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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,249 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 30
Gots: 87 | 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)
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Ratings: 1,249 | Reviews: 574 | Display Reviews Only:
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1/5  rDev -71.3%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of TTripp725
1/5  rDev -71.3%

TTripp725, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Ouroborus
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Ouroborus, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of JDV
1.15/5  rDev -67%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dark maroon pour with almost no head. Smell was skunky, medicinal band aid and was more than likely really bad. Taste was plastic like, malt, and medicinal. Complete drain pour on this one, and one of the worst I've had. Surprised this one could have been spoiled as the place I bought it from turns over there product pretty well.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of MeisterBurger
1.43/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a really nice blackened copper, with lots of carbonation and a 1/2" head, but it quickly blows its load and then there is no head to speak of. So sad.

The aroma smells like any one of the dozens upon dozens of skunky euro lagers that have plagued the LCBO's shelves for far too long. I get a ton of corn off this. Blech. It smells like a wet tortilla.

I get a huge hit of metallic from the initial sip. Some toast and pewter. A lingering bitterness in the finish, very drying and not hugely pleasant. No real malt that I can ascertain. Really, it tastes like they took a generic Euro lager, threw in a dash of caramel color, and called it a dunkel.

The mouthfeel. You know what fuck it. I'm only half way through but this is going down the sink. My mouth deserves better.

Epic dunkel fail.

MeisterBurger, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Sammy
1.53/5  rDev -56%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Watery brown colour, with odd old smell. Tastes like sucking on a piece of cloth. If you really need to drink. Very grainy, too much carbonation. Like a club soda with some cheap gin or scotch drop poured in. Some malts, perhaps a hint of roast, acidic.

Sammy, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of william5586
1.7/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Clear light brown with big light tan head that leaves a little lace.The look is by far the best thing this beer has going for it.

S- Nothing at all like a dunkel. Smells like a bad lager.

T & M - Grainy, rough, watery and very light. Imagine water with brown food coloring. Horrible after taste.

D- Could be high due to how light it is but the after taste kills it.

william5586, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of champ103
1.9/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: A dark brown to black color. A small tan head that fades to nothing in a few seconds. Almost no lace. Looks kind of like a dunkel
S: A little malt, very thin. Not impressed at all.
T: This tasts like a generic lager. It is watery, acidic and not very robust like a good dunkel should be.
D: Very average. You can drink a lot of this in the same way you can drink a lot of bud.

This is not what I was expecting. Were is the rich, robust, roasted malt flavor? There is almost nothing here that resembles a German dunkel. A disappointment.

champ103, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of markallmon
2/5  rDev -42.5%

markallmon, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Pinioned
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Pinioned, Oct 24, 2014
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2/5  rDev -42.5%

Nolegirlmitch, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2/5  rDev -42.5%

davidwhatshisnam, May 14, 2014
Photo of PorterLambic
2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this at a tasting at my local quaffery, The Cock and Bull pub, Sarasota, FL. My previous experience with Warsteiner products made me a bit leery but, that's what makes tastings so great, you don't have to commit to a six pack or even a whole bottle.
Pours a dark amber, almost brown. Clear with a small head and little lace.
Smell is just a faint hint of apple sweetness and nothing else. Didn't know a beer could have so little to smell. I really had to search to find something for my nose to do with this beer.
Taste is that same apple that blends to toasted malt & hops with a bunch of bitterness and a slight, lingering hint of smokiness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is rough with a medium body an effervescence on the tip of the tongue.
Drinkability: glad it it was just a tasting, I couldn't drink anymore of this. Just more megabrew swill to me. I'm off the Warsteiner line for good.

PorterLambic, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Nytemare
2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Freshness date of Oct 2002. Poured a dark brown with a very thin, slightly off white head. Virtually no lacing.

Smell: Smelled of malt, bready. As I found out, this was the best thing it had going for it.

Taste: Sickly sweet and sour with a malt backbone. I don't know if this is due to it being way past its prime, or that it's intended to taste this way, but none of the reviews I've read about it indicate this.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated, not too light or thick.

Drinkability: Not very, but again, this is probably due to it being over a year old.

Got this as a single in a build your own six pack deal at a local liquor store. It's one of two I got that are past the freshness date. If I ever see this where I can pick it up as a single, and it is fresh, I'll try it again, but as it stands, I'm not a fan of this at all.

Nytemare, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of thenoodler420
2/5  rDev -42.5%

I don't know if it was just mine. But it tastes like metal...

thenoodler420, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of SavvyStudent
2/5  rDev -42.5%

SavvyStudent, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of ChrisR123
2.08/5  rDev -40.2%

ChrisR123, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of TexIndy
2.15/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 330ml bottle (best by date on back label) into a pint glass. It was a llight brown color with some red highlights. Clear with a little carb and no lacing. It had a one finger beige head that quickly fizzled into slight collar.

The aroma was very weak. Slight roasted malt but not much beyond that. As it warmed it started to get a burnt smell to it. Really didn't do anything to drive the taste which was also very bland. Not much to it at all. Not much more taste than a BMC. The mouthfeel was watery.

Overall, not a good beer. It was weak in aroma and taste and just didn't do anything more than a BMC in my opinion. Avoid.

TexIndy, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Drew966
2.17/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel pours a very dark brown with a thin head that quickly settles to a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is burnt coffee. The taste is disappointing, a kind of harsh bitterness is all I can taste. The mouthfeel is very thin. I expected more.

Drew966, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of andrewm190
2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

well, it looks good. its smell is pretty bad. The alcohol is pungent, but there is little else desirable. I have no desire to smell it any further. there is a little bit of taste to speak of. I would have to rank it no far above a yingling, unfortunately. I wouldn't buy another sixer of this. I'm very disappointed.

andrewm190, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color dunkel with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light sweet caramel malt is pretty neutral. Taste is very bland with light caramel malt with not much character. Very bland and boring version of the style and not something I am about to buy again anytime soon.

Phyl21ca, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Seanstoppable
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a darkish brown color with plenty of foamy tan head. Head quickly evaporates to a thin crown. Little to no lacing.

Smell is sweet and grainy. Fairly underwhelming.

Taste follows nose. Some additional flavors present, though, including some nuttiness, like walnuts or hazelnuts.

I felt it was overly sweet. Not really impressed at all.

Seanstoppable, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of peabody
2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark reddish amber with white suds and not a lot of lacing.
Smell is almost a burnt malt aroma with some chocolate and or manure.
Not much to taste here. A skunky flavor with mabey a tad of toasted malts.
Mouthfeel is bland at best.
This is not very good and I think it is overrated.

peabody, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Gustav's Restaurant, Clackamas, Oregon.
Beer looks like a glass of black coffee with a tan head..by "black coffee" i dont really mean completely black..but a mahogany brown colour.
Smell was quite subdued..slight chocolaty style malts but not much.
Very thin and watery tatslessness..poor carbonation..flat horrid.
Thin and wat too watery on the tongue.
Not very drinkable at all..i wonder if there was some problem with the keg?

Reidrover, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of wolffman17
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark, cola-brown. Looks completely clear. The head is really fizzy and fades away in seconds without leaving any lace.
There's a nice sweet caramel aroma.
It tastes bland without the malt backbone I was expecting. It's somewhat sour also. Lots of carbonation.
Not what I would call drinkable. I'm glad that there wasn't more in the fridge to finish off.

wolffman17, Aug 04, 2006
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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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