Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel
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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #3
Ranked #7,418
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Very Good
Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 624 | Ratings: 1,193
Photo of Bruno74200
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer. Very drinkable but got some powerful notes of caramel and toasted bread. Some noble hops presence. Velvety mouthfeel. A drink of thirst but a tasty drink

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a body like cola dark brown body with big thick foaming off white head
Smells like what I imagine a rye version of a wheat biscuit breakfast cereal
That is in the taste with some charcoal adding in an acidic bitter finish with big malted constant

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Photo of FBarber
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown color. Thick off white head dissipates steadily and rather quickly leaving no residual head or lacing.

Aroma is very malty - bready, doughy, with some dark stone fruit and a hint of red wine grapes. Hints of brown sugar but not "sweet" on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a very malt forward flavor - dark bread, pumpernickel, dough - with some dark fruit hints and a touch of brown sugar or molasses on the back end. The hops are incredibly subtle almost to the point of not noticing them in the flavor. However there is a touch, ever so light, of an herbal grassy flavor towards the back end.

Feel is light and smooth. Medium carbonation albeit gentle - does not come across fizzy.

Overall this is an interesting dunkel - its certainly a more complex example of the style than many of the ones I've had. However this is very good and my personal favorite for the style.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours mahogany brownish amber with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Dark fruit, toasty roasty bready malt, and dark sugar sweetness.

T: Toasty roasty malt, faint coffee, dark fruit, plum, raisin, fig, earthy, slightly floral, and dark sugar sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Just right as we transition into these cool fall nights.

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Photo of lastmango
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +0.5%
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 puck1225
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +13.9%
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 thebeers
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +14.4%
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 +4.5%
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
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | 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 +11.8%
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 yeasty and malty. Like sticking your head into a mash with no hops. There is bread crust, toffee/caramel, molasses, 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 +1.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +1.5%
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 -1%
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 +13.4%
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 +2.3%
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 -1%
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 -6%
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 -6.8%
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 +5.3%
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 +7.1%
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 +4.8%
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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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1193 ratings