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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Reviews: 624 | Ratings: 1,525
Photo of tgbljb
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a beautiful deep copper color with slightly off-white quickly disappearing head. Smell is of caramel, coffee, roasted grains. Taste is a bit disappointing becasue the promises of the smell do not follow through. Finish is a slight bitterness with caramel notes. Beer is good but just does not seem to excel in any aspect.

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Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a small head; decent retention and considerable lacing

Smell: A whiff of toasted malt

Taste: Toasted malt flavors dominate, with a hint of caramel and a subtle nutty flavor; the finish is dry and slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very clean and drinkable; well-made

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Photo of palliko
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a medium dark brown, that pours a creamy head with some lace retention. The aroma contains hints of vegetable, prune and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is average in carbonation, dry and mild on both hops and malt. Some hint that the Dunkel comes from caramel additives rather than cask aging. The finish is dry and slightly artificial tasting. Not up to Warsteiner's standards with their other beers.

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Photo of Puddleglum
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a surprisingly nice head that managed to do a fair amount of lacing down the glass for a lager. The smell was malty, bready, caramel and burnt toast. The flavor was similar to the aroma with a little bit of diacetyl in there making it slightly sticky. I enjoyed it's low carbonation although some may not. I think this is a great dunkel and why shouldn't it be? It's Warsteiner after all.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Munich Dunkel done the Warsteiner way.

Smells lightly malty, toasty, and caramelly. Almost buttery and bready. Mildly sour with fruity notes of dates or nuts.

Looks solid brown with amber highlights. Quite clear for darkness. Light tan head laces well. Light to medium carbonation.

Tastes sweet but not overly malty. Breads, toasty, and caramels persist in the flavor. Detects brown sugar and butter popcorn in the body. Feels efforvescent and numbing to the toung. A bit grainy. Hop flavor and bitter only for balancing sweet. Creamy and slightly alcoholic to the palate.

Finishes sweet but not malty. Toasted flavor and bitter remains.

Impression: Nicely balanced, clean and crisp. Creamy dark lager.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled in a 12 oz. bottle, I poured this into a pint glass. It poured a dark chestnut color with 1 inch of white, bubbly head that left nice lacing on the sides of my glass. Very clean looking, but a little boring to be honest.

Aroma is a bit of wheat and grains with some slight caramel and some fruit. Not much hops comes through, and this leaves a little to be desired.

Taste is decent however. Clean, brisk is how i can describe it. Some caramel and chocolate flavors maybe with some a slight mocha ending which is nice, but again, nothing really grabs me here.

Feel is nice. Above average in carbonation up front on the sip, but this one turns very smooth by the swallow (silky finish).

Overall, easy to drink and rather refreshing...not too shabby, but I've had much better.

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Photo of BeerandBlues2
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours nut brown to mahagoney with some brown head as it pours then completely dissipates. Aroma is caramel and brown sugar malt with a light chocolate nose. Initial flavor is fizzy caramel malt, slightly toasted. Finishes a little hoppy and spicy with faint chocolate notes. Medium bodied and fizzy palate, warming.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, but with strands of gold and amber. The head was thin and rapidly diminished. Overpowering scent of sweet wheat and lightly-spiced fruits. The smell is very agreeable, but not terribly complex. Tastes more of chocolate and pine sap than indicated by the smell. It's very nice, actually. Simple and clean with a sweet finish.

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Photo of alexgash
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber cola brown with a small, soft, light tan head that doesn't last too long. Nose is lightly sweetened roasted malts, some dark fruit, and spicy hop bitter. Taste starts with toasted/roasted malts and tobacco. Faint caramelly sweetness and grapes. Minor cardboard in the finish with some roasty bitterness. Not bad. Mouthfeel is a little thin and over carbonated.

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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 WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick towering offwhite head. The aroma is good. It has a roasted malt scent with a sweet caramel aroma. It also has a dry yeast scent as well. The taste is decent. It has a very dry malty flavor that boasts of crystal malts and lager yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent dunkel. I prefer them to be less dry and sweeter, but it goes down easy nonetheless.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark brown, sheets of ruby red highlights. An aroma of sweet malts and dried grains, the nose has some definite earthy characteristics going on. A fine, crisp medium-mouthfeel; sweet malts, molasses and oats. Becomes dry and subtle, weak come as you are tastings of coffee beans and hints of earthy hops. Not too shabby.

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Photo of PorterLambic
1.95/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this at a tasting at my local quaffery, The Cock and Bull pub, Sarasota, FL. My previous experience with Warsteiner products made me a bit leery but, that's what makes tastings so great, you don't have to commit to a six pack or even a whole bottle.
Pours a dark amber, almost brown. Clear with a small head and little lace.
Smell is just a faint hint of apple sweetness and nothing else. Didn't know a beer could have so little to smell. I really had to search to find something for my nose to do with this beer.
Taste is that same apple that blends to toasted malt & hops with a bunch of bitterness and a slight, lingering hint of smokiness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is rough with a medium body an effervescence on the tip of the tongue.
Drinkability: glad it it was just a tasting, I couldn't drink anymore of this. Just more megabrew swill to me. I'm off the Warsteiner line for good.

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Photo of dauss
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: tall 12oz. non twost off bottle. with a best date stamped on the bottle. I guess its good until august 2005.

Appearance: Clear dark brown, but reddish ruby when held up to the light. Large light tan head forms with a good pour, but fades fast. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: grainy malty smell with toffee. It also has some other aroma going on, but I can't pick out what it is. Maybe skunk.

Taste: Upfront but mild hop bitterness. Almost chocolate, but more toffee-like flavor. Caramel sweet finish with hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel: It has a good body, neither thick or thin, light-medium carbonation. Is is on bland side, but very drinkable, I could see myself drinking these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Sammy
1.57/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Watery brown colour, with odd old smell. Tastes like sucking on a piece of cloth. If you really need to drink. Very grainy, too much carbonation. Like a club soda with some cheap gin or scotch drop poured in. Some malts, perhaps a hint of roast, acidic.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall, a rather boring beer. Not much really stood out in this beer. It poured dark in color, but with a thin appearance. The head was thick and frothy. The aroma was slightly malty. The flavor was malty again, with a slightly creamy finish. I could not notice any hops. The mouthfeel was overall kind of flat. It kind of reminded me of a toned down mild, perhaps good as a session beer?

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Photo of soper2000
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hard to believe that I've never had this. I'm generally not a huge Dunkel fan and I suppose my general lack of interest in this beer echoes that sentiment. It starts out decently enough. A ruby tinged brown with an off white 1 finger head which quickly retreated to being merely lacing. Smell was not as assertive as I was expecting, roasty notes noticably when you inhale super deep. Some sweetness was also detected. Taste is a little thin. Starts and ends sweet. Note a whole lot of roast going on. Very gulpable though. I'd take this over Premium Verum in a pinch.

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Photo of jvajda
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown-red and fluffy head. Good lacing.
Smell: Big malt freshness and present hop tones.
Taste: Huge malt flavor. Really refreshing and smooth, but well balanced with a hearty helping of grassy hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with little carbonation.
Drinkability: Gets a little sickly as it warms and makes me want to move on.

This is the only beer to drink when you're at a Reds game.

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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 Anonmatel
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't mind this beer for a couple of reasons. It's extremely cheap in bottle shops in Italy (as is most beer), and it's extremly drinkable. Poured a decent haed that dissapeared really fast. It had the smell and taste of roasted malt and was a little sweet which is always good. I'd definatly drink this again because although it's nowhere near my favourite Dunkel, it was very drinkable.

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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 necoadam
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at East Side in New Britain CT

Came in a half-liter mug. Appearance was medium brown color with some good carbonation visible.

Smell consisted of some cocoa, a touch of chocolate and some malts round out the nose.

Taste was ok as well. Caramel and malts are the backbone to this brew. It's a touch of the sweet side, but the cocoa balances the sweetness out. Wasn't too bad I gotta admit. Perhaps it was a little too soft on the palate. On-tap this was pretty decent, but I don't know how much better it is in the bottle. But this was good.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"4"'s across the board for this one. Mighty tasty indeed. Poured a rusty brown with a nice finger or so head that stuck around for about 2 minutes. Decent lacing. Smelled of hops and surprisingly, a tiny bit bready. Little bit of malt trying to come through. As far as the taste, I thought it tasted like regular Warsteiner Lager, just a little less hoppy. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth with very little carbonation. Overall, I really liked this one. A good session beer, this.

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Photo of danadeny
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nice clear, bark brown body. very nice head. smells of fresh pils hops and a little bready. mmmm starts off fresh and crisp like a pilsner, but the middle and finish doesnt have a bite like a pils. it is much much smoother, almost dangerous. very light. taste of roasted malt. finish is clean, with just a little hops for character. The mouth feel is on the light side, but in a refreshing way. and no aftertaste to speak of. so smooth, light mouth feel, not lacking in taste, equals a great drink ability.

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Photo of beragg
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Funny, that after drinking better beer, something you used to like doesn't taste as good. That's what happened with this dunkel. My friend introduced me to this after he returned from a stay overseas in Germany with the Army. It poured a dark brown with a head that quickly dissapated. There really wasn't any aroma. The taste was malty, metallic and thin with a little hops. Mouthfeel was watery. Now this beer is better than most American macros but really is barely average

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,525 ratings.
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