Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

very good
1,102 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,102 |  Reviews: 590
Photo of patsfan360
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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Photo of sdj5
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ImperialBeergut
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A deep burnt copper center with edges where light shines through. Like a beautiful tan girl in a see through summer dress... 1 finger of a tight bubbling head, mocha in color.

S: Toasted toffee buttered bread crust, a noticable sugar and chocolate nose, with a very, very slightly hoppy finish.

T: Absolutely delicious, truly quaffable dark lager. A chewy, sweet caramel bounciness to it that says I'm rich yet easygoing. I think when taste buds collide with one's ancestral heritage when drinking beer, it makes you feel...truly lucky to be alive, lol. I'm German n Irish. This is one of my personal top 3...nuff sed...

M: Nice and toasty rich. A slightly viscous and velvety mouth that wants you to taste it and then sluttily demands you then CHUG it, wow what a beer!...I taste it and I cant take it away from my lips, I feel like Frank The Tank...

O: Luxurious lightly chocolate n toffee flavored beer with a toasted aroma and finish. A amazing beer on an epic scale...

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tzieser
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5L Lowenbrau dimple-mug.

a: crystal clear, very dark brown in color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the mug for a long time.

s: very malty aroma with notes of bread and biscuits. lots of malty sweetness to be had.

t: lots of malt flavor, with notes of toasted bread, caramel and a very subtle hint of coffee. there is also a grassy character from the hops. extremely well balanced and flavorful. finishes clean.

m: thin mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

quite an excellent dark lager. picked this guy up on clearance for $1.50 a bottle! recommended.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of aswaller
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

A: deep amber copperish brown. Read around edges where light goes easiest. 2 finger tan head. Clear. Tight bubble head.

S: bread, toast, caramel, toffee, bread crust, sugar, chocolate and not really any hops.

T: delicious. Caramel to chocolate no bitterness, sweet amazing. Really luscious and good. Awesome beer.

M: nice and rich. Medium bodied and caramel-like.

O: This beer is amazing. Chocolate bready awesomeness. Gotta love German beers.

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Photo of ales4baldo
4/5  rDev +1%

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

Deep chestnut brown in color with a slight orange hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a rich light beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet caramel and toasted malt aromas are dominant with a hint of ripe fruit underneath. Smooth, delicate feel with lively but gentle carbonation. Huge malt flavor. Similar to aroma, the sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors are the showcase. Light coffee flavor with a very subtle hint of hops at the finish. Finishes clean and semi-dry. A very enjoyable german lager.

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Photo of bfields4
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber clear body. Small lacy head.

German yeast light malt dark toffee malts in the aroma. Sweet caramel almost vanilla.

Flavor follows in the same vein. Toffee and a bit of caramel not much hop, but a little more than what I would have expected providing a slight earthy herbal quality.

Nice light body easily could polish off a few of these guys at a nice German biergarten. Flavors are not complex but very nicely done.

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

500ml bottle from ole Mike Brawley, if memory serves.

A. Billy Crystal clear, lovely pecan brown with a distinct ruby hue. Quite pretty when held to the light, bubbly and with a short rustic head. Superb retention. No lace. This is medieval looking and inviting.

S. A metallic note at first - a stumble. Left alone for a few minutes, it blows off and better things come to the fore. Extremely worty smelling, this is straight up high-quality malt juice. Pumpernickel, toasted barley, sugar, a bit of a nutty smell, and yes I know that last is vague and annoying. Smells "quality", and believe it or not, has a Kvass sort of mildly sour rusticness to it. This is farmer-friendly and hearty.

T. Munich malt galore. Sweet and involving, toasty and full-flavored. Big flavor, in fact, for this style, but I'm not complaining. More than anything else, this reveals what good quality malts, well used, can do for a lager. Just a plethora of German malt goodness, and I don't even know what that word means.

M / O. Thin, almost watery beer, which is quite to style. Great carbonation lends an 'all in' feeling to this one, but at the same time is reserved enough for this to be drunk very quickly. The finish is toasty and the malt sweetness lolls about lazily on the palate. Bottom line: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel is absolutely one of the best Dunkels I've had to date. This brewery knows what they are doing.

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Photo of NWer
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear brown into my fluted glass. Nice bronze head retains well.
Aroma nothing notable.
Taste on the other hand very nice. Smooth, light, sweet. Very sessionable.
A very nice change when I want to cleanse the palate with something totally drinkable after a hop bomb or two.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rangerred
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

.5 liter bottle.

Pours a clear reddish brown with a tiny half finger head that quickly fades. Not lacing at all.

Smells of sweet caramel along with some roasted grain.

Taste has a somewhat heavy sweetness pervading throughout. Caramel dominates with roasted malt being secondary. Light grassy hops are detectable at the beginning quickly giving way to a light to moderate bitterness. The finish is somewhat sticky.

I have to say I am not a huge fan of this beer. It is too sweet for my liking and not quite enough roast.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,102 ratings.
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