Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

very good
571 Reviews
For Trade:
Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 571 | Ratings: 1,036
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a one finger head just off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of caramel and brown sugar with a bit of a roasted malt aroma. Some light chocolate smells as well as some molasses and plum are there as well. Overall the aroma is rather sweet.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted and toasted bready flavor with some sweeter notes of a fruity nature with some plum and cherry. As the taste advances, a caramel and molasses sweetness joins the flavor all while some flavors of a light coffee and chocolate come to the tongue. Some more grainy flavors as well as some more roasted flavors come to the tongue after the cocoa and coffee. At the same time, a bit of an earthy and herbal hop come to the tongue, and in the end, mix with the sweeter and roasted flavors nicely to leave a smooth, lightly toasted, and sweeter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The average carbonation and body are rather a nice bled for the darker but yet very drinkable nature of the brew.

Overall – For a dunkel lager this is on the slightly sweeter side, but very drinkable and quite enjoyable. A rather good easy drinking darker lager.

 1,497 characters

Photo of MartzMimic
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at McNellie's OKC. Pours a deep reddish brown with a creamy off-white head. Good lacing that cascades down the glass. Smells of malt, caramel and toffee. Taste follows the nose, along with a bit of toasted grain. Medium mouth that's very smooth. Quite a drinkable dunkel.

 278 characters

Photo of HuskerTornado
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby undertones. A medium sized tan head settles into a quarter inch thick with faint lacing.

Smell is of dark roasted malt, mocha, caramel, toffee.

Taste is heavy on roasted malt up front with notes of toffee and chocolate in the middle and then finishing with mocha and a faint amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.

Overall, a great dunkel, Ayinger never disappoints.

 471 characters

Photo of spoony
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a pokal.

A-The beer pours with about a finger of foam that drops to a cap after a minute or so. A thin cap remains even after a few swigs and two minutes of time. The beer is deep amber in color and clear with a fine carbonation creeping up the glass.

S-I sniff malted barley, bread dough, some caramel sweetness, some toffee sweetness, and a light nuttiness. Hops are virtually non-existent. Pleasant and simple.

T-The taste is similar with barley grain overlain by sweet toffee and caramel flavors. There is a bit cocoa and a tease of citrus, but bread is the overwhelming flavor component here.

M-The feel is smooth verging on creamy. The body is medium to full in heft.

O-This is a pleasant beer...nothing to chase trucks over, but certainly worth a drink. I can see drinking a lot of this in the fall when the weather starts to cool down. It would pair well with football watching.

 917 characters

Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from pint+ bottle into a pilsner.

A - Crystal clear brown. Very thin, quickly dissapating white head.

S - A of bit roasty malt. Not big. Nothing special.

T - Roasty malt and pilsner with an almost chocolate-y sweetness. A tiny little dry hoppiness in the middle.

M - Big lager mouthfeel and a bit dry.

O - If I tried to brew a porter/lager hybrid, this is what I'd aim for. Unfortunately, I'd never want to do this. This is another that I'd not complain if it was all there was, but it lacks "muchness". Needs all of its flavours to be bolder. I enjoyed the Paulaner Salvator doppel bock style much more.

 616 characters

Photo of IPAdams
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear, dark amber with a small dense off white head that recedes fairly quick and leaves no lacing.

Smell- Slightly sweet with a good balance of caramel, nuts and munich malt. No hop prescence.

Taste- Fairly sweet with a good balance of drying bitterness. I get flavors of caramel and bread crust with some spicy hops in the background. Gets sweeter and less dry as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Medium full body and carbonation. Very creamy texture and good amount of drying to help balance sweetness.

Overall- Good beer overall, not very complex flavors but the ones I detect compliment each other well.

 620 characters

Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep red-brown color. Excellent showing of head.

Sweet caramelized sugars, bock-y dark fruits, raisin, and dark malts. Bavarian lager authenticity with an intense nose. Even a slight whiff of smoked malt, maybe.

Super malty and rich. Big intense flavors of brown bread, toffee, German mustiness, dark caramel, herbal notes, and minerality. Just a little too sweet.

Medium-light carbonation. Stocky body for a dunkel lager.

 425 characters

Photo of John_M
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the bier stein the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with light lacing and fair head retention. Don't really get a whole lot on the nose initially, but at the beer warmed, I did pick up some nice sweet malt, a light roasty quality and a hint of burnt toast. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, though thankfully it was a bit more pronounced. Mouthfeel was fairly light, as you might expect, though I wouldn't describe the finish as watery.

Not bad, but considering all the other beers Ayinger makes, it was a bit hard to get too excited about this one.

 601 characters

Photo of dank203
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very nice dunkel with dark fruit and spice notes, olive, very smooth with a bit of bite. hints of cherry and caramel malt. pours light brown, dark amber red orange into a stemmed pilsner glass. aromas aren't very present, just hints of nutmeg, brownsugar, cherry, etc. really well balanced

 289 characters

Photo of ZachMcGinn
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smooth Dunkel. Brown carmel color with a foggy appearance. Sweet almost salty scent resembles potato chips. Flavor is sweet but not overbearing and somewhat salty continuing with the potato chip resemblance. Not a lot of bitter or hoppy flavor makes it an easy drink

 266 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Revisiting one of my first German beers from my college days. Ah, nostalgia... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise topaz-sienna topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The noe comprises mild nuts, wheat bread, light fruits (in the vaguest possible sense), and ahint of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, the nuts and bread combining into a toffee/brittle situation and the fruit coming out a bit stronger. I think I get some dark greens in there, as well. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, a really solid dunkel, basically exactly what you'd expect from Ayinger.

 697 characters

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is sort of a burnt caramel color, deep orange/tan going light brown. It's not heavy-looking but it is opaque. The head is tall and settles down to just more than one finger. It retains itself well from that point and leaves a mixture of spotty and patchy lacing stuck to the walls of the glass.
The nose is pretty nice,heavy on caramel and toast, a ghost of something not quite smoky, a bit of dark fruits, just a hint of dark chocolate, and bread crust. It gets a little muddled as it goes, and some of it is lost, which is improved in the flavor.
It gains a little depth on the tongue, but not much more. If anything, it's leans more toward dry than the nose. The dark fruits come forward but don't take over from the toast and caramel, while a bit of herbal flora supports and balances.
The dryness is present in the mouthfeel, and the body is medium but leans lighter than I expect. It has more than a modicum of both crispness and smoothness.

 956 characters

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt
Head large (5.5 cm), very light brown, creamy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a 1 mm broken layer
Lacing – small clumps with big bubbles
Body clear, medium brown
Flavor begins and ends moderately sweet and malty – no hint of alcohol, hops, or diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

A very easy drinking pleasant dunkel which loses points for the frapidly diminishing head and crappy lacing.

 463 characters

Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep auburn color with a fine creamy head in the tall Kölsch glass. Fresh bubbles with every sip. It's not quite the dreamy mouthfeel of the German classics but it goes down with a flourish. Just a little beery and malty aroma.

Warm malty flavor to start. On the sweet side with plenty of roasted malt and burnt sugar. A little malty body with a refreshing tang. Smooth and mellow.

Finishes with a bitterish darkness in the back of the throat. Beautiful brew with that tall foam and red-brown glowing color. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Ibis Market in Mission Hills.

 584 characters

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a traditional stein. The pour is a beautiful deep mahogany color with a massive bloom of foam on top. The nose has a ton of rich, malty sweetness with huge notes of toffee, treacle, fresh bread, and hazelnuts.

Nice light-medium body with a sweet, malty flavor that follows the nose perfectly. Loads of fresh bread, toast, and toffee with just enough hoppiness to keep the rich swet flavors in line. On the finish is a sarsaparilla-like note that provides a cola-like sensation when experienced with the level of carbonation in the beer. One other comment: this beer was made to go with food. ANY food.

I love rich, malty lagers and I don't know why I don't drink them more often than I do. This one has all those wonderful melanoidins as well as extreme drinkability. It doesn't have a ton of malt complexity, but I can't penalize it for that because it's not a bock or doppelbock. It's just a classic example of the dark lager style.

 962 characters

Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice dunkel that seems to have held up quite well (assuming the bottle is several months old)

Should I be surprised not to see much head form on the pour? - almost entirely headless for the duration.... rich dark brown color... excellent melanoidin-rich, brown bread and subtle dark cocoa flavors... slight herbal, flowery hops to balance.... moderate malty roundness on the palate, but relatively light and super clean....

the flavors could be appropriate for a doppelbock.... i'd almost want more body, but that may ruin it, who knows?

 545 characters

Photo of archyquaffer
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 17 ounce Euro-brown bottle into a large pilsener glass. A moderate pour produces about 1.5 inches of creamy, billowy head that settles down within 5 minutes to a 1/8 creamy, sticky head that stays for the duration. The beer is a dark ruby brown with moderate carbonation.

I get loads of sweet candy aromas, with plenty on the palate as well, with low hoppiness to take the edge off. I get loads of chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruit and cherry flavors, along with a toasted milkiness that's suggestive of a malted milk ball. It's complex and suggests sweet treats, yet is not cloying by any means, and has a very unique overall flavor and quality that I find in other German beers that I can't quite describe in words. I think this taste treat would make either a good appetizer or dessert beer.

I'm starting to see brands from this brewery more often in my town. Keep sending them please!

 909 characters

Photo of Jacobob10
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle.

Brown color with red highlights and a big, fluffy head. Great clarity. Bready malts in the aroma with a nuttiness to it as well. Light and pleasant. Rich malty flavor, but not heavy in any way. Very soft and clean. Medium bodied and way too easy to drink.

If you're looking for a beer with full malt flavor, but stouts/porters/dopplebocks aren't your thing, look no further. A beautifully crafted dark lager.

Previously rated 4.25/5 on 2/5/2014.

 464 characters

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

Poured this into my Paulaner mug. The body has an extremely glass like clear chestnut color to it, and the head is slightly tan.
The aroma is rich with bready pumpernickel, and pretzel. All yeast, malt, a little fruitiness and no hops.
The flavor plow's on heavy with Teutonic malt, and that's never a bad thing. There's a smokiness to this as well as some caramel and dark fruit notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth and easy with little carbonation.
Overall a great beer. I'd love to try this out on tap.

 495 characters

Photo of Flounder57
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a mahogany color with some clarity and bubbles seem coming up through the glass. Nice lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Toasted, chocolate, and caramel malts followed by grassy noble hops.

Taste: Nice bready malts, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and mild grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, smooth, medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and mild tingly hops.

Overall: Pretty solid enjoyable. Tasty and very drinkable.

 558 characters

Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz : tulip

Pours a clear, amber-red, mahogany with a thick, foamy off white head, thick lacing.

Rich malty, bready, caramel notes. Light mineral, nutty, earthy character.

Medium body, fizzy foamy carbonation.

A really enjoyable malt focused beer, as expected from the style.

 282 characters

Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big 17 oz dark brown bottle poured into a tall pint.
Second time I enjoyed this on 5/31/15. Fantastic.

A: Clear dark amber with a finger of off white head with medium carbonation, lasting and lace.

S: Beer hall richness - worn wood, bread, plate of dark malts, caramelized apple, and toffee in the nose. Classic.

T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by toasted malts with a bit of sweetness; Autumn, beer hall, a nice food complement sweetness. But it's light, crisp and a little bitterness drying the finish. Just a tad smokey. Again, a classic.

M: It feels medium-to light-bodied on the palate; the finish a bit thin.

D: This is session beer. Meant for an evening at the beer hall. Would be great with sausages and cheeses. (which is what I enjoyed it with (and arugula soup). Recommended.

 811 characters

Photo of gr0g
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with an off-white head that shows good persistent. The nose is dominated by caramel and toffee notes. A bit of nuttiness and floral hops.

Malty and moderately dry. Hops add balancing bitterness. Faint raisin-like dark fruit notes add some complexity. Carbonation is light but short of creamy. On the finish, more hop bitterness shows up but doesn't linger.

A go-to beer during the colder months, this is superior to most fall and winter seasonal fare. An excellent malt-forward lager than never fatigues the palate.

 534 characters

Photo of ChuckMartel37
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle, into a glass.

Dark brown, with a creamy head which dissipates quickly. And there's nothing I dislike more than dissipating head (Guys, AMIRITE?!). I'll let it slide in this case, because this is a beer and not a woman.

Do you remember that scene in Broken Lizard's "Beerfest" when they brew the super secret German beer recipe and then have a moment of Nirvana? Yeah, it's kinda like that. I DO want to brush my teeth with it. It's everything I could possibly want from a Dunkel. Dark malt and dried fruit dominate the first sip, then you get the caramel sweetness that follows like soft kiss on the cheek. I read that some people picked up a hop backbone from this beer, but I just don't get it. I'll just assume these tasters are delusional, high from the enormous amount of hops that we consume in America on regular basis.

I love Ayinger for several reasons, the least of which is not the bottle and label. Something overtly "Germanish" about it, with its 17 oz dark glass bottle and poorly illustrated picture of what I can only assume is Brewery Aying. If you're looking for the gold standard of Dunkels, look no further.

 1,152 characters

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The body is a dark ruby brown that holds a cream colored head that recedes to a bubbly film. A few foamy lines of lacing hang around.

The aroma is chocolately and sweet with hints if caramel and coffee.

The beer tastes malty and sweet with toffee and chocolate coming out. Maybe even some nuttiness in here. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, delightfully tasty with lots of chocolate, nuts, and toffee.

 472 characters

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.