Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ImperialBeergut
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A deep burnt copper center with edges where light shines through. Like a beautiful tan girl in a see through summer dress... 1 finger of a tight bubbling head, mocha in color.

S: Toasted toffee buttered bread crust, a noticable sugar and chocolate nose, with a very, very slightly hoppy finish.

T: Absolutely delicious, truly quaffable dark lager. A chewy, sweet caramel bounciness to it that says I'm rich yet easygoing. I think when taste buds collide with one's ancestral heritage when drinking beer, it makes you feel...truly lucky to be alive, lol. I'm German n Irish. This is one of my personal top 3...nuff sed...

M: Nice and toasty rich. A slightly viscous and velvety mouth that wants you to taste it and then sluttily demands you then CHUG it, wow what a beer!...I taste it and I cant take it away from my lips, I feel like Frank The Tank...

O: Luxurious lightly chocolate n toffee flavored beer with a toasted aroma and finish. A amazing beer on an epic scale...

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Photo of illtexzona
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 16oz Pislner glass

A - Pours a deep yet transparent carmel. Two and a half finger head With carbonation trailing up from the bottom. Thick sticky lacing.

S - A strong prune at the front with brown sugar, maple, a hint of fired wood and pipe tobacco.

T - The same prunes you smell right up front come racing down your tongue. I get raisin bread, spices, rich malt, and a sweet carmel on the rinse.

M - It has a medium body that has enough carbonation to tickle your tongue without being overbearing. It is a little sticky from all the sweetness.

O - This is the standard bearer for the style, and with good reason. Its is balanced, easy to drink, and has a distinctly old world Bavarian feel.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely the best Dunkel i have ever had, The Warsteiner one sucks and it's rated not to much lower than this one, I think this is a world class Dunkel

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Photo of TheSicilian33
4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My friend bought this from a local liquor store, and man he's a star at picking out awesome beer.

Serving type- a 500 ml pint can't get better

Appearance- A brown bottle with the words "Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel" on the bottle with other information including ABV and says it's from Aying, Germany.

Smell- Kind of smells like chest nuts or an ale.

Taste- It has an awesome taste for someone who really hates beer but drinks it anyway for social reasons. This is why Germany is #1 in the beer business by having these recipes for over 500 years or more!!

Mouthfeel- Not too wide, not too small, just right.

Overall- This beer is an absolute winner. If you can find it, pick it up. You'll impress your friends on how smart you are when it comes to beer. Like I said before, Germany is #1 when it comes to beer in the world. Awesome, I am a fan for life.

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Photo of irisier
4.92/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 500 ml bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Reddish brown body with a nice beige lace. Good clarity.

Smell: Sweet bread and caramel aromas. Some fruit hints in there as well.

Taste: Bready and a bit sweet with some dark sugar flavors, maybe a little treacle hint in that sweetness. Some faint fruits as well, raisins I think. Just a kiss of hops that give a brief bit of earthy bitterness, before finishing with a little bit of roasty malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not too much carbonation. Pretty smooth but with a little heft when the hops surge in.

Impressions: Tasty and goes down well. Very flavorful without being so complex that you have to really think about each taste. Just drink one over a nice conversation and watch your glass empty without effort. Perfect ABV for sessioning. I'd say this is one of my favorite session beers.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.87/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Appearance: Clear mahogany with huge beige head that has good retention but only leaves some lace. The colour is wonderful.

Aroma: Malty fruit, toffee, a little chocolate and smoke, distant herbs and spices; all of this blended with an unusual aroma of something similar to strong cheese. The latter sounds terrible, but it actually makes this beer very inviting and it smells really good.

Taste: Just like the aroma: malty fruit, toffee, chocolate, smoke, strong cheese, herbs and spices. Also a vague hint of coffee and some vinous qualities. Fairly sweet. A seriously complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth but chewy. Rewarding.

Drinkability: I couldn't help but reach for the glass with this one as there is so much going on. The unusual but accomplished flavour may not be for everyone or for every occasion, but this is quite an extraordinary example of the style.

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Photo of KrautAficionado
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours to a beautiful, bright, deep chestnut color with a nice white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent with lots of good aromas of sweet malt, light toast and nuts. The palate is round and clean with lots of good sweet malt, toast and nutty malt flavor. This beer finishes with more good malt character then ends with enough herbal hop bittereness to round this one out to perfection. A great match to hearty German fare, and BBQ dishes.

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Photo of lastauss
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this lager! It tastes like liquid pumpernickel sandwich mixed with a chococolate malted. It carries a decent hop aroma and loads of sweet/dry dark malt. The finish is perfect, with the malt segue-ing into ethereal bitterness (do I taste lavender?)

A superb example of why light lagers must be removed from their lofty place of popularity.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel pours a dark ruby malt from a 500ML brown glass bottle. Head went to over two fingers and laces very well when the beer settles down.

Nose is a intense toasted malt with a side of sweet malt and alcohol. Palate is a sweet barley malt and more malted barley sweetness bring up the rear. There is a hops presents, but the slight bitter of the hops in no way interferes with the sweet barley malt of this beer.

The malty sweetness is not thick and syrupy, not cloyingly sweet, but a very well done, dominate malty sweetness that I would be looking for in a good Märzen.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good looking beer. Deep garnet color. Deep ruby/orange when held to the light. Just the perfect amount of carbonation. Head fades to a thin coating over the top of the beer.

Beautiful Munich nose! Absolutely gorgeous. Rich and warm and sweet and a touch caramel-y...just spot on.

Well...this beer tastes wonderful. Thank god it's apparently reasonably fresh. Impeccably clean yet still rich Munich malt flavors make this a joy to drink. Infinately refreshing and quaffable. Doesn't have the delicate tea like flavors that I've found in some other dunkels, but these were usually just in the freshest samples. Not quite the subtle complexity I'd need to give this a 5.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Thin enough to be supremely gulpable, yet not parched or too thin.

I could drink this all damn day long. I love this beer.

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Photo of MikeKnauf
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Appearance is very dark, rosewood, bread crust, with a thick yellowish-white, creamy head.

Smell is that of toasted malt with maybe a hint of raisin or fig.

Taste is very malty, but not sweet in my opinion. The dominant flavor is that of baked bread crust. Some slight fig or raisin towards the end finishing with a hops bitterness that lingers, but is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy with a decent amount of carbonation. It's slow sipping beer with big taste. Drinks like a meal. Makes for a nice after dinner drink snack.

Overall this is the best Dunkel I've tasted. I feel like most tend toward coffee/nutty/chocolatey or sweet/raisin/fig - this one is kind of in between. More bready than nutty with very little raisin taste. I'm not a big fan of the raisin taste, so this is welcome spectrum for a Dunkel. Drinking this is like eating a big piece of fresh baked, dark, crusty bread without the need to chew.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; deep reddish brown with an off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

smell; roasted almost coffee like malts. Some sweet notes from the malts and faint hop spice. A hint of mild maple...

taste; toasty roasted malts dominate, finishing with a burnt flavor that blends well with the hop bitters. A bitter sweet chocolate flavor runs from start to finish leaving a yeasty nut and pudding like aftertaste. This is one of the best, most complex examples of the style, nearly perfect.

mouthfeel; powdery thickness, a bit chewy but quite smooth. Fizzy, yet refined with gentle carbonation. Slick and slightly sticky after swallowed.

drinkability; crisp and refreshing, very comforting, alcohol is well hidden. I drank 6 of these one after another, had a bite to eat and drank 3 more, amazingly drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of CVC
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came in a 17 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper color, with a thick, off-white, two-finger head. Leaves thick lacing, and dies fairly slowly. Smells of toasted malts and raisins. Tastes complex--slighly dark, yet slightly sweet, almost fruity. A fairly thick mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This is a great beer. A nice mix of toastiness, darkness, sweetness, and goodness. A perfect lunch and/or dinner beer.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the brewpub/biergarten in Germany... Wow! I thought at the time that it might be the best dunkel in the world, and I still stand by that. Perfect balance, just like the Germans do best in their beers. Man...

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Photo of cetherid
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass


a nice brownish amber color. a decent sized creamy head.


Nice caramel malts with a little raisin. a little roasted smell to it. pretty much how a dark raisin bread would smell.


very good. i taste a dark bread with a bit of caramel. hardly any bitterness...no real hop presence. after drinking this, currently my favorite tasting dunkel.


medium bodied. give a nice coating to the mouth which keeps the taste lingering a bit. perfect carbonation.


as said earlier, this is my new favorite dunkel. If I'm craving a dark beer, I'll definitely be grabbing this when available. I'm wishing I had another bottle to try. almost full-bodied, but definitely smooth and tasty.

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Photo of animal69
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Ayinger lacks any kind of dating also (unless you count the slits on the bottom of the label); pours a deep copper w/ a slight head that lasts, plenty of lacing; good malty aroma w/ some caramel & fruit undertones; nice sweet toasty malt flavor, caramely w/ some interesting fruity yeast (?) aftertaste, a faint hop flavor presence; nice light-med mouthfeel, not "thick & cloying" at all, dry, yet sweet at the same time; very drinkable, in fact, this beer is so good, I think it's replacing DAB as my fav. dunkel, i'll drink this on over & over...

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Photo of bnes09
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep copper color, ruby when held to light. Finger and a half ivory colored head with good retention and moderate lace.

Malty aroma of wheat bread and grilled corn on the cob.

Smooth, satisfying malt tones form a solid backbone to the brew boasting wheat, raisin, prune and caramel flavors. Subtle herbal hop adds just enough bitterness to balance. Rich, delicious, and in perfect balance for the style.

Medium bodied with plenty of malty textures and a hint of chewiness on the teeth. Smooth from start to finish. Slick in the middle with lots of small bubbles which seem to bring the appropriate flavors to each individual taste bud.

Drinkability is unparalleled. Overall experience in exceptional. Great depth of flavors in perfect harmony. This is exactly what a dunkel should be.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle

pours a beautiful mahogany color, rich and inviting, with a creamy tan head. Retention is brief and soon I'm left with an uneven cap, but there is little to find fault with here.

Light caramel over the top of a vague yeasty aroma. Nothing unpleasant here, but not very strong, and nothing to write home about.

Breadiness comes out much more in the taste, and is well received. crusty. Just a bit roasty. Very pleasing. Somewhat sweet, more light caramel, and great appropriate bitterness before the drying finish. Well done.

Body is on the light side of medium but quite smooth.
Tasty beer that I'm sure I'll have again, and wouldn't mind having a few of. No other part of the experience lives up to the spectacular appearance, but several aspects are close.

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Photo of MightyMonk
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This wonderful dark lager is one of the top dunkel styles out there for your tasting pleasure. You can't go wrong with any Ayinger beer unless of course it has been outdated or carelessly stored or treated on its trip to the US.
It exemplifies the German/Bavarian style of world class beer.

I can see the roasty color and smell the malty aroma as I pour it in a 20 0z Becker. It pours dark rich and heady that quickly settles. It's malty rich sweet flavor is unique.
Love this beer.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Crisp" says my notes: decidedly drier than the rounder, more malty nature of an American Gordon Biersch-like German style. Slight malt aroma with a nice non-sweet fruit note. There's even a hint of well-placed, interesting vegetable in the aroma (like carrot sugar) and flavor. Most vegetable characteristics are off-notes. This isn't; it's just an addition to the complexity.

Non-aggressive malt prominence cut by fine bubble carbonation. Highly enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, cola-like brown. A thin, off white head. Lots of carbonation with this one.
Smells of malt and Carmel, with banana and yeast coming through. Slight clove.tastes awesome! The Carmel, malt and yeast combo produces an awesome taste beginning. A slight clove and hop hint that adds to interest.
What a balanced beer. Great mouthfeel that enters just medium status. The finish provides a crisp feel.
Great dunkle!

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Photo of parsleyd12
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off I'd like to say that Ayinger seems to take great care when making their beers and paying great attention to flavor. I've always liked this beer and figured I should review it.
Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel was purchased from the liquor store I manage in a 500ml brown pint bottle. There is no freshness date nor an alcohol percentage that I saw on the bottle.

APPEARENCE: It is a "black tea" shade of honey brown, nice color, really no head at all, very little lacing if any.

SMELL: toasty, malty, almost a buttery nut smell, coffee, maybe a slight dry fruit smell, malty chocolate? It smells very good and is very inviting.

TASTE: a nice rich nutty, caramel, coffee taste, has a smooth dark beer taste without the heaviness. Has somewhat of a coffee after taste that stays. Overall it tastes great.

MOUTHFEEL: low carbonation maybe a little under carbonated

DRINKABILITY:I definately will drink this beer again, its good if you like dark beer and want to drink several, its very light and easy to drink but still has a rich dark taste.

If your in or around Cumberland,MD stop by South Cumberland Liquors and try this great brew!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle into a mug

A: Pours a dark red/brown with white head which dissipated rather quickly, but at its zenith looks great.

S: The smell is astounding. Smells just like baked bread, with hints of nuts, raisins, and a bit of smoke, just like a great artisinal pumpernickel.

T: The taste is just as good. Nutty malts come up front, balanced by just the slightest hint of hops. Straightforward, not complex/mind-blowing, but just tastes great to me. I can't really explain it any better, truly liquid bread.

M: Light to medium bodied with that fully matured lager smoothness.

D: Great for a darker beer, sessionability is fantastic, very refreshing, though you wouldn't know by looking at it. I've had beers that were more complex, but as a simple drinking beer and for the style, this lager is phenomenal. Great job Ayinger!

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Photo of marc77
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very appealing crystal clear red hue, with a thick, creamy, persistent head. It's beautiful. The aroma is of rich, malty, toasty decocted Munich malt melanoidins. Medium bodied. Toasty malt flavors are noticeable initially, and are surprisingly well balanced by a slightly floral Hallertauer hop flavor and bitterness. It finishes with just a touch of toasted flavor on the back of the tongue along with a bit of residual sweetness. Wow-- what a balance. Hop bitterness and flavor , malt, slightly roasted grain flavor coalesce perfectly. It's been a while since I've had this beer and I'm pleasantly surprised. I drank this one at cellar temps (approx. 55 deg.) to allow the malt favors to come through. For a 5% ABV "session" beer, this is a highly enjoyable and complex one.. Give it a shot.

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Photo of MLoxxer
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious. A very nice malt charactered beer. When I think about what a beer should taste like it is something like this. Great head retention and a nice dark ruby color. This one has an excellent flavor without the least bitterness. This one is on my favorites list.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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