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3.46 | pDev: 15.03%
Warsteiner Brauerei
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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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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 Montenegro

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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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 Illinois

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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Dnmindifido from Arizona

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

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. It’s scary how easy this is to drink...there is no odd syrupy flavor...and no metallic aftertaste. It’s crisp and refreshing, and has a satisfying chocolately taste to it that coats your mouth at the finish, and leaves a creamy mouthfeel on the tongue (That’s what she said). It also doesn’t taste like lawn clippings or my girlfriend’s perfume. I just don’t enjoy hops that much which is probably why I love this beer. I think i’m allergic to estrogen and that must be why. Tired of my nipples hurting after I drink my beer.

Jun 17, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by 11/28/19

Pours a clear dark gold body with a few fingers of denser white foam; decent retention results in a myriad of soapy, splotchy lacing and thin cap.

Aromas of honeyed malt and fresh bread and toasty crusts are fairly deep and prominent upfront, with no shortage of grassy hop presence following tightly behind; toasted grain develops over time; pretty balanced, with a surprisingly intense inhale.

Taste shows smooth, malty bread crusts followed by slight honeyed grain and an even slighter grassy character tying things together; vaguest hints of a metallic tone, but not by any means intrusive.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied with medium-light carbonation that fluffs nicely along the palate before dying to a slightly watery finish, though bolstered a bit by a mild hoppy bittering and crisp pop developing over the mid-palate onward.

Light but satisfying German pilsner that mainly lacks the heft and flavor depth to be anything more.

May 29, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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-

Apr 08, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.72/5  rDev -21.4%
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

Mar 14, 2019
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Thebrewman from Arkansas

3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Mar 14, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

2.08/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Mar 08, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Feb 12, 2019
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Drak-Nib from Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
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

Feb 03, 2019
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