Warsteiner Premium Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 34
Gots: 150 | 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 danadeny
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nice clear, bark brown body. very nice head. smells of fresh pils hops and a little bready. mmmm starts off fresh and crisp like a pilsner, but the middle and finish doesnt have a bite like a pils. it is much much smoother, almost dangerous. very light. taste of roasted malt. finish is clean, with just a little hops for character. The mouth feel is on the light side, but in a refreshing way. and no aftertaste to speak of. so smooth, light mouth feel, not lacking in taste, equals a great drink ability.

Photo of beragg
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Funny, that after drinking better beer, something you used to like doesn't taste as good. That's what happened with this dunkel. My friend introduced me to this after he returned from a stay overseas in Germany with the Army. It poured a dark brown with a head that quickly dissapated. There really wasn't any aroma. The taste was malty, metallic and thin with a little hops. Mouthfeel was watery. Now this beer is better than most American macros but really is barely average

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful dark brown in color with hints of orange around the edges and an even, lasting head.

Smell – The soft, darkish malts were complimented with some good caramel and molasses.

Taste – The unsulphored molasses was brilliant at the taste. The malts were light but formed a nice backbone.

Mouthfeel – This was a tad bigger than light-bodied and flat with a terrific bittersweet finish.

Drinkability – They've been doing it since 1753. This is a good, simple, uncomplicated offering from Warsteiner.

Photo of drewbage
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at the Yard House in Pasadena, CA in a standard American straight sided cheater pint.

Beer pours into the glass as a dark brown brew with almost no head in this pour virtually up to the lip of the glass.

Aroma is lightly nutty with the barest hints of toffee hiding behind a CO2 masked aroma of light hops.

Beer comes to the palate with a dry nut body and just the lightest residual sweetness... Surprising in the face of the dry nutty notes to the rest of the brew.

Overall.. drinakble.. unoffensive, but certainly nothing to make a man jump up and holler. (For the record.. I would take this over Newcastle any two days of the week)

Photo of elmocoso
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Transparent with the ruby highlights one might get from black cherry juice. A decent milk chocolate colored head - one finger and soon gone. Leaves enough lacing for satisfaction.
The nose is aluminium and dark malts. A light spicy hopping is back there somewhere, i just know it.
Mmmm. Not too bad. A nice rounded roasted maltyness in the front and a grassyness in the back. Mouthfeel is above average.
All over drinkability suffers from the smell but this is still a solid beer.

Photo of tavernjef
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper rubyish color, thin beige cap, keeps a skim for a while, minimal lacing in small spots and strings. Aroma has a gentle but appealing dark bready aroma, very slightly sweet and tangy. Taste is quite mild with a slight lagerish twang of sweetness, weakened caramel and the mildest of mild roast. Clean, poofy thin body, not watery, just empty with some slight tangy sweetness and starch. I thought I was doing myself a favor picking this up on sale, but nah, not really. No where near what a good dunkel should be at.

Photo of Salpta
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summery: Not bad for a dunkel lager. More potent than most lagers, but still delicate enough to call a lager.

Appearance: Nut brown with a quickly settling head. Remaining ring left no lace.

Smell: Delicate and sweet.

Taste: Slightly sour with a good malt taste, slightly hoppy but with no bitterness. Actually fairly watery.

M&D: Very light on the tongue, and easily drinkable.

Photo of mobyfann
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $10.99 for a 12pk.

The appearence is your standard dunkel cola-colored base with a light sized head that retains for a minute or two, but for no longer. The smell hints a bit of malt, but that's all that I'm getting out of it.

The taste is a bit better, one of a malty, mildly spiced dunkel, yum... The mouthfeel and drinkability receive good marks as well because it feels light, but maybe too light in the mouth and it's a nice ride with every drink taken.

Final Thought: At the price, a staple in the fridge... a quality German dunkel!

Photo of frank4sail
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty malt wet leather smell to the brew. Dark brown color to the brew in the pint glass. A slight pale grey head is present after pour but it is nothing impressive. Smoothish thinnish mouth. The taste is of plums and dark fruitsup front with a sweetish sharp tasting malt finish. It was ok but not the after dinner beer I was looking for...

Photo of 57andcounting
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light tan colored full head. Doesn't last too long, but settles into a nice ring. Root beer colored with little carbonation. It has a faint smell of alcohol and malt. The taste contains that flavors of malt, faint caramel, but not sweet, and just a bit of alcohol. A little bitter on the aftertaste. Not real complex. The mouth feel is light for a German brew. This is a real nice beer that is different from beers in its price range. At the price, it is worth having a few bottles around.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter cola color with a touch of deep orange highlights. Medium cream colored head when decanted into the fluted Warsteiner pils glass. Good Munich Dunkel and Vienna malt profile, very fresh smelling. Not much hops to discern. Refreshing beer with every sip. Oddly, a bit husky in the finish, but not in an off way. Good summer quaffer.

Photo of jwilli7122
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark but clear brown/orange rootbeer color with a big bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing.
Smell is pleasant - nutty for sure...dark but not coffee or chocolate or sweet. not sure what that smell is.
Taste is nutty and very acidic with some dry sourness. very little sweetness, and the sourness is not unpleasant. different flavor than any beer i've had. Fairly mild but pleasant.
Medium/thin on the tongue and goes down easy.

Photo of ism
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a frothy beige head that leaves virtually no lace on the glass. The head subsides quickly into nothing, releasing malty aromas, either caramel or crystal. The body is on the medium-thin side, with the right amount of carbonation. The malts are readily evident as a rich, roasted flavor, but not as assertive as they should be. Finishes with a fruity aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable, good for a post-work session, but not really a dunkel aside from color.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really, one of the more under-appreciated braueries in Germany, I had to try this one when I saw it was available. This Bier poured out a deep and rich dark colour, and the head was both apparent and long-lasting. The aroma was sweet in a fruit and sugar way, if that makes any sense. This brew tasted good and malty, with good notes of grain and roasted malt. I know there are many far superior, but this one is still not bad and in fact, well above average.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown liruid, with no head at all. No lace left on the glass at all. Smells slightly of a roasted malt, but also sweetish. Taste was not bad, a small amount of roasted flavor, with very little bitterness. It seemed a bit thin in the mouthfeel department. It was however, very drinkable. This wasn't as bad as it sounds, it just didn't stand out. There wasn't a whole lot of anything in this beer. It was smooth though.

Photo of DESTRO
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this stuff is cheap. like 8 bucks a 12 pack cheap. its pours out a deep bronze, good size white frothy head. scents of sweet/dark malt and some raisins come up with a swirl of the glass. in the mouth it is sweet. grainy and sweet. some dark fruit undertones and coffee like flavors peek their heads out...but all i can really think of is the sweet dark grainy malt. it is the show. a little watery in the mouth, could be a bit heavier being a dunkle and all (atleast IMO). it is drinkable and cheap...lots of the punk kids drink it since its in the same price range as the big 3 and alot tastier. good budget/party beer.

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color with thick head that strangely produced no lacing. The aroma was of light roasted malt. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, and some bitterness. This beer was on the much lighter side of what should be a medium bodied dunkel.

The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat watery. This creates a very drinkable dunkel, and could be a decent afternoon session beer that won't weigh you down.

Photo of Beastdog75
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the brewery that gives us "Germany's best selling beers" comes this dunkel. This particular dunkel turns out to be just a dark version of the Premium Verum. Really. That's all this beer is. It's almost as if they added dark food coloring to the regular Warsteiner and labeled it a dunkel.

This beer pours a dark brown color with some amber hints. A decent foam head that is unusually white for a dark beer forms and lasts for about 1 minute. The smell is almost identical to the regular Warsteiner: just a crisp, clean malty smell. This also feels like a regular pilsener on the palette, with somewhat of a thin mouthfeel and a moderate carbonation. Flavorwise, this resembles the regular Warsteiner a little too closely. The main aspect of this beer is a light, clean malty flavor. There are some hints of coffee and nuttiness, but these characteristics are nearly muted. The bitterness in the finish is quite low as well, with not nearly enough to balance the maltiness in the beer. The aftertaste is clean with light dryness and light malts, and this beer finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

This is not a bad beer per say, but as you can tell by the tone of my review this beer really didn't meet the expectations I was giving it. You can very easily slap a "macro-dunkel" tag on this one. There are no off-flavors in the beer, it is quite easy to drink and the maltiness is pleasing to the palette, but this beer hovers a bit above the level of average.

Photo of CharlesRiver
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The last beer in my Christmas gift pack from the inlaws. Dark brown in color but still some what see through. Very small white head that doesn't seem to last at all. The smell is grainy and malty. Not that nice at all. Flavor is not so smooth as some burnt flavors come through. I had hoped it to be a bit more balanced and smooth but no dice. Earthy and uneven. I really don't care for it. I would like to try this beer on tap from the source to compare the difference.

Photo of yen157
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decently lacing, foamy tan head on top of the crystal clear, but deep chestnut brew. Fairly sweet malt aroma, lots of caramel and a touch of toast. Starts off great with an expected bit of sweetness and creamy carbonation, but things quickly unravel. Extremely muted coffee notes, dead yeast, and small dose of hush characteristics. Some milk chocolate comes out long into the finish.

This beer has to be served at the right temperature or else it doesn’t taste right. Too warm and it gets pretty yeasty, too cold and the malt is suppressed too much.

Photo of HochFliegen
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured nice and dark with a white head about 2 finger widths. It was a light head that held a slight malty smell. Not much hop smell that I could detect. The tatse was malty much like the smell. Toward the end it almost had a roasted or smoked taste to it. Very light in the mouth and easy to drink. Nothing really stood out about this beer.

Photo of avylover
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Came in a "Beers of the world" sampler.

Nice looking beer. Dark clear golden brown with a frothy white head.Aroma is weak, with some slight skunkiness and some grains. This starts off like your average american lager, then a small dose of hops hits and finishes with a welcome mild malt flavor. Very clean mouthfeel, somewhat watery. I could drink this all day. Not a great beer, but a good session brew with nothing offensive going on.

Photo of Darkale
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brown body with a light tan head that does not last long and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is crisp, light yeast.

Mouthfeel is slick and thin. Slightly sour taste with faint hops burn.

Frankly, this is not a very refreshing or welcoming beer, in my opinion. I was disappointed.

Photo of ybnorml
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured into a glass you get a nice almost meriange like lite tan head. A light malt aroma can be gotten by slightly swirlling the beer. As the beer hits your mouth you get, again, a light roasted malt. That malt note finishes just ever so sweet and clean on the finish. Not as exteremly flavorful as I generaly like but a nice clean tasting beer that is definitely a step above the Mega brews.

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
79 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.