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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

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Reviews: 578 | Ratings: 1,075
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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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with a creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass, bready, fruity aromas. Nutty caramel, chocolate flavors, medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel, surprisingly it has a somewhat dry finish, a great lager.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby maple syrup with a large, light khaki head that sticks around for a while. Nose is doughy caramel, tobacco, and cookie malt, with a tangy spice backing. Taste starts off lightly bitter and crisp with a slight metallic twang. Toasted cookie dough malts, with a light sweetness, settle in, along with some molasses and caramelt. Finishes with a hint of noble bitterness and some tobacco-y malt sweetness. Medium bodied, with an almost creamy feel. Very nice.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel pours a dark ruby malt from a 500ML brown glass bottle. Head went to over two fingers and laces very well when the beer settles down.

Nose is a intense toasted malt with a side of sweet malt and alcohol. Palate is a sweet barley malt and more malted barley sweetness bring up the rear. There is a hops presents, but the slight bitter of the hops in no way interferes with the sweet barley malt of this beer.

The malty sweetness is not thick and syrupy, not cloyingly sweet, but a very well done, dominate malty sweetness that I would be looking for in a good Märzen.

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Photo of horndecker
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dunkel shows a deep reddish-brown with a large tan head. The carbonation is coarse, with large bubbles, and the head dissipates after a bit. The brew is clear and inviting.

The aromas are of malt and leather and resiny hops. It all seems very well balanced.

The taste is very smooth. Malt and caramel, buttered bread, gentle hops, and something vegetal. Very tasty. Very drinkable. It was a perfect complement to kielbasa and boiled potatoes. One of the better dunkels I have had.

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Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep ruby/ cola colored drink, nice-sized cream colored head on the top. Good amount of lacing. Nice chocolaty malt scent. The taste is mainly malts, chocolate and caramel tones, some toastedness to the taste as well, with a fair amount of hops rounding out the back. Fairly creamy mouth. I would say that this is a good offering of one of my lesser-favored styles. A nice malty treat.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half a liter bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep deep red, almost black color with one finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is very malty, lots of burnt malt, and some chocolate and espresso aromas. The taste is also malty and is fairly sweet. More chocolate and a little bit of caramel as well. Even a touch of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is decently thick for a dunkel. The drinkability is great, as it goes down smooth. This is a really nice dunkel lager.

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Photo of karst
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half liter from Granite City's Mid Feb. restocked shelf. Ayinger has always been very good to me. Drink by code notched in bottom of front label is meaningless to the consumer. Head as high as all your fingers slowly settles and sheets the glass with lace. Coffee and caramel sents and tastes of bread malt molasses wonderful roundness in mouth inspite of light body. Bread and tosted malt lingers.

Made for session. Splitting this with another BA who is picking up his part of my last run to Corral Liquors.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: this looks like a serious beer. transparent dark brown color with a good head that fades to one-finger in a 3/4 pint glass. after an initial vigorous pour, the head had a bit of the guinness waterfall effect.

aroma: high malt content profile here. a deep molasses scent and some smoke. dried plums and raisins. figs. overall can be described as a mature sweetness.

taste: wheat and malt hit me first. smokiness carries over into the taste, but in a lighter way than i imagined. overall, this beer is alot lighter than it looks. that lightness brings an unexpected refreshing tart kick while it slides down the throat. crisp body.

this is a good session beer for dark bavarian beer lovers.

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

Kind of half dark. Spice in dough aroma. Very smooth and creamy, high quality ingredients. Nice easy drink for lunch, a pint is a good serving measure. Sugar in there for fizz and sweetness. Touch of roast. Hops for some bitterness. Had a tap freshness to it.

had a second bottle, more sourness. no roast

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

Bottled, standard Euro-1/2liter, thanks Sammy. hard pour reveals a lovely ruby red dark lager complete with fluffy mocha cap and beautiful lacing. Well carbonated. Smells of burt treacle over ripe fruit. Front end is dominated with huge chewy malts wonderful decernment of coffee and sweet roasty bready malts...dried fruit notes like dates..finish is prolonged where the toasty malts and dried fruit tastes converge into a coffee and toasted raisin bread flavor which slowly dries under the influence of the herbal-woodsy hops catching up on the palate in this malt pronounced, hop attenuated dunkel.

This is dark lager as it should be...pretty much as close as you'll get to sex in a lager glass.

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Photo of CVC
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came in a 17 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass. Pours a clear, deep copper color, with a thick, off-white, two-finger head. Leaves thick lacing, and dies fairly slowly. Smells of toasted malts and raisins. Tastes complex--slighly dark, yet slightly sweet, almost fruity. A fairly thick mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This is a great beer. A nice mix of toastiness, darkness, sweetness, and goodness. A perfect lunch and/or dinner beer.

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Photo of babydoc
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from their 500ml bottle. Attractive clear mahogany, with a bubbly creamy head that slowly dissipates. Head is gone before the beer is, and doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Nose is of malts and molasses and dark fruits. Lots of sweet toasted malts in the taste, nicely balanced with a touch of hops that lets the malt sweetness carry throught without being too sweet in the finish. This is light-bodied and creamy, carbonation a little less than I anticipated. It drinks smoothly and easily...time for another.

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Photo of claytri
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a translucent dark brown with a small tan head that holds up pretty well. The aroma is almost solely of toasted malt. The taste is pretty well straightforward toasted malt, with maybe a hint of hops in the finish. The feel is to the medium side of light with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a beer that could be a regular option for a solid toasted malt lager.

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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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