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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,279
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
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 dpodratsky3
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of Mavajo
3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of bsubrew
2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
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

Photo of bsp77
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
1.43/5  rDev -59%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Natural510
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of tr4nc3d
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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..

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of biggred1
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of goblue3509
2.93/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of mattffrost
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of kflorence
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Anthony1
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Photo of skeetermoses
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall a surprisingly good selection from Warsteiner. I had a burger with this one at a restaraunt, good deep red color, not too harsh of a taste but it did have a heavy caramel taste with it. Overall a good beer still very happy with this line of beers.

Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With all the tall cans of pale lager in the BC liqour stores it is nice to see a dunkel available in cans. This is a pretty nice take on the style with a full mouthfeel making this an enjoyable drink. The beer is roasty and kinda sweet with caramel overtones but does not have the thinness that plagues some takes on the style. Decent enough and food friendly including BBQ make this a summer evening addition to the beer quiver.

Photo of kellywilson50
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red color, almost would look like a cola if it wasn't for the foam. Surprisingly, there's very little roasted characteristics, but instead it's very heavy on the caramel. The hops balance the flavor, leaving a very mild bitterness that stays on the tongue well after the beer is swallowed.

Photo of spointon
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Auld Dubliner Pub in Bolingbrook, IL on 5/20/2009.

A= This beer poured a clear, light brown color with a thin tan head. The head disappeared in minutes and did not leave any lace behind.

S= Subdued aromas of malty sweetness (caramel and treacle mostly). Slight whiff of sulfur in there too.

T= Pleasant but thin flavor profile. I found caramel, a hint of cocoa bean, and roasted grain on the malt side. Not much in the way of perceptible bitterness. Some earthy notes in the middle though. Fairly sweet finish for a lager style beer.

MF= Light than medium bodied for sure, with a soft carbonation feel.

D= While the flavor of this beer was not anything to get excited about, it was easy to drink and could easily be sessioned.

Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Warsteiner smooth sided mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a clear brown with golden bronze tones and a ¼" light tan head that recedes fairly soon leaving a small ring around the liquid and some patches of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves light patchy lacing for most of the beer

Smell: The aroma is faint bit soft and clean. There is a faint presence of light roasted caramel malts and chocolate and neither alcohol nor hops are detectable.

Taste: The flavor is pretty much what would be expected from the aroma. There is lightly roasted caramel malt with some very mild chocolate and no alcohol. However the flavor does contain some grassy hop bitterness that counter balances the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with some softness from the light, persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins in sweetness, then switches to some dry grassy hop bitterness and then fades quietly away.

Drinkability: While not a great beer this is a pleasant enough one and I could easily have another. While not challenging in any way this beer goes down easily. The last half of the beer also went quite well with the Bratwurst sandwich and German Potato Salad that I had for lunch.

Photo of CityBoy1986
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml (11.2 oz.) bottle poured into a pilsner glass. The freshness date is 11 February 2009.

The pour is a medium to dark brown with a tall off-white head. Retention is decent, but there is little lacing.

The small nose is mostly sweet malts with a bit of yeast. The taste is more of the same, with the malts dominating. A very mild bitterness is around for the sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is okay; two would be enough. I've had a hard enough time convincing myself to finish this bottle.

I wouldn't be sad if told I could never have this again. Its looks and mouthfeel are better than average, but those alone do not make a good beer.

Photo of RickS95
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick, foamy, white head. Looks like dark cola in the glass.

Strong scent of hops and malt in the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel, creamy like a porter, very crisp.

It tastes like it smells. The roasted malt comes at your first, then the hops greet you. The beer has nice lacing, it even looks good as you drink it.

The finish is complex because it looks and tastes like a porter with the creamy roasted malt, then endswith the hoppy bite like a smooth pale ale.

The bottles are only 11.2 oz and the alcohol is only 4.8%...and it's smooth like a porter...I could drink a lot of these and enjoy every one.

Photo of albern
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one is mediocre at best and not worth spending too much time on. It pours a decent mahogany brown with a small head, no lacing. The beer is very clear. This is a light bodied beer and fairly unidimensional. The nose has a mustiness to it and a lagery grassy aroma some off notes and some sweet adjunct type maltiness.

The taste is very sweet, adjunct type of sweetner, maybe some cooked veggies added along the way with a slightly roasted malt flavor, maybe some caramel in there too. This is a light bodied beer, not much taste or aftertaste either. There is a slightly off sourishness to the beer that doesn't add to the enjoyment of it. This beer is not all that interesting and I'm going to reach for something better starting now.

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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