Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Pours a light brown with a slight lighter brown head. Nutty and malty aroma. Caramel and bread. Flavor follows the nose. Nice nutty notes, followed by caramel and bready sweetness. Toffee in there as well. A lesser, but pronounced hint of dark fruit sweetness finishes off this malty beast. Medium bodied, not a thick sweet blend, but more of a smoother maltiness.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of hardy008
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mahogany color with a two finger tan head with good retention. The smell has caramel malt, toasted bread, some nuttiness, and mild hops.

The taste is much like the aroma. Toasted bread, earthiness, some nut flavor, caramel malt, and light hops. Not sweet or hoppy, but a mixture of both. The earthiness really stands out, and reminds me of taking a tour in a cave.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. A bit of a toasted bread aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but I'm not sure if I will try this again. Ayinger has better offerings in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of bobhits
1.48/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Mouth full of words.

Poured from the bottle this one takes on some light larger colors, but yet has a hint of darkness, once in the glass it turns darker red without enough density to cloud things out. Pours a decent head, very creamy.

Smells like caramel, honey, and has some earthy lager tones.

Candy, caramel, cotton candy…dark maple syrup, hints of raisins…what better way can I say this tastes like a kids candy instead of a beer. No hints of alcohol or spices that would give this some character and interest…instead it just sweet and sugary. The thing is this is watery sweet. It needs to up the game to be interesting. Instead it is in this world of candy without contrast or enough power to make me interested.

Candy is not good! I’m not just talking about beer, I’m talking everything. Sugary tasting things aren’t enjoyable for me. I get these things FAR less in beer though. At least candy has a market….5 year old kids. This is beer, why does it taste like they are making it for people who eat shit like cake? BTW for the idiots who think I’m joking in my reviews, that was funny because it is true. This beer sucks. Candy is sweet and uncomplex stuff, this beer is much the same. No depth or anything to grab on to.

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3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep brown with a light cloudiness to it that settles more so at the bottom leaving a dirty white cap and transparent top

S Caramel malt, light cocoa and hits at light wheat/hay

T: Light roasted malt, bit of cocoa on the back end with some caramel, wehat feel mixed with some fresh bread. Earthy notes and clean.

M: Medium body

O: Pretty good representation of the style

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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 21, 2011.

A: Really gorgeous copper and caramel color. Very clear. Beautiful tan head. This head had great retention. I give lots of props to how good this beer looks.

S: Great aroma. Rich malts and caramel. I also get a hint of nuttiness and finishes with some hops.

T: Very nice roasted malts flavor. Actually is quite refreshing. A hint of brown sugar and toffee. However I'm missing any sort of bitterness.

M: Light ot moderate body. Good carbonation but I was hoping for more.

O: Now this is a dunkel! This is a really great all around beer. Much more refreshing than I thought it would be. Perfect during fall and winter.

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4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A simple off caramel head, a little foamy somewhat uneven not totally, with a dark brown chestnut body and crystal clear if not dark to see through. Some nice retention leaving a good cap as well.

Nose, is what... get out of here, cranberry fruit mixing with estery goodness and light toasted malts. Slight hints of coffee too, really nice here and a little bit of nutiness. A fantastic nose.

Sweet mild fruit mixed in with a roasting light bodied milky coffee roast. Palate lingers with a mild hop finish of fruit lime but taking over by the sweetness and malts.

Overall I am loving this fruity and nut, and milky, and coffee, and malty combination (is that a run out sentence or what?!). Tasty brew!

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