1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

Not Rated.
Warsteiner Premium DunkelWarsteiner Premium Dunkel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

1,156 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Warsteiner Brauerei visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,156 | Reviews: 565 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LordChesterfield:
Photo of LordChesterfield
LordChesterfield

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%

I got this after trying the verum and really liking it. Dark lagers are kind of special in a way. They're not especially common here. It poured dark but not as dark as a stout. Typically roasted flavor with a semi-sweet flavor of carmelized sugars. Kind of a simple flavor without too much depth typical of a lager. It could have much more flavor the verum does, but I think the roasted flavor actually contributes to this. Kind of a dull thin mouthfeel. Not especially drinkable for a lager. Not a bad beer, but I was much more impressed with the Vahrshteiner verum so I'll probably get that instead next time. In comparison with another beer of the same style however, it is lightyears ahead of Modelo Negro. Even after drinking Modelo with wisky it didn't taste as good as the Warsteiner. If by chance you're a modelo fan try this instead you might like it better.

05-18-2006 05:34:03 | More by LordChesterfield
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
RoyalT

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful dark brown in color with hints of orange around the edges and an even, lasting head.

Smell – The soft, darkish malts were complimented with some good caramel and molasses.

Taste – The unsulphored molasses was brilliant at the taste. The malts were light but formed a nice backbone.

Mouthfeel – This was a tad bigger than light-bodied and flat with a terrific bittersweet finish.

Drinkability – They've been doing it since 1753. This is a good, simple, uncomplicated offering from Warsteiner.

08-23-2004 17:12:35 | More by RoyalT
Photo of beerhunter13
beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-07-2013 21:15:04 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of tectactoe
tectactoe

Michigan

3.04/5  rDev -12.6%

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel pours a dark brown color; kind of old and woody looking with the smallest possible red tint you could imaging. It exhibits good clarity and is topped off with a voluptuous beige can that grows huge and sticks generously to the inside of the glass. It leaves behind sheets of lacing at it slowly descends towards the top of the brew.

Huge Munich malt aroma; large boasts of heavily-toasted bread and a decent helping of slightly metallic-tinted caramel. Very doughy and bready with a little bit of cocoa powder hidden in the background, combining to form a slight cookie dough aroma. Fresh, crisp lager yeast crowds the end and smells great; very solid aroma overall, and it's much more powerful and robust than you might expect for a lighter beer.

Sadly, the taste is slightly less intriguing; it's kind of watered down a bit underwhelming considering that fact that my nostrils are still more than pleased. The water is very "mineral" tasting and rough with a thick and heavy yeast taste from start to finish. The yeast is pretty nice, but the chalky mineral essence, I could do without. Middle-to-end, it's pretty grainy with a much, much lighter caramel presence than the aroma would signify.

Toasted breads are still evident, but again, much more subdued and muted. Diacetyl is unfortunately more noticeable than I believe it should be, as I'm picking up quite a large buttery popcorn kernel flavor, especially in the aftertaste. Carbonation is pretty spot on, and I really have no complains about the thin-medium mouth feel. Crisp, somewhat dry finish with a nice snap.

Well, the aroma was awesome. And that's pretty much all I have to say about that. Quite a let down on the palate, with some strange off-flavors that hindered an already unimpressive flavor profile - minerals, chalk, heavy butter. Without those, this beer would have been okay. As is, it's floating right around "medicore". Not so bad I wouldn't drink it again, but I'd definitely never order one again on my own. Unless it was a candle.

06-08-2013 17:01:18 | More by tectactoe
Photo of tbryan5
tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

04-05-2013 15:01:52 | More by tbryan5
Photo of markallmon
markallmon

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -42.5%

08-25-2012 22:46:45 | More by markallmon
Photo of FadetoBock
FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-18-2013 16:40:23 | More by FadetoBock
Photo of TheAdamConners
TheAdamConners

Georgia

1/5  rDev -71.3%

08-03-2012 01:50:10 | More by TheAdamConners
Photo of BK2084
BK2084

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

08-25-2012 02:25:08 | More by BK2084
Photo of Todd
Todd

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at Jacob Wirth's in Boston ...

Dark, rich chestnut-stain brown colour with a thin, sticky white head. Medicore retention. Aroma ranges from burnt raisin, veggies and a touch of diacetly. Smooth, light-bodied, dry with a crisp bite of carbonation and citric bitterness. Touch of apple. Hint of caramel. Dry finish with a mouthfull of grain and husk.

I know this beer to be better, but still ... I enjoyed it.

05-20-2002 18:53:06 | More by Todd
Photo of TTripp725
TTripp725

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -71.3%

06-14-2014 17:01:53 | More by TTripp725
Photo of JasonEames
JasonEames

Florida

3/5  rDev -13.8%

02-20-2013 23:39:24 | More by JasonEames
Photo of Rifrafboy
Rifrafboy

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

This is a premium German dark beer. Smell is of chocolate with alcohol. It pours medium dark with a big head. Impressive lacing. The taste is quite pronounced with a very strong roasted malt taste, almost chocolate in character. Impressive. Hoppiness is there, but hard to detect over the malt. Sweet, heavy finish. I liked this. This almost approaches the Porter category, like a watered down Guiness. I will buy this again for a strong, full bodied German dark lager. Forget Beck's or St. Pauly dark. This is a distinct and bold beer. I get this for $9.99 for 12 bottles.

02-08-2003 14:24:28 | More by Rifrafboy
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

12 ounce bottle, with best before dating of July '06. Pours clear, dark rum colored with a tan hea dthat leaves respectable lacing. Nose is lightly of malt and some honey. Quite dirnkable lager, minor notes of honey and vanilla with clean and smooth malty underpinnings. Middle of the road dark lager, decent if unspectacular sessioner.

11-20-2005 22:18:49 | More by Billolick
Photo of BareFeetPete
BareFeetPete

California

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Looked like coke, very deep caramel color with a head that didn't stick around long. Smelled a bit metallic for the first half of the glass, but overall I don't think it made a huge impact on the taste of the beer. The taste wasn't all that impressive, wasn't bad though. Aftertaste was a light caramel flavor with a bit of chocolate. The mouth feel and taste were alright to begin with but by the end it was almost like I was drinking malt liquor. Not to say that I would bash malt liquor, I mean I grew up on it in high school, but if I buy a German dunkel and that's what I'm expecting, I don't want to suddenly be drinking Colt .45. Overall I don't have a lot to complain about with this guy, but I might not buy it again.

10-02-2011 03:15:00 | More by BareFeetPete
Photo of LyonsHead
LyonsHead

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Deep brown with red hugh. Light tan head the stuck around for about half the ride. No lacing to speak off

S: Nothing real complex. smells very yeasty with a nice bread character from the munich. Not very rich, and no other chocolate, caramel, or nuttiness like the style guidelines suggest may be present. It smells good, its just kinda plain

T: There is both a maltiness and a malty sweetness present. The sweetness hits first and then it is backed up by the melanoidans and bready (borderline toasty) notes from the munich. I get a subtle honey/graham cracker sweetness. no hop flavor, you catch some bitterness at the end. there may be a touch of roast in here which seems innapropriate

M: Mouthfeel is spot on for this style. medium-full body with a dextrinous smooth feel to it. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, but not cloying

D: This is a real easy drinking pint, its not as complex as I'd like it to be; rather one-dimensional. I do enjoy it though, and I would probably order another!

02-10-2010 23:36:25 | More by LyonsHead
Photo of JohnnyBarman
JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured into a lager glass. Chestnut brown with a hint of ruby. About two fingers of head, terrific retention. After several sips, there's still a good head to it. Looks great!

The smell is not so hot. Barely detectable; light malts and tinnyness, maybe a bit of walnut. I guess this brew doesn't translate well in can form.

I didn't like the taste at first, but this brew grew on me. Roasted malts, nuts, caramel and a citrus bitterness to the finish - almost sour. Finishes dry.

Moderate body, slightly creamy.

Not bad; at less than 2 bucks a pop it's certainly a good choice for a session. Not my favorite dunkel lager, but something to keep on hand.

03-21-2010 17:29:28 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of mattster
mattster

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

Opened 11.2 fl oz bottle and poured into glass.

Nice frothy foam of 1" develops around top of brew. Brew is dark brown, pretty translucent with some bubbles floating to the top.

Smell is malty, taste less malty than it smells. Although there is a little bakery smell to it. It goes down good and has no aftertaste.

I prefer this stuff on tap, as it seems to be even smoother, but not bad in the bottle.

01-09-2008 07:27:28 | More by mattster
Photo of Byeast
Byeast

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured a mildly hazy ,deep mahogany-brown , with a half inch , off-white head. Smell is malty and slighly buttery , hints of raisin bread , some faint hops. Taste is crisp but rich maltiness , again some raisin qualities , some diacetyl / caramel , slight dark fruit-bread flavors , some balancing hops but not very bitter at all. Quite delicious! Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a bready aftertaste coating the tongue for a second. I found this Dunkel lager to be quite tasty and drinkable.

03-03-2006 06:02:24 | More by Byeast
Photo of ChrisHartz
ChrisHartz

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -21%

06-03-2013 04:01:11 | More by ChrisHartz
Photo of bsp77
bsp77

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit glass.

Appearance: Chestnut brown with moderate white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Cherry, caramel, plum and metallic bitterness.

Taste: Cherry, caramel, toast, and metal (although not bitter). Can't find much else to say about it, which is why this is only average.

Feel: Low carbonation with a light almost watery body.

Drinkability: Decent but nothing special. Could use more body or more "something" to counter the average malt profile.

09-27-2009 02:04:52 | More by bsp77
Photo of Hugh37
Hugh37

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-17-2013 00:50:09 | More by Hugh37
Photo of NilocRellim
NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

09-17-2012 22:36:28 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of ryanocerus
ryanocerus

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured brown with an adequate bubbly head. The aroma was a slightly roasted malt as was the flavor. As others have mentioned it is a very smooth beer with a good taste. It is a little watery which deducts from the mouthfeel. But a very good dunkel that is relatively easy to find.

07-28-2002 09:32:06 | More by ryanocerus
Photo of Milkysunshine
Milkysunshine

New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

01-22-2012 21:35:25 | More by Milkysunshine
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.