Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Premium DunkelWarsteiner Premium Dunkel

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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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Notes from 5/27/12

Bought this on accident (see notes after review):

Near black appearance with mahogany shades toward the bottom of the chalice. A milky, off-white head slims down, but an attractive rim remains and clings gently to the glass. 4

Coffee, timber smoked and grape juice in the nose. A touch of milk chocolate, and a slightly floral aroma. 3.5

Dark, wet malts up front with a grape-like yeast flavor sitting in the middle. A dry lingering in the back end, reminiscent of a red wine with a woody character. Notwithstanding everything I just mentioned, the taste comes off as one dimensional. 3

Hops cut into the wet malts character. The wet body, however, is broad and pronounced. Carbonation might be matching the hops. Feels a little like soda. 3

Overall: 3

Notes: went into my favorite bottle shop for Warsteiner Premium Verum (German pilsner), found it, and checked a bottle for a freshness date. Turned out the brew should have been drank by Sept 2011 (apparently nobody drinks the stuff around here). Then I saw another row of the brew right next to the bottle I picked up, and checked the dates; Warsteiner Premium Verum good til August 2012...or so I thought. Got home, poured a bottle into my chalice glass, and was very surprised by the dark color. The moral of the story is: double check labels, and don't "pull a mom" (late 90s-early 2000s reference to loving mothers and their attempts to buy regular potato chips and other junk food, but due to the constantly rushed nature of the housewife lifestyle, bring home "reduced fat" or "low sodium" bastardizations of name brands).

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Dark ruby with a large head of off-white carbonation. Wispy but attractive lace.

Nose is caramel, yeast, and grain.

Tastes sweet and malty, with a hint of roastiness and an almost burnt finish. I also get a little flash of fruit in the malts. Overall, not bad, but lacking complexity.

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A - Pours dark with a white head which dissipates quickly. Looked to be very under carbonated.

S - Malts and yeast. The smell is not very strong.

T - Malty and and breadish. The finish reminds me of unsalted pretzels. After a few seconds I noticed a bit of sweetness as well. Over all very light in taste.

M - Smoother than I expected it to be and carbonation was just right. Easy to drink.

O - Not bad, though a bit lighter than I'd hoped.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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