Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 57
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red, nice creamy head that stays and leaves fantastic lacing. Smells of yeasty bread, caramel, some molasses. Tastes light bready malt with some caramel undertones. Decent bitterness finishing very clean. Great creamy mouthfeel with enough bitterness to cut through it.

A nice lager, good breadiness without being heavy at all. Nice clean finish ups the drinkability. I wouldn't mind a little more flavor, but it works overall for the style.

Photo of Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color which turns a dark ruby when held to light. Significant white head upon initial pour, dissipates into a nice layer of lace on the sides of the glass.
Brown sugar malts with a grain note make up the scent.
Flavor is loaded with rich roasted malts which carry a flavor of dark sugar and a touch of raisin. Nice yeast and hop profiles which balance the lager out nicely. Very enjoyable.
Smooth and highly drinkable. This is the definitive offering of the Munich Dunkel style.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: On top there is a thin creamy off white colored head. It fades down to just a very thin wispy covering that leaves some nice lace rings on the glass as I drink. Its body is a deep brownish amber or caramel color. It has a good transparent appearance and light amber highlights.

Smell: The aroma has a light sweet caramel or toffee malt character.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has a deep buttery sweet malt with hints of sweet candy, caramel and chocolate. Hop flavor is very mild and offers very little balance. It finishes smooth and sweet with a smooth slick texture. It has a medium body and light carbonation.

Notes: This is a very nice Dark Lager.

Photo of rtepiak
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is not black but a dark amber with a small head of off white. nose is toasted almond, toffee and apple. malty and yeast. rather creamy with a wonderful toffee and apple pie texture. very light though. goes down very light. a very mild german bitter finish. toasty yeasty finish. softly sweet but not a backbone of sweet. just a little bit of raisin really. a very mild sour leather that blends well with the apple pie quality.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Medium brown colored with a reddish copper hue. A small .25 in head that leaves quickly and leaves a thin film.

S - MALT, MALT, MALT...definately sweet malt smell with some molasses and some prunes as well. Hitns of breadyness. Almost no hop charachter.

T - Very malty and sweet with some hints of prunes and a bit of a roasted or burnt malt taste, some coffee as well.. Some faint bitterness at the end. toffee and molasses presnet as well. Very sweet but well balanced as well. Perfect example of the style.

M - A bit oily on the tongue. Medium-full bodied. Sweet but balanced well with carbonation and some mild hops.

D - It's a very good brew especially following the style. It might be a little too sweet/malty to have more than one or two 17oz. bottles.

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

pour is a clear dark copper with a reddish tint, large foamy beige head, above average carbonation, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, grain, some cocoa, some caramel, some fruit, spice, roasted nuts, and bread dough.

taste is somewhat watery, malt, slightly bitter, some cocoa, roasted nuts, touch of prunes, ends a little dry and a little sour.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

>5L bottle poured into imperial pint glass
A - Reddish amber color with a large light tan head that falls to a lumpy skim.
S - Toasted malt, caramel, bread.
T - Sweet malt up front, caramel, a tough of fruit and a dry finish.
M/F - Wonderful mouthfeel. Medium body very smooth with a complex carbonation - fairly active though certainly does not get in the way. Very small delicate bubbles create a creaminess to the beer.
D - Everything is good with respect to this beer but the mouthfeel is really special which makes the whole experience rather nice. Relatively low in alcohol and it falls down the throat very smoothly - what's not to like!

Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance is of a carmel-sienna hue. Not much head or lace. Rows of tiny bubbles moving very fast to freedom. Has a very pleasent carmel-barley aroma. Has a very pleasant barley coco coffe taste. Somewhat mellow for a dark beer. Medium Bodied with a slight crispyness. I would drink this beer again and possibly again..ect.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

A: a nice dark, deep amber color with a good head that hangs around for a while. A good looking bier.
S: A real caramel odor with undertones of bread, malt, andmild citrus.
T: Follows the smell well. For a deep lager, this is a refreshing bier. No harsh after taste, a little milky in flavor. Very pleasing.
M: Again, a nice milky texture.
D: A good bier to drink, maybe to have a few, but again, this is a heavy bier.

Overall, this is a wonderful bier that I recommend to everyone. Do yourself a favor and find a bottle or tap of this bier. Prosit.

Photo of elliot23
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poor: Used a tall Löwenbräu .5 liter mug for this one. Poors with a light caramel 2+ finger head. Dark amber in color. Minimal lacing on the head, but good retention.

Nose: Scents of caramel, coffee, toast, malts. A subtle aroma. Fitting of the style.

Taste. A nice balance of bitterness to malty sweetness. Bitter disappears fast and spices and toasty flavors take over. Some good nutty characteristics.

Feel: Low carbonation. A nice balanced finish. Pleasant.

Drink: Imbibes rather easily for a dunkel beer. A nice dark German lager indeed. A great beer with more depth and personally than your typical lager.

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

Pours dark amber to light brown with thin head that doesn't last. Nose is surprisingly tepid with some light toasty brown bread aromas. Palate is toasty, a little malty, with some very light caramel. Very thin bodied and easy to drink, but not watery like U.S. macros.

Photo of seaoflament
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this today at SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a clear, rich, and dark caramel color with a thick inch and a half of foam. Lacing is minimal but the retention is very good.

Sweet nuts and caramel, cocoa, bread crumbs, toast, piloncillo, cajeta, and quite bready on the nose. There's a nice mixture of light chocolate and caramel. At first I felt the caramel might be overdone but once the beer settles and the head falls down the caramel sweetness becomes more subtle.

Light toast with a bit of bread crumbs, hints of cocoa in the background along with some nuts and a touch of caramel. Clean lager finish. Slight earthy hop bitterness, just enough to balance out the sweetness. Slightly grainy later on. After a couple of sips the flavors really blend in well and it's a symphony of toast, soft chocolate, caramel, and toffee. I think it's pretty solid for the style.

The beer itself is medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit like liquid bread. Super easy to drink and very refreshing.

Ah, I love tasty and well crafted lagers on a hot day!

Photo of william5586
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Huge 3 fingers of fluffy tan head. Clear light brown/amber. Little lace

S- Semi sweet roasted malt.

T- Semi sweet roasted malts open things up. Nutty taste. An earthy taste slides in at the end and balances things out.

M- Light mouthfeel (but not watery) Very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a good easy drinking dunkel, but I found myself wanting more from it. I would have liked it to be a little more rich and have the malt be more pronounced. I would not hesitate to have this one again, but my quest to find the ultimate Munich Dunkel Lager must continue.

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

16.9 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a deep mahogany color with a two inch off-white head on top. Lots of active carbonation keeps a nice head throughout. Thick lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is strongly of caramel, a touch of dark fruit. Raisins come to mind. A bit of toasty breadiness too. It seems like a lighter version of the Celebrator.

Taste has lots of caramel again with the raisiny character coming in the middle. A bit of a bready character too. Towards the end some mild earthy hops with a slight spiciness come in and balance out the sweet maltiness. Finishes with lingering hop flavor and raisiny caramel malt blend.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but it's very creamy and smooth going down. Quite drinkable. As I usually find myself saying with the Ayinger beers, I wish it was available cheaper and in six packs.

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

Pours a clear dark brown with some fading tan head.

Flat coffe notes, vague metallic, and sweet malt scents dominate the nose.

Taste is roasted malt, lingering mocha flavor; taste closer to a brown ale than a dark lager.

Carbonation level is good, mouthfeel is good; very drinkable.

All in all this amounts to a slightly above average dunkel.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from large chilled 16+ oz bottle. Burnt orange in color with nice webbing.

S. Smells of candied malt.

T. Chocolate malt in the flavor profile with a slightly bitter tea like hop to balance.

M. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated.

D. Good session brew here from Ayinger. This brewery has never failed to impress me. Reccommended.

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

04/04/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle..forgot to check for freshness info. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Deep copper colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head on a normal pour. Thick rim remains throughout. Lacing has some various small patches and streaks.

Smell- A slight note of a metallic scent. Other than that, some light roasted caramel-chocolate malts, earthy nutty notes and a hint of hops.

Taste- Luckliy the metallic smell did not make it into the taste.A nice chocolate malt base...some minor hoppy notes and definite nutty character.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with a medium carbonation level. Minor hop notes in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Again, a style I have not really explored much of. Pretty tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel pours a clear dark brown with a tan head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is very nutty. The flavor is also kind of nutty. Pleasant enough, but there isn't much to it. This would be really quaffable if it were cheaper, I could easily drink a six of this in one sitting.

Photo of YesFest
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a bakery, nothing but fresh bread!

Mild up front, lots of easy-going malts. Sweet and bready. Nice little bit of bite in the finish.

Perfect carbonation. Mouthfeel and drinkability are right on.

Nothing too complex just a well made, quaffable beer.

Photo of buyaa
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium brown color with deep red amber hues about a half inch head when poured that lasts for about 45 seconds overall a very expensive looking beer, top marks

S: Big malt with yeasty tones initially with a sweeter middle and
roasted malt/coffee smells afterword

T/M: Well carbonated beginning. Large amounts of well roasted malt that is not too harsh and sweet overtones are well masked by some very nice hops. My only real complaint is a bit of a watery beginning before the roastedness kicks in.

D: An enjoyable tasty beer. I could see myself drinking a few of these slowly to enjoy the taste

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of twaddlac
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of stlsportster
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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