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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2005 03:56:53 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

03-07-2013 02:02:45 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 5/25/12.

Pours a clear brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some metallic and fruity aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, caramel, and some slight nutty flavors. A mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I got in a sampler pack but not something I would seek out on my own.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 22:04:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.8%

02-28-2013 21:32:03 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lucent reddish brown or burnished dark bronze, take your pick. The pale beige head is soft and pillowy, doesn't last long at all and leaves an underwhelming amount of lace. The aroma is of toasted malt with the barest suggestion of brown sugar. Premium Dunkel doesn't smell very dunkelish to me at all. In fact, it's so lacking in aroma that it's difficult to appreciate much at all.

The flavor struggles to be average. It tastes like a pale lager whose pale malt was toasted a little longer than usual. The amount of malt is also lacking. Consequently, what should be a nutty, caramel-like flavor never materializes.

What we get instead is a harsh, bitter dryness with hints of metal shavings and a too-light body. It isn't quite as bad as all that, but it isn't too far removed from it either. What flavor is present fades to nothingness within seconds (short finishes aren't always bad).

I've never had what I consider to be a good Munich Dunkel Lager. I'm sure they exist and I'd love to have one some day. That day is not today however; Warsteiner Premium Dunkel just doesn't cut it. The back label actually reads 'because life is too short to drink cheap beer'. My thoughts exactly.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 16:16:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles in the center and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are slightly sweet aromas of caramel malt in the nose.
T: The taste has a mild amount of sweetness and flavors of caramel malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and its low alcohol content makes it quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 03:54:44 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a small head; decent retention and considerable lacing

Smell: A whiff of toasted malt

Taste: Toasted malt flavors dominate, with a hint of caramel and a subtle nutty flavor; the finish is dry and slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very clean and drinkable; well-made

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 00:07:14 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -13.8%

12-14-2011 04:37:00 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very happy to finally be able to review this one. I love me some german beer, and a dark german lager is probably close to my favorite of the style. Now we had a heck of a night with all these brews going around so my reviews are shorter then normal but you can still get the point. Poured a nice dark brown with a big three inch plus foamy tan head coming across the top. Lots of carbonation and side glass lace throughout. Very malty semll, not alot of profile in the aroma. Taste was very dark, lots of sweet malty grains and a touch of cereal. Good dry finidh. Very smooth with good carbonation. Could have easily had several f these tonight with ease, but there were like 8 different beers being served and I had not had a bunch so I was gonna have to try some more. Overall this was just like I thought it would be and I was very happy with it. A damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 01:34:25 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 19:55:13 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Munich Dunkel done the Warsteiner way.

Smells lightly malty, toasty, and caramelly. Almost buttery and bready. Mildly sour with fruity notes of dates or nuts.

Looks solid brown with amber highlights. Quite clear for darkness. Light tan head laces well. Light to medium carbonation.

Tastes sweet but not overly malty. Breads, toasty, and caramels persist in the flavor. Detects brown sugar and butter popcorn in the body. Feels efforvescent and numbing to the toung. A bit grainy. Hop flavor and bitter only for balancing sweet. Creamy and slightly alcoholic to the palate.

Finishes sweet but not malty. Toasted flavor and bitter remains.

Impression: Nicely balanced, clean and crisp. Creamy dark lager.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2005 03:06:52 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is sort of a cola brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells of burnt grain and burnt toast with some mild coffee aromas. There is a fairly strong amount of roasted malt and a mild nuttiness. Some caramel and toffee sweetness, but it's overwhelmed.

T: Starts off with a strong roasted malt and burnt toast flavor. Hints of coffee with a walnut-like nuttiness. Lightly sweet with some toffee and molasses, but there is a hint of acidity.

M: Fairly light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Wasn't a fan of this one. Too much emphasis on the roast and it was a bit too much for such a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 18:09:28 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-20-2013 04:35:31 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: Jan 23 09.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a thin, fizzy, but still slightly creamy off-white head.

Smell: Pale malts in the nose with supporting notes of spicy hops, stale nuts, and a very light vinous fruitiness.

Taste: Pale maltiness with light tastes of nutty molasses and honey. Very minor hints of apple and cherry fruitiness. Faint spicy hops and bitterness. A touch sour at times. Finishes relatively crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation, though it's a bit fizzy.

Drinkability: Never immensely flavorful or exciting, but it is quite drinkable, I'll give it that much.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 04:06:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-19-2012 20:19:01 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-02-2014 21:39:17 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-17-2014 16:51:28 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a cola colored liquid with a fizzy tan looking head. The lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer had some traditional pilsner aromas in it along with a light roasted aroma. The taste of the beer is malty with a dry bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of this one is light bodied and well carbonated. Overall it's a decent dark brew from Germany.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 03:32:02 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Nice: plenty o' new stuff for me at this Bliss tasting. This one pours a clear cola topped by a finger of dirty light-tan foam. The nose comprises light caramel and very light toasted white bread. That's about it, frankly. The taste brings in more of the same, with equal intensity (or lack thereof, really), with the added benefit of some light hard water. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty standard dark Euro lager (regardless of city of origin/style), nothing offensive, nothing to really smile about. Definition of a slightly positive meh.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:49:23 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown/mohogany color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. Left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and roasted caramel malts.

T - Great roasted malt taste. Sweet with a little spicy kick.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another very good beer from Warsteiner. It reminds me of a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 17:06:31 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 27 MAR 09

Nice ruby glint in direct light, thin head with decent retention. Otherwise typical dark brown body with some visible carbonation streams. Distinct aroma of roasted barley, probably it's most redeeming quality. Dull papery malt flavor, like many other euro lagers, but with some mild hop presence. Not especially roasty in the taste, dry and quick in the finish. Fairly light and dry feel, yet still substantial enough to sip instead of chug. Decent enough to have a couple, but doesn't really hold interest very long.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 03:00:58 | More by emerge077
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Had the regular lager on a few occasions, time to try the darker version.

This beer pours a clear dark rusty chestnut brown hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and duly frothy pale beige head, which leaves some crinkly cloudy lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, oily nuts, bittersweet cocoa, faint brown sugar, a suggestion of wheat chaff, and earthy, weedy noble hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, pithy wheat grain, powdery milk chocolate, a bit of indistinct sour and yeasty wine grapes, and more earthy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and generally just a frothy background tic, the body an agreeable medium weight, and nicely rounded, with a softly lilting smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the roasted malt lingering and loitering in a rather skeezy manner.

A more or less balanced, tasty dark German lager, the roasted character making up for the lack of overt hop bitterness. Simple, and drinkable with the more robust sorts of charred or baked comestibles, it would seem.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 03:33:44 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, russett brown body is capped by a short head of creamy, off-white foam that holds well before dropping to a thin collar. The nose is clean with the exception of some slight lager yeast sulphur. It offers a light note of dark kilned malt, but it's neither chocolatey or roasty. Its medium body and fine, median carbonation leave it gently crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor reveals a bit more chocolate and dark caramel than the nose suggests (but not much more), and an edge of floral/grassy hops rounds it out. It finishes dry with some light residual bitterness and a mild, lingering, dark maltiness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2003 03:02:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Small, off white head with little retention and no lace. Dark copper-brown body with good clarity.

S - Some earthy hop aroma with a little bit of caramel.

T - Mild dark malt character with some caramel and mild bread flavors. Little to no hop flavor and mild malt in the finish.

M - Medium body and somewhat mild carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.

D - Easy to drink but pretty weak for the style. Some decent brown malt flavors, but kind of bland and watery overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 04:25:33 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with a 1 finger head that forms extremely quickly and falls almost just as fast. The nose almost is like mild cedar. The taste is too quick though and doesn’t linger at all, leaving barely anything for you to remember it by. Everything leading up to that was promising, but the flavor to me is a let down.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 04:07:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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