Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #3
Ranked #7,473
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Very Good
Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 625 | Ratings: 1,194
Photo of hotstuff
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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 -5.3%
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 -5.5%
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 -25.4%
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 -4.3%
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 -14.1%
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 +3.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +5.8%
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 +9.1%
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 -6%
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 -12.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +10.3%
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 +3.8%
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 +8.8%
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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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An excellent little brew i think. Thin to medium body, light roasty/toasty malt flavours. Bit of chocolate and caramel in there aswell, a great session dunkel, in my opinion.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very thick creamy caramel head that stuck around for awhile. Dark ruby/near black color with good carbonation. Very sweet malty aroma which carries through into the flavor. There is a slight roasty undertone, but the malt overpowers it if cold. As it warms, the roasty and malty flavors balance a little better, but the mouthfeel is a bit thin. A very good dunkel.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour left this sucka with a real big, frothy head. It did thin down to a small, fine layer, and left a bit of lace. Color was an attractive, dark copper color. Wow - color! I have usually had this bier at Liebhards, the cheaper pub right across the street from the Aying Brauerei, and they always serve it in 1/2-liter crockery-type mugs - hence, no color! Nose had some malty sweetness and chocolate notes! Good body present, and nice tongue-work (sounds dirty!). Flavor shows some dark malt flavors, some chocolate again, and a hint of some fruity flavors thrown in for good measure. Nice bit of hops, in small doses, at the end for balance. Flavor improves with warmth. Looking forward to a mug of this under the chestnut trees in Aying with a plate of Rostbratwurst und Kraut! Prosit!!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of oberon
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice color poured well,not overly sweet but just right.Really liked the caramelly aroma,one of my favorite traditional Bavarian darks.Creamy texture with a cookie dough-like flavor with moderate crispness in the finish.Not overly sweet with just mild caramel and and brown sugar notes.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a heavy creamed coffee coloured head that retains quite well.

Smell: Sweet toffee, caramel, light ripe fruit and hints of coffee.

Taste: Warming and chewy toasted bready malt with slight caramel and a trace fruitiness are the forefront of this brew. A touch of hop bitterness barely dents the big malt profile. A thin coffeeish finish in the end with a touch more toasted malt.

Notes: "Old Bavarian Dark Beer" is what Altbairisch Dunkel translates into. This beer is just chock-full of malt, the model dark lager for brewers to mold from. Absolutely Superb!

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Photo of jreitman
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany color with light tan head. Slightly bitter but nicely malty as well. Extremely well balanced. After drinking the heineken dark in the same session, I was worried that I was not going to like the style, but the Altbairisch proved to be a wonderful beer. Dark fruit and sweetness came across in nose and flavor. Finished s little bitter. Very nice.

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Photo of marc77
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very appealing crystal clear red hue, with a thick, creamy, persistent head. It's beautiful. The aroma is of rich, malty, toasty decocted Munich malt melanoidins. Medium bodied. Toasty malt flavors are noticeable initially, and are surprisingly well balanced by a slightly floral Hallertauer hop flavor and bitterness. It finishes with just a touch of toasted flavor on the back of the tongue along with a bit of residual sweetness. Wow-- what a balance. Hop bitterness and flavor , malt, slightly roasted grain flavor coalesce perfectly. It's been a while since I've had this beer and I'm pleasantly surprised. I drank this one at cellar temps (approx. 55 deg.) to allow the malt favors to come through. For a 5% ABV "session" beer, this is a highly enjoyable and complex one.. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This handsome leather-brown beer is sweetly aromatic with whiffs of caramel. The malts are whelming and hops indistinct, yet the beer has an underlying bitterness that betrays its malt profile. It's quite an impressive balancing act. The water feels very smooth and pillowy in the mouth, as with all of Aying's brews, and has their trademark compulsive drinkability (you'll find it disappearing from your glass faster than you it want to - always a good sign). Not my absolute favorite effort of theirs, but well worth drinking if you are interested in the style. Should pair wonderfully with the appropriate food (sausages, and tangier darker meats, perhaps?).

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Photo of Jordan
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous cloudy brown with a creamy tan head. A potent whif of cocoa, malts, and gaseous alchohals. Roasted nuts, malts, chocolate. Well rounded, smooth texture. Unfortunately I tasted a hint of metal. -1 on taste for that. Still a great beer. Not entirely too expensive compared to say Samuel Smith, and almost the same quality.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1194 ratings