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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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908 Ratings
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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 57
Gots: 54 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of bobhits
1.48/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Mouth full of words.

Poured from the bottle this one takes on some light larger colors, but yet has a hint of darkness, once in the glass it turns darker red without enough density to cloud things out. Pours a decent head, very creamy.

Smells like caramel, honey, and has some earthy lager tones.

Candy, caramel, cotton candy…dark maple syrup, hints of raisins…what better way can I say this tastes like a kids candy instead of a beer. No hints of alcohol or spices that would give this some character and interest…instead it just sweet and sugary. The thing is this is watery sweet. It needs to up the game to be interesting. Instead it is in this world of candy without contrast or enough power to make me interested.

Candy is not good! I’m not just talking about beer, I’m talking everything. Sugary tasting things aren’t enjoyable for me. I get these things FAR less in beer though. At least candy has a market….5 year old kids. This is beer, why does it taste like they are making it for people who eat shit like cake? BTW for the idiots who think I’m joking in my reviews, that was funny because it is true. This beer sucks. Candy is sweet and uncomplex stuff, this beer is much the same. No depth or anything to grab on to.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep brown with a light cloudiness to it that settles more so at the bottom leaving a dirty white cap and transparent top

S Caramel malt, light cocoa and hits at light wheat/hay

T: Light roasted malt, bit of cocoa on the back end with some caramel, wehat feel mixed with some fresh bread. Earthy notes and clean.

M: Medium body

O: Pretty good representation of the style

Photo of tony223366
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 21, 2011.

A: Really gorgeous copper and caramel color. Very clear. Beautiful tan head. This head had great retention. I give lots of props to how good this beer looks.

S: Great aroma. Rich malts and caramel. I also get a hint of nuttiness and finishes with some hops.

T: Very nice roasted malts flavor. Actually is quite refreshing. A hint of brown sugar and toffee. However I'm missing any sort of bitterness.

M: Light ot moderate body. Good carbonation but I was hoping for more.

O: Now this is a dunkel! This is a really great all around beer. Much more refreshing than I thought it would be. Perfect during fall and winter.

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A simple off caramel head, a little foamy somewhat uneven not totally, with a dark brown chestnut body and crystal clear if not dark to see through. Some nice retention leaving a good cap as well.

Nose, is what... get out of here, cranberry fruit mixing with estery goodness and light toasted malts. Slight hints of coffee too, really nice here and a little bit of nutiness. A fantastic nose.

Sweet mild fruit mixed in with a roasting light bodied milky coffee roast. Palate lingers with a mild hop finish of fruit lime but taking over by the sweetness and malts.

Overall I am loving this fruity and nut, and milky, and coffee, and malty combination (is that a run out sentence or what?!). Tasty brew!

Photo of PintOHops
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Mug

A - Amber/brown color with an off white, creamy looking head. Moderate-high C02 can be seen, and a few splotches where left on my glass.

S - Big biscuit/cracker like malts right up front. Moderately sweet smelling with a bit of an herbal hop twang. Pretty simple.

T - Biscuit, cracker, molasses, rye bread like malts throughout. It's got a hop twang mid to finish and then it gets pretty dry on the finish. Bitterness is low, and as it warmed I picked up the slightest bit of toffee.

M - Medium bodied with a chewy/smooth feel and moderate crispness.

O - Overall this has got to be the cleanest tasting Dunkel Iv ever had. I liked it's smooth flavors of moderate sweetness, tartness, low bitterness and clean dry finish. Pretty darn good, I would definitely buy this one again. Cheers!

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

First evening I've had off in a while so I cracked open an Oktoberfest (being close to October and all). Drank it down too quickly to review so I grabbed another beer that is great for fall...this time drinking it slowly.

Poured this jem into a pint glass.

Brown to amber, clear, with an off white head that doesn't last long but lacing persists.

Smell is sweet and roasty. Small accents of cocoa. Not a lot of hops on the nose but still present.

Taste is malty and roasty with bittering upfront, then mellowing out into a more burnt brown sugar taste.

Mouthfeel is slick, full bodied, pours syrupy but the carbonation cuts through it.

Overall a really good beer for the season but not something I'd drink all the time.

Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a deep, clear amber with some reddish hints underneath a small cream-colored head.

The aroma is toasted malts with a hint of chocolate and some other grainy aromas, barley and earthy hops.

Taste is heavier on the hops and has a quick bitter kick up front before the toasted chocolate malts take over.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp though not nearly as creamy as the marzen.

Overall, it's a decent beer, but having just had the Oktoberfest Marzen, I had higher expectations. This one doesn't measure up to that beer in my estimation. Still really good for a dunkel.

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

This Dunkel from Ayinger is top notch .

poured in a Sam Adams glass ,looking very nice .
Good looking head that stayed for some time .
Smells of sweetness caramel little cocoa, barley malt
Taste awsome all the smells are in the taste also ,taste thick syrup
like, clingy, differs from other Dunkels .

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel is a well made beer all around . one of the best of this style .

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear brown with a thick head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is of molasses, toast, and dark chocolate. The flavor has molasses, roasted malt, and root beer notes with a hint of anise. It's got a light-medium mouthfeel with mild, Coke-like carbonation. Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel is a good beer, typical of the style, and very drinkable. Recommended!

Photo of JCellars
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL btl into Duvel tulip at 40-42 degrees. Nice dark amber color with a decent one finger cream head. Little retention though.

Aromas of toasted grain, caramel, almonds, hazelnuts, and an undertone of dried fruit (apricots?).

The caramel and toast comes through first with the light acidity and slight hoppiness kinda killing the other flavors. The beer blooms in the mouth almost too much, disrupting the structure of the beer.

The finish saves the beer somewhat, with its big caramel and hazelnut flavors, but the hop profile is a little watery.

Photo of Kinsman
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent tawny color with a frothy tan colored head, about 1 finger thick to start with a relatively light pour.

Aroma features toasted grain and a semi-sweet toffee/caramel character. Some nuttiness can also be picked up. Light hint of floral hop character.

Slightly sweet maltiness but mainly a nice nutty and biscuity character. Lack of hop flavor leaves this as a nice malt forward beer without being the sweet syrupy mess you get with some malt bombs.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a light bodied feel. Overall, I've always enjoyed the Ayinger Dunkel, especially at $3 a bottle. That being said, the long journey has not done this beer any favors and it leaves me longing for the fresh dunkels on tap found all over Germany and Austria.

Photo of scubazook
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a The Bruery tulip glass

Appearance: clear medium dark brown in color with red tint, thin light tan colored head no head retention.

Smell: rich Munich malt aroma dominates, bread crust-like, nutty, caramely, sweet toffee aromas present. No hop aromas, diacetyl and fruity esters.

Taste: Complex flavors of Munich malt. Bread crust-like, yeasty flavors with mild nutty, toffee caramely flavors. Clean lager character. No hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation, medium full body.

Overall: Very complex Munich malt flavors with nice hint of sweet toffee yeasty bread crust-like characters. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Sipchue
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark red with a nice brown head that stayed relatively well. The aroma was weak, but became attractive and malty as the temperature went up. Taste was clean and crisp with an evident but not overpowering darkness. Flavor and bitter hops were very well balanced with the malt.

Long on flavor, lasting on my palate for more than 30 minutes after the final taste, which was nearly room temperature. This lifted the curtain and confirmed my overall impression - worth seeking out again - a very fine brew.

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

Oh, hello, who are you? I must find out. I take it to the out of doors and pop the top, glass at hand. What a beautiful pour. Burnt umber with ruby highlights, a wispy, creamy head. Delightful. The beer quenches my thirst beautifully with its toasty Munich malts and floral hop balance. Starts like it's going to be sweet but actually finishes only ever so slightly sweet. I finish the bottle easily and with great relish. A quality brew.

Photo of KrautAficionado
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours to a beautiful, bright, deep chestnut color with a nice white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent with lots of good aromas of sweet malt, light toast and nuts. The palate is round and clean with lots of good sweet malt, toast and nutty malt flavor. This beer finishes with more good malt character then ends with enough herbal hop bittereness to round this one out to perfection. A great match to hearty German fare, and BBQ dishes.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. Random strings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of malt and caramel notes. Perhaps a bit of an earthy aroma. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, caramel, and some earthy/woody tastes. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good lager from Ayinger and my first of the style. I would get this one again.

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

Poured into an Ayinger weizen glass at schaeffer's Tavern, Staten Island. Fits perfectly in the glass pouring a clear toffee brown body with a booming light coffee colored, well-retained head. Smells wonderfully malty, with caramel, toffee notes. A sweet and refreshing lager there's a small hop bite right in the front as the beer arrives on the tongue. Properly carbonated, the moderate bodied beer has a crispness that goes well in a breezy bar on an 80 degree summer day.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.5l bottle served in pilsner glass. Pours a clear amber color with about two fingers of fizzy and quickly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is caramel, bread, a hint of toffee, nutty, and a hint of roast. Flavor is caramel, nutty, bread, roasted malt, some dark fruits, a hint of spiciness, a little bit of smoke, and some light noble and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, and slightly bitter finish.

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

A: 3/8" tan coloured head that had some large soapy bubbles to it which dissipated over 2 minutes over chocolate brown liquid.

S: Malt and caramel.

T: Malt, caramel, almost reminds me of a candy apple...

M: Thin with a medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: A very nice beer. I would definitely enjoy one of these again.

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

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel is a mild, but very tasty dunkel.

A: Reddish brown color and a 1 cm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Woody malt smell. 4

T: The taste is malty with a woody tang. There is a little bit of burnt flavour in the aftertaste. I kinda like it. 4

M: Big and foamy. 4.5

O: A very enjoyable beer. 4.5

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a ruddy brown, almost mahogany, with an off-white head that reduces to a lid of foam.

Has a full roasted toffee malt aroma, with grassy notes and a nutty undertone. There's a definite earthy quality to the way this smells.

The toffee malt taste is prominent, with hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla, with a grassy and ever-so-slight bitter/dry finish.

Medium bodied and easy drinking, I finished half the glass simply strolling around the yard!

As always Ayinger makes a great brew. Tasty, roasted and nutty, this is an enjoyable Dunkel that you should try if you have the chance.

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

This beer pours a light bodied cherry brown in color with a one finger creamy off white head. It smells of slightly sweet caramel malts, toffee, and cream. It is very soft on the nose. It also has a light nuttiness. The flavor is of light candied almonds, perhaps pecans, and has a nice caramel, toffee finish. It's pretty flavorful for being so light in body. It is a very smooth drink and very easy to drink. Overall this beer was much better than I anticipated. It's worth a try.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a bright reddish-copper color when held up to the light. Out of the light, it's a chestnut brown. Thin tan head but no real lacing. Cap sticks around throughout. The nose brings some lightly-sweet malt along with some caramel and a hint of nuts. The flavor is a bit sweet, focusing mostly on malt sweetness and a touch of caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Pretty decent, but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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