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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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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3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of Bockrules
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear toffee brown with a tall, creamy tan head. Some tiny bubbles are visible in this beer. The head dissipates slowly. The aroma is dominated by bready malts and caramel malts. I can pick up faint chocolate notes. The flavor of this beer is bready and sweet. There is a nice mild caramel sweetness and faint chocolate notes. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth, creamy, and crisp. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer.

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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A - An amber brown, somewhat copper hue with a fluffy off-white head. Retention was average.

S - Lots of toasted malts, as well as some caramel as well. Some darker fruits are also present with some biscuit-like notes. All comes together a bit skunky to me though.

T - Starts with big, bold caramel malts following with those light toasted biscuit notes. There are a few other elements (following the nose) which attribute to the sweetness of the beer. For a lager this is very, very complex. Then again.... it is a lager.

M - A big medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a beer of this size, yet the ABV is low (with no trace whatsoever). Relative to other lagers this is superb.

O - Another good beer from the folks at Ayinger. Nothing has yet to the top the notorious Celebrator, but if I am looking for a dark lager, I know where to find it.

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

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of big brown bread, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big brown bread, caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, chocolate, roast, toffee, nuttiness, and earthy herbal spiciness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, chocolate, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic amount of pretty robust flavors; with great balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Dunkel Lager. I have never had this style before, but this is nicely robust and complex; and extremely easy to drink. Very clean for a lager as well. Such a delicious brew, if only it was more widely available.

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Photo of bnes09
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep copper color, ruby when held to light. Finger and a half ivory colored head with good retention and moderate lace.

Malty aroma of wheat bread and grilled corn on the cob.

Smooth, satisfying malt tones form a solid backbone to the brew boasting wheat, raisin, prune and caramel flavors. Subtle herbal hop adds just enough bitterness to balance. Rich, delicious, and in perfect balance for the style.

Medium bodied with plenty of malty textures and a hint of chewiness on the teeth. Smooth from start to finish. Slick in the middle with lots of small bubbles which seem to bring the appropriate flavors to each individual taste bud.

Drinkability is unparalleled. Overall experience in exceptional. Great depth of flavors in perfect harmony. This is exactly what a dunkel should be.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into Spaten seidel.

BBE Feb 2012

A- Mahogany brown with excellent clarity. 2 finger tight head that reduces quickly with little lacing.

S- Chocolate malts, dark wholemeal breads, hint of toffee sweetness.

T- Lots of chocolate and munich malts up front with a note of dark wholemeal breads again. Nice toasted malts give balance in the semi dry clean lager finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation, clean.

D- Excellent dunkel. Solid balanced flavour profile that sends me back to Munich. Could drink this all day.

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

It's brown, but has some lighter shades of red and orange in it. Pretty clear for such a dark liquid, looks 'thin.' The head is nice and thick, slightly offwhite, and leaves nice lacing eventually, as it's got good retention.

Has a pleasant smell, full of malt, biscuity notes, and hops. Caramel malt, bread crust and flowers.

Taste follows the smell item for item. Caramel malt is obvious. Bread crust in mid-sip. Roasted flavors in the finish.

More complexity than I'm used to with a lager. It's a bit sweet initially. Fuller bodied than I'd have guessed. Stays sweet throughout, but there's some balance with the hoppy bitterness in the finish. Relatively smooth and creamy.

One of the better lagers I've had. Had good flavors and was easy to drink. Would like to have more than just one.

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4/5  rDev +1%

I'm surprised. This is not a dunkel weiss, as I had expected. It's a Munich dark lager--not a style I'm familiar with. Here we go!

A: Wow. Way darker than expected, with a red hue that I wasn't expecting, either. Nice creamy head that just flows and sludges around in my pint glass as I pour, swirl, and take my first few sips. Though the color resembles something that leaked from my car, it has surprising clarity.

S: Now I'm confused. By the nose alone, I could easily confuse this with a deep, rich abbey ale like Westmalle. Smells sweet with a ton of dark dried fruits: dates, figs, raisins, current. And bready! That intense date-nut bread character that I expect from mysterious belgian monks, not from a Munich lager. Interesting.

T: Follows the nose mostly, but much lighter. Doughy, yeasty goodness, rounded out by all those dark fruits, maybe even a faint hint of dried cherry and definitely prunes. Malts are big, enveloping the mouth, with slight roastiness, almost smokey but not quite. Less intense than the nose suggests.

M: Has a lot of tooth to it, but less chewy than the nose would have lead me to believe. It's a lager after all! Full bodies, to be sure, but with a subtle lightness. Makes this more drinkable than it would be otherwise. Creamy head adds texture.

O: a nice offering from Ayinger. As it warms it gets softer, but the flavors come out. Cold, it's crisper and more taught, but with some of the dried fruits blending into more of a single fruit leather note.

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

Pours a deep mahogany color with an espresso-colored head. Dissipation is fairly quick, under two minutes, and leaves behind a thickish film. Some lacing.
Smell is malty, of course, with notes of wood and dark fruits and some smokiness. Very well balanced.
Taste is, again, malty with the same dark fruit/fruitcake note and smokiness with a hint of hop. Extremely well balanced.
Medium-heavy body with an effervescence that is tangy almost on the tip of the tongue but much more subdued elsewhere. Aftertaste is peat/earth and light hops. Slightly drying with just a light coating of the upper palate. Very good brew.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,114 ratings
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