csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Tasted in a 20oz lager glass. 47°. Pours dark red, almost brown. 1/2" of white head that leaves quickly. Aroma is all malt, sweet and nutty. Taste is sweetish malt, with some nuttiness, woodiness, and hints of coffee and fruit. The finish is of roasted malt. The mouthfeel is pretty good for this type of beer. I would love to drink this out of a huge stein in a German beer hall so that I could connect with my German roots. This is good, but probably not a beer style that I would generally drink.
pootzboy (1677) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 Bottled, standard Euro-1/2liter, thanks Sammy. hard pour reveals a lovely ruby red dark lager complete with fluffy mocha cap and beautiful lacing. Well carbonated. Smells of burt treacle over ripe fruit. Front end is dominated with huge chewy malts wonderful decernment of coffee and sweet roasty bready malts...dried fruit notes like dates..finish is prolonged where the toasty sweety malt and dried fruit tastes converge into a coffee and toasted raisin bread flavor which slowly dries under the influence of the herbal-woodsy hops catching up on the palate in this malt pronounced, hop attenuated dunkel.
This is dark lager as it should be...pretty much as close as you’ll get to sex in a lager glass.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another quality product of Ayinger. Great color and pour, slight chocolate taste, with a hint of fruit.
Crockett (1054) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear deep amber with a short tawny soap head. Toasted malt with a touch of chocolate aroma. Mildly pepper, some chocolate and raw sugar. Bready malts and dull grapefruit. Some cotton candy and vanilla in the clean earthy finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle, this poured a deep mahogany color with a short-lived fizzy white head. The aroma is of sweet malt and dried fruits. Medium bodied, this has rich, sweet malt flavors... sweet, but not cloyingly so. There are also hints of fruit and caramel. Nice dunkel.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2005 Dunkels aren’t really my style. Ayinger knows what they are doing so I had to try this. The taste was just too sweet. It tasted like malt and fruit and was not really my thing. If you like Dunkels go for it.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
another very decent ayinger brew... a malty rainsiny brown success... I dig the german brews.
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is of sweet malt and raisins. The flavor is to my taste buds muddled. The hops and malt flavors complement each other too perfectly for either to be well noticed. The Dunkel style is not one of my better liked ones, I thought I was buying a dark wheat, just preoccupied. Not one for the regular rotation.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured reddish-brown with an off-white head that left a thin lacing on the glass. Faint spicy aroma. Tasted rather thin, with some roasted malt. A rather unpleasant soy sauce character is evident. One of the poorest selections I’ve had from Ayinger.
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fizzy and mellow. That about sums it up for me. It sizzles on the tongue, but the flavor is mellow to the point where nothing really stands out. Good enough, but for the price there are many better.