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Warsteiner Brauerei
Pilsner - German
Ranked #481
Ranked #28,141
3.45 | pDev: 15.07%
Tuesday at 06:41 PM
Jul 19, 2001
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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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Photo of Beertsipper
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Beertsipper from New York

Very dark, almost amber in color. The nose is dark bread, lightly toasted malts, maybe some faint spicey notes. The taste is too malt forward. On the side of the can it states that it's brewed with barley malt, and that's what I'm getting. The hop presence is faint, but this beer is not a good representative of a German pilsner. It tastes more like a dark lager. Mouthfeel is medium, and the finish is somewhat bitter, but the malt profile overshadows everything.

Apr 05, 2022
3.29 by beersampler6 from Michigan on Mar 28, 2022
4.5 by Archbrau from Florida on Mar 16, 2022
Photo of AlexandraDen
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

Hard to deny these kinds of beers look good, crystal clear, straight up straw yellow colour, not too pale, long strands of carbonation rising from the bottom of the tall glass, supporting a 3 inch bubbly head that fades over 3-5 minutes.

For me the smell is a lot more than lightly bready, it is basically a strong bready sweet malty smell, balanced by some more bitter hoppy elements.

Taste is pretty dang straightforward, Pilsner styled malty biscuit flavours being meted out over a nice layer of bitter, crisp hops. I do get a bit of a metallic twang in the bitterness that isn’t altogether the best flavour in the world — hard to tell if this is a side effect of being canned, though as of the pour the can was pretty fresh for an Int’l import. However, that twang fades into a gentle floral hop bitterness backed by a mild toasty cereal grain backbone.

On some sips you really get the nice grain, biscuit malt flavours, on others the spicy Pilsner hop profile is stronger. Either way, it’s a very good example of the style.

It’s well carbonated, crisp, pretty smooth drinking pils. Finishes relatively dry. It’s hard to dislike a beer like this, definitely more to offer than any adjunct lager. If it wasn’t for that slightly metallic twang on the taste (either from the ingredients or the can, hard to know specifically) it might be a little better but otherwise it’s an inoffensive, straightforward German Pilsner that anyone could enjoy

Feb 13, 2022
4.08 by Corburk from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2022
3.52 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Dec 12, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

*I first drank bottles and taps of this beer in 1982 in Lingen (ems), Germany.
0.33l cans EB date 09/April/2022 into a 1L stein.
L: Pours crystal clear light golden yellow with a large pillowy white head that becomes slightly soapy. Gentle steady carbonation with minimal lacing.
S: Sweet malts, grains, spicy hops, lightly bready.
T: Pilsner malts, grassy spicy floral hops, light bread, gentle sweetness and subtle bitterness in the finish.
F: It has a crisp & smooth med-light bodied mouthfeel with a clean med-length gently drying finish.
O: Overall an extremely well balanced German Pilsner with exceptional drinkability. It is a classic and is excellent in it's style.

Nov 15, 2021
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3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jjamadorphd from Florida

Probably the most tastiest (and even slightly sweetest) pilsners I have had to date...

...I had one of these in draft, years ago, and I recalled that I liked it. So when I saw a bottle I picked one up to see how it compares out of the glass. It holds up even better, IMHO. Certainly something you find at most places and definitely something to reach for over most other domestic macro brewed beer....

Nov 10, 2021
3.68 by MouldyCrow from Pennsylvania on Nov 07, 2021
3.4 by Walnut from Missouri on Nov 06, 2021
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3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by eatsluggs from Oregon

Well... sometimes you are out of words because there's nothing special thst you can think of.

Oct 17, 2021
Photo of WaterBoar
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

The Queen over the beers indeed! The only True! I feel in love with this beer Christmas Eve. It was a present to my dad from a friend, and my dad (bless his heart!) is a Rolling Rock man and gave the beer to me. I was blown away by the flavor, taste, smell, and feel. It was not a typical AAL (american adjunct lager [corn yuck]) or pils or other American Garbage I was used to. It was smooth, lightly acidic and just enough hops to show their profiles. I introduced my friend's dad, a German, to this beer. He was into Coors, no longer would he buy that rocky mountain AAL, I had another convert in my amassed army of Warsteiner Drinkers. They have been making excellence since 1753, and I wish then many more years.

Sep 17, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lagrluvr

next to Urquell, probably the best Euro pils. toasty malt aroma, clear light golden straw body, full white head, lively effervescence, beautiful example that invites you with that toasted barley malt - no corn- real beer doesn't use corn.
Taste is near perfectly folows the nose, toasty grain, earthy undertone, light bitterness on the clean finish. excellent example of German pilsener. Much better than the embarrassing score on this once-respected site. Just Okay? Ridiculous. It's very good beer, bozos.

Aug 29, 2021
Photo of Philpott
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Philpott

Flavor is good. It's got a nice taste on the top of the tongue. Good to have with snacks. Not too heavy

Aug 28, 2021
3.84 by Sjohnson8585 from Colorado on Aug 26, 2021
3.6 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2021
Photo of BritCvS
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BritCvS from Virginia

A good example, but bitter.

Jul 25, 2021
2.5 by sentrytec from Pennsylvania on Jul 23, 2021
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2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by Sigmund from Norway

My notes from February 2002: "This is the worst German Pilsener I've ever tasted. Unpleasantly bitter flavour and aftertaste." I suspect that my tolerance for bitterness has increased since then, but there are better German pilseners around, so I feel no need to go back to Warsteiner.

Jul 20, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a sixer from my local Ingles on Highland Lake road in Flat Rock, NC for $8.97. Best before 20.JAN.22; consumed 7-20-21.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose has elements of crackers and white bread.

Taste is a light malt base that is a mix of crackers and white bread. It finishes with a nice infusion of noble hops to balance the sweetness of the malt base.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a solid german style pils!

Jul 20, 2021
3.5 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Jul 01, 2021
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3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Sometimes there are beers you know you've had many times and 'obviously' reviewed 'yeeeears ago'; until you then suddenly realise somehow you never have written it up. This is one such. Despite three years in Germany, reviewing every new beer I encountered, plus this being a very well known beer there, for whatever mystical reason reviewing this one has slipped through the net. Until this pm when ironically I found a bottle in London...
Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Mid gold, clear, some rising CO2 in the nucleated glass into a 3mm fine-bubble white foam cap. ps. @+10mins, holds well.
S- Mild, just some grains...
T- Quite dry on the front, trad hops and good CO2 combined, into some gentle malt then the hops reappear in the finish.
F- It's a Pilsener, despite being more simply labelled as a 'Premium beer'. As with the style, the dry hops are the dominating feature.
O- Very easy drinking, crisp and bright per the style but a gentle malt balance to it too. A cut above several UK supermarket stocked factory-lagers (Stella, Kroney etc), but ultimately an uncomplicated beer brewed well.
Review #1908/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed!
660ml bottle BB: 03/05/22 £2 Bought from Tesco, Edgeware Road, London.

Jun 27, 2021
Photo of Watergrainhops
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Watergrainhops

Drank from a 12oz bottle

Slightly sweet, crackery malt flavor paired with spicy noble hop flavor. The flavor of the grains are very peominent. It's an incredibly crushable beer. It's not bad at all but it's not my favorite pilsner but I'd pick it over any US macro pilser anyday. Would be a good one for a hot day or to pair with BBQ.

Jun 18, 2021
Photo of Tony787
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought 2 cans at the lcbo in Ontario 500ml at 4.8%.
poured a 2finger head into glass that leaves a lace as you drink it.
clear golden color good carbonation.
easy drinking pilsner.

Jun 14, 2021
3.39 by Hopweiser from Korea (South) on Jun 10, 2021
3.02 by balizz on Jun 09, 2021
3.89 by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut on Jun 03, 2021
Photo of LucaDiCriscio
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

Reminds me of pilsner urquell. Very European tasting pilsner with a slightly bitter but acceptable aftertaste.

May 08, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear pale golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like grainy malt, spicy floral hops, and pilsner malt.

This appears to be much better on tap than in bottles. There's a really pleasant floral and spicy hop character, with a semi-sweet malt backbone. It's maybe slightly too sweet at times, but it's all quite delicious nonetheless.

This is very crisp and clean, with a wonderful drinkability.

It's hard for me to not like stuff like this.

May 05, 2021
3.35 by Biermeister76 from Georgia on Apr 03, 2021
3.88 by O-Meg from New York on Mar 27, 2021
3.65 by ivanpadron from Venezuela on Mar 22, 2021
3.56 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Mar 07, 2021
Photo of lastmango
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Poured a clear pale golden color with a thin white head. No lacing. Nose is an almost non-existent grain. Grain, corn, malt taste. Medium light body and carbonation.

Mar 03, 2021
2.89 by hybridentropy from Angola on Feb 27, 2021
3.39 by Hazey92 from New York on Feb 11, 2021
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