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Warsteiner Premium Verum - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,552 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,552
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 26
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 07-19-2001)
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Photo of apintofknowledge
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pilsner glass, and while it starts with a nice foamy white head, it quickly settled to a 1/4-inch or less. Pale golden color with visible carbonation rising from the bottom.

German hops are quite present in the aroma (though not quite as pronounced in the taste) followed by a slight metallic smell.

As for the taste, there's an initial mild sweetness followed by a mildly bitter hop bite... the hop character here is piney, herbal and quite peppery. I'll give kudos for nice hop presence for a pils, but there's a metallic finish (from a bottle, mind you, not a can) that just ruins the flavor of this beer to me.

apintofknowledge, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours the traditional German Pilsener clear yellow into my 18oz glass; This one contains the equally traditional rising bubbles and sits under a frothy, thick stark white head, but that head disappears rather quickly - it does, however, leave some curls of white lacing.

The smell is US-lager like, or perhaps Urquell-like, slightly skunky, with that 'beer smell' that most people associate with their early youth of stealing sniffs of Dad's beer. The kind of smell I've been running from for ages, but now that my palate's gained some sophistication, it's not so bad.

The taste is better, however, than the smell; It carries a soft, almost creamy smoothness for a lager, despite being crisp in mouthfeel. I'm still trying to develop 'lager-buds' to figure out what I'm tasting in these beers. It's got a very light flavor like sweet cream, maybe bananas.

A good mouthfeel, crisp at first to balance the creaminess, then creamy itself to agree - it finishes a little too thickly for a lager, with a kind of sticky, phleghmy feeling on the aftertaste (pardon the lewd description, but it's accurate).

Let this one warm up a bit; It's not that good served at the usual cold lager temperatures, but becomes more drinkable at warmer temperatures. Cheers!

Tupperwolf, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of murphysbleachers
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsener glass:
Appearance: Pale yellow. Finger of white head.
Smell: Faint, but pleasant sweet kind of biscuity malt.
Taste: Less pronounced flavors (or maybe I tried too many pilseners lately) than others of the style, but I appreciate a subtle beer. Malt sweetness in the front and a dry bitterness in the finish that takes a minute to kick in.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy, like soda water, but in a nice refreshing way.
Drinkability: Can and have had many of these in a sitting. Wide distribution around me makes this a good option at a lot of bars that don't have a lot to offer.

murphysbleachers, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Finite
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear and pale, great head, good retention, medium laqcing

Smell: nice balance of pale malts and spicy hops

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Very clean, good balance of hop and malt flavours.

Drinkability/Overall: Nothing overly special, but better than a lot of these style beers. Doesn’t challenge much.

Finite, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with best by date of 13 June 06. I like the slogan on the back; "Because life is too short to drink cheap beer."

Pours a pale golden color with pretty good head shrinking to a thin film, with a pretty good show o lacing down the sides. Smells classically German, an efficiantly sweet malt presence and the faintest hint of hop. Good body with a fresh zest of carbonation that gives action to sweetness. Taste is clean and fresh. That sounds like a Bud commercial, but the difference is, there is much taste here, with grainy, grassy malts and a clean and suprisingly dry finish.

Picked a single of this beer up for a $1.09, and I think I'll look for it again. Very good beer to begin a night of drinking, the type of beer I'd like to grab right after getting home from work and plopping down on the couch with. Very nice.

objectivemonkey, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Six-Pack that I decided to throw into the Shopping Cart whilst at Trader Joe’s recently. Tall thin 12 ounce (355ml) bottle. The crown cap, neck and main labels all bear the same Gold, Yellow, Black & White

Appearance: Soft faded golden body, straw like opacity. Soft white head has an irregular surface, creamy texture with a lasting virility. Large bubbled conditioning quickly rises when the glass is tilted. Teutonic presentation.

Nose: Very clean nose, crisp pale malts with a light grain aspect. A little expressive sweetness as it warms a tad. Merest hints of hops.

Taste: Soft in the beginning, well tuned carbonation mixes nicely with the crisp malts. Spicy hop centre piece and a lingering dry yet bitter lager finish. Slight herbal and grassy feel with a little grain also. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Strong mouthfeel in this one, lively presence and a rich depth to the malt and hop profile. Clean body with a solid density.

Drinkability: Quaffable, a real pounder of a brew. Very easy to drink this one in extremely high, almost obscene, quantities.

Overall: Nothing outstanding but nice to revisit this one again. I first drank Warsteiner back in England. I literally supped Gallons of this stuff on draft in the Red Shed during many of the live televised games during the 1998 World Cup. In short this is a great beer to pound down in vast quantities on many warm summer nights. Funny how when I drink this beer I always have a Pavlovian association with being reminded about David Beckham being sent off against Argentina though, 8 years on and that still hurts. For the price though, I’ll certainly be stocking up with some Warsteiner for the 2006 World Cup as it is being held in Germany, no beer from the official sponsor for me, but I just hope Beckham behaves himself this time around!

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice Pils...very clean and crisp, overall a really nice beer.

The head was nice and thick and ultra white....kinda like Vanilla Ice. Produced a pale yellow color, nothing impressive. It has a nice light, slightly hoppy aroma. The taste is nice, better than I expected. A good balance of malts and a slightly spicy hop aftertaste on the back end.

It's all about the German Purity Law...baby!

sockeye101, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Given to me by the barmaid in a Warsteiner mug.

Appearance- Came to me wth a one finger head. Color was a lemony golden straw hue and some moderate bubbling.

Smell- A slight sour malt and hop aroma and a little subdued grass.

Taste- The familiar flavor of warsteiner is best savored out of a bottle. But this tap tasting was intersting in that it had more carbonation. The ususal hay like malt flavors came to mind with some name brand style hopping.

Mouthfeel- The nice carbonation was a plus, but other than that the usualy watery dry palate, but very refreshing.

Drinkability- A great beer to have numerous pints of with friends in a bar or any setting. Not a lot of complex flavors to savor, so you can focus on being social and enjoying pretty decent beer.

scruffwhor, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold with an alright head. It went away quickly but some lace remained.

Smell has a nice bready/yeasty aroma. The taste is pretty standard, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Some typical German characteristics you would expect, but nothing stands out at you. You can enjoy it. Your Bud friends would find nothing objectionable about this one. Some characteristics remind me of a helles I recently drank, but I'm sorry, I can't quite describe the tastes.

Mouthfeel wasn't bad, but not entirely smooth either.

Thanks to ithacabaron for providing me this one.

GeoffFromSJ, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of becktone
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this last night out of a mini-keg.
It came out a nice clear golden color. Each pour had a consistent foamy head. The head retention was fairly good, it took a bit for the head to dissipate. Once it fell in size it was no longer as good looking, but because each pour had a consistent head I thought it made up for the fair head retention.

The smell was clean and crisp, hard to remember exactly what it smelled like. There wasn't much of a malt presence in the nose. Actually if malt or hops had to dominate the aroma I would say that in this beer the hops were dominate. It has a crisp clean taste and a nice bite to it. It also has a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is also pretty good. It has a medium amount of carbonation and has a medium body. Easy to drink, goes down quite well. This beer is a good session beer and one could easily drink this for quite a bit before getting smashed off of it.

becktone, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a thin white head. The head fades after a couple minutes, but doesn't go away entirely. The smell is a fresh cut grass or hay smell. Good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Up front the taste is on the light side, with only a bit of grain to speak of. The finish is much fuller, with a fair hop bitterness that has a fresh herbal base to it. Somewhere in there I keep sensing just a hint of citrus, and every few sips I get the impression of metal in the aftertaste. Overall a good taste.

Mouthfeel is light, as a lager would be expected. I've seen a few mention that this is highly carbonated, but I don't find the carbonation to be very aggressive. Somewhat uninspiring in this category.

Drinkability is quite good, this one would make a great beer to compliment a hearty meal, or as a summertime session beer.

elricorico, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of AltBock
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz./ 355ml bottle that I poured into my official Warsteiner Pilsner glass.

Poured a clear yellow color with a small head of foam that left some lace and also had plenty of carbonation bubbles throught out the pilsner glass. It just had a light aroma of grains and some malt in the background. The taste was malty up front with a hoppy aftertaste at the end. The mouthfeel had some carbonation, not too watery, that turned out to be vey clean and crisp. This beer made for a nice, not too special German session beer. Much better than the average American Macro.

AltBock, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of danielocean03
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Quality from Germany. There is a truth in that statement. Pours a golden-yellow , nice malty taste, excellent drinkability. Mouthfeel suffers slightly from the somewhat excessive carbonation, although not to the point of offense. This pilsner has been a strong fridgemate of mine as a reliable "after-work" beer for nearly a year now. Finishes clean without a mention of aftertaste.

danielocean03, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of sevineyes
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 5-liter can.

A: Very yellow-straw color with small head. No lacing.

S: Slight smell, but of malt with grassy and toasty notes.

T: Clean with a definite graininess. In the middle is slight sourness accompanied by a metal or mineral aspect. Finishes with some hops and a perfect balance of bitterness. Slight touches of butteriness and bitterness well into the aftertaste, which is very subtle.

M: Watery on the tongue, but coating and almost oily to the roof of the mouth and insides of the cheeks. Good balance for carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. No problems there.

Overall: A pretty decent little pilsner, but leaves me craving food to accompany it with. Give me either some spice or salt and I could drink another. Without that I don't think I'd go for it.

sevineyes, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, this is one of the best thirst quenching, light beers out their. I just love it. It’s clear, crisp, and dry as ice in the finish making it extremely drinkable. There’s nothing special about any of its traits but together they form a solid and exceptionally balanced and smart beverage. There’s no need for logorrhea with this one. Ii is what it is and it’s good.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold in colour with strong carbonation. Smells of light malt, and a touch of grassy hops. The flavors aren't all that bold, but are fitting nonethless: more light malt and grassy hops, white baking flour, and a nice mineral note on the finish. While this beer will never win any awards for complexity, its a pretty solid pilsner that gets the job done as a light refreshment or as a compliment to a light meal. I often smuggle a few cans of this on to the golf course with me.

fisherman34, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of funkengruven
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a decent example of a good, refreshing drinkable Pilsener from the land of Pilseners. Appearance and smell are pretty average of this style of beer, taste is smooth and sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty good as it gently rinses your palate, virtually no aftertaste. A Very drinkable, overall pretty nice brew. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a simple and clean beer. Very Refreshing.

funkengruven, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of hero27
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

"German Brewing Perfection" stamped on the label...quite bold, i'd say.
Clear gold. Virtually no head or lacing. The aroma isn't too bad..just very weak, even for a pils, I thought. Taste is pale malt and a hint of hops in the background. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good if you can get past the bland flavor.
I do like the quote on the back though.."Because life is too short to drink cheap beer." Overall, a decent german lager. Very easy to drink and I'd be interested to try it on-tap somewhere to see if I'd enjoy it a bit more.

hero27, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of IrishCowboy
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Warsteiner is one of the best examples of how you can have a much better tasting beer then the usual macro beers you find in every bar or liquor store without getting into serious craft beers.

Warsteiner is easily better then any Bud, Coors, MGD, but it does not cry out to be a serious craft beer either. What you end up with here is a nice target area in tasting, drinking, and drinkability that is often overlooked.

This nitch that Warsteiner falls into is one I am trying to expand upon and one I wish more upper scale Los Angeles bars could expand to. Someone looking for complexity here may be disappointed yet its not a plain beer by any means. What it lacks in complexity it handles well with simplicity and this is where Warsteiner shines.

A perfect drinking pilsner.

I am a sucker for having a frosted mug even though with the coldness it only slightly shortens the lenth of the body/aftertaste which is limited if you have your palette tuned to craft beers and stouts. The coldness adds to its crispness and helps the carbonation play with your tongue.

In keg form the head lasts longest. Actually sustains for a while. I've had the boxed bottles and the regular open 6 pack bottles and have seen a difference in head retention in that the closed box bottles hold the head for longer. Open 6 pack bottles seem to hold head for about 20-40 seconds at best.

The Mini Keg is the best example of what I believe the Warsteiner brewers "intended" for the beer to taste and feel like. Although the first glass out of the keg is all head. Crisp carbonation and nice pilsner character follows in the 2nd glass.

A great all around pilsner that handles my generic beer drinking occasions rather nicely.

IrishCowboy, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, pale straw yellow with a short-lived white head, sparse spotty lace.

Mild hoppy nose with only a hint of malt. Taste is sweet up front with a bitter backbone. Citrusy character with a light-bodied mouthfeel.

A decent beer overall, easy enough to drink. Nothing especially exciting though. Good barbecue beer.

TerryW, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale gold, with a slight haze. Thin one finger head with poor retention and non-existent lacing. The citrus hop aroma is obvious, but the pale malt scent is very faint. Munich malt sweetness, and a touch fruity, but not to the point of ester. The balance is offset by the lack of hop character in the taste or mouthfeel. Light body and even carbonation with a finish that was not very dry and semi-residual. Smooth and drinkable with a delicious flavor, but not what I would call a "good pilsener".

PBRstreetgang, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, the head stuck around for a few seconds then disappeared, same with the lacing. Scents of light hops/malt. There's a sweet taste, light body. This is very drinkable, but I would not buy it again. Much better than a MGD, Coors, Bud, etc...

Wasatch, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of tesguino
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fantastic german pilsner, of great smell floral like perfumed; taste wide, bitter, clean and slightly smooth, great lacing; good for most of german. american and mexican food, serve in a pilsner glass of course, dont drink from the bottle; 95% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at the Virginia Beach Octoberfest. Served in opaque plastic cups so I didn't get to to appreciate color too much. Looked typical golden color. Small head that hung in there for a while with little or no lacing (once again plastic cup). This is a good tasting Pilsner, light but with much more flavor than a macro lager. Leaning towards hops vice malt but no real strong taste. Mouthfeel was good, carbonation just right and no real aftertaste. I had this after a horrible tasting Koenig Ludwig Hefe Weizen (until I try it again, I am blaming this one on a keg that might have been tapped the day before!!!). The Warsteiner went down nice after this one. I like stronger tasting beers better, but I wouldn't turn down the Premium Verum if offered one. Would be a good session beer on a warm day or good served with food.

JayQue, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of radshoesbro
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - light yellow straw color with a reasonable head and no lacing.

s - a very typical "beer" smell. don't know how much sense that makes. small amount of hops.

t - very mild hops, semi-watery and smooth. not very impressed with this one. the dunkel is so much better!! this actually tastes a little flat.

m - very light bodied. good if you've been drinking nothing but darker beers and need a change of pace.

d - huge step up compared to what typical americans think of as "beer"!!

notes: wouldn't have this unless someone offered it to me or if someone decided to buy me a six of it.

radshoesbro, Sep 30, 2005
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