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 kaszeta
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

Pours with a deep amber body, with a very light frothy head. It has a nice earthy aroma, with plenty of malt, and a bit of grass. Taste is similar, with nice malt and grain flavor and a fair amount of hops. Substantial mouthfeel, rolls over the tongue. A pleasant Dunkel, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.33/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Gustav's Restaurant, Clackamas, Oregon.
Beer looks like a glass of black coffee with a tan head..by "black coffee" i dont really mean completely black..but a mahogany brown colour.
Smell was quite subdued..slight chocolaty style malts but not much.
Very thin and watery tatslessness..poor carbonation..flat horrid.
Thin and wat too watery on the tongue.
Not very drinkable at all..i wonder if there was some problem with the keg?

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Photo of taez555
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a rather clear but dark brownish amber, almost red in the right light. The head was a very small white.

The nose was very subtle. A little bready, some slight hints of earth, but very subtle in the bar.

The taste was watery and light. Very lightly carbonated. Some nice dark bready malt flavors. A surprisingly earthy hop intenceness that could almost be mistaken for a skunk flavor, but is just a classic german hop charector. Beyond that though, very light and watery. A mellow bitterness and earthy hop taste.

If I wanted to give someone a sample of what a real dunkel at beirgarden in germany tastes like I might give them this and say "it's like this, but better" It's not too bad, but I've had a lot better.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable German import. Pours very dark brown and clear with little head that dissipates to a very thin to nonexistant line of foam. Hop aroma is lightly floral but is too mild to be noteworthy. Very malty and grainy, an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel with no hint of bitterness or roughness. Some coffee and caramel like undertones. A good well rounded and drinkable session beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Warsteiner tasting at Eli Cannon's on April 24th, 2003.
Dark brownish umber, with a mahogany hue through the light. Puffy almond head that quickly dimishes, but most likely because of the burger I was eating at the time.
Smells mildly roasty and light, with a crisp clean lager-ish quality. Mild herbal hopping balances out the malts. Malts are sweet and clean.
Flavor is light and roasty, yet sweet. Very clean, well done. Mild herbal hopping comes through towards the end and finishes the beer with a light crispness. Not exceptionally flavorful, but extremely clean. Moderate small bubbled carbonation. Smooth. Aftertaste is very mild, leaving little flavor to be wanting more, but still a very good pint. I'd take another.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours pretty much like a Coke. About a finger of head dies down very quick, maintaining a thin crown around the edge.

Very light malt/sweet smell. A little macro-ish actually. Not bad, but I am most accurately Not Impressed.

For a dunkel, a bit under-flavored. Some malt presence with a bit of roastiness, further enhanced by the carbonation. Mostly sweet finish with a light bitter aftertaste. Not as robust as its color intimates. It's about as flavored as a good lager, I'll be a sport and give it a 3.0.

Body is good enough, but still a little thin-feeling in the mouth. And yet, there is enough to provide a pleasant lingering residual.

It's okay, nothing very exciting. I think I was expecting a bit more, given the 'royal' label and all. This beer underachieves its hype. It's certainly not bad, just not all that noteworthy.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy, coffee-brown color with thin, white foam that settled and clung to the glass. The smell was light and malty. The taste was malty with overtones of coffee, caramel, and slightly sweet biscuit. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation. It was relatively clean but a bit thin. This was a decent dunkel and easy to drink.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Budweiser may claim to be the king of beers, but it says right here on the label, "Die Koenigin unter den bieren." Can't argue with that. Looks absolutely lovely when poured, a nice deep brown color. Not a whole lot in the way of smell, but it tastes pretty good, goes down smooth, and leaves almost nothing in the way of an aftertaste. I think this one's going to become one of my standbys.

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

This brew poured a dark transparent brown body with a small head of white bubbles. It had a malty aroma as well as an initially bitter taste that lingered around for a while. Its lacing was good, but overall not one of the better Dunkels. Pass on this one.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice light dark lager with a good malt finish and some pleasant hops aftertaste. Mahogany color with a sweet nose that is full of malt.. this is a very drinkable dunkel smooth malty and low in alcohol content. Mouthfeel is nice as body is medium and mellow.

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Photo of steelreign
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark reddish brown. Head was smallish and offered yeast and malted grain notes.

Taste: Hmm...."earthy", a complex and odd taste reminding of malt, but not in the traditional sweet malt taste. If anything, this one is unlike most beers in that it tastes different. Wheat-y character is there, but is overwhelmed by the earthy taste.

Mouth: a little weak (light) for the style I would say. Carbonation was average.

You could probably drink quite a bit of this in one sitting if you wanted to, but I would much rather pound a dozen dark ales or stouts before I drank this one with any frequency. Not bad, but not great either....

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I grabbed this off the shelf because a add by it said "the Biggest German Exported Beeer in the world". Was it? Who cares. It had a brownish color to it and a moderate head. The malt was there, the hops weak. Yes, the truth be told, this was aweak German beer with a weird taste to it. Life may be too short for bad beer, but I ain't drinking this again.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium white head that was quick dissolving. There was not a lot of lacing left on the sides of my mug with this brew. It had a dark brown body to it. There was some bitterness observed in the taste of this brew. I was not very impressed by the taste and flavor of this brew.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with minimal off-white head.
Aroma of hops and roasted malts.

Fairly smooth and crisp. Light in flavor and body. Roasted malt character is there, but is faint. Balanced. Fairly clean finish.

Light in body and mouthfeel.
Easy going and drinkable.

Overall, a well-made, but overly mild-mannered beer. Lawnmower material.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, CT. The keg was tapped 2 days prior. This Dunkel poured a fairly nondescript brown with a modest head that dissipated quickly, and not much lace remained. The smell was sweet and malty but not very complex or interesting. The taste was much of the same. It was very difficult to pick out one strong or dominant flavor, but there were slight hints of fruit and perhaps chocolate. The mouthfeel was not great, fairly light bodied, with moderate carbonation. All in all I would call this a just slightly above average beer that was enjoyable enough, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Running4beer
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a thin off white head. The aroma did not jump out at you but there a slight malt and chocolate smell to this. The taste was of malts and chocolate and some coffee. Mouthfeel was crisp and smooth. A good beer to have while relaxing and not much money to spend.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This malty flavored dark ale pours almost black with a thin white head that quickly falls back to a sheet on the surface. When held to the light the beer is a dark brown color with lots of bubbles floating upwards from the bottom. Not much of an aroma is found, however hints of malt and coffee are present. Each sip is dominated by roasted malts. I think I noticed hints of coffee and chocolate as well. The beer is thin to medium bodied and leaves the pallett almost clean after each sip.

I found this beer to be very drinkable and a good one to enjoy year round. The flavor will not overwhelm you, but you should find it pleasing.

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Photo of texascarl
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance = Translucent dark brown, dark copper highlights. Light tan head, receded quickly, light lace that disappeared. Medium-high carbonation.

Nose = malt, molasses, butter

Taste = malt, light hops, chocolate. Fairly thin mouthfeel. short finish.

Decent dark lager, good if not great. Good session beer, tastes very good with food. Goes on sale regularly, at local sale prices ($8.50 per 12) this beer is a good buy.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a great beer, but it's not bad. Sitting around with a buddy the other night with a few of these was just fine. Nice roasty quality to the taste, esp. at the right temp. A little colder, couldn't taste it, a little warmer, and it wasn't that good. Nice looking, dark brown to black with a red hue. Medium head. Thinner mouthfeel. Nice lager qualities.

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Photo of vitesse
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle.
appearance: this beer poured a decent sized head, that receded at a decent pace. some lace on the glass. color is rich, solid amber/brown.
smell: very little aroma. a bit of malt, not much mroe.
taste: this tastes eerily similar to thieir premium verum. pilsner-ish hops flavor is light, but slightly maltier than the other warsteiners. some metallic aftertaste, but not too bad.
mouthfeel: light and crisp, maybe a bit watery.
drinkablility: high. This is a decent session brew. don't pay too much for it, but not a bad choice for a dark lager beer.

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

This is a premium German dark beer. Smell is of chocolate with alcohol. It pours medium dark with a big head. Impressive lacing. The taste is quite pronounced with a very strong roasted malt taste, almost chocolate in character. Impressive. Hoppiness is there, but hard to detect over the malt. Sweet, heavy finish. I liked this. This almost approaches the Porter category, like a watered down Guiness. I will buy this again for a strong, full bodied German dark lager. Forget Beck's or St. Pauly dark. This is a distinct and bold beer. I get this for $9.99 for 12 bottles.

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

This beer was dark brown but lacked a good head - of course that could because of the time lag between pour and being served by waitress. The aroma was mild with a no hoppiness in the nose. The flavor balanced malts and hops but the hop bitterness stung the tongue slightly. The mouthfeel was light to moderate. The beer was very drinkable although it was mild in all aspects. I would say this is a middling Dunkel

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown to near-black in color, fine off-white head , but leaves very quickly. Soft, sweet aromas, hints of cocoa, raisins, nuts. Slightly harsh initial mouthfeel, light body, minimal texture, a little gritty, a little flinty. Very little character in this beer , not quite the flavor or sweetness one usually finds in the better dunkels. Something's missing, and we'll freely quote from Homer Simpson. "Hello? Taste?"

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This dunkel pours a dark ruby brown, and pours with a pretty nice cream colored head that doesn't stick around very long. The aroma is very faint with some malt and darker roasts that come out along with a mild hop character. A very well-balanced taste that combines some dark roasts to produce a nice sweetness in the flavor with a rather light body to it, very drinkable. I enjoy the aftertaste it leaves on the tongue, with nothing to complex a quite enjoyable session beer.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this a while back and the taste still is with me. Has a nice light body to it, which is a good change from all the heavy beers I usually have. Not much head, but it is bubbley, almost like champaigne(sp?). A little expensive, but it's good. I had a bro from the land of the Germs say that it was our equivlent to Budweiser.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 1,593 ratings