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.

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Reviews: 659 | Ratings: 1,660
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nut and apple aroma,taste was slightly similar. This just wasn't that impressive,I didn't even finish it. It just didn't come together and wasn't impressive in any category

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a ruddy burnt dark amber close to brown color with a thin finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated immediately. Some light stringy lacing glosses along the sides of the glass. The aroma starts off with a sweet bready to red delicious apples blending upon subtle tones of cocoa powder. The flavor embraces the bready sweet malts initially and then brings about the apples and cocoa. Nice semi-sticky bready sweet aftertaste yielding to a refined sliding finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Low carbonation. Clean lager smoothness rolls over my tongue. Overall, an absolutely wonderful Munich Dunkel lager that I would love to have again, preferably with its food.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle. Not much aroma to speak of. Dark brown with a nice head, which dissipates half way through the glass. Flavor is boring. Very unimpressed.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clearish deep amber brown color with a huge, frothy off white head. Retention is excellent, but there is barely any lacing to speak of.

Smell is very plain and one dimensional. There is a nuttiness and toasted grain and that's about it. You really have to agitate the beer to get anything more than a hint of aroma.

Taste is the same. Nutty, a touch of sweetness and toasted malts. Really unspectacular.

Feel is the worst part of this beer. It is so under carbonated that it feels like I'm drinking flavored water.

Overall this beer is not good. At first I thought it was old or expired, but the best by date is December 2017 and right now it's only June. Unenjoyable to say the least.

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Photo of SwissTac0
2.05/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

As a coffee nut I still find this overly bitter....it's like roasterie coffee...you can taste many good flavors but they are coated by a burnt feel and taste.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served to me in a pint glass on-tap, this beer draws a clear, light to medium Amber/brown color with a slightly off-white head that settles to just about nothing a few minutes after being poured. No trace of foam or lacing. Aromas of toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness and not much else and that's just fine. Taste is pretty much the same, with toasted, bready caramel malt sweetness with just a slight touch of hops. Pretty spot on for this style. Has a crisp, yet smooth, also frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a very clean finish. Easy to drink in a good way.


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Photo of andrewh995
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear light brown with a small off white head. Smells of malt, some chocolate, and fruit. Tastes of malt, caramel, light fruit, and nuttiness. Light mouthfeel with med-low carbonation. Overall its good just nothing worth buying again.

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Photo of Zhenghao
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a dull dark color with a strong coffee smell. It tastes smooth with dark coffee aroma, it does't taste too bitter with a slight sweetness, which is what I like the best. There is no or low hop in it, which makes it no bad.

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Photo of rszopko17
2.59/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: brown, flat

Smell: coffee, cocoa, nutty

Taste: thin, bitter, similar to black coffee

I am not a huge fan of dark beers (or coffee). this beer was too bitter for me.

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Photo of BigGold
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Middendorf's, Manchac, La., poured from 11.2-oz. bottle, label stamped best before "06.OCT.17," into (unfortunately) frosted mug.

A decent dark lager, which stands up well to turtle soup.

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Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that I LOVE this beer! Poured @ 38F into pint glass, hard pour yielded a small but persistent head that left a nice little bit of lacing. Appearance is very appealing, think Newcastle nut brown except 3 shades darker. The smell is of caramel roasted/toasted barley malt with a little bit of chocolate and the 'all german' hops that I think may be Saaz or related. The taste is rich, with a dark cocoa like flavor, bittersweet like dark chocolate and an amazing roasted barley malt flavor that is balanced with the slightly skunky hop profile. Even the aftertaste is nice and the hops linger on the palette without being offensive. The medium carbonation compliments the delivery of the hop flavor and adds to the balance of the brew. The feel is a bit thin but it works well here. Overall I recommend this beer. It might be my favorite beer, or in my top 3 of all time. Everyone who enjoys German beer I encourage to try this.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark. I like the coffee flavor that is behind the curtain. Pours light brown with off-white head that dissipates like a good dunkel but does have residuals that stick around. Smells of well roasted malt and barley. Burnt caramel in the pallette after the swallow. Lightish bodied. Slick finish.

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Photo of Reddanm1
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Warsteiner Dunkel was a light brown and a deep amber color. It has the aroma of coffee with a hint of sweetness. The beer was very pleasing to my palette. I felt like it taste like coffee and chocolate and has mild acuity. The aftertaste taste like I drank a cup of black coffee. The overall taste of the beer was very good and pleasing.

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Photo of Mae1118
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Warsteiner Dunkel smells and tastes like coffee with a hit of honey. As I'm not a coffee drinker it is not as terrible. Not sure if i would get it again.

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Photo of txmilligan
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six pack in bottles, poured it up into an imperial pint glass. Beautiful, clear chocolate brown hue with a nice, clean white head, that left behind decent lacing. Smelled of barley, malt and hints of chocolate and cinnamon (maybe?). Nice, crisp flavor, heavy malt tones, with a hint of chocolate and coffee underneath. Smooth in the mouth, goes down very easy. Overall, a great dark beer.

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Photo of Roguer
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark brew, crystal clear, brown with garnet highlights. Head production and retention is OK but not impressive.

Aroma carries bready notes of dark fruit: raisins, red grapes, dark wheat bread, peppery rye. Slightly cleaner on the nose than bigger cousin Bocks, but reminiscent nonetheless.

Very clean drinking; slightly sweet; quite fruity, with plenty of raisin notes, a touch of toffee, and light grape juice.

Slick oily finish; very easy drinking.

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Photo of Lunchbox1015
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a nice caramel and smokey smell. Taste is smokey and a suttle sweetness. Feel is carbinated. I enjoyed drinking this and was able to have a couple very easily. Great beer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with finger plus of dense tan head that leaves moderate lacing. Nice bready lager aroma and taste. Quite mild. No bitterness to speak of. A bit of carmel malt, right on the edge of being burnt, but still not too sweet either. Heavy carbonation in the mouthfeel; a tad too much for my taste. Otherwise very "drinkable."

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can
Best before: Jul-7-2017 (Consumed Jan-29-2017)

Pours a clear ruby red with three fingers of tight khaki head that sticks around for a while. Great retention; beautiful lacing. (4.25)

Toasty malts, light caramel sweetness, hard water and not tons else. (3.25)

Toasted malts, cereal thickness, faint nutri-sweet-esque clean sugar taste, a touch of lightly spicy hops. (3.25)

Light+ body with soda-like carbonation, pretty drinkable. (3.5)

Decent beer that is neither great nor terrible.
Pours absolutely gorgeous. Not much could make it look more like a textbook beer. From there in the rest isn't too flashy. Loads of Munich malt toastiness, grainy/malty not much hop presence, kind of hollow as it gives glimpses of what it could be. Good mindless beer as far as that goes. (3.5)

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a copper color with a good amount of carbonation and had a thick foamy white head. The beer smells a slight caramel aroma mixed with a wet wheat type of smell. The taste is simple some sweet caramel flavors mixed with a lot of a bread/yeast type of flavor. The beer is smooth and has a great carbonation.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a 7 oz sampler glass.

Appearance - deep copper, slightly red, two finger head. A little lacing as we go, but not pronounced.

Aroma - malt, mostly.

Taste - malty, the roasted grains seem mostly to contribute to color. Hops present as balance to sweetness of the caramel malt but does not result in a bitter aftertaste. Reminiscent of the Vienna and Munich style beers I've brewed at home although they've done a better job of adding hops as my own tend not to get this high of a utilization of the IBUs. I would say it's typical of style but that's obvious since it's one of the beers the defines a German Dunkel.

Feel - pleasant carbonation, not fizzy and overdone like American Standard/Premium beers. It accentuates the flavors instead of masking them.

Overall - one of my favorite styles of beer (and what I brew myself most often) and actually kind of sad that I'd never even tried it until now at age 56. I like this beer, and the scores here probably are indicative of this being a lesser-attempted style in the American craft brewing world, which is a shame.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 330 ml. bottle with an expiration date of 25 Feb 2017. Sampled on September 30, 2016.

The pour is a highly attractive deep amber-red tone with a long-lasting fluffy tan head.

Big roasted malt aroma on the nose along with maybe molasses, dark bread, and a low to no hop profile.

Light body.

I thought that it might taste sweeter. It certainly was malt forward in the taste but not as much as the aroma suggested it would be. Clean finish.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Great color like an English nut brown. Head is almost white and nearly nonexistent. In the smell I mostly get wet hay. The taste is skewed too much to the sweet malt without enough hops to properly balance it. The flavor is not very complex. Undoubtedly a beer you could drink a lot of without your tastebuds burning out. Probably a good beer for he beach or a very hot day.

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Photo of CJanders
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark colored of course. smelled excellent, overwhelmingly of malt. Tasted as expected: nice, rich and malty. Lacked the almost syrupy mouth feel a lot of American malty beers have. At 8 bucks for a 6 pack it was great for a cool, late evening BBQ, but it doesn't really stand out for the style.

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Photo of abarquerov
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Very nice color, deep dark brown, clear but you can't see through the glass. Almost no head.

S: The aroma jumps right out of the glass into your nose. Some caramel/toffee notes, dark chocolate, malts.

T: Great taste, similar to the taste. Dark chocolate-caramel, coffee, roasted malts. I'd describe it as a deep flavor.

F: Slightly creamy with due carbonation.

Overall, it's one of my favorite beers. Affordable, great taste, great dark lager.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,660 ratings