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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #173
Ranked #44,428
3.52 | pDev: 14.2%
Warsteiner Brauerei
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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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Photo of Weirdmuse
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of Amendm
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of VABA
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Brook82
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
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)

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Photo of gentlystewed
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of thesherrybomber
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance ruby brown body with a one inch eggshell white head that quickly dissipates

Nose light roast on the nose, along with cocoa sweetness and caramel

Palate slightly astringent, light body, and quite sessionable

A highly underrated style done well

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Photo of sjdevel
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - super dark brown with a bit of light coming through - not much of a head at all - no real retention - some lacing and a foam ring

Smell - some caramel and tobacco - slight funkiness - some spiciness probably from hops - some rich dark fruit in there as well

Taste - a bit odd at first as there is a metallic slightly skunky taste, but sweet caramel and dark brown sugar rush in - then it dries out considerably - decent charred grain flavor with some woodsey notes.

Feel - seemed pretty thin to me - I was hoping for a thicker mouth feel - I would have liked more carbonation as well

Overall - decent beer - I am not sure if this is a 'staple' Dunkel or not as I really haven't had that many to judge this one on. I will try some others as I wasn't too impressed with this one. It tastes decent for the most part with brief moments of strange flavors, I just wasn't blown away lets say.

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Photo of NCSapiens
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Attractive dark color. Easy drinking with little hop bitterness. Some nice malt flavor. A bit watery. I wouldn’t buy for home consumption, but overall a light and fun Germanfest beer.

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Photo of Zopiac
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown with very thick head. Malty as you could hope for, but with a refreshing lightness both on nose and tongue. Good for replacing a heavy stout when the mood wouldn't benefit from the kick the stout would bring. Nice mouthfeel sort of between silky and velvety. Something odd in the finish, tart, sour, or metallic maybe.

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Clear, dark black-brown with a minimal white head.
Smell: Roasted malt, hints of chocolate, caramel, and tobacco. Earthy hop aroma.
Taste: Milk chocolate and dark fruit. Hints of coffee, black pepper, and tobacco. Spicy hop finish.
Feel: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall: This dark lager has a nice dryness and bitterness to it. Really glad I picked this up.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It’s fine, medium dark bready malt but not much else flavor to speak of, yeah it doesn’t back a huge flavor punch but it is perfectly fine for what it is

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Photo of Wattie83
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tough to find dunkels in my local store, so went with the big name. Looks good when poured. Deep brown, slight reddish hue there too. Off-white head that dropped to a thin layer on top. Smell was toast, caramel, toffee, but smell is somewhat subdued. Taste follows nose but with a nutty finish that turned into a soapy kind of flavor. Hops give enough bittering to balance sweet malts. Feel is light, kind of thin. Overall, nothing too exciting, but nothing too bland. Very drinkable, light, and easy.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; produced Jan 13, 2019, best by Jan 09, 2020.
A: Pours a crystal clear, deep copper color with bright ochre to ruby highlights, a one finger, foamy, wheat colored head, solid retention, but spotty lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, cocoa, black coffee, and cumin.
T: Dry. Flavors follow the nose with an emphasis on toffee and black, dark roast coffee. Solid peppery bitterness eliminates even a whisper of sweetness. Bitter aftertaste.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A very dry example of a Munich Dunkel. Solidly made, but to terribly complex. Honestly, I tend to prefer a more malty, less toasty, and a much less bitter version of the style.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Caramel, bready malt, hints of nutty notes, brown malt, malted milk balls.

A balanced and enjoyable dunkel, though not as roasty as its marketing and label seem to want us to believe. A clean drinking approachable dunkel with a lot going for it.


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Photo of julzalex
2.19/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

One of the worst dunkels I’ve ever had. Slightly roasty but other than that it wasn’t good. I ended up pouring part of the beer out. Look smell and feel we’re average.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Good beer, great roasted malt flavor but lacks depth.
The look is nice. Elegant bottle design that is simple. The beer is presented well. The aromas coming from this brew is very pleasant. A soft woft of Hershey's chocolate syrup with a underlying Pilsner malt nose. The taste is good however, im not satisfied. At the top you get a average roast with minimal sweetness. The flavor falls into a bland malt that carries you to a dull finish. All along you get a roasted maltiness and a tad of hop but nothing really speaks out. The after taste is irony with green beans. The feel is also lacking. Very watery, light with barely a prickle of carbonation. Although this is a relatively good beer, I find it falls short. Overall marginally good. Needs some top-end sweetness, more roasted malt and dialed up hops.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.39/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise. I've had another beer from Warsteiner many years ago and wasn't impressed by it, but this bottle was in the bargain singles bucket at a local liquor store so I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did.

This beer is a great example of a style that is out of fashion right now - rich and malty but not cloying, toasty but not bitter, sessionable alcohol range. I love my hop monsters too, but tonight I enjoyed the toastyness, the rich brown bread notes, the balance.

An odd comparison --- this beer seemed like the beer that Shiner Bock could have been, but didn't go all the way to become.

I will look for this one again. It was nice to be surprised in a good way.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and bitter. Quite enjoyable. Update: Just had another, and I can confirm that, yes, this is good stuff. Not as bitter as last time, so even better. Get more! circa 2008

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Photo of Gordono
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear and dark with robust lacy head,
Roast grain the predominate flavor,
Faint malty aroma,
Overall a good, well balanced beer with a bit of sparkle on the tip of the tongue, it does come across a little flat on the swallow.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lush bread and mild apple and light minerality. The nose is quiet, feel is brisk. Finish is subtly dry, with solid carbonation that keeps it all clean and bright. Delicious.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very thick tasting beer that is good as a cold one. Nice taste, but the malt is significant, caramel, toffee and no notes of hops. Now I understand the reason Germans call dunkels liquid bread.

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Photo of Ceddd99
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love malty German lagers and this one quite enjoyable. It has a complex and balanced flavor, while at the same time being rather light and easy to drink. I like the lower ABV as in general I enjoy lower ABV beers but unfortunately cannot find many that have enough flavor and body to satisfy me.

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