Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel
1,112 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer 1 year ago this month, and finally got around to opening it. Wow, it's good.

I poured this into a tall weizen glass. There was an inch of white head on top of a beautifully clear dark red-brown beer with a small but persistence stream of bubbles emerging from the bottom.

It smells like lightly toasted bread, just past golden brown, with a small amount of honey butter.

The flavor is very much like whole wheat bread that is lightly toasted. This is like a liquid loaf of bread, dark brown bread, like what I get at one of my favorite Irish restaurants. There is a faint tart sweetness that comes out way in the back.

It feels great. The consistency is very thin, very little foam form in the mouth, and the carbonation is very light.

This is extremely drinkable and would be very fitting as a session beer. Good flavor, definitely enough to satisfy the taste buds, and a light enough body to do it multiple times.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into guinness pint

look is a dark red-brown, half finger sudsy head. nose is sweet toffee, malt, toasted grain, some dark berries, and chocolate. silky light feel compliments the light roasted grain and coffee/toffee notes.

very enjoyable

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very good looking brown colour with quite a decent head on it.

Smells very malty with a hint of yeast.

Tastes mainly of mid-dark malts - caramely and almost chocolatey. A slight hint of yeast and a subtle amount of hop bitterness.

Overall a great tasting and balanced beer.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of illtexzona
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 16oz Pislner glass

A - Pours a deep yet transparent carmel. Two and a half finger head With carbonation trailing up from the bottom. Thick sticky lacing.

S - A strong prune at the front with brown sugar, maple, a hint of fired wood and pipe tobacco.

T - The same prunes you smell right up front come racing down your tongue. I get raisin bread, spices, rich malt, and a sweet carmel on the rinse.

M - It has a medium body that has enough carbonation to tickle your tongue without being overbearing. It is a little sticky from all the sweetness.

O - This is the standard bearer for the style, and with good reason. Its is balanced, easy to drink, and has a distinctly old world Bavarian feel.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a two finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Very light notes of earthiness from the hops.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some lighter notes of toffee malt sweetness. There are light to moderate flavors of earthy hops that contribute light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink, though rather filling from the heavy dose of malts in the beer. Enjoyable and it is the classic example for the style in my opinion.

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

Tasted On: 12-10-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Giant tan head sits on the amber/brown, clear beer. Features excellent amounts of lacing and head retention. Coloring reminds me of a cola.

S: Aromas start with sweet malts and roasted grains. Then come caramels, chocolate, and some earthy hops.

T: Taste is sweet, but not too sweet, with dark and bready malts. Light hop bitterness helps make this well-balanced.

M: Light to medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is bready and lightly sweet.

O: Overall a very enjoyable dark beer that's not heavy but is very flavorful. Another fine brew from Ayinger.

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3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of dark dried fruits and darker and burnt sugars mostly. There's a light bready malt aroma, but that is quickly drowned out by the other smells. The flavor follows the aroma quite well Dark sugars, caramel, crystallized sugar, prunes and raisins all meld together wonderfully. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet burnt sugary mouthfeel. This is a very nice, clean flavorful German Lager.

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2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe this beer just caught me off guard, but I found it to be just plain odd. Average to above average in appearance and smell, but the taste just left me flat. A tad overcarbonated, a little citrus zing at the finish and even though it has dunkel lager attributes, somehow this Ayinger misses my mark. I do love a good dark lager, and I look forward to enjoying more, but I'll leave this one alone, there are better options.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, chestnut color, with a finger of beige head that faded quickly, leaving a trace of lacing.

S: Stale, wet grass. Pepper. Lemon.

T: A little sweet malt, but quickly the toasty grain takes over. There's a little tart fruit before a mild, bitter finish.

M: Perfect mix of crisp, refreshing, and carbonation.

O: I was not so sure about this one when I smelled it, but the taste was good and it went down very easily. Worth another tasting.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,112 ratings
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