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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Reviews: 838
Hads: 1,924
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 22.74%
Wants: 45
Gots: 273 | FT: 0
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Warsteiner Brauerei
Germany | website

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 canadianbarman
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

--Poured a light, straw like in color.
--Had such a small head that by the time I took my first sip it was all gone. Also had no lacing.
--Smell was average, not skunky, just average.

I was expecting a lot more from such a mainstream German beer. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad but there are way better options out there. It just seemed rather 'mass-produced' to me. I would drink it again if I was in Germany, but locally I will seek other options.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color that is most remarkable in its paleness. Average head that dissipates quickly. Smell is characterized by "mainstream" grain smells but, thankfully, a lack of skunkiness. Taste is dry and cleanly grainy but at the same time unremarkable. Mouthfeel is fine, and this one is more than adequately drinkable. A good, not great, pilsener--overshadowed by many of its German counterparts but better than many of its American brethren.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Overdraught in Cambridge, MA.

This beer poured a clear, surprisingly light yellow color with creamy white foam that settled. The smell was slightly sweet and bicuity malt with some tangy hops. A very pleasant aroma. The taste was a good, German pils taste with a good balance of sweet, biscuity/bready malt and tangy hops. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body. There was a pleasant biscuit malt and hops aftertaste. This was a good, light pils, and easy to drink.

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Photo of clvand0
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very light yellow - extremely clear. The aroma is slightly hoppy, but not too interesting. The taste is bitter, but not too strong. Fairly plain beer, but enjoyable. Reminds me of a really weak flavored pilsner. Don't have much more to say about this beer, but I need to fill some space to make the minimum length ... and ... done.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy pilsner from Warsteiner.. Straw color and light with a floral nose and bitter finish.. malt is not prevalent in this beer as it has a little carbonation with very little head.. taste is weak and mild but as always a pils just not malty as many other.. it is better on tap than in the bottle, but only slightly.

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Photo of stoutman
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More pale-yellow-urine clear color with a short lasting large bubbled head. Faintly yeasty, mown grass hoppy aromas. Medium soft body, with malty light pop-corn sweet, bitter hop flavours. Soft and foamyon pour, a weak, almost flat, finish. Too light for my taste buds.

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Photo of fattychubs
2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is an extremely pale straw color, very very light in color, with a tiny frothy white head. Aroma is clean somewhat sweet, but not much there. Body is thin but carbonated and crisp. Taste is light, there is some malt and crackery taste, but it ends somewhat sweet and herbal like with minimal hops.

Reminded me of a wine cooler, but drinkable non the less, just not something I normally drink or buy.

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Photo of Zraly
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out a pale yellow with a healthy, frothy head that actually clings nicely. There is a faint malt smell, but for the most part is devoid of any major "nose" characteristics.

Flavor is of mild malt but it is bright...the carbonation and friendly flavor create almost a fizz in the mouth. A taste of bread/cracker comes through, which is rounded off with a notable sweetness. Accompanied with a slight herbal hop bite that smoothes out the finish into something crisp, dry, and refreshing. Overall, this beer actually feels good in the mouth. The best adjective I can think of is "balanced".

A decent pilsener. All of the sudden, I could go for a coney dog with a brown spicy mustard...in particular a Hoffmann coney from Central NY area...and some red skin potato salad. Gee, I wonder why?

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Photo of hotstuff
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this pilsner poured with a medium head that dissolved quickly. The carbonation could be seen rising to the top. It had a fruity aroma to it in my opinion. The body was yellow in hue. It had a bitter taste and an aftertaste that lingered.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this fairly mediocre pilsner consisted of an attractive, clear golden color. It had a nice frothy head that dissipated quickly. The smell was of weak malt, with a decent hop presence. A crisp yet smooth taste was defined by the solid malt foundation, and the hops make a lightly bitter complement. The mouthfeel was a bit too bland, bordering on rough. The smoothness in the taste was pretty much absent in the feel and the aftertaste. A decent beer all around, I'd choose Warsteiner over the American macros in a second. Still, I've had much better pilsners.

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Photo of bushwhacker
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pale yellow pilsener tops a mild white, slightly hopped head and nose. The aroma is of minor malty flavors struggling to please the palate. Although and enjoyable, average pilsener and slightly bitter mouthfeel, it finishes dry. I like it, and echo others in wanting to try it on tap.

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Photo of aaronh
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Every time I drink this, I think it must be dumbed down for the American market. The appearance is decent, with a golden color topped by a nice white head. The head recedes quickly, and the aroma is just a faint note of hops. The taste is a little bitter, with a slight edginess to it. Minimal malt tastes and no real flavors to speak of. The mouthfeel is a little harsh, but somewhat typical for an average Pils. A slight lingering aftertaste is distracting and tough to identify. Almost like cardboard. Drinkability OK. It's better than most US Macro lagers, but there a plenty of better beers out there in this price range. It may suffer a bit due to transportation. Seems to have potential, but never delivers the goods.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vey pale/light yellow pour with a think head. Mild nose, a little hoppiness to it, but nothing really stands out. Smooth texture, lighty hopped. Crisp towards the end and a dry bitter finish. Not something i would make a point of drinking again. A half decent beer but not a classic.

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

RE-reviewing this after gaining some better judgment.

A nice golden tone with a thick but disappearing white head pours, with a rhythmical and consistent carbonation present within, and much lacing left gradually. . The smell, slightly malty and with a small amount of hops and yeast, is very faint, but does not actually underestimate its taste: somewhat sweet, malty and bitter, with a dry mouthfeel, complimented with an omnipresent metallic underfeeling that gives it a characteristical Pilsen style. Full bodied. a fine thirst quencher and terrific pilsener.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This sample was a 500 ml bottle that poured a crystal clear gold with a minimal white head, though when I did try to coax it along it came up much fuller. The head was very sudsy and evaporated somewhat quickly but did leave some slippery lacing. The smell was much like any pale lager, perhaps a bit hoppier. This does not seem classic pilsener style as the hops do not seem like Saaz as would be found in, say, a Pilsner Urquell. The flavor is good, not great, and this is very drinkable. Fairly high carbonation leaves a crisp feel in the finish. Better than many domestics if nothing better is around. I'd like to try the tap version to compare to this bottle.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer does not travel well, but if you are in Northwest Germany, Warsteiner is a must. Beautiful golden straw color below a firm white head that recedes slowly, leaving beautiful lace all the way down the glass. The smell is slightly hoppy, with a distinctive malt undertone that makes this one easy to pick in blind taste tests. The taste is extremely crisp with a marvelous bitter bite in the aftertaste that makes you want more. Of the German pilsner-style, Warsteiner, when kept and served properly, is the best.

I could have easily written an extremely negative review of this beer, based on some servings I've had outside of Germany. This is a classic example of the veracity of the slogan: think global, drink local.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank this on a cruise to Patras, Greece. Briliiantly clear, straw golden with a thin white head atop medium-large bubbles. Medium carbonation with poor retention and lacing. Aroma is distant and weak with thin earthy hops, and a clean pilsen fermentation. Mouthfeel is soft with a wet, crisp finish. Body is light. Taste begins with mild husken pale malts, immediately fading into a prolonged husky bitterness with a bright palate. A clean ferment without off flavors and a delicate and light flavor just aren't enough to maintain the beer's interest, making it feel heavy to drink.

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Photo of far333
2.26/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very light yellow color with slight traces of a pure white foam, but no head to speak of. Faint aroma of yeast and butter, some corn. Carbonation explodes from the bottom to the top, fueling a thin white low head. Flavor is consistent from start to finish from the front of the palate all the way to the back, mostly corn. Perhaps a hint of citrus and grass, but too faint to be sure. No hop flavor to speak of. Not impressed with this selection.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was disappointed to say the least, after having a strong recommendation from a friend I picked some up. Color is yellow hay-like with a strong white head about a finger high and stuck around leaving patchy lace. Smell is faint malt and hop, some what skunky but didn't seem to echo in the taste, at least not all together. Taste was crisp and clean, much like a light pilsner. Although it didn't have much malty sweetness, there is a hint of herb-like hop dry bitterness. Has a medium light body feel with a faint malt and drying hop finish, left a little empty and had a small metallic tone. An OK beer but easily overlooked for a reason.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz bottle, it's quite light in color, a pale yellow with a decent sized white head that leaves traces around the glass to the end. The smell is just detectable, with notes of grain and just a bit of hoppiness. The taste is not bad and though it's quite dry, it's also slightly sweet. The hops are just enough to give it a kick. It has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel and goes down like water.

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Photo of vitesse
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle...
Appeareance is average. There is a nice head that stays around a while. leaving lace on glass. color is clear and golden/straw colored. smell isn't anything to brag about. it smelled a tiny bit skunky to me, but that wasn't reflected in the taste.
the taste is super crisp and clean. very much like a very light pilsner. no malty sweetness at all, but there is a touch of hops bitterness.
This is a very drinkable session type beer. not any overwhelming flavor, but it's inexpensive, versatile and can be enjoyed by just about anyone. all around, a decent lager beer.

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

Appearance = light to medium golden color, white 1/4" long lasting head, medium carbonation. Looks good in a pilsner glass.

Nose = nice & malty, trace of hops.

Taste = sweet malty intro followed by a hoppy bite. Medium to long finish. Tasty brew. A good pilsner, and an old favorite.

This one goes on sale often around here. A good beer at a reasonable price is a winning combination.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice bready smell, clear golden colour. A good tasting pilsner, doesn’t exactly knock your socks off but decent. A bit of a tart aftertaste but really a very clean beer. Not super crisp but an awesome session beer - filling the cooler with these is a pretty sensible idea.

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Photo of Jarod
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was at a place that had very little of a selection of "good beers" and asked the waitres to bring something good, and not macro. She brought this back and said allot of people get it and enjoy it.
So this beer poured into the glass a light yellow/gold color. Decent carbonation was visible. There was little to no head present except for the 2-3 seconds after pouring, and what was left was a rim around the surface. The color of the slight head and rim were white, and there was no lace present. The aroma was crisp and had hints of malt and hops. The taste was also crisp, slight malt and hops were on the tongue, but I did notice a hint of sour fruit present. To be honest, it reminded me of bud, but not that bad. It was an experience but not one I would get again.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a decent, foamy head. Clean, malty nose, but not a whole lot going on. Taste was malty, very clean and crisp. Medium bodied. This is definitely a beer you can drink a good amount of. I'd say it's a good alternative to something like Heineken. A good beer to have around just to refresh oneself.

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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
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