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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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807 Ratings
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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 49
Gots: 21 | 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 Haybeerman


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear and deep red with a two inch coarse head that's sandy in color. Head held through a few drinks; laced the glass nicely.

Smell: Clean and sweet caramel malt with a bit of apple. Dominated any hop aroma

Taste: Dry and crisp, but a sweeter, bready flavor as I held it in my mouth. Well balanced, medium carbonation.

Mouthfeel: With color and style, expected to be a "bigger" beer than what it felt like.

Drinkability: Medium bodied, crisp and clean. Refeshing and tasty dark lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 19:42:27 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of hustlesworth


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- beautiful clear brownish auburn with rusty highlights and a big frothy beige head that shrinks slowly opening pores like pancake batter. little specks and decent sized patches of lace cling and crust over, some sliding down to meet the constant thin disk of foam.

S- very fruity with toasted grains on the side. a hearty whole grain cereal aroma seems to flow over the lip of the glass, while stickin your nose right in there reveals a wonderful bouquet of grape juice, cranberry, and pomegranate. much of the fruity aromas are released from the foam and after the head recedes they become less prominent making me glad i gave her a hard pour.

T- smokey and roasted at first with a charred barley taste that mellows out to those hardy whole grains and some fig and date fruitiness. all around this beer seems like it's full of nourishment. noble hops are on the bitter side, almost english tasting, lending a very nice balance to an otherwise malty flavor. toasted puffed rice and a grape tartness come out near the end leading to a relatively dry and somehwhat fruity finish.

MF- smooth and juicy with the illusion of being full bodied, this one is a little lighter and very refreshing for such a dark beer. a moderate dryness is achieved which leads me to...

D- very nice D for this complex lager. the fruitiness makes me think ale, but the sheer crispness gives away the truth. overall a very nice lager. flavorful, aromatic, and refreshing is well appreciated during this early june heat wave.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 18:31:22 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of BEERchitect


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 'alt' phrase on the bottle illudes to this being and Altbier. Though the beer does hit on the light caramel / toast flavors, this beer takes the proportions of these to the Dunkel level. Quite toasty, malty, bready. But also with low-lying levels of sweetness, dryness, and light fruitiness. Moderately full in texture with much creaminess, but not heavy. Toasty, dry, and cleanly finished. A highly drinkable beer for the big flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 13:27:03 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of parsleyd12


4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off I'd like to say that Ayinger seems to take great care when making their beers and paying great attention to flavor. I've always liked this beer and figured I should review it.
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel was purchased from the liquor store I manage in a 500ml brown pint bottle. There is no freshness date nor an alcohol percentage that I saw on the bottle.

APPEARENCE: It is a "black tea" shade of honey brown, nice color, really no head at all, very little lacing if any.

SMELL: toasty, malty, almost a buttery nut smell, coffee, maybe a slight dry fruit smell, malty chocolate? It smells very good and is very inviting.

TASTE: a nice rich nutty, caramel, coffee taste, has a smooth dark beer taste without the heaviness. Has somewhat of a coffee after taste that stays. Overall it tastes great.

MOUTHFEEL: low carbonation maybe a little under carbonated

DRINKABILITY:I definately will drink this beer again, its good if you like dark beer and want to drink several, its very light and easy to drink but still has a rich dark taste.

If your in or around Cumberland,MD stop by South Cumberland Liquors and try this great brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 04:08:37 | More by parsleyd12
Photo of bennetj17


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent foamy head, leaves a lasting film atop the clear, coffee-amber colored beer below. Carbonation appears slow but steady. The aroma is a malty mix of raisiny fruit and roasted grain, plus a slight hint of chocolate, perhaps.

Taste starts out sweet with fruity plum and raisin. The finish gains a slight bitterness and the sweetness loses some intensity helping to balance it out and keep things from becoming too cloying. Alcohol must be very low as it isn't perceived. Medium body, the carbonation is almost too subtle, but adequate.

Overall this is a clean flavored lager with a decent malty sweetness to it. I didn't find it too exciting so I wouldn't have many, but you certainly could if this was your kind of brew. I give them credit for making a nice sessionable beer...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 01:59:06 | More by bennetj17
Photo of baos


3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

17 ounce into pils glass.

A: Very dark with nice big tan headiness. Good lacing.

S: Burnt caramel and hint of chocolate.

T: Pretty good. Very malty. A bit of hops there at the finish.

M: Medium to heavy. Nice feel to her.

D: Good after dinner beer, but I'd say two bottle limit for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 21:17:26 | More by baos
Photo of JBogan


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber with a thick and creamy off white head which deposited excellent lacing. An inviting looking brew.

Smelled of breads and malt, maybe even a slight hint of coffee.

Tasted malty and sweet, perhaps even a bit of butterscotch in there.

Mouthfeel was nice and creamy with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting.

Overall this was a pretty solid and enjoyable brew from the good folks in Aying.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 01:15:28 | More by JBogan
Photo of Exner83


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A medium-bodied pour with an average pillow of foam--sexy darkness with a lazy lace. I give it my nose, and WHOA: Is that soy?! Dark, yeasty malts with salty soy, it seems! Am I crazy for thinking this?

I give it a quaff, and lo--dark, bready teriyaki! Everyone's saying caramel this and molasses that, but I'm calling this one a mildly salty affair. Grainy bigness, yes--but sweetness?

Anyway, straight-ahead hops show just to tighten the finish, and that's that: An uncomplicated rush of dark gaseous malt, and it's outta there! An abrupt close as the hops mop as janitor - a well-built, two-note beer.

In the end, it's JUST short of sessionable. Almost, people!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 10:37:42 | More by Exner83
Photo of Bierfreund


3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Middlebrown with thick tan foamy head, which lasts for quite some time.

First note is the smell of a sugary cake.

Taste carries a hoppy note with sweet undertones, a very slight tangyness is hiding in the background.

Mouthfeel is semi-creamy with moderate carbonation.

Leaves a flat aftertaste behind, slightly hoppy, but not as much as its introductory taste.

This beer is drinkable, pretty good, but not great!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 04:05:02 | More by Bierfreund
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Good lacing, crystal clear ruby brown body and a nice off white head. I don't think I could ask for more.

S: Some nice lager malty notes and an underlying sweetness, almost like molasses. Actually, it smells like malt extract...which makes sense I guess...(and I like the smell of malt extract)

T: A nice balanced malty beer, with complex flavors that linger on the tongue during the finish.

M: Rather full, appropriate carbonation, and just a little stickiness.

D: I could put down a bunch of these since the beer is pretty mild and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 05:11:08 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of Proteus93


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep amber, almost a clay colour in there. A nice, sandy head, rich and creamy.

S: Smooth malts, almost a fruit-like yeast ester essence. Something of a nutty oil scent?

T: A nice, full flavour of toasted malts, a little buttery or nutty, perhaps.

M + D: A round body... a rich coating, and very smooth. It ends up being very nice to drink. Quite tasty, leaving a lingering toasted malt flavour in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 21:25:10 | More by Proteus93
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red-brown with great clarity and a tan one-inch head. Sticky lacing and nice head.

Black currants and sugar in the nose

Nice sharp carbonation, medium body, very mild astringency. Musty, ripe fruits (plums, raspberries, currants) with a sharp edge from the leafy, slightly grassy hops that linger. Robust malts like dark bread...would go great with a delicate cheese.

A nice dark lager that never disappoints. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:07:16 | More by ablaze
Photo of Spidey13


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel" is really fun to say. Try it. I'll wait. See?

OK. As for the beer itself, it is a very nice looking, clear brown which shows itself to be a very deep garnet red when held to the light. A nice, light tan heads leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is very nice, with lots of sweet roasted malt, caramel, nut, and a bit of coffe in there. Also some fruit. The taste is very malty sweet with hints of caramel, coffee, and roast. The hops seem like they might make a very brief bitter appearance, but not much. The mouthfeel is a bit under medium with an average amount of carbonation. This is a very nice, sweet, malty brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 03:35:37 | More by Spidey13
Photo of Greggy


3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a pokal, it produced a nice 2 finger head that slowly receded into a very thin lace. Nice clinging lace follows as I empty the glass

Smell: Dark Malt, a hint of Belgian candy, hint of apples

Taste: Pretty malty, smooth, caramel, touch of coffee, toffee

Mouthfeel: Overly smooth. There wasn't anything crisp, and it had a bit of a long dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, but just not my taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 02:16:39 | More by Greggy
Photo of illidurit


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Eichhof bier mug. Clear maroon color, with an off-white head that breaches the rim of the glass. No lacing, decent retention.

Spicy and doughy notes on the nose. Sweet caky malt, with an earthy quality as well.

Flavor is toasty and sweet, with a little fruitiness. Grain, toffee, and a touch of coffee.

Smooth on the palate with good carbonation. You could drink this stuff all day.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 04:53:34 | More by illidurit
Photo of MisterClean


3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml from BevMo

A - Burgundy pour with lots of orange head. Dissipates very slowly.

S - Apples, oranges, cinnamon, malts, and clove.

T - Apple, cinnamon and clove.

M - Silky, carbonated, slightly cloying.

D - A good beer, but tastes much like a marzen. Not pleased with the taste of marzen.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 04:09:39 | More by MisterClean
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Old Country Dark poured a clear brown with a 1-2 finger foam head that stayed for a bit then wend back to its home. There was no lacing but it did have that cool carbonation spring.

The aroma was lemony and malty with a faint caramel. The flavor was similar to the smell with a nice bitterness that stayed with you. In the mouth it was semi-chewy. Overall a very good drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 03:31:09 | More by cswhitehorse
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this thinking I had reviewed this before. Oh well, maybe I forgot.

This pours a nice dark clear brown with a big head that does not go away.

The nose is a little weak but fresh smelling. Hints of malt; maybe caramel

The taste is rather nice. Malty with a stronger finish. Caramel and a hint of toffee.

A little watery with good carbonation. Overall a pleasant beer to drink. This may be the highest ranking I have given any lager: light or dark. I drank this rather cool from a 500 ml bottle. Ayinger is possibly overall my favorite German brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 03:35:16 | More by daledeee
Photo of t0rin0


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It says munich dunkel but the name suggests a different take on altbier. In any case it poured a copper/amber color into my pint glass. There was some white head and it had some retention to it but was very thin.

The smell had some dark malts and some german lager yeast but there was also a bit of smokiness there. There was also some dryness which to me hints at altbier. Pretty inviting.

The flavor was your typical dark german lager but that smoke flavor was there too. Interesting. I am assuming that there is some smoked malts in here somewhere, that or maybe a small amount of some really dark roasted malt.

The body was like most german beers, that is to say it was light/medium. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 00:22:24 | More by t0rin0
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass

A: Pours a clear and dark cherry wood red with a two inch foamy bubbly sandy colored head with at first what looks like a healthy sticky lace but smooths out into nothing when you really start drinking the beer.

S: Clean and sweet sugary caramel malt with a bit of apple and molasses and maybe if it's not too crazy to say, a bit of cherries???

T/MF: Sort of dry and watery, a bit crisper than I was expecting for such a darker beer, almost has a smoky quality tied in with this sweet bready flavors. I am really enjoying the dry qualities in this beer. But really the mouthfeel leaves more to be desired.

D: On the lighter side of medium bodied, very crisp and clean, sort of refeshing and a nice and tasty dark larger overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 05:16:53 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear new-penny copper. Two fingers of soft off-white head slide down to surface fizz. Blobs of lacing cling to the inside of the glass in a blobby fashion.

The aroma leads with dark toasted malt, with caramel and molasses as well as earthy fruitiness. A very light dusting of hop spice mists about. An underlying doughiness lurks quietly.

Upon tasting, the toasted malt is sweet with a sprinkling of brown sugar and earthy with caramel. Also, a dusky graininess is reminiscent of rolled oats. Baked bread dough denotes a yeasty presence. The hops are sensed more than tasted as they dry the malt and lend a clean crispness to a lingering finish complete with a comfy, low-key bitterness. It's a fine example of a mainstream style.

Medium bodied, a slinky grain viscosity is accompanied by a subtle dry tinge.

This is a German beer version of comfort food. It's just what I imagine drinking in a homey, boisterous brauhaus, complete with a voluptuous...umm, well, never mind that. Anyway, it's an effortlessly sessionable, basic good beer. It's dangerous in the smooth way it goes down. This one will always be good for a contented smile, whether in a Bavarian biergarten or in my family room. I'm easy that way.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 21:21:15 | More by Foxman
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear and dark brown in colour. Large beige head formed, and is slow to recede.

Smell slightly nutty and chocolatey, on top of a caramel maltiness. Faint hopiness that I can't put my finger on.

Sweet nutty caramel malt flavour, with a slight toasted lean to it. Slightly herbal feel to the hops at the end, but really the malt dominates here. Quite nice.

Smooth and has some body. This is fuller than most lagers.

Goes down easy, but the sweetness might get to be too much after a few. I would enjoy those few though. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 01:40:28 | More by elricorico
Photo of Brad007


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a dark-reddish hue with a thick frothy head.

Aroma: Thick and malty with hints of raisin and plum and even a tiny bit of chocolate.

Taste: Thick and malty upfront with a finish that has raisin/plum flavors and even a hint of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Dry and sweet. Smooth.

Verdict: An decent version of a dunkel. Dark, smooth and dry. Very drinkable as well. Sessionable. I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 23:41:40 | More by Brad007
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another strong offering from Ayinger... The brewery's Brau Weisse offering is one of my all-time favorite brews, so I had high hopes for this one, especially after loving their Oktoberfest-Marzen... Pours an impressive dark-purple hue with a frothy head that left some lacing... flavorful, distinct aroma, with toffee, prunes, and figs... taste strongly complements the smell with dark-fruit, malts, caramel, and some brown sugar... light, refreshing flavor that is very distinct and different from many other styles I've sampled... good stuff, easily drinkable with a nice mouthfeel full of intriguing, subtle flavors... As I'm drinking this, I'm certainly starting to notice a grape-juice like flavor... very different type of taste that I haven't otherwise come across... Copped a single 500 ml bottle from Gary's in Madison for $2.75... worth it... all of Ayinger's brews are top-class, and this one certaily fits the bill with all-around quality, taste, and character... Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 23:53:46 | More by dsa7783
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz from the Coop for about $2.75.. poured into my smaller weizen glass.

Lite tan head drops leaving significant lacing atop a polished chesnut brew.

Aroma is light caramel and low chocolate.. but somehow it still is fairly malty... some nuttiness.. clean lager aroma with no real fruitiness.

Oh.. this is good. toasted nutty malts and low milk chocolate.. whiffs of caramel and toffee with a slightly present cold coffee flavor... clean maltiness and no fruitiness with a very background hop spiciness... body is silky medium with low carbonation.

A very well made Dunkel is my "Desert Island" beer.. I simply enjoy everything about them.. and this is one of the best I've had over the years.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:41:14 | More by JohnGalt1
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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