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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener | Warsteiner Brauerei

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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

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light gold with decent head and lacing.

Smell: Bready malts and grassy hops

Taste: Grassy, malty, spicy, hoppy… Complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, medium bodied.

The Verdict: Very good. A refreshing German pilsner with lots of flavor and more complexity than I expected.

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Photo of allClear
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of charlzm
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed March 18th, 2013 from a bottle marked "best by August 23rd, 2013". Poured into a pilsener glass.

Beer pours a brilliant light yellow with copious streaming carbonation bubbles throughout the drink-down. A two-finger creamy white head forms and lasts a long time, slowly reducing to a thin cap. Not very sticky, it slides down the sides of the glass easily.

Aroma is strong but not complex: sweet with husky grains and a bready note.

Flavor is a little bready with a fleeting touch of spicy, peppery hop at the end. Finish started off as a thin, metallic, disagreeable bitterness; the metallic and disagreeable parts disappeared after a few sips.

Mouthfeel was well-carbonated and medium-bodied.

A decent enough pilsener, I guess, but it's a style I don't especially enjoy.

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Photo of orcsinspace
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really like the malty/roasted taste that Verum has. It makes the beer stand out from other German beers. Besides that, this is business as usual for German beer, which should be expected because of the purity law. I find that most German beer is very drinkable, and it is a shame that a lot of people that I know are starting to frown on German brews.

My opinion is that German beer is what adjuncts aim for, and German beers are starting to become passe to the craft crowd. Nevertheless, Warsteiner Verum still holds up better to most traditional beers, and that distinct taste makes it go outside of the box with typical German beer.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

These are everywhere now at a stupidly low price, so I decided to revisit one of these after a long time coming. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Freshness date is "11/JUL/13."

Pours a golden yellow color with a strong, thickened cascade of bubbles and carbonation, to the point of being near champagne-like. Eventually, however, the large 3 finger head dies down to nothing and the bubbles cease to be as festive and turn into a modest, calmed form. More viscous looking than expected given the ABV and style... Yet pretty unassuming and basic when it comes to such a style as well. A little above average here, but nothing more than that.

At the nose, there's a fair amount of crisp grains, a little bit of grassy zest, and a lingering, slightly "skunked" character underneath. There are tidbits of fruity aromas resembling green apples, apricots, and a bit of fruit skin tartness, but don't think it's too predominant with the writing. The golden, crisp malts are pretty straightforward and soaked with a bit of alcohol, but it's actually pretty balanced with the grassiness and skunked backbone. Definitely not exactly what I'd call a classic German pilsner (but I'm not going to start a regional war here), but still mellow and well integrated.

Different from a variety of Bavarian-focused pilsners that I tend to lean to most of the time, this has a far more predominant grainy texture, which is accentuated by its subtle yet zesty hoppiness. The cereal grains linger for a while, combined with more of the apple/peach tart flavors that zone in and out in the aftertaste. The hops do eventually catch up, but this is probably more for those who aren't big fans of them in their German pilsners. It's never aggravating, and the slight yeasty texture and alcoholic finish definitely adds some character to it, but I would not say that it's extremely well balanced or anything. This is smooth and full bodied, though, and you could for sure drink this without even noticing.

Quite a good, above average session German pick here... At the price and quality, this could easily even be appreciated by the casual drinking crowd. With the warm weather coming up, I could definitely have more of these, despite the muted hoppy nature and strong graininess. Pair with a club sandwich or bratwurst for good results!

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Photo of Poupae
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of NoleDoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330ml bottle 4,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass
Best Before: 19/06/2013

Appearance: Warsteiner Premium Verum pours a pale yellow colour, while a rough pour generates a large white head. Retention and lacing are average at best.

Smell: Hmmm, this doesn’t smell all that bad. The initial nose offers a light grassy note alongside pale grain and a very light toasted note. Sadly, as the beer begins to warm a slightly unpleasant cooked vegetable character.

Taste: As expected, there is not much to the taste (pale grains and a very light grassy note is about all that is noted), but at least it does steer clear of any offensive notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a high level of carbonation. Thankfully, unlike most pale lagers, the carbonation is not harsh or unpleasant.

Overall: Warsteiner is not as bad as most other pale lagers, but it is still not something I could see myself buying again in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of CoCambria
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SmashPants
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: tall brown 330mL bottle, pretty ordinary German macro label.

Appearance: faint yellow in colour. Plenty of carbonation, with a frothing head that settles to a cap. Sporadic lacing lines the glass.

Aroma: light pilsener aromas - sweet malts and floral and grassy hops. Nothing out of the ordinary, but smells very refreshing.

Taste: there is something a bit odd about this beer - different to most pilseners. There is the usual touch of citrus, sweet malts and grass hops again, but something almost vegetal as an undertone. Not sure whether I like it or not.

Aftertaste: it is the vegetal undertone that dominates the aftertaste. Again not unpleasant, just a bit unusual.

Mouth feel: a bit too much carbonation for my liking - it almost adds carbonated metal to the flavours. Body is about right though, at light-to-medium.

Overall: an okay beer, but not really worth while. It is an interesting pilsener - a bit different to the norm, but not necessarily in a good way. My biggest complaint, however, is this: it is AU$78 a case (2013), and isn't the best of beers. That's absolutely appalling. Not really much more to say about it than that.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of scratch69
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear pale gold color with a finger and a half worth of head. Fair amounts of runny lacing.

Smell- Grass, malt, and hops.

Taste- Grains with some malt sweetness and grassy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A tasty, easy drinking pilsener. Not a great beer but still pretty good.

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Photo of Bill235
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 2,136 ratings
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