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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,280 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,280
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
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 david131
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A very clear deep red with slight brown highlights. A thin but creamy white head forms and leaves excellent lacing. Pretty appealing.

S- Pretty sweet malt smelling with a tad bit of smoke and slightly fruity with a nice roasty aspect.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma with a slight buttery aspect. Pretty simple but enjoyable.

M- Pretty smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- A good, simple beer. Doesn't knock your socks off, but is a refreshing choice.

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

On draft at the Waldhaus Pub at the Banff Springs Hotel, served in a logoed flute glass with coaster. Poured reddish-brown color with a thin beige head. Good foam retention, irregular sticky lace. The aroma is light malt, nutty. Malty flavor, with toasted nuttiness. It is medium to light bodied, with a clean, crisp finish. Easy drinking, flavorful, a great sessional. Not overly heavy or complex, nor is it meant to be.

Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 27 MAR 09

Nice ruby glint in direct light, thin head with decent retention. Otherwise typical dark brown body with some visible carbonation streams. Distinct aroma of roasted barley, probably it's most redeeming quality. Dull papery malt flavor, like many other euro lagers, but with some mild hop presence. Not especially roasty in the taste, dry and quick in the finish. Fairly light and dry feel, yet still substantial enough to sip instead of chug. Decent enough to have a couple, but doesn't really hold interest very long.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cherry red color with an thin off tan head.

S: Some dark caramel, rasins, and dried cherries on nose.

T: Sweet dark caramel flavor that is dry and complex and very rich. Some earthy woody notes, faint smokiness and bread notes as well. Some rum raisin and spicy alcohol on the finish along with a dark cherry caramel tingle

M: Thin body but big flavor with a light mouthful.. Very good malt complexity.

D: Very drinkable and light per style but overall the malt complexity and flavor makes this beer stand out.

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep brown with a nice cream-colored head. Moderate retention; some lacing.

Nose: Slightly alcoholic, hints of grape and caramel.

Taste: Moderately sweet malt, moderate bittering hops, notes of caramel and grape with a grainy finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, medium-light body, smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Worth a try. Not the best, but good for a couple beers.

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

Appearance: Kind of a mahogany color with a small tan head that disappears quickly to leave a small head with very little lacing.

Smells: Smells like dark roasted malts and not a lot else.

Taste: Kind of dry with a sour carbonated bite. A carmel taste without any of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nothing special and definately not something I could drink more than one of.

Photo of gford217
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany with a small head that lingers as a cap for a while and leaves no lacing. The aroma is nice with tons of roasted malts and a bit of smoke on top of a light breadiness. The taste is not quite as full as the aroma with a sweet maltiness that flows into a grainy aftertaste with no hops to be found. The smokiness is not as prominent as the aroma either. The mouthfeel is thin with decent carbonation. This is a decent session lager though with very little complexity. Basic but drinkable.

Photo of colts9016
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light brown head about 1/2 in thick. The color is a dark brown with tints of red. The is an initial moderate sweetness with coffee, malt and a hint of molasses and earth. The finish is some what long with coffee and molasses and a hint of earth. There is however a slight hint of citrus on the end which makes it a little bit astringent. It is good beer overall and easy to drink. The body of the beer seems to be light and moderate. The texture is syrupy carbonation.

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

pours a mahogany red with a dense tan head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells of noble hops and munich malt - malty, but not sweet.

Tastes very interesting. Some light lager-y sulfur, a pleasant mild bitterness with the herbal flowery hop flavour more in the forefront than the bitterness. Quite crisp, but not especially dry. Sort of a soft bread-crust flavour; hints of caramel without the sweetness. Nicely balanced, favouring the soft malt side. Tiny hints of creamy milk-chocolate.

Mouthfeel is light to moderately light. Moderately high carbonation; very slight carbonic acid zing. Nothing special here. Is rather drinkeable, but not especially so

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer produced a fizzy head of tan foam atop a cola-brown liquid. Looked like root-beer! The heads was short lived and the lacing. The aroma was lightly malty, slightly toasted and grainy with a hint of sourness. The flavors were started on a sweet malty note but then was punctuated by the sour lemony-hops character and some bitterness. Hints of metal that linger on the finish. The mouthfeel was frothy and watery. Well known for the style but not worth the hype.

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

Had from a bottle poured into a plastic red cup at a German Christmas Festival in Downtown Akron last night. No option to drink from a glass or to carry the bottle with it being a festival. My review will be a bit limited due to that but I believe that I can provide insight none the less.

A Nice creamy light brown head over a dark brown body which is translucent. Again, difficult to see much of the body due to the opaque plastic cup that I was drinking it out of.

S Great sweet malty, classic German smell. Not too much hops at all. Maybe even nutty.

T The nice malty sweetness continues into the taste with a muted caramel note and even a nice grainy wheat type taste as well. There is again a great nutty taste in there too. This is a classic German beer, that I can certainly tell.

M The best part. Nice and smooth, full mouthfeel.

D Very good. I could have many of these in a session and not hesitate.

Notes: Really glad that I had this from a bottle at the German Christmas Festival. It would be better to have it from a glass, however, to fully appreciate it.

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

It has a dark body with not much for head and thin lace. The lace it does have is pretty tight. The body is brown amber. It has a roasted malt aroma but is not very strong. The taste is grainy and roasty but there is not much else to it. This is not a bad beer by any means it is just basic. It does not have a hearty body that one might think.

Photo of Stro23m
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of philipquarles
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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.

Photo of TexIndy
2.16/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of jsprain1
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.61/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of RodBurg
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Goliath
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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.

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.

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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