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Warsteiner Premium Verum - Warsteiner Brauerei

Warsteiner Premium VerumWarsteiner Premium Verum

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1,368 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1368
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%

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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 FLima


3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Malty aroma with grassy hops.
Bitter taste of grassy hops on a mildly sweet biscuit malt base. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation with a mild crisp and spicy sensation.
Typical German Pilsner, decent and reliable, but don't expect any thrills.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 00:01:28 | More by FLima
Photo of bbluemzbeer


4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is easily drinkable and very refreshing !

Appearance:: pale golden yellow in color with some carbonation.

Smell: Moderate aromas of grainy and malts

Taste: with moderate amounts of biscuit and malts in the body and some bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of

Overall: This is a very enjoyable beer which would pairs well with fancy food.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 13:16:31 | More by bbluemzbeer
Photo of diverite


4.21/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew was a bit better than expected. First, it smells bread-like from the pilsen base malt, but its not as crisp as you would expect, nor as bright. The real gem in this one is the toasted smell of a decoction mash. It tastes of bready pilsen, but it also carries a very distinctive decoction mash "toasted" grain flavor that can only be found in a beer that was mashed with the added pains and energy exertion that a decoction mash schedule can provide. This is a throwback to when all brews were mashed this way due to the under-modified base malts that were common years ago, requiring many step mashes to coax the grain in the brewer's direction without adding heat or increased water volume to the main mash. Its just more effort and no longer required these days, but the taste is unique and very traditional....its simply German.

This brew has no up front bittering hops profile, the hops seem to be there as a mild earthy spice (noble variety I think), but not all that bitter. This is a 100% malt forward beer and it is very unique. There are no flavors added, no lightening adjuncts and my guess is no filtering....its 100% malty goodness. This is as real as brew gets and the decoction mash makes it worth trying if you prefer your cold one on the malty side. I will order it again if I every see it offered on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 17:23:21 | More by diverite
Photo of bambam2517


3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few 12 oz bottles pre-gaming at a buddy's before the D-backs game. Straight out of the bottle for the first two, then poured one into a pint. Served extra-cold out of the ice chest.

Typifies the more easily available German brews to be had in Europe, so it is in short a quality brew. Euro brew keeping to the German Purity laws. Not as fresh and enjoyable as the local variants, but certainly better than our "big brews" in the States.

I was pleasantly surprised to have this over the typical macro tailgating beer, but it isn't going to wow anyone. An "ah, that'll do nicely" kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 23:13:27 | More by bambam2517
Photo of mcellis


3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I wasn't a big fan of this brew. I will preface this review by saying that I'm a bigger fan of darker brews in general, but I was willing to give it a shot. It neither impressed nor disappointed me.

Pros: Nice, thick head when poured from bottle to stein. Clean smelling, but not really evocative of anything in particular - like one of those "clean linen" candles. Good straw color. Decent carbonation.

Cons: Nothing about the taste stood out to me. It was clean, pleasant - maybe a touch grassy. Nothing spectacular.

Overall: It's a decent Summer beer for when you're looking to cool down more so than analyze it. I won't be buying it again, but I also wouldn't turn it down if offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 16:18:13 | More by mcellis
Photo of Slatetank


3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

purchased this from Giant, enjoyed in a glass chilled, shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is golden with good clarity very good retention and fine bead with spotty lace stickage. The smell has a familiar sulfur and light malt scent with slight herbal hop aroma. The feel is very good with medium carbonation and subtle sweetness and semi-dry finish.

The flavor begins malty and seems spicier toward the finish with moderately smooth malt flavor and light hints of floral hops adding the mild fruitiness in the yeast. Overall a very good beer, not the best pilsner I have had though

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 18:41:29 | More by Slatetank
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice German lager. It's drinkable and reflects the German style. Im sure this is reheitsgebot. I love these light lagers when it's warm outside. I've had better German style beers, and this one is just alright in comparison to others I have had. Nonetheless I like to support German brewing and fuehrers everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 07:28:42 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
Photo of GMB


4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An admittedly overzealous pour of this 11.2 oz. can of Warsteiner "Premium German Beer" produces a straw-golden body of brew, which supports a thick snow-white head with plenty of staying power.

The nose is typical of German Pilseners: mild; slightly sweet; subtle hints of herbs and spices.

The first sip unfolds slowly on the palate. Sweet malts lead the way, but are quickly balanced by some mild aroma hops. Bitter hops emerge towards the end and are substantial enough to hold their own and keep the sweet malts from outstaying their welcome. Well-balanced.

As the mild carbonation suggested, this beer is light and crisp on the palate.

Warsteiner Premium isn't the kind of hoppy, dry pilsener that American breweries are putting out these days. Perhaps that explains why it is undervalued at BeerAdvocate.com. But it is a beautiful representation of the drinkable sophistication that typifies German beer. I'll be revisiting this one.

Serving type: can

05-10-2013 09:03:17 | More by GMB
Photo of olilitewu


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Did not expect much when bought, only purchased it because this was a new item at my local supermarket
served around 3-4 degree Celsius, after pulling it right out of the fridge after sitting there for 2 days.
No specific aroma when poured, and there is little to no head.
It's got a crisp bite on palate, and hoppiness is above that of Beck's that keeps the beer very interesting .
I am used to drinking pale ales and Belgians, so this beer has little body, taste is very dry and smooth.
After consuming some more, this beer stays crisp and refreshing, well above my expectation.
Great beer. I'd definitely buy again and recommend to others

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 06:22:46 | More by olilitewu
Photo of TheMarkE


3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light gold with decent head and lacing.

Smell: Bready malts and grassy hops

Taste: Grassy, malty, spicy, hoppy… Complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, medium bodied.

The Verdict: Very good. A refreshing German pilsner with lots of flavor and more complexity than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:58:23 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of charlzm


3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed March 18th, 2013 from a bottle marked "best by August 23rd, 2013". Poured into a pilsener glass.

Beer pours a brilliant light yellow with copious streaming carbonation bubbles throughout the drink-down. A two-finger creamy white head forms and lasts a long time, slowly reducing to a thin cap. Not very sticky, it slides down the sides of the glass easily.

Aroma is strong but not complex: sweet with husky grains and a bready note.

Flavor is a little bready with a fleeting touch of spicy, peppery hop at the end. Finish started off as a thin, metallic, disagreeable bitterness; the metallic and disagreeable parts disappeared after a few sips.

Mouthfeel was well-carbonated and medium-bodied.

A decent enough pilsener, I guess, but it's a style I don't especially enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 21:46:48 | More by charlzm
Photo of orcsinspace


3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really like the malty/roasted taste that Verum has. It makes the beer stand out from other German beers. Besides that, this is business as usual for German beer, which should be expected because of the purity law. I find that most German beer is very drinkable, and it is a shame that a lot of people that I know are starting to frown on German brews.

My opinion is that German beer is what adjuncts aim for, and German beers are starting to become passe to the craft crowd. Nevertheless, Warsteiner Verum still holds up better to most traditional beers, and that distinct taste makes it go outside of the box with typical German beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 22:51:35 | More by orcsinspace
Photo of magictacosinus


3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

These are everywhere now at a stupidly low price, so I decided to revisit one of these after a long time coming. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Freshness date is "11/JUL/13."

Pours a golden yellow color with a strong, thickened cascade of bubbles and carbonation, to the point of being near champagne-like. Eventually, however, the large 3 finger head dies down to nothing and the bubbles cease to be as festive and turn into a modest, calmed form. More viscous looking than expected given the ABV and style... Yet pretty unassuming and basic when it comes to such a style as well. A little above average here, but nothing more than that.

At the nose, there's a fair amount of crisp grains, a little bit of grassy zest, and a lingering, slightly "skunked" character underneath. There are tidbits of fruity aromas resembling green apples, apricots, and a bit of fruit skin tartness, but don't think it's too predominant with the writing. The golden, crisp malts are pretty straightforward and soaked with a bit of alcohol, but it's actually pretty balanced with the grassiness and skunked backbone. Definitely not exactly what I'd call a classic German pilsner (but I'm not going to start a regional war here), but still mellow and well integrated.

Different from a variety of Bavarian-focused pilsners that I tend to lean to most of the time, this has a far more predominant grainy texture, which is accentuated by its subtle yet zesty hoppiness. The cereal grains linger for a while, combined with more of the apple/peach tart flavors that zone in and out in the aftertaste. The hops do eventually catch up, but this is probably more for those who aren't big fans of them in their German pilsners. It's never aggravating, and the slight yeasty texture and alcoholic finish definitely adds some character to it, but I would not say that it's extremely well balanced or anything. This is smooth and full bodied, though, and you could for sure drink this without even noticing.

Quite a good, above average session German pick here... At the price and quality, this could easily even be appreciated by the casual drinking crowd. With the warm weather coming up, I could definitely have more of these, despite the muted hoppy nature and strong graininess. Pair with a club sandwich or bratwurst for good results!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:46:24 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of Thehuntmaster

South Africa

2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle 4,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass
Best Before: 19/06/2013

Appearance: Warsteiner Premium Verum pours a pale yellow colour, while a rough pour generates a large white head. Retention and lacing are average at best.

Smell: Hmmm, this doesn’t smell all that bad. The initial nose offers a light grassy note alongside pale grain and a very light toasted note. Sadly, as the beer begins to warm a slightly unpleasant cooked vegetable character.

Taste: As expected, there is not much to the taste (pale grains and a very light grassy note is about all that is noted), but at least it does steer clear of any offensive notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a high level of carbonation. Thankfully, unlike most pale lagers, the carbonation is not harsh or unpleasant.

Overall: Warsteiner is not as bad as most other pale lagers, but it is still not something I could see myself buying again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 14:57:46 | More by Thehuntmaster
Photo of SmashPants


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: tall brown 330mL bottle, pretty ordinary German macro label.

Appearance: faint yellow in colour. Plenty of carbonation, with a frothing head that settles to a cap. Sporadic lacing lines the glass.

Aroma: light pilsener aromas - sweet malts and floral and grassy hops. Nothing out of the ordinary, but smells very refreshing.

Taste: there is something a bit odd about this beer - different to most pilseners. There is the usual touch of citrus, sweet malts and grass hops again, but something almost vegetal as an undertone. Not sure whether I like it or not.

Aftertaste: it is the vegetal undertone that dominates the aftertaste. Again not unpleasant, just a bit unusual.

Mouth feel: a bit too much carbonation for my liking - it almost adds carbonated metal to the flavours. Body is about right though, at light-to-medium.

Overall: an okay beer, but not really worth while. It is an interesting pilsener - a bit different to the norm, but not necessarily in a good way. My biggest complaint, however, is this: it is AU$78 a case (2013), and isn't the best of beers. That's absolutely appalling. Not really much more to say about it than that.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 02:43:39 | More by SmashPants
Photo of scratch69


3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear pale gold color with a finger and a half worth of head. Fair amounts of runny lacing.

Smell- Grass, malt, and hops.

Taste- Grains with some malt sweetness and grassy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A tasty, easy drinking pilsener. Not a great beer but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:44:23 | More by scratch69
Photo of tjacobs610


2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Good German Brew, pours out a big white head that has plenty of laceing. Clear and golden yellow color, with a light malty maybe bready and very clean cut. Has a sweet taste that is also very clean and crispy, which turns to dryness in the end. Has a sharp bitterness as well. This isnt maybe favorite German beer but its nice to change things up here and there.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 10:41:45 | More by tjacobs610
Photo of beergoot


3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour produced a classic light straw body with a thick, creamy white head; lots of carbonation rising in the body. The aroma comes across with lightly roasted malts with a grass-like hop smell. The taste comes across with a subtle grainy sweetness and a slightly zesty and a tad bit peppery hop bitterness. A nice crispness comes through in the feel; clean and dry.

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer if for no other reason that I always expected to not like Warsteiner. There is no good reason for this other than my incomprehensible prejudices with some things. In any case, I find this to be a nice example of a classic German style; excellent balance and complexity throughout. It's good to be proven wrong every so often...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:01:50 | More by beergoot
Photo of B33R

4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer.       

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 00:39:17 | More by B33R
Photo of laramis

South Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: the beer is a pale gold looks like a standard lager but has a larger head that stays a while and has good lacing

S: Grass and hops a very fresh crisp scent and maybe some citrus and a bit of malt

T: follows the smell pleasant in the beginning with a general pilsner taste that is then finished buy a slightly bitter aftertaste

M: Standard crisp pilsner feel goes down easy

O: While this is a good lager and quite drinkable i dont think that it is as deserving of praise as it is given ya it is better the the standard american lager dont get me wrong but it just isnt doing it for me

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 04:11:54 | More by laramis
Photo of bigolbeerbelly


4.11/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is average pours a thin yellow classic lager look but with a think white head that dissipates quick.

Classic lager beer smell nothing really special.

Taste is outstanding , very nice lawnmower beer with a distinct hop flavor. Saaz I think

Mouthfeel has a high carbonation but and light body. Typical of this stle of beer.

Overall my favorite lawnmower lager. I drink this often.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 05:25:22 | More by bigolbeerbelly
Photo of fischerking

3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Warsteiner Verum from Warstein, Germany.

Very light color. Tons of flavor (grains?) for a pilsner, smell was OK. Lots of carbonation. Enjoyable.

I drank it out of a bottle from Kroger in Knoxville, TN on 1/17/2013 from a create your own 6-pack.


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 02:05:33 | More by fischerking
Photo of ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

light golden very clear. normal pour. normal glass.
light head but a decent head. awesome lace.
every drink leaves a ring around the glass. but its clean and fresh

fresh. slight citral note .familiar awesomness. notes of hay. fresh hops. dynamic.

its a great one. sharp carb. clean. and not overly foamy. like the better parts of a pilsner. with slightly less dry finish. and a more lagery flavour. a hoppy easy drinking
brew. with a good start. nice level. and clean finish. somewhat dry and very refreshing.grains and fresh hops with a sharp start and great overall .

very sharp and carbed on the drink. quickly evens out to a taste factory. as described.

i very much enjoy this beer. its always refreshing and its a great starter if you are having a session on a few other imports. goes great with chicken. or curry. or vegetables. or anything actually. dont miss this beer.

Serving type: can

01-18-2013 01:19:34 | More by ghisty
Photo of ChapaTX


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very drinkable beer. Pilseners are not usually my go-to style of beer but this one was quite enjoyable. Very light in color with not a lot of head which was white. It gave a kind of sneak up on you kind of buzz (1 pt and oz's bottle). Carbonation on it was noticeable as the bubbles would rise to the top throughout the entire glass until empty

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 13:09:41 | More by ChapaTX
Photo of brewolero


3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, crystal clear, spotty head that lingers a bit, but otherwise unnotable.
Aroma: Bread with a bit of hops.
Taste: Bread, bitterness and spice on the tongue, bitterness lingers but hard to place--almost harsh.
Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy on the tongue.

Paired with a club sandwich at Berlin Kulturcafe in Sucre, Bolivia. Grew on me over the meal, most especially the bitterness that plays itself out long after you drink it and made it better than pretty much any other pilsner here.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 15:05:28 | More by brewolero
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