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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001)
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Photo of yen157

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -8%

Decently lacing, foamy tan head on top of the crystal clear, but deep chestnut brew. Fairly sweet malt aroma, lots of caramel and a touch of toast. Starts off great with an expected bit of sweetness and creamy carbonation, but things quickly unravel. Extremely muted coffee notes, dead yeast, and small dose of hush characteristics. Some milk chocolate comes out long into the finish.

This beer has to be served at the right temperature or else it doesn’t taste right. Too warm and it gets pretty yeasty, too cold and the malt is suppressed too much.

01-05-2004 18:48:35 | More by yen157
Photo of HochFliegen


3.05/5  rDev -12.4%

This beer poured nice and dark with a white head about 2 finger widths. It was a light head that held a slight malty smell. Not much hop smell that I could detect. The tatse was malty much like the smell. Toward the end it almost had a roasted or smoked taste to it. Very light in the mouth and easy to drink. Nothing really stood out about this beer.

12-28-2003 07:10:49 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of avylover


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

Came in a "Beers of the world" sampler.

Nice looking beer. Dark clear golden brown with a frothy white head.Aroma is weak, with some slight skunkiness and some grains. This starts off like your average american lager, then a small dose of hops hits and finishes with a welcome mild malt flavor. Very clean mouthfeel, somewhat watery. I could drink this all day. Not a great beer, but a good session brew with nothing offensive going on.

12-27-2003 19:37:13 | More by avylover
Photo of Darkale


3.05/5  rDev -12.4%

Clear brown body with a light tan head that does not last long and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is crisp, light yeast.

Mouthfeel is slick and thin. Slightly sour taste with faint hops burn.

Frankly, this is not a very refreshing or welcoming beer, in my opinion. I was disappointed.

12-08-2003 20:00:02 | More by Darkale
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

When poured into a glass you get a nice almost meriange like lite tan head. A light malt aroma can be gotten by slightly swirlling the beer. As the beer hits your mouth you get, again, a light roasted malt. That malt note finishes just ever so sweet and clean on the finish. Not as exteremly flavorful as I generaly like but a nice clean tasting beer that is definitely a step above the Mega brews.

11-22-2003 23:13:43 | More by ybnorml
Photo of EagleTalon


2.38/5  rDev -31.6%

Overall, a dissappointing beer. Starts out looking and smelling great, with a nice head, good lacing, reddish brown color, and an aroma dominated by spicy Saaz hops...then the moment of truth. The taste lacks any character but water! What is going on here? It is a frustrating experience. This stuff is drinkable, but damn, you'd think the flavors would be more assertive!

11-15-2003 18:17:02 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%

This dunkel begins with an attractive beige head that slowly diminishes to a thin ring; the lacing doesn't quite stick for the duration. The aroma hints at raisins, molasses and nuts that aren't as evident in the slightly roasted malt taste. The colour of a dark sherry and light-bodied on the palate, the taste of Warsteiner Dunkel isn't as robust as I was expecting but it goes down easily and I'd probably buy it again.

11-15-2003 12:57:43 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%

A clear, russett brown body is capped by a short head of creamy, off-white foam that holds well before dropping to a thin collar. The nose is clean with the exception of some slight lager yeast sulphur. It offers a light note of dark kilned malt, but it's neither chocolatey or roasty. Its medium body and fine, median carbonation leave it gently crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor reveals a bit more chocolate and dark caramel than the nose suggests (but not much more), and an edge of floral/grassy hops rounds it out. It finishes dry with some light residual bitterness and a mild, lingering, dark maltiness.

11-02-2003 03:02:21 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Dogbrick


3.35/5  rDev -3.7%

On draught at the German Village Oktoberfest. Dark reddish-brown with a thin beige head. The aroma is lightly nutty. It is light-bodied for a Dunkel, with notes of coffee and nuts. The finish is crisp which makes this a decent session beer overall. However it lacks any real character or complexity.

10-06-2003 17:04:33 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of beerguy101


3.33/5  rDev -4.3%

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied dunkel. Malts are slightly roasted and a touch chocolaty. Hops are mild spicy. Well balanced. Smooth. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

10-02-2003 02:36:01 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Nytemare


2/5  rDev -42.5%

Appearance: Freshness date of Oct 2002. Poured a dark brown with a very thin, slightly off white head. Virtually no lacing.

Smell: Smelled of malt, bready. As I found out, this was the best thing it had going for it.

Taste: Sickly sweet and sour with a malt backbone. I don't know if this is due to it being way past its prime, or that it's intended to taste this way, but none of the reviews I've read about it indicate this.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated, not too light or thick.

Drinkability: Not very, but again, this is probably due to it being over a year old.

Got this as a single in a build your own six pack deal at a local liquor store. It's one of two I got that are past the freshness date. If I ever see this where I can pick it up as a single, and it is fresh, I'll try it again, but as it stands, I'm not a fan of this at all.

09-23-2003 01:55:22 | More by Nytemare
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%

A beauty that is impressive in appearance and tastes good as well. The dunkel is dark amber with a firm tan head and decent lacing. The aroma is malty and has a bit of breadiness added in to tne mix. Clearly the flavor has a strong malt start, but it also has a nicely dry finish. The feel is medium and it is not a crisp as desired. Nice drinkability.

09-21-2003 03:54:48 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Ellbert


3.2/5  rDev -8%

This was a decent beer. It looked okay. It was very much like a light macro with its apperance. Very light golden color and you could see right through it.

The smell was better. It smelt of a more complex light macro and the taste was the same, light but complex. Instead of rice it was malt. More robust than it looked and smelt.

Mouthfeel was ok. Pretty much what I expected from the look but it didn't match the flavor.

I could drink this all night. A very easy brew to drink.

Drink UP

09-16-2003 02:42:40 | More by Ellbert
Photo of kaszeta

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

Tasted at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

Pours with a deep amber body, with a very light frothy head. It has a nice earthy aroma, with plenty of malt, and a bit of grass. Taste is similar, with nice malt and grain flavor and a fair amount of hops. Substantial mouthfeel, rolls over the tongue. A pleasant Dunkel, but there are better ones out there.

09-15-2003 19:56:58 | More by kaszeta
Photo of Reidrover


2.28/5  rDev -34.5%

On tap at Gustav's Restaurant, Clackamas, Oregon.
Beer looks like a glass of black coffee with a tan head..by "black coffee" i dont really mean completely black..but a mahogany brown colour.
Smell was quite subdued..slight chocolaty style malts but not much.
Very thin and watery tatslessness..poor carbonation..flat horrid.
Thin and wat too watery on the tongue.
Not very drinkable at all..i wonder if there was some problem with the keg?

09-15-2003 00:38:42 | More by Reidrover
Photo of taez555


2.88/5  rDev -17.2%

This beer poured a rather clear but dark brownish amber, almost red in the right light. The head was a very small white.

The nose was very subtle. A little bready, some slight hints of earth, but very subtle in the bar.

The taste was watery and light. Very lightly carbonated. Some nice dark bready malt flavors. A surprisingly earthy hop intenceness that could almost be mistaken for a skunk flavor, but is just a classic german hop charector. Beyond that though, very light and watery. A mellow bitterness and earthy hop taste.

If I wanted to give someone a sample of what a real dunkel at beirgarden in germany tastes like I might give them this and say "it's like this, but better" It's not too bad, but I've had a lot better.

09-08-2003 04:59:43 | More by taez555
Photo of rajendra82


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Very drinkable German import. Pours very dark brown and clear with little head that dissipates to a very thin to nonexistant line of foam. Hop aroma is lightly floral but is too mild to be noteworthy. Very malty and grainy, an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel with no hint of bitterness or roughness. Some coffee and caramel like undertones. A good well rounded and drinkable session beer.

08-31-2003 02:53:14 | More by rajendra82
Photo of UnionMade

New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

On tap at the Warsteiner tasting at Eli Cannon's on April 24th, 2003.
Dark brownish umber, with a mahogany hue through the light. Puffy almond head that quickly dimishes, but most likely because of the burger I was eating at the time.
Smells mildly roasty and light, with a crisp clean lager-ish quality. Mild herbal hopping balances out the malts. Malts are sweet and clean.
Flavor is light and roasty, yet sweet. Very clean, well done. Mild herbal hopping comes through towards the end and finishes the beer with a light crispness. Not exceptionally flavorful, but extremely clean. Moderate small bubbled carbonation. Smooth. Aftertaste is very mild, leaving little flavor to be wanting more, but still a very good pint. I'd take another.

08-29-2003 17:52:26 | More by UnionMade
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.9/5  rDev -16.7%

This pours pretty much like a Coke. About a finger of head dies down very quick, maintaining a thin crown around the edge.

Very light malt/sweet smell. A little macro-ish actually. Not bad, but I am most accurately Not Impressed.

For a dunkel, a bit under-flavored. Some malt presence with a bit of roastiness, further enhanced by the carbonation. Mostly sweet finish with a light bitter aftertaste. Not as robust as its color intimates. It's about as flavored as a good lager, I'll be a sport and give it a 3.0.

Body is good enough, but still a little thin-feeling in the mouth. And yet, there is enough to provide a pleasant lingering residual.

It's okay, nothing very exciting. I think I was expecting a bit more, given the 'royal' label and all. This beer underachieves its hype. It's certainly not bad, just not all that noteworthy.

08-25-2003 18:11:29 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

This beer poured a cloudy, coffee-brown color with thin, white foam that settled and clung to the glass. The smell was light and malty. The taste was malty with overtones of coffee, caramel, and slightly sweet biscuit. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation. It was relatively clean but a bit thin. This was a decent dunkel and easy to drink.

08-22-2003 08:47:30 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of SetarconeX


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%

Budweiser may claim to be the king of beers, but it says right here on the label, "Die Koenigin unter den bieren." Can't argue with that. Looks absolutely lovely when poured, a nice deep brown color. Not a whole lot in the way of smell, but it tastes pretty good, goes down smooth, and leaves almost nothing in the way of an aftertaste. I think this one's going to become one of my standbys.

08-04-2003 05:18:08 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of TheDM


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

This brew poured a dark transparent brown body with a small head of white bubbles. It had a malty aroma as well as an initially bitter taste that lingered around for a while. Its lacing was good, but overall not one of the better Dunkels. Pass on this one.

07-17-2003 22:12:52 | More by TheDM
Photo of bierman2000


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

Nice light dark lager with a good malt finish and some pleasant hops aftertaste. Mahogany color with a sweet nose that is full of malt.. this is a very drinkable dunkel smooth malty and low in alcohol content. Mouthfeel is nice as body is medium and mellow.

07-17-2003 20:54:50 | More by bierman2000
Photo of steelreign

New York

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

Appearance: dark reddish brown. Head was smallish and offered yeast and malted grain notes.

Taste: Hmm...."earthy", a complex and odd taste reminding of malt, but not in the traditional sweet malt taste. If anything, this one is unlike most beers in that it tastes different. Wheat-y character is there, but is overwhelmed by the earthy taste.

Mouth: a little weak (light) for the style I would say. Carbonation was average.

You could probably drink quite a bit of this in one sitting if you wanted to, but I would much rather pound a dozen dark ales or stouts before I drank this one with any frequency. Not bad, but not great either....

07-07-2003 07:03:57 | More by steelreign
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


2.68/5  rDev -23%

I grabbed this off the shelf because a add by it said "the Biggest German Exported Beeer in the world". Was it? Who cares. It had a brownish color to it and a moderate head. The malt was there, the hops weak. Yes, the truth be told, this was aweak German beer with a weird taste to it. Life may be too short for bad beer, but I ain't drinking this again.

05-27-2003 07:17:53 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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