Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rich dark amber beer with full-flavored, smooth taste nicely accented with satisfying notes of roasted malt and subtle bottom fermenting yeast tones.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +4%
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 -12%
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 +9.4%
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 0%
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 -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 -4.9%
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 -6.6%
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 +10.6%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +12.9%
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 -21.1%
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 -2.9%
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 +22.3%
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 0%
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 -25.4%
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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. Best by Aug 13, 2011.

Appearance: Clear dark brown on the table - dark orange brown when held up to the light. Poured a 1/4" white foam, but this died down to a very thin ring at the edge and an even thinner island in the middle of the beer. No lacing noted.

Smell: Roasted and slightly burnt malt with a very faint hop presence. With a swirl the hops are skunky and not very pleasant.

Taste: Roasted malt quickly moving into a slightly skunk hop / herbal / plant-like hop flavor. Some mild burnt sugar flavors combined with a bitterness at the end. Not bad - evenly balanced between the two flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation for a lager - not fizzy. After the carbonation leaves the tongue the beer has some good thickness to it.

Overall / Drinkability: Not too shabby - smell on swirling was not good, but overall a pretty drinkable and okay dark German lager. I remember having this many years ago with a meal, and it went well with that, but by itself it's okay as well, but I think it's better with food than by itself as I did tonight.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Hojaminbag
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I ran into a bottle of this at a place that doesn't have many good beer options, and I realized that I had never tried it before, so I figured it was a perfect time to give it a shot.

The body is a dark brown but is translucent in the light and mostly clear. A finger and a half of brown head rises, but it disappears fairly quickly, looking like head that is somewhere between a beer and soda. No lacing that I can see.

The aroma is pretty weak, and if anything it smells like a little bit of toasted malts.

Without looking at the color of this beer, I would not surprised to hear people guess that it is a Euro Pale Lager. Hell, I could probably make that mistake. It tastes a lot like watery, pale malts with just a hint of toasted malts. The “choice roasted malts” that the bottle proclaims are inside never materialize.

Very light body is pretty high carbonation.

I'm not a fan of this one, it doesn't really hit the style at all. No rich malt flavors, not really any roasted malt flavors. Just a watered down beer that could be a pale lager with food coloring added.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't even know it was the dunkel when I bought it. Glad I did as I don't remeber the Pilsner being too good. Not incredibly familiar with the style.

Best before 2011 SE 16

A- Good finger of very light beige head. Maple syrup colored, clear liquid.

S- Nice coffee aroma from the can opening but really not as nice in the glass which to me smells like some sort of metallic cardboard root beer.

T- Ah, taste isn't as bad. Nothing really offensive. Just seems like a smooth pilsner backbone with a couple grains of roasted malt tossed in.

M- Body is pretty full. Not very dry. Medium carbonation.

O- A little dull for some reason. I feel like saying it's because it's watery but it isn't really. Okay to drink while partying, camping hiking or something but meh...

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Photo of Rschis16
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks cool because it's nearly opaquely black, but when held to a light, dark ruby tones are seen. Decent little white head that dissapates fairly quickly. Smell is underwhelming however as it smells like your run-of-the-mill adjunct lager. Corn and starch are the main two smells I get.

Tastes a little better than it smells though. It's got a nice little hop presence that spritzes up the otherwise bland malts. Leaves an odd aftertaste, but not really bad. It is smooth though, I'll give it that. Clean in the mouthfeel and goes down easy as pie. It's actually pretty enjoyable and refreshing. Obviously nothing special, but also not the worst beer out there.

Funny story behind this one, it's actually the very first beer I ever tasted. When I was 9 or 10, my family and I were out at a restaurant and I mistook my mom's Warsteiner for my Coca-Cola. I immediately spit it back into the glass, ruining her beer. It became a joke with us for years, and I will always remember that.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, great solid dark brown color but nicely translucent when held to the light; light tan head but dissipates quickly.

Smell is light roasted coffee almost espresso like, very feint caramel sweetness with hints of chocolate and nutiness.

Taste is a smooth, but light roasted malt, but not overly sweet hints of chocolate, caramel and light nutty flavors. Flavors come in light but linger nicely.

Mouthfeel is well done, great flavors on the tongue and cheek with a solid carbonation that accenuates the coffee/roasted malt flavors.

Overall, a very solid brew and what you expect from a large brewer for a dunkel, flavors are clean and presentation and mouthfeel are great.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(11.2oz bottle from AJ's Arcadia). Pours clear dark brown with red hue and tan head. Average carbonation. Aroma has lots of sweet caramel malts, biscuit and bubblegum. Taste follows suit with sweet caramel and biscuity notes. Very crisp beer. Light bodied with a slick texture. Smooth finish. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown pour, with more clarity than it should, decent off white head, not much in the lace or retention department. Wheat, light aroma, nothing fancy.

Taste, seems like clove and a yeast strain I'm not fond of. Woodsy, light bodied, off flavor bitterness on the aftertaste. Caramel and toffee. A little more watery than it should be, but you can still pull some nuttiness out of it. Qualifies as easy drinking, if you get past the appearance (for some reason a lot of people think anything not light yellow can't be easy drinking).

Not a fan, wouldn't recommend.

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Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 1,594 ratings