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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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578 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
578
Ratings:
1,075
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
13.64%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
106
For Trade:
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Reviews: 578 | Ratings: 1,075
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

**
11/30/2013
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 acelin
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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Photo of fscottkey
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.25] Beautiful ruby to blood red color in the glass. Extremely transparent with no clouding of haze. Forms 1 finger of medium bubbles. The head is off white in color. The bottles have no dating but list the ABV at (5.0%)

S: [3.25] Brown bread, rust, copper, clove.

T: [3.25] Follows the nose with mild brown bread and caramel. The "rust" on the nose is not in the flavor. There is a mild hop finish.

M: [3.00] Thin with some tingly carbonation.

O: [3.25] My first real foray into German beers (made in Germany). This beer is pretty tame on my American palate. Nothing really stands out or defines it. This is my first dunkel - so I have no basis for comparison but it seems lacking.

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

APPEARANCE: Dark copper, ruby up to the sunlight. Nice bunch of medium size bubbles slowly rising up the glass. Crystal clear beer. 2+ fingers of eggshell creamy/foamy head. Stays around for just a little bit and leaves a nice ring on top. Leaves a decent lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Big sweet caramel notes. Minor sweet chocolate. Minor coffee. Lots of breadiness in the aroma.
TASTE: Not nearly as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. You get the breadiness and caramel. Some coffee. The slightest bit of sourness, but in a great way.
FEEL: This beer is dry through the entire sip. Wow is this dry. But in a good way, like I need another sip, right now, kind of way.
OVERALL: You get all the breadiness, caramel, and a really cool slight sourness quality to this beer that you could want. If you don't like an incredibly dry lager, it may not be for you.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark rooty color, 3 finger head

Smells of wheat and molasses, dark malts

Taste is nice and roasted, cocoa malt, smokiness.

Feel is creamy and carbonated. Semi dry finish.

Id have this one again. Nice to share with friends.

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Photo of drmeto
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation
S:
-cinnamon,raisins,strawberries,caramel,bready,plums
T:
-caramel,raisins,chocolate,slight coffee,black bread,plums
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Roastier than your typical Munich Dunkel.
Good, though a little too light

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Photo of ranger7
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft in Ayinger's biergarten on 8/1/2015:
What an amazing appearance; dark and clear with an amber hue. This beer has an amazing, foamy head with excellent lacing. This sets my bar for how a Dunkel should look. Smells terrifically malty. Tastes dark and malty. Malt aftertaste with a smooth feel. I asked someone here which would be a good beer to try. He said, "I don't know, all Bavarian beers good." I'm beginning to believe him.

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

Poured into Pilsener glass. It pours a dark copper color with one-finger of milk-white head and lacing. It smells of malt, caramel, nuts, and raisin. It taste begins with toasted grain with a touch of caramel and dark fruit, then becomes increasingly dry with some nut flavor, with some slight bitterness at the end. It has a really nice balance of malt and hops. It's medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and very drinkable at 5% ABV. It's refreshing and enjoyable to drink. Overall, this is a very pleasant and enjoyable Dunkel.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, no date. Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown, perfectly clear with four fingers of tan head. Outstanding, truly other-worldly retention. Ample visible carbonation. Epic lacing.

Aroma: Extremely sweet maltiness, like Hatuey or Malta Goya. Caramel maltiness and a touch of toasty grain. Toasted grain increases as it warms and as I drink it down. Smells like Roman Meal 100% whole wheat bread crust. Slight noble hop touch and familiar lager yeast.

Taste: Drier, toastier arrival than expected. Quite dry and toasty across mid palate, too. Very nice clean and light bittering. As much bittering from the malt as from the hops. Somewhat salty finish. Really malty, complex, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Mid-to-lightweight. MUCH lighter than it looks or smells. Very clean. Slight effervescence; much less than the appearance would let on. This may be a touch light for the style.

Overall: The smell is wholly sweet, but the taste is wholly lager. I was expecting something more akin to Eliot Ness Vienna Lager, but this is far less sweet. There is tremendous malt complexity here; many layers of taste. Really delivers for a 5.0% ABV lager.

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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 James954
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Medium amber-caramel color with carbonation rising from bottom and lacing around the edge.
S: Light plum-raisins with a malty note
T: A light plum-raisin again but I like this flavor a lot whereas normally I don't prefer dark fruit and raisin flavors... Toasty malt on the back-end with a sneaky peach or apricot that is barely detectable? There is a little syrup action, but it isn't off-putting thanks to not over sweetening. No excessive sweetness, no stale malts, no skunk, it may be as good as dunkels get.
F: Medium-high carbonation with a remarkable smoothness. I cannot rave enough about how impressively SMOOTH it is for a dunkel!

Overall: Nearly perfect for the style. I HATE overly sweet dunkels and dunkels with a stale hop finish. This brew avoids all the pitfalls of bad dunkels!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

In what is becoming a fall Sunday ritual, it's time for a German beer and some football. This dark lager hits the glass in a muddled brown-copper color without the slightest bit of haze. A decent sized, frothy head forms and is a light tan in color. Retention and lacing are both very good. There is just a touch of red in the color of the body when held to the light. Crisp and light grains hit your nose first when taking a whiff of this brew. In the middle of the smell there is just a hint of darker malt, displaying a tiny bit of caramel character. Just a touch of balancing hops bitterness is present in the lightest floral note possible at the end. Smells exactly true to style.

The beer hits the lips with a small burst of caramel malts before the flavor lightens to the more traditional German lager flavors. A slight bit of sweetness up front transforms into a light and crisp pale malt flavor in the middle of the drink. Towards the end of the drink, the balancing, light hops I have come to expect out of great German lagers gives the malt a check and just enough bitterness to be noticed. The hops are borderline spicy before the drink washes off the tongue crisp and clean. The feel of this beer on the palate is what I have come to expect out of Ayinger; smooth and medium in weight, with a great refreshing quality. I could drink many of these in a sitting (shout out to the German heritage in my liver!).

Overall, I do not know why I don't buy Ayinger brews by the case. This is the third of their beers in a row that has really impressed me. The best part about a brew like this is the clean, easy drinking, sessionability that made German beers famous. Next time you are craving a lager, reach for one of these beauties.

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

Pours deep purple, almost brown in body with an off-white head that lingers on the edges of the glass. Aroma of prunes, earth, dark fruit sugars, wine, banana, background mild note of peanut butter. Tastes of prunes, grape, past its prime pear, banana, leaves, cocoa, lingering flowers (Honeysuckle?). Light in body with light carbonation. Many flavors but none are offensive.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ayinger is a superlative Bavarian brewery and their dunkels epitomizes the style: smooth mouthfeel with sweet caramel and brown sugar notes with a toasted hoppiness at the finish. Wunderbar to say the least.

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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 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 katybee
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I have the feeling this is "a man's beer".... bitter hops and malty, nothing sweet at all, although the smell was bready carmel malt, it was dry, clear and crisp feeling, not rounded to the tongue. Very thin, and any foam quickly dissipated. Reminded me of a malty extra special bitter ale. It remained "crisp" and didn't round out as it warmed up, to my disappointment. Not to my liking at all.

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

Pours a clear, dark copper/red color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, Euro yeast, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, Euro yeast, slight caramel malt, hint of hop, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Buck89
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A beautiful reddish-orange copper color with a thick off-white head that lingered. Sweet aroma with plum and dark bread. Huge complex taste, with plum, pumpernickel, caramel and hazelnut. Clean finish and nice light feel.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear copper-brown beer with nice beige head, moderate retention. Excellent smell - caramel, nutty, somewhat metallic. Taste - full malty, toasted, hints of hops in the finish. I was waiting for any wood or smoke notes, but found nothing. Anyway, the beer is paragon in its style. Sweet, malty, light-bodied, with clear characteristics.

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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An explosive pour of this dark brown brew results in a tall and sticky tan froth. Aroma is redolent of fresh-baked brown bread, plum and brown sugar. Has a slightly phenolic air to it. Tastes sweet but not cloying with enough bitterness at the absolute end to balance as needed. A bit nutty with a dollop of plum as well. Light to medium in body with a distinct water weight to it.

Always up for a good German brew and always excited to see a new one on the shelf. Prost!

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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
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,075 ratings.
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