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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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836 Ratings
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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 57
Gots: 29 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has all the makings of a subdued bock beer. It pours a nice ruby colored deep amber brown with a fairly creamy off white head that does retain, but doesn't lace. There is a bit of carbonation to the beer for the style, but it isn't overwhelming. The nose on the beer is a full palate of sweet malts, loads of caramel, some roasted notes, there might be a clove note or two, but it is the thick sweet caramels that are the most defining features.

The taste is slightly thin and light bodied, there is a lot of caramel, again the roasted sweet malts are paramount, and there is a bit of a hop presence in the finish. The beer is smooth, fairly creamy, but overall quite light bodied. There is a slight molasses note or two in the taste and it does finish with a bit of a tart bite or at least a little bit of a hop note or two. There is a roasted and sweet, almost candied sweetness that lingers well into the finish and aftertaste. The beer is decent for the style but I was hoping for something that tasted less like a watered down bock beer.

albern, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown/burgundy color dunkel with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some caramel and light molasses is enjoyable. Taste is also a nice mix between some medium sweet malt with some nice notes of caramel malt and some very subtle molasses and a light dry roasted finish. Average body with good carbonation. Very well done but I am not sure this is a style that I really dig.

Phyl21ca, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsener glass. Rusty red color, almost bordering on scarlet. Huge white head, lots of lacing. Carbonation lasted a long time, with almost champagne-like bubbles working their way up the slender glass. Slight scent of clove perhaps, but not much else. Taste reminded me a bit of winter spices like cinnamon and coriander. There was a good backbone of malt to this beer that gave it a nice body. It's smoothness and low abv made it very easy to drink. I was expecting a darker, heavier beer, but instead I was pleasantly surprised with a reddish, light, refreshing beer. Glad I randomly just picked up a bottle. A nice change of pace.

morebeergood, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly attractive red-amber color, clear with a dispersed flow of miniscule bubbles, the head one finger deep but stays at that depth for some time. Everything about the nose is subdued half-measures, coffee and heavy cream, lightly toasted malts, raisin fruit, fruitcake, carob, given the lack of hoppy scents, doesn't require that kind of counter-weight to stay in balance. Light-bodied, here the carbonation does tend to diffuse the flavors prematurely. Same mixture of dark fruits, coffee cream, butterscotch, at times there is a sourness which adds spark. Needs a bookmark, loses its place by the mid-palate. Smooth with nary a rough edge in sight, err, taste, but there's this nagging sense that something is missing. You just keep waiting for an extra gear.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of mcsquint
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into a large mug.
A - Dark copper
ed in color with 2 finger white head. Head diminished rather quickly. Very little lacing.
S - Aromas of caramel,clove and banana
T - Caramel with dried fig, clove and banana
M - A bit slick with very little carbonation
D - This reminds me of an English Bitter. It's OK. I expected much more from this because the Celebrator and Centennial lager from the same brewery were incredible.

mcsquint, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came down between this and Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen at Kappys in Saugus today, but since I rarely have this style, I decided it would be a nice change. Color is dark copper, with two fingers of white head. Dark bread and banana come to mind first when smelling, followed by some clove and bit of powdered chocolate. Taste is big on the dark bread factor, which gives it a sweet start, but then it becomes a bit sharper tasting, with dry grains and a hop bite. Those last impressions taste wise really distinguish it from the dark German Weiss beers I am used to. Mouthfeel is light and beautifully carbonated. This quenches my thirst as well as any light ale or lager. Drinking this one is about as easy as it gets. This was a great beer to kick off a Christmas eve, which I am sure is going to be filled with other great offerings.

jamie2dope, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Brewsmith
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 0.5 L bottle purchased locally. Aroma is full of malt and a slight hint of coffee. Color is a deep rust amber with a beige head. Smooth malt with some melanoidin character. I taste a little bit of cardboard from probably being on the shelf too long. A little sweetness but balanced nicely with a dry finish. This one is good, but I wish I could have a better bottle because I know this beer could be fantastic.

Brewsmith, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This dunkel is a crystal-clear vermillion brown with a light tan head. It has an aroma of sweet malt and black pepper. It is light-bodied, crisp and dry. It is reasonably bitter and the taste is fleeting. A nice session beer. Good for a nice sunny day.
(rated May 15, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown beer with a massive three-finger head that left lace as it died. Mild malt smell of caramel, toffee and some roasted and coffee malts. A dry, crisp sensation when the beer first hit my tongue. Followed by a sweet malt taste of caramel and hints of coffee in a medium-boided beer that is a tad syrupy but goes down rather smooth with some creaminess. Tastes great, with a little hop or roasted malt dryness on the backbite, but there weren't any real hops that I tasted. A good beer to kick around with.

clayrock81, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of drnknmnky
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with a friend

A - nice brown pour with tan head

s - roasted malts, a ripe fruit, not sure what though, a bit of cocoa

TM - roasted flavor, not very hoppy but balanced through the end. nice finish after taste lingers but not too clingy and cleans the tongue.

D - highly drinkable, something Ayinger does makes every beer ive had by them really good, plus with an average ABV good beer to enjoy over again.

drnknmnky, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper, almost light amber color. Nice head, that lasts for most of the ride.

Lots of fruit, a little bready, and maybe a little toffee.

Very malty, fruit is definitely in the mix with some hops to balance things out.

Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation and consistency.

Excellent beer, I wish this came in 6 packs for a moderate price.

alovesupreme, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of dasenebler
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer-- deep, deep amber, almost brown. Decent off-white head, thin layer stuck around for a while. Nose is kind of tart, malty.

Taste to me is excellent. Initially kind of interesting and salty, soy-sauce-like, but that dies down a bit. Nice roasted and sweet malt flavor. Good tartness and mild hop flavor, like a good dunkel or schwarz. Great mouthfeel, medium body, smooth and buttery, moderate carbonation. Could easily drink a few of these, not too heavy or strong at all.

dasenebler, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful garnet hue with a frothy khaki-colored two-finger head that faded slowly into a solid ring that stayed to the bottom. Minimal and sporadic lacing.

Aroma of toasted pumpernickel bread up front followed by a rush of malt sweetness with caramel, toffee, and some candied hazelnuts. A bit of warm fruit notes come through at the end, hinting at figs and dried cranberries. Definitely a pleasant aroma.

definitely complex taste. The malt sweetness in the aroma hits the tongue first, receding quickly to allow some spicy and fruity notes to flow through. hints of dark cherries, apple, and toffee, with spices from cinnamon and coffee beans. Some malt bitterness counteracts the sweetness, and theres some toasty malt and a pleasant hop flavor in the finish that brings out more of the earthy spiciness. Beautiful.

mouthfeel is classicly beautiful. smooth and creamy with a lightness that makes it incredibly drinkable. Just enough carbonation to keep it interesting and carry the flavor. Despite the heavily sweet notes in the falvor, the mouthfeel is void of cloying sweetness or slickness. Exceptional.

As with most Ayinger brews, this one is definitely solid. Full flavor, excellent aroma, and a highly drinkable brew. This one is void of anything even close to offensive and is just a flat out exceptional example of a Munich Lager.

djeucalyptus, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a capped 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a brown body with hints of orange tones along with a robust and fluffy two finger head. The head lingered and supported an even moderate curtain of lace.

S: It had a dark sugar and toasted malt smell with floral hops and hints of earthiness.

T: The sweet malts and dark sugars flavors dominated followed by floral hops and light spices. The flavors were well balanced and hit the alcohol well.

M: It was light to medium bodied with a smooth presence in the mouth and a dry and clean finish. It was moderately carbonation's.

D: It was a refreshing, well balanced and tasty brew with a light body and low ABV. It is a wonderful session beer.

dnichols, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/9/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark reddish brown color. Huge foamy, almost creamy off-white head. Good Lacing & somewhat lasting. Dark nutty, clovey aroma. Strong aroma of grape juice. Some smoke. Grape, nutty taste. Watery, wheaty & slightly dirty/dusty. Dark wheaty taste. Easy to drink.

jujubeast6000, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Strix
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red-orange-brown, foamy head.

Smells of caramel, malt, bread, banana and sweetness.

Tastes of caramel and malt, a bit of a sweet twang to it. A hint of bread crust and Oktoberfest-type hops towards the end.

Mouthfeel crisp and refreshing.

Everything I've had from Ayinger has had a pleasant drinkability to it. Nothing too extreme, but very nice.

Strix, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, no date marking.

Huge creamy tan head on a crystal clear caramel red-brown body. Panels of lace.

Scent is caramel, dark fruit, light floral hops.

Taste is caramel and chocolate malts. Dark fruit, toffee. Warm and bready. Perhaps a hint of molasses. Mild floral hops and a soft tea-like bitterness on the finish.

Light creamy mouth with a nice fine carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent.

Rich and complex yet light and very easy to drink. Want another!

sethmeister, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml into BMS mug...

Light-bodied root beer/birch beer body with significant and rapid carbonation rising to maple walnut/banana not bread head that comes and goes quickly after showing a couple of muffin tunnels.

Boiled salty sarsparilla malt, husky salt water taffy and peanut feel to it on the nose.

Perhaps it's the power of suggestion but this really tastes like a root beer barrel candy at first. Sweet, sarsparilla taste to the clean, crisp malt blends with a very mild grassy/piney hop cameo...almost nonexistent. Quite light on its feet.

Balsa wood-light malt feel - tight from the root beer sweetness. Finish is quite crispy - sweetness is felt on the teeth but by no means cloying.

I like this on an unseasonably warm fall day. Drinks easily and not as filling as some darker German offerings. Once again, Ayinger doesn't disappoint!

IBUnit63, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark brown, ruby colour with a nice off white head that has decent retention, leaving some nice lacing down the side of my glass.

S: Some typical caramel and dark fruity malts. A bit of chocolate too.

T: lots of complexity here! I get chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, vanilla and a really pleasant maple sugar, bready finish and linger. Very, very tasty.

M: Really nice and creamy mouthfeel on this one. Nicely carbonated and a very smooth, crisp, slightly oily finish. A good amount of spice on the linger.

D: This is an excellent Munich dunkel! So much complexity of flavours and so well balanced. I could drink a ton of these. Ayinger, once again, has proven that they are one of Germany's top brewers.

Graham5161986, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark brushed nickel color... Light tan head with respectable retention... Slow deliberate carbonation... Respectable lacing through out the session...

S - Pumpernickel... Caramel... Maple syrup... Vanilla... A hint of cinnamon...

T - Syrupy sweet... Malts... Toasted grains and barley...

M - Light bodied and silky... Smooth and refreshing...

D - Highly sessionable... One of the best tasting, lower ABV beers I've tried...

philbe311, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Beautiful, clear, garnet-hued in color. Light brown head approaching 3 fingers hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding to a thick collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Layers of aroma going on here. First I'm hit with a nice toasted piece of dark bread. Then a caramel, molasses, and almost cinnamon like aroma takes hold. This is all rounded up with a subtle hints of fig, raisin, and prune.

T - A light toastiness rides underneath a molasses/brown sugar sweetness. The fig/prune/raisin wraps up the finish, with a simple, mild, and slightly roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Everything is working together so seamlessly it's difficult to pick out a lot of individual stuff.

M - This is hanging out somewhere on the low end of medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. I wish it was just a tad thicker to linger on the tastebuds.

D - A great beer for sure, as are all Ayinger products I've come in contact with. Very low bitterness, smooth body without the heaviness, and an immensely flavorful brew put this on the edge of perfection.

PatrickJR, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, clear, amber color with a nice lid of fuzzy-creamy beige.

I have not had many, actually any, Munich Dunkel's before, but this is a nice beer. It's got a little bit of darkish fruit sweetness to go along with some toastiness. A bit nutty as well, with some lightly musty, earthy-floral and lightly spicy hops. Nice medium body is both smooth and creamy.

A nice brew that I will not shy away from in the future.

Slynger, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Reanimator
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's one beer I was surprised to enjoy so much.

Once poured it actually look a lot like a Dr. Pepper, but the aroma is of caramelized raisins and dark bread. The taste is a straightforward but rewarding sweet caramelized malt. Has a slight metallic taste to it, perhaps a byproduct of importation?

The mouthfeel is probably perfect. Come to think of it, every Ayinger beer I've had is totally consistent when it comes to matching the mouthfeel with the style, which in my opinion is the sign of a truly good brewery. Mouthfeel should be so good that it either sneaks under the radar of your tasting or is a boon to the beer itself, and Ayinger nails it every time.

Overall this dark lager is delicious, refreshing and probably chuggable. I'll be buying more of these in the future for sure.

Reanimator, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - effervescent, bronze/copper, clear. Impressive rocky, light tan head, holds up well, clingy lace.

S - sweet maltiness, touch of floral/herbal hop, clean

T - not as much sweetness as I was expecting, very well attenuated. Bready malt, not really toasty, although a bit does show up in the aftertaste along with some nut (almond). Very clean finish. Taste does not linger.

M - light body, but carbonation and creaminess gives the impression of fullness without being heavy.

D - Almost too easy to drink... in many ways it is forgettable.

Disappointing. I have no idea how fresh this sample is, no bottling code or best before date. This is a rather forgettable beer, it just doesn't have alot of character. I have brewed, and tasted others homebrewed dark lagers that are much better than this. I'll stick with their Doppelbock.

markaberrant, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of youngleo
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a two fingered head that had a lot of small bubbles. Halfway into the glass the head disappeared but left some foam around the edges. Lager was a dark brown in color with a caramelish head. Had some lacing but not a lot. Smelled sweet with hints of malt. Tasted of sweet malt, and had a lightly bitter aftertaste. Aftertaste hung around awhile. Overall not a lot of taste going on here. Felt good in the mouth carbonation was about right for my taste. I think I had my hopes up to try this beer. I would drink these again, but its just not a priority. I will try other Ayinger brews to get a better feel about the quality of their beer.

youngleo, Sep 06, 2008
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.