Warsteiner DunkelSeptember 1, 2005 Warstein, Germany
Imported by: Warsteiner Importers Agency
WarsteinerPremium Dunkel is brewed exclusively of barley malt, hop extract, yeast and water according to the German purity law of 1516.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.0
Alcohol (vol.): 4.9
Original Gravity: 1046
Final gravity: 1016.4
Malts used: Pilsner pale, crystal, Munich, roasted malt
Hops used: German hops
On draught, as I have had it in the past, I’ve found this dark lager to be a bit too much on the light side, without quite enough malty roastiness to truly satisfy. The bottled version improves upon this, but still leaves me wanting more body. That said, the softly roasty, cocoa-ish aroma and off-dry, toasty body with its soft licorice notes will appeal to newcomers to the style, and those fearful of the oft-dreaded brewing bogeyman known as “Dark Beer.”
- Stephen Beaumont
Beautiful, deep copper-brown lager. Head does not last, but light beery aroma is inviting. Subtle cocoa-roast malt aroma and flavor. Lively carbonation lends a perception of a lighter taste, yet the roasted malt characters succeed in persisting. Very nice German-brewed dunkel lager and equal in character to some of the best American craftbrewed beers of this type.
- Charlie Papazian
This beer has an admirably deep garnet color and raises a fine tan head. The aroma is suitably malty and sweet with notes of bread and toffee. On the palate, though, the beer is medium-bodied and rather dry, with moderate bitterness and a somewhat thin malt character. A very clean version, and though it lacks the malt depth of the more classic renditions, it is sharp and well-brewed. Perfectly suitable for those summer burgers.
- Garrett Oliver
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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