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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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800 Ratings
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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 48
Gots: 19 | 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 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
Photo of 51mmz0rz

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
Photo of ablaze

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
Photo of cswhitehorse


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
Photo of daledeee


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
Photo of bluemoonswoon


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
Photo of JohnGalt1


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
Photo of theopholis


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a rich, clear amber/mahogany that continually effervesces ever so lightly. A good, light tan head with lots of head retention, but leaves little lacing.

Aroma- Lots of soft, malt sweetness with hints of roasted malt and a subtle smokiness. Fairly complex.

Taste- This beer has a warm, smooth taste with the roasted malt dominating. The malt sweetness is not nearly as high as you would expect from the aroma, but it's there. Good melange of malt, ,bittering hops and just a hint of some brown sugar and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Carbonation is a tad bit low, but with the suble flavors, it really does enhance the overall experience.

Drinkability- No one thing stands out as being superb, but this beer is put together very well. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 21:45:15 | More by theopholis
Photo of tkach


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

Beer poured a dark reddish brown with a dark tan head. Light passed through slightly.

Smell seemed a bit nutty and almost like brown sugar, hard to tell really as it was a bit bland and not too fragrant.

This I liked. It had a toasted malty taste to it and it was somewhat thick tasting yet still somewhat light like a regular lager.

The mouthfeel was almost average. It left a thick aftertaste but the carbonation was right on. A bit thick and sticky afterwards.

I found this easily drinkable due to the good taste and easy mouthfeel. Not too heavy so it'd be a very nice beer for a long night.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 00:57:01 | More by tkach
Photo of Thanby


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, clear amber/mahogany that's so dark it's hard to see through. Lots of rocky tan head that dies slowly but leaves little lacing. Decent amount of active carbonation.

Smells of rich roasted malt, chocolate, coffee smokiness. Cloves, a little nutty, some spices I can't identify. Fairly complex.

Taste is warm and smooth with the roasted malt dominating, but surprisingly lacks bitterness from such a smoky brew. The range of supporting flavors blend well and nothing is too distinguished.

Very balanced, no extremes in any category. The longer it sits on the tongue the more flavors you can pick out. Could possibly stand a touch more carbonation to make it spicier. As it stands it is light bodied but lacks the carbonation support to keep it from being a little watery. Other than that it is an ideal, smooth, rich dunkel that is a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 04:49:36 | More by Thanby
Photo of Dogbrick


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Winking Lizard (glass special). This beer pours a pretty burgundy color with a medium thick light beige head that diminishes steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Roasted malt, nuts and dark chocolate aroma. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, toffee and dark fruits with touches of chocolate and hops. The finish is bready malt with a nice lingering roastiness. Overall this is an enjoyable brew, as are the other Ayinger beers I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2007 20:21:32 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of nickynick


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a wonderful dark redish brown, with nice head and lacing. The smell was good, sweet, and malty. Taste matched the smell, sweet dark malts, hints of chocolate, and some hop spice in the finish. Mouthfeel was good for the style. Drinkalbility was very good.

Overall this was a great beer and one of my favorite styles. Its very drinkable. Wish there were more dunkels like this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 14:02:07 | More by nickynick
Photo of kmo1030


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful coppery brown with a creamy khaki head.
the aroma contains roasted grainy caramel malts. it's a little nutty, and i don't pick up any hops. maybe a touch of dark fruit, but thats iffy.
the taste is also quite malty with the same compliment of grainy roasted caramel, with the addition of a little bit of nutty chocolate. a littel bit of noble hop bitterness at the finish balances things a bit. clean and quenching.
the mouthfeel is medium, with soft selicate carbonation.
good drinkability. clean and simple, in the good way. the more beer that i drink the more i appreciate beers like this: clean, simple, well crafted traditional styles.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 00:28:26 | More by kmo1030
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Dark copper color, crystal clear, with a creamy light tan head, a small bit of lace.
S: Bready malts with a hint of sweetness. As it warms up the toastiness becomes more apparent.
T: No hint of hops, all malt, a little dry on the tongue, very bready with hints of toast and a (very) tiny bit of burnt bitterness.
M: Very crisp, highly carbonated, great mouthfeel.
D: This is great, a nice change from a brown ale, the malts are obviously very different from England. The wife likes it a lot and so do I. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 01:47:12 | More by wspscott
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.