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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 digitalflood
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
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 Eag1e92
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dubayale
4.37/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great german beer. Taste great and gives you that satisfaction feeling.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +0.6%
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 -14.3%
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 +20%
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 SpaceBeagle
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CobraDC23
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satorn
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alexsergio
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Roguer
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Urk1127
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lunchbox1015
4.2/5  rDev +20%
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%
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 -3.1%
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 +2.3%
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 PMarcy78
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OompaMentor
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sublime89
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngryDutchman
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -chii-
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 1,578 ratings
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