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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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834 Ratings
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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 56
Gots: 28 | 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 dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Jan 28, 2008
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.

JohnGalt1, Jan 26, 2008
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.

theopholis, Jan 21, 2008
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.

tkach, Jan 17, 2008
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.

Thanby, Jan 09, 2008
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
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.

nickynick, Dec 18, 2007
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.

kmo1030, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of wspscott
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.

wspscott, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle

pours a beautiful mahogany color, rich and inviting, with a creamy tan head. Retention is brief and soon I'm left with an uneven cap, but there is little to find fault with here.

Light caramel over the top of a vague yeasty aroma. Nothing unpleasant here, but not very strong, and nothing to write home about.

Breadiness comes out much more in the taste, and is well received. crusty. Just a bit roasty. Very pleasing. Somewhat sweet, more light caramel, and great appropriate bitterness before the drying finish. Well done.

Body is on the light side of medium but quite smooth.
Tasty beer that I'm sure I'll have again, and wouldn't mind having a few of. No other part of the experience lives up to the spectacular appearance, but several aspects are close.

udubdawg, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of RiekerStarBrew
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured from the bottle into my pilsner glass showed a clear red/orange color with little head and minimal lacing. The aroma had evidence of sweet, cyrstal barley with a slight, roasted quality. There was subtle evidence of bavarian yeast ester with a slight banana undertone. There was no hop aroma present. The flavor initially has a toasted grain quality with a dry breadiness. Hop bitterness is ever so slight along with a slight banana flavor. The beer ends up finishing on the sweet side due to clean lagering and good mouthfeel and carbonation. All things considered, I found this to be a really good beer. What I enjoyed the most about it was its finish. It left you with a slight, sweet linger that just invites the consumer to drink more. I will purcahse this bottle again.

RiekerStarBrew, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of Gizmo
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a chestnut brown with a thick, light brown head that just stays there; very nice looking beer.

Nose is very malty, with dominant caramel notes and a nice nutty background.
Taste is similar, sweet caramel being predominant, but there is also a definite, bitter, woody note toward the end that is nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and even, with a medium body that is more "meaty" than usual for a dark lager.

This is a really nice dark lager. It's made in the "old style", as opposed to more contemporary offerings that can be watery at times. One of the better dark lagers I've had.

Gizmo, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of Sleestak
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Germans not only brew great beer but also know how to design the bottle, this being no exception. 16.9 oz bottle with no apparent freshness dating. Pours a a clear dark amber brown with creamy looking light tan head. Smells full of sweet malt and some dried fruit. Tastes of roasted malt, bread, brown sugar. Lots of husky grain with this one. A thicker mouthfeel than the other dunkels I've reviewed so far. I'm really digging this dunkel. Plenty of complexities and even more drinkability. Well worth trying.

Sleestak, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured the 500ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass, this continues my Ayinger tasting experience from the past week.
A- Pours a dark red/husky brown hue, head is a few fingers' of white creamy foam with good retention, moderate lacing
S- Nose is of moderately sweet caramel malts, a touch of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, and roastiness
T- Initial taste is of roasted malts dominated by caramel and chocolate flavors, progresses to slight hop bitter/dryness and grains, finish is brief, overall very well-balanced
M- Light/medium-bodied beer, watery texture, carbonation is a bit amped up and biting, little residual on the palate
D- 5%abv means this is one smooth-drinking session beer, I really like the taste profile and aromas from this Dunkel style and would gladly pick this up again in the future, Ayinger continues to impress with its lineup!

Stoneman78, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of binkman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank in a pint glass, out of a 22 oz. bottle.

A - dark red/brown when held to the light. Respectable foamy head which almost disappears and rather quickly.

S - not much of a smell at all, not necessarily a bad thing.

T - very tasty! Mildly fruity at first, then some bitter burnt chocolately notes which are just subdued enough not to be overpowering.

M - the perfect amount of carbonation and a very clean finish, it sort of tickles the mouth on the way down, urging yet another quaff!

D - this is a very very drinkable brew. It requires no company in the form of nuts or pretzels to get it down quickly, not that you wouldn't want to savor it! This is the best Altbairish Dunkel I've had to date and I'll update this post when that changes.

binkman, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of animal69
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Ayinger lacks any kind of dating also (unless you count the slits on the bottom of the label); pours a deep copper w/ a slight head that lasts, plenty of lacing; good malty aroma w/ some caramel & fruit undertones; nice sweet toasty malt flavor, caramely w/ some interesting fruity yeast (?) aftertaste, a faint hop flavor presence; nice light-med mouthfeel, not "thick & cloying" at all, dry, yet sweet at the same time; very drinkable, in fact, this beer is so good, I think it's replacing DAB as my fav. dunkel, i'll drink this on over & over...

animal69, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear and red. Head is short-lived and no lace is showing.

S: Very fruity with some grain and caramel malt notes. Also some toffee notes.

T: Ayinger's done it again. This is a great tasting beer. Fruity (lemon?) beginning with a sweet flowering hop taste. Middle is a little bitter with more of the malt flavors and just a little alcohol coming into play. End brings in the grain flavor. Spot on!

M: Medium-bodied with fairly heavy carbonation. A little too carbonated for my taste. Relatively low astringency. Dry.

D: Very drinkable beer - I'll have no problem finishing this 500ml.

ralree, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium dark carmel color. A nice 1 inch white head. Some carbonation. I like it's color.\
Smells like a typical bavarian. Some spice. What I do not like is a odor of "cat spray urine".
Has a typical "bavarian malt taste". light hop bitterness.
Dry, almost chewey in texture. Has good carbonation. Chocolate finish.
A decent beer in taste, but did not like the smell. I want to try all the Ayinger line.

Trueant1, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in Weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear dark reddish-brown body with a good carbonation of big bubbles. The rocky off-white head last for a good bit.

S- The smooth lagered smell of caramel malt and faint coffee malt notes have a faint sulfur note to them.

T- The first taste is mineral water but soon after there are flavors of dark toasted malt and some fresh raw grain notes. There is a light tart bit at the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish but the finish is pretty clean to start with.

D- This beer has very light lagered flavors, with the watery and tart notes covering the subtle malt flavors which are more appealing.

rhoadsrage, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Stateline. I have a PhD in US micros but my knowledge of German/Belgians is lacking but I will give this a shot.

Pours with a light head. Roasted malt in smell. Taste is of rich malt. Mouthfeel is mooth and this a very drinkable brew. I have had some dark lagers since I am in SE PA & this is a good one. Recommended.


SkinnyElvis, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rusted hazelnut with a frothed milk off-white head that is supported by rigorous carbonation. Leaves some wavy lacing. Smells of sweet wort, chocolate covered raisins and caramel. Flavor starts off a bit crisp, actually, with some crackery malts accompanied by subtle (more so than in the aroma) flavors of dried fruit, nut, and chocolate. As the crispness fades, these other flavors come out more. Finishes a bit drying alongside tones of grape juice, medium roast coffee, and floral hops. Mouthfeel is about medium in feel and not too sticky, although there is a bit of sweetness to this beer. Bubbles are a little tingly. Impressive.

goochpunch, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass, the body is brownish-red settled under a 2-finger ivory head. Some lacing on the way down.

S: All malt -- brown sugar, roasted malt and even molasses comes to mind.

T: Malty again -- a toasty, roasted malt taste up front, with hazelnut near the end. Sweet all around, but it does finish somewhat dry.

M: Light-bodied -- somewhat surprised by the light heft of this given the color and dominant malt.

D: Good. No problems putting this one down to start out the afternoon.

Kendo, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice dark brown with hints of amber when held up to the light. Standard pour resulted in a 2 finger head with good retention and okay lace.

S-caramel malt, roasted malt, toffee, lager yeast.

T-carmel and roasted malt, with undertones of coffee and toffee. lager yeast as well

M-Crisp carbonation, medium body with a slightly creamy feel.

D-quite good for a lager, I could have a couple of these.

jackorain, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of hero27
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a dark amber color with a fizzy tan head.
Rich toffee malts with just a slightly roasted quality to them. Brown sugar and vanilla creep in to give this some good flavor.
Soft, smooth mouthfeel makes this an easy one to drink.
I'd recommend drinking this fairly warm..the subtle flavors don't really come out well until it's warmed a bit.
A solid German dark lager.

hero27, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of garcia2a
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich caramel-rubio color. Reasonable head that held to the glass. Wounderful bouquet with quaffs of roasted malt, smoke and even a fleeting hint of honey.

The taste was roasty, malty with a hint of smoke. Well balanced, not overpowering, a bit on the crisp side. The beer is well balanced, refreshing and a bit on wet side. Excellent mouthfeel.

A fine german beer that is sure to please!

garcia2a, Aug 12, 2007
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.