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Warsteiner Premium Verum - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,669
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 158 | FT: 1
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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 scoobybrew
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a crystal pilsner flute. It has a very clear golden color. The head is small and dissipates to a thin lace rather quickly. In the aroma is a very fine balance of hops and malt, both of which are just traces, but okay for the style. Upon tasting, the flavor is a very delicate malt and hop balance with a smooth hop finish, very clean overall. It has a medium-light body with low carbonation and is very pleasant.

Overall, I think this is a fine example of the style. It has a very nice flavor, very smooth and clean.

Photo of utahbeerdude
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visual: light, clear gold. Not much of a head.
Aroma: Hoppy aromatic, but not as aromatic as Tsingtao, e.g.
Flavor: Hops dominate, mostly via bitterness, not much hop flavor. Bitterness rather uniform in beginning, middle, finish, and aftertaste, where it is rather persistent. .
Mouthfeel: OK for style, Finish is rather dry
Overall: Overall, while not unbalanced, the beer tends to be rather one dimensional, mainly due to the even persistence of the hop bitterness.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This surprised me. I expected a disgusting skunk beer. This poured a beautiful blonde color. The aroma was sweet with a light hop aroma. No skunk.The taste is simple and sweet. Most impresive was the overall mouthfeel exerpeience. This was SO smooth to the tounge. Due to that and the lack of too much skunk this was incredibly easy to drink. Almost a pleasure. There was a small level of euroskunk taste but not too much. And for 2 bucks a pop at the Keg(basement of the german house) this is a bargain.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great quote on the back label: "Because life is too short to drink cheap beer". Maybe they created that for the American market when Warsteiner was more unknown, but now it's not only easy to find but very affordable. Maybe it's time to change to "Because life is too short to drink bad beer." Why not?

Poured into a mug. Light straw color, looks like urine but fortunately doesn't smell like it. 1/2-inch head died down quickly to almost nothing. Fairly vigorous bubbles. No real lace to speak of.

A grassy/floral aroma prevails, with a sweet maltiness following.

Nothing unusual in the flavors but this is certainly a very drinkable pils. A wheaty malt backbone allows the hops to bite a little, and there's a grain/cereal earthiness all around. I'm even detecting a faint peppery spice on the way down.

Mouth feels smooth, even creamy, unusual for the style but it also carries that trademark pils tingle. Dry finish.

Easy summer drinking. Glad to see this one becoming nearly ubiquitous in small-town, bad-beer America.

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warsteiner has an attractive pale golden yellow color. It smells sweet and fresh. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Taste is Fresh, sweet, exciting, crisp. Has a slight citris flavor from the hops and is very refreshing. I'll remember this beer. As far as I'm concerned, this beer makes up for the Germans being the most annoying pricks on earth.

Photo of biergeniesser
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 12oz bottle of Warsteiner poured an amazingly crystal clear straw color. Its thin white head dissipated quickly but its remnants laced their way down the sides of my pokal. Fine bubbles evolved contiously from the sides and bottom of the glass.

The aroma was simple, but immensely enjoyable: Bready malt with a slight degree of noble hop spice.

Warsteiner has a crisp clean flavor, which is dominated by bready malt but has a slight malt sweetness as well. The hop bitterness is crisp and satisfying and there is a pleasant kette hop flavor, which is evident as well.

Warsteiner has a light body and a dry crisp finish. A nice, clean carbon dioxide bite accents the light body and dry finish nicely.

Another fine, readily available example of the German Pilsener style, Warsteiner is a good beer for all seasons. Highly recommended.

Photo of ReebShorts
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from brown 12 oz bottle, there's a stamp on bottle that says naturally brewed according to the German purity law.

Typical golden lager color, not much head though and the thin layer that was there, dis-appeared pretty quickly. No date on bottle.

not much aroma here, light grains, maybe a hop or 2.

Ahh, plenty of carbonation (i was a bit concerned due to lack of head), pretty smooth mouth feel and clean finish. This is definately sessionable, and far better than the obvious comparison to me (Bud). If I could get this locally by the case, for around same price as Bud I'd be all over it.

Photo of Drew966
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warsteiner Premium Verum pours a golden yellow colow with a fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle into a Warsteiner pils glass. Smell is mild, malt and hops are both present. Taste is quite good, definitely better than the typical euro lager, well balanced with a bit of hop bite. Definitely worth a try.

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

very regal looking label on a brown bottle. best before 07/06.

very faint yellow but not quite straw colored. head forms white, though it disippates quickly to a bit of lace. lightly carbonated with small bubbles.

nose is light hay hoppiness. hmm, some drying acetone sharpness as well. its all pretty low level so nothing off about it.

an even hoppiness about the taste. flows easily from bitter to flavor with malt accompanying it the whole way through. still though, i would expect, and was hoping, for something a bit sharper from a german brewer making a renowned german style.

much more average than i hoped. an ok german pils, but certainly not outstanding or exceptional.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this was from a mini-keg

this beers a yellow that seems reserved for Budweiser, with a typical white frothy head, however this head doesnt whimper away like Buds, very resilient.

not high on aromas, but smells much more classy than the macros

wow, this tastes really good, goes down so smooth with no bitterness, there are no complex levels of taste or aroma, but what a quality tasty beer.

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

Bottle poured into glass. Maybe it's the bottle, but I've had this before on tap and the cap was much nicer. From a bottle, the cap was dismal at best and was gone before I had time to write down the smell category. But the coloring was attractive for the style. A nice pale golden and very clear. The smell was a little sweet but with light citrus and floral hops. Has the familiar macro-cereal grain nose. Taste is has a mild malty sweetness that finishes with a nice mellow hop bite to bring it down. Carbonation is high on this one, and comes a live real fast. Does leave a nice aftertaste. Great burger and "been cutting grass" beer!

Photo of badbeer
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Half liter bottle sampled one day before the end of the best before date.

Had a nice appearance with a golden color and had a white head that dissipated slowly with slight lacing. Smell was slightly skunky but still had a slight floral hoppiness to it. Has a nice clean flavor to it, again with only subtle maltiness and hoppiness as expected. Mouthfeel was decent with a good amount of carbonation and light body. Drinkability is insane on this, it goes down incredibly smooth, if only the rest of it was on this level. Definitely worth a try, and it's one that when fresh, I will be coming back to.

Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warsteiner's standard is a very decent beer, with its moderate price (under $20 a case) it is well worth the purchase. The taste is very much like a standard German larger i.e. Paulaner, Biturger. One of my favorites, recomended try out of a can, just as good if not better than a bottle

Photo of DogFood11
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Filtered clarity, golden, ultra light appearance. Rolling carbonation lends a helping hand to a well put together frothy coat. speckled lacing.

A touch of the Heineken skunk, not enough to make an impact as the spicey hop profile makes it bow out. Light and crisp, although there is a drying grit to the hop profile that is welcomed as it finishes with a fresh crisp snap. This is an easy drinker that is interesting enough to keep a session going no prob.

Photo of tozerm
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, it's no micro beer but it is a step above the domestic macros in terms of quality. This keg seemed pretty fresh, plenty of co2, nice golden (clear) color, good head (1 inch), very crisp with just a hint of hops in the finish. A bit pricier than the usual lawnmower beer, I'd say this was more a "backyard bbq burger on the grill" beer. I second the thought that it would be pretty easy to down quite a few of these on a hot day.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft at CW's Tap Room. Golden color with a very nice head to it. Generous lacing left on the glass as the beverage is consumed.

Light malt aroma with very little hop aroma to it as well. Smells like a tradtional lager or pils.

Taste is above any macro beer. I just wanted a nice crisp clean beer to go with my turkey club during lunch and this certainly fit the bill. Nice and light and a great flavor. Crisp mouthfeel with a light body. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a crisp and smooth beer, very refreshing. The aftertaste is very nice and malty. The appearance is golden, classic Pilsner look.

The smell is sweet and malty. This is a very inoffensive and pleasent beer, for it's low price and alcohal content I'm suprised how good it is.

I would recommend this beer to at least try.

Photo of apintofknowledge
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Photo of murphysbleachers
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Finite
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Photo of sockeye101
3.27/5  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!

Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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