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Reviews: 587
Hads: 1,374
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 22.32%
Wants: 37
Gots: 172 | 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 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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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bar poured head. It does leave plenty of spotty lace. Light shines through the solidly brown color. Clear.

Lots of toast, bordering on the burnt side.

Smooth, rich body with an above average level of carbonation. Spritzy. Darkened caramel is the predominant flavor. Good light hop in the swallow. Short aftertaste.

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Photo of pkalix
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from the tap at Old World's Plum Festival (huntington beach, ca.), i had a sudden liberation from all the belgiums i have been hooked on for the last several (expensive) months.
minor trace of head, completely disappears, then leaves a nice colored brown beer. kind of caramel-ly smell, with the basic, commercial brown flavored taste. but it was very welcome and very tasty. miss these german beers; they've always been my favorite. miss Old World too; always has been a kind of second home for me. but the wife and kids were in tow so i couldnt satisfy all my desires. great place to have a beer, great atmosphere. very nice beer, even if it is one of germany's "commercial" brews. budweiser vs warsteiner= take the german commercial brew any (and every) day . . . .

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Photo of enoerew
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours 1" off-white head fading to a resilient 1/8", temporary lacing, brown body, red by light

S: Malt, cherry, peach

T: Hoppy, faintly smoky, dark cherry

M: Medium body, low carbonation, back of throat

O: Interesting and satisfying dark beer from Germany with balance of bitterness and fruitiness.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Warsteiner Premium dunkel pours a clear brown with amber highlights near the edges. A thin, off-white head caps the brew, and it provides spotty lace. Aromas of burnt grain, nuts and caramel are met with lighter notes of coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Strong roasted malt flavors dominate the pallet, and hints of burnt toast, nuts, and coffee all appear before a dry finish. Sweet at times, this brew is medium in body and moderate in carbonation

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Photo of TaySuth
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Best Before: 25 May 2012 (almost 3 months past Best Before date)

Appearance: Better than I expected for some reason. Brown cocoa in color with a solid, one finger head that dissipates down to a thin film after a few minutes.

Smell: Not overpowering but not weak. Sweet dark malt without smelling like molasses. Minimal hops in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is good but a bit on the watery side. Tastes like you would expect an average dunked to taste with the exception of being somewhat watered down.

Mouthfeel: Too light with moderate carbonation. I think Bud Light has a better mouthfeel than this dunkel.

Overall: I liked the appearance but everything dropped from there down to the very disappointing mouthfeel. Not a terrible beer but not something that I would buy again.

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Photo of Nutwood
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 poured somewhat aggressively into a stange.

A: Produced a nice tan 2-finger head that receded to a nice cap with lacing present but not great. Color was clear deep brown, slightly red-orange with back-light.

S: Roasted malts, slight hop, not a whole lot there.

T: Roasted malts, a bit of piney hops, touch of toffee.

M: A bit thin, but smooth. Hops linger a bit in the aftertaste.

O: Makes me want to search out a better example of the style, but I would drink it again under the right circumstances. It seems a bit too efficient, as in mass produced. Keep in mind this is a moderately priced beer, especially for an import. it would be a nice choice for a darker beer on a warm day.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Old Castle Restaurant in Sun City.

A: Dark, dark brown with dark red highlights. Nice white head that settles to a foam ring. There is some visible carbonation but not much.

S: Lager yeast, roasted malt, just a bit of pine hop aroma.

T: Follows the nose with slight coffee notes to the roasted malt profile, and has a relatively dry finish.

M: Light-ish mouthfeel, decent amount of carbonation on the tongue, alcohol well-hidden.

O: Not bad, seemed the best choice of the beers available. But nothing outstanding.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark brown with slightly chocolate-red hue. Head is slightly off-white with average retention.

Aroma - Smells of Munich malts, hints of toffee, caramel, toasty notes. No hop presence detected.

Taste - Sweetness of malts noticed immediately, carrying through to a nice compliment of slight char, to sugary profile of bread crust and melanoidins reminiscent of toasted caramel. Finish has low, but noticeable, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body offers firm mouthful. Carbonation is average. No warming from alcohol.

Overall - Not a bad beer for being mass produced. Malt complexion is welcomed. Would prefer this beer even more if it has slightly more carbonation.

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Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown, almost opaque, reddish hue; thick quarter of an inch of fizzy brownish, off white head that quickly fades to a thin lacing

S - toffee, caramel, sweet

T - toffee, caramel, faint roastiness, faint coffee, sweet, mildly bitter

M - light to medium bodied, crisp

This is a pretty flavorful beer. It's refreshing and quaffable. I think a little more body and a little carbonation would help this out, but otherwise it's an overall decent beer.

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Photo of MortarPestle
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a chocolate amber with a thin head that doesn't provide any appreciable lacing.
Aroma: Faint smell of wet hay, malt and dried fruit.
Taste: Mild taste with notes of toasted malt and mild citrus hops notes.
Texture: Crisp and dry with decent carbonation.
Drinkabilty: Too mild with little character. I would like to see more coffee and hops.
Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a Pilsener glass.

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Photo of DerekP
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 5/27/12

Bought this on accident (see notes after review):

Near black appearance with mahogany shades toward the bottom of the chalice. A milky, off-white head slims down, but an attractive rim remains and clings gently to the glass. 4

Coffee, timber smoked and grape juice in the nose. A touch of milk chocolate, and a slightly floral aroma. 3.5

Dark, wet malts up front with a grape-like yeast flavor sitting in the middle. A dry lingering in the back end, reminiscent of a red wine with a woody character. Notwithstanding everything I just mentioned, the taste comes off as one dimensional. 3

Hops cut into the wet malts character. The wet body, however, is broad and pronounced. Carbonation might be matching the hops. Feels a little like soda. 3

Overall: 3

Notes: went into my favorite bottle shop for Warsteiner Premium Verum (German pilsner), found it, and checked a bottle for a freshness date. Turned out the brew should have been drank by Sept 2011 (apparently nobody drinks the stuff around here). Then I saw another row of the brew right next to the bottle I picked up, and checked the dates; Warsteiner Premium Verum good til August 2012...or so I thought. Got home, poured a bottle into my chalice glass, and was very surprised by the dark color. The moral of the story is: double check labels, and don't "pull a mom" (late 90s-early 2000s reference to loving mothers and their attempts to buy regular potato chips and other junk food, but due to the constantly rushed nature of the housewife lifestyle, bring home "reduced fat" or "low sodium" bastardizations of name brands).

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Photo of secondtooth
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark ruby with a large head of off-white carbonation. Wispy but attractive lace.

Nose is caramel, yeast, and grain.

Tastes sweet and malty, with a hint of roastiness and an almost burnt finish. I also get a little flash of fruit in the malts. Overall, not bad, but lacking complexity.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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