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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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549 Reviews
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Reviews: 549
Hads: 970
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 68
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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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Reviews: 549 | Hads: 970
Photo of pentathlete
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfectly clear dark tan with many columns of bubbles and a sturdy white head that leaves a constant ring. Nose smells a little thin with malty bread and cocoa powder notes over top. Taste is mostly malt, with a miniscule hop flavor underneath. Some citrus on the edges and just the beginnings of a dark chocolate flavor, but the thinness prevents it from flourishing. Mouthfeel is thin, though it has more body than other beers I've had in this style. Highly drinkable, pleasant if a tad watery. Give it a shot. (514 characters)

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

Pours translucent dark brown-orange, nice foamy head, good retention and lacing. Nose consists of light toasty malts, minor hops, a nice blend that isn't too strong. Taste matches well with a good balance of toasted malts, some bitter hops, good nutty malted foundation. Another winner from Ayinger, but the Ur Weisse still takes the cake. (339 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a translucent, richly reddish-brown color with a soft blanketing head. Pretty nice looking beer…the head could be a bit more firm and stable, but overall it’s still attractive. The aroma is wonderful…thick smells of doughy, sweet, bread-like malt. Not a lot of hops in the aroma, but there is a distinctive yeasty quality. I love the smell. The brew itself is fairly sweet, but relatively light in body. It has a fleetingly metallic charachteristic. There’s a hint of hops in the finish, which sort of abrupt, considering the sweet foretaste. All in all, I was impressed with this one. (605 characters)

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

poured into a wheat beer glass, nice fluffy tan head, deep red color. A nice looking beer. Smell of caramel malts dominate, what would be expected. Flavorful, a chocolate taste that you don't expect. Nice and balanced, some moderate hop influence at the end. Served slightly too cold, it has a good taste. Good carbonation, balance, and light feel in the mouth, I could certainly drink more. Not all night, but more. (416 characters)

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

Pours a deep rich cherrywood color with a dense creamy light brown head. Smells of rich malt and caramel. Bready.

Taste is the same as the nose. Bready and really malty. Some light finishing hops. Lightly sour. Rich caramel and fruity. Mouth is sweet and lightly sticky. Pretty tasty dunkel. (294 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear rustic orangey-brown color with a beautiful spongey medium sized cap of densely built, organic egg shell colored froth. Settles down to a firm skim with some buttery bubbles. Lacing coats well in strings.

Aroma has a well rounded nuttyness to it backed by some fresh baked wheat bread that has a slight toasty edge. Clean and inviting with a peculiar softness to its waft that grows a bit in strength as it warms.

Taste is easy goin' and clean with a nice softness to its overall character thats enticingly unique yet very Ayinger-like. Something about the combo of flavors and carbonation makes for a very pleasant experience bringing a nutty wheat bread grain that sits remarkably clean and well rounded. Fluffy and delicate in nature, yet just enough boldness in the flavors to raise the eyebrows more then once. Notes of dusted cocoa and smokeyish sweet malt play with touches of caramel. Bread tones dominate taste, form, and function with this one though.

Feel is wonderfully soft and bready, warm bready is more like it; great, delicately precise carbonation with a semi-light chewyness to its bready nature.

I liked everything about this beer. Its not a brute by any means in huge amounts of aroma and flavor. But whats there sets perfectly for what it is, its very natural tasting and feeling. The bread tones in all its characteristics are just right. A fantastic brew and sessionable to boot. Love those Munich malts! Mmmm...fresh breads... (1,474 characters)

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good looking beer. Deep garnet color. Deep ruby/orange when held to the light. Just the perfect amount of carbonation. Head fades to a thin coating over the top of the beer.

Beautiful Munich nose! Absolutely gorgeous. Rich and warm and sweet and a touch caramel-y...just spot on.

Well...this beer tastes wonderful. Thank god it's apparently reasonably fresh. Impeccably clean yet still rich Munich malt flavors make this a joy to drink. Infinately refreshing and quaffable. Doesn't have the delicate tea like flavors that I've found in some other dunkels, but these were usually just in the freshest samples. Not quite the subtle complexity I'd need to give this a 5.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Thin enough to be supremely gulpable, yet not parched or too thin.

I could drink this all damn day long. I love this beer. (827 characters)

Photo of Wonka
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ML

Appearance – ruby/brown body; great light cream-colored head early with a mix of micronized and medium-sized bubbles; head is ever-present but it certainly does pull back from the 2” initial presentation; lace is reasonable

Smell – I literally responded with an “Ahh” at the first smell; big caramel and plum; bit of raisin and molasses; here may be its best quality

Taste – dark fruits; caramel; light roast; just a touch of chocolate; hops are sitting in the back but run throughout; aftertaste holds some bitter, very light roast and raw green bean

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – crisp and clean; moderate body – at times a bit silky; lively carbonation at times, but overall its pleasant; not too dry

I really didn’t expect such a flavor profile from a Dunkel and to this point, this is certainly my favorite. Props to Ayinger! (859 characters)

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

Pours a clear dark amber with a creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass, bready, fruity aromas. Nutty caramel, chocolate flavors, medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel, surprisingly it has a somewhat dry finish, a great lager. (251 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby maple syrup with a large, light khaki head that sticks around for a while. Nose is doughy caramel, tobacco, and cookie malt, with a tangy spice backing. Taste starts off lightly bitter and crisp with a slight metallic twang. Toasted cookie dough malts, with a light sweetness, settle in, along with some molasses and caramelt. Finishes with a hint of noble bitterness and some tobacco-y malt sweetness. Medium bodied, with an almost creamy feel. Very nice. (474 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel pours a dark ruby malt from a 500ML brown glass bottle. Head went to over two fingers and laces very well when the beer settles down.

Nose is a intense toasted malt with a side of sweet malt and alcohol. Palate is a sweet barley malt and more malted barley sweetness bring up the rear. There is a hops presents, but the slight bitter of the hops in no way interferes with the sweet barley malt of this beer.

The malty sweetness is not thick and syrupy, not cloyingly sweet, but a very well done, dominate malty sweetness that I would be looking for in a good Märzen. (600 characters)

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

This dunkel shows a deep reddish-brown with a large tan head. The carbonation is coarse, with large bubbles, and the head dissipates after a bit. The brew is clear and inviting.

The aromas are of malt and leather and resiny hops. It all seems very well balanced.

The taste is very smooth. Malt and caramel, buttered bread, gentle hops, and something vegetal. Very tasty. Very drinkable. It was a perfect complement to kielbasa and boiled potatoes. One of the better dunkels I have had. (491 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep ruby/ cola colored drink, nice-sized cream colored head on the top. Good amount of lacing. Nice chocolaty malt scent. The taste is mainly malts, chocolate and caramel tones, some toastedness to the taste as well, with a fair amount of hops rounding out the back. Fairly creamy mouth. I would say that this is a good offering of one of my lesser-favored styles. A nice malty treat. (400 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half a liter bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep deep red, almost black color with one finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is very malty, lots of burnt malt, and some chocolate and espresso aromas. The taste is also malty and is fairly sweet. More chocolate and a little bit of caramel as well. Even a touch of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is decently thick for a dunkel. The drinkability is great, as it goes down smooth. This is a really nice dunkel lager. (496 characters)

Photo of karst
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half liter from Granite City's Mid Feb. restocked shelf. Ayinger has always been very good to me. Drink by code notched in bottom of front label is meaningless to the consumer. Head as high as all your fingers slowly settles and sheets the glass with lace. Coffee and caramel sents and tastes of bread malt molasses wonderful roundness in mouth inspite of light body. Bread and tosted malt lingers.

Made for session. Splitting this with another BA who is picking up his part of my last run to Corral Liquors. (511 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: this looks like a serious beer. transparent dark brown color with a good head that fades to one-finger in a 3/4 pint glass. after an initial vigorous pour, the head had a bit of the guinness waterfall effect.

aroma: high malt content profile here. a deep molasses scent and some smoke. dried plums and raisins. figs. overall can be described as a mature sweetness.

taste: wheat and malt hit me first. smokiness carries over into the taste, but in a lighter way than i imagined. overall, this beer is alot lighter than it looks. that lightness brings an unexpected refreshing tart kick while it slides down the throat. crisp body.

this is a good session beer for dark bavarian beer lovers. (709 characters)

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

Bottled, standard Euro-1/2liter, thanks Sammy. hard pour reveals a lovely ruby red dark lager complete with fluffy mocha cap and beautiful lacing. Well carbonated. Smells of burt treacle over ripe fruit. Front end is dominated with huge chewy malts wonderful decernment of coffee and sweet roasty bready malts...dried fruit notes like dates..finish is prolonged where the toasty malts and dried fruit tastes converge into a coffee and toasted raisin bread flavor which slowly dries under the influence of the herbal-woodsy hops catching up on the palate in this malt pronounced, hop attenuated dunkel.

This is dark lager as it should be...pretty much as close as you'll get to sex in a lager glass. (701 characters)

Photo of CVC
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came in a 17 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper color, with a thick, off-white, two-finger head. Leaves thick lacing, and dies fairly slowly. Smells of toasted malts and raisins. Tastes complex--slighly dark, yet slightly sweet, almost fruity. A fairly thick mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This is a great beer. A nice mix of toastiness, darkness, sweetness, and goodness. A perfect lunch and/or dinner beer. (435 characters)

Photo of babydoc
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from their 500ml bottle. Attractive clear mahogany, with a bubbly creamy head that slowly dissipates. Head is gone before the beer is, and doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Nose is of malts and molasses and dark fruits. Lots of sweet toasted malts in the taste, nicely balanced with a touch of hops that lets the malt sweetness carry throught without being too sweet in the finish. This is light-bodied and creamy, carbonation a little less than I anticipated. It drinks smoothly and easily...time for another. (532 characters)

Photo of claytri
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a translucent dark brown with a small tan head that holds up pretty well. The aroma is almost solely of toasted malt. The taste is pretty well straightforward toasted malt, with maybe a hint of hops in the finish. The feel is to the medium side of light with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a beer that could be a regular option for a solid toasted malt lager. (377 characters)

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

from the bottle. poured a nice mahogany with a noce fluffy light tan head. aroma, roasted nuts, caramel, honey, toffee, raisins, and a hint of hops.flavor,malts,honey, dark fruits, plums, nutty, a nice smooth mouthfeel. enjoyed this beer will buy more (251 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown with a reddish tint with a nice creamy tan head. The aroma is a lightly sweet and grainey with a hint roasted biscuit and maybe a little chocolate. The flavor starts out with a sweet molasses and finishes with a dry roasted bitterness. (261 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a rich clear red lager that had a huge white rocky head that subsided quickly. The aroma was of dark carmel malts that bordered on roasted malt with a sweet malt background. The taste was very good with a fresh noble hop bitterness leading a complex malt background comprised of dark malt flavors and sweet clean pilsner malt flavors which finish with a bit more noble hop flavor and then quits leaving the mouth void of flavor. The body is excellent as it is more on the viscous side while also having an agressive carbonation that allows the flavors to cut through the body. Pretty good as a starter beer or as part of a series of beers in a tasting but i find that one of these at a time is plenty. (708 characters)

Photo of lastauss
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this lager! It tastes like liquid pumpernickel sandwich mixed with a chococolate malted. It carries a decent hop aroma and loads of sweet/dry dark malt. The finish is perfect, with the malt segue-ing into ethereal bitterness (do I taste lavender?)

A superb example of why light lagers must be removed from their lofty place of popularity. (348 characters)

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.