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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #602
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #46,020
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 15.03%
Reviews:
933
Ratings:
2,293
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Warsteiner Brauerei
 
Germany
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Year-round
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SCORE
79
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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 FBarber
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright, clear, very effervescent gold color. Thick tight sudsy head dissipates slowly down to a layer of white foam.

Smell is surprisingly yeasty, some bready malts, and some grassy almost vegetal hops. There is also a slightly metallic yeast note that I get in the aroma that is kind of off-putting.

Taste is not unexpected from the nose - bready malts, grassy hops, and almost bark like wood flavor from the hops also comes through. Strong yeast flavor with an almost astringent bitter aftertaste. I should add that for an import this is a very fresh can - its less than 3 months old.

Feel is light and drinkable. Bit on the sweeter side. Medium carbonation.

Overall, this is an okay German pilsner - there are just much better options readily available. The critique of this as a "big industry beer" seems unfair though since its a private - family owned brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SoulFroosh
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in a clearance/discount/weird section of my local craft beer/wine store.

I didn't know what to expect. I wasnt sure if it was a Euro adjunct or a genuine German Pilsner. It smells like an adjunct lager. Turns out it's a real Pilsner and it pretty darn refreshing.

It is kind of like a classic adjunct lager but with real hop flavors and a good malt backbone. Very nice. I would happily have this in my fridge all the time.
Not sure if I'll ever find this again, though.

It was nice knowing you, Warsteiner. I'll meet up with you again if I ever get the Deutchland.

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Photo of Glengosch
4.77/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really the only problem I can find with this beer is that it's not in-style. It's a German Pilsener.

I get it. I love IPAs too. I love stouts. But in a world where Double Imperial Chocolate Mocha Sea-salted Organic Fair-trade Stouts from Portland seem to dominate beer ratings, where does this beer fit in?

In there lies the problem: People seem to rate pilseners against IPAs against stouts. Like having a Double-Double from In and Out Burgers and saying it sucked because you had much better beef at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

So, as a PILSENER, here is my review:

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Great carbonation and color. It pours clean and clear gold with ever-present bubbles.

Very mellow hop character on the smell. More grainy. Hints of skunk weed (I doubt that was the brewer's intention, but that's what I get).

Taste is pretty crisp. A slight bitterness. No bite on the back end. It goes down very smooth.

Overall this is a great pilsener. Mass produced? Yes. Maybe one of the better ones out there. I LOVE this beer in summer time. It is perfect for hot weather. Grill up some burgers and bratwurst and chase it down with one of these. You won't be disappointed (if you like beer-flavored beer)

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Photo of JAMES-BABY
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

Smells like roast pork, dumplin's & kraut. Light amber in color, medium head slow to drop, gentle on mustache. Caress it and slowly sip or it will send you buttward. For the utmost in a Warsteiner experience, HEAD EAST ON HWY 50 from Sacramento to So. Lake Tahoe, CA. 'Bout half the way up into the Sierra Nevadas, just shy of Echo Pass, you'll spot St. Pauli's Restaurant on your right. ST. PAULI'S has the best German food from San Francisco to the Atlantic Coast. You can dine in the nostalgic Hinterland dining room, or in good weather, take your sup in the pinetops on the balcony that overhangs a fork of the Yuba River. ( Reservations Recommended ) FANTASTIC GERMAN FOOD & SERVICE! EVEN FANTASTICKER WARSTEINER ON TAP!!! ( Great wines too! ) P.S.: Don't attempt the drive over Echo Summit to Lake Tahoe after enjoying St. Pauli's! You don't want to miss Echo Lakes near the top, NOR do U want to miss the Grand Canyonesque view of Christmas Valley/Meyers, Upper Truckee River, waterfalls, the tops of 200' Noble Firs & the lake on the downhill side of Hwy 50 as it drops into the 6.500' Tahoe Basin. Vehicles should not be over 30 feet in length. Acrophobiacs MUST be blindfolded! ( BTW: If in L.A., make reservations at the Old Heidelberg in north Van Nuys.)

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Photo of Whiterain
4.56/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I may be being generous in saying das pilsner is exquisite. While the Brew Master could add a little more hops to my taste the beer is exceptionally good for social sessions. It pours gold and you can watch the carbonation sift to the surface, a nice sweet frothy head, head where all the malts are, if poured correctly, exquisite.

Some say God owns this company. For Pilsner I'm in a toss up between Warsteiner Premium Pilsner Beer and Carlsberg Pilsner, Wartsrteiner with a touch to little hops and Calsberg with a delicious touch to much. If Carlsberg and Warsteiner could have a child, that would be the best pilsner ever made, besides Heineken.

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Photo of priwen
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw appearance with a bubbly, white head. Grassy hops are prominent in the aroma with some malt in the background. Flavor has a good balance of malt and hops. It has a slight hint of bitterness on the finish. Very appealing. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, semi-dry finish. Overall, This is a wonderful beer! Easy going. I'll definitely drink this one again.

11.2 oz bottle
Best Before: 17.JUL.15
Served in a Mug

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 660ml bottle into Veltins pilsner mug.

L) Pale golden, clear, lots of bubbles. Thin bubbly white head.

S) Slightly sour bready pilsner malt.

T) Kinda flat, with hints of bready pilsner malt. Subtle hop bitterness. Doesn't have either of the notable classic pilsner characteristics to any large degree. Has a watery / metallic edge. Just drunk a Pilsner Urquell, so maybe this seems a bit flavourless in comparison.

F) Light and refreshing, at least there is no long bitter aftertaste to detract from the refreshment.

O) Subtly flavoured pilsner. Mid range on quality, but a decent price for a 660ml bottle, so overall I am satisfied.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is grainy with faintly spicy, herbal hops; the overall effect is reminiscent of crayons and apple. The pale golden body is very clear with a smooth, white head with notable retention. Fairly flavorful and bitter, the taste is actually somewhat pleasant with some grainy malt and light fruitiness akin to bland pear. A hint of butter comes through over time. The body is of course light and crisp and suitably carbonated.

Not bad at all for the style. While far from unique, it is at least flavorful and refreshing with a good balance between the malt, hop flavor, and bitterness.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
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 ThePold
4.52/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not sure why the rating of this is so low, except that people are so used to the bitterness of IPAs that they they have forgotten what a pilsner is supposed to taste like. This is an excellent German Pilsner.

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Photo of OldBrewer
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion a highly underrated beer. Poured from a 500 ml can.

Appearance - very clear, light golden colour. Pours a 2 to 3 finger creamy, white head. Lots of carbonation, like Champagne. Head is down to one finger after 2 minutes, but there was still a thin layer of foam until the entire glass was emptied after more than 14 minutes. Delicate lacing in the glass, some of which lasted until after the glass was finished. For a pilsner, the appearance couldn't be much better.

Smell - bready malts with almost no hop aroma. A touch of caramel.

Taste - very nicely balanced. Lots of malt with a balance of noble hops. Not too bitter as with many other pilsners. A slight presence of sweetness in the background. Lots of flavour for a pilsner. No adjuncts, unlike some North American pilsners.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, crisp and dry, refreshing, no long bitter aftertaste like other pilsners, good level of carbonation.

Overall - one of the better mass-produced pilsners commercially available. One of my favourite pilsners that I drink often. In my opinion, much better than Bitburger, it's main rival.

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

This is not a typical Pilsner style because it has a much more barley malt flavor. Lots of grains, bran, caramel malt without the sweetness and then a crackery Pilsner malt.

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Photo of HopsScotch
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is exactly what I was looking for when it is 112 degrees in Phoenix. Clean, clear and crisp. A good bready smell and light feel in the mouth. The clean finish clears the palate and paves the way for another sip.

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Photo of loubar
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Amber in color with a small white head. Floral noble hop bitterness up front with a sweet finish of bread malt and a bit of lemon. Good amount of flavor. Not watery. Bitterness blends perfectly to offset the sweetness. Finish is crisp and refreshing. A very drinkable and satisfying pilsener.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one many years ago before I knew what a good beer is. I saw this in the store and picked it up partly out of curiosity of how my palate and perception has changed over the years and partly out of pure nostalgia. At a cool 4.8% ABV this beer is sure to go down smooth and effortless, but let’s see what it has to offer.

Look-Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow with a foamy silky white head. The lacing is delicate and moist. Carbonation is light.

Smell-It has a standard wheat and yeast aroma with a sort of metallic aroma that is characteristic of Premium German beers.

Taste-The taste is similar to what you smell, go figure. It has a simple flavor of fruity wheats, yeast, fresh cut hay, and then that characteristic metallic taste. Bread and caramel are apparent. This is definitely a malt-forward beer, which is to be expected, but it has an above average fruity sweetness, but not noticeably so.

Mouthfeel-The feel is moist, smooth, and with light carbonation.

Overall-I’d say that it was a good experience to have and I am glad that I tried this beer, but I won’t be running to the store to get more of it anytime soon. If I see it at a party and it was up against crappy beers like Coors, High Life, Bud Light, etc, then I would definitely hands down chose this German beauty.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with chunky white head. No real scent to it. Not a whole lot of flavor either. Just a little bit sweet. Very creamy mouthfeel. It's drinkable, for a lot of the same reason budweiser is.. It makes no statements, so it's hard to disagree with it.

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Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale gold color with 2 fingers of white head. The foam is a little fizzy and leaves just a few wisps of wet lacing. Nose is malty and grainy with some Hallertau influence. Flavor is simple but effective. Clean and grainy with some pale malt. Hops lend a grassy crispness but very little bitterness. Infinitely drinkable, smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of mtnwesdew
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Keegan
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of el_michoacano
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swid
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warsteiner Premium Verum pours a light gold color. A large white head forms with large individual bubbles and dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation and lacing. The aroma is quite malty and grainy, with a bit of hop aroma; there's nothing to add or detract from the smell.

The taste is very standard for a pilsener - malty and somewhat grainy. The hop bitterness appears after a little bit, but it does little to impact the flavor. The mouthfull is very thin, and a bit more watered-down than one would expect from a relatively traditional German pilsener. The aftertaste isn't quite as crisp and clean as one would expect, either. If it wasn't for the German purity law emblazoned on the bottle, I'd almost begin to wonder if there were adjuncts in this beer somewhere.

Overall, this is a run-of-the-mill German lager. It's a step above the German macrolager, but it's nothing special, either. It's worth a try.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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