Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener | Warsteiner Brauerei

876 Reviews
Read the review
Warsteiner Premium German PilsenerWarsteiner Premium German Pilsener

Brewed by:
Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by canadianbarman on 07-19-2001

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 876 | Ratings: 2,082
Photo of dukeandduke
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

4/11/07 - Pale straw coloured beer, medium thick white puffy head. Hops and grain and grassy aroma, Taste consistent with aroma, nice light body, strong carbonation. Mouth feel pleasant. Overall good offering.

 211 characters

Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with small white head. Smells of yeast and salt. Taste pretty much follows. Clean with a slight sourdough flavor. A little on the watery side. It is crisp and highly drinkable, but not that exciting of a beer.

 220 characters

Photo of lucat
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

It's pleasant, even if I am not a big fan of this style. This beer has a mildly bitter taste, with presence of hop and grain. The smell is not strong, as you can expect from a pilsener, with reminiscences of herbs, spice and, again, grain. Color is very pale and the foam, that is dense and almost white, vanishes in less then a minute

 337 characters

Photo of superspak
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 6/15/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden/straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Slight fruitiness in the nose, but pretty minimal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and fairly grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is good. A little thin, but not watery feeling. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a good German pilsener style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

 1,503 characters

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided to bite the bullet and finally give Warsteiner a try. I picked up a bottle and got it good and cold. Smell was the most eye-opening to me-- skunky and hops, but mostly skunky smell coming straight from the full bottle. Actually, a slight skunk note is normal for Pilsener beers, but this was quite strong.

Taste was much better than I expected, the skunkiness was at the beginning, but blended well with the hops and other flavors like grass and biscuit. Beer was smooth, finished clean and was not overly dry or carbonated. Refreshing with minimal aftertaste.

I have to admit, (thanks to some incorrect advice from others) I did not have very high expectations for this beer, but actually I enjoyed Warsteiner German Pilsener, and will probably buy again in the near future. More good points about this beer is the availability in 12-packs for about $15, and that it is virtually sold in every store.

 922 characters

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.

 209 characters

Photo of Libeertarian
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 01/08/17:

A darker shade of so-called straw gold. Quite clear, but plenty of fine flecks. Off-white foamy head, moderate retention. Nose of honey and grain, smallest amount of floral hops. Good balance of the aforementioned qualities to taste, even hops, and with half-biscuity and half-bitter finish, faint but distinct peppery to rindy retro-olfaction. Light-bodied, incredibly abundant loose, sloshy suds, at times tingly, at times creamy. Very refreshing.

 477 characters

Photo of utopiajane
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and so bright you can read through it with a fat creamy head of white foam that is loathe to fall. it's even a little funny if you wanted to start to drinking too fast. Falls mousse like, rocky and clinging. Here is an old wives tale I would like to share with you. If the beer is both bright and clear you should be able to read through it. Perfect.

Nose is breaddy but adorned with sweet herbal hops. Faint dms. A bit of spice to mingle with the bread and that is how you see the crust on the bread. No fruity esters. Only a whisper of diacetyl and that shows me the spice and the bread crust. In fact it smells a bit minerally and a lot like water. "??? What do you mean it smells like water?" - people ask me this a lot) Take a good whiff. Clean smelling it's like you are smelling water.

Drinks mild. This pils has plenty of mild sweet herbs . Breaddy and the palate follows the nose. Spice is mild but prominent and not at all citrusy. Light crisp bubbles that do not bite hard. Finishes gracefully and with one of the most mild bitters for a German pils that I have sampled. It also has that tiny bit of diacetyl that smooths the middle, and lets you see the hops at their fullest and another glimpse of the crust on the bread. There is just enough bitterness to not notice it . . . unless it wasn't there. That's kind of cheeky. In fact it resounds only a little on the tongue as you keep reaching for another sip. That is balanced bitterness.

 1,476 characters

Photo of JISurfer
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hard to believe I've been on here for over a decade and I haven't reviewed this before. While I love German beer, this one was hard for me to get into. The appearance was this the highlight for me. Smell and taste was typical with a pilsner, but had a skunky characteristic.

 277 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, straw yellow, dirty tap water, etc...with a tall, 4 finger head that eventually recedes to a cloudy pillowy layer of 1/2 finger.

Smells of hay, straw, barnyard, musty grains.

Flavor is not particularly impressive, but it is clean and crisp, and grainy. Not much flavor actually, either. Just golden baked grains and some faint hay.

Feel is quite perfect for the style, save for a touch of chalkiness at the end.

Overall, Warsteiner Pils won't win any awards, but earns my vote for a total summer kegger or an easy drinking BBQ beer. Just simple and right on point.

 587 characters

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Yellow color with average head and ok lacing. Smells of mild hops, some yeast, citrus, and maybe some biscuit. Taste is pretty good, mild hops, some fruit, mild grain. Overall a clean finish and not a bad beer for the price, would have this again, for its class it was not a bad beer.

 284 characters

Photo of Trailboss76
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light golden color. Fair amount of carbonation but not much head. Some bitterness without overdoing it. Pretty smooth drinker but left me still wanting something.

 162 characters

Photo of rex_4539
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear golden color, 2 finger white head, excellent lacing.

S: Malts, hops.

T: Malty. That's pretty much it.

F: Light, drinkable.

O: A beer that I would never buy but happily enjoyed on the plane.

 202 characters

Photo of gandres
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can poured to glass
A: Golden amber, clear, big foam that stays
A: Grainy aroma
Taste: Medium bitterness
P: Lively carbonation, bitter aftertaste creamy, very good mouthfeel
OA: very good pilsener
Drank: 8/29/2016 12:00 PM

 231 characters

Photo of scottfrie
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

33cl aluminum bottle into clear plastic glass. Consumed on a flight home from Berlin.

A: Pours a bright clear golden with a thick very dense and frothy bright white head that lasted the whole beer through. Very impressive head retention. Sheets of soft dense lace were left down the glass.
S: Grainy nose with just a kiss of honey like sweetness and a lot of peppery hops. Lager yeast is bready and has a slight fruity quality to it. Overall smells a lot like bread.
T: Tastes like bread as well with a peppery hop finish and sort of wet grain bitterness. Sour mash taste, not the best aftertaste at all, leaves an unpleasant grainy bitterness in my mouth. Grain flavors taste roasted and toasted and are more like toasted oats as opposed to toasted bread.
M: Medium body with a decent chew to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is very soft but also very bubbly, ample, and filling. A filling beer overall.
O: Flavors are dirty tasting overall, with unpleasant grain/hop combination. Would not order again. Not especially crisp, rather heavy. Really unpleasant aftertaste of dirty hops that coat the tongue and hang on long after the swallow. This beer looks awesome in a glass though!

 1,182 characters

Photo of singletary
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured it in a 12oz mug, light straw color with a nice beer smell to it. A little bit of a watery taste but a nice clean drink. I got a bit of sweetness also in the taste, maybe a honey flavor. Overall a good light refreshing drink, not to overdone, nice and simple.

 269 characters

Photo of q33jeff
1.95/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

On tap at GAK, to plastic cup.
German Budweiser.
TASTE: A little bit of flavor. Veggie, grains,slight hops.
FEEL: Creamy head. Thin.
Not bad. Not good.

 171 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bunch of clarity, yellow pour, easy to see through, white head, 1/5", doesn't really hold up though. Aroma hits with, well, almost nothing but hints of beer like ingredients (barley, grain).

Taste is a heavily carbonated pilsner, even by pilsner standards. Noble hops, right down the middle, 30 ibu territory. Light pilsen malts, barely toasted. This is like Coors but across the pond.

 392 characters

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden pilsner with a good white foamy lacing. What immediately strikes you about this beer is its crisp light taste. It has a great drinkability combined with good flavor; what American mass produced pilsners claim to have, but really fail miserably at in regards to the latter. The flavor is all classic German malts. It doesn’t have any of the fancy subtleties that I’ve become so used to with drinking many California craft beers, but sometimes I like that. It’s a good beer, nothing too special, but very refreshing and I got it at a very good price for an import at $1.50 for a bottle.

 602 characters

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)

 1,230 characters

Photo of HopsScotch
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

 219 characters

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost clear as water from the bottle. In the glass, it looks crystal clear, a straw color with a thin, short lived eggshell white head.

The aroma is crisp and clean. Fresh cut grass, a bit of grainy malt sweetness, and a hint of lemon.

Up front, you get cracker and lightly biscuity sweetness, followed by lemon pith and grass to balance it out. Finishes clean and dry.

The mouthfeel is light, lots of effervescent carbonation, quaffable.

A staple of the style, this pales in comparison to some of the modern pilsners, in my opinion, but it is refreshing beer nonetheless.

 586 characters

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a nice billowy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace.

Smell – The aroma is of a crisp bready smell mixed with a little bit of a grainy smell as well as a lemon smell.

Taste - The taste begins with a crisp and clean bready taste mixed with a little bit of lemon and herbal hop. As the taste advances some grassy hops join the profile and mix with some light grain tastes to leave a clean crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average to crisp with a carbonation level that is a bit higher. This was a great feel for creating a clean crisp and refreshing brew and suited the flavor profile well.

Overall – I thought this was a rather nice clean drinking pils overall.

 866 characters

Photo of fscottkey
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Crystal clear straw colored beer. Forms a fat 2 finger head of dense white foam. The bottle lists the ABV at (4.8%) and there is a best by date of (07/15/16)

S: [3.75] Crackers, honey butter, caramel.

T: [4.00] Similar to the nose. Crackers, caramel, some slight flowery hop essence.

M: [3.75] Crisp, refreshing, more body than expected for a 4.8% beer. It has a slightly thicker/syrupy feel.

O: [3.75] This is a simple but really well made beer. It isn't flashy but it is really refreshing and clean. I would drink this again for sure.

 557 characters

Photo of drmeto
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-grainy,metallic,slight lemon,mineral
-lemon,honey,slightly grassy,grainy,crackery
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light body
Especially mediocre,even among german Macro Pilseners.

 308 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
3.43 out of 5 based on 2,082 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.