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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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809 Ratings
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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 51
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of Offa


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent dunkel, lightly complex, balanced, very clean, lightly sweet with a dryish finish.

Deep red with some brown, it has a medium large, pale tan head steadily thinning to a thin foamy top and leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is light toasted whole wheat bread, hints of caramelised bread crust, light bitterwseet chocolate, mineral, and prune.

The taste is light whole wheat bread, dark raisins, and chocolate up front, followed by some mineral, dry leaves, faint licorice. It's lightly sweet up front, transforming to a drier finish light with spiciness and bitterness. The aftertaste is pleasant light mineral, toast, and dry leaves.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 17:48:42 | More by Offa
Photo of olmatty


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep brown beer, frothy white head

Smell- Slight kind of flat malty odor. Frankly not much smell at all.

Taste- Crisp German malt flavor, followed by, some dark malts in perfect balance and overall a mild hop character

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated, thin bodied

Drinkability- Smooth and delicious and easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 07:32:19 | More by olmatty
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml bottle with no lot code or expiration date listed. Sampled on September 17, 2009. It pours a good looking amber-brown with excellent clarity, small head, and slow moving carbonation. It looks heavy. Barley malts lead the appealing aroma along with something sweet like molasses. The mouthfeel is a durable and smooth medium texture. The taste is on the sweet side with strong elements of coffee and malts and a light backdrop of hops. I enjoyed this one immensely.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 22:25:04 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Cassidey


2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and orange in color. Has a hint of chocolate and a roasted flavor. It smells and tastes a little sharp to me. The mouthfeel is ok and the drinkability is impacted by a so so flavor. At first I did not like this but it kind of grew on me. Not my style and I will not likely seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 06:12:49 | More by Cassidey
Photo of Murchmac


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown ruby ruby ruby ruby soho.

Beautiful malt smell, bready, toast, chocolate. Like a chocolate pilsbury dough boy getting toasted...

Great smooth, swee, malty, chocolate, bready , roasty toasty, good, taste.

Great bready chocolate aftertaste. Just a classic and damn fine beer at a good price.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 03:52:04 | More by Murchmac
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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite as dark as other dunkels, severe brown-red but still a good looking beer. Smells like an average bowl of cereal. More than decent malty taste, exceeds the smell. Pretty easy to drink but I wish I knew how fresh this was because I am suspicious....

update 08/31/2012

This one is nice and fruity, quite a good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 05:37:22 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of tone77


3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, a tad sweet. Taste is malty and refreshing, some hints of fruit. Feels creamy in the mouth. A bit heavy on the stomach for all night drinking. Overall this is a quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 22:51:40 | More by tone77
Photo of gpogo


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Brilliantly clear ruby-amber body with a large rocky off white head. Very sticky lacing.

A- Sweet bready aroma. Some notes of caramel. Toastiness?

T- It tastes like breakfast. Toasty cereals, some caramel sweetness. Slightly phenolic. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D- Delicious. Seems like a great beer to start a day or to drink on a cool evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 19:04:41 | More by gpogo
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3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a thick, off-white head that leaves a slight bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Smells heavily malts, sweet malts, and also some earthy, grass, corn and honey in there. Fruit is also definitely present... maybe apple, or pear. Faint spice.

T: Much like the smell, the initial flavor is heavily dominated by sweet malts and an earthy flavor which quickly turns to a more toasted, corn and molasses flavor. It's not bad, but definitely a little weird. Fruits are still there, but more subtle, almost tastes like dried and roasted apples and pears... interesting.

M: Pretty decent mouthfeel, smooth, decent carbonation, a little bit of substance in there... but nothing special.

D: Overall, not a bad beer, but the flavor is a little weird for me. Not what I'm used to in a dunkel lager. There's that weird corn and molasses flavor and the fruits are on the light side, instead of the usual dark fruits.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 23:56:33 | More by kflorence
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark golden-brown brew with a foamy toape head which quickly dissipates

S: smell of dark mocha coffee with a hint of brown sugar syrup. not too overwhelming, however.

T: sweet caramel and corn syrup with almost no hop present.

M: light carbonation with a slightly dry finish

Overall, a very rich yet smooth and drinkable beer. good stuff

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 01:06:33 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of ClevoPiwo


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 500ml glass, this beer exhibits a finger width head that dissipates into a thin ring around the edge of the beer, but no lacing. The color is an appealing mahogany and the beer itself is not opaque but rather very clean in color.

The smell is not overwhelming, yet at the same time it is markedly malty with notes of coffee, caramel and perhaps toffee.

The taste is very balanced. More grain flavor comes in upon tasting, which comes as a bit of a surprise given the caramel and toffee in the smell. The balance between the caramel and grain gives it a touch of coffee-like bitterness that comes in toward the finish.

This is a solid beer, very drinkable and balanced. There is a depth of flavor ranging from sweet overtones in the smell to a lingering coffee flavor on the palate in the finish that gives this beer a decent amount of character.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 03:54:44 | More by ClevoPiwo
Photo of boatshoes


3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle purchased from Naaman's Road Total Wine. Had with BBQ chicken dinner. I'm a big fan of Altbiers so I was excited to try this one out.

Appearance- Pours a nice deep brown with a solid finger and a half of off-white head. Lively carbonation in the glass that gradually dies down a bit along with the head, leaving a ring around the edges but no real lacing.

Smell- A solid but simple nose of sweetish caramel malt, along with background hints of a bit of grassy hay and some spices. Not a huge nose with a lot of scents for me but pleasant in a simple way.

Taste- A bit of a disappointment following the appearance and nose...intially quite pleasant with lots of sweet malt rounded out with a touch spiciness and a faint taste of grassiness less prominent than in the nose. However, the flavor ended on a rather offputting noting of corn that caught me by surprise. I am a bit suspicious that the bottle I purchased was not particularly fresh and that a note of skunkiness had crept in, perhaps due to some heat exposure in the summer season.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Decently carbonated though a tad on the thin side. The real killer here is that corn taste. Again, I'll give the beer the benefit of the doubt of having been a bit off.

Overall, can't say I loved this one and it came as a bit of a disappointment. However, I'd like to revisit it in the future to see if some of the flavors that came through were actually the result of poor storage or heat exposure.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 04:48:35 | More by boatshoes
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ayinger- Altbairisch Dunkel

A- Deep brown clear with a huge thick head. Thick chunky lacing.
S- Molasses and brown sugar malt, very light.
T- Caramel molasses brown sugar malt, slightly roasted. Slight ashiness with licorice and nuts.
M- Light and sweet with a good malty body. Big malty finish. Slightly watery.

Overall- I enjoyed the bottle but will move on.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 19:14:25 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown with a thin tan head. Nose has crisp nutty malts and mellow hops. Taste has a decent malt profile and some grassy hops. Light body has a refreshing carbonation. Seems like this could have used a bit more depth. Not quite on the same level as Ayinger's other beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 20:53:25 | More by rye726
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a red-copper color with a moderate amount of fast active white foam. Little retention, no lacing observed.

Modestly maly smell w a tinge of spice.

Taste is a bready, sweet malt, but vey clean and smooth. Subtley carbonated. Buried beneath is an ever so slight tartness, but not enough to change the overall tenor. Tasty.

Another drinkable German brew. I could have buckets of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 11:36:42 | More by KTCamm
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark brown/copper... up to the light, it is translucent and dark ruby with a lot of nucleation... beige head is creamy and lasts the entire pint

S - bready malts, caramel, some chocolate, hints of dark fruit... subtle spicyness (hops perhaps?) comes through when head is agitated

T - not much on entry... around the midpalate I get the rich breadyness with chocolate and caramel... finishes a little tart... overall very well balanced

M - medium-light body... smooth with noticeable carbonation... finish is slightly astringent... a little more complex than I anticipated

D - this beer really brings me back to Munich... I like this style and I like this particular offering... I could sip and savor this one, or I could make quick work out of a couple-six pints.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 15:08:38 | More by artvandelay
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual Appeal: a translucent ruddy gold, beautiful effervescence clinging to the side of the glass, but not much of a head

Smell: definitely strong smell of malt and sweetness, but not as strong as a doppelbock

Flavour: absolutely delicious flavour of malt, a unique roasted taste

Mouthfeel: smooth with plenty of bubbles

Drinkability: I like to sip darker beers usually, but I would be inclined to order a few of these were I, say, at an Oktoberfest (which hopefully I will be soon!)

I should have tried more of the Muenchen dunkel lagers when I was in Muenchen in 2008 because this was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 22:47:29 | More by julian1117
Photo of bum732


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red, nice creamy head that stays and leaves fantastic lacing. Smells of yeasty bread, caramel, some molasses. Tastes light bready malt with some caramel undertones. Decent bitterness finishing very clean. Great creamy mouthfeel with enough bitterness to cut through it.

A nice lager, good breadiness without being heavy at all. Nice clean finish ups the drinkability. I wouldn't mind a little more flavor, but it works overall for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 01:33:48 | More by bum732
Photo of Natural510


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color which turns a dark ruby when held to light. Significant white head upon initial pour, dissipates into a nice layer of lace on the sides of the glass.
Brown sugar malts with a grain note make up the scent.
Flavor is loaded with rich roasted malts which carry a flavor of dark sugar and a touch of raisin. Nice yeast and hop profiles which balance the lager out nicely. Very enjoyable.
Smooth and highly drinkable. This is the definitive offering of the Munich Dunkel style.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 03:45:23 | More by Natural510
Photo of generallee

New York

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: On top there is a thin creamy off white colored head. It fades down to just a very thin wispy covering that leaves some nice lace rings on the glass as I drink. Its body is a deep brownish amber or caramel color. It has a good transparent appearance and light amber highlights.

Smell: The aroma has a light sweet caramel or toffee malt character.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has a deep buttery sweet malt with hints of sweet candy, caramel and chocolate. Hop flavor is very mild and offers very little balance. It finishes smooth and sweet with a smooth slick texture. It has a medium body and light carbonation.

Notes: This is a very nice Dark Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 18:21:39 | More by generallee
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is not black but a dark amber with a small head of off white. nose is toasted almond, toffee and apple. malty and yeast. rather creamy with a wonderful toffee and apple pie texture. very light though. goes down very light. a very mild german bitter finish. toasty yeasty finish. softly sweet but not a backbone of sweet. just a little bit of raisin really. a very mild sour leather that blends well with the apple pie quality.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 22:59:24 | More by rtepiak
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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Medium brown colored with a reddish copper hue. A small .25 in head that leaves quickly and leaves a thin film.

S - MALT, MALT, MALT...definately sweet malt smell with some molasses and some prunes as well. Hitns of breadyness. Almost no hop charachter.

T - Very malty and sweet with some hints of prunes and a bit of a roasted or burnt malt taste, some coffee as well.. Some faint bitterness at the end. toffee and molasses presnet as well. Very sweet but well balanced as well. Perfect example of the style.

M - A bit oily on the tongue. Medium-full bodied. Sweet but balanced well with carbonation and some mild hops.

D - It's a very good brew especially following the style. It might be a little too sweet/malty to have more than one or two 17oz. bottles.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 21:43:12 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a clear dark copper with a reddish tint, large foamy beige head, above average carbonation, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, grain, some cocoa, some caramel, some fruit, spice, roasted nuts, and bread dough.

taste is somewhat watery, malt, slightly bitter, some cocoa, roasted nuts, touch of prunes, ends a little dry and a little sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 00:29:08 | More by froghop
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

>5L bottle poured into imperial pint glass
A - Reddish amber color with a large light tan head that falls to a lumpy skim.
S - Toasted malt, caramel, bread.
T - Sweet malt up front, caramel, a tough of fruit and a dry finish.
M/F - Wonderful mouthfeel. Medium body very smooth with a complex carbonation - fairly active though certainly does not get in the way. Very small delicate bubbles create a creaminess to the beer.
D - Everything is good with respect to this beer but the mouthfeel is really special which makes the whole experience rather nice. Relatively low in alcohol and it falls down the throat very smoothly - what's not to like!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 04:09:38 | More by ThirstyBird
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3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance is of a carmel-sienna hue. Not much head or lace. Rows of tiny bubbles moving very fast to freedom. Has a very pleasent carmel-barley aroma. Has a very pleasant barley coco coffe taste. Somewhat mellow for a dark beer. Medium Bodied with a slight crispyness. I would drink this beer again and possibly again..ect.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 02:16:49 | More by FrothyBeverage
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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