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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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3.96/5
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1,120 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#4,838
Reviews:
596
Ratings:
1,120
pDev:
9.85%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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88
Gots:
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of half dark. Spice in dough aroma. Very smooth and creamy, high quality ingredients. Nice easy drink for lunch, a pint is a good serving measure. Sugar in there for fizz and sweetness. Touch of roast. Hops for some bitterness. Had a tap freshness to it.

had a second bottle, more sourness. no roast

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. Random strings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of malt and caramel notes. Perhaps a bit of an earthy aroma. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, caramel, and some earthy/woody tastes. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good lager from Ayinger and my first of the style. I would get this one again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

sometimes you just find yourself in the mood for a dunkel, and this is always a safe bet to reach for. all the beers these guys do are real traditional and well done, and this is one of their best. its really really clear in its deep amber color. the head is tall and white, but it doesnt last all that long in my glass this time. it smells like german lager yeast first, a sweetish middle coppery malt base, and then an almost hefeweizen yeast where subtle dried banana notes and white pepper spice ease in. the flavor complexion is just like the nose, maybe a little light on the yeast profile in this one compared to other examples of the style, but its subtlety there allows the fresh caramely grain to be a little more forward. i dont think their are multiple yeasts in this, but it sure tastes and feels like there are. overall this is awesome, a super drinkable dunkel too right at 5% abv. most perfect in the fall, but these are fun to crack all year too. also a wonderful food beer, diverse in its pairing capability. a fine beer to keep around for the holidays too because of its quality, uniqueness, and probable mass appeal.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It says munich dunkel but the name suggests a different take on altbier. In any case it poured a copper/amber color into my pint glass. There was some white head and it had some retention to it but was very thin.

The smell had some dark malts and some german lager yeast but there was also a bit of smokiness there. There was also some dryness which to me hints at altbier. Pretty inviting.

The flavor was your typical dark german lager but that smoke flavor was there too. Interesting. I am assuming that there is some smoked malts in here somewhere, that or maybe a small amount of some really dark roasted malt.

The body was like most german beers, that is to say it was light/medium. Very drinkable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a finger-sized off white head that quickly settled down into a thin layer of bubbles that remained on the surface the entire time. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of dark malts, caramel and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of toasted caramel malts with a little bit of sweetness; a slight amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate; the finish seems to be a bit thin.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and is good if you are looking for something that's moderately filling because with all of the malts it feels like you're having a slice of bread.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 'alt' phrase on the bottle illudes to this being and Altbier. Though the beer does hit on the light caramel / toast flavors, this beer takes the proportions of these to the Dunkel level. Quite toasty, malty, bready. But also with low-lying levels of sweetness, dryness, and light fruitiness. Moderately full in texture with much creaminess, but not heavy. Toasty, dry, and cleanly finished. A highly drinkable beer for the big flavors.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. "Old Bavarian Dark Lager". Sounds like a plan to me.

This beer pours a clear, medium dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of fizzy, foamy, and quite loosely bubbly tan head, which leaves a few miniscule specks of islet lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of rather fruity (apples and pears, mostly), lightly toasted caramel malt, a bit of oily nuttiness, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is subtly roasted pale malt, a touch of oozy caramel, semi-bitter nuts, a sense of coffee served with biscuits, and a more pronounced floral, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is a wee too fizzy for my liking, the body hovering around medium-light weight, and kind of cloying, at times, in its workaday smoothness. It finishes off-dry, some drupe fruitiness and singed caramel malt lingering.

An adequate, generally serviceable dark lager, nothing more, as at least with the Germans, you know there's a minimum threshold to quality - and this might be it. I'm not quite inspired to have another go at this one any time soon.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Ayinger Speis und Trank in Munich:

Low B- (3.27) / WORTHY

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black in the glass, glints of mahogany in the light. Light tan foam on top, leaving behind spotty traces of lace.

Light roast in the aroma, dark malt, vague coffee.

Taste is roasty and dry, light bodied and straightforward. Very clean with a slight toasted marshmallow impression though not especially sweet at all. Carbonation seems light as well, though it helps the drinkability. Word is that draft may hit the states in January. Made a great pairing with spicy goulash at Laschet's.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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!"

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

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish, brown color with a pillowy, tan, three-finger head. Left minimal amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of clove, malt and spice.

T - It tasted of sweet malt. Also, noted clove and dried fruits.

M - Very crisp and nicely carbonated. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good German lager. Sweet, but not over the top.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown/burgundy color dunkel with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some caramel and light molasses is enjoyable. Taste is also a nice mix between some medium sweet malt with some nice notes of caramel malt and some very subtle molasses and a light dry roasted finish. Average body with good carbonation. Very well done but I am not sure this is a style that I really dig.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of big brown bread, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big brown bread, caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, chocolate, roast, toffee, nuttiness, and earthy herbal spiciness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, chocolate, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic amount of pretty robust flavors; with great balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Dunkel Lager. I have never had this style before, but this is nicely robust and complex; and extremely easy to drink. Very clean for a lager as well. Such a delicious brew, if only it was more widely available.

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Dark mahogany in the glass, capped by a half-inch of head. Clarity and color are great. It smells of sweet caramelized malt and toasted raisin bread. Very nice palate, opening lightly toasty and nutty with a brown sugar sweetness. Body is light, and it becomes pleasantly crisp and moderately bitter in the finish, drying up substantially. A very good dunkel, and I bet it would be even better on tap.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle. Pours a clear deep reddish/almost brown body with a firm, foamy tan head that holds well. The aroma offers a lightly nutty and toasty maltiness. The body is light with an exceptionally fine carbonation that leaves it creamy and silky smooth in the mouth.The flavor offers a rich maltiness that's clearly derived from Munich malt, and lightly toasty and cocoa-ish notes from deeply kilned dark malts. At times it can even be borderline chocolatey. The hop flavor is minimal, and the bitterness restrained, serving only to support the maltiness.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel 5.0%
.5l in ceramic mug at brewery (bräustüberl)

A: hazy; dark brown; small light tan head that fades quickly.
M: medium body and carbonation, but a tad less body than ideal; slightly harsh feel.
S: sweet medium malt; a bit floral and lightly hoppy. Improves with warming.
T: similar to aroma, but with a more pronounced flavor from both the malt and the hops. Nicely balanced.
O: a finely crafted beer with great balance.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a two finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Very light notes of earthiness from the hops.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some lighter notes of toffee malt sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of earthy hops that contribute light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink, though rather filling from the heavy dose of malts in the beer. Enjoyable and it is the classic example for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a little note, I love the artwork on the bottle caps.

The pour from the tulip bottle forces a nice frothy and semi thick creamy 1.5 finger head that fades somewhat slowly, with lots of nice lacing, over dark but very clear mahogany brown colored beer with some chestnut light streaming through.

Nose is nice, some dark toasty malts, toasted wheat, pilsner toasted straw malts, light caramel and toffee like aromas, a slight caramelized brown sugar like aroma too and faint biscuit, light wafts of dark fig and raisin like fruit, with that nice decoction like complex soft malts, and faint grassy noble hops. It started a little muted but after a few big sniffs more and more complex aromas came through nicely.

Taste brings more of the same, malts the key profile, darker brown malts, caramelized sugars and fruits with a light candied raisin and fig like, nice toasted wheat and biscuit flavors, with a little toasty dark brown malts. Sweet flavors bring a faint toffee and nutty quality with the caramel and brown sugar, but all are on the lighter side and the beer itself is not very sweet. The wheat characters come through a bit more as it goes, a toasted brown wheat like, as well as more of that soft decoction mash flavors. Very faint grassy noble hop in the background that brings a faint spicy quality on the finish. The finish is drier, more caramelized brown sugars and toffee nutty flavors, dark toasted wheat, and touch of the toasty malts, as well as a crisp slightly fruity lager character.

Mouth is med bodied, soft and rich though, and plenty of fluffy carbonation.

Overall quite nice, true to a nice dark dunkel, great malt characters, soft complex decoction mash profile, nice sweetener flavors without the sweetness, faint dark fruits come through, and even the slightest hop profile. very drinkable and I could pound this back in minutes if I'm not careful. This is what I imagine drinking on a slightly chilly spring morning in Germany.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,120 ratings
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