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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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867 Ratings
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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 58
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this bottle with a friend. Nice beer, it tastes like (and really is) a classic dunkel lager. It looks dark brown in my glass with a short tan head. It's dry and drinkable with a mildly bitter finish (hint of spicy hops) and crisp cocoa and toasty, bready malts. Clean, delicious and sessionable, heck of a lager.

tempest, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a ruby-brown color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is caramel, toffee, and a nice mineral quality. Very pleasing. The taste is similar to the aroma, but lighter. It is still nice, but a bit too light for the style. The mouthfeel is on the lighterside of medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is a nice beer, but there are much better dunkels out there that are far richer in depth of character than this one. I would most likely pass on drinking this beer again.

KarlHungus, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of TheSicilian33
4.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My friend bought this from a local liquor store, and man he's a star at picking out awesome beer.

Serving type- a 500 ml pint can't get better

Appearance- A brown bottle with the words "Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel" on the bottle with other information including ABV and says it's from Aying, Germany.

Smell- Kind of smells like chest nuts or an ale.

Taste- It has an awesome taste for someone who really hates beer but drinks it anyway for social reasons. This is why Germany is #1 in the beer business by having these recipes for over 500 years or more!!

Mouthfeel- Not too wide, not too small, just right.

Overall- This beer is an absolute winner. If you can find it, pick it up. You'll impress your friends on how smart you are when it comes to beer. Like I said before, Germany is #1 when it comes to beer in the world. Awesome, I am a fan for life.

TheSicilian33, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of jyuhas
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - crystal clear ruby red with deep brown hue, thin coarse head died pretty quickly

s - bready, toffee, sugar, hint of roasted malts and noble hops

t - malty sweet, bready, toffee, hint of chocolate, little bit syrupy cola-like sweetness

m - full body, bit of a heavy carbonic bite at first, but as it went along, it smoothed out

d - went down pretty quickly and easily, could drink another but it's not calling my name, the sweetness seemed to be a little reminiscent of a cola to me, but otherwise good

jyuhas, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into SN tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a bubbly dark tan head that faded into a thick film that left some lace.
S: The first thought that came to mind when I sniffed this beer was "Negra Modelo", which makes sense since they are the same style of beer and it's the only other beer of the style I've had. This beer boasts big malty notes over light lager yeast. I get a touch of metallic notes or pennies, but it's mild and probably just in my head. There is just a hint of noble hops mixed in as well.
T: Follows the nose but luckily none of the metallic taste is here. It's pretty roasted actually. The malts are sweet but not sugary, and the hops round out the finish with a kiss of bitterness.
M: Carbonation is light and tingly over the full body and medium-heavy mouthfeel. It's smooth but it has a nice chewiness to it.
D: Nice malty roasted flavor that feels great in the mouth. All around really solid and refreshing.

scottfrie, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of BeerManDan
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice medium dark amber color with a reddish hue. Light tan foam that disapated in a short time. The smell had a roasted coffee and caramel aroma, with a hint of fruit. But the taste was not really what the aroma was. There was the roasted malts, with a touch of yeast and a hint of caramel. This Dunkel is not what I expected in a Ayinger Beer. Just not enough flavor, sort of being boring! No better than average.

BeerManDan, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 3 fingers of tan foamy head slowly melt on top dark amber brown body. Specks of lacing towards the top of the glass.

S - Sugary ginger bread. Loads of nutty toffee malt.

T - Spiced pumpernickel crust. Raisins, nuts, and dried cherries. Lots of roasted toffee. Slightly buttery. Some pepper in the back makes for a clean finish.

M - Low carbonation, light bodied, smooth.

Flavors were good but seems a tad watery. The dark malts were comforting in a way. Good nose. Rich aftertastes of toffee and caramel.

StaveHooks, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of steveh
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never reviewed this beer before because most often I only get my hands on old stock. Here's to hoping this isn't the case -- if so, I promise to update when, or if, I can find a fresh bottle.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with a long-lasting, dense, light tan head.

S -- Sweet bread crusts, earthy yeast, vaguest of caramel hint with mild melanoidin character back.

T -- Toasted, sweet bread crust up front, smooths into a yeasty/bready character with hints at roasted malt, finishes with a good balance of bitterness.

M -- Medium bodies with a soft to firm mouthfeel.

D -- Very good. Probably the best example of the style available to us in bottles. This sample is not the freshest, but it hasn't gone as south as some I've tried -- I just don't think it sells here in the US. Too bad, because the style is rich and satisfying.

steveh, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of beige head with decent retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Quite mild, but toffee, chocolate and leather notes are detectable.

T - Toffee and caramel with a touch of cocoa off the top, tobacco and leather lingers on the finish. Slight hop bitterness creates a nice balance.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - Overall, a tasty dunkel and worth a try if you like the style and have access to it. The dark, roasted, flavours provide for unique experience.

andrenaline, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; deep reddish brown with an off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

smell; roasted almost coffee like malts. Some sweet notes from the malts and faint hop spice. A hint of mild maple...

taste; toasty roasted malts dominate, finishing with a burnt flavor that blends well with the hop bitters. A bitter sweet chocolate flavor runs from start to finish leaving a yeasty nut and pudding like aftertaste. This is one of the best, most complex examples of the style, nearly perfect.

mouthfeel; powdery thickness, a bit chewy but quite smooth. Fizzy, yet refined with gentle carbonation. Slick and slightly sticky after swallowed.

drinkability; crisp and refreshing, very comforting, alcohol is well hidden. I drank 6 of these one after another, had a bite to eat and drank 3 more, amazingly drinkable and delicious.

Sachsenfreude, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle.

dark amber in color, thin frothy head, but it hangs around.

has a rich malty aroma. caramelly, maybe vern a little fruit.

taste is toffee, nutty, bready. complex for a lager following the Purity Law. medium body, good carbonation level. very drinkable for a dark flavorful lager.

jmdrpi, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served cold into an imperial pint glass.

The Altbairisch is a beautiful red amber color with great clarity. The head is smooth but short and settles quickly.

Aroma is malty and spicy with a nice German yeast character that brings cloves to the party.

Flavor is rich in dark fruit, peppery spices and, again, clove. It has a slight roast but it's mostly caramel, apple, and fig.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall it has a very nice balance and is easy drinking. A great all-year-round kind of beer that would be refreshing on a warm summer day or could even be enjoyed at cellar temp on a cold day in January. Ayinger really makes consistantly great beers and this is no exception.

GilGarp, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is a nice mixture of some roasted malt with some caramel. A hint off chocolate also seems to be there. Pretty pleasant and inoffensive.

Pours a reddish brown in the glass with a rather impressive head. Stays a while.

Taste doesn't let down. The body has a great, mild caramel and toffee sweetness to it, which also is accompanied with a subtle hint of nuttiness. The finish features a fair, but mild hop bitterness ifrom the Noble hops. A little bit of toastiness shows after the swallow.

All in all, one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. All the flavors work very well, and they are neither over or under stated.

NODAK, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, deep amber color with great clarity. Off white head supported by a stream of bubbles.

Aroma is malty with smooth bready notes as well as some caramel. The flavor seems less potent than the nose suggests, with a moderately bready malt flavor behind a light bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable despite it's malty, bread like profile.

jeffthecheff, Jan 05, 2011
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.

AndrewNations, Dec 28, 2010
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.

Rifugium, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off I love Dunkel lagers. I had to have this one. Poured out of a 500ml bottle. The beer is a light brown with a white head that dissipates fast to a paper thin trace. The beer has light carbonation with tight bubbles.

Smells of roasted malts up front with a medicine hop aroma in back. Not to pungent but still aromatic. This beer is more hoppy than malty. Malts are toasted with some fruity esters and the hops a re medicinal overall with a grassy finish. Hints of banana come through.

Mouthfeel is thin and correct to style. More drying than most Dunkel lagers but still drinkable by the liter! Made for pub drinking this is a great example of this style yet not the best I have had.

bigrzman, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of boss302
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Deep brown/black clear. Not much head and it didn't last the whole glass. Nice looking dark beer.

S Caramel malt, not much hop aroma, some darker malt aroma also.

T Roasted malt flavor initially, but not burnt, good malt flavor, some breadyness. Hops balance the malt, but are otherwise not noticeable. Good balance, easy to drink.

M. Medium body, carbonation seems right. Although the head didnt' last long, there was a difinite carbonation bite.

D I like this beer for the nice roasted malt flavor. It is easy to drink and happens to be great with popcorn.

boss302, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours clear, dark amber hue with a lasting, foamy, off-white head. Toasted malt aroma with a hint of grassy hops. Medium, creamy, smooth body. Flavors are of grain, toasted malt, spicy hops with hints of toffee. Long, dry, spicy finish.

mikeg67, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On pouring into a half liter glass mug, a small head emerges of an off-white color, and soon recedes to a thin skim of foam. A steady stream of random bubbles replenishes the skim and leaves some residue on the sides.

The reddish-brown lager is quite clear, with a whiff of molasses detected, but little else.

Malty and well carbonated for a frothy sensation in the mouth, the brew has enough hops to give it a little counterpoint of raisin-like fruit, but is generally a straight ahead Bavarian dark lager, as the label states. Toasted pumpernickel and molasses lead the way, with a little bitter chase.

A proper accompaniment for some brats and sauerkraut.

tubacharlie, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle pours a clear dark chestnut body with a small tan head that disperses some minor sheet lacing.

Malty aroma of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and baked brown bread. A hint of spicy hops underneath.

Body is medium and the carbonation seems a little too fierce for the style.

Taste is very much like the aroma. Baked brown bread, toffee, and toasted caramel notes are enhanced by a nice hint of nuttiness. Just a vague note of spicy hops to balance.

A simple dark lager that is extremely well executed and very tasty.

merlin48, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle.

Pours a nice dark amber. Ruby orange highlights around the edge. An off-white head of two fingers forms from a fairly vigorous pour. Some carbonation.

Smells of malty fruits, with a slight earthy tone.

Sweet taste of malts, raisins and plums. Nothing overbearing. Some leatheriness and earthy tastes accompany. Slight metallic touch when cold.

Pretty light, this certainly feels like a lager. Slightly wet.

Drink it like a munich helles with a predominate fruit sweetness. Good beer, easy to drink, enjoyable flavor.

BranfordBound, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of claybeer
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For as dark as it is, it's still crystal clear. Traditional brown color like the bottle it comes in with a tint of red. The head was a light tan or off white color that disappeared quickly. the nose is a burnt tobacco, earthy and leathery with some malty nuttiness. It was sweeter then I anticipated . A surprise hint of bitterness also. I get some brown sugar and molasses mixed in at the end. It leaves a sweetness on the lips and tongue but there is not a lot of lingering. This one surprised me. Good Beer!

claybeer, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear brown, not to sound bad but watered down coke is about its color. initial head is a finger thick which fell to a thin layer that lasted till it was finished.
S: Roasty sweet nutty barley malt. a touch of hop grass.
T: dark sweet malt with a touch of grain. a bit of burnt sugar. hops are lightly bitter and dry.
M: slick and smooth, carbonation is goof sustained head for a long time.
D: very easy to drink, have yet to find a german lager of any kind that wasnt east to drink.

rootbeerman, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a deep, nutty colored brown, with a 2-3 finger off-white head w/decent retention, and good lacing.

S - Smell is of cocoa, caramel, with a bready malt profile, and some slight nutty tones.

T - Taste is kind of like lager meets porter. Cocoa and caramel flavors over a semi-bready malt texture, with some nutty overtones. Well balanced, but leans slightly in favor of maltiness. Flavors are pretty subtle, but all there.

M - Medium-light bodied, and lightly carbonated. Smooth and subtle.

D - With the body of a session lager, and the more complex flavor profile that's found in a Dunkel lager, this makes for a great session beer with good flavor to it.

Overall - A great example of this style. A superb choice if you want a beer that combines dark beer flavors, with lager-like drinkability.

Flightoficarus, Oct 14, 2010
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
87 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.