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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #632
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #47,201
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 15.03%
Reviews:
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Notes: Also known as Warsteiner Premium Verum

A refreshing, pale golden pilsener with a clean taste perfectly balanced with hints of barley malt, subtle bottom fermenting yeast tones and mild hoppy bitterness.
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal clear dark yellow with an aggressive-forming head that leaves great lacing as it recedes
Aroma: Grassy and floral hops, pilsner malt, some spicy hop notes, and bready malt
Taste: Floral notes and pilsner malt in perfect harmony jump out of the glass, followed by waves of grassy hops, malt, and some spicy hop notes. Pilsner malt shines in the middle before a floral hop punch closes things out
Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, light feeling but full bodied, and some very light dryness detected on the finish
Overall: Tasty stuff. I’ve bought and drank these folks’ Dunkel several times over the years but didn’t know they brewed or packaged a pilsner so when I saw it, I snagged it. A delicious and well-crafted German Pilsener (their spelling) and I would definitely order or buy again. Prost!

Oct 14, 2020
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Anton-G from Scotland

3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a delicious beer.Beautiful colour with excellent lacing throughout.The aroma isnt much however the taste more than makes up for that-smooth,sweet and crisp.Everything Bud aspires to be but isnt.I've had this from bottles and on draught and its fresh every time.Its certainly not the best German Pilsner but,for a mass market beer,its way ahead of its competitors IMO.
Warsteiner is an excellent example of of the quality in German brewing in that its available everywhere in Germany like,say,Carling is in the UK but its a thousand times better than Carling.A highly sessionable,quality,Lager.

Sep 17, 2020
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BobbysBeerBelly from Ireland

4.88/5  rDev +41%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favourite beer of all time. It’s something to behold, chilled from the bottle. Golden in colour, vibrant, crisp and fresh. When poured into a glass it almost looks like a draught pint, bubbles continue to stream through and it produces a lovely head that stays on the glass with each sip. A truly superlative beer. Premium ingredients and no bad stuff either - true to German brewing laws. You can drink this stuff for days and still feel fresh after. Takes beating if this is how you like your beer to stack up. It’s always a joy to see it stocked here in Ireland. There’s never a question of what to choose when these are on the shelves.

Aug 12, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle, that funky Euro measuring where everything makes sense... it just dont make sense

Looks very clear, lagery, looks like a bud but better. Not much smell but it tastes freakin delicious: golden wheat malt, german floral hops; a sweet mixed with bitter that I could drink all day

A truly fine pilsner

Jul 26, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has malt and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with malt and floral flavors
A light bodied well carbonated crisp beer
A good Pilsner

Jul 19, 2020
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EriksAleES from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting date: 06/30/20
Bottle Best Before Date: 12/10/20

Aroma:
Malt - Grainy, water cracker, bread flour (medium intensity)
Hops - Slightly floral (low to moderately low)
Yeast - Clean/None
Noticed a minor amount of sulfur aroma. No DMS or Diacetyl perceived on the aroma.

Appearance:
Gold color with brilliant clarity. White head with moderate size and moderate retention. The head texture was dense and clung to the glass edge.

Flavor:
Malt - Grainy, toasted cereal (almost like cheerios), white bread, and bread crust. Stronger malt impression on flavor vs. aroma.
Hops - White pepper "spicy" and floral (white flowers). Bitterness was medium to medium-high. Crisp with a slight snap.
Yeast - Clean/None
The finish is dry with a slight lingering bitterness (noble hop).
Balance tilts slightly to the hops with a definite bready malt presence.

Mouthfeel:
Medium carbonation and medium to medium-low body.
No perceived tannin or creaminess

Overall:
A classic example of German Pils. A refreshing drink for a walk on a hot day with the little one.

Jul 01, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky yellow gold, head that disappears quickly leaving next to no lacing. Taste is large earthy bitterness, gains points for being distinctive amongst German pils. Not especially refreshing but an acquired taste. Earthy taste fades as you get to the bottom of the beer but develops a more tart aftertaste.

This is a long way from the best German pils in my opinion but sadly the only one widely available were I live. Also THE German lager on tap where I'm from so I've drank a lot of this. Good but not great.

Jul 01, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle. Best before 21.FEB.21.

Pale gold with brilliant clarity. A big, fluffy white head with excellent retention tops it off. Beautiful looking pilsner.

Light bready malt aroma with herbal hops. Clean, balanced flavor, yet as brisk or crisp as other pilsners. Drinkability is high with this one. Medium-light bodied and finishes dry.

Not as "snappy" as other versions but enjoyable and easy to drink several of.

Jun 26, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.
Best before 06.JAN.21

Pale yellow and brilliantly clear, lively and showing a steady stream of fast rising bubbles, it is topped with 2 inches of white fluffy foam that eventually settles to a perpetual quarter inch cap. The nose is moderate in strength, grain and bread malt over light citrus and floral hops with hints of light yeast/banana. Tasting much as it smells, grain and bread malt with a small amount of corn, moderately bitter lemony citrus hops and some light banana. Medium sweet and drying at the finish. Mouthfeel is light, approaching medium, starting smooth and somewhat soft, then finishing more clean and crisp. Very drinkable.

This tasted fairly fresh. It still had some of that delicate zest that fades with time and no skunk or oxidation. This landed on the shelf of my bottle shop over 8 months before the best by date. I don't know what Warsteiner's shelf life is but after reading other reviews compared to mine I believe I was lucky enough to get a fresh batch.

May 19, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bleh, not a bad beer or a great beer. Just an average Pilsner. Nothing horrible but I cant say that I will ask for it again if I had a choice of other beers.

May 03, 2020
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LampertLand from Canada

3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Warsteiner 1753 @ 4.8% , served from a bottle or can , whatever my Dad bought as his choice of German beer available at the liquor store , decent enough brew better than most pilsner's

Apr 26, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best By 3/18/20

Deep gold, with moderate quickly-dissipating white head.

Smell is bready malt, floral hops , straw, and a slightly sweet aroma that is part honey, part fruity.
I don't get any skunky aromas that others have mentioned. Maybe because of handling (It was refrigerated at the store, & here at home), they've improved their process, or some combination?

Taste is toast-with-honey , i.e. bready , but a little sweet. Slight apple/pear flavor towards finish. Moderate bitterness comes in about halfway through.

Feel is medium-light, with very fine sharp carbonation bite on the latter half . Slight watery feel just before finish. Bitterness + carbonation lingers after finish, and gives a drying effect.

Overall decent, and enjoyable. Not anywhere the near top-of-my-list pilsners, but good enough to scratch the crisp lager itch. Especially when it's among very limited choices that I can get with groceries, at a thinly-populated venue, & thereby limit exposure, by doing one-stop shopping . :)
(Those of you reading this years later : yeah, this is (hoping) mid-pandemic. ;) )

Apr 05, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle:

Pours a light straw color with a thin white head that retains a little bit and laces a little. Carbonation bubbles visible.

Aroma is mostly grains and a little bit of sweetness to it, but it starts with a hefty skunkiness to it that is difficult for me to get past.

Taste is better than the smell - clean, slightly bitter, malty, really quite refreshing. No real aftertaste.

Feel: light and refreshing, quite highly carbonated. Very smooth and easily drinkable.

Overall: a good beer. I would be interested to try it on tap if I ever get that opportunity. Not the best beer to come out of Germany, but a good Pilsner.

Jan 12, 2020
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a brightly clean and clear golden yellow color with a half-inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left very light lacing.

A healthy dose of skunk upon opening the bottle, but, after that, nice grains and soft hops greeted the nose.

Very similar on the tongue, with no apparent skunk.

The body was smooth, clean, crisp, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, you could drain a few during a session, or a couple with a sandwich.

Overall, very nice beer. Worth trying.

Dec 05, 2019
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joneve

5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I agree completely with 5/5 rDev +44.9%
"This is the best beer in the world. It’s perfect. If I had an infinite supply of this on tap, I’d never need to go to the store to buy beer ever again. Etc."

This 5 star quality beer is inexpensive too! Although another reviewer has already described the high quality quite well enough, I want to add my vote of agreement because there are so many lower votes - I can't understand how others seem not to taste the exceptional quality. Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener smells, tastes and satisfies like beer made by past masters of the craft.

Dec 01, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty mediocre - nothing really special but basically inoffensive... Mild grain and hop medley has bit of sweet grain in a wash of bittering citrus and pine, herbal on the nose... Light and well-carbonated, a little sweetness; leaves a faint shellac of pine and honey on the finish...

Best by date of 8/6/20...

Nov 10, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from a vending machine in Germany. Pours a nice golden yellow with white head. Nose is wheat, orange, and grass. Taste is refreshing - slightly bitter (maybe leather), wheat, orange, lavender, and maybe a bit of clove. Overall, it's a fine beer.

Oct 16, 2019
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear, clean, pale gold. Scent is all stanky, skunky, bitter hops with a bit of biscuity malt underneath. Tastes better than it smells, fortunately. Far more malty and floral than I was expecting based on the nose. Medium-bodied, super-drinkable, low on the bitterness scale. A good German pils.

Sep 28, 2019
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Eapressocycle from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't think I've ever witnessed a beer that's so different in a can vs. a bottle. Warsteiner in cans is one of my go-to beers. $20/case, crushable, perfectly balanced biscuity malt and clean, well balanced hops. It's excellent. On the other hand, every time I've bought a bottle of this it's been horrible. Not skunky so much as just off. It's like they're two completely different beers.

Aug 27, 2019
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ERSMart1 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great tasting pilsner that differs from some of the great American craft pilsners. You can tell it’s a Euro pilsner. Very smooth, I really enjoyed.

Aug 26, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some very faint skunk present, even though bottle says best by Nov 15, 2019.

Taste is malt/yeast with a very slight hop finish. Has a mineral finish that is oddly not offensive.

Aug 14, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden color with a lofty, white head that lingers. SRM of 6. (3.75)

Aroma: Light aromas of Honey, lemon dish soap, and German/Euro biscuit. Some sweet biscuit with the slight Munich twist. A little milk and cereal. Not much hops. (3.50)

Flavor: First Mild flavors of bread crust with some toasty crumbs. Some light earthy and grassy hops. But then a German light yeast flavor comes through backed by German Munich and barley malts. German salted cracker lingers. Light on the flavor too, but the German yeast and malts taste authentic. You taste it and immediately know the malt profile is from Germany. (4.00)

Feel: Nice German yeast. Great carbonation. Really nice and crispy. (4.25).

Compared w/ St. Peter's Dutch: Less aroma and flavor. Tamer. Malty, but less malty overall. Much more light and crisp. Cleaner overall, which I prefer.

Compared w/ Peter's Brand: More light, tart lemon flavor. Less twang malt body.

Overall: A great authentic German lager. It nails the Munich malt flavors, but lacks hops. It may be subtle and tame. A late summer beer for an approaching Octoberfest. (Final Rating 3.89)

Aug 03, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours a clear yellow golden color with a nice, though modest, head. Hops and light malt in the nose. The mouth gets a lightly bitter malt beer - Nice!

Jul 29, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle Best before: 20.FEB.20 (about 5 months old) poured into a Warsteiner pilsner glass at fridge temp 4.8% ABV. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves partial lacing. The aroma is mild plus with pils malt and yeast character. The taste is a little light on pils malt with substantial earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. There is a hint of slick aftertaste here that is partially covered by the bitterness, but still noticeable. Overall, ok. It's far better than most AAL, but very middling for a German pilsner. The German purity law will not make up for subpar ingredients and rushed lagering.

Jul 12, 2019
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Helluvaz from California

3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured in tulip

Aroma: malty, honey-like sweetness in the aroma, also a hint of noble hop. The aroma profile is pleasing, but a bit heavy and sweeter than the other pils I have had.

Appearance: Golden body with white head, the head retention was sub-par

Flavor: honey-like sweetness in the body, pleasing to drink. Medium to low bitterness, well-rounded profile. The malty flavor is very strong and prominent.

Mouthfeel: medium level of carbonation, smooth finish

Overall: this is a good beer to drink, but as a pilsner, it just seems to be a bit sweet for me. I really like this beer, but I am not sure if this is what I should expect from a German pilsner.

Jun 29, 2019
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