Egerer Altbayrisch Dunkel

Review Date 1/9/2017 Updated  By John Staradumsky


For Christmas of 2015, my wife bought me a really cool present: BeerAdvent Calendar2015 from Kalea. In truth, my wife got me a lot of nice presents (she’s the best wife ever), but the nice thing about the Beer Advent Calendar is you get it early. You have to, since it’s comprised of 24 different imported German beers in a box with little doors that you open, one per day from December 1st through December 24th. All of the beers are listed on the side of the carton, however, so be careful not to look and spoil the daily surprises!

I love German beer more than beer from any other country on Earth, so this was definitely right up my alley. Knowing this, my wife got me another for 2016. I told you I was lucky! Last year, my one criticism of the calendar was there were no bocks or doppelbocks (not fair!), but otherwise it was just an amazing way to sample 24 German beers I had never seen before. I got mine a Costco here in Georgia and paid $59.95 for the box, and it was running the same price for 2016. That might sound steep, but when you distribute that price over 24 different half liter cans, it only works out to $2.50 per can. Not a bad deal at all looked at that way.

I enjoyed several of these beers in December of 2015, but saved a lot of them for 2016, the “Year of German Beer” if you will. I call it that because 2016 marked the 500th Anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot, or Bavarian beer purity law. The 2016 calendar acknowledges this:

The Reinheitsgebot is the world’s oldest regulation for food. The Bavarian order of 1516 was introduced in part to prevent price competition with bakers for wheat and rye. The restriction of grains to barley was meant to ensure the availability of affordable bread, as wheat and rye were reserved for use by bakers. The text of the 1516 Bavarian law is as follows “…Furthermore, we wish to emphasize that in future in all cities, markets and in the country, the only ingredients used for the brewing of beer must be barley, hops, and water. Whosoever knowingly disregards or transgresses upon this ordinance, shall be punished by the court authorities confiscating such barrels of beer, without fail…”.

To this day, all beer produced in Germany is complying with these regulations!

It’s important to note too that the Reinheitsgebot was also very much intended to keep suspect ingredients from being used to brew beer.

For 2016, there are a few differences in the beer advent calendar. This year, it’s labeled as the “Brewer’s Advent Calendar” and has no year on it. Last year, it was called the “Beer Advent Calendar 2015”. Most of the beers are actually the same, although there are a few new ones. There are reports again as with last year that not all of the calendars have the same beers for the same days. So don’t panic if yours are in a different order.

Opening the door on Day 14 I spied a can of Egerer Altbayrisch Dunkel, another repeat from  2015. And that's a good thing-I think many American craft beer drinkers are so obsessed with trying new beers they forget that the whole point in that is to find tasty brews to enjoy again. Note: This was the Day 23 beer in the 2015 calendar.

Egerer Altbayrisch Dunkel has an alcohol content of 5.3% by volume. My can is stamped as packaged on 01.07.2016 and expires on 01.10.2017. Don’t be fooled by the European date coding format, that means packaged July 1st 2016 and expires October 1st 2017.

Egerer Altbayrisch Dunkel pours to a beautiful mahogany color with a thick creamy tan head and a wondrous soft cookie malt nose. Taking a sip, the beer is chock full of nutty, chocolaty fresh malty flavors. It’s lightly sweet but balanced by a subtle kiss of grassy hops in the finish. A delightful Dunkel indeed!

I’m greatly enjoying my Beer Advent Calendar 2016 with the day 14 beer. Here’s looking forward to the remaining 10, and another assortment of 24 in 2017. We’ll be on the lookout next year at Costco once again! Follow them on their Facebook page.

The beers of the 2016 Beer Advent Calendar:

Day 1 Alpkonig Weitnauer Marzen

Day 2 Wittmann Urhell

Day 3 Lowenbrauerei Passau Urtyp Hell

Day 4 Egerer Eaglebrau Weizenbier Dunkel

Day 5 Memminger Gold Marzen

Day 6 Edel Bayer Urtyp Hell

Day 7 Herrnbrau Jubilaums Sud

Day 8 Egerer 1516 Schloss Weisse

Day 9 Kloster Urstoff Marzen

Day 10 Rieder India Pale Ale

Day 11 Bierkutscher Edel Pils

Day 12 Spath Brau Osser Osser Gold

Day 13 Schlossbrauerei Herrngiersdorf Publiner

Day 14 Egerer Altbayrisch Dunkel

Day 15 Alpinebrauerei Burgerbrau Alpen Stoff

Day 16 Kress Bayrisch Zwickel

Day 17 Hofbrauhaus Friesing Huber Weisses

Day 18 Kartauser Doppelbock Dunkel

Day 19 Hosl Marzenbier

Day 20 Alpenkonig Gold

Day 21 Ankerbrau Nordlingen Grandl Helles Lagerbier

Day 22 Herrnbrau Tradition Bayerisches Festbier

Day 23 Egerer Winterfestbier

Day 24 Egerer Kress St. Bonifacius Bock

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned