Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,102 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
Ratings:
1,102
Reviews:
590
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
107
For Trade:
0
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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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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of RonKoch
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Evelet01
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good beers it's heavy dark beer but easy to drink. Very smooth.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of MarshallMan
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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 Nihlas
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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