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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Reviews: 836
Hads: 1,919
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 22.74%
Wants: 44
Gots: 269 | FT: 0
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Warsteiner Brauerei
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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 SaltofOH
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Appearance: Mild smoke on the pop. Pours a crystal clear light pale gold with copious effervescence and a 2-finger eggshell foamy head. Nice retention.

Aroma: Skunky? (but this is a brown bottle and is within date?) Noble hops & skunk. Floral; sweet; lavender.

Taste: Floral, dry clean arrival. Bitter, clean mid palate. Flash of sweetness and big floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite light, bordering on medium.

Overall: Crisp, slightly sweet, nice strong bitterness. Floral noble hop finish. Would buy this a thousand times over.

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Photo of Reegze79
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp, perfectly balanced German Pils. The taste lingers on despite the rather light body. The color is a gorgeous golden hue with perfect carbonation levels although the head retention was just about non existent. There is very little aroma. I certainly sensed that I was indulging in a mix of Pilsner and Munich malts balanced with noble hops. A very difficult style to nail but this beer is more than solid. Hop heads need not apply...I had this with a spicy Cajun shrimp dish and it was perfect.

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Photo of Mojo
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.5 ounce bottle -> hefe glass

A - pours up the color of straw. It is crystal clear and has an initial foamy white head. Retention is good and so is lacing.

S - All I could really get out of the nose was some cereal grain.

T - crisp taste containing some banana flavors along with a dry yeasty finish. Fairly mild in flavor.

M - average carbonation, no aftertaste

O - very drinkable, but fairly uncomplicated.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dated 11/21/14.

Appearance: Perfectly clear straw color with a fluffy white half-finger of head. Looks like any other beer of the style.

Aroma: Touch of skunk even though it was in a brown bottle, possibly just a yeast ester that I'm interpreting as a skunky smell. Some dry breadyness and a little bit of sweet corn.

Taste: There is actually a decent amount of flavor in this thing, especially considering the somewhat low 4.8% ABV. It's not the usual bland adjunct flavor because Premium Verum is, as far as I can tell, not made with any adjuncts. Pilsen and Munich malts give a rounded grainy flavor that is akin to wheat bread. There is just the right amount of hop bitterness to create a great balance. Some grassy/hay hop flavor comes through in the finish and lingers with the malt in the aftertaste. In true pilsener fashion the finish is crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body with average carbonation for the style (meaning tons of effervescent bubbles attacking your palate). Great drinkability and easily sessionable.

Final Thoughts: Everyone's had at least one so-called pilsener in their life. Most of the mass produced beer on the market calls itself a pilsener but is in fact made with adjuncts. Hats off to Warsteiner for keeping things authentic with Premium Verum. Would I drink it again? Sure, there is a time and a place for this particular brew and it just so happens to be summertime now.

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Photo of Oliver_Twist
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear, pale yellow beer with large white foam. Head retention is very good.

Taste is light, with slight malt sweetness and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is moderately light and well carbonated. Clean finish.

At 4.8% it is a smooth, light lager. A great German summer beer.

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Photo of sommersb
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 06-16-2014
Freshness: Best by 10-10-2014
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Pilsener
Purchased: 6-pack from Publix

Appearance is a clear, light yellow beer capped by a large head of white foam. Head retention is excellent and lacing is fair.

Smells are of straw and hay-like hop notes, with some lemongrass too.

Taste is simple, with a balance of light malt sweetness and a light bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is light in body and highly carbonated. The finish is crisp and clean.

Overall, not super flavorful, but a smooth refreshing lager.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Warsteiner Premium Verum brew by Warsteiner Brauerei with an Abv of 4.8 ABV. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. This brew looks like most brews on the market. The smell is rich with grains. Also some sweetness in the smell. The taste to this brew is rich and bold but also smooth. I'm picking up some sweetness like camel or resins. Warsteiner Premium Verum goes down real nice and smooth with a clean finish. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. I'm really liking this brew. This is a well balance brew. Nothing over powering in this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a solid 4 out of 5. This is better than what I expected. I will by this brew again.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Warsteiner Premium Verum from Warsteiner Brauerei, an easiER to find German brew here in the States. Poured from the longneck bottle into a glass, this beer's head leaves somewhat quickly. Very little lacing. Light clear amber body.

Tastes like mellow malt and a little bit of floral. Zero aftertaste and quite refreshing.

Very adequate mouthfeel matching the lighter taste. This brew is very crisp and clean, not to mention very quenching.

Overall a 3.75 for Warsteiner Premium Verum from Warsteiner Brauerei. I was glad to pick a lighter true German brew for these near-swampy days. I will surely buy this brew again.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beer I never fail to enjoy. Better to drink at least 2 of these so the flavour begins to coat your mouth. Can seem bland at first, especially if you drink a bigger flavoured beer first. Subtle, herbaceous, beauitifully noble hopped. Like a good dry white wine it keeps throwing up different subtle flavours with each sip. They're not very strong flavours. They're delicate and refined. Grassy hops. Minerals. Spring water fresh from a mountain stream... but multiplied and amplified. That would be the mountain of dreams. A work of art. I might give this the edge over Bitburger even though Bitburger is stronger flavoured. This is more herbal and certainly as good.

My mark out of one hundred would be 87.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear light golden pour with an immense head. Good lacing and retention for a pilsner. The nose is a light biscuit sweetness over just a touch of hops. Light medium body with normal carbonation which effervesces a bit on the finish. The flavor profile is low key, yet nicely balanced. It begins with a slight biscuit that flows into a slight bitterness against a slightly sweet background. The finish is crisp with a pleasant light bitterness that lingers a bit.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color in a 16 oz pub glass with minimal head.

Has a nice malty smell that screams classic pilsner.

The taste is crisp, malty, full, flavor up front that finishes with a little bitterness to balance it out.

Nicely carbonated with that crisp, dry finish.

I would definitely have again and recommend.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A nice German pilsener, pours a clear golden color, topped with a generous and slowly disappearing white head.
There is a pleasant mild malty aroma complemeted by some grains. Nothing special, but nice.
The taste starts slighty more on the sweet side and is followed by a nicely balanced body with some bitterness added. Finishes with a decent bittery feel, lasting for some time after.
A very drinkable and tasty pilsener. I also love to have one of these, whenever I can.

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Photo of Paincane
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear golden colored brew with a thin white head that leaves mild lace.
S: Grass, fruit and lemon aromas.
T: Grain flavor with sweet malty presence and hints of grape and lemon zest.
M: Light bodied with excellent carbonation. Crisp and refreshing pilsener hop back end.
O: Enjoyable and worth having. Will drink, rinse and repeat.

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Photo of DeepBrew
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured it from bottle into Pilsner glass. Good head of over one inch, slight retention, leaving behind a little lace. Color is light yellow, clear with medium carbonation. First smell is bright floral. Medium mouthfeel, with balanced taste with slight bitterness and aftertaste. Overall a pleasant beer, nothing overwhelming but also nothing memorable.

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Photo of Jerryb1961
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the taste; not too sweet or bitter, and it's an overall stronger flavor of course than American style lagers. I usually drink it straight from the bottle a little cooler than room temp. My only gripe is that under those conditions it nearly always overflows out of the top upon being opened. Foam may look good in the TV spots but when there's enough to shave with it's too much. Others may disagree. I prefer Bitburger but that's not available in my area.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying a Warsteiner product. Pleasantly surprised.

Beer pours a dark golden and almost amber colour.

Smell was what a beer should be. Not too strong, and not weak.

Taste was amazing. Almost exactly what a pilsner should taste like. No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was what it should be. Lots of carbonation, and went down smooth.

Overall I was very impressed. I will definitely be purchasing this beer again. Well worth a drink.


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Photo of snaotheus
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

0.5L can brought in from Germany in a suitcase. Poured into some kind of pilsner. I actually have a glass from a bottle bought in the US, too, just as a curiosity if the imported versus local versions taste perceptibly different. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the same packaging.

Pours crystal clear, golden, with a fizzy head and light carbonation. This is essentially what I expect pilsners to look like. Smell is sweet, straw, lagery yeast, surprisingly mild.

Taste is sweet and crisp. Something a little corny about it, but it's German, so there shouldn't be. Straw again, less of the lagery yeast. Again, quite mild. I'd like something with more bitterness a little more.

Mouthfeel is actually kind of thick. Certainly not a light and dry as I think of with other pilsners. Overall, I'd take this over a BMC AAL any day.

The American bottle looks identical. Maybe slightly, slightly more carbonated. Smell is a little skunkier, but that could be can versus bottle. Taste is noticeably different. Again, more skunkiness in the American bottle; the German can is much sweeter. American bottle has the advantage of seeming crisper due to the extra bitterness.


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

330 ml. bottle. Pours a clear yellow colour, with a nosrmal head that does not hold for too long, leaving some lace. Smell of grass, malt and citrus. Medium body and good carbonation, crispy palate. Taste is bitter, with citrus, grass, grains and some malt. OK.

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a pils glass. The brew pours a clear light yellow color with a white cap that fades to a film. The cap holds throughout the experience from rising bubbles.

The aroma is sweet and grainy like straw with a very mild herbal hop touch thats lightly grassy. Some sulfur is also hinted.

The taste is herbal with a grassy bitterness. Light fresh grainy sweetness almost like corn blended with sulfur.

This is a light bodies brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not bad for the style. Strange that there is no middle ground, it goes from sweet to lingeringly bitter and grassy.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice 2 inch head with nice lacing afterwards. Color is very clear light yellowish gold almost like water. Heavy noticeable hop smell and aroma. Initial taste was very metallic that disappeared after subsequent sips. A little bit of bitterness that does not linger. Some slight sweetness. A little spice at the end. Label indicates this was brewed under German purity laws. Very light and easy beer to drink but nothing special in my opinion. Very plain and flat but clean tasting beer.

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

A- Straw gold with thick offwhite head

S-slight noble hop aroma, pilsner malt

T-Crisp bitterness up front which lingers nicely almost like a good pale ale. hint of sweetness in background. slightly spicy

M-Light bodied medium high carbonation

O-Okay pilsner, but nothing special. States that its made with hop extract and not hops and it tastes like it. Somewhat flat and rounded.

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Photo of SimonBailey
4.68/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Look, I'm probably the wrong person the write a review for bottled Warsteiner becuase, along with Alpirsbacher and Kloster Scheyern, it is my absolute fave German bottled pilsner.
It kicks ar$e.
It will make you happy.
It is a unique and wonderful beer experience.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Warsteiner pils in my opinion is an overly mild beer. It is a good pilsner in the sense that it is worth the money you pay for it and it is enjoyable. However I prefer the competition (namely bitburger). The hops are just not aggressive enough for my taste. The malt flavor is similarly soft. Don't get me wrong I don't think Warsteiner is bad, it's brewed for those who enjoy a softer pils. I however do not belong to that group. All that said I do like this beer.

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

Brilliant straw with a prominent white head that slips down to a lasting sheet. Smells lightly fruity and dusty with a doughy sweetness and some floral hops. Taste is mostly all pale malt sweetness, but some vague grassy, husky hops show up towards the end. Clean, light, and pretty crisp which helps with the drinkability. Not too bad as a refreshing beverage, but bland and uninteresting. Certainty there are much better options out there to get your German pils fix.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So Raul cruised over to Raul seniors and popped one of his Verums. Now, Raul didn't have high hopes for this Bavarian creation, but like the collapse of the Berlin Wall, it was received with positive results.

Clean like Raul's whip's windows after he sprays em with Windex, but also kind of tastes like Raul's whip's windows after he cleans them with windex.

Overall, it's clean like Lindsay Lohan after a shot of weak grass, but still not exactly "clean," ya feel me?

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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.