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 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.

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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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(brown 0.33L bottle, best before: 25 Nov 16... poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: crystal-clear, pale golden yellow liquid... head forms but quickly collapses, leaving a thin dusty layer of suds, though it clings a bit thicker on the collar... did get a more lasting foam and some lace after a second pour

S: (as detected, but in no order of intensity) dust, must, wet dough, lightly spicy/peppery hops, wet gravel, lightly-toasted cereal grain... later some honey and perfumy floral notes emerge

T: delicately-sweet cereal grass/grain, punchy spicy bitterness... lovely degree of toastiness in finish enhances the spice and gives a bit of dimension to what's otherwise an arguably indistinct malt flavor

F: not necessarily feather-light, very very mild almost syrupy viscosity in finish - could in part be hop resins?... vaguely-powdery mid-feel, lightly gummy residual film left on palate... like most other German pils, this has substance, but ends up marginally weightless and drinkable in gallon-size portions

O: really dig the spicy zip of its bitterness, but perhaps a more complex array of hop flavors could really make this stand out... local store has this in 24-pack of 12oz cans - bought this bottle as a sampler - I could see grabbing that case for a party - feel it's a step(s) up from Beck's, at least

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Photo of e_creed
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: clear and golden, some bubbles
Smell: light, earthy, some breadyness.
Taste: slight sweetness, balanced. Smooth, easy to drink. Not too complicated.

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Photo of tomakara
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: When poured, it appeared a bit bubbly, was a yellow-ish color
Smell: Smelled malty, resembled a light coffee/toffee smell
Taste: Tasted similar to how it smelled, had a lingering coffee after taste.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appears golden and bubbly with a honey tint. Very rich in color. It tasted fresh, bubbly, with lots of lingering flavor. Semi-sweet and semi-light made it enjoyable and left me wanting to drink it again!

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Photo of josanguapo
2.44/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Watching Vikings 4x04. Like a macro lager but more expensive. I dont know who could one to buy it twice instead of a much cheaper cruzcampo/mahou/etc. No foam

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Photo of Squire123
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this regularly years ago when imports were our primary option and still like it but now find it a bit Euro bland to be much more than a thirst quencher. It does that job but so do a lot of others that I can get fresher and cheaper.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Warsteiner pours a golden crisp color, with a big lacing head. There is a earthy and skunky aroma. The flavor is crisp, with a very offensive aftertaste. Good body and feel. Overall stay away, taste old, even though the bottle indicates its fresher.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brightly golden and carbonated to a good degree. Musky smell, skunky, with a bready malt. Lingering taste with a decently sweet balance. Full bodied for a Pilsener. As a novice beer learner, I would think this a great German Pilsener.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: bright golden with medium carbonation, builds a head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: sweet malts, bready and a touch of caramel.

Taste: a balance between bitterness and sweetness with a caramel finish. More tasty than others of its style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, I found this one pretty crispy,.I had 2 cans in a row and felt the same with both. It's ok.

Overall: it's a very good beer at a great price, and better than other Pilsners, sweeter and tastier.

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Photo of OldBrewer
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion a highly underrated beer. Poured from a 500 ml can.

Appearance - very clear, light golden colour. Pours a 2 to 3 finger creamy, white head. Lots of carbonation, like Champagne. Head is down to one finger after 2 minutes, but there was still a thin layer of foam until the entire glass was emptied after more than 14 minutes. Delicate lacing in the glass, some of which lasted until after the glass was finished. For a pilsner, the appearance couldn't be much better.

Smell - bready malts with almost no hop aroma. A touch of caramel.

Taste - very nicely balanced. Lots of malt with a balance of noble hops. Not too bitter as with many other pilsners. A slight presence of sweetness in the background. Lots of flavour for a pilsner. No adjuncts, unlike some North American pilsners.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, crisp and dry, refreshing, no long bitter aftertaste like other pilsners, good level of carbonation.

Overall - one of the better mass-produced pilsners commercially available. One of my favourite pilsners that I drink often. In my opinion, much better than Bitburger, it's main rival.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice German pils. Yellow/pale wheat color is clear with white frothy head. Sweet grain on the smell. Crisp feel, and highly carbonated. Taste nice, refreshing, pure.

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

Honestly, I knew this wasnt my favorite German pilsner, but I had never reviewed and I recently found myself at a pub where this was the best option. Pours a deep straw with fluffy but light head that leaves lacing. Nose is towards the grainy end of the spectrum but I don't get much noble hop character. Taste is light and, again, a bit grainy. Crisp, but lacks the lip-smacking fresh crispness of better examples. A decent quaffer, but very forgettable.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bright pale straw color with low activity. Slightly frothy white 2 finger head. lasting around 5 minutes, and making average legs. Flavors of sweet grains, corn, faint lemon and noble spices. Slick and smooth full body with prickly carbonation. Faint skunky and grassy. Faint flavors, light finish. Highly sugary with low bitterness, but highly crispy. Feels of bread, biscuit, and caramel. Faint lingering finish of saaz and roasted grains. Overall the quality is alright, the ingredients feels fresh and not adjunct. Lacks some bitterness, too sugary, need more boldness. While the body is quite satisfying.

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Photo of NickTrop
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Everything the big US macros should be, could be, but aren't. Forget PBR. Miller, Yuengling Lager if you're wanting a simple,affordable, and refreshing beer. Locally -- and luckily as it isn't widely distributed, I can get this one in cans for $20 a case. Stock up on this gem as your "everyday beer" if available and free up some cash for the pricier craft stuff. Not much really worth going into in-depth here. It just a simple, solid, eminently drinkable German pils. This beer is differentiated by noticeably softer water procured from the Kaiserquelle, which gives it a light, delicious -- but not watery. body. Also Warsteiner claims all their beers conform to Reinheitsgebot, which I hold is important to many styles -- especially pilseners, so no off corny notes. (This is where virtually all US macros go awry.) Under-appreciated, this pils was recently rated as "First Class" by Öko Test Magazine, which compared it against 46 other German regional offerings. Balanced to a fault, subtle and sublime -- don't expect an over-hopped "punch you in the face" US craft brew (though I do like too many of those too). Again, think US "macro brew" done right.

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Photo of ranger7
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice. I think I prefer the German pils to the Czech. Light and drinkable with a balanced flavor. Great pairing with nachos. One of my favorite Pilsners.

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Photo of godlessape
4.67/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear light golden body with a creamy bright white head.
The aroma is all about the malt without a hint of hops and that's to be expected with a German pilsner. I pick up up some grassy, tobacco, and sugar cookie notes.
The flavor comes on strong with the Teutonic malt and that's just what I'm seeking out, but surprisingly there's also a considerable hoppy bite on the tailend which set's this beer apart from most pilsners.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall this is a fantastic beer. It quenches your thirst like a pilsner should, but most of all the flavor is absolutely spot on.

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Photo of jcance
4.11/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Very impressive for a basically ubiquitous macro brew. You can seem to find it anywhere you might stop for a bite or a drink in NRW. Excellent crisp and smooth mouthfeel but with adequate carbonation. Refreshing but with a solid, not too sweet malt body. The taste of the grain is very pleasant and lingers after a sip. It's not particularly exciting but it serves its purpose fantastically. Goes great with salty foods and not bad with spicy ones either. Comforting to know I can find a very decent beer wherever I go in the region.

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Photo of tzieser
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

L- bright golden in color, crystal clear with a light white head. lots of carbonation. a nice looking beer.

S- herbal, grassy hop aroma. sweet bready malts. simple and straightforward.

T- sweet bready malt, subtle note of honey quickly subdued by grassy hop bitterness. notes of lemon and citrus. excellent dry finish. quite refreshing.

F- crisp and dry.

O- a very good German pilsner. ignore the 78 rating, this is an great pils for a great price.

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Photo of rocketcat
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

If you like a bit bitter taste beer, with longer lasting taste, Warsteiner Premium Verum could be a choice. /// Maultaan melko väkevä kohta tulee alkupäässä makua. Ei voi luokitella helposti juotavaksi, mutta jos hieman katkeran pitkämakuista hakee, niin Warsteiner Premium Verum saattanee olla kohdallaan.

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Photo of James954
2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Warsteiner would be Germany's worst beer if not for Becks. It is drinkable, crisp finish, weak stale grain taste, and a decent mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of Spike
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark gold. Clear. Moderate carbonation. One finger white head recedes quickly. Nice lacing.

Mild hops. Quite a lot of grain. Metallic notes.

Dry rather then bitter. Smooth. Buttery.

Medium body. Some richness on the tongue. Dry back of throat.

A decent pilsner. Rich mouthfeel. Smooth and refreshing when drunk cold. As noted by a previous reviewer, Warsteiner isn't the best pilsener available but it is a fine example of how macro lagers should and could taste.

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Photo of EMH73
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very light bodied pilsner. Not a whole lot of flavor but goes down very smoothly on a warm day. Not in the least bit skunky which is a big plus. Overall it is drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of matuto
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

660 ml bottle (exp. 2016.03.22), poured in a pilsner glass. Light yellow and very clear liquid, with lots of white foam which soon becomes a thin layer, as the intense carbonation starts fading out. Aroma full of hops, also present in mouth. Light body, but not the lightest to a pilsner. Would surely have another.

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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
3.43 out of 5 based on 2,066 ratings.
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