Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei
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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
2.95/5 rDev -15.2%
11.2oz bottle poured into pilsener glass. *Editing based on notes from another session.
A: A rich mahogany color that's a bit too transparent for my liking. A fluffy beige head that lasts for about two minutes before it completely fades away. The lacing that remains varies from bottle to bottle, strangely. My first bottle left little-to-no lacing, while this most recent bottle has left moderate amounts of lacing all down the glass.
S: The nose is mostly roasted malts with the slightest hints of molasses. Not much going on otherwise. This has remained consistent, for the most part, though I did detect an ever-so-slight hint of hop bitterness this time around.
T: I've noticed a lot of people speaking poorly of the flavor here. I, personally, found this to be fairly enjoyable. Lots of roasted malt flavor, with a light malted milk chocolate sweetness that follows, finishing with a touch of hop bitterness. The aftertaste shows signs of alcoholic presence, which I found strange for a brew with such a low ABV. While there's nothing extraordinary in this category, I didn't find the flavor to be unenjoyable or offensive to any extent.
M: A bit thin in the mouth, definitely light bodied. Crisp carbonation provides a nice bite without coming off too harsh—an overall smooth feel throughout. Don't go looking for something big here, because you won't find it. This definitely falls into the "sessionable" category. A friend of mine described this as "soda-like," but I feel as though he's being a bit dramatic.
O: I'm not going to lie, my first time around I wasn't impressed by this by any means. I wasn't offended or disgusted by it, but it lacked a certain "wow factor." My second time around with this brew, I'm finding myself to be more and more impressed by it. And by "impressed" I mean, "Wow. For such a small price tag, this beer is exceptionally doable." My friend and I purchased a 24-case of this brew for about $23 and some change. To give an idea, it's about $21 for a 24-case of Miller Lite here. While this is certainly not an exceptional brew, I can honestly say that I haven't found ANYTHING that can rival this for its price range. If you're looking for something drinkable on very limited funds, give this one a shot. I know that I'll be revisiting this one for sure when I need something cheap to bring to a party.
Note: For some reason, I found myself enjoying this a lot more straight out of the bottle, as opposed to poured in a glass.
08-03-2013 23:24:37 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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