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
Germany | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear garnet with a tight off-white head. Decent retention and a bit of lace. Tiny streaming carbonation.

Smell: Hmmm. Very fruity with a dense malt underbelly. No real hops coming to the fore.

Taste: Whoa, not at all what I expected. Bold; malty, a bit of dark fruit and surprisingly smoky, almost smoked to my palette. Hops make an appearance midway through and definitely bitter and dry things out. Finishes almost metallic -- hard water, perhaps. Really unique favor. Mouthfeel is pretty typical for a German lager, thin and crisp. There is a bit of a syrupy smoothness from the malt, though.

Drinkability: Quite. This is a step down from a full-on smoked beer, but offers some very bold flavors for a light-ish ABV beer. Major surprise, this one.

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Photo of tom444
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 500mL bottle.

Appearance: Pours a rich reddish brown, wth a thick light tan head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: Nice and malty, strong chocolate notes, hints of raisin, apple, some other fruity notes, and a few floral hop notes. Alcohol is definitely noticeable.

Taste: Tons of malt, with a good bit of dark chocolate and some strong fruity notes. Rather sweet, with just enough bitterness to round out the taste. Finishes cleanly, with a bit of a lingering malty aftertaste.

Overall: A nice bold dark lager, one I'll have to try again.

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice tan head, dense and long lasting. Beautiful reddish brown color and very clear. Aroma is clean, not very intense though - a hint of bready, cookie-like maltiness, it would be nice if it were stronger. The flavor is wonderful as well, starting with some toastiness and nuttiness along with a slight sweetness and a decent dose of bitterness at the end. This is a delicious beer! Super drinkable.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a pleasant burgundy when held up to the light, translucent with a brown tint. The smell is perfect, like cranberries, very tart and almost bitter. You can really smell this all the way up your nose. The taste is much like that, a little bitter with almost a tingly sensation. The overwhelmingness is much like cranberries in the first gush, then it mellows out but the bitterness still lingers. For mouthfeel and drinkablility I didn't think it was that special... there is a strange chalky sensation that overtakes the back of your mouth so to remedy it you take another sip, but then find yourself right back in the same predicament. For a sipping beer this is great, but don't expect to enjoy too many.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown, huge head which disapates in awhile, lots of lacing throughout the drink. Scents of malt, caramel. Medium body with a smoky/nutty taste. Very nice brew, will add to my list. Very drinkable, makes a good session beer, definitely would recommend this to people.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown and almost soda-like in appearance, this beer has a nice fluffy eggshell head that drifts away to nothing but a few flakes on the side of the glass.

Malty almost cola-like hints on the nose, black tea, nuttiness, metallic twinges.

Oddly leathery in flavor but captivating; spicy, leafy, slightly green, and floating suggestions of licorice. Some tart roastiness.

Not necessarily my style of beer but tasty and interestingly eye-opening. Like to be sure I have a fresh example next time...

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Photo of kgotcher
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Dark rich amber color with a nice foamy tan head, looks very nice. Aroma is toasted malt all day long. Medium carbonated body with a bit of crispness to it and a nice clean and dry aftertaste. Heavy malts have a very bready, toasty flavor.

Overall a great beer and very drinkable with a unique flavor. Definately adding this one to my long list of favorites.

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Photo of baiser
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, mahogany colour, with a cream coloured head, good retention and lacing. Sweet caramel and toffee flavours, with some smokiness. Taste was full of bready malt, caramel, toffee and some smoke reminiscent of a rauchbier. Some bitterness from the hops. This lager is dominated by its malt character and is pretty delicious.

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Photo of Domingo
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great stuff. I've never had anything but amazing beers from Ayinger, but this brew is nearly as good as their famed Celebrator...maybe better in some respects.
Pours a nice brown color and like most dunkel lagers, it's opaque enough to have light pass through, but still MUCH darker than a typical lager.
The smell is pure malt, but with some cocoa highlights. A little hops in the end, but not really overly prevalent.
Taste is smooth and VERY chocolatey. In fact, they could likely call it a chocolate brew if they wanted to. I'd say it's got more chocolate flavor than Sam Adams' Chocolate Bock or Young's Double Chocolate. At the same time, some of the Celebrator raisin highlights are present, too.
I could drink these all day.
The biggest compliment I pay pay this beer is to it's drinkability. It's just the perfect beer for any occasion, be it a warm summer day or a cool snowy evening.
If you like dunkels or even if you like Dopplebocks, give this a try. This is kind of like Celebrator's easy drinking little brother.

EDIT: Having been over to Bavaria a few times, I think I can safely say this is one of my top 2-3 dunkels. In fact, it's likely my overall favorite. Of all things, there's an excellent Indian restaurant near Marienplatz (Garam Masala) that serves this on tap. I find this makes a wonderful accompaniment to spicy and savory Indian dishes. Kind of a random food pairing, but it works. I wish I could bring a bottle to my own local Indian spots.

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

Pours a clear reddish brown beer with a bit of tan head.

Smell is lots of roasted grains and whole grain bread scent. Scents of raisin, molasses and brown sugar are in here too.

Taste is mild smoke and roasted grains. Big malt presence but not sweet the smoke and medium hopping level only let you taste a hint of it. The hops give this a pleasant bitter after taste that lingers quite a long time. Damn this is a tasty brew!

Mouthfeel is a good balance between refreshing lightness and body.

Outstanding drinkability here I could drink this all the time and I absolutely am going to stock up on this one. Highly recommended!

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Photo of tjthresh
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. No date, but there is a touch of oxidation. Brown and garnet with a nice tan cap on top. Strong malt nose featuring chocolate, and toffee. No hops here. Buttery chocolate with a drying at the end. Light carb is nice. Well worth the coupole of bucks fo the bottle.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear dark chestnut brown color with a firm inch of tan foam at first pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising to keep the foam lasting for some time. It leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass after being consumed.

Aroma: Munich malts and Melanoidins rule the aroma profile. The earthy aromatics are so intense! This is really nice. I can even pick out a bit of plum hiding in there somewhere. It smells like there may be a tad of Oxidation, but the malt still rules.

Taste: The flavor is rich with nutty/toasty notes and some sweet caramel. The Melanoidins aren’t quite as noticeable to me in the flavor as they were in the aroma. I even get a bit of chocolate in the throat when this beer gets done with me. The malt is really complex in this beer. I can taste a little bit of some floral hops, but the malts easily overpower them.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer, and one that I would probably drink all the time if it were available in Texas (At least I don’t know where to find it in Houston). This is a world class beer, and I bet that it would be fabulous to try in Aying. The example that I reviewed showed some slight signs of oxidation. Still a wonderful beer.

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

500ml bottle. The pour creates a 1/4" off white head that recedes to leave a small amount of bubbles behind. The color is a darker amber.

Smells rich and malty, especially for a lager. Hops are moderate and spicy. Slight metallic hints and some starchy fruitiness.

Carbonation is medium high and the body is on the heavier side of thin.

Nice moderate maltiness on the tongue, with a nice balancing characteristic of lightly spicy German hops. Finishes with a lingering, subtle, spicy bitterness.

A nice, refreshing, drinkable lager...but with plenty of character to keep things interesting. A distinctly German beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To me this beer screams "after dinner" to seel the meal. Light carbonation and rich flavor.

17oz bottle poured in tulip glass. Rich head that quickly fades but leaves lacing with every drink to the bottom. Beautiful shiney dark copper body that leans towards Amber.

I'm guessing by the alcohol i'm picking up in the smell that this beer is higher in ABV. But its only a mere 5%, every bit of it comes through in the nose. Not so much in the flavor although there is a woody burbouny combination that meets toasted roasted malts.

Flavor is heavy malty with some burnt taste that is delightfull. Perfect for a post meal sealer.

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Photo of palliko
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep mahogany with a cream colored head that reduces to sticky lace. Aroma is of brown sugar, rich coffee and mixed fruit. Initial taste is yeast, malt and burnt sugar, mellowing into the promised mixed fruit from the bouquet. Bitter hops kick in but do not overwhelm the malt, and end with a lovely aftertaste. Brilliantly crafted!

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is more complex than its seems after the first sip. It has hints of spiciness and nice, grain-flavored after taste. The grainy character comes through in a subtle smell as well. Additional tastes come forward the more you drink it. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but that detract significantly from the enjoyability. It was surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with decent head that does not recede much. It's a tad too dark to see the carbonation, but fairs well. Smells of roasted malts and mouthfeel is quite strong in the sense that you can get a good taste of it before you even swallow. There is a slight dryness to the aftertaste with a nice ballance of hops. There is also a good nutty malt taste too. This is the second Ayinger I've tried after Celebrator Doppelbock. This isn't quite as good as that, but it's still up there. I give this a thumbs up.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfectly clear dark tan with many columns of bubbles and a sturdy white head that leaves a constant ring. Nose smells a little thin with malty bread and cocoa powder notes over top. Taste is mostly malt, with a miniscule hop flavor underneath. Some citrus on the edges and just the beginnings of a dark chocolate flavor, but the thinness prevents it from flourishing. Mouthfeel is thin, though it has more body than other beers I've had in this style. Highly drinkable, pleasant if a tad watery. Give it a shot.

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Photo of aquatonex
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent dark brown-orange, nice foamy head, good retention and lacing. Nose consists of light toasty malts, minor hops, a nice blend that isn't too strong. Taste matches well with a good balance of toasted malts, some bitter hops, good nutty malted foundation. Another winner from Ayinger, but the Ur Weisse still takes the cake.

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Photo of Suds
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a translucent, richly reddish-brown color with a soft blanketing head. Pretty nice looking beer…the head could be a bit more firm and stable, but overall it’s still attractive. The aroma is wonderful…thick smells of doughy, sweet, bread-like malt. Not a lot of hops in the aroma, but there is a distinctive yeasty quality. I love the smell. The brew itself is fairly sweet, but relatively light in body. It has a fleetingly metallic charachteristic. There’s a hint of hops in the finish, which sort of abrupt, considering the sweet foretaste. All in all, I was impressed with this one.

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Photo of TheJudge
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a wheat beer glass, nice fluffy tan head, deep red color. A nice looking beer. Smell of caramel malts dominate, what would be expected. Flavorful, a chocolate taste that you don't expect. Nice and balanced, some moderate hop influence at the end. Served slightly too cold, it has a good taste. Good carbonation, balance, and light feel in the mouth, I could certainly drink more. Not all night, but more.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich cherrywood color with a dense creamy light brown head. Smells of rich malt and caramel. Bready.

Taste is the same as the nose. Bready and really malty. Some light finishing hops. Lightly sour. Rich caramel and fruity. Mouth is sweet and lightly sticky. Pretty tasty dunkel.

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

Very clear rustic orangey-brown color with a beautiful spongey medium sized cap of densely built, organic egg shell colored froth. Settles down to a firm skim with some buttery bubbles. Lacing coats well in strings.

Aroma has a well rounded nuttyness to it backed by some fresh baked wheat bread that has a slight toasty edge. Clean and inviting with a peculiar softness to its waft that grows a bit in strength as it warms.

Taste is easy goin' and clean with a nice softness to its overall character thats enticingly unique yet very Ayinger-like. Something about the combo of flavors and carbonation makes for a very pleasant experience bringing a nutty wheat bread grain that sits remarkably clean and well rounded. Fluffy and delicate in nature, yet just enough boldness in the flavors to raise the eyebrows more then once. Notes of dusted cocoa and smokeyish sweet malt play with touches of caramel. Bread tones dominate taste, form, and function with this one though.

Feel is wonderfully soft and bready, warm bready is more like it; great, delicately precise carbonation with a semi-light chewyness to its bready nature.

I liked everything about this beer. Its not a brute by any means in huge amounts of aroma and flavor. But whats there sets perfectly for what it is, its very natural tasting and feeling. The bread tones in all its characteristics are just right. A fantastic brew and sessionable to boot. Love those Munich malts! Mmmm...fresh breads...

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good looking beer. Deep garnet color. Deep ruby/orange when held to the light. Just the perfect amount of carbonation. Head fades to a thin coating over the top of the beer.

Beautiful Munich nose! Absolutely gorgeous. Rich and warm and sweet and a touch caramel-y...just spot on.

Well...this beer tastes wonderful. Thank god it's apparently reasonably fresh. Impeccably clean yet still rich Munich malt flavors make this a joy to drink. Infinately refreshing and quaffable. Doesn't have the delicate tea like flavors that I've found in some other dunkels, but these were usually just in the freshest samples. Not quite the subtle complexity I'd need to give this a 5.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Thin enough to be supremely gulpable, yet not parched or too thin.

I could drink this all damn day long. I love this beer.

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Photo of Wonka
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ML

Appearance – ruby/brown body; great light cream-colored head early with a mix of micronized and medium-sized bubbles; head is ever-present but it certainly does pull back from the 2” initial presentation; lace is reasonable

Smell – I literally responded with an “Ahh” at the first smell; big caramel and plum; bit of raisin and molasses; here may be its best quality

Taste – dark fruits; caramel; light roast; just a touch of chocolate; hops are sitting in the back but run throughout; aftertaste holds some bitter, very light roast and raw green bean

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – crisp and clean; moderate body – at times a bit silky; lively carbonation at times, but overall its pleasant; not too dry

I really didn’t expect such a flavor profile from a Dunkel and to this point, this is certainly my favorite. Props to Ayinger!

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.
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