Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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

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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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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly sweet and malty, I'd not had this style, but love this brewery. Pours clear light brown, with off-white head quickly disappearing. Aroma is sweet caramel and malt. Flavor is more of the same, with just a mild balancing bitter. Finishes clean, wanting more.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 500 ml single into a cervoise

a: cola color with a little ruby in the light; clear; 2 fingers khaki head that subsides quickly
s: very nice, nutty bready toasty sweet maltiness, some lager yeast
t: follows the nose, though the toastiness is more pronounced, and it also has a faint edge of grassy hoppiness...this is mainly about the malts, and they're a little sweeter and less complex than one expects from the nose, but it ends with a nice balance between rich toasted maltiness and crisp hop liveliness; delicious and well made.
m: somehow both creamy and crisp, a little hoppy tingle that comes out at the end; nice substantial body for the low abv, medium carbonation

overall, these guys just brew really good beers, and this may not be one of their best, but it is still really good.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Dark brown, light comes through around the edges when held up, vanilla head, lots of lacing, looks like a Coca Cola, not much carbonation coming off the bottom.

A: Sweet German malt aromas, nutty, roasted malts, caramel, a little spice, smells complex, different aromas every time I take a smell, smells great.

T: Sweet malts, caramel, bread, nutty flavors, slight roasted malt flavors, slight bitterness at the end, very easy drinking, smooth, nothing really jumps out, complex, very good.

M: Medium mouthfeel, some minor carbonation, finishes slightly dry.

O: Very good, easy drinking, it's kind of like a porter lager mix, some roasted nutty malt flavors, sweet caramel, nothing big, just really good. I'm not a big lager guy but I do like the slight roasted flavors of a dunkel, probably won't seek this out again but I would definitely not turn it down.

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Photo of PReust
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really,......really,........really malty. A crispness common to lagers, and fairly smooth. "I don't always drink lager, but when I do......" It might be something like this.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw and toasted grain notes lead to fainter dark fruit and cookie sweet notes. The hops smells and tastes of grass and herbs and there is a faint doughiness from the yeast.

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Photo of founddrama
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Poured from the bottle into a 16 oz. shaker glass. Highly clarified, very clear -- I'd call it transparent if it weren't for the color. Light brown, sort of toffee in color. Not as dark as I'd expected. Two fingers of airy, foamy head.

SMELL: A lightly toasted smell. A little bit sweet?

TASTE: Sweeter than I thought. A slight caramel note. Otherwise very straightforward. Everything about this beer seems to be in small moves that come together like a quiet song.


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Photo of loubar
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Cost Plus. Dark, dark brown. Shows signs of clarity with a big, off-white head. Good lacing. Nose of toasty, fruity malt and yeast. Flavors of bread crust and light caramel with hints of dark fruit, plum and touch of raisin. Hops are hardly noticeable, maybe a touch of grassy spiciness. Residual sweetness produces a fairly heavy body feel. Finishes semi-sweet. A very tasty, yet easy drinking lager beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had at King James Public House Asheville. No freshness date. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Toasty, biscuity malt that's slightly sweet and has a mild yeasty quality to it that suggests dark fruit.

T- Dark bread, toasty malt and the faintest hint of that fruity yeast. Smooth, clean lager finish with just a tinge of oxidation.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A very easy drinking beer that satisfies one's desire for a sturdy malt presence.

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Photo of twosheds
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby brown in color with a light tan head.

Smells like dried fruit, raisins, and pumpernickel.

Taste is like smell but with more malty sweetness and molasses.

Mouthfeel is really smooth.

At first, the raisin and dark bread flavor is a little much for me, but the more I drink it the more I like it. Nice drinkable German beer.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,088 ratings.
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