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

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, mahogany topped by a thick bubbly head that lays down intricate webs of lacing. There isn't any way I can think of that this could look better.

The aroma is caramelized malt and raw dough, pumpernickel, metal...nice, but nothing to write home about.

Nice clean toasted caramel flavor gives way to a slightly herbal, metallic bitterness. There's some pumpernickel in the taste as well, all with a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a tad thinner than I'd like, but with good carbonation.

I dunno. This is really good. Don't get my wrong. But it's not great. Maybe I just expected more from the top rated example of its style on BA? But what does it say about a style when nine out of the ten top examples here don't rate any higher than a B+? Maybe I'm just one of a lot of BAs who don't understand the style enough to rate it any higher?

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

500ml bottle poured into pint glass mar7 2010

A clear reddish amber with lots of bubbles floating up to a thumbs width of head that had decent retention but left no lace

S a little molasses and lots of malt and some cereal

T what I smell but some bruised banana, a nice touch of sweetness that works well for it and a little chocolate

M not to thick but enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel

D no problems with this beer good in all areas

I liked this beer and can't think of any reasons not to drink it again so that says something

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

Pours reddish in color with a generous, tan head.

Caramel and nutty aroma with a bread dough yeasty note, pumpkin bread.

Rich malt flavors that are like nutty banana bread with vanilla in the fade. Pretty big flavors for the style. The body is soft and smooth, and if you don't mind a little sweetness, it's very easy to drink.

Ayinger makes truely great beer. Nothing extreme or flashy, just great.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby red with deep browns. Creamy white head

S: Very bready on the nose. This is like a liquid version of a variety of freshly baked breads. There are some nice melanoidans and som subtle toasty notes as well. Im getting a very distinct smell of a smoore that has been slightly burnt in the microwave... toasted graham, burnt marshmallow and chocolate.

T: Malty sweet and malty melanoidan mix as soon as this beer hits the palate. A variety of toasty notes, with none reaching the roasted level. There is a mild caramel sweetness and a nuttiness in the finish. Hop bitterness is firm enough to balance the sweetness well

M: medium-light body, almost slick. This is a sweet beer, but the finish is moderately dry with just a slight residual sweetness.

D: A well made munich dunkel is always a drinkable beer and this is no exception. It came in a 16 oz (true pint) bottle but I could see this being served by the liter. Very good beer from a very good brewery!

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Nice, off white head on a dark ruby body. Aroma is of sweet malts and maybe raisins and other dark pit fruits. Taste follows suit in a very delicious way. Sweet, but not too sweet. Not too complicated but just plainly delicious and very expected considering the source (Ayinger)

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

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass

A: Pours a clear dark tan with a fluffy one-finger off white head.

S: Malt, malt and more malt.

T: Wonderful rich malt flavor with just enough hop bitterness to keep the beer from being too sweet.

M: Good body with just-right level of carbonation.

D: This beer immediately takes me back to Bavaria. Wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of glid02
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet and lightly toasted caramel malts - very syrupy. As it warms hints of earthy hops waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly toasted and syrupy caramel malt flavors kick things off. The flavor profile borders on too sweet but doesn't quite reach that point. Midway through the sip hints of hops come in attempting to balance things out but don't quite get there as they fade before a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I was expecting a little less sweetness in this beer. Worth a shot if you're a fan of the style but not one to seek out.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is brown and clear. Carbonation is steady and of medium bubbles that rise through the beer quickly, feeding an off white head of medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is primarily malt. Overall weak but pleasant.

Lots of carbonation on the palate, overall the flavor of the beer is weak. Some sweetness a nice pleasant aftertaste, medium body, high drinkability and good mouthfeel.

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

Appearance: pours a crystal clear amber color with a 1" head that lingers around a while. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of earthiness and citrus comes through.

Taste: bready and grainy malt base with caramel, brown sugar, a hint of lemon, and a hint of ripe apples in the background. Bitterness is mild but nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is very brief as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: if you are in the mood for a dunkel lager, this one will fill the need. Easy to consume and a definite session beer.

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Photo of bobsy
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife cracked this open while I was performing my evening ablutions, but I managed to swoop in and grab some for myself. This bottle was picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

The only dunkel in the world that's supposedly better than Denison's version according to you BAs (damn rDev), so what better a glass to put this in than a Denison's weizen glass? Pours a touch lighter than expected, presenting a clear light oak body with a frothy off-white head that makes this German beer look pretty damn fine. After a while the head drops to a fine film that's retained for the rest of the drink, and leaves some streaks of lace as it descends.

Lightly toasty aroma, with notes of brown bread, nut and earth. Its all rather muted, though, and the last thing I expected from a brewery of Ayinger's quality. At first I wondered whether my bottle was old, but the general consensus seems to be that the nose is lacking, though this doesn't rule age and handling out as a cause. The flavour is also underpowered, presenting much the same notes as the aroma, but without the force and complexity I hoped for. Strong brown ale elements jive with caramel and toasted grain before dropping off into nothing. Its not that it isn't drinkable, but it does seem underplayed and a shadow of its potential. At least the mouthfeel is somewhat on par, but again it could do with being a little more fuller.

Seeing words like muted, lacking, underpowered and underplayed in a review is never good. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but there's absolutely nothing here that makes me want to buy another, and how this is ranked ahead of far superior dunkels I do not know.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear chestnut, ruby color with a tiny off white head that does not stick around.

S - Toasted bread, caramel, Slight chocolate and hint of dark fruits with a touch of spice. Very light aroma.

T - Rich breadyness, caramel, toffee, chocolate with a hint of spice.

M - On the light side of medium with a lot of carbonation. Lingering sweetness. Very clean.

D - Somewhat light in aroma and flavor but goes down very easily. The sweetness builds making more than 1 bottle a bit much.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500 ml bottle into a weissbier Ayinger glass.

Its color is a beautiful aged-brown. Imagine a dark brown that you can see through (I could see my fingers through the other side of the glass). Has almost a dark maroon tint to it. A one-finger head, light tan in color, stays for the first half of the session, but dissipates for the 2nd half.

It's very aromatic. I smell clove, tea, and a little citrus mixed with caramel, and something that represents musty aged wood.

Its taste matches the aroma with the caramel malts taking center stage. All elements fade together into a bitterness on the back end that lingers on the tongue. Almost medicinal at the end.

The Mouthfeel is smooth, but fairly thin. Carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability is great.

This beer is one that I would consider taking on a deserted island with me if I was told I could only drink one kind of beer for the rest of my life. Whether or not I'd choose it, I don't know - but I'd sure as hell consider it. It's just solid. Nicely balanced, bold enough, quenching enough, malty, historic tasting, but also a little citrusy and earthy. Bravo to Ayinger. They do no wrong in my eyes.

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Photo of pants678
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost transparent deep brown with an egg-shell head foam that sticks around only as a lacing.

A bread and malt foundation for citrus and clove; banana, but because I was looking for it.

Definite citrus, lemon and not orange, and like the nose it's malt-laden. I pull coffee hints from the middle, it's subtle with a more prominent toffee on the end. Few dunkels have this harsh, roasted or charred quality. A tinge of bitterness just lightly stings the edges.

It's a sticky brew, not quite chewy. There's weight behind this one, reminds me of a schwartzbier. These wheats are easy to put away, dunkel or wit.

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Photo of BierFan
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big tan head. Clear red/brown body.

Smell: Wonderfully malty. Toffee, caramel, slightly toasted.

Taste: Bready, biscuity malt. A little roasted character. The bitterness is fairly light.

Damn fine beer.

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Photo of mnrider
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. Brown Bottle poured into Pilsner Glass.

A: Pours a darkish brown with light tan head, which slowly turns thin with nice lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of faint caramel and other sweets.

T/M: Malts lead to toffee and coffee. Hops balance it out and leaves a slight bitterness. Carbonation is plentiful and helps out the drinkability. Heavy mouthfeel.

D: Really good. Not to complicated yet very flavorful and easy to drink. I wish this one came in a 6 pack.


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Photo of CHL
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nicely dark beer from a 500 ml bomber that smells somewhat sweet and quite malty, but not with a strong aroma.

The taste of it is wonderful though. Just a touch of hops for balancing the predominantly sweet malt. It's bready, and thick like toffee. It also fills your mouth, thick and flavorful with very generous dose of carbonation (makes me burp, honestly).

Very happy to have 500 ml of it, and I would gladly have another. Outstanding lager.

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

Roasty, clean and delicious dunkel. Ayinger's Altbairisch Dunkel pours a bright, clear reddish brown. The head is creamy and pretty thick for the style. The aroma is toasty, bready malt. It smells like molasses on toast. The flavor adds in a spicy note, but the malt is really the star. Hopping is light but appropriate for the style, just enough to cut the malt sweetness. The malt flavor is big and thick for a lager. Ayinger really packs a lot of good flavor into the 5% abv, and it comes out surprisingly clean and light. This is a very pleasant, highly quaffable beer, another winner from Ayinger.

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Photo of bludtek
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle, this chocolate brown brew is topped off with a nice off white head, that when receded, left confluent pebbled-lawn of thin foam.

It smells of molasses toffee, honey and gingerbread.

Sweet toffee malt is the initial flavour. Some coffee bitterness comes through giving some bite. The sweetness lingers tasting like toast. Hints of floral hops poke through and faint spice. I like this lager.

Good mouthfeel with healthy carbonation, the strong malt flavour yet medium body makes it easy to have another.

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

This is an excellent dunkel, lightly complex, balanced, very clean, lightly sweet with a dryish finish.

Deep red with some brown, it has a medium large, pale tan head steadily thinning to a thin foamy top and leaving some foamy lace.

The aroma is light toasted whole wheat bread, hints of caramelised bread crust, light bitterwseet chocolate, mineral, and prune.

The taste is light whole wheat bread, dark raisins, and chocolate up front, followed by some mineral, dry leaves, faint licorice. It's lightly sweet up front, transforming to a drier finish light with spiciness and bitterness. The aftertaste is pleasant light mineral, toast, and dry leaves.

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Photo of olmatty
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep brown beer, frothy white head

Smell- Slight kind of flat malty odor. Frankly not much smell at all.

Taste- Crisp German malt flavor, followed by, some dark malts in perfect balance and overall a mild hop character

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated, thin bodied

Drinkability- Smooth and delicious and easy drinking

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml bottle with no lot code or expiration date listed. Sampled on September 17, 2009. It pours a good looking amber-brown with excellent clarity, small head, and slow moving carbonation. It looks heavy. Barley malts lead the appealing aroma along with something sweet like molasses. The mouthfeel is a durable and smooth medium texture. The taste is on the sweet side with strong elements of coffee and malts and a light backdrop of hops. I enjoyed this one immensely.

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Photo of Cassidey
2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and orange in color. Has a hint of chocolate and a roasted flavor. It smells and tastes a little sharp to me. The mouthfeel is ok and the drinkability is impacted by a so so flavor. At first I did not like this but it kind of grew on me. Not my style and I will not likely seek it out again.

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

Pours a brown ruby ruby ruby ruby soho.

Beautiful malt smell, bready, toast, chocolate. Like a chocolate pilsbury dough boy getting toasted...

Great smooth, swee, malty, chocolate, bready , roasty toasty, good, taste.

Great bready chocolate aftertaste. Just a classic and damn fine beer at a good price.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite as dark as other dunkels, severe brown-red but still a good looking beer. Smells like an average bowl of cereal. More than decent malty taste, exceeds the smell. Pretty easy to drink but I wish I knew how fresh this was because I am suspicious....

update 08/31/2012

This one is nice and fruity, quite a good flavor.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, a tad sweet. Taste is malty and refreshing, some hints of fruit. Feels creamy in the mouth. A bit heavy on the stomach for all night drinking. Overall this is a quality brew.

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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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