mtwhitney (115) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - APR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent aroma, but disappointing head. Not as good as their other offerings, but a solid effort nonetheless. One gets spoiled after having their Celebrator Doppelbock.
k0mpsa (423) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at ayingers, munchen. Clear reddish brown color, small white head. Aroma of suryp, sweetness, roasted malts, some smoke. Balanced smooth taste, hops, roasty, smoke.
azlondon (1138) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - APR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In Ayingers Speis und Trank.
Appearance: Clear, dark brown. Some tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, some dark fruit.
Taste: More dark malt, still nice balance. Some sweetness.
Info: 500ml draught, 6/4-2013
chrisv10 (7860) - DENMARK - APR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 5%. Clear dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, nut, chocolate and hop. Flavour is malt, caramel, nut, chocolate, hop, bread, medium sweet and a little bitter.
culchiem (1666) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is light roast mat. Flavour is light caramel, sweet with a powdered bitter nut finish.
ryanscourt (278) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper. Solid dunkel. Easy to drink. Roasted with some sweetness. Some slight hop finish. Good lasting flavor. Easy to drink but nice flavors. Great exams of a roasted type lager. Spring and fall works best for this one. Great for style
marv3mania (66) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle poured into pint glass. Appearance is dark ruby/brown with very thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is rich toffee and caramel with a slight plum scent as well. Taste is similar, though less strong and with a distinct lager taste. Smooth, lightly carbonated feel. I was expecting a bit more chocolate, but otherwise about what I expected. A good, though somewhat weak, beer.
TheGB (422) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark amber with a thin but lastin head. Light aroma of dark malt and bread. Nice taste of pure malt and a little caramel. Nice palate of pure malt due to being a lager
Habanero (1671) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours clear deep amber to brown with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, bread, nuts and caramel. Sweet flavor that ends up with with bitter notes. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft CO2. A very drinkable and pleasant dunkel. ★★★
Chad9976 (885) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 500ml bottle into a large mug. There was no freshness date.
Appearance: Very dark amber to brown proper hue. Translucent with carbonation visible. Forms a small, off-white, soapy head that mostly evaporates and doesnít lace the glass much.
Smell: Lightly sweet scent of confectionery flavors of toffee and caramel while still giving off a distinct lager aroma.
Taste: I have to admit I didnít have high hopes for Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel. Most German beers are pretty old by the time they reach America and buying one at the beer store is a gamble since many sit there for months on end. Since this isnít a generic pale lager I hoped the distinction would at least make it decent, if not good, but it wound up being very good. I canít believe thereís this much flavor in this beer. Itís the palate most Oktoberfestbiers are supposed to have but donít - a sweet, smooth flavor caramel and toffee thatís not cloying or off-balanced.
You might almost call this an English brown ale in lager form. Plenty of caramel, candied apple, milk chocolate and roasted nuts throughout the palate. A slight increase in bitterness at the peak of the swig, but it quickly reverts back to its sweet malty base. I may even detect some smokiness in here as well. One of the most pleasantly surprising beers Iíve had in a long time (thanks to whoever recommended I review it!).
Drinkability: I compared the taste to that of a brown ale, but Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel also drinks like an ale. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner, bubblier side, but nothing spastic. It has a comfortable mouthfeel and a super smooth finish. Itís quite refreshing while in the mouth and leaves an almost completely clean aftertaste. At only 5% ABV itís extremely efficient for its size and also versatile since it could work in pretty much any scenario involving beer.