Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #3
Ranked #9,335
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Apr 16, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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...

May 17, 2019
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
500 ML brown bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a light brown color, almost looks like a cola. Nice, fluffy, creamy head that leaves attractive trails of sticky lace.

Clean, typical lager nose with hints of caramel, spice and dough.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Sweet, juicy malt flavors with highlights of caramel, milk chocolate and sprinkled sugars. There is a doughy, bready quality as well with hints of rye bread.

Extemely drinkable and very enjoyable. Well crafted and a great representation of the style.

Jun 23, 2006
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Offa from California

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent dunkel, lightly complex, balanced, very clean, lightly sweet with a dryish finish.

Deep red with some brown, it has a medium large, pale tan head steadily thinning to a thin foamy top and leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is light toasted whole wheat bread, hints of caramelised bread crust, light bitterwseet chocolate, mineral, and prune.

The taste is light whole wheat bread, dark raisins, and chocolate up front, followed by some mineral, dry leaves, faint licorice. It's lightly sweet up front, transforming to a drier finish light with spiciness and bitterness. The aftertaste is pleasant light mineral, toast, and dry leaves.

Oct 08, 2009
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Sep 24, 2013
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Brolo75 from California

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Dark brown, light comes through around the edges when held up, vanilla head, lots of lacing, looks like a Coca Cola, not much carbonation coming off the bottom.

A: Sweet German malt aromas, nutty, roasted malts, caramel, a little spice, smells complex, different aromas every time I take a smell, smells great.

T: Sweet malts, caramel, bread, nutty flavors, slight roasted malt flavors, slight bitterness at the end, very easy drinking, smooth, nothing really jumps out, complex, very good.

M: Medium mouthfeel, some minor carbonation, finishes slightly dry.

O: Very good, easy drinking, it's kind of like a porter lager mix, some roasted nutty malt flavors, sweet caramel, nothing big, just really good. I'm not a big lager guy but I do like the slight roasted flavors of a dunkel, probably won't seek this out again but I would definitely not turn it down.

Apr 13, 2015
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count_von_count from Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 04, 2018
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stephenlee from England

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

Aug 10, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber color with a three-fingered tan head; nice bubble show and excellent lacing

Smell: Bready nose, with hints of caramel and chocolate

Taste: At the first sip, the roasted malt hits your tongue and builds up nicely, tasting of caramel and pumpernickel; by mid-palate, the noble hops make their presence felt; the flavors blend in beautifully, after the swallow, introducing a vague hint of chocolate

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with modest carbonation

OVerall: A very nice dunkel - What can I say but "Wunderbar!"

Aug 06, 2004
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bigrzman from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off I love Dunkel lagers. I had to have this one. Poured out of a 500ml bottle. The beer is a light brown with a white head that dissipates fast to a paper thin trace. The beer has light carbonation with tight bubbles.

Smells of roasted malts up front with a medicine hop aroma in back. Not to pungent but still aromatic. This beer is more hoppy than malty. Malts are toasted with some fruity esters and the hops a re medicinal overall with a grassy finish. Hints of banana come through.

Mouthfeel is thin and correct to style. More drying than most Dunkel lagers but still drinkable by the liter! Made for pub drinking this is a great example of this style yet not the best I have had.

Nov 25, 2010
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

Sep 17, 2014
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Greasy from Kentucky

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

Apr 23, 2017
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BeerPirate from Utah

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 18, 2018
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my frist crack at this style. Lets see what we get. The beer pours a nice dark brown with some reddish hues around the edges. There is about 3 fingers of tan head that fall to about a quarter inch cover of the beer. This is the thickest nose I have found on a beer in a long time. I can almost feel the thickness of the thickness of the brew through the smell. I'm impressed. It smells syrupy sweet (not maple) and of roasted sweet malts. I think it smells divine. The taste is not as strong as I expected from the smell. It starts out as a strong caramel sweet flavor, but ends up tasting like a sweet and grainey on the finish. Mmmm. I read others describe the bready flavors and I can see where that comes from, but I don't think I would have picked that flavor without having read it in other reviews. It is not as thick as I had hoped from the nose...still good. I think one of these beers is enough for me in a night, but I think that come the winter months, I might have to revisit it and see how it tastes with the colder weather.

Aug 28, 2004
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donteatpoop from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with some fading tan head.

Flat coffe notes, vague metallic, and sweet malt scents dominate the nose.

Taste is roasted malt, lingering mocha flavor; taste closer to a brown ale than a dark lager.

Carbonation level is good, mouthfeel is good; very drinkable.

All in all this amounts to a slightly above average dunkel.

Apr 17, 2009
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flyersfan900 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 30, 2012
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mcrawford from Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Apr 06, 2014
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gavmaster from California

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Mar 24, 2018
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Carlos1986 from Mexico

4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

May 16, 2020
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DrJay from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany/red with a light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. Warm caramel and toffee aromas, along with a little bit of fresh grain husk. These characters form the base for the flavour as well. Mild to moderate bitterness with some fig/date notes and mild brown sugar. Lingering herbal bitterness with a hint of chocolate. Good texture. A quality dunkel. Thanks northyorksammy!

Feb 11, 2006
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JohnQVegas from Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into stein.

Pours a clear dark brown with some ruby showing through, nicely effervescent, with a beautiful creamy off-white head.

Nose is caramel, toasty, and a nice, crisp, light fruitiness.

Flavor is the same - a toasty caramel sweetness with a hint of nuttiness, bit of cocoa, and some apple coming through too. Finish is long, sweet, a bit nutty.

Medium carbonation, light-medium body, maybe a bit watery towards the finish.

Really wonderful beer overall.

Mar 27, 2009
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mklisz from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

May 19, 2014
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ssgunbond from Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Aug 28, 2013
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Rileford from Washington

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 15, 2018
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a nice fine, foamy, light colored head and lace. Head slowly dissipated to light cover. Lovely, dark brownish amber with hints of brass. Quintessential alt. Just a hint of fruit, plenty of body, hint of acid tartness from carbonation, malty, not too sweet, drinkable. easy finish.

Mar 22, 2007
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