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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Photo of decimator
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV 4.8%.

A - Poured a clear dark brown with a 1cm cream head that was quickly gone. Minimal lacing.

S - Light roasted grain, hint of chocolate and a light backing of earth.

T - Light sweet toasted grain and a mild bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-low carbonation, slick, a very light tang and a slightly dry finish.

D - Simple and a bit one dimensional but it is easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of vadertime
4.85/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love dark beers, especially dark German beers and one dark Dutch beer. Some of my other favorites are Beck's dark, St. Pauli Girl dark and Heineken dark. However, having discovered the Premium Dunkel, Warsteiner's dark, I've been in heaven. It has that slightly bitter after taste like Guiness, but not as strong or as overpowering, yet still yielding that deep and rich flavor that only a dark beer can offer. So, unlike Guiness, one can put away several of these whereas one can only consume a couple of Guiness stouts. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel has dark brown colour and a good 1 cm head when poured. It maintains good lacing. The smell is malty with a hint of sweet chocolate. The taste is grainy with a hint of sourness to begin with but gets more interesting and the end with roastiness and a hint of chocolate. This beer is quite foamy and thick in the mouth. Overall, a very nice brew.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This dark beer looks like a glass of dark pop (or cola, for you Yankees), with less fizz. The head on this was gone by the time I put the camera down.

The smell has a roasted quality; molasses with some fig and alcohol.

The flavour has some roasted quality to it, too... it's sweet. It's kind of bland, really. Not stale, but bland. The best thing about the taste is the exhale.

The feel is watery. The carb, like mentioned above, exists but dies at the tongue... doesn't even make it to the back of the throat.

Overall, it's light, bland, and pretty boring. Plain dark beers are always disappointing, I think. I didn't even want to finish it.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is an off-white color and smooth, with many bubble sizes. An inch or so in height at first, it rapidly reduces to a thick skim that is replenished by active carbonation until the last two inches or so, when it peters out to just a ring. The brew is a dark red-brown (known as Bismarck Brown in commercial finishing products), and very clear.

Detecting much of an aroma is difficult, but a little roasted malt is perceived. Carried through in the flavor, it is pretty much straight ahead roasted malt, with some notes of caramel and molasses. Not much hop character, probably due to the use of hop extract, but enough to give it a little tang in the back palate. Well carbonated, it foams well in the mouth and goes down easily. A typical Euro dark beer, much like Heineken dark.

More depth of flavor than the regular Warsteiner, but nothing outstanding. Good session beer, especially with some sauerkraut and knockwurst.

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Photo of kwjd
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto. Pours a ruby-brown colour with thin off-white head. Not too much lacing on the glass. Smells of molasses, but other than that pretty much just grainy. Flavour has no bitterness that I can detect, just some mild sweetness. Smooth carbonation level. Just an ok beer, I wouldn't pass on this if offered, but I will not seek out again.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pours brown with an average off-white head. Aroma of grassy, piney hops and some toasted malt. Medium, crisp body. Taste is light, grassy hops, buckwheat, hints of honey, toasted malt and alcohol. Medium, slightly hoppy finish. I'm not impressed by this brew.

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Photo of Welsman
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah this is good stuff. Not my favorite German
Dunkel but its damn good, Especially on tap.

This is a standard offering at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia. Has a great roasted/smokey taste, pours a dark brown/black. Goes oh so well with sausage products.

My wife drinks the crap out of this beer.
Its only 26.00 a case in bottles, great bargain,
great taste.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear deep "tea" color with some light orange highlights. Slight off white head that was not very remarkable. Not much retention either.

Smell - Fair amount of roasted malt in the fragrance. A scent of toasted grain and roasted coffee bean. I can't really detect much else. There is something else, but not sure what it is. Maybe it's a faint butter. Not unpleasant and balanced well.

Taste - Flavor was of the toasted grain. The coffee taste was present, but not out front. Getting an almost walnut like character.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Left a little to be desired as far as the coating of the throat and tongue. Did a fair job though. It was a bit dry and it went down comfortably. Smooth.

Drinkabilitly - This brew is not bad. I didn't find anything real complicated about it. Nice session brew. Would pair well with a cool evening. If this beer were available at a social event, I would drink it without fuss.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Beautiful opaque black, with a tan 1 finger head that fades quickly, but the lacing down the glass is prominent.
S=Raisins, with some biscuit malt and earthy malts
T=Dark malts mixed with some biscuity malts, some raisin with a hint of a roasted flavor coming in at the end.
M-Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit much
D=Goes down easy enough, but sits fairly heavy in the stomach.

Not a bad Dunkel Lager, but I had better German Dunkels when I was over there.

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Photo of jayc333
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL can poured into a pilsner glass.

Very good looking beer. 3 fingers of frothy white head on top of cola brown liquid. When held to light, beautiful red/orange colouring with active carbonation can be seen. Good lacing.

Sweet smelling with hints of caramel, chocolate, and maybe even raisin.

Taste is certainly lacking from what you would expect from the smell. Same characteristics but much more bland.

Good mouthfeel. Silky on the palate with a good level of carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall a good brew, but would be better if the flavours were heightened. Wouldn't go out of my way for one, but wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of david18
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My review of the draft version, which I had in germany.

Not the best dunkel i've had in germany. Followed a Warsteriner light, which eating at a turkish restaurant. Not the worst but not great either. If it's the only dunkel available, and you're really in the mood for this type if beer, then it would be ok to have.

I had a bottle of this as part of the Las Vegas Hilton's Octoberfest special. Not as unimpressed as i was in Germany but perhaps that's because I was surrounded by German beers there. Typical of a dunkel in color and carbonation (dark caramel with a good lighter head). Good aroma, with a bready smell. Overall, not bad but I was sticking with the draft Pilsner instead.

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Photo of CalhounJohn
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was not what I expected! It was much lighter in color and not nearly as deep as I had hoped. The overall quality was good, but I thought it would have been much deeper and more robust. I am still on my quest to find the best German beers and this was average, but not as flavorful and unique as I thought it should have been.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking very dark beer which gave me a one finger head that didn't last more than 20 seconds. Lice is sort of broke-up, but has a good cling. The color of the beer rates a 30 on the SRM chart. Smells like honey and licorice. Tastes that I recognize in this brew are licorice, malt and hops. Mouthfeel as milk, a little coated, easy on the palate. Not a great dark lager, lacks any great taste, but overall it is a flavor that sort of grows on me. Better as it warms. I would like to try this again.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Mug

A - Clear dark brown color with a 1-2 finger head, it dissipated pretty fast. You can just make out a bit of C02 in the beer, it left a soft splash of lacing with a few spots on my mug.

S - Slight spice, earthy hops blend well with biscuit malts. A touch of molasses & caramel, corn husk with a bit of toast. Soft raisin.

T - Well balanced earthy & grassy hop flavors with husk, bread and toasty malts. Slight caramel towards the finish with just a touch of dryness. Finishes balanced with a slight bitterness.

M - Moderate-high crispness with lite-medium body.

D - A nice flavorful Lager that's not too expensive. I thought it was a step above an average Dunkel Lager but I'm not too crazy about it. Very balanced, I think I would have like a bit more body to it but that's just me. Definitely worth a try, I'd drink it again for sure but I don't know if I'd buy again.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

glass: mug, dimples at the bottom

a: Typical dunkel color. Great 3-finger soapy head with some smaller bubbles mixed in. Looking closely, some fine bubbles escape to the top. ligh splashy lacing.

s: Wow, Welch's Grape juice, i've got it down to the bran. Tart grape with some cranberry mixed. Lots of toast cracker and caramel.

m: Light body, high carbonation.

t: There is a tartness throughout, along with toast, light caramel, toffy and a decent amount of bitterness as well. More bitterness than i'm used to in a dunkel. The grape and cranberry flavor take a backseat in the taste but are still very much present. It's clean, crisp and a little dry on the finish.

d: Refreshing and drinkable. With so many Dunkels being so similar, it's hard to prefer one over the other. This one stands out to me, but not in a positive way. Good beer but there are several better choices.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great dark amber colour, had about a 2 finger head that dissipated into a thin ring

Immediately I smell burnt sugar also some grain is present man that sugary smell came through

Flavour is a little muted, it's a little malty with a grainy flavour coming through with some sweetness on the finish as it got warmer a bitterness started to come through that was very nice and was nicely balanced by the sweetness present in the beer.

Mouthfeel is nice, it's well balanced and has a smooth finish

Not my favourite but definitely drinkable, I would definitely have in favour of a lot of other beers 

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Photo of gopens44
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark like cola. Head dissipates to a thin breezey layer on top.

S - smooth barley presence, not much else.

T - roasted barley, hints of anise, but very faint hints at that.

M - smooth yet atouch flat. Low carbonation.

D - not my favorite, but adequate if presented with the choice between it and some lesser beers.

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

Approximately the color of coca-cola. Not a lot of head but nice lacing. Pretty clear.

Smells of grains and a bit of caramel malt. Not very dunkel-ish on the smell really, and doesn't match the taste much. But not bad.

Tastes of nice smooth caramel malts with a little sweetness. Very dunkel-ish on the taste. A fairly good offering but not outstanding.

Relatively rich and crisp, not too carbonated, easy to down.

Drinkability is average.

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Photo of samie85
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear cola brown color with a dense, two finger head.

S-Smells of some light sweet coffee with some herbal hop notes.

T-Light coffee notes with an almost sour thing going on, and some light herbal hop notes on the finish.

M-Surprisingly low carbonation with a light body and a pretty smooth mouthfeel.

D-Pretty easy drinking but a little bland for my tastes and unremarkable.

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Photo of TB2
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Beautiful appearance.... It looks lkike "thee perfect beer" in a glass. Head didn't last long and there was a small amount of lacing.

S. Smell comes off crisp and clean. Didn't have the classic "Euro-Hops" smell. Overall Smelled pretty good.

T. Nutty. Different taste when it comes to hops though. NOT skunky at all.

M. Very crisp. It tinglers the tongue and is pretty light. Aftertaste lingers for some time but its a GOOD... kind of sweet aftertaste.

D. Middle of the road when it comes to drinkability. I could do about a sixer but no more. But this beer is a great choice to have with dinner. It went down very well paired with grilled whitefish. Above Avg. I guess.

Overall I like this beer. But then again.... there are not alot of German import beers I didnt like. As stated above if your outside grillin' or eatting seafood pair w./ this beer for a tasty time. Drink straight from bottle & enjoy!

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Photo of LacquerHead
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a 6-pack for $8.49.

A: Clear deep brown. Head quickly dissipated and left little to no lacing.

S: Not the best - sort of a metallic caramel malt smell.

T: A bit of a let down. There was a metallic undertone to this one, specifically copper pennies. It had a roasted malt flavor along with some weak hops in the background that tasted oily. There was also a brown sugar sweetness lingering about.

M: It was highly carbonated and had a metallic malt aftertaste.

D: Not very high. I grew tired of it after awhile - very uneventful.

Conclusion, not worth its premium import price at the grocery store. The flavors tasted fake and too manufactured. Skip it.

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

On tap at Argyle's Gastropub in Denver.

Appearance: A very dark brown, letting a little amber light show through.

Smell: Not much aroma, a little rich malt.

Taste: The great bread crust maltiness I love is there... just muted. A bit blander compared to Spaten or Dixies Blackened Voodoo Lager.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: A nice session lager, but I wanted more flavor.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into dimpled mug, served at 46 degrees

A: nice clear brownish copper color with half inch lasting lace

S: aroma was bready with maple, caramel, and hay notes, pleasant

T: flavor had vanilla and biscuit dough mixed with pine, good

M: medium full with good balance from start to finish and smooth over the entire palate

D: very drinkable

Excellent beer. Has everything a great beer should. Was a perfect match for bratwurst, sauerkraut, & potatoes for dinner. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear dark reddish brown, one thumb of off white head with decent retention down to a thin film
S - strong molasses and nutty malts, some dank hop notes, and a slight sweet cherry scent
T - light molasses and oat type flavours, some light grassy and earthy hop flavours, there is a tinny metallic finish that is slightly off-putting
F - low carbonation, fairly light body that moves towards a somewhat dry feel, finishing more like a pilsner
D - fairly easy to drink, somewhat basic in the flavour department, a decent enough brew but nothing about it really stands out

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