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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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807 Ratings
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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 51
Gots: 22 | 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 goindownsouth


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 19:55:26 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of TinusTime


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a see through brown with a nice fluffy rocky white head that sticks around a bit too long-- let me drink my beer damn you. The smell is of nicely roasted malt with a bit of caramel and coffee? not strong coffee - kinda like walking by the coffee isle at the supermarket. Taste is of malt with a bit of malt sweetness that drys out at the end. This isnt that complex a beer, but then again i dont think it should be. The mouthfeel is nice with a nice carbonation level and the beer is extremely drinkable. Gimme some roasted pork, spaetzle and this and I am set. One of the better dunkle lagers that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 20:35:13 | More by TinusTime
Photo of Andreji


3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forgive me for not being overexcited by this beer, but the very particular taste, looks and smell it has were not necessarily for me.

The pour, deep reddish and translucid with a tan head that doesnt necessarily belong there; the smell I cannot really define but feels sorta woody, not in that good weissbier way but I dunno, just not of my likes.

The taste, a funky sweetness blended in rustically with some hops and stuff just, ya know, doesnt really do it and the thin body doesn't go properly with the taste. But oh well, I'm picky now.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 16:05:49 | More by Andreji
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is good. It boasts of pale and roasted malts. It has a very pleasant toasted scent. The taste is very good. It is very malty with a crisp, refreshing finish. It has a nutty, roasted flavor that is really attractive. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a great beer; one of the best Dunkels I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 23:06:49 | More by WesWes
Photo of CRJMellor


3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep russet color. Tan head ends up small but leaves lots of billowy lace on the glass. Tons of carbonation bubbles rising through the length of the glass.
Aroma of caramel, dark fruits with a hint of bitter hops.
Flavors of light but sweet malt. Very vacant in the middle and a moderately hopped, bitter back end. Disjointed is the only word that I can think for the taste progression. Each piece is OK, just doesn't quite fit together.
Mouthfeel is appropriate for style and maybe a tad bit thin.
Drinkability is slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 17:05:36 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of DESTRO


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep ruby/brown witha big rocky head that dies to a nice lace. a decent aroma of malt, smells a bit sweet with a hint of caramel and raisins. taste is much like the nose. kicks off malty and sweet, dark fruits (dates/raisins) come out and finish a bit sour. creamy in the mouth, medium and a little filling. smooth and pretty damn enjoyable. a good beer for a last minute grab.

paid $2.49 for 1 pint 1oz.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 07:20:32 | More by DESTRO
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint 1 fl.oz) slender brown glass bottle. Typically German with a neck, main and a back label. The name of the beer translates as “Old Bavarian Dark”. Described on the label as “Authentic Bavarian Dark Lager”. Whilst it has no best before date, or strength, like the other Ayinger beers I have had it has a very attractive, distinctive and colorful crown cap.

Appearance: Dark brown chestnut body with dark aged cherry-wood hue. Massive dirty-white head forms easily and restrains the pour a little. The head soon settles to a thick looking 1” covering, blanket-like it sits on the body of the beer throughout the drink and lasts. Light carbonation levels.

Nose: Lightly roasted malts with a hint of tinged wood smoke. Some whole-wheat bread-like yeastiness with a light caramel and some dark fruits. Clean but restrained in strength.

Taste: Commences with a clean lightly roasted-cum-toasted malt feel that starts to build into a smoked grain middle. Caramel toffee with a hint of dark roasted coffee in the ending. Some dryness at the death.

Mouthfeel: Light body that has a nice velvet malt smoothness in the mouth as it is imbibed, this adds to the quaffability of this offering I find.

Drinkability: This is a malty beer, but it is not overpowering and the light body assists the downing of this dark lager.

Overall: I don’t usually take to dark lagers, but I really enjoyed this offering from Ayinger and found the clean tasting malt with a hint of smokiness to be nicely balanced. Far from complex, rather solid and simple but quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 05:48:07 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of maybrick


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark coppery color was observed immediately after pouring. Nicely carbonated with a creamy colored head. Slightly sweet nose with no alcohol detected. The taste was just on the sweeter side, crisp clean back end. The taste however didn’t stick around, it just sort of disappeared.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 15:38:03 | More by maybrick
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 500 ml bottle to try. It poured out a deep caramel color with a nice head that left a nice lacing around the glass. The smell reminded me of a sweet chocolate aroma. The beer is very refreshing and goes down very smooth. I did notice after a few sips that it did leave my mouth a little dry, but nothing too severe. This was a good dark lager and I think it would perfect fall weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 00:03:07 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of allboutbierge


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Ayinger tap house across the street from the Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

Color was slightly lighter than the Hofbrau offering and can be best described as a cinnammon like brown. Head retention was longer and created a very attractive glass. Taste is slightly sweet and slightly bitter-a nice balance that would appeal to most beer and some non beer drinkers. Taste would seem watered down for a fan of big IPAs or Imperial Stouts as there are no real rich flavors but a balance struck that creates a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2003 14:44:23 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of rkhaze


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear reddish amber with a tight creamy, light tan head. It left decent lace and showed good carbonation.
The aroma was of sweet roasted malts with some caramel and a hint of chocolate.
The taste wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be from the aroma.
Nice dark malt flavor with the caramel and chocolate again. Mild hop presence and a good, rich malty aftertaste.
The body seemed a little light for the style, although that and the carbonation made for better drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 01:54:39 | More by rkhaze
Photo of cokes


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed rust with a milky creme topping.
Caramel-molasses nose with bread to spare.
Doughy and sweet up front. Cookie-like. Melts into a mellow molasses middle. Plenty of caramel sweetness too. Bready, as in bakery-fresh pumpernickel loaf. Lightly nutty, with a well-lagered cleaness. Not much detectable hopping, but they manage to tidy up after the malts with grasses and herbs. Dry finish. Delicious!
Medium bodied, and feels like felt in the mouth.
A beautiful dunkles, and a real drinker to boot.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 22:20:11 | More by cokes
Photo of granger10


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber/copper color with a tan head that was weak at best. Nose is of strong malt flavor, like the smell one gets of liquid malt extract when brewing. The flavor is all malts in my opinion. Lots of caramel and breadiness in it. Some other weaker flavors sucy as coffee and chocolate are there but in weak doses. The body seemed to be lacking and a bit too weak and this beer definitely had a chewy texture to me. One of my friends loved this and one of my friends hated it, I'm in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 01:53:37 | More by granger10
Photo of Gusler


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the glass a translucent deep mahogany color, the head mastodonic in size, the texture spumescent and the color a winsome tan. As the head dissolves a satiny sheet of lace is formed to conceal the glass. Nose has hints of caramel, sweet, crisp and fresh, a treat for the senses with start lightly sweet and loaded with malt, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops appropriate to the style, droughty aftertaste that is long lasting, a fine quaffing beer and a pleasure to sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 00:14:27 | More by Gusler
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West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

15.9 ounces of beer messiah here, trapped in a beer wasteland of Davis, WV we checked out a little hippie joint called the Purple Fiddle. Great live music, awesome atmosphere, pure friendliness, and some solid bottled beers in their lineup. Appearance: Deep amber brown chocolate tone with a full tan creamy head nice full patches of lacing here. Aroma: Darker roasts with buttery sweet creaminess just a pleasant overall scent. Taste: Nice crisp great hop profile subtle German Tettenags one of the Noble hops here, slight harshness with a musty dark roasted malt some nut tones in the very good flavor ties together well. Mouthfeel: Fluffiness and good carbonation equal good times in a bottle. Drinkability: Simple effortless and oh so good.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 14:54:43 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very pleasent...pours a dark mahogany like colour with a thin head that disapates to a thin island lace and minor glass cling.
The body is full, the carbonation is light.
Aroma has a light carmel sence.
Taste has a dark chocolate quality to it. It starts with a slight sweetness then quickly changes to a very minor hop presence that lingers nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 00:48:14 | More by Shiloh
Photo of Sudmissle


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good Munich-area brew that is dominated by a heavy malt taste and texture. It is slightly sweet with a slight cream and coffee undertone. Similar in style to a Paulaner Salvator, but not as strong or sweet tasting. As far as sweet, dark German Dunkel style beers go, it is probably one of the better session beers because it is not too syrupy-sweet too prohibit having a few glasses full. This beer has a wonderful smell to it with a dark brown color. It is malty without being too thick or molasses-like in mouthfeel. It is far better in the bottle than when I had it on tap in Aying right from the source because the bottled flavor is considerably stronger.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 22:07:11 | More by Sudmissle
Photo of Rumrunner


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

This dunkel pours a dark amber brown. Off white head with decent lacing. The scents heavily malty. Caramel, hay, some brown suger and coffee beans.

The flavors are big big malt. A sweet caramel, cream and some mild sweet fruit in the back ground. There is also a brown sugar and then a coffee finish. The coffee is smooth with not much bite.

A medium bodied beer. It feels very nice and it drinks well. A nice crisp finish to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 06:20:57 | More by Rumrunner
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.