Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #172
Ranked #44,298
3.52 | pDev: 14.2%
Warsteiner Brauerei
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Notes: 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: 671 | Ratings: 1,686
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -8.8%
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 +9.4%
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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Photo of ADR
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle from a "beer around the world" holiday pack...

Clearish cocoa-brown, fairly large 1/2 inch head that fizzes down in big pockets. Nutty aroma, mostly of hazelnuts, slight acidity. Malty smooth and somewhat stiffling to the nose and tongue, as many Dunkels are to me. Slightly vinous hop finish with sweetness continuing into the aftertaste. Eh, OK, certainly easy to drink but not one I would seek out any time soon.

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Photo of aaronh
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish brown, with a loose off-white head. It exhibits good head retention and leaves a nice lace on the glass. Very hoppy, floral aroma with a hint of malt. The classic "beer" aroma . The flavor is rather light, with some hop bitterness on the finish with some roasted flavors. A slight metallic edge in the aftertaste gives me a somewhat "stale" feeling about the flavor. The mouthfeel is very light, while the large bubbles of carbonation give it a harsh edge in the mouth. Due to the slightly "off" flavor and aftertaste coupled with the light mouthfeel, drinkability suffers for me. Nice to try, but I probably will never buy again (actually, this one was given to me by a friend for an opinion). Seems like it is brewed to appeal to the American masses, rather than the German beer drinker.

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Photo of Gusler
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The beer on the pour a gleaming deep ruby red with a modest sized head that’s light tan in color and fine sheet of lace to seal the glass. Mostly sweet malt aroma in the nose with caramel to back it up, and pleasant enough. Begins sweet and the top skeletal in mouth feel, the finish is curtly acidic, pertinently hopped with the aftertaste dry. Very clean and crisp on the palate, a good beer for when your just plain thirsty.

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Photo of TAMU99
2.36/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Average German dark. It pours to a clear medium brown with a quick dissipating head. It has a roasty, nutty smell that is pleasant. Taste is nutty and sweet with a thin mouthfeel. Enjoyable for something new. Drinkable, but honestly something like Shiner/Yeungling is a better dark. Modest recommendation - it's ok. I've had better

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warsteiner's Dunkel is a very easy drinking beer. It pours to a chocolate-brown color with an off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is on of light roasted malt. The flavor is also of roasted malt, with a slight bitterness in the dry finish. Overall, this beer is smooth and drinkable, with a pleasent roast character.

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Photo of bditty187
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the tap, I received a dark-ruby bodied beer with a limited white head. The body lacked the substance you’d expect for the style. This was noticed in the taste and mouthfeel of it, a little thin and a little watery. The nose had a familiar aromatic backdrop – the same as Warsteiner’s Premium Verum, I thought that was odd. In the foreground was the malt, raisin, alcohol, which proved it was a Dunkel (the smell was balanced well). The taste was subdued but enjoyable. The simplicity of the flavor works and it’s drinkability is excellent. You could get tennis-elbow it is so easy to drink!

I think this would be a fine session beer.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a friends wedding Saturday. I must say I had no problems drinking this all night, they had a few other German brews Dab, Warsteiner Pils which is also decent. But this dunkle offered the most I think. It may not compare to some other dunkles but nothing bad about it. Pours a clear dark brown/almost black. The head is a tan/brown color, very small but creamy. Taste was is slightly more assertive on tap.On the palate there is a slight malty sweetness that is enjoyable, slight fruitiness, and slight bitterness also.
Mouth feel is slightly watery but smooth.
Overall a good beer for the price, I believe a case is around $20 in Philly.
I'm just happy they did not only have Coors Light, and Miller Light at the Banquet hall.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured brown with an adequate bubbly head. The aroma was a slightly roasted malt as was the flavor. As others have mentioned it is a very smooth beer with a good taste. It is a little watery which deducts from the mouthfeel. But a very good dunkel that is relatively easy to find.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

warsteiner didn't let me down. i liked this a bit more than the premium verum simply because i like a dark beer. i will say, however, i would take down more verums at a time because they are lighter. this was a good dark. smooth, but not really as rich as it could have been. i will visit the warsteiner dunkel again.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color, very thick and coarse off-white head on pouring, slowly settles to a paper-thin layer. Lots of sticky lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Slightly sweet aroma of toasted dark malt.

Taste: Opens with a little sweet caramel and then toasted malts, soon followed by a faint earthy flavor. As the taste progresses, the roasted malt dominates, carrying the taste to its close

Mouth feel: Soft to the taste, with a little stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A simple and pleasing example of the style. Over thirteen years, my opinion of Warsteiner Premium Dunkel has not changed.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml (11.2 ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. "Best before" date is "17.DEC.15".

Review of 07-04-2002:

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color, very thick and coarse off-white head on pouring, slowly settles to a paper-thin layer. Lots of sticky lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Slightly sweet aroma of toasted dark malt.

Taste: The taste is very smooth, begins with a little sting of carbonation, then sweet toasted malts, followed by a mild flush of sweetness, finishes with very faint mild hops.

Drinkability/notes: This beer matches quite well with barbecue. Beer is, generally speaking, the fusion of malts and hops. Some beer drinkers are devoted worshipers of hops, for others, beer is all about the malts. I fall into this latter camp, and so like this beer very much.

Freshness information stated best by 2003-03-05.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a thick two-finger head. Deep rich chestnut brown in color, with red highlights. Nose is clean, lightly roasted malt with not a bit of hop in sight. Tastes sweet with substantial body for a German lager. Nicely roasted dark malt with just a smattering of floral hops makes this finish clean. It's a fresh, well-made slightly above average German lager, a good hot weather brew.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a thick head - initially - that thins out quickly with a somewhat metallic taste and average body. Good color and reasonably priced dunkel. Not the best, which is Ayinger (Kloster Andechs is beyond the rating of a mortal) but not the worst. Mildly tasty bier for meine geld.

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

On tap at Jacob Wirth's in Boston ...

Dark, rich chestnut-stain brown colour with a thin, sticky white head. Medicore retention. Aroma ranges from burnt raisin, veggies and a touch of diacetly. Smooth, light-bodied, dry with a crisp bite of carbonation and citric bitterness. Touch of apple. Hint of caramel. Dry finish with a mouthfull of grain and husk.

I know this beer to be better, but still ... I enjoyed it.

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Photo of mophie
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max & Erma's at the Columbus Airport. Fairly deep, translucent brown with a light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Metallic aromas are strongest, followed by faint floral hop; malt aromas are barely perceptible. The taste is a bit more balanced and pleasant, though metallic flavors are still there. Otherwise, a fairly clean, slightly malty sweetness, with a slightly bitter finish. Not great, but considering the other selections on tap at this particular establishment, not all that bad, either.

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Photo of marc77
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep garnet / light brown hue. The thin but persistent head manages to leave a decent lace. Toffee - like caramel sweetness in aroma w/ a very mild spicy continental hop nose. Smooth & agreeable mouthfeel. Lightly bodied and a bit weak in malt complexity. Lightly roasted malt flavors dominate. Hop bitterness is mild, but adequately balances the malt sweetness. Finishes w/ more light and clean roasted flavors. It's a decent dunkel, but I found myself longing for Ayingers dunkel while drinking this one.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having this on tap, I could taste that it was fresh. Nice looking, clear but dark, with a nice creamy head. Taste was somewhat assertive; a little bitterness hits the back of the throat, but does not detract from the slight malty sweetness. Not my favorite, but certainly worth trying. Smooth for such a dark beer, as only the Germans can do.

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Photo of Brent
2.36/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the lightest and mildest dunkel I've run across. Mildly sweet with very light caramel notes and a rather odd grape finish. Not particularly impressive.

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Photo of John
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice full flavored German dunkel. Roasted malt predominates. Went well with a char-grilled sirloin burger with a slab of red onion on it and green salad with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and crumbled bleu cheese.

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