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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,187 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 64 | 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 brystmar
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap at an Oktoberfest festival. Poured an attractive darkish, slightly coppery brown color with medium head. Medium lacing left on the cup it was served in.

Dark cherries make up the brunt of this beer's scent; very pleasant overall.

Tastes sweet and darkly fruity (cherries again), with only a small hint of bitterness from the hops in the aftertaste (which only became apparent as the beer warmed). sweetness isn't overwhelming, though; crisp, smooth, and enjoyable!

Medium-bodied, and still nice and crisp in the mouth. Moderately sessionable due to its filling-ness and sweetness. An enjoyable brew!

brystmar, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of spencerw
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice looking brown amber, 1 inch head that disappeared quickly leaving NO lacing.

S: Black Cherry / fruit and a taste of light malt.

T: Roasted sweetness followed by a light fruit taste. Not really hoppy at all.

M: Light weight, creamy, good carbonation.

D: A lighter body and extremely drinkable. Like very drinkable.

Good beer, very drinkable, nothing special, reviewing it because I drank it.

I'd buy it again but if it was gone I could careless.

spencerw, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Hawoh
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance - A very dark brown coppery colour. Clean and clear with a light-brown head. Head retention was very short, and carbonation levels were visibly low

Smell - Sweet notes, toffee and caramel. Mild floral hoppiness and typical lager aromas.

Taste - Typical lager crispness, but with the twist of a sweet malty background. A slight roasted taste and very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium or light in body with low carbonation.

Drinkability - Average+ - No strong overwhelming tastes or aroma's. As long as you're a fan of the slight sweetness/maltyness of the style, then you could keep these coming all night.

Serving type: can

Hawoh, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of livingregret
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type was on-tap at a local bar

Appearance: A reddish brown pour with a 1 finger head. Little to no lacing

Smell: Little on the nose. Caramel sweetness with some floral in the back ground. Some hops

Taste: Smooth, crisp and goes down easy. Carbonation gives a bite at the end with some slight sticky sweetness lingering. The Caramel comes through slightly as does the floral

Drinkability: It's drinkable. There are better Dunkel's out there but this is still good

livingregret, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is dark brown, tight white head forms, falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.

Aroma minimal, very lager like, no hop or roast character, no alcohol, some cereal aroma, perhaps corn, not really appealing.

Beer is smooth, no clear flavor to me though. Its bland and goes down quick. Finishes cleanly. Some finer lagers this is the goals so I guess its OK, I just want to know that I'm drinking something. Beer is thin which is fine, drinkability is high, its like water. Its OK.

drabmuh, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of NightINgale
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear brown body with a frothy light-brown head. Some small bubbles are visible at first, then it becomes relatively flat. Head retention is kind of weak.

S - Sweet toffee and caramel notes, some floral hoppiness and a hint of dark fruits. Also a bit of that metallic grainy smell, typical of canned lagers.

T - At first: very tasty, with a nice malty background, moderate roastiness and some hop bitterness with a flowery character to it. The finish is a bit dry and roasty. After a while, however, the taste becomes drier and weaker, with more dryness and less complexity.

M - Light-to-medium bodied. A bit watery, but very clean. The carbonation is very gentle.

D - High. Dunkel lagers usually equal drinkability. This is a pretty solid performer in its style, yet it is not among the best.

NightINgale, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of jpkoch1962
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a a dark ruby brown with a moderate head that fast disappeared. Almost neutral aroma with subdued malt/stale cracker aroma in the background. This was a smooth, thin lager with very little character. Body was thin, very little malt presence; however, it wasn't cloying as the middle and finish were dry. The carbonation was perhaps a bit too much, which masked any malt character.

Very forgettable lager from a brewery which used to be known as top notch. Saint Pauli's actually makes a better Dunkles.

If one is looking for a session beer that can easily be forgotten, well this is it.

jpkoch1962, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of dstc
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with a small tan head. Head falls to absolutely nothing. No real lace to speak of.

Nice, sweet malt aroma. Has a mild burnt smell to it. Rather pleasant.

Has a nice sweet taste to it with the burnt characteristic mildly showing.

Rather thin in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Nice and easy drinking. I like it.

dstc, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Chocolate brown, with big off-white/cream colored head, starts big at around 3 fingers then settles around 1, pretty smooth looking, leaves some lace

S: Pretty plain, just some mild malty sweetness

T: Roasted malt, mild hop bitterness that builds slowly in the finish, clean tasting, not many completing flavors, the label cited the cities soft water, I think this adds to the pure taste, kind of boring and watery overall too though

M: Light and thin, refreshing for a darker beer, watery, but not unpleasant

D: Good with nice toasted flavors, but not great

Notes: The standard dark german import taste, nothing spectacular, and nothing compared to what is available domestically in Germany for this style, just an average import beer.

dpodratsky3, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with shades of red when held up to the light. Nice prolific white head. Not much going on with the nose...malt was about all I caught. Taste was similar - malty, with hints of some other stuff going on. Very little carbonation. Early on, the mouthfeel seemed almost creamy to me, but towards the end it felt very watery. All in all a very unremarkable taste with an average mouthfeel. There's nothing complicated going on here, so while that makes it very drinkable, it also makes it a bit boring.

Mavajo, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of bsubrew
2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen Glass

Appearance: Chestnut brown with a one finger soapy head. Quick dissipated with almost no lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly mild aroma, caramel malts, woody earthy smell with chocolate hint

Taste: Less than what I expected from past dunkels, nice malty flavor , cola flavor in the middle, nice bitter after taste
Feel: Very low carbonation, watery, unplesant

Drinkability: Easy to drink but unpleasant, expected a bolder flavor. Easy session beer, goes down smooth but too watery for my tastes. Nothing special

Serving type: bottle

bsubrew, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit glass.

Appearance: Chestnut brown with moderate white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Cherry, caramel, plum and metallic bitterness.

Taste: Cherry, caramel, toast, and metal (although not bitter). Can't find much else to say about it, which is why this is only average.

Feel: Low carbonation with a light almost watery body.

Drinkability: Decent but nothing special. Could use more body or more "something" to counter the average malt profile.

bsp77, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
1.43/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a really nice blackened copper, with lots of carbonation and a 1/2" head, but it quickly blows its load and then there is no head to speak of. So sad.

The aroma smells like any one of the dozens upon dozens of skunky euro lagers that have plagued the LCBO's shelves for far too long. I get a ton of corn off this. Blech. It smells like a wet tortilla.

I get a huge hit of metallic from the initial sip. Some toast and pewter. A lingering bitterness in the finish, very drying and not hugely pleasant. No real malt that I can ascertain. Really, it tastes like they took a generic Euro lager, threw in a dash of caramel color, and called it a dunkel.

The mouthfeel. You know what fuck it. I'm only half way through but this is going down the sink. My mouth deserves better.

Epic dunkel fail.

MeisterBurger, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light brown color with a thick cap of tan foam. The Germans seem to have a knack for making a beer with good head. This one is a bit large-bubbled, but holds up nicely. Not much lacing left behind.

Nose is of sweet, nutty and slightly roasty malts. There's a bit of hay-like hop aroma in there, but this beer is all about showcasing the malt. Pretty good smelling lager here.

Taste is smooth and crisp with a dry toasty and grassy bitterness in the finish. Malts are not as sweet as the nose indicates, but a few roasty chocolate notes linger on into the taste. This is not the boldest dunkel out there, but it is well crafted and super easy to drink. I am a fan of dunkels, but after having a couple other Warsteiner beers, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one.

twiggamortis420, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Had the regular lager on a few occasions, time to try the darker version.

This beer pours a clear dark rusty chestnut brown hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and duly frothy pale beige head, which leaves some crinkly cloudy lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, oily nuts, bittersweet cocoa, faint brown sugar, a suggestion of wheat chaff, and earthy, weedy noble hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, pithy wheat grain, powdery milk chocolate, a bit of indistinct sour and yeasty wine grapes, and more earthy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and generally just a frothy background tic, the body an agreeable medium weight, and nicely rounded, with a softly lilting smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the roasted malt lingering and loitering in a rather skeezy manner.

A more or less balanced, tasty dark German lager, the roasted character making up for the lack of overt hop bitterness. Simple, and drinkable with the more robust sorts of charred or baked comestibles, it would seem.

biboergosum, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clean, just of white one finger head on a dark brown body. By clean I mean it just came out as head and there it was. It didn't do the Guinness falling bubbles thing, it didn't look small and then foam up huge, it just was. Held up to the light the beer has a reddish copper hue with lots of active carbonation and is very clear. Head fades and leaves a little lace.

S: Not too strong from far away. Upon closer inspection I get a nice balance of noble hops and malt, perhaps Vienna or Munich. Maybe it tends towards the hops, but thats hard to tell just because of how different the hops smell from the American hops I'm used to. I wish it smelled stronger.

T: Very similar to the smell. Balanced, but not strong. This beer is looking more and more like a friendly session beer. The more I drink the more the malt comes through. I also think it's a little watery. Like I can taste the water profile. It tastes thin and blank. Not I can't describe the taste, there just are times when it doesn't taste.

M: A little biting at first, and then a little thin. Not bad, just not great.

D: Very drinkable. Could be a good session beer.

mdwalsh, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, opaque brown with rose highlights and fairly good head which dissipates to a soapy lacing.
Light cola and caramel malt scent.
Flavor also caramel and cola-like, with a slightly roasted edge to the malt. Flavor is pretty faint, and mouthfeel is decidedly thin.
Execution doesn't live up to the presentation. Not a very distinct example of the style and there are many other German brewers doing it better.

Natural510, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2fl oz bottle poured into my Pilsner glass

Pours a medium brown color with some hints of velvet with a three inch slightly tan head. Better then average head retention that when fades leaves small amounts of lacing clinging through my glass. Top layer of foam stays all throughout the beer.

Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, yeast, biscuit/bread, fresh mineral water.

Slight toasted malt flavor upfront with hints of biscuit and dark chocolate, cola like taste in the middle with a clean finish to it. This needs more flavor to it and is a tad watery to my taste.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a refreshing clean finish. Unfortunately for me this lacks flavor.

The lack of flavor would make me not to drink this beer again.

tr4nc3d, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of ZAP
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Really a nice looking beer...deep, dark brown with some ruby highlights..perfect light tan fluffy head on top..

S-I really pick up a lot of mineral elements from the water used...toffee..light caramel breadiness..

T-The mineral water notes again are high...almost metallic but in a good way...it is certainly not a turnoff at all...the toffee is also there with a little breadiness...

M-Medium bodied but more rounded than crisp....

D-Low abv...nice overall character...not watery in the least....I see this as an excellent session beer. Good stuff..

ZAP, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the new Brauhaus Schmitz in Philly; served in a Warsteiner mug

Appears a rather clear, dark brown body with a fluffy, one finger tan cap. Nothing tremendous to look at.

Aroma is bland for the most part. Slight vinous fruit, nuts, toasted dark malt and a metallic note as well.

The flavor is toasted dark malt, slight chocolate with a watery body. Nothing overly assertive, good for hot summer weather and you want something a tad heavier.

Light to medium body, high drinkability, ideal for a warm day. A sessionable dark lager for sure.

ColForbinBC, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with a crater marked light tan head that fades fairly quicky and leaves very little lace behind on the glass. The nose is pretty weak for the style, toasted grain and the slightest suggestion of toffee. The taste is better than the smell but still seems really light and dry for the style, but not unpleasant. The body is also on the lighter side. Drinkability is good but the flavors are more dortmunder than dunkel IMO.

biggred1, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color with a slightly off white brownish color head. There is a little lacing left after the head and drink are drained. The smell is of malt and a slight floral. The taste is rather weak, the is a little malt and a little sweetness with a little harsh bite. The mouthfeel is okay there is a little harsh tone with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall it is drinkable but it isn't as good as other dunkels. The hofbrauhaus dunkel is a better choice.

goblue3509, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of mattffrost
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass

Beer is a very dark brown. Head is between off white and tan. Good head.

Smells of fruit cake, malt, sweetness.

Taste does not do to much for me. Not bad just not great. I get a bit of coco, a tad of fruit. Finish is a little bit bitter. Nothing over the top.

Medium to mild carbonation. I was hoping for a better drink.

mattffrost, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of kflorence
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours coca-cola brown with a thin layer of head. When held to the light it is more of a red amber in color. Little to no lacing left around the glass edges as you drink.

S: A pleasing aroma of dark fruits, cherries, yeast, nuts, roasted malts, caramel and alcohol. The prominent note is probably the roasted malt character, which gives the aroma a caramel sweetness to it.

T: Very sweet on the tongue; the fruity, cherry flavor hits first, followed by the malts, caramel, yeast and finally some the hops. Finishes tart with a lingering bittersweet malt, fruit and hop flavor. Not as complex as I had hoped, but definitely nothing displeasing here.

M: Fairly light on the tongue and overall a bit watery. I expected a little more substance from this one... a little more chewiness. That said, the carbonation levels are pretty good, perhaps a bit high for a dark beer. Ironically, it sat a little heavy in my stomach... perhaps because of the sweetness.

D: Overall a tasty brew that's pretty light in body but is predominantly on the sweet side and a bit filling. I could enjoy a few of these but probably could not stomach much more than that. Not a bad beer for it's relatively broad distribution as I seem to see Warsteiner beers fairly often nowadays.

kflorence, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip

poured what i like to call a deep cherry (brown with a reddish hue) with a thin head, no lace.

smells dark fruit, perhaps a hit of cherry, perhaps some malt and a bit of caramel.

tasted very light for such a dark looking beer. almost like a wheat or pale ale. tasted grains and fruit.

medium or even light feel with a bit to much carbonation for a dark beer.

pretty good, dunno if i want to buy another

Anthony1, Jun 25, 2009
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