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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener | Warsteiner Brauerei

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Warsteiner Brauerei
Germany
warsteiner.de

Style: German Pilsener

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.

Added by canadianbarman on 07-19-2001

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#42,430
Reviews:
893
Ratings:
2,145
pDev:
15.12%
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3.72
 
 
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Photo of elainepianojazz68
5/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of RichScherle
5/5  rDev +45.3%
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 SpencerS
5/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of Sandon
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 413Ellio
5/5  rDev +45.3%

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5/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of Danilov
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of THEGENERALISMO
5/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of NurseBryce928
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of karlk1990
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very crisp and delicious beer. My go to if I don't have any becks. I can almost always find this fresh around here and it's only 20 bucks for a case.

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Photo of borisbalkan
4.88/5  rDev +41.9%

Photo of kdawg105
4.88/5  rDev +41.9%
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%
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 94rocker1
4.78/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Glengosch
4.77/5  rDev +38.7%
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 +38.1%

Photo of WN795
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of TankyTommy
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of JAMES-BABY
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

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 Karl1990
4.74/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very good example of my favorite style of beer . Was quite tasty but still refreshing and easy to drink . Doesn't top radeberger in my opinion but is still good and would not complain about only having this in my fridge

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.73/5  rDev +37.5%
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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Photo of JEFFRIBEGGIN
4.7/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A VERY GOOD BEER WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL DRINKABILITY; THE MOUTHFEEL IS ALSO EXCEPTIONAL. THE SMELL IS GOOD. A BEER FOR ALL SEASON BUT GREAT IN SUMMER.
THE BEST GERMAN PILS I HAVE DRANK. I ADVISE TO TASTE IT AT LEAST A TIME IN YOUR LIFE. VERY GOOD IN BOTTLE BUT EXCEPTIONAL IN GROWLER

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Photo of PsychoJedi
4.69/5  rDev +36.3%
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%
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.
Enjoy!

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