Warsteiner prides itself on the quality and purity of its ingredients, never looking past them in order to create beer, but instead, attributing the final taste, aroma, structure, and depth of the beer to the ingredients.
When it comes to a pilsner as light as this, the difference between a refreshing experience from a tart, crisp beer and a watered-down excuse, is slim. In the case of Warsteiner’s classic Verum, it is fortunately the former of those two options.
Everything On Tap Review: Warsteiner Premium Verum:
Bottle: A dark brown bottle with a minimalist black label, highlighted by a gold label with the motto ‘A Queen Among Beers’ which wraps around the name of the beer with a crown above.
Pour: It is a light gold color with a thick foam at the top that lingers. Even after given time for the thick, bleach white, foam to dissipate, a thin layer remains.
Aroma: The nose is mildly bitter and resembles that of a classic pilsner.
Flavor: The taste was nothing that I thought it would be. It was extremely crisp with a dry finish. The first layer that you encounter is tart, but the thick foam pleasantly subdues that taste, making for a clean finish with a minimal after taste.
Mouthfeel: The foam remains thick through the attack and compliments the heavy carbonation. The crisp, light flavor rides down smooth, but leaves much to be desired.
Structure: A modest structure teases the tastebuds and warrants a second sip to regain the flavor. It is a surprisingly light beer in color and structure and one that must be kept ice cold to get the full taste out to be enjoyed.
Food Pairing: If you must eat with this beer, I wouldn’t pair it with a meal but instead with appetizers or hors d’oeuvres to wash them down with. This isn’t a full-bodied beer that goes well with a full meal, but instead a beverage to be enjoyed at one’s own pace. It’s light body serves refreshment where darker, thicker, and more layered beers just don’t.
Overall Rating Out of 5 Possible Beer Mugs: