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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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887 Ratings
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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 56
Gots: 43 | 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 youngleo
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a two fingered head that had a lot of small bubbles. Halfway into the glass the head disappeared but left some foam around the edges. Lager was a dark brown in color with a caramelish head. Had some lacing but not a lot. Smelled sweet with hints of malt. Tasted of sweet malt, and had a lightly bitter aftertaste. Aftertaste hung around awhile. Overall not a lot of taste going on here. Felt good in the mouth carbonation was about right for my taste. I think I had my hopes up to try this beer. I would drink these again, but its just not a priority. I will try other Ayinger brews to get a better feel about the quality of their beer.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml from bottle to my belly...

It's dark enough. Dark cola without the bubbles. Frothy head, moderate retention

Highly unusual scent. Light vineagar? Pickled eggs? Don't know what it is but I don't like it.

Thankfully it tastes better than it smells. Lots of malt flavor. Very sweet.

Good feel, good drinkability.

Overall: nah.

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

A: Poured a deep chestnut brown, dark ruby when held up against the light and was capped off by a foamy, dark beige head that clung to the sides of the glass nicely leaving a sticky lacing on the way down.

S: sweet dark malts, dried fruit and coffee.

T: The flavor was very malty with dark ripe fruit, with caramel sugars. There was a very good chocolate and toffee sweetness coming through before finishing with dry roasted grains and a earthy hop bittering.

M: fairly light with a sweet malt lacing.

D: Good per style, light and easy enough to drink and good for putting down a few.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL brown euro bottle, purchased from Vidalia for $3 or so. Poured into a dimple mug. No freshness date.

Caramel brown color with light coffee colored head, very good retention, a little lacing. Tiny CO2 bubbles rise up through the beer to prop up the dense head.

Smell is kind of weak, but there is a nice enough dose of roasted malt, a bit fruity, some caramel as well.

Taste is similar, but with a bit more ummph. Roasted malts and caramel, no alcohol taste or anything that really detracts from the enjoyability. Munich helles and dunkel lagers taste a bit funny to me, not sure if it is from the malts used or the yeast--I can't really peg it down. I do like it though.

Mouthfeel is medium light and gently carbonated. Goes down so easy.

Drinkability on this one is high. There really just isn't anything about this beer that would make it difficult to drink one after another. Very good. I would like to get my hands on a bottle that I knew was very fresh. Here's to hoping.

Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No dating to be found on the label of this 500ml jewel, but from the pour, it looks like another winner. Let's see.

Clear oaken mahogany, massive ass rocky top of tan marshmallow goodness - thickly clinging to the sides of my Bitburger pilsner glass. Spicy malt hints in the aroma are a prelude to the quaff, which is a damn fine dunkle. Sweet hints of caramel swirl amongst the lightly spiced malt backbone.

The sweetness fads when the well balanced hops kick in for a most lip smacking finish. At $2.75 for a generous pint, this is a drinker for any season. 5% almost gets this into session status.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear and deep red with a two inch coarse head that's sandy in color. Head held through a few drinks; laced the glass nicely.

Smell: Clean and sweet caramel malt with a bit of apple. Dominated any hop aroma

Taste: Dry and crisp, but a sweeter, bready flavor as I held it in my mouth. Well balanced, medium carbonation.

Mouthfeel: With color and style, expected to be a "bigger" beer than what it felt like.

Drinkability: Medium bodied, crisp and clean. Refeshing and tasty dark lager.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- beautiful clear brownish auburn with rusty highlights and a big frothy beige head that shrinks slowly opening pores like pancake batter. little specks and decent sized patches of lace cling and crust over, some sliding down to meet the constant thin disk of foam.

S- very fruity with toasted grains on the side. a hearty whole grain cereal aroma seems to flow over the lip of the glass, while stickin your nose right in there reveals a wonderful bouquet of grape juice, cranberry, and pomegranate. much of the fruity aromas are released from the foam and after the head recedes they become less prominent making me glad i gave her a hard pour.

T- smokey and roasted at first with a charred barley taste that mellows out to those hardy whole grains and some fig and date fruitiness. all around this beer seems like it's full of nourishment. noble hops are on the bitter side, almost english tasting, lending a very nice balance to an otherwise malty flavor. toasted puffed rice and a grape tartness come out near the end leading to a relatively dry and somehwhat fruity finish.

MF- smooth and juicy with the illusion of being full bodied, this one is a little lighter and very refreshing for such a dark beer. a moderate dryness is achieved which leads me to...

D- very nice D for this complex lager. the fruitiness makes me think ale, but the sheer crispness gives away the truth. overall a very nice lager. flavorful, aromatic, and refreshing is well appreciated during this early june heat wave.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 'alt' phrase on the bottle illudes to this being and Altbier. Though the beer does hit on the light caramel / toast flavors, this beer takes the proportions of these to the Dunkel level. Quite toasty, malty, bready. But also with low-lying levels of sweetness, dryness, and light fruitiness. Moderately full in texture with much creaminess, but not heavy. Toasty, dry, and cleanly finished. A highly drinkable beer for the big flavors.

Photo of parsleyd12
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off I'd like to say that Ayinger seems to take great care when making their beers and paying great attention to flavor. I've always liked this beer and figured I should review it.
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel was purchased from the liquor store I manage in a 500ml brown pint bottle. There is no freshness date nor an alcohol percentage that I saw on the bottle.

APPEARENCE: It is a "black tea" shade of honey brown, nice color, really no head at all, very little lacing if any.

SMELL: toasty, malty, almost a buttery nut smell, coffee, maybe a slight dry fruit smell, malty chocolate? It smells very good and is very inviting.

TASTE: a nice rich nutty, caramel, coffee taste, has a smooth dark beer taste without the heaviness. Has somewhat of a coffee after taste that stays. Overall it tastes great.

MOUTHFEEL: low carbonation maybe a little under carbonated

DRINKABILITY:I definately will drink this beer again, its good if you like dark beer and want to drink several, its very light and easy to drink but still has a rich dark taste.

If your in or around Cumberland,MD stop by South Cumberland Liquors and try this great brew!

Photo of bennetj17
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent foamy head, leaves a lasting film atop the clear, coffee-amber colored beer below. Carbonation appears slow but steady. The aroma is a malty mix of raisiny fruit and roasted grain, plus a slight hint of chocolate, perhaps.

Taste starts out sweet with fruity plum and raisin. The finish gains a slight bitterness and the sweetness loses some intensity helping to balance it out and keep things from becoming too cloying. Alcohol must be very low as it isn't perceived. Medium body, the carbonation is almost too subtle, but adequate.

Overall this is a clean flavored lager with a decent malty sweetness to it. I didn't find it too exciting so I wouldn't have many, but you certainly could if this was your kind of brew. I give them credit for making a nice sessionable beer...

Photo of baos
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

17 ounce into pils glass.

A: Very dark with nice big tan headiness. Good lacing.

S: Burnt caramel and hint of chocolate.

T: Pretty good. Very malty. A bit of hops there at the finish.

M: Medium to heavy. Nice feel to her.

D: Good after dinner beer, but I'd say two bottle limit for me.

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

Poured a nice clear amber with a thick and creamy off white head which deposited excellent lacing. An inviting looking brew.

Smelled of breads and malt, maybe even a slight hint of coffee.

Tasted malty and sweet, perhaps even a bit of butterscotch in there.

Mouthfeel was nice and creamy with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting.

Overall this was a pretty solid and enjoyable brew from the good folks in Aying.

Photo of Exner83
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A medium-bodied pour with an average pillow of foam--sexy darkness with a lazy lace. I give it my nose, and WHOA: Is that soy?! Dark, yeasty malts with salty soy, it seems! Am I crazy for thinking this?

I give it a quaff, and lo--dark, bready teriyaki! Everyone's saying caramel this and molasses that, but I'm calling this one a mildly salty affair. Grainy bigness, yes--but sweetness?

Anyway, straight-ahead hops show just to tighten the finish, and that's that: An uncomplicated rush of dark gaseous malt, and it's outta there! An abrupt close as the hops mop as janitor - a well-built, two-note beer.

In the end, it's JUST short of sessionable. Almost, people!

Photo of Bierfreund
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Middlebrown with thick tan foamy head, which lasts for quite some time.

First note is the smell of a sugary cake.

Taste carries a hoppy note with sweet undertones, a very slight tangyness is hiding in the background.

Mouthfeel is semi-creamy with moderate carbonation.

Leaves a flat aftertaste behind, slightly hoppy, but not as much as its introductory taste.

This beer is drinkable, pretty good, but not great!

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Good lacing, crystal clear ruby brown body and a nice off white head. I don't think I could ask for more.

S: Some nice lager malty notes and an underlying sweetness, almost like molasses. Actually, it smells like malt extract...which makes sense I guess...(and I like the smell of malt extract)

T: A nice balanced malty beer, with complex flavors that linger on the tongue during the finish.

M: Rather full, appropriate carbonation, and just a little stickiness.

D: I could put down a bunch of these since the beer is pretty mild and smooth.

Photo of Proteus93
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep amber, almost a clay colour in there. A nice, sandy head, rich and creamy.

S: Smooth malts, almost a fruit-like yeast ester essence. Something of a nutty oil scent?

T: A nice, full flavour of toasted malts, a little buttery or nutty, perhaps.

M + D: A round body... a rich coating, and very smooth. It ends up being very nice to drink. Quite tasty, leaving a lingering toasted malt flavour in the mouth.

Photo of ablaze
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red-brown with great clarity and a tan one-inch head. Sticky lacing and nice head.

Black currants and sugar in the nose

Nice sharp carbonation, medium body, very mild astringency. Musty, ripe fruits (plums, raspberries, currants) with a sharp edge from the leafy, slightly grassy hops that linger. Robust malts like dark bread...would go great with a delicate cheese.

A nice dark lager that never disappoints. Recommended.

Photo of Spidey13
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel" is really fun to say. Try it. I'll wait. See?

OK. As for the beer itself, it is a very nice looking, clear brown which shows itself to be a very deep garnet red when held to the light. A nice, light tan heads leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is very nice, with lots of sweet roasted malt, caramel, nut, and a bit of coffe in there. Also some fruit. The taste is very malty sweet with hints of caramel, coffee, and roast. The hops seem like they might make a very brief bitter appearance, but not much. The mouthfeel is a bit under medium with an average amount of carbonation. This is a very nice, sweet, malty brew.

Photo of Greggy
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a pokal, it produced a nice 2 finger head that slowly receded into a very thin lace. Nice clinging lace follows as I empty the glass

Smell: Dark Malt, a hint of Belgian candy, hint of apples

Taste: Pretty malty, smooth, caramel, touch of coffee, toffee

Mouthfeel: Overly smooth. There wasn't anything crisp, and it had a bit of a long dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, but just not my taste.

Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Eichhof bier mug. Clear maroon color, with an off-white head that breaches the rim of the glass. No lacing, decent retention.

Spicy and doughy notes on the nose. Sweet caky malt, with an earthy quality as well.

Flavor is toasty and sweet, with a little fruitiness. Grain, toffee, and a touch of coffee.

Smooth on the palate with good carbonation. You could drink this stuff all day.

Photo of MisterClean
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml from BevMo

A - Burgundy pour with lots of orange head. Dissipates very slowly.

S - Apples, oranges, cinnamon, malts, and clove.

T - Apple, cinnamon and clove.

M - Silky, carbonated, slightly cloying.

D - A good beer, but tastes much like a marzen. Not pleased with the taste of marzen.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Old Country Dark poured a clear brown with a 1-2 finger foam head that stayed for a bit then wend back to its home. There was no lacing but it did have that cool carbonation spring.

The aroma was lemony and malty with a faint caramel. The flavor was similar to the smell with a nice bitterness that stayed with you. In the mouth it was semi-chewy. Overall a very good drink.

Photo of daledeee
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this thinking I had reviewed this before. Oh well, maybe I forgot.

This pours a nice dark clear brown with a big head that does not go away.

The nose is a little weak but fresh smelling. Hints of malt; maybe caramel

The taste is rather nice. Malty with a stronger finish. Caramel and a hint of toffee.

A little watery with good carbonation. Overall a pleasant beer to drink. This may be the highest ranking I have given any lager: light or dark. I drank this rather cool from a 500 ml bottle. Ayinger is possibly overall my favorite German brewery.

Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It says munich dunkel but the name suggests a different take on altbier. In any case it poured a copper/amber color into my pint glass. There was some white head and it had some retention to it but was very thin.

The smell had some dark malts and some german lager yeast but there was also a bit of smokiness there. There was also some dryness which to me hints at altbier. Pretty inviting.

The flavor was your typical dark german lager but that smoke flavor was there too. Interesting. I am assuming that there is some smoked malts in here somewhere, that or maybe a small amount of some really dark roasted malt.

The body was like most german beers, that is to say it was light/medium. Very drinkable.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass

A: Pours a clear and dark cherry wood red with a two inch foamy bubbly sandy colored head with at first what looks like a healthy sticky lace but smooths out into nothing when you really start drinking the beer.

S: Clean and sweet sugary caramel malt with a bit of apple and molasses and maybe if it's not too crazy to say, a bit of cherries???

T/MF: Sort of dry and watery, a bit crisper than I was expecting for such a darker beer, almost has a smoky quality tied in with this sweet bready flavors. I am really enjoying the dry qualities in this beer. But really the mouthfeel leaves more to be desired.

D: On the lighter side of medium bodied, very crisp and clean, sort of refeshing and a nice and tasty dark larger overall.

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.