opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - NOV 16, 2000
A superb beer. A good chocolate, roasty, grainy nose and flavor.
When I’m in the mood for a ’good’ beer, this one always springs to mind.
I think this would make an excellent ’gateway’ beer to bring a
novice beer drinker into the world of good, dark, rich beers.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
Very clear rustic orangey-brown color with a beautiful spongey medium sized cap of densely built, organic egg shell colored froth. Settles down to a firm skim with some buttery bubbles. Lacing coats well in strings.
Aroma has a well rounded nuttyness to it backed by some fresh baked wheat bread that has a slight toasty edge. Clean and inviting with a peculiar softness to its waft that grows a bit in strength as it warms.
Taste is easy goin’ and clean with a nice softness to its overall character thats enticingly unique yet very Ayinger-like. Something about the combo of flavors and carbonation makes for a very pleasant experience bringing a nutty wheat bread grain that sits remarkably clean and well rounded. Fluffy and delicate in nature, yet just enough boldness in the flavors to raise the eyebrows more then once. Notes of dusted cocoa and smokeyish sweet malt play with touches of caramel. Bread tones dominate taste, form, and function with this one though.
Feel is wonderfully soft and bready, warm bready is more like it; great, delicately precise carbonation with a semi-light chewyness to its bready nature.
I liked everything about this beer. Its not a brute by any means in huge amounts of aroma and flavor. But whats there sets perfectly for what it is, its very natural tasting and feeling. The bread tones in all its characteristics are just right. A fantastic brew and sessionable to boot. Love those Munich malts! Mmmm...fresh breads... VikingMetalGod (39) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a very nice dark amber with a tan head. Smells roasty and a bit fruity. Tastes like it smells and looks. Nice robust chocolate/black coffee flavor with a nice malt hop balance. Very complex for a lager. Not a big fan of lagers, but this one might change my mind completely. Doesn’t finish clean like a lot of lagers. The coffee lingers on, which is nice. Thus is just a great beer. wlajwl (6806) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Very smooth and clean, proof that German dunkels aren’t meant to be as harsh as several American Dark Lagers are. ludhaber (126) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
The aroma on this beer is weak. There is some perceptible malt but overall it is the one weak point in the beer. The beer is wonderful in the mouth. Light yet some malt sweetness. The balance is also observed in the taste which is well balanced between good caramel malt and fine noble hops.
hopwine (670) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Dark red amber, off white head. Raisin bread nose. Flavor is prune, bread crust, hint of roast and brown sugar, and faint red apple. HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
16.9 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby undertones. A medium sized tan head settles into a quarter inch thick with faint lacing.
Smell is of dark roasted malt, mocha, caramel, toffee.
Taste is heavy on roasted malt up front with notes of toffee and chocolate in the middle and then finishing with mocha and a faint amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.
Overall, a great dunkel, Ayinger never disappoints. MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
While not the most full-bodied beer I’ve had, Ayinger’s Dunkel proved to be very complex and satisfying. With flavors of dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and subtle nuttiness, its profile is unusual but very nicely balanced. I also liked the sweet malt smell and just-right level of carbonation. For a beer with 5% ABV, Altbairisch Dunkel offers a lot of flavor and refreshment. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2001
Phenomenal dark lager with as much maltiness and chocolatey-velvety texture as you’d ever want. Amazing nose; flowery and vinous hints, another winner from Ayinger.