Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Brauerei
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Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of priwen
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw appearance with a bubbly, white head. Grassy hops are prominent in the aroma with some malt in the background. Flavor has a good balance of malt and hops. It has a slight hint of bitterness on the finish. Very appealing. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, semi-dry finish. Overall, This is a wonderful beer! Easy going. I'll definitely drink this one again.

11.2 oz bottle
Best Before: 17.JUL.15
Served in a Mug

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear yellow with a thick white head and heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of light hops with a sweet upfront taste and mild bitter throughout.

Overall: Not bad at all. Good German brew.

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Photo of RoastedRareByte
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Looks great! Has a great foam and body.

Smell: Nothing very odd here. Smells like any other beer with nothing particularly complex.

Taste: The taste comes off initially sweet... But then it hits you with sour. Not bitter. Sour.

Feel: Once again, I can't really detect anything particularly special about this. It feels like a Pilsner should

Overall, I'd say this is a run-of-the-pilsner, but the taste is just not good. I'm not fond of it.

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Photo of loubar
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Amber in color with a small white head. Floral noble hop bitterness up front with a sweet finish of bread malt and a bit of lemon. Good amount of flavor. Not watery. Bitterness blends perfectly to offset the sweetness. Finish is crisp and refreshing. A very drinkable and satisfying pilsener.

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Photo of sloggettstrength
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Look: Pours a light clear yellow with a nice white head that reduces to lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: Smells equally balanced between malt and hops, with slight undertones of fruity aroma.

Taste:Pretty much the same as the smell. Although slightly disappointing. There is not much flavor going on at all.

Feel: Very crisp from the nice amount of carbonation. Somewhat dry and thin.

Overall: Refreshing, and very smooth. Slightly watered down tasting, but hey, still one I'd pick up to try again months from now. Average.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in a clearance/discount/weird section of my local craft beer/wine store.

I didn't know what to expect. I wasnt sure if it was a Euro adjunct or a genuine German Pilsner. It smells like an adjunct lager. Turns out it's a real Pilsner and it pretty darn refreshing.

It is kind of like a classic adjunct lager but with real hop flavors and a good malt backbone. Very nice. I would happily have this in my fridge all the time.
Not sure if I'll ever find this again, though.

It was nice knowing you, Warsteiner. I'll meet up with you again if I ever get the Deutchland.

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Photo of dodge408
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've had this several times, and like it each time. It's a mild malt and undertone of hops fused well with light roast flavor. There's many up and down opinions of this brew. My advice is to get a 6 pack and try it. Also try it with some good pretzels...Or my favorite pairing for this, pork n kruat.

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Photo of WillWillows
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a nice head that reduces to lacing. Not very pungent, decent light smell of well blended hops and malt. Very European in taste, smell, and in look. Imported. Good beer. I will session with this beer. I had it with pretzels and they went well together.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high head that is gone in 30sec. Clear light gold

S- Has that Heineken scent.

T- There's that Heineken again. Similar recipe. A bit lighter though. Has the hops it needs and a decent malt back bone. Good overall blend.

M- A touch creamier then Heineken. which is a refreshing twist.

O- A good beer. Very similar style to Heineken but expected from European beers of this style.

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer is a Heineken clone so it pairs well with..... anything a Heineken goes well with which is a lot


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Photo of dacrza1
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: October 25, 2014... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... OCCASION: PSU/OSU white out again... APPEARANCE: champagne-like effervescence; crystal clear and golden yellow; vast, foamy white three-finger head; lacing represents confidently throughout ... AROMA: bread/dough malts mix with a metallic sharpness; some funky yeasts as well--not really appealing... PALATE: reasonably smooth; a flat finish; aftertaste is plausible; drinkable but not very memorable....TASTE: a liquid English muffin whose malts end in a woody, almost lagerish base; some corny residual, though thank God that's not a likely German adjunct... OVERALL: a pilsener that occupies the mouth for a few moments--crisp yet nondescript, Warsteiner is a year-rounder that probably needs a pairing (holiday party, dinner, snack?) to succeed...otherwise, a beer that's a bit more fun to say or see than it is to sip or savor...

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is grainy with faintly spicy, herbal hops; the overall effect is reminiscent of crayons and apple. The pale golden body is very clear with a smooth, white head with notable retention. Fairly flavorful and bitter, the taste is actually somewhat pleasant with some grainy malt and light fruitiness akin to bland pear. A hint of butter comes through over time. The body is of course light and crisp and suitably carbonated.

Not bad at all for the style. While far from unique, it is at least flavorful and refreshing with a good balance between the malt, hop flavor, and bitterness.

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4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

Smells like roast pork, dumplin's & kraut. Light amber in color, medium head slow to drop, gentle on mustache. Caress it and slowly sip or it will send you buttward. For the utmost in a Warsteiner experience, HEAD EAST ON HWY 50 from Sacramento to So. Lake Tahoe, CA. 'Bout half the way up into the Sierra Nevadas, just shy of Echo Pass, you'll spot St. Pauli's Restaurant on your right. ST. PAULI'S has the best German food from San Francisco to the Atlantic Coast. You can dine in the nostalgic Hinterland dining room, or in good weather, take your sup in the pinetops on the balcony that overhangs a fork of the Yuba River. ( Reservations Recommended ) FANTASTIC GERMAN FOOD & SERVICE! EVEN FANTASTICKER WARSTEINER ON TAP!!! ( Great wines too! ) P.S.: Don't attempt the drive over Echo Summit to Lake Tahoe after enjoying St. Pauli's! You don't want to miss Echo Lakes near the top, NOR do U want to miss the Grand Canyonesque view of Christmas Valley/Meyers, Upper Truckee River, waterfalls, the tops of 200' Noble Firs & the lake on the downhill side of Hwy 50 as it drops into the 6.500' Tahoe Basin. Vehicles should not be over 30 feet in length. Acrophobiacs MUST be blindfolded! ( BTW: If in L.A., make reservations at the Old Heidelberg in north Van Nuys.)

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Photo of ordybill
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
Aroma- caught a whiff of hops and maybe a floral backdrop
Appearance- A nice golden yellow color, clear with a lot of carbonation bubbles, nice white head
Taste- A nice robust bitter bite that was not overwhelming. A good flavor
Palate- Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation
Overall- not a bad beer, better than beck's and St. Pauli Girl

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Photo of Premo88
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: classic everything -- pale yellow, crystal clear, hundreds and hundreds of bubbles flying up the column, sticky 1-inch-plus head of white that laces a bit on the way down, full skin of foam across the top with a thick white collar

S: more classic everything with a nice bread malt dominance, sour grain, pinch of earth/black pepper hops bitterness

T: bitter bite up front, nice sweet finish of bread malt, lemon in there, too -- it's more bitter than the nose, but that lemon note is leaving it with an almost fruity finish

F: perfect ... light, full

O: love it ... no surprises here, though, for I love the true pilseners. it's got that perfect earthy/black-pepper hop bite and some great sour grain/lemon taste on a nice little bed of sweet barley malt. a brew I'll grab again and again.

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Photo of kfawku123
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%

This is a solid beer offering from Warsteiner. Crisp and light with a slightly off - skunk? - aroma. The taste is very pleasing if you like American domestics. Would highly recommend you try this beer if you enjoy slightly sweet, less hoppy, yet still malty tastes.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Can poured into an antique German beer glass

Pale golden yellowstraw to golden in color. Clear, few carbonation bubbles. White bubbles on the top, some lacings.

Aroma of spices, herbs, floral hops.

Spicy, floral hops on the middle and back of the tongue.

Light body, slight sudsing. Easily quaffable .

Imagine an American Budweiser except with more taste and flavor.

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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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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.