Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 30
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of Tilley4
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, I liked this one a lot more than most people it seems. I thought it was wonderful.

Beautiful clear dark amber/brown coloring really makes this brew great to look at... one of the best looking brews ever..

Aroma of sweet dark roasted malts and maybe a little coffee here... after all the recent hop bombs, this is great...

Ridiculously smooth and delicious, I could drink this regularly. Sweet malts blend with that merest hint of coffee to make this one tasty brew..

Loved it, loved it, loved it... What else can I say?

Photo of DouggiePhresh
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

My go-to beer for a few reasons. Satisfying, crisp, inexpensive.

The perfect everyday, after-work beer. Pours a nice dark brown color, with a thin, lingering head. Smells very malty. Light carbonation. It leaves a slightly burnt molasses aftertaste.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Warsteiner so I went out and tried the Dunkel as well.

Pours a clean brownish read, alot of head but dissapated fairly fast over only a few minutes, not really an issue here.

Smell is interesting here, smells alot like coffee, in fact, the coffee scent is very dominating, maybe a hint of sweetness.

Again with the coffee for taste. Sweet up front with some flavor and a smooth coffe finish, malty aftertaste, nice all around.

Mouthfeel is about average, weight is fine but nothing special, carbonation is right on.

Drinkability is good, I'd do it again, great with snacks.

Photo of Schmidts
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this last night for the first time and was Pleased. Pours dark brown with small white head that goes quickly to a ring. It smells of malt, Chocolate and Coffee. Taste is very nice not as strong as I thought it would be very pleasing in taste. Mouthfeel is refreshing and nice.Drinkability is good you can drink a few and not get to full. Overall I was pleased and thank my Friend for telling me to give it a try. The one thing that I did not like is the bottle is 11.2 instead of 12.oz. I can state this is a very nice beer for a change from lighter beers and a pleasnt one to drink!

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear reddish brown with a thin off white head that wisped away to a slight ring with some slight lacing. Smelled of roasted malts. The taste was a little thin for my taste but I think I am just used to stronger beers. It was smooth roasted malts with a hint of sweet chocolate and some coffee notes. The aftertaste is quite pleasant and there is hardly any bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin but the carbonation makes this one well rounded and very drinkable.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice muddy brown with an off-white head.

Every time I crack open a Warsteiner Dunkel I sit there and inhale almost as much as I drink; tonight being no exception. Smells of roasted malts and a vague underlying hint of chocolate.

Though the taste isn't quite as magnificent as the smell, it is still a very pleasant dunkel. Tastes of dark roasted malts and has a bit of a light bit of a coffee taste.

Goes down smooth, not thick in the mouth by any means but has a well halanced carbonation level and leaves a pleasant after-taste. I won't deny that I savor my burps when I find myself drinking this, I don't care how assanine that sounds.

This is very drinkable, I usually have to talk myself out of opening another as my nights turn into mornings.

(though this review does not cover tap drinking, I have had this on tap and it is absolutely magnificent)

As a footnote, I'd like to add that if you are put off by this by the brand name alone, try it out. This is so much better than Warsteiner's lager.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 11.2oz. bottle. The beer pours a dark copper, forming a 1/2 inch thin white head, which leaves light spots of lace along the glass. The aroma is very malty, along with a slight grassy aroma and a hint of skunkiness. Nothing too complex. The taste is also very malty, a bit of caramel, and finishes with a little bitterness. Smooth light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Light alcohol and decent flavor. Overall, not too bad. A good afternoon beer.

Photo of Strix
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells nice and malty, but weak and a bit metallic. Taste is headed in the right direction, but never really gets there. Tastes of roasted malts and even a very slight chocolate flavor as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Unfortunately the flavor doesn't develop as much as it could, and leaves me wanting some complexity to this. Drinkable though.

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

Beer on-tap (50cl), tasted 2001 (Pub Roma).
Appearance : amber brown color,
Smell : The aroma is malty (roasted malt)
Taste and Mouthfeel : Very light bodied. Most of the flavor is on the back end with malt sweetness, caramelized honey, little bit of chocolate.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style dunkel lager

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

Pours with a small pale white head that quickly subsides to a ring around the glass. Very dark almost black with a few tints of deep brown around the edges, very bubbly, looks alot like coke.
Smells of roasted oats, very deep smell.
Even with the apparently heavy carbonation you cant really taste it. The flavor is very deep and tastes of roasted oats and coffee. A fairly smooth flavor that never really spikes but pleasantly trails off.
Rolls around on the tongue alright but the bubbliness of the carbonation is a little irritating and very noticeable.
For as dark and heavy as this beer is, its surprisingly drinkable although more than a couple would fill you up pretty good.

Photo of MerkinMan
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby brown with not much head.

S: Not much smell. A little bit of German malt (munich?) with a little spicy hop note.

T: Balanced. Not very exciting, but I do not think this beer is made for adventure.

MF: Thin. It is a lager, but thin nonetheless. Lacks needed carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. I wish they made this in cans.

Photo of lowbrau
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ruby hued with a very thin head. Almost no retention. Sweet aroma with hints of brown sugar and plums. Given the very sweet smell, I was surprised by the lack of flavor. Overly sweet maltyness up front with a slightly astringent aftertaste. The sweetness was poorly balanced, with very little hop character.

Photo of MDekker
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The latest in a run through some German beers my wife got me...

It pours out and looks an awful lot like Coke or Pepsi, with less fizz. Some head formed at first but it dissipated pretty quickly and stayed gone. Halfway through it looked like stale pop. No haze to it.

It smells quite sweet and syrupy, like molasses, with some hints of dark chocolate too. Kind of intriguing.

The flavor is a little bready, but that's it - I can't find the flavors for the aromas I detected - it's mostly quite bland. A little aftertaste.

Very watery and pop-like in the mouth. Nothing to cheer about.

I drank it sort of fast, because there wasn't much to it. Overall, quite a disappointment.

Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a dark brown color with copper hues along with an off-white head that provides sporadic lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts and caramel. The taste is definitely on the malty side with caramel, malt, and some faint hops in the finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew that I could definitely see myself throwing back a couple more if somebody gave them to me. It is not something that I would purchase again, but it is worth a try.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first German beer (yes, I'm a newbie, don't kill me!) was a great experience. A moderate pour left about a 1 inch head in a pilsner. I would call the color "garnet" with dark copper hues.

S - Malty sweet with slight hoppiness. Very pleasant smell, may give a hint of some sort of fruit (hard to describe)

T - caramel, hops, malts, simple yet satisfying. A hint of metallic-ness which I thought contributed to the flavor

M - smooth, crisp, very little carbonation

D - definitely a drinkable beer. If you're not in the mood for a stout or a porter, but still want something approaching that ballpark, this is a great beer for those evenings.

Good taste, good feel, good price ($1.80 for a 12 oz bottle)

Overall: not for everybody (my gf didn't like it) but I'll surely buy more

Photo of Graham5161986
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, dark brown with a touch of ruby colour as well. 1 1/2 tan head with decent retention and leaves a slight lace

S: roasted malts and grassy hops, a tad nutty as well - slightly metallic

T: semi-sweet roasted caramel malts with a nutty, somewhat chcolatey finish and a slight bitter hop presence in the background - again, slightly metallic too.

M: light and smooth, slight carbonation and a semi-crisp finish.

D: This is a decent dunkel. It suffers from a bit of metallic flavours but is still quite pleasant to drink and goes down easy. It makes a good dark session lager and I would buy it again.

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.

Photo of avalon07
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer last week and almost forgot about it.

It poured a brownish color, not especially thick in consistency. Left a decent head that didn't linger very long.

Had a nicely sweet smell. Some caramels and maybe a bit of malt in there.

A decent if unexceptional taste. Malty and smooth. Never overwhelms you.

A nice amount of carbonation that gives a little bite to it.

This is a pretty decent beer on the whole, but not something I could get attached to for any period of time.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up dark brown with red highlights with a thin, quickly dissipating head.

S - Caramel notes, with no noticeable hops

T - Slightly sweet caramel flavor with no noticeable hops.

M - Thin and watery

D - This is a drinkable beer, with nothing too objectionable. It's a good beer.

Photo of cer40
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this beer out of a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. It poured a dark brown with hints of ruby. Nice frothy head that dissapates to a patch covering the whole beer.

The brew smells roasted and malty. Tastes much the same with some spicy hops and a dry slightly nutty finish.

It has a smooth, light-medium bodied mouthfeel with about average drinkability.

Photo of AlesALot
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.
Poors out with little head that quickly disapears. Dark almost mohagany color.
The aroma is of a light maltiness.
Taste is thin with some maltiness and little to no hops. Not a lot of bubbles here but a strong CO2 flavor. Not unlike the its light colored cousin with some darker malts added. Not a great beer, but not a bad beer, but not interesting. I wouldn't turn one down, but I won't pay for many of them either.

Photo of KodyBrannon
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass, It poured a darl cola color with a white head that dicipated quickly and left no lacing. The smell of this beer is of roasted malts and wheat. The taste pretty much follows suit with the smell. The mouthfeel is light with a decent amount of carbonation. The overall drinkablity of this beer is good. It would be a good beer for those nights you want to drink somthing dark, but sessionable enough that you don't want to get messed up.

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

Pours a clear deep brown color with a below average head that left a thin ring around the glass. The smell is grainy with a steely and very light roasted malt aroma. Some light nobel hops make their way into the mix. The taste is of light and cracker like malt, slightly roasted, some nobel hop and metallic flavors. The feel is watery and well carbonated, finishes quiet neutral. A rather ho hum brew. Not a bad brew to use in between big brews or just as a session type plug. Just ok.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a clear dark brown with ruby hints throughout under a fizzy white head. No lace, some retention.

S: Smells of sweet malt and molasses, not a whole lot other than that.

T: Sweet again, some sourness in between. Malt, both sweet and toasted, is really the main thing here. Some nuttiness. Would have like a little more to the taste.

M/D: Body is medium and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good. It doesn't bring a lot to the table but what is there is easily downed. Overall a simple but solid brew.

Photo of jscondon
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a deep and dark amber brown with red hues and little head at all. the aroma is odd, but not in a bad way. it has no hop character, nor a discernable malt scent... is this the infamous DMS that i am smelling? i can't place the aroma. this beer tastes like cardboard, i am not digging it. the front is smooth, then the cardboard bitter slam hits you followed by a real dry bitterness. mouthfeel is average.

i thought this is one of the better looking beers i have poured. for a proud german beer i have to give this the benefit of the doubt and say that the shipping got the better of this one. i would not get this again unless it comes from closer to the source.

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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