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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 32
Gots: 119 | 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 allergictomacros
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark ruby red with a decent head. Big but a little loose. Nutty aroma- chestnuts and roastiness, with a background metallic note. Taste is on the sweetish side, with good roastiness. Hops aren't really noticeable in terms of flavour. Body is lightish, with a moderate carbonation. Drinkability is ok - nthing off about this, but doesn't knock my socks off either. Sessionable maybe.

Photo of wardough
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer when my buddy was moving out of his house. Thanks Kev! It pours a dark amber into my glass. Minimal head retention that leads into a white ring. Smell is very faint, only get some caramel from the roasted malts and a faint hint of hops that come through. Taste starts out sweet with the malts, than has a slight hoppy, dry finish. It's lightly carbonated, so it goes down very smooth. This would be a great session beer for any day of the week. Overall an average Dunkel Lager.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A moderately hard pour into my favorite weizen glass yielded a three-finger head with minimal retention and lacing. Nice dark brown with copper highlights.

VERY mild smell of roasted malts and caramel with some hops in there also.

Mild malty taste at first, then the hops bitterness with a slightly unpleasant metallic flavor. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel seems a bit on the thin side, but with a nice level of carbonation.

In spite of all that, or maybe because of it, it goes down really easy. Think I polished these off quicker than any other beer ever.

I've seen this at my local grocery store for a while and never tried it until now... something about the packaging just screamed "German macro" to me, and that's pretty much what it is. As such, it's definately better than Amber Bock, easily available, and seems to slide down scarily (is that a word?) easy.

Photo of beerbutcher
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a lovely dunkel. pours a deep brown color with a pale head which quickly falls. nose is of toasty breadcrust, munich malt and elegant noble hops... more than i expected.

it's quite dry and crisp. an incredibly refreshing beer with a huge nose. there's a chocolately character to it that never goes bitter or astringent and the hops hold it all together nicely. quite rich for such a clean finisher.

overall, great drinkability. would be awesome summer drink for lager stand in when you want something more.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of tonistruth
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- clear deep bronze brew with amber hues, thin 1 finger off white head with good retent

S- brown sugar, cocoa, toasted malts

T- toasted malts with rotating splashes of caramel, raisins, chocolate and brown sugar

M- smooth medium body with a dry finish

D- complex and tasty, tasty lager, good for style

Photo of Biscuit033
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown with hints of red showing through. About a one finger head that settles to a top coat. Moderate lacing.

S: A lot of malts and a tinny metallic note.

T: Chewy dark malts with a hint of sweetness and a mild metallic and bitter finish.

M: Good levels of carbination and a nice malty texture that coats the tongue and mouth. Not quite as crisp and clean as the verum but nice anyway.

D: Very nice winter session beer. I would not turn this beer there but would first look at my other options on tap before ordering this.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very deep and rich brown with a small white head.

The smell had roasted malt and hop aromas, with a bit of nuttiness as well. The taste had a full malt body with roasted nut flavors and a medium hop profile. The roasted flavors came through very well in this brew. The carbonation is medium and the consistency is medium/thick.

It's a pleasant beer overall. The roasted nose is unique, and it's a decent dunkel. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of Gehrig
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent beverage from Warsteiner. A thin off-white head rests atop a walnut brown body. Yet the aroma fails to arouse interest; a moderately malty scent wafts up, but little else. The taste is smooth, with the malt blending well into a smooth mixture of chocolate and a hint of molasses. The mouthfeel is on the bitter side, but acceptably so. Worth grabbing a sixer.

Photo of akorsak
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 1/2 liter mug served at the Alpenhof in Reading, PA.

A: The lager is a thick dark black color. Closer inspection reveals deep brown cola-like colors. The head neared a finger but didn't do much else.

S: The nose is caramel malt, thick and overwhelmingly sweet.

T: The lager is full of darker caramel malts, so much so that it tastes that a caramel syrup has been added to ramp up the sweetness. Hops are practically nonexistent and I just can't get the cloying sweetness of the caramel out of my mouth.

M: The sweetness lingers long after it should, dragging down an otherwise decent lager.

D: One mug was ore than enough for me, if it had just a little less sweetness I may have gone back for a second.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a SA pint glass, thanks to Beeg for this one.

A: Poured a coffee brown color with no real head but plenty of carbonation.

S: Smelled nondescript and just slightly like roasted coffee malts. Pretty average for a dunkel.

T: Tastes like a lager with more roasted malts and not a whole lot of hop bitterness. There should be richer, more complex character in the flavor, but I can't find any.

M: Thin, crisp, and fairly refreshing. For a dark beer, this one is uncharacteristically clean.

D: This would make for a good session beer for the dark beer drinker. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but the modest ABV and that "good enough" taste would make it a worthwhile pickup.

I probably wouldn't buy this one personally, but it's better than their Verum. Give it a shot, and you probably won;t be disappointed.

Photo of meechum
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today for lunch at Taco Mac.

A - Came to the table ruby brown (as posted in other reviews much like a coke) Not much of a head but some decent carbonation going on

S - Very malty and roasty..had a hint of fruit smells in there also..pretty interesting

T - Very malty but with a hint of fruit flavors (I thought I tasted the hallmark banana like in a hefe)

M - A little thin I thought but the carbonation helped it out..overall pretty good

D - Easily able to drink several of these and with the lower ABV makes a great sessionable brew

Photo of JArami
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: So dark for a dunkel, almost like coca cola in my short pilsner glass. A deep ruby with dark red light behind it. Minimal head from a careful pour diminishes quickly.

S: The hops stand out in the aroma almost a little citrus like or fruity as it mixes with the sweet malts.

T: A perfect balance of malts and hops. A little roasted and sweet with the bitterness in the end of the swallow. A well roasted aftertaste with a hint of the hops leaving the mouth clean and refreshed. I wish there was a little more roasted malt presence.

M: Wonderful level of carbonation. Seems almost lighter than other Dunkels, pretty smooth too.

D: After having a pint of Paulaner Salvator on tap earlier today while enjoying a hot sandwich at Mr. Dunderbaks, this Dunkel is super refreshing. Light on alcohol, very crisp, and just sweet enough to help bypass the holiday import chocolate display. I'm a big fan of Hofbräu Dunkel, but it has some competition now. I wish I could find Warsteiner Dunkel on tap here in Tampa. Very drinkable.

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

Saw some of this at the LCBO, I rather enjoy Dunkels and never had this one before so I thought I'd give it a go.

Looks nice, pours like Coca-Cola with head, glows a little redder but still quite nice. Smell is malty, very malty, As is the flavor, also very malty, slight roasted aroma in there too, a bit sweet but not too much. Only complaint about this one is the slightly metallic aftertaste left after it warms, but other than that it is a pretty solid and easy drinking dunkel that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Sleestak
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The appearance to this beer looks exactly like that of a cola. If I didn't pour it myself I would swear it was a Pepsi or Coke from looks alone. I like the smell with some brown sugar, nuttiness and raisin. Sweet lightly toasted malts on the taste, with a cherry like finish. Bitterness is almost nonexistant. Thin mouthfeel but I expected that. Nothing mind blowing here, but with such a low ABV you can surely drink this by the liter. I know I do!

Photo of JamesS
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out a nice brown color that allows the light to shine through it. It has an excellent sweet/malty and barley scent. Nice taste, a nice bit of complexity, but overall just a good malty flavor, although it may be a bit too sweet. Goes down extremely smooth and is easy to drink.

Photo of scottyshades
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Gorgeous brown color with a nice head that leaves a little lace...decent carbonation
S: Good balance of hops, malts, and sweetness
T: Molasses, earthy, and a fair amount of malts
MF: Very clean and not bitter, great aftertaste
D: Highly drinkable, I ordered a few of these before moving on

Photo of number1bum
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color, or maybe it's a deep dark copper, with two fingers of tan head. Decent clarity, but it looks sort of murky, and a few bubbles can be seen. Head recedes to a very thin lace and it doesn't leave much stick.

Smells of toasted malt, some noble hops that are a bit spicy, and a husky like grain smell.

Taste has some initial sweetness and pleasant malt flavor, but then there is a not so pleasant grainy flavor and hop bitterness that takes over. It smooths out through the finish, with a more pleasant toasty flavor and a bit of noble hops. This has a medium body and a crisp carbonation, but is pretty smooth.

Eh, I don't love this beer. Not awful but I probably won't be back.

Photo of tronester
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black in appearance, with a big white head. Smells of roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt as well, with a a good amount of hop bitterness to match. Mouth feel is good. Pretty drinkable, it wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these.

Photo of KI9A
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, cola brown, medium tan head. Fades fast.

Smell of malt & bread.

Tastes of malt, and a bit of a yeasty feel. Finishes a bit sweet, not bad.

Not the "biggest" dunkel I have had, but, not a bad session beer at all. Almost seems as if the flavors were tweaked back.

Photo of shroompod
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pured into pint glass. Dark brown, decent head, not a lot of retention.

Smells of faint roasted malts.

Taste is caramel malt , some sweetness tempered with a small addition of hops.

Mouthfeel is on the light side , good carbonation.

This is a pretty good session beer I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Dunkel, the latest canned German beer at the LCBO, pours a dark mahogany color with a very insiginificant head and not much lace to speak of. The aroma is malty with some ripe fruit and husky grain. The taste is biscuity and some chocolate and fruit notes. Hops are very low profile. Some residual sweetness lingers in the finish for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation for a lager.

This is a decent beer, if could have a more robust malt profile though.

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

Nice brown color w/ redish tint. 1 finger head that goes quickly even on the worst pour. Not much in the nose department, which is okay with me. Medium body with a hint of roasted almond like flavor.A standard german dunkel in every way, but good!
There is nothing that jumps out at you in any aspect of this beer.Its not the best dunkel out there ..but I can say I have drank hundreds of these and it is a very consistant brew.
On tap it is 31% better in every respect. On tap you would know it is the same beer. So much better.

Photo of jneiswender
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought the six pack at Blanchards in JP.

Served in a 4oz sample pint glass.

Beautiful mahogany color with a light tan head. Head dissapates after about 2 minutes. Some lacing remains.

Smell of nice hop notes. Despite the dark color, a very light smell.

The sweet malt hits you right away. The sweetness is nice, has some yeasty aftertaste. carbonation is also quite significant. the hops are present but buried underneath.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer if you are looking for a change up half way through the night. Should wake up your tastebuds. But I wouldn't spend the night with it.


Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet toasted grain with some background noble hops.

The taste likewise consisted of sweet toasted malts and a balancing noble hop spice. A tad thin flavorwise, but not as much as I anticipated.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a decent and relatively tasty dunkel. Made a nice filler once the Paulaner Oktoberfest ran out.

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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