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 Bierguy5
2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color with a thin white foamy head. The head disappeared quickly with no lace left. The smell was sweet, and slightly skunky. The taste was unnaturally sweet up front, like rice, with a hint of bitterness at the end, with a good amount of skunkyness. Very thin body, and highly carbonated. Not very drinkable to me. I will pass on another one.

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Photo of theozag
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer really does claim to be "the queen on beers." seriously, i'm not kidding... it's printed right there in german and gold on the label. a somewhat accurate billing, i think. anyway, it pours creamy amber and tumbles heavily into a bold off-white head and a golden body. smells sweet, nutty, and a little like citrus. head fades to whisps of lace after only a minute or two. starts clean, noticably bitter, and sporting a minute citrus taste. this brew is medium bodied and offers a very even, bitter, and practically undefinable taste as it sits on the tongue. once the brew washes away, its finish drags a smooth, malty taste over top of the pervasive hop bitterness. unfortunately, the bitter note remains in teh aftertaste after the malts fade away. the result is a metallic aftertaste that not only lasts, but is also unpleasant. overall, though, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of soper2000
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was actually the first beer I purchased after turning 21, so it is a sentimental favorite for me. It is actually a decent session session beer and i love the mini-kegs for cookouts with my buddies (as they can actually drink this beer). Appearance is a nice clear golden color with a white foam head that lingers for awhile. Smell has a faint note of some hops but is mainly malt as far as i'm concerned. Taste is more of the same, this beer is extremely balanced and nothing really jumps out at me. Mouthfeel is smooth but nothing special. Drinkabilty is good... I can drink this all night

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

Head comes up nice, but fades quickly. Average-sized. Very light golden body, even for a pilsener. Maybe slightly darker than Bud.

Smell is nicely malty. Sure doesn't *smell* like a Bud ;-)

Not as malty in the taste. Taste as a lot more character than the color of the beer would indicate. Dry going down, a little sugar aftertaste comes out.

You can tell from the pour that this is well carbonated and it doesn't disappoint in the mouth. While feeling a bit dry for my taste it is quite lively.

I usually prefer American and British beers but this one is a bit better than some of the other Germans I've tried, although admittedly the Germans I've had are of the "larger brewer" variety so I haven't even come close to exploring them. I could find this a dependable beer I could get a 6er of from time to time.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was out of a mini-keg.

Pours to a clear golden color with a thick white head. The aroma has a light maltiness with a bit of German hop spiciness. The flavor is clean and crisp with a light hop spiciness. It is light-bodied and easy drinking. Nothing really note worthy with this one.

Sampled 12/13/03

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Photo of brewQ
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep yellow head with white head- good retention, but lace doesn't hold up. Just a hint of grain and sweetness in the nose. This beer is balanced, crafted, timid ... maybe just not my favorite style.It is certainly drinkable.

Note- I gotta admit that their old elitist ad pitch about life is too short to drink cheap beer still sticks with me- I find it too short to drink blah beer. Won't go out of my way for this.

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Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, pale, yellow color, with a frothy, white head that has medium retention. Chains of island lace are left down the sides of the pilsener glass.
Aroma has tart, lemonrind and mildewed grass. This hop aroma never becomes skunky and sweetish malt keeps it all in balance.
Mouthfeel reveals a light body and well carbonated beverage, with a slight twinge of hops bitterness.
Taste is lemon-like tart, dry, and crisp. Hints of sweet, pale malt remain in the background. Finish is an assertive, dry, lemonrind, with a white pepper aftertaste.
One of the better European pilseners, in my humble opinion.

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

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is a light beer with pale malt and skunky yeast scent. The taste is above average. It has a nice refeshing taste, but is limited to basic pale malt flavor and a bitter, dry finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine German pilsner, but not a favorite of this American drinker.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw in colour, slight head with some lacing. Metallic grain aroma, not much else to it. Light grainy flavour, with a metallic aftertaste, could not discern any hops to speak of. Watery mouthfeel, not much body to it, not very pleasant at all to be honest. This was far better from a can, which utterly boggles my mind. Perhaps it may be a freshness issue.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I would have sworn this was better, but the bottle I had while in Germany just wasn't as good as the other beers I had been enjoying. Pour wasn't bad looking: pale golden with a thick frothy white head. Unfortunately, the aroma was reminiscent of...cooked vegetables. I found the taste grainy, and the finish was sweeter that I am normally used to. I will try this again if the opportunity arises, but next time I will stick to smaller breweries. It's a shame, as this is considered a permium beer in Germany. Brewed with hop extracts.

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Photo of JeffreyG
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This German lager pours a clear pale gold with a large white crown of foam that leaves occosional lacing. The smell is slight with a hint of hops. The flavor is pleasantly malty, but not chewy. The hops don't jump out at you, but are present enough to provide a crisp flavor. Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing, slightly dry. Drinkabiltiy factor is high, I could see polishing off several of these.

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

Pours a clear yellow/gold brew.

Smell is mostly malt and grain with a mild lemon scent.

Tastes clean with malt and grain predominant. A bit sweet and has a mild hop presence.
This needs a more assertive flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable, but Bitburger is better.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Champions in downtown Atlanta. Beer was poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Delicate yellow with a fair head and some lacing.

The nose was of delicate hops, some flowery notes and a bit of fresh cut straw.

Taste on tap is much better than the bottled version and I was surprised how much I liked it. Nice delicate hop bite on the first sip. Well-moderated sweetness adds balance. Very refreshing and easy to have with food. As I worked through the beer, the hop flavor remained steady and some grassy notes added to the enjoyment of the beer.

Great carbonation and smooth mouthfeel makes this an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Because life is too short to drink cheap beer" says the label of this German Pilsener. This beer also claims to be "Die Königin unter den Bieren" which I think roughly translates to "the queen under all beer." I'm sure I am using the wrong context of that translation, but it doesn't really matter. What does matter is that this is one of the more enjoyable macros from Deutschland, even if it generally is a rather simple beer all together.

Warsteiner pours a rather pale yellow color with a rush of bubbles racing for the top. A decent foamy white head forms and retains for about 1 minute, leaving nice lace. The smell is a rather simple aroma of light malts and nothing else. The mouthfeel feels about right for a German pils; it is crisp and has a decent level of carbonation, although one can view it as slightly thin. The taste is quite simple but enjoyable. A basic flavor of light, pale malts is the focus here, with some grassy, floral, and citric notes coming through. It starts off a bit sweet, but ends in a decent grassy/citric bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit drying and some of the malt flavors linger. This beer finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

My my, just a very crisp, clean pilsener from the "Land of Chocolate" (credit: Homer Simpson). It doesn't want to make me pack up my bags and head to Germany to try it on tap, but I wouldn't mind having this around the house as an everyday beer. A good beer to sit in front of the TV with and watch football.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright golden hue. A decent clear white, foamy head, that will maintain it's life throughout. Ugly aroma - some grassy and wheat notes? Decent carbonation. Light to medium bodied, but not a bit weak. A pleasant malt-based body, very crisp and clean. Wheat biscuit, cracker-like flavoring. Minimal hop detection, yet noticeable throughout. Clean and malty palate. Does not offend, in fact, a quaffable pilsner.

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Photo of BigRedN
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden, with a white head about 1/2 inch thick.
Smell: Faint hops and a "freshness" to it.
Taste: Hoppier than most American lagers, with some good bite to it, rather than just unoffensive blandness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, and lively with good carbonation.
Drinkability: Easy to drink. Easy to impress people by drinking an imported German beer when in all actuality this is simply what the American macros should be.

Final Thoughts: IMO an excellent lager. Would like to have on tap. The top selling German beer at the liquor store I work at. Easily better than expected, and I like the packaging. Going to have to get one of our "mini-kegs".

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

Pours clear enough to take an eye exam through. There was a nice wheaty smell. The taste is really smooth but nothing fantastic. This beer is easiest described as a crowd pleaser. I cannot imagine anyone that can't say it isnt a decent beer. On a hot summer day, I wouldn't mind a cooler of this at the beach, but not a beer that I would favor as my regular.

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Photo of HochFliegen
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a nice crisp clear golden color. It also had a nice large white fluffy head. The smell was really light with some sweetness to the nose. Taste was also light with made it really easy to drink. The aftertaste seemed to have a sweet almost honey taste to it. Again a very easy beer to drink but nothing special.

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Photo of diablo14
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nothing too exciting with this brew, tho it does show what the germans do best. brew is a tasty, easy drinking lager that will go down just that little bit too easy.

has all the factors you expect in any basic german lager. golden color, with frothy head, good carbonation. lacks a bit on the nose, but still has fair malt and hop presence. tastes a little sweet, but still is malty and fruity, with hop bitterness and a clean finish that is pleasant but not mind blowing. the sort of beer that doesnt stay with you, but one could drink a case of this before you know youve done it.

ive enjoyed this brew many times without being rocked by it. all up tho still one of the more tasty lagers going around in the already flooded market of the style.

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Photo of niknar
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear, light gold color. Moderate white, foamy head...some noticable lacing.

Smell was a pleasant combination of fruitiness and yeast. I personally enjoy yeasty beers. I saw another review that mentioned a bread smell, and I have to agree.

Taste is smooth and moderately carbonated. Mouthfeel is very thin, but typical of its style. I drink this beer fairly regularly, and consider it a much improved alternative to the average mass produced American pilsner.

Highly drinkable. Nothing that will rock your beer drinking world, but a good "next step" for those who drink primarily mass produced rice and corn syrup American beers.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i got a heck of a deal on a mini keg, 6 bucks!

looks aren't that great. clear golden yellow. white fluffy head.

taste. hmmm....first impression. kinda watery, slight metallic taste, it has a cheap millwaukee funk to it.

the thing saving this beer is it's amazing creaminess. very smooth and drinkable. i must admit though, i don't remember the bottle version being as smooth. must be the mini keg.

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

Appearance: yellow-gold, crystal clear, foamy 2 finger head which stuck around quite awhile
Smell: bready, yeasty, mmm, faint hops
Taste: Came through with the malt/yeast taste promised by it's scent, dry, crackling clean, no bothersome aftertaste, a pilsner with depth
Mouthfeel: appropriate carbonation, refreshing
Drinkability: high rating, I could gobble this stuff all night
Overall: highly underrated beer, if you are a pilsner drinker and crave some extra malt character, this is it, a great beer to convert a misguided, "light beer" drinking friend

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Photo of nomad
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dead clear, incredibly pale gold-colored beer, my bottle started with a messy, clump head disappearing to nothing fast. It also had big bubbled carbonation sticking to the side of the pint glass. Smelled of florals and grainy malt. Tasted of thin pale malt and a sticky dry bitter from the clean florals of German hops. Pretty good session pilsener with a bit more character than an American pilsener. Smooth moderate mouthfeel and not too filling - not a bad beer, too.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is pushed by advertisers in Germany as the 'good time party beer'. MTV Germany frequently airs commerical about 'Warsteiner Club Days', etc.

I found Warsteiner much more enjoyable than Bitburger but not really a gem in itself. Color is a fairly vivrant gold with a thick white glob of a head. Aromas are slightly more pungent and fill the nose with slightly herby and tangy aromas. Flavor is much milder but offers light hoppy notes and clean finish. Flavors are extremely non offensive and help to achieve a slightly higher than average drinkability.

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

Pours to a sudsy white head and pale yellow color with ample carbonation. Aroma is rather much like Heineken with out the skunkiness--sort of spicy, as you would expect from Saaz hops. It also smells of cheap malt and corn adjunct?! The corniness must be just the sweetness developed from German mashing methods. It tastes decently good enough. It has a cheap malt and grass with a nice refreshing lingering dryness/bitterness/spiciness in the finish. It can make a decent session beer but nothing outstanding.

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