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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

756 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 756
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%


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)
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 30/03/2014, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

Appearance: pours a dark russet brown colour, coming with a fast dissipating hissing dark beige head and lively carbonation.
Smell: a deep aroma of caramel dominates the nose, hand in hand with sour berry fruit notes such as raisins or prunes, laced with sweet nuts, sweet herbs and black sugar. Simplistic and quite sweet. A few good swirls give rise to a mild acidity typical of a well lagered beer, where it is balanced by the malt sweetness, though.
Taste: softly fizzy on the entry, the foretaste is immediately caramely and prune-ish sour-sweet, underlined by softer hints of bready & roast malts, leading towards moderate plummy fruitiness, nutty, faintly chocolaty and earthy undertones in the finish. Mildly dry on the palate with a decent touch of herbal bitterness to linger. After a few sips, a light oily feel starts to develop down the end of the palate.
Mouth & Overall: refreshing enough, semi-clean on the palate, medium-bodied, showing a balanced flavour profile, but altogether not something I’d drink for more than a pint. This is yet another beer style that doesn’t do well in the bottled and pasteurized form. It’s just… not delicious and not “lively” (not referring to the carbonation) enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 13:47:20 | More by wl0307
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a rich copper brown color. The head is tall and fizzy and pocketed with large bubbles and fades down into nothing. A fair amount of carbonation.
The aroma is sweet and bready. Sutle hints of dark fruits too.
The taste is malty sweet with some carmel and toffee malts.
Drinks weak on the palate and has a flat boring feel.
This beer tasted flat and boring. I've had better dunkels.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 11:32:41 | More by micromaniac129
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Amber/mahogany with 2 fingers of light tan head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Nutty, bready, bown sugar and earthy hop aromas.

Taste
Brown bread, caramel and brown sugar. Nutty with a dusting of cocoa. Nicely balanced with earthy hop aromas and maybe a hint of copper.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky and crisp.

Overall
A balanced and easy drinking Dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 13:05:56 | More by justintcoons
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark cherry amber with a 2 finger creamy off-white head.

S - Toasted malt, almond, caramel, dark fruit, hint of grassy hops.

T - Sweet bready malt, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit. There is a pleasant nutty flavor throughout. Earthy grassy hops. Finishes mildly bitter with toasted grains and hints of spice/yeast.

M - Somewhat creamy, smooth, medium bodied. Crisp, moderately carbonated.

O - This a great dark German lager. Extremely flavorful and well balanced. Really easy to drink too.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 03:15:10 | More by mooseo
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JayQue

Virginia

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

Pours a clear mahogany brown with a lot of reddish highlights when held to the light. Big light tan head with excellent retention and some filmy, spotty lacing on the glass. Smell is malty with some grassy hops.

Flavor is primarily malty with a fairly well balanced grassy hops bitterness. THere also appears to be a little winter ale type spicing.

Mouthfeel is rich but also light and refreshing. The grassy hops keep it from being too sweet.

Well crafted, goes down easy. I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:04:09 | More by JayQue
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hackmann

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: nice mahogany body, somewhat clear, with a full two finger tan bubbly head that does not stick around long. Just what a Dunkel lager is going to look like – dark.

Aroma: dark bready malts, lightly toasted grains, and not much else, very light overall

Flavors: light toasted sweet grains, dark bread like, caramel, fairly simple overall

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, toasty notes on the palate during and on the aftertaste, light bitterness, roasted sweet note

To the Point: a good Alt Dunkel, tasty, easy to drink,

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 23:03:33 | More by hackmann
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Working my way through the beer fridge and found this baby from my last trip to Black Mountain, NC, and the Berliner Kindl restaurant. When I go there, it's just to pop in and buy some German beers. Gotta make time to sample the food some day. Anyway, on with the review!

-Appearance 3.75: Poured out with a nice, thick, 3/4" head. This quickly faded into foamy swirls on top. Completely translucent beer, which makes me think that the "lager" designation is not simply from tradition. Don't make that statement make you think it is a golden beer, it is not: it is an attractive deep amber color.

-Smell 3.75: Very pleasant and restrained bouquet. I detect hints of toasted grains, raisins and malted barley. The bouquet is very balanced and nuanced.

-Taste 4.0: Front is dry with slight hints of barley. Middle is also dry, and this is where the bubbles hit your palate. Finish is where the barley and toasted grains and slight hops come in and then quickly fade into an abrupt and dry finish. Very pleasant and restrained on every level.

-Mouthfeel 3.75: Mouthfeel is creamy and satisfying. Right on the nose for this style.

-Overall 4.0: Great beer. While I drank it, I kept imagining drinking it while eating some sauerbraten and black bread or a smoked shank of pork with sauerkraut. I really enjoyed this beer on its own and believe it would be an excellent session beer, but cannot wait to try it with food. Maybe the next time I am in Black Mountain, I will. Regardless, if you see this beer, pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:07:24 | More by BeerDocT
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much a fan of everything about this brewery. Always nice to be able to review a new product from them.

A- Poured into a tall glass that seems to be around twenty ounces in total. The beer comes out of the bottle with a nice dark brown hue with some red around the edges. A tall, foamy cap forms to several fingers in height and retains nicely. The foam falls to a thick, bubbly ring leaving some spotty but thick sized lace webs.

S- A pretty mild overall aroma but the things present are appropriate. I get some nice toasted bread and malt hints first with some good brown caramelized sugar and toffee sweetness behind that. Something reminds me of fruit, not sure if hops or yeast.

T- Toasted malts and caramelized dark sugars make up a lot of the flavor for me. Crusty yeast bread, fig, molasses and a tiny bit of cocoa come to mind. Some hops present with mostly herbal and spicy hints coming from them. A good sweetness without being alarming.

MF- Medium bodied with a somewhat sweet overall feel on the palate. Carbonation bubbles feel fine and at a moderate level. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

I am not an expert in Munich Dunkels but this satisfies a lot of the styles characteristics. Just thinking about it as a beer it is balanced and drinks refreshingly, not a surprise when it comes to this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 02:55:33 | More by cbutova
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 22:29:56 | More by jlindros
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark amber. Deep reds when held up to the light.
Smell: Malty, some caramel, and very light fruit.
Taste: Malty, some caramel, some honey, light fruit, and a floral touch.
Mouthfeel: Just like a good lager: balanced smoothness and carbonation.

This brew is beautiful. Deep dark, and then deep cherry red under the light. The taste is well-rounded; nothing stands out in dominance, but each part compliments the other; I was surprised by the fruity and floral aspects. Overall, this is beautiful lager that would make me want to drink a lager. I would get this again. I also love the new design on the bottle. It's a cleaned up and simplified revision of the previous one.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 02:16:30 | More by TeamMathis
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ayinger Kirta-Halbe glass on 3/16/13

Medium-dark brown with dark rust and copper hues. Clear enough to see the fury of rising bubbles feeding a slow-to-dwindle two finger head.

Wonderfully malty aroma of dark bread, biscuit dust, nuts, dark fruits and molasses. Overtones of earthiness. Very nice, indeed. Dark, semi-dry bread notes carry the palate with a hint of dark roast. Suggestions of earthy, almost herbal hops but the malts (oh, the malts) are on full display. Vague fruity notions in the middle. The finish is dry and slightly toasty. At first the body seemed a tad thin, but it quickly grew on me. Low, meandering carbonation - just how I like it.

My overall impression is that I need to drink more Ayinger.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:18:20 | More by Ryan011235
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DerAtomsmasher

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Never expected that, here, in the listings for Munich Dunkel Lager, Negro Modelo is included. Weird.

A bottle of this guy, poured into a glass with quickly dissipating head. Mahogany in the glass, just this side of opaque.

Not much to add for the smell, here. Subtle hop astringency. Maybe a cookie-like maltiness underneath that.

Tastes like a dark German beer; I think this is one of those styles - and interpretations - that would take casual beer drinkers by surprise. There is, immediately, hop bitterness - herbal, to be specific - followed by roasted malts, and a dry finish. Certainly no overwhelming hops and no yeast.

One of these once in a while would be fine, a sort of re-familiarizing with the style. I imagine it'd best enjoyed in a beer hall with pretzels.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:41:24 | More by DerAtomsmasher
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opening this bottle brings a little of Germany to your room. The color is perfect, and the beer is very clear with a weak head. The aroma is sweet and slightly yeasty.

The taste is off. It has a gone-bad taste (like many European exports) that overwhelms what it was supposed to be. Under that is a dark, somewhat roasty malt taste.

The aftertaste is mild and not unpleasant. Overall the beer does not work - it did not survive the trip and marketing very well. They should not bother with the export unless it can be done better (maybe a can). I will not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 19:23:08 | More by schoolboy
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

I purchased this bottle at The Fridge about a week ago, but it has taken me until now to get around to opening it.

From the bottle: "Brewed in accordance to the 'Reinheitsgebot' Purity law of 1516"; "Authentic Bavarian Dark Lager"; "Brewed and Bottled by Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer Aying, Germany".

My initial pour created two dense fingers of light-brown head with excellent retention. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with a caramel/toffee-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was definitely malty. Caramel, toffee, molasses and even a touch of smoke were all in evidence on the tongue. Finish was sweet, but not cloyingly sweet. I liked it, but one 500 ml bottle would be plenty for me at one sitting. I might return to it, but not if other things were also available.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 22:42:45 | More by woodychandler
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer 1 year ago this month, and finally got around to opening it. Wow, it's good.

I poured this into a tall weizen glass. There was an inch of white head on top of a beautifully clear dark red-brown beer with a small but persistence stream of bubbles emerging from the bottom.

It smells like lightly toasted bread, just past golden brown, with a small amount of honey butter.

The flavor is very much like whole wheat bread that is lightly toasted. This is like a liquid loaf of bread, dark brown bread, like what I get at one of my favorite Irish restaurants. There is a faint tart sweetness that comes out way in the back.

It feels great. The consistency is very thin, very little foam form in the mouth, and the carbonation is very light.

This is extremely drinkable and would be very fitting as a session beer. Good flavor, definitely enough to satisfy the taste buds, and a light enough body to do it multiple times.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:11:56 | More by Doppelbockulus
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into guinness pint

look is a dark red-brown, half finger sudsy head. nose is sweet toffee, malt, toasted grain, some dark berries, and chocolate. silky light feel compliments the light roasted grain and coffee/toffee notes.

very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 09:04:28 | More by jimmah120
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very good looking brown colour with quite a decent head on it.

Smells very malty with a hint of yeast.

Tastes mainly of mid-dark malts - caramely and almost chocolatey. A slight hint of yeast and a subtle amount of hop bitterness.

Overall a great tasting and balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 20:11:38 | More by CwrwAmByth
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udouche

Illinois

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 16oz Pislner glass

A - Pours a deep yet transparent carmel. Two and a half finger head With carbonation trailing up from the bottom. Thick sticky lacing.

S - A strong prune at the front with brown sugar, maple, a hint of fired wood and pipe tobacco.

T - The same prunes you smell right up front come racing down your tongue. I get raisin bread, spices, rich malt, and a sweet carmel on the rinse.

M - It has a medium body that has enough carbonation to tickle your tongue without being overbearing. It is a little sticky from all the sweetness.

O - This is the standard bearer for the style, and with good reason. Its is balanced, easy to drink, and has a distinctly old world Bavarian feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 16:00:31 | More by udouche
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a two finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Very light notes of earthiness from the hops.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some lighter notes of toffee malt sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of earthy hops that contribute light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink, though rather filling from the heavy dose of malts in the beer. Enjoyable and it is the classic example for the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 21:19:37 | More by dbrauneis
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 12-10-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Giant tan head sits on the amber/brown, clear beer. Features excellent amounts of lacing and head retention. Coloring reminds me of a cola.

S: Aromas start with sweet malts and roasted grains. Then come caramels, chocolate, and some earthy hops.

T: Taste is sweet, but not too sweet, with dark and bready malts. Light hop bitterness helps make this well-balanced.

M: Light to medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is bready and lightly sweet.

O: Overall a very enjoyable dark beer that's not heavy but is very flavorful. Another fine brew from Ayinger.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:58:07 | More by sommersb
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of dark dried fruits and darker and burnt sugars mostly. There's a light bready malt aroma, but that is quickly drowned out by the other smells. The flavor follows the aroma quite well Dark sugars, caramel, crystallized sugar, prunes and raisins all meld together wonderfully. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet burnt sugary mouthfeel. This is a very nice, clean flavorful German Lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 03:56:15 | More by johnnnniee
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JimTeal

Nevada

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
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

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

A: Clear, chestnut color, with a finger of beige head that faded quickly, leaving a trace of lacing.

S: Stale, wet grass. Pepper. Lemon.

T: A little sweet malt, but quickly the toasty grain takes over. There's a little tart fruit before a mild, bitter finish.

M: Perfect mix of crisp, refreshing, and carbonation.

O: I was not so sure about this one when I smelled it, but the taste was good and it went down very easily. Worth another tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 02:30:18 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

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

A: poured from 500 ml bottle into a masskrug, dark golden red brown with a frothy tan head, small bubbles of carbonation rise slowly from the bottom, clear
S: sweet toffee and caramel, fresh yeast rolls, tart fruits
T: dark breads, grains, light hop bitterness, a bit of spice, dry finish
M: pleasant finish but thin in the middle, light carbonation
O: a decent dark lager, I've had better Ayinger products but this is a mild very drinkable lager

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 00:17:40 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Mavigo

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't read anything on the bottle but it looks fancy, let do. From a pint.

A: Pours a clear amber red-brown, short off white head with some lacing.

S: Cinnamon, sugar, spice and everything nice.

T: Very sweet, sugary, has that warmness coming from the cinnamon

M: Fairly refreshing and balanced, but a little on the carbonated side, had a light after taste

O: Its a quality beer, its delicious, refreshing, could be my regular drinking beer if It was more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 17:43:19 | More by Mavigo
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