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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Reviews: 599
Hads: 1,430
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 22.32%
Wants: 38
Gots: 197 | FT: 0
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Warsteiner Brauerei
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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 Mavigo
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear, dark maple color with a short off white head that dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of white lacing.

S: Smells of malts, barley, wheat, wood, hint of coffee

T: Uh well, bit of a disappointment, a bit lacking but it tastes of wheat, barley, chocolate, malts, and a hint of hops

M: Full bodied beer with overt amounts of carbonation, masking out the the flavor, way too bubbly and gassy, really obscures flavor, funky after taste

O: Overall this was meh, it was not horrendous but not that good either, so bubbly and carbonated you can't taste anything, feels like drinking tonic water. Oh well, to each his own.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into pilsener glass. *Editing based on notes from another session.

A: A rich mahogany color that's a bit too transparent for my liking. A fluffy beige head that lasts for about two minutes before it completely fades away. The lacing that remains varies from bottle to bottle, strangely. My first bottle left little-to-no lacing, while this most recent bottle has left moderate amounts of lacing all down the glass.

S: The nose is mostly roasted malts with the slightest hints of molasses. Not much going on otherwise. This has remained consistent, for the most part, though I did detect an ever-so-slight hint of hop bitterness this time around.

T: I've noticed a lot of people speaking poorly of the flavor here. I, personally, found this to be fairly enjoyable. Lots of roasted malt flavor, with a light malted milk chocolate sweetness that follows, finishing with a touch of hop bitterness. The aftertaste shows signs of alcoholic presence, which I found strange for a brew with such a low ABV. While there's nothing extraordinary in this category, I didn't find the flavor to be unenjoyable or offensive to any extent.

M: A bit thin in the mouth, definitely light bodied. Crisp carbonation provides a nice bite without coming off too harsh—an overall smooth feel throughout. Don't go looking for something big here, because you won't find it. This definitely falls into the "sessionable" category. A friend of mine described this as "soda-like," but I feel as though he's being a bit dramatic.

O: I'm not going to lie, my first time around I wasn't impressed by this by any means. I wasn't offended or disgusted by it, but it lacked a certain "wow factor." My second time around with this brew, I'm finding myself to be more and more impressed by it. And by "impressed" I mean, "Wow. For such a small price tag, this beer is exceptionally doable." My friend and I purchased a 24-case of this brew for about $23 and some change. To give an idea, it's about $21 for a 24-case of Miller Lite here. While this is certainly not an exceptional brew, I can honestly say that I haven't found ANYTHING that can rival this for its price range. If you're looking for something drinkable on very limited funds, give this one a shot. I know that I'll be revisiting this one for sure when I need something cheap to bring to a party.

Note: For some reason, I found myself enjoying this a lot more straight out of the bottle, as opposed to poured in a glass.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A dark brown body that boasts good carbonation and pours with a finger and a half of head. Excellent retention but sadly no lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts with notes of smoke, chocolate, a plum yeast. Warming helps it out slightly.

Taste: It begins with a mild roasted malt, as the smokiness seems to reveal itself here, as well as a slight mineral taste. The beer then moves onto more of a caramel malt meets weak coffee and cocca as a light dust of earthy hops round us out.

Mouthfeel: The pleasant mixed aftertaste is nice, as is the carbonation that helps out the entire beer. The transistioning is a bit lackluster, and I'm honestly surprised at how well this beer doesn't leave a burnt aftertaste.

Drinkability: My biggest complaint is that the beer is a little gassy. However it's smooth enough of a drinker and seems to just stop shy of being over roasted and heavy like many dunkels do.

Final Thoughts: All around a good performance. I really wish Dunkel beer was more common then it is, but I guess so many people have over roasted the malt on Dunkel beer, that the mundane straw lager holds swap. Thumbs up on this one.

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Photo of Hulk_Beer
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The website lost my session. I had a giant review of this written out and the website logged me out. I'm really pissed off. This will be brief.

App- Brown with red against light. Head was fluffy but fizzy and light brown/caramel.

Sm- Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate (almost burnt chocolate)

Ta- Coffee again, more malt, a bit sweeter taste, and caramel. More burnt chocolate, in a good way.

Mf- Light like a lager. Not what I expected from a dark beer, having come from stouts. You can drink it like those yellow beers.

People on this website seem not to like dark lagers at all, much less this particular brew. I'd heartily disagree. If you want a beer with more complexity than a lager typically offers but don't want to lose the crisp refreshing feel, try this beer. I'm not one for lagers and love the characteristics of a stout. This beer, however, really impressed me. It's like Michael Bay's best movies. His bad stuff is really bad, so when he does succeed, you want to tell everyone "Hey, he IS talented, just look at this!"

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Photo of bakoebel
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my top 5 commercial favorites! I highly recommend this to you. It's interesting to note, that this beer is actually not sold in Germany. This is an American Dark Lager. Not that it matters to me. I have also had this from the tap at my local bier house, and it tastes just as good there, although not as cold because of their system.

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Photo of Foam
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A good German session dunkel, imho .
On the thin side / low a.b.v. but it's for sure , a good lager .
A dark caramel appearance, an aroma that follows the same characteristics .
I could see buying a full case of this stuff and session-ing a bunch in pretty much any season of the year which is the thing I realized - it's a good year-round brew .
I don't quite understand the lower scores/reviews for this beer ... too many bitter hop nazis on here ...

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Photo of tectactoe
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel pours a dark brown color; kind of old and woody looking with the smallest possible red tint you could imaging. It exhibits good clarity and is topped off with a voluptuous beige can that grows huge and sticks generously to the inside of the glass. It leaves behind sheets of lacing at it slowly descends towards the top of the brew.

Huge Munich malt aroma; large boasts of heavily-toasted bread and a decent helping of slightly metallic-tinted caramel. Very doughy and bready with a little bit of cocoa powder hidden in the background, combining to form a slight cookie dough aroma. Fresh, crisp lager yeast crowds the end and smells great; very solid aroma overall, and it's much more powerful and robust than you might expect for a lighter beer.

Sadly, the taste is slightly less intriguing; it's kind of watered down a bit underwhelming considering that fact that my nostrils are still more than pleased. The water is very "mineral" tasting and rough with a thick and heavy yeast taste from start to finish. The yeast is pretty nice, but the chalky mineral essence, I could do without. Middle-to-end, it's pretty grainy with a much, much lighter caramel presence than the aroma would signify.

Toasted breads are still evident, but again, much more subdued and muted. Diacetyl is unfortunately more noticeable than I believe it should be, as I'm picking up quite a large buttery popcorn kernel flavor, especially in the aftertaste. Carbonation is pretty spot on, and I really have no complains about the thin-medium mouth feel. Crisp, somewhat dry finish with a nice snap.

Well, the aroma was awesome. And that's pretty much all I have to say about that. Quite a let down on the palate, with some strange off-flavors that hindered an already unimpressive flavor profile - minerals, chalk, heavy butter. Without those, this beer would have been okay. As is, it's floating right around "medicore". Not so bad I wouldn't drink it again, but I'd definitely never order one again on my own. Unless it was a candle.

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Photo of screamking
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours like your typical dunkel, middle brown with a off white head. I think this beer is a little underrated. Lots of people have tried this in the past and simply never go back. This was a staple in my rotation when I first got into beer, and now comin back to it, I must say it holds up better then most. Bold flavors for a dunkel, yet still very easy to drink. You can get this beer everywhere, even most gas stations carry it. Add to that the low price for a 12-pack, I can get it around me for 10 bucks/per 12. Solid.

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Photo of silverking
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep deep amber with an off white head. Head retention is good, lacing not so much.

S- Bready, mild sweet fruit, mild dry hop aroma.

T- Bread, Toasty. Very mild roasted coffee finish, along with light hop flavors.

M- Medium/light bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O- better than expected, and the price is right.

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Photo of wes123
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep reddish-brown color. Almost a deep copper. Nice white head with some lacing on the glass. Sweet bready smell with hints of maple. Sweet caramel malt taste with a hop bitterness in the finish. Light bodied with average carbonation and gentle bitterness. Overall a good dunkel.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 20 oz on tap
Glass: Weizen
From: Heidelberg in Ann Arbor
Price: $5.50

Appearance: Dark brownish-red. slightly hazy but mostly good clarity. A big two plus finger head that was off-white and fades slowly

Smell: a touch of sweet fruit and bread, just a tad too weak

Taste: very doughy, a slightly over sweet fruit, some slight hoppiness. not quite the balance i was looking for

Mouthfeel: a little under carbonated but otherwise a fine medium body

Overall: good to have a german beer at a german place but not the best one that i have ever had. could use less sweetness and more balance

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Photo of scratch69
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear brown color with a fingers worth of light tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark bread and roasted grain aromas.

Taste- Just like the nose with a hint of nuts and some fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Decent enough but nothing special. A little more body and flavor would do this beer some justice.

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Photo of WilliamAlbrecht
4.49/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a trademark Hofbrau dimpled mug(fits the bill for this type of beer!)

A: Dark brown, a good amount of lacing, a half an inch head that lasts a short while

S: Smells of maple, a hint of vanilla, and definitely fresh grain. I like! Better than Warsteiner Verum

T: Tastes of vanilla, roasted malts...FRESH roasted malts if you will, and of FRESH water! I really like!

M: Feels great..tastes great.I really enjoy this "light" dark brew!

D: I can drink many of these without even noticing. Not too heavy and not too light. Overall a VERY delicious brew. One thing that strikes me immediately is the taste of FRESH water. The water makes the whole difference in this classy dark brew. Don't miss out on it!

Had this with bratwurst, red roasted potatoes, and some veggie chips--awesome!

Serving type: On bottle and I've had it on tap before

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Photo of Evansbeer
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Extremely tasty lager.

I'd pair it with Jagerschnitzel, the brown rich gravy allows for the sharp flavor of the lager to be appreciated in every sip.

Its a golden color, with a magnificent head that dissipates after 2 sips.

Has your typical lager flavor but with much bolder notes of flavor leaving your taste buds to beg for more.

One of my favorite American-German beers

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes:
1 liter served in das boot.

A - Clear cola cola brown with 3 fingers of foamy khaki head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

S - Clean toasted grain, sweet dark bread, grassy hops, lager yeast

T - Follows the nose with toasted brown bread, roasted grains, doughy, lightly sweet with hints of dark chocolate, mild grassy hops, nutty lager yeast,

M - Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

I had no problem polishing off a liter of this. A well made Dunkel lager.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with garnet highlights and two fingers of off-white head. Mild malty aroma.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Nutty malt and slightly roasty chocolate with low hop bitterness on the tail end.

Nice -- light but the dark malt gives it some extra flavor heft.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some red highlights. Small creamy light brown head which hangs around long enough.

Aroma of malts. Not much else.

Taste is of roasted malts and burnt wood. Some light nuttiness in there.

Mouthfeel is somewhat flat and lightly cleansing. Medium bodied.

Overall, it is drinkable, sessionable and enjoyable. Not the greatest for the style, but the greatest for the style I've had today!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 3 bottles into a liter-sized Paulaner dimpled mug.

The beer is a deep, deep mahogany brown with lighter brown coming through the edges. A foamy cream colored head calms to a film with random spots and a patch of lacing sticks to the glass.

The beer smells sweet and malty with faint notions of toffee and caramel.

The taste profile is equal to the aroma. A nice sweetness hits the palate first with a warm, doughy malt body at first. This soon gets coated with a sharper toffee and caramel note before a faint hop finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and somewhat carbonated.

Overall, just a nice easy drinker, this dunkel. A good session beer with a low ABV.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared tonight by Dan, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of caramel and a hint of chocolate against a bready and pilsner malt base. Little to no hop aroma. The flavor is chocolate and caramel malts with a hint of bready pilsner malt. Little to no hop flavor or bitterness. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a slick smooth mouthfeel. Decent dunkel, easy to drink, but really nothing special.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with some quite nice red highlights. The off-white head formed upon pouring was quite large and had a moderate level of retention. The fading head in the end gave way to a medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The aromas were sweet and fruity. They were heaviest of a sweet cherry and apple smell, but also contained a light roasted bready and a light hop smell.

Taste – The taste starts out of a bready, cherry and a lighter roasted flavor. The roasted flavors begin growing stronger after the initial taste. These mix with some flavor of a toast flavor and more cherry as the taste advances further. In the end, these flavors, when mixed with the a lighter earthy hop taste, leave a interesting bitter taste on the tongue (I can’t decide if I like it or not).

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is just a tad above average in terms of creaminess and thickness for a brew of only 4.8%. It also has just a slightly lower than level carbonation. These two qualities are quite nice for the roasted flavors of the brew and help accentuate the fruit and roasted flavors.

Overall – A pretty good brew with some nice fruit and roasted flavors. While tasty it maintains a fairly high level of drinkability. Not too shabby.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - brand x cola brown. High clarity. Airy fluffly dark beige head. Slight lacing.

S - burnt caramel. Molassus and just a tiny hint of horse blanket.

T - initial flavors are sharp malty but dry. Aftertaste is sweet with a pinch of roasted malt.

M - a tad thin. But sugar rolls around in your mouth.

D - fine as a dunkel. Good whenever dark beer. Not special.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a chestnut brown, almost cola-like in color, foamy white tan head with decent retention and slightly stick lace.

S- cereal grains, roasted malt, faint whisper of hops

T-cereal grains follow the nose, slightly smoky roasted malt, a bit of skunk, finishes dry with a light hop bitter linger.

M- medium bodied, low carbonation, frothy mouthfeel, good balance.

O- not bad, but not something I'll look for again.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P:  Translucent body of dark brown color and ruby tints. Looks similar to soda and displays a small off white cap of fast fading head. 

S:  Robust roasted malts, toffee, bitter coffee, ground grains, pet shop wood bedding, the roast has almost a smoked aroma like stale half smoked cigars. 

T/M: Spicy carbonation strikes in a medium body with loads of roasted/burnt malt flavors. Mostly earthy and not much sweetness apparent. Hints of apple peels, metal, and bitter grapes. Taste seems muddled and lost under the overpowering burnt malts. 

O:  Not a huge fan of this one. Too much burnt presence and really no sweetness that stands out. I had to search too hard for the flavors that are expected. Spices are dull and the mix is just blurred. Maybe better on tap. 

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pilsener glass, best before 9/4/2012. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, nuttiness, toast, toffee, herbal, pepper, and earth. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, chocolate, nuttiness, herbal, earth, and light pepper. Lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry and a touch thin on the finish. Fair amount of flavor and robustness; no cloying at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. No alcohol presence in the taste or finish. Overall this is a very solid dunkel. A touch thin and watery; but has some nice flavors, balance, and is extremely easy to drink. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of IronLover
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a soapy cap. Dark roasted and earthy, bitter, burnt malt aromas with hints of nuts and an underlying sweetness. On the fuller side of medium bodied with rich but slighty aggressive, fizzy, carbonation. Sweet roasted malt overtop burnt malt flavors from start to finish. Finishes crisp and semi-dry with a charred malt aftertaste.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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