

I didn't like this beer, the first couple of times I tried it. I think I'd become accustomed to bigger, bolder flavors and hadn't appreciated that this is really not to be expected in a Pilsner. Glad I waited to review it. Now, I can report that it's a smooth, creamy, very drinkable Pilsner. I prefer my Pilsners to be a little hoppier but I've only found this in West Coast pilsners and wouldn't expect it in a German Pilsner. A little hint of honey makes this especially nice. A bit more carbonated that I'd prefer but that's just a personal preference. Excellent beer for spicy foods because it's not going to overwhelm the dish/flavors.

Photo of JMD
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a big frothy white head that fades slowly.

S: Clean, grainy aroma with faint touch of fruity hops.

T: Grainy upfront with nice touch of hops as it finishes. Pretty simple and straightfoward.

M: Light bodied, ample carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

D: This is a decent pilsner, but nothing special. There are many other german beers I would prefer to this one.

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

Big brand of pilsener, bought at my local supermarket. It's cheap as well.

Pale golden, reasonable thin head, good carbonation.

Smell is malty with clean yeast, a bit of bread and some herbs (cloves?).
Taste is the same., plus it's nicely hopped. Very soft, but with bitterness in the aftertaste
Allthough it's too watery and modestly flavoured, this is a lager that is really enjoyable, especially now that spring is setting in.

Photo of atis
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant pale golden full of large and small carbonation bubbles with large and dense white head and rather good retention. Aroma is faint grassy hops and grain.

Taste is light grainy sweetness with crisp bittery flavour, weak lemony hops last into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.

Overall, drinkable and enjoyable Pils.

Photo of billybob
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a basic german pills it's just what it should be clean fresh and easy to drink. pours a light golden color frothy two finger head that faded quickly with a light wispy lace. smells of fresh grass and just cut hay. clean smooth malt taste with nice hop balance finishs on the dry side with a slightly bitter after taste. medium body and strong carbonation. good session beer.

Photo of jmich24
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle

A: Light blond color. Quarter inch head. Very strong carbination. Very little lacing.
S: Very grainy, slightly spicey. Bit of hops.
T: Not a whole lot going on here.
M: Very smooth. Not too thin yet not super creamy(somewhere in between). Faint bitterness as it finishes.
D: Very drinkable session beer. Smooth

Better than a Macro, but would not buy again.

Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warsteiner has a light golden color with a full head and nice carbonation. The aroma is grainy but pleasant. The taste has a bit of sweetness and is crisp The feel is creamy and refreshing. Warsteiner goes down easy and is a good session beer.

Wasteiner is normally found in more upscale pubs and is priced to match.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale straw color, looks a little like apple juice. A big fluffy head of about two fingers sat atop the brew for several minutes before dissipating to a little less than a finger. Some sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Faint noble hops, grain, and some biscuit. A little spiciness comes through as well.

T: Pretty plain to be honest. Some slightly sweet malt and biscuit up front and a little bittering hops in the finish. Not much to see here folks.

M: Light bodied and crisp. However, it boarders on watery at times.

D: A fair German pilsner, but nothing to get excited about. It's definitely better than BMC, but not by as much as it should be.

Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Simple presentation.

Aroma is full of grainy malt and little hop presence. Also smells sweet as well.

Taste is pretty much the same with grainy malt being one of the characteristics. A bit watery but there is a bit more hop presence here. Not bad. Not as sweet as I thought.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy malt and hops. Seems highly carbonated for the style, which can be a make or break type of thing.

Decent example straight from the Fatherland. Check it out if the style is one of your favorites.

Photo of budgood1
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a very pale straw colour with an impressive pure white rocky head. respectable lace for looks. this has quite the bright pale malty nose with a huge flowery bouquet no doubt due to the noble hops used. love the smell. the taste shows off the biscuity, crackery pale maltiness, a hint of sulphur with only a smattering of lemon grass and herbal hoppiness. unique flavour for a euro lager. finishes pretty dry with light spicy hop bitterness. typical lager/pils body with a rather supple and soft mouthfeel. nice drinkability. would be a nice session beer for relaxing or pairing with some barbeque on a lazy weekend summer day.

Photo of JerseyPaul
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, straw yellow color with slight carbonation; white head dissipates quickly, leaving very little lacing

Smell: Fresh & slightly sweet; notes of grain & biscuits, with a light hop aroma as well

Taste: Wheat & grain up front with light sweetness; finishes smooth & crisp with light hoppiness; refreshing

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body; slightly chewy/creamy but smooth; good carbonation

Drinkability: Low ABV, smooth & refreshing and goes down easily; nice beer for the summer

Overall, Warsteiner Premium Verum is a good alternative to the mass produced light beers. It's crisp & refreshing while having a nicer taste & aroma than the light beers. Although it's not the best example of a German Pilsener, it's still easily drinkable and goes down smooth.

Photo of kenito799
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint pour at Donovan's, Bayside.

Light gold, very small head. Fresh mild beer-y aroma, average.

Very crisp and refershing, great wehn thirsty. Otherwise flavor is quite average, nothing really to distinguish this from many mass-produced lagers, Brooklyn or Victory do the pilsener style better IMO.

Photo of RTrain12
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured in to a pint glasses. The bottle date was Sept. 26 2008

Appearance: Looked very light yellow in color almost like a Miller Light or Bud product. The bottle had lots of floaties in it. Could of been from sitting in a fridge for two years.

Smell: Nothing to strong but I did pick up some hops.

Taste: Slight tatse of bitterness with some hops to follow.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Not to bad. This beer was given to me. I would never buy it or order it if I was out.

Photo of scottyshades
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear straw color, produces a fluffy billowy white cap that retains very well and leaves lots of lacing along the glass...I really do not understand why people can rate the appearance low for the style, probably following the ratings

S: Wheaty, grainy, and slightly hopped. Definitely not the typical GP, but still has a good nose.

T: Nice and easy. A true session beer for sure. Similar to the nose, and I know that this brew isn't as hoppy as it could be, but hey its still good. Wheats, grains, and a light citrus zest atop a delicate malt backing.

MF/D: Medium in body, long lingering grain finish. Zesty as well.

Definitely not the best for the style, or in general, but underrated nonetheless

Photo of franktheman
2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a nice blond beige color, 2 finger head. Had this one in a can. The beer is not great. What can i say it is average, personnally, i would not buy it again. This is my first German beer, so it is hard to compare with other German beers. Would not recommend this beer to a friend.

Photo of VTaler
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - looks like pee. Head goes away quickly. Very white head.
S - Spicy hops and barely
T - First taste is of fizz which is quickly followed by the malty backbone. Very few hops present. Not very sweet. Overall not much flavor. Kinda reminded me of natty ice, OK maybe its not that bad, but it really did not have much flavor
M - thin, very fizzy
D - oh ya.

Photo of therica
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really liked this stuff in the bottled version as a sort of standard on-hand beer. I'm less impressed with the canned version, for some reason.

A= pale yellow, rather foamy white head, little or no lacing. Profuse small carbonation bubbles.

S= nice fresh hops florals.

T= a bit more watery than I remembered from the bottled version. A quick first impression of dusty dryness on the tongue. Modest sweet malt, modest hops bite.

M= dusty dry, slight hops bitterness, slight malt, rather light but with some mild metallic astringency.

D= probably just about anyone who drinks beer could session on this if nothing else was available. A nice standard beer to have on-hand. The price however is much higher than when I used to say, "... especially for the price." Nothing exciting but a better alternative to any US Macro and still cheaper than most Craft/Micro's.

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L emptied into a pokal.

A: Pours a straw gold with a white 2-finger head with somewhat large bubbles which quickly receeds to a trace. No lacing whatsoever.

S: The initial smell is pungent, slightly sour malts with earthy hops, typical German pilsener.

M: The mouthfeel has a nice fizzle, but quite watery overall.

T: Taste is right in line with the smell, as the barley malts and mixed hops dominate. The hops were just a tad overbalanced for my tastes. The aftertaste is crisp and dry, slightly tannic.

D: Quite a drinkable beer, not my favorite pilsener, but never a bad choice. I'd never turn one down.

Photo of MOB210SA
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My uncle bought me 4 6-packs of this for my B-day. Pretty randomly but it was a nice suprise, as I had never had it but always kinda wanted to try it.

Best before Aug. 6, 2010

Poured moderatly slow a light fizzely head that reminded me too much of the light beers I had the other day. Quickly vanished within around 10 seconds. White head, wasnt around long enough to even get into more detail. Only a small ring, and a few whisps keep in the middle. Practically crystal clear, and a very light yellow.

A sweet cornyness and light fruit to it. Some kind of other dominant scent but cant really tell Im guessing its just the malt. Its pretty decent smelling Pils.

The taste is along the lines of the taste. Actually but I taste a slight alcohol finish.

Light body and mouthfeel. Has a good carbonation, with just enough body to make it a good enjoyable beer. Not too light.

Too bad they dont serve anything light with some flavor to it, like this, at sports events.

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

First time pouring this beer into a glass reveals a light golden color with a decent white head. The smell is very grainy with German hops and a light, lemon scent. Smells a little old.
Very light barley flavor with a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Finish features dry, almost astringent hops with a little of the unpleasant metallic flavor you seem to get with many of the huge imports. Probably a result of the lighter bottle in this case. Mouthfeel is thin and well-carbonated, but not watery.

Has some of the qualities you look for in a pilsener, but that slight metallic flavor really detracts from the beer as a whole. I'd imagine this is good for washing down spicy foods.

Photo of mikeborglum
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle: poured tall sudsy white head with thin ring of lace. Very clear and bright golden yellow color. Light biscuity malt with a hint of grassiness. Clean and crisp taste with a moderate body and medium carbonation. Grassy malt flavor middle to end with a touch of sweetness up front but very dry in the back. Sharp hop bitterness then fades to a herbal note in the finish.

Photo of mpyle
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Very pale gold color, brilliant clarity. Pours a reasonable sized white head, somewhat creamy with good retention.

Smell - Good noble hop aroma after an initial "beer" smell (DMS?)

Flavor - A nice mix of malt and hop flavors initially. Turns bitter and dry toward the finish. Nothing out of the ordinary or special - tastes like a German Pils.

MF - Light to medium body, distinct carbonation that enhances the hop bitterness. On target for a German Pils.

D'ability - Flavorful but not overpowering, and each sip invites another one for me. sub-5% ABV also aids the drinkability. Only the high price would scare me away.

Photo of Josievan
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-transparent golden color. Head is big and frothy and lacing is rampant.

Smell: Light herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Slightly sweet with a mild biscuit character. Grassy hops give this a bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, with a lighter body.

Drinkability: This screams for a session. Seems like it would be palette-cleansing.

Notes: One of the better German pilseners that is widely available. It's not that exciting; it's just a decent, low ABV German lager. Sometimes that's all a beer advocate needs!

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

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