Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel
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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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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - chestnut brown with white head

smell - honey, caramel, nuts, musty whole grains

taste - honey, caramel, toffee, nuts, bran,whole grains

mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation, balance of flavors here, hint of sweetness upfront, slight bitterness on the end, smooth finish

Overall - solid beer, good value, this is a style that I enjoy, not boozy, not heavy, not overdone, just a straightforward beer with a nice flavor profile. Will revisit

Price Point - $3.19/16.9oz bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass
A: Transparent caramel brown with a one-finger head that slowly settles then lingers
S: Caramel & whole grain bread. I like it.
T: Nice grain and caramel up front, an herb-filled mid-palate, but on the finish there's a fake, sweet medicinal taste that's not entirely pleasant.
M: Medium-bodied, some nice carbonation, and would be quite nice except for that overly sweet, medicinal finish.
O: Overall this is nice, except for the finish. I'll pick up another to try- if the finish is more pleasant, it will become a regular session beer, if not I'll pass.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear ruby brown with an off-white 2 finger head. Average retention, and it leaves behind a thin but consistent lace with a fair amount of stick.

Smell - Honey with faint notes of caramel and a subtle grassy hop aroma.

Taste - A light though somewhat complex flavor profile, with notes of honey, light caramel and with slight hints of dark cherry and chocolate. Finishes with a bit of malted grain and a touch of grass.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Fluffy, and a touch buttery. Decent bite from the carbonation before going down smooth and easy.

Overall - A fairly good dark lager. More sweet than bitter. Interesting, though lacks the "it" factor that puts it into elite status. For that reason, I doubt I'd buy this again; not when it shares the same shelf space with the other Ayinger beers that are amazing.

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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice color, no lacing to speak of. dark copper, dark brew, but still very transparent.
smells sweet-malty; tastes sweet-malty. love the maltier brews. yes, some bread-iness, and i can even see how the one guy got his "grilled corn on the cob". great tasting brew.
mouthfeel is medium with minimal carbonation.
overall, EVERYTHING from ayinger is very good. straight-forward and simple, almost commercial (are they big in germany?) and, like paulaner, always a good bet when in doubt what to drink. i approve this message and beer.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel 5.0%
.5l in ceramic mug at brewery (bräustüberl)

A: hazy; dark brown; small light tan head that fades quickly.
M: medium body and carbonation, but a tad less body than ideal; slightly harsh feel.
S: sweet medium malt; a bit floral and lightly hoppy. Improves with warming.
T: similar to aroma, but with a more pronounced flavor from both the malt and the hops. Nicely balanced.
O: a finely crafted beer with great balance.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a perfectly transparent dark ruby-to-brown with streams of carbonation rising to the creamy, three-finger head. The head stays intact until nearly the bottom of the glass where it dissipates to a thin ring of bubbles. Leaves behind several medium sized splotches of lacing.

S - Smell like opening a bag of pumpernickel upon opening the bottle. In the glass the nose opens a tad and hints of caramel, spice, and noble hops are barely perceptible.

T - Sweet malt upfront. The body is primarily sweet yet somewhat musty Munich malt with noble hops in the background for balance. Noble hops rise to the foreground as the beer passes over the back of the tongue before melding into a pumpernickel finish.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation to give the beer a very rich and full feel without being heavy.

Ayinger dunked would make for an ideal session beer due to its rich and interesting, yet not too heavy or overly complex flavor profile, smoothness, and low ABV. Despite doing everything well and being very drinkable, I don't see myself returning to this often as it isn't remarkable enough to warrant trips up to ABQ to pay $3.00 for a 500 ml bottle. For now, slightly inferior Negro Modelo will remain my Munich dunkel of choice.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 77.7% out of 100 with 1,107 ratings
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