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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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807 Ratings
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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 50
Gots: 21 | 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 Frozensoul327


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

A: Ruby auburn color that is nearly crystal clear. Dense foamy head towers at over one inch. Minor lacing, and a medium to medium high level of carbonation.

S: Nice. Malty-yeasty-carmely blend of aromas are well balanced and inviting.

T: Rich caramel malt flavors, a hint of biscuit and bread. Medium bodied hops are slightly elusive, yet noted when concentrated on. A woody and earthy character round this one out. Not bad.

M: Crisp and medium light on the palate. Mild aftertaste of sourdough bread. Smooth going down.

D: Pretty good. I'd have another, but this one has sparked my interest in the brewery and it's other offerings, which i'd like to try first before coming back for another.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 03:24:58 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Jredner


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body of this beer is a ruby/amber mix that goes from daker to lighter top to bottom. The head is nearly two fingers thick, frothy and light tan in color. Aroma is light and malty with some mild toasty and faint brown sugar-ish notes. Toasty again in the fore then sweet powdered malt, brown sugar, toasty bread and a light caramel flavor. Very relaxed beer that has that awful subtlety curse. Balanced sweetness and a nice lightly cartbonated mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 17:06:55 | More by Jredner
Photo of balconybrew


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium brown, no golden colors a little reddish Keep pouring and the head keeps comming.

S: Very very malty. Minimal hops.

T: Toasty malt giving a little sweetness covered by a little hop taste.

M: Light and easy to drink.

D: Very easy to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 01:51:31 | More by balconybrew
Photo of johnbonham1980


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darn near the best lager I've ever had.

Had this one with my mom and dad and they couldn't get enough of it. My parents are extremely hard sells on beer but they know a good one when they have it and I dare say they enjoyed it more than I did. More to that story that's fairly humorous... for me... but I'm sure not for anyone reading this ;).

Pours dark amber, with as much head as you want... aggressively poured it would overflow your typical glass... I chose a sort of pilsner/pint combo glass for this one.

Flavor gets better as it warms, great dark malty, roasty, coffee flavors. Nice sweet dried fruit. Not too much in the hop category which is fine for me, probably some pretty mild hops for structure more than anything else. My palate was a bit off and I had this one with food so I don't remember too many nuances but I'll be buying this one again so we'll do a secondary, more intense review. Finish and mouthfeel are pretty heavy... this is not a chugging beer at all.

Amazing stuff. HIGHLY recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 07:51:00 | More by johnbonham1980
Photo of MillRat


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

A: A medium brown, no golden colors, but a slight hint of red. The head is not quite white, somewhat rocky, and lasts a good long time. Nice belgian lace.

S: It's all about the malts with a toasted veneer, no hint of hops.

T: A lightly toast malt dominates but does not overpower, a slight sweetness that is properly balanced by a hop bitterness that is definitely a continental hop (NB or perle?) but without any reaql hop aroma it is difficult to tell.

M: Light and refreshing, with just a bit of body proportionate to the malt sweetness.

D: There is nothing in this beer to stop one from enjoying several in row. There's no ABV on the label, but there's no heavy malt or hops notes for a high ABV to hide behind. I'd place it at +/-5%, so it is certianly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 22:21:21 | More by MillRat
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes6/19/04

Pour was dark brown with a solid beige head that was slow to disapate. When it did finaly leave it left thick chunks of lace in its wake.

Aroma was toasty, roasty, malty Medium in body, with some nice burnt coffee flavors, but a kind of sharp edge. like the carbonation was made of ground up glass.
Some dark dried fruit was noted in the finish (raisin, prune?) along with some weak coffee, maybe some caramelized sugar.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 07:33:57 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of LordChesterfield


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lovely dark lager that goes down like silk, refreshes, and arouses the taste buds. It looks especially noble in a german lager glass. The beer only reafirms the German domination of the beer world. It smells of dark malts but little else and tastes of well balanced bready malt that would not be out of place on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:29:04 | More by LordChesterfield
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West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pilsner glass,a thick creamy off white head.A clear ruby red hue.Very carbonated.wisps of tiny bubbles racing to the top of the glass,looks very inviting.
A bisquity,carmelly aroma with a slight hint of smoke.
A tart, dry,bisquity,light malty taste.The aftertaste is a bit thin,light hints of carmel,and a light spicey hop finish. Very smooth and drinkable.A good dark summer beer.Overall a pretty good brew,would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 01:49:06 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of Jaynuze

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep amber with a fluffy head. The head thins out as the beer is consumed, but leaves a nice lace down the glass. The nose has a smooth earthy note with a hint of hops and grains with a light alcohol scent. It tastes very smooth with light wheaty notes and hints of malt and alcohol and a smoky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and filling. An exceptional Dunkel that's easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 00:29:43 | More by Jaynuze
Photo of oelergud


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semitransparent beautiful deep ruby body, low carbonation and a creamy soft light tan head that falls most at the edge to form the apparence of a hill. Great retention and a very nice lacework down the glass. There are actually clumps in the head which became seperated upon agitation.
Dark sweet beer bread scent. Quite simple and pure.
The taste is again dark sweet bread and molasses. Sweet but mildly so and so easy to drink. The aftertaste is a sweet molasses letting faint hops comes through only tentatively.
Medium body with little coating. Smooth and nice.
This is a calm easygoing beer and makes a good session brew.


Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 20:29:29 | More by oelergud
Photo of jmz62565


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

This pours a deep clear ruby red with a huge tan foamy head.A very nice looking beer. The smell is roasted malt, a chewy nuttiness, and dark fruits. The aromas are very pungent and pleasing. The taste is chewy nuts, roasted malt,vanilla, and it ends with a crisp carbonated finish. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing very well. This is a beer that doesn't disapoint, it's good in every aspect and worth picking up. Cheers. Yumm, I could have a whole bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 23:20:42 | More by jmz62565
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North Carolina

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

This is a style I haven't had too many opportunities to sample so this iis a happy day indeed. Nice healthy head on a dark brown body, mostly translucent with pockets of light at the edges. Lacing is already evident. Nose is fruity with figs or dates or something similar and also lots of roasted malt.

Pleasant fruity taste with a smooth finish and surprisingly clean finish. Not particularly strong in any one category but extremely drinkable and well crafted. Almost elegant by dark brew standads, this is the rapier thrust as oppossed to the hammer blow of a stout or imperial porter. Carbonation is mellow and this goes down veery easy, probably too much so.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 01:52:45 | More by daliandragon
Photo of RobertDwight


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely reddish mahogany hue. Nice white head that laces quite nicely. Big whifs of figs and prunes and other fruits. Tastes of figs & prunes then moves to more roasted notes that linger on the tongue. This beer has a very good mouthfeel and the drinkability is equally as good. Overall a wonderful brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 22:42:18 | More by RobertDwight
Photo of dhilltop2000


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark English tanned leather color with an opaque brown-redness. Moderately dense head which thins out after a few sips. Laces the glass a bit as the beer is sampled. Tastes of fig, caramel and toffee. Balanced very well with moderate bitterness making this beer very drinkable. Not too sweet at all. One of the most drinkable beers around.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 18:50:21 | More by dhilltop2000
Photo of afinepilsner


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

500ml brown bottle

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel was clear and dark amber-red in color. It had a thick, rocky, light tan head with decent retention. It fit perfectly in a 22oz glass. The aroma was full of dark malt, slightly roasty. It has a malty taste, but is not really sweet, well balanced. It is medium in both body and carbonation. In my opinion this is the perfect session beer, good flavor, not too sweet, not too bitter, average alcohol content, and goes down really easy. This is one of my old favorites that I fall back to a couple times a year.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 00:04:31 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of Reverand


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

Oh man what a great beer. I can see and taste why it has won so many awards. Gorgeous dark brown color with a tannish head, amazing taste that makes you want more. The aroma was the only slight disappointment for this brew, but certainly a beer to find and purchase. Overall a smooth and complex brew that is so easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 09:00:08 | More by Reverand
Photo of russpowell


3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to re-review since this was a new shipment & hopefully in better form than that bottle I had about a month ago. Slight head retention & even slighter lacing

Pours caramel with a 4 fingers+ tan head

S: Slight caramel notes

T: Slight bitterness (hops?) & caramel up front. Fruittyness follows
along with some choclate notes. Finishes slightly dry with a slight licorice flavor

MF: Medium body, under carbonated & decent balance

Drinks okay, just a so-so take on the style IMO

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 03:46:55 | More by russpowell
Photo of mcarroll10177


4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- dark mahogony brown with a big off white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- some roasted malt with carmel overtones, a very nice smell

T- roasted malt then clean and refreshing finish, oh so crisp

M- balanced and even with just the right amount of cabination

D- another easy drinking german, crisp and refreshing while the malt profile gives it a nice complexity. Very Very nice

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 22:15:36 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a beige one finger head that receded to surface skim, and left a little bit of spotty lacing. Body was a clear reddish brown amber, sort of like brewed black tea.

Smell - Apples, some dark dried fruits, toffee, caramel, some diacetyl.

Taste - like the smell. Apples, dried ark fruits, toffee, caramel,and some diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, surprisingly high hop oil slickness, and also some drying.

Drinkability - this is decent, not bad, not great. It goes down fairly easy. Would have this once in a while, not much more often.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 19:00:22 | More by ultralarry2006
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3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a golden-brown with one-finger, off-white head that lingered through most of the glass, and decent lacing. Malty, chocolatey aroma. Tasty flavor, with more of the malt and chocolate, and a hint of spice, possibly clove. Finish was okay, but not as long or good as I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 10:04:22 | More by kimcgolf
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2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a 500 mL bottle served in a Troegenator seidel. The lager is chilled.

Appearance: The lager has a deep brown color and a plentiful head. When held to light, softer brown tones emerge. The head also leaves a nice lace in the seidel.

Smell: This is the second German lager this week that has a strong grainy aroma, almost like cereal. Not very pleasant, as it comes across as too sweet.

Taste: The lager picks up a bit in the taste. The malts are dominant and come close to bock territory with their strength. There is a bit of smoky, roasted malts in the first sip, but they soon fade and leave a smoke-only finish.

Mouthfeel: The lager is a little awkward on the palate, the flavors are too strong to enjoy a nice dunkels lager.

Drinkability: Maybe with some nice smoked sausages this may work, but for the most part it disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 01:42:26 | More by akorsak
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick, white two-finger head that slowly became a thick lace.
The smell was of malty caramel with a slight fruitiness in the background.
This was a very malty beer. Sweet caramel was the dominating taste, along with a spicy zest. The taste began strong, but ended with a thin, watered-down coffee taste.
The mouthfeel was very smooth and slightly creamy-broken by a waterish thinness-especially near the end. Some hints of butter were present. The caramel taste disippated, leaving a clean feeling. Just a reminding touch of the taste remains.
This is a classic example of the style. It's malty, with little to no hoppy presence. I think that it is a good complement to food, especially a barbecue or spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 22:52:48 | More by jwc215
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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
500 ML brown bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a light brown color, almost looks like a cola. Nice, fluffy, creamy head that leaves attractive trails of sticky lace.

Clean, typical lager nose with hints of caramel, spice and dough.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Sweet, juicy malt flavors with highlights of caramel, milk chocolate and sprinkled sugars. There is a doughy, bready quality as well with hints of rye bread.

Extemely drinkable and very enjoyable. Well crafted and a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 23:40:24 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Higravity


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kicked the Keg of Weiss so this went on. Oh, dear god. I am a huge lover of black lagers done right. Nice dark color with thin edges beutiful full head that fills the stein. The smell is mostly clean but for a hint of boiling wort and a gentle strumming of darkness. The taste is blasting and with the keg not too cold it really develops in my mouth. I gives a slight sticky coating but is refreshing. The gentle roasted flavors give are meet with a nice subtle counter of hops. Balance, this thing could walk a tight rope. Nice mouthfeel and too drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2006 14:07:08 | More by Higravity
Photo of jaluria


3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a semi-opaque, dark brown color with a soapy, frothy head. Nice lacing left behind. Aromas of burnt sugar, roasted malt, and ripened fruit. The taste was similar to the smell with burnt/smoke flavors slowly gaining strength. Added another element of sweetness in a unique way. Very enjoyable to drink with strong flavors of various fruits, grains, and smoke.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 14:13:19 | More by jaluria
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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