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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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light gold yellow color.malt,cereal,hop aroma.taste is the same,the hops and malt is well balanced as it is neither too sweet or bitter. Sort of a middle of the road non offensive beer but I mean that as a compliment. Went well with a light lunch as it wasn't heavy and low abv

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to pilsener glass.
The appearance was a slightly crisp yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a delicate pace. Not much lace, but seemed to speckle here and there.
The aroma had some sweet bready malts, light cereal, touch of smooth moving herbal qualities, with a chill floral hoppiness ever so slight in the background.
The flavor was moderately sweet pulling those previously mentioned aromas in quaintly but also keeping some distance between the malt bill and the hops. Mild bready sweet sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine, somewhat low. ABV felt appropriate. Nice semi-malty sort of finish.
Overall, as a German pilsener, I find this hard to knock. Maybe if people would see this as German pilsener and realize that it's not going to relate very well to "modernized" beers.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure how I missed rating this. I have drank it many times. Overall, a good beer, but here are a few points:

- it is sold in every mainstream grocery store, so it may appear "cheap". It isnt.
- Taste is good with a fine blend of hops and malt, the hops has a bit of an aftertaste, but not bad.
- But.............. there has been, in some bottles I drank, an odd aftertaste. I say it was due to a warm trip in the truck (GA has the WORST laws (think 1970's with Coors having to be smuggled east of the Miss. River) regarding what beers and how beer can be sold) because it wasnt with every bottle.
- Recently, I had a few bottles with odd aftertastes. Not horrible, but it was noticed. I think it may be the hops, as it has a mild, bitter, taste. Even with these odd tastes, this beer is still better than any USA craftie crap I have endured over the last few years.

Overall, I like this beer, simply because it is not the crap 150% HOPS OVERLOAD "craftie" US idea of beer. If you visit this site, you have probably seen the new brewery in Denver that brews ONLY GERMAN STYLE BEERS. Good for them. I drink another German beer to their honor. US crafties?? Maybe they need to add some more fruit, or flowers, or spices or knitted aprons or cookies....or....... SOMETHING so they can market their HOPS OVERLOADED crap in the US.

Drink German beer. It is beer. It is good. It is not overloaded with 150 lbs of hops per bottle. Meinshliffenlichten.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hackattack
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has that import.... kind of skunky taste. Of the German ones that come to mind.....Beck's and Saint Pauly's.... I would say this is not as good.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light, clear straw color, white head
Smell: Minimal creamy malts with grassy/spicy hop notes
Taste: Sweet pale malt up front backed by aforementioned hops work out to a dry, slightly bitter profile
Feel: Crisp, dry, and a bit astringent. Good carbonation and light body.

A decent representative of the style but nothing too special.

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Photo of karlk1990
5/5  rDev +45.8%
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 Rufus1
2.56/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No date. Pours a pale straw yellow into a fifteen ounce glass mug the same temperature as the beer. One finger white head that dissipates rapidly. Very little lacing.

Nose is sulfur. Quite skunky.

Tastes of sulfur. Some sweet malts. No hops

Thin and watery mouthfeel.

No even close to the better Pilsners I've had. Maybe its old and stale?

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mamaraza
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rating from notes taken on a can from Germany in SoCal while waiting in line for Churchill's pub's anniversary party:

Low B (3.53) / GOOD

Review from notes taken on-draught at a bar in Amsterdam in Summer 2011:

HEAD: One finger worth of head. Pleasantly creamy and soft, with fair thickness. Average (~2-3 minute) retention.

BODY: Clear yellow. Obviously filtered.

AROMA: Cream. 2-row barley.

Mild aromatic intensity.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Creamy, emphasizing helles malts and 2-row barley. A bit stale; I think this keg may have been sitting about for a time.

Build is simple. It's balanced at least, but tastes pretty off. Again, I suspect a bad keg or dirty lines.

Smooth for the most part, but it does become coarse at different points in its structure, oddly, preventing it from feeling refreshing. Wet. Doesn't complement the taste particularly well.

OVERALL: Not a quality brew, expensive by Dutch standards, and not a beer I'd recommend - but then again the keg may be bad. As-is, it drinks like a "student beer" at best, which is to say it's a passable budget lager.


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Photo of pcbnumber1
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Exeter
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chicagoish
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of apartin
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hunter
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pale, clear golden ale with a pillowy head of white foam. Surprisingly good lacing and retention.

Smell: Grassy, wheat, yeast

Taste: Lives up to the nose. Grassy and yeasty, undertones of something sharp.

Mouthfeel: Light and bracing; scouring

Overall: Not a bad representation of the style. There's better out there, and there's certainly worse.

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Photo of lawlmartz
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FBarber
3.26/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of jbehlar
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stanale
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of haoquanlin
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

honey, malts and yeast. Taste: honey, malts and a tiny bit of tropical fruits. Finish is sour and yeasty. This beer aims for a modern Kellerbier to get the cool kids back to buying big industry beer but it is just a mess.

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Photo of Atg1095
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sephyrott
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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