Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,106 Ratings
Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,106
Reviews:
592
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
109
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of igl
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of morrowd3
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ControlVolume
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generic dunkel

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Photo of anon
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ferb
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an excellent Bavarian dark. The flavor is well balanced, leaning towards rich malts with a nice roasted flavor. It is well worth a try and is a welcome change of pace in any beer fridge.

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Photo of Beervana
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zshaft
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear brown color with beige head. Aroma has bread crust, dark rye bread and toasted malts. Taste starts sweet and malty with bread crust and burnt sugar. Finish is a bit roasty with a hint of hop bitterness. Medium body with lower bitterness. Really easy drinking yet tasty munchener dunkel.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jodio
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of erk0607
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sehr lecker!
Look: Dark, clear brown with a light, tan foamy head that disappeared in a minute or two
Smell: Excellent malty, bready smell, somewhat on the sweeter side
Taste: Much like the smell... you really get the roasty malt character and there isn't a super noticeable hop presence, but it is there. Also a bit caramelly.
Feel: Crisp and refreshing. Dry on the palate. Medium density.
Overall: Really enjoyable, I would definitely get one again.

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Photo of Griphon
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nat1975
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ShotLine
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This might not have been the best beer to use for a first review. As promised by the description it is quite complex... Before even reading the 'style guide' for Munich Dunkels I was struck by the gem-like appearance. I also picked up on hints of an almost fruity sweetness, but they're mixed in with enough bitterness that I wouldnt call the drink 'sweet' overall. Somehow the beer, despite how much is going on in it, still comes across as light and is exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled up a weizen glass and filled a flute with the rest. Nice brown amber. Ring of head, meadow of lace.

Nose of dark bread, tobacco, milk chocolate.

Taste: Roast comes out. Nuts. Vanilla on the tail. Good dark malt too.

A dry mouth. But that's okay.

Hearty but very drinkable. Another decidedly bearded-man beer from Ayinger. As the bottle reads, pairs great with some food.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This dark lager pours a very dark brown color with a nice tan head that leaves a considerable lacing. There is a crisp, malty scent that is very common with German beers. There is a really nice malt backbone for this beer that imparts a molasses bready flavor that is unmistakably German. It has a pretty full body, but still manages to have a nice crisp finish. I could definitely drink these all day. There’s nothing fancy or revolutionary about this beer, but it’s just a really well done delicious beer. It’s a highly rated Munich Dunkel Lager for a reason.

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Photo of Squire123
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PhilsPils
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a glass stein at the Gasthaus by the brewery in Aying. Wonderful malty aroma and taste with just enough German hops (Hallertauer?) to somewhat control the malt. I say "somewhat" because the crystal malt flavor definitely runs the show here. No burnt or roasted grain flavors like so many faux Dunkels from the U.S. Decoction mashing doesn't lend itself well to mass production but this sure tastes like my triple decoction attempts at this beer style. I have no idea what mash procedure they used but it is one delicious Dunkel. Their Dunkelweizen is awesome as well, IMHO.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Malt malt malt malt. Bubbly carbonation. All that wonderful malt layered Harry Potter magic. Warm but not because of alcohol. Fantastic. Wonderful.

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Photo of nlv0127
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,106 ratings.
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