Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #183
Ranked #46,969
3.54 | pDev: 14.12%
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Notes: A rich dark amber beer with full-flavored, smooth taste nicely accented with satisfying notes of roasted malt and subtle bottom fermenting yeast tones.
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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This tastes different than the regular Warsteiner Vernum. This beer is great for making German dark beer bread with. I drank these beers too fast. I would like a few hours dedicated to drinking and I would be piss drunk and the night would still be young. I needed to pace myself and drinking these were going down too smooth. Drink ability is there and I agree with the 4/5 rating 80% others have giving it. Their packaging makes it look exotic like straight out of Germany, and they do one hell of a job. For a dark malty beer this is the way to go, but don't worry it is not any of those 500L malt porters like Guinness or Murphy's stout. This beer will give you new look on Munich Malt Roasting.

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Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, I know this beer is not a five. However, the 3.54 average is a bit low and needs to come up.

Poured into my 40cl Stella glass. Whatever type that is.

Look is dark brown-auburn, like the hair of an Irish lass. The head vanished like that girl’s father to the pub Friday evening. A little lace hanging about.

Smell is more roasted than many dunkels. Roasted grain, roasted coffee. Maybe something sweet like chocolate.

I love the taste of Warsteiner. Again, highly underrated beer. That “roastiness” is there for sure, along with sweet malts and that coffee - chock full of nuts, was it? Maybe not. A nutty coffee flavor is what I am after. A freshly roasted, ground and brewed coffee with filbert notes, I think. Or Brazil nuts! Yeah, that’s it.

I guess the feel is medium. Tough call here. It is not thin but it’s no heavy porter or even brown ale of course. Carbonation, feel; they’re just right.

Overall of course it’s not a five. But it’s damn close to a 4.1 or so and this rating needs to come up.

Additional observation: I discovered this beer only a few years ago. But, it was always less than $25 for a case outside of Philly limits. Picked up a case in Montgomery county today (suburban Philadelphia) for like $32! Ridiculous! I guess a lot of people have seen that beer documentary about the German purity law. I don’t think it’s stated explicitly but it’s obvious that the film is done at Warsteiner in Deutschland. Stop driving the price up! I can happily drink Wolters Black if necessary but it’s not Warsteiner.

Aug 05, 2021
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SMDEE from Louisiana

4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a 330ml bottle into a Pilsner glass. Color is dark brown with a slight red-orange tint visible when held to a light. Half-inch head was tan, thin, and dissipated quickly.

Smell - Roasted grain is prominent. Hints of coffee, molasses, and chocolate cookies. I love the aromas from this brew.

Taste - Most noticeable was the flavor of roasted grain. Deep, nutty, slightly bitter, delicious. Well balanced by the sweetness from the molasses flavor. At first sip, there is a shock of dark roast coffee but it smooths out perfectly due to the mellow malt sweetness. The after taste lingers for a long time.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, not thin but not too heavy at all. Light to medium carbonation.

Overall - I have been drinking this one for many years and it never disappoints. Balanced but flavorful, very pleasant after taste, it goes down easy (too easy) and sits well. I enjoy it as much in the warm weather as I do in the cool months. I think it is underrated on this site. Not the most complex beer you will ever drink but plenty enough going on to keep most people very interested. This beer is a winner. Remains a favorite in my rotation.

Jul 30, 2021
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I dont know why this hasnt higher marks. I'd pay good marks for it, even tho common.
Shiny brown body with scads of lacing arcs in the tulip.
s) Malt, toast, nutty, buttered bread.
t) Darker breads, toasty, and caramel. tempering bitter finale.
f) Crisp and finishes sweet but not cloying as balanced with bitter.
o) Up to the best of dunkels, no?

Apr 19, 2021
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jkrich from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 11.2 oz. brown bottle: deep and bright brown with hints of red with a sustained and foamy beige head. One of the most attractive pours in quite some time.

Very pleasant aromas of molasses and brown sugar.

I am very pleasantly surprised by this. I have always considered Warsteiner a respectable German brewery of a pilsner, but this Dunkel is well above average with flavors of chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar. Each sip is very refreshing, never reaching a cloying feel and taste.

I have often seen this one in the stores but always chose something else. This Dunkel will be in my regular rotation now.

Apr 17, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before date of 7/10/21.

Beer was a clear, medium brown when poured through light. In the glass, it is impenetrable dark brown with a big, off-white head that had very good retention and left beautiful lacing.

S---Roasted, lightly burnt malts. Brown bread.

T---Very light bitter chocolate. Brown bread and roasted malts.

F---Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O---A nice example of a German style that isn't brewed too much in America.

Mar 23, 2021
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a translucent dark brown with a ruby tint and a one finger tan head that dissipated quickly. No lacing. Pronounced caramel and malt nose with a chocolate drizzle. Taste follows the nose but more subdued. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall, surprisingly not bad . . . Ok . . . very good!

Jan 28, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a beautiful dark with a tan head. When held up to the light, it is a perfect reddish color. On the nose, it is an earthy chocolate smell. There is some coffee to go along with it as well. Upon tasting the same rich flavors carry though. the beer is lush in the body but nothing to write home about. overall, its great!

Dec 28, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours light brown in color with a 1/2 inch tan head.
S: Smells very nutty upfront, roasted barley notes as well.
T: Pretty much follows the nose, this beer seriously taste nutty to me, very faint amount of hops.
F: Medium-bodied & goes down smooth.
O: Not a bad brew to try. Cheers!

Nov 26, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this is a really good Dunkel. The malt taste is good but not overpowering at all. The color is appropriate and it pours smoothly. No fruity taste, mostly a bread or yeasty flavor which is fine by me. If you like this style of beer then I recommend you give it a try!

Jul 26, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, saddle brown with khaki head, good retention

Aroma: Herbal, grainy and roasted malt notes.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Herbal, roasted malt. Medium sweetness. No burn malt flavors. Very restrained bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied. Fairly soft, but not overly sweet. Medium carbonation. Long finish.

Overall: A solid German classic beer. Always enjoy drinking Munich Dunkel. Very smooth, dark roasted malt flavors. Easy to drink and not as filling as it look. Heavenly herbal, grain and roasted malt aromas. Beautiful head retention. I do still like Ayinger and Hofbrau better; but I'd drink this one any day of the week.

Jul 23, 2020
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LongIslandBrews from New York

4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: brown/amber. decent fast fading head.
Smell: Bread
Taste: Dark, malty, bread, biscuit, perfect dunkel. No fruity hints at all which is a good thing in my book
Feel: Feels like a beer. nothing wrong here. smooth.
Overall: Fantastic simple beer. The price is right at my local distributor making this one I will definitely return to soon.

May 20, 2020
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5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stuff is outstanding. Taste like dry chocolate with roasted flavors, with hops on the back note. I tried numerous beers, but warsteiner is my favorite beer. They make their beer with passion.

May 05, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.34/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle. Several years ago, before I joined this website, there was a restaurant on the North side of Oklahoma City that had this on tap. The food was decent but nothing special. I went once or twice a week until it closed last year just for the Warsteiner Dunkel on tap. This is my first time having this beer since it closed.

Pours a deep, dark brown color. Foamy off-white head starts about 1/2 inch but fades quickly. Some lacing.

Aroma is mainly bread and roasted malts. There is a gentle dusting off hops.

Taste follows the nose, but for me the roasted characteristic is more prevalent. The finish is long and roasty with a touch of hoppy bitterness that makes for great balance.

Compared to most beers I have had in the range of, 4.8% ABV this one is relatively heavy. I could drink a liter or two if it’s by itself, but certainly not if I am drinking it with a meal. That said, it is quite smooth. Carbonation is low-medium.

Overall, one of my favorites and underrated in my opinion. I seem to really enjoy the dark German beers I have tasted regardless of their specific variety.

Mar 25, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown. Nice 1 finger off white head.
Smells are breast and roast sweet
Drinks toasty smooth. Not too hard to take down.
A little bitter finish.
Good beer
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Mar 03, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 33cl bottle best by 01 October 2020. Dark brown color with a half finger of tan head. Smells of straw and caramel. Light body. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors with a dry floral hop finish. Nice example of the style.

Mar 03, 2020
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a nearly solid black color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and light lacing.

The aroma lightly, yet solidly, roasted malt scents, with very gentle hops.

Same on the tongue, light grains upfront, solid, smooth roast across the rest of the palate, and just a whisper of hops.

The body was light, yet solid, smooth, and had a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, you could easily do a session with this one.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. A must try.

Dec 07, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head with clean lacing but quickly disapates. Color of dark maple syrup but more translucent. Nutty roasted flavors including coffee and malts with a nice balance of hoppiness which my spellcheck wants to change to happiness. So be it.

Oct 28, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark-ish brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like chocolate, toffee, rich breadiness, sweet grain, and chocolate.

This feels basically spot on for the style. It's got such a wonderful creamy flavor, with a full malty backone - dry chocolate, sweet breadiness, caramel, and toffee, with a crisp and slightly fruity finish. It comes across as mostly dark fruit, kind of raisin-like stuff.

This is medium bodied, and really creamy, with a nice smooth finish.

This should be rated higher than it is. It feels dead on.

Oct 26, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong pour from a 11.2-oz. bottle creates a finger of beige foam, creamy with some large bubbles. Average retention with islands of lace. Clear copper-brown color, amber highlights.

Roasted malt and toasted wheat greet the nose with a coffee-like bitterness, toasted multigrain bread, faint dough and old-world hops. Vague fruit way in the back.

Neutral on sweetness and mildly bitter from roasted malt more than hops. The mild taste mirrors the smell (minus the coffee) with added caramel malt, baked apple sneaks in. Hops are more noticeable and spicy. Drys a bit at the finish with a short spicy/roasty aftertaste.

Medium light body with above average carbonation. Smooth easy session drinker. Great balance, the roasted malt keeps the caramel in check. Roasted malt bitterness is moderated by a careful use of hops.

Oct 21, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt and caramel hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt and caramel flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent German Dunkel Pilsner

Oct 06, 2019
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 9/18/19; Cola-ish color, cream co!ored head, quick to dissipate. Light lacing in pint glass. Coffee/ chocolate aroma with slight bitter tinged finish. Taste mirrored smell, p!easant and enjoyable. Would purchase again.

Aug 30, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(330 ml bottle, best before 01.MAY.2020; purchased single off shelf... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: clear, garnet-brown liquid; tall, semi-loose, bubbly, pale tan foam... thin cap keeps, long lace rings

S: toasty, chocolaty, 3-D malt all day, smells a bit like an Amer. brown ale; delicate herbal hop in the mix with the bold toast and roast; fantastic intensity overall

T: flavors match the aromas near exact; roasty-bitter grain well at the fore, subtle caramel midway, bit of a chocolate raisin aftertaste; all the while the burnt-bitter bite hums... subtle woody ember note builds as it goes

F: faint roundness to its light-medium body, lively carbonation lifts the dextrins along well, not much residual viscosity... has some subtle substance, but relatively dry, sharply cut

O: had this possibly for the first time twice earlier this month, both times on draft (in different places) in a half-liter pour - took to it right away... its resemblance more to a brown ale is interesting - loving those, and dunkels, this beer is welcome to a spot in my fridge (1495)

Aug 26, 2019
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gentlystewed from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a dark brown hued body topped with a thin beige head

The aroma is predominantly coffee grounds with a touch of molasses.

The flavor is all about the roasted malt with a bit of dry grainy notes on the tail-end.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and goes down smooth.

Overall a solid beer

Aug 23, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber/red and crystal clear. The malt creates a nutty, slight light coffee roasty flavor. Not as yeasty as we expected for the style. Ends with a sweet brown sugar/molasses finish. Hint (tiny hint) of grape flavor/smell in the background.

Jun 30, 2019
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