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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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920 Ratings
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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 57
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

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Ratings: 920 | Reviews: 540
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
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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
4.23/5  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.

Photo of Reverand
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of akorsak
2.89/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Higravity
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of jaluria
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle a very dark amber with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is a strong scent of roasted malt that suggests some sweetness is waiting for me in the taste.

The taste up front is also of roasted malt, lots of it and there's lots of chocolate notes there as well making for some nice, sweet, yummy goodness that lasts all the way through the finish. Man, I could easily drink a couple of these...err....I have done that before. lol

Bottom line: I've had this Dunkel many times before and I'm glad I've finally reviewed it. It's a winner that I can easily recommend cuz it's just so damn tasty!

Photo of clickpush
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: .5L bottle to wide mouth wine glass. It's a foggy brunette color, like milk chocolate, with a tan bubbly head that peaks at a depth of about a finger before quickly falling down to some big-bubbled lacings. For its color, it looks kind of thin.

Nose: Smells of grapes and plums, some unsweetened baker's chocolate, and a noticeable acidity.

Mouth: Roasted chocolate malts with a sour balance and strong carbonation. A slight bitterness sticks in throat after swallowing. It's yummy, but a bit thin, and doesn't offer up a lot of depth or complexity.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big half-liter German bottle with no freshness date - served in a pilsner glass. It pours a nice deep copper color with a half inch tan head that leaves some bits of lacing. The smell is of sweet caramel and molasses malts, along with toasty, dark malts that hint at dark fruits, and a faint smoky character. Kinda smells like the malts in Celebrator. It has a light to medium body with vibrant carbonation and tastes of toasty, smoked malts, dark fruits, and a light dose of spicy hops that leave a mild to medium bitterness. Quite the delicious lager, and I'm guessing they use similar ingredients to brew their dopplebock, as this tastes like a lighter version.

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

500ml brown bottle without freshness date.

Pours clear copper-brown with an inch of tan foam that recedes to a film and nice lace moderately quickly. Smells invitingly sweet; toasted caramel malts over slightly metallic hard water and nose-prickling fresh hops. On the tongue, it is caramel malts and cookie dough up front, with a blend of sweet toasted bread crumbs and hops at the finish. Medium and slightly sticky body with a good blend of carbonation and creaminess.

A fine dark lager that's very nicely executed all around.

Photo of afordney
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost brick red, slightly brown, there was a two finger head, light and fluffy dissapated quickly. There was little lacing on the glass.

Smells, like toffee and has hints of hoppy bitterness, slightly earthy

Smooth taste, gives way to buttery toffee notes, hoppy bitterness and slight malty sweetness.

Excellently balanced, full bodied mouthfeel. Slight lean towards bitter, but not over-powering

Two sips in, this beer was one of my favorites. A fantastic beer that I will drink often.

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

Good all around. Taste of molases (sp?). Easy drinking beer - sweet, nutty, rich, quite nice. Defined by its malt, a solid beer that's well rounded and good on all counts. I don't have much experience in this style of beer but it seems quite good. I see it's on the top of the list of this style, so I guess that's saying something. I give this 4s across the board but I imagine after a while you'd really take to this beer, liking it more as you drink it. By the end of the glass it's still well worth the price of admission. Solid, well made beer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1/2L bottle to a 1/2L glass with room for a Hugh medium tan head that seemed to breath in and out. The dark brown liquid shines with strobe like flashes of ruby red.

Smell is fresh and fruity, bready and soapy. Soapy, kind of strange sweet yet sour smell, pulls it back from a 4.5.

Taste is big and roasty. The roasted malts have a unique twang in this brew. The sweet yet soury acid taste again hols it back. I will have to report back on this later.

Mouthfeel is nice. Thin yet and creamy. Carbonation in this medium body brew is well balanced.

Drinkability is high, but there is something in the finish I am not completely sure about. MK

Photo of mcallister
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A caramel brown color with carbonation galore. Tannish white head of about an inch rests atop it's castle.

Big delectable roasted caramel and choclate malts, with slight hints of vanilla. Toasty smells emanate.

Smooth, creamy, velvet mouthfeel. Big malts, roasted choclate, and caramel, fig, whipped cream. A 30 second finish to top off this malt bomb. Could drink this all day & night.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a translucent brownish amber color, with a huge tan head that retains well. The aroma has a big malty aroma, with notes of hazelnut, figs, dates, chocolate, toasted bread, and some floral, spicy noble hops. The flavor is also intensely malty, with notes of toasted bread, hazelnut, figs, prunes, dates, along with some spicy and floral hops. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation and drinkability is excellent. This is a great beer, seems to be almost the ultimate expression of the style.

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

I gave this one 4's across the board. It poured a chestnut brown colour almost like varnish for staining furniture. Offwhite head subsided quickly to a ring of frost around the edges. The smell was quite sweet with plenty of sweet malt, caramel, and what, from my perception anyway, seems to be tobacco. The taste was quite sweet, as well, and had quite a bit of caramel. Very smooth and easy to drink, I was pleased with this one. Even more so than I thought I would be. Not bad at all!

Blessed Be


Photo of Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a sparkingly clear very dark and beutifully deep mahogany, forming a creamy dark beige head with superior retention and excellent lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is rich with dark fruits, akin to a dopplebock with prunes, raisins, distant light chocolate and sweetly herbal hops. The mouthfeel is smooth with a wonderful finish and medium body. $2.99

The taste begins with a nice toasty darker crystal and munich roast malt note with touches of grain husk followed by a grainy sweetness in the middle, a brief flash of semi-sour metals, and a toasty finish nicely balanced by slightly spicy herbal hops with mild intensity. As it warms, it becomes evident there is a fair amount of smoked malt in here, adding a delicate salty ham flavor in the aftertaste.

Ayinger have always been one of my favorites and this beer doesn't disappoint. A wonderful dark lager in the true Bavarian style.

Photo of BigRedN
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint 1 fl oz bottle a dark red, almost reddish brown. I don't know if I poured too hard, but I got a ridiculously large, fluffy, off-white head (at least 2 inches). A few streams of tiny bubbles flowing from the bottom allow for good head retention . Good lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Malts. Touch sweet. Aromas of caramel, a little roasted nuts, touch bready. I don;t get any of the typical hop aromas.

Taste: Much like the scent, this is a smooth malty brew. There is virtually no bitterness for me with this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, clean finish, no after tastes, and as mentioned no bitterness.

Drinkability: Easy drinker, I finshed my bottle in no time, wishing I would have savored it a bit more. Lower alcohol content makes this one sessionable. A great beer to have as you sit on your patio or deck on a pleasant evening after a warm day.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.