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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | 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 Bowdoinbeerboy


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours with a small pale white head that quickly subsides to a ring around the glass. Very dark almost black with a few tints of deep brown around the edges, very bubbly, looks alot like coke.

Smell- Smells of roasted oates, very deep smell.

Taste- Even with the apparently heavy carbination you cant really taste it. The flavor is very deep and tastes of roasted oates and coffee. A fairly smooth flavor that never really spikes but pleasantly trails off.

Mouthfeel- Rolls around on the tongue alright but the bubbliness of the carbonation is a little irritating and very noticable.

Drinkability- For as dark and heavy as this beer is, its suprisingly drinkable although more than a couple would fill you up pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 00:49:59 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of msubulldog25


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pint-full, poured at Tugboat Brewing (one of their 'guests'). - May 1, 2007.

A: Deep amber-brown & very clear with sporadic carbonation rising. Capped with a 1/2 finger of creamy, eggshell white lace. Sticky and attractive lacy rings...

S: Hmm...light roasted cereal grain-ish malt with a notable tinny/metallic smell. Smells are subtly sweet, but that metallic twang is disappointing...

T: Pretty tasty malt, wheat bread. Caramel as well. Clean flavors, only enough hops to keep from overloading on sweet maltiness.

M: Lightly carbonated, smooth, but relatively thin in the mouth. A velvety but slightly grainy stickiness, too.

D: Pleasant, easy to drink. Just a solid, sessionable (under 5% abv) beer...it was what I was in the mood for...

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2007 00:31:57 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Bookseeb


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark amber in color with a simple head that fades quickly. Smell and taste of roasted malts with a bit of coffee and honey having a light to medium mouthfeel. Overall not to bad, seems to lack the body leaving it a bit thin and and having a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 03:18:36 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly reddish tint on an otherwise drab brown, clear brew. A sizable head that lingers for about two minutes before fading to a thin coating. Flecks of lacing all down the sides.

S - Strange, metallic (a strange metal though - I can't remember which one it is . . . I want to say tin, but I don't think that is right.) with a bit of watered down black patent.

T - A slightly waxy tasting malty flavor bit of faint elderberries and black currants in the background. Aftertaste is a lingering maltyness with some faint hay.

M - A tad harsh from carbonation, thin, gives a seltzer water feel to the finish. Astringent on the gums and tongue, refreshing on the throat.

D - Alright. I don't think I will bother with it again. Sessionable, but I actually prefer Guinness (which I would say has a similar enough flavor to act as substitute).

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 03:59:08 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of SaltyLime


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of having several Warsteiners fresh from the tap at the Warsteiner brewery in Germany.

Appearance - Warm amber color.

Smell - Strong and solid. Many wonderful scents mingled together.

Taste - Rich. Hops were smoother than expected and had a very light toasty-malty flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice balance between the taste and carbonation. I like it.

Drinkability - Not in my regular stock, but if you keep pouring this one, I'm going to keep drinking them.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 21:41:36 | More by SaltyLime
Photo of BeerSox


3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Deep clear ruby hues with a tan one finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap while leaving sticky lacing behind.

Light caramel from the malts with not much else.

Smooth malts with a touch of smokieness. The body is somewhat thick with lower carbonation, giving a slick feel. A little bit of caramel mixes in. Not much of a hop presence. The finish is dry and clean with a little bit of lingering dark grain.

Some caramel flavors stand out in this one, but not much else. I would say this is a little above average. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 05:30:51 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Taipans


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

On my international journey at the liquor store I made my mind up to keep going around the globe trying new beers every week. I have some friends that live in Berlin and in their honor I purchased a 6 pack of Warsteiner Dunkel. I was pleasently suprised how over all good the experience was drinking this beer.

a: Nice Amber color, about a 3/4 inch head.

s: Nice aroma, hinting at malts

t: Smooth malt taste with a clean finish

m: Average feel, very smooth

d: I would drink this over any local AB product as a regular beer, I will be purchasing more in the near future.

Never had a German beer before, was very suprised as how well it went down.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 15:41:42 | More by Taipans
Photo of jrehmert


3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear - not much in the way of head or lacing...

Sits dark brown with a bit of red (not much)...

Smells are burnt malt and a bit of coffee...

Tastes relatively light compared to other dunkels, which makes it a bit more drinkable (lighter body)...

Body was lighter than expected and led to a pretty dry finish...

I will definitely drink this beer again, just not sure I'll choose it over others when the selection is considerable.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 05:20:08 | More by jrehmert
Photo of peabody


2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark reddish amber with white suds and not a lot of lacing.
Smell is almost a burnt malt aroma with some chocolate and or manure.
Not much to taste here. A skunky flavor with mabey a tad of toasted malts.
Mouthfeel is bland at best.
This is not very good and I think it is overrated.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 03:41:30 | More by peabody
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the beer is brown with a ruby tint. the head is reasonable--it fades but leaves some lacing

the aroma is of pilsmalts and flowery hops. nice but uncomplex

i'd rather keep smelling it than taste it some more. the hops are important enough, but the malts behind are somewhat impotent. there is a ghosting of roasted malts but otherwise i can't really tell it's a dunkel

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 03:36:04 | More by bruachan
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: half inch of head reducing to lacing. Dark amber color, minimal carbonation

s: roasted malt scents

t: hint of hazelnut and roasted malts. Light hoppyness

m: easy on the mouth, not bitter.

d: Not a session brew, but I could personally drink a few at a time.

This is a great brew, better than what I was expected.


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 02:19:20 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of Morris729


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

Pours a very dark brown amber color with a short off-white head that gives way to a thin lace. Nose is dark bready malts along with a bit of hazelnut. Taste begins with a roasted maltiness followed by a bit of coffee and some mildly bitter hops. Finishes a bit dry. An easy drinking dunkel that seems to need a bit more character.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 08:05:25 | More by Morris729
Photo of becktone


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark copper with hints of light brown in the mix and is crystal clear. Forms a small tannish creamy head that quickly fades. Leaves a bit of lacing. Give me a bigger fuller head and I'd be happy.

To the nose this beer is a boquet of aromas. Very strong malt backbone, with some carmel aromas in there and also a bit of hop aroma-spicy, small but detectable. Would be nice if the aroma were a bit more potent.

First characteristic of this beer's flavor I noticed was the hop character. Right away I get that noble hop flavor and bitterness. The malts provide a strong backbone and offset that initial hop bitterness and flavor. I was expecting something with more of a malt flavor. Here the malts make up what seems to be a very small percentage of the flavor profile.

The brew finishes dry, and has a medium body. This is a brew that I'd probably not buy again. There's got to be better out there, this is just so-so, middle of the line, nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 17:11:16 | More by becktone
Photo of BeerBelcher


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

This beer is commonly available in the US, but I thought it a fairly good example of a dunkel weiss, given a fairly limited amount of experience with the style.

Pours a copper-colored body with a good amount of what I'll call "mainstream beer" head on it, which fades fairly quickly.

Aroma is faint, but is slightly sweet and a bit spicy (maybe cinammon?).

Taste is caramel malt, a touch of souriness, and a bit of oakiness. In my memory, this is fairly typical for the dunkel style.

Mouthfeel is not thin, but is not overpoweringly sticky. I found this beer fairly drinkable, and on those times when I want something very malty (I should add, in the interest of full disclosure, that I'm usually looking for something hoppy), I would not rule this out.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 00:48:15 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of techdiver


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color with a modest head that dissipates quickly, leaves little lacing.

Roasted malt greets the nose.

Taste is smooth and well balanced, nothing remarkable about it though.

Feels fairly light in the mouth.

Drinkability is okay, but not my brew of choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 20:51:22 | More by techdiver
Photo of srrn

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruby brown with quickly reducing head, down to a ring.I taste mostly malts with a bit of toasted malts or coffee at the end, this beer finishes very quickly, almost no aftertaste at all. Since there is nothing to offend at all it is quite drinkable, even pleasant, but there are better beers around.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 20:11:51 | More by srrn
Photo of tempest


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

Overall this beer was fairly bland, but I've had worse. Taste was familiar for a dunkel lager, but seemed watered down. Lacked complexity and compelling flavor. If you're into buying inoffensive imports and aren't afraid of beer with color, this one's for you. If you like full-flavored brews, pass.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 21:55:47 | More by tempest
Photo of pvsob


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours deep copper, almost brown with a small head and no lacing.

Smell - Malt, bread, and some faint nuttiness.

Taste - Starts off with a nice bite which is followed by the standard malt flavor of this style. Like the aroma, I'm picking up some nutty flavors at the end also.

Mouthfeel - Medium feel with some carbonation. I actually really enjoyed the mouthfeel on this one.

Drinkability/Overall - This Dunkel isn't going to blow you away with complexity, but if nothing else is available at the time, it is a pleasant beer. I'm sure I'll cross paths with this lager again. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 03:20:33 | More by pvsob
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red amber color, clear with almost no carbonation. Very large head.

Lager bready vibe. Light sweet, in the toffee persuasion. Mild to moderate bitterness.

Light bready malt. Almost no bitter. Metallic tinge.

Refreshing and smooth. No carbonation or foamation.

Nothing to write home about. A nice light refreshing beer. No outstanding qualities.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 05:34:49 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of malcontent


2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent head with a decent amount of frothy retention as the beer has time to sit. The body color is an attractive, transparent chestnut color.

Interesting smoke/malt duality with musty, earthy undertones. Nothing groundbreaking but certainly not unappealing.

This beer is almost startlingly uneventful in its taste. Soft malt sweetness, weak fruit, which is underscored by the overall watery quality of this beverage. A letdown.

As noted, this is a surprisingly watery beer.

Although the taste doesn't compel me to open another bottle, the heaviness is negligible so if it's your thing I could see drinking more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 01:51:54 | More by malcontent
Photo of BlackAngus


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

On-tap at T.D. Alibi's in Castleton.

A - Dark brown, no real head or lace to speak of.

S - Bready, malty, very light hops. Hint of molasses.

T - Malty flavor, nice thick Munich, nutty, some mild hops to balance.

M - Light body, clean, little aftertase, mild carbonation.

D - Not earth-moving, but definitely a nice beer. I was pleased to see it on tap, and will get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2006 14:50:19 | More by BlackAngus
Photo of GooberMcNutly


2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a Kings pint. Small head, fell quickly to nothing. Not even surface bubbles. Too dark to determine clarity. A solid middle-of-the-road dark lager. Comparable to Mexican dark lagers, but slightly maltier with less head. Little body to back up the color, even for a dark lager.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2006 15:54:12 | More by GooberMcNutly
Photo of kimcgolf


2.42/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was really disappointed by this beer, so much so that I think it may have just been a bad sample. I used to drink this occassionally, before I started rating and trying various beers, and I liked it. But I’ll go with what I had tonite. Poured to a medium brown, with a very thin off-white head, that dissipated almost immediately, and left little lacing. Aroma was almost skunky, with just a hint of malt. Flavor was nothing special, and the finish was very dry. I will most likely try this one again just to give it a fair shot at redemption.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 13:36:46 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of jazappi


4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh.. one of my favorite widely distributed beers. This has a dark coffee like color. Mildy transparent. Not sure how to explain it, but when I taste it, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. From opening to tipping the bottle up, it is great tasting all the way through, Very nice beer. Highly recommened. I have introduced this beer to many of friends, and have yet had anybody tell me that it isn't good. Even the "just give me a beer" friends. They all seem to like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 18:44:00 | More by jazappi
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at the castle on King:

Tapped a lustrous chestnut color....small off white cap lasts a while then reduced to a surface lace.

Good dose of Dunkel aromas: Sweet bread and cocoa some toastyness, light herbal sharpness.

Medium bodied, good Munich malt spine, buttery mouth feel, smooth rounded character.

Up front you get to chew on some delicious dark Munich malt with its bready-sweet cocoa notes then the herbal spalter hops kick in to balance...mid palate there are some nutty tastes giving a sort of a liquid brownie when the cocoa malts meet the nut tones....medium finish...clean, malty, lightly bittered with herbal tones and a bready aftertaste.

A good solid commercial German dunkel...no surprises but very drinkable and satisfying.On tap at the castle on King:

Tapped a lustrous chestnut color....small off white cap lasts a while then reduced to a surface lace.

Good dose of Dunkel aromas: Sweet bread and cocoa some toastyness, light herbal sharpness.

Medium bodied, good Munich malt spine, buttery mouth feel, smooth rounded character.

Up front you get to chew on some delicious dark Munich malt with its bready-sweet cocoa notes then the herbal spalter hops kick in to balance...mid palate there are some nutty tastes giving a sort of a liquid brownie when the cocoa malts meet the nut tones....medium finish...clean, malty, lightly bittered with herbal tones and a bready aftertaste.

A good solid commercial German dunkel...no surprises but very drinkable and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2006 22:02:20 | More by pootz
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