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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Premium German PilsenerWarsteiner Premium German Pilsener

Brewed by:
Warsteiner Brauerei
Germany | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 EagleTalon
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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Photo of mwrseeley
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The colour is pale yellow and I didn't get much of a head and I can't say much about the lacing because there wasn't any.

Smell: A combination of hops and malt, I think. I thought I detected the presence of honey. And lemons. Is that what is meant by 'herbal hops'?

Taste: Crisp. I liked it. There was a mild bitterness at the end that lingered nicely on the palate. Very nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A bit more carbonation than I really need but not too shabby. In fact, it is pretty good.

Drinkability: Better than most of the macro-swill on the market and would serve a purpose as a complementary beverage for a barbecued hamburger or hotdog. Or whatever it is the Germans eat.

I may very well be over-rating this pilsener, but I thought it was well-balanced, and despite the level of carbonation, I would chose this over a Bud/Coors/Miller/Fosters/Canadian any day. Pity about the lacing and the head, though.

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Photo of fattyre
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow color with a large bubbly white head. The smell is a mild but rich maltiness with a very very slight spicy underlying hoppiness. The mouthfeel had a rather suprising roundness. The flavor opens with a mild slight sweet malt with a slightly astringent hoppiness. This beer while not bad smelled better than it tasted.

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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can that pours clear golden color with a decent white foamy head that sticks to my glass, light grassy and flowery aromas, bready malt and herbal hop flavors, light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes clean and semi sweet, pretty average but not that bad coming from a can.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly herbal (?). A medium bodied pilsner, with the typical pilsner flavor, Its slightly malty and slightly hoppy. Smooth taste. Very drinkable. Nice, but nothing special. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful golden color
Smell: next to no aroma
Taste: extremely light, hops barely there on next to no malt. Is this water?
Mouth: Smooth and light. Is this even here?
Drink: Gone in a flash
If the beer is this light, then why bother to drink beer. Water will do fine.

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Photo of BierManVA
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a crisp tasting and smooth pils. Extremely refreshing. If you're not careful, the glass will empty very quickly. Not this is any masterpiece...it just goes down very light and smooth.

Classic straw color, bitter hoppy taste, can skunk if you get an old batch. But the price is really right with this german macro. I find this better than most German macro lagers/pils.

A good standby and session bier.


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Photo of jlervine
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a thick and fluffy head. The head sticks around for a while, but gradually fades away. Lots of effervescence. The aroma is lightly hoppy, but not too impressive. The taste is crisp and prickly with a dry finish. This particular bottle did not have any green apple flavors that I noticed in the beer I had last night (but didn't review). Mouthfeel is very thin, and just plain boring. Certainly a drinkable beer, but if life is too short to drink bad beer - as the bottle implies - then it is also too short to drink average ones.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a good head and plenty of carbonation. Light golden color. Head fades, but leaves good lace throughout glass. Muted hoppy aroma. Very smooth, slightly hopped taste. Green apple hint in the taste. Tingles on the top of the tongue and leave a fresh flavor. Very crisp. Finishes with a mild hop aftertaste.
Brown bottle, no best by date.

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

Clear pale yellow with a full pillowy white head, good carbonation, and light lace rings. Grainy malt aroma. Standard malty German lager flavor. Light bodied but smooth.

Clean smooth German lager but fairly average overall -- a no buy.

Best Before: 02/03/04
Tasted: 08/06/03

($6.39 / 6-pack)

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Photo of granger10
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a pale golden straw color with a rather large white frothy head that stays. This one is well carbonated with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Smell is of nothing. Taste is rather weak. Some adjuncts are detected in the body and slight grainy malts and there too. Finishes with a slight yeasty, hoppy lingering flavor. Sharp and crisp on the tongue. Body is pretty big for a pilsener. Better than American macros but nothing superb.

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Photo of canadianbarman
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

--Poured a light, straw like in color.
--Had such a small head that by the time I took my first sip it was all gone. Also had no lacing.
--Smell was average, not skunky, just average.

I was expecting a lot more from such a mainstream German beer. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad but there are way better options out there. It just seemed rather 'mass-produced' to me. I would drink it again if I was in Germany, but locally I will seek other options.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color that is most remarkable in its paleness. Average head that dissipates quickly. Smell is characterized by "mainstream" grain smells but, thankfully, a lack of skunkiness. Taste is dry and cleanly grainy but at the same time unremarkable. Mouthfeel is fine, and this one is more than adequately drinkable. A good, not great, pilsener--overshadowed by many of its German counterparts but better than many of its American brethren.

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

Sampled on tap at The Overdraught in Cambridge, MA.

This beer poured a clear, surprisingly light yellow color with creamy white foam that settled. The smell was slightly sweet and bicuity malt with some tangy hops. A very pleasant aroma. The taste was a good, German pils taste with a good balance of sweet, biscuity/bready malt and tangy hops. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body. There was a pleasant biscuit malt and hops aftertaste. This was a good, light pils, and easy to drink.

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Warsteiner Premium German Pilsener from Warsteiner Brauerei
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