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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, best by Jan 12. This pours a brown color with a foamy off white head. The smells are mostly of malts, toffee. The feel is medium. The taste is much of the same, higher malt content nice toffee flavor low hops

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Nice: plenty o' new stuff for me at this Bliss tasting. This one pours a clear cola topped by a finger of dirty light-tan foam. The nose comprises light caramel and very light toasted white bread. That's about it, frankly. The taste brings in more of the same, with equal intensity (or lack thereof, really), with the added benefit of some light hard water. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty standard dark Euro lager (regardless of city of origin/style), nothing offensive, nothing to really smile about. Definition of a slightly positive meh.

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

App- Dark brown body with ruby highlights, there is a slight white film for the head.

Smell- A slight caramel / crystal malt sweetness is present, and really not much else.

Taste- Roasted malt notes come out at the beginning of the drink, and then there are some coffee beans and more sweetness, maybe from the yeast? This really reminds me of a take on a porter. It is a good flavor.

Mouth feel- The mouth feel is medium, but there is a little bit of fizzy lift from the carbonation. For having the roasted malt character that it does, it does a nice job of staying a pretty smooth drink.

Overall- It is a pretty good beer, I’m not sure I would ever seek it out again, but if sweeter porters or stouts are the drink of choice, you could do worse than this.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Very small, CO2-powered head upon pouring. I'd consider that "standard." However, the color of this beer is beautiful, a deep mahogany. Certainly above average.

-Smell 3.0: I do smell the toasted grains, but only slightly. There is really very little aroma to this beer. Not bad, just average.

-Taste 3.5: Dry, barley notes up front, followed by a neutral middle. Swallowing reveals a slight hoppiness and a very, very subdued caramel. Nice, toasted barley aftertaste.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Average mouthfeel. Almost too much carbonation and a slightly dry character. "Average" is the best descriptor.

-Overall 3.5: Above average beer. This dunkel is light in alcohol (4.9% ABV) and is also light and dry in taste. Would make a good session beer or an excellent partner to food. There is nothing remarkably good or remarkably bad about this beer and in today's beer world, that's not really a bad thing.

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Photo of Jwren5
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle, poured in a pint glass.

A: Nutty brown color, similar to that of rootbeer. 2 finger head that quickly disapated, leaving some slight lacing around the outside.

S: Malts, yeast, and a hint of grass.

T: Malty, subtle caramel, and grass (like wheat or barley). In all honesty, this reminded me of the children's cereals Sugar Smacks or Golden Crisp, but without the sweetness. The aftertaste to me was nutty, like a sunflower seed kernel.

M: Medium carbonation, with a viscosity in between light and medium.

O: The fact that it reminds me of cereal from my childhood makes it quite enjoyable! This is a tasty beer for any day.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup from the German beer garden at GretnaFest.

Appearance: very dark brown; almost no head that quickly disappears. Great lacing.

Smell: Solid malts up front with a little coffee on the side.

Taste: German malts with a dark chocolate finish. Perhaps a hint of anise. Rich and hearty.

Mouthfeel: medium, really coats the tongue.

Overall: one of my favorite dunkels. Robust and very sessionable. Prosit!

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Photo of bump8628
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russet brown with poor head retention has it looking like cola after mere seconds in the glass. Things improve from there, however, with a firm doughiness with an edge of burnt toast. Some grape skin and hop leaf add depth with some caramel sweetness on the finish. Solid Dunkel, and since it's a $3 special at the pub this month I may have one more.

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Photo of BareFeetPete
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Looked like coke, very deep caramel color with a head that didn't stick around long. Smelled a bit metallic for the first half of the glass, but overall I don't think it made a huge impact on the taste of the beer. The taste wasn't all that impressive, wasn't bad though. Aftertaste was a light caramel flavor with a bit of chocolate. The mouth feel and taste were alright to begin with but by the end it was almost like I was drinking malt liquor. Not to say that I would bash malt liquor, I mean I grew up on it in high school, but if I buy a German dunkel and that's what I'm expecting, I don't want to suddenly be drinking Colt .45. Overall I don't have a lot to complain about with this guy, but I might not buy it again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel has a medium, beige head and a clear, dark brown (reddish under light) appearance, with lots of fine bubbles streaming up. The aroma is mild and is of toasted barley and coffee. Taste is of rather lightly toasted barley malt, some coffee, and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is mostly light, but some body is present with this one. Warsteiner Premium Dunkel finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and semi-dry. Overall, this is a very good dark lager, and I think it’s worth a try.


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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 evlu1441
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never seen this beer until today, so I decided to give it a try. 500ml can in a mug.

It pours a very dark and transparent brown/amber colour with a finger of foamy off-white head on top. It's a nice looking pub beer.

The aroma is fairly mild. It has some notes of faint grassy hops, but not a whole lot. It sort of has a wet/stale smell.

The flavour is quite nice! It's clean and crisp to start, but the nice roasted malts soon make themselves known. It finished on a slightly smoky note with faint hops in the background.

It's a decent dark lager. Not one of my favourites, but it's never been a favourite style of mine either.

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Photo of Philousa
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, like a root beer hard candy, with good amount of white head that doesn't stick around long. Smells of sweet and tangy malt, then bitter caramel. Some cereal/bread with a stiff swirl. First taste is caramel and nutty, almost fruity, fading to a bitter roasted malt. Slightly tangy from the distinct German yeast/malt combination. This is surprisingly light and easy going down. Slightly watery.

This is an interesting beer. Deceptively light on first blush, it took me a while to realize this is a dark lager. Very drinkable, but I don't think I could have more than one due to the trademark tangy aftertaste. This beer is a breath of fresh air from the normal hoppy craft brew I'm used to.

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Photo of ahq514
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into shaker glass.

Pours an amberish-brown color with a quickly dissipating head.

Not much to this one. Smells like a crisp, clean lager with some caramel malt and ever so slightly roasted characteristics.

Very similar to aroma. Not much to it. Caramel malty, with some slight roast. Crisp and clean and very drinkable.

Has a decent amount of carbonation. Lighter bodied for the most part.

Overall, not bad. Just nothing really to it. Not objectable by any means. Very forgettable beer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Medium brown and transparent body topped by a half finger of light tan head.

S - Malty, slightly roasty with a hint of caramel aroma.

T - Smokey with a nutty middle and a mild roasty ending and smokey molasses finish. Quite complex really.

M - Rather watery with a moderate coarse texture throughout with much o it presenting itself near the end and into the finish.

~ Not the most drinkable in my opinion. However, it seems to cater to the more advanced beer drinker. Someone looking for a complex German dark lager. Unfortunately those styles seem to be a dying breed in my neck of the woods.

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

On tap at Pub Hub in Houston, TX

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Fairly light some caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with light caramel malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - For a cheap beer its pretty good sure there are better Dunkels out there but for the price it can't be beat worth checking out sometime

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

Had on tap at the platt in franlin square at the umternational talkbass annual get together. Showed up in a mug. Nice purple brown with a thin foamy head that was gonelun munutes. Nutty roasted malt. Not the best. A big lagery. Taste follows the nose but more grape. Pretty good a bit thin.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Warsteiner Dunkel
On tap at Lagers in Metairie, LA

Appearance: dark brown, medium head, good lacing.

Smell: grains, subtle hops.

Taste: grains, subtle hops, slight honey, slight brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: light and slightly watery.

This is a great session beer. Plenty of flavor and smoothness keep this one a great choice.

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Photo of FanofHefe
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Clear dark brown body with a little light getting through around the edges creating a red tint. Very small light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Very light aroma, nearly non-existent and I am NOT stopped up in the nasal region. A tiny bit of lager yeast and a minute bit of roasted malt.

A little better on the flavor, but not much. Some dark malt, a little coffee flavor, and that's about all. If I try real hard, I can imagine some chocolate flavor coming through.

Very thin mouthfeel. Far less than I expected from a "classic."

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark ruby with a thin off white head.

S - Bready malts, caramel, burnt toast, molasses and a hint of fruity esters.

T - Bready and caramel malts, slightly metallic, grainy with some toffee sweetness.

M - Somewhat thin and watery.

D - Not bad, just somewhat boring.

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Photo of rustyhamilton
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a minimal amount of carbonation.

S - toasted malts, caramel and a little bit of coffee.

T - The caramel really comes out here. Not too complicated and nicely balanced.

M - Lightly carbonated and thinner than an American dark lager, but has a smooth feel.

O - Fantastic offering for a Dunkel. I could drink these all day. Sure, it's not the most complex beer, but a nice balance for a session beer.

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

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, smokiness, faint chocolate/coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, hops, and breads/grains. There is also a bit of a chocolate and coffee flavour mixed with some roasted/smokey notes. The beer finishes with a malty roasted aftertaste.

Overall - Not a bad beer by any means.. just not very exciting. The flavour is well balanced and it's easy to drink. Not sure I'd seek it out again though.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wanna like this beer. I wanna like this style. When in Central Europe, I revelled in the opportunity to break from the Pale Lager norm. Granted many of their offerings are unique and quaffable, but there's a reason the American Craft Brew movement has found its inspiration in British, and even Belgian, ales.

In the Czech Republic Budweiss's Tmave was a nice reprieve on Summer evenings from Pale Lager... but sadly, I couldn't remember much about it. There's good reason... this style seems to have little of mention.

Appearance: thin body, brownish-black. Foam on top, not enough to be called s head. Good lacing.

Nose: grain, lagerish. The scent of spent cheap coffee grinds is about all the roast here.

Taste: refreshing, mild maltiness.

Mouthful: wet, slightly grain.

Overall: uninspiring.

Sure it provides refreshment, but not the way a good Pilsner does. It's like the Black Sheep of every Lager producing brewery. Painfully MACRO!

Baltic Porter and Hefeweizen have proven old country breweries can pump out unique quality product. Step it up, Dunkel Lager!

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,552 ratings.
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