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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,222 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 80 | 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 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
Photo of cbros
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- Poured from bottle into a highball glass. No freshness date on bottle.

Appearance- Poured a rich and deep chocolate brown with a white lace that disipated half way down.

Smell- It smelled of fruit and caramel malts. It also had a slight hoppy smell but nothing that was overwhelming.

Taste- Had the taste of malt and smooth caramel. Went down smooth with no bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- For being as dark as this beer is it is not at all heavy or commanding. A nice combination of flavors and weight. Nothing stands out in the way of flavors but all those combine to a nice beer. Something that you could have all year round and be satisfied. I haven't had many other examples of Munich Dunkel but this beer was very satisfying and I would definately have it again, hopefully nest time on tap.

cbros, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Poured a nice dark brown with a good tan head that disappeared real quickly

S : Lots of caramel malts aroma. A little bit of hops but not too much

T : Has a good sweet malt flavor with a nice hop bitterness at the finish

M : Full-bodied, smooth

D : Great example of a Munich Dunkel. Easy to drink and tastes really good.

mhewes, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, reddish copper color. Beige colored 1 finger head recedes very quickly to a thin film with minimal lacing.

S - A little bit of caramel and brown sugar going on, but with a fair bit of (somewhat offensive) DMS.

T - Better than the nose, thankfully. A mild burnt toast flavor kicks things off, followed by a smooth and mild caramel flavor. Dries out with more of a toasted malt flavor, and abrubtly finishes, very clean.

M - Slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. I'm enjoying how this brew is going down.

D - Not a bad session brew if one was in the mood for these flavors without all the heaviness. A relatively tasty beer overall, but lacking severely in complexity.

PatrickJR, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of jar2574
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A subpar brew in every respect. The appearance is watery, dark, and there isn't much head. Nothing much to the smell.

The taste just doesn't cut it. Moderate bitterness, but without the coffee or other flavors of a stout, and without the smoothness and sweet maltiness you expect in a dunkel. It's just an unsatisfying, watery dark beer.

jar2574, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color dunkel with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light sweet caramel malt is pretty neutral. Taste is very bland with light caramel malt with not much character. Very bland and boring version of the style and not something I am about to buy again anytime soon.

Phyl21ca, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of gearkraft
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A decently colored dark, brownish amber. Nothing too special but nothing really boring either.

S: A typical heavy dunkel smell. Smells of barrel and malts.

T: A nice and partial transition from sweet to thick and malty. A very refreshing taste.

M: A surprisingly refreshing beer. Begins with carbs, quickly leaves and finishes clean.

D: Although relatively cheap compared to most dunkels, its hard for me to think of drinking more than a few of these in succession. A nice beer to start a session with.

gearkraft, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

A: It appeared to be a clean brown with some hints of red when held up to the light. It arrived with slightly less than a 2 finger head. The head was slightly off-white with some hints of brown. The head was light but did not sustain itself for very long.

S: The aroma was very nice, mostly roasted malts with light hints of hops.

T: The roasted malt was the main component of the taste of the beer. The hops were slightly noticeable and it also was slightly sweet.

M/D: The beer was creamy and very drinkable. It may have been slightly over carbonated but not so much that it was a determent to the beer. The beer also had an aftertaste to it but I can't put my finger on what it was. Overall, I was very surprised by this beer and enjoyed it much more than I thought that I would. I would definitely drink this beer again.

PhillyStyle, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a .5 L Warsteiner glass stein

A - Pretty dark brown color that is just beautiful to look at. Decent head.

S - Good mixture of malt and hop smells

T - Very smooth roasted sweetness that is pleasurable

M - Creamy with good carbonation

D - Excellent session beer that can be enjoyed any time of the year

midaszero, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a lightly toasted foam, no retention and little lacing. Has a dark ruby/brown color.

Smells of toasted malts, fruits (apples, raisins?), caramel and nuts.

Tastes of fruits, sweet malts and a mild hop presence. This is a good drinkable dark lager and it comes in cans.

irishkyle21, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Clear milk chocolate, amber liquid small tan head of different sized bubbles.

S = Sweet smells of cocoa, with some earthiness, and slight tartness as of unripe plums.

T = Light cocoa notes, slight metallic taste at mid-palate, some good bitterness starting early and lasting into the long, tart finish.

M = Light bodied, carbonation present but not unpleasant, fair mouthcoating.

D = Decent drinkability, fresh and clean with good balance, the metallic taste was the major thing keeping this from being higher.

Traquairlover, May 29, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a solid dark chocolately color with little head. Smelled rich of malt, maybe a little hops, but nothing entirely destict. It tasted pretty good, but again, nothing too distict in the flavor. It felt medium to almost thin my my mouth but was a pretty drinkable beer to go with the tacos I was having for dinner.

jeremyd365, May 16, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can
4.80% ABV

I tried this beer on March 12, 2008 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a dark translucent reddish-brown with a 1" head which disappeared quickly. The first aromatic flavour that hit me was molasses. There was also some sweet malt and cherry hints. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with ample carbonation. The flavour was malty/grainy with some unplaceable sourness. An alright beer.

cyrenaica, May 13, 2008
Photo of rkinsella
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful brown amber, clear, 2 finger light tan head, some patchy lacing.

Smell - Black Cherry (which I thought was surprising and wonderful) , molasses, sweet malt.

Taste - Roasted sweetness followed by few notes of tanginess. Finish is mild hop bitterness. Fairly neutral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium weight, creamy, good carbonation.

Drinkability - A lighter body and fairly complex nose makes this beer very drinkable.

Overall I was very surprised by this beer. I liked it a lot. More than most reviewers I guess...Very tasty and easy going. A little lighter version of the Dunkel style.

rkinsella, May 09, 2008
Photo of atomicbolt
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500mL can. As an aside, it's listed here as 4.9%, but my can says it's 4.8% - regional differences? Who knows. Anyways, at the risk of sounding like a beer newbie, this is the first dunkel I've ever had, so let's see if I've made a new friend:

Looks great. Deep copper brown colour with a fluffy beige head. The smell's fairly rich, sweet maltiness, with molasses and bread.

There's an initial malty bite to the taste. Distinct carbonation kick in the mouthfeel, but goes down with a nice creamy smoothness. Nice aftertaste, too - butterscotch, a subtle bit of hops spiciness. Not something I'd drink in huge amounts, but it offers a refreshing change.

Overall a fine addition to my beer repertoire. If this is only an average dunkel according to your reviews, I'll gladly seek out a "good" one

atomicbolt, May 08, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into standard pint glass . Vigorours pour rewarded with 3 fingers of pure white head that dissapates rapidly. Receeding head leaves slight traces of its climb up the side of my glass. Smell as expected, is total malt . . Caremelly malt immediately showers your taste buds . The fine carbonation contributes greatly to the taste, it almost refreshes your tastebuds. Thin mouth-feel and lack of depth are the only short commings. Finishs with a slight malty sweetness . This is a nice session beer as it has a nice malty character with out being too heavy.

Far superior on tap!

Kraken, May 05, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of my fav. dunkels ; pours a clear, deep copper-brown w/ a thin light tan head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lacing in my pils glass ; a subtle smell, cereal grain, toasted nuts, and hints of dark fruits and noble hops ; a crisp, malty flavor, nutty w/ a caramel-like undertone, faint fig/date-like notes as well, an excellent finish ; very dry and light bodied with plenty of co2, this beer feels like it evaporates off your tongue ; a very drinkable beer, i'm def. gonna stock this up for summer...

animal69, May 04, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500mL can, 4.80% abv. Fridge temp. Into a wine glass.

Ruby-chestnut body, a nice substantial tan/off-white sudsy head. Cloud and collar quickly.

Dunkel and schwarz noses throw me off so much. Noble hop spice abounds here. Mineral waterish notes too, with some weaker caramel maltiness.

Super aggressive carbonation. Palate is very malty-sweet, with the spice much more subdued here. Nutmeg. Brown sugar. Cocoa. Quite good, really, with some leafiness in the finish. A bit chalky.

A mediocre dunkel.

Antilochus, May 03, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a huge Warsteiner fan, but saw this on tap and decided to give it a go. Poured a dark brown color with a small head that died quickly. A light, malty smell that is somewhat earthy and hopdriven. A good malt taste (cocoa?), but mostly hop driven with a touch of caramel to give the light-to-medium body smoothness and also hints of citric fruit. Not my first choice for a dunkel, but this wasn't too bad. Liked it more than regular Warsteiner.

clayrock81, May 02, 2008
Photo of SchmoTerp
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was looking for a starting off point in German beers and the guy in the beer store pointed at Warsteiner....I hope there isn't their best. This beer pours brown and somewhat thin with a bit of head that goes away quickly. The malty flavor hangs a bit in the throat but otherwise is nice. No real hint of hops or other flavors.

Not terrible but I'll look for another before trying this guy again.

SchmoTerp, May 02, 2008
Photo of Portertime
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always like the dunkel variety of beers and I have been going on a tasting spree with German darks. Had this cold in a pub glass. Poured a clear Coke color with a decent head. Smelled mineral like with a little grassy note and some faint chocolate malt. Taste was sweet and slightly metallic but smooth and drinkable with some upfront chocolate malt and hops in the background.

Portertime, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pils glass. Thin head that quickly recedes to nothing. Color is a dark caramel with moderate clarity.

Smell has an initial sulfur funk, but then mellows to a grassy hops and a hint of chocolate. Taste is dominated by the grassy hops that also hint at lemons. The malt has a dryness to it with hints of chocolate and banana.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a mild carbonation. Clean finish. Not too shabby.

bort11, Apr 29, 2008
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