Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

Warsteiner Premium DunkelWarsteiner Premium Dunkel
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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 SuperSpy
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Perfectly clear, dark brown in color, and a beautiful but thin head that sticks to everything and dissipates quickly.

S - Raisins, a hint of roast, and a bit of a caramel like malt aroma. The impression is that it's sweet, but it's not very strong.

T/M - Light and smooth with a crisp, semi-dry finish. The flavor has a bit of caramel, roasted grain and a finish that is very grainy, almost bready.

D - A very smooth drinking beer. It has good flavor but it's not astounding. I wouldn't pass it up but I also wouldn't seek it out. On the good side of average.

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Photo of Sorvahr
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from a local Schnucks supermarket in Memphis, TN as part of a six-pack for $8.99. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The packaging trumpets the beer's traditional German-ness with blackletter fonts, a little German-flag stripe, and a German motto (which a German acquaintance of mine says translates roughly to "The Queen of Beers"...makes me wonder if that's a little jab at a certain lager we all know and loathe).

A: Transparent with a dark brown, cola-like color with a thin white head that quickly reduced to a ring. Lacing is present but doesn't last very long.

S: Relatively little aroma, somewhat reminiscent of ground dark-roast coffee.

T: Bittersweet and spicy with shades of dark chocolate, caramel, and grain. The sweetness is most prominent in the first few seconds and then quickly recedes. Nice and roasty, but not particularly bold or complex. Hops aren't really a factor, the emphasis is definitely on the roasted malts. The finish is the best part, a lingering taste of (very) dark chocolate that coats the back of the tongue. It's good but could use some extra punch to it.

M: Relatively light and crisp but not watery, and has a great tingling feeling on the tongue. Feels clean and pure.

D: Very easy to drink but filling at the same time. Makes a good accompaniment to a meal and its ABV is not very high.

Overall this reminds me a lot of a lighter, less aggressive Spaten Optimator. It appears to be just about the only dunkel available in Memphis but it's a pretty good one. Compared to other beers available in supermarkets and convenience stores for the $1.50/bottle mark it's difficult to beat. It's unassuming to a fault--it tastes good but seems too restrained. Still, this is recommended, especially if you're on a budget and don't want to spend too much money. You'd be hard pressed to find anything as good at this price point.

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Photo of cooch69
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep and clear brown with some amber highlights. Head is very small and forms into a small glass clinging circle.

Nose is really nutty and pretty sweet as well.

Taste is very bready and nutty maltiness. Low on the hop profile and pretty sweet.

Creamy mouthfeel and medium bodied. Really refreshing.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out very dark to the point of pitch, a white head bubbles like uncooked pizza dough...

Smells of light coca cola and wheat sweet wet grains and roast

Sweet and sour immediately come to tongue with a split wheat flavor. Almost a sourdough afterthought. Not too complicated, but then it is not meant to be. Without that semi sour tinge this would perhaps be a waste of time

Mouthfeel is light bodied with champagne bubbles

You could drink these until you die because the flavor won't slow you down. It is a weak beer and maybe something to give to beginners to cut their palates on

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass on tap at The Yard House in Glenview

This beer pours a deep brown color with shades of vermilion when light is passed through. There is no head to the beer, I tried to agitate some up...El Zilcho. The aromatics are solid nothing special, but there is a nice malty aroma, with a hint of corn sugar in the back. The taste was hard to peg. It's got the body of a heavy AAL with some flavorings of a handful of dark roast specialty malts. It's a juxtaposition of flavors in my opinion. One helps and one hurts. So where is the flavor left, somewhere in the not that great realm. The mouthfeel is oddly sticky and cloying but with the body is light on the palate. I'm not really a fan of how dry this beer finishes as well. The drinkability is decent. I thought it was a decent beer overall to enjoy. There was absolutely nothing special or offputting about this beer, it was just beer. It's hard to describe, much else on this beer.

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Photo of devilben02
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a thin, creamy off-white head. The aroma is pleasant but understated with a faint grainy sweetness. The taste is much more pronounced, with a dominant malt base that features flavors of cereal grains, cherry sweetness, and maybe even a bit of weak coffee and raisins. Although certainly crisp and clean, the prickly, fine carbonation is almost distracting. Overall, this is a solid, crisp, drinkable beer. It isn't remarkable in any sense, but it is very nice.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The coloring on this one resembles cola or root beer and is apparently clear, as I can tell by looking near the bottom of my glass. The head is a nicely contrasting white, starts off about an inch and a half thick, settling down to a dense layer over the brew. Lacing is alright, nothing spectacular, leaving behind a thin line of foam that almost runs back into the beer but does stick.

S- Sweet and malty, but with some fruity esters initially. After this, there is an underlying whiff of rich toffee and/or molasses and a slight hint of coffee. There is a roasted dryness on the finish, reminding me slightly of powered cocoa.

T- I don't find the flavors as dominant as the aromas. Most of what was described above is present...the toffee flavor sweetens up somewhat to more of a caramel. The finish is moderately robust, with very modest astringent dark fruit and molasses.

M- While on the thin side, the texture is creamy and really allows the rich, dark flavors to come through. The carbonation is fine and smooth, leaving a gentle zing on the palate.

D- I don't think I'd be able to have bottle upon bottle of this beer but could really enjoy 2 or 3 in a sitting. It iis flavorful, and the alcohol is well hidden. A nice example of a dark lager!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes: This is a very tasty dunkel. Aroma of roasted malt and hint of bitter coffee. Pour was beautiful. Deep dark brown with a puffy 1 finger off white/tan head. Taste was nice and light but with a strong roasted malt flavor. A hint of toffee in the aftertaste that leaves a bitterness after the swallow. Easy to drink which is what a German beer should be all about.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into 12 oz pint glass.

Appearance - Very dark beer but you can slightly see through the glass (not murky like wheat beer though). Head was fizzy like a cola.

Smell - mild and nice aromas.

Taste - Very mild in overall flavors with slight hop bitter finish to balance. Nice German Dunkel style but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - decent

Drinkability - This is where this beer shines through. An easy drinker, very pleasant flavorings and sessionable.

Overall - Putting this beer on my "return to" list. Bought only a single sampler, but will probably buy several the next time I'm in the mood for a German style Dunkel.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear beer that has deep jewel tone ruby color. The head is play sand white and fizzy. It fades quickly but never fully disappears.

A good fresh smelling beer. Full scent of roasted malts is the backbone of this brew and ranges from light coffee and chocolate to a fresh cracked grain. Very mild but it has it in the right places.

Taste is very good albeit a mild one. The coffee and chocolate from the nose is there but not as strong as I would like. The finish is almost all roasted malts and is quite tasty. A little bolder flavor wouldn't hurt but it's really working the way it is.

The mouthfeel is vey solid with it's firm crackle of carbonation and light body. This is a simple beer and executed very well. The low ABV makes it extreamly drinkable and the flavor will keep me coming back to it. Very satisfying, put this on your list to try.

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Photo of mdunman
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a tan head that clung to the glass for a while to provide a pleasant finish

S: Caramel malt most notable, with not much else to complement it.

T: Good caramel malt sweetness to start off, with a bit of spiciness on the sides and finished with a good dry hoppy flavor to hit all of the taste buds in one swig.

M: Medium-heavy body, good carbonation that was fairly smooth flowing through

Good beer to drink and relax with. A fairly easy going dunkel that most anyone can enjoy. Would work well anytime between fall and spring.

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Photo of tozz8
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A--Dark Ruby color with a 1 finger, fluffy off white head. Little to no lacing

S--Bread and caramel malts

T--Bread and caramel malts here, too. nice dry finish with a pleasant caramel-chocolatey aftertaste

M--Medium body with low carbonation. The more i drink this, the more i am reminded of a dopplebock with less flavor

D--Highly drinkable. Plenty of flavor with a little bit of complexity. nice low ABV. Would make a great sessin beer.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass jan5 2011

A clear cola with lots of bubbles but very little head and no lace

S faint molasses and some sweet malt

T a little prune and faint coffee to go along with what I smell

M a little thin but well carbonated and flavors linger longer then expected

D pretty easy too drink decent flavor for a session brew

nothing great but nothing offensive, much better then our big name brews on this side of the Atlantic

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drinking Date: 12/18/10
Expiration Date: Not listed

Glassware: Large Mug

Appearance: Deep Brown in color; Thick cream-colored head that retained fairly well, thinned out about halfway through; a little lacing.

Smell: like white bread. not a lot to go on in the aroma, but what was there did not remind me of other past beer smells.

Taste: immediate roasted malt taste, that drifts away as it passes through. not much happening after that. Finishes as it began with a lingering roasted flavor. First taste of the beer is pretty good, but, as I drank, there were no surprises and no complexity to keep me interested.

Mouthfeel: has a little more body whch makes it feel a little larger than your average lager. good bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: You could drink a few of these no problem, but the average taste and slightly heavier feel make it a less than good choice for steady drinking.

Notes: Not a bad beer, but nothing special. I would try this again if I saw it on draft.

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Photo of decimator
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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 +38.6%
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 +12.3%
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 -12.3%
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 -6.9%
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 -9.1%
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 -6.9%
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 +14.3%
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 -0.9%
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 -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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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
Beer rating: 32.9% out of 100 with 1,561 ratings
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