Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 34
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

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Reviews by jvajda:
Photo of jvajda
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown-red and fluffy head. Good lacing.
Smell: Big malt freshness and present hop tones.
Taste: Huge malt flavor. Really refreshing and smooth, but well balanced with a hearty helping of grassy hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with little carbonation.
Drinkability: Gets a little sickly as it warms and makes me want to move on.

This is the only beer to drink when you're at a Reds game.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of Todd
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of BareFeetPete
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mattster
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Byeast
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kraken
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into standard pint glass . Vigorours pour rewarded with 3 fingers of pure white head that dissapates rapidly. Receeding head leaves slight traces of its climb up the side of my glass. Smell as expected, is total malt . . Caremelly malt immediately showers your taste buds . The fine carbonation contributes greatly to the taste, it almost refreshes your tastebuds. Thin mouth-feel and lack of depth are the only short commings. Finishs with a slight malty sweetness . This is a nice session beer as it has a nice malty character with out being too heavy.

Far superior on tap!

Photo of sammy44
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Of the two Dunkels available in my area most BA's prefer the Dinkel Acker but I really like the Warsteiner more. To me the Dinkel Acker has a bit of an astringent, medicinal quality that I don't really care for. I like this one much better.

Even with a heavy pour you don't get much head. What is there is a kind of creamy off white head that quickly falls. Body of the beer is lightly carbonated brown with some ruby colors when the light comes thru.

The aroma was of dark chocolate and caramelized sugar, no hops aroma.

The taste was great with a full sweetness and a touch of bitter chocolate. Very nice.

Kind of thin in the mouth, a little lacking there.

Very drinkable, but I only had one with my meal.

Photo of mattffrost
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass

Beer is a very dark brown. Head is between off white and tan. Good head.

Smells of fruit cake, malt, sweetness.

Taste does not do to much for me. Not bad just not great. I get a bit of coco, a tad of fruit. Finish is a little bit bitter. Nothing over the top.

Medium to mild carbonation. I was hoping for a better drink.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown pour, with more clarity than it should, decent off white head, not much in the lace or retention department. Wheat, light aroma, nothing fancy.

Taste, seems like clove and a yeast strain I'm not fond of. Woodsy, light bodied, off flavor bitterness on the aftertaste. Caramel and toffee. A little more watery than it should be, but you can still pull some nuttiness out of it. Qualifies as easy drinking, if you get past the appearance (for some reason a lot of people think anything not light yellow can't be easy drinking).

Not a fan, wouldn't recommend.

Photo of ADR
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle from a "beer around the world" holiday pack...

Clearish cocoa-brown, fairly large 1/2 inch head that fizzes down in big pockets. Nutty aroma, mostly of hazelnuts, slight acidity. Malty smooth and somewhat stiffling to the nose and tongue, as many Dunkels are to me. Slightly vinous hop finish with sweetness continuing into the aftertaste. Eh, OK, certainly easy to drink but not one I would seek out any time soon.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This dunkel pours a dark ruby brown, and pours with a pretty nice cream colored head that doesn't stick around very long. The aroma is very faint with some malt and darker roasts that come out along with a mild hop character. A very well-balanced taste that combines some dark roasts to produce a nice sweetness in the flavor with a rather light body to it, very drinkable. I enjoy the aftertaste it leaves on the tongue, with nothing to complex a quite enjoyable session beer.

Photo of timontheroad
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark amber, almost brown color, nice thick fluffy tan head with good retention and lacing. The smell was dark malt, biscuit and some grassy aromas. The taste was of dark roast malt, pretty sweet, and some nice bitter noble hop flavors. The mouthfeel was fairly light bodied, but very crisp on the palate. Overall, this was an OK beer, pretty refreshing.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice off-white head over a translucent ruby brown body. Decent lace and head retention. Smells of malt, notes of toffee and light diacetyl. Tastes crisp and slightly malty, but is balanced by a light hop bitterness. A fairly light body with medium carbonation. Clean finish.

A fairly straightforward brew. Doesn’t really wow me, but you can easily toss back quite a few of these without a problem.

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear beer that has deep jewel tone ruby color. The head is play sand white and fizzy. It fades quickly but never fully disappears.

A good fresh smelling beer. Full scent of roasted malts is the backbone of this brew and ranges from light coffee and chocolate to a fresh cracked grain. Very mild but it has it in the right places.

Taste is very good albeit a mild one. The coffee and chocolate from the nose is there but not as strong as I would like. The finish is almost all roasted malts and is quite tasty. A little bolder flavor wouldn't hurt but it's really working the way it is.

The mouthfeel is vey solid with it's firm crackle of carbonation and light body. This is a simple beer and executed very well. The low ABV makes it extreamly drinkable and the flavor will keep me coming back to it. Very satisfying, put this on your list to try.

Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a clear, very dark brown with reddish highlights. A head that comes out big in the pour doesn't retain particularly well, though not particularly poorly either. Lacing is minimal. The smell is nothing especially complex; light citrus and perhaps other fruits with a malt tone. A little toastiness is detected in the malt. The taste took me aback at first. Very strongly on my tongue was something like raisin that I had a difficult time placing at first. Malt kicks in after the initial burst and a toasty flavor makes an appearance in there as well. Mouthfeel is average. It's got a lighter bosdy than many malt-based brews and isn't thick per se. Finish is fairly dry and doesn't linger. I'm new to this style, but I could really enjoy it if I had a dunkel with more roasted flavor in the malt, more in the appearance, and more of a complexity and balance in smell and flavor. As it is, I found it to be a decently above-average brew.
Update: when I let it sit for a few minutes and warm, more of the malt flavor came in and the raisin / citrus flavor was a little more balanced with it.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Budweiser may claim to be the king of beers, but it says right here on the label, "Die Koenigin unter den bieren." Can't argue with that. Looks absolutely lovely when poured, a nice deep brown color. Not a whole lot in the way of smell, but it tastes pretty good, goes down smooth, and leaves almost nothing in the way of an aftertaste. I think this one's going to become one of my standbys.

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, CT. The keg was tapped 2 days prior. This Dunkel poured a fairly nondescript brown with a modest head that dissipated quickly, and not much lace remained. The smell was sweet and malty but not very complex or interesting. The taste was much of the same. It was very difficult to pick out one strong or dominant flavor, but there were slight hints of fruit and perhaps chocolate. The mouthfeel was not great, fairly light bodied, with moderate carbonation. All in all I would call this a just slightly above average beer that was enjoyable enough, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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