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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 560
Hads: 1,008
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 83
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

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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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Photo of archyquaffer
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 17 ounce Euro-brown bottle into a large pilsener glass. A moderate pour produces about 1.5 inches of creamy, billowy head that settles down within 5 minutes to a 1/8 creamy, sticky head that stays for the duration. The beer is a dark ruby brown with moderate carbonation.

I get loads of sweet candy aromas, with plenty on the palate as well, with low hoppiness to take the edge off. I get loads of chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruit and cherry flavors, along with a toasted milkiness that's suggestive of a malted milk ball. It's complex and suggests sweet treats, yet is not cloying by any means, and has a very unique overall flavor and quality that I find in other German beers that I can't quite describe in words. I think this taste treat would make either a good appetizer or dessert beer.

I'm starting to see brands from this brewery more often in my town. Keep sending them please!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle.

Brown color with red highlights and a big, fluffy head. Great clarity. Bready malts in the aroma with a nuttiness to it as well. Light and pleasant. Rich malty flavor, but not heavy in any way. Very soft and clean. Medium bodied and way too easy to drink.

If you're looking for a beer with full malt flavor, but stouts/porters/dopplebocks aren't your thing, look no further. A beautifully crafted dark lager.

Previously rated 4.25/5 on 2/5/2014.

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

Poured this into my Paulaner mug. The body has an extremely glass like clear chestnut color to it, and the head is slightly tan.
The aroma is rich with bready pumpernickel, and pretzel. All yeast, malt, a little fruitiness and no hops.
The flavor plow's on heavy with Teutonic malt, and that's never a bad thing. There's a smokiness to this as well as some caramel and dark fruit notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth and easy with little carbonation.
Overall a great beer. I'd love to try this out on tap.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a mahogany color with some clarity and bubbles seem coming up through the glass. Nice lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Toasted, chocolate, and caramel malts followed by grassy noble hops.

Taste: Nice bready malts, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and mild grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, smooth, medium to full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and mild tingly hops.

Overall: Pretty solid enjoyable. Tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz : tulip

Pours a clear, amber-red, mahogany with a thick, foamy off white head, thick lacing.

Rich malty, bready, caramel notes. Light mineral, nutty, earthy character.

Medium body, fizzy foamy carbonation.

A really enjoyable malt focused beer, as expected from the style.

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Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big 17 oz dark brown bottle poured into a tall pint.
Second time I enjoyed this on 5/31/15. Fantastic.

A: Clear dark amber with a finger of off white head with medium carbonation, lasting and lace.

S: Beer hall richness - worn wood, bread, plate of dark malts, caramelized apple, and toffee in the nose. Classic.

T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by toasted malts with a bit of sweetness; Autumn, beer hall, a nice food complement sweetness. But it's light, crisp and a little bitterness drying the finish. Just a tad smokey. Again, a classic.

M: It feels medium-to light-bodied on the palate; the finish a bit thin.

D: This is session beer. Meant for an evening at the beer hall. Would be great with sausages and cheeses. (which is what I enjoyed it with (and arugula soup). Recommended.

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Photo of gr0g
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with an off-white head that shows good persistent. The nose is dominated by caramel and toffee notes. A bit of nuttiness and floral hops.

Malty and moderately dry. Hops add balancing bitterness. Faint raisin-like dark fruit notes add some complexity. Carbonation is light but short of creamy. On the finish, more hop bitterness shows up but doesn't linger.

A go-to beer during the colder months, this is superior to most fall and winter seasonal fare. An excellent malt-forward lager than never fatigues the palate.

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Photo of ChuckMartel37
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle, into a glass.

Dark brown, with a creamy head which dissipates quickly. And there's nothing I dislike more than dissipating head (Guys, AMIRITE?!). I'll let it slide in this case, because this is a beer and not a woman.

Do you remember that scene in Broken Lizard's "Beerfest" when they brew the super secret German beer recipe and then have a moment of Nirvana? Yeah, it's kinda like that. I DO want to brush my teeth with it. It's everything I could possibly want from a Dunkel. Dark malt and dried fruit dominate the first sip, then you get the caramel sweetness that follows like soft kiss on the cheek. I read that some people picked up a hop backbone from this beer, but I just don't get it. I'll just assume these tasters are delusional, high from the enormous amount of hops that we consume in America on regular basis.

I love Ayinger for several reasons, the least of which is not the bottle and label. Something overtly "Germanish" about it, with its 17 oz dark glass bottle and poorly illustrated picture of what I can only assume is Brewery Aying. If you're looking for the gold standard of Dunkels, look no further.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The body is a dark ruby brown that holds a cream colored head that recedes to a bubbly film. A few foamy lines of lacing hang around.

The aroma is chocolately and sweet with hints if caramel and coffee.

The beer tastes malty and sweet with toffee and chocolate coming out. Maybe even some nuttiness in here. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, delightfully tasty with lots of chocolate, nuts, and toffee.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 11/14/13. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with about a 1-finger tan head. Lots of lacing is seen from this "Dark Lager" brew as is typical from Germany. The aroma is of toffee, roasted malts and caramel. The taste is pretty much the same with a slight bitter finish but wasn't unpleasant at all. Actually goes down pretty easy. I have had a few other brews from Ayinger in the past and like the others, it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of TheChrisK
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a pint bottle into a Pilsener glass. Dark raspberry color with a light head that fades quickly. My Pils glass could not hold the entire pint so the bottle was not emptied on the first pour.

S: The nose has strong notes of caramel, toffee and a hint of coffee. Really pleasant.

T: The taste does not give the same notes as the smell. The taste has more notes of bready malt and coffee than the toffee and caramel.

M: Great texture and a smooth feel. Goes down extremely easy and the finish is wonderful. The body is a medium thick which is just right.

O: This has become my new favorite beer, even though i'm relatively new at this. I expected nothing less from this brew. 4/5

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle slightly different than former Ayinger bottles I've had. Same overall shape just a touch shorter making for a more convenient carry. Label is typical Ayinger awesomeness purely in German style. Love their bottles!

A - deep ruby brown color. Definitely a dark brew just sitting in front of me while the lighting shows its ruby red shining through. Head is a cream filled expresso color that pours nice but vanishes to a thin ring of lace. Leaves minimal stick.

S - this thing smells brilliant! Toffee and sweet caramel up front with a whiff of bready malt. A little nutty with Faint chocolate and the smallest hint of coffee in the back. A lovely whiff of dark fruit in the finish. This smell's delicious.

T - not quite as expressive as the nose, but much of the same character. A real malty treat with toffee, caramel, bready malt, a slight nuttiness, small hints of chocolate and coffee roast.

M - good texture for a lager style, and decently thick. It's a smooth texture and flows nicely. Very nice feel. Easy going and great with a hearty meal.

O - I enjoy Aying brews. I can't say this is better than their gems, but its respectable. It was a good choice for dinner and something I'd definitely drink again. It has the same texture and thickness that make Ayinger a renowned German brewery, and its good sampling something from Germany that's not a Hefe for a change. Good brew!

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

The beer appears a chestnut brown color with perhaps a touch of ruby. Thin tan head that rapidly fades to a wispy layer, giving a nearly still appearance. The aroma brings some lager yeast, brown bread, mild sweetness. The taste follow suit, with a prominent brown bread character. A touch of sweet and ripened dark fruit. Light in body with low carbonation. A decent beer to pair with some German cuisine. This was okay.

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

I really like this example of a dunkel. It pours a ruby red with a 2 finger head. The head linger for a minute then diminishes to a thin coating that lasts. Nice lacing.

Aroma- a nice malty aroma with low hop aroma very nice with a bit of fruit and toasted malt.

Taste- This brew has a nice balance between dark fruit and caramel in the front with a bready toasty backside. smooth taste with low hop bitterness. I find this brew very drinkable with a pleasant aftertaste. The hops are there but subdued.

Overall- As usual, Ayinger has produced a top notch version of a Munich Dunkel, This beer is one of the reasons Dunkel's are one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date that I could find.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a mid-sized light and fizzy tan head. Head fades out at a moderate pace, with thin but substantial lacing. Decent retention as well.

S: Some nice dark bready malt aroma with some hints of caramel. Some brown sugar too. Sweet and malty. Some nuts and cocoa in there too. Surprisingly nice.

T: Quite nutty with lots of bready malt backing it up. Some light cocoa and even lighter dark fruits. Hints of brown sugar with a lightly hopped bitter aftertaste.

M: A little thin but it is only 5%. Smooth.

O: This beer surprised me. It's simple but very tasty. Lots of malt flavors with good balance. Goes down super easy; great drinkability. Great example of the style.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a fiery copper amber color with ruby hues. The light passes through effortlessly and it has the look of glowing embers. Dark but with perfect clarity. There are plenty of bubbles rising up form the bottom and a fat head of almost tan foam that fell slowly and left good lace.

Nose is wonderful. it's dark fruit but lightly. It's sweet sugary malt. Light caramel. Toasted grain, a bit nutty and a the lightest scent like coffee or unsweetened chocolate. To the delight of the nose there is a trace scent of lager yeast and that adds to the brightness of the nose.

The taste is absolutely superb! First thing you will notice is that the body of the beer is soft from an overall mineral quality. It's not the least bit heavy but crisp and clean. It's as clear on the palate as it is in the glass. The fruits are raisin and fig, but they are not heavy or too rich. The toasted grain is amazing and rich with it's natural sweetness at the forefront and the caramel to back it up. Little bit of toffee notes underneath to add depth to the malt. Then it's nutty and bready too. It finishes dry with the overall tastes of the malts resounding at the back palate. There is just a bit of hop herbal in the finish to help it glide so gently.

This is one amazing beer. It has an incredible lightness. It has every flavor that you love about dark beer, from dark fruit to coffee and yet it's light. It's not chewy, it's not thick, it's not too sweet. The dry finish is something to behold as all that perfect toasted grain settles in to last and linger in the aftertaste. Full, spirited and vibrant.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Three finger tan foam cap gently subsides with nice lacings on the glass. Brown , almost like a light cola shade, with no visible carbonation.

Sweet malt, caramel, figs, sweet aromas.

Taste of malt wit habit of alcohol. Figs. No carbonation, no bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Looks and smells better than it tastes. Wanted more out of the glass. A good beer but not my favorite from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black in the glass, glints of mahogany in the light. Light tan foam on top, leaving behind spotty traces of lace.

Light roast in the aroma, dark malt, vague coffee.

Taste is roasty and dry, light bodied and straightforward. Very clean with a slight toasted marshmallow impression though not especially sweet at all. Carbonation seems light as well, though it helps the drinkability. Word is that draft may hit the states in January. Made a great pairing with spicy goulash at Laschet's.

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

Pours an amber-brown with limited light tan head. Aroma is deeply malty with a potent ripe raisin/prune scent that is boozy and cloying but pleasant. Very interesting aroma for a thin-bodied lager. Palate is chalky chocolate, more prune/raisin fruit, brown bread (pumpernickel), a hint of cola spice, a sour top note that almost evokes fresh citrus but probably more like rancid marmalade, nice deep dark flavors. Some brown sugar and coffee show up and cling to the palate along with a bit of cardboard. The faintest whiff of apricot. Minimal hop bitterness. I like this style and this is a good exemplar. Ayinger is workmanlike, never bad and always cleaving close to style guidelines. Carbonation is right where it needs to be. A nuttiness like bitter walnuts accumulates and builds a bit ... Some metallic notes that maybe detract a bit but one can always return to the fermented prune aroma and be intrigued.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which at the moment seems to have poor retention. The head is a weak off white with hints of beige and yellow. The body is a transparent dark amber that glows a dark orange when held up to the light. Scant traces of lacing left behind.

Nose- Fairly subdued. I get some roasted notes, caramel, and a little bit of nuttiness when I smell from the bottle. As of yet, the glass reveals very little. After a while, I get some sweet malt and a whiff of caramel. Slight roasted notes with some sourness come out after I swirl the beer around a bit.

Taste- Fortunately, this has a lot more going on than the aroma. Roasted malts, caramel, and some biscuit. Not terribly strong but it must be kept in mind that this is a lager. Coffee and a very slight mineral finish. The caramel seems to evoke a bit of woodiness on the finish. This woodiness almost might be from the small amount of hops used. More would be desired if the malts were saccharine but thankfully, they are quite subtle. A solid beer that appears to be a good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation with hints of both smoothness and grittiness.

Drinkability- Quite sessionable. Easygoing and flavorful. A world of flavor compared to your average lager. Four dollars a bottle will probably prevent me from buying another but you never know.

Overall- A good, solid beer that is a proper introduction to the style. Definitely worth at try.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.