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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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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Ratings: 1,119 |  Reviews: 595
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 30/03/2014, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

Appearance: pours a dark russet brown colour, coming with a fast dissipating hissing dark beige head and lively carbonation.
Smell: a deep aroma of caramel dominates the nose, hand in hand with sour berry fruit notes such as raisins or prunes, laced with sweet nuts, sweet herbs and black sugar. Simplistic and quite sweet. A few good swirls give rise to a mild acidity typical of a well lagered beer, where it is balanced by the malt sweetness, though.
Taste: softly fizzy on the entry, the foretaste is immediately caramely and prune-ish sour-sweet, underlined by softer hints of bready & roast malts, leading towards moderate plummy fruitiness, nutty, faintly chocolaty and earthy undertones in the finish. Mildly dry on the palate with a decent touch of herbal bitterness to linger. After a few sips, a light oily feel starts to develop down the end of the palate.
Mouth & Overall: refreshing enough, semi-clean on the palate, medium-bodied, showing a balanced flavour profile, but altogether not something I’d drink for more than a pint. This is yet another beer style that doesn’t do well in the bottled and pasteurized form. It’s just… not delicious and not “lively” (not referring to the carbonation) enough.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a rich copper brown color. The head is tall and fizzy and pocketed with large bubbles and fades down into nothing. A fair amount of carbonation.
The aroma is sweet and bready. Sutle hints of dark fruits too.
The taste is malty sweet with some carmel and toffee malts.
Drinks weak on the palate and has a flat boring feel.
This beer tasted flat and boring. I've had better dunkels.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Amber/mahogany with 2 fingers of light tan head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Nutty, bready, bown sugar and earthy hop aromas.

Brown bread, caramel and brown sugar. Nutty with a dusting of cocoa. Nicely balanced with earthy hop aromas and maybe a hint of copper.

Medium bodied, silky and crisp.

A balanced and easy drinking Dunkel.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,119 ratings
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