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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 55 | 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 whynot44


3.35/5  rDev -3.7%

Dark red/mahogany color with a decent tan head that retreats to a collar and a trace of lace fairly quickly.

The aroma is mild caramel malt with just a suggestion of grassy hops.

The taste starts slightly sweet, mild grainy malt with a touch of caramel, finishes slightly medicinal and carbonic.

Light bodied, actually a little thin but smooth and easily drinkable. Decent but nothing special.

09-08-2005 03:24:24 | More by whynot44
Photo of Hibernator


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness on the back label that reads 23. Dec. 06 14:47
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a deep chestnut color with some light brown hues on the bottom of the glass. Very thin lace for a head with some spots for lacings on the side of the glass. Mini carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

Aroma of malts with a slight backdrop of German hops.

Sweet caramel malts up front with a slight biting German hop presence on the finish. Very clean and sweet on the palate, nothing complex here. Some nut flavors come through as well. Good drinkability level on this beer and it might have to do with its modest carbonation. I drank this rather quickly.

This is a solid German Dunkel. Heavy on the malts, well balanced and easy to drink.

09-05-2005 21:43:33 | More by Hibernator
Photo of ryantupy


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

A mediocre dark brew it pours a nice brownish stain look with little to no head but that head that does exist is very sticky. The aromas i couldent put my finger on and the taste was a little lite for a darker brew. It had a crisp dry finish with little to no bite and maybe a little to much carbonation.

09-01-2005 00:18:25 | More by ryantupy
Photo of Domingo


3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

Not a bad brew at all, and it's readily available and affordable, too.
Pours a faily light color for a Dunkel. Looks almost like someone took a lager and mixed a little bit of porter with it. Not bad, but a little on the lighter side of things.
The smell is stronger - exactly what I'd expect.
The flavor is a winner. Roasted malt with a surprising amount of sweetness mixed in. No typical euro-macro twang at all. Goes down really smooth. Hoppier than a Munich brewed dunkel, this beer shows it's roots.
Makes for a good brew to enjoy with dinner or just a late summer afternoon.
It's not the greatest beer in the world, but it's definitely worth trying!

EDIT: In recent years I've seen this showing up super-fresh in paper sealed cases with dates on them. When you find one with a "drink by" date that's 5-8 months into the future, GRAB IT. It's always going to be on the hoppier side compared to a Bavarian dunkel, but it's still good.

08-31-2005 23:30:32 | More by Domingo
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured a deep maroon color with a nice half inch head that stayed around quite a while then dissipated into a layer of silky smoothness on the top of the beverage.
I was dissappointed with the aroma, or lack thereof, of this beer. There wasnt much to talk about. A bready malt aroma with the tiniest hint of chocolate.
A very pleasant and smooth taste with caramel and bread undertones, with a great balance of hops and malt.
A smooth and tempting mouthfeel makes this a pretty good beer. I cant wait to enjoy the rest of the sixer I bought.

08-31-2005 20:25:40 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Holyterror


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

It's amazing that I've never tried this one before. Warsteiner's pils is pretty run-of-the-mill, but good nevertheless. I went into this one with modest expectations. I was pleasantly surprised.

It poured a dark, yet translucent, reddish-brown, slightly lighter than some other dunkels. The head was almost pure white, thin, and did not last as long as I had hoped. It was probably the biggest disappointment with this brew. However, taking some wisdom from the wine world, I whipped a little air into it and got the volatiles going. To the nose, it was agreeable, but not entirely what I expected. Fruitiness gives way to grilled vegetables, some roasted notes, nothing burnt in the nose. It leaves you wondering what this is really going to taste like. Taste is interesting. At first, just another dunkel, although thinner. Roasted flavors intensify throughout and then are joined by slight twinge of burnt flavor at the finish. Sort of moves from lager to ale in profile. What shocked me was the drinkability; I found that as I was thinking about and doing other things, the beer disappeared inexplicably. It leaves a clean feeling in the mouth, and goes down very smoothly. I have to give this one high marks for how it just slides down.

Paired with beef, this brew is amazingly good. The somewhat thin consistency is welcome in this scenario. It does a good job of cleansing the palate, which is not a trait I associate with dark beers. If you find this at a pub, I would definitely suggest having it alongside shepherd's pie. Yum, yum.

Dunkels, along with some Scottish ales, are the only dark beers I drink in summer. This one has earned a place in my refridgerator to compliment my steak and potatoes. All in all, a solid offering from one of Germany's big importers.

08-08-2005 06:12:49 | More by Holyterror
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

Warsteiner Dunkle is dark chestnut brown in color with an average-sized, light brown head. The aroma is of generic German toasted malts. Not a bad aroma, but nothing outstanding. The taste is all toasted and bready German malts. A little grain flavor comes into play towards the finish. The malt flavor here is very good, but doesn't have that extra something to set this beer apart from some of the better beers of this style. Still, this is easy to find, reliable, and nicely priced. This will be in my fridge again.

07-30-2005 18:56:38 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of tgbljb


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

poured a beautiful deep copper color with slightly off-white quickly disappearing head. Smell is of caramel, coffee, roasted grains. Taste is a bit disappointing becasue the promises of the smell do not follow through. Finish is a slight bitterness with caramel notes. Beer is good but just does not seem to excel in any aspect.

07-28-2005 00:12:31 | More by tgbljb
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +13.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a small head; decent retention and considerable lacing

Smell: A whiff of toasted malt

Taste: Toasted malt flavors dominate, with a hint of caramel and a subtle nutty flavor; the finish is dry and slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very clean and drinkable; well-made

07-16-2005 00:07:14 | More by brentk56
Photo of palliko


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance is a medium dark brown, that pours a creamy head with some lace retention. The aroma contains hints of vegetable, prune and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is average in carbonation, dry and mild on both hops and malt. Some hint that the Dunkel comes from caramel additives rather than cask aging. The finish is dry and slightly artificial tasting. Not up to Warsteiner's standards with their other beers.

07-11-2005 06:48:36 | More by palliko
Photo of Puddleglum


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%

This poured with a surprisingly nice head that managed to do a fair amount of lacing down the glass for a lager. The smell was malty, bready, caramel and burnt toast. The flavor was similar to the aroma with a little bit of diacetyl in there making it slightly sticky. I enjoyed it's low carbonation although some may not. I think this is a great dunkel and why shouldn't it be? It's Warsteiner after all.

07-07-2005 19:27:10 | More by Puddleglum
Photo of BEERchitect


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

Munich Dunkel done the Warsteiner way.

Smells lightly malty, toasty, and caramelly. Almost buttery and bready. Mildly sour with fruity notes of dates or nuts.

Looks solid brown with amber highlights. Quite clear for darkness. Light tan head laces well. Light to medium carbonation.

Tastes sweet but not overly malty. Breads, toasty, and caramels persist in the flavor. Detects brown sugar and butter popcorn in the body. Feels efforvescent and numbing to the toung. A bit grainy. Hop flavor and bitter only for balancing sweet. Creamy and slightly alcoholic to the palate.

Finishes sweet but not malty. Toasted flavor and bitter remains.

Impression: Nicely balanced, clean and crisp. Creamy dark lager.

06-19-2005 03:06:52 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Fish113d


3.55/5  rDev +2%

Chilled in a 12 oz. bottle, I poured this into a pint glass. It poured a dark chestnut color with 1 inch of white, bubbly head that left nice lacing on the sides of my glass. Very clean looking, but a little boring to be honest.

Aroma is a bit of wheat and grains with some slight caramel and some fruit. Not much hops comes through, and this leaves a little to be desired.

Taste is decent however. Clean, brisk is how i can describe it. Some caramel and chocolate flavors maybe with some a slight mocha ending which is nice, but again, nothing really grabs me here.

Feel is nice. Above average in carbonation up front on the sip, but this one turns very smooth by the swallow (silky finish).

Overall, easy to drink and rather refreshing...not too shabby, but I've had much better.

06-14-2005 03:31:25 | More by Fish113d
Photo of BeerandBlues2


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottle. Pours nut brown to mahagoney with some brown head as it pours then completely dissipates. Aroma is caramel and brown sugar malt with a light chocolate nose. Initial flavor is fizzy caramel malt, slightly toasted. Finishes a little hoppy and spicy with faint chocolate notes. Medium bodied and fizzy palate, warming.

05-27-2005 17:30:10 | More by BeerandBlues2
Photo of Opethsprite


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

Dark, but with strands of gold and amber. The head was thin and rapidly diminished. Overpowering scent of sweet wheat and lightly-spiced fruits. The smell is very agreeable, but not terribly complex. Tastes more of chocolate and pine sap than indicated by the smell. It's very nice, actually. Simple and clean with a sweet finish.

05-25-2005 00:15:29 | More by Opethsprite
Photo of alexgash


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

Dark amber cola brown with a small, soft, light tan head that doesn't last too long. Nose is lightly sweetened roasted malts, some dark fruit, and spicy hop bitter. Taste starts with toasted/roasted malts and tobacco. Faint caramelly sweetness and grapes. Minor cardboard in the finish with some roasty bitterness. Not bad. Mouthfeel is a little thin and over carbonated.

05-01-2005 01:39:10 | More by alexgash
Photo of BeerBob


2.78/5  rDev -20.1%

Warsteiner “Premium Dunkel” Pours a very pleasing very dark red from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. Head went to about two fingers before disappearing to nothing, gone, zip...

Nose is a burnt sweet barley malt with a side of faint, very faint alcohol fumes. Palate is a teasingly sweet barley malt, just a specter of what a sweet barley malt should be.

I like Warsteiner Premium Verum... a lot, (I drink it about 45% to 55% of the time), this “Premium Dunkel” is a bit of a disappointment, it is a shame that I could not give it higher marks.

03-27-2005 08:56:24 | More by BeerBob
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick towering offwhite head. The aroma is good. It has a roasted malt scent with a sweet caramel aroma. It also has a dry yeast scent as well. The taste is decent. It has a very dry malty flavor that boasts of crystal malts and lager yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent dunkel. I prefer them to be less dry and sweeter, but it goes down easy nonetheless.

03-17-2005 02:35:20 | More by WesWes
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

Extremely dark brown, sheets of ruby red highlights. An aroma of sweet malts and dried grains, the nose has some definite earthy characteristics going on. A fine, crisp medium-mouthfeel; sweet malts, molasses and oats. Becomes dry and subtle, weak come as you are tastings of coffee beans and hints of earthy hops. Not too shabby.

03-13-2005 21:53:04 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of PorterLambic


2/5  rDev -42.5%

Had this at a tasting at my local quaffery, The Cock and Bull pub, Sarasota, FL. My previous experience with Warsteiner products made me a bit leery but, that's what makes tastings so great, you don't have to commit to a six pack or even a whole bottle.
Pours a dark amber, almost brown. Clear with a small head and little lace.
Smell is just a faint hint of apple sweetness and nothing else. Didn't know a beer could have so little to smell. I really had to search to find something for my nose to do with this beer.
Taste is that same apple that blends to toasted malt & hops with a bunch of bitterness and a slight, lingering hint of smokiness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is rough with a medium body an effervescence on the tip of the tongue.
Drinkability: glad it it was just a tasting, I couldn't drink anymore of this. Just more megabrew swill to me. I'm off the Warsteiner line for good.

03-01-2005 03:50:30 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of dauss


3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

Presentation: tall 12oz. non twost off bottle. with a best date stamped on the bottle. I guess its good until august 2005.

Appearance: Clear dark brown, but reddish ruby when held up to the light. Large light tan head forms with a good pour, but fades fast. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: grainy malty smell with toffee. It also has some other aroma going on, but I can't pick out what it is. Maybe skunk.

Taste: Upfront but mild hop bitterness. Almost chocolate, but more toffee-like flavor. Caramel sweet finish with hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel: It has a good body, neither thick or thin, light-medium carbonation. Is is on bland side, but very drinkable, I could see myself drinking these on a hot summer day.

02-16-2005 21:47:20 | More by dauss
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

1.53/5  rDev -56%

Watery brown colour, with odd old smell. Tastes like sucking on a piece of cloth. If you really need to drink. Very grainy, too much carbonation. Like a club soda with some cheap gin or scotch drop poured in. Some malts, perhaps a hint of roast, acidic.

02-09-2005 03:56:53 | More by Sammy
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -11.5%

Overall, a rather boring beer. Not much really stood out in this beer. It poured dark in color, but with a thin appearance. The head was thick and frothy. The aroma was slightly malty. The flavor was malty again, with a slightly creamy finish. I could not notice any hops. The mouthfeel was overall kind of flat. It kind of reminded me of a toned down mild, perhaps good as a session beer?

01-31-2005 00:03:36 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of soper2000


3.2/5  rDev -8%

Hard to believe that I've never had this. I'm generally not a huge Dunkel fan and I suppose my general lack of interest in this beer echoes that sentiment. It starts out decently enough. A ruby tinged brown with an off white 1 finger head which quickly retreated to being merely lacing. Smell was not as assertive as I was expecting, roasty notes noticably when you inhale super deep. Some sweetness was also detected. Taste is a little thin. Starts and ends sweet. Note a whole lot of roast going on. Very gulpable though. I'd take this over Premium Verum in a pinch.

01-02-2005 18:59:42 | More by soper2000
Photo of jvajda


3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: Dark brown-red and fluffy head. Good lacing.
Smell: Big malt freshness and present hop tones.
Taste: Huge malt flavor. Really refreshing and smooth, but well balanced with a hearty helping of grassy hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with little carbonation.
Drinkability: Gets a little sickly as it warms and makes me want to move on.

This is the only beer to drink when you're at a Reds game.

12-24-2004 00:40:52 | More by jvajda
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