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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 63 | 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 rowew
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz dark bottle.

Appearance: Pours about the color of Coke, with a thin head that fades quickly to nothing.

Smell: Aroma is thin, with a bit of sweetness and just a touch of yeast.

Taste: Very drinkable, a bit of sweetness and wheat flavor, and just a bit of yeast taste makes for a nice combination.

Overall impression: Not the most complex beer out there, but highly drinkable. Nice session beer as far as I'm concerned.

rowew, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of mcallister
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager almost pours with the look of a Pepsi or Coca-cola. A good inch of creamy white head devours the rim with creamy lacing.

The nose on this brew leaves much to be desired. Smells more of cardboard or wet paper with a roasted malt.

Taste is better than the nose thankfully, with a creamy succulent mouthfeel. Caramel and roasted malt are the main flavor components. Not overly comples hence a uncanny smoothness making the beer fairly drinkable.

mcallister, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown beer with a good tan head. Looks quite nice in the glass.

Smell is fairly malty and very toasted bread and grains are in abundance. Good fruity aroma of raisins and toasted bran. Slightly grassy and herbal hop scent and a faint spicy whiff of alcohol.

Taste is quite bready and toasted at the very start of the glass. The pleasant after taste of toasted wheat lingers on your tongue. Very mild sweetness but no real malt flavor this is all grains in flavor. A good amount of caramel and very faint raisin flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very drinkable dark lager and a good looking one too. Sweeter than the regular Warsteiner but by no means is this a bock beer. If you like lots of toasted grain taste and mild hop levels then this beer is for you. The phrase “Liquid Bread” applies to this beer.

Zorro, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of TeutonicKnight
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beer! Goes down easy with its nice robust flavor from the roasted malts, it really goes down smooth! Light, but rich in flavor, and it is very easy to drink with a bratwurst or some knackwurst. Grab one of these on draft, and don't be afraid of the dark!

TeutonicKnight, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Really clear reddish brown color with only a small ¼” of really active off-white foam at first. The head fell within about 20 or so seconds to end up as a really stagnant looking liquid. No ring around the glass, and seldom a bubble rises.

Aroma: Rich toasty sweet Munich malt aroma with a very assertively noticeable dark caramel component. There is a subtle impression of floral hops deep within the aroma, but the malt shines through.

Taste: The taste is really malty, but much milder than I would have thought from all of the toasty aromatics you get with this beer. There is a noticeable sweetness that you get in the beginning that tastes as if it is derived from a generous amount of dark crystal malt. This dark sweetness melds nicely with the toasty flavors from the Munich malt. In the middle of the profile and in the exhale after the sip, you can notice a bit of floral hops here, but they seem to be more for flavor complexity than for malt balance. The finish is decidedly balanced toward the sweet with the bitterness provided by

Opinion: I have had this beer on multiple occasions, and I must say that as the first beer of the evening, it tastes a lot better than I have had it before. It has a rich malty profile that really is akin to a Munich Dunkel. I think that the dark caramel malts were a bit much, and the beer would do a bit better by supplementing some CaraMunich for the crystal. Still, this is a tasty beer and one that I will surely be drinking again.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mildly hazy ,deep mahogany-brown , with a half inch , off-white head. Smell is malty and slighly buttery , hints of raisin bread , some faint hops. Taste is crisp but rich maltiness , again some raisin qualities , some diacetyl / caramel , slight dark fruit-bread flavors , some balancing hops but not very bitter at all. Quite delicious! Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a bready aftertaste coating the tongue for a second. I found this Dunkel lager to be quite tasty and drinkable.

Byeast, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drink by Sept. 8, '06.
Pours a pretty burnt sienna color with an off white head that says hello and goodbye within a minute or so (in a weisse glass, at that).
Smells like sweet caramel, but thin. Almost smells watery. Taste and mouthfeel are watery as well. Pretty smooth and easy drinkin but lacks too much depth. I wasn't expecting doppelbock chewyness but I was hoping for just a hint more richness.
Kind of a decent quality, darkened and sweetened macro lager.

ommegangpbr, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Tallboy
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours: A medium dark with ruby highlights.had a generous creamy white head

Scent:fruity raisen like aroma, caramel and malt...nice

Taste: caramel,citrus,malty and had some complex earthy taste.

Mouthfeel: verry light and crisp

Overall: Good all around beer,I love warseiner so I could be biased here...

Tallboy, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Frisco's in Columbia. Pours a clear dark brown with limited head, retention and lacing. Aromas of caramel malt.
Flavor is basically malty goodness, with solid doses of caramel and some chocolate highlights. I'd call this one hearty, but really misses some depth. Came off more as a medium bodied, well done homebrew. Overall, quite average, very "meh."

Dithyramb, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.72/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a freakin' pleasant brew. Their Premium Verum is a pleasant enough beer, but there is a harsh-hop aspect to it that prevents pure, zen-like drinkability. The extra dark maltiness present in this beer off-sets that hoppiness perfectly, resulting in a complex, round, full beer. Why intellectualize a product that defies thought? Next time you see it, buy it, drink it, and enjoy a transcendent experience.
This is not a perfect beer, but it is a perfectly drinkable beer. Complex, yet simple, it explores the world of your tongue without challenging or offending it. This is why we drink beer. Prost!

shbobdb, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour produces a .3" very light tan head. The beer is a nice looking medium-dark brown color.

smell: There's a toasted dark graininess, kinda like wheat bread. Also a gentle caramel sweetness and spicy noble hop aroma. There's a sour metal aroma that really detracts.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just over medium, and the body around the heavy end of the light range.

taste: At first there's an intermingling of caramelly sweetness and toasted malt...followed shortly by a gentle fnishing bitterness. Sour note similar to the aroma.

drinkability: okay but hindered by the off sourness

Part of a "German Beer Hall Tour" mixed pack I received for Christmas from my Dad. A best before date of August 20, 2006 is printed on the reverse label.

updated 2-12-08 (the "sour" experience)...would actually be lower but I took the middle ground. Well within the best by date.

blackie, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark, but clear; deep ruby color. Thin, off-white foam fades quickly, leaving a faint ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell- Burnt, slightly tangy malt aromas with a touch of hops.

Taste- Thin, slightly over-carbonated mouthfeel. Dry, roasted malt up front, with subtle caramel and nut flavors. The beer is moderately hopped, and the level of bitterness seems to be just right. It compliments the malt well.

Verdict- A nice option as an easy-drinking pub beer.

bearrunner44, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Chadbrew
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended via the beer guy at Liquid Assets.
Pours out a clear reddish-brown with a very nice two fingers of head that rather quickly drops to a ring around the rim and fine lacing. The aroma is rather subdued with a solid malt backbone and just a wisp here and there of earthy and spicy hops, very light though. Sweet and crisp is what I get initially then it's mostly over with just a bit of bitterness lingering in the finish, I find it very refreshing. Good body from what I believe is a bunch of Munich Malt. Drinkability is pretty damn good.
Overall impression is that I feel it'll take me very little effort to finish the six pack tonight, it's the sort of beer that is unobtrusive enough to not have to take center stage yet I find myself looking at it every so often and admiring it's complex yet humble character.

Chadbrew, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of maddamish
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this at the Winking Lizard in Fairlawn.

Tasteless, Watery no head and minimal lacing are my notes on this beer. I was very disappointed in this offering although I was able to score the glass of the month because I ordered this. (A flute)

There was a faint sort of spice that presented itself after the beer warmed up a little but that was about it. When it was all said and done, the glass was the best part of the experience.

maddamish, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany pour into a tulip with a spotty khaki thin head cap with a few scant bubbles rising to leave a thick painted lace.

Light leafy grain aroma with a touch of toasted malt.

First swigs: Smooth dry rye malty middle. Some toasted grain malts over and over. A bit one dimensional, but at least this is tasty and caramely smooth. Some cpper penny meets honey.

Drinkability is medium with a middle of the road soft cushy carbonation.

Last swigs: Seems to be a spot on version of the Dunkel style with a bit of root beer meets grain.

blitheringidiot, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of sauron681
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Medium-dark color, smooth and very drinkable. Fairly light bodied I feel for a dark beer. Dark roasted taste, slight bitterness that quickly dissipates. Also the head is good, light cream to it, but also dissapears fairly quick. Lacing lasted for a while. A beer I will definetly drink again when the time is right.

sauron681, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of Bael
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Brown, head doesn't stick around long at all. I tried this one from draft. Not too dark, but just dark enough to offer the basic flavors that should come with a dark beer. Roasty malt, caramel, slight cocoa, raisen. On the bitter side for me. Too much hopps maybe. Also a tad too much carbonation for me, forcing me to do a fair bit of burping. Finish is fairly smoth, nice, and clean however leaving that dark roasted flavor lingering which is nice.

Bael, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Castle on King in Kitchener, ON. Clear, dark chestnut beer topped by a tan head with some lacing. Spicy, malty nose with a bit more roast and noble hops in the flavour. Slightly yeasty. Dry finish with lingering malt character. Overall, a decent drink.

DrJay, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of danielocean03
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a appreciative dark brown with a half-finger creamy head that doesn't linger long. Smells sweetly of a coffee/caramel aroma with smoky overtones of malt. Lighter than that of a traditional German dunkel, but not watery by any means, still a filling brew. Great mouthfeel, carbonation is present but not overpowering considering the weight of the beer. This was one of my first German beers, would definitely recommend for anyone just getting into German beers without much dark beer experience.

danielocean03, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of riversider76
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown,with a redish hue. Tan head disappears quickly,and not much lacing. Smell is of carmel and malt. Mouthfeel is thin,with a bit of carbination. Flavor is sweet,and a bit roasted. This beer is light,but has a good flavor. Very drinkable.Try it!

riversider76, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of evanackerman
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

this beer pours a tawny brown with a nice fluffy head that seems to be sticking around.

aroma is of caramel malt and that's about it.

taste is a somewhat sour toasted malt flavor, very nice, not too complicated but has a nice roasty aftertaste. goes great with sausage and cheese.

mouthfeel is thin and not overly carbonated.

drinkability is very high, i could enjoy these all day long.

this is a very solid everyday session beer, i think. i enjoy it quite a bit with food. not as good as Capital's Munich Dark but still a good beer.

evanackerman, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was quite suprised by this brew. Very drinkable and very flavorful. poured out to a dark brown color with a 1/4 inch head of cream colored foam. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of roasted malts, grain and earth. Taste was rather complex; flavors of nuts, roased malt, herbs and grain were well blended and kept the palate entertained. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, making this brew good for nearly any time of day or year. Good drinkability; I will be looking for this in bottles next trip to the beer store. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with best before dating of July '06. Pours clear, dark rum colored with a tan hea dthat leaves respectable lacing. Nose is lightly of malt and some honey. Quite dirnkable lager, minor notes of honey and vanilla with clean and smooth malty underpinnings. Middle of the road dark lager, decent if unspectacular sessioner.

Billolick, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bub, this was one tasty treat, a perfect fall brew. From the opening bell, it poured a dark caramel with a tan head. Very rich and malty in both the aroma and quaff – finished with a nice balance of hops.

A finely carbonated brew on tap, I would say to anyone who enjoys dark, malty brews to give this one a sample. The 4.9% make this a good brew for the duration. I’ll be picking up more for the fall season (or I’ll be back at the Fox&Hound for more).

Vancer, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of Shovelbum
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice off-white head over a translucent ruby brown body. Decent lace and head retention. Smells of malt, notes of toffee and light diacetyl. Tastes crisp and slightly malty, but is balanced by a light hop bitterness. A fairly light body with medium carbonation. Clean finish.

A fairly straightforward brew. Doesn’t really wow me, but you can easily toss back quite a few of these without a problem.

Shovelbum, Oct 24, 2005
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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