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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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599 Reviews

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Reviews: 599
Hads: 1,430
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 22.32%
Wants: 38
Gots: 195 | 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 NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, russett brown body is capped by a short head of creamy, off-white foam that holds well before dropping to a thin collar. The nose is clean with the exception of some slight lager yeast sulphur. It offers a light note of dark kilned malt, but it's neither chocolatey or roasty. Its medium body and fine, median carbonation leave it gently crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor reveals a bit more chocolate and dark caramel than the nose suggests (but not much more), and an edge of floral/grassy hops rounds it out. It finishes dry with some light residual bitterness and a mild, lingering, dark maltiness.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the German Village Oktoberfest. Dark reddish-brown with a thin beige head. The aroma is lightly nutty. It is light-bodied for a Dunkel, with notes of coffee and nuts. The finish is crisp which makes this a decent session beer overall. However it lacks any real character or complexity.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied dunkel. Malts are slightly roasted and a touch chocolaty. Hops are mild spicy. Well balanced. Smooth. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Nytemare
2.07/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Freshness date of Oct 2002. Poured a dark brown with a very thin, slightly off white head. Virtually no lacing.

Smell: Smelled of malt, bready. As I found out, this was the best thing it had going for it.

Taste: Sickly sweet and sour with a malt backbone. I don't know if this is due to it being way past its prime, or that it's intended to taste this way, but none of the reviews I've read about it indicate this.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated, not too light or thick.

Drinkability: Not very, but again, this is probably due to it being over a year old.

Got this as a single in a build your own six pack deal at a local liquor store. It's one of two I got that are past the freshness date. If I ever see this where I can pick it up as a single, and it is fresh, I'll try it again, but as it stands, I'm not a fan of this at all.

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

A beauty that is impressive in appearance and tastes good as well. The dunkel is dark amber with a firm tan head and decent lacing. The aroma is malty and has a bit of breadiness added in to tne mix. Clearly the flavor has a strong malt start, but it also has a nicely dry finish. The feel is medium and it is not a crisp as desired. Nice drinkability.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was a decent beer. It looked okay. It was very much like a light macro with its apperance. Very light golden color and you could see right through it.

The smell was better. It smelt of a more complex light macro and the taste was the same, light but complex. Instead of rice it was malt. More robust than it looked and smelt.

Mouthfeel was ok. Pretty much what I expected from the look but it didn't match the flavor.

I could drink this all night. A very easy brew to drink.

Drink UP

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

Tasted at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

Pours with a deep amber body, with a very light frothy head. It has a nice earthy aroma, with plenty of malt, and a bit of grass. Taste is similar, with nice malt and grain flavor and a fair amount of hops. Substantial mouthfeel, rolls over the tongue. A pleasant Dunkel, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Gustav's Restaurant, Clackamas, Oregon.
Beer looks like a glass of black coffee with a tan head..by "black coffee" i dont really mean completely black..but a mahogany brown colour.
Smell was quite subdued..slight chocolaty style malts but not much.
Very thin and watery tatslessness..poor carbonation..flat horrid.
Thin and wat too watery on the tongue.
Not very drinkable at all..i wonder if there was some problem with the keg?

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Photo of taez555
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a rather clear but dark brownish amber, almost red in the right light. The head was a very small white.

The nose was very subtle. A little bready, some slight hints of earth, but very subtle in the bar.

The taste was watery and light. Very lightly carbonated. Some nice dark bready malt flavors. A surprisingly earthy hop intenceness that could almost be mistaken for a skunk flavor, but is just a classic german hop charector. Beyond that though, very light and watery. A mellow bitterness and earthy hop taste.

If I wanted to give someone a sample of what a real dunkel at beirgarden in germany tastes like I might give them this and say "it's like this, but better" It's not too bad, but I've had a lot better.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable German import. Pours very dark brown and clear with little head that dissipates to a very thin to nonexistant line of foam. Hop aroma is lightly floral but is too mild to be noteworthy. Very malty and grainy, an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel with no hint of bitterness or roughness. Some coffee and caramel like undertones. A good well rounded and drinkable session beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Warsteiner tasting at Eli Cannon's on April 24th, 2003.
Dark brownish umber, with a mahogany hue through the light. Puffy almond head that quickly dimishes, but most likely because of the burger I was eating at the time.
Smells mildly roasty and light, with a crisp clean lager-ish quality. Mild herbal hopping balances out the malts. Malts are sweet and clean.
Flavor is light and roasty, yet sweet. Very clean, well done. Mild herbal hopping comes through towards the end and finishes the beer with a light crispness. Not exceptionally flavorful, but extremely clean. Moderate small bubbled carbonation. Smooth. Aftertaste is very mild, leaving little flavor to be wanting more, but still a very good pint. I'd take another.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours pretty much like a Coke. About a finger of head dies down very quick, maintaining a thin crown around the edge.

Very light malt/sweet smell. A little macro-ish actually. Not bad, but I am most accurately Not Impressed.

For a dunkel, a bit under-flavored. Some malt presence with a bit of roastiness, further enhanced by the carbonation. Mostly sweet finish with a light bitter aftertaste. Not as robust as its color intimates. It's about as flavored as a good lager, I'll be a sport and give it a 3.0.

Body is good enough, but still a little thin-feeling in the mouth. And yet, there is enough to provide a pleasant lingering residual.

It's okay, nothing very exciting. I think I was expecting a bit more, given the 'royal' label and all. This beer underachieves its hype. It's certainly not bad, just not all that noteworthy.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy, coffee-brown color with thin, white foam that settled and clung to the glass. The smell was light and malty. The taste was malty with overtones of coffee, caramel, and slightly sweet biscuit. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation. It was relatively clean but a bit thin. This was a decent dunkel and easy to drink.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Budweiser may claim to be the king of beers, but it says right here on the label, "Die Koenigin unter den bieren." Can't argue with that. Looks absolutely lovely when poured, a nice deep brown color. Not a whole lot in the way of smell, but it tastes pretty good, goes down smooth, and leaves almost nothing in the way of an aftertaste. I think this one's going to become one of my standbys.

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Photo of TheDM
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a dark transparent brown body with a small head of white bubbles. It had a malty aroma as well as an initially bitter taste that lingered around for a while. Its lacing was good, but overall not one of the better Dunkels. Pass on this one.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice light dark lager with a good malt finish and some pleasant hops aftertaste. Mahogany color with a sweet nose that is full of malt.. this is a very drinkable dunkel smooth malty and low in alcohol content. Mouthfeel is nice as body is medium and mellow.

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

Appearance: dark reddish brown. Head was smallish and offered yeast and malted grain notes.

Taste: Hmm...."earthy", a complex and odd taste reminding of malt, but not in the traditional sweet malt taste. If anything, this one is unlike most beers in that it tastes different. Wheat-y character is there, but is overwhelmed by the earthy taste.

Mouth: a little weak (light) for the style I would say. Carbonation was average.

You could probably drink quite a bit of this in one sitting if you wanted to, but I would much rather pound a dozen dark ales or stouts before I drank this one with any frequency. Not bad, but not great either....

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Running4beer
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of texascarl
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.33/5  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.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.