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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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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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Photo of 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
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall, a rather boring beer. Not much really stood out in this beer. It poured dark in color, but with a thin appearance. The head was thick and frothy. The aroma was slightly malty. The flavor was malty again, with a slightly creamy finish. I could not notice any hops. The mouthfeel was overall kind of flat. It kind of reminded me of a toned down mild, perhaps good as a session beer?

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2005 00:03:36 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of soper2000


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

Hard to believe that I've never had this. I'm generally not a huge Dunkel fan and I suppose my general lack of interest in this beer echoes that sentiment. It starts out decently enough. A ruby tinged brown with an off white 1 finger head which quickly retreated to being merely lacing. Smell was not as assertive as I was expecting, roasty notes noticably when you inhale super deep. Some sweetness was also detected. Taste is a little thin. Starts and ends sweet. Note a whole lot of roast going on. Very gulpable though. I'd take this over Premium Verum in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 18:59:42 | More by soper2000
Photo of jvajda


3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 00:40:52 | More by jvajda
Photo of Biffster


2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample pours mahogany with both copper and gold highlights. Very clear to brilliant with an off white headthat dissipates quickly.

The aroma is quite malty. Big continental malt aromas mingle with a touch of caramel. The beer has little friuty esters, but there is evidence of DMS and diacetyl. There is the bearest hint of spicy hops.

the flavor is malty at the start. Sweetness, countered by hop flavor comes next. There is the impression of woody huskiness that imerges. THe swallow is malty and the beer finishes a bit astringent.

The body is medium light, with the carbonation and astringency implying a lighter mouthfeel. The astringency is distracting.

Overall, I expect a Dunkel to be a bit fuller and less astringent. Not bad, but not as great as a great name from Germany should be.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 03:38:58 | More by Biffster
Photo of Anonmatel


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't mind this beer for a couple of reasons. It's extremely cheap in bottle shops in Italy (as is most beer), and it's extremly drinkable. Poured a decent haed that dissapeared really fast. It had the smell and taste of roasted malt and was a little sweet which is always good. I'd definatly drink this again because although it's nowhere near my favourite Dunkel, it was very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 00:00:00 | More by Anonmatel
Photo of Padron4KM


2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best before July 05. Pours a clear dark brown with a small short lived tan head. Mininimal lacing.
Aroma was sweet, malty, caramel. A touch of chocolate.
Taste is sweet, a touch roasty, a touch nutty. Body is thin and watery.
Average brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 04:29:10 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of necoadam


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

On tap at East Side in New Britain CT

Came in a half-liter mug. Appearance was medium brown color with some good carbonation visible.

Smell consisted of some cocoa, a touch of chocolate and some malts round out the nose.

Taste was ok as well. Caramel and malts are the backbone to this brew. It's a touch of the sweet side, but the cocoa balances the sweetness out. Wasn't too bad I gotta admit. Perhaps it was a little too soft on the palate. On-tap this was pretty decent, but I don't know how much better it is in the bottle. But this was good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2004 20:37:08 | More by necoadam
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"4"'s across the board for this one. Mighty tasty indeed. Poured a rusty brown with a nice finger or so head that stuck around for about 2 minutes. Decent lacing. Smelled of hops and surprisingly, a tiny bit bready. Little bit of malt trying to come through. As far as the taste, I thought it tasted like regular Warsteiner Lager, just a little less hoppy. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth with very little carbonation. Overall, I really liked this one. A good session beer, this.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 06:09:54 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of danadeny


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nice clear, bark brown body. very nice head. smells of fresh pils hops and a little bready. mmmm starts off fresh and crisp like a pilsner, but the middle and finish doesnt have a bite like a pils. it is much much smoother, almost dangerous. very light. taste of roasted malt. finish is clean, with just a little hops for character. The mouth feel is on the light side, but in a refreshing way. and no aftertaste to speak of. so smooth, light mouth feel, not lacking in taste, equals a great drink ability.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2004 02:06:02 | More by danadeny
Photo of beragg


2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Funny, that after drinking better beer, something you used to like doesn't taste as good. That's what happened with this dunkel. My friend introduced me to this after he returned from a stay overseas in Germany with the Army. It poured a dark brown with a head that quickly dissapated. There really wasn't any aroma. The taste was malty, metallic and thin with a little hops. Mouthfeel was watery. Now this beer is better than most American macros but really is barely average

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 01:09:46 | More by beragg
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
Photo of RoyalT


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 17:12:35 | More by RoyalT
Photo of drewbage


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

Sampled on draft at the Yard House in Pasadena, CA in a standard American straight sided cheater pint.

Beer pours into the glass as a dark brown brew with almost no head in this pour virtually up to the lip of the glass.

Aroma is lightly nutty with the barest hints of toffee hiding behind a CO2 masked aroma of light hops.

Beer comes to the palate with a dry nut body and just the lightest residual sweetness... Surprising in the face of the dry nutty notes to the rest of the brew.

Overall.. drinakble.. unoffensive, but certainly nothing to make a man jump up and holler. (For the record.. I would take this over Newcastle any two days of the week)

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2004 22:00:13 | More by drewbage
Photo of elmocoso


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

Looks good. Transparent with the ruby highlights one might get from black cherry juice. A decent milk chocolate colored head - one finger and soon gone. Leaves enough lacing for satisfaction.
The nose is aluminium and dark malts. A light spicy hopping is back there somewhere, i just know it.
Mmmm. Not too bad. A nice rounded roasted maltyness in the front and a grassyness in the back. Mouthfeel is above average.
All over drinkability suffers from the smell but this is still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 02:56:33 | More by elmocoso
Photo of tavernjef


2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper rubyish color, thin beige cap, keeps a skim for a while, minimal lacing in small spots and strings. Aroma has a gentle but appealing dark bready aroma, very slightly sweet and tangy. Taste is quite mild with a slight lagerish twang of sweetness, weakened caramel and the mildest of mild roast. Clean, poofy thin body, not watery, just empty with some slight tangy sweetness and starch. I thought I was doing myself a favor picking this up on sale, but nah, not really. No where near what a good dunkel should be at.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 19:03:22 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Salpta

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summery: Not bad for a dunkel lager. More potent than most lagers, but still delicate enough to call a lager.

Appearance: Nut brown with a quickly settling head. Remaining ring left no lace.

Smell: Delicate and sweet.

Taste: Slightly sour with a good malt taste, slightly hoppy but with no bitterness. Actually fairly watery.

M&D: Very light on the tongue, and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 18:18:11 | More by Salpta
Photo of mobyfann


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

Paid $10.99 for a 12pk.

The appearence is your standard dunkel cola-colored base with a light sized head that retains for a minute or two, but for no longer. The smell hints a bit of malt, but that's all that I'm getting out of it.

The taste is a bit better, one of a malty, mildly spiced dunkel, yum... The mouthfeel and drinkability receive good marks as well because it feels light, but maybe too light in the mouth and it's a nice ride with every drink taken.

Final Thought: At the price, a staple in the fridge... a quality German dunkel!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 01:46:43 | More by mobyfann
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty malt wet leather smell to the brew. Dark brown color to the brew in the pint glass. A slight pale grey head is present after pour but it is nothing impressive. Smoothish thinnish mouth. The taste is of plums and dark fruitsup front with a sweetish sharp tasting malt finish. It was ok but not the after dinner beer I was looking for...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 02:39:54 | More by frank4sail
Photo of 57andcounting


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light tan colored full head. Doesn't last too long, but settles into a nice ring. Root beer colored with little carbonation. It has a faint smell of alcohol and malt. The taste contains that flavors of malt, faint caramel, but not sweet, and just a bit of alcohol. A little bitter on the aftertaste. Not real complex. The mouth feel is light for a German brew. This is a real nice beer that is different from beers in its price range. At the price, it is worth having a few bottles around.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 17:53:43 | More by 57andcounting
Photo of crookedhalo


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

Pours a lighter cola color with a touch of deep orange highlights. Medium cream colored head when decanted into the fluted Warsteiner pils glass. Good Munich Dunkel and Vienna malt profile, very fresh smelling. Not much hops to discern. Refreshing beer with every sip. Oddly, a bit husky in the finish, but not in an off way. Good summer quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 21:10:16 | More by crookedhalo
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3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark but clear brown/orange rootbeer color with a big bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing.
Smell is pleasant - nutty for sure...dark but not coffee or chocolate or sweet. not sure what that smell is.
Taste is nutty and very acidic with some dry sourness. very little sweetness, and the sourness is not unpleasant. different flavor than any beer i've had. Fairly mild but pleasant.
Medium/thin on the tongue and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 05:06:46 | More by jwilli7122
Photo of ism

New Jersey

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

Dark amber color with a frothy beige head that leaves virtually no lace on the glass. The head subsides quickly into nothing, releasing malty aromas, either caramel or crystal. The body is on the medium-thin side, with the right amount of carbonation. The malts are readily evident as a rich, roasted flavor, but not as assertive as they should be. Finishes with a fruity aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable, good for a post-work session, but not really a dunkel aside from color.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 04:08:50 | More by ism
Photo of goindownsouth


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

Really, one of the more under-appreciated braueries in Germany, I had to try this one when I saw it was available. This Bier poured out a deep and rich dark colour, and the head was both apparent and long-lasting. The aroma was sweet in a fruit and sugar way, if that makes any sense. This brew tasted good and malty, with good notes of grain and roasted malt. I know there are many far superior, but this one is still not bad and in fact, well above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 11:19:08 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Bierguy5


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

Pours a dark brown liruid, with no head at all. No lace left on the glass at all. Smells slightly of a roasted malt, but also sweetish. Taste was not bad, a small amount of roasted flavor, with very little bitterness. It seemed a bit thin in the mouthfeel department. It was however, very drinkable. This wasn't as bad as it sounds, it just didn't stand out. There wasn't a whole lot of anything in this beer. It was smooth though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2004 14:51:29 | More by Bierguy5
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