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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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877 Ratings
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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 58
Gots: 33 | 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 gpogo
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

gpogo, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of kflorence
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

kflorence, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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

OlRasputin989, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

ClevoPiwo, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

boatshoes, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of rye726
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

rye726, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

KTCamm, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of artvandelay
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

artvandelay, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of julian1117
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

julian1117, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

bum732, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Natural510, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

generallee, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.08/5  rDev +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.

rtepiak, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

JoEBoBpr, May 28, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

froghop, May 23, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

ThirstyBird, May 22, 2009
Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

FrothyBeverage, May 18, 2009
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

A: a nice dark, deep amber color with a good head that hangs around for a while. A good looking bier.
S: A real caramel odor with undertones of bread, malt, andmild citrus.
T: Follows the smell well. For a deep lager, this is a refreshing bier. No harsh after taste, a little milky in flavor. Very pleasing.
M: Again, a nice milky texture.
D: A good bier to drink, maybe to have a few, but again, this is a heavy bier.

Overall, this is a wonderful bier that I recommend to everyone. Do yourself a favor and find a bottle or tap of this bier. Prosit.

nocheinsbitte, May 01, 2009
Photo of elliot23
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poor: Used a tall Löwenbräu .5 liter mug for this one. Poors with a light caramel 2+ finger head. Dark amber in color. Minimal lacing on the head, but good retention.

Nose: Scents of caramel, coffee, toast, malts. A subtle aroma. Fitting of the style.

Taste. A nice balance of bitterness to malty sweetness. Bitter disappears fast and spices and toasty flavors take over. Some good nutty characteristics.

Feel: Low carbonation. A nice balanced finish. Pleasant.

Drink: Imbibes rather easily for a dunkel beer. A nice dark German lager indeed. A great beer with more depth and personally than your typical lager.

elliot23, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber to light brown with thin head that doesn't last. Nose is surprisingly tepid with some light toasty brown bread aromas. Palate is toasty, a little malty, with some very light caramel. Very thin bodied and easy to drink, but not watery like U.S. macros.

yemenmocha, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this today at SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a clear, rich, and dark caramel color with a thick inch and a half of foam. Lacing is minimal but the retention is very good.

Sweet nuts and caramel, cocoa, bread crumbs, toast, piloncillo, cajeta, and quite bready on the nose. There's a nice mixture of light chocolate and caramel. At first I felt the caramel might be overdone but once the beer settles and the head falls down the caramel sweetness becomes more subtle.

Light toast with a bit of bread crumbs, hints of cocoa in the background along with some nuts and a touch of caramel. Clean lager finish. Slight earthy hop bitterness, just enough to balance out the sweetness. Slightly grainy later on. After a couple of sips the flavors really blend in well and it's a symphony of toast, soft chocolate, caramel, and toffee. I think it's pretty solid for the style.

The beer itself is medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit like liquid bread. Super easy to drink and very refreshing.

Ah, I love tasty and well crafted lagers on a hot day!

seaoflament, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of william5586
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Huge 3 fingers of fluffy tan head. Clear light brown/amber. Little lace

S- Semi sweet roasted malt.

T- Semi sweet roasted malts open things up. Nutty taste. An earthy taste slides in at the end and balances things out.

M- Light mouthfeel (but not watery) Very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a good easy drinking dunkel, but I found myself wanting more from it. I would have liked it to be a little more rich and have the malt be more pronounced. I would not hesitate to have this one again, but my quest to find the ultimate Munich Dunkel Lager must continue.

william5586, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a deep mahogany color with a two inch off-white head on top. Lots of active carbonation keeps a nice head throughout. Thick lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is strongly of caramel, a touch of dark fruit. Raisins come to mind. A bit of toasty breadiness too. It seems like a lighter version of the Celebrator.

Taste has lots of caramel again with the raisiny character coming in the middle. A bit of a bready character too. Towards the end some mild earthy hops with a slight spiciness come in and balance out the sweet maltiness. Finishes with lingering hop flavor and raisiny caramel malt blend.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but it's very creamy and smooth going down. Quite drinkable. As I usually find myself saying with the Ayinger beers, I wish it was available cheaper and in six packs.

roadhouse, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with some fading tan head.

Flat coffe notes, vague metallic, and sweet malt scents dominate the nose.

Taste is roasted malt, lingering mocha flavor; taste closer to a brown ale than a dark lager.

Carbonation level is good, mouthfeel is good; very drinkable.

All in all this amounts to a slightly above average dunkel.

donteatpoop, Apr 17, 2009
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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