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Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 918 | Ratings: 2,245
Photo of Nass
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is a date on the side of the bottle label. The taste is quite mild & watered down with a weak head that dissipates rather quicker than usual for this style. This pilsner is not terrible but there are far better German Pilsners out there. Cheers! B-

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Photo of ajm5108
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Fairly non-descript. Some light golden malt, corn and maybe just a little whisp of floral bittering hops. Inoffensive but lots of better pilsners out there

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this when I was stationed in Germany years ago. First time reviewing it. Pours a nice golden color that holds up very well in the sun. Maintains a thin lacing. Smell is a bit grassy but not overwhelming. Tastes a bit thin with a hint of pine in the finish. Overall not bad. Probably on the lower tier of German pilsners I've had before, but I would drink again.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cerveza ligera, de carbonatación baja y con una cabeza espumosa que dura por uno o dos minutos. Aroma a lúpulo y granos. En boca es acuosa, destacando el lúpulo por encima del resto. Final seco y corto.

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Photo of Amendm
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A strong pour from a 11.2-oz. (330ml) bottle is needed for a finger of white froth with average retention and a few spots of lacing. Clear pale-yellow straw color, yellow in front of light.
Bready and cracker like malt, faint floral hops greet the nose and meld into the taste.
Taste begins semi-sweet and moderately bitter, the middle features smooth pale malt. The finish is crisp and quick, hops are at their boldest. A metallic aftertaste lingers a few seconds.
Medium light body with below average carbonation, turns flat too soon. Smooth yet a little grainy.
True to style, mass produced features yet easily quaffable.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a certain sweetness behind the slight bitterness of this most B. of beers. Something in it that makes me keep coming back for mouthful after mouthful, nearly forsaking the bounds of moderation. circa 2008

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Photo of Gordono
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very light in color,
Weak thin white head,
Mildly hopped,
Somewhat sparkling,
Initially unremarkable but not offensive... a curious creamy savory finish (adjunct?)

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear straw color with 1 finger white head. Retention is moderate and there is very little lacing.

The nose is extremely grainy and earthy. There is a faint floral hops bitterness is the very back. Although its hard to pick up.

Again very grainy. There is however this time around a noticeable corn like malt sweetness. The hops character is more pronounced but still lacking.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style. Carbonation is ok and helps it somewhat.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a pale straw and very clear with a lot or carbonation. The head was frothy for a while but thinned out. The beer has a nice wheat and hay smell to it. The beer has a mild grassy taste to it. The beer is nice and very drinkable

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Photo of laketang
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice straw color with a sustained head and even lacing going down. Refreshingly light hop bitterness and a crisp finish and good carbonation as well. Easy drinker with low alcohol. Good summer beer.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.52/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer with presence. This is a very solid choice for flavor and character. Mildly carbonated. At the forefront of this beer is pure malt with good tingle on your tounge. Afterward you are left with a nice bitterness from the hops. The hopp notes stay with your pallet for a few minutes. This beer is not sweet at all, you get burned toast-like flavor. Best of all, you dont get that copper penny smell or aftertaste like the American beers. Pure goodness.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this many, many times. In fact. years ago, before microbreweries were everywhere (and I was on a very limited beer budget) I used to buy 12 packs of this locally at a fairly cheap price. It's a decent pilsener, one that I typically now purchase in tall cans (and still at a good price). It pairs with pizza. The hops are subtle, but it has some crispness. When I'm in the mood for this style, I slightly prefer Bitburger to be honest.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation. Two fingers of a white head that intially poured out as kind of creamy and became something like large soap bubbles. Lacing down the glass.

Smells grassy with some malts and a slight presence of hops.

Taste has a bit of grassiness to it. A bit of hop flavor towards the back of the mouth. Has that clean water taste as well.

Mouth is very light and oddly a bit flat. The mouth feel finishes crisply.

Overall this is a good pilsner. Seems to be a nice light beer that would go well with a summer BBQ. I also like the presentation on the bottle as well. Very nice labels and looks quite imperial. The bottles do only contain 11.2 oz. as that odd European bottling goes. For those looking for a pilsner this should tick most of thier boxes.

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Photo of Mr-Beer
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crisp clean smooth light. Went down like water. Very easy drinking a very nice Pilsner beer. I had this on tap. So it was definitely a nice all-around beer. Definitely recommend this but on tap.

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Photo of ICTguy21
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: golden and bubbly with a quickly dissipating thin white head

Smell: a bit dank, a bit grassy, a bit malty, very inviting

Taste: malty, a touch of grass, and a faint grainy flavor

Feel: creamy, smooth, and crisp, what you want in a pilsner

Overall: not a bad pilsner, refreshing and no frills

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Review: 0,5l, a nice can of Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener: ABV. 4.8% vol

In a nice light brownish coloured can with the famous and striking Warsteiner logo of the crown with the slogan “Eine Königin unter den Bieren” (“A Queen amongst Beers”).

On pour got a nice decent frothy white head of beer with a light golden colour, a nice looking beer. Not a bad looking beer.

A very beery lagery smell, malty but light enough on the nose.

Good initial soft taste. Very smooth, very easy to drink. Slight grainy taste.

Bit of an aftertaste that is apparent in the back end. Light enough though.

Very smooth, nice and clean, easy to drink.

Would be nice to have a kick or a stronger taste though as it is a little too mild for me.

2nd can.
Slight grassy taste. Creamy and malty. Frothy mouthful. Very smooth.
No real kick, little alcohol to be tasted. Very watery too.

After an initial flurry of excitement it all got a little bit boring and generic in the end. Ok beer, could be better.

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Photo of D1noB
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy grains partnered with malts. Light hop taste but there isn't much there. Grain and malt overtake the mouth.

Taste rating in words: A smooth backbone

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Photo of gvickery
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is what you’d expect. Not much smell. Taste is very “grainy” has a barnyard quality, but not in a bad way. Hay, grain, dust, funk. It seems to work. Different from other Pilsners with the more complex malt character. Hops are nondescript floral German variety. It’s not bad at all.

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Photo of edc20
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes pretty much like a Pilsener but I think just slightly below average in all aspects. Nothing to write home about but relatively cheap and still better than an American lager.

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Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've got to admit I like Pilsner, as the beer my Dad raved about after being in the occupation forces, but so long as it's decent quality, it's tough to tease the clear, mass pilsners apart. liked this one the deeper I got into it.
a) Mine is crystal clear, straw yellow that pumps a good head that rings and lacely nicely in a wine glass.
s) Germanic hops, lemony, grassy, herbacious, crackery/ biscuity. But as always, too faint.
t) Lemony clean with a cracker malt flavor; with the mid palate lemon, grass, and bright hops.
f) Light, right, nicely carbonated and nice clear, clean finish. Sharp. Sessionable.

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Photo of stonesean
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is what it is. A nice German lager.

I’m all for bourbon barrel aged, 13% abv, stouts with mocha and peppers, but sometimes I just want a “beer”.

That’s when I head back to the old reliable German styles. Easy drinking, nicely balanced with that crackery, bready, quality that Germans seem to do better than Americans. With a nice mild hop finish that reminds you they’re there.

A nice version of the style.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look is gold with a small rim hugging head.

The aroma consists of spice (ginger), sweet malts, corn and biscuit.

The taste is pretty decent. Sweet spice and sweet malts combine for an overall original yet, to the book flavor.

The mouthfeel is crisp with slight carbonation.

Overall, a very good lager. It isn't anything exceptional, but it is very solid.

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Photo of Medarius
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick pils with a bitterness on back end. Typical of good german beers, this one taste better when poured and allowed to "rest' for a couple mins before drinking.

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Photo of MarkCoon
2.31/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

6 pack of bottles purchased from Wegmans.
Best before date says 06.Apr.18. Drank it on 08.Nov.17 from pint glass.
I really like pilsners and would love to find a go-to German import.
Ended up very disappointed due to the slightly skunky smell and at-times slightly detectable skunk taste. Is it supposed to taste like that? Or is it light exposure as some say? Hmmmm....
Look was OK - almost looks like yellow easter egg dye but had an sturdy 1" soap sudsy head after the pour that gradually broke into larger bubbles and maintained a consistent 1/4" head throughout most of the glass.
Mouthfeel was a nice gentle fiz feel but went flat one me by the end.
Bummed out by this beer. I'd like to try it again on tap and maybe the skunkiness of the bottle was due to light exposure one the journey from Germany.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, straw-yellow pour from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Fairly large white head with below average carbonation. Smell is grain and metal. Taste is pretty watered down with faint hops. There are much better pilseners out there.

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