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Warsteiner Premium Verum - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,657
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 150 | 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 Ricochet
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good pilseners, made with only the ingredients beer should be made with, is a refresing change when you've been swilling cheapies for so long.

I had bought a pils glass with the Warsteiner name on it but never had the beer. I remember putting Genesse Red in it back in 1994 and other cheapies, so it took until 2007 to finally put some of the namesake in the chalice it was intended for.

S: Initial skunk gave way to a rich malt/hops aroma like other pils. Average.

A: Yellow, bubbly , steady lace. Average pils.

M: Creamy, with a warm finish and a hops nip aftertaste. Still average pils.

T: Well, tasted like a pils. Very dry finish, pronounced hops did thier thing, malt was subdued but mixed well with the other tastes but what made this better than average was the sweetness of the brew combined with the hops, yet maintaining a pils dryness made this pleasing.

D: Actually, for the price, this is one of the better import buy. 500ml bottle for $1.29 and for the above average taste, this easily beats all the "macro" imports. I'd buy again. Don't want to keep my glass lonely.

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

Appearance: The pour is gold with a large foamy head that quickly fades.

Smell: When I drank the first bottle of the six-pack, I was really impressed with the nose. I got a nice banana aroma, which make much of a showing in any of the other bottles including this one. I mainly got grains, pale malts, less grassy hops, and a wee bit of the banana.

Taste: This doesn't taste as interesting as the first bottle either. Maybe I was in an abnormally good mood, but this tastes like a macro lager, if the brewers tried harder to make them taste like pilsners. The flavor profile is pretty much what you would expect from the aroma with a little more emphasis on hops in the finish and they take on an herbal character at that point.

Mouthfeel: It's light-bodied with strong carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a shame I can't get the experience I got the first bottle, but this is still a solid, clean pilsner.

Photo of kevman527
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First found this beer while on vacation, then found it again back home. A nice golden color, no cloudiness. There were no noticeable scents, a clean smelling beer. The taste was nothing too special but, it was very crisp and refreshing after a long day. Very easy to drink down, with virtually no bitterness or aftertaste. I would recommend it to someone who is looking for a clean easy drinking beer.

Photo of Spikester
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was from a 500ml (25oz.) bottle from the cold beer section of a local market. Paid $1.69 US.
Pours pale gold with a quickly receeding white fluffy head. Some modest lacing near the top. Aroma is grassy and a touch of the skunk which quickly disappears. Taste is mostly bitter. The hop component is slightly thin. The malts are there but with no real character. Overall a very ordinary Pils. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and it has a dry bitter somewhat metallic finish. Best before date is two months from now.

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

11.2 oz. bottle, purchased at the Cost Plus World Market, best before 12/13/07

A: Average pale yellow lager color, with white head which dies quickly.

S: First sniff is Saaz hops, also malts become more upfront as the beer warms.

T: Dry malt taste, with some noble hops holding it together.

M: Mouthfeel is quite good, light on the palate, but not thin or watery.

D: Quite quaffable, quenches a summer thirst, and the aftertaste is of pleasant hops, but there are other German lagers I like more.

Photo of giblet
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

my daddy gave me my first. we had it in Copper Harbor Michigan along with planked fish. yum!

we have given this back and forth as presents for christmas and birthdays.

it is easy to drink and you can have a few or more without getting too filled up. it is a light german brew. i recomend it to people who like the lighter styles.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of gmfessen
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a perfectly clear light gold with a two-finger, bubbly head. Smell is nothing noteworthy, slightly sweet and fruity. The taste also has a slight fruitiness to it, but there is also graininess about it that seems a little off. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. This beer is decently drinkable but I just don't see myself buying any more of it.

Photo of gotweid
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Want to get your buddies away from the American Macro's? Then have them try this. From 12oz bottle with best before date of 12/4/07. Small, maybe 1" head and very pale golden in color. Decent carbonation..I like the little bubbles that come to the top. Slight lacing. Faint, sweet smell detecting a little bitterness to come. Very smooth tasting. Somewhat sweet, somewhat bitter with a nice balance of carbonation and some grains. Not too complex at all. Leaves a hint of bitterness when she goes down and stays with you a while. Very drinkable, a not so complex beer that's fun to drink. Great chilled summer beer.

Photo of ghostmech007
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pale golden straw in color. Good head with lots of froath and left rings of lace everywhere.

Very clean malt with a slight sweetness.

Moderate body coupled with a nice crisp carbonation that really lets loose on the taste buds. Nice maltiness but very dry on the tongue. Hops are almost not there but leaves a small tinge. Dry finish with a big herbal note.

A good pils. Better than some of the other ones you see on the rack. Nice summer day pilsner.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in a bar in NYC -

Pours golden. Carbonated bubbles quickly rise to the top. A thin head recedes to a thin cover that eventually fades away. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is grassy/earthy.

The taste is oily hops, grassy, nutty. Sweet graininess with oily hops. Nice nutty, crisp finish. Very smooth.

This one is better on-tap than in a bottle. The oily hops and nutty character emerge more. Works wonders - refreshing with a good amount of residual taste - in hot, humid weather. Light and refreshing while remaining tasty.

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

A: Pale yellow with a 1/2-finger white head and lots of bubbles rising to refortify. No lacing on the way down.

S: A faint grainy scent to it, along with some florally hops. But pretty faint all around.

T: Grain husks and a slightly earthy funkiness, followed by florally hops with a spicy bite and a hint of lemon. A tad bit sweeter than expected however, instead of crisp.

M: Light in body, with a spritzy/fizzy feel to it.

D: Pretty good. Low in alcohol, light in body and flavor means this one goes down pretty easily when it's good and cold.

Photo of jar2574
2.23/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear light yellow color, poured out of a bottle and into a pint glass. Average head retention and carbonation.

No smell to speak of, except for a vague skunky odor.

Bitter flavored water. Not enough depth. Thin and inconsequential.

This could be passable if I was really thirsty and wanted a beer, but I usually love pilsners and expect better.

Photo of goochpunch
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw with a thinnish head that leaves a little cling to the sides of my pint glass. Hops come out most int he nose with lots of jasmine and tea. Malt smells crisp but has a bit of graininess to it. Has a bit of a "brothiness" in the nose which is odd. The flavor leaves a lot to be desired as the hops come up flat and poorly mix with the overall sweet malty body. Carbonation needs to be more lively in the mouthfeel. I'm sure this would be refreshing on a hot day, but the flavors don't do it for me.

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

Pale yellow/golden beer, head doesn't stay long but leaves a little lacing.

Aroma on this bottle is a bit tainted due to skunkification. Beneath that lies a simple, balanced, light beer. Honey and straw.

Taste is lightly sweet grainy malt with straw dust and ends with a soft bitterness combined with faint earthy note.

Overall: Light and refreshing, would have been better without the skunkiness, but it is a simple beer, and the hops are not in such high doses that it was ruined by the skunkiness.

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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, brewed with barley malt and hop extract; best before 10/18/07. It pours very pale gold with light carbonation and an inch of white head that leaves moderate lacing. Mild grassy and spicy/skunky hops in the nose, backed by some grain. The flavor adds to this a dash of earthiness and a mild bitterness, on top of a light body that has an equivalent carbonation and finish. An average German pilsner, but makes for an easy session beer.

Photo of Zephenbrewid
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

According to the style guidelines of a german pilsener, I would think that this beer should be slightly more bitter than what it is. However, it does meet other criteria admirably. The head is retentive as expected, carbonation well present, with its bouquet showing no floral character, only whispers of orange sweetness. The mouthfeel is a virtual explosion of beery delight, caressing my tongue and inner cheeks as soothingly as the summer breeze caresses the mare's yellow mane.

Oh and for $20 /case this was a steal.

Photo of scottoale
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 500ml. brown bottle with a Best before end: 03.JUL.07, is a pale yellow-straw pils with a finger of short lived white foam.

The smell is a short faint sweet malt with a pungent hop (bitter) note that lingers on.

Crisp, clean malt taste that slips into a brisk, dry bitter finish. Simple easy German pils that can be consumed in massive quantities. Ample body and quite a refreshing brew overall.

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

Let's forget the intro and just skip right to the beer.

Appearance - Clear straw color. Looks almost like apple juice, especially considering how little carbonation is present.

Smell - Wheat, and oddly, lilacs. Can't explain that, just what it reminds me of.

Taste - Again, wheat, somewhat hoppy, but not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - You'd probably guess that it's got a light body, and you'd be right if you did.

Drinkability - I could drink a ton of these without problem. Very light and crisp. Even more so, it really goes well with a full meal, considering how light it is. I'm enjoying it with an Alfredo pasta with chicken mixed in. Goes quite well.

Overall, this beer is not complex at all, but a straight up Pilsner style that is easy to enjoy. Nothing fancy, yet well made. Definitely worth trying if the previous description appeals to you.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of having several Warsteiners fresh from the tap at the Warsteiner brewery in Germany.

Appearance - Nice light gold that started with a head. Nice lacing on glass.

Smell - Subtle, grains...a little skunky.

Taste - Classic pils taste, fresh, earthy.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability - I could not stop drinking these at the brewery and then at the hotel bar's tap after that. But now, drinking a bottled one at the office it's just a good beer.

Photo of Shadman
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

as far as lager/pils go, this one looks nice..big, rich foamy head that shows good retention and good lacing.

average at best in the aroma dept. as there was only faint grainy malt and maybe, just maybe a hint of hop.

Bold grainy malt right at the front followed by some sharp hop bitterness. Certainly more crisp and bitter in the hop dept vs. some other euro pils and lagers.

carbonation level seemed about right given the bolder malt/hop profile.

decent...although I found the malt/hop flavors took some getting used to....would certainly have another if offered to me.

Photo of Winter
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden in color with a foamy white head. Grainy, malty aroma. Some light hop bitterness. Uninspiring aroma reminds me of a common mass produced American Pilsner, despite its German roots. Medium to light-bodied mouthfeel. Welcomed crispness feels good on the palate. Taste is grainy with a moderate malt backbone. Slightly buttery in flavor with a mild hop bitterness toward the back.

Average "run of the mill" pilsner. Decent enough, but nothing spectacular. I can't even say I'd recommend this over other mass produced American versions.

Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Golden straw hue with a thick white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The lacing is ringed down the glass.

Sweet malty aroma with a very light hop aroma.

Mostly grainy and flavorful malts with not much else. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is dry and grainy without any real hop presence.

This one would make a great session beer. There isn't much hop flavor, but the grain is very plentiful. Recommended.

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

At $1.79 a 500 ml bottle, I had to give it a try. On to the beer:

Poured into a stange glass, it pours a pale light straw color with a good head. It's a little flowery and grassy in the smell, just as a good German Pilsner should be. A bit herbal in the taste, but it's dominated by a pleasant hop bitterness. A smooth beer that's not too hard to drink. Accompanied homemade hamburgers with corn nicely.

Photo of witster18
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

much better on tap.
poured a solid 1 " head with great stickiness in it's appearance. Head lasted about 1 minute....but left great lacing. Smell is very earthy ....taste is sweeter and hoppier than out of the bottle....and less of the metallic astringency here....this went from being above average out of the can/bottle to being very solid on tap. I'll remember to do the tapped version as often as possible...taste is rosie with alot of that earthiness and bland sweetness....nice carbonation and good drinkability....impressed...now off to search out a mini...to see if it has the same benefits compared to the regular can and bottle. out of bottle/can...marginally recommend...on tap I can easily recommend.

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