FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was served in a short squat stoneware mug, so I never got a chance to evaluate the color. It had a light tan head, with an aroma of malt along with a hint of alcohol. The taste was a bit dry, and because it started out cold was not as malty as I would have liked. The dunkel as it warmed up began to release a malty sweetness to my flavor receptacles. At first when cold the predominant taste was in the finish, it was one of bitterness from the hops. When warmed the maltiness balance out and in fact dominated the previous bitter hoppiness. I detected a hint of raisin, some caramelized breadiness. Quite clean as a lager should be, no fruitiness. The malt flavor was not sweet more of a cracker/ breadiness to it.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-amber color, off-white head, and lively carbonation. Toasty malted candy aroma and a hint of sweet yams. Wheaty malt and plum fruit flavors. Some residual sweetness. Palate is somewhat fizzy but smooth. A solid beer but lacking in depth.
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice translucent copper body with a luscious, two-inch, fluffy tan head. Nose has malt and some hop character. Nice malty body. Definite sweetness with more hop on the tongue. Like a bock mixed with a European lager. A little more bitterness than I cared for but this was still good and Ayinger is still one of my favorite breweries. Worth trying!
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours clear and dark amber in color from the 500 ML bottle and produces a compact off-white head with some excellent lacing. The light aroma is of dark roasted malt and faint floral hops. I found a malty sweetness in the initial flavor, with hints of raisin or plum and traces of coffee or caramel mid-palate. At the start, the texture of this beer seems somewhat thin, but the long finish balances this beer pleasantly with a enjoyable hop dryness and smooth mouthfeel and roundness. This is an excellent and quite refreshing dark lager.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber, thick head dissipated to an everage head quickly. I didn't detect much aroma in this bottle. Taste is malty with a roasty coffeeish notes. Not unpleasant but definitely not a wise choice to accompany my cheeseburger :)
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber color, medium head and fairly good lacing. Mild malty nose, slightly toasty. It's a malty beer and is silky smooth. Medium body and finishes a little caramely. A very tasty Dunkel.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber-brown ale with thick head that settles down quickly. Aroma is sweet malt with hints of plums, raisins and coffee. Smooth and medium bodied and slightly crisp. Flavor is highly malty and slightly sweet, fruity and nutty. I'm not a big fan of this style but this is really well done and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear caramel color. Medium fuzzy head. Aroma is weak with malt the only smell. Fairly sweet malty taste that goes down extremely smooth. Nice bittersweet long finish.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6/25/03, draft, Munich. I had the privilege of sampling this one at the lovely little restaurant/biergarten attached to the Ayinger brewery. This arrived at the table clear and garnet-brown with a large, off-white head. The aroma was of sweet, dark roasted malts, molasses cookie and cardamom hops. Sweet malty flavor, rich and mellow. Deliscious dark beer with coffee notes and a lingering bittersweet finish. Smooth, round mouthfeel and great lacing from the top to the bottom of the glass.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Rerate: 5-11-2005. Bottle, lager glass. Thick, rich and creamy off-white head sits on a robust light maroon hued beer that tends to a dark amber where the glass thins. Effervescent carbonation replenishes the head. An absolute looker, wow. Immensely rich malt aroma: cookies, treacle, toasted dark bread, molasses and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Ever so soft floral hops. Intriguing hints of strap leather. Delicate notes of dark raisins, port, tobacco, vanilla and honey. Wonderfully complex from what is assuredly a simple malt bill and a clean yeast. Clean and firm malt sweetness is offset by a very light acidic tang the the front of the mouth. Finishes much the same with the addition of a soft floral hoppiness. There’s quite a nice transition of aromas to flavor—not much is left out. Perhaps a bit less sweet than the aroma indicates. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel is of moderate substance and is accompanied by a well-suited, lively carbonation. Amazing how such a malt-focused beer can come across so drinkable and non-cloying without being watery. Fantastic. Wow, I used to be a beer idjit.
Confirms my belief that I’m just not a huge fan of lagers. Very rich malt profile; lighter than the color would make you believe. Funny aftertaste dries out the mouth. Rerate 8/5/03: Great cookie / caramel malt profile, but not much else. Could do with a little more hops or some spices. My original rating stands.