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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
89
very good

858 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 58
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 858 | Reviews: 528 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle:

The beer poured a reddish, cola color that produced a nice, dense head that was well retained and could be easily reproduced.

The beer gave off a nice, sweet malty aroma, sweeter than the more grainy Jahrhundert Dortmunder export.

The beer followed the nose; it was a slightly sweeter, maltyier version of the Jahrhundert.

Light feel, very good carbonation and very easy to drink. I prefer the Dortmunder export, but this is still a very good beer.

PhillyStyle, Apr 19, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice color poured well,not overly sweet but just right.Really liked the caramelly aroma,one of my favorite traditional Bavarian darks.Creamy texture with a cookie dough-like flavor with moderate crispness in the finish.Not overly sweet with just mild caramel and and brown sugar notes.

oberon, Jun 13, 2002
Photo of Popsinc
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redish/brown colour. Foamy head doesn't last too long. Slight maltiness in the nose. Lightly hopped. Hints of molasses & very light licorice with a pinch of caramel but yet not sweet at all. The finish is very mellow & starts to dry, almost disappearing too fast.

Popsinc, May 13, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This orangish-brown lager was luminous with a nice, foamy head that puffed up and stayed around for a while.

Smell – The sweet molasses and nice, dark malt came with a hint of weizeny bread.

Taste – The molasses and malt came out well at the tongue, but the big story here was the bready notes. You almost never see this outside of Bayern, but it’s really typical of the style done properly.

Mouthfeel – This lager was medium-bodied with some excellent, puffy carbonation that again reminded me of a Dunkel Weizen.

Drinkability – This is old-school dead-on for the style, and I really appreciated the craftsmanship that went into this offering from Ayinger.

RoyalT, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +1%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish in color with a generous, tan head.

Caramel and nutty aroma with a bread dough yeasty note, pumpkin bread.

Rich malt flavors that are like nutty banana bread with vanilla in the fade. Pretty big flavors for the style. The body is soft and smooth, and if you don't mind a little sweetness, it's very easy to drink.

Ayinger makes truely great beer. Nothing extreme or flashy, just great.

brownbeer, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark, translucent, stained oak brown beer with a monster malted milk head that thins slowly with a thick and low lacing, almost as though it isn't dissapating but being sucked back into the brew. The nose is doughy soapy water and yeast.

Spicy hops hit first chased by metallic sweetness with a soft-baked quality. There is a very subtle toffee tone. Finish is yeasty and spicy with notes of clove, nutmeg, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is lightweight and chewy. This is a fun beer, but not really a new favorite. Kind of reminds me of a really toned down Goose Island Xmas Ale.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

SuomiHobbit, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +1%

FadetoBock, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of NWer
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear brown into my fluted glass. Nice bronze head retains well.
Aroma nothing notable.
Taste on the other hand very nice. Smooth, light, sweet. Very sessionable.
A very nice change when I want to cleanse the palate with something totally drinkable after a hop bomb or two.

NWer, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: On top there is a thin creamy off white colored head. It fades down to just a very thin wispy covering that leaves some nice lace rings on the glass as I drink. Its body is a deep brownish amber or caramel color. It has a good transparent appearance and light amber highlights.

Smell: The aroma has a light sweet caramel or toffee malt character.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has a deep buttery sweet malt with hints of sweet candy, caramel and chocolate. Hop flavor is very mild and offers very little balance. It finishes smooth and sweet with a smooth slick texture. It has a medium body and light carbonation.

Notes: This is a very nice Dark Lager.

generallee, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +1%

JakerLou, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

BuckeyeSlim, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a heavy creamed coffee coloured head that retains quite well.

Smell: Sweet toffee, caramel, light ripe fruit and hints of coffee.

Taste: Warming and chewy toasted bready malt with slight caramel and a trace fruitiness are the forefront of this brew. A touch of hop bitterness barely dents the big malt profile. A thin coffeeish finish in the end with a touch more toasted malt.

Notes: "Old Bavarian Dark Beer" is what Altbairisch Dunkel translates into. This beer is just chock-full of malt, the model dark lager for brewers to mold from. Absolutely Superb!

Jason, Jun 11, 2002
Photo of tjthresh
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. No date, but there is a touch of oxidation. Brown and garnet with a nice tan cap on top. Strong malt nose featuring chocolate, and toffee. No hops here. Buttery chocolate with a drying at the end. Light carb is nice. Well worth the coupole of bucks fo the bottle.

tjthresh, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle pours a clear dark chestnut body with a small tan head that disperses some minor sheet lacing.

Malty aroma of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and baked brown bread. A hint of spicy hops underneath.

Body is medium and the carbonation seems a little too fierce for the style.

Taste is very much like the aroma. Baked brown bread, toffee, and toasted caramel notes are enhanced by a nice hint of nuttiness. Just a vague note of spicy hops to balance.

A simple dark lager that is extremely well executed and very tasty.

merlin48, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of LyonsHead
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby red with deep browns. Creamy white head

S: Very bready on the nose. This is like a liquid version of a variety of freshly baked breads. There are some nice melanoidans and som subtle toasty notes as well. Im getting a very distinct smell of a smoore that has been slightly burnt in the microwave... toasted graham, burnt marshmallow and chocolate.

T: Malty sweet and malty melanoidan mix as soon as this beer hits the palate. A variety of toasty notes, with none reaching the roasted level. There is a mild caramel sweetness and a nuttiness in the finish. Hop bitterness is firm enough to balance the sweetness well

M: medium-light body, almost slick. This is a sweet beer, but the finish is moderately dry with just a slight residual sweetness.

D: A well made munich dunkel is always a drinkable beer and this is no exception. It came in a 16 oz (true pint) bottle but I could see this being served by the liter. Very good beer from a very good brewery!

LyonsHead, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Apotheosis
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Apotheosis, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Stateline. I have a PhD in US micros but my knowledge of German/Belgians is lacking but I will give this a shot.

Pours with a light head. Roasted malt in smell. Taste is of rich malt. Mouthfeel is mooth and this a very drinkable brew. I have had some dark lagers since I am in SE PA & this is a good one. Recommended.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pilsner glass,a thick creamy off white head.A clear ruby red hue.Very carbonated.wisps of tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass,looks very inviting.
A bisquity,carmelly aroma with a slight hint of smoke.
A tart, dry,bisquity,light malty taste.The aftertaste is a bit thin,light hints of carmel,and a light spicey hop finish. Very smooth and drinkable.A good dark summer beer.Overall a pretty good brew,would drink this again.

jcdiflorio, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of ryanocerus
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very thick creamy caramel head that stuck around for awhile. Dark ruby/near black color with good carbonation. Very sweet malty aroma which carries through into the flavor. There is a slight roasty undertone, but the malt overpowers it if cold. As it warms, the roasty and malty flavors balance a little better, but the mouthfeel is a bit thin. A very good dunkel.

ryanocerus, Jul 25, 2002
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

pat61, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of juicebox
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

juicebox, Jun 15, 2013
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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.