Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

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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 Steev-o
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, almost-white head of 2 fingers. Very appealing appearance.
Aroma was a barely detectable malty smell. Malty taste.
Smooth, easy drinking taste, mouthfeel is slightly thin.
I enjoyed this beer and could easily drink all night.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

it's on the lighter side for a dark beer but that was expected. it still has a good rich and full flavor despite it's lightness and very smooth as well.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In autumn, I mix some fall beers into my mix 6 packs. This has a fairly nice roasted malt, but is not spectacular. Is this brand the Budweiser of Berlin?

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Brown with a orange tint with heavy bubbles on the body. Body is thin but once poured the heavy bubbles create a thick (off-white) head rising to almost two finger's length.

Smell: Scent is weak, light light hops.

Taste: Sweet maple-ish type finish with heavy malts, comes off a bit bitter. But super smooth.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation with bready and maple finishes.

Overall: Good brew, picked it up for a wedding I was attending and everyone loved it. I am a bit of a beer snob so I am trying to give you both sides of the fence. Don't hunt for this brew, but definitely do not pass it up. Delivers enough flavor and keeps the conversation going. Salud!

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Photo of CHickman
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, pours mahogany brown color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly and left good lacing. Smells and tastes of caramel malts, toffee, caramel, toasted grains, cracker, wheat, brown sugar, earthy tones (like peat moss and dry leaves) and minor floral spices/hops. Good basic dark, sweet German beer to quaff at an Oktoberfest event (which I'm doing as I typed this).

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours the color of soda pop with thick white head. Coffee and toffee notes. Thin body and not heavy to drink. Has a some type of taste as of the water came from melted snow. Not bad for the price but not the best I've had

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Photo of wattoclone
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A clear red-brown lager with a white foam head. Subtle aroma and a smooth roasted malt taste with hints of dark fruits. The reasonable price is what makes this average sessionable dark lager a good choice.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours dark brown with a big creamy light brown head that hangs around and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Toasty, bready, a little coffee, toffee, faint floral notes, and a little dark fruit.

T: Toasty bready malt, light coffee, a little dark fruit, and some toffee burnt sugar sweetness.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Very solid drinkable brew. I easily went through a litre of it.

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Photo of atr2605
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a coca cola color with an off white head with decent retention
S-caramel, prune, chocolate
T-more chocolate and caramel, with dark fruit in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-Very drinkable, there are better versions of the style out there

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle, best by date February 06, 2016. My first review of a Warsteiner beer. My label lists a 4.80% abv. Acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a garnet brown with hues of cola / red showing through when held to the light. One finger of frothy off-white tan head. No real lacing sticks. Looks nice nonetheless.

S - Light but roasty. Toasty malts, brown bread, chocolate, & nuttiness.

T - Flavor follows the nose: toasted malts, brown bread, chocolate, cream, and some nuttiness. Simple, but a refined taste. I am actually really enjoying this. Mild notes of minerals / well water in the finish.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. A light body with good crisp carb.

Overall, a pleasant roasty Dunkel beer from Warsteiner. Surprisingly enjoyable.

Warsteiner Dunkel -----4/5.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. Product of Germany. 4.8% ABV

Appearance- Pours a dark charcoal color. Two finger head that has a brown tint. Decent lacing. Opaque.

Smell- A blend of cereal grain malt with cocoa, some roasted coffee aromas too.

Taste- Fresh earthy grain, with a lighter chocolate flavor hiding behind all that barley. Finishes with a smokiness. Some herbal hop fisnish but very minimal.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body. Very smooth with lively carbonation.

Overall- I was impressed with this beer. Complex, and drinkable. Thin, yet flavorful. The chocolate notes blended nicely with the malt. Prome example of a not so common style. Excellent.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 25 Mar 16 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma heavy roasted malt
Head small, fizzy, off white, diminishing to two to three mm irregular ring and no layer
Lacing poor – few islands and archipelagoes of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor of roasted malt, slightly smoky; no hops, no alcohol, nodiacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.

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Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
The aroma is full of malt and is very nice.
Appearance- The beer pours a clear dark brown with a small white head.
Taste- The flavor is malty with a nice smooth texture.
Overall- A nice Munich Dunkel Lager. I would drink this again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a light funnel but it exhibits all the characteristics that should be noted. Chocolate malts, light coffee, barley, grain and some smoky char mix well in an easy yet dry feel.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.
Amazing I haven't rated this beer before given that it was a staple in my beer supply last century before the coming of the craft beer revolution.

With a clear mahogany body and a decent head this is not only good looking, but good tasting as well. That's a little reassuring given my history with this beer even though, to be honest, this was heavily influenced by price back in the day.
Plenty of toffee and medium malt with enough hops to give this a fairly neutral bitter-sweet balance.
Some darker malts too and just a hint of smoke.
Very nice.

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

Pours a deep brown with a ruby tint. Clear. Fat head of creamy foam that lasts. Smells like sweet toasted bread crusts. Malty and with a bit of depth. No hops scents no diacetyl. Good malty palate. Rich, dry crisp and a touch of sweetness. Finishes malty and with no discernable hops . Medium mouthfeel and a slight astringency when you first taste it.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My husband is a fan of Hefeweizen beers. His mind was recently blown after drinking a "Dunkel" Hefeweizen. Not being the most knowledgeable about the German language, he assumed all Dunkel beers were also Hefeweizen. He bought a 6 pack of this beer and was sadly disappointed, as he hates most porters and stouts. It's the coffee flavors that off put him. But at least it means I get a 6 pack of beer all to myself!

As for the beer itself, I'm rather enjoying this Dunkel Lager. I don't think I have had one before. It's all of the nuttiness or a Stout or Porter, without the heaviness.

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Photo of griffinsimpson
4.41/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasant malty beer with nice yeast overtones and enough hops to give balance. Very true to the style from BA's description:

"smooth, rich and complex, but without being heady or heavy. They boast brilliant ruby hues from the large amounts of Munich malts used, and these malts also lend a fuller-bodied beer. Bitterness is often moderate, with just enough to balance out any sweetness."

Exactly and at $12 for a 12 pack it is great value. More than just OK, drinkers who are into malt will find this a solidly "very good" beer.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can, poured into a mug at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear hickory brown, and forms a thick, fluffy head of pale off-white foam with good retention. Lacing is decent.

Smell: Bread, mild toffee, and something vaguely floral waft out of the glass.

Taste: See "Smell". The taste opens with bread and mild toffee, with hints of faint light caramel. That is joined by some floral and spicy notes as the beer moves along, and the aftertaste is a lingering mix of all of the above.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light-bodied, without ever quite getting all the way to watery.

Overall: A decent Munich dunkel, especially for the price point I paid for this batch of $1 per half-liter!

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Photo of Dikfour
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Deep dark brown. Not much light passes through. about 2 fingers creamy white head dissipates quickly. Light lacing and no carbonation visible.

Smell: Deep roasty, almost smokey, malts. Kinda reminds me of percolating coffee by camp fire at hunting camp.

Taste: Its a little roasty, a little chocolaty. Also a weird bitterness at the end.

Feel: Like the camp coffee. Thin but numbs my mouth.

Overall: Not bad not great. Slightly more complex than the Pils. Kinda meh.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite good for the style. Got it draft and nice auburn brown with fun off white head. Smelled of biscuit, roast malts, grains. Tasted sweet
Malt forward, bit of dark fruit and clean refreshing finish. A solid lager with a bit more complexity than most lagers and good light to medium mouthfeel with fair amount of carbonation to make it refreshing. A good warm weather beer - mowing the lawn or working in the garden

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Photo of timontheroad
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark amber, almost brown color, nice thick fluffy tan head with good retention and lacing. The smell was dark malt, biscuit and some grassy aromas. The taste was of dark roast malt, pretty sweet, and some nice bitter noble hop flavors. The mouthfeel was fairly light bodied, but very crisp on the palate. Overall, this was an OK beer, pretty refreshing.

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Photo of ale1
1.88/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

where's the beef? 1st time offered in local grocer
roasted barley it proclaims on thr box
no ..no and nada
some kinda flavored animal food trough watet

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a stein. A rather rough pour produces a nice-looking beverage with 4 fingers of solid foam sitting atop a clear amber-brown body. Sadly, the head isn't as long-lasting as I'd like. Nice toffee, coffee, and nutty toasted malt notes on the nose.

Disappointing flavor. I'm looking for a nice, round feel and rich clean malty flavors and I'm not getting it. The feel isn't too bad, but the flavor is far too bitter and lemony (skunky?). Everything starts out well. There is a brief toffee note up front, but lemony notes take over and really destroy the flavor. Not sure how this beer has such a nice nose, but such a sub-par taste. Perhaps my palate isn't clear or something. I might have to try this one again sometime just to make sure I'm being fair.

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Photo of HOLOGRAPHICpizza
4.8/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Soooo tasty, smooth, and malty! One of my favorite beers of all time. It doesn't have the strongest flavor, but the flavor that is there is great. Just super smooth, easy drinking, dark malty goodness! I could chug these all day long, I can't find a single thing wrong with the taste.

It's not gonna blow you away with intense flavor, but it one sip will put a smile on your face and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I'm pretty sure the first thing I said the first time I took a sip of one of these was "Mmmmm... malty!" That pretty much sums up the entire experience. xD

Warstiner's pilsner has a very similar flavor, but of course lighter and more pilsner-y. I far prefer the dunkel.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,517 ratings.
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