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

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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 9/6/12.

Pours a clear light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and some grape juice fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same along with a medium herbal bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but nothing too exciting really.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

was surprised to learn this was the beer in the first class cabin on a lufthansa flight from frankfurt to bangalore. after they mixed up my booking and put me in with the elite folks, i started pumping these. the first three were pretty substandard, not quite cold enough, and lacking body and complexity. this beer pours very light and clear, with a floating white lace head that has decent retention. smells like german crystal and pale malts, some faint sweetness and fresh baked dinner rolls form the aromatic palate of this brew. the flavor is a little less sexy, slightly watered down, and less bravado on the malts than the nose indicates. mouthfeel was less than stellar, too light for me, and too quick in the finish to even really taste it. that said though, its a heck of a session beer with a nice low abv and a smooth feel. by beers 4 through 6 i started liking it, and challenged myself to explain why. i started stasting more of the subtleties in the malt, and it opened up nicely for me, they also started coming out colder which i think helped. all up i put 8 of these back in an 8 hour flight, not too shabby, but i never really got drunk or anything. drinkable brew, but i wont purchase it.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of spycow
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Knapp85
2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is another one of those German pilsners. Grassy, light, and fresh. Not a lot of hops in this beer. Has the traditional flavors that most of these beers have. Had it for the first time at Dunerbaks German Restaurant. I felt that it'd be a fitting to have this with some brats. The beer wasn't my favorite mainly because I just don't care for this style too much. But I will agree that it went well with the food I was having.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a mini keg of this the other weekend and was quite impressed. A nice floral aroma and a very smooth light taste to it. The mini keg worked very well (much better than others I tried) and me and my friends were all very impressed. A good pilsener at a pretty good price and I would like to try it again.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured straw yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly faded. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of grainy and biscuity malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty. There is a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can. 'Hop extract?' WTF?

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden yellow colour, with a few fingers of puffy, fuzzy, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves a bit of patchy mesa formation lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of warm biscuity pale grainy malt, a bit of cat piss and sulfurous gasohol, and grassy, straw-like hops. The taste is more or less a continuation of the same - semi-sweet pale grain, a warm, booze-infused lemony fruitiness, more mildly acrid sulfur, and grassy, herbal noble Euro-hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a tame frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight and generally smooth, a minor airy creaminess sort of materializing out of nowhere. It finishes well off-dry, the plain grainy malt starting to shed some of the accompanying industrial park bullshit.

So this is what big beer means in Germany, as far as their venerable styles are concerned - close, but no cigar. The framework is there, but the plastic nature of it all kind of drags me down. Everything is just too rounded, too pithy, to remind me more than tangentially of a real German Pils.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is what I compare other pilsners to when reveiwing.
Looks medium straw in color with generous carbonation. Forms a snow white head that gets chunky as it falls. Smells slightly malty and grainy (in a good way). Slight souring and subtle hopping. Tastes lightly malty and vegetable like. Holds a firm body with creamyness and slight hop flavoring. Bittered only for balance. Finish is of pure grains and slight yeast. Obviously a bohemian beer without the 'skunky' flavors and aromas that usually accompany. A terrifically clean and refreshing beer. Flavors are more prominant than in most lagers, makes this beer a stand out.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear light golden body with a little white head that quickly fades to a ringlet; no lacing

Smell: Very Germanic; grassy, herbacious and biscuity

Taste: Starts out clean with a cracker malt flavor; finishes bitter with a herbacious hops flash

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well-carbonated

Drinkability: A good quaffer when the mercury tops 90 degrees

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a crystal clear yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. A bubbly, white head left small trails of lace.

S - It smelled of grains, light caramel malt and clove.

T - It had a nice sweet flavor with a smooth light maltiness. It has a subtle bitter bite from some hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good pils. Makes a great session brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden beer with a small head with almost no retention. Aroma is very weak with small touch of malt and sweet coming out of my glass. Taste is also very weak, almost watery with no hops detectable. Very bland and boring pilsner. I guess this could be an OK session beer on a beach down south…

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Photo of superspak
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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