Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Premium DunkelWarsteiner Premium Dunkel

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Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
1.57/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Watery brown colour, with odd old smell. Tastes like sucking on a piece of cloth. If you really need to drink. Very grainy, too much carbonation. Like a club soda with some cheap gin or scotch drop poured in. Some malts, perhaps a hint of roast, acidic.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 5/25/12.

Pours a clear brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some metallic and fruity aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, caramel, and some slight nutty flavors. A mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I got in a sampler pack but not something I would seek out on my own.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a schwarzbier through and through. pours a foamy dark brown thin color with a nice white head an inch or two high. smells malty and a bit roasty with some notes of caramel and black licorice, but only gently. mouthfeel is average too, a bit of carbonation and some nice complexity in the finish. i wasnt wowed here. a sessionable darker munchen style brew, malty and boring in many ways. eh

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Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a cola colored liquid with a fizzy tan looking head. The lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer had some traditional pilsner aromas in it along with a light roasted aroma. The taste of the beer is malty with a dry bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of this one is light bodied and well carbonated. Overall it's a decent dark brew from Germany.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles in the center and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are slightly sweet aromas of caramel malt in the nose.
T: The taste has a mild amount of sweetness and flavors of caramel malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and its low alcohol content makes it quite sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Munich Dunkel done the Warsteiner way.

Smells lightly malty, toasty, and caramelly. Almost buttery and bready. Mildly sour with fruity notes of dates or nuts.

Looks solid brown with amber highlights. Quite clear for darkness. Light tan head laces well. Light to medium carbonation.

Tastes sweet but not overly malty. Breads, toasty, and caramels persist in the flavor. Detects brown sugar and butter popcorn in the body. Feels efforvescent and numbing to the toung. A bit grainy. Hop flavor and bitter only for balancing sweet. Creamy and slightly alcoholic to the palate.

Finishes sweet but not malty. Toasted flavor and bitter remains.

Impression: Nicely balanced, clean and crisp. Creamy dark lager.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this for $1.79

My first crack at a new style and I must say, it's pretty good. Pours a beautiful deep red color with some nice malty aroma and taste. Goes down easy and smooth, with supreme drinkability. Seems like the Euro version of a brown ale to me, but I liked this beer.. would try again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Had the regular lager on a few occasions, time to try the darker version.

This beer pours a clear dark rusty chestnut brown hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and duly frothy pale beige head, which leaves some crinkly cloudy lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, oily nuts, bittersweet cocoa, faint brown sugar, a suggestion of wheat chaff, and earthy, weedy noble hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, pithy wheat grain, powdery milk chocolate, a bit of indistinct sour and yeasty wine grapes, and more earthy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and generally just a frothy background tic, the body an agreeable medium weight, and nicely rounded, with a softly lilting smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the roasted malt lingering and loitering in a rather skeezy manner.

A more or less balanced, tasty dark German lager, the roasted character making up for the lack of overt hop bitterness. Simple, and drinkable with the more robust sorts of charred or baked comestibles, it would seem.

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Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a small head; decent retention and considerable lacing

Smell: A whiff of toasted malt

Taste: Toasted malt flavors dominate, with a hint of caramel and a subtle nutty flavor; the finish is dry and slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very clean and drinkable; well-made

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.23/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color dunkel with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light sweet caramel malt is pretty neutral. Taste is very bland with light caramel malt with not much character. Very bland and boring version of the style and not something I am about to buy again anytime soon.

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Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 27 MAR 09

Nice ruby glint in direct light, thin head with decent retention. Otherwise typical dark brown body with some visible carbonation streams. Distinct aroma of roasted barley, probably it's most redeeming quality. Dull papery malt flavor, like many other euro lagers, but with some mild hop presence. Not especially roasty in the taste, dry and quick in the finish. Fairly light and dry feel, yet still substantial enough to sip instead of chug. Decent enough to have a couple, but doesn't really hold interest very long.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown/mohogany color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. Left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and roasted caramel malts.

T - Great roasted malt taste. Sweet with a little spicy kick.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another very good beer from Warsteiner. It reminds me of a good porter.

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Photo of nickfl
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Small, off white head with little retention and no lace. Dark copper-brown body with good clarity.

S - Some earthy hop aroma with a little bit of caramel.

T - Mild dark malt character with some caramel and mild bread flavors. Little to no hop flavor and mild malt in the finish.

M - Medium body and somewhat mild carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.

D - Easy to drink but pretty weak for the style. Some decent brown malt flavors, but kind of bland and watery overall.

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

330 ml bottle into pilsener glass, best before 9/4/2012. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, nuttiness, toast, toffee, herbal, pepper, and earth. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, chocolate, nuttiness, herbal, earth, and light pepper. Lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry and a touch thin on the finish. Fair amount of flavor and robustness; no cloying at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. No alcohol presence in the taste or finish. Overall this is a very solid dunkel. A touch thin and watery; but has some nice flavors, balance, and is extremely easy to drink. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, russett brown body is capped by a short head of creamy, off-white foam that holds well before dropping to a thin collar. The nose is clean with the exception of some slight lager yeast sulphur. It offers a light note of dark kilned malt, but it's neither chocolatey or roasty. Its medium body and fine, median carbonation leave it gently crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor reveals a bit more chocolate and dark caramel than the nose suggests (but not much more), and an edge of floral/grassy hops rounds it out. It finishes dry with some light residual bitterness and a mild, lingering, dark maltiness.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.
Amazing I haven't rated this beer before given that it was a staple in my beer supply last century before the coming of the craft beer revolution.

With a clear mahogany body and a decent head this is not only good looking, but good tasting as well. That's a little reassuring given my history with this beer even though, to be honest, this was heavily influenced by price back in the day.
Plenty of toffee and medium malt with enough hops to give this a fairly neutral bitter-sweet balance.
Some darker malts too and just a hint of smoke.
Very nice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, lager yeast, nuts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a strong caramel sweetness, then some nuts and spice creep in, followed by a mild but complementary hops presence that provides a decent balance. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and about on-target for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of a style within which I so far haven’t found too much deviation, yet it somehow still surprises me how drinkable this style beer tends to be. This beer is no exception.

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

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Served in a robust glass mug, this beer poured a clear, cola brown with a thin off-white head that receded to almost nothing after a minute or so. Nutty aroma, malty, and not too heavy at that, and an underlying fruitiness. More of the same in the taste, with toasted malts, nuts, a definite note of indistinct fruit in the background, all lightly hopped. A little on the watery side. Medium-bodied and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: Jan 23 09.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a thin, fizzy, but still slightly creamy off-white head.

Smell: Pale malts in the nose with supporting notes of spicy hops, stale nuts, and a very light vinous fruitiness.

Taste: Pale maltiness with light tastes of nutty molasses and honey. Very minor hints of apple and cherry fruitiness. Faint spicy hops and bitterness. A touch sour at times. Finishes relatively crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation, though it's a bit fizzy.

Drinkability: Never immensely flavorful or exciting, but it is quite drinkable, I'll give it that much.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very happy to finally be able to review this one. I love me some german beer, and a dark german lager is probably close to my favorite of the style. Now we had a heck of a night with all these brews going around so my reviews are shorter then normal but you can still get the point. Poured a nice dark brown with a big three inch plus foamy tan head coming across the top. Lots of carbonation and side glass lace throughout. Very malty semll, not alot of profile in the aroma. Taste was very dark, lots of sweet malty grains and a touch of cereal. Good dry finidh. Very smooth with good carbonation. Could have easily had several f these tonight with ease, but there were like 8 different beers being served and I had not had a bunch so I was gonna have to try some more. Overall this was just like I thought it would be and I was very happy with it. A damn fine beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep amber to brown with a 1" white head that faded fast, some efferevescent. Not much lacing or head retention

Smell: Some malt smells, not much

Taste: some caramel notes and sweetness and a bitter tea-like flavor that really detracted from this. Finished sweet and slighty bitter

MF: Pretty good malt almost won out over bitterness. Slightly chewy and okay carbonation

Drank okay on a warm spring day in a nice biergarten here in the city's oldest German Restaraunt (Edelweiss) I don't think that unduly influnce my score, but it didn't hurt!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a mug.

The color is dark brown with translucent clarity with pale tan head with good retention and fine bead with lace that sticks on the glass. The smell is slightly sweet with some caramel-like malt aromas with slight toasted grain scent and mild dried fruit element. The feel is okay -mostly carbonation and some sweet malt -lacks depth and finish is semi-dry with okay feel but lacks depth.

The flavor is just okay -it starts fine with a slight caramel malt quality but recedes quickly and does not have much in the way of complexity -just mild toast and sweetness without any yeast flavor and more carbonation comes through with no balance. This is just okay not terrible but not great either -it is only a passable lager for this style and I probably only tried it again because is available in the grocery -mass produced and bland.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bar poured head. It does leave plenty of spotty lace. Light shines through the solidly brown color. Clear.

Lots of toast, bordering on the burnt side.

Smooth, rich body with an above average level of carbonation. Spritzy. Darkened caramel is the predominant flavor. Good light hop in the swallow. Short aftertaste.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is sort of a cola brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells of burnt grain and burnt toast with some mild coffee aromas. There is a fairly strong amount of roasted malt and a mild nuttiness. Some caramel and toffee sweetness, but it's overwhelmed.

T: Starts off with a strong roasted malt and burnt toast flavor. Hints of coffee with a walnut-like nuttiness. Lightly sweet with some toffee and molasses, but there is a hint of acidity.

M: Fairly light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Wasn't a fan of this one. Too much emphasis on the roast and it was a bit too much for such a light beer.

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