Brewed by Warsteiner Brauerei
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Warstein, Germany


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RATINGS: 1180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
A light bodied clean dark lager.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2012
So, I’ve always kinda complained about how Warsteiner is a shitty example of German beer. Especially the Dunkel. But upon my last tasting, it started to grow on me a bit. Maybe it took pouring it into a nice clear stein to see it’s mahogany, oaky, copper color and nicely sustaining frothy white head. The aroma is rather nice too; very sweet and malty with caramel and a hint of cocoa. The flavor is the only thing that is left to be desired next to a higher quality dunkel. Yet it is still flavorful enough to enjoy while being rather light and refreshing. Cocoa and vanilla with roasted malts. Nice, medium finish. Not too shabby. But no Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
azzurro (144) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
Average light beer, not disappointing yet, no surprise. Still, worth a try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Block (2576) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Brown pour, thin head. Aroma of roasted malts. The flavor is similar, roasted malts, a little burnt. Light body. Toasted oat flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1913) - HONG KONG - MAR 15, 2017

330 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Clear amber copper colour; One quarter finger head with soapy white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Good sticky lacing with barely notable slight carbonation; Quite fragrant aroma of malt, with caramel, strong toffee, cardboard, dark fruits, light chocolate, floral, icing sugar, bread and fair grass; Close to light sweet taste of dark malt, with red fruits, light caramel, light toast, floral, very light molasses, biscuits, light lemon, very light bitter hops and grass; Light body. Watery palate; Mouth feel is fair dark maltyness in very thin background. A bit like English Ale with basic red fruityness and light caramel with fair touches of toasts. Floral with light sweetness. Biscuity with very light lemon to round. Fairly good!... Hoppiness is floral and fair grass in nose, same in taste with light lemon; Bitterness is very light for an abrupt, low astringent light toast finish; Fairly dry after taste. Fruity and fairly easy to mouth.

Comments: This one’s aroma suggest a pretty sweet Dunkel, yet the taste is a low-sweet, simple dark lager which taste more like an English Ale than Dunkel. Clean, easy and competent, drinkable but unexciting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ehaak26 (422) - - JAN 23, 2017
Bottle from Beers of the World. Aroma of barley. Taste is sweet, but thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mengo81 (22) - - JAN 23, 2017
.................................................. via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (4999) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a ruddy burnt dark amber close to brown color with a thin finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated immediately. Some light stringy lacing glosses along the sides of the glass. The aroma starts off with a sweet bready to red delicious apples blending upon subtle tones of cocoa powder. The flavor embraces the bready sweet malts initially and then brings about the apples and cocoa. Nice semi-sticky bready sweet aftertaste yielding to a refined sliding finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Low carbonation. Clean lager smoothness rolls over my tongue. Overall, an absolutely wonderful Munich Dunkel lager that I would love to have again, preferably with its food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (3328) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 30, 2016
From the 330 ml. bottle with an expiration date of 25 Feb 2017. Handsome chestnut-mahogany brown pour with a tremendous and fluffy tan head. The aroma is very roasted with a vibrant caramel malt, toasted brown bread, and sweet character and a low to no hop profile. The body is light. The taste seems less sweet than the aroma suggests but it ends fairly clean. Easy drinker for the October season.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dal9000 (586) - Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2016
At the 2016 Dayton Octoberfest. Pours dark brown with a thick thick foam with tiny bubbles. Caramel dry cocoa initial cold crisp. Wonderful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackl (7562) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Keg @ Gasthof, Minneapolis. Deep reddish / chestnut pour with a small off-white head. Nose has some gentle toasted malt. A bit of caramel. Fairly sweet flavor. Caramel and some toasted malt. Bready. A bit tired / muted. Fairly light body, spritzy carb. Overall, a fairly middle of the road effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pumpkinhead2 (908) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2016
Bière brune aux reflets rouge-orangées, parfaitement limpide, effervescence moyenne-faible, et surmontée d’un col beige moyennement large et moyennement dense, et qui se réduit tout doucement. Arômes de grain rôti, beaucoup de noisettes, avec odeurs particulièrement terreuses, marrons grillés, feuille morte, tourbe… Effluves également un peu sucré, tendance caramel. Arômes aussi assez fumés, un peu charcuterie, davantage charbon de bois, herbe brûlée... Enfin, odeur également quelque peu épicée, clou de girofle, poivre… et même subtile vanille. Nez fort agréable et intéressant, complexité et intensité assez élevées. En bouche, pétillement plutôt faible sur la langue, onctuosité moyenne au palais. Au goût, comme le nez l’annonçait, c’est très «grain rôti» avec nuances assez évidentes de noisettes, terre, marrons grillés, etc… Le malt est donc principalement céréalier, présentant tout de même un léger sucré de type caramel/cassonade. Saveur également un peu fumée (mais peut-être moins qu’au nez…) à tendance tourbe, boisé et herbes brûlées. Quelques épices aussi en bouche, surtout du poivre. Enfin, saveur de houblon plutôt herbacé, en route vers une finale à l’amertume de faible à modérée. Très bel équilibre malt/houblon, très bonne intégration des différentes saveurs entre elles, intensité élevée en bouche, bonne complexité. Il s’agit d’une bien bonne bière!

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