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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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Ratings: 1,122 |  Reviews: 597
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4/5  rDev +1%

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%

Photo of seanyfo
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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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of logicalparadox
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

500mL bottle:

The beer poured a reddish, cola color that produced a nice, dense head that was well retained and could be easily reproduced.

The beer gave off a nice, sweet malty aroma, sweeter than the more grainy Jahrhundert Dortmunder export.

The beer followed the nose; it was a slightly sweeter, maltyier version of the Jahrhundert.

Light feel, very good carbonation and very easy to drink. I prefer the Dortmunder export, but this is still a very good beer.

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

500ml bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber-brown body underneath an inch or two of light beige suds.

Smell: Oven-toasted dark German bread and nuts backed by a light roastiness, strewn leafy hop notes, and a far-off hint of chocolate-covered raisins.

Taste: Toasted dark bread, coffee-laced roasty malts with added tastes of cracked nuts, cocoa powder, and even some dark caramel. Reasonably sweet. Child-sized handful of raisins, faint hint of apple skin. Leafy, herbal hops with enough bitterness to support the sweetness. All the various flavors roll in and around and amongst themselves, everything nicely integrated until the drying, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly silky on the tongue.

Overall: That dismal dunkel from the 2012 Longshot six-pack was the impetus for this purchase and the difference is night and day.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of sureshot08
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red brown with a 2 inch head that retains fairly well.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits, reminiscent of their Celebrator Doppelbock.

Taste: Dark breads, malty, slight caramel. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, which seems appropriate in this beer. Moderately high carbonation.

Overall: Excellent. Almost like a light version of Celebrator. Very drinkable, shows that a high malt presence can be just as good as any IPA.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams Alpine Spring glass.

A - Looks like slightly lighter, transpartent ruby Coke with thin white lacing.

S - Sweet, rich malt, a bit of caramel on the end

T - Delicious slightly roasted, caramel flavored malt with a hint of sweetness on the finish.

M - Thin and refreshing

O - A fine, malty, tasty and easily drinkable beer

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,122 ratings
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