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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Brauerei
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Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

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Reviews: 612 | Ratings: 1,476
Photo of abarquerov
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Very nice color, deep dark brown, clear but you can't see through the glass. Almost no head.

S: The aroma jumps right out of the glass into your nose. Some caramel/toffee notes, dark chocolate, malts.

T: Great taste, similar to the taste. Dark chocolate-caramel, coffee, roasted malts. I'd describe it as a deep flavor.

F: Slightly creamy with due carbonation.

Overall, it's one of my favorite beers. Affordable, great taste, great dark lager.

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Photo of Ferb
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So this is what Munich malts taste like? From other reviews this sounds like a kinder, gentler Munich dunkel, but I enjoyed it. It has the bread crust taste that come from the Munich malts, and a bit of cocoa, light noble hops, and some roasted character, but nothing like a porter. I lean towards the malt and away from the heavily hopped, so this is one I will buy again.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best before" date 11-3-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark brown color with one-finger tan head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: roasted malt and toffee, bread, there is also a coffee note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, roasted malt and toffee, bread and coffee.

PALATE: lightly carbonated, full bodied.

OVERALL: this is not a style of beer that I enjoy, the roasted toffee and coffee are not what I want from beer, this is well made, I just can't appreciate it.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not terrible by any means. Very susceptible to a skunky aroma, but fortunately it doesn't seem to affect the flavor. A little bit of a wheat flavor in the background, and a little bit of a sweetness that comes up here and there. Decent, but not amazing.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.75] Beer looks brown but is ruby red when held to the light. It has an impressive 1 1/2 fingers of tan head. The head is dense and creamy but starts to retreat quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (4.8%) and a *really* clear best by date (06/17/16).

S: [2.50] Rust, brown bread, chocolate, vanilla, toffee.

T: [3.00] Has components of the nose. I am getting brown bread and toffee and maybe a touch of vanilla.

M: [2.75] The body is pretty thin and a little watery. There is no heft to the beer.

O: [2.75] The beer looks great and has all of the info easily found on the bottle. The "rust"/metallic scent on the nose is a bit off-putting but the other aromas are nice. The metallic scent was there the entire time as the first odor. The flavor is just a bit lacking for me. The metallic element is not in the taste but the taste profile is just underdeveloped. Then the body is thin. This is a beer I would not look for again.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.63/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I tried this beer and got more than I expected. It tasted like a wet loaf of bread. The picture of this beer on this Beer Advocate page does not look like the beer I got. My label was darker and had "DUNKEL" on it.

This "dunkel" is far too heavy, far too thick and far too stuck in malt to really make itself enjoyable except to only the most hardened dunkel lovers. To you all I tip my hat and move out of range of this beer. It isnt a beer to me, it is liquid bread. To be honest, I really dont care for the regular Warsteiner beer, so maybe that should have been a clear warning to me to avoid this beer completely.

But, I love my German beer and I avoid the American rice drink (Budweiser) with all gusto (tip o the hat to Schlitz) that I can musto.

Drink German, drink it cold, drink it from brown bottles and drink it proudly.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It's a dark reddish amber with a one finger head. It's a very nutty taste. I like it a lot. Maybe a little under carbonated. Great flavor!

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber-brown, with a thick foamy khaki head (poured it straight into the glass). Head retains fairly well, but leaves behind no lacing. Dank and weed notes come straight through the nose, with a bit of a roasty malt layer behind. Dank, weed-like taste stays in the taste, with a bit of a toasted malt background. Mouth feel is a little harsh and leaves a bit to be desired. Overall, decent. The dankness and weed aroma is a bit over powering, but it's still good.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dunkel pours a translucent brown color with very small head. Malty, vinegar aroma. Taste is malty and roasted, with hints of vinegar and earth. Decent feel, slightly flatter. Overall its decent, nice roasted flavor, with a bit of vinegar.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown pour, ample clarity for something so dark. Small off white head, 1/3". A mild wheat aspect and roast in the aroma.

Taste had too much clove and spice rack for a german dunkel. Some weird roast bitterness that wasn't appreciated. A little bit nutty. Actually more watery than the appearance would suggest from the darker malts that offer little in the way of chocolate or caramel. Not a style I'm a big fan of, but even acknowledging that, this one still seemed below average for style.

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Photo of toscanoigor
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Escura, espuma de média duração. Aroma de malte tostado, um pouco de chocolate e caramelo proeminentes, bem convidativos, o ponto forte. Na boca, é crocante e com sabor de malte tostado, pão, caramelo e notas de fermeto, textura e corpo bem leves. Alta drinkabilidade

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Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy this style of beer, in general. The best part is definitely the smell - plenty of nice caramel malt and milk chocolate. I found the mouthfeel a bit thin and fizzy. Overall, however, this is a well made beer.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brownish/black with a small head which disappeared fast.

Smelling roasted malts and caramel.
Tasting roasted malts and caramel.
Not much complexity at all to this beer.

My first Dunkel, not sure what to expect

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Photo of AJ_S
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light, thin head that dissipates quickly. Medium-bodied with a color that appears almost like coca-cola. Nutty, sweet smell from its traditional Munich malt. Taste is clean and toasty with a lightly sugary finish. Very flavorful and an excellent foray into the world of dark lagers if you're only used to lagers with lighter malts.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Beautifully dark hues, almost looks a little red in the right light. Thin head that left a lacy trace.

S: Very malty and roasted aroma, which surprised me for lagers, but this is one of my first dunkels so I was a little unsure of what to expect. It was giving off some faint toffee odor as well.

T: Great taste and great body in my opinion. Thin and a little weak at the front but come in strong at the back. Toffee and roasted malt flavor was well done, there was even something that reminded me of coffee. I usually don't drink lagers, but the dark characteristics of this dunkel really impressed me. Very light hops, but enough to notice.

F: Went right along with the taste, weak at first but a full bodied feeling at the end. Its thick enough to be happy with a little, but light enough to drink a lot of.

O: Very impressed. I'll have to branch out more into dunkels after this. I would certainly buy this beer again, especially for the fall and winter months.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby/brown sort of colour, semi-translucent, with a two-finger film of loose, bubbly head. The head recedes quickly, but there's some runny lacing.

Initial smell is a lovely chocolate, roasted malt aroma. Beyond that you get some bready, cracker/biscuit malt and a bit of a spicy, peppery noble hop character. Slight bitter greens, slight herbal. Not bad. Taste is initially a chocolate/coffee character, somewhat creamy, with some noble hops arriving to generate a bit of balance. Again you've got the bitter greens/grassy/hay, slightly spicy touch of the hopping. A bit of mineral water. The body is surprisingly creamy, while maintaining that lager-y mineral, "crisp"-ness. Moderate carbonation. Slight metallic twang and a faint yeastiness on the finish.

I'm not sure that this is a great beer from a technical standpoint (it needs a bit more to balance out that initial chocolate creaminess), and yet it's still a nice, easy drinker. Nothing I'd actively seek out, but worth trying.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours a not quite opaque dark brown, ruby. Smells like coors light immediately. Almost a smoked lager aroma. Kind of a spicy/fruity hop presence. On the taste, a bit more of that smoky flavor dominates. Bitter hop presence in the after taste. Mouthfeel is on point, refreshing anytime of year. Overall, a pretty nice, drinkable, approachable beer. Lots of other choices you would rather enjoy that are similar yet tastier than this. Stick with those NYD.

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Photo of Steev-o
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, almost-white head of 2 fingers. Very appealing appearance.
Aroma was a barely detectable malty smell. Malty taste.
Smooth, easy drinking taste, mouthfeel is slightly thin.
I enjoyed this beer and could easily drink all night.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

it's on the lighter side for a dark beer but that was expected. it still has a good rich and full flavor despite it's lightness and very smooth as well.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In autumn, I mix some fall beers into my mix 6 packs. This has a fairly nice roasted malt, but is not spectacular. Is this brand the Budweiser of Berlin?

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Brown with a orange tint with heavy bubbles on the body. Body is thin but once poured the heavy bubbles create a thick (off-white) head rising to almost two finger's length.

Smell: Scent is weak, light light hops.

Taste: Sweet maple-ish type finish with heavy malts, comes off a bit bitter. But super smooth.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation with bready and maple finishes.

Overall: Good brew, picked it up for a wedding I was attending and everyone loved it. I am a bit of a beer snob so I am trying to give you both sides of the fence. Don't hunt for this brew, but definitely do not pass it up. Delivers enough flavor and keeps the conversation going. Salud!

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Photo of CHickman
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, pours mahogany brown color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly and left good lacing. Smells and tastes of caramel malts, toffee, caramel, toasted grains, cracker, wheat, brown sugar, earthy tones (like peat moss and dry leaves) and minor floral spices/hops. Good basic dark, sweet German beer to quaff at an Oktoberfest event (which I'm doing as I typed this).

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours the color of soda pop with thick white head. Coffee and toffee notes. Thin body and not heavy to drink. Has a some type of taste as of the water came from melted snow. Not bad for the price but not the best I've had

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Photo of wattoclone
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A clear red-brown lager with a white foam head. Subtle aroma and a smooth roasted malt taste with hints of dark fruits. The reasonable price is what makes this average sessionable dark lager a good choice.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours dark brown with a big creamy light brown head that hangs around and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Toasty, bready, a little coffee, toffee, faint floral notes, and a little dark fruit.

T: Toasty bready malt, light coffee, a little dark fruit, and some toffee burnt sugar sweetness.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Very solid drinkable brew. I easily went through a litre of it.

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