Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

Warsteiner Premium DunkelWarsteiner Premium Dunkel
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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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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Svendozen
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess even the Germans can make shitty beer

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Photo of djre4orm
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of fountainofyouth
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Disappointingly light in flavor. Malt is so faint, it's almost like drinking water.

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Photo of Casp1119
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of BeckySherman
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Good taste, lower abc than desired

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Photo of LacquerHead
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a 6-pack for $8.49.

A: Clear deep brown. Head quickly dissipated and left little to no lacing.

S: Not the best - sort of a metallic caramel malt smell.

T: A bit of a let down. There was a metallic undertone to this one, specifically copper pennies. It had a roasted malt flavor along with some weak hops in the background that tasted oily. There was also a brown sugar sweetness lingering about.

M: It was highly carbonated and had a metallic malt aftertaste.

D: Not very high. I grew tired of it after awhile - very uneventful.

Conclusion, not worth its premium import price at the grocery store. The flavors tasted fake and too manufactured. Skip it.

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Photo of jscondon
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a deep and dark amber brown with red hues and little head at all. the aroma is odd, but not in a bad way. it has no hop character, nor a discernable malt scent... is this the infamous DMS that i am smelling? i can't place the aroma. this beer tastes like cardboard, i am not digging it. the front is smooth, then the cardboard bitter slam hits you followed by a real dry bitterness. mouthfeel is average.

i thought this is one of the better looking beers i have poured. for a proud german beer i have to give this the benefit of the doubt and say that the shipping got the better of this one. i would not get this again unless it comes from closer to the source.

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Photo of Muellerbier
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rszopko17
2.59/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: brown, flat

Smell: coffee, cocoa, nutty

Taste: thin, bitter, similar to black coffee

I am not a huge fan of dark beers (or coffee). this beer was too bitter for me.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a a dark ruby brown with a moderate head that fast disappeared. Almost neutral aroma with subdued malt/stale cracker aroma in the background. This was a smooth, thin lager with very little character. Body was thin, very little malt presence; however, it wasn't cloying as the middle and finish were dry. The carbonation was perhaps a bit too much, which masked any malt character.

Very forgettable lager from a brewery which used to be known as top notch. Saint Pauli's actually makes a better Dunkles.

If one is looking for a session beer that can easily be forgotten, well this is it.

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Photo of a2brew
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wanna like this beer. I wanna like this style. When in Central Europe, I revelled in the opportunity to break from the Pale Lager norm. Granted many of their offerings are unique and quaffable, but there's a reason the American Craft Brew movement has found its inspiration in British, and even Belgian, ales.

In the Czech Republic Budweiss's Tmave was a nice reprieve on Summer evenings from Pale Lager... but sadly, I couldn't remember much about it. There's good reason... this style seems to have little of mention.

Appearance: thin body, brownish-black. Foam on top, not enough to be called s head. Good lacing.

Nose: grain, lagerish. The scent of spent cheap coffee grinds is about all the roast here.

Taste: refreshing, mild maltiness.

Mouthful: wet, slightly grain.

Overall: uninspiring.

Sure it provides refreshment, but not the way a good Pilsner does. It's like the Black Sheep of every Lager producing brewery. Painfully MACRO!

Baltic Porter and Hefeweizen have proven old country breweries can pump out unique quality product. Step it up, Dunkel Lager!

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Are we really calling this premium? Pours a semi-hazy darker mahogany colored brown. A good pour leaves an ample rocky white head. Limited head retention that hides to the edge of the glass and ok lacing.

The nose is distinctive Warsteiner. Some noticeable grainy aroma that has that distinct macro German lagers. Some feint malty notes with some minor astringency and no really notes of Munich at all. Very clean yeast but some minor musty notes.

The taste is similar. Very grainy flavors come out with no Munich notes at all. More of an off roast/carafa a thing that has more of a husky presence. Slight astringency with some very noticeable musty, degraded malt flavor. Some off yeast notes, vegi, but clean for the most part. An earthy hop finish but light.

The body is light to moderate. Would have liked more depth overall but is a light ABV beer. Overall, would have like more Munich malt in my Munich lager. Some off aged notes but not over the top.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lucent reddish brown or burnished dark bronze, take your pick. The pale beige head is soft and pillowy, doesn't last long at all and leaves an underwhelming amount of lace. The aroma is of toasted malt with the barest suggestion of brown sugar. Premium Dunkel doesn't smell very dunkelish to me at all. In fact, it's so lacking in aroma that it's difficult to appreciate much at all.

The flavor struggles to be average. It tastes like a pale lager whose pale malt was toasted a little longer than usual. The amount of malt is also lacking. Consequently, what should be a nutty, caramel-like flavor never materializes.

What we get instead is a harsh, bitter dryness with hints of metal shavings and a too-light body. It isn't quite as bad as all that, but it isn't too far removed from it either. What flavor is present fades to nothingness within seconds (short finishes aren't always bad).

I've never had what I consider to be a good Munich Dunkel Lager. I'm sure they exist and I'd love to have one some day. That day is not today however; Warsteiner Premium Dunkel just doesn't cut it. The back label actually reads 'because life is too short to drink cheap beer'. My thoughts exactly.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle. Not much aroma to speak of. Dark brown with a nice head, which dissipates half way through the glass. Flavor is boring. Very unimpressed.

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Photo of TaySuth
2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Best Before: 25 May 2012 (almost 3 months past Best Before date)

Appearance: Better than I expected for some reason. Brown cocoa in color with a solid, one finger head that dissipates down to a thin film after a few minutes.

Smell: Not overpowering but not weak. Sweet dark malt without smelling like molasses. Minimal hops in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is good but a bit on the watery side. Tastes like you would expect an average dunked to taste with the exception of being somewhat watered down.

Mouthfeel: Too light with moderate carbonation. I think Bud Light has a better mouthfeel than this dunkel.

Overall: I liked the appearance but everything dropped from there down to the very disappointing mouthfeel. Not a terrible beer but not something that I would buy again.

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a Kings pint. Small head, fell quickly to nothing. Not even surface bubbles. Too dark to determine clarity. A solid middle-of-the-road dark lager. Comparable to Mexican dark lagers, but slightly maltier with less head. Little body to back up the color, even for a dark lager.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I grabbed this off the shelf because a add by it said "the Biggest German Exported Beeer in the world". Was it? Who cares. It had a brownish color to it and a moderate head. The malt was there, the hops weak. Yes, the truth be told, this was aweak German beer with a weird taste to it. Life may be too short for bad beer, but I ain't drinking this again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I ran into a bottle of this at a place that doesn't have many good beer options, and I realized that I had never tried it before, so I figured it was a perfect time to give it a shot.

The body is a dark brown but is translucent in the light and mostly clear. A finger and a half of brown head rises, but it disappears fairly quickly, looking like head that is somewhere between a beer and soda. No lacing that I can see.

The aroma is pretty weak, and if anything it smells like a little bit of toasted malts.

Without looking at the color of this beer, I would not surprised to hear people guess that it is a Euro Pale Lager. Hell, I could probably make that mistake. It tastes a lot like watery, pale malts with just a hint of toasted malts. The “choice roasted malts” that the bottle proclaims are inside never materialize.

Very light body is pretty high carbonation.

I'm not a fan of this one, it doesn't really hit the style at all. No rich malt flavors, not really any roasted malt flavors. Just a watered down beer that could be a pale lager with food coloring added.

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Photo of Zadok
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-1 finger off-white head that dissipated very quickly. Very nice dark mahogany with a tint of red.

S-Smell was almost nonexistent; far off in the distance was a tinge of malt.

T-Nothing much to mention here, watery malt and light coffee bean is about all I could come up with.

M-Very light for this style of beer, moderate carbonation.

D-A very drinkable beer if you're not looking to be wowed. Quite frankly I was a little disappointed and can't foresee buying again.

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Photo of albern
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one is mediocre at best and not worth spending too much time on. It pours a decent mahogany brown with a small head, no lacing. The beer is very clear. This is a light bodied beer and fairly unidimensional. The nose has a mustiness to it and a lagery grassy aroma some off notes and some sweet adjunct type maltiness.

The taste is very sweet, adjunct type of sweetner, maybe some cooked veggies added along the way with a slightly roasted malt flavor, maybe some caramel in there too. This is a light bodied beer, not much taste or aftertaste either. There is a slightly off sourishness to the beer that doesn't add to the enjoyment of it. This beer is not all that interesting and I'm going to reach for something better starting now.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
Beer rating: 33% out of 100 with 1,562 ratings
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