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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of Flounder57


3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a mahogany color with some clarity and bubbles seem coming up through the glass. Nice lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Toasted, chocolate, and caramel malts followed by grassy noble hops.

Taste: Nice bready malts, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and mild grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, smooth, medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and mild tingly hops.

Overall: Pretty solid enjoyable. Tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 00:29:17 | More by Flounder57
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel 5.0%
.5l in ceramic mug at brewery (bräustüberl)

A: hazy; dark brown; small light tan head that fades quickly.
M: medium body and carbonation, but a tad less body than ideal; slightly harsh feel.
S: sweet medium malt; a bit floral and lightly hoppy. Improves with warming.
T: similar to aroma, but with a more pronounced flavor from both the malt and the hops. Nicely balanced.
O: a finely crafted beer with great balance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 17:44:59 | More by chinchill
Photo of AndrewNations


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from Notes. I had this beer during Oktoberfest 2010 in Munich. An amazing experience.

Serving type: Served on draft at the Ayinger Haus across from Hoffbrau

A - Bright brown and almost red hues that complemented the base color of a typical lagers. A very cool color that makes you want to look again.

S - Not a whole lot on the nose. Slight sweet, yeast, and bread notes.

T - Such a clean beer. The Germans do lagers so well and this one is no exception. The darker malts that make up the color and the bigger body also provided a bit more sugar but not overbearing. It was almost like a dark helles.

M - Pretty Good. A bit on the heavier side and a tad viscous but overall it worked well. Not overly carbonated
D - Great. This is a great style as the dark color and subsequent sweetness might appeal to those who are same of the same lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 14:12:32 | More by AndrewNations
Photo of jmhart


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ayinger Brauhaus in Munich across from Hofbrauhaus

Apearance was a deep deep amber. No apparent sediment. A firm long lasting almond colored head and elementary lace.

Nice aromas of honey and caramel. Mild malt aromas but not as much as would be expected. Warm and full of sugar candy on the nose.

Toffee hits you first followed with a balanced bite of bitterness. Toasted nuts and hints of cardamon and cinnamon.

Silky moutfeel with mild acidity. Medium bodied. It's a nice brew, but mildly body than expected and minorly disappointing.

Highly drinkable...not sure the best way to describe the drinkability for this one so I'll just leave it at that.

Overall this was a good brew, but I wouldn't have more than one in a row, and would only drink this again seldomly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 23:02:04 | More by jmhart
Photo of Dogbrick


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Winking Lizard (glass special). This beer pours a pretty burgundy color with a medium thick light beige head that diminishes steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Roasted malt, nuts and dark chocolate aroma. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, toffee and dark fruits with touches of chocolate and hops. The finish is bready malt with a nice lingering roastiness. Overall this is an enjoyable brew, as are the other Ayinger beers I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2007 20:21:32 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Higravity


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kicked the Keg of Weiss so this went on. Oh, dear god. I am a huge lover of black lagers done right. Nice dark color with thin edges beutiful full head that fills the stein. The smell is mostly clean but for a hint of boiling wort and a gentle strumming of darkness. The taste is blasting and with the keg not too cold it really develops in my mouth. I gives a slight sticky coating but is refreshing. The gentle roasted flavors give are meet with a nice subtle counter of hops. Balance, this thing could walk a tight rope. Nice mouthfeel and too drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2006 14:07:08 | More by Higravity
Photo of PopeJonPaul


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, fizzy beer with a strong smoky malt flavor and a slick (though a bit yeasty) mouthfeel that really made this brew go down easy. It's definitely got that German lager character to it but it's got more body than your average lager. Taste is good but not remarkable, works well with a plate of sausage on a summer day. Despite the yeastiness, this beer is still light enough that it doesn't inflate your belly, so your friends won't have to roll you out of the biergarten. I've had other liters that are way more "filling." A liter of this, and you've still got room for another! Well....

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2004 01:14:01 | More by PopeJonPaul
Photo of allboutbierge


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Ayinger tap house across the street from the Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

Color was slightly lighter than the Hofbrau offering and can be best described as a cinnammon like brown. Head retention was longer and created a very attractive glass. Taste is slightly sweet and slightly bitter-a nice balance that would appeal to most beer and some non beer drinkers. Taste would seem watered down for a fan of big IPAs or Imperial Stouts as there are no real rich flavors but a balance struck that creates a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2003 14:44:23 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a short squat stoneware mug, so I never got a chance to evaluate the color. It had a light tan head, with an aroma of malt along with a hint of alcohol. The taste was a bit dry, and because it started out cold was not as malty as I would have liked. The dunkel as it warmed up began to release a malty sweetness to my flavor receptacles. At first when cold the predominant taste was in the finish, it was one of bitterness from the hops. When warmed the maltiness balance out and in fact dominated the previous bitter hoppiness. I detected a hint of raisin, some caramelized breadiness. Quite clean as a lager should be, no fruitiness. The malt flavor was not sweet more of a cracker/ breadiness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2003 17:01:53 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of BierReise


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber-brown ale with thick head that settles down quickly. Aroma is sweet malt with hints of plums, raisins and coffee. Smooth and medium bodied and slightly crisp. Flavor is highly malty and slightly sweet, fruity and nutty. I'm not a big fan of this style but this is really well done and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2003 20:15:04 | More by BierReise
Photo of TMoney2591


3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Revisiting one of my first German beers from my college days. Ah, nostalgia... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise topaz-sienna topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The noe comprises mild nuts, wheat bread, light fruits (in the vaguest possible sense), and ahint of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, the nuts and bread combining into a toffee/brittle situation and the fruit coming out a bit stronger. I think I get some dark greens in there, as well. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, a really solid dunkel, basically exactly what you'd expect from Ayinger.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 19:13:46 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Brenden


3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is sort of a burnt caramel color, deep orange/tan going light brown. It's not heavy-looking but it is opaque. The head is tall and settles down to just more than one finger. It retains itself well from that point and leaves a mixture of spotty and patchy lacing stuck to the walls of the glass.
The nose is pretty nice,heavy on caramel and toast, a ghost of something not quite smoky, a bit of dark fruits, just a hint of dark chocolate, and bread crust. It gets a little muddled as it goes, and some of it is lost, which is improved in the flavor.
It gains a little depth on the tongue, but not much more. If anything, it's leans more toward dry than the nose. The dark fruits come forward but don't take over from the toast and caramel, while a bit of herbal flora supports and balances.
The dryness is present in the mouthfeel, and the body is medium but leans lighter than I expect. It has more than a modicum of both crispness and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 21:04:48 | More by Brenden
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt
Head large (5.5 cm), very light brown, creamy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a 1 mm broken layer
Lacing – small clumps with big bubbles
Body clear, medium brown
Flavor begins and ends moderately sweet and malty – no hint of alcohol, hops, or diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

A very easy drinking pleasant dunkel which loses points for the frapidly diminishing head and crappy lacing.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 12:58:10 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of mactrail


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep auburn color with a fine creamy head in the tall Kölsch glass. Fresh bubbles with every sip. It's not quite the dreamy mouthfeel of the German classics but it goes down with a flourish. Just a little beery and malty aroma.

Warm malty flavor to start. On the sweet side with plenty of roasted malt and burnt sugar. A little malty body with a refreshing tang. Smooth and mellow.

Finishes with a bitterish darkness in the back of the throat. Beautiful brew with that tall foam and red-brown glowing color. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Ibis Market in Mission Hills.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:27:56 | More by mactrail
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a traditional stein. The pour is a beautiful deep mahogany color with a massive bloom of foam on top. The nose has a ton of rich, malty sweetness with huge notes of toffee, treacle, fresh bread, and hazelnuts.

Nice light-medium body with a sweet, malty flavor that follows the nose perfectly. Loads of fresh bread, toast, and toffee with just enough hoppiness to keep the rich swet flavors in line. On the finish is a sarsaparilla-like note that provides a cola-like sensation when experienced with the level of carbonation in the beer. One other comment: this beer was made to go with food. ANY food.

I love rich, malty lagers and I don't know why I don't drink them more often than I do. This one has all those wonderful melanoidins as well as extreme drinkability. It doesn't have a ton of malt complexity, but I can't penalize it for that because it's not a bock or doppelbock. It's just a classic example of the dark lager style.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:11:10 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Bouleboubier


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice dunkel that seems to have held up quite well (assuming the bottle is several months old)

Should I be surprised not to see much head form on the pour? - almost entirely headless for the duration.... rich dark brown color... excellent melanoidin-rich, brown bread and subtle dark cocoa flavors... slight herbal, flowery hops to balance.... moderate malty roundness on the palate, but relatively light and super clean....

the flavors could be appropriate for a doppelbock.... i'd almost want more body, but that may ruin it, who knows?

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:03:32 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of archyquaffer


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 17 ounce Euro-brown bottle into a large pilsener glass. A moderate pour produces about 1.5 inches of creamy, billowy head that settles down within 5 minutes to a 1/8 creamy, sticky head that stays for the duration. The beer is a dark ruby brown with moderate carbonation.

I get loads of sweet candy aromas, with plenty on the palate as well, with low hoppiness to take the edge off. I get loads of chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruit and cherry flavors, along with a toasted milkiness that's suggestive of a malted milk ball. It's complex and suggests sweet treats, yet is not cloying by any means, and has a very unique overall flavor and quality that I find in other German beers that I can't quite describe in words. I think this taste treat would make either a good appetizer or dessert beer.

I'm starting to see brands from this brewery more often in my town. Keep sending them please!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 02:20:05 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of godlessape


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Paulaner mug. The body has an extremely glass like clear chestnut color to it, and the head is slightly tan.
The aroma is rich with bready pumpernickel, and pretzel. All yeast, malt, a little fruitiness and no hops.
The flavor plow's on heavy with Teutonic malt, and that's never a bad thing. There's a smokiness to this as well as some caramel and dark fruit notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth and easy with little carbonation.
Overall a great beer. I'd love to try this out on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 04:28:03 | More by godlessape
Photo of vkv822


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz : tulip

Pours a clear, amber-red, mahogany with a thick, foamy off white head, thick lacing.

Rich malty, bready, caramel notes. Light mineral, nutty, earthy character.

Medium body, fizzy foamy carbonation.

A really enjoyable malt focused beer, as expected from the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 08:57:40 | More by vkv822
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big 17 oz dark brown bottle poured into a tall pint.

A: Clear dark amber with a finger of off white head with medium carbonation, lasting and lace.

S: Beer hall richness - worn wood, bread, plate of dark malts, caramelized apple, and toffee in the nose. Classic.

T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by toasted malts with a bit of sweetness; Autumn, beer hall, a nice food complement sweetness. But it's light, crisp and a little bitterness drying the finish. Just a tad smokey. Again, a classic.

M: It feels medium-to light-bodied on the palate; the finish a bit thin.

D: This is session beer. Meant for an evening at the beer hall. would be great with sausages and cheeses. (which is what I enjoyed it with). Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:20:16 | More by Act25
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with an off-white head that shows good persistent. The nose is dominated by caramel and toffee notes. A bit of nuttiness and floral hops.

Malty and moderately dry. Hops add balancing bitterness. Faint raisin-like dark fruit notes add some complexity. Carbonation is light but short of creamy. On the finish, more hop bitterness shows up but doesn't linger.

A go-to beer during the colder months, this is superior to most fall and winter seasonal fare. An excellent malt-forward lager than never fatigues the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:55:35 | More by gr0g
Photo of ChuckMartel37


4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle, into a glass.

Dark brown, with a creamy head which dissipates quickly. And there's nothing I dislike more than dissipating head (Guys, AMIRITE?!). I'll let it slide in this case, because this is a beer and not a woman.

Do you remember that scene in Broken Lizard's "Beerfest" when they brew the super secret German beer recipe and then have a moment of Nirvana? Yeah, it's kinda like that. I DO want to brush my teeth with it. It's everything I could possibly want from a Dunkel. Dark malt and dried fruit dominate the first sip, then you get the caramel sweetness that follows like soft kiss on the cheek. I read that some people picked up a hop backbone from this beer, but I just don't get it. I'll just assume these tasters are delusional, high from the enormous amount of hops that we consume in America on regular basis.

I love Ayinger for several reasons, the least of which is not the bottle and label. Something overtly "Germanish" about it, with its 17 oz dark glass bottle and poorly illustrated picture of what I can only assume is Brewery Aying. If you're looking for the gold standard of Dunkels, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 02:32:55 | More by ChuckMartel37
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The body is a dark ruby brown that holds a cream colored head that recedes to a bubbly film. A few foamy lines of lacing hang around.

The aroma is chocolately and sweet with hints if caramel and coffee.

The beer tastes malty and sweet with toffee and chocolate coming out. Maybe even some nuttiness in here. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, delightfully tasty with lots of chocolate, nuts, and toffee.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:25:18 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 11/14/13. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with about a 1-finger tan head. Lots of lacing is seen from this "Dark Lager" brew as is typical from Germany. The aroma is of toffee, roasted malts and caramel. The taste is pretty much the same with a slight bitter finish but wasn't unpleasant at all. Actually goes down pretty easy. I have had a few other brews from Ayinger in the past and like the others, it didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 23:58:29 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of TheChrisK


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a pint bottle into a Pilsener glass. Dark raspberry color with a light head that fades quickly. My Pils glass could not hold the entire pint so the bottle was not emptied on the first pour.

S: The nose has strong notes of caramel, toffee and a hint of coffee. Really pleasant.

T: The taste does not give the same notes as the smell. The taste has more notes of bready malt and coffee than the toffee and caramel.

M: Great texture and a smooth feel. Goes down extremely easy and the finish is wonderful. The body is a medium thick which is just right.

O: This has become my new favorite beer, even though i'm relatively new at this. I expected nothing less from this brew. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 00:21:35 | More by TheChrisK
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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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