Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

very good
1,106 Ratings
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

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

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Photo of Mattandwin
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lastmango
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby brown with a frothy 3 finger tan head. Moderate lacing. Nose of earthy grass and malt. Taste of caramel, malt eith a slight hop aftertaste. Medium body and medium light carbonation. A bit of creamy feel too.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark reddish orange with a one finger light khaki head that dissipates to a thin film with good lacing. Aroma of bready and lightly caramel malt, light brown sugar and dark dried fruit. Flavor is bready malt with a light biscuit character, dark dried fruit, slight caramel, brown bread; finishes malty and semi-dry with light grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Like most Ayinger beers, a very traditional and to style example of the German dunkel. Nice solid malt flavor with a moderate complexity, good dark fruit notes and slight grassy hops. I don't return to the great German beers as often as I should. Glad to finally review this one.

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Photo of Jcbroome
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Deep mahogany color with a foamy initial head but little lacing. A sweet grassy smell. The taste is toasted malt with a slight hoppy bitterness. A good but not great Dunkel.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into Flute glass. No bottling or freshness date.

L: Dark amber, finger width khaki head that retains well.

S: Caramel and toffee malts, molasses, toasted pumpernickel. Wow is this mouthwatering.

T: Rich caramel and toffee malts some molasses and breadiness. This is delicious.

F: Medium body, crisp, clean finish.

O: I am continually blown away by Ayinger. Another excellent brew from them.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pau622
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good. Nothing exceptional. If anything a little thin and over carbonated.

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Photo of Greasy
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into willybecher glass

A: Small tiny bubbled white head settles to film. Body is a tawny rich caramel color with excellent clarity.

S: Lots of caramel, toffee, honey, fig, a little bit f a crushed nut smell.

T: Lots of roasted toffee, and burnt caramel, then some lighter honey, nice roasted sweet doughy flavor.

M: Medium to lighter body with medium carbonation

O: This beer is fantastic, great nose and a perfect flavor make this beer extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pour a full copper color with modest off white head and strong lacing.
S: Medium malt with with some caramel and lime notes.
T: Very smooth malts nicely balanced with slight hoppy bitterness at the end.
M: Light bodied.
O: A very nicely balanced, eminently drinkable, and enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of MasterRigger
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, dark brown semi-opaque body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Crackery malt, mild chocolate, toffee, grains, a suggestion of dark fruits.

Feel: Medium carbonation and body, kind of fluffy.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a mahogany color with lots of amber/ruby hues. Huge forthy tan head that leaves the glass looking like a milkshake was in it. Retains a thick film the entire time.

It smells very grainy and malty. Like sticking your head into a mash tun woth no hops. There is bread crust, toffee, molasses, ripe fruit skin, and lager yeast.

It pretty much tastes like it smells, but even better. A ton of malted grains. Tastes like a dark multi grain wheat bread with a toasted crust. There is a red apple skin or something darker, like plum. A sweet caramel/toffee, molasses, and just a hint of hops in the very end.

Super easy drinking. It has a medium body with an average carbonation and crispness.

This is a world class Dunkel, and easily the best I have had.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thoglund
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Translucent mahogany brown amber in color, the pour forms up massive silky light tan-head that stands with everlasting retention. It doesn’t go anywhere until the last sip and leaves plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Loads of rich Munich malty goodness in the aroma with notes of sweet caramel, dough, dark bread, toasted biscuit, and coffee, there are also notes of some floral, fruity, and spice from hop as a nice complement.

The taste follows what is displayed in the aroma with notes of rich malty goodness ranging from sweet caramel, dough, dark bread, toasted biscuit, and coffee while hop with its mild fruity and spice as well as some bitter kick in the finish.

The body is medium with some good crisp and moderate lively carbonation through the palate, smooth mouthfeel with a very dry finish.

This one is balance, tasty, and being good dark Lager with plenty of malt character that is also well supported by yeast and hop profile.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a relatively clear rich amber color with some vibrant ruby red notes and a hint of light brown towards the bottom of the glass. head pours 2 fingers, but settles to a small film - color is tan

s: dark wheat, dark berries, caramel, tons of toffee, a hint of lighter herbal hops, a touch of lemongrass. finish on the aroma is sweet and berry-like, yet still light and slightly crisp

t: dark, roasted wheat and freshly baked bread dominate the beginning of the flavor. following that are the dark berries and caramel malts. there is a touch of grains, and the faintest herbal note in here which mellows out the sweetness and gives this a good clean flavor. dry crackers, dark berries, and sweet caramel finish the flavor

m: lighter side of medium. carbonation level is good - less than a hefe, but enough to make the sweetness from the berries stand out a bit

o: very good beer. flavors harmonized well, and transition very smoothly. its lighter and easy to drink, but has a nice hit of subtle flavors in here. sweet, malty, and a bit earthy. very much in line with what you'd want from this beer

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Photo of CraigP83
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark auburn, thin tan head. Smell is sweet bread. The initial taste is excellent, slight roast malts but then turns metallic for some reason. Creamy and light bodied, this is an way drinker

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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