Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel
BA SCORE
3.96/5
1,112 Ratings
Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Up until the Second World War, dark beer was the predominant beer type in the Munich area. The hard water found in the region played a special role in producing this specialty. In his book “Beer International”, the world-renowned English beer writer, Michael Jackson, accurately describes the Ayinger “Altbairisch Dunkel” as: “A good example of its kind. Impenetrably dark with a golden-brown gleam when held up to the light, and with a warm aroma and malty taste, while summoning up coffee taste sensations on going down. It is brewed from five types of malt (two of which are torrified dark), and it is only lightly hopped.” It is produced using the traditional double fermentation process.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,627
Reviews:
594
Ratings:
1,112
pDev:
9.85%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
112
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 1,112 |  Reviews: 594
Photo of Zazzi82
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reagan1984
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown color. Thick off white head dissipates steadily and rather quickly leaving no residual head or lacing.

Aroma is very malty - bready, doughy, with some dark stone fruit and a hint of red wine grapes. Hints of brown sugar but not "sweet" on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a very malt forward flavor - dark bread, pumpernickel, dough - with some dark fruit hints and a touch of brown sugar or molasses on the back end. The hops are incredibly subtle almost to the point of not noticing them in the flavor. However there is a touch, ever so light, of an herbal grassy flavor towards the back end.

Feel is light and smooth. Medium carbonation albeit gentle - does not come across fizzy.

Overall this is an interesting dunkel - its certainly a more complex example of the style than many of the ones I've had. However this is very good and my personal favorite for the style.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanK252
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours mahogany brownish amber with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Dark fruit, toasty roasty bready malt, and dark sugar sweetness.

T: Toasty roasty malt, faint coffee, dark fruit, plum, raisin, fig, earthy, slightly floral, and dark sugar sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Just right as we transition into these cool fall nights.

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

Photo of Mattandwin
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lastmango
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby brown with a frothy 3 finger tan head. Moderate lacing. Nose of earthy grass and malt. Taste of caramel, malt eith a slight hop aftertaste. Medium body and medium light carbonation. A bit of creamy feel too.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark reddish orange with a one finger light khaki head that dissipates to a thin film with good lacing. Aroma of bready and lightly caramel malt, light brown sugar and dark dried fruit. Flavor is bready malt with a light biscuit character, dark dried fruit, slight caramel, brown bread; finishes malty and semi-dry with light grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Like most Ayinger beers, a very traditional and to style example of the German dunkel. Nice solid malt flavor with a moderate complexity, good dark fruit notes and slight grassy hops. I don't return to the great German beers as often as I should. Glad to finally review this one.

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Photo of Jcbroome
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Deep mahogany color with a foamy initial head but little lacing. A sweet grassy smell. The taste is toasted malt with a slight hoppy bitterness. A good but not great Dunkel.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into Flute glass. No bottling or freshness date.

L: Dark amber, finger width khaki head that retains well.

S: Caramel and toffee malts, molasses, toasted pumpernickel. Wow is this mouthwatering.

T: Rich caramel and toffee malts some molasses and breadiness. This is delicious.

F: Medium body, crisp, clean finish.

O: I am continually blown away by Ayinger. Another excellent brew from them.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pau622
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Good. Nothing exceptional. If anything a little thin and over carbonated.

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Photo of Greasy
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear dark amber, with medium effervescence, and a fat finger of light-tan foam head. Leaves thin sheets of lacing.

The aroma is bready, with a touch of caramel and some light fruitiness (a mix of fig, berries and purple grape).

The taste very much follows the nose. It is brown bread up front, coupled with some moderate caramel that has a lightly-toasted quality. The same fruitiness is there, but only in the background. It has a dry finish that sort of reminds me of an Irish Stout.

This is thicker bodied and smoother than the light color prepared me for. It has a slightly chewy feel and solid carbonation.

Overall, this is a really great, highly drinkable beer. There's a kiss of sweetness without being too much, and a really nice feel.

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

Photo of SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into willybecher glass

A: Small tiny bubbled white head settles to film. Body is a tawny rich caramel color with excellent clarity.

S: Lots of caramel, toffee, honey, fig, a little bit f a crushed nut smell.

T: Lots of roasted toffee, and burnt caramel, then some lighter honey, nice roasted sweet doughy flavor.

M: Medium to lighter body with medium carbonation

O: This beer is fantastic, great nose and a perfect flavor make this beer extremely easy to drink.

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

A: Pour a full copper color with modest off white head and strong lacing.
S: Medium malt with with some caramel and lime notes.
T: Very smooth malts nicely balanced with slight hoppy bitterness at the end.
M: Light bodied.
O: A very nicely balanced, eminently drinkable, and enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of MasterRigger
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, dark brown semi-opaque body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Crackery malt, mild chocolate, toffee, grains, a suggestion of dark fruits.

Feel: Medium carbonation and body, kind of fluffy.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a mahogany color with lots of amber/ruby hues. Huge forthy tan head that leaves the glass looking like a milkshake was in it. Retains a thick film the entire time.

It smells very grainy and malty. Like sticking your head into a mash tun woth no hops. There is bread crust, toffee, molasses, ripe fruit skin, and lager yeast.

It pretty much tastes like it smells, but even better. A ton of malted grains. Tastes like a dark multi grain wheat bread with a toasted crust. There is a red apple skin or something darker, like plum. A sweet caramel/toffee, molasses, and just a hint of hops in the very end.

Super easy drinking. It has a medium body with an average carbonation and crispness.

This is a world class Dunkel, and easily the best I have had.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,112 ratings
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