Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

very good
1,102 Ratings
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

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

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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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3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber-brown with limited light tan head. Aroma is deeply malty with a potent ripe raisin/prune scent that is boozy and cloying but pleasant. Very interesting aroma for a thin-bodied lager. Palate is chalky chocolate, more prune/raisin fruit, brown bread (pumpernickel), a hint of cola spice, a sour top note that almost evokes fresh citrus but probably more like rancid marmalade, nice deep dark flavors. Some brown sugar and coffee show up and cling to the palate along with a bit of cardboard. The faintest whiff of apricot. Minimal hop bitterness. I like this style and this is a good exemplar. Ayinger is workmanlike, never bad and always cleaving close to style guidelines. Carbonation is right where it needs to be. A nuttiness like bitter walnuts accumulates and builds a bit ... Some metallic notes that maybe detract a bit but one can always return to the fermented prune aroma and be intrigued.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which at the moment seems to have poor retention. The head is a weak off white with hints of beige and yellow. The body is a transparent dark amber that glows a dark orange when held up to the light. Scant traces of lacing left behind.

Nose- Fairly subdued. I get some roasted notes, caramel, and a little bit of nuttiness when I smell from the bottle. As of yet, the glass reveals very little. After a while, I get some sweet malt and a whiff of caramel. Slight roasted notes with some sourness come out after I swirl the beer around a bit.

Taste- Fortunately, this has a lot more going on than the aroma. Roasted malts, caramel, and some biscuit. Not terribly strong but it must be kept in mind that this is a lager. Coffee and a very slight mineral finish. The caramel seems to evoke a bit of woodiness on the finish. This woodiness almost might be from the small amount of hops used. More would be desired if the malts were saccharine but thankfully, they are quite subtle. A solid beer that appears to be a good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation with hints of both smoothness and grittiness.

Drinkability- Quite sessionable. Easygoing and flavorful. A world of flavor compared to your average lager. Four dollars a bottle will probably prevent me from buying another but you never know.

Overall- A good, solid beer that is a proper introduction to the style. Definitely worth at try.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,102 ratings.
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