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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,280
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 BeerSox
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Deep clear ruby hues with a tan one finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap while leaving sticky lacing behind.

Light caramel from the malts with not much else.

Smooth malts with a touch of smokieness. The body is somewhat thick with lower carbonation, giving a slick feel. A little bit of caramel mixes in. Not much of a hop presence. The finish is dry and clean with a little bit of lingering dark grain.

Some caramel flavors stand out in this one, but not much else. I would say this is a little above average. Worth a try.

Photo of Taipans
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On my international journey at the liquor store I made my mind up to keep going around the globe trying new beers every week. I have some friends that live in Berlin and in their honor I purchased a 6 pack of Warsteiner Dunkel. I was pleasently suprised how over all good the experience was drinking this beer.

a: Nice Amber color, about a 3/4 inch head.

s: Nice aroma, hinting at malts

t: Smooth malt taste with a clean finish

m: Average feel, very smooth

d: I would drink this over any local AB product as a regular beer, I will be purchasing more in the near future.

Never had a German beer before, was very suprised as how well it went down.

Photo of jrehmert
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear - not much in the way of head or lacing...

Sits dark brown with a bit of red (not much)...

Smells are burnt malt and a bit of coffee...

Tastes relatively light compared to other dunkels, which makes it a bit more drinkable (lighter body)...

Body was lighter than expected and led to a pretty dry finish...

I will definitely drink this beer again, just not sure I'll choose it over others when the selection is considerable.

Photo of peabody
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark reddish amber with white suds and not a lot of lacing.
Smell is almost a burnt malt aroma with some chocolate and or manure.
Not much to taste here. A skunky flavor with mabey a tad of toasted malts.
Mouthfeel is bland at best.
This is not very good and I think it is overrated.

Photo of bruachan
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the beer is brown with a ruby tint. the head is reasonable--it fades but leaves some lacing

the aroma is of pilsmalts and flowery hops. nice but uncomplex

i'd rather keep smelling it than taste it some more. the hops are important enough, but the malts behind are somewhat impotent. there is a ghosting of roasted malts but otherwise i can't really tell it's a dunkel

Photo of UDbeernut
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: half inch of head reducing to lacing. Dark amber color, minimal carbonation

s: roasted malt scents

t: hint of hazelnut and roasted malts. Light hoppyness

m: easy on the mouth, not bitter.

d: Not a session brew, but I could personally drink a few at a time.

This is a great brew, better than what I was expected.

Cheers!!!

Photo of Morris729
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown amber color with a short off-white head that gives way to a thin lace. Nose is dark bready malts along with a bit of hazelnut. Taste begins with a roasted maltiness followed by a bit of coffee and some mildly bitter hops. Finishes a bit dry. An easy drinking dunkel that seems to need a bit more character.

Photo of becktone
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark copper with hints of light brown in the mix and is crystal clear. Forms a small tannish creamy head that quickly fades. Leaves a bit of lacing. Give me a bigger fuller head and I'd be happy.

To the nose this beer is a boquet of aromas. Very strong malt backbone, with some carmel aromas in there and also a bit of hop aroma-spicy, small but detectable. Would be nice if the aroma were a bit more potent.

First characteristic of this beer's flavor I noticed was the hop character. Right away I get that noble hop flavor and bitterness. The malts provide a strong backbone and offset that initial hop bitterness and flavor. I was expecting something with more of a malt flavor. Here the malts make up what seems to be a very small percentage of the flavor profile.

The brew finishes dry, and has a medium body. This is a brew that I'd probably not buy again. There's got to be better out there, this is just so-so, middle of the line, nothing to write home about.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is commonly available in the US, but I thought it a fairly good example of a dunkel weiss, given a fairly limited amount of experience with the style.

Pours a copper-colored body with a good amount of what I'll call "mainstream beer" head on it, which fades fairly quickly.

Aroma is faint, but is slightly sweet and a bit spicy (maybe cinammon?).

Taste is caramel malt, a touch of souriness, and a bit of oakiness. In my memory, this is fairly typical for the dunkel style.

Mouthfeel is not thin, but is not overpoweringly sticky. I found this beer fairly drinkable, and on those times when I want something very malty (I should add, in the interest of full disclosure, that I'm usually looking for something hoppy), I would not rule this out.

Photo of techdiver
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color with a modest head that dissipates quickly, leaves little lacing.

Roasted malt greets the nose.

Taste is smooth and well balanced, nothing remarkable about it though.

Feels fairly light in the mouth.

Drinkability is okay, but not my brew of choice.

Photo of srrn
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruby brown with quickly reducing head, down to a ring.I taste mostly malts with a bit of toasted malts or coffee at the end, this beer finishes very quickly, almost no aftertaste at all. Since there is nothing to offend at all it is quite drinkable, even pleasant, but there are better beers around.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall this beer was fairly bland, but I've had worse. Taste was familiar for a dunkel lager, but seemed watered down. Lacked complexity and compelling flavor. If you're into buying inoffensive imports and aren't afraid of beer with color, this one's for you. If you like full-flavored brews, pass.

Photo of pvsob
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours deep copper, almost brown with a small head and no lacing.

Smell - Malt, bread, and some faint nuttiness.

Taste - Starts off with a nice bite which is followed by the standard malt flavor of this style. Like the aroma, I'm picking up some nutty flavors at the end also.

Mouthfeel - Medium feel with some carbonation. I actually really enjoyed the mouthfeel on this one.

Drinkability/Overall - This Dunkel isn't going to blow you away with complexity, but if nothing else is available at the time, it is a pleasant beer. I'm sure I'll cross paths with this lager again. Prost!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red amber color, clear with almost no carbonation. Very large head.

Lager bready vibe. Light sweet, in the toffee persuasion. Mild to moderate bitterness.

Light bready malt. Almost no bitter. Metallic tinge.

Refreshing and smooth. No carbonation or foamation.

Nothing to write home about. A nice light refreshing beer. No outstanding qualities.

Photo of malcontent
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent head with a decent amount of frothy retention as the beer has time to sit. The body color is an attractive, transparent chestnut color.

Interesting smoke/malt duality with musty, earthy undertones. Nothing groundbreaking but certainly not unappealing.

This beer is almost startlingly uneventful in its taste. Soft malt sweetness, weak fruit, which is underscored by the overall watery quality of this beverage. A letdown.

As noted, this is a surprisingly watery beer.

Although the taste doesn't compel me to open another bottle, the heaviness is negligible so if it's your thing I could see drinking more than a few.

Photo of BlackAngus
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at T.D. Alibi's in Castleton.

A - Dark brown, no real head or lace to speak of.

S - Bready, malty, very light hops. Hint of molasses.

T - Malty flavor, nice thick Munich, nutty, some mild hops to balance.

M - Light body, clean, little aftertase, mild carbonation.

D - Not earth-moving, but definitely a nice beer. I was pleased to see it on tap, and will get it again.

Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a Kings pint. Small head, fell quickly to nothing. Not even surface bubbles. Too dark to determine clarity. A solid middle-of-the-road dark lager. Comparable to Mexican dark lagers, but slightly maltier with less head. Little body to back up the color, even for a dark lager.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.42/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was really disappointed by this beer, so much so that I think it may have just been a bad sample. I used to drink this occassionally, before I started rating and trying various beers, and I liked it. But I’ll go with what I had tonite. Poured to a medium brown, with a very thin off-white head, that dissipated almost immediately, and left little lacing. Aroma was almost skunky, with just a hint of malt. Flavor was nothing special, and the finish was very dry. I will most likely try this one again just to give it a fair shot at redemption.

Photo of jazappi
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh.. one of my favorite widely distributed beers. This has a dark coffee like color. Mildy transparent. Not sure how to explain it, but when I taste it, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. From opening to tipping the bottle up, it is great tasting all the way through, Very nice beer. Highly recommened. I have introduced this beer to many of friends, and have yet had anybody tell me that it isn't good. Even the "just give me a beer" friends. They all seem to like it.

Photo of pootz
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the castle on King:

Tapped a lustrous chestnut color....small off white cap lasts a while then reduced to a surface lace.

Good dose of Dunkel aromas: Sweet bread and cocoa some toastyness, light herbal sharpness.

Medium bodied, good Munich malt spine, buttery mouth feel, smooth rounded character.

Up front you get to chew on some delicious dark Munich malt with its bready-sweet cocoa notes then the herbal spalter hops kick in to balance...mid palate there are some nutty tastes giving a sort of a liquid brownie when the cocoa malts meet the nut tones....medium finish...clean, malty, lightly bittered with herbal tones and a bready aftertaste.

A good solid commercial German dunkel...no surprises but very drinkable and satisfying.On tap at the castle on King:

Tapped a lustrous chestnut color....small off white cap lasts a while then reduced to a surface lace.

Good dose of Dunkel aromas: Sweet bread and cocoa some toastyness, light herbal sharpness.

Medium bodied, good Munich malt spine, buttery mouth feel, smooth rounded character.

Up front you get to chew on some delicious dark Munich malt with its bready-sweet cocoa notes then the herbal spalter hops kick in to balance...mid palate there are some nutty tastes giving a sort of a liquid brownie when the cocoa malts meet the nut tones....medium finish...clean, malty, lightly bittered with herbal tones and a bready aftertaste.

A good solid commercial German dunkel...no surprises but very drinkable and satisfying.

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

CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml
CONTAINER TYPE: bottle
FRESH: exp 10-21; consumed 10-3
PURCHASED @: Binny
COST: $.75 / bottle
HEAD: none
LACE: none
COLOR:
REFLECTED- black
TRANSMITTED- deep amber
AROMA: lager w/ roasted malts
MOUTHFEEL: thin; light airy
PALATE: slick; tinny
TASTE: like a porter w/ a lager base; stinging conditioning
COMMENTS: eh...
CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- n
WITH FRIENDS- n
SIPPING- n
GET MY BUZZ ON-n

Photo of joe1510
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, Bottle

Warsteiner Dunkel poured a super clear dark mahogany. Dark ruby hues. A 1+ finger bubbly off-white head that quickly fell to just a little wisp along the top.

The smell is good. I pick up dark fruits, some cherry. Along with some sweet bready malt. Smells pretty tasty.

The taste isn't as good as the smell. It's doughy and slightly sweet up front. Then it's all roasted and burnt malts which quickly turns to bitterness. I'm assuming from the burnt malts.

Mouthfeel is average. It's a little slick as it goes down the throat. Pretty watery though. Definately not it's best point.

The drinkability is just above average. It's an easy drinker.

Overall Warsteiner Dunkel looks and smells better than it really is. It's not a bad beer but it's not that great either. A middle of the line dunkel. Just didn't really do it for me.

Slainte!

Photo of williamherbert
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, but with a clear lightish brown color. Very little head, and a mild amount of carbonation.

A very pungent, alcohol-heavy sour smell. Very strong.

High, heavy alcohol flavor. Heavy acidity. A dark, sour malt flavor.

Incredibly thick and heavy aftertaste that sits on the tongue for a while. This is one you may have to choke down. Considering how dark it is, it is relatively smooth, but not one where you can knock back 3-4 of them.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a mohogany with a quarter inch off white head that disapates into a thin sheet.
the aroma is clean malty, fresh baked bread, hint of noble hops.
the flavor is rich malty, clean, minerially, little hop spice, soft and goes down very easy.
this is a nice beer from warsteiner, malty rich, with some good hop spice.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel was a dark reddish brown color and clear. The tan head soon dissipated to a thin layer, but remained for a while, leaving a little spotted lace behind. The aroma was light and mostly malt. The taste was lightly malty with a little roasted character. The body was just under medium with plenty of carbonation. This is a decent dark lager and would make an good session beer.

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,280 ratings.