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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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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Photo of tumblingpenguin
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dull color. Vague hints of chocolate here and there. The beer was begging me to eat something with it but I didn't have anything so it took away from my enjoyment of it. Were this paired with bratwurst, a burger, or something similar, I think it would be a 4.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.48/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Warsteiner, seduce me with your heavenly maltiness... I was introduced to this Dunkel by a friend who assured me I would not be disappointed, and I wasn't.

Appearance: Darkest amber, almost opaque, with vague translucence throughout. A foamy cream-white head that slowly dissipates to a bubbly crown above the lustrous reddish hues.

Aroma: A deep, rustic maltiness that plays off the senses beautifully. It isn't too strong, but it's not too weak either. Goldilocks says it's juuuuust right.

Taste: A gentle malt taste, dark, almost chocolate-like. A little toasty around the edges. A slight bitterness on the roof of my mouth. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation on the tongue, with a medium body and creaminess that slides off the tongue like a soft blanket. A very comforting sensation.

Overall: I am definitely a convert to the Dunkel. Warsteiner knows how to make a good, solid brew. I have a case of this stuff at home, along with the Warsteiner Oktoberfest I just bought. I am definitely satisfied with this, and will give it a prominent spot in my fridge.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Warsteiner's Premium Dunkel last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I haven't had this beer in awhile, but when I first started getting into craft beer I drank a lot of these and I'm interested to see what I think of it now, so lets see how it goes. Best by March 24th 2014. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a classic look to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear dark amber color that took one more of a crimson color when held to the light with just about two fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a nice looking Dunkel that seemed look in line with the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up they impart some nice toasted, caramel, slight toffee and bread crust like aromas with some clean lager yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a nice nutty aroma that works well with this beer. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it's pretty much what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lighter amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same malty aspects that I got in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most and there's still some nice and clean lager yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes that same nutty aspect that shows up just as much as it did in the aroma. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a toasted malt and nutty aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style.

M- Smooth, crisp, just slightly creamy, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought it was a pretty nice beer and a above average example of the style, it's just a good tasting Dunkel and it's just what I've come to expect from a German Dunkel. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, just slightly creamy, not too filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I could drink more than a few of these and it seems like a fitting beer for the fall season. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it's got everything that I look for in a good example of the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but almost every aspect could have been just slightly better. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a good Dunkel and I think it's a must try for anyone who likes the style. All in all I still enjoy this beer and it seemed to be pretty much just how I remember it. I haven't tried any other beers from this brewery, but I'm on the look out for them since this one made for a good first impression. I still think that this is my favorite German made Dunkel. Good job guys this was one nice Dunkel, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Brew arrived a flat chestnut brown hue with a light smattering of tan head. Little head retention. Aroma is roasted malts and sweetness in approximately equal measure, milk chocolate, raisins, and weak coffee with a faint whiff of citrus (?). On the palate, fails to overwhelm but does deliver more low key dark malt flavors with well-rounded corners, nothing harsh or pointed. Some brown spice and dry pepper accompany the raisin and dry cacao from the nose. Some diacetyl and perhaps DMS in there to provide a "light lager" vibe. Rather thin bodied yet moderately carbonated, retains a smooth drinkability I suppose. This would be a great "starter" dark lager for a newbie but most will quickly graduate to more robust flavors.

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Photo of hophugger
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep brownish color, see through. Aroma is mild with some spicy sweetness. Taste has a bite, but not a bad one. Spice and some malt sweetness comes through. It has a clean finish with just a touch of after bitterness. Overall, this beer seems to be pretty well balanced and good

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Photo of louisianajones
3/5  rDev -13%

One more from the ol' Crazy Bruce mixed sixer. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Interesting color. Not really amber. Brown's more like it. Sounds unappetizing, but not a bad thing. Small head, dissipates quickly, very little lacing.

Hops and something tangy/spicy like barbecue sauce (not kidding) on the nose. Malt and vague sweetness coming through. Not much of a nose at all.

Black forest bread and some vague hoppiness on the palate. Lots of carbonation. Flavor of something roasted. Slightly bitter finish.

Unassertive. Less body than the color would suggest. $1.69 for a single from Crazy Bruce in Bristol, CT, so it's affordable. Not much more interesting than Budweiser, honestly.


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Photo of bwood06
3.45/5  rDev 0%

A - Very creamy and frothy 2 finger head, khaki in color. Beer itself is a very dark amber in color, almost brown. Head is very slow to dissipate. 3.75/5

S - A bit of sweet malt with a toasted bread backbone. Note of yeast and a bit of toffee. Possibly an earthy tone from the hops but hops are very hard to pick out. Very malt forward on the nose. 3.5/5

T - A bit of toffee and caramel right off the bat transitioning into a toasted bread flavor. Only a slight hint of hops at the end that manifests as a grassy note. Light bitterness to balance out the bread and yeast. Earthy. 3/5

M - Medium body that finishes light. Somewhat chewy on the front end. Light to moderate carbonation. 3.5/5

O - A decent dunkel. Very simple and straightforward in terms of going straight from the aroma into the flavor profile. Nothing amazing or complex here, just straight and simple. 3.5/5

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Photo of JLSIV
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%

Nice medium brown body with thin short lived head…Aroma was not what I was hoping for, some diacetyl

Taste and mouthfeel save this one, but I prefer their original better. Decent representation of a Dunkel, but there are better dunkels out there.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled earlier this evening on 5/17/14. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Freshness date is: 31 Oct 14. Paid $1.49 at Spirit World in Omaha. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a gold-rimmed Warsteiner flute glass that I picked up this week for 62 cents at the local Salvation Army Store (matching pair for 62 cents each-like new).

Pours a dark medium brown in color with a thin beige head. A decent amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of some malts with a hint of caramel and raisins. Taste is light bodied with the above flavors coming together which leaves a slightly dry finish. Goes down easy and with perfect carbonation. A really good German brew that is for a cheap price actually. Much better than the regular Warsteiner.

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Photo of jefferson17
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Beer. Generally available at only $24 per case. A heck of a nice deal, versus MANY other beers that cost $32-40 per case. Even better on tap, at a nice German place nearby (newportville inn). Their food is just GREAT. Especially the homemade mustard, turtle soup, and meatballs with spatzle

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Photo of jadpsu
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dark, medium brown color, with a decent sticky off white head with good retention.
Aroma: A lot of burnt malts along with some raisins.
Smooth light bodied, dry mouthfeel, moderate carbination produces a little hoppy citric bitterness.
Overall, not great, but a very decent 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 Tyler_Sly
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a feel like that of a saison and the color of a pale ale. At first, it reminded me of wheat beers and hefeweizen beers. But the slightly astringent and dry aftertaste were similar to the Springstreet Saison from Avondale Brewery. This would be great with a light tasting, baked appetizer.

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pils glass. The brew looks like a watered down molasses. Brown with ruby clarity through the body. A khaki head a finger strong fades to a thin film with patchy lace.

Aroma of chocolate and caramel/toffee with some mineral, citrus and sulfur backing. Some earthen, almost dusty aspect comes out as it warms up.

Taste is quite sweet with toffee, caramel, molasses, earth and a bit of dusty aspect like the aroma suggested. Raisins before getting a little herbal and bitter.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A unique offering that seemed like their normal pils but with some toffee added.

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Photo of FLima
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown ruby color with one finger thick head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma of chocolate, toffee, hay and raw grain.
Smooth flavor of toasted, nutty and a bit of roasted malts, peppery yeast, earthy hops, toffee and cola. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
No big thrills, an average Dunkel, but still pleasant.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a fair head and bits of lacing. Aroma of malt, some grain, caramel, bit of fruit and hint of chocolate. Taste of malt, some fruit sweetness, with caramel, nutty, and touch of chocolate. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Moderate body, smooth and nicely balanced. Easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of Premo88
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. (330 ml) bottle poured into pilsener (awesome slim brown bottle with perfect black-and-gold label)

L: classic purity law look -- 100% clear dark amber/brown brew with nice tight head of off-white, maybe 1/4-inch thick, little bit of stick; not much of a collar, but it's there with big bubbles; ultimately a beautiful liquid with an average head

S: grain (ice cold) ... we'll see how it opens up ... nice toasted barley notes as it warms, bit of malt sweetness showing quickly; grain still there, and i like it -- borders on that muted adjuncty grain note (weak urine) but never crosses into the dark side, instead staying on the good side that allows the malt to poke through some sweetness (bready, yeasty sweet)

T: fantastic first quaff: slight chocolate chunky note in there with some good grain flavor; the big malt opening gives some way to the grain, a hint of spice hops; almost getting mediciny -- it's going a bit downhill; occasional bit of stout-like chocolate shows up, and when it does, it's wonderful. bitterness showing up on end and hard for me to say what's responsible -- probably hops but there's a hint of some burnt barley/malt (and I mean a *hint* ... an eyelash)

F: boy, this is nice. very pilsener like but with a good wetness to it vs. the drying out effect you often get from a Czech pilsener -- what is opposite of "dry"? this beer, that's what.

O: it's a mixed bag of some great, some good and some OK; the result is a brew worth investigating but one that probably won't become your "go-to" dunkel because the taste lacks a true finish (begs to leave you with a big sweet toasted malt note but never full delivers it)

one thing it is: balanced. not too dark, a pinch of spice, a malty sweet note here and there, and SUPER easy to drink.

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Photo of Clones21
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this in a bottle poured into a pint glass. The color is reddish/brown. You get a lot of roasted malt in the smell. Also kind of get a caramel smell. The taste follows up with the smell. Lots of roasted malt and caramel. Very smooth and light body. This beer is very easy to drink. Overall not a bad beer. Was looking for maybe a more thicker malt taste. Not bad though.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
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