Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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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3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of justintcoons
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mooseo
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark cherry amber with a 2 finger creamy off-white head.

S - Toasted malt, almond, caramel, dark fruit, hint of grassy hops.

T - Sweet bready malt, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit. There is a pleasant nutty flavor throughout. Earthy grassy hops. Finishes mildly bitter with toasted grains and hints of spice/yeast.

M - Somewhat creamy, smooth, medium bodied. Crisp, moderately carbonated.

O - This a great dark German lager. Extremely flavorful and well balanced. Really easy to drink too.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear mahogany brown with a lot of reddish highlights when held to the light. Big light tan head with excellent retention and some filmy, spotty lacing on the glass. Smell is malty with some grassy hops.

Flavor is primarily malty with a fairly well balanced grassy hops bitterness. THere also appears to be a little winter ale type spicing.

Mouthfeel is rich but also light and refreshing. The grassy hops keep it from being too sweet.

Well crafted, goes down easy. I could drink a few of these.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of hackmann
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: nice mahogany body, somewhat clear, with a full two finger tan bubbly head that does not stick around long. Just what a Dunkel lager is going to look like – dark.

Aroma: dark bready malts, lightly toasted grains, and not much else, very light overall

Flavors: light toasted sweet grains, dark bread like, caramel, fairly simple overall

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, toasty notes on the palate during and on the aftertaste, light bitterness, roasted sweet note

To the Point: a good Alt Dunkel, tasty, easy to drink,

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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