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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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887 Ratings
very good

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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 mattcrill
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: A pleasant fruitiness that is noted up front. Rich bread-like aroma. Just a touch of oxidation that is noted up front but diminishes as the beer warms.

Appearance: Clear copper colored pour with golden edges. Creamy off-white head. Vibrant carbonation throughout the mid-body.

Flavor: Bready notes up front and fruity esters that assert themselves mid-tongue. A nice balance of sweetness up front that finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation. No alcohol heat detected. Finishes clean and dry.

Overall impression: A malt driven clean finishing beer. Esters are a touch high. No off flavors and an enjoyable session.

Photo of shadow1961
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger's is pretty much a sure thing, so when I see one I
haven't had before, I glom onto it pretty quickly.

Ayinger's Altbairisch Dunkel poured out a rocky tan head over
a dark amber brew. Carbonation is moderate and the nose is
molasses and yeast. The flavor is dark and mellow- malt, grain,
and just a bit of hop to balance the sweetness of the malt. The
mouthfeel is surprisingly full for a lager, and a bit dry. The finish
is mellow, and there's just a bit of grain in the aftertaste. Not bad
at all.

Photo of LvilleIPA
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Red/amber, tan head that lasts decently.

S - Malty, maybe some light citrus.

T - It's pretty good. Haven't had too many of this particular style. Doesn't seem to have any sort of "aftertaste". Pretty much hits you with some malts, some toffee, then leaves.

M - Rather thin. Actually rather disappointing. The carbonation is relatively nice and calm, and rather perfect for this style.

D - I guess you could drink quite a few of these. They're light, low ABV and taste OK. Just not what I was expecting at all.

Not really what I thought it was going to be. It may be great for the style, and maybe this style's just not for me. It was actually a rather boring experience.

Photo of yelterdow
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served at fridge temperature in a large German stange. Thanks to Bottle King in Ramsey, NJ for having a few of these in their cooler.

Appearance- Pours a light, graceful ruby color with plenty of activity. The head billows incredibly to a full four fingers, settling effortlessly to an inch + soapy mat. Really fresh looking on the eyes, the Munich malts adding just the right dose of color. Lacing is minimal.

Smell- Notes of toffee and malts greet the nose, sweet almost like a good bockbier. The aroma is characteristic of a dessert, maybe a cake or light fudge. There is a suggestion of biscuit, which I find to be a wonderful complement to the malts.

Taste- Clean, brisk, liquid malty goodness... just a hint of roasted malts balanced by a delicate hop suggestion in the finish. Great flavor, I keep thinking about dark bread the more I drink this.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Fantastically light-bodied and well rounded... the carbonation works well for the style, drinking well by itself or with traditional lighter German fare. An alternative when you might crave the flavor and complexity of a great doppelbock, but without the higher alcohol and heavier mouthfeel. Terrific beer, uncompromising in its integrity or tradition.

Photo of supercolter
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer, but definately not my favorite. A bit light for the style in my opinion, which is why it had a very high drinkability. The mouthfeel made the beer feel like it should be medium in body, but the taste was a bit weak. A very smooth beer, but not a huge fan of the roasted nut and caramel malty taste.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of balconybrew
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of johnbonham1980
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of MillRat
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Jaynuze
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +1%
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.


Photo of jmz62565
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of RobertDwight
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Photo of dhilltop2000
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of afinepilsner
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Reverand
4.08/5  rDev +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.

Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
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

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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