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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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Photo of BeerBob
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Warsteiner “Premium Dunkel” Pours a very pleasing very dark red from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. Head went to about two fingers before disappearing to nothing, gone, zip...

Nose is a burnt sweet barley malt with a side of faint, very faint alcohol fumes. Palate is a teasingly sweet barley malt, just a specter of what a sweet barley malt should be.

I like Warsteiner Premium Verum... a lot, (I drink it about 45% to 55% of the time), this “Premium Dunkel” is a bit of a disappointment, it is a shame that I could not give it higher marks.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Great color like an English nut brown. Head is almost white and nearly nonexistent. In the smell I mostly get wet hay. The taste is skewed too much to the sweet malt without enough hops to properly balance it. The flavor is not very complex. Undoubtedly a beer you could drink a lot of without your tastebuds burning out. Probably a good beer for he beach or a very hot day.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Warsteiner is tasty so I took a whirl. Not much bottle smell, roasted malt detable but kind of corny. Poured into a chalice and got a fizzy head with big bubbles that was there and gone. Very dark, not much light passing through. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, too much. Taste is hints of dark caramel with only a very slight bitter hopping. Nothing really stands out. Alot blander than I expected. Very drinkable brew but I was expecting more.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a case today to try out a new German beer and because it was onsale.

A: Poured into pilsner glass vigorously. Nice frothy whitehead about 3 fingers thick. Good carbonation.

S: Maybe I'm missing something, but upon first whiff this beer smells like a Bud to me. After letting it sit quite awhile, I picked up the faintest of malty aroma (roasty, bready). Little disappointing. I might even be picking up some diacetyl.

T: A little too watery for my liking. Very light notes of toasty malts with the smallest hints of raisin.

M: Too light. Again, too watery. Good carbonation, but not a whole lot to savor. Would be a good beer to wash some food down.

D: Would make a good session beer.

I have to say that after reading numerous books on beer styles and hearing about the history of this brewery, I was letdown by my own anticipation.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best before July 05. Pours a clear dark brown with a small short lived tan head. Mininimal lacing.
Aroma was sweet, malty, caramel. A touch of chocolate.
Taste is sweet, a touch roasty, a touch nutty. Body is thin and watery.
Average brew.

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Photo of taez555
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a rather clear but dark brownish amber, almost red in the right light. The head was a very small white.

The nose was very subtle. A little bready, some slight hints of earth, but very subtle in the bar.

The taste was watery and light. Very lightly carbonated. Some nice dark bready malt flavors. A surprisingly earthy hop intenceness that could almost be mistaken for a skunk flavor, but is just a classic german hop charector. Beyond that though, very light and watery. A mellow bitterness and earthy hop taste.

If I wanted to give someone a sample of what a real dunkel at beirgarden in germany tastes like I might give them this and say "it's like this, but better" It's not too bad, but I've had a lot better.

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Photo of tone77
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is also mild, some notes of chocolate and malts, not very flavorfull. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a mediocre brew.

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Photo of samie85
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear cola brown color with a dense, two finger head.

S-Smells of some light sweet coffee with some herbal hop notes.

T-Light coffee notes with an almost sour thing going on, and some light herbal hop notes on the finish.

M-Surprisingly low carbonation with a light body and a pretty smooth mouthfeel.

D-Pretty easy drinking but a little bland for my tastes and unremarkable.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours pretty much like a Coke. About a finger of head dies down very quick, maintaining a thin crown around the edge.

Very light malt/sweet smell. A little macro-ish actually. Not bad, but I am most accurately Not Impressed.

For a dunkel, a bit under-flavored. Some malt presence with a bit of roastiness, further enhanced by the carbonation. Mostly sweet finish with a light bitter aftertaste. Not as robust as its color intimates. It's about as flavored as a good lager, I'll be a sport and give it a 3.0.

Body is good enough, but still a little thin-feeling in the mouth. And yet, there is enough to provide a pleasant lingering residual.

It's okay, nothing very exciting. I think I was expecting a bit more, given the 'royal' label and all. This beer underachieves its hype. It's certainly not bad, just not all that noteworthy.

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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 CityBoy1986
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml (11.2 oz.) bottle poured into a pilsner glass. The freshness date is 11 February 2009.

The pour is a medium to dark brown with a tall off-white head. Retention is decent, but there is little lacing.

The small nose is mostly sweet malts with a bit of yeast. The taste is more of the same, with the malts dominating. A very mild bitterness is around for the sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is okay; two would be enough. I've had a hard enough time convincing myself to finish this bottle.

I wouldn't be sad if told I could never have this again. Its looks and mouthfeel are better than average, but those alone do not make a good beer.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly reddish tint on an otherwise drab brown, clear brew. A sizable head that lingers for about two minutes before fading to a thin coating. Flecks of lacing all down the sides.

S - Strange, metallic (a strange metal though - I can't remember which one it is . . . I want to say tin, but I don't think that is right.) with a bit of watered down black patent.

T - A slightly waxy tasting malty flavor bit of faint elderberries and black currants in the background. Aftertaste is a lingering maltyness with some faint hay.

M - A tad harsh from carbonation, thin, gives a seltzer water feel to the finish. Astringent on the gums and tongue, refreshing on the throat.

D - Alright. I don't think I will bother with it again. Sessionable, but I actually prefer Guinness (which I would say has a similar enough flavor to act as substitute).

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Photo of SchmoTerp
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was looking for a starting off point in German beers and the guy in the beer store pointed at Warsteiner....I hope there isn't their best. This beer pours brown and somewhat thin with a bit of head that goes away quickly. The malty flavor hangs a bit in the throat but otherwise is nice. No real hint of hops or other flavors.

Not terrible but I'll look for another before trying this guy again.

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Photo of tonistruth
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- clear deep bronze brew with amber hues, thin 1 finger off white head with good retent

S- brown sugar, cocoa, toasted malts

T- toasted malts with rotating splashes of caramel, raisins, chocolate and brown sugar

M- smooth medium body with a dry finish

D- complex and tasty, tasty lager, good for style

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Photo of Nutwood
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 poured somewhat aggressively into a stange.

A: Produced a nice tan 2-finger head that receded to a nice cap with lacing present but not great. Color was clear deep brown, slightly red-orange with back-light.

S: Roasted malts, slight hop, not a whole lot there.

T: Roasted malts, a bit of piney hops, touch of toffee.

M: A bit thin, but smooth. Hops linger a bit in the aftertaste.

O: Makes me want to search out a better example of the style, but I would drink it again under the right circumstances. It seems a bit too efficient, as in mass produced. Keep in mind this is a moderately priced beer, especially for an import. it would be a nice choice for a darker beer on a warm day.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a ruby-tinted caramel brown with a thin head that dies to a very thin skim quickly. No lace.

Nose is malty, slightly more so than a lighter Euro lager, but otherwise not that different, with mild aromatic hops hitting the ol' sniffer as well.

Flavors are mild caramel sweetness, mild hops, mild toasted biscuit and something in the finish that reminds of gingerbread. For a darker beer, it's not heavy at all, but isn't astoundingly good either. It drinks more like a soda, and despite having some flavor, it's rather thin and unexciting.

My German frau told me this wasn't as good as the regular Warsteiner (the "Verum")...and now I have to agree. It lacks character. Ridiculously easy drinking, but I can think of a few session-worthy beers with a lot more flavor.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown pour, ample clarity for something so dark. Small off white head, 1/3". A mild wheat aspect and roast in the aroma.

Taste had too much clove and spice rack for a german dunkel. Some weird roast bitterness that wasn't appreciated. A little bit nutty. Actually more watery than the appearance would suggest from the darker malts that offer little in the way of chocolate or caramel. Not a style I'm a big fan of, but even acknowledging that, this one still seemed below average for style.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.75] Beer looks brown but is ruby red when held to the light. It has an impressive 1 1/2 fingers of tan head. The head is dense and creamy but starts to retreat quickly. The bottle lists the ABV (4.8%) and a *really* clear best by date (06/17/16).

S: [2.50] Rust, brown bread, chocolate, vanilla, toffee.

T: [3.00] Has components of the nose. I am getting brown bread and toffee and maybe a touch of vanilla.

M: [2.75] The body is pretty thin and a little watery. There is no heft to the beer.

O: [2.75] The beer looks great and has all of the info easily found on the bottle. The "rust"/metallic scent on the nose is a bit off-putting but the other aromas are nice. The metallic scent was there the entire time as the first odor. The flavor is just a bit lacking for me. The metallic element is not in the taste but the taste profile is just underdeveloped. Then the body is thin. This is a beer I would not look for again.

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Photo of bruachan
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the beer is brown with a ruby tint. the head is reasonable--it fades but leaves some lacing

the aroma is of pilsmalts and flowery hops. nice but uncomplex

i'd rather keep smelling it than taste it some more. the hops are important enough, but the malts behind are somewhat impotent. there is a ghosting of roasted malts but otherwise i can't really tell it's a dunkel

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Photo of ckearns919
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

Pour: hazy dark amber with an off white head that disappears and leaves nearly no lacing

Nose: light struck, which i was not expecting since it came from a brown bottle. Once I got past that, it was fairly pleasant. Malty, no hops, hint of caramel, toasty. Not a ton of depth, but not bad.

Taste: more of the same. Malty, no hop flavor, but some bitterness to keep it from getting too sweet. Easy to drink

Mouthfeel: a little watery, which happens with lower alcohol dunkel beers. Nothing lingers. Has a mouthfeel of the session beer that it is.

Overall: pretty good beer. Not a ton to it, but it's a session beer. Need to grab another one to find out if it was light struck, or if I'm losing my mind.

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Photo of Biffster
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample pours mahogany with both copper and gold highlights. Very clear to brilliant with an off white headthat dissipates quickly.

The aroma is quite malty. Big continental malt aromas mingle with a touch of caramel. The beer has little friuty esters, but there is evidence of DMS and diacetyl. There is the bearest hint of spicy hops.

the flavor is malty at the start. Sweetness, countered by hop flavor comes next. There is the impression of woody huskiness that imerges. THe swallow is malty and the beer finishes a bit astringent.

The body is medium light, with the carbonation and astringency implying a lighter mouthfeel. The astringency is distracting.

Overall, I expect a Dunkel to be a bit fuller and less astringent. Not bad, but not as great as a great name from Germany should be.

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Photo of malcontent
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent head with a decent amount of frothy retention as the beer has time to sit. The body color is an attractive, transparent chestnut color.

Interesting smoke/malt duality with musty, earthy undertones. Nothing groundbreaking but certainly not unappealing.

This beer is almost startlingly uneventful in its taste. Soft malt sweetness, weak fruit, which is underscored by the overall watery quality of this beverage. A letdown.

As noted, this is a surprisingly watery beer.

Although the taste doesn't compel me to open another bottle, the heaviness is negligible so if it's your thing I could see drinking more than a few.

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Photo of icetraxx
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a 5 finger, rather creamy looking head. This beer is dark and *filtered*. The head dissipates down to a one and a half finger creamy head within a minute or two. A little lacing is noticeable, but not much.

S: A bit of roasted coffee like aroma, lightly roasted Munich malt, and some hops in the background. Typical doughiness from Munich malt is missing. This one is definitely a little metallicy/medicinal aroma in the 130,000 gallon steel vat sort of way. There is a hint of caramel and cocoa in here too.

T: This beer has a slight roasted flavor including malt and coffee (odd, isn't it?), a hint of nuttiness and caramel, and quite a bit of sandy earth flavor (in a good way). This is a slightly unpleasant medicinal flavor. Hops are completely missing (which concerns me). A bit of tartness is here as well. Not enough bitterness to balance tartness/sweetness, this one could get a bit cloying. This is my first example of this style, but I would note that this beer needs more hops to fit the description as "moderately hopped". The malt seems a little watered down and lacks flavor overall, this could almost be Germany's Michelob. Yeast, as in the lager tradition, is completely lost here. After-taste and finish are both smooth and irritatingly boring.

M: Surprisingly much thicker than I expected, in-fact this would be nearly perfect if it wasn't so under-carbonated, due to this, this has extremely poor mouthfeel.

D: It is so light that I could easily drink another, yet this beer lacks any refreshing aspect for both the summer and winter. There is not enough flavor to get me interested in a second one.

O: This has served as a gateway beer to me, I look forward to trying other beers of this style. This beer is dark, but doesn't have the ability to back the appearance up with great flavor. This beer has some interesting attributes, and I really enjoy the coffee and earthiness attributes, but this ultimately falls flat on its face when you add up the macro-ish flavor and the hefty import price.

Enjoyability Score: Indifferent.

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Photo of prototypic
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yawn. This one pours a clear, nut brown color with ruby highlights. Lots of light getting through. A very thin, beige colored fizz covers the surface and disappears shortly thereafter. Very little lacing lined the glass.

Malts rule the nose. Smells like a mix of roasted and toasted varieties. It's hindered by a lack of strength. There's some very faint sugary notes. Perhaps a little yeast. Really tough to draw much out beyond that. The nose needs major attention.

The flavor is a little better than I expected. It's enough to warrant a bump in score, but it's a close call. Roasted and toasted malts are the feature flavor. There's not a great deal of flavor to begin with, but they are the most pronounced. Doesn't taste like one outmuscles the other. A little sugary sweetness is present, in addition to a slightly acidic flavor. Light yeast is noted on the tail. There's really not much going on here. It really struggles to be average, but it makes it. Barely.

The body is medium and feels relatively smooth. It's far from creamy or lush, but it's not bad. Clearly the highlight of this experience. Drinkability is very average. It goes down easy, but is lacking in every material department.

Warsteiner Dunkel really fights to be an average beer. It makes it by a nose. At the end of the day, it needs a good bit of work to be a good beer. The nose is weak and it lacks flavor. Given those two faults, it's very lucky to be an average beer. Not something I'd seek out by any means.

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Photo of Taipans
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On my international journey at the liquor store I made my mind up to keep going around the globe trying new beers every week. I have some friends that live in Berlin and in their honor I purchased a 6 pack of Warsteiner Dunkel. I was pleasently suprised how over all good the experience was drinking this beer.

a: Nice Amber color, about a 3/4 inch head.

s: Nice aroma, hinting at malts

t: Smooth malt taste with a clean finish

m: Average feel, very smooth

d: I would drink this over any local AB product as a regular beer, I will be purchasing more in the near future.

Never had a German beer before, was very suprised as how well it went down.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,533 ratings.
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