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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 550
Hads: 971
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 68
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 11/14/13. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with about a 1-finger tan head. Lots of lacing is seen from this "Dark Lager" brew as is typical from Germany. The aroma is of toffee, roasted malts and caramel. The taste is pretty much the same with a slight bitter finish but wasn't unpleasant at all. Actually goes down pretty easy. I have had a few other brews from Ayinger in the past and like the others, it didn't disappoint. (567 characters)

Photo of TheChrisK
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a pint bottle into a Pilsener glass. Dark raspberry color with a light head that fades quickly. My Pils glass could not hold the entire pint so the bottle was not emptied on the first pour.

S: The nose has strong notes of caramel, toffee and a hint of coffee. Really pleasant.

T: The taste does not give the same notes as the smell. The taste has more notes of bready malt and coffee than the toffee and caramel.

M: Great texture and a smooth feel. Goes down extremely easy and the finish is wonderful. The body is a medium thick which is just right.

O: This has become my new favorite beer, even though i'm relatively new at this. I expected nothing less from this brew. 4/5 (694 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle slightly different than former Ayinger bottles I've had. Same overall shape just a touch shorter making for a more convenient carry. Label is typical Ayinger awesomeness purely in German style. Love their bottles!

A - deep ruby brown color. Definitely a dark brew just sitting in front of me while the lighting shows its ruby red shining through. Head is a cream filled expresso color that pours nice but vanishes to a thin ring of lace. Leaves minimal stick.

S - this thing smells brilliant! Toffee and sweet caramel up front with a whiff of bready malt. A little nutty with Faint chocolate and the smallest hint of coffee in the back. A lovely whiff of dark fruit in the finish. This smell's delicious.

T - not quite as expressive as the nose, but much of the same character. A real malty treat with toffee, caramel, bready malt, a slight nuttiness, small hints of chocolate and coffee roast.

M - good texture for a lager style, and decently thick. It's a smooth texture and flows nicely. Very nice feel. Easy going and great with a hearty meal.

O - I enjoy Aying brews. I can't say this is better than their gems, but its respectable. It was a good choice for dinner and something I'd definitely drink again. It has the same texture and thickness that make Ayinger a renowned German brewery, and its good sampling something from Germany that's not a Hefe for a change. Good brew! (1,403 characters)

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

The beer appears a chestnut brown color with perhaps a touch of ruby. Thin tan head that rapidly fades to a wispy layer, giving a nearly still appearance. The aroma brings some lager yeast, brown bread, mild sweetness. The taste follow suit, with a prominent brown bread character. A touch of sweet and ripened dark fruit. Light in body with low carbonation. A decent beer to pair with some German cuisine. This was okay. (421 characters)

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

I really like this example of a dunkel. It pours a ruby red with a 2 finger head. The head linger for a minute then diminishes to a thin coating that lasts. Nice lacing.

Aroma- a nice malty aroma with low hop aroma very nice with a bit of fruit and toasted malt.

Taste- This brew has a nice balance between dark fruit and caramel in the front with a bready toasty backside. smooth taste with low hop bitterness. I find this brew very drinkable with a pleasant aftertaste. The hops are there but subdued.

Overall- As usual, Ayinger has produced a top notch version of a Munich Dunkel, This beer is one of the reasons Dunkel's are one of my favorite styles. (659 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date that I could find.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a mid-sized light and fizzy tan head. Head fades out at a moderate pace, with thin but substantial lacing. Decent retention as well.

S: Some nice dark bready malt aroma with some hints of caramel. Some brown sugar too. Sweet and malty. Some nuts and cocoa in there too. Surprisingly nice.

T: Quite nutty with lots of bready malt backing it up. Some light cocoa and even lighter dark fruits. Hints of brown sugar with a lightly hopped bitter aftertaste.

M: A little thin but it is only 5%. Smooth.

O: This beer surprised me. It's simple but very tasty. Lots of malt flavors with good balance. Goes down super easy; great drinkability. Great example of the style. (726 characters)

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

This pours a fiery copper amber color with ruby hues. The light passes through effortlessly and it has the look of glowing embers. Dark but with perfect clarity. There are plenty of bubbles rising up form the bottom and a fat head of almost tan foam that fell slowly and left good lace.

Nose is wonderful. it's dark fruit but lightly. It's sweet sugary malt. Light caramel. Toasted grain, a bit nutty and a the lightest scent like coffee or unsweetened chocolate. To the delight of the nose there is a trace scent of lager yeast and that adds to the brightness of the nose.

The taste is absolutely superb! First thing you will notice is that the body of the beer is soft from an overall mineral quality. It's not the least bit heavy but crisp and clean. It's as clear on the palate as it is in the glass. The fruits are raisin and fig, but they are not heavy or too rich. The toasted grain is amazing and rich with it's natural sweetness at the forefront and the caramel to back it up. Little bit of toffee notes underneath to add depth to the malt. Then it's nutty and bready too. It finishes dry with the overall tastes of the malts resounding at the back palate. There is just a bit of hop herbal in the finish to help it glide so gently.

This is one amazing beer. It has an incredible lightness. It has every flavor that you love about dark beer, from dark fruit to coffee and yet it's light. It's not chewy, it's not thick, it's not too sweet. The dry finish is something to behold as all that perfect toasted grain settles in to last and linger in the aftertaste. Full, spirited and vibrant. (1,602 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Three finger tan foam cap gently subsides with nice lacings on the glass. Brown , almost like a light cola shade, with no visible carbonation.

Sweet malt, caramel, figs, sweet aromas.

Taste of malt wit habit of alcohol. Figs. No carbonation, no bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Looks and smells better than it tastes. Wanted more out of the glass. A good beer but not my favorite from one of my favorite breweries. (459 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black in the glass, glints of mahogany in the light. Light tan foam on top, leaving behind spotty traces of lace.

Light roast in the aroma, dark malt, vague coffee.

Taste is roasty and dry, light bodied and straightforward. Very clean with a slight toasted marshmallow impression though not especially sweet at all. Carbonation seems light as well, though it helps the drinkability. Word is that draft may hit the states in January. Made a great pairing with spicy goulash at Laschet's. (504 characters)

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

Pours an amber-brown with limited light tan head. Aroma is deeply malty with a potent ripe raisin/prune scent that is boozy and cloying but pleasant. Very interesting aroma for a thin-bodied lager. Palate is chalky chocolate, more prune/raisin fruit, brown bread (pumpernickel), a hint of cola spice, a sour top note that almost evokes fresh citrus but probably more like rancid marmalade, nice deep dark flavors. Some brown sugar and coffee show up and cling to the palate along with a bit of cardboard. The faintest whiff of apricot. Minimal hop bitterness. I like this style and this is a good exemplar. Ayinger is workmanlike, never bad and always cleaving close to style guidelines. Carbonation is right where it needs to be. A nuttiness like bitter walnuts accumulates and builds a bit ... Some metallic notes that maybe detract a bit but one can always return to the fermented prune aroma and be intrigued. (913 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which at the moment seems to have poor retention. The head is a weak off white with hints of beige and yellow. The body is a transparent dark amber that glows a dark orange when held up to the light. Scant traces of lacing left behind.

Nose- Fairly subdued. I get some roasted notes, caramel, and a little bit of nuttiness when I smell from the bottle. As of yet, the glass reveals very little. After a while, I get some sweet malt and a whiff of caramel. Slight roasted notes with some sourness come out after I swirl the beer around a bit.

Taste- Fortunately, this has a lot more going on than the aroma. Roasted malts, caramel, and some biscuit. Not terribly strong but it must be kept in mind that this is a lager. Coffee and a very slight mineral finish. The caramel seems to evoke a bit of woodiness on the finish. This woodiness almost might be from the small amount of hops used. More would be desired if the malts were saccharine but thankfully, they are quite subtle. A solid beer that appears to be a good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation with hints of both smoothness and grittiness.

Drinkability- Quite sessionable. Easygoing and flavorful. A world of flavor compared to your average lager. Four dollars a bottle will probably prevent me from buying another but you never know.

Overall- A good, solid beer that is a proper introduction to the style. Definitely worth at try. (1,483 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 30/03/2014, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

Appearance: pours a dark russet brown colour, coming with a fast dissipating hissing dark beige head and lively carbonation.
Smell: a deep aroma of caramel dominates the nose, hand in hand with sour berry fruit notes such as raisins or prunes, laced with sweet nuts, sweet herbs and black sugar. Simplistic and quite sweet. A few good swirls give rise to a mild acidity typical of a well lagered beer, where it is balanced by the malt sweetness, though.
Taste: softly fizzy on the entry, the foretaste is immediately caramely and prune-ish sour-sweet, underlined by softer hints of bready & roast malts, leading towards moderate plummy fruitiness, nutty, faintly chocolaty and earthy undertones in the finish. Mildly dry on the palate with a decent touch of herbal bitterness to linger. After a few sips, a light oily feel starts to develop down the end of the palate.
Mouth & Overall: refreshing enough, semi-clean on the palate, medium-bodied, showing a balanced flavour profile, but altogether not something I’d drink for more than a pint. This is yet another beer style that doesn’t do well in the bottled and pasteurized form. It’s just… not delicious and not “lively” (not referring to the carbonation) enough. (1,326 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a rich copper brown color. The head is tall and fizzy and pocketed with large bubbles and fades down into nothing. A fair amount of carbonation.
The aroma is sweet and bready. Sutle hints of dark fruits too.
The taste is malty sweet with some carmel and toffee malts.
Drinks weak on the palate and has a flat boring feel.
This beer tasted flat and boring. I've had better dunkels. (395 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Amber/mahogany with 2 fingers of light tan head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Nutty, bready, bown sugar and earthy hop aromas.

Brown bread, caramel and brown sugar. Nutty with a dusting of cocoa. Nicely balanced with earthy hop aromas and maybe a hint of copper.

Medium bodied, silky and crisp.

A balanced and easy drinking Dunkel. (433 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark cherry amber with a 2 finger creamy off-white head.

S - Toasted malt, almond, caramel, dark fruit, hint of grassy hops.

T - Sweet bready malt, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit. There is a pleasant nutty flavor throughout. Earthy grassy hops. Finishes mildly bitter with toasted grains and hints of spice/yeast.

M - Somewhat creamy, smooth, medium bodied. Crisp, moderately carbonated.

O - This a great dark German lager. Extremely flavorful and well balanced. Really easy to drink too. (529 characters)

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

Pours a clear mahogany brown with a lot of reddish highlights when held to the light. Big light tan head with excellent retention and some filmy, spotty lacing on the glass. Smell is malty with some grassy hops.

Flavor is primarily malty with a fairly well balanced grassy hops bitterness. THere also appears to be a little winter ale type spicing.

Mouthfeel is rich but also light and refreshing. The grassy hops keep it from being too sweet.

Well crafted, goes down easy. I could drink a few of these. (507 characters)

Photo of hackmann
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: nice mahogany body, somewhat clear, with a full two finger tan bubbly head that does not stick around long. Just what a Dunkel lager is going to look like – dark.

Aroma: dark bready malts, lightly toasted grains, and not much else, very light overall

Flavors: light toasted sweet grains, dark bread like, caramel, fairly simple overall

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, toasty notes on the palate during and on the aftertaste, light bitterness, roasted sweet note

To the Point: a good Alt Dunkel, tasty, easy to drink, (531 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Working my way through the beer fridge and found this baby from my last trip to Black Mountain, NC, and the Berliner Kindl restaurant. When I go there, it's just to pop in and buy some German beers. Gotta make time to sample the food some day. Anyway, on with the review!

-Appearance 3.75: Poured out with a nice, thick, 3/4" head. This quickly faded into foamy swirls on top. Completely translucent beer, which makes me think that the "lager" designation is not simply from tradition. Don't make that statement make you think it is a golden beer, it is not: it is an attractive deep amber color.

-Smell 3.75: Very pleasant and restrained bouquet. I detect hints of toasted grains, raisins and malted barley. The bouquet is very balanced and nuanced.

-Taste 4.0: Front is dry with slight hints of barley. Middle is also dry, and this is where the bubbles hit your palate. Finish is where the barley and toasted grains and slight hops come in and then quickly fade into an abrupt and dry finish. Very pleasant and restrained on every level.

-Mouthfeel 3.75: Mouthfeel is creamy and satisfying. Right on the nose for this style.

-Overall 4.0: Great beer. While I drank it, I kept imagining drinking it while eating some sauerbraten and black bread or a smoked shank of pork with sauerkraut. I really enjoyed this beer on its own and believe it would be an excellent session beer, but cannot wait to try it with food. Maybe the next time I am in Black Mountain, I will. Regardless, if you see this beer, pick it up. (1,519 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much a fan of everything about this brewery. Always nice to be able to review a new product from them.

A- Poured into a tall glass that seems to be around twenty ounces in total. The beer comes out of the bottle with a nice dark brown hue with some red around the edges. A tall, foamy cap forms to several fingers in height and retains nicely. The foam falls to a thick, bubbly ring leaving some spotty but thick sized lace webs.

S- A pretty mild overall aroma but the things present are appropriate. I get some nice toasted bread and malt hints first with some good brown caramelized sugar and toffee sweetness behind that. Something reminds me of fruit, not sure if hops or yeast.

T- Toasted malts and caramelized dark sugars make up a lot of the flavor for me. Crusty yeast bread, fig, molasses and a tiny bit of cocoa come to mind. Some hops present with mostly herbal and spicy hints coming from them. A good sweetness without being alarming.

MF- Medium bodied with a somewhat sweet overall feel on the palate. Carbonation bubbles feel fine and at a moderate level. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

I am not an expert in Munich Dunkels but this satisfies a lot of the styles characteristics. Just thinking about it as a beer it is balanced and drinks refreshingly, not a surprise when it comes to this brewery. (1,332 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a little note, I love the artwork on the bottle caps.

The pour from the tulip bottle forces a nice frothy and semi thick creamy 1.5 finger head that fades somewhat slowly, with lots of nice lacing, over dark but very clear mahogany brown colored beer with some chestnut light streaming through.

Nose is nice, some dark toasty malts, toasted wheat, pilsner toasted straw malts, light caramel and toffee like aromas, a slight caramelized brown sugar like aroma too and faint biscuit, light wafts of dark fig and raisin like fruit, with that nice decoction like complex soft malts, and faint grassy noble hops. It started a little muted but after a few big sniffs more and more complex aromas came through nicely.

Taste brings more of the same, malts the key profile, darker brown malts, caramelized sugars and fruits with a light candied raisin and fig like, nice toasted wheat and biscuit flavors, with a little toasty dark brown malts. Sweet flavors bring a faint toffee and nutty quality with the caramel and brown sugar, but all are on the lighter side and the beer itself is not very sweet. The wheat characters come through a bit more as it goes, a toasted brown wheat like, as well as more of that soft decoction mash flavors. Very faint grassy noble hop in the background that brings a faint spicy quality on the finish. The finish is drier, more caramelized brown sugars and toffee nutty flavors, dark toasted wheat, and touch of the toasty malts, as well as a crisp slightly fruity lager character.

Mouth is med bodied, soft and rich though, and plenty of fluffy carbonation.

Overall quite nice, true to a nice dark dunkel, great malt characters, soft complex decoction mash profile, nice sweetener flavors without the sweetness, faint dark fruits come through, and even the slightest hop profile. very drinkable and I could pound this back in minutes if I'm not careful. This is what I imagine drinking on a slightly chilly spring morning in Germany. (1,969 characters)

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.