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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 30
Gots: 92 | 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 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.

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

Photo of skeetermoses
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +12.1%
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 +6.3%
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 -5.2%
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 +4.3%
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 -17.2%
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 +12.1%
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 -22.4%
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.

Photo of william5586
1.7/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Clear light brown with big light tan head that leaves a little lace.The look is by far the best thing this beer has going for it.

S- Nothing at all like a dunkel. Smells like a bad lager.

T & M - Grainy, rough, watery and very light. Imagine water with brown food coloring. Horrible after taste.

D- Could be high due to how light it is but the after taste kills it.

Photo of prototypic
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yawn. This one pours a clear, nut brown color with ruby highlights. Lots of light getting through. A very thin, beige colored fizz covers the surface and disappears shortly thereafter. Very little lacing lined the glass.

Malts rule the nose. Smells like a mix of roasted and toasted varieties. It's hindered by a lack of strength. There's some very faint sugary notes. Perhaps a little yeast. Really tough to draw much out beyond that. The nose needs major attention.

The flavor is a little better than I expected. It's enough to warrant a bump in score, but it's a close call. Roasted and toasted malts are the feature flavor. There's not a great deal of flavor to begin with, but they are the most pronounced. Doesn't taste like one outmuscles the other. A little sugary sweetness is present, in addition to a slightly acidic flavor. Light yeast is noted on the tail. There's really not much going on here. It really struggles to be average, but it makes it. Barely.

The body is medium and feels relatively smooth. It's far from creamy or lush, but it's not bad. Clearly the highlight of this experience. Drinkability is very average. It goes down easy, but is lacking in every material department.

Warsteiner Dunkel really fights to be an average beer. It makes it by a nose. At the end of the day, it needs a good bit of work to be a good beer. The nose is weak and it lacks flavor. Given those two faults, it's very lucky to be an average beer. Not something I'd seek out by any means.

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

The color is a clear, very dark brown with reddish highlights. A head that comes out big in the pour doesn't retain particularly well, though not particularly poorly either. Lacing is minimal. The smell is nothing especially complex; light citrus and perhaps other fruits with a malt tone. A little toastiness is detected in the malt. The taste took me aback at first. Very strongly on my tongue was something like raisin that I had a difficult time placing at first. Malt kicks in after the initial burst and a toasty flavor makes an appearance in there as well. Mouthfeel is average. It's got a lighter bosdy than many malt-based brews and isn't thick per se. Finish is fairly dry and doesn't linger. I'm new to this style, but I could really enjoy it if I had a dunkel with more roasted flavor in the malt, more in the appearance, and more of a complexity and balance in smell and flavor. As it is, I found it to be a decently above-average brew.
Update: when I let it sit for a few minutes and warm, more of the malt flavor came in and the raisin / citrus flavor was a little more balanced with it.

Photo of Kromes
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with thick head and good lacing down glass. The smell was a little weird, some hops and a slight skunky smell. Roasted malt flavor with a flowery hop flavor in the finish and again a little bit skunky in flavor. very smooth mouthfeel with less than normal carbonation. There was a somewhat metallic taste to this. It reminded of the other warsteiner beers in flavor with the added goodness of roasted malts.

Photo of cnally
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dunkel lager. why not? poured into a pint glass.

color is a disappointing see through dark brown. barely any head, and what head did show dissapated immediately.

woodsy, nutty scents, malty and like almond extract. mellow and pretty appealing.

malt flavor right up front. the nuttiness continues, like walnuts or more bitter chestnuts. very sweet in spite of the strong nut & malt flavor. balanced and even, full of flavor but not overboard.

fizzy-ish light feel. not heavy at all.

well, a pretty balanced example of this style. usually dark lagers can be devoid of flavor. not so here. enough flavor to satisfy, not heavy enough to prevent you from having another.

Photo of acelin
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

ST: Bottle poured into a weißbier glass.

A: Very dark, slightly watery look, but still very dark. Not cloudy like other Dunkels I have had.

S: Pretty good, not as strong as some American versions I have had of this kind. I can smell some banana, and a little roasted malt.

T: Pretty good, but again, I have had better American versions of Dunkels. Banana comes through, less roasted malt and caramel than I had hoped for. Would drunk again.

M: Kind of watery, not as thick as I would have liked it.

D: Pretty drinkable, would drink again, I think I will buy better beer though. Kind of a let down for my first German beer.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/24/2008 (Draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a very dark red-brown colored body, somewhat transparent looking, with a big frothy off-white head. Has a funky spicy aroma, maltiness, dark fruit. Dark fruity musty taste, maybe like over-ripe bananas. Grapey. Malty. Fizzy. Good.

Photo of stlsportster
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this dunkel. Poured a bit reddish brown into a tall beer mug. Not much head by the time the waitress got it to me and no lacing.

Smooth taste, malty, not a real heavy flavor... Fairly thin and light for a dunkel IMHO.

Wish the ABV was higher..,but with that 4.9 this light tasty dunkel could be a session beer.

Photo of lkdrinker
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this beer to be much smoother than Warsteiner Premium Verum, the lighter colored version. Presentation is nice, a firm froth about half an inch on top after it is poured. Smell is of ripe hopes, and the aroma stays with the taste. Aftertaste is a mild bitter hopsy kind of taste. Very good all around.

Photo of jlb307
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Had loads of times, figured I'd finally write a review.

A: Medium brown in color, developed a decent off-white head which only retained for a minute or two. Left spots of lace on the glass.

S: Very malty. Not much complexity.

T: Almost pure malt, touch of something doughy. No hop flavor whatsoever.

M: Very little carbonation which made the overall drink pretty smooth. Lighter than you'd expect.

D: Very easy to drink. This is my father's brand, and I can see why he enjoys it.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
Warsteiner Brauerei
Style: Munich Dunkel Lager
ABV: 4.90 %

reviewed 10/25/08 @ home, bottle>dimpled mug
A 3.0, deep dark brown in color, medium size head and retention
S 4.5, smell was intense/complex, malty, bread like, toasty, caramelized toffee
T 3.0, just mediocre on taste, semi skunky, expected more maltiness given the aromas, taste was a bit of a let down, but the best Warsteiner so far
MF 2.5 light to medium carbonation, light body for a dunkel
D 3.5, the smell of ths one is the standout for sure, it's my most preferred Warsteiner so far, not bad at all, just not top pn my list. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola color with a tan-looking head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smells mostly of malts with a bit of bread. Not too much here.

Tastes malty up front with a following of a little chocolate. Not bitter at all, I can't taste any hops. Finishes smooth.

A smooth beer with minimal carbonation for a smooth clean finish.

This is a very drinkable beer that goes down silky. It does, however, have a bit of an average taste, nothing stands out too much. Still, I'll have another.

Photo of projectflam86
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear brownish color (like soda) with thin tan head that doesn't stay around for long.

S- Malt and bread smell.

T- Lots of hops and malted flavor with slight caramel and hazelnut accents.

M- Decent amount of carbonation but relatively light bodied considering the genre.

D- An alright brew that just lacks that special quality.

Photo of tlinner
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby-brown with an off-white head. The nose is expectantly malty. Head dissipates and leaves little lace. Taste is of malt, pear, and what I interpreted as a bit of a vanilla aftertaste. This is a very drinkable and beer, but nothing special.

Photo of latercol
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer looked pretty decent on the pour, but suffered thereafter. It is nut brown with a decent vanilla ice cream colored head that actually stuck around in the form of lace for awhile.

Smell is lagerish.. according to the bottle this follows the german purity law of 1516. No use of ajuncts in other words. I just dont smell high quality here. Very average.

Same for the taste. some darker malts, but not a lot going on here.

Mouth feel... light... much lighter than the color would suggest.

Overall not that wonderful and therefore not especially drinkable. Wont go searching for this one.

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
80 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.