Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

1,557 Ratings
Read the review
Warsteiner Premium DunkelWarsteiner Premium Dunkel

Brewed by:
Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,557 |  Reviews: 636
Photo of Drew966
2.21/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel pours a very dark brown with a thin head that quickly settles to a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is burnt coffee. The taste is disappointing, a kind of harsh bitterness is all I can taste. The mouthfeel is very thin. I expected more.

 274 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.23/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color dunkel with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light sweet caramel malt is pretty neutral. Taste is very bland with light caramel malt with not much character. Very bland and boring version of the style and not something I am about to buy again anytime soon.

 330 characters

Photo of Seanstoppable
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a darkish brown color with plenty of foamy tan head. Head quickly evaporates to a thin crown. Little to no lacing.

Smell is sweet and grainy. Fairly underwhelming.

Taste follows nose. Some additional flavors present, though, including some nuttiness, like walnuts or hazelnuts.

I felt it was overly sweet. Not really impressed at all.

 343 characters

Photo of peabody
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark reddish amber with white suds and not a lot of lacing.
Smell is almost a burnt malt aroma with some chocolate and or manure.
Not much to taste here. A skunky flavor with mabey a tad of toasted malts.
Mouthfeel is bland at best.
This is not very good and I think it is overrated.

 299 characters

Photo of Reidrover
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Gustav's Restaurant, Clackamas, Oregon.
Beer looks like a glass of black coffee with a tan head..by "black coffee" i dont really mean completely black..but a mahogany brown colour.
Smell was quite subdued..slight chocolaty style malts but not much.
Very thin and watery tatslessness..poor carbonation..flat horrid.
Thin and wat too watery on the tongue.
Not very drinkable at all..i wonder if there was some problem with the keg?

 444 characters

Photo of maddamish
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this at the Winking Lizard in Fairlawn.

Tasteless, Watery no head and minimal lacing are my notes on this beer. I was very disappointed in this offering although I was able to score the glass of the month because I ordered this. (A flute)

There was a faint sort of spice that presented itself after the beer warmed up a little but that was about it. When it was all said and done, the glass was the best part of the experience.

 442 characters

Photo of TAMU99
2.36/5  rDev -31.6%
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

 338 characters

Photo of Brent
2.36/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

 162 characters

Photo of wolffman17
2.37/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark, cola-brown. Looks completely clear. The head is really fizzy and fades away in seconds without leaving any lace.
There's a nice sweet caramel aroma.
It tastes bland without the malt backbone I was expecting. It's somewhat sour also. Lots of carbonation.
Not what I would call drinkable. I'm glad that there wasn't more in the fridge to finish off.

 364 characters

Photo of bsubrew
2.39/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen Glass

Appearance: Chestnut brown with a one finger soapy head. Quick dissipated with almost no lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly mild aroma, caramel malts, woody earthy smell with chocolate hint

Taste: Less than what I expected from past dunkels, nice malty flavor , cola flavor in the middle, nice bitter after taste
Feel: Very low carbonation, watery, unplesant

Drinkability: Easy to drink but unpleasant, expected a bolder flavor. Easy session beer, goes down smooth but too watery for my tastes. Nothing special

Serving type: bottle

 581 characters

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This looks like cola without the rising bubbles. Or bad black tea. Thin. Weak head just tires out. Flat looking

Um, I think the aroma is malt, but very faint. Hints of caramel and burnt corn husks. Rated at 2.5 and the weakness of the aroma keeps it from going lower.

Taste is iffy. Again it's weak in this department. Somewhat roasted malt, but it more tastes like stale malt than roasted. Hay. Corn husks. Like the nose, too weak to give a rating lower than 2.5

Thin mouthfeel. Am I drinking dirty water? Some sweetness towards the end.

Not impressed.

 559 characters

Photo of kimcgolf
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was really disappointed by this beer, so much so that I think it may have just been a bad sample. I used to drink this occassionally, before I started rating and trying various beers, and I liked it. But I’ll go with what I had tonite. Poured to a medium brown, with a very thin off-white head, that dissipated almost immediately, and left little lacing. Aroma was almost skunky, with just a hint of malt. Flavor was nothing special, and the finish was very dry. I will most likely try this one again just to give it a fair shot at redemption.

 546 characters

Photo of NA1NSXR
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Hits the mark in color, but almost zero head and carbonation....poured fresh it looks like its been poured and left out for an hour or two.

Smell - Stinging smell...I don't know what it is....maybe a kind of wood or smoked malt. Maybe a touch of sweetness in there somewhere. Maybe some alcohol too. Smells different from other dunkels I've had, but is it good? I don't know.

Taste - Whatever that stinging smell is, its in the front of the taste. Ends malty. Its probably a treatment to the malt thats giving this flavor. I don't like it. There is a slightly sour background as well....so its probably some sort of dark fruit in there.

Mouthfeel - Its ok, in line with the standard for this kind of beer.

Drinkability - I'm not buying this again.

 764 characters

Photo of lowbrau
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ruby hued with a very thin head. Almost no retention. Sweet aroma with hints of brown sugar and plums. Given the very sweet smell, I was surprised by the lack of flavor. Overly sweet maltyness up front with a slightly astringent aftertaste. The sweetness was poorly balanced, with very little hop character.

 307 characters

Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of zimm421
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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!

 372 characters

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Rod_J
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of thekanna
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark brown with a decently large tan head and large effervescent bubbles.

S: Somewhat of an earthy nuttiness with a slight roasted malt aroma.

T: Roasted malts and subdued chocolate at first; with more sips this devolves into an unappealing cardboard flavor.

M/D: Somewhat thin body for the style; carbonation is medium. The cardboard-box-straight-from-the-attic quality of the aftertaste really convinces me that I shouldn't have another.

 448 characters

Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of jar2574
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A subpar brew in every respect. The appearance is watery, dark, and there isn't much head. Nothing much to the smell.

The taste just doesn't cut it. Moderate bitterness, but without the coffee or other flavors of a stout, and without the smoothness and sweet maltiness you expect in a dunkel. It's just an unsatisfying, watery dark beer.

 339 characters

Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of OldSmaug
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,557 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.