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Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%

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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't had one of these beers since I drank it with one of my exes 10 years(!) ago. When I picked up the Wesvleteren 12 at Top Hops a few weeks back, I saw this available via the single bottle and thought I'd give it a go again. While this is light enough to almost not feel like beer, I was surprised at how easy this was to drink and crisp it was for a Pilsener. While this still isn't one of my favorite styles, I enjoyed it enough to actually slow myself down during my drinking session.

The pour to this was nice, with a clear, golden hue, fluffy head, and a soapy lacing that slowly slid down my pint glass after each sip. Most of the aroma was of grass and a farmhouse-like earthiness that was backed up with some lemongrass and some sourness. The carbonation was great and the alcohol could be felt a bit, even though this wasn't too strong. It detracted a bit from the crispness of the beer but it was still bright enough to enjoy on its own without needing any water wash it down.

I could have had another one of these in my session since it was light in alcoholic content and taste. No doubt that this beer would go great with pretzels and chips and reminded me of what a good old-school pilsener should taste like. While there are so many other styles that outdo beers like this, this is great to have when you want to crack something open and not be bombarded with hops, booze, and endless layers of flavors. On a slightly warmer day, this would hit the spot nicely during snack time.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 07:45:51 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of CDRSchafer


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

I drink this a lot because Fort Sam Houston has it for $20 a case which is a great price for a decent everyday beer. You can't beat it at that price. Wouldn't drink it as much for $25. Wouldn't drink it at all for $30.

Nice looking beer. This reminds me a bit of the pils I had in Germany, but it's more on the lower end, like Bitburg. It's a very dry beer with quite a bit of flavor, that goes well with basic American food.

Serving type: can

11-19-2012 20:10:20 | More by CDRSchafer
Photo of JEdmund


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Great clarity in this brew, just perfect. Easy head formation, that settles down, yet also leaves some lacing. Lacking big time in bubbles however, and that makes me wonder how old this bottle is.

Grassy hop aroma, corn bread, and honey. Standard for style, but big enough to be noticeable.

Refreshing flavor. Initially there’s a good malt hit, filling my mouth with a surprisingly full-feeling body, but the dry finish, with those grassy hops, cuts it all back to even ground. Lacking on carbonation, which is a pretty big ding on style. Flavor is light overall but not dull. I do like the bitterness in the finish.

A good pilsner despite what may be an outdated bottle. However, I can think of a few more that I enjoy significantly more. I wouldn’t buy it, but I sure wouldn’t turn one down if offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 17:28:33 | More by JEdmund
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a samuel Adams pint glass.

A- pours a crystal clear straw colored body with a generous 3 inch whte head with medium retention and medium lacing

S- citrus, grass, slight skunkyness

T- slight caramel, skunkyness, light malt, grass. Slightly bland

M- slightly water and medium carbonation

Overall a decent , crisp brew that would be great as a thirst quencher of to accompany dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 03:45:26 | More by gcamparone
Photo of TheCondor


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

I had this beer on tap at the Raglan Road pub in downtown Disney World. Awesome...not the pub necessarily, but Disney World. Highly recommended. Anyway, I wanted to finally get a chance to review a beer that I've had a hundred times. On tap into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a very transparent, straw yellow color with a big fluffy white head about two fingers deep. Carbonation inside the glass could be observed throughout the entire drink. Love the clean, classical label as well. I like it.

Smell - There are certainly some banana notes in there, as well as a grainy scent. A little hops and spices kind of round out the nose. It isn't too impressive. It is multifaceted, but nothing to get too excited about.

Taste - Light maltiness is replaced in the middle of the drink with banana, spices, and cloves. Much like the nose, while the palate has different aspects, there is really nothing remarkable or noteworthy about it. Good, not great.

Mouthfeel - Finished clean and crisp, very light bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall - A good enough beer to drink regularly. I would pay for it again, I would drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out. There are many other good beers out there for a similar price. Again, it is good, but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 02:13:00 | More by TheCondor
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear pale yellow color with a two finger foamy white head. The retention is great, as it sticks around throughout the live the beer with a some sticky lacing.

The aroma has a grassy hop at first with hints of lemon and some semi-sweet malt.

Citrus hop hit the palate at first sip. A mild honey sweetness pulls though from the malt with a dry bitter finish.

Light in body, crisp and very easy drink.

Hands down this is a straight forward German pislner. Every characteristic of this style was met, and there is nothing more to say. I have always enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 04:23:32 | More by Luigi
Photo of davey101


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into an over sized wine glass...only the best glassware!

A - Very clear straw yellow body. Pour yields a massive fluffy bone white head. Sticks around for a solid amount of time. Light lacing.

S - Sweet and grainy with notes of hay, banana, and light spice. Finish is fruity almost. Smell is actually fantastic.

T - Similar to the nose. Initially it is sweet with some banana and cloves, then it finishes grainy with some noticeable hops. Kind of a bubblegum aftertaste. Mouth feel is lightly carbed and thin, was hoping for more crispness. Highly drinkable.

O - Surprisingly tasty. I could see working this in as a session beer. Its well priced, and the cans mean no skunked off flavors. Woot!

Serving type: can

10-19-2012 01:35:26 | More by davey101
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 5L minikeg.

A- Pours the typical clear straw-yellow. Lots of head that retains and laces well. Color and look are not impressive, but right on for the style.

S- Light malts, some spices and a hint of banana. Somewhat complex for a pilsner. Good mix of light malt and other flavorings to create a fair nose.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. Light malts persist throughout. Banana and clove intermingle for an interesting turn early on. Slight skunky flavor typical of European pilsners melds into a very mild hops profile that ends the drink.

M- Typical light and fizzy lager. Can drink lots of them and it won't catch up to you for a while.

Overall, this is an interesting beer for me. I normally don't enjoy European lagers much, but this one is somewhat enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 18:48:02 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of steveh


3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only ever ticked this? Hmm, time to remedy that.

Brown Euro 330ml bottle. Best by March 21, 2014.

A -- Clear, pale light gold to straw with a sticky white head that holds up very well and leaves nice lacing.

S -- Spicy hops and light DMS.

T -- Spicy noble hops on the first impression with bready malts following. Bitter hops fight with malty melanoidin character for attention, but the hops win out in the finish and aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a dry finish and light body.

O -- A pretty near-perfect Pils. Light, crisp, refreshing with a good malt and hop character. Hoppy enough to not be a Helles, malt character unlike most U.S. Pilsners. I'll be damned if I don't really like this beer. Helps that it's crazy refreshing on a steaming hot day too -- along with a really sessionable ABV!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 20:33:42 | More by steveh
Photo of Everydayoff


3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap served in a Warsteiner mug at The Penalty Spot, Bangkok.

Light pale gold in color with actively high carbonation showcase, thick frothy white head with great retention, it collapses to long lasting layer covering atop along with several patch of lacing. In a nose, there are features of crackery malt, corn, grass and some earthiness, while in tastewise, sweetness is dominant by crackery malt along with grassiness, bitterness and citrus from hop in the secondary compartment.

Mouthfeel is super smooth, crisp with fine carbonation and medium body. I would say yes again for the Warsteiner, very easy drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 15:09:36 | More by Everydayoff
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

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

660 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass (with a second pouring).

A: clear, pale yellow, lots of thick white foamy head.

S: sweet and malty with a hints of molasses and grains

T: this is a classic German pilsner to the T. Pretty much a textbook beer in that style.

M: light and found slightly wanting to be honest, there's just not much here.

O: while a classic German pilsner, I found this disappointingly average.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 21:47:36 | More by fullsweep
Photo of Brenden


3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The typical pale-medium gold of a pils, this beer does show a bit of substance. Activity is consistent and keeps up a fluffy, creamy white head about one finger tall before it turns to a thinnish foam that leaves spotty lacing that's nearly, but not quite, consistent.
Bitterness is very light and seems only to be for balance, which it manages nicely. It gives off some gently skunky notes of Saaz, though perhaps I'm so used to bigger pilseners that I barely noticed at first. There's a nice grassiness and light herbal, leafy note. Malts are fairly dry but more biscuit-like and cracker-like. Grains lie underneath, but it's not too grainy.
This beer is clean, and it's as refreshing and crisp as it ought to be. There's a moderate smoothness to the light body as well.
Some are better and some are worse, but this beer seems to set the standard.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 19:01:02 | More by Brenden


3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Pilsner glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Bright golden color. Chill haze. White froth creates a close, thick & lasting crown. Slightly metallic odor & floral fragrances, sweet malts & citric notes to the nose. Earthy, grainy & clean bitter flavor. Light to medium body. Fizzy carbonation. Watery texture. Sweet malts in the middle rounded by lemon touch. Dry bitter finish. Easy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 21:02:32 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of YouSkeete


3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent yellow, almost good appearance with a frothy, two finger thick white colored head. Raw barley, mild hop bitterness, pale malts and light citrus on the aroma; very simple. Smooth and rich rye bread flavor and smoked barley on the first sip. Overall body is simplistic, where only the main ingredients of an average brew make themselves apparent. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 17:05:48 | More by YouSkeete
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a flute glass. Pours a light golden amber with a light head a bit of lacing. Light malt and hop aroma. Smooth, light malt and wheat , nothing really stands out. Well balanced, but not exciting. Did not have any adjunct flavors I feared from the color. Pretty standard decent German pilsner. Satisfactory dining-out beer in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 17:35:24 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of StonedTrippin


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

was surprised to learn this was the beer in the first class cabin on a lufthansa flight from frankfurt to bangalore. after they mixed up my booking and put me in with the elite folks, i started pumping these. the first three were pretty substandard, not quite cold enough, and lacking body and complexity. this beer pours very light and clear, with a floating white lace head that has decent retention. smells like german crystal and pale malts, some faint sweetness and fresh baked dinner rolls form the aromatic palate of this brew. the flavor is a little less sexy, slightly watered down, and less bravado on the malts than the nose indicates. mouthfeel was less than stellar, too light for me, and too quick in the finish to even really taste it. that said though, its a heck of a session beer with a nice low abv and a smooth feel. by beers 4 through 6 i started liking it, and challenged myself to explain why. i started stasting more of the subtleties in the malt, and it opened up nicely for me, they also started coming out colder which i think helped. all up i put 8 of these back in an 8 hour flight, not too shabby, but i never really got drunk or anything. drinkable brew, but i wont purchase it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 13:20:30 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of KuehneBe


4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

Surprisingly pale, surprisingly little head, and no noticeable lacing. It's not ugly, but looks more like a light adjunct lager than a German pilsner.

Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic!
A great example of how a pilsner should smell, with strong elements of bread, hay, honey, malt. If I could, I would pour this beer into a Febreze bottle and spray it on everything. Damn! I almost feel as if there is a hint of green tea (Jasime).

A bit sweeter than most pilsners, but not sticky or overpowering. Well balanced with the floral hoppiness that is reminiscent of fresh honey. Extremely pleasant all-around.

Thinner than most pilsners, and the flavors don't last as long. However, it is as crisp and refreshing as a German pilsner should be.

A delicious beer that, while not a benchmark, stays true to the pilsner style and quality. It may not be perfect, but it is well worth your money.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 18:47:19 | More by KuehneBe
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation.The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy and biscuit malts with lighter notes of floral hops.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with moderate amounts of biscuit and grainy malts in the body. Light amounts of bitterness from the floral hops but the bitterness does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Refreshing, easy to drink, and sessionable - this is a very enjoyable beer that pairs well with foods and is very nice in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 15:28:50 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of tobelerone


3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap. A good looking, light gold beer with excellent clarity and a fluffy white head that settles slowly. Lacing is patchy. Grainy cereal aroma, sweeter than expected, pils malt, some grassy noble hops underneath.

Simple and somewhat mediocre tasting pils that’s sweeter than most; caramel notes and bready malt vie with the floral and grassy hops and come out a little too dominant. Finish dries up but not enough to elevate the beer from second rate status; just not bitter or clean enough for my tastes.

Body is medium-light and a bit watery; carbonation is brisk. Easy to drink but there are many better examples of the style on the market.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 14:03:12 | More by tobelerone
Photo of corby112


3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can served on lufthansa airlines, best before 1-30-13.

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly fades into a lasting ring. Glass is left coated with sheets of soapy lacing.

Light crisp hop aroma with a subtle earthy, floral character countered by pale malt and faint bready yeast. Pretty bland really other than the faint hop character with a little bread and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a spicy hop bite up front that lingers over the bready yeast and pale malt notes into a slightly dry finish. Nice grassy, earthy flavor with a decent amount of dry bitterness that doesn't overpower the other flavors. Hints of straw and bready yeast followed by pale biscuity malt. Well balanced, enjoyable session(able) beer.

Serving type: can

06-28-2012 00:02:57 | More by corby112
Photo of MortarPestle


3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow and crystal clear with a minimal head that dissipates quickly with no appreciable lacing.

Aroma: The smell of unbaked bread and hay.

Taste: Crisp and clean with mild floral hop bitterness.

Texture: Grainy and light body with good champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent session beer when your left with less desirable options.

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 00:27:34 | More by MortarPestle
Photo of barnzy78


3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with a fluffy white head that holds good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas and tastes are similar: pilsner malt, sweet, grassy, finishes with a moderate sharp hop bite. Mouth-feel is rather thin with plenty of carbonation. Overall, it's obviously a German Pilsner, but there are better ones out there for the style = pretty average across the board.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 03:27:29 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Melving


3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to rate this beer because I believe there are two types, the dark lager and the light lager. However, this review perteins to the dark one. The taste is very different to that of Newcasttle Brown Ale. Except for the nice caramely taste of that of Newcasttle.

It is very strong on the malt and bitternes, taste darker than it looks.

Overall a great beer if you like that dark bitter taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 15:29:58 | More by Melving
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 5 Liter mini keg. The beer is a clear light golden color. A frothy white head sits on top, and actually stays around for a while. A very random, light foamy lacing sticks to the glass. The beer smells malty, and there's a toasted bread/peanut butter smell in there. The taste is fairly consistent with the aroma. It's a toasty, malty ordeal, with perhaps a grassy taste in there at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, not my favorite German beer, more like a decent substitute for an American Adjunct Lager.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 16:21:29 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Douberd


2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 300 ml.
The first time I had this I was really dissapointed, it was like I was drinking water with cornflakes in it, so strong was the cor flavour. After a trip to Germany where I had it again on tap and on bottles again in almost every restaurant, I start to believe that maybe my first Warsteiner was skunked. Today I had it again and it tasted quite okay, nice golden colour and all, except of the smell which was too corn-y once again.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 12:45:21 | More by Douberd
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