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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?
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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