Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Warsteiner Brauerei
Germany
warsteiner.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
620
Ratings:
1,516
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
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Photo of tavernjef
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper rubyish color, thin beige cap, keeps a skim for a while, minimal lacing in small spots and strings. Aroma has a gentle but appealing dark bready aroma, very slightly sweet and tangy. Taste is quite mild with a slight lagerish twang of sweetness, weakened caramel and the mildest of mild roast. Clean, poofy thin body, not watery, just empty with some slight tangy sweetness and starch. I thought I was doing myself a favor picking this up on sale, but nah, not really. No where near what a good dunkel should be at.

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Photo of Salpta
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summery: Not bad for a dunkel lager. More potent than most lagers, but still delicate enough to call a lager.

Appearance: Nut brown with a quickly settling head. Remaining ring left no lace.

Smell: Delicate and sweet.

Taste: Slightly sour with a good malt taste, slightly hoppy but with no bitterness. Actually fairly watery.

M&D: Very light on the tongue, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $10.99 for a 12pk.

The appearence is your standard dunkel cola-colored base with a light sized head that retains for a minute or two, but for no longer. The smell hints a bit of malt, but that's all that I'm getting out of it.

The taste is a bit better, one of a malty, mildly spiced dunkel, yum... The mouthfeel and drinkability receive good marks as well because it feels light, but maybe too light in the mouth and it's a nice ride with every drink taken.

Final Thought: At the price, a staple in the fridge... a quality German dunkel!

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Photo of frank4sail
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty malt wet leather smell to the brew. Dark brown color to the brew in the pint glass. A slight pale grey head is present after pour but it is nothing impressive. Smoothish thinnish mouth. The taste is of plums and dark fruitsup front with a sweetish sharp tasting malt finish. It was ok but not the after dinner beer I was looking for...

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Photo of 57andcounting
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light tan colored full head. Doesn't last too long, but settles into a nice ring. Root beer colored with little carbonation. It has a faint smell of alcohol and malt. The taste contains that flavors of malt, faint caramel, but not sweet, and just a bit of alcohol. A little bitter on the aftertaste. Not real complex. The mouth feel is light for a German brew. This is a real nice beer that is different from beers in its price range. At the price, it is worth having a few bottles around.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter cola color with a touch of deep orange highlights. Medium cream colored head when decanted into the fluted Warsteiner pils glass. Good Munich Dunkel and Vienna malt profile, very fresh smelling. Not much hops to discern. Refreshing beer with every sip. Oddly, a bit husky in the finish, but not in an off way. Good summer quaffer.

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Photo of jwilli7122
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark but clear brown/orange rootbeer color with a big bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing.
Smell is pleasant - nutty for sure...dark but not coffee or chocolate or sweet. not sure what that smell is.
Taste is nutty and very acidic with some dry sourness. very little sweetness, and the sourness is not unpleasant. different flavor than any beer i've had. Fairly mild but pleasant.
Medium/thin on the tongue and goes down easy.

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Photo of ism
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a frothy beige head that leaves virtually no lace on the glass. The head subsides quickly into nothing, releasing malty aromas, either caramel or crystal. The body is on the medium-thin side, with the right amount of carbonation. The malts are readily evident as a rich, roasted flavor, but not as assertive as they should be. Finishes with a fruity aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable, good for a post-work session, but not really a dunkel aside from color.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really, one of the more under-appreciated braueries in Germany, I had to try this one when I saw it was available. This Bier poured out a deep and rich dark colour, and the head was both apparent and long-lasting. The aroma was sweet in a fruit and sugar way, if that makes any sense. This brew tasted good and malty, with good notes of grain and roasted malt. I know there are many far superior, but this one is still not bad and in fact, well above average.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown liruid, with no head at all. No lace left on the glass at all. Smells slightly of a roasted malt, but also sweetish. Taste was not bad, a small amount of roasted flavor, with very little bitterness. It seemed a bit thin in the mouthfeel department. It was however, very drinkable. This wasn't as bad as it sounds, it just didn't stand out. There wasn't a whole lot of anything in this beer. It was smooth though.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this stuff is cheap. like 8 bucks a 12 pack cheap. its pours out a deep bronze, good size white frothy head. scents of sweet/dark malt and some raisins come up with a swirl of the glass. in the mouth it is sweet. grainy and sweet. some dark fruit undertones and coffee like flavors peek their heads out...but all i can really think of is the sweet dark grainy malt. it is the show. a little watery in the mouth, could be a bit heavier being a dunkle and all (atleast IMO). it is drinkable and cheap...lots of the punk kids drink it since its in the same price range as the big 3 and alot tastier. good budget/party beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color with thick head that strangely produced no lacing. The aroma was of light roasted malt. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, and some bitterness. This beer was on the much lighter side of what should be a medium bodied dunkel.

The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat watery. This creates a very drinkable dunkel, and could be a decent afternoon session beer that won't weigh you down.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the brewery that gives us "Germany's best selling beers" comes this dunkel. This particular dunkel turns out to be just a dark version of the Premium Verum. Really. That's all this beer is. It's almost as if they added dark food coloring to the regular Warsteiner and labeled it a dunkel.

This beer pours a dark brown color with some amber hints. A decent foam head that is unusually white for a dark beer forms and lasts for about 1 minute. The smell is almost identical to the regular Warsteiner: just a crisp, clean malty smell. This also feels like a regular pilsener on the palette, with somewhat of a thin mouthfeel and a moderate carbonation. Flavorwise, this resembles the regular Warsteiner a little too closely. The main aspect of this beer is a light, clean malty flavor. There are some hints of coffee and nuttiness, but these characteristics are nearly muted. The bitterness in the finish is quite low as well, with not nearly enough to balance the maltiness in the beer. The aftertaste is clean with light dryness and light malts, and this beer finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

This is not a bad beer per say, but as you can tell by the tone of my review this beer really didn't meet the expectations I was giving it. You can very easily slap a "macro-dunkel" tag on this one. There are no off-flavors in the beer, it is quite easy to drink and the maltiness is pleasing to the palette, but this beer hovers a bit above the level of average.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The last beer in my Christmas gift pack from the inlaws. Dark brown in color but still some what see through. Very small white head that doesn't seem to last at all. The smell is grainy and malty. Not that nice at all. Flavor is not so smooth as some burnt flavors come through. I had hoped it to be a bit more balanced and smooth but no dice. Earthy and uneven. I really don't care for it. I would like to try this beer on tap from the source to compare the difference.

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Photo of yen157
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decently lacing, foamy tan head on top of the crystal clear, but deep chestnut brew. Fairly sweet malt aroma, lots of caramel and a touch of toast. Starts off great with an expected bit of sweetness and creamy carbonation, but things quickly unravel. Extremely muted coffee notes, dead yeast, and small dose of hush characteristics. Some milk chocolate comes out long into the finish.

This beer has to be served at the right temperature or else it doesn’t taste right. Too warm and it gets pretty yeasty, too cold and the malt is suppressed too much.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured nice and dark with a white head about 2 finger widths. It was a light head that held a slight malty smell. Not much hop smell that I could detect. The tatse was malty much like the smell. Toward the end it almost had a roasted or smoked taste to it. Very light in the mouth and easy to drink. Nothing really stood out about this beer.

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Photo of avylover
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Came in a "Beers of the world" sampler.

Nice looking beer. Dark clear golden brown with a frothy white head.Aroma is weak, with some slight skunkiness and some grains. This starts off like your average american lager, then a small dose of hops hits and finishes with a welcome mild malt flavor. Very clean mouthfeel, somewhat watery. I could drink this all day. Not a great beer, but a good session brew with nothing offensive going on.

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Photo of Darkale
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brown body with a light tan head that does not last long and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is crisp, light yeast.

Mouthfeel is slick and thin. Slightly sour taste with faint hops burn.

Frankly, this is not a very refreshing or welcoming beer, in my opinion. I was disappointed.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured into a glass you get a nice almost meriange like lite tan head. A light malt aroma can be gotten by slightly swirlling the beer. As the beer hits your mouth you get, again, a light roasted malt. That malt note finishes just ever so sweet and clean on the finish. Not as exteremly flavorful as I generaly like but a nice clean tasting beer that is definitely a step above the Mega brews.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Overall, a dissappointing beer. Starts out looking and smelling great, with a nice head, good lacing, reddish brown color, and an aroma dominated by spicy Saaz hops...then the moment of truth. The taste lacks any character but water! What is going on here? It is a frustrating experience. This stuff is drinkable, but damn, you'd think the flavors would be more assertive!

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dunkel begins with an attractive beige head that slowly diminishes to a thin ring; the lacing doesn't quite stick for the duration. The aroma hints at raisins, molasses and nuts that aren't as evident in the slightly roasted malt taste. The colour of a dark sherry and light-bodied on the palate, the taste of Warsteiner Dunkel isn't as robust as I was expecting but it goes down easily and I'd probably buy it again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, russett brown body is capped by a short head of creamy, off-white foam that holds well before dropping to a thin collar. The nose is clean with the exception of some slight lager yeast sulphur. It offers a light note of dark kilned malt, but it's neither chocolatey or roasty. Its medium body and fine, median carbonation leave it gently crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor reveals a bit more chocolate and dark caramel than the nose suggests (but not much more), and an edge of floral/grassy hops rounds it out. It finishes dry with some light residual bitterness and a mild, lingering, dark maltiness.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the German Village Oktoberfest. Dark reddish-brown with a thin beige head. The aroma is lightly nutty. It is light-bodied for a Dunkel, with notes of coffee and nuts. The finish is crisp which makes this a decent session beer overall. However it lacks any real character or complexity.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied dunkel. Malts are slightly roasted and a touch chocolaty. Hops are mild spicy. Well balanced. Smooth. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Nytemare
2.07/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Freshness date of Oct 2002. Poured a dark brown with a very thin, slightly off white head. Virtually no lacing.

Smell: Smelled of malt, bready. As I found out, this was the best thing it had going for it.

Taste: Sickly sweet and sour with a malt backbone. I don't know if this is due to it being way past its prime, or that it's intended to taste this way, but none of the reviews I've read about it indicate this.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated, not too light or thick.

Drinkability: Not very, but again, this is probably due to it being over a year old.

Got this as a single in a build your own six pack deal at a local liquor store. It's one of two I got that are past the freshness date. If I ever see this where I can pick it up as a single, and it is fresh, I'll try it again, but as it stands, I'm not a fan of this at all.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,516 ratings.
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