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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | 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 bewareOFpenguin


2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 07:17:53 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of hotstuff


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium white head that was quick dissolving. There was not a lot of lacing left on the sides of my mug with this brew. It had a dark brown body to it. There was some bitterness observed in the taste of this brew. I was not very impressed by the taste and flavor of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 06:20:23 | More by hotstuff
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with minimal off-white head.
Aroma of hops and roasted malts.

Fairly smooth and crisp. Light in flavor and body. Roasted malt character is there, but is faint. Balanced. Fairly clean finish.

Light in body and mouthfeel.
Easy going and drinkable.

Overall, a well-made, but overly mild-mannered beer. Lawnmower material.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 17:12:32 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of BittRnessabounds


3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, CT. The keg was tapped 2 days prior. This Dunkel poured a fairly nondescript brown with a modest head that dissipated quickly, and not much lace remained. The smell was sweet and malty but not very complex or interesting. The taste was much of the same. It was very difficult to pick out one strong or dominant flavor, but there were slight hints of fruit and perhaps chocolate. The mouthfeel was not great, fairly light bodied, with moderate carbonation. All in all I would call this a just slightly above average beer that was enjoyable enough, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2003 21:05:52 | More by BittRnessabounds
Photo of Running4beer


3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a thin off white head. The aroma did not jump out at you but there a slight malt and chocolate smell to this. The taste was of malts and chocolate and some coffee. Mouthfeel was crisp and smooth. A good beer to have while relaxing and not much money to spend.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 20:59:32 | More by Running4beer
Photo of WanderingFool


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This malty flavored dark ale pours almost black with a thin white head that quickly falls back to a sheet on the surface. When held to the light the beer is a dark brown color with lots of bubbles floating upwards from the bottom. Not much of an aroma is found, however hints of malt and coffee are present. Each sip is dominated by roasted malts. I think I noticed hints of coffee and chocolate as well. The beer is thin to medium bodied and leaves the pallett almost clean after each sip.

I found this beer to be very drinkable and a good one to enjoy year round. The flavor will not overwhelm you, but you should find it pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 13:30:33 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of texascarl


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance = Translucent dark brown, dark copper highlights. Light tan head, receded quickly, light lace that disappeared. Medium-high carbonation.

Nose = malt, molasses, butter

Taste = malt, light hops, chocolate. Fairly thin mouthfeel. short finish.

Decent dark lager, good if not great. Good session beer, tastes very good with food. Goes on sale regularly, at local sale prices ($8.50 per 12) this beer is a good buy.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 14:58:51 | More by texascarl
Photo of garymuchow


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a great beer, but it's not bad. Sitting around with a buddy the other night with a few of these was just fine. Nice roasty quality to the taste, esp. at the right temp. A little colder, couldn't taste it, a little warmer, and it wasn't that good. Nice looking, dark brown to black with a red hue. Medium head. Thinner mouthfeel. Nice lager qualities.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 18:04:09 | More by garymuchow
Photo of vitesse


3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle.
appearance: this beer poured a decent sized head, that receded at a decent pace. some lace on the glass. color is rich, solid amber/brown.
smell: very little aroma. a bit of malt, not much mroe.
taste: this tastes eerily similar to thieir premium verum. pilsner-ish hops flavor is light, but slightly maltier than the other warsteiners. some metallic aftertaste, but not too bad.
mouthfeel: light and crisp, maybe a bit watery.
drinkablility: high. This is a decent session brew. don't pay too much for it, but not a bad choice for a dark lager beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 15:58:48 | More by vitesse
Photo of Rifrafboy


3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a premium German dark beer. Smell is of chocolate with alcohol. It pours medium dark with a big head. Impressive lacing. The taste is quite pronounced with a very strong roasted malt taste, almost chocolate in character. Impressive. Hoppiness is there, but hard to detect over the malt. Sweet, heavy finish. I liked this. This almost approaches the Porter category, like a watered down Guiness. I will buy this again for a strong, full bodied German dark lager. Forget Beck's or St. Pauly dark. This is a distinct and bold beer. I get this for $9.99 for 12 bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 14:24:28 | More by Rifrafboy
Photo of LarryKemp


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was dark brown but lacked a good head - of course that could because of the time lag between pour and being served by waitress. The aroma was mild with a no hoppiness in the nose. The flavor balanced malts and hops but the hop bitterness stung the tongue slightly. The mouthfeel was light to moderate. The beer was very drinkable although it was mild in all aspects. I would say this is a middling Dunkel

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2003 19:52:50 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown to near-black in color, fine off-white head , but leaves very quickly. Soft, sweet aromas, hints of cocoa, raisins, nuts. Slightly harsh initial mouthfeel, light body, minimal texture, a little gritty, a little flinty. Very little character in this beer , not quite the flavor or sweetness one usually finds in the better dunkels. Something's missing, and we'll freely quote from Homer Simpson. "Hello? Taste?"

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 22:03:58 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This dunkel pours a dark ruby brown, and pours with a pretty nice cream colored head that doesn't stick around very long. The aroma is very faint with some malt and darker roasts that come out along with a mild hop character. A very well-balanced taste that combines some dark roasts to produce a nice sweetness in the flavor with a rather light body to it, very drinkable. I enjoy the aftertaste it leaves on the tongue, with nothing to complex a quite enjoyable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 21:18:06 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this a while back and the taste still is with me. Has a nice light body to it, which is a good change from all the heavy beers I usually have. Not much head, but it is bubbley, almost like champaigne(sp?). A little expensive, but it's good. I had a bro from the land of the Germs say that it was our equivlent to Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2002 00:00:00 | More by JISurfer
Photo of ADR


3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle from a "beer around the world" holiday pack...

Clearish cocoa-brown, fairly large 1/2 inch head that fizzes down in big pockets. Nutty aroma, mostly of hazelnuts, slight acidity. Malty smooth and somewhat stiffling to the nose and tongue, as many Dunkels are to me. Slightly vinous hop finish with sweetness continuing into the aftertaste. Eh, OK, certainly easy to drink but not one I would seek out any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 10:55:56 | More by ADR
Photo of aaronh


2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish brown, with a loose off-white head. It exhibits good head retention and leaves a nice lace on the glass. Very hoppy, floral aroma with a hint of malt. The classic "beer" aroma . The flavor is rather light, with some hop bitterness on the finish with some roasted flavors. A slight metallic edge in the aftertaste gives me a somewhat "stale" feeling about the flavor. The mouthfeel is very light, while the large bubbles of carbonation give it a harsh edge in the mouth. Due to the slightly "off" flavor and aftertaste coupled with the light mouthfeel, drinkability suffers for me. Nice to try, but I probably will never buy again (actually, this one was given to me by a friend for an opinion). Seems like it is brewed to appeal to the American masses, rather than the German beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 13:48:26 | More by aaronh
Photo of Gusler


3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The beer on the pour a gleaming deep ruby red with a modest sized head that’s light tan in color and fine sheet of lace to seal the glass. Mostly sweet malt aroma in the nose with caramel to back it up, and pleasant enough. Begins sweet and the top skeletal in mouth feel, the finish is curtly acidic, pertinently hopped with the aftertaste dry. Very clean and crisp on the palate, a good beer for when your just plain thirsty.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 08:10:21 | More by Gusler
Photo of TAMU99


2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Average German dark. It pours to a clear medium brown with a quick dissipating head. It has a roasty, nutty smell that is pleasant. Taste is nutty and sweet with a thin mouthfeel. Enjoyable for something new. Drinkable, but honestly something like Shiner/Yeungling is a better dark. Modest recommendation - it's ok. I've had better

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 18:12:57 | More by TAMU99
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warsteiner's Dunkel is a very easy drinking beer. It pours to a chocolate-brown color with an off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is on of light roasted malt. The flavor is also of roasted malt, with a slight bitterness in the dry finish. Overall, this beer is smooth and drinkable, with a pleasent roast character.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 06:17:53 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of bditty187


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the tap, I received a dark-ruby bodied beer with a limited white head. The body lacked the substance you’d expect for the style. This was noticed in the taste and mouthfeel of it, a little thin and a little watery. The nose had a familiar aromatic backdrop – the same as Warsteiner’s Premium Verum, I thought that was odd. In the foreground was the malt, raisin, alcohol, which proved it was a Dunkel (the smell was balanced well). The taste was subdued but enjoyable. The simplicity of the flavor works and it’s drinkability is excellent. You could get tennis-elbow it is so easy to drink!

I think this would be a fine session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2002 12:09:56 | More by bditty187
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a friends wedding Saturday. I must say I had no problems drinking this all night, they had a few other German brews Dab, Warsteiner Pils which is also decent. But this dunkle offered the most I think. It may not compare to some other dunkles but nothing bad about it. Pours a clear dark brown/almost black. The head is a tan/brown color, very small but creamy. Taste was is slightly more assertive on tap.On the palate there is a slight malty sweetness that is enjoyable, slight fruitiness, and slight bitterness also.
Mouth feel is slightly watery but smooth.
Overall a good beer for the price, I believe a case is around $20 in Philly.
I'm just happy they did not only have Coors Light, and Miller Light at the Banquet hall.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2002 07:36:54 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of ryanocerus


3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured brown with an adequate bubbly head. The aroma was a slightly roasted malt as was the flavor. As others have mentioned it is a very smooth beer with a good taste. It is a little watery which deducts from the mouthfeel. But a very good dunkel that is relatively easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2002 09:32:06 | More by ryanocerus
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

warsteiner didn't let me down. i liked this a bit more than the premium verum simply because i like a dark beer. i will say, however, i would take down more verums at a time because they are lighter. this was a good dark. smooth, but not really as rich as it could have been. i will visit the warsteiner dunkel again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2002 18:47:29 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Pegasus


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogony brown in color, very thick off-white head on pouring, slowly settles to a paper-thin layer. Lots of sticky lace, slight carbonation. Slightly sweet aroma of toasted dark malt. Taste is very smooth, begins with a little sting of carbonation, then sweet toasted malts, followed by a mild flush of sweetness, finishes with very faint mild hops. This beer matches quite well with barbeque.

Beer is, generally speaking, the fusion of malts and hops. Some beer drinkers are devoted worshipers of hops, for others, beer is all about the malts. I fall into this latter camp, and so like this beer very much.

Freshness information stated best by 2003-03-05.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2002 22:03:31 | More by Pegasus
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a thick two-finger head. Deep rich chestnut brown in color, with red highlights. Nose is clean, lightly roasted malt with not a bit of hop in sight. Tastes sweet with substantial body for a German lager. Nicely roasted dark malt with just a smattering of floral hops makes this finish clean. It's a fresh, well-made slightly above average German lager, a good hot weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2002 15:37:13 | More by beerluvr
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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