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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 29
Gots: 81 | 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 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
Photo of thechaacster
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coffee brown, with a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Sweet and mildly herbal aroma. The taste is heavy on the dark carmel malts (of course), with hints of raisin and a tea-like flavor as well. Not really as impressive as it sounds. Still, despite not breaking any new ground, this is a simple and tasty dunkel. Worth a try.

thechaacster, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: on tap

Appearance: clear brown color, small head, no lacing

Smell: some caramel, raisin, minor roasted malt

Taste: light body, crisp mouth feel, caramel, citrus, minor roasted malt, minor hoppy bitternes in background

Notes: refreshing brew, not much else to say

BeerBeing, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a decent head. Dark from the chocolate malt. Ruby can be seen through the darkness when you hold it up to the light.

Taste is very good, but I found it hard to describe. Definitely a dunkel. Esters/tastes danced around on my mouth.

This is nothing spectacular, but nothing to be sneezed at either. Very drinkable. And, frankly, I don't see many dunkel lagers around. Definitely "worth a try."

GeoffFromSJ, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of SteveO1231
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.
Dark coffee color.
Thick foamy tan head, nice lacing.
Lots of carbonation.
Nice smells or roasted malts hops and a scent like tea.
Rather crisp on the palate (all the CO2) smooth, big roasted malt flavor.
Sweet, Lightly hopped finish with a hint of a tea.
Pretty smooth with a nice aftertaste.
Nice thick German Lager.


SteveO1231, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of WTexas
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented itself in a chestnut brown hue with a medium to light head. Smelled crisp and clean with no unpleasantness. Taste was pleasant with a big malty flavor along with hints of cocoa and coffee. Mouthfeel felt only slightly carbonated with an absence of aftertaste. Certainly, an adequate addition to the refrigerator on a year round basis. A good, yet simple, dunkel to round out one’s selection.

WTexas, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

whynot44, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Hibernator, Sep 05, 2005
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.