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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 26
Gots: 44 | 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 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
Photo of SilentSabre

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
Photo of frank4sail

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
Photo of jwilli7122


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
Photo of DESTRO


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this stuff is cheap. like 8 bucks a 12 pack cheap. its pours out a deep bronze, good size white frothy head. scents of sweet/dark malt and some raisins come up with a swirl of the glass. in the mouth it is sweet. grainy and sweet. some dark fruit undertones and coffee like flavors peek their heads out...but all i can really think of is the sweet dark grainy malt. it is the show. a little watery in the mouth, could be a bit heavier being a dunkle and all (atleast IMO). it is drinkable and cheap...lots of the punk kids drink it since its in the same price range as the big 3 and alot tastier. good budget/party beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 07:59:05 | More by DESTRO
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Bronze in color with thick head that strangely produced no lacing. The aroma was of light roasted malt. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, and some bitterness. This beer was on the much lighter side of what should be a medium bodied dunkel.

The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat watery. This creates a very drinkable dunkel, and could be a decent afternoon session beer that won't weigh you down.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2004 12:44:40 | More by Gavage
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the brewery that gives us "Germany's best selling beers" comes this dunkel. This particular dunkel turns out to be just a dark version of the Premium Verum. Really. That's all this beer is. It's almost as if they added dark food coloring to the regular Warsteiner and labeled it a dunkel.

This beer pours a dark brown color with some amber hints. A decent foam head that is unusually white for a dark beer forms and lasts for about 1 minute. The smell is almost identical to the regular Warsteiner: just a crisp, clean malty smell. This also feels like a regular pilsener on the palette, with somewhat of a thin mouthfeel and a moderate carbonation. Flavorwise, this resembles the regular Warsteiner a little too closely. The main aspect of this beer is a light, clean malty flavor. There are some hints of coffee and nuttiness, but these characteristics are nearly muted. The bitterness in the finish is quite low as well, with not nearly enough to balance the maltiness in the beer. The aftertaste is clean with light dryness and light malts, and this beer finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

This is not a bad beer per say, but as you can tell by the tone of my review this beer really didn't meet the expectations I was giving it. You can very easily slap a "macro-dunkel" tag on this one. There are no off-flavors in the beer, it is quite easy to drink and the maltiness is pleasing to the palette, but this beer hovers a bit above the level of average.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 07:43:57 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of CharlesRiver


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

The last beer in my Christmas gift pack from the inlaws. Dark brown in color but still some what see through. Very small white head that doesn't seem to last at all. The smell is grainy and malty. Not that nice at all. Flavor is not so smooth as some burnt flavors come through. I had hoped it to be a bit more balanced and smooth but no dice. Earthy and uneven. I really don't care for it. I would like to try this beer on tap from the source to compare the difference.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 03:03:03 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

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

Decently lacing, foamy tan head on top of the crystal clear, but deep chestnut brew. Fairly sweet malt aroma, lots of caramel and a touch of toast. Starts off great with an expected bit of sweetness and creamy carbonation, but things quickly unravel. Extremely muted coffee notes, dead yeast, and small dose of hush characteristics. Some milk chocolate comes out long into the finish.

This beer has to be served at the right temperature or else it doesn’t taste right. Too warm and it gets pretty yeasty, too cold and the malt is suppressed too much.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 18:48:35 | More by yen157
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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