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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

927 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 60
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

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Ratings: 927 | Reviews: 546
Photo of Taybeh
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 500 ml single into a cervise

a: cola color with a little ruby in the light; clear; 2 fingers khaki head that subsides quickly
s: very nice, nutty bready toasty sweet maltiness, some lager yeast
t: follows the nose, though the toastiness is more pronounced, and it also has a faint edge of grassy hoppiness...this is mainly about the malts, and they're a little sweeter and less complex than one expects from the nose, but it ends with a nice balance between rich toasted maltiness and crisp hop liveliness; delicious and well made.
m: somehow both creamy and crisp, a little hoppy tingle that comes out at the end; nice substantial body for the low abv, medium carbonation

overall, these guys just brew really good beers, and this may not be one of their best, but it is still really good.

Photo of LennyBound
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Perhaps I got a bad bottle. Very bland with a poor aftertaste. One of the least enjoyable dunkels that I've had.

Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Dark brown, light comes through around the edges when held up, vanilla head, lots of lacing, looks like a Coca Cola, not much carbonation coming off the bottom.

A: Sweet German malt aromas, nutty, roasted malts, caramel, a little spice, smells complex, different aromas every time I take a smell, smells great.

T: Sweet malts, caramel, bread, nutty flavors, slight roasted malt flavors, slight bitterness at the end, very easy drinking, smooth, nothing really jumps out, complex, very good.

M: Medium mouthfeel, some minor carbonation, finishes slightly dry.

O: Very good, easy drinking, it's kind of like a porter lager mix, some roasted nutty malt flavors, sweet caramel, nothing big, just really good. I'm not a big lager guy but I do like the slight roasted flavors of a dunkel, probably won't seek this out again but I would definitely not turn it down.

Photo of PReust
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really,......really,........really malty. A crispness common to lagers, and fairly smooth. "I don't always drink lager, but when I do......" It might be something like this.

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw and toasted grain notes lead to fainter dark fruit and cookie sweet notes. The hops smells and tastes of grass and herbs and there is a faint doughiness from the yeast.

Photo of gatorlove
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not my cup of tea. Extremely malty, almost to the point of tasting like malt soda.

Photo of founddrama
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Poured from the bottle into a 16 oz. shaker glass. Highly clarified, very clear -- I'd call it transparent if it weren't for the color. Light brown, sort of toffee in color. Not as dark as I'd expected. Two fingers of airy, foamy head.

SMELL: A lightly toasted smell. A little bit sweet?

TASTE: Sweeter than I thought. A slight caramel note. Otherwise very straightforward. Everything about this beer seems to be in small moves that come together like a quiet song.

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Photo of cmq103
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi sweet malty goodness. This beer has it all, from the aroma, to taste and finish. Very enjoyable Dunkel. Ayinger nailed the style.

Photo of loubar
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Cost Plus. Dark, dark brown. Shows signs of clarity with a big, off-white head. Good lacing. Nose of toasty, fruity malt and yeast. Flavors of bread crust and light caramel with hints of dark fruit, plum and touch of raisin. Hops are hardly noticeable, maybe a touch of grassy spiciness. Residual sweetness produces a fairly heavy body feel. Finishes semi-sweet. A very tasty, yet easy drinking lager beer.

Photo of Evelet01
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good beers it's heavy dark beer but easy to drink. Very smooth.

Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had at King James Public House Asheville. No freshness date. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Toasty, biscuity malt that's slightly sweet and has a mild yeasty quality to it that suggests dark fruit.

T- Dark bread, toasty malt and the faintest hint of that fruity yeast. Smooth, clean lager finish with just a tinge of oxidation.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A very easy drinking beer that satisfies one's desire for a sturdy malt presence.

Photo of jmdr
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite sweet, toasty caramel, lots of bread, silky almost sticky mouthfeel

Photo of twosheds
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby brown in color with a light tan head.

Smells like dried fruit, raisins, and pumpernickel.

Taste is like smell but with more malty sweetness and molasses.

Mouthfeel is really smooth.

At first, the raisin and dark bread flavor is a little much for me, but the more I drink it the more I like it. Nice drinkable German beer.

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a glass snifter.

L: Deep, dark ruby red with a small and creamy tan head. Clear, from what I can tell.

S: Malty. Danky brown bread. Raisins.

T: Malty and fruity. Lots of raisins and dark fruit. Bit of molassesy dark bread. Hint of herby bitterness at the end, which refreshing and balancing.

F: Medium. Slick. Doesn't weigh you down. Not a lot of carbonation.

O: Solid Dunkel Lager! Rich without being heavy. Complex without being overwhelming. Very sessionable.

Photo of Davidafleury47
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark amber, good beer,

Photo of infinitebruner
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

December 26, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Light to medium brown, depending on the density where I look in the glass, but very high clarity throughout. About an inch of medium-tan foam on top, with moderately high retention.

S – Browned biscuits or bread crust, some chocolate and lightly roasted but not bitter malt aroma. Hops are noble, slightly floral, and very low in the mix.

T – Browned bread crust again here, with some chocolate/roast flavor and a hint of sweet toffee. Hops again are very low, and on the floral or earthy spectrum.

M – Carbonation is moderate, sudsy, not too low and not overwhelming. There is some sweetness but the malts provide a lot of balance. Bitterness is low, just providing a backbone for balance.

O – I tend to gravitate toward the darker “brown” beers of Germany, the bocks and dunkels, and this is no exception. A very straight-forward and traditional interpretation with a ton of great malt flavor and the right amount of residual sweetness and bitterness. Very, very good.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

sometimes you just find yourself in the mood for a dunkel, and this is always a safe bet to reach for. all the beers these guys do are real traditional and well done, and this is one of their best. its really really clear in its deep amber color. the head is tall and white, but it doesnt last all that long in my glass this time. it smells like german lager yeast first, a sweetish middle coppery malt base, and then an almost hefeweizen yeast where subtle dried banana notes and white pepper spice ease in. the flavor complexion is just like the nose, maybe a little light on the yeast profile in this one compared to other examples of the style, but its subtlety there allows the fresh caramely grain to be a little more forward. i dont think their are multiple yeasts in this, but it sure tastes and feels like there are. overall this is awesome, a super drinkable dunkel too right at 5% abv. most perfect in the fall, but these are fun to crack all year too. also a wonderful food beer, diverse in its pairing capability. a fine beer to keep around for the holidays too because of its quality, uniqueness, and probable mass appeal.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; reddish amber - SRM 15-16; 1 finger pillowy, khaki head that receded to a thin collar; nice Belgian lace that lasts;

S: molasses;

T: molasses, brown sugar; moderately sweet; slight bitterness at the end, but it's mostly malty;

M: coats your mouth; dry finish;

O; good, but somewhat one note;

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear brown with a light tan head. The head mostly burns off but leaves some nice sticky tight lacing. The is mild, reminding me of deep malt tones, turned way down. The taste, though, brings it back up, with some night fruit, bread and earthy hops. The body isn't heavy but it has a nice thickness to it.

Photo of fx20736
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bought from Beers of the World on Columbus Day weekend, 2014. Served in a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

look: dark brown with creamy offwhite head, nice lacing.

smell: toasty, roasty grains

taste: rich, yummy toast with a kiss of hops

feel: really good

overall: this is amazingly tasty, awesome!

Photo of Samp01
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste is sweet mildly roasted malt and grains, some notes of dark plum fruit, light raisin, light bitterness. Palate is a mild crisp mouth feel and carbonation and a medium body. Finish mild roasted dark malt and grains, some caramel, dark fruit plums, ends with mild roasted dark malt and light bitterness. Goes down smooth and easy. A very good and tasty brew.

Photo of MikeKnauf
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Appearance is very dark, rosewood, bread crust, with a thick yellowish-white, creamy head.

Smell is that of toasted malt with maybe a hint of raisin or fig.

Taste is very malty, but not sweet in my opinion. The dominant flavor is that of baked bread crust. Some slight fig or raisin towards the end finishing with a hops bitterness that lingers, but is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy with a decent amount of carbonation. It's slow sipping beer with big taste. Drinks like a meal. Makes for a nice after dinner drink snack.

Overall this is the best Dunkel I've tasted. I feel like most tend toward coffee/nutty/chocolatey or sweet/raisin/fig - this one is kind of in between. More bready than nutty with very little raisin taste. I'm not a big fan of the raisin taste, so this is welcome spectrum for a Dunkel. Drinking this is like eating a big piece of fresh baked, dark, crusty bread without the need to chew.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Cold bomber into pint glass

Appearance - Dark, dark brown, but shows signs of decent clarity. Pours with a big, fluffy nearly 3 off-white head, good lacing

Smell - Spicy, sweet, toasty, fruity malt. It's a complex malt and yeast aroma all around.

Feel/Taste - Feel is slightly heavy on a medium body, creamy smooth carb though. Taste is all about clean and sweet malty goodness melding with a slight fruity, yeasty profile: toasty fresh baked bread very prominent, a bit nutty. D
Hints of dark fruit; plum, fig, and touch of raisin are vaguely present to add complexity. Hops are hardly noticeable, maybe a touch of grassy spiciness to help balance the malt bomb. Finishes semi-sweet.

Overall - A massive malt bomb, and a very tasty one at that. Feels a bit heavy though at 5% ABV with ample residual sugar producing a fairly heavy body feel. Really tasty beer, but I don't think I could have more than one.

Photo of gc4hokies
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

color: dark copper red
head: dissipates quickly, white
good balanced beer. malt forward but not sweet
good beer. I'm a little under the weather so it is impacting my taste. Will try again in the future.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Nose: dark bread, rich grains, malty spice
Brilliant mahogany, 2” off-white frothy persistent head, excellent thick lace.
Palate: Big malt forward beer starts with a hint of sweetness, bread crusts, nuts, a suspicion of root beer or Dr. Pepper, no burnt, roast or bitter malt flavors, hops bitterness is in the background but subdued.
Medium full body, medium low carbonation, clean and smooth.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.