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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener - Warsteiner Brauerei

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829 Reviews

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Reviews: 829
Hads: 1,882
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 22.74%
Wants: 40
Gots: 244 | FT: 0
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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 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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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing, high quality lager. Very drinkable. Smooth. Clean. Flavorful. Very good.

Medium head that dissipates quickly but with some lacing. Medium carbonation. Golden color. Clear. Looks like a Pilsner.

Very nice. Smells of rich malts and floral hops.

Wow! This is what a lager should taste like. Perfectly balanced. Rich malts. Floral and bitter hops are present but not too strong. This beer tastes great and goes down smooth. I could drink this all day. Quality ingredients. Clean, smooth, and tasty. Nothing off whatsoever. Perfect. Exactly what a lager should be.

Medium bodied. Smooth. The carbonation is just right. Spot on. Enjoyable to sip or to chug. They nailed it.

A very good beer. A 12 pack goes for $12.99 around here, which is quite affordable given the quality of this beer. Imported from Germany. Made with high quality ingredients. No adjuncts or additives. Clean. Very nice.

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Photo of nevillejohn
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Little head that dissipates quickly. Chardonnay-champagne color. Ok lager smell similar to Sapporo. Somewhat lacking flavor. Mouthful is quite good, with pleasant carbonation and weight although it leaves a watery not-exactly-pleasant aftertaste. Decent all in all but not worth the $11 I paid for a sixer, I prefer Stella in the same category.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.67/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of NSBeers
2.11/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.74/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.73/5  rDev +37.9%
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.

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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.