A fairly staid German pilsner (or pilsener, as the Germans call it), Warsteiner has been a survivor for some 250 years. It’s a little hard to believe considering how plain this beer is. A light gold brew, Warsteiner Premium Verum comes across as immediately bitter and not terribly fresh. Preserved, almost with some bitter lemon peel, and the kind of old, dried herbs you’d find buried in the back of your spice rack. The finish is lasting and, frankly, not really pleasant, but you’ll drink a bit more to wash the aftertaste out and keep things moving along, I suppose.
Update 10/2014: More recent encounters with Warsteiner have been far more positive, offering up a less motley collection of malt and roasted nuts, fire-toasted grains, and a touch of bitter citrus peel on the finish. Quintessentially German, with a lasting, malty finish that rolls around on the tongue for quite a while. Updated rating: B
C- / $10 per six-pack / warsteiner.com