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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel

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756 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%

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 keithmurray

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - chestnut brown with white head

smell - honey, caramel, nuts, musty whole grains

taste - honey, caramel, toffee, nuts, bran,whole grains

mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation, balance of flavors here, hint of sweetness upfront, slight bitterness on the end, smooth finish

Overall - solid beer, good value, this is a style that I enjoy, not boozy, not heavy, not overdone, just a straightforward beer with a nice flavor profile. Will revisit

Price Point - $3.19/16.9oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:41:32 | More by keithmurray
Photo of ONUMello


3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass
A: Transparent caramel brown with a one-finger head that slowly settles then lingers
S: Caramel & whole grain bread. I like it.
T: Nice grain and caramel up front, an herb-filled mid-palate, but on the finish there's a fake, sweet medicinal taste that's not entirely pleasant.
M: Medium-bodied, some nice carbonation, and would be quite nice except for that overly sweet, medicinal finish.
O: Overall this is nice, except for the finish. I'll pick up another to try- if the finish is more pleasant, it will become a regular session beer, if not I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:22:26 | More by ONUMello
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear ruby brown with an off-white 2 finger head. Average retention, and it leaves behind a thin but consistent lace with a fair amount of stick.

Smell - Honey with faint notes of caramel and a subtle grassy hop aroma.

Taste - A light though somewhat complex flavor profile, with notes of honey, light caramel and with slight hints of dark cherry and chocolate. Finishes with a bit of malted grain and a touch of grass.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Fluffy, and a touch buttery. Decent bite from the carbonation before going down smooth and easy.

Overall - A fairly good dark lager. More sweet than bitter. Interesting, though lacks the "it" factor that puts it into elite status. For that reason, I doubt I'd buy this again; not when it shares the same shelf space with the other Ayinger beers that are amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 03:23:58 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of pkalix


4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice color, no lacing to speak of. dark copper, dark brew, but still very transparent.
smells sweet-malty; tastes sweet-malty. love the maltier brews. yes, some bread-iness, and i can even see how the one guy got his "grilled corn on the cob". great tasting brew.
mouthfeel is medium with minimal carbonation.
overall, EVERYTHING from ayinger is very good. straight-forward and simple, almost commercial (are they big in germany?) and, like paulaner, always a good bet when in doubt what to drink. i approve this message and beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:34:02 | More by pkalix
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel 5.0%
.5l in ceramic mug at brewery (bräustüberl)

A: hazy; dark brown; small light tan head that fades quickly.
M: medium body and carbonation, but a tad less body than ideal; slightly harsh feel.
S: sweet medium malt; a bit floral and lightly hoppy. Improves with warming.
T: similar to aroma, but with a more pronounced flavor from both the malt and the hops. Nicely balanced.
O: a finely crafted beer with great balance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 17:44:59 | More by chinchill
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

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

poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a perfectly transparent dark ruby-to-brown with streams of carbonation rising to the creamy, three-finger head. The head stays intact until nearly the bottom of the glass where it dissipates to a thin ring of bubbles. Leaves behind several medium sized splotches of lacing.

S - Smell like opening a bag of pumpernickel upon opening the bottle. In the glass the nose opens a tad and hints of caramel, spice, and noble hops are barely perceptible.

T - Sweet malt upfront. The body is primarily sweet yet somewhat musty Munich malt with noble hops in the background for balance. Noble hops rise to the foreground as the beer passes over the back of the tongue before melding into a pumpernickel finish.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation to give the beer a very rich and full feel without being heavy.

Ayinger dunked would make for an ideal session beer due to its rich and interesting, yet not too heavy or overly complex flavor profile, smoothness, and low ABV. Despite doing everything well and being very drinkable, I don't see myself returning to this often as it isn't remarkable enough to warrant trips up to ABQ to pay $3.00 for a 500 ml bottle. For now, slightly inferior Negro Modelo will remain my Munich dunkel of choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 05:38:14 | More by Bockrules
Photo of acevenom


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

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear toffee brown with a tall, creamy tan head. Some tiny bubbles are visible in this beer. The head dissipates slowly. The aroma is dominated by bready malts and caramel malts. I can pick up faint chocolate notes. The flavor of this beer is bready and sweet. There is a nice mild caramel sweetness and faint chocolate notes. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth, creamy, and crisp. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 00:24:51 | More by acevenom
Photo of mscudder


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A - An amber brown, somewhat copper hue with a fluffy off-white head. Retention was average.

S - Lots of toasted malts, as well as some caramel as well. Some darker fruits are also present with some biscuit-like notes. All comes together a bit skunky to me though.

T - Starts with big, bold caramel malts following with those light toasted biscuit notes. There are a few other elements (following the nose) which attribute to the sweetness of the beer. For a lager this is very, very complex. Then again.... it is a lager.

M - A big medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a beer of this size, yet the ABV is low (with no trace whatsoever). Relative to other lagers this is superb.

O - Another good beer from the folks at Ayinger. Nothing has yet to the top the notorious Celebrator, but if I am looking for a dark lager, I know where to find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 04:56:16 | More by mscudder
Photo of superspak


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of big brown bread, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big brown bread, caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, chocolate, roast, toffee, nuttiness, and earthy herbal spiciness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, chocolate, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic amount of pretty robust flavors; with great balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Dunkel Lager. I have never had this style before, but this is nicely robust and complex; and extremely easy to drink. Very clean for a lager as well. Such a delicious brew, if only it was more widely available.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 04:25:32 | More by superspak
Photo of bnes09


4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep copper color, ruby when held to light. Finger and a half ivory colored head with good retention and moderate lace.

Malty aroma of wheat bread and grilled corn on the cob.

Smooth, satisfying malt tones form a solid backbone to the brew boasting wheat, raisin, prune and caramel flavors. Subtle herbal hop adds just enough bitterness to balance. Rich, delicious, and in perfect balance for the style.

Medium bodied with plenty of malty textures and a hint of chewiness on the teeth. Smooth from start to finish. Slick in the middle with lots of small bubbles which seem to bring the appropriate flavors to each individual taste bud.

Drinkability is unparalleled. Overall experience in exceptional. Great depth of flavors in perfect harmony. This is exactly what a dunkel should be.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 04:47:05 | More by bnes09
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into Spaten seidel.

BBE Feb 2012

A- Mahogany brown with excellent clarity. 2 finger tight head that reduces quickly with little lacing.

S- Chocolate malts, dark wholemeal breads, hint of toffee sweetness.

T- Lots of chocolate and munich malts up front with a note of dark wholemeal breads again. Nice toasted malts give balance in the semi dry clean lager finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation, clean.

D- Excellent dunkel. Solid balanced flavour profile that sends me back to Munich. Could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 22:12:38 | More by seanyfo
Photo of RickS95


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

It's brown, but has some lighter shades of red and orange in it. Pretty clear for such a dark liquid, looks 'thin.' The head is nice and thick, slightly offwhite, and leaves nice lacing eventually, as it's got good retention.

Has a pleasant smell, full of malt, biscuity notes, and hops. Caramel malt, bread crust and flowers.

Taste follows the smell item for item. Caramel malt is obvious. Bread crust in mid-sip. Roasted flavors in the finish.

More complexity than I'm used to with a lager. It's a bit sweet initially. Fuller bodied than I'd have guessed. Stays sweet throughout, but there's some balance with the hoppy bitterness in the finish. Relatively smooth and creamy.

One of the better lagers I've had. Had good flavors and was easy to drink. Would like to have more than just one.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 04:18:23 | More by RickS95
Photo of PorterLambic


4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with an espresso-colored head. Dissipation is fairly quick, under two minutes, and leaves behind a thickish film. Some lacing.
Smell is malty, of course, with notes of wood and dark fruits and some smokiness. Very well balanced.
Taste is, again, malty with the same dark fruit/fruitcake note and smokiness with a hint of hop. Extremely well balanced.
Medium-heavy body with an effervescence that is tangy almost on the tip of the tongue but much more subdued elsewhere. Aftertaste is peat/earth and light hops. Slightly drying with just a light coating of the upper palate. Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 15:22:42 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of PhillyStyle


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

500mL bottle:

The beer poured a reddish, cola color that produced a nice, dense head that was well retained and could be easily reproduced.

The beer gave off a nice, sweet malty aroma, sweeter than the more grainy Jahrhundert Dortmunder export.

The beer followed the nose; it was a slightly sweeter, maltyier version of the Jahrhundert.

Light feel, very good carbonation and very easy to drink. I prefer the Dortmunder export, but this is still a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 16:43:16 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber-brown body underneath an inch or two of light beige suds.

Smell: Oven-toasted dark German bread and nuts backed by a light roastiness, strewn leafy hop notes, and a far-off hint of chocolate-covered raisins.

Taste: Toasted dark bread, coffee-laced roasty malts with added tastes of cracked nuts, cocoa powder, and even some dark caramel. Reasonably sweet. Child-sized handful of raisins, faint hint of apple skin. Leafy, herbal hops with enough bitterness to support the sweetness. All the various flavors roll in and around and amongst themselves, everything nicely integrated until the drying, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly silky on the tongue.

Overall: That dismal dunkel from the 2012 Longshot six-pack was the impetus for this purchase and the difference is night and day.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 20:01:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of sureshot08


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red brown with a 2 inch head that retains fairly well.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits, reminiscent of their Celebrator Doppelbock.

Taste: Dark breads, malty, slight caramel. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, which seems appropriate in this beer. Moderately high carbonation.

Overall: Excellent. Almost like a light version of Celebrator. Very drinkable, shows that a high malt presence can be just as good as any IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 00:43:51 | More by sureshot08
Photo of sdj5

New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams Alpine Spring glass.

A - Looks like slightly lighter, transpartent ruby Coke with thin white lacing.

S - Sweet, rich malt, a bit of caramel on the end

T - Delicious slightly roasted, caramel flavored malt with a hint of sweetness on the finish.

M - Thin and refreshing

O - A fine, malty, tasty and easily drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:30:32 | More by sdj5
Photo of ImperialBeergut


5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A deep burnt copper center with edges where light shines through. Like a beautiful tan girl in a see through summer dress... 1 finger of a tight bubbling head, mocha in color.

S: Toasted toffee buttered bread crust, a noticable sugar and chocolate nose, with a very, very slightly hoppy finish.

T: Absolutely delicious, truly quaffable dark lager. A chewy, sweet caramel bounciness to it that says I'm rich yet easygoing. I think when taste buds collide with one's ancestral heritage when drinking beer, it makes you feel...truly lucky to be alive, lol. I'm German n Irish. This is one of my personal top 3...nuff sed...

M: Nice and toasty rich. A slightly viscous and velvety mouth that wants you to taste it and then sluttily demands you then CHUG it, wow what a beer!...I taste it and I cant take it away from my lips, I feel like Frank The Tank...

O: Luxurious lightly chocolate n toffee flavored beer with a toasted aroma and finish. A amazing beer on an epic scale...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 08:10:47 | More by ImperialBeergut
Photo of tzieser


4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5L Lowenbrau dimple-mug.

a: crystal clear, very dark brown in color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the mug for a long time.

s: very malty aroma with notes of bread and biscuits. lots of malty sweetness to be had.

t: lots of malt flavor, with notes of toasted bread, caramel and a very subtle hint of coffee. there is also a grassy character from the hops. extremely well balanced and flavorful. finishes clean.

m: thin mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

quite an excellent dark lager. picked this guy up on clearance for $1.50 a bottle! recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:08:26 | More by tzieser
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber copperish brown. Read around edges where light goes easiest. 2 finger tan head. Clear. Tight bubble head.

S: bread, toast, caramel, toffee, bread crust, sugar, chocolate and not really any hops.

T: delicious. Caramel to chocolate no bitterness, sweet amazing. Really luscious and good. Awesome beer.

M: nice and rich. Medium bodied and caramel-like.

O: This beer is amazing. Chocolate bready awesomeness. Gotta love German beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:32:15 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of IronLover


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut brown in color with a slight orange hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a rich light beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet caramel and toasted malt aromas are dominant with a hint of ripe fruit underneath. Smooth, delicate feel with lively but gentle carbonation. Huge malt flavor. Similar to aroma, the sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors are the showcase. Light coffee flavor with a very subtle hint of hops at the finish. Finishes clean and semi-dry. A very enjoyable german lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 23:12:27 | More by IronLover
Photo of bfields4


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

Dark amber clear body. Small lacy head.

German yeast light malt dark toffee malts in the aroma. Sweet caramel almost vanilla.

Flavor follows in the same vein. Toffee and a bit of caramel not much hop, but a little more than what I would have expected providing a slight earthy herbal quality.

Nice light body easily could polish off a few of these guys at a nice German biergarten. Flavors are not complex but very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:25:42 | More by bfields4
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from ole Mike Brawley, if memory serves.

A. Billy Crystal clear, lovely pecan brown with a distinct ruby hue. Quite pretty when held to the light, bubbly and with a short rustic head. Superb retention. No lace. This is medieval looking and inviting.

S. A metallic note at first - a stumble. Left alone for a few minutes, it blows off and better things come to the fore. Extremely worty smelling, this is straight up high-quality malt juice. Pumpernickel, toasted barley, sugar, a bit of a nutty smell, and yes I know that last is vague and annoying. Smells "quality", and believe it or not, has a Kvass sort of mildly sour rusticness to it. This is farmer-friendly and hearty.

T. Munich malt galore. Sweet and involving, toasty and full-flavored. Big flavor, in fact, for this style, but I'm not complaining. More than anything else, this reveals what good quality malts, well used, can do for a lager. Just a plethora of German malt goodness, and I don't even know what that word means.

M / O. Thin, almost watery beer, which is quite to style. Great carbonation lends an 'all in' feeling to this one, but at the same time is reserved enough for this to be drunk very quickly. The finish is toasty and the malt sweetness lolls about lazily on the palate. Bottom line: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel is absolutely one of the best Dunkels I've had to date. This brewery knows what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:49:18 | More by kkipple
Photo of NWer


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

Pours a very nice clear brown into my fluted glass. Nice bronze head retains well.
Aroma nothing notable.
Taste on the other hand very nice. Smooth, light, sweet. Very sessionable.
A very nice change when I want to cleanse the palate with something totally drinkable after a hop bomb or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 19:55:07 | More by NWer
Photo of rangerred


3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

.5 liter bottle.

Pours a clear reddish brown with a tiny half finger head that quickly fades. Not lacing at all.

Smells of sweet caramel along with some roasted grain.

Taste has a somewhat heavy sweetness pervading throughout. Caramel dominates with roasted malt being secondary. Light grassy hops are detectable at the beginning quickly giving way to a light to moderate bitterness. The finish is somewhat sticky.

I have to say I am not a huge fan of this beer. It is too sweet for my liking and not quite enough roast.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:07:27 | More by rangerred
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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