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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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826 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 54
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of alovesupreme


4/5  rDev +1%

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.

11-26-2008 01:40:14 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of dasenebler


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

11-24-2008 18:27:11 | More by dasenebler
Photo of djeucalyptus


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

11-10-2008 19:48:17 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of dnichols


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

11-10-2008 19:33:50 | More by dnichols
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

11-09-2008 14:53:07 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Strix


4/5  rDev +1%

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.

11-08-2008 04:15:35 | More by Strix
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

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!

11-05-2008 03:14:03 | More by sethmeister
Photo of IBUnit63


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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!

10-27-2008 22:56:49 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

10-24-2008 23:10:18 | More by Graham5161986
Photo of philbe311


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

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...

10-15-2008 18:32:18 | More by philbe311
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

10-14-2008 07:25:26 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of Slynger


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

10-05-2008 05:25:12 | More by Slynger
Photo of Reanimator


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

09-22-2008 15:11:26 | More by Reanimator
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

09-21-2008 23:23:04 | More by markaberrant
Photo of youngleo


3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

09-06-2008 18:33:09 | More by youngleo
Photo of PatronWizard


3.2/5  rDev -19.2%

500 ml from bottle to my belly...

It's dark enough. Dark cola without the bubbles. Frothy head, moderate retention

Highly unusual scent. Light vineagar? Pickled eggs? Don't know what it is but I don't like it.

Thankfully it tastes better than it smells. Lots of malt flavor. Very sweet.

Good feel, good drinkability.

Overall: nah.

09-02-2008 20:48:29 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Poured a deep chestnut brown, dark ruby when held up against the light and was capped off by a foamy, dark beige head that clung to the sides of the glass nicely leaving a sticky lacing on the way down.

S: sweet dark malts, dried fruit and coffee.

T: The flavor was very malty with dark ripe fruit, with caramel sugars. There was a very good chocolate and toffee sweetness coming through before finishing with dry roasted grains and a earthy hop bittering.

M: fairly light with a sweet malt lacing.

D: Good per style, light and easy enough to drink and good for putting down a few.

08-19-2008 23:32:11 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of wheelinshirt


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

500 mL brown euro bottle, purchased from Vidalia for $3 or so. Poured into a dimple mug. No freshness date.

Caramel brown color with light coffee colored head, very good retention, a little lacing. Tiny CO2 bubbles rise up through the beer to prop up the dense head.

Smell is kind of weak, but there is a nice enough dose of roasted malt, a bit fruity, some caramel as well.

Taste is similar, but with a bit more ummph. Roasted malts and caramel, no alcohol taste or anything that really detracts from the enjoyability. Munich helles and dunkel lagers taste a bit funny to me, not sure if it is from the malts used or the yeast--I can't really peg it down. I do like it though.

Mouthfeel is medium light and gently carbonated. Goes down so easy.

Drinkability on this one is high. There really just isn't anything about this beer that would make it difficult to drink one after another. Very good. I would like to get my hands on a bottle that I knew was very fresh. Here's to hoping.

08-04-2008 00:52:29 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of Vancer


4.08/5  rDev +3%

No dating to be found on the label of this 500ml jewel, but from the pour, it looks like another winner. Let's see.

Clear oaken mahogany, massive ass rocky top of tan marshmallow goodness - thickly clinging to the sides of my Bitburger pilsner glass. Spicy malt hints in the aroma are a prelude to the quaff, which is a damn fine dunkle. Sweet hints of caramel swirl amongst the lightly spiced malt backbone.

The sweetness fads when the well balanced hops kick in for a most lip smacking finish. At $2.75 for a generous pint, this is a drinker for any season. 5% almost gets this into session status.

07-29-2008 00:01:57 | More by Vancer
Photo of Haybeerman


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

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


4.65/5  rDev +17.4%

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!

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


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

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...

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


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

05-24-2008 21:17:26 | More by baos
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.