Warsteiner Weihnacht
Warsteiner Brauerei

Warsteiner WeihnachtWarsteiner Weihnacht
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #186
Ranked #46,124
3.39 | pDev: 14.16%
Warsteiner Brauerei
Warsteiner WeihnachtWarsteiner Weihnacht
Notes: A seasonal, full-bodied winter beer with a warm and rich copper-red amber color. A satisfying malty taste sensation masterfully balanced with subtle hoppy bitterness. A perfect fit for celebrating the Winter season.
View: Beers
Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 80 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rex_4539
rex_4539 from Greece

3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear amber color, one finger tan colored head, great lacing, good carbonation.

S: Malts, some hops.

T: Malty, yeast, some hops.

F: Light to medium bodied, easily drinkable.

O: Got this beer on a flight and drank it happily.

Dec 27, 2018
Photo of oberon
oberon from North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a pilsner a deep bronze color with a large slight off white head that is gone pretty quickly.Caramel malts and a iron/metallic tinge in the nose.Grainy on the palate with light caramel sweetness,that metallic tinge is there as well in the finish.No frills and kinda boring,I wasn't expecting a whole lot here...and that's what I got.Not horrible just really unassuming.

Feb 01, 2017
Photo of aleigator
aleigator from Germany

2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazelnut brown color with a huge, bubbly head.

Smells of coppery malts with a hint of evenky sweet straw.

Drinks expectedly easy, light bodied and malty, without any taste development to speak of.

Tastes of caramel malts with a rustic bread crust quality, among copper and a note of straw. Turns even sweeter then with a watery finish.

For 5.6 abv not much is going on in this, after its inital malt foundation is established.

Jan 04, 2017
Photo of GlassJoe77
GlassJoe77 from New York

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really can't believe that people are reviewing this bier and complaining that it isn't hoppy enough. People, this is a dunkel.

The beer has a wonderful deep amber color. A German head which hangs around for at least a few mins. The aroma is rather mild. The flavor has that smooth dunkel malty character with just a touch of bitterness lingering in the background.

Dec 15, 2016
Photo of NeonMan
NeonMan from New York

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It has a very inviting amber color. The aroma is nutty, with a hint of toastiness. The taste is a sweet bready malt, with a hint of caramel and herbal bitterness. Very nice.

Dec 06, 2016
Photo of mmmbeer89
mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

2.06/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Maybe they forgot the flavor back in germany? There is almost no flavor to this beer at all, practically no smell either. It's possibly the most flavorless beer I've ever tasted, Only reason I didn't rate it a 1 is because it doesn't taste bad but instead tastes like nothing.

Nov 17, 2016
Photo of NeroFiddled
NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warsteiner "Winter"
,33 l brown glass bottle, "Best Before: 27.JUL.16"

Warsteiner's "Winter" pours a clear copper colored body beneath a creamy head of khaki. The aroma is nutty, and gently caramelish and that continues in the flavor, but it's also toasty and balanced by a herbal and gently spicy hop character. There's also a suggestion of dark fruit, perhaps raisins and cherries, which is intriguing. It's quite malty, especially for a beer of just 5.6% ABV, yet it remains balanced. It's interesting, and I'm not sure how I would categorize it as, I don't think it fits any "German" style category - and yet it's completely German in character! Wonderful!

May 17, 2016
Photo of moodenba
moodenba from New York

3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle of Warsteiner Winter purchased 3/11/16 best before 7/27/16. Poured at refrigerator temperature into highball glass.

The beer has a beautiful amber color. The head is off white and dissipates in a couple of minutes. Not a big aroma. The flavor stands up to the refrigerator chill. It's fairly mild with a balanced toasted malt body and moderately bitter background, It leaves a pleasant, longer lasting bitter aftertaste. This is a thirst quenching mild beer that I would savor as a summer refresher (it's called Winter Lager!!)

Mar 13, 2016
Photo of Brutaltruth
Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This winter ale pours a light reddish brown with a modest head of off white foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin layer, and little lacing. Nose of subtle breaded notes, light grains, light caramel malts, and little else. Flavors follow the nose with lightly sweet caramel malts awash in dark breaded malts on all sides with a subtle grain note and very light floral hop note on the aftertaste that is loaded with breaded flavors. Decent mouth feel, high sessionability, good carbonation. Overall, a decent winter lager.

Mar 10, 2016
Photo of superspak
superspak from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 7/27/2016. Pours crystal clear reddish copper with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly drying from bitterness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice marzen/bock style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Feb 16, 2016
Photo of JMD
JMD from Connecticut

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear toasty brown/amber color with a small white head that fades quickly.

S: Sweet malty aroma. Carmel, molasses and honey, with some ripe dark fruits. Bready with yeasty notes as well

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet bready malt, plum and carmel. Lightly hopped.

M: Light bodied and with little carbonation.

D: Not the best dunkel I've had but still an enjoyable winter brew.

Feb 09, 2016
Photo of jzlyo
jzlyo from Iowa

3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pale malt sweetness and mild fruit. The flavor is Warsteiner's trademark German caramel malts, light fruit, slightly grainy and a dryish finish.

Feb 02, 2016
Photo of Moose90
Moose90 from Washington

2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, 2015 vintage, poured into 13 oz tulip

A — Pours a reddish and clear amber color into the glass with an accompanying amber / beige head on top, quite tall actually, some lacing left behind, but not much.

S — Smell is a malty and messy conundrum of sweet malts and acrid phenolic yeast character. A big grainy and sweet malt base with not much else. Some rye and caramel.

T — Taste is sweet, chewy, grainy, boozy, bready, doughy, undeveloped, unapproachable and acrid, tastes like rotten rye bread thats been left out in the rain.

M — Medium bodied, lingering finish of rotten toast.

O — OK overall, just really misses the mark, a lot of doughy malt flavors with a sharp finish and no supporting hoppiness.

Jan 24, 2016
Photo of Marraybay
Marraybay from District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Amber red, not much head: -1 finger. A little glass soapiness.

Smell: Fruit(apple), some yeast

Taste: Semi-moderate maltiness up front. Not much else going on. Finishes clean.

Feel: light-to-medium mouthfeel. Fairly nondescript.

Overall: An unoffending dunkel lager, albeit it a bit underwhelming. Decent beer
with food, particularly something that could be overwhelmed by a stronger brew.

Jan 19, 2016
Photo of allengarvin
allengarvin from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Reddish-brown beer with a dense 1-inch head.
S: Nice toasty breadcrust aroma.
T: Very good dunkel taste, quite bready. Low hops makes for a sweet flavor overall.
M: Quite light-bodied.
O: Nothing exceptional, but a well-crafted dunkel nonetheless.

Jan 18, 2016
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love a good Dunkel and love new beers. YEAH!

A - Sort of like colored Dunkel so I guess its more of a lager. Head is sweet a fully two inches that pulls back to a bubbly lace ring.
S - Typical metallic and grainy lager smells with some toasted bread and nutty sweetness.
T - As expected good bready grain body with sweet molasses and dried fruits.
M - Clean tasting light to medium quite easy to drink.

Even though its not very special like spiced or anything its still a tasty beer for the winter season.

Jan 18, 2016
Photo of mfnmbvp
mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, best before date July 27, 2016. My second beer review of a beer from Warsteiner, acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a nice rich dark copper colored body with excellent clarity. Two fingers tall of frothy bubbly off-white head with nice staying power. Leaves behind some okay scattered strands of fluffy lacing. Looks nice for what it is.

S - Aroma is pleasant enough for what it is also - toasty, nutty, grainy, slight notes of fruit, brown bread.

T - Flavor follows the nose: toasty & nutty, with notes of brown bread, and subtle notes of fruit / suggestions of cherry.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, crisp, & clean. Easy-drinking stuff with a toasty nutty finish.

Overall, another enjoyable offering from Warsteiner, though not much different from the Warsteiner Dunkel I've tried previously. Still, a nice warming winter beer, especially on a freezing night like tonight.

Warsteiner Winter -----4/5.

Jan 14, 2016
Photo of tone77
tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has an amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit nutty. Taste is of toasted malts, some light spiciness, a touch of metallic flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but I won't be needing another.

Jan 12, 2016
Photo of Slatetank
Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this from the bottle poured chilled in a stange.

The color is deep crimson with very good clarity and light cream with thick lace and fine bead with visible carbonation. The smell is mostly malt with a toasted grain aroma and light yeast ester with slight almond-like scent and subtle spice of hops. The feel is very good with malt forward and toasted texture with slight caramel sweetness and dry light middle with moderate carbonation and semi-dry in finish with low bitterness.

The taste is good with light woody and toasted flavor profile and nutty light sweet element with malt flavor and light yeast which has a slight creamy and fruity accent with almost no hops in the taste and a dry malt flavor in the residual taste. I found this to be a very enjoyable lager

Jan 05, 2016
Photo of Franziskaner
Franziskaner from Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Chestnut brown in color with excellent clarity. There's an inch of densely packed tan foam resting on top. Aroma is of caramel malt. I taste caramel and nothing else. The body is a bit thin and highly quaffable.

Dec 31, 2015
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with moderate amounts of carbonation and moderate amounts of ruby red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of bready, toasted, caramel, and biscuit malts with a light amount of sweetness and light aromas of spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready, toasted, biscuit, and caramel malts with a light amount of brown sugar/maple syrup sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall this beer is fairly well balanced with really nice malty flavors without too much sweetness and only a hint of bitterness that lingers beyond the finish. Enjoyable and pretty easy to drink, bordering on sessionable.

Dec 27, 2015
Photo of Zorro
Zorro from California

3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells strongly of caramel and toasted grain. Floral and grassy noble hop.

Starts out sweet with a lot of burnt sugar and caramel flavor. Toasted grain and a taste of hay and grass.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer, worth a try if you see it.

Dec 22, 2015
Photo of BeerWithMike
BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled last night on 12/16/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. New release this year. "BEST BEFORE: 24 JUL 16" on back on label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .25L "Warsteiner' flute glass.

Brew pours a pretty deep copper-amber in color with about a half-finger foamy light beige head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that stayed in place on the glass. Aroma is of malts and spice for the most part. Big more going on with the taste as there is yeast, black pepper (?) with maybe a hint of maple syrup also? But not too sweet at all. Anyways, crisp and pretty smooth though a bit light. Slight bitterness to the finish but drinkable. Lighter-side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it is decent.

Dec 17, 2015
Photo of tillmac62
tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD 7/27/16. Pours a clear amber with a hint of ruby. Above normal head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Nice, but light, nose of bready malt with a hint of dark spice. Biscuit and caramel form the base.

Light body with a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a good burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is tasty, but is a bit laid back in intensity. It begins with bready malt that turns slightly sweet by the middle with a caramel undertone. The middle is balanced with a mild hop bitterness and herbal flavor. The finish is slightly dry with a lingering herbal note.

Dec 17, 2015
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

It's weird for me to think that this is my first real winter seasonal this year, considering we're already halfway through December. Gotta step it up, I guess. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise topaz topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises buttery toasted biscuit, light maple syrup, light (but sharp) black pepper, and pumpernickel. The taste brings in more of the same, the emphasis here placed on the bready malts over the still-present-but-decidedly-neutered spices. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda creamy feel. Overall, a nice bit o' brew, one definitely evocative of the season.

Dec 14, 2015
Warsteiner Weihnacht from Warsteiner Brauerei
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 80 ratings