Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #3
Ranked #9,035
3.98 | pDev: 9.8%
Ayinger Privatbrauerei
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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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from QFC.

A very dark brown with a light brown head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is soft, toasty, bready, with dark wheat bread, a light earth note. Caramelized Munich malts add so much depth. The palate opens soft, toasty, bready with a definite note of super fresh corn flakes, in a good way, and not in a cereal-like way. Light toffee, light coffee, light caramel, all very subtle. Drying, bitter, mildly acidic on the finish with a lingering bready flavor. Lovely.

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Truegent2004 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Medium brown in color, good carbonation. Tastes of bread and caramel. No real coffee taste. Very slight bitterness in the after tastes. A decent beer but too pricey to buy again.

Jul 16, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear brown color with a modest light brown/tan head that soon diminishes to a nice ring. The scent is light caramel (good for me) and roasted malts. The taste follows the nose - a very well made dunkel!

May 31, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a darker mahogany with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Tastes rich in malt with a very present bread/biscuit background and is rather sweet. No real hop presence to speak of. A bit thin in the finish and no lingering aftertaste.

Apr 16, 2021
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep copper with a somewhat tannish head that sticks around for quite some time. Very minimal, spotty lacing. Smells of caramel malts and figs with light tobacco undertones. Smells nice; the nose gets more complex as you go with toasted grains and a little sassafras revealing themselves. Tastes very malt-forward with caramel and figs. A little bready. Minimal bitterness and carbonation, slightly thin of body. Pillowy soft, though. Really, really well-made beer that probably flies right under the average craft drinker's radar. Which is a bit of a shame. Personally, I've been making my way through all the Ayinger products at my local Wegmans (the only place that seems to carry them) and it's proving to be energy well-spent.

Mar 20, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bombers of these beers are excellent. I strongly enjoyed this dunkel and look forward to having it again. Definitely refreshing this certainly hit the spot.

Mar 19, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single 16.9oz bottle $4.09 Tamuras
244 days old.
Smell of caramel, figs, cherries
Clear dark reddish brown color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Tastes of figs, caramel, toffee, a little thin tasting
Overall a good straightforward beer. Well made.

Mar 15, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, big 2.5" creamy off-white head that slow recedes in pillowy chunk. Nose is caramel malt, chocolate, baking spice, dark fruits, graham cracker. Flavor is caramel and toffee malt, mild coffee and chocolate notes, light red apple, mild lingering hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. This bottle is about nine months out, so I imagine fresh flavors are sharper. Still, a refreshing, malty, and not-too-sweet beer.

Feb 07, 2021
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jonphisher from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark crystal clear brown, poured aggressively, nice dense head that settles into a creamy layer of microbubbles. Minor lacing spots here and there.

Smell is noticeably rich: choclate, nuttiness and bread.

Taste follows the nose with the richness taking front seat, subtle chocolate same nuttiness and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is perfect: smooth, light to medium body, crisp, clean and dry finish. Essentially no bitterness to really speak of.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, the most noticeable aspect to me was the subtle chocolate I kept getting along with what you would expect in a dunkel.

Feb 06, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours like liquid caramel topped with a tan latte head. Mahogany in color, and it's filtered (Dark but clear)

S: Fermented malted barley with a candied sweetness

T: Roasty toasty malty notes. Very tiny amount of hops.

F: Light weight really, it gets it's color from roasting the barley.

O: Melts in your mouth. Excellent quality.

Jan 21, 2021
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle

Pours a clear copper red amber brown orange with a fairly dense light tan khaki colored foam head that has good retention and leaves significant lacing. Smells like sweet red grapes, rich toasty malts, nutty brown bread, caramel, dark amber honey, fruity molasses, dried fruits, hint of cherry, fig, prune, apricot, mild roast, light chocolate, with moderate earthy floral hops. Tastes pretty dry overall with similar notes of semisweet red grape, fig, candied prune, hint of cherry, apricot, dried fruits, fruity molasses, rich toasty brown bread crust, caramel, dark amber honey, mild roasty chocolate, faint bitter astringency, a touch of apple, and earthy floral hops. A little more roast, less robust and rich tasting than my impression from the aroma, really nice flavors still, clean, roasty, toasty, fruity, a bit full yet still light, lots of flavor packed in for 5% abv. Feels medium plus bodied, thick, creamy, smooth, drying with crisp moderate carbonation. Overall a really great Munich dunkel lager.

Jan 02, 2021
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear ruby red with brownish tinge, white fluffy head.

Smell: Caramel apples, toffee, light cocoa, toasted grain.

Taste: Toasty and nutty, with a soft malt sweetness. Unmistakably German dark lager, almost in bock territory. No real hop presence.

Feel: Pretty smooth and lightly carbonated, with a chewy finish.

Dec 19, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

just a short review here, decent beer, pretty sure this isn’t the freshest but it’s still good, lovely malt flavours, black bread, biscuit, lightly smokey, tobacco, high carbonation, maybe lacking in body a touch but very drinkable, nice lager.

Nov 18, 2020
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Viaduck from California

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany in color with a coarse, modest light tan head. Lovely aroma: caramel, brown sugar & roasted malt. Neutral taste; not sweet or bitter. Detected flavors are missing the caramel & sweetness the nose was expecting: malt, smoke, dark fruit & mild funk. Feel is thin with adequate carbonation. Lacking a little in the flavor profile but overall very good.

Oct 31, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours dark brown with quickly disappearing head. Nose is toffee, malty, candy, and dark fruit. The taste is insanely good. Loads of dark fruit - raisins, figs, prunes. Toffee, malt, vanilla, wood, and brown sugar. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is amazing.

Sep 11, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep brown with amber highlights around the edges with a large tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a thin cap and minimal lacing
S - Lots of rich, roasted dark malts and yeast
T - Tons of rich, roasted dark malts and bready yeast along with notes of chocolate and caramel and some nuttiness - slight mineral bitterness on the backend (but honestly, in a good way)
F - Medium to somewhat fuller bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy
O - A very good, traditional Dunkel

Aug 23, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- A lovely deep and clear chestnut brown, entirely clear, pours with thin 2mm pale tan head.
S- Notably malty.
T- Notably malty here too, with a slight roasty note and into a mildly hoppy-dry finish.
F- I'm drinking this chilled (it's summer). In colder months I'd chill less and expect the flavour to open up further. Carbonation in the mouth is plenty sufficient, good and neither over/under.
O- It's an easy going and elegant beer, nothing dominates nor challenges - that makes it sessionable! though more likely during winter. This is a notably malted dunkel, something slightly different ('for a lager') and very nice.
500ml bottle. Bought from BeersOfEurope BB: Nov-2020.

Jul 22, 2020
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I like to drink Dunkel in the fall and had this one from a 500 ml bottle in November 2017, purchased at a big liquor store. To me, this beer tasted more like a euro lager than most of the style.

May 04, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I mostly really like German beers but this one is kinda on the low end of the spectrum for me. It is an okay Dunkel Lager but I can't say that it is a great beer. It is good, but not great is what I am saying. The flavor just is not outstanding to me.

Apr 19, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and roasted malt. Tastes of malt, sweet honey and brown sugar. But in the the thin side but still an enjoyable German beer.

Mar 15, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal clear, saddle brown with garnet tint. Initial mousse-like, tan head. Persistent retention.

Aroma: Nice, delicate herbal hops aroma, some dark fruit

Flavor & Aftertaste: Herbal hops, mild dark roasted malt. Mild bitterness barely present. Sweet malt backbone.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied. Soft, moderate length finish with very mild bitterness.

Overall: Rating this versus other Munich Dunkel styles - There is a reason why German Dunkel stands the test of time. This one has a wonderful, soft herbal aroma and flavor from the Hallertau hops. The malt base provides some nice sweet, dark fruit like background without overshadowing the hops. Soft mouthfeel. Just enough bitterness for balance. Head retention is excellent. Simply outstanding.

Feb 16, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a medium top off white head that dissolves slowly.
Aroma is caramel, toffee ,dark malts,bread and brown sugar. The taste is sweet and malty with bready caramel notes in the flavour. The finish has some slight bitterness of earthy hops and leaves a decent aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is soft and clean with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A nice example of a dunkel lager.

Feb 02, 2020
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mishi_d from Romania

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear ruby / brown color with a foamy head, malty aroma with caramel and brown sugar, malty, bready taste, medium sweetness, medium body, soft carbonation.

Dec 12, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 3/17/13: Pours a ruby, cola brown with 1.5 fingers of frothy, variously bubbled, beige, somewhat lasting head rising that leaves little lacing as it recedes. Aroma is toasted dark bread with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit heavy to dried figs with a hint of vanilla. Taste sweet malt; malt and more malt.... toast, dark bread, sweet caramel, toffee, prune, raisin and dried fig notes with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Oh, so easy to drink. I think I'll have another. Delicious!

Oct 23, 2019
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent, deep tawny color with a modest cap of khaki foam. Mild aroma smells of caramel apples and nuts with a hint of noble hops.

The taste features caramel, lightly toasted bread, and earthy, grassy hops up front. Warming reveals notes of apple peel and honey as well. Medium body and subtle, fine carbonation make for a crisp, drinkable mouthfeel.

This beer is about as no-frills as they come. Caramel sweetness becomes a little cloying with time, but for the most part it's just a tasty German brew.

Oct 12, 2019
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Ayinger Privatbrauerei
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