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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,265
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 30
Gots: 94 | 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 BlackAngus
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +25%
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
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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

FRESH: exp 10-21; consumed 10-3
COST: $.75 / bottle
HEAD: none
LACE: none
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

Photo of joe1510
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.


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
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-Biggest Disappointment of 2006-

I found this on-tap a Ludwig’s and it came in a half-liter Warsteiner mug. It was dark brown but I could just see through it. It was surprisingly clear when held to the light. The head consisted of a slightly tan film.

Smelled mostly of dry corn with a hint of wheat, ashy yeast and a slight roasted molasses.

Tasted like Hamm’s with a hint of molasses. Wow. I got mostly BMC-esque corn and dry dirty yeast with an ever-so-slight woody molasses blended into it. Yawn.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a nice prominent carbonation that was very easy to drink.

If this were, say, “Hamm’s Dark”, I’d be really impressed, but it’s not, so I’m a bit pissed. Over all, it was very easy to drink, but for what I paid for it added to the limp flavor, it really didn’t deliver.

Photo of sammy44
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Of the two Dunkels available in my area most BA's prefer the Dinkel Acker but I really like the Warsteiner more. To me the Dinkel Acker has a bit of an astringent, medicinal quality that I don't really care for. I like this one much better.

Even with a heavy pour you don't get much head. What is there is a kind of creamy off white head that quickly falls. Body of the beer is lightly carbonated brown with some ruby colors when the light comes thru.

The aroma was of dark chocolate and caramelized sugar, no hops aroma.

The taste was great with a full sweetness and a touch of bitter chocolate. Very nice.

Kind of thin in the mouth, a little lacking there.

Very drinkable, but I only had one with my meal.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown but translucent body with almost no carbonation or head. Interesting smell. Roasty and caramel dominate. Tastes very roasty with caramel and coffee notes. Very very good. Well balanced despite the presence of afformentioned flavors and scents. Pretty good for a lager.

Photo of beveritt
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local Swiss-German restaurant at the suggestion of the server, and because everything else was BMC. It was served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very similar in color to Coke, you can see through it, but not easily. By the time it got to my table it had basically no head, just a trace of tan foam that stuck around for most of the glass.

Smell: Strong malty sweetness, with hints of caramel. I couldn't pick up any hop aromas.

Taste: See smell. Tasted exactly like it smelled. Very mild bitterness at the end. Balanced out the sweetness nicely.

Mouthfeel. Slightly more viscous than water. Good level of carbonation. Enough to prevent the sweetness from being cloying, but not too much.

Drinkability: Overall, a nice presentation. I could definitely have a few of these in a row.

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

I grabbed a 12er of this that happened to be on sale at the local Krogers. Since I love a good, Dunkel i couldn't resist. The smell and appearance were both average for dunkels I would say. There was nothing to exceptional worth noting, anyways. The taste was pretty good. You get a nice feel of roasted malts, and some sweetness blended in there for what I would call a good tasting beer. The mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth all around and the drinkability is pretty high, but then drinkability is high on most any good beer.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the guy chasing Ichabod Crane, his dark brown brew bears no head at all. None. Nada. Zilch. I've never actually seen a beer with an absolute lack of head. This is actually very surprising considering the amount of carbonated fizz on the tongue.

The aroma is malty and sweet with a somewhat musty or fungusy smell hiding behind the malt.

My first impression is of a very clean malt flavor, with some earth, bitter cooking chocolate, and coffee. The finish is IMO overly bitter and doesn't fit the malt forward profile at initial sip. It's like being lured into a trap with sweet malts and then being slapped with a sour bitterness. Don't get me wrong, bitter is good. I love DIPA's and I religiously bow at the altar of the big green hop, but the bitterness here is more unpleasant, unwarranted, and really just doesn't seem right for this beer.

The mouthfeel is thin, fizzy, and a bit weak. These are not bad things for a lager, I just prefer something thick and heavy to chew on for a while.

The light and fizzy feel would make this headless horseman extremely drinkable, but that odd sour pucker just doesn't seem to fit in with all of it's other qualities. I'm not really impressed with this one. It's not at all bad, it's just ....not quite right.
edit: I had another one later and it proved to be more enjoyable the second time around. I'm bumping the taste and mouthfeel up just a little.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with excellent clarity. One finger of dense, soapy head is pale tan and shows decent retention with a few specs of lacing. Pale and roasted malt in the nose, with a soft-dark fruit aroma. Pale malt sweetness upfront, with toasty munich malt and a weak nutty flavor in the backgreund. Plenty of Saaz flavor, mabye some Hallertau as well. Dry aftertaste, again all noble- malty sweetness and hop bitterness are balanced and very agreeable. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied is perhaps a bit too crisp, but it finishes mostly clean with a mild hop bite and some roasted notes. The non-residual mouthfeel is highly drinkable, but the flavor is a little dissapointing.

Photo of Neehan
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours to a cola-like appearance with minimal head that disappears quickly. A very nice, enticing aroma of sweet raisins and plums. The taste is very smooth and pleasant with a nice balance of mild sweetness and bitterness, though dark beer enthusiasts will find it watery. Evidence of malt and caramel. Nice but not outstanding, I would have this again though not my first choice.

Photo of wolffman17
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark, cola-brown. Looks completely clear. The head is really fizzy and fades away in seconds without leaving any lace.
There's a nice sweet caramel aroma.
It tastes bland without the malt backbone I was expecting. It's somewhat sour also. Lots of carbonation.
Not what I would call drinkable. I'm glad that there wasn't more in the fridge to finish off.

Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark brown color, with a large initial head that condenses after a minute or so. Rich malt, with plenty of breadcrust aroma. Very malty flavor, with light caramel, light nuttiness, and plenty of dark, toasty bread. Rather sweet, with low bitterness. Finishes with just a light touch of roastiness. Body is a tad waterish.

Not one of my favorite styles, but a generally well-made example.

Photo of kosmoraios
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warsteiner Dunkel is another one of my "compromise" beers. It's a decent German lager, but it's one of the more "commercial" ones.

Pours a translucent mahogany colour into my pint glass, with a minimal head that is gone very quickly. The aroma is mainly of toasted malts and light toffee, with an undertone of freshly-baked french bread. Taste is immediately of toasted malt, sweet caramel, and lightly nutty/bready yeast. This beer is dark in color, but not heavy at all.

Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated, with a slight aftertaste that is very short in duration. Very drinkable ale, due to it's light, crisp nature and it's low alcohol content. A great beer for the summertime. This is one I bring to get-together where most of the people there drink macroswill. This is also one I'll purchase if the establishment in which I find myself has nothing better.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a favorite for backyard parties. Warsteiner is probably one of the best German macro imports; and the Dunkel is even better. You don't have to be a dark beer lover to enjoy it. Pours a gorgeous dark amber, with a foamy tan head. The smell is mild hops and, unlike the original Warsteiner, the hops are equally mild in the taste. Nice mouthful, light carbonation, and just enough roasted malt flavor to satisfy. Just enough bitterness in the aftertaste to keep you wanting more. Excellent for an "easy to get" German dark.

Photo of BigRedN
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the 12 oz bottle a nice clear ruby color. More redwhen held to the light. Thinner white head, just over 1/4 inch, fell to a thin cover on the liquid with a ring around the glass and spotty lacing.

Smell: Weaker malty aromas, scent of some bready grains and caramel, favoring the sweeter side. Typical hop associated aromas not present.

Taste: Much like the smell implies, this one leans to malty, although not big sweet malt like a bock or doppelbock, which I guess is ok for the style. Hop bitterness is minimal to nearly non existent, kept to a small bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly well carbonated, a`little lighter in body than I had expected. Not watery though, which is good.

Drinkability: A nice, easy drinking, sessionable beer. A good, widely available Dunkel, but not quite a top notch dunkel, IMO.

Photo of TheLastEngineer
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12-oz bottle

This looks like a real heavy-hitter sort of beer... quite dark, although the more keen observers will note that the density of the color is not as high as a stout. The off-white head had little staying power. The smell (very mild malty) doesn't do much for me but is by no means offensive. The taste is nice and rich without any of the strong bitterness that the color might hint at. There is a nice balance of sweetness with a malt and almost chocolate mix going on. A light mouthfeel without a lot of body, but this seems like a fair trade-off for the outstanding drinkability. A very clean finish that doesn't strangle your tastebuds.

This is a personal favorite and long-time tailgating companion. Wonderful with brats. Highly recommended as a beer to start the unwashed masses on the path from mega-swills to quality beer.

Photo of Phatz
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red around the edges. The body does let some light through though not transparent. Partly translucent. Beige head and some lacing.

Smell: Dark malts, caramel and dash of molasses hit the nose. There is also a hint of chocolate and toffee subtly tucked in there if you look for it.

Taste: The taste is a little more straightforward than the nose would have suggested. It is a dark malt almost charred toffee flavor and a hint of tar up front, then as it passes through the palate it is a pretty typical dark lager flavor. Semi sweet with a mildly bitter finish it is not bad but not exciting either.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with a bittersweet finish left you thinking it is crisp and light.

Drinkability: This beer is very decent but far from exceptional in depth and character. It is a simple beer when you want something dark and easy to drink.

Hope this is helpful.

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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