Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #3
Ranked #7,221
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Very Good
Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 623 | Ratings: 1,192
Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep brown/auburn with massive head and lacing.
N: Bread, caramel, sugar, malt, honey, and brown sugar.
T: Very nice bread hit with some burnt sugar, malt, some sweet honey notes, and figs.
M: Light with loads of flavor.
O: Outstanding beer all around.

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Photo of laketang
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown with a slight ruby hue. Small off white head foamy head.

Notes of chocolate and a fruity sweetness and roast tones.

I het definite chocolate flavor, and some caramel sweetness too. A good coffee roast flavor and just a ting of hop bitterness. Some date and raisins.

Light mouthfeel, soft creamy finish.
Light carbonation.

Great drinker that goes good with some pasta.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up recently, having never had this before. I've been on a bottled beer kick and going through a lot of the classics that I should have reviewed ages ago on here, so it was nice to finally give this a go. This was such an easy beer to enjoy and true to form that my only regret was not being to more easily find offerings of this style!

Lovely, rich mahogany hue to this as it shone nicely when held up to the light. Lots of tan, bubbly head that looked like bread topped this off as it slowly and smoothly settled down. Very little lacing was left behind as I sipped this, which wasn't that big of a surprise given how thin the liquid was. Dark bread, dark malt, and dark fruit notes filled the subtle, but pleasing, notes as this smelled just liked it looked! More dark bread, figs, nuts, and tons of malt filled the palate as there was little carbonation and even less hops to get in the way of this unique taste. A clean finish and mild chewiness rounded this beer out as I quickly fell in love with this...

And guess what? It's a session beer so go ahead and grab another bottle. I wish I had as I may go back soon and get another one of these. For a welcome change and a taste of the way things used to be for us imbibers, this would be a great choice to reach for. One of the few year-round beers that I've had lately...

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Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, shared with my wife. Mahogany colored bier with a foamy beige head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, dark grain, spicy noble hops, yeast. Flavors are excellently balanced with notes of toasty grain, caramel, burnt caramel, faint molasses, spicy & earthy noble hops. Medium body, ample carbonation, balanced and semi-dry finish. It's been a long time since I had this one, but it's just as good as I remember.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn’t really find a good balance in the different malts: there is some bready pumpernickel notes, a little roasted malt but also a sweet note that runs throughout that clashes with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and a thick cap of soft, light brown head.

Smell is malty and a bit bready with notes of caramel, coffee, leather and a light floral hint.

Taste is sweet and malty with notes of crackers, caramel, leather and a soft bitterness. Very easy to drink and finely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific Dunkel, this is how the style is supposed to be.

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

L: Rich brown/deep dark amber, clear. Nice 2 1/2- 3 finger fluffy off-white head that leaves very attractive lacing.

S: Malt, malt, malt. Dark bread. Slightly sweet with notes of caramel/toffee, but just there. A nice hint of grain.

T: Malt if forward. Toasted grain is predominant, but light. Toffee undertones with a slight hop finish balancing the mild sweetness.

F: Nice medium body. Carbonation is not too much. Moderately dry finish.

O: Solid dunkel, and probably my favorite. I've had several American attempts, but none of them are quite up to this level. A very enjoyable beer that goes great with roasted and grilled food. Maybe a little heavy for the warmer weather, but great in the fall and crisp evenings.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, almost brown pour. Nice, thick and long lasting head. The nose gets molassses, carmel, roasted grain. A sip gives up a solid malt ale with light bittering. We can image having this in a German biergarten with sausages and dark bread. A light body with good carbonation and a pleasnt finish. Ayinger, if you can get it reasonably fresh, rarely fails to deliver.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle

A pretty standard pour yields a huge three finger head into my can-style glass. Kinda ridiculous here. Head is just off white. Very pillowy and creamy looking. The body is brown with a huge amount of red as well, almost more of a mahogany. Medium to large amount of bubbles coming up. Other than the annoying pour, this looks very good. Color is lighter than I was expecting.

Nose is full of rich malts. Apparently that is more to style than the drier dunkels I've had recently. Very bready, toffee very present too. Caramel notes as well. It's earing on overly sweet, but we'll see how the taste goes. Some mineral lager-y notes as well. Smells good overall, the malts are quite nice, but slightly concerning in the sweet department.

Taste starts off significantly drier than the nose. Finishes with an acceptable sweetness. Has a clean lager base, with the caramel, bread, and toffee supporting in the background. Honestly I'm surprised there isn't a little more flavor, considering how pungent the nose was. We'll see how it goes as it warms, for now it's good, but could use more flavor.

Carbonation is medium, maybe just a touch above. The body is very light. Feel overall is crisp and quite dry. Bitterness is extremely low, not really noticeable. Nice mouthfeel, it's what I would expect from a clean fermented lager.

The drinkability is very high, it's very light bodied, not heavy on the sugars, and tastes good.

The appearance turned out very nice. head retention wasn't world class, but certainly above average. Lacing was thick from top to bottom. Great looking beer.

The flavor got a little more depth as the beer warmed. On one hand the taste is lacking compared to the nose, on the other hand it's probably exactly what a dunkel should be, clean, some flavor but not too crazy. I think I like this quite a bit, it's a little dry, clean, and (now) has enough flavor to make it enjoyable every sip. Very good beer.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: dark black
Taste: very roasty at first, with light hoppiness balancing.
Feel: Yet, after the roastiness faded away, it turned into sweet maltiness. Excellent aftertaste!

An excellent brew, nothing less from an excellent brauhaus.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

De Decervecitas. En copa Teku. Jugando a Avernum 5. Muy bebible, seca, con notas tostadas. Muy bebible pero algo aspera. Echo en falta mas dulzor y menos carbonatacion y levadura

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Photo of Nass
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

It looks dark brown in a beer glass. I agree some of you folks mentioning it tasting like toasted grain & it being medium bodied. I am getting a little raisin & fig notes on the backend but it is slight which is a good thing at least for me it is. Cheers! B

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Pilsener glass, the appearance had a dark brown color with some dark red hues along the sides. Capped by a finger's worth of white to eggshell white foamy head, this gently slid off to allow some semi-string lace rolling here and there.
The aroma had a lovely blend of sweet dark malts, some nuts, gentle roast, subtle coffee bean, earthy yeasty dark breadiness and a touch of ash.
The flavor seemed to stick towards the sweet and German yeasty lager-like maltiness. The ash and the coffee bean didn't show up at all in the taste. Mild aftertaste of dark bread, nuts and German yeastiness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a nice crisp sessionability about it. Mild carbonation and duly noted ABV (seems as projected), this beer delivers a nice lager-like nutty and roasty finish.
Overall, this, my friends is one of the my standards for Munich Dunkel lagers. If you like the style and haven't had this yet, I'd be putting it on my beer bucket list if I were you.

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Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark copper body; clear; dense, sculpted head. Roasted malt aroma; tree nuts; faint suggestion of molasses. Toasted grain flavor; faint charred sugar; subtle hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; soft and velvety; warm on the palate; slightly sweet at the finish but with a sneaky dryness percolating about.

A fine malt-forward German lager, well-balanced between the roasted grains and underlying bitterness.

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Photo of JWsimpleton
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A darn good beer! A touch sweet, toasty, malty, and full-flavored but not too strong and rich like some malt-heavy beers. Maintains a balance bewteen crisp, smooth drinkability and a nice, full body. The head is a little lacking... but still the best Dunkel I've tried so far!

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Photo of mehak
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Dark amber color. Caramel, candy corn smell. Very malty, caramel taste, almost like caramal and coffee. Light body, light carbonation.

Overall I am enjoying this brew but it is a bit sweet.

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Photo of darktronica
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well-deserved, easy-drinking classic of dark German beers. Malt-forward, smooth and full-bodied for 5% ABV, while balancing malt and fruity sweetness up front with lightly bitter hop character closer to the finish. That contrast is great for convincing me to keep going back for another sip, so it inevitably disappears quickly.

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Photo of GratefulFC
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark and rich mahogany. Smell is caramel, malt and cherries. Taste is smooth. Lots of caramel and malt up front. Cherries and a hit of peppercorns in back. Great.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this first time tonight. Meh.... Not too sweet (which is good), slightly fruity, rich malty taste. Needs more carbonation as it comes across a little flat. The lack of carbonation is a major concern here. Not bad although I'll likely pass on buying again.

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Photo of spectru
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

clear very dark amber, creamy head, dissipates to a steady thin covering that is persistent; rich sweet aroma; Smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation; smooth rich flavor; Not bad, pretty tasty,buta little more carbonation would make this a better beer.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Mahogany color, transparent. Caramel and toast prominent on the nose and taste. Excellent head retention, light to medium body. Excellent!

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color with medium body and carbonation. Aroma is malt,yeasty bread,carsmel. Taste is similar with a surprise slight bitter hop finish. Great beer thats a very strong malt bomb but very well made

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Photo of MinerBob
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a deep clear amber color with a small white head and some lacing. The smell is unremarkable malts mostly. The flavor is a nice German beer made by a brewery that knows what it's doing. A little more carbonation then I prefer but I like stouts. Overall a superb beer.

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Photo of ludachris
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There's a great level of clarity to its mahogany brown body. An inch of bubbly, off white head sits lightly on top, showing decent retention.

Lots of dark toasted bread crusts to start. Chewy toffee at the center. A bit of graham cracker and caramel with a dash of cocoa powder. Everything is subtle but complex

The flavor is more full and rich than the nose leads you to believe. Toasted brown bread soaked in dark honey. The sweetness pulls downward as it continues with more well defined caramel, lightly sweetened cocoa powder and sticky toffee. Coffee beans underpin the finish with dark bread crust.

A well lagered clean and crisp texture plays well into its light-medium body. It finishes clipped and rounded.

Satiating and nuanced. Layers of malt derived sweetness unravel as it warms. Despite the complexity in sweetness, it remains pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Darker beer with some lighter hues as well. With a light tan head.
Really smooth. The head is almost as creamy if not as creamy as a nitro stout.
Great flavor. I could drink a lot of this.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1192 ratings