Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Reviews: 811
Hads: 1,741
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 35
Gots: 197 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice color and clarity, familiar tang of lager beer in the nose; sourdough bread, biscuits, herbal spiciness. Taste was not crisp or bold as i had hoped, rather flabby and bland; some hop flavor coming through. I am a fan of assertive Euro Lagers like Stella Artois, Heineken and Becks, but Warsteiner offered a weak, adjuncty flavor that underwhelmed my palate and did not leave me wanting more. (396 characters)

Photo of NSBeers
2.11/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - 2 fingers of of smooth off-white head. Extremely clear yellow colour, I could read a book looking through it. Carbonation holds well, it's still bubbling strongly after nearly eight minutes out of the can. Head dissipated quickly though, leaving a splatter of grey-white foam.

Smell - It has a crisp, bitter smell to it. Definitely high hops quality, as is traditional in German beers.

Taste - It somewhat lacks in flavour right away, but gets stronger the more you drink. The bite of bitter hops is replaced with an almost tangy sweetness on the edge of your tongue. There are hints of fruit in there as well, though the flavour is so subtle and disppears so quickly I can't put my finger on what it is.

Mouthfeel - Light and fairly watery. Almost feels a luke-warm breeze caught in your throat.

Overview - While it definitely gets points for it's presentation, it's lack of any substantial flavouring is it's downfall. Remember kids, just because it looks good doesn't mean it is good. However as is the case with most import beers, you're not getting the best product; if I wanted to do a truely fair review, I'd have to go to the Warsteiner Braeuerei itself and try a batch. As it stands however, I'm giving the Premium Verum One and a Half Stars out of Five. (1,282 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A-Crystal clear and bubbly. Very light pale golden-yellow color. The 1-finger pure white colored head hangs around and leaves great looking lacing.

S- Grassy, grainy, cereal, light malts. As it warms the aroma of fresh cooked corn comes out; like opening a bag of corn chips or pulling the lid off of a pot of corn that's cooking in boiling water.

T-Fresh breads and grains. Light malts and warm biscuit. A floral hop or two.

M- Light, crisp, carbonated. A little chalky. Pungent.

O- This brew was good at the start and better at the end. (575 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light yellow with one finger head that fades quickly. Not a great smell. Smells like a domestic beer. Goes down very smooth. Grainy with a hint of hops. Light on the tongue. Leaves almost no aftertaste. It's an okay beer. I would drink it as a cheap alternative to domestics. (275 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.73/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Warsteiner is a rare German beer in that it tastes pretty much the same in the USA, as it does in Germany. How this brewery is able to import it here, keep it fresh, AND keep it inexpensive (less than a Euro per .33L bottle, ye Germans) is a real testimony to remarkable German manufacturing expertise.

Yes, it has a VERY light color--proving that skilled brewing can make a light colored beer with lots of flavor.

Yes it has wonderful lacing--which lasts the whole glass through (take that American mass-brewers!)

Yes, it has a wonderful fresh, but not overwhelming quality hop aroma. Warsteiner is unique amidst German pilsners--in that it has a certain, indescribable to me...."Warsteiner" taste, unlike any other brand. Other pilsners are as good or better...but none has the special taste I discern.

Yes, it has a perfect, gentle...balance between hops and malt...and balance is THE mark of quality beer of any style. Pilsner is, of course, meant to be gentle--and subtle.

Camembert cheese from France is considered by aficionados about the finest that cheese gets. Yet, it doesn't knock your socks off like a blue cheese, or a cheddar. Like most French food, the flavor is subtle and gentle...or dare I say "genteel."

So too is a great Pilsner. Pilsners--be they German style (drier and sharp) or Czech (sweeter and easy) are subtle creatures....and the IPA crowd in America just doesn't get them. These are meant to be an adjunct to pleasant conversation for hours....with friends, in a Stammtisch. Not something to brag about in how many IBUs you can handle....or how dark it is…..or how high the alcohol you can get.

There's something supremely European about the subtlety of a solid Pilsner, in that it really isn't trying to be extreme--only excellent.

Warsteiner is definitely an excellent pilsner. If you don't like it, you should question your own taste and sophistication--not that of this excellent beer. (1,931 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can poured into a pint glass. Served cold and purchased from the Beer Store for $2.60 CDN.

Appearance - Pale golden color, some bubbles are present with the quickly dissipating 1.5 fingers of bright white head. A little lacing left around the glass and the golden beer is crystal clear.

Smell - Grassy slightly floral aroma mixed with a light grain smell. Not outstanding, but nothing unpleasant and suits the style pretty well.

Taste - Similar to the nose, not unusual, maybe not the most flavorful beer, as there is also a low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-low carbonation. Smooth and refreshing in the mouth. Feels like a great beer in the mouth year round as it retains its refreshing characteristics even in the dead of Canadian winter.

Overall - A fine German pilsener that is enjoyable year round.

Update June 7, 2015. Had one out of the can today and it was very good. I look back and think I've underscored this a bit. One of the best mass produced German pilsners in the market. Period. (1,010 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an old friend, Warsteiner... from back in the days of the now defunct Rathskeller... it truly was one of the greater beers i had sampled at that point. surprised i havent rated it here yet.
pours a beautiful yellow with great head and i nice layer retention.
smell is the typical pils/lager stuff....
taste is the same. i get a little honey out of it. it's a little dry. a little sharp. very decent, even now in this age of craft brew proliferation. still a standard to measure up to.
it's not my favorite style but it's decent and it brings a rush of memories. it's especially excellent now after an Underberg and the only thing better would be to be transported back in time to the heyday of Old World and The Rathskeller (and, i suppose, my youth). bratwurst and fried potatoes from mamma and pappa playing his music. (820 characters)

Photo of mmmbirra
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

half liter can in a Kloster Andechs ceramic mug.
After the foam dies down, which it does quickly, you can see it's a transparent yellow. A few bubbles rise to the surface.
A little cracker-like maltiness in the nose with some nice hoppy spice. Not too powerful, but a pleasant combination of aromas.
There's again a cracker-like maltiness on the palate with a kind of spicy, though mostly non-descript, hoppiness running through the beer. A slight hop bite in the back leaves a touch of bitterness on the tongue.
It's rather light-bodied, and perhaps a bit watery. Very refreshing for a hot summer afternoon.
Not very complex. Straightforward and enjoyable. I'll have a few in the park this summer, I'm sure, though I can't see myself turning to this when the weather cools down. (781 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a weizen glass. I'm wondering if the glassware mismatch with have any effect. Poured in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger white, fluffy head. Relatively long retention. Very light yellow body, high clarity. Head shrinks down to fluffy clouds with wispy lacing. Looking like a good fit for the style yet.

S- Grassy, fermented, nice aromatic smell.

T- Crisp, grassy flavors. Nice and sweet.

M- Light and wet.

O- Not bad at all. I rather enjoyed this Pils and wouldn't mind drinking it again. (583 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 500ml can, poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden straw colour. A bit of carbonation is visible. Poured with about two fingers of head which fade rapidly, leaving behind next to no lacing.

Smell - Grains and cereal...

Taste - Grains up front, followed by light malts and a few grassy bits. An light alcohol flavour linger after the beer is gone...and not in a good way really.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation for a pilsner. Light body, with a dry, decently crisp finish.

Overall - 3/5 (539 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of diverite
4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of bambam2517
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of mcellis
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (589 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of GMB
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of olilitewu
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
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 (641 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.3/5  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. (786 characters)

Photo of orcsinspace
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.51/5  rDev +2%
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! (2,331 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (940 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,157 characters)

Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.