Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

very good
1,101 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:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice medium dark amber color with a reddish hue. Light tan foam that disapated in a short time. The smell had a roasted coffee and caramel aroma, with a hint of fruit. But the taste was not really what the aroma was. There was the roasted malts, with a touch of yeast and a hint of caramel. This Dunkel is not what I expected in a Ayinger Beer. Just not enough flavor, sort of being boring! No better than average.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 3 fingers of tan foamy head slowly melt on top dark amber brown body. Specks of lacing towards the top of the glass.

S - Sugary ginger bread. Loads of nutty toffee malt.

T - Spiced pumpernickel crust. Raisins, nuts, and dried cherries. Lots of roasted toffee. Slightly buttery. Some pepper in the back makes for a clean finish.

M - Low carbonation, light bodied, smooth.

Flavors were good but seems a tad watery. The dark malts were comforting in a way. Good nose. Rich aftertastes of toffee and caramel.

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

I've never reviewed this beer before because most often I only get my hands on old stock. Here's to hoping this isn't the case -- if so, I promise to update when, or if, I can find a fresh bottle.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with a long-lasting, dense, light tan head.

S -- Sweet bread crusts, earthy yeast, vaguest of caramel hint with mild melanoidin character back.

T -- Toasted, sweet bread crust up front, smooths into a yeasty/bready character with hints at roasted malt, finishes with a good balance of bitterness.

M -- Medium bodies with a soft to firm mouthfeel.

D -- Very good. Probably the best example of the style available to us in bottles. This sample is not the freshest, but it hasn't gone as south as some I've tried -- I just don't think it sells here in the US. Too bad, because the style is rich and satisfying.

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

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of beige head with decent retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Quite mild, but toffee, chocolate and leather notes are detectable.

T - Toffee and caramel with a touch of cocoa off the top, tobacco and leather lingers on the finish. Slight hop bitterness creates a nice balance.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - Overall, a tasty dunkel and worth a try if you like the style and have access to it. The dark, roasted, flavours provide for unique experience.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; deep reddish brown with an off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

smell; roasted almost coffee like malts. Some sweet notes from the malts and faint hop spice. A hint of mild maple...

taste; toasty roasted malts dominate, finishing with a burnt flavor that blends well with the hop bitters. A bitter sweet chocolate flavor runs from start to finish leaving a yeasty nut and pudding like aftertaste. This is one of the best, most complex examples of the style, nearly perfect.

mouthfeel; powdery thickness, a bit chewy but quite smooth. Fizzy, yet refined with gentle carbonation. Slick and slightly sticky after swallowed.

drinkability; crisp and refreshing, very comforting, alcohol is well hidden. I drank 6 of these one after another, had a bite to eat and drank 3 more, amazingly drinkable and delicious.

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

500mL bottle.

dark amber in color, thin frothy head, but it hangs around.

has a rich malty aroma. caramelly, maybe vern a little fruit.

taste is toffee, nutty, bready. complex for a lager following the Purity Law. medium body, good carbonation level. very drinkable for a dark flavorful lager.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served cold into an imperial pint glass.

The Altbairisch is a beautiful red amber color with great clarity. The head is smooth but short and settles quickly.

Aroma is malty and spicy with a nice German yeast character that brings cloves to the party.

Flavor is rich in dark fruit, peppery spices and, again, clove. It has a slight roast but it's mostly caramel, apple, and fig.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall it has a very nice balance and is easy drinking. A great all-year-round kind of beer that would be refreshing on a warm summer day or could even be enjoyed at cellar temp on a cold day in January. Ayinger really makes consistantly great beers and this is no exception.

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Photo of NODAK
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is a nice mixture of some roasted malt with some caramel. A hint off chocolate also seems to be there. Pretty pleasant and inoffensive.

Pours a reddish brown in the glass with a rather impressive head. Stays a while.

Taste doesn't let down. The body has a great, mild caramel and toffee sweetness to it, which also is accompanied with a subtle hint of nuttiness. The finish features a fair, but mild hop bitterness ifrom the Noble hops. A little bit of toastiness shows after the swallow.

All in all, one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. All the flavors work very well, and they are neither over or under stated.

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

Pours a dark, deep amber color with great clarity. Off white head supported by a stream of bubbles.

Aroma is malty with smooth bready notes as well as some caramel. The flavor seems less potent than the nose suggests, with a moderately bready malt flavor behind a light bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable despite it's malty, bread like profile.

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Photo of AndrewNations
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from Notes. I had this beer during Oktoberfest 2010 in Munich. An amazing experience.

Serving type: Served on draft at the Ayinger Haus across from Hoffbrau

A - Bright brown and almost red hues that complemented the base color of a typical lagers. A very cool color that makes you want to look again.

S - Not a whole lot on the nose. Slight sweet, yeast, and bread notes.

T - Such a clean beer. The Germans do lagers so well and this one is no exception. The darker malts that make up the color and the bigger body also provided a bit more sugar but not overbearing. It was almost like a dark helles.

M - Pretty Good. A bit on the heavier side and a tad viscous but overall it worked well. Not overly carbonated
D - Great. This is a great style as the dark color and subsequent sweetness might appeal to those who are same of the same lagers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A: Clear, medium brown, with a light head.

S: Roasty and earthy tones.

T: Subtle molasses and earthtones, not too much hoppiness.

M: Pretty smooth.

D: Pretty easily drinkable, but not the best among dunkels.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off I love Dunkel lagers. I had to have this one. Poured out of a 500ml bottle. The beer is a light brown with a white head that dissipates fast to a paper thin trace. The beer has light carbonation with tight bubbles.

Smells of roasted malts up front with a medicine hop aroma in back. Not to pungent but still aromatic. This beer is more hoppy than malty. Malts are toasted with some fruity esters and the hops a re medicinal overall with a grassy finish. Hints of banana come through.

Mouthfeel is thin and correct to style. More drying than most Dunkel lagers but still drinkable by the liter! Made for pub drinking this is a great example of this style yet not the best I have had.

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Photo of boss302
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Deep brown/black clear. Not much head and it didn't last the whole glass. Nice looking dark beer.

S Caramel malt, not much hop aroma, some darker malt aroma also.

T Roasted malt flavor initially, but not burnt, good malt flavor, some breadyness. Hops balance the malt, but are otherwise not noticeable. Good balance, easy to drink.

M. Medium body, carbonation seems right. Although the head didnt' last long, there was a difinite carbonation bite.

D I like this beer for the nice roasted malt flavor. It is easy to drink and happens to be great with popcorn.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours clear, dark amber hue with a lasting, foamy, off-white head. Toasted malt aroma with a hint of grassy hops. Medium, creamy, smooth body. Flavors are of grain, toasted malt, spicy hops with hints of toffee. Long, dry, spicy finish.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On pouring into a half liter glass mug, a small head emerges of an off-white color, and soon recedes to a thin skim of foam. A steady stream of random bubbles replenishes the skim and leaves some residue on the sides.

The reddish-brown lager is quite clear, with a whiff of molasses detected, but little else.

Malty and well carbonated for a frothy sensation in the mouth, the brew has enough hops to give it a little counterpoint of raisin-like fruit, but is generally a straight ahead Bavarian dark lager, as the label states. Toasted pumpernickel and molasses lead the way, with a little bitter chase.

A proper accompaniment for some brats and sauerkraut.

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle pours a clear dark chestnut body with a small tan head that disperses some minor sheet lacing.

Malty aroma of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and baked brown bread. A hint of spicy hops underneath.

Body is medium and the carbonation seems a little too fierce for the style.

Taste is very much like the aroma. Baked brown bread, toffee, and toasted caramel notes are enhanced by a nice hint of nuttiness. Just a vague note of spicy hops to balance.

A simple dark lager that is extremely well executed and very tasty.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle.

Pours a nice dark amber. Ruby orange highlights around the edge. An off-white head of two fingers forms from a fairly vigorous pour. Some carbonation.

Smells of malty fruits, with a slight earthy tone.

Sweet taste of malts, raisins and plums. Nothing overbearing. Some leatheriness and earthy tastes accompany. Slight metallic touch when cold.

Pretty light, this certainly feels like a lager. Slightly wet.

Drink it like a munich helles with a predominate fruit sweetness. Good beer, easy to drink, enjoyable flavor.

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Photo of claybeer
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For as dark as it is, it's still crystal clear. Traditional brown color like the bottle it comes in with a tint of red. The head was a light tan or off white color that disappeared quickly. the nose is a burnt tobacco, earthy and leathery with some malty nuttiness. It was sweeter then I anticipated . A surprise hint of bitterness also. I get some brown sugar and molasses mixed in at the end. It leaves a sweetness on the lips and tongue but there is not a lot of lingering. This one surprised me. Good Beer!

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear brown, not to sound bad but watered down coke is about its color. initial head is a finger thick which fell to a thin layer that lasted till it was finished.
S: Roasty sweet nutty barley malt. a touch of hop grass.
T: dark sweet malt with a touch of grain. a bit of burnt sugar. hops are lightly bitter and dry.
M: slick and smooth, carbonation is goof sustained head for a long time.
D: very easy to drink, have yet to find a german lager of any kind that wasnt east to drink.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a deep, nutty colored brown, with a 2-3 finger off-white head w/decent retention, and good lacing.

S - Smell is of cocoa, caramel, with a bready malt profile, and some slight nutty tones.

T - Taste is kind of like lager meets porter. Cocoa and caramel flavors over a semi-bready malt texture, with some nutty overtones. Well balanced, but leans slightly in favor of maltiness. Flavors are pretty subtle, but all there.

M - Medium-light bodied, and lightly carbonated. Smooth and subtle.

D - With the body of a session lager, and the more complex flavor profile that's found in a Dunkel lager, this makes for a great session beer with good flavor to it.

Overall - A great example of this style. A superb choice if you want a beer that combines dark beer flavors, with lager-like drinkability.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Appearance: Light brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Caramel apple.

Taste: Malts, apple, caramel, corn, and grain.

Mouthfeel: Light and malty.

Not a bad dunkel. Everything is well balanced and could also be a great session beer with lots of flavor.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weisse glass.

Pours a deep mahogany reddish brown color with a small light tan head. Really clear body with perfect clarity. Aroma is caramelized malts, roasted peanuts and sow cashew aromas. Flavor is spot on with the aroma. Has a malty sweetness but a nice fresh bitterness that works well with the beer. Mouthfeel is light like a helles but has a nice viscosity to it that makes it fuller. Overall This is a great beer and really worth seeking out.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.45/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing American Import: I am guessing that it must have been a bad bottle, normally I love Ayinger. This was flat and had no flavor...

A: No head or lacing with a lighter than average brown color. This beer is actually translucent. lame

S: not much nose at all. some bland dark malts.

T: toasted dark malts and little else, the beer has a watered down flavor.

M: hardly any carbonation at all and a light body.

D: crap, I'll have to try a real bottle of this when I get back to Germany. then I'll re-review

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Photo of Franz4
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- everything you could want in a beer, deep rich color, nice foamy head, and crazy lacing.

S- like toasted malts and fresh baked bread...not too strong, but its there, also just a hint of citrus

T- like liquid bread, very toasty, nicely balanced between malt sweetness and mild hops.

M- lightbodied for as dark as it is. Little to no aftertaste, carbonation is evident and compliments beer well.

D- very drinkable, could easily put several of these down and not notice.

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Photo of Shadman
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good brewery so I'm expecting good things here...

Well, it's dark alright for a lager. Clear chestnut brown with a very rich tan head, very good lacing and head never goes away any futher than a tan cap.

Nice rich malts with slightly spicy, slightly earthy noble hop aroma.

Well, if they used Munich malts then gimme more. Sweet, rich with a nice dark toasted bread taste. Hop adds to the experience by adding a hint of spice and dryness to the finish.

Creamy, smooth, and almost velvety towards the end of the pint.

Price is the only thing keeping this from a 5 for me in drinkablilty. Not a lot of MDL's to choose from in Alberta, but this one will be tuff to beat. Why anyone would drink Modelo, unless on vacation in Mexico, is beyond me. No Contesto!

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,101 ratings.
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