347. Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

347. Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Lately I've been mostly sticking to Ales, so tonight I decided to have a lager. I picked up a bottle of Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel on recognition of the brewery, which also produces the delicious Celebrator Doppelbock. The name translates to "Old Bavarian Dark Beer". I let this warm to around 45ยบ F, and served it in my Harpoon UFO Weizen glass, the closest thing to appropriate glassware that I had. This beer is a Munich Dunkel Lager. BJCP Style Guide.

Appearance (3.5): Pours a clear ruby brown with a flufft beige head that dissipates slowly. Large bubbles rise slowly to the top.

Smell (4.0): The nose is rich and malty, with notes of caramel and toffee. Very nice.

Taste (3.5): Sweet caramel upfront, with a slight tartness rolling through the center. There's an understated and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. The bitterness could be a little more pronounced and still give a well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Tingly carbonation on the tip of the tongue. The beer seems a tad watery for being medium-bodied.

Drinkability (4.0): Smooth, malty and easy to drink.

Overall (3.6): This is a fairly well-balanced (more hop bitterness would be nice) and tasty beer. It's good for the style, which happens to not be a favorite of mine.

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