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 flyingpig
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden, almost straw like. Thin white bubbly head with ok retention. Crystal clear.

Lots of corn, some bread & a light bitter finish. Sweet smelling overall.

Nice sweet flavour with some corn & it is quite a hoppy with a light bitter finish.

Smooth with nice carbonation & a light to medium body. Finish is a crisp one.

It goes down well & makes for easy drinking, you could put away several of these without a problem.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yellow, quite clear with about one finger of fluffy foam in my Tusker Pilsner glass. Some very mild lacing as it drops to a slight head. Continuous bubbles. Smells very good for this type of macro pilsener. Slightly floral. Tastes very refreshing. Nice on a humid African evening. Slightly bitter taste cuts through the mouthful of dust. Mouthfeel is nice, light bodied, nice carbonation and sharp. Overall a very refreshing beer that I would try again. Serve nice and cold!

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Light roasted malts, yeast and some light hops
Taste: Light roasted malts, some bitter hops, some sweetness followed by a bitter dry aftertaste
Mouthfeel: high carbonation and a medium body
Overall: Nice balanced pilsner, like the taste layers

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my go to beer when all else fails and I can't get a hefeweizen. Finally going to review it

Pours an inch head into a SN pint. Head disappears rather quickly and leaves no to speak of.

Smells of sweet malt, overly sweet to my liking, but I somehow don't mind. Hops are absent in the taste and smell. Taste is a mirror image of the smell. Overly sweet malt pervades the taste. The aftertaste consists of sweet malts that leave me wanting it's Dunkel counterpart.

It won't blow your mind, but it's better than almost all APAs and American Wheats.

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Photo of NilsFrisk
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on a flight, and i could guess there wouldn't be much to say about it.
Light pale, white head, crisp lager smell, light malt taste, and a slight hoppy bitterness in the back of the tounge.
Simple to drink, not anything exciting, but its a good beer

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Photo of kdawg105
4.88/5  rDev +42.3%
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 PeprSprYoFace
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a super clear light golden color. I can tell this one is going to be lighter than others.

Aroma is slightly pilsy and bit of malt. Needs more aroma.

Taste is ok. Very light but I like the background flavor. If they boosted that I feel like I would love this beer. Has a slight honey-ness to it. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Nice carb.

Overall it's ok. It's just too light. Needs more flavor.

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weekend pilsner kick. Last one for the bunch. Poured this import into my pint glass. Pure white head. Lights colored beer of the one I tried. Pale straw. Nice head retention. Subtle grassy aroma but not much else. Definitel germane hop aroma in there. Smells like an import in that sense. Good balance but light bodied. Not very complex. Not a whole lot of depth of character. Def drinkable and refreshing but that's about it.


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Photo of Tford
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a straw yellow with a one finger white head

S: It smells like hops and a little bit of spiciness.

T: It tastes very hoppy and a little malty at first, and then the opposite, malts are dominant in the aftertaste while hops decline.

M: This has a light body because of high amounts of carbonation. It is fairly smooth and is not dry at all.

O: This is a pretty good larger, It reminds me of Baltika 3 (export). I will definitely but this again, the only lagers I can think of that are better than this are Beck’s, Hacker-pschorr munchener gold, and possibly Baltika 3.

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Photo of sullied
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear straw/light yellow. Very white head.
Smell: Slight grassy/hoppy with a hint of lemon citrus.
Taste: Slight bitterness from the hops with a lemon citrus detectable. Malt adds a bit of sweetness to it.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a dry finish.

Overall: Very smooth and easy to drink beer. Will definitely return for more in the future.

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Photo of mothman
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 1 liter mug.

1 finger of white head. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Grains, grassy hops, and a light touch of lemon citrus. A hint of skunk flavors as well.

Taste: Pretty much follows the nose. Grains and bready malts. Grassy hops with a lemon citrus and a bit of skunk mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this reminded me of an American macro lager. Not to much here, but it was fine. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear and pale golden color with a one finger white head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Slightly skunky, grainy smell with a bit of a lemony sweetness about it. Smells more and more like alcohol as it warms.

T: It doesn't have that crispness to it that I love in good Pilsners. Lemon and something slightly herbal upfront with a sweet and malty backbone and a finish of slightly faded grassy hops. It's not bad, but it doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of mjurney
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color, clear. Tons of fine bubbles. Fluffy head. Lacing looks nice on the glass.

Very crisp smelling… Sweet grainy malts. Spicy hops. A little touch of lemons.

Grainy malts up front along with crisp hops at the end. Malt is grainy, slight biscuity and grassy with just a touch of nuttiness. Hop character is very crisp, spicy-herbal, a little floral. Body is light, yet very crisp in the palate. Carbonation is medium, not overpowering.

Very crisp finish, touch of dryness. I’m getting slight biscuity aftertaste.

Very good for a German Pilsner. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale straw colour with good carbonation. Creates a large, frothy white head that subsides rapidly. Aroma of light grainy malt with the faintest hint of solvent; little else to mention.

Tastes of pale malt with a mere suggestion of bitterness. A hint of sweetness. No hoppy aroma or flavour to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly, leaving the palate slightly dry. A faint malty aftertaste.

Unimpressive - this is as bland as industrial macro lager. It lacks the malty body and hoppy bite that I would anticipate from a good pilsener. It's also very expensive for what you get - the same flavour can be had from other lagers for a fraction of the price. I don't recommend this; spend your hard earned cash on something else.

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Photo of marty21
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into the Warsteiner Pilsener glass. Pours a pale straw colour with two fingers worth of thin foamy head. Settles to a ring around the glass and left a couple spots of lacing.

S: Sour grains with a little biscuit malt but mostly just get the sour grains.

T: Sour grains with some grassy hops. Some biscuit malt in the aftertaste. It’s nothing complex.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

O: I had two Warsteiner glasses sitting around and saw this beer on the shelves at the MLCC so I figured it was time to review it. This beer wasn’t anything special but I enjoyed it. It’s very easy drinking and would be a great session beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.16/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. Bottle served into a pint glass.

Pours a light, fizzy yellow. Pretty much indistinguishable from an American industrial lager. A finger and a half of white head. Meh.

Aromas of biscuit malt, pear skin, and common clover are about all that I can pull out of this beer. A bit of a skunky hop thing going on, even though this beer is packaged in a brown bottle. The taste follows the nose. This is not a very hoppy pilsner. It lacks crispness. The soft fruit skin and biscuit flavors are fine, but the tightness that makes a good pilsner is not evident. A lingering note of solvent alcohol on the finish; not good.

The mouthfeel is fine. It has plenty of carbonation to carry home those biscuity flavors. A light body too, which sort of works. Overall, I am not impressed with this beer. There are plenty of better pilsner options out there. Considering the price, I would rather drink American industrial lager. Seriously.

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Photo of JoeyV
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug.

A: Pale, transparent golden yellow. Hardly any head, little retention.

S: Virtually none - if I close my eyes and wish real hard, I can detect a little yeast, but that's about the end of it.

T: Light, biscuity start with a crisp hoppy finish. Honestly, I found it a tad watery at first, but the bitter aftertaste is quite nice.

M: Thin with a rather high level of carbonation - on the whole it has a light "springy" quality to it that pairs well with the beer's flavor.

O: Light, refreshing, and easygoing. A bit dull, perhaps, but there's really nothing distinctly objectionable about it. I imagine this would be great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reminded me of Heineken without the skunk. Pours a bubbly, crisp golden hue with a slight head, but leaving very little to no lacing on the glass. Smell is hoppy. Very carbonated, but not overly so, making this a very crisp, refreshing beer. Taste is slightly sweet with just enough of a kick to it that makes it above, say, the average American pilsener. I'd recommend this for those who like Heineken, but can appreciate how sometimes it comes off as a little stale.

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Photo of LuthersMug
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light golden hue with a white creamy/fizzy head. Lacing was very nice throughout.

S - Not much coming off of this one, slight hints of grain.

T - Hints of bread and grain.

M - Malts were weak, hops were clean.

O - Definitely better than a corn based beer in the States, but nothing that really jumps out about it.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass at 45 degrees. Best before date: 05 NOV 11.

A - Golden-straw, with about a finger of white head that left quickly. Little to no lacing. Very clear with lots of rising bubbles, as expected from a pilsner.

S - I got a nice whiff of bready grains and hops (woody, spicy, and grassy notes) on first pour. There's a bit of tangy yeast here - not expected, and interesting. A lot of nose from a pilsner. Personally, I like it.

T - The grains dominate, but the hops aren't far behind, especially on the finish. A good German pils flavor profile. Pretty malty, to separate it from a Bohemian pils. Very true to type, but I'd have liked a little more strength/intensity.

M - Medium body, but crisp, with a dry finish.
The brown bottle (and freshness) limits/prevents skunkiness, which is nice after some disappointing green-bottled pils (my beloved Urquell, no less!)

O - I would have preferred a little more heft, but this is still a very true-to-style German pils. A nice lawnmower beer, or great for introducing buddies to the style.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size frothy/fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, corn, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has the perfect amount of carbonation leaving it feeling smooth and light at the same time. I can taste lots of grains mixed with some light hops and some lemony undertones. There is also a little bit of a metallic taste to it. It finishes with a grainy dry and zesty aftertaste.

Overall - This is a pretty decent pilsner. It has a nice spicy/zest flavour to it that sets it apart from its competitors. With some many choices in the euro-beer category you could do far worse. I'll buy this one again sometime this summer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose is comprised of massive cereal notes, cardboard and honey.
Flavours mirror the aroma perfectly, quite plain, pretty dry. Finishes with a slightly metallic bitterness.
Carbonation could be higher.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured semi-chilled in ale glass

A: pale yellow; no carbonation; 1.5-finger head; decent lacing
S: smells of a macrobrew, uh oh
T: light, lemony pilsner; tinny overtone detracts from what is otherwise a relatively unremarkable beer
M: watery, but compensated for by bubbliness

Good lawnmower

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Photo of Knapp85
2.05/5  rDev -40.2%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at T. Phillip's (La Verne)

A: The pour is a clear straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Sort of an aggressive nose for a pilsner. Grassy hops are very prominent, and there's a surprisingly spicy and peppery aroma to the beer. Pale malts with a touch of bread and some lager yeast.

T: The flavor is very much the same as the aroma. Grassy and spicy hop flavors with a pepper finish and quite a bit of yeast. Pale and cracker type malts with a touch of bread and a dry, bitter finish.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

O: Could easily be that this wasn't terribly fresh, but I wasn't a big fan. The spiciness of it was kind of harsh and became overwhelming at times.

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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
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