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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,280
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 32
Gots: 110 | 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 Gambrinus1184
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of chilidog
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I accually drove about 35 miles for this beer on tap. At the Fort Loramie German Heritage days they had this on tap. I got a Warsteiner glass though this beer was in a plastic cup.

My first Warsteiner experiance, it came a dark brown. The dirty white head already faded to a wisp. No lace, given the plastic cup.

The aroma was not very strong. Malty, dried fruit at best.

The taste was mosty malts. Dark roasted with hints of brown sugar and raisin.

The mouth was left smooth with a hint of dryness. Good with brats and real German music. Makes a nice touch.

Photo of tpd975
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer on the Old Chicago Oktoberfest tour.

A: Medium golden brown color with a nice foamy head.

S: Tons of malt with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Typical german malty brew. Tons of maltyness up front with a hint of biscuity sweetness in the background. Not my cup of tea.

M: Medium bodied.

D: Not for me.

Overall: It is what it is, a malty german brew. If you like that sort of thing you will like it, if you are like me bring on the ales.

Photo of dmamiano
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer was a very nice, dark amber. Almost slightly reddish when held up to the light.
Minimal head that went away fast and no residual lacing to speak of.
Smelled of milled malt with a bit of a phenolic hint.
Taste was of malts as well, seems to be maybe some Munich and dark crystal. Finishes as clean as a whistle.
Pretty good beer, although I havent had many Dunkels to compare it to.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark mahogany with a smallish head that disappeared very quickly.

Aromas of tasted malt, a little raisin, lager yeast.

Taste is almost a lightly burnt malt with some dark fruits and citrus hops on the end. Mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation and hops.

Aftertaste is almost adjunct-like lager with a bit of the nice citrus hops.

Not a great Dunkel...but very decent.

Photo of Floydster
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$3 pint from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach during happy hour

Golden brown with a three quarters of an inch head

Taste was a little too sweet for a lager and was not crisp like I was expecting

Could drink a good amount of these because of how light it is

Pretty disappointing for me after hearing so many good things about it

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice autumn brown appearance, light tan head that is rich and creamy, though not much lacing.

Smell is of dark malt, some caramel and roasted aroma to it, with some noble hops. Taste is about the same, sweet malt gives way to a bit of hop bitterness, that all finishes up fast and clean.

A bit thin in the mouth, so it does not fill you up or bloat you with carbonation. This would be a great one for people who "don't like dark beer".

Photo of botham
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a dark caramel chocolate color with a couple fingers of light tan head that is reduced to a soapy rim after a few minutes.

smells malty, with no hop character. caramel and chocolate malts are present, with a touch of pale malts as well. there is a light nutty base as well, which caps off the aroma. solid aroma, remaining crisp in the nose.

taste is malty up front, namely munich and caramel malts. very crisp and tight flavor profile. not much here, but what is present is excecuted pristinely. balanced and refreshing. a solid lager.

aftertaste is of light malts. not much hop character to speak of.

mouthfeel is a bit light, being medium-light bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel. decent.

drinkability is good. the brew is light, crisp, and refreshing, all the while presenting good concentration and flavor profile. a great dunkel. cheers!

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brownish reddish color with a creamy 1 finger head that does not last and very little lacing.Sniffs a sweet malty caramel and tastes the same with a medium body that goes down quite easily and enjoyable.Very good beer actually and a couple of these before moving on to something else suits me fine.Worth trying.

Photo of champ103
1.9/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: A dark brown to black color. A small tan head that fades to nothing in a few seconds. Almost no lace. Looks kind of like a dunkel
S: A little malt, very thin. Not impressed at all.
T: This tasts like a generic lager. It is watery, acidic and not very robust like a good dunkel should be.
D: Very average. You can drink a lot of this in the same way you can drink a lot of bud.

This is not what I was expecting. Were is the rich, robust, roasted malt flavor? There is almost nothing here that resembles a German dunkel. A disappointment.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very happy to finally be able to review this one. I love me some german beer, and a dark german lager is probably close to my favorite of the style. Now we had a heck of a night with all these brews going around so my reviews are shorter then normal but you can still get the point. Poured a nice dark brown with a big three inch plus foamy tan head coming across the top. Lots of carbonation and side glass lace throughout. Very malty semll, not alot of profile in the aroma. Taste was very dark, lots of sweet malty grains and a touch of cereal. Good dry finidh. Very smooth with good carbonation. Could have easily had several f these tonight with ease, but there were like 8 different beers being served and I had not had a bunch so I was gonna have to try some more. Overall this was just like I thought it would be and I was very happy with it. A damn fine beer.

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