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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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1,124 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001)
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 00:25:33 | More by Oxymoron
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TaySuth

California

2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Best Before: 25 May 2012 (almost 3 months past Best Before date)

Appearance: Better than I expected for some reason. Brown cocoa in color with a solid, one finger head that dissipates down to a thin film after a few minutes.

Smell: Not overpowering but not weak. Sweet dark malt without smelling like molasses. Minimal hops in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is good but a bit on the watery side. Tastes like you would expect an average dunked to taste with the exception of being somewhat watered down.

Mouthfeel: Too light with moderate carbonation. I think Bud Light has a better mouthfeel than this dunkel.

Overall: I liked the appearance but everything dropped from there down to the very disappointing mouthfeel. Not a terrible beer but not something that I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 01:31:19 | More by TaySuth
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lucent reddish brown or burnished dark bronze, take your pick. The pale beige head is soft and pillowy, doesn't last long at all and leaves an underwhelming amount of lace. The aroma is of toasted malt with the barest suggestion of brown sugar. Premium Dunkel doesn't smell very dunkelish to me at all. In fact, it's so lacking in aroma that it's difficult to appreciate much at all.

The flavor struggles to be average. It tastes like a pale lager whose pale malt was toasted a little longer than usual. The amount of malt is also lacking. Consequently, what should be a nutty, caramel-like flavor never materializes.

What we get instead is a harsh, bitter dryness with hints of metal shavings and a too-light body. It isn't quite as bad as all that, but it isn't too far removed from it either. What flavor is present fades to nothingness within seconds (short finishes aren't always bad).

I've never had what I consider to be a good Munich Dunkel Lager. I'm sure they exist and I'd love to have one some day. That day is not today however; Warsteiner Premium Dunkel just doesn't cut it. The back label actually reads 'because life is too short to drink cheap beer'. My thoughts exactly.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 16:16:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I grabbed this off the shelf because a add by it said "the Biggest German Exported Beeer in the world". Was it? Who cares. It had a brownish color to it and a moderate head. The malt was there, the hops weak. Yes, the truth be told, this was aweak German beer with a weird taste to it. Life may be too short for bad beer, but I ain't drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 07:17:53 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I ran into a bottle of this at a place that doesn't have many good beer options, and I realized that I had never tried it before, so I figured it was a perfect time to give it a shot.

The body is a dark brown but is translucent in the light and mostly clear. A finger and a half of brown head rises, but it disappears fairly quickly, looking like head that is somewhere between a beer and soda. No lacing that I can see.

The aroma is pretty weak, and if anything it smells like a little bit of toasted malts.

Without looking at the color of this beer, I would not surprised to hear people guess that it is a Euro Pale Lager. Hell, I could probably make that mistake. It tastes a lot like watery, pale malts with just a hint of toasted malts. The “choice roasted malts” that the bottle proclaims are inside never materialize.

Very light body is pretty high carbonation.

I'm not a fan of this one, it doesn't really hit the style at all. No rich malt flavors, not really any roasted malt flavors. Just a watered down beer that could be a pale lager with food coloring added.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 21:46:45 | More by Hojaminbag
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albern

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 00:07:30 | More by albern
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Zadok

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 23:55:51 | More by Zadok
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GooberMcNutly

Florida

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
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latercol

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 02:50:47 | More by latercol
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ChrisHartz

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -21%

06-03-2013 04:01:11 | More by ChrisHartz
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TerryB

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -21%

11-21-2012 13:05:58 | More by TerryB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21%

03-23-2013 18:30:32 | More by ejimhof
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khargro2

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -21%

03-08-2012 05:30:04 | More by khargro2
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xk6m6m5x

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -21%

03-07-2014 00:00:02 | More by xk6m6m5x
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -21%

10-05-2012 00:59:47 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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soupieman

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21%

01-12-2013 00:10:08 | More by soupieman
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Rheinland Restaurant in Independence Missouri.
Served in Warsteiner Mug.

A- Pours a light Chestnut color, with very froth bubbly head that lingers leaving little to no lacing.

S- Malty, Yeasty.

T- Not much there. I guess you could say its "dark beer" thats about it.

M- not thick at all, very thin. Med-High carbonation.

O- So, so. it feels like a mass produced dark beer. Like the "Bud Light of dark beers"

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 21:46:30 | More by rfbenavi80
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BarelyLegal33


2.75/5  rDev -21%

06-09-2012 01:59:34 | More by BarelyLegal33
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Weisseguy1

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -21%

10-28-2013 06:05:33 | More by Weisseguy1
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -21%

10-22-2013 20:20:29 | More by ZachT
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sneezye

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev -21%

05-03-2014 23:40:03 | More by sneezye
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herrburgess

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -21%

05-28-2013 16:53:38 | More by herrburgess
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Alex5

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -21%

12-10-2013 22:15:37 | More by Alex5
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meatmallet

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 00:32:47 | More by meatmallet
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BeeSquared

California

2.75/5  rDev -21%

07-12-2014 06:35:21 | More by BeeSquared
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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