Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of hman43
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours deep copper with a slightly off white head. It has moderately low head retention. Very good clarity.

Smell: It has aromas of bread crusts, low nuts, low chocolate, and caramel.

Taste: There are rich malt flavors as the balance is towards the malts from start to finish. The flavors are dominated by the bread crusts and caramel (Maillard) with the nuts, chocolate, spicy hops, and roast in the background. It is very clean.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderate carbonation that is ever so slightly creamy.

Overall, this is a rich malty delightful lager with subtle hints of hops and esters throughout the taste.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a brown colored beer with an orange tint with a large white head. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste follows the nose but with a the additional taste of bread. An excellent beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft.

Clear red/purple color.

Off-white head; heavy lace.

Pear & caramel nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild plum & caramel flavor; a mildly tart finish. Easy to drink.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish color with copper edges and about a finger of head. Dark bread is the dominant note on the nose. The flavor profile is nicely malty with a balanced finish.

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Photo of Ferb
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an excellent Bavarian dark. The flavor is well balanced, leaning towards rich malts with a nice roasted flavor. It is well worth a try and is a welcome change of pace in any beer fridge.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear brown color with beige head. Aroma has bread crust, dark rye bread and toasted malts. Taste starts sweet and malty with bread crust and burnt sugar. Finish is a bit roasty with a hint of hop bitterness. Medium body with lower bitterness. Really easy drinking yet tasty munchener dunkel.

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Photo of erk0607
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sehr lecker!
Look: Dark, clear brown with a light, tan foamy head that disappeared in a minute or two
Smell: Excellent malty, bready smell, somewhat on the sweeter side
Taste: Much like the smell... you really get the roasty malt character and there isn't a super noticeable hop presence, but it is there. Also a bit caramelly.
Feel: Crisp and refreshing. Dry on the palate. Medium density.
Overall: Really enjoyable, I would definitely get one again.

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Photo of ShotLine
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This might not have been the best beer to use for a first review. As promised by the description it is quite complex... Before even reading the 'style guide' for Munich Dunkels I was struck by the gem-like appearance. I also picked up on hints of an almost fruity sweetness, but they're mixed in with enough bitterness that I wouldnt call the drink 'sweet' overall. Somehow the beer, despite how much is going on in it, still comes across as light and is exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled up a weizen glass and filled a flute with the rest. Nice brown amber. Ring of head, meadow of lace.

Nose of dark bread, tobacco, milk chocolate.

Taste: Roast comes out. Nuts. Vanilla on the tail. Good dark malt too.

A dry mouth. But that's okay.

Hearty but very drinkable. Another decidedly bearded-man beer from Ayinger. As the bottle reads, pairs great with some food.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This dark lager pours a very dark brown color with a nice tan head that leaves a considerable lacing. There is a crisp, malty scent that is very common with German beers. There is a really nice malt backbone for this beer that imparts a molasses bready flavor that is unmistakably German. It has a pretty full body, but still manages to have a nice crisp finish. I could definitely drink these all day. There’s nothing fancy or revolutionary about this beer, but it’s just a really well done delicious beer. It’s a highly rated Munich Dunkel Lager for a reason.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a glass stein at the Gasthaus by the brewery in Aying. Wonderful malty aroma and taste with just enough German hops (Hallertauer?) to somewhat control the malt. I say "somewhat" because the crystal malt flavor definitely runs the show here. No burnt or roasted grain flavors like so many faux Dunkels from the U.S. Decoction mashing doesn't lend itself well to mass production but this sure tastes like my triple decoction attempts at this beer style. I have no idea what mash procedure they used but it is one delicious Dunkel. Their Dunkelweizen is awesome as well, IMHO.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like brewers that make lagers and wheat ales particularly well. And Ayinger may stand alone, or nearly alone, in this regard among Bavarian brewers.
This dark lager I like and may have again. But it is hard to top Ayinger's bocks.

MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave this Dunkel 2.5 of 4 stars and said "a splendid example the Bavarian dark style with a warm, slightly fruity aroma, malty middle and coffee-isn finish."

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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 q33jeff
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is raisin, prune, must. Appearance is Clear Dark Brown Color-reddish copper hue. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, raisin. Feel is crisp, with medium carbonation. Very nice Dark Ale.

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Missing Germany in the fall right about now. This one is a perfect example of the classic Munich dunkel lager. Dark and nutty, Clear brown with nice thick velvety head. Yummy stuff!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 03/09/16:

Medium-dark syrupy brown, quite clear and topped with moderately well-retaining head of fine, foamy grey-tan. All I can really detect on the aroma is unsulfured molasses. On the palate, tart grassiness throughout, roasty-toasty suggestions, and light toffee. Floral hops and light pepper as it finishes. Medium-bodied, watery texture at first, then prickly, the sloshy, then creamy. May be a Munich Dunkel, but also comparable to a Euro Dark.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark ruby brown, no head. I think that is the result of this bottle's age.

S: Faint smell of caramel and raisins

T: Caramel and toasted wheat bread, residual sugars, some faint raisin, molasses.

F: Slightly syrupy, low amounts of carbonation due to the age of this bottle I'm sure. Light overall.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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