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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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847 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 58
Gots: 31 | 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 JohnQVegas
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into stein.

Pours a clear dark brown with some ruby showing through, nicely effervescent, with a beautiful creamy off-white head.

Nose is caramel, toasty, and a nice, crisp, light fruitiness.

Flavor is the same - a toasty caramel sweetness with a hint of nuttiness, bit of cocoa, and some apple coming through too. Finish is long, sweet, a bit nutty.

Medium carbonation, light-medium body, maybe a bit watery towards the finish.

Really wonderful beer overall.

JohnQVegas, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a deep, clear mahogany with a wonderful thick light tan meringue, lingering for a brief period before settling to a nice crown, leaving behind nice legs of lace as the beer recedes.

Aroma is quite rich and malty, with sweet toffee notes and caramel coming through; not much else shows itself in the nose.

A nice, medium body holds a depth of malt flavor: Sweet caramel up front, with vague notes of chocolate and a bit of nuttiness toward the middle, where a mild dose of bittering hops take their place in balancing out the malt flavors, keeping sweetness in check. Finishes somewhat bitter and dry, with a light coating of sugary malt sweetness on the back of the tongue.

Quite drinkable, and overall a great example of the Dunkel style and a nice quaffer. Nice depth and perfect for sociable situations.

superdedooperboy, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of twaddlac
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark brown with a little head but the lace sticks to the glass like Velcro

S- Strong roasted malt with a hint of dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of honey

T- Mild coffee taste with a strong roasted hop and honey as well.

M- not too carbonated with a nice consistency and a slight tingle after is has been swallowed.

D- Good for a nice pasta dinner

One of my favorite beers considering that it is affordable and you really do get your money's worth!

twaddlac, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. "Old Bavarian Dark Lager". Sounds like a plan to me.

This beer pours a clear, medium dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of fizzy, foamy, and quite loosely bubbly tan head, which leaves a few miniscule specks of islet lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of rather fruity (apples and pears, mostly), lightly toasted caramel malt, a bit of oily nuttiness, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is subtly roasted pale malt, a touch of oozy caramel, semi-bitter nuts, a sense of coffee served with biscuits, and a more pronounced floral, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is a wee too fizzy for my liking, the body hovering around medium-light weight, and kind of cloying, at times, in its workaday smoothness. It finishes off-dry, some drupe fruitiness and singed caramel malt lingering.

An adequate, generally serviceable dark lager, nothing more, as at least with the Germans, you know there's a minimum threshold to quality - and this might be it. I'm not quite inspired to have another go at this one any time soon.

biboergosum, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of stlsportster
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from a friend. First experience with this brewer.

Nice initial smell from the pour, nutty and malty. First pour had an 1/4 in head that stuck around for a bit. Pours a reddish/brown.

Taste is on the malty side, with not a lot of hop. One of my favorite styles.

This beer has more depth of flavor as it gets warmer.

Very enjoyable beer. Wish I had more than one!

stlsportster, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of walshclimb
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that really doesn't leave much lace. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of chocolate. Nice complex malt flavor that transitions to a well balanced malty/bitter aftertaste that has a great roasted malt flavor. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. This is a really good drinker that is plenty complex yet easy to drink and goes well with a variety of foods. Roast beef sandwich, pizza, cheese and crackers...

walshclimb, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Classic 16.9oz brown Euro-style bottle

Appearance: Brilliant chestnut beer with dark ivory cap...fades a little quicker than I'd like, but retains a good solid film/ring

Smell: Rich and uber-malty...there are rich burnt caramel and grainy notes, with just a hint of clean lager-yeastiness

Taste: Rich, malty goodness...there's a very pronounced, thick sweet caramel background here, touch of bready graininess...finishes crisp and clean...malty, simple, delicious

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth and round

Drinkability: Up there

Conclusion: Great Dunkel Lager...rich, fairly full-bodied for its gravity, and brimming with flavor...chalk another win up for Ayinger

BedetheVenerable, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ayinger brand has been very good to me. Let's see if they can continue this trend. On to the beer:

Pours light caramel color. In the glass, the beer is reddish-amber, caramel brown, with a big billowy creamy head on top. Patchy head retention. Good nose, some toasted sweet bread comes to the mind at first. Some grain, raisins, and grassy notes follow at the tail end.

Like its helles counterpart, Ayinger dunkel is an easy quaffer. The mouthfeel is light and airy with a carbonation that doesn't burst on the palate. Quite clean and very sweet. Sweet bread and raisins provide a 50/50 mix of dominant flavor here. The smoothness of the overall flavor is what makes this beer a winner.

Ayinger is already one of my favorite European breweries, and Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel is the latest beer to back my claim. Go get this one.

DoubleJ, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of bbeerman
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A..A good brown color. Not much head on this one, so a little disappointed.

S..Average smelling dark lager. Reminded me of a blend of dopplebock and English ale.

T..A bit disappointed in the taste, as it came highly recommended by the store's beer "guru." A good amount of malt, but could use more. Too much hop, and a little too bitter. Not a bad tasting beer, but I suppose I had my expectations heightened unnecessarily.

M..Not bad, but not great. Simply average.

D..It's an okay German lager; not great, but certainly not bad. I wish I had more good to report, but then again, I have no real bad to report either.

bbeerman, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle poured into Brooklyn brewery pokal.

A - a nice solid brown with some ruddy tints to the brew. head is quick to form and just as quick to dissipate. leaving a nice thin layer on top. a thin stream of bubbles, like a demi-sec champagne rise from the bottom and help keep the head up.

S - deep dark toffee notes are most noticeable, these are not alone, they have some coffee bitter notes in the far back, while there is some kind of a fruitiness in the middle that adds a different bitterness to the coffee: some sort of citrius.

T - a nice coffee flavored beer. the sweetness of the malts is prevalent and makes a nice blanket to see some presence of mild hops. the malt makes warm and chewy roasted side to the beer. the finish has the coffee flavours to it as well as some of the hop bitterness/greenery. the after taste is that of coffee, right up front on the palate and some really prevalent toffee or malty sweetness. I cant quite remember what toffee tastes like so lets err on the side of malt.

MF&D - good, nothing to complain about. would easily drink a couple of these; but on the other hand, I have nothing to brag about.

erz316, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a reddish tint and fluffy three-finger tan head that lingered for a while. The smell is mostly slightly toasted malt with some toffee and caramel. The tast starts off with some big malt that gives way to some toffee and caramel candy with a bit of dried fruitiness that is cut slightly by the hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and creamy with some fine carbonation. This is a very tasty beer, and I wouldn't mind having a couple bottles at a time.

TheTrevor, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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 -10.9%
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 -10.9%
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 -14.1%
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 -11.6%
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 -1.5%
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 -9.6%
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 -12.1%
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 -1.5%
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%
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%
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 +3.5%
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 +4.8%
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 +2.3%
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
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.