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 TastyTaste
1.97/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Clear gold/straw color, medium head fades to tiny bubbles. Smmells like just another middle of the road boring euro lager (grass and cereal). Taste is extremely grassy, though, setting itself apart from other euros, but not necessarily in a good way. Grassy sweetness gets cloyying towards the bottom of the glass, one of the only beers that I have had that is spicy because of malt.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a light gold color with one finger of head that dies off slowly. There is just a little lacing. The smell is barely there. A little bit of light toasted malt and some grassiness, but that's about it. The taste is also very light, but there's a good malty base and a touch of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and watery. The drinkability is good though. Just your average german helles lager.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/20/04- Purchased at Trader Joes in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no born on or expiration date. Poured into by 16 oz pils glass.

Appearance- Nice large foamy head that evaporates over time. Light staw yellow color and average lacing.

Smell- Mostly malt and some sweetness on the side.

Taste- Very crisp and malty backbone. A tad of a sweet tinge to it.
Maybe a few hops in the mix also.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated and a decent amount of flavor make this a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of my top two pils probably. Ranks right up there with Radeberger IMO.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale and golden, but not washed out in color. Nice head that thins but doesn't completely disappear is nearly pure white.

Smell: Hops are the first thing that I can notice, followed by a metallic lemon-lime scent. Slightly skunky, but not offensive.

Taste: There is a strange taste of parsley and woody finish, but overall, the taste is too processed. Also, it seems that the carbonation overshadows any more subtle tastes involved.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin with a dry finish Again, the carbonation plays a huge role here.

Drinkability: This one suits me just fine. Not something I could drink all the time, but it's a decent beer overall!

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

Pours out very pale yellow almost clear. A nice fluffy head that fades thin. Smells clean and crisp. The taste was not what I was expecting. It has a nice balance of malt and hops, with good carbonation. I was worried by the looks at first, but was impressed with the taste. I could drink this stuff by the buckets Fun

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely pale yellow color (too pale) with a wispy head and some moderate lace. The aroma is very delicate with a soft grainyness and some light herbal hops. The taste is the same, with very soft malts and light hop flavors. Theres a crisp yeast flavor in the finish. This beer is ok though it could definitely be more assertive. Its just too soft tasting. Though thankfully, its far better than macros in Canada.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really should just give up on German pilsners. I'm not a hop fan.
Noble-type hop aroma and flavor are quite obvious. Despite the malty back flavor, this beer is just too one-dimensional: way too hoppy, almost skunky.
It's pretty, to be sure, but one can have a good beer with eyes closed, and still tell it's good.
Yep, it's pretty -- pretty average.
Better than Budweiser, but not worth the price.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty plain, but very drinkable pils. It is the standard light golden color and has a white head that dissipates quickly. It has a light sweet/grassy aroma that is nothing remarkable, but works just fine for a pilsener. The taste is sweet and ends with a bitter finish. Just perfect for a summer day or any time that a clean pilsener is desired. All in all it is a decent German macro pils that is easy to drink.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a dark brown 500 ml bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California. Body is slighty hazy honey-gold, cloud-white head is fairly substantial with some clots of lace sticking to the glass. Smell: lemony, grassy-earthiness, somewhat tart, refreshing. Taste: underbelly of buttery malts followed by a tangy burst of hop bitterness (narrow, raspy) over my entire palate. The round, buttery malts remain solidly in the background but don't jump out. The taste here is mostly puckering, narrow, yet refreshing bitterness. Nicely carbonated. Not bad.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the back the bottle says "Because life is too short to drink cheap beer", which I imagine I've heard before but I don't know if thats a Warsteiner original. The beer pours a decent head, but kind of dominated by larger bubbles and it dissipates pretty quickly leaving little lace. The head is a nice white atop the beer, a very pale gold in color and crystal clear. The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops and sweet maltiness, not really strong but nice. I bought this from the back of the shelf to avoid skunkiness & I seem to have succeeded. The flavor is a pleasant blend of malt and hops with nothing really dominant - kind of dry but enough malty umph to back up the hop flavor and bitterness, which lingers on the back of the tongue in the finish. This is a pretty balanced beer. I don't know how it compares to other German pilsners; I can imagine others are better but this is a pretty good beer and a solid choice.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It appears to be German Pilsener at my flat tonight...

Warsteiner is an old favourite. It pours a wonderful pale gold with a foamy white head into my mug. Smell, well it smells faintly of hops and a little apple, but smell is certainly not its strong point. Taste though, is really good, and very smooth with a crisp hoppy/nutty finish. This is a session beer, great for sitting out on the balcony on a summer's day. I could definitely drink this all night, I should have bought more.

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

Served iced cold, on tap at a fancy seafood restaurant in Cape May, NJ. I can’t remember the name (something’s Blue Claw) but the bar was comfortable inside, with wood walls and various airplane and golf objects on them. Warsteiner was presented as, “The most popular pilsner in Germany!” Given the only other beers on tap were Bass, and Pilsner Urquell, I figured that I should go for it.

The snooty barkeep poured it into a proper pilsner glass. It pours a pale straw, just like a glass of Bud. The nice two-fingered frothy white head had me knowing it was not.

Predominantly, it has the sour and metallic smell I equate with beers I can’t stomach. It has a very light malt odor with faint sweetness. The moderate body comes with a crispy carbonation and mouth feel. A grainy, cut hay or grassy flavor first hits your tongue. This is the flavor I’ve had lately, most notably with DFH Lawnmower, which I don’t like in beers. However, it is muted here and finishes clean and dry. Although definitely filtered, the more complex flavor is enough to keep it above most run of the mill macro pilsners out there. It went well with a seafood appetizer, but didn’t hold up to a filet with creamy artichoke sauce.

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

The beer itself is a clear pale yellow, no surprises there. Poured into a pint glass it formed a decent white head about 1" thick, but more on the fizzy side of foamy. Left some lacing and a thin film of foam that lasted for the whole beer.

There was a bit of a skunkyness when it was first poured, but it didn't last. The beer had a slight malt aroma, but that was behind an almost snow-like scent (really. I can't think of any other way to describe it) Not a lot of smell going on, though. No hops at all.

This beer tastes better than an American macro, though not by much. It's well balanced but lacks anything flavor-wise that makes you take notice of it. Slight malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was decent, not syrupy, not too dry.

Not a bad beer, but not above average, either. I was a bit dissapointed with it because of that. Easy to drink a lot of, but you could say that about PBR. The tagline of their advertising is "Life's too short to drink cheap beer". Well, I got news for you, life's too short to pay a premium for average beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table in a 1/2L and a crystal clear pale straw with a white compact head that did stay around well enough to lace glass.

Slightly spicky aroma with some sweet malty aromas in the background.

The flavor was malty and almost too sweet with bittering trying to make up the balance.

The finish was nice with an eveness through the aftertaste. The body was medium light.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle, pilsner glass.
Freshness date Best before 04 feb 05
ours a clear pale yellow with a frothy, white, short lived head.
No lacing.
Looks like Bud, smells like Molson, (kind of skunky that is).
Flavor is lacking. Lightly bitter, but the skunkiness kind of comes through more.
Finish is metalic, sour and kind of grainy.
I remember buying a mini-keg of this stuff years ago and it wasn’t bad, but this bottle was not good.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled 18SEP04 on a flight from Boston to Frankfurt...
Medium golden, clear bier; not much carbonation visible. Snow white, fine head, rapidly fades and rings the rim, with some lacing. Nose a bit bready, and grassy too. Nice! Medium body and fairly smooth for a Pils. Bready malt present in the flavor too. Grassy and floral hop notes and a touch of hop spice/sharpness. Not bad, but I wouldn't have more than 1 or 2 at a time...

overall: 3.85
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Original from 27FEB02:
This one has a light golden straw-like color, with a creamy head (which dissipated quickly). Clean nose with a slight sweetness and hops. Nice medium body and smoothness on the tongue; smoother than expected. Crisp dry taste, with nice balance of mild sweetness and floral hops. Not bad.... (3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5 = 3.50)


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Photo of nortmand
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliant, straw-golden(which is a fancy way of saying yellow) body, with a quickly disappearing white head.
Smells nice and German with a light, resiny noble presence and a fine, grainy background.
Flavor is not light, but also missing something. In any case it start light and fizzy, witha bit of bitterness mid mouth, ending in a grainy, bitter, slightly corny flavor.
Fizzy, light mouthfeel, very drinkable on a hot September(?!) day, but hardly lives up to it's slogan: "Because life is too short to drink cheap beer."

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Photo of twi1609372
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not a bad beer in any way. it has the germal feel and taste. a casual or uneducayed beer drinker minght not fully apreciate a beer like this, but i find it to be enjoyable. dark, flavorful, hoppy, with some biterness, not skunky, but quite refreshing for a darker brand of beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a plae golden pilsener color with a large white head when poured in the Warsteiner fluted pilsener glass. Nice lacing left behind. Grainy pilsener malt aroma with a fair dosage of hops present as well. Good malty body and a slightly hoppy and astringent dry finish. Very drinkable and well-carbonated. A good session pils.

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

Pale yellow clasical lager body, white rocky head consisting of small to medium sized bubbles, very low carbonation. Retention is fair and lace decent.
Typical lager scent, straw, barn-dirt-floor.. and earth.
Taste, again very typical lager, citric twist that goes just abit too much into the astringent realm which dominates the aftertaste.
Regular lager bodyfeel, somewhat thin and watery. Low abv makes it easy to drink more of.
Personally I do not plan on buying this again, judging by the style I suppose it's an ok brew.


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Photo of mobyfann
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid only $15.99 for a case (of cans) from the Jungle...

The appearence is real nice when poured from a can. Clear golden bright base with a little carbonation, nice medium-large white head, nice retention and a touch of lacing starts halfway through the beer. The smell is average pils from Germany.

The taste is also average, not as sweet or floral as it's bottle byproudct. The mouthfeel and drinkability receive above average... mainly because this stuff gets the job done and it's a wonderful session beer, especially at tis bargain price...

Final Thought: Cincinnati imports Warsteiner... and granted it's a little overrated as to the liking of other German greats like Weihenstephaner, Spaten and Franizkaner; this stuff is a little mellower and still pretty damn good...

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Photo of ken3c
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Light Yellow, half inch head reduces to an interesting layer of foam that laces the glass very slightly.

Smells of noble hops and a sense of banana.

Tastes very little sweetness up front and distint noble hops. Very dry. Finishes with a buttery banana sense.

Mouthfeel is tingly and very light.

I'm not in the mood for another but I will be again.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An ordinary, nothing special German beer. The back of the label says "Because life is too short to drink cheap beer". Pours a pale straw color with a minimal thin white head. There is ample carbonation. The aroma is faintly banana like. The taste is somewhat bland at first, but follows up with a grassy aftertaste. I have noticed that this beer has gained some popularity in the major grocery stores, but I think it's only because it's made in Germany. So So.

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

Appearance – This Pils has the classic light, hazy straw color with a moderate, white head.

Smell – The light German hops and delicate grain give this one a beautiful Pils aroma.

Taste – The Premium Verum is expertly blended. The light hops leads things off strongly and carries through, the grain stands tall in the middle, and the subtle sweetness at the end rounds things out.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied, of course, with a subtle tingly carbonation and a nice, refreshing finish.

Drinkability – This palate-cleansing Pils went down just fine. I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to like this beer a lot, before I knew anything about beer. I made the mistake of pouring it into a glass one day. This beer is one shade darker than water. I remember being so shocked at the color. I expected a much darker beer. No lasting head to speak of. I have to say it is smooth, pretty drinkable. Medium carbonation. Smell is fairly non-descript. Grain, malt... hops?. Taste is the same way. The word "basic" comes to mind. Even slightly watery. Not a bad beer though.

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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
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