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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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908 Ratings
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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 57
Gots: 54 | 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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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.

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

Wow. This is one classy brew. Very light, thirst-quenching, tastey. It's like a nice Helles and a light Irish Stout had a baby!
Most Munich Dunkels I've had lack the very pronounced roast characteristics this beer has . . but unlike the Capital offering, the roasted barley character is very muted. It subtly blends into the rest of the beer. Soft and beatiful.

I'd still rather kick it back with a Helles. This version of the style has a little too much chocolate in it for truly easy drinking. It is challenging enough to take a long time to drink, yet simple enough to drink without thinking about it. Wait . . . that's a wonderful drinkability, what was I thinking?

A beautiful beer. Nice. Ayinger doesn't let down.

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

It's been a while since I've blessed my Ayinger weizen glass. Poured a thick, foamy, pale chestnut colored head with a creamy top. Small islands of lace cling above the glowing mahogany colored beer. Mild aroma of chestnuts, bread, and dash of cocoa. Light bodied beer with light carbonation is almost watery. Biscuit malt and cocoa up front give way to floral tea-flavored hops in the end. Not bad, but something seems to be missing. Reading the description of Munich Dunkel Lagers this one seems to be missing some the richness and creamy mouthfeel. Coudn't find any numbers, let alone a freshness date, but I have a feeling this may have passed it's peak.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark, translucent, stained oak brown beer with a monster malted milk head that thins slowly with a thick and low lacing, almost as though it isn't dissapating but being sucked back into the brew. The nose is doughy soapy water and yeast.

Spicy hops hit first chased by metallic sweetness with a soft-baked quality. There is a very subtle toffee tone. Finish is yeasty and spicy with notes of clove, nutmeg, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is lightweight and chewy. This is a fun beer, but not really a new favorite. Kind of reminds me of a really toned down Goose Island Xmas Ale.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012-09-09 Review:

I'm not sure how old this bottle is (thank you, Ayinger, for agreeing to not date anything), but suspect it has substantial age as I smell and taste it, as these factors seem rather depressed. The beer is a bit boring as a result, medium-tier in level (above, in my mind, Capital's Dark and Hirter Morchl, but below Weltenburger's Dunkel Lager). One I might re-try if I can find a fresh bottle or have it on tap.

Pours a 2cm head of light tan, fairly dense and small bubbles, which have a fairly froth-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting a minute or two as it collapses to a modest cap of foam atop the beer. Lacing is excellent, with substantial blotches and clumps along the sides of the glass. Body is dark brown in color when out of the light, amber-brown with strong red hues when in. Carbonation through the transparent body, noticeable but modest.

Aroma is rather faint, as I noted six years ago. I'm detecting toffee on crackers with quite modest toasted nuts and cocoa powder. Surprisingly, I still get a bit of "wet hay" scent from this as well. It's not clear how old the bottle is, but this is still a fairly disappointing aroma, relative to others in the style I've recently tried.

Taste features major flavors of toffee, dark malt sweetness, a bit of graininess, very faint cocoa and toasted nuts. Opens with dark malt sweetness and toffee, the mid-palate discovering the subtle cocoa and nut aspects. Back of palate picks up mild bitterness with primary dark malt sweetness and notes of cocoa. Aftertaste of dark malt sweetness and a bit of cocoa.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with medium levels of carbonation, which makes this easily drinkable as it lightly foams up and flows across the palate. Finish is dry to semi-dry.

2006-03-28 Review:

A robust pour products a thick 2.5cm head on top of a light caramel-color body that's nearly transparent with very aggressive-looking carbonation. The foam reduces to a few islands of bubbles over the course of several minutes leaving a bit of lacing along the sides of the glass.

The scent, though not powerful, yields complexities of some malt, yeast, fresh whole grain breads, wet hay, some caramel sweetness and even faint clove spiciness.

The dunkel lager features an opening taste of caramel sweetness and pleasant nuttiness that leads to some grain and faint apple/pear in midtaste. The aftertaste is of a lingering mild bitterness that's very pleasant in contrast to the sweet introduction.

Carbonation was able to be felt, but under control and not unpleasant. The body is medium to medium-light, perhaps a bit watery for the style and my tastes. Dry finish, undoubtedly from the hops that influence the pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

Good smell, taste, and mouthfeel make this an easily drinkable beer. The carbonation is not extreme and the flavor lends easily to having more than one in the same night or across other spans of time.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Very dark reddish brown, with a rather heafty head on it. Sweet, malty, carmel aroma, this is quite a nice smelling beer.

Taste isn't quite what you'd expect from the nose on this one. First impression was a bit put off by an odd tingly mouthfeel, but that quickly gives way to a wonderful malty, lightly toasted taste. Heavy on the malts, light on the hops, but avoids the sugary sweetness that other malty beers fall into.

Finishes clean with a dash of yeast. One of the most drinkable dark beers I've had in ages. Definately destined to be one of my favorites.

Photo of geexploitation
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Dunkel is a clear mahogany color, with a big, off-white head. Surprisingly light in aroma, this beer gives off lots of grain notes alongside a slight sour note. Taste is full of bitter grain, with a smidge of bright fruitiness. Mouthfeel is perfect, with a medium body that's neither too water nor too thick, and that slips across the tongue comfortably. Quite drinkable, this beer can be enjoyed in quantity... although the bitter grain flavors could possibly wear on a drinker over time.

Photo of EPICAC
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lately I've been mostly sticking to Ales, so tonight I decided to have a lager. I picked up a bottle of Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel on recognition of the brewery, which also produces the delicious Celebrator Doppelbock. I let this warm to around 45º F, and served it in my Harpoon UFO Weizen glass, the closest thing to appropriate glassware that I had.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby brown with a flufft beige head that dissipates slowly. Large bubbles rise slowly to the top.

Smell: The nose is rich and malty, with notes of caramel and toffee. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet caramel upfront, with a slight tartness rolling through the center. There's an understated and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. The bitterness could be a little more pronounced and still give a well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation on the tip of the tongue. The beer seems a tad watery for being medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Smooth, malty and easy to drink.

Overall: This is a fairly well-balanced (more hop bitterness would be nice) and tasty beer. It's good for the style, which happens to not be a favorite of mine.

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

A luscious brown pour that hints at ruby on the edges. Finishing the pour is a dense cream colored head. For some reason the smell reminds me somewhat of a porter, like plums with a dash of sweet vanilla. The taste is pleasingly much the same, and oh so smooth. The finish is just a hint of bitterness and a tad citrus, almost unnoticeable. Mouth is slick and inviting. I could picture myself drinking one after another if this was on tap. A real treat.

Photo of klewis
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish copper with a small head that clings to the glass.

S: Big aromas of sweet malt, caramel, and fruity esters.

T: A very well-balanced brew that tips the scales slightly in favor of sweetness. Caramel, malt, and diacetyl flavors up front that linger for a bit before fading into a slightl biter finish.

M: Oily and smooth with a medium body.

D: Very easy drinking beer and quite enjoyable on all levels. Recommended.

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

500ml bottle from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO, $2.49

Nice aggressive pour produced a substantial off-white head over a ruby mahogany body. Nose is biscuity roasted malts with citrusy bright hops. Taste is more of the same, with a dry finish. Good mouthfeel. Great finish. Not overly complex, but more than one-dimensional, this would be a super session beer.

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

500ml bottle pours a copper, mahogany deep, dark lager with a light brown foamy head. OK head retention turns into a nice, sticky lacing as drink it.

Rich roasted malty nose with earthy, smoke like after tones, smells hearty. Heavy roast malt flavor with a hoppy zip to the finish. Earthy and mouth filling, this is a well balanced fairly full bodied lager that really tastes like a true German , stein worthy brew, very robust and malty.

This is a beer that fills me up. The potency is mild, but it fills you like a big meal. Not a sessioner IMO.

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

Pours a clear red/brown, medium off white head forms, some nice lace. Smell is chocolate, dark fruits, yeast and figs, some iron. Taste is figs and dates, caramel, chocolate and iron. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Creamy texture, tastes slightly oxidized but still real nice. Thanks northyorksammy.

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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