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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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918 Ratings
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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 57
Gots: 61 | 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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Ratings: 918 | Reviews: 540
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear amber color with a 1" head that lingers around a while. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of earthiness and citrus comes through.

Taste: bready and grainy malt base with caramel, brown sugar, a hint of lemon, and a hint of ripe apples in the background. Bitterness is mild but nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is very brief as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: if you are in the mood for a dunkel lager, this one will fill the need. Easy to consume and a definite session beer.

Photo of bobsy
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife cracked this open while I was performing my evening ablutions, but I managed to swoop in and grab some for myself. This bottle was picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

The only dunkel in the world that's supposedly better than Denison's version according to you BAs (damn rDev), so what better a glass to put this in than a Denison's weizen glass? Pours a touch lighter than expected, presenting a clear light oak body with a frothy off-white head that makes this German beer look pretty damn fine. After a while the head drops to a fine film that's retained for the rest of the drink, and leaves some streaks of lace as it descends.

Lightly toasty aroma, with notes of brown bread, nut and earth. Its all rather muted, though, and the last thing I expected from a brewery of Ayinger's quality. At first I wondered whether my bottle was old, but the general consensus seems to be that the nose is lacking, though this doesn't rule age and handling out as a cause. The flavour is also underpowered, presenting much the same notes as the aroma, but without the force and complexity I hoped for. Strong brown ale elements jive with caramel and toasted grain before dropping off into nothing. Its not that it isn't drinkable, but it does seem underplayed and a shadow of its potential. At least the mouthfeel is somewhat on par, but again it could do with being a little more fuller.

Seeing words like muted, lacking, underpowered and underplayed in a review is never good. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but there's absolutely nothing here that makes me want to buy another, and how this is ranked ahead of far superior dunkels I do not know.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear chestnut, ruby color with a tiny off white head that does not stick around.

S - Toasted bread, caramel, Slight chocolate and hint of dark fruits with a touch of spice. Very light aroma.

T - Rich breadyness, caramel, toffee, chocolate with a hint of spice.

M - On the light side of medium with a lot of carbonation. Lingering sweetness. Very clean.

D - Somewhat light in aroma and flavor but goes down very easily. The sweetness builds making more than 1 bottle a bit much.

Photo of jbertsch
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500 ml bottle into a weissbier Ayinger glass.

Its color is a beautiful aged-brown. Imagine a dark brown that you can see through (I could see my fingers through the other side of the glass). Has almost a dark maroon tint to it. A one-finger head, light tan in color, stays for the first half of the session, but dissipates for the 2nd half.

It's very aromatic. I smell clove, tea, and a little citrus mixed with caramel, and something that represents musty aged wood.

Its taste matches the aroma with the caramel malts taking center stage. All elements fade together into a bitterness on the back end that lingers on the tongue. Almost medicinal at the end.

The Mouthfeel is smooth, but fairly thin. Carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability is great.

This beer is one that I would consider taking on a deserted island with me if I was told I could only drink one kind of beer for the rest of my life. Whether or not I'd choose it, I don't know - but I'd sure as hell consider it. It's just solid. Nicely balanced, bold enough, quenching enough, malty, historic tasting, but also a little citrusy and earthy. Bravo to Ayinger. They do no wrong in my eyes.

Photo of pants678
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost transparent deep brown with an egg-shell head foam that sticks around only as a lacing.

A bread and malt foundation for citrus and clove; banana, but because I was looking for it.

Definite citrus, lemon and not orange, and like the nose it's malt-laden. I pull coffee hints from the middle, it's subtle with a more prominent toffee on the end. Few dunkels have this harsh, roasted or charred quality. A tinge of bitterness just lightly stings the edges.

It's a sticky brew, not quite chewy. There's weight behind this one, reminds me of a schwartzbier. These wheats are easy to put away, dunkel or wit.

Photo of BierFan
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big tan head. Clear red/brown body.

Smell: Wonderfully malty. Toffee, caramel, slightly toasted.

Taste: Bready, biscuity malt. A little roasted character. The bitterness is fairly light.

Damn fine beer.

Photo of mnrider
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. Brown Bottle poured into Pilsner Glass.

A: Pours a darkish brown with light tan head, which slowly turns thin with nice lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of faint caramel and other sweets.

T/M: Malts lead to toffee and coffee. Hops balance it out and leaves a slight bitterness. Carbonation is plentiful and helps out the drinkability. Heavy mouthfeel.

D: Really good. Not to complicated yet very flavorful and easy to drink. I wish this one came in a 6 pack.


Photo of CHL
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nicely dark beer from a 500 ml bomber that smells somewhat sweet and quite malty, but not with a strong aroma.

The taste of it is wonderful though. Just a touch of hops for balancing the predominantly sweet malt. It's bready, and thick like toffee. It also fills your mouth, thick and flavorful with very generous dose of carbonation (makes me burp, honestly).

Very happy to have 500 ml of it, and I would gladly have another. Outstanding lager.

Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roasty, clean and delicious dunkel. Ayinger's Altbairisch Dunkel pours a bright, clear reddish brown. The head is creamy and pretty thick for the style. The aroma is toasty, bready malt. It smells like molasses on toast. The flavor adds in a spicy note, but the malt is really the star. Hopping is light but appropriate for the style, just enough to cut the malt sweetness. The malt flavor is big and thick for a lager. Ayinger really packs a lot of good flavor into the 5% abv, and it comes out surprisingly clean and light. This is a very pleasant, highly quaffable beer, another winner from Ayinger.

Photo of bludtek
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle, this chocolate brown brew is topped off with a nice off white head, that when receded, left confluent pebbled-lawn of thin foam.

It smells of molasses toffee, honey and gingerbread.

Sweet toffee malt is the initial flavour. Some coffee bitterness comes through giving some bite. The sweetness lingers tasting like toast. Hints of floral hops poke through and faint spice. I like this lager.

Good mouthfeel with healthy carbonation, the strong malt flavour yet medium body makes it easy to have another.

Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent dunkel, lightly complex, balanced, very clean, lightly sweet with a dryish finish.

Deep red with some brown, it has a medium large, pale tan head steadily thinning to a thin foamy top and leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is light toasted whole wheat bread, hints of caramelised bread crust, light bitterwseet chocolate, mineral, and prune.

The taste is light whole wheat bread, dark raisins, and chocolate up front, followed by some mineral, dry leaves, faint licorice. It's lightly sweet up front, transforming to a drier finish light with spiciness and bitterness. The aftertaste is pleasant light mineral, toast, and dry leaves.

Photo of olmatty
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep brown beer, frothy white head

Smell- Slight kind of flat malty odor. Frankly not much smell at all.

Taste- Crisp German malt flavor, followed by, some dark malts in perfect balance and overall a mild hop character

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated, thin bodied

Drinkability- Smooth and delicious and easy drinking

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml bottle with no lot code or expiration date listed. Sampled on September 17, 2009. It pours a good looking amber-brown with excellent clarity, small head, and slow moving carbonation. It looks heavy. Barley malts lead the appealing aroma along with something sweet like molasses. The mouthfeel is a durable and smooth medium texture. The taste is on the sweet side with strong elements of coffee and malts and a light backdrop of hops. I enjoyed this one immensely.

Photo of Cassidey
2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and orange in color. Has a hint of chocolate and a roasted flavor. It smells and tastes a little sharp to me. The mouthfeel is ok and the drinkability is impacted by a so so flavor. At first I did not like this but it kind of grew on me. Not my style and I will not likely seek it out again.

Photo of Murchmac
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown ruby ruby ruby ruby soho.

Beautiful malt smell, bready, toast, chocolate. Like a chocolate pilsbury dough boy getting toasted...

Great smooth, swee, malty, chocolate, bready , roasty toasty, good, taste.

Great bready chocolate aftertaste. Just a classic and damn fine beer at a good price.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite as dark as other dunkels, severe brown-red but still a good looking beer. Smells like an average bowl of cereal. More than decent malty taste, exceeds the smell. Pretty easy to drink but I wish I knew how fresh this was because I am suspicious....

update 08/31/2012

This one is nice and fruity, quite a good flavor.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, a tad sweet. Taste is malty and refreshing, some hints of fruit. Feels creamy in the mouth. A bit heavy on the stomach for all night drinking. Overall this is a quality brew.

Photo of gpogo
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Brilliantly clear ruby-amber body with a large rocky off white head. Very sticky lacing.

A- Sweet bready aroma. Some notes of caramel. Toastiness?

T- It tastes like breakfast. Toasty cereals, some caramel sweetness. Slightly phenolic. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D- Delicious. Seems like a great beer to start a day or to drink on a cool evening.

Photo of kflorence
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a thick, off-white head that leaves a slight bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Smells heavily malts, sweet malts, and also some earthy, grass, corn and honey in there. Fruit is also definitely present... maybe apple, or pear. Faint spice.

T: Much like the smell, the initial flavor is heavily dominated by sweet malts and an earthy flavor which quickly turns to a more toasted, corn and molasses flavor. It's not bad, but definitely a little weird. Fruits are still there, but more subtle, almost tastes like dried and roasted apples and pears... interesting.

M: Pretty decent mouthfeel, smooth, decent carbonation, a little bit of substance in there... but nothing special.

D: Overall, not a bad beer, but the flavor is a little weird for me. Not what I'm used to in a dunkel lager. There's that weird corn and molasses flavor and the fruits are on the light side, instead of the usual dark fruits.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark golden-brown brew with a foamy toape head which quickly dissipates

S: smell of dark mocha coffee with a hint of brown sugar syrup. not too overwhelming, however.

T: sweet caramel and corn syrup with almost no hop present.

M: light carbonation with a slightly dry finish

Overall, a very rich yet smooth and drinkable beer. good stuff

Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 500ml glass, this beer exhibits a finger width head that dissipates into a thin ring around the edge of the beer, but no lacing. The color is an appealing mahogany and the beer itself is not opaque but rather very clean in color.

The smell is not overwhelming, yet at the same time it is markedly malty with notes of coffee, caramel and perhaps toffee.

The taste is very balanced. More grain flavor comes in upon tasting, which comes as a bit of a surprise given the caramel and toffee in the smell. The balance between the caramel and grain gives it a touch of coffee-like bitterness that comes in toward the finish.

This is a solid beer, very drinkable and balanced. There is a depth of flavor ranging from sweet overtones in the smell to a lingering coffee flavor on the palate in the finish that gives this beer a decent amount of character.

Photo of boatshoes
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle purchased from Naaman's Road Total Wine. Had with BBQ chicken dinner. I'm a big fan of Altbiers so I was excited to try this one out.

Appearance- Pours a nice deep brown with a solid finger and a half of off-white head. Lively carbonation in the glass that gradually dies down a bit along with the head, leaving a ring around the edges but no real lacing.

Smell- A solid but simple nose of sweetish caramel malt, along with background hints of a bit of grassy hay and some spices. Not a huge nose with a lot of scents for me but pleasant in a simple way.

Taste- A bit of a disappointment following the appearance and nose...intially quite pleasant with lots of sweet malt rounded out with a touch spiciness and a faint taste of grassiness less prominent than in the nose. However, the flavor ended on a rather offputting noting of corn that caught me by surprise. I am a bit suspicious that the bottle I purchased was not particularly fresh and that a note of skunkiness had crept in, perhaps due to some heat exposure in the summer season.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Decently carbonated though a tad on the thin side. The real killer here is that corn taste. Again, I'll give the beer the benefit of the doubt of having been a bit off.

Overall, can't say I loved this one and it came as a bit of a disappointment. However, I'd like to revisit it in the future to see if some of the flavors that came through were actually the result of poor storage or heat exposure.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ayinger- Altbairisch Dunkel

A- Deep brown clear with a huge thick head. Thick chunky lacing.
S- Molasses and brown sugar malt, very light.
T- Caramel molasses brown sugar malt, slightly roasted. Slight ashiness with licorice and nuts.
M- Light and sweet with a good malty body. Big malty finish. Slightly watery.

Overall- I enjoyed the bottle but will move on.

Photo of rye726
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown with a thin tan head. Nose has crisp nutty malts and mellow hops. Taste has a decent malt profile and some grassy hops. Light body has a refreshing carbonation. Seems like this could have used a bit more depth. Not quite on the same level as Ayinger's other beers.

Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a red-copper color with a moderate amount of fast active white foam. Little retention, no lacing observed.

Modestly maly smell w a tinge of spice.

Taste is a bready, sweet malt, but vey clean and smooth. Subtley carbonated. Buried beneath is an ever so slight tartness, but not enough to change the overall tenor. Tasty.

Another drinkable German brew. I could have buckets of this stuff.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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