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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,280
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 110 | 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 KrisPaulk77
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint, the beer poured a deep chestnut brown, with a foamy, half inch head of whitish foam. Not much retention, the head faded down quick to a ring of foam around the glass. Tiny bits of lacing.
The aroma is clean, sweet and malty, with slight toasty notes, a little diacatyl, and a little raisin.
The taste has a nice rich malty sweetness to it, clean and refreshing, with a mild, mild bitterness. The beer feels smooth, light, and finishes dry.
Quite an enjoyable lager, I could drink this almost anytime.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with red hugh. Light tan head the stuck around for about half the ride. No lacing to speak off

S: Nothing real complex. smells very yeasty with a nice bread character from the munich. Not very rich, and no other chocolate, caramel, or nuttiness like the style guidelines suggest may be present. It smells good, its just kinda plain

T: There is both a maltiness and a malty sweetness present. The sweetness hits first and then it is backed up by the melanoidans and bready (borderline toasty) notes from the munich. I get a subtle honey/graham cracker sweetness. no hop flavor, you catch some bitterness at the end. there may be a touch of roast in here which seems innapropriate

M: Mouthfeel is spot on for this style. medium-full body with a dextrinous smooth feel to it. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, but not cloying

D: This is a real easy drinking pint, its not as complex as I'd like it to be; rather one-dimensional. I do enjoy it though, and I would probably order another!

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two finger head that quickly dissipates to patchy foam on top. Dark ruby color.
Smell is of roasted malts, toffee.
Taste is earthy roasted malts, toffee, tastes more alcohol as it warms. Taste is pretty average.
Medium mouthfeel and overall drinkable, this is one that is pretty good for the style.

Photo of therica
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= mahogany-copper with an overly active huge head when poured slowsly, settling to a 2-finger creamy off-white head with plenty of retention and lacing.

S= earthy, dry roasted malt, some hops florals and toffee, not very noticeable until it set and adjusted for a few minutes.

T= dry, earthy, slightly metallic and astringent. Some roasted malts but not much of quality. Slight liquor taste after more warming. Drinkable but not noteable.

M= dry and dusty with some slight Macro style metallic and astringent effects. Light hops bitters. Tolerable.

D= obviously drinkable but I'd prefer to look elsewhere for my standard-stock modest-priced dark beer to have on hand.

Photo of EskimoDave
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is red like raspberry syrup.
It has a dark-dry fruity aroma - - prunes, raisins, currants, raspberry
It tastes like raspberries, currants, caramel, hints of maltiness and assorted dried-dark fruits.
It's got a smooth, medium body with long finish.

Photo of icetraxx
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a 5 finger, rather creamy looking head. This beer is dark and *filtered*. The head dissipates down to a one and a half finger creamy head within a minute or two. A little lacing is noticeable, but not much.

S: A bit of roasted coffee like aroma, lightly roasted Munich malt, and some hops in the background. Typical doughiness from Munich malt is missing. This one is definitely a little metallicy/medicinal aroma in the 130,000 gallon steel vat sort of way. There is a hint of caramel and cocoa in here too.

T: This beer has a slight roasted flavor including malt and coffee (odd, isn't it?), a hint of nuttiness and caramel, and quite a bit of sandy earth flavor (in a good way). This is a slightly unpleasant medicinal flavor. Hops are completely missing (which concerns me). A bit of tartness is here as well. Not enough bitterness to balance tartness/sweetness, this one could get a bit cloying. This is my first example of this style, but I would note that this beer needs more hops to fit the description as "moderately hopped". The malt seems a little watered down and lacks flavor overall, this could almost be Germany's Michelob. Yeast, as in the lager tradition, is completely lost here. After-taste and finish are both smooth and irritatingly boring.

M: Surprisingly much thicker than I expected, in-fact this would be nearly perfect if it wasn't so under-carbonated, due to this, this has extremely poor mouthfeel.

D: It is so light that I could easily drink another, yet this beer lacks any refreshing aspect for both the summer and winter. There is not enough flavor to get me interested in a second one.

O: This has served as a gateway beer to me, I look forward to trying other beers of this style. This beer is dark, but doesn't have the ability to back the appearance up with great flavor. This beer has some interesting attributes, and I really enjoy the coffee and earthiness attributes, but this ultimately falls flat on its face when you add up the macro-ish flavor and the hefty import price.

Enjoyability Score: Indifferent.

Photo of cagocubs
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember drinking this in Germany as I would drink a Bud in America. Was given a case and figured I'd review it.

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow with a good 1 finger white head that retains and laces. Surprised by the head action.

S: Some sweetness of banana from malt/grains. Some hop smell. Adjunct euro lager smell as well.

T: Bread, malt. I got a bitter taste towards the end without a real hop hit. Aftertaste is bready. Some sweetness at the beginning.

M: Nice light bodied lager. Crisp, cleanses palate nicely. Good carbonation.

D: I could see me drinking this more often. Will buy another case when it comes to the right time of year.

Photo of bobsy
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Randomly picked up a can at the LCBO on my way to the cash.

Pours a rich mahogany with strong ruby highlights and a nice clarity. The two fingers of off-white head don't take long to dissipate, and leave a patchy film on the top of my beer. Sadly, there's no lacing, but the wonderful colour of the beer keeps this in my good books. The aroma is decent enough - toasty malt, cereal, kinda sweetish. Reminds me of smelling wort and not beer itself.

The taste follows the nose, and its neither horrendous nor overtly pleasing. Just lots of sweet pale malt, mixed in with toast and a lingering breadiness. A moderate bitterness in the finish adds a bit of depth to a relatively simple beer. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is moderate, but both help to make this a quenching lager.

This really isn't all that bad a beer, and I could see myself being able to session it. There's nothing really wrong with it other than the fact that its remarkably simple. That fact means I probably won't return to it ever again (especially when we do simple so well in Ontario), but I did enjoy this pint.

Photo of Schwarzwald
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable German lager. Keep this in the fridge as a good goto beer. I really like it in a glass but is also very drinkable from the bottle (please don't hate me)! I love the light caramel color and bite.

Has a very toasty rich taste for such a mass produced beer.

Enjoy with all your favorite German foods.

Photo of AnnaEA
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quick head. Dark and translucent in the cup, with deep amber and garnet. Light but penetrating aroma. Crisp and slightly acid mouth feel, tingly on the tongue with carbonation. Light bodied. Smooth mild flavour, well balanced, with a long finish. A nice basic beer. Tastes like beer, smells like beer.

Photo of ollie78
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, clear but opaque. Finger and half of head.

S: Malty

T: Malt start with a low key hop at the end

M: Full flow over the palate. Touch of carbonation on the tongue.

D: Enjoyed this beer and easily see me bringing it to future beer get togethers.

Photo of Offa
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good, solid dunkel, a bit sweet and not overly complex, but with a very nice, solid character.

Very deep, dark reddish brown, it has a big tan head steadily shrinking to thin wispy top. It leaves only a tiny hint of weak lace.

Aroma is light roasted barley, toast, hint of sweet prune.

Taste is light, roasty, with some dry toast, light prune, hint of wine, hint of wet soil. It's light and a bit thin and simple but good. It is mostly dryish but with slight leaning to the sweet side.

Photo of bnes09
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color which is darker at the top of the glass and gradually becomes a lighter tan color at the bottom. Also has some amber tints mixed in. One inch head forms with decent retention and a frothy lacing which quickly slides down the glass.

Smell is mostly skunky like a typical Euro lager with some banana and prunes in the mix.

Taste of caramel and some roasted almonds although the focus is more toward a dry skunky flavor. Weak roastiness lingers a bit along with some corn but for the most part, I am left with no aftertaste.

Light bodied brew with just a hint of carbonation that touches the tongue and disappears. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, not too bad. It is very easy to drink and has a decent flavor. Nothing that blew me away but I could drink it again.

Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very dark brown color. Certainly opaque, but not hazy. Appears filtered. Light bubbling, but strong head formation. Mocha head color, hanging around for a few mm.

S - Grainy astringent pilsner malts - very malty. No hopping detected. A light amount of yeast notes compliment the malts.

T - Starts with a combination of sweet pilsner malts and some wheat/grainy astringency. Mid-stream gets more bitter, but hops are not present. Bready all the way through, malt forward. Some yeast notes as well. Finishes with just a bit of bitter husky notes.

M - Moderate beer body - carbonation buoys it big time. Finishes pretty clean - no palette coating. Carbonation bite is stinging, but not overbearing.

D - Very drinkable beer. ABV is manageable. Flavors are well integrated, but not abusive. Not filling.

An interesting summer/winter beer. Has a nice flavor that works well for a cold night.

Photo of tone77
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is also mild, some notes of chocolate and malts, not very flavorfull. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a mediocre brew.

Photo of Methodd
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown/amber. Minimal tan head with a bit lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, black cherries, toffee, molasses.

Taste: Malts seem more bready than in the smell. Cherries are still there, molasses are more upfront than in the smell. Hops are here whereas they were non-existent in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation. Feels more like an ale than a lager. Smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: I’ve always enjoyed this beer and keep coming back for more. It is consistent in that you always get the exact same taste, carbonation, head, retention, etc.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown color with the slightest hint of transparency. Not much of a head.

Smell: A fair malt aroma with a little bit of hop smell.

Taste: Starts off with a smooth malt taste that finishes with a minor hop kick. The kick is strong enough to be noticeable, but the beer maintains its smoothness.

Mouthfeel: Had a fair body from the carbonation. It was fuller than expected.

Drinkability: It's not bad, but it's not great either. It's something I could get again if the right mood struck me.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown pop top with nice label; best-by date clearly marked

Appearance: Dark mahogany beer with bright garnet highlights and bright clarity; capped by a dark ivory large cap that soon fades to a thick film

Smell: Overall pretty light aromas; light toasted grains. Clean and supremely simple, but not unpleasant.

Taste: Mild toasty and dry grains, backed by a clean, mildly fruity hop bitterness. A bit more bitter and minerally than expected. Fairly balanced, though this leans more to the side of bitter than sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light-light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Drinkable Munich Dunkel Lager, but nothing special and for like $7.99 there's definitely beers (both German and American) that I'd rather have.

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!

Photo of spencerw
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Hawoh
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Photo of livingregret
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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.

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.

Photo of jpkoch1962
2.61/5  rDev -25%
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.

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,280 ratings.