Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 545
Hads: 965
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 63
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This orangish-brown lager was luminous with a nice, foamy head that puffed up and stayed around for a while.

Smell – The sweet molasses and nice, dark malt came with a hint of weizeny bread.

Taste – The molasses and malt came out well at the tongue, but the big story here was the bready notes. You almost never see this outside of Bayern, but it’s really typical of the style done properly.

Mouthfeel – This lager was medium-bodied with some excellent, puffy carbonation that again reminded me of a Dunkel Weizen.

Drinkability – This is old-school dead-on for the style, and I really appreciated the craftsmanship that went into this offering from Ayinger. (688 characters)

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

Black as a cola, with small effervescence rising to the top to create a decent head.
Yeast and coffee smell with nothing more to guess.
Smooth watery mouthfeel that captured a hints of baking chocolate, coffee, and very slight hoppy character. I wasn't impressed with the taste overall but in the same instance I wouldn't mind giving it another try. (351 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 Beastdog75
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger's Altbairisch Dunkel is one of the most satisfying, quenching dunkels beers that I've had. Not a heavy beer by many means, this one has a lot of flavor and the smoothness in the mouthfeel makes this one dangerously quaffable.

This dunkel pours a dark amber/brown color with some hints of ruby. About a finger and a half of foam forms, lasting for about a minute before dissipating. The aroma struck me as tea-like, before some molasses notes came pouring through the nose. As previously mentioned the mouthfeel was quite smooth, with a low-moderate level of carbonation. The maltiness is the most prominent feature, giving the beer some molasses-like sweetness. A bit of light fruitiness and nuttiness make their presence known as well. There is a bit of roasted dryness in the finish that helps add some balance as this isn't really a hoppy beer. The roasted malt flavors linger on for a bit in the aftertaste with no alcoholic warmth in the finish.

A top notch dunkel, no doubt about it. While dunkel beers are typically not using for pure thirst-quenching, I could polish off a few of these brews no problem if I was parched. A nice brew, and a bit of a pleasant surprise. (1,189 characters)

Photo of danadeny
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy head. The body is brownish amber in color. There is light carbonation. The smell is a little fruity, something I didn’t expect from this beer. My first impression is that this beer has a watery mouth feel and a light finish. After a few drinks I could detect a medium amount of bitter hops, and a little hint of chocolate at the end. The beer was very mild in the flavor department. Nothing stands out. It is very smooth which leads to good drinkability. (466 characters)

Photo of avylover
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogony color with ample carbonation and a large frothy cream head. Aroma is very metallic, with some caramel maltiness in the background. Taste is very clean, but like the aroma there is a good dose of metal in there, seemingly from the hops being used. bready and sweet maltiness help to beef things up a bit, but this just ends up rather bland. nice mouhtfeel & drinkable, but lacking character. This is average. (430 characters)

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

Pours a nice deep copperish brown with a lighter tan head. Aromas consistent with a dunkel lager; chocolate, toffee, and some more vinous yeasty notes. Not too many hops to speak of, other than some low-alpha Hersbrucker or something. Munich malt profile in the taste, a slight bit tart and estery in the finish, but certainly not out of its style. This beer is quite wonderful, it takes me back to a brewery that I worked at that no longer exists that brewed an excellent dunkel. In my opinion, this style is a little underappreciated. It's a great summer eve quaffer. Recommended. (582 characters)

Photo of BierManVA
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an all around very good Dunkel in my opinion. All points of this bier work together to form harmony. Unlike some biers that look good, smell good and taste poorly or vice-versa...this bier just has great balance.

When you sit down to enjoy a few of this style, this is the bier you want.


John (316 characters)

Photo of ecoboy
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Crisp" says my notes: decidedly drier than the rounder, more malty nature of an American Gordon Biersch-like German style. Slight malt aroma with a nice non-sweet fruit note. There's even a hint of well-placed, interesting vegetable in the aroma (like carrot sugar) and flavor. Most vegetable characteristics are off-notes. This isn't; it's just an addition to the complexity.

Non-aggressive malt prominence cut by fine bubble carbonation. Highly enjoyable and drinkable. (475 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear burgandy tone. One finger creamy beige head. Lacing is quite nice. There's some thick, heavy grainy and wort-like aromas. And sticky molasses too. I like it. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel and a body of about medium. The taste is grainy, burnt and a little smokey. Blackened malts add a nice dimension of molasses and brown sugar. And again, there's a sweet wort-like presence. Nice tasting brew. (407 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with small streams of carbonation rising, topped with a huge four finger frothy tan head, leaves rings of lacing behind.
Caramel, fruity, banana aroma, comes across as being very fresh. A small note of pepper.
Similar in the taste as in the aroma, bready malt, banana, caramel.
A little tart, no real bitterness
Light to medium in body, smooth and sweet, a very good drinker. (396 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dunkel lager poured a clear, dark, chestnut brown color with light brown foam that settled. The smell was a very strong caramel malt aroma with notes of bread, and coffee. The taste was not overly sweet: caramel malt, bread, and low hop presence. The mouthfeel was lightly sweet and creamy and malty. The body was medium-full with medium carbonation. The finish was sharp and dry. This was a good dunkel lager. (415 characters)

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

The fact that the head poured light brown meant that this beer was going to be a trip to the dark side of lagers. The first sip exuded toffee esters with lots of dark malt. The finish is slightly sweet but works with the balance of the beer. Ayinger are one those big German brewers such as Spaten that produce a lot of very good quality beers that really don't disapoint. This beer may not make the top 50 but is a very nice example of the dark lager style. (458 characters)

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

A rather strange find, considering I never really knew this style existed until visiting Ludwig's Garten earlier today. This brew poured out of the bottle a fantastic rich brown hue. The head, not overpowering, remained for the entire glass.

The roasted maltiness is apparent, and I caught notes of toffee and maybe some bittersweet chocolate in both the aroma and flavor. A fantastic brew, and one that could stand up to the heartiest of German dishes. Well worth seeking out.

Zum wohl! (494 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a recent spate of dark lagers that seemed more like pale lagers with some dark coloring thrown in for effect, this was a pleasant beer. Caramel and toffee were the dominating notes, with a rather odd, but not unpleasant, turn at the end, with some tartness sliding in, almost a hint of sour apple. The mouthfeel was a touch on the thin side, but perhaps this was just my perception because the caramel and toffee flavors suggested that it should be more chewy. Not the best I've had of the style, but certainly better than average. (537 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the typical Ayinger brown tapered pint bottle.
Nice enough looking dunkel poured in the glass chesnut brown with a nice large foamy white head..leaves great lacing.
Nice malty aroma.. milky , chocolaty..some hop aroma in back.
Taste is very sweet to begin with then darker ,bitterer tastes take hold..hop aftertaste..good but to "fizzy"
I did not enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer..its too carbonated.
apart from the carbonation level..this is a nice drinkable dunkel. (482 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased and consumed at The Viking Tavern in Spokane for $3.75. First non-skunked bottled lager I've had In several months, so it immediately got on my good side!

Poured a dark reddish-brown. Very big head, biggest head I've had in a while outside of a Belgian. Lots of lacing.

Smell is primarily of caramelish, almost chocolatey malts and a bit of doughiness. Also a little bit of citrus and a tiny bit that reminded me of tea.

The most dominant flavor is an almost-chocolate caramel, backed by very slightly citrusy notes. I also picked up on notes of Earl Grey tea. This made me wonder if this is what a lager version of a brown ale might taste like.

Mouthfeel was slightly too thin when coupled with the otherwise ample flavor aspects of this. Granted, I drink very few dark lagers. Nevertheless I kept wishing it was ever so slightly thicker. guess I'm too much of an ale fan.

This is very drinkable. It would probably work great when trying to convince someone who has no experience with any dark beers that dark doesn't equal bad. (1,061 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this bottle at Anam Cara this weekend. Cloudy chocolate brown when served. The aroma is very strong, the malt is exactly like dark rye bread! I found the taste to be rely very heavily on the smooth and slightly sweet malt. Finish was surprisingly slightly citrusy. Pretty easy to drink, especially if you favor the dark bready German beers. (344 characters)

Photo of johnrobe
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dunkels are such a rarity in most of the U.S. that I'm always happy to come across one. It pours a deep, dark reddish amber with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Chocolate and malt (think malted milk balls) are front and center in the aroma along with a graininess not unlike fresh hay. Coffee, chocolate and a bit of toffee dominate the flavor with enough tea-like hops just for balance. A light-bodied brew, but hey it's a lager. (441 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a nice dark ruby brown color. A large off white head was present but soon left. Aroma is a bit sweet with malt and a few grassy tones are mixed in. Put in a few whiffs of caramel and you have this brew. The taste is a bit smooth with a malt front and a dry very mild bitter finish. It is easy to drink and a enjoyable brew. (338 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very carbonated dark clear copper body with a great foamy head, generous and long-lasting. Aroma is malty and showed hints of herbal honey and brown sugar. The taste is definitely on the sweet end, dark earthy fruits with notes of smoke in the finish. So quaffable that you basically feel the water quality used in this concoction was as good as it gets. Aftertaste is... fresh, like I had just brushed my teeths with more toothpaste than I should have used. Still, what I prefered about this beer is its refreshing lager character combined with a marvellous creamy round texture which makes you keep it on the tongue for a while before swallowing. Cheers Todd. (661 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a see through brown with a nice fluffy rocky white head that sticks around a bit too long-- let me drink my beer damn you. The smell is of nicely roasted malt with a bit of caramel and coffee? not strong coffee - kinda like walking by the coffee isle at the supermarket. Taste is of malt with a bit of malt sweetness that drys out at the end. This isnt that complex a beer, but then again i dont think it should be. The mouthfeel is nice with a nice carbonation level and the beer is extremely drinkable. Gimme some roasted pork, spaetzle and this and I am set. One of the better dunkle lagers that I have had. (616 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forgive me for not being overexcited by this beer, but the very particular taste, looks and smell it has were not necessarily for me.

The pour, deep reddish and translucid with a tan head that doesnt necessarily belong there; the smell I cannot really define but feels sorta woody, not in that good weissbier way but I dunno, just not of my likes.

The taste, a funky sweetness blended in rustically with some hops and stuff just, ya know, doesnt really do it and the thin body doesn't go properly with the taste. But oh well, I'm picky now. (546 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is good. It boasts of pale and roasted malts. It has a very pleasant toasted scent. The taste is very good. It is very malty with a crisp, refreshing finish. It has a nutty, roasted flavor that is really attractive. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a great beer; one of the best Dunkels I've ever had. (442 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep russet color. Tan head ends up small but leaves lots of billowy lace on the glass. Tons of carbonation bubbles rising through the length of the glass.
Aroma of caramel, dark fruits with a hint of bitter hops.
Flavors of light but sweet malt. Very vacant in the middle and a moderately hopped, bitter back end. Disjointed is the only word that I can think for the taste progression. Each piece is OK, just doesn't quite fit together.
Mouthfeel is appropriate for style and maybe a tad bit thin.
Drinkability is slightly above average. (550 characters)

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