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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 54
Gots: 28 | 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 rdrummer

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

09-23-2004 23:46:31 | More by rdrummer
Photo of mynie


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

09-17-2004 02:24:44 | More by mynie
Photo of PopeJonPaul


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

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....

09-16-2004 01:14:01 | More by PopeJonPaul
Photo of kmpitz2


4/5  rDev +1%

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.

08-28-2004 01:51:55 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of RoyalT


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

08-23-2004 17:25:10 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Ahhdball


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

08-07-2004 16:57:45 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

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!"

08-06-2004 14:37:30 | More by brentk56
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

08-05-2004 04:41:52 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of danadeny


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

08-03-2004 15:35:56 | More by danadeny
Photo of avylover


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

07-25-2004 20:10:18 | More by avylover
Photo of crookedhalo


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

07-24-2004 08:03:03 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of BierManVA


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

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.



07-21-2004 02:01:31 | More by BierManVA
Photo of ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%

"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.

06-05-2004 22:32:27 | More by ecoboy
Photo of Bighuge


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

04-21-2004 03:17:32 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mschofield


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a dark red with small streams of carbonation rising, topped with a huge four finger frothy tan head, leaves rings of lacing behind.
Caramel, fruity, banana aroma, comes across as being very fresh. A small note of pepper.
Similar in the taste as in the aroma, bready malt, banana, caramel.
A little tart, no real bitterness
Light to medium in body, smooth and sweet, a very good drinker.

04-08-2004 21:50:04 | More by mschofield
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

This dunkel lager poured a clear, dark, chestnut brown color with light brown foam that settled. The smell was a very strong caramel malt aroma with notes of bread, and coffee. The taste was not overly sweet: caramel malt, bread, and low hop presence. The mouthfeel was lightly sweet and creamy and malty. The body was medium-full with medium carbonation. The finish was sharp and dry. This was a good dunkel lager.

04-04-2004 21:54:51 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

The fact that the head poured light brown meant that this beer was going to be a trip to the dark side of lagers. The first sip exuded toffee esters with lots of dark malt. The finish is slightly sweet but works with the balance of the beer. Ayinger are one those big German brewers such as Spaten that produce a lot of very good quality beers that really don't disapoint. This beer may not make the top 50 but is a very nice example of the dark lager style.

03-31-2004 00:09:23 | More by canucklehead
Photo of goindownsouth


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

A rather strange find, considering I never really knew this style existed until visiting Ludwig's Garten earlier today. This brew poured out of the bottle a fantastic rich brown hue. The head, not overpowering, remained for the entire glass.

The roasted maltiness is apparent, and I caught notes of toffee and maybe some bittersweet chocolate in both the aroma and flavor. A fantastic brew, and one that could stand up to the heartiest of German dishes. Well worth seeking out.

Zum wohl!

03-28-2004 00:47:42 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Brent


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

After a recent spate of dark lagers that seemed more like pale lagers with some dark coloring thrown in for effect, this was a pleasant beer. Caramel and toffee were the dominating notes, with a rather odd, but not unpleasant, turn at the end, with some tartness sliding in, almost a hint of sour apple. The mouthfeel was a touch on the thin side, but perhaps this was just my perception because the caramel and toffee flavors suggested that it should be more chewy. Not the best I've had of the style, but certainly better than average.

03-21-2004 17:57:24 | More by Brent
Photo of Reidrover


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

Bought in the typical Ayinger brown tapered pint bottle.
Nice enough looking dunkel poured in the glass chesnut brown with a nice large foamy white head..leaves great lacing.
Nice malty aroma.. milky , chocolaty..some hop aroma in back.
Taste is very sweet to begin with then darker ,bitterer tastes take hold..hop aftertaste..good but to "fizzy"
I did not enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer..its too carbonated.
apart from the carbonation level..this is a nice drinkable dunkel.

03-19-2004 02:12:25 | More by Reidrover
Photo of woemad


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Bomber purchased and consumed at The Viking Tavern in Spokane for $3.75. First non-skunked bottled lager I've had In several months, so it immediately got on my good side!

Poured a dark reddish-brown. Very big head, biggest head I've had in a while outside of a Belgian. Lots of lacing.

Smell is primarily of caramelish, almost chocolatey malts and a bit of doughiness. Also a little bit of citrus and a tiny bit that reminded me of tea.

The most dominant flavor is an almost-chocolate caramel, backed by very slightly citrusy notes. I also picked up on notes of Earl Grey tea. This made me wonder if this is what a lager version of a brown ale might taste like.

Mouthfeel was slightly too thin when coupled with the otherwise ample flavor aspects of this. Granted, I drink very few dark lagers. Nevertheless I kept wishing it was ever so slightly thicker. guess I'm too much of an ale fan.

This is very drinkable. It would probably work great when trying to convince someone who has no experience with any dark beers that dark doesn't equal bad.

03-16-2004 05:38:30 | More by woemad
Photo of PatandDavid


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

Had this bottle at Anam Cara this weekend. Cloudy chocolate brown when served. The aroma is very strong, the malt is exactly like dark rye bread! I found the taste to be rely very heavily on the smooth and slightly sweet malt. Finish was surprisingly slightly citrusy. Pretty easy to drink, especially if you favor the dark bready German beers.

03-15-2004 13:34:32 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of johnrobe


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

Dunkels are such a rarity in most of the U.S. that I'm always happy to come across one. It pours a deep, dark reddish amber with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Chocolate and malt (think malted milk balls) are front and center in the aroma along with a graininess not unlike fresh hay. Coffee, chocolate and a bit of toffee dominate the flavor with enough tea-like hops just for balance. A light-bodied brew, but hey it's a lager.

03-07-2004 09:46:56 | More by johnrobe
Photo of Stubbie1


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

The brew pours a nice dark ruby brown color. A large off white head was present but soon left. Aroma is a bit sweet with malt and a few grassy tones are mixed in. Put in a few whiffs of caramel and you have this brew. The taste is a bit smooth with a malt front and a dry very mild bitter finish. It is easy to drink and a enjoyable brew.

03-01-2004 00:25:11 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Very carbonated dark clear copper body with a great foamy head, generous and long-lasting. Aroma is malty and showed hints of herbal honey and brown sugar. The taste is definitely on the sweet end, dark earthy fruits with notes of smoke in the finish. So quaffable that you basically feel the water quality used in this concoction was as good as it gets. Aftertaste is... fresh, like I had just brushed my teeths with more toothpaste than I should have used. Still, what I prefered about this beer is its refreshing lager character combined with a marvellous creamy round texture which makes you keep it on the tongue for a while before swallowing. Cheers Todd.

02-20-2004 19:55:26 | More by Rastacouere
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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