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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,291
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 32
Gots: 119 | FT: 0
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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 Metalmonk
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a ruby-tinted caramel brown with a thin head that dies to a very thin skim quickly. No lace.

Nose is malty, slightly more so than a lighter Euro lager, but otherwise not that different, with mild aromatic hops hitting the ol' sniffer as well.

Flavors are mild caramel sweetness, mild hops, mild toasted biscuit and something in the finish that reminds of gingerbread. For a darker beer, it's not heavy at all, but isn't astoundingly good either. It drinks more like a soda, and despite having some flavor, it's rather thin and unexciting.

My German frau told me this wasn't as good as the regular Warsteiner (the "Verum")...and now I have to agree. It lacks character. Ridiculously easy drinking, but I can think of a few session-worthy beers with a lot more flavor.

Photo of beerphan
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pilsener
no date

Pours a dark brown with some orange gold highlights. In the light the clear brew puts of reds, copper, oranges and gold. A small head is soon reduced to a small puddle of dish suds. Carbonation appears slow and minimal.

Nose: Bananna, grains, some toasted malts, a slight rotted fruit background

Good smooth mouthfeel. Very malty, almost feel and tastes like an English brown ale with good nutty presense along with some smooth caramel. Barely hopped with only a delicate touch of bitterness. Some astrigency.

An easy session dunkel for sure.

Photo of Stimack
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was able to give this brew a try on tap and I guess I was a little disappointed. While I felt that it was a fair to good brew I was expecting a lot more. The color was chestnut brown with a nice frothy head, off white in color, which had fair retention and did leave a nice amount of lacing at the top of the glass. While the presentation was nice the aroma just seemed to be missing something, I was able to pick up the scent of malts which seemed to be somewhat sweet with a slightly caramel aroma maybe slightly roasted. The taste was fair, again with the taste it seemed to be missing something, just did not have flavors that carried its way through. The flavors that I pick up are a sweet malt flavor that just seems slightly blah to me, also finishes noticeably dry which is not a bad thing. Based on the presentation I guess I was expecting more in both of the areas of Taste and Aroma. I wonder if this beer would be better from the bottle or a fresh keg, not sure how long this one had been on. Anyway it is a serviceable beer just did not meet expectations.

Photo of hunteraw
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a crystal pilsener glass, looks like rootbeer in color. Clear, with a very small head, and mediocre retention. No lacing.

Smell: grassy, less malt than expected from the color, and surprisingly (considering the low percentage), some alcohol.

Taste: Grassy, somewhat bitter hop character hits the tongue first, reminiscent of a pilsner. Malty finish that's almost reminiscent of malted milk balls, the way it leaves your mouth feeling. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body, well-carbonated.

Drinkability: Quaffable, but not memorable. Certainly an improvement over the regular warsteiner.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, almost cola like, not much head either. Smells malty and sweet. Alcohol stings the tounge at first, chocolately malt is delightful little to no hop presence. Mouthfeel is warm and full. a little too watery overall but still a good beer.

Photo of jongillin
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle this beer pours a deep rich mahogany brown color with a white head that dissipates quickly. It gives off, initially, mostly a typical lager yeast smell, followed by some noble hops and dark malt.

The flavor comes across kind of light. Starting mostly with a crystal malt flavor then some crisp fruit flavors. Finishes mostly fresh grain and hops.

Crisp finish thanks to the carbonation and it leaves a bit of a dry clean palate.

Drinkable? Yes. However this is not my favorite dunkle. I think this leaves a bit to be desired in the flavor profile. But it is a good refreshing beer with a light body and more flavor than your average Pils.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours with a small pale white head that quickly subsides to a ring around the glass. Very dark almost black with a few tints of deep brown around the edges, very bubbly, looks alot like coke.

Smell- Smells of roasted oates, very deep smell.

Taste- Even with the apparently heavy carbination you cant really taste it. The flavor is very deep and tastes of roasted oates and coffee. A fairly smooth flavor that never really spikes but pleasantly trails off.

Mouthfeel- Rolls around on the tongue alright but the bubbliness of the carbonation is a little irritating and very noticable.

Drinkability- For as dark and heavy as this beer is, its suprisingly drinkable although more than a couple would fill you up pretty good.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pint-full, poured at Tugboat Brewing (one of their 'guests'). - May 1, 2007.

A: Deep amber-brown & very clear with sporadic carbonation rising. Capped with a 1/2 finger of creamy, eggshell white lace. Sticky and attractive lacy rings...

S: Hmm...light roasted cereal grain-ish malt with a notable tinny/metallic smell. Smells are subtly sweet, but that metallic twang is disappointing...

T: Pretty tasty malt, wheat bread. Caramel as well. Clean flavors, only enough hops to keep from overloading on sweet maltiness.

M: Lightly carbonated, smooth, but relatively thin in the mouth. A velvety but slightly grainy stickiness, too.

D: Pleasant, easy to drink. Just a solid, sessionable (under 5% abv) beer...it was what I was in the mood for...

Photo of Bookseeb
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark amber in color with a simple head that fades quickly. Smell and taste of roasted malts with a bit of coffee and honey having a light to medium mouthfeel. Overall not to bad, seems to lack the body leaving it a bit thin and and having a dry finish.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly reddish tint on an otherwise drab brown, clear brew. A sizable head that lingers for about two minutes before fading to a thin coating. Flecks of lacing all down the sides.

S - Strange, metallic (a strange metal though - I can't remember which one it is . . . I want to say tin, but I don't think that is right.) with a bit of watered down black patent.

T - A slightly waxy tasting malty flavor bit of faint elderberries and black currants in the background. Aftertaste is a lingering maltyness with some faint hay.

M - A tad harsh from carbonation, thin, gives a seltzer water feel to the finish. Astringent on the gums and tongue, refreshing on the throat.

D - Alright. I don't think I will bother with it again. Sessionable, but I actually prefer Guinness (which I would say has a similar enough flavor to act as substitute).

Photo of SaltyLime
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of having several Warsteiners fresh from the tap at the Warsteiner brewery in Germany.

Appearance - Warm amber color.

Smell - Strong and solid. Many wonderful scents mingled together.

Taste - Rich. Hops were smoother than expected and had a very light toasty-malty flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice balance between the taste and carbonation. I like it.

Drinkability - Not in my regular stock, but if you keep pouring this one, I'm going to keep drinking them.

Photo of BeerSox
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -16%
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 -8.3%
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 -33.2%
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 -16.6%
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 +9.7%
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.


Photo of Morris729
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -10.6%
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 -6%
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 +4.6%
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%
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 -8.9%
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%
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 -9.5%
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.

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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