I've heard lately, that the german beer Warsteiner does not fullfill the german Reinheitsgebot and therefore is is not allowed to be called Pilsner, that is why they call it a Premium Verum.

Is that true and if yes, why?

  • Where did you get that information? On their website (warsteiner.de/reinheitsgebot), it says: „Die Warsteiner Brauerei legt seit ihrem Bestehen, mittlerweile also über 260 Jahre, größten Wert auf die Einhaltung des deutschen Reinheitsgebots, dessen Ursprungsversion als bayrisches Reinheitsgebot seit 1516 Bestand hat.“ Short version: They have always been adhering to the reinheitsgebot.
    – Philipp
    Jan 13, 2016 at 9:36
  • @Philipp I was wondering why it is called "Premium Verum" and a friend told me, that they are not allowed to call it a Pilsner and therefore called it a "Premium Verum"
    – Marv
    Jan 13, 2016 at 9:41
  • I’m not sure about what has to be fulfilled to be allowed to call a beer a pilsner.
    – Philipp
    Jan 13, 2016 at 9:46
  • They called it "Premium Pilsner" earlier. Jan 13, 2016 at 11:52

3 Answers 3


I think your friend got the wrong end of a stick :p

Wikipedia lists it as a pilsner, so does BeerAdvocate and the Warsteiner site.

I think Premium Verum is just a name.


"premium verum" is just a marketing-joke. Warsteiner is a real "Pilsener". And they brew according to the german purity law.

Martin (I studied Brewing Science in Weihenstephan and know Warsteiner very well)


As far as I read, Warsteiner is not a Pilsener because they don't use enough hops. It's like a Pilsener but less bitter.


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