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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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555 Reviews
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Reviews: 555
Hads: 993
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 73
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

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Reviews: 555 | Hads: 993
Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear brown with a light tan head. The head mostly burns off but leaves some nice sticky tight lacing. The is mild, reminding me of deep malt tones, turned way down. The taste, though, brings it back up, with some night fruit, bread and earthy hops. The body isn't heavy but it has a nice thickness to it.

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Photo of fx20736
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bought from Beers of the World on Columbus Day weekend, 2014. Served in a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

look: dark brown with creamy offwhite head, nice lacing.

smell: toasty, roasty grains

taste: rich, yummy toast with a kiss of hops

feel: really good

overall: this is amazingly tasty, awesome!

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Photo of Samp01
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste is sweet mildly roasted malt and grains, some notes of dark plum fruit, light raisin, light bitterness. Palate is a mild crisp mouth feel and carbonation and a medium body. Finish mild roasted dark malt and grains, some caramel, dark fruit plums, ends with mild roasted dark malt and light bitterness. Goes down smooth and easy. A very good and tasty brew.

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Photo of MikeKnauf
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Appearance is very dark, rosewood, bread crust, with a thick yellowish-white, creamy head.

Smell is that of toasted malt with maybe a hint of raisin or fig.

Taste is very malty, but not sweet in my opinion. The dominant flavor is that of baked bread crust. Some slight fig or raisin towards the end finishing with a hops bitterness that lingers, but is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy with a decent amount of carbonation. It's slow sipping beer with big taste. Drinks like a meal. Makes for a nice after dinner drink snack.

Overall this is the best Dunkel I've tasted. I feel like most tend toward coffee/nutty/chocolatey or sweet/raisin/fig - this one is kind of in between. More bready than nutty with very little raisin taste. I'm not a big fan of the raisin taste, so this is welcome spectrum for a Dunkel. Drinking this is like eating a big piece of fresh baked, dark, crusty bread without the need to chew.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Cold bomber into pint glass

Appearance - Dark, dark brown, but shows signs of decent clarity. Pours with a big, fluffy nearly 3 off-white head, good lacing

Smell - Spicy, sweet, toasty, fruity malt. It's a complex malt and yeast aroma all around.

Feel/Taste - Feel is slightly heavy on a medium body, creamy smooth carb though. Taste is all about clean and sweet malty goodness melding with a slight fruity, yeasty profile: toasty fresh baked bread very prominent, a bit nutty. D
Hints of dark fruit; plum, fig, and touch of raisin are vaguely present to add complexity. Hops are hardly noticeable, maybe a touch of grassy spiciness to help balance the malt bomb. Finishes semi-sweet.

Overall - A massive malt bomb, and a very tasty one at that. Feels a bit heavy though at 5% ABV with ample residual sugar producing a fairly heavy body feel. Really tasty beer, but I don't think I could have more than one.

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Photo of gc4hokies
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

color: dark copper red
head: dissipates quickly, white
good balanced beer. malt forward but not sweet
good beer. I'm a little under the weather so it is impacting my taste. Will try again in the future.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Nose: dark bread, rich grains, malty spice
Brilliant mahogany, 2” off-white frothy persistent head, excellent thick lace.
Palate: Big malt forward beer starts with a hint of sweetness, bread crusts, nuts, a suspicion of root beer or Dr. Pepper, no burnt, roast or bitter malt flavors, hops bitterness is in the background but subdued.
Medium full body, medium low carbonation, clean and smooth.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Perfect pour into a Hofbrau Munchen stein. Irish setter red/grade a maple amber in color. 2 finger moussey, overflowing head. Stays around awhile, no lacing.

S: Sweet toffee and crusty brown bread malt. Straightforward.

M: Medium-light body. Firm and dry stout like. Moderately high carbonation.

T: Good and clean Munich malt taste. Complex breadiness, mostly brown bread and sweet nutty flavors-flax and millet. Mild caramel, toffee, and ginger. Moderately sweet. Just enough hops to hold it in check at the end. Light bitter, raw water chestnut finish. Carbonation introduces a restrained level of minerality. Lasting sensation of chocolate and cherries.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown beer with about a quarter inch of thick foam.
S: Rich bready aroma, slightly sweet, little hint of caramel.
T: Less sweet in the flavor, with crusty bread malt dominating. There seems to be a little roast as well. Hops aren't really detectable apart from moderate bitterness, which with the slight roast dries out the finish.
M: Somewhat light, with neutral texture.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a one finger head just off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of caramel and brown sugar with a bit of a roasted malt aroma. Some light chocolate smells as well as some molasses and plum are there as well. Overall the aroma is rather sweet.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted and toasted bready flavor with some sweeter notes of a fruity nature with some plum and cherry. As the taste advances, a caramel and molasses sweetness joins the flavor all while some flavors of a light coffee and chocolate come to the tongue. Some more grainy flavors as well as some more roasted flavors come to the tongue after the cocoa and coffee. At the same time, a bit of an earthy and herbal hop come to the tongue, and in the end, mix with the sweeter and roasted flavors nicely to leave a smooth, lightly toasted, and sweeter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The average carbonation and body are rather a nice bled for the darker but yet very drinkable nature of the brew.

Overall – For a dunkel lager this is on the slightly sweeter side, but very drinkable and quite enjoyable. A rather good easy drinking darker lager.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at McNellie's OKC. Pours a deep reddish brown with a creamy off-white head. Good lacing that cascades down the glass. Smells of malt, caramel and toffee. Taste follows the nose, along with a bit of toasted grain. Medium mouth that's very smooth. Quite a drinkable dunkel.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of spoony
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a pokal.

A-The beer pours with about a finger of foam that drops to a cap after a minute or so. A thin cap remains even after a few swigs and two minutes of time. The beer is deep amber in color and clear with a fine carbonation creeping up the glass.

S-I sniff malted barley, bread dough, some caramel sweetness, some toffee sweetness, and a light nuttiness. Hops are virtually non-existent. Pleasant and simple.

T-The taste is similar with barley grain overlain by sweet toffee and caramel flavors. There is a bit cocoa and a tease of citrus, but bread is the overwhelming flavor component here.

M-The feel is smooth verging on creamy. The body is medium to full in heft.

O-This is a pleasant beer...nothing to chase trucks over, but certainly worth a drink. I can see drinking a lot of this in the fall when the weather starts to cool down. It would pair well with football watching.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from pint+ bottle into a pilsner.

A - Crystal clear brown. Very thin, quickly dissapating white head.

S - A of bit roasty malt. Not big. Nothing special.

T - Roasty malt and pilsner with an almost chocolate-y sweetness. A tiny little dry hoppiness in the middle.

M - Big lager mouthfeel and a bit dry.

O - If I tried to brew a porter/lager hybrid, this is what I'd aim for. Unfortunately, I'd never want to do this. This is another that I'd not complain if it was all there was, but it lacks "muchness". Needs all of its flavours to be bolder. I enjoyed the Paulaner Salvator doppel bock style much more.

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Photo of IPAdams
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear, dark amber with a small dense off white head that recedes fairly quick and leaves no lacing.

Smell- Slightly sweet with a good balance of caramel, nuts and munich malt. No hop prescence.

Taste- Fairly sweet with a good balance of drying bitterness. I get flavors of caramel and bread crust with some spicy hops in the background. Gets sweeter and less dry as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Medium full body and carbonation. Very creamy texture and good amount of drying to help balance sweetness.

Overall- Good beer overall, not very complex flavors but the ones I detect compliment each other well.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep red-brown color. Excellent showing of head.

Sweet caramelized sugars, bock-y dark fruits, raisin, and dark malts. Bavarian lager authenticity with an intense nose. Even a slight whiff of smoked malt, maybe.

Super malty and rich. Big intense flavors of brown bread, toffee, German mustiness, dark caramel, herbal notes, and minerality. Just a little too sweet.

Medium-light carbonation. Stocky body for a dunkel lager.

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Photo of John_M
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the bier stein the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with light lacing and fair head retention. Don't really get a whole lot on the nose initially, but at the beer warmed, I did pick up some nice sweet malt, a light roasty quality and a hint of burnt toast. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, though thankfully it was a bit more pronounced. Mouthfeel was fairly light, as you might expect, though I wouldn't describe the finish as watery.

Not bad, but considering all the other beers Ayinger makes, it was a bit hard to get too excited about this one.

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Photo of dank203
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

very nice dunkel with dark fruit and spice notes, olive, very smooth with a bit of bite. hints of cherry and caramel malt. pours light brown, dark amber red orange into a stemmed pilsner glass. aromas aren't very present, just hints of nutmeg, brownsugar, cherry, etc. really well balanced

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Photo of ZachMcGinn
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smooth Dunkel. Brown carmel color with a foggy appearance. Sweet almost salty scent resembles potato chips. Flavor is sweet but not overbearing and somewhat salty continuing with the potato chip resemblance. Not a lot of bitter or hoppy flavor makes it an easy drink

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Revisiting one of my first German beers from my college days. Ah, nostalgia... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise topaz-sienna topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The noe comprises mild nuts, wheat bread, light fruits (in the vaguest possible sense), and ahint of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, the nuts and bread combining into a toffee/brittle situation and the fruit coming out a bit stronger. I think I get some dark greens in there, as well. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, a really solid dunkel, basically exactly what you'd expect from Ayinger.

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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is sort of a burnt caramel color, deep orange/tan going light brown. It's not heavy-looking but it is opaque. The head is tall and settles down to just more than one finger. It retains itself well from that point and leaves a mixture of spotty and patchy lacing stuck to the walls of the glass.
The nose is pretty nice,heavy on caramel and toast, a ghost of something not quite smoky, a bit of dark fruits, just a hint of dark chocolate, and bread crust. It gets a little muddled as it goes, and some of it is lost, which is improved in the flavor.
It gains a little depth on the tongue, but not much more. If anything, it's leans more toward dry than the nose. The dark fruits come forward but don't take over from the toast and caramel, while a bit of herbal flora supports and balances.
The dryness is present in the mouthfeel, and the body is medium but leans lighter than I expect. It has more than a modicum of both crispness and smoothness.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt
Head large (5.5 cm), very light brown, creamy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a 1 mm broken layer
Lacing – small clumps with big bubbles
Body clear, medium brown
Flavor begins and ends moderately sweet and malty – no hint of alcohol, hops, or diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

A very easy drinking pleasant dunkel which loses points for the frapidly diminishing head and crappy lacing.

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Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep auburn color with a fine creamy head in the tall Kölsch glass. Fresh bubbles with every sip. It's not quite the dreamy mouthfeel of the German classics but it goes down with a flourish. Just a little beery and malty aroma.

Warm malty flavor to start. On the sweet side with plenty of roasted malt and burnt sugar. A little malty body with a refreshing tang. Smooth and mellow.

Finishes with a bitterish darkness in the back of the throat. Beautiful brew with that tall foam and red-brown glowing color. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Ibis Market in Mission Hills.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a traditional stein. The pour is a beautiful deep mahogany color with a massive bloom of foam on top. The nose has a ton of rich, malty sweetness with huge notes of toffee, treacle, fresh bread, and hazelnuts.

Nice light-medium body with a sweet, malty flavor that follows the nose perfectly. Loads of fresh bread, toast, and toffee with just enough hoppiness to keep the rich swet flavors in line. On the finish is a sarsaparilla-like note that provides a cola-like sensation when experienced with the level of carbonation in the beer. One other comment: this beer was made to go with food. ANY food.

I love rich, malty lagers and I don't know why I don't drink them more often than I do. This one has all those wonderful melanoidins as well as extreme drinkability. It doesn't have a ton of malt complexity, but I can't penalize it for that because it's not a bock or doppelbock. It's just a classic example of the dark lager style.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice dunkel that seems to have held up quite well (assuming the bottle is several months old)

Should I be surprised not to see much head form on the pour? - almost entirely headless for the duration.... rich dark brown color... excellent melanoidin-rich, brown bread and subtle dark cocoa flavors... slight herbal, flowery hops to balance.... moderate malty roundness on the palate, but relatively light and super clean....

the flavors could be appropriate for a doppelbock.... i'd almost want more body, but that may ruin it, who knows?

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.