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June 5, 2010

Warsteiner’s Premium Verum Beer Review 6.5.10

tbr-warsteinerThe Brewski Report Reviews Warsteiner’s Premium Verum & Language Lessons
File Date: 6.5.10

File Name: Mr. Manuel Pink Flunks Spanish In The Back Row
The Beer: Warsteiner Premium Verum
Type: German Pilsener
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.8% ABV
Brewer: Warsteiner Brauerei
Web Site:
Country of Origin: Germany
tbr-warsteiner-prodBrewer Info:  The Cramer family began making brewing history in 1753, when the agriculturist Antonius Cramer first had to pay a beer tax of one reichstaler and 19 florins for his self-brewed and marketed beer. His son Johannes Vitus followed in his footsteps and continued serving self-brewed beer in his residence in the heart of Warstein. His business profited from its central location. But in 1802 a devastating fire reduced the town of Warstein to rubble – the house of the Cramers also fell victim to the flames. The family rebuilt their house both as guest lodging and home brewery, and when St. Pancratius Church was built, it became the center of town. This original house of the Warsteiner Brewery, the Domschänke, is still standing today in the historic center of the city of Warstein. Management of the Warsteiner Brewery was and is still passed on from one generation to the next – it has remained in family hands since 1753. The sons of Johannes Vitus, Albert und August, took over control of the brewery in 1823. They also pushed to operate the Warsteiner Brewery in a more professional manner. Albert and August acquired knowledge of the latest advances in chemistry and brewing technology at the brewer school in Worms and put it to work in expanding the brewery. Today, more than 250 years after the brewery was founded, the tranquil town of Warstein in the heart of the Sauerland region is the home of a great beer that people drink all over the world.  The tradition continues: Since 2006, Catharina Cramer, the youngest daughter of brewery owner Albert Cramer, has assumed responsibility on the management board of the Warsteiner Group.

tbr-warsteiner-lineBrewer Brand Hype: A world class international pilsener, WARSTEINER Premium Verum is a slightly pale German-style pilsener with a clean crisp, refreshing import taste.  WARSTEINER is brewed with fresh Arnsberger Forest spring water sourced at the brewery in Warstein, Germany, naturally soft water that helps to create the smooth taste and thick, creamy head. WARSTEINER truely is THE PREMIUM GERMAN BEER.  Pilsener style – brewed according to German Purity Law of 1516 with no chemicals, additives or preservatives.  Brewed exclusively with German hop varieties….featuring Noble Hallertau hops and 100% tow-row German barley malt.
Label: Eine Konigin Unter Den Bieren. (Gebhard E. – need your help on this one….)

The Brewski Review: Definitely a German pilsener.  It’s crisp and refreshing but just a little heartier than American pilsners.  It was tasty.  I pulled this one out of the cooler at the high school graduation party we attended. The Count von und zu and host of the party noted that he loved it. His brother had turned him on to it and when he went to puchase some they had some outrageous rebate program: buy a 12 pack for $15 and get $5 back. Like about every other American, what’s better than good beer and money back in your pocket (aside from your Federal tax refund check arriving in the mail)? Not much in my book. Even my German translator Gebhard would agree to that.  I met Gebhard when I was a poor stockbroker. He would sit in his bullpen next to mine and talk to his parents in a flawless German dialect. Both his parents were university teachers and all their family spoke around the house was German. What not a better way to learn a language than have it spoken around the house?  Anyway, I took Spanish in high school. I remember a few key words but not enough to string a sentence together.  My classroom name was Manuel. Another Tom (who sat in the front row of the class) was awarded his translated name – Tomas. Arrg! I never did like the name Manuel. You may have well just called me Mr. Pink.

Drinkability: Good. Would drink it again if I pulled it from someone else’s cooler.
Appearance: Drank it from the bottle.
The Buds: Tasty beverage. A heartier version of an American pilsener.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 caps out of 5.tbr-warsteinber-brewery

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