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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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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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
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 RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful dark brown in color with hints of orange around the edges and an even, lasting head.

Smell – The soft, darkish malts were complimented with some good caramel and molasses.

Taste – The unsulphored molasses was brilliant at the taste. The malts were light but formed a nice backbone.

Mouthfeel – This was a tad bigger than light-bodied and flat with a terrific bittersweet finish.

Drinkability – They've been doing it since 1753. This is a good, simple, uncomplicated offering from Warsteiner.

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

Sampled on draft at the Yard House in Pasadena, CA in a standard American straight sided cheater pint.

Beer pours into the glass as a dark brown brew with almost no head in this pour virtually up to the lip of the glass.

Aroma is lightly nutty with the barest hints of toffee hiding behind a CO2 masked aroma of light hops.

Beer comes to the palate with a dry nut body and just the lightest residual sweetness... Surprising in the face of the dry nutty notes to the rest of the brew.

Overall.. drinakble.. unoffensive, but certainly nothing to make a man jump up and holler. (For the record.. I would take this over Newcastle any two days of the week)

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Photo of elmocoso
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Transparent with the ruby highlights one might get from black cherry juice. A decent milk chocolate colored head - one finger and soon gone. Leaves enough lacing for satisfaction.
The nose is aluminium and dark malts. A light spicy hopping is back there somewhere, i just know it.
Mmmm. Not too bad. A nice rounded roasted maltyness in the front and a grassyness in the back. Mouthfeel is above average.
All over drinkability suffers from the smell but this is still a solid beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper rubyish color, thin beige cap, keeps a skim for a while, minimal lacing in small spots and strings. Aroma has a gentle but appealing dark bready aroma, very slightly sweet and tangy. Taste is quite mild with a slight lagerish twang of sweetness, weakened caramel and the mildest of mild roast. Clean, poofy thin body, not watery, just empty with some slight tangy sweetness and starch. I thought I was doing myself a favor picking this up on sale, but nah, not really. No where near what a good dunkel should be at.

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Photo of Salpta
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summery: Not bad for a dunkel lager. More potent than most lagers, but still delicate enough to call a lager.

Appearance: Nut brown with a quickly settling head. Remaining ring left no lace.

Smell: Delicate and sweet.

Taste: Slightly sour with a good malt taste, slightly hoppy but with no bitterness. Actually fairly watery.

M&D: Very light on the tongue, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $10.99 for a 12pk.

The appearence is your standard dunkel cola-colored base with a light sized head that retains for a minute or two, but for no longer. The smell hints a bit of malt, but that's all that I'm getting out of it.

The taste is a bit better, one of a malty, mildly spiced dunkel, yum... The mouthfeel and drinkability receive good marks as well because it feels light, but maybe too light in the mouth and it's a nice ride with every drink taken.

Final Thought: At the price, a staple in the fridge... a quality German dunkel!

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Photo of frank4sail
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty malt wet leather smell to the brew. Dark brown color to the brew in the pint glass. A slight pale grey head is present after pour but it is nothing impressive. Smoothish thinnish mouth. The taste is of plums and dark fruitsup front with a sweetish sharp tasting malt finish. It was ok but not the after dinner beer I was looking for...

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Photo of 57andcounting
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light tan colored full head. Doesn't last too long, but settles into a nice ring. Root beer colored with little carbonation. It has a faint smell of alcohol and malt. The taste contains that flavors of malt, faint caramel, but not sweet, and just a bit of alcohol. A little bitter on the aftertaste. Not real complex. The mouth feel is light for a German brew. This is a real nice beer that is different from beers in its price range. At the price, it is worth having a few bottles around.

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

Pours a lighter cola color with a touch of deep orange highlights. Medium cream colored head when decanted into the fluted Warsteiner pils glass. Good Munich Dunkel and Vienna malt profile, very fresh smelling. Not much hops to discern. Refreshing beer with every sip. Oddly, a bit husky in the finish, but not in an off way. Good summer quaffer.

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