Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 30
Gots: 98 | 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 oldpainless
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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 -15.2%
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 +0.6%
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 +0.6%
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 -13.8%
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 -9.5%
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 -2.9%
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 -14.4%
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%
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 +20.1%
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 +10.6%
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 -45.4%
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 -5.7%
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.

Photo of Hemi
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. It has a nice fruity nose, dark yet clear appearance and very nice crisp mouth feel. The head is very minimal but definitely right on for its beer style. I can taste a bit of a chocolate note. Definitely one of my favorite Pilsners.

Photo of berserker256
4.83/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite style of beer so my review may reflect that. But this is my favorite beer, period. It pours out dark like coffee into my pint glass and a thin light tan head forms. The head disappears somewhat quickly. It smells perfect. Exactly like a beer should smell. Roasted malt and minimal hops. I love beers that don't try to create all kinds of different flavors. I'm a fan of the German Purity Law of 1516. There seems to be a low amount of carbonation. Just a tiny bit flat. If I were to participate in BEERFEST this would be the beer I would want to consume. Great beer. Reinheitsgebot is best.

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

I thought this was a very tasty beer. Reddish-black in color with nice head that managed to hang around a while.. Slight spicy maltiness with clean finish. Sweet malt and caramel aroma. Mouthfeel was very pleasant.Traditional dark brown German lager. Very high on the drinkability scale.

Photo of andrewm190
2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

well, it looks good. its smell is pretty bad. The alcohol is pungent, but there is little else desirable. I have no desire to smell it any further. there is a little bit of taste to speak of. I would have to rank it no far above a yingling, unfortunately. I wouldn't buy another sixer of this. I'm very disappointed.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark brown with a thin white head. The smell is malt and caramel. The taste is strong of malt and has some chocolate characteristics. The mouthfeel very full, but short of heavy – it seems well suited. I was surprised at how easy to drink this beer is. This would definitely be something to consider for sessions.

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown/mohogany color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. Left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and roasted caramel malts.

T - Great roasted malt taste. Sweet with a little spicy kick.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another very good beer from Warsteiner. It reminds me of a good porter.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strangely sickly dark brown, light highlights at the bottom of the glass. Head is fairly white, but doesn't hold at all, lacing is minimal.

Aroma is frankly weak, mostly wheat malts. Flavor is more of that, heavily featuring lager yeast and lightly flavored dark malt. Nothing of roasted quality, or any bitterness whatsoever. Just a hint of caramel in the sweet of the malt.

Thin, slightly watery. It tastes like a pilsener but with a darker finish. Not recommended.

Photo of Drew966
2.17/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel pours a very dark brown with a thin head that quickly settles to a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is burnt coffee. The taste is disappointing, a kind of harsh bitterness is all I can taste. The mouthfeel is very thin. I expected more.

Photo of gotweid
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 pack of bottles for $16 with a best on date of 4/14/08. Pours a very dark, rusty brown that you can see through if held up to the light. Average head and nice lacing. Smells of a slightly overcooked grain? That description really doesn't do it justice, but that's what I smelled. You pick up the aroma nicely on every sip This is a very nice, medium bodied, smooth beer. The smoothness caught me by surprise. It's a little dry and has a pleasant aftertaste. This drinks very easily. I caught myself drinking the 2nd bottle too fast. I think that's a good sign. I really enjoyed this brew. Very much worth it. Highly recommended. hic....

Photo of xzqrut
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, came out a nice dark brown, with some amber tones. Mild and a little light head, did not retain too well, mediocre lacing. Smell was nice but a little faint, some nice malt aromas. Taste was real nice, very smooth, some good malty and chocolaty taste. Had it with some dark chocolate, went great together. Mouthfeel a little lighter than expected, but clean and smooth, went down great. All in all, very nice.

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad looking beer, light brown with a thin head, but does leave behind some good lace.

Overall, competent, but not impressive. Aroma and flavours are gentle, not particularly pronounced. Some malt and chocolatiness. Thin-bodied. A little too subdued to be a memorable quaff, but nothing off-putting about this one.

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a thin head that eventually fades away.

The smell is of dark, slightly roasted, malt. Breadiness and drying continental-type hops back up the malt.

The taste is of dark malt- almost chocolatey. A bready characteristic backs up the malt. It's rather watery thin, but with some crispness.

A decent "sessionable" dunkel lager. Pretty inoffensive. Nothing particularly special, though, IMO. I have to admit this is one I liked more in the past.

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