Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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89
very good

545 Reviews
THE BROS
87
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Reviews: 545
Hads: 965
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 63
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

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of twosheds
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,048 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 HamdenHector
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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; (313 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
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! (298 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of MikeKnauf
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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. (936 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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. (912 characters)

Photo of gc4hokies
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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. (202 characters)

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. (399 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Perfect pour into a Hofbrau Munchen stein. Irish setter red/grade a maple amber in color. 2 finger moussey, overflowing head. Stays around awhile, no lacing.

S: Sweet toffee and crusty brown bread malt. Straightforward.

M: Medium-light body. Firm and dry stout like. Moderately high carbonation.

T: Good and clean Munich malt taste. Complex breadiness, mostly brown bread and sweet nutty flavors-flax and millet. Mild caramel, toffee, and ginger. Moderately sweet. Just enough hops to hold it in check at the end. Light bitter, raw water chestnut finish. Carbonation introduces a restrained level of minerality. Lasting sensation of chocolate and cherries. (662 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown beer with about a quarter inch of thick foam.
S: Rich bready aroma, slightly sweet, little hint of caramel.
T: Less sweet in the flavor, with crusty bread malt dominating. There seems to be a little roast as well. Hops aren't really detectable apart from moderate bitterness, which with the slight roast dries out the finish.
M: Somewhat light, with neutral texture. (380 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a one finger head just off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of caramel and brown sugar with a bit of a roasted malt aroma. Some light chocolate smells as well as some molasses and plum are there as well. Overall the aroma is rather sweet.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted and toasted bready flavor with some sweeter notes of a fruity nature with some plum and cherry. As the taste advances, a caramel and molasses sweetness joins the flavor all while some flavors of a light coffee and chocolate come to the tongue. Some more grainy flavors as well as some more roasted flavors come to the tongue after the cocoa and coffee. At the same time, a bit of an earthy and herbal hop come to the tongue, and in the end, mix with the sweeter and roasted flavors nicely to leave a smooth, lightly toasted, and sweeter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The average carbonation and body are rather a nice bled for the darker but yet very drinkable nature of the brew.

Overall – For a dunkel lager this is on the slightly sweeter side, but very drinkable and quite enjoyable. A rather good easy drinking darker lager. (1,497 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at McNellie's OKC. Pours a deep reddish brown with a creamy off-white head. Good lacing that cascades down the glass. Smells of malt, caramel and toffee. Taste follows the nose, along with a bit of toasted grain. Medium mouth that's very smooth. Quite a drinkable dunkel. (278 characters)

Photo of HuskerTornado
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby undertones. A medium sized tan head settles into a quarter inch thick with faint lacing.

Smell is of dark roasted malt, mocha, caramel, toffee.

Taste is heavy on roasted malt up front with notes of toffee and chocolate in the middle and then finishing with mocha and a faint amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.

Overall, a great dunkel, Ayinger never disappoints. (471 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a pokal.

A-The beer pours with about a finger of foam that drops to a cap after a minute or so. A thin cap remains even after a few swigs and two minutes of time. The beer is deep amber in color and clear with a fine carbonation creeping up the glass.

S-I sniff malted barley, bread dough, some caramel sweetness, some toffee sweetness, and a light nuttiness. Hops are virtually non-existent. Pleasant and simple.

T-The taste is similar with barley grain overlain by sweet toffee and caramel flavors. There is a bit cocoa and a tease of citrus, but bread is the overwhelming flavor component here.

M-The feel is smooth verging on creamy. The body is medium to full in heft.

O-This is a pleasant beer...nothing to chase trucks over, but certainly worth a drink. I can see drinking a lot of this in the fall when the weather starts to cool down. It would pair well with football watching. (917 characters)

Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from pint+ bottle into a pilsner.

A - Crystal clear brown. Very thin, quickly dissapating white head.

S - A of bit roasty malt. Not big. Nothing special.

T - Roasty malt and pilsner with an almost chocolate-y sweetness. A tiny little dry hoppiness in the middle.

M - Big lager mouthfeel and a bit dry.

O - If I tried to brew a porter/lager hybrid, this is what I'd aim for. Unfortunately, I'd never want to do this. This is another that I'd not complain if it was all there was, but it lacks "muchness". Needs all of its flavours to be bolder. I enjoyed the Paulaner Salvator doppel bock style much more. (616 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear, dark amber with a small dense off white head that recedes fairly quick and leaves no lacing.

Smell- Slightly sweet with a good balance of caramel, nuts and munich malt. No hop prescence.

Taste- Fairly sweet with a good balance of drying bitterness. I get flavors of caramel and bread crust with some spicy hops in the background. Gets sweeter and less dry as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Medium full body and carbonation. Very creamy texture and good amount of drying to help balance sweetness.

Overall- Good beer overall, not very complex flavors but the ones I detect compliment each other well. (620 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep red-brown color. Excellent showing of head.

Sweet caramelized sugars, bock-y dark fruits, raisin, and dark malts. Bavarian lager authenticity with an intense nose. Even a slight whiff of smoked malt, maybe.

Super malty and rich. Big intense flavors of brown bread, toffee, German mustiness, dark caramel, herbal notes, and minerality. Just a little too sweet.

Medium-light carbonation. Stocky body for a dunkel lager. (425 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the bier stein the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with light lacing and fair head retention. Don't really get a whole lot on the nose initially, but at the beer warmed, I did pick up some nice sweet malt, a light roasty quality and a hint of burnt toast. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, though thankfully it was a bit more pronounced. Mouthfeel was fairly light, as you might expect, though I wouldn't describe the finish as watery.

Not bad, but considering all the other beers Ayinger makes, it was a bit hard to get too excited about this one. (601 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very nice dunkel with dark fruit and spice notes, olive, very smooth with a bit of bite. hints of cherry and caramel malt. pours light brown, dark amber red orange into a stemmed pilsner glass. aromas aren't very present, just hints of nutmeg, brownsugar, cherry, etc. really well balanced (289 characters)

Photo of ZachMcGinn
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smooth Dunkel. Brown carmel color with a foggy appearance. Sweet almost salty scent resembles potato chips. Flavor is sweet but not overbearing and somewhat salty continuing with the potato chip resemblance. Not a lot of bitter or hoppy flavor makes it an easy drink (266 characters)

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.