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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,218 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 78 | 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 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
Photo of ryantupy
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ryantupy, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Domingo
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Domingo, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SaCkErZ9, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of Holyterror
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Holyterror, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gagnonsux, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tgbljb, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

palliko, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Puddleglum
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Puddleglum, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BEERchitect, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Fish113d, Jun 14, 2005
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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