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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Brauerei
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Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

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Photo of ckearns919
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

Pour: hazy dark amber with an off white head that disappears and leaves nearly no lacing

Nose: light struck, which i was not expecting since it came from a brown bottle. Once I got past that, it was fairly pleasant. Malty, no hops, hint of caramel, toasty. Not a ton of depth, but not bad.

Taste: more of the same. Malty, no hop flavor, but some bitterness to keep it from getting too sweet. Easy to drink

Mouthfeel: a little watery, which happens with lower alcohol dunkel beers. Nothing lingers. Has a mouthfeel of the session beer that it is.

Overall: pretty good beer. Not a ton to it, but it's a session beer. Need to grab another one to find out if it was light struck, or if I'm losing my mind.

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Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a feel like that of a saison and the color of a pale ale. At first, it reminded me of wheat beers and hefeweizen beers. But the slightly astringent and dry aftertaste were similar to the Springstreet Saison from Avondale Brewery. This would be great with a light tasting, baked appetizer.

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pils glass. The brew looks like a watered down molasses. Brown with ruby clarity through the body. A khaki head a finger strong fades to a thin film with patchy lace.

Aroma of chocolate and caramel/toffee with some mineral, citrus and sulfur backing. Some earthen, almost dusty aspect comes out as it warms up.

Taste is quite sweet with toffee, caramel, molasses, earth and a bit of dusty aspect like the aroma suggested. Raisins before getting a little herbal and bitter.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A unique offering that seemed like their normal pils but with some toffee added.

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Photo of FLima
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown ruby color with one finger thick head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma of chocolate, toffee, hay and raw grain.
Smooth flavor of toasted, nutty and a bit of roasted malts, peppery yeast, earthy hops, toffee and cola. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
No big thrills, an average Dunkel, but still pleasant.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fair head and bits of lacing. Aroma of malt, some grain, caramel, bit of fruit and hint of chocolate. Taste of malt, some fruit sweetness, with caramel, nutty, and touch of chocolate. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Moderate body, smooth and nicely balanced. Easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of Premo88
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. (330 ml) bottle poured into pilsener (awesome slim brown bottle with perfect black-and-gold label)

L: classic purity law look -- 100% clear dark amber/brown brew with nice tight head of off-white, maybe 1/4-inch thick, little bit of stick; not much of a collar, but it's there with big bubbles; ultimately a beautiful liquid with an average head

S: grain (ice cold) ... we'll see how it opens up ... nice toasted barley notes as it warms, bit of malt sweetness showing quickly; grain still there, and i like it -- borders on that muted adjuncty grain note (weak urine) but never crosses into the dark side, instead staying on the good side that allows the malt to poke through some sweetness (bready, yeasty sweet)

T: fantastic first quaff: slight chocolate chunky note in there with some good grain flavor; the big malt opening gives some way to the grain, a hint of spice hops; almost getting mediciny -- it's going a bit downhill; occasional bit of stout-like chocolate shows up, and when it does, it's wonderful. bitterness showing up on end and hard for me to say what's responsible -- probably hops but there's a hint of some burnt barley/malt (and I mean a *hint* ... an eyelash)

F: boy, this is nice. very pilsener like but with a good wetness to it vs. the drying out effect you often get from a Czech pilsener -- what is opposite of "dry"? this beer, that's what.

O: it's a mixed bag of some great, some good and some OK; the result is a brew worth investigating but one that probably won't become your "go-to" dunkel because the taste lacks a true finish (begs to leave you with a big sweet toasted malt note but never full delivers it)

one thing it is: balanced. not too dark, a pinch of spice, a malty sweet note here and there, and SUPER easy to drink.

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Photo of Clones21
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this in a bottle poured into a pint glass. The color is reddish/brown. You get a lot of roasted malt in the smell. Also kind of get a caramel smell. The taste follows up with the smell. Lots of roasted malt and caramel. Very smooth and light body. This beer is very easy to drink. Overall not a bad beer. Was looking for maybe a more thicker malt taste. Not bad though.

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Photo of AB810
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: rich dark beer, head that rapidly thinned out to a whispish, ghostly crown atop the inviting amber tinged brown hues. like a mahogany log cabin in a dark wood in fall with a hint of a fireplace from between the logs. plenty of lacing around the glass

s: rich complex chocoate like aroma.

t: the taste was a little more watery than i anticipated based on the hue of the beer and the complexity of its aroma.

m : most of the action occurs around the sides and front of the tongue, the carbonation tickles like a flirtatious girl on a sunday brunch date, not overall taste of alcohol, no memorable finish, but the taste remains in the mouth for some time. not unpleasant at all and quite refreshing for a such a dark beer.

o: not sure what I expected from this beer, however I did wish it had more of a presence in the mouth, but for a dark beer, very refreshing and enjoyable, with a much lighter taste than expected.

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Photo of mjurney
4.34/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color, clear. Lots of bubbles rising up. Small head.

Faint aroma. Malty, biscuit, roasted.

Rich barley malts, biscuit, roasted, caramel. Spicy noble hops towards the end, very mild. Finish is crisp, sweet. Full bodied, crisp, very smooth, nice carbonation.

It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear, dark maple color with a short off white head that dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of white lacing.

S: Smells of malts, barley, wheat, wood, hint of coffee

T: Uh well, bit of a disappointment, a bit lacking but it tastes of wheat, barley, chocolate, malts, and a hint of hops

M: Full bodied beer with overt amounts of carbonation, masking out the the flavor, way too bubbly and gassy, really obscures flavor, funky after taste

O: Overall this was meh, it was not horrendous but not that good either, so bubbly and carbonated you can't taste anything, feels like drinking tonic water. Oh well, to each his own.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into pilsener glass. *Editing based on notes from another session.

A: A rich mahogany color that's a bit too transparent for my liking. A fluffy beige head that lasts for about two minutes before it completely fades away. The lacing that remains varies from bottle to bottle, strangely. My first bottle left little-to-no lacing, while this most recent bottle has left moderate amounts of lacing all down the glass.

S: The nose is mostly roasted malts with the slightest hints of molasses. Not much going on otherwise. This has remained consistent, for the most part, though I did detect an ever-so-slight hint of hop bitterness this time around.

T: I've noticed a lot of people speaking poorly of the flavor here. I, personally, found this to be fairly enjoyable. Lots of roasted malt flavor, with a light malted milk chocolate sweetness that follows, finishing with a touch of hop bitterness. The aftertaste shows signs of alcoholic presence, which I found strange for a brew with such a low ABV. While there's nothing extraordinary in this category, I didn't find the flavor to be unenjoyable or offensive to any extent.

M: A bit thin in the mouth, definitely light bodied. Crisp carbonation provides a nice bite without coming off too harsh—an overall smooth feel throughout. Don't go looking for something big here, because you won't find it. This definitely falls into the "sessionable" category. A friend of mine described this as "soda-like," but I feel as though he's being a bit dramatic.

O: I'm not going to lie, my first time around I wasn't impressed by this by any means. I wasn't offended or disgusted by it, but it lacked a certain "wow factor." My second time around with this brew, I'm finding myself to be more and more impressed by it. And by "impressed" I mean, "Wow. For such a small price tag, this beer is exceptionally doable." My friend and I purchased a 24-case of this brew for about $23 and some change. To give an idea, it's about $21 for a 24-case of Miller Lite here. While this is certainly not an exceptional brew, I can honestly say that I haven't found ANYTHING that can rival this for its price range. If you're looking for something drinkable on very limited funds, give this one a shot. I know that I'll be revisiting this one for sure when I need something cheap to bring to a party.

Note: For some reason, I found myself enjoying this a lot more straight out of the bottle, as opposed to poured in a glass.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A dark brown body that boasts good carbonation and pours with a finger and a half of head. Excellent retention but sadly no lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts with notes of smoke, chocolate, a plum yeast. Warming helps it out slightly.

Taste: It begins with a mild roasted malt, as the smokiness seems to reveal itself here, as well as a slight mineral taste. The beer then moves onto more of a caramel malt meets weak coffee and cocca as a light dust of earthy hops round us out.

Mouthfeel: The pleasant mixed aftertaste is nice, as is the carbonation that helps out the entire beer. The transistioning is a bit lackluster, and I'm honestly surprised at how well this beer doesn't leave a burnt aftertaste.

Drinkability: My biggest complaint is that the beer is a little gassy. However it's smooth enough of a drinker and seems to just stop shy of being over roasted and heavy like many dunkels do.

Final Thoughts: All around a good performance. I really wish Dunkel beer was more common then it is, but I guess so many people have over roasted the malt on Dunkel beer, that the mundane straw lager holds swap. Thumbs up on this one.

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Photo of Hulk_Beer
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The website lost my session. I had a giant review of this written out and the website logged me out. I'm really pissed off. This will be brief.

App- Brown with red against light. Head was fluffy but fizzy and light brown/caramel.

Sm- Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate (almost burnt chocolate)

Ta- Coffee again, more malt, a bit sweeter taste, and caramel. More burnt chocolate, in a good way.

Mf- Light like a lager. Not what I expected from a dark beer, having come from stouts. You can drink it like those yellow beers.

People on this website seem not to like dark lagers at all, much less this particular brew. I'd heartily disagree. If you want a beer with more complexity than a lager typically offers but don't want to lose the crisp refreshing feel, try this beer. I'm not one for lagers and love the characteristics of a stout. This beer, however, really impressed me. It's like Michael Bay's best movies. His bad stuff is really bad, so when he does succeed, you want to tell everyone "Hey, he IS talented, just look at this!"

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Photo of bakoebel
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my top 5 commercial favorites! I highly recommend this to you. It's interesting to note, that this beer is actually not sold in Germany. This is an American Dark Lager. Not that it matters to me. I have also had this from the tap at my local bier house, and it tastes just as good there, although not as cold because of their system.

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Photo of Foam
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A good German session dunkel, imho .
On the thin side / low a.b.v. but it's for sure , a good lager .
A dark caramel appearance, an aroma that follows the same characteristics .
I could see buying a full case of this stuff and session-ing a bunch in pretty much any season of the year which is the thing I realized - it's a good year-round brew .
I don't quite understand the lower scores/reviews for this beer ... too many bitter hop nazis on here ...

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Photo of tectactoe
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel pours a dark brown color; kind of old and woody looking with the smallest possible red tint you could imaging. It exhibits good clarity and is topped off with a voluptuous beige can that grows huge and sticks generously to the inside of the glass. It leaves behind sheets of lacing at it slowly descends towards the top of the brew.

Huge Munich malt aroma; large boasts of heavily-toasted bread and a decent helping of slightly metallic-tinted caramel. Very doughy and bready with a little bit of cocoa powder hidden in the background, combining to form a slight cookie dough aroma. Fresh, crisp lager yeast crowds the end and smells great; very solid aroma overall, and it's much more powerful and robust than you might expect for a lighter beer.

Sadly, the taste is slightly less intriguing; it's kind of watered down a bit underwhelming considering that fact that my nostrils are still more than pleased. The water is very "mineral" tasting and rough with a thick and heavy yeast taste from start to finish. The yeast is pretty nice, but the chalky mineral essence, I could do without. Middle-to-end, it's pretty grainy with a much, much lighter caramel presence than the aroma would signify.

Toasted breads are still evident, but again, much more subdued and muted. Diacetyl is unfortunately more noticeable than I believe it should be, as I'm picking up quite a large buttery popcorn kernel flavor, especially in the aftertaste. Carbonation is pretty spot on, and I really have no complains about the thin-medium mouth feel. Crisp, somewhat dry finish with a nice snap.

Well, the aroma was awesome. And that's pretty much all I have to say about that. Quite a let down on the palate, with some strange off-flavors that hindered an already unimpressive flavor profile - minerals, chalk, heavy butter. Without those, this beer would have been okay. As is, it's floating right around "medicore". Not so bad I wouldn't drink it again, but I'd definitely never order one again on my own. Unless it was a candle.

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Photo of screamking
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours like your typical dunkel, middle brown with a off white head. I think this beer is a little underrated. Lots of people have tried this in the past and simply never go back. This was a staple in my rotation when I first got into beer, and now comin back to it, I must say it holds up better then most. Bold flavors for a dunkel, yet still very easy to drink. You can get this beer everywhere, even most gas stations carry it. Add to that the low price for a 12-pack, I can get it around me for 10 bucks/per 12. Solid.

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Photo of silverking
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep deep amber with an off white head. Head retention is good, lacing not so much.

S- Bready, mild sweet fruit, mild dry hop aroma.

T- Bread, Toasty. Very mild roasted coffee finish, along with light hop flavors.

M- Medium/light bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O- better than expected, and the price is right.

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Photo of wes123
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep reddish-brown color. Almost a deep copper. Nice white head with some lacing on the glass. Sweet bready smell with hints of maple. Sweet caramel malt taste with a hop bitterness in the finish. Light bodied with average carbonation and gentle bitterness. Overall a good dunkel.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 20 oz on tap
Glass: Weizen
From: Heidelberg in Ann Arbor
Price: $5.50

Appearance: Dark brownish-red. slightly hazy but mostly good clarity. A big two plus finger head that was off-white and fades slowly

Smell: a touch of sweet fruit and bread, just a tad too weak

Taste: very doughy, a slightly over sweet fruit, some slight hoppiness. not quite the balance i was looking for

Mouthfeel: a little under carbonated but otherwise a fine medium body

Overall: good to have a german beer at a german place but not the best one that i have ever had. could use less sweetness and more balance

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Photo of scratch69
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear brown color with a fingers worth of light tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark bread and roasted grain aromas.

Taste- Just like the nose with a hint of nuts and some fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Decent enough but nothing special. A little more body and flavor would do this beer some justice.

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Photo of WilliamAlbrecht
4.49/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a trademark Hofbrau dimpled mug(fits the bill for this type of beer!)

A: Dark brown, a good amount of lacing, a half an inch head that lasts a short while

S: Smells of maple, a hint of vanilla, and definitely fresh grain. I like! Better than Warsteiner Verum

T: Tastes of vanilla, roasted malts...FRESH roasted malts if you will, and of FRESH water! I really like!

M: Feels great..tastes great.I really enjoy this "light" dark brew!

D: I can drink many of these without even noticing. Not too heavy and not too light. Overall a VERY delicious brew. One thing that strikes me immediately is the taste of FRESH water. The water makes the whole difference in this classy dark brew. Don't miss out on it!

Had this with bratwurst, red roasted potatoes, and some veggie chips--awesome!

Serving type: On bottle and I've had it on tap before

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Photo of Evansbeer
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Extremely tasty lager.

I'd pair it with Jagerschnitzel, the brown rich gravy allows for the sharp flavor of the lager to be appreciated in every sip.

Its a golden color, with a magnificent head that dissipates after 2 sips.

Has your typical lager flavor but with much bolder notes of flavor leaving your taste buds to beg for more.

One of my favorite American-German beers

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes:
1 liter served in das boot.

A - Clear cola cola brown with 3 fingers of foamy khaki head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

S - Clean toasted grain, sweet dark bread, grassy hops, lager yeast

T - Follows the nose with toasted brown bread, roasted grains, doughy, lightly sweet with hints of dark chocolate, mild grassy hops, nutty lager yeast,

M - Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

I had no problem polishing off a liter of this. A well made Dunkel lager.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with garnet highlights and two fingers of off-white head. Mild malty aroma.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Nutty malt and slightly roasty chocolate with low hop bitterness on the tail end.

Nice -- light but the dark malt gives it some extra flavor heft.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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