I poured a 500ml bottle into a large mug. There was no freshness date. It cost $3.89 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Very dark amber to brown proper hue. Translucent with
carbonation visible. Forms a small, off-white, soapy head that mostly
evaporates and doesn’t 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 didn’t 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 isn’t 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 can’t believe there’s this much flavor in this beer.
It’s the palate most Oktoberfestbiers are supposed to have but don’t - a
sweet, smooth flavor caramel and toffee that’s not cloying or
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
I’ve 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. It’s quite refreshing while in the
mouth and leaves an almost completely clean aftertaste. At only 5% ABV
it’s extremely efficient for its size and also versatile since it could
work in pretty much any scenario involving beer.