Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 584 | Ratings: 1,088
Photo of Sudmissle
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good Munich-area brew that is dominated by a heavy malt taste and texture. It is slightly sweet with a slight cream and coffee undertone. Similar in style to a Paulaner Salvator, but not as strong or sweet tasting. As far as sweet, dark German Dunkel style beers go, it is probably one of the better session beers because it is not too syrupy-sweet too prohibit having a few glasses full. This beer has a wonderful smell to it with a dark brown color. It is malty without being too thick or molasses-like in mouthfeel. It is far better in the bottle than when I had it on tap in Aying right from the source because the bottled flavor is considerably stronger.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

This dunkel pours a dark amber brown. Off white head with decent lacing. The scents heavily malty. Caramel, hay, some brown suger and coffee beans.

The flavors are big big malt. A sweet caramel, cream and some mild sweet fruit in the back ground. There is also a brown sugar and then a coffee finish. The coffee is smooth with not much bite.

A medium bodied beer. It feels very nice and it drinks well. A nice crisp finish to this beer.

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

Nice lager, smooth and refreshing. Malt certainly outweighs hops, but overall this is a relatively light brew. I'm curious as to why it's referred to as an "alt bier". It does, however, remind me a little of an alt (but isn't an alt an ale?). Anyway, it's a good beer if you like this style. I would much rather drink a doppelbock if I want a dark German fare. As others noted, would probably be very good with food.

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Photo of quidquam
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 500mL bottle from Whole Foods poured into an unchilled pint glass. Looks dark but quite clear. Bitter smell, with strong plum or raisin influences. Pours with a very nice head and holds it well. Taste is crisp and light, with a burnt hopp flavor. Carbonation level is very good. Very little aftertaste as it goes down very smoothly leaving you wanting more. Personally, I enjoyed this beer more as it warmed up and the hopp flavor came out a bit more. Overall a very solid beer. I second some other reviewers in saying this would be great with strong-flavored food such as brats.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a short squat stoneware mug, so I never got a chance to evaluate the color. It had a light tan head, with an aroma of malt along with a hint of alcohol. The taste was a bit dry, and because it started out cold was not as malty as I would have liked. The dunkel as it warmed up began to release a malty sweetness to my flavor receptacles. At first when cold the predominant taste was in the finish, it was one of bitterness from the hops. When warmed the maltiness balance out and in fact dominated the previous bitter hoppiness. I detected a hint of raisin, some caramelized breadiness. Quite clean as a lager should be, no fruitiness. The malt flavor was not sweet more of a cracker/ breadiness to it.

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

Pours up a handsome clear chestnut brown with a short tan head. The head shortens quickly to a heavy film, offers decent lacing. Nice to look at.

Smells of malt, molasses and fruit (plum or raisin). Tastes of sweet, slightly burned malt. Bit of a bite lingers in the mouth with a gently hoppy finish. More malt as it starts to warm up. Smooth, carbonation just about right, enjoyable to drink on all counts. I'm thinking this would go real nice with a sausage off the barbecue.

I've been buying beers to leave with my dad to try when I go visit him. This one makes the trip in the next six-pack. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BierReise
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber-brown ale with thick head that settles down quickly. Aroma is sweet malt with hints of plums, raisins and coffee. Smooth and medium bodied and slightly crisp. Flavor is highly malty and slightly sweet, fruity and nutty. I'm not a big fan of this style but this is really well done and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of Mustard
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $1.99 from Fireside Cellars in Santa Monica.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy brown with a fine, beige, two-fingered head; good retention; light, spattered, ring lacing.

Smell: Faint notes of toffee malt and ripe fruit.

Taste: Lightly sweet biscuity malt complimented by mild traces of earthy hops; roasted notes pervade. Nice, medium body.

Notes: Adequate. Certainly prefer Allgauer's Urbairisch Dunkel; not any better than Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg's Barock-Dunkel or Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren's Frundsberg Dunkel.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a deep mohagany color with an off white head, which didn't last for long. The beer is crystal clear when held to a light. The smell is a bit faint but consisted of dark fruit and strong roasted malt. The taste up front is a bit sweet with a strong malt presence. The finish is sweet, has sort of a dark fruit taste, almost like plum. I can't put my finger on it. The hops seem lacking but come through in the aftertaste a little bit. Mouthfeel is a bit sharp on the tongue with a medium body. A refreshing brew, and one I will drink again.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured a large tan head with fine-small bubbles. The hue is reddish-brown and it has a caramel aroma to it. The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. It had a hint of coffee in the taste. This was a decent Dunkel, but I have had better.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Brown color, large head, malty aroma. The richly roasted malts are slightly sweet. Medium bodied. Slight hoppyness. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and some what dry. Aftertaste is malty. Very nice beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of euskera
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a rich smoky brown with a medium sized head with plenty of staying power. Bright malty aroma. Taste is of caramel thought a bit sour on the edges. A slight alcohol feel at the very end. Smooth as silk going down. Nice tart aftertaste. A nice German brew when I'm not in the mood for a porter or stout. Will drink again easily...

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Photo of TheDM
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a large head of fine to medium sized bubbles and a carbonated semi-transparent brown body. It has a mild malt aroma appropriate for a Dunkel. This brew is a bit on the fizzy side for a Dunkel. Its flavor is a bit burnt or roasted caramel and this with some spicey notes.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dunkel. Dark brown, some head but not a lot. Lots of malt. Typical flavours. Thoroughly average (am I just jaded by extremely flavourful beers??). Not bad at all, just not outstanding. I expected a little more from Ayinger.

Maybe this was affected by being drunk in the same week as Heritage's Traditional Dark and Liefman's Kriek. The more standard beer just didn't have a chance.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redish/brown colour. Foamy head doesn't last too long. Slight maltiness in the nose. Lightly hopped. Hints of molasses & very light licorice with a pinch of caramel but yet not sweet at all. The finish is very mellow & starts to dry, almost disappearing too fast.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown colour, good head. Moderate aroma of oak and caramel malts. Medium body, typical dunkel, some toffee flavour but not too sweet. Must be good with food. Lightly hopped, pleasant, easy drinking. Maybe not the greatest beer in the world, but impossible to dislike, if you like beer at all (which the other ratings prove).

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

Appearance: Pours a reddish-amber body with perfect clarity. Lots of tiny bubbles race to the top of the glass. A light tan head starts out thick, then shrinks to a respectable cap. Fair amount of lacing on my glass.

Smell: Aroma of fresh malt with hints of caramel and a slight roasted character. There's a subdued fruitiness in there as well, but it's faint.

Taste: Very rich and malty with a slight bitterness. The flavor echoes the aroma with a dose of caramel, fruit, and roasted grain. Finishes with a bready note with a small burst of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Finishes very clean.

Drinkability: Good stuff here. The thin body and mellow flavor profile make this a beer I could drink more then a few of.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's clear dark brown/amber. A medium sized tan head forms and lasts a little while. The aroma is pretty much caramel maltiness. It's mellow and pleasing just like the flavor. Very malty this beer is, with no discernable hop character. VERY smooth, light carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer. It's light and slightly watery on the tongue, but I don't find that detracting here. I find it drinkable, very drinkable.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer makes one think of fall. Auburn hues to match the leaves outside and a thick tan head that lasts and lasts. ( A portent of the snows to come?) Lace clinging to the glass like frost on the windows. Aromas of smoky deep roasted malts and fresh baked bread. My favorite tastes of Halloween--chocolate and toffee. Rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Enjoy this smoky brew in front of a roaring fire if you can.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cream-colored head, dissolves quickly. Malt background prominent. Toffeeish sweetness, quick, but pleasing finish.Nutty flavors, coppery, metallic, even. Very little hoppiness, clean, simple. Dark lager isn't one of my favorite styles, but this has to be one the best.

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

Pours a black colour topped by a thick creamy head that doesn't settle after the first few sips. Sweet malty aroma whith caramel hints. The mouthfeel is average though. This dark dunkel is an average brew tha its worth tasting

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Photo of bditty187
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, bloody ruby hue, a finger’s worth of fairly rocky tan head, respectable retention, fair lacing. Wonderful nose, caramely-sweet-fruity-candy… passionately delicious. Decent palate, solid malt foundation, mildly sweet, caramel, hints of hops bitterness, well-balanced, but… then… thin and slightly watery... the finish lacks substance. Mildly disappointing. This doesn’t mean that Altbairisch Dunkel isn’t worth drinking! Maybe I am being too picky… I’d still recommend trying one. Hell, overall, I am not complaining.

Re-reviewed on 03-03-03

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

Fresh bottle. Pours a clear deep reddish/almost brown body with a firm, foamy tan head that holds well. The aroma offers a lightly nutty and toasty maltiness. The body is light with an exceptionally fine carbonation that leaves it creamy and silky smooth in the mouth.The flavor offers a rich maltiness that's clearly derived from Munich malt, and lightly toasty and cocoa-ish notes from deeply kilned dark malts. At times it can even be borderline chocolatey. The hop flavor is minimal, and the bitterness restrained, serving only to support the maltiness.

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

Dark brown with hints of red on the margins. Pours with a foamy light brown head the gives way to a persistent fine lace over the top and particularly around the edge. Smell is distinctively sweet with tones that somehow recalls a Scotch ale. Taste is smooth and full, with bready, caramely sweetness. Full malty taste barely lets through any hints of hops or alcohol until the end. Very smooth mouthfeel that lingers a bit long. A really nice dark, malty beer.

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Photo of Murph
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear brown color with a nice light brown head that slowly sinks. The brew gives off a pleasant aroma of biscuity chocolate and a slight bit of some earthy hops in the background can be noticed as well. The taste starts off with some fairly mellow, not overpowering, chocolatey malt tastes that share the space with a nice biscuity presence as well. The earthy noble hops are slightly more assertive in the taste and are perfectly balanced with the malt so as to not let the malt flavors get out of control. The brew is smooth but not too full in the mouth and remains rather refreshing for a darker/maltier brew. I really need to get to Germany so I can start sampling some of these when they are fresh. If they are this good here then I can't imagine how nice they would be when fresh on the other side of the pond.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,088 ratings.
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