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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Brauerei
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by canadianbarman on 07-19-2001

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

Appearance: yellow-gold, crystal clear, foamy 2 finger head which stuck around quite awhile
Smell: bready, yeasty, mmm, faint hops
Taste: Came through with the malt/yeast taste promised by it's scent, dry, crackling clean, no bothersome aftertaste, a pilsner with depth
Mouthfeel: appropriate carbonation, refreshing
Drinkability: high rating, I could gobble this stuff all night
Overall: highly underrated beer, if you are a pilsner drinker and crave some extra malt character, this is it, a great beer to convert a misguided, "light beer" drinking friend

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Photo of nomad
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dead clear, incredibly pale gold-colored beer, my bottle started with a messy, clump head disappearing to nothing fast. It also had big bubbled carbonation sticking to the side of the pint glass. Smelled of florals and grainy malt. Tasted of thin pale malt and a sticky dry bitter from the clean florals of German hops. Pretty good session pilsener with a bit more character than an American pilsener. Smooth moderate mouthfeel and not too filling - not a bad beer, too.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is pushed by advertisers in Germany as the 'good time party beer'. MTV Germany frequently airs commerical about 'Warsteiner Club Days', etc.

I found Warsteiner much more enjoyable than Bitburger but not really a gem in itself. Color is a fairly vivrant gold with a thick white glob of a head. Aromas are slightly more pungent and fill the nose with slightly herby and tangy aromas. Flavor is much milder but offers light hoppy notes and clean finish. Flavors are extremely non offensive and help to achieve a slightly higher than average drinkability.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a sudsy white head and pale yellow color with ample carbonation. Aroma is rather much like Heineken with out the skunkiness--sort of spicy, as you would expect from Saaz hops. It also smells of cheap malt and corn adjunct?! The corniness must be just the sweetness developed from German mashing methods. It tastes decently good enough. It has a cheap malt and grass with a nice refreshing lingering dryness/bitterness/spiciness in the finish. It can make a decent session beer but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The colour is pale yellow and I didn't get much of a head and I can't say much about the lacing because there wasn't any.

Smell: A combination of hops and malt, I think. I thought I detected the presence of honey. And lemons. Is that what is meant by 'herbal hops'?

Taste: Crisp. I liked it. There was a mild bitterness at the end that lingered nicely on the palate. Very nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A bit more carbonation than I really need but not too shabby. In fact, it is pretty good.

Drinkability: Better than most of the macro-swill on the market and would serve a purpose as a complementary beverage for a barbecued hamburger or hotdog. Or whatever it is the Germans eat.

I may very well be over-rating this pilsener, but I thought it was well-balanced, and despite the level of carbonation, I would chose this over a Bud/Coors/Miller/Fosters/Canadian any day. Pity about the lacing and the head, though.

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Photo of fattyre
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow color with a large bubbly white head. The smell is a mild but rich maltiness with a very very slight spicy underlying hoppiness. The mouthfeel had a rather suprising roundness. The flavor opens with a mild slight sweet malt with a slightly astringent hoppiness. This beer while not bad smelled better than it tasted.

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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can that pours clear golden color with a decent white foamy head that sticks to my glass, light grassy and flowery aromas, bready malt and herbal hop flavors, light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes clean and semi sweet, pretty average but not that bad coming from a can.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly herbal (?). A medium bodied pilsner, with the typical pilsner flavor, Its slightly malty and slightly hoppy. Smooth taste. Very drinkable. Nice, but nothing special. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful golden color
Smell: next to no aroma
Taste: extremely light, hops barely there on next to no malt. Is this water?
Mouth: Smooth and light. Is this even here?
Drink: Gone in a flash
If the beer is this light, then why bother to drink beer. Water will do fine.

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

This is a crisp tasting and smooth pils. Extremely refreshing. If you're not careful, the glass will empty very quickly. Not this is any masterpiece...it just goes down very light and smooth.

Classic straw color, bitter hoppy taste, can skunk if you get an old batch. But the price is really right with this german macro. I find this better than most German macro lagers/pils.

A good standby and session bier.


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Photo of jlervine
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a thick and fluffy head. The head sticks around for a while, but gradually fades away. Lots of effervescence. The aroma is lightly hoppy, but not too impressive. The taste is crisp and prickly with a dry finish. This particular bottle did not have any green apple flavors that I noticed in the beer I had last night (but didn't review). Mouthfeel is very thin, and just plain boring. Certainly a drinkable beer, but if life is too short to drink bad beer - as the bottle implies - then it is also too short to drink average ones.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a good head and plenty of carbonation. Light golden color. Head fades, but leaves good lace throughout glass. Muted hoppy aroma. Very smooth, slightly hopped taste. Green apple hint in the taste. Tingles on the top of the tongue and leave a fresh flavor. Very crisp. Finishes with a mild hop aftertaste.
Brown bottle, no best by date.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale yellow with a full pillowy white head, good carbonation, and light lace rings. Grainy malt aroma. Standard malty German lager flavor. Light bodied but smooth.

Clean smooth German lager but fairly average overall -- a no buy.

Best Before: 02/03/04
Tasted: 08/06/03

($6.39 / 6-pack)

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Photo of granger10
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a pale golden straw color with a rather large white frothy head that stays. This one is well carbonated with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Smell is of nothing. Taste is rather weak. Some adjuncts are detected in the body and slight grainy malts and there too. Finishes with a slight yeasty, hoppy lingering flavor. Sharp and crisp on the tongue. Body is pretty big for a pilsener. Better than American macros but nothing superb.

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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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