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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel

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756 Ratings
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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of bobhits


1.45/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Mouth full of words.

Poured from the bottle this one takes on some light larger colors, but yet has a hint of darkness, once in the glass it turns darker red without enough density to cloud things out. Pours a decent head, very creamy.

Smells like caramel, honey, and has some earthy lager tones.

Candy, caramel, cotton candy…dark maple syrup, hints of raisins…what better way can I say this tastes like a kids candy instead of a beer. No hints of alcohol or spices that would give this some character and interest…instead it just sweet and sugary. The thing is this is watery sweet. It needs to up the game to be interesting. Instead it is in this world of candy without contrast or enough power to make me interested.

Candy is not good! I’m not just talking about beer, I’m talking everything. Sugary tasting things aren’t enjoyable for me. I get these things FAR less in beer though. At least candy has a market….5 year old kids. This is beer, why does it taste like they are making it for people who eat shit like cake? BTW for the idiots who think I’m joking in my reviews, that was funny because it is true. This beer sucks. Candy is sweet and uncomplex stuff, this beer is much the same. No depth or anything to grab on to.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:43:14 | More by bobhits
Photo of EwaldEichstaett


2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing American Import: I am guessing that it must have been a bad bottle, normally I love Ayinger. This was flat and had no flavor...

A: No head or lacing with a lighter than average brown color. This beer is actually translucent. lame

S: not much nose at all. some bland dark malts.

T: toasted dark malts and little else, the beer has a watered down flavor.

M: hardly any carbonation at all and a light body.

D: crap, I'll have to try a real bottle of this when I get back to Germany. then I'll re-review

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 18:15:53 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of akorsak


2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a 500 mL bottle served in a Troegenator seidel. The lager is chilled.

Appearance: The lager has a deep brown color and a plentiful head. When held to light, softer brown tones emerge. The head also leaves a nice lace in the seidel.

Smell: This is the second German lager this week that has a strong grainy aroma, almost like cereal. Not very pleasant, as it comes across as too sweet.

Taste: The lager picks up a bit in the taste. The malts are dominant and come close to bock territory with their strength. There is a bit of smoky, roasted malts in the first sip, but they soon fade and leave a smoke-only finish.

Mouthfeel: The lager is a little awkward on the palate, the flavors are too strong to enjoy a nice dunkels lager.

Drinkability: Maybe with some nice smoked sausages this may work, but for the most part it disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 01:42:26 | More by akorsak
Photo of JimTeal


2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe this beer just caught me off guard, but I found it to be just plain odd. Average to above average in appearance and smell, but the taste just left me flat. A tad overcarbonated, a little citrus zing at the finish and even though it has dunkel lager attributes, somehow this Ayinger misses my mark. I do love a good dark lager, and I look forward to enjoying more, but I'll leave this one alone, there are better options.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 00:21:24 | More by JimTeal
Photo of Trueant1


2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium dark carmel color. A nice 1 inch white head. Some carbonation. I like it's color.\
Smells like a typical bavarian. Some spice. What I do not like is a odor of "cat spray urine".
Has a typical "bavarian malt taste". light hop bitterness.
Dry, almost chewey in texture. Has good carbonation. Chocolate finish.
A decent beer in taste, but did not like the smell. I want to try all the Ayinger line.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 02:00:54 | More by Trueant1
Photo of TheDM


2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a large head of fine to medium sized bubbles and a carbonated semi-transparent brown body. It has a mild malt aroma appropriate for a Dunkel. This brew is a bit on the fizzy side for a Dunkel. Its flavor is a bit burnt or roasted caramel and this with some spicey notes.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 06:37:17 | More by TheDM
Photo of Cassidey


2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and orange in color. Has a hint of chocolate and a roasted flavor. It smells and tastes a little sharp to me. The mouthfeel is ok and the drinkability is impacted by a so so flavor. At first I did not like this but it kind of grew on me. Not my style and I will not likely seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 06:12:49 | More by Cassidey
Photo of bbeerman


3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A..A good brown color. Not much head on this one, so a little disappointed.

S..Average smelling dark lager. Reminded me of a blend of dopplebock and English ale.

T..A bit disappointed in the taste, as it came highly recommended by the store's beer "guru." A good amount of malt, but could use more. Too much hop, and a little too bitter. Not a bad tasting beer, but I suppose I had my expectations heightened unnecessarily.

M..Not bad, but not great. Simply average.

D..It's an okay German lager; not great, but certainly not bad. I wish I had more good to report, but then again, I have no real bad to report either.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 02:34:12 | More by bbeerman
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a beige one finger head that receded to surface skim, and left a little bit of spotty lacing. Body was a clear reddish brown amber, sort of like brewed black tea.

Smell - Apples, some dark dried fruits, toffee, caramel, some diacetyl.

Taste - like the smell. Apples, dried ark fruits, toffee, caramel,and some diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, surprisingly high hop oil slickness, and also some drying.

Drinkability - this is decent, not bad, not great. It goes down fairly easy. Would have this once in a while, not much more often.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 19:00:22 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of jyuhas


3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - crystal clear ruby red with deep brown hue, thin coarse head died pretty quickly

s - bready, toffee, sugar, hint of roasted malts and noble hops

t - malty sweet, bready, toffee, hint of chocolate, little bit syrupy cola-like sweetness

m - full body, bit of a heavy carbonic bite at first, but as it went along, it smoothed out

d - went down pretty quickly and easily, could drink another but it's not calling my name, the sweetness seemed to be a little reminiscent of a cola to me, but otherwise good

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 05:09:24 | More by jyuhas
Photo of megahurts4


3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Appearance: Light brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Caramel apple.

Taste: Malts, apple, caramel, corn, and grain.

Mouthfeel: Light and malty.

Not a bad dunkel. Everything is well balanced and could also be a great session beer with lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 03:42:30 | More by megahurts4
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3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml from bottle to my belly...

It's dark enough. Dark cola without the bubbles. Frothy head, moderate retention

Highly unusual scent. Light vineagar? Pickled eggs? Don't know what it is but I don't like it.

Thankfully it tastes better than it smells. Lots of malt flavor. Very sweet.

Good feel, good drinkability.

Overall: nah.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 20:48:29 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife cracked this open while I was performing my evening ablutions, but I managed to swoop in and grab some for myself. This bottle was picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

The only dunkel in the world that's supposedly better than Denison's version according to you BAs (damn rDev), so what better a glass to put this in than a Denison's weizen glass? Pours a touch lighter than expected, presenting a clear light oak body with a frothy off-white head that makes this German beer look pretty damn fine. After a while the head drops to a fine film that's retained for the rest of the drink, and leaves some streaks of lace as it descends.

Lightly toasty aroma, with notes of brown bread, nut and earth. Its all rather muted, though, and the last thing I expected from a brewery of Ayinger's quality. At first I wondered whether my bottle was old, but the general consensus seems to be that the nose is lacking, though this doesn't rule age and handling out as a cause. The flavour is also underpowered, presenting much the same notes as the aroma, but without the force and complexity I hoped for. Strong brown ale elements jive with caramel and toasted grain before dropping off into nothing. Its not that it isn't drinkable, but it does seem underplayed and a shadow of its potential. At least the mouthfeel is somewhat on par, but again it could do with being a little more fuller.

Seeing words like muted, lacking, underpowered and underplayed in a review is never good. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but there's absolutely nothing here that makes me want to buy another, and how this is ranked ahead of far superior dunkels I do not know.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 20:58:59 | More by bobsy
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $1.99 from Fireside Cellars in Santa Monica.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy brown with a fine, beige, two-fingered head; good retention; light, spattered, ring lacing.

Smell: Faint notes of toffee malt and ripe fruit.

Taste: Lightly sweet biscuity malt complimented by mild traces of earthy hops; roasted notes pervade. Nice, medium body.

Notes: Adequate. Certainly prefer Allgauer's Urbairisch Dunkel; not any better than Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg's Barock-Dunkel or Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren's Frundsberg Dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 05:54:25 | More by Mustard
Photo of Andreji


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forgive me for not being overexcited by this beer, but the very particular taste, looks and smell it has were not necessarily for me.

The pour, deep reddish and translucid with a tan head that doesnt necessarily belong there; the smell I cannot really define but feels sorta woody, not in that good weissbier way but I dunno, just not of my likes.

The taste, a funky sweetness blended in rustically with some hops and stuff just, ya know, doesnt really do it and the thin body doesn't go properly with the taste. But oh well, I'm picky now.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 16:05:49 | More by Andreji
Photo of avylover


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogony color with ample carbonation and a large frothy cream head. Aroma is very metallic, with some caramel maltiness in the background. Taste is very clean, but like the aroma there is a good dose of metal in there, seemingly from the hops being used. bready and sweet maltiness help to beef things up a bit, but this just ends up rather bland. nice mouhtfeel & drinkable, but lacking character. This is average.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 20:10:18 | More by avylover
Photo of MisterClean


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml from BevMo

A - Burgundy pour with lots of orange head. Dissipates very slowly.

S - Apples, oranges, cinnamon, malts, and clove.

T - Apple, cinnamon and clove.

M - Silky, carbonated, slightly cloying.

D - A good beer, but tastes much like a marzen. Not pleased with the taste of marzen.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 04:09:39 | More by MisterClean
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with two fingers of off-white head.

Extremely faint smell of molasses.

Nice smooth flavor of caramel with a hint of molasses. Flavor feels chewy. Mild sweet aftertaste.

While it might be smooth and slightly rich, this is far from complex. It is drinkable and enjoyable, it just doesn't make it from good to great. I would recommend it more as an digestif, rather than with a meal or by itself.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 23:27:03 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of KarlHungus


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a ruby-brown color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is caramel, toffee, and a nice mineral quality. Very pleasing. The taste is similar to the aroma, but lighter. It is still nice, but a bit too light for the style. The mouthfeel is on the lighterside of medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is a nice beer, but there are much better dunkels out there that are far richer in depth of character than this one. I would most likely pass on drinking this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 20:00:31 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of rye726


3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown with a thin tan head. Nose has crisp nutty malts and mellow hops. Taste has a decent malt profile and some grassy hops. Light body has a refreshing carbonation. Seems like this could have used a bit more depth. Not quite on the same level as Ayinger's other beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 20:53:25 | More by rye726
Photo of boatshoes


3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle purchased from Naaman's Road Total Wine. Had with BBQ chicken dinner. I'm a big fan of Altbiers so I was excited to try this one out.

Appearance- Pours a nice deep brown with a solid finger and a half of off-white head. Lively carbonation in the glass that gradually dies down a bit along with the head, leaving a ring around the edges but no real lacing.

Smell- A solid but simple nose of sweetish caramel malt, along with background hints of a bit of grassy hay and some spices. Not a huge nose with a lot of scents for me but pleasant in a simple way.

Taste- A bit of a disappointment following the appearance and nose...intially quite pleasant with lots of sweet malt rounded out with a touch spiciness and a faint taste of grassiness less prominent than in the nose. However, the flavor ended on a rather offputting noting of corn that caught me by surprise. I am a bit suspicious that the bottle I purchased was not particularly fresh and that a note of skunkiness had crept in, perhaps due to some heat exposure in the summer season.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Decently carbonated though a tad on the thin side. The real killer here is that corn taste. Again, I'll give the beer the benefit of the doubt of having been a bit off.

Overall, can't say I loved this one and it came as a bit of a disappointment. However, I'd like to revisit it in the future to see if some of the flavors that came through were actually the result of poor storage or heat exposure.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 04:48:35 | More by boatshoes
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3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

.5 liter bottle.

Pours a clear reddish brown with a tiny half finger head that quickly fades. Not lacing at all.

Smells of sweet caramel along with some roasted grain.

Taste has a somewhat heavy sweetness pervading throughout. Caramel dominates with roasted malt being secondary. Light grassy hops are detectable at the beginning quickly giving way to a light to moderate bitterness. The finish is somewhat sticky.

I have to say I am not a huge fan of this beer. It is too sweet for my liking and not quite enough roast.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:07:27 | More by rangerred
Photo of jaluria


3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a semi-opaque, dark brown color with a soapy, frothy head. Nice lacing left behind. Aromas of burnt sugar, roasted malt, and ripened fruit. The taste was similar to the smell with burnt/smoke flavors slowly gaining strength. Added another element of sweetness in a unique way. Very enjoyable to drink with strong flavors of various fruits, grains, and smoke.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 14:13:19 | More by jaluria
Photo of russpowell


3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to re-review since this was a new shipment & hopefully in better form than that bottle I had about a month ago. Slight head retention & even slighter lacing

Pours caramel with a 4 fingers+ tan head

S: Slight caramel notes

T: Slight bitterness (hops?) & caramel up front. Fruittyness follows
along with some choclate notes. Finishes slightly dry with a slight licorice flavor

MF: Medium body, under carbonated & decent balance

Drinks okay, just a so-so take on the style IMO

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 03:46:55 | More by russpowell
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Red/amber, tan head that lasts decently.

S - Malty, maybe some light citrus.

T - It's pretty good. Haven't had too many of this particular style. Doesn't seem to have any sort of "aftertaste". Pretty much hits you with some malts, some toffee, then leaves.

M - Rather thin. Actually rather disappointing. The carbonation is relatively nice and calm, and rather perfect for this style.

D - I guess you could drink quite a few of these. They're light, low ABV and taste OK. Just not what I was expecting at all.

Not really what I thought it was going to be. It may be great for the style, and maybe this style's just not for me. It was actually a rather boring experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 04:07:47 | More by LvilleIPA
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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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