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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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89
very good

548 Reviews
THE BROS
87
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Reviews: 548
Hads: 969
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 67
Gots: 73 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of half dark. Spice in dough aroma. Very smooth and creamy, high quality ingredients. Nice easy drink for lunch, a pint is a good serving measure. Sugar in there for fizz and sweetness. Touch of roast. Hops for some bitterness. Had a tap freshness to it.

had a second bottle, more sourness. no roast (307 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. Random strings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of malt and caramel notes. Perhaps a bit of an earthy aroma. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, caramel, and some earthy/woody tastes. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good lager from Ayinger and my first of the style. I would get this one again. (459 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It says munich dunkel but the name suggests a different take on altbier. In any case it poured a copper/amber color into my pint glass. There was some white head and it had some retention to it but was very thin.

The smell had some dark malts and some german lager yeast but there was also a bit of smokiness there. There was also some dryness which to me hints at altbier. Pretty inviting.

The flavor was your typical dark german lager but that smoke flavor was there too. Interesting. I am assuming that there is some smoked malts in here somewhere, that or maybe a small amount of some really dark roasted malt.

The body was like most german beers, that is to say it was light/medium. Very drinkable. (707 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a finger-sized off white head that quickly settled down into a thin layer of bubbles that remained on the surface the entire time. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of dark malts, caramel and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of toasted caramel malts with a little bit of sweetness; a slight amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate; the finish seems to be a bit thin.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and is good if you are looking for something that's moderately filling because with all of the malts it feels like you're having a slice of bread. (705 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a bright reddish-copper color when held up to the light. Out of the light, it's a chestnut brown. Thin tan head but no real lacing. Cap sticks around throughout. The nose brings some lightly-sweet malt along with some caramel and a hint of nuts. The flavor is a bit sweet, focusing mostly on malt sweetness and a touch of caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Pretty decent, but nothing I'd go out of my way for. (528 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber color with a three-fingered tan head; excellent lacing

Smell: Bready nose, with hints of caramel and chocolate

Taste: At the first sip, the roasted malt hits your tongue and builds up nicely, tasting of caramel and pumpernickel; by mid-palate, the noble hops make their presence felt; the flavors blend in beautifully, after the swallow, introducing a vague hint of chocolate

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with modest carbonation

OVerall: A very nice dunkel - What can I say but "Wunderbar!" (535 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 'alt' phrase on the bottle illudes to this being and Altbier. Though the beer does hit on the light caramel / toast flavors, this beer takes the proportions of these to the Dunkel level. Quite toasty, malty, bready. But also with low-lying levels of sweetness, dryness, and light fruitiness. Moderately full in texture with much creaminess, but not heavy. Toasty, dry, and cleanly finished. A highly drinkable beer for the big flavors. (439 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown/burgundy color dunkel with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some caramel and light molasses is enjoyable. Taste is also a nice mix between some medium sweet malt with some nice notes of caramel malt and some very subtle molasses and a light dry roasted finish. Average body with good carbonation. Very well done but I am not sure this is a style that I really dig. (459 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Dark mahogany in the glass, capped by a half-inch of head. Clarity and color are great. It smells of sweet caramelized malt and toasted raisin bread. Very nice palate, opening lightly toasty and nutty with a brown sugar sweetness. Body is light, and it becomes pleasantly crisp and moderately bitter in the finish, drying up substantially. A very good dunkel, and I bet it would be even better on tap. (435 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. "Old Bavarian Dark Lager". Sounds like a plan to me.

This beer pours a clear, medium dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of fizzy, foamy, and quite loosely bubbly tan head, which leaves a few miniscule specks of islet lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of rather fruity (apples and pears, mostly), lightly toasted caramel malt, a bit of oily nuttiness, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is subtly roasted pale malt, a touch of oozy caramel, semi-bitter nuts, a sense of coffee served with biscuits, and a more pronounced floral, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is a wee too fizzy for my liking, the body hovering around medium-light weight, and kind of cloying, at times, in its workaday smoothness. It finishes off-dry, some drupe fruitiness and singed caramel malt lingering.

An adequate, generally serviceable dark lager, nothing more, as at least with the Germans, you know there's a minimum threshold to quality - and this might be it. I'm not quite inspired to have another go at this one any time soon. (1,060 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black in the glass, glints of mahogany in the light. Light tan foam on top, leaving behind spotty traces of lace.

Light roast in the aroma, dark malt, vague coffee.

Taste is roasty and dry, light bodied and straightforward. Very clean with a slight toasted marshmallow impression though not especially sweet at all. Carbonation seems light as well, though it helps the drinkability. Word is that draft may hit the states in January. Made a great pairing with spicy goulash at Laschet's. (504 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest tawny with a reddish blush and bright orange trim. A full, frothy head of equal parts pastel orange, gold and beige sits atop the beer, resembling an especially dense version of cotton candy. It's admirably persistent and leaves something less than admirable lace.

Although the nose is underpowered, what reaches my nose is decent. I can appreciate a toasted barley, brown ale nuttiness and a hint of earthy hops. I can't detect much fruitiness and there's very little depth or complexity. It'll do, but I want more... and expect more from Brauerei Aying.

Altbairisch Dunkel is okay on the palate, no more than that. Unfortunately, it's meekly malted. As far as I'm concerned, that's the gravest sin that beer of a malt-dominant style can commit. At least it doesn't have that artificially sweetened, dark syrupy flavor that some dark lagers (especially from Eastern Europe) possess. It's a little dark malty, neither sweet nor bitter, a trifle nutty, barely hoppy... that's about it.

The positives outweigh the negatives, but that's only because there are very few negatives. My impression hasn't changed as I begin my second glassful. There just isn't a whole lot to chew on here. A pleasant brew? Sure, but that isn't enough, especially at this price.

The mouthfeel can only be described as light. To its credit, though, it holds up throughout the mouthful and doesn't even approach watery. The amount and feel of the carbonation is spot on, which helps.

I was all set to be impressed by Altbairisch Dunkel since this brewery (along with Brauerei Weihenstephan) is my favorite in all of Germany. My lack of enthusiasm for this particular beer probably has more to do with my lack of enthusiasm for this particular style than anything else. At least now I know that when it comes to Ayinger, I should stick with the excellent Brau-Weisse and the equally excellent Ur-Weisse. (1,899 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish, brown color with a pillowy, tan, three-finger head. Left minimal amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of clove, malt and spice.

T - It tasted of sweet malt. Also, noted clove and dried fruits.

M - Very crisp and nicely carbonated. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good German lager. Sweet, but not over the top. (344 characters)

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. (285 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is mahogany in color with a rather large off-white head.

S: Sweet malts with toffee and caramel. There is a strange aroma of red grapes and other red fruits. Toasted malt and bread are also present.

T: Quite heavy on the red fruit and grape qualities that were there on the nose. Sweet toasted malt with a hint of roast and a nice bready flavor overall. Not much in the way of hops.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Not sure where that fruit character was coming from. Perhaps an old bottle? I'll have to revisit this one. (573 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber-brown body underneath an inch or two of light beige suds.

Smell: Oven-toasted dark German bread and nuts backed by a light roastiness, strewn leafy hop notes, and a far-off hint of chocolate-covered raisins.

Taste: Toasted dark bread, coffee-laced roasty malts with added tastes of cracked nuts, cocoa powder, and even some dark caramel. Reasonably sweet. Child-sized handful of raisins, faint hint of apple skin. Leafy, herbal hops with enough bitterness to support the sweetness. All the various flavors roll in and around and amongst themselves, everything nicely integrated until the drying, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly silky on the tongue.

Overall: That dismal dunkel from the 2012 Longshot six-pack was the impetus for this purchase and the difference is night and day. (927 characters)

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. (697 characters)

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

Fresh bottle. Pours a clear deep reddish/almost brown body with a firm, foamy tan head that holds well. The aroma offers a lightly nutty and toasty maltiness. The body is light with an exceptionally fine carbonation that leaves it creamy and silky smooth in the mouth.The flavor offers a rich maltiness that's clearly derived from Munich malt, and lightly toasty and cocoa-ish notes from deeply kilned dark malts. At times it can even be borderline chocolatey. The hop flavor is minimal, and the bitterness restrained, serving only to support the maltiness. (557 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a little note, I love the artwork on the bottle caps.

The pour from the tulip bottle forces a nice frothy and semi thick creamy 1.5 finger head that fades somewhat slowly, with lots of nice lacing, over dark but very clear mahogany brown colored beer with some chestnut light streaming through.

Nose is nice, some dark toasty malts, toasted wheat, pilsner toasted straw malts, light caramel and toffee like aromas, a slight caramelized brown sugar like aroma too and faint biscuit, light wafts of dark fig and raisin like fruit, with that nice decoction like complex soft malts, and faint grassy noble hops. It started a little muted but after a few big sniffs more and more complex aromas came through nicely.

Taste brings more of the same, malts the key profile, darker brown malts, caramelized sugars and fruits with a light candied raisin and fig like, nice toasted wheat and biscuit flavors, with a little toasty dark brown malts. Sweet flavors bring a faint toffee and nutty quality with the caramel and brown sugar, but all are on the lighter side and the beer itself is not very sweet. The wheat characters come through a bit more as it goes, a toasted brown wheat like, as well as more of that soft decoction mash flavors. Very faint grassy noble hop in the background that brings a faint spicy quality on the finish. The finish is drier, more caramelized brown sugars and toffee nutty flavors, dark toasted wheat, and touch of the toasty malts, as well as a crisp slightly fruity lager character.

Mouth is med bodied, soft and rich though, and plenty of fluffy carbonation.

Overall quite nice, true to a nice dark dunkel, great malt characters, soft complex decoction mash profile, nice sweetener flavors without the sweetness, faint dark fruits come through, and even the slightest hop profile. very drinkable and I could pound this back in minutes if I'm not careful. This is what I imagine drinking on a slightly chilly spring morning in Germany. (1,969 characters)

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, caramelized malts, some spices, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, spice and a little bit of fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is nice dark but mild German lager that is worth drinking for a long time. (793 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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! (669 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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 (497 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A: Clear, medium brown, with a light head.

S: Roasty and earthy tones.

T: Subtle molasses and earthtones, not too much hoppiness.

M: Pretty smooth.

D: Pretty easily drinkable, but not the best among dunkels. (252 characters)

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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