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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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835 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 56
Gots: 30 | 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 karst
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half liter from Granite City's Mid Feb. restocked shelf. Ayinger has always been very good to me. Drink by code notched in bottom of front label is meaningless to the consumer. Head as high as all your fingers slowly settles and sheets the glass with lace. Coffee and caramel sents and tastes of bread malt molasses wonderful roundness in mouth inspite of light body. Bread and tosted malt lingers.

Made for session. Splitting this with another BA who is picking up his part of my last run to Corral Liquors.

karst, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: this looks like a serious beer. transparent dark brown color with a good head that fades to one-finger in a 3/4 pint glass. after an initial vigorous pour, the head had a bit of the guinness waterfall effect.

aroma: high malt content profile here. a deep molasses scent and some smoke. dried plums and raisins. figs. overall can be described as a mature sweetness.

taste: wheat and malt hit me first. smokiness carries over into the taste, but in a lighter way than i imagined. overall, this beer is alot lighter than it looks. that lightness brings an unexpected refreshing tart kick while it slides down the throat. crisp body.

this is a good session beer for dark bavarian beer lovers.

goodbyeohio, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of half dark. Spice in dough aroma. Very smooth and creamy, high quality ingredients. Nice easy drink for lunch, a pint is a good serving measure. Sugar in there for fizz and sweetness. Touch of roast. Hops for some bitterness. Had a tap freshness to it.

had a second bottle, more sourness. no roast

Sammy, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of pootz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled, standard Euro-1/2liter, thanks Sammy. hard pour reveals a lovely ruby red dark lager complete with fluffy mocha cap and beautiful lacing. Well carbonated. Smells of burt treacle over ripe fruit. Front end is dominated with huge chewy malts wonderful decernment of coffee and sweet roasty bready malts...dried fruit notes like dates..finish is prolonged where the toasty malts and dried fruit tastes converge into a coffee and toasted raisin bread flavor which slowly dries under the influence of the herbal-woodsy hops catching up on the palate in this malt pronounced, hop attenuated dunkel.

This is dark lager as it should be...pretty much as close as you'll get to sex in a lager glass.

pootz, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of CVC
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came in a 17 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper color, with a thick, off-white, two-finger head. Leaves thick lacing, and dies fairly slowly. Smells of toasted malts and raisins. Tastes complex--slighly dark, yet slightly sweet, almost fruity. A fairly thick mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This is a great beer. A nice mix of toastiness, darkness, sweetness, and goodness. A perfect lunch and/or dinner beer.

CVC, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of babydoc
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from their 500ml bottle. Attractive clear mahogany, with a bubbly creamy head that slowly dissipates. Head is gone before the beer is, and doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Nose is of malts and molasses and dark fruits. Lots of sweet toasted malts in the taste, nicely balanced with a touch of hops that lets the malt sweetness carry throught without being too sweet in the finish. This is light-bodied and creamy, carbonation a little less than I anticipated. It drinks smoothly and easily...time for another.

babydoc, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of claytri
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a translucent dark brown with a small tan head that holds up pretty well. The aroma is almost solely of toasted malt. The taste is pretty well straightforward toasted malt, with maybe a hint of hops in the finish. The feel is to the medium side of light with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a beer that could be a regular option for a solid toasted malt lager.

claytri, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a nice mahogany with a noce fluffy light tan head. aroma, roasted nuts, caramel, honey, toffee, raisins, and a hint of hops.flavor,malts,honey, dark fruits, plums, nutty, a nice smooth mouthfeel. enjoyed this beer will buy more

walleye, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown with a reddish tint with a nice creamy tan head. The aroma is a lightly sweet and grainey with a hint roasted biscuit and maybe a little chocolate. The flavor starts out with a sweet molasses and finishes with a dry roasted bitterness.

ybnorml, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a rich clear red lager that had a huge white rocky head that subsided quickly. The aroma was of dark carmel malts that bordered on roasted malt with a sweet malt background. The taste was very good with a fresh noble hop bitterness leading a complex malt background comprised of dark malt flavors and sweet clean pilsner malt flavors which finish with a bit more noble hop flavor and then quits leaving the mouth void of flavor. The body is excellent as it is more on the viscous side while also having an agressive carbonation that allows the flavors to cut through the body. Pretty good as a starter beer or as part of a series of beers in a tasting but i find that one of these at a time is plenty.

RenoZymurgist, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of lastauss
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this lager! It tastes like liquid pumpernickel sandwich mixed with a chococolate malted. It carries a decent hop aroma and loads of sweet/dry dark malt. The finish is perfect, with the malt segue-ing into ethereal bitterness (do I taste lavender?)

A superb example of why light lagers must be removed from their lofty place of popularity.

lastauss, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of Ayinger but this is not one of my favorites. The dunkel pours a dark amber color with a large head that lasts for quite a while.

The aroma is of sweet malt with some molasses undertones. It has an overwhelmingly sweet smell that is a little cloying. It tastes better than it smells, because the actual taste is balanced by the roasted malt, which imparts some nuttiness to the taste.

It is smooth in the mouth but the overall experience leaves me wanting to try a different beer.

rdrummer, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of mynie
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick, a very dark amber. Very nice head, very nice retention.

Smells sweet with hints of bread and fruit with a slight malt scent added in. Tastes sweet, grain with toffee. A bit of metallic aftertaste. This is looks fizzier than it tastes. The carbonation is near perfect but the body isn't all that full. Goes down like butter.

At 2 dollars for a 17 ounce bottle, this stuff is quite the bargain.

mynie, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, fizzy beer with a strong smoky malt flavor and a slick (though a bit yeasty) mouthfeel that really made this brew go down easy. It's definitely got that German lager character to it but it's got more body than your average lager. Taste is good but not remarkable, works well with a plate of sausage on a summer day. Despite the yeastiness, this beer is still light enough that it doesn't inflate your belly, so your friends won't have to roll you out of the biergarten. I've had other liters that are way more "filling." A liter of this, and you've still got room for another! Well....

PopeJonPaul, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my frist crack at this style. Lets see what we get. The beer pours a nice dark brown with some reddish hues around the edges. There is about 3 fingers of tan head that fall to about a quarter inch cover of the beer. This is the thickest nose I have found on a beer in a long time. I can almost feel the thickness of the thickness of the brew through the smell. I'm impressed. It smells syrupy sweet (not maple) and of roasted sweet malts. I think it smells divine. The taste is not as strong as I expected from the smell. It starts out as a strong caramel sweet flavor, but ends up tasting like a sweet and grainey on the finish. Mmmm. I read others describe the bready flavors and I can see where that comes from, but I don't think I would have picked that flavor without having read it in other reviews. It is not as thick as I had hoped from the nose...still good. I think one of these beers is enough for me in a night, but I think that come the winter months, I might have to revisit it and see how it tastes with the colder weather.

kmpitz2, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This orangish-brown lager was luminous with a nice, foamy head that puffed up and stayed around for a while.

Smell – The sweet molasses and nice, dark malt came with a hint of weizeny bread.

Taste – The molasses and malt came out well at the tongue, but the big story here was the bready notes. You almost never see this outside of Bayern, but it’s really typical of the style done properly.

Mouthfeel – This lager was medium-bodied with some excellent, puffy carbonation that again reminded me of a Dunkel Weizen.

Drinkability – This is old-school dead-on for the style, and I really appreciated the craftsmanship that went into this offering from Ayinger.

RoyalT, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as a cola, with small effervescence rising to the top to create a decent head.
Yeast and coffee smell with nothing more to guess.
Smooth watery mouthfeel that captured a hints of baking chocolate, coffee, and very slight hoppy character. I wasn't impressed with the taste overall but in the same instance I wouldn't mind giving it another try.

Ahhdball, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber color with a three-fingered tan head; excellent lacing

Smell: Bready nose, with hints of caramel and chocolate

Taste: At the first sip, the roasted malt hits your tongue and builds up nicely, tasting of caramel and pumpernickel; by mid-palate, the noble hops make their presence felt; the flavors blend in beautifully, after the swallow, introducing a vague hint of chocolate

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with modest carbonation

OVerall: A very nice dunkel - What can I say but "Wunderbar!"

brentk56, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger's Altbairisch Dunkel is one of the most satisfying, quenching dunkels beers that I've had. Not a heavy beer by many means, this one has a lot of flavor and the smoothness in the mouthfeel makes this one dangerously quaffable.

This dunkel pours a dark amber/brown color with some hints of ruby. About a finger and a half of foam forms, lasting for about a minute before dissipating. The aroma struck me as tea-like, before some molasses notes came pouring through the nose. As previously mentioned the mouthfeel was quite smooth, with a low-moderate level of carbonation. The maltiness is the most prominent feature, giving the beer some molasses-like sweetness. A bit of light fruitiness and nuttiness make their presence known as well. There is a bit of roasted dryness in the finish that helps add some balance as this isn't really a hoppy beer. The roasted malt flavors linger on for a bit in the aftertaste with no alcoholic warmth in the finish.

A top notch dunkel, no doubt about it. While dunkel beers are typically not using for pure thirst-quenching, I could polish off a few of these brews no problem if I was parched. A nice brew, and a bit of a pleasant surprise.

Beastdog75, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of danadeny
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy head. The body is brownish amber in color. There is light carbonation. The smell is a little fruity, something I didn’t expect from this beer. My first impression is that this beer has a watery mouth feel and a light finish. After a few drinks I could detect a medium amount of bitter hops, and a little hint of chocolate at the end. The beer was very mild in the flavor department. Nothing stands out. It is very smooth which leads to good drinkability.

danadeny, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of avylover
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogony color with ample carbonation and a large frothy cream head. Aroma is very metallic, with some caramel maltiness in the background. Taste is very clean, but like the aroma there is a good dose of metal in there, seemingly from the hops being used. bready and sweet maltiness help to beef things up a bit, but this just ends up rather bland. nice mouhtfeel & drinkable, but lacking character. This is average.

avylover, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep copperish brown with a lighter tan head. Aromas consistent with a dunkel lager; chocolate, toffee, and some more vinous yeasty notes. Not too many hops to speak of, other than some low-alpha Hersbrucker or something. Munich malt profile in the taste, a slight bit tart and estery in the finish, but certainly not out of its style. This beer is quite wonderful, it takes me back to a brewery that I worked at that no longer exists that brewed an excellent dunkel. In my opinion, this style is a little underappreciated. It's a great summer eve quaffer. Recommended.

crookedhalo, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of BierManVA
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an all around very good Dunkel in my opinion. All points of this bier work together to form harmony. Unlike some biers that look good, smell good and taste poorly or vice-versa...this bier just has great balance.

When you sit down to enjoy a few of this style, this is the bier you want.



BierManVA, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of ecoboy
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Crisp" says my notes: decidedly drier than the rounder, more malty nature of an American Gordon Biersch-like German style. Slight malt aroma with a nice non-sweet fruit note. There's even a hint of well-placed, interesting vegetable in the aroma (like carrot sugar) and flavor. Most vegetable characteristics are off-notes. This isn't; it's just an addition to the complexity.

Non-aggressive malt prominence cut by fine bubble carbonation. Highly enjoyable and drinkable.

ecoboy, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear burgandy tone. One finger creamy beige head. Lacing is quite nice. There's some thick, heavy grainy and wort-like aromas. And sticky molasses too. I like it. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel and a body of about medium. The taste is grainy, burnt and a little smokey. Blackened malts add a nice dimension of molasses and brown sugar. And again, there's a sweet wort-like presence. Nice tasting brew.

Bighuge, Apr 21, 2004
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.