Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Premium German PilsenerWarsteiner Premium German Pilsener

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Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 872 | Ratings: 2,056
Photo of RichScherle
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in bottles, cans, and on tap. I love this beer and consider it a good example of a german pilsner (I love pilsners tho some beer snobs automatically sneer at them).

A - beautiful crystal clear golden with a thick, rich cloud white head that subsides rather quickly.

S - I love the aroma because its so rich and elegant yet fleeting. You get noble hop impression with an ever so slight lemony note, then a pilsner malt sweetness with a crackery aspect. Clean and precise.

T - This really is high quality and precise german engineering at work. Zero off flavors. Very pure and sharp pilsner malt subdued sweetness followed by a piney/grassy dryness from the noble hops. Finishes very nicely dry with a totally awesome lingering pilsner malt flavor mixed with a tad of grass. I find this beer to be wonderful for what it is - its obviously not a huge beer but not meant to be - meant to be simple and extraterrestially pure. You can also tell the water used in this brew is great and super soft.

M - awesome grainy texture with amazing dryness that pulls you back in.

D - No problems here - I can drink these no problem thanks to its dryness and purity. Gives almost no hangover whatsoever if you happen to indulge a bit too much.

Some reviewers seemed to hate this brew - but I can't see how a true beer aficionado could rate this beer low simply due to purity of style and the quality expressed as a result of the ultra precise brewing process.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.88/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into glass it has the look of a Budweiser. It has smell off malts and some citrus hop notes. Left a nice lace on glass all the way throughout the beer. I was expecting it to be more skunky but it was a very balanced beer that I would recommend trying!

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Photo of yankiac
4.85/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A light sparkling gold with a thin lace.

S - Earthy armoa with a subtle undertone of maltiness

T - Earthy hop character with a hint of lemon.

M - Light, Crisp, and refreshing.

D - Could drink this all day and all night.

This is one of my favorites. A great session beer that I come back to quite often.

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Photo of Glengosch
4.77/5  rDev +39.1%
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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4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

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 AnalogReigns
4.73/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Warsteiner is a rare German beer in that it tastes pretty much the same in the USA, as it does in Germany. How this brewery is able to import it here, keep it fresh, AND keep it inexpensive (less than a Euro per .33L bottle, ye Germans) is a real testimony to remarkable German manufacturing expertise.

Yes, it has a VERY light color--proving that skilled brewing can make a light colored beer with lots of flavor.

Yes it has wonderful lacing--which lasts the whole glass through (take that American mass-brewers!)

Yes, it has a wonderful fresh, but not overwhelming quality hop aroma. Warsteiner is unique amidst German pilsners--in that it has a certain, indescribable to me...."Warsteiner" taste, unlike any other brand. Other pilsners are as good or better...but none has the special taste I discern.

Yes, it has a perfect, gentle...balance between hops and malt...and balance is THE mark of quality beer of any style. Pilsner is, of course, meant to be gentle--and subtle.

Camembert cheese from France is considered by aficionados about the finest that cheese gets. Yet, it doesn't knock your socks off like a blue cheese, or a cheddar. Like most French food, the flavor is subtle and gentle...or dare I say "genteel."

So too is a great Pilsner. Pilsners--be they German style (drier and sharp) or Czech (sweeter and easy) are subtle creatures....and the IPA crowd in America just doesn't get them. These are meant to be an adjunct to pleasant conversation for hours....with friends, in a Stammtisch. Not something to brag about in how many IBUs you can handle....or how dark it is…..or how high the alcohol you can get.

There's something supremely European about the subtlety of a solid Pilsner, in that it really isn't trying to be extreme--only excellent.

Warsteiner is definitely an excellent pilsner. If you don't like it, you should question your own taste and sophistication--not that of this excellent beer.

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4.7/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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Photo of PsychoJedi
4.69/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The looks are a pale golden with a nice head. A little too pale though. The smell is classically German. Absolutely a delight to smell the distinct smell that is German beer and this one is no exception. The taste is also classically German with the hole Purity Law bit. Not too week either. This is no watered down beer by any imagination. Goes down smooth with a very delayed, but very slight too aftertaste. You would have to be looking for it and even then, would have to be looking long. Verdict: must try.

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Photo of SimonBailey
4.68/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Look, I'm probably the wrong person the write a review for bottled Warsteiner becuase, along with Alpirsbacher and Kloster Scheyern, it is my absolute fave German bottled pilsner.
It kicks ar$e.
It will make you happy.
It is a unique and wonderful beer experience.

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Photo of godlessape
4.67/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear light golden body with a creamy bright white head.
The aroma is all about the malt without a hint of hops and that's to be expected with a German pilsner. I pick up up some grassy, tobacco, and sugar cookie notes.
The flavor comes on strong with the Teutonic malt and that's just what I'm seeking out, but surprisingly there's also a considerable hoppy bite on the tailend which set's this beer apart from most pilsners.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall this is a fantastic beer. It quenches your thirst like a pilsner should, but most of all the flavor is absolutely spot on.

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Photo of Whiterain
4.56/5  rDev +32.9%
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 ThePold
4.52/5  rDev +31.8%
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 GMB
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An admittedly overzealous pour of this 11.2 oz. can of Warsteiner "Premium German Beer" produces a straw-golden body of brew, which supports a thick snow-white head with plenty of staying power.

The nose is typical of German Pilseners: mild; slightly sweet; subtle hints of herbs and spices.

The first sip unfolds slowly on the palate. Sweet malts lead the way, but are quickly balanced by some mild aroma hops. Bitter hops emerge towards the end and are substantial enough to hold their own and keep the sweet malts from outstaying their welcome. Well-balanced.

As the mild carbonation suggested, this beer is light and crisp on the palate.

Warsteiner Premium isn't the kind of hoppy, dry pilsener that American breweries are putting out these days. Perhaps that explains why it is undervalued at BeerAdvocate.com. But it is a beautiful representation of the drinkable sophistication that typifies German beer. I'll be revisiting this one.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer does not travel well, but if you are in Northwest Germany, Warsteiner is a must. Beautiful golden straw color below a firm white head that recedes slowly, leaving beautiful lace all the way down the glass. The smell is slightly hoppy, with a distinctive malt undertone that makes this one easy to pick in blind taste tests. The taste is extremely crisp with a marvelous bitter bite in the aftertaste that makes you want more. Of the German pilsner-style, Warsteiner, when kept and served properly, is the best.

I could have easily written an extremely negative review of this beer, based on some servings I've had outside of Germany. This is a classic example of the veracity of the slogan: think global, drink local.

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good tasting and very smooth going down. Very mild beer with no after taste. For your average "middle of the road" brew in my opinion a very formidable beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, pale gold with a firm, bright white head, Good retention. Very nice noble and somewhat spicy hop aroma backed by malt and a hint of crisp apple. Rich malt & hop flavor along with a good mouthfeel - not creamy, but full. It clearly displays pilsner malt and grassy and herbal hops backed by a solid bitterness. Very well balanced. Big hop finish with a long lasting dry aftertaste. An excellent, crisp and refreshing north German pilsner of the highest quality.

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Photo of goldbot
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and golden, bubbly. Thin white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Classic pilsener aroma; lightly grainy and very nice hop aromas. Floral and a bit fruity. Mild, malty flavor, bready. More floral hops again with the slightest of fruit flavor, perhaps from esters but it blends in nicely with the hops. Crisp, smooth mouthfeel; very light bodied. An excellent example of the style in my eyes; completely stripped down, the essence of pure beer flavor!

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking straight out of bottle:

T=nice, malty flavor with hint of hops.

Body=Very well-crafted medium body, with good carbonation.
Very drinkable, I can drink these 24/7.

It's not supposed to be anything special. It is what it is. A pilsener/lager. A nice refreshing, easy to drink and pleasant enough beer to consume all night and get drunk off of.

And thanks to the German Beer Purity Law(unfortunately long since repealed but many German brewers still abide by this at least for pilseners and lagers.) So, at least there are no cheap adjuncts made in this and tastes a lot better than others of the lager styles.

Outstanding!! Totally underrated. Will buy again.

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Photo of alankwak
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Boy what a smooth Pils.
Appearance: Very golden light and nearly clear. It's a true pilsner!
Smell: Subtle, little hint of the nice hoppy flavor that awaits. Not a strong smell.
Taste: Well, what really matters...darn good. What is so nice about this beer is the finish...low to no after taste..at least in any negative way. Nice Saaz(I think) hop finish indeed.
Mouthfeel. Very light, again, this is a pilsner.
Drinkability. Whew...all day my friend...not very filling and very enjoyable.
A very good if not great beer.
I give it an A-.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer. Pours a pale blonde colour with a one finger head that quickly dissipates to half. Nice aroma of hops. Tasted sweet at first with a bitter bite afterwards. At first, this could be confused for a cerveza. One could down quite a few of these and be satisfied.

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Photo of lkdrinker
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A full natural aroma with a strong hopsy aftertaste. I can taste the barley and the hops, a great sensory experience. Nice amber body, with the right amount of froth. Not too sweet nor too bitter. I would recommend to my friends. My favorite German beer to date.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully clear and brilliant pale gold, with a good half-inch of light froth atop it. Clean, sweet malt nose with a dusty hop aroma Light, grainy malt flavor with a lots of hop presence, both good bitterness and a flowery, grassy hop flavor. Clean finish with some prolonged bitter flavor. Light bodied, neutral texture.

In my opinion, one of the top German pils available in the US. I find the low reviews a bit inexplicable, as this is a very good example of the style. Perfectly balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of NODAK
4.32/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is of wet grain...hay....barley. A very distinctive smell to it.

The taste is again one that sets it apart from all other beers I've sampled. The body of the beer has a definitive barley taste to it....it's definitely one that I have not had in another beer. Some may refer to it as grain or hay, but it's quite a sharp and distinctive taste. There's a good pils hop bitterness on the back end as well from the Noble hops, which helps finish the beer out on a clean note. However, the barley does stick around on the aftertaste somewhat.

This, in my opinion, is a good go-to beer for sessions. It's tasty, it's clean, and goes down smooth. I enjoy it.

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Photo of ipscman
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this side-by-side with a Trumer Pils, both from bottles. The Warsteiner has a strong aroma. The Trumer almost none. Very sublte. The taste reflected this. The Warsteiner had a sharpness to it I liked. The Trumer seemed flat and watery in comparison. I definitely prefer to Warsteiner. Just one man's opinion.

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Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an old friend, Warsteiner... from back in the days of the now defunct Rathskeller... it truly was one of the greater beers i had sampled at that point. surprised i havent rated it here yet.
pours a beautiful yellow with great head and i nice layer retention.
smell is the typical pils/lager stuff....
taste is the same. i get a little honey out of it. it's a little dry. a little sharp. very decent, even now in this age of craft brew proliferation. still a standard to measure up to.
it's not my favorite style but it's decent and it brings a rush of memories. it's especially excellent now after an Underberg and the only thing better would be to be transported back in time to the heyday of Old World and The Rathskeller (and, i suppose, my youth). bratwurst and fried potatoes from mamma and pappa playing his music.

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