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Brewed by:
Warsteiner Brauerei
Germany
warsteiner.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
620
Ratings:
1,517
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
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Reviews: 620 | Ratings: 1,517
Photo of Roguer
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark brew, crystal clear, brown with garnet highlights. Head production and retention is OK but not impressive.

Aroma carries bready notes of dark fruit: raisins, red grapes, dark wheat bread, peppery rye. Slightly cleaner on the nose than bigger cousin Bocks, but reminiscent nonetheless.

Very clean drinking; slightly sweet; quite fruity, with plenty of raisin notes, a touch of toffee, and light grape juice.

Slick oily finish; very easy drinking.

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Photo of Lunchbox1015
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a nice caramel and smokey smell. Taste is smokey and a suttle sweetness. Feel is carbinated. I enjoyed drinking this and was able to have a couple very easily. Great beer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with finger plus of dense tan head that leaves moderate lacing. Nice bready lager aroma and taste. Quite mild. No bitterness to speak of. A bit of carmel malt, right on the edge of being burnt, but still not too sweet either. Heavy carbonation in the mouthfeel; a tad too much for my taste. Otherwise very "drinkable."

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can
Best before: Jul-7-2017 (Consumed Jan-29-2017)


A:
Pours a clear ruby red with three fingers of tight khaki head that sticks around for a while. Great retention; beautiful lacing. (4.25)

S:
Toasty malts, light caramel sweetness, hard water and not tons else. (3.25)

T:
Toasted malts, cereal thickness, faint nutri-sweet-esque clean sugar taste, a touch of lightly spicy hops. (3.25)

M:
Light+ body with soda-like carbonation, pretty drinkable. (3.5)

O:
Decent beer that is neither great nor terrible.
Pours absolutely gorgeous. Not much could make it look more like a textbook beer. From there in the rest isn't too flashy. Loads of Munich malt toastiness, grainy/malty not much hop presence, kind of hollow as it gives glimpses of what it could be. Good mindless beer as far as that goes. (3.5)

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a copper color with a good amount of carbonation and had a thick foamy white head. The beer smells a slight caramel aroma mixed with a wet wheat type of smell. The taste is simple some sweet caramel flavors mixed with a lot of a bread/yeast type of flavor. The beer is smooth and has a great carbonation.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a 7 oz sampler glass.

Appearance - deep copper, slightly red, two finger head. A little lacing as we go, but not pronounced.

Aroma - malt, mostly.

Taste - malty, the roasted grains seem mostly to contribute to color. Hops present as balance to sweetness of the caramel malt but does not result in a bitter aftertaste. Reminiscent of the Vienna and Munich style beers I've brewed at home although they've done a better job of adding hops as my own tend not to get this high of a utilization of the IBUs. I would say it's typical of style but that's obvious since it's one of the beers the defines a German Dunkel.

Feel - pleasant carbonation, not fizzy and overdone like American Standard/Premium beers. It accentuates the flavors instead of masking them.

Overall - one of my favorite styles of beer (and what I brew myself most often) and actually kind of sad that I'd never even tried it until now at age 56. I like this beer, and the scores here probably are indicative of this being a lesser-attempted style in the American craft brewing world, which is a shame.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 330 ml. bottle with an expiration date of 25 Feb 2017. Sampled on September 30, 2016.

The pour is a highly attractive deep amber-red tone with a long-lasting fluffy tan head.

Big roasted malt aroma on the nose along with maybe molasses, dark bread, and a low to no hop profile.

Light body.

I thought that it might taste sweeter. It certainly was malt forward in the taste but not as much as the aroma suggested it would be. Clean finish.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Great color like an English nut brown. Head is almost white and nearly nonexistent. In the smell I mostly get wet hay. The taste is skewed too much to the sweet malt without enough hops to properly balance it. The flavor is not very complex. Undoubtedly a beer you could drink a lot of without your tastebuds burning out. Probably a good beer for he beach or a very hot day.

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Photo of CJanders
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark colored of course. smelled excellent, overwhelmingly of malt. Tasted as expected: nice, rich and malty. Lacked the almost syrupy mouth feel a lot of American malty beers have. At 8 bucks for a 6 pack it was great for a cool, late evening BBQ, but it doesn't really stand out for the style.

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Photo of abarquerov
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Very nice color, deep dark brown, clear but you can't see through the glass. Almost no head.

S: The aroma jumps right out of the glass into your nose. Some caramel/toffee notes, dark chocolate, malts.

T: Great taste, similar to the taste. Dark chocolate-caramel, coffee, roasted malts. I'd describe it as a deep flavor.

F: Slightly creamy with due carbonation.

Overall, it's one of my favorite beers. Affordable, great taste, great dark lager.

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Photo of Ferb
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So this is what Munich malts taste like? From other reviews this sounds like a kinder, gentler Munich dunkel, but I enjoyed it. It has the bread crust taste that come from the Munich malts, and a bit of cocoa, light noble hops, and some roasted character, but nothing like a porter. I lean towards the malt and away from the heavily hopped, so this is one I will buy again.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best before" date 11-3-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark brown color with one-finger tan head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: roasted malt and toffee, bread, there is also a coffee note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, roasted malt and toffee, bread and coffee.

PALATE: lightly carbonated, full bodied.

OVERALL: this is not a style of beer that I enjoy, the roasted toffee and coffee are not what I want from beer, this is well made, I just can't appreciate it.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not terrible by any means. Very susceptible to a skunky aroma, but fortunately it doesn't seem to affect the flavor. A little bit of a wheat flavor in the background, and a little bit of a sweetness that comes up here and there. Decent, but not amazing.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.75] Beer looks brown but is ruby red when held to the light. It has an impressive 1 1/2 fingers of tan head. The head is dense and creamy but starts to retreat quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (4.8%) and a *really* clear best by date (06/17/16).

S: [2.50] Rust, brown bread, chocolate, vanilla, toffee.

T: [3.00] Has components of the nose. I am getting brown bread and toffee and maybe a touch of vanilla.

M: [2.75] The body is pretty thin and a little watery. There is no heft to the beer.

O: [2.75] The beer looks great and has all of the info easily found on the bottle. The "rust"/metallic scent on the nose is a bit off-putting but the other aromas are nice. The metallic scent was there the entire time as the first odor. The flavor is just a bit lacking for me. The metallic element is not in the taste but the taste profile is just underdeveloped. Then the body is thin. This is a beer I would not look for again.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.63/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I tried this beer and got more than I expected. It tasted like a wet loaf of bread. The picture of this beer on this Beer Advocate page does not look like the beer I got. My label was darker and had "DUNKEL" on it.

This "dunkel" is far too heavy, far too thick and far too stuck in malt to really make itself enjoyable except to only the most hardened dunkel lovers. To you all I tip my hat and move out of range of this beer. It isnt a beer to me, it is liquid bread. To be honest, I really dont care for the regular Warsteiner beer, so maybe that should have been a clear warning to me to avoid this beer completely.

But, I love my German beer and I avoid the American rice drink (Budweiser) with all gusto (tip o the hat to Schlitz) that I can musto.

Drink German, drink it cold, drink it from brown bottles and drink it proudly.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It's a dark reddish amber with a one finger head. It's a very nutty taste. I like it a lot. Maybe a little under carbonated. Great flavor!

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber-brown, with a thick foamy khaki head (poured it straight into the glass). Head retains fairly well, but leaves behind no lacing. Dank and weed notes come straight through the nose, with a bit of a roasty malt layer behind. Dank, weed-like taste stays in the taste, with a bit of a toasted malt background. Mouth feel is a little harsh and leaves a bit to be desired. Overall, decent. The dankness and weed aroma is a bit over powering, but it's still good.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dunkel pours a translucent brown color with very small head. Malty, vinegar aroma. Taste is malty and roasted, with hints of vinegar and earth. Decent feel, slightly flatter. Overall its decent, nice roasted flavor, with a bit of vinegar.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown pour, ample clarity for something so dark. Small off white head, 1/3". A mild wheat aspect and roast in the aroma.

Taste had too much clove and spice rack for a german dunkel. Some weird roast bitterness that wasn't appreciated. A little bit nutty. Actually more watery than the appearance would suggest from the darker malts that offer little in the way of chocolate or caramel. Not a style I'm a big fan of, but even acknowledging that, this one still seemed below average for style.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy this style of beer, in general. The best part is definitely the smell - plenty of nice caramel malt and milk chocolate. I found the mouthfeel a bit thin and fizzy. Overall, however, this is a well made beer.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brownish/black with a small head which disappeared fast.

Smelling roasted malts and caramel.
Tasting roasted malts and caramel.
Not much complexity at all to this beer.

My first Dunkel, not sure what to expect

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Photo of AJ_S
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light, thin head that dissipates quickly. Medium-bodied with a color that appears almost like coca-cola. Nutty, sweet smell from its traditional Munich malt. Taste is clean and toasty with a lightly sugary finish. Very flavorful and an excellent foray into the world of dark lagers if you're only used to lagers with lighter malts.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Beautifully dark hues, almost looks a little red in the right light. Thin head that left a lacy trace.

S: Very malty and roasted aroma, which surprised me for lagers, but this is one of my first dunkels so I was a little unsure of what to expect. It was giving off some faint toffee odor as well.

T: Great taste and great body in my opinion. Thin and a little weak at the front but come in strong at the back. Toffee and roasted malt flavor was well done, there was even something that reminded me of coffee. I usually don't drink lagers, but the dark characteristics of this dunkel really impressed me. Very light hops, but enough to notice.

F: Went right along with the taste, weak at first but a full bodied feeling at the end. Its thick enough to be happy with a little, but light enough to drink a lot of.

O: Very impressed. I'll have to branch out more into dunkels after this. I would certainly buy this beer again, especially for the fall and winter months.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby/brown sort of colour, semi-translucent, with a two-finger film of loose, bubbly head. The head recedes quickly, but there's some runny lacing.

Initial smell is a lovely chocolate, roasted malt aroma. Beyond that you get some bready, cracker/biscuit malt and a bit of a spicy, peppery noble hop character. Slight bitter greens, slight herbal. Not bad. Taste is initially a chocolate/coffee character, somewhat creamy, with some noble hops arriving to generate a bit of balance. Again you've got the bitter greens/grassy/hay, slightly spicy touch of the hopping. A bit of mineral water. The body is surprisingly creamy, while maintaining that lager-y mineral, "crisp"-ness. Moderate carbonation. Slight metallic twang and a faint yeastiness on the finish.

I'm not sure that this is a great beer from a technical standpoint (it needs a bit more to balance out that initial chocolate creaminess), and yet it's still a nice, easy drinker. Nothing I'd actively seek out, but worth trying.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours a not quite opaque dark brown, ruby. Smells like coors light immediately. Almost a smoked lager aroma. Kind of a spicy/fruity hop presence. On the taste, a bit more of that smoky flavor dominates. Bitter hop presence in the after taste. Mouthfeel is on point, refreshing anytime of year. Overall, a pretty nice, drinkable, approachable beer. Lots of other choices you would rather enjoy that are similar yet tastier than this. Stick with those NYD.

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