Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Altbairisch DunkelAyinger Altbairisch Dunkel
1,114 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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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.5l bottle served in pilsner glass. Pours a clear amber color with about two fingers of fizzy and quickly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is caramel, bread, a hint of toffee, nutty, and a hint of roast. Flavor is caramel, nutty, bread, roasted malt, some dark fruits, a hint of spiciness, a little bit of smoke, and some light noble and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, and slightly bitter finish.

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

A: 3/8" tan coloured head that had some large soapy bubbles to it which dissipated over 2 minutes over chocolate brown liquid.

S: Malt and caramel.

T: Malt, caramel, almost reminds me of a candy apple...

M: Thin with a medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: A very nice beer. I would definitely enjoy one of these again.

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

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel is a mild, but very tasty dunkel.

A: Reddish brown color and a 1 cm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Woody malt smell. 4

T: The taste is malty with a woody tang. There is a little bit of burnt flavour in the aftertaste. I kinda like it. 4

M: Big and foamy. 4.5

O: A very enjoyable beer. 4.5

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

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a ruddy brown, almost mahogany, with an off-white head that reduces to a lid of foam.

Has a full roasted toffee malt aroma, with grassy notes and a nutty undertone. There's a definite earthy quality to the way this smells.

The toffee malt taste is prominent, with hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla, with a grassy and ever-so-slight bitter/dry finish.

Medium bodied and easy drinking, I finished half the glass simply strolling around the yard!

As always Ayinger makes a great brew. Tasty, roasted and nutty, this is an enjoyable Dunkel that you should try if you have the chance.

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

This beer pours a light bodied cherry brown in color with a one finger creamy off white head. It smells of slightly sweet caramel malts, toffee, and cream. It is very soft on the nose. It also has a light nuttiness. The flavor is of light candied almonds, perhaps pecans, and has a nice caramel, toffee finish. It's pretty flavorful for being so light in body. It is a very smooth drink and very easy to drink. Overall this beer was much better than I anticipated. It's worth a try.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a bright reddish-copper color when held up to the light. Out of the light, it's a chestnut brown. Thin tan head but no real lacing. Cap sticks around throughout. The nose brings some lightly-sweet malt along with some caramel and a hint of nuts. The flavor is a bit sweet, focusing mostly on malt sweetness and a touch of caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Pretty decent, but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is mahogany in color with a rather large off-white head.

S: Sweet malts with toffee and caramel. There is a strange aroma of red grapes and other red fruits. Toasted malt and bread are also present.

T: Quite heavy on the red fruit and grape qualities that were there on the nose. Sweet toasted malt with a hint of roast and a nice bready flavor overall. Not much in the way of hops.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Not sure where that fruit character was coming from. Perhaps an old bottle? I'll have to revisit this one.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep nutty brown body with amber hues. Thing, white patchy head.

S - Nose of sweet malt, honey and syrup. Sweet and grainy, evoking thoughts of lightly toasted dark grained bread with some dark honey ontop.

T - Big chewy mouth full of dark grains and molasses. Dark malt and crystallized honey. A faint touch of hops to balance the malt. A sweet and grainy party.

M - Very smooth and mellowed mouth here. So soft and balanced it feels great.

O - A very pleasant Dunkel. So smooth, soft and sweet. Its grainy and sweet and everything you want in a dunkel. This brew packs alot of flavor in a light body.

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

Split this bottle with a friend. Nice beer, it tastes like (and really is) a classic dunkel lager. It looks dark brown in my glass with a short tan head. It's dry and drinkable with a mildly bitter finish (hint of spicy hops) and crisp cocoa and toasty, bready malts. Clean, delicious and sessionable, heck of a lager.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a ruby-brown color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is caramel, toffee, and a nice mineral quality. Very pleasing. The taste is similar to the aroma, but lighter. It is still nice, but a bit too light for the style. The mouthfeel is on the lighterside of medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is a nice beer, but there are much better dunkels out there that are far richer in depth of character than this one. I would most likely pass on drinking this beer again.

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Photo of TheSicilian33
4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My friend bought this from a local liquor store, and man he's a star at picking out awesome beer.

Serving type- a 500 ml pint can't get better

Appearance- A brown bottle with the words "Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel" on the bottle with other information including ABV and says it's from Aying, Germany.

Smell- Kind of smells like chest nuts or an ale.

Taste- It has an awesome taste for someone who really hates beer but drinks it anyway for social reasons. This is why Germany is #1 in the beer business by having these recipes for over 500 years or more!!

Mouthfeel- Not too wide, not too small, just right.

Overall- This beer is an absolute winner. If you can find it, pick it up. You'll impress your friends on how smart you are when it comes to beer. Like I said before, Germany is #1 when it comes to beer in the world. Awesome, I am a fan for life.

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Photo of jyuhas
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - crystal clear ruby red with deep brown hue, thin coarse head died pretty quickly

s - bready, toffee, sugar, hint of roasted malts and noble hops

t - malty sweet, bready, toffee, hint of chocolate, little bit syrupy cola-like sweetness

m - full body, bit of a heavy carbonic bite at first, but as it went along, it smoothed out

d - went down pretty quickly and easily, could drink another but it's not calling my name, the sweetness seemed to be a little reminiscent of a cola to me, but otherwise good

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Photo of scottfrie
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into SN tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a bubbly dark tan head that faded into a thick film that left some lace.
S: The first thought that came to mind when I sniffed this beer was "Negra Modelo", which makes sense since they are the same style of beer and it's the only other beer of the style I've had. This beer boasts big malty notes over light lager yeast. I get a touch of metallic notes or pennies, but it's mild and probably just in my head. There is just a hint of noble hops mixed in as well.
T: Follows the nose but luckily none of the metallic taste is here. It's pretty roasted actually. The malts are sweet but not sugary, and the hops round out the finish with a kiss of bitterness.
M: Carbonation is light and tingly over the full body and medium-heavy mouthfeel. It's smooth but it has a nice chewiness to it.
D: Nice malty roasted flavor that feels great in the mouth. All around really solid and refreshing.

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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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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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