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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,218 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 78 | 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 Stro23m
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer just found it today in my town which is rare also saw st. pauli girl dark which is also hard to find around here.

Love this alot though im drinkin an ice cold one right now.

Sweet malt taste going down with a good hop bitterness at the end.

Smooth and very drinkable for a dark lager or Dunkel.

I think this is the first dunkel ive tried (maybe not as i do not know what dunkel means)

Overall a very good drinkable darker lager or pilsner as warsteiner says imported german pilsner right on the label.

I would give this a try if you can find it and it has a good price as i found it for $6.65 a sixer.

Stro23m, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogany with a small tan head that dissipates to leave a small layer of foam. Very little lacing.

Smells of sweet, dark, bready malt, as well as a some grape esters. Taste is quite similar; mainly sweet crystal malt (I think). Some hops are faintly present, but not enough to balance it out. The body doesn't really do it any favors either; typical thin lager.

Although the ABV means that this could be sessionable, the simple, sweet flavor precludes that. Overall, not a bad beer, just not one that I'll ever seek out again.

philipquarles, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of kgotcher
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color with offwhite head with decent retention and steady carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with toasted bread. Nice mid to lightl mouthfeel with some astringency in the finish due to the dark malts used.

Flavor is simple and sweet with toasted bread and hint of chocolate, very light hop flavor comes across in the finish.

A very enjoyable beer if not the most complex. Still I really enjoy the clean and crisp feel of a lager while still having more depth and flavor than a typical light lager.

kgotcher, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
2.15/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 330ml bottle (best by date on back label) into a pint glass. It was a llight brown color with some red highlights. Clear with a little carb and no lacing. It had a one finger beige head that quickly fizzled into slight collar.

The aroma was very weak. Slight roasted malt but not much beyond that. As it warmed it started to get a burnt smell to it. Really didn't do anything to drive the taste which was also very bland. Not much to it at all. Not much more taste than a BMC. The mouthfeel was watery.

Overall, not a good beer. It was weak in aroma and taste and just didn't do anything more than a BMC in my opinion. Avoid.

TexIndy, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this for $1.79

My first crack at a new style and I must say, it's pretty good. Pours a beautiful deep red color with some nice malty aroma and taste. Goes down easy and smooth, with supreme drinkability. Seems like the Euro version of a brown ale to me, but I liked this beer.. would try again.

oriolesfan4, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cola brown with amber highlights and little head and bubbling. The aroma has nutty, light toasted malts, faint stuffy hops and some very well masked herbal notes. Start to finish is clean tasted malts. Hintsof light powdered cocoa and toffee nuts.The palate linger just enough powder andtoast to make a great dunkel lagr. This beer has lots of flavor and an awesome sessionability.

scruffwhor, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of jsprain1
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice chocolatey dark brown, head is small and disappers instantly without lacing.
S- Smells of dark malts. Pretty earthy with a faint alcohol scent. Pretty appetizing.
T- Starts with a nice earthy taste, moves into a more malty taste, and finishes with kind of an alcohol/caramel taste.
M- Carbonation and body seemed pretty appropriate. Tended toward the lighter side though.
O- Pretty solid. The fairly low abv and smoothness of the beer present it as a reasonable beer to have a few of. Overall a decent, but perhaps not outstanding dunkel.

jsprain1, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Are we really calling this premium? Pours a semi-hazy darker mahogany colored brown. A good pour leaves an ample rocky white head. Limited head retention that hides to the edge of the glass and ok lacing.

The nose is distinctive Warsteiner. Some noticeable grainy aroma that has that distinct macro German lagers. Some feint malty notes with some minor astringency and no really notes of Munich at all. Very clean yeast but some minor musty notes.

The taste is similar. Very grainy flavors come out with no Munich notes at all. More of an off roast/carafa a thing that has more of a husky presence. Slight astringency with some very noticeable musty, degraded malt flavor. Some off yeast notes, vegi, but clean for the most part. An earthy hop finish but light.

The body is light to moderate. Would have liked more depth overall but is a light ABV beer. Overall, would have like more Munich malt in my Munich lager. Some off aged notes but not over the top.

Oxymoron, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of RodBurg
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake. Dark brown in color with a full head and good lacing.

Nutty malt scent with some spice and hops lingering in the background.

Tastes follows after the smell. Light malt and nut flavors lead to a spicy, somewhat floral hop bitterness which is very light.

I'm not a huge fan of Dunkles, so I tried to rate this one for what it is and its not bad. Definitely not my first choice but it still had all the flavor and the drinlablility.

RodBurg, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a familiar brown color with some amber hued edges. A thin off white head forms on top. Poor retention and some spotty lace.

the aroma isn't anything special. Some bready malt and not much else.

The taste was ok. Bready and nutty malt, kind of grainy as well. No real hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

drinkability is moderate to high. Easy to drink, but nothing special which doesn't really entice me to consume it.

Goliath, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a small,thin,bubbly head that has no hang time to speak of,nor does it produce any decent lace to appreciate. The nose is pretty weak and disappointing with some caramely notes and brown sugar. As far as flavor goes I can enjoy this under malted Dunkel,because I wasn't expecting a whole lot more than what it can provide. Lightly toasted malt and some subtle caramel sweetness is a bit lackluster,the tail is a bit hollow as well with some hop bitterness and slightly skunked aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin,one notch above water at best. This beer is very drinkable and thats where it's going to get its highest mark. An average Dunkel Lager at best.

orangemoustache, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: Jan 23 09.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a thin, fizzy, but still slightly creamy off-white head.

Smell: Pale malts in the nose with supporting notes of spicy hops, stale nuts, and a very light vinous fruitiness.

Taste: Pale maltiness with light tastes of nutty molasses and honey. Very minor hints of apple and cherry fruitiness. Faint spicy hops and bitterness. A touch sour at times. Finishes relatively crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation, though it's a bit fizzy.

Drinkability: Never immensely flavorful or exciting, but it is quite drinkable, I'll give it that much.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear brown, with a decent head, more so than its pils little brother.

S - Some OK caramel malt aroma.

T - Hint of caramel sweetness with a hint of banana. Not overwhelming, but not bad.

F - Medium-light body.

D - A credible drinker. May not wow you, but again, does the job.

Patrick999, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark clear brown, nice cream colored head and some nice lacing.

S- Roasted malts, touch of coffee and maybe a little metallic. Little on the weaker side here.

T- Malty, a touch of coffee, and nutty.

M- Medium in body, nice carbonation, and pretty smooth.

D- Really easy to drink.

nrbw23, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Yard House in Brea, on to the beer:

The lighting at the time made it difficult to judge the exact color, but it looked cola brown with some amber weaved in. Spongy white head on top with decent retention. Aroma is astrigent with some toasted grain, not a lot intersting here. The taste was dissapointing at first, it was astringent/husky upfront, but much of that faded away. As that clears, it sweetenes to raisins/grapes with bits of dark bread. Hints of wood throughout the beer. Feels chewy and medium in body. Not bad.

DoubleJ, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Hy-Vee in Clinton, Iowa just opened up a big Wine and Spirits satellite, which means that (for a little while at least) you'll be able to buy all the Germans and Belgians you want without fear of paying eight bucks for a sixer of staleness.

Very nice pour. Deep dark brownred with a big fizzy head thad dies down into a nice white cap. Clear and bubbly like sparkling wine.

Smells of deep, bready German malt along with a simple but firm noble hop background. Crisp and lightly fruity, complex with absolutely no off nodes. Nice.

Tastes great, light and complex and perfectly balanced. Starts with sweet, bready grain, runs quickly into a spicy and bitter noble hop, and then ends with a wonderful melange of the two.

mynie, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of youngleo
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a good off white head that didnt last long. Minimal lacing. Dark brown in color. Smelled of malt, caramel, and a slightly sweet smell. Tasted of smoke, malt, yeast, slightly sweet, and a little hoppy. Had a good flavor overall. Felt good in the mouth, carbonation I thought was about right. I would like to try this as a session beer. Wasnt to heavy, just all and all a good tasting beer. Was another one of those 11.2 oz.

youngleo, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a rich, dark reddish brown with a fine beige head. Aroma is malty and just slightly sweet with a touch of cloves and smoke. Flavor is smooth, mainly malty, with a smoky undertone and hints of spice. Texture is smooth and pleasant, and it goes down very nicely.

Cyberkedi, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was cellared and is from OCT. 2006.
I put it in the fridge and here we go. Don't know what to expect.

A: Pours chestnut brown with a tan head that quickly fizzled down. Some nice orange highlights.

S: Toffee, raisins, vanilla, sherry with a bready roasted maltedness that dominates. No hop aroma.

T: Fresh bread, burnt raisins, and rich roasted malt make up most of the flavor. Low on the hops so this one is on the sweet side. Some bitterness from acrid burnt malts. Finishes with a slight vanilla bourbon flavor.

M: Moderate body with some sharp carbonation. No real alcohol warmth to speak of.

D: Well this actually was a good experiment. It aged nicely and was very tasty after almost two years! Some bourbon notes were somewhat suprising.

scottbrew4u, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly deep brown in color-small and tight head. Mellow aroma-somewhat chestnut like and a mild sulfur smell. Decent flavor. Nutty and somewhat malty. Very slight hop bite to it. Smooth and easy going down. Lacks the softness of a dunkel that I have had in other examples. Overall a pleasant experience. Good beer all around. Much preferable to a Beck's or Pauli Girl dark for sure.

lackenhauser, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a beer garden in Solvang, CA
Poured a thick tannish head. Chestnut brown in color, with red highlights. Nose is clean, lightly roasted malt with not a bit of hop in sight. Tastes sweet with substantial body for a German lager. Nicely roasted dark malt with just a smattering of hops makes this finish clean. Very wheaty in the taste and aftertatse. It's a fresh, well-made slightly above average German lager.

barleywinefiend, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 500 ml can. Pours out a deep, seductive transluscent oak, tall nutmeg head that drops to a thin frothy cap.

Toasted, biscuity malt on the nose, some wafer, along with fresh cut grass and floral hops.

Crisp grainy toasted malt up front in the flavour, balanced out nicely by dry grassy hops on the finish. A very straight-forward flavour profile.

Mouthfeel is light and on the watery side, not much body, but it delivers the goods.

A refreshing and crisp dunkel, more about textures than flavour, yet still enjoyable.

IronDjinn, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Zadok
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-1 finger off-white head that dissipated very quickly. Very nice dark mahogany with a tint of red.

S-Smell was almost nonexistent; far off in the distance was a tinge of malt.

T-Nothing much to mention here, watery malt and light coffee bean is about all I could come up with.

M-Very light for this style of beer, moderate carbonation.

D-A very drinkable beer if you're not looking to be wowed. Quite frankly I was a little disappointed and can't foresee buying again.

Zadok, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a deep-purple hue with a negligible head and hardly any lacing...
Modest aroma replete with prunes, figs, and dates...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, along with essences of dehydrated malts, dark cherries, prunes, and sugared candies...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability to match...
Not bad at all...

dsa7783, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of BeerManDan
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured was a medium dark brown with tan foam that disapated after a short while. The smell of roasted malts and hop's filled the nose with a hint of caramel. The taste had a bitter/sour flavor to the hops that was very evident. Not on of the better Dunkels, but a thirst quincher on a hot day!

BeerManDan, Jul 07, 2008
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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