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Ayinger Ur-Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 551
Hads: 1,049
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 80
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of shbobdb
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When the Germans say: Paulaner, Franziskaner, sonst nichts they forget something . . . Ayinger. Man, this is one heck of a beer. Delightfully fluffy wheat character balanced out by munich malts in a burnt-orange brew. I drank this guy so quickly, I got a tummy-ache from the carbonation. Couldn't recommend it highly enough. Yummy.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This style is my favorite and for me, Ayinger Ur-weisse is the standard which all other dunkelweizen beers are compared to. The caramel rich, fruity aroma and taste is refreshing, precisely balanced and always delicious. Recently at a Total Wine Belgian Beer Class a participant commented that this beer as his favorite "Belgian Beer". The young instructor of the class immediately corrected him "that is a Bavarian Beer, but is is excellent". A pity that more American craft beers do not attempt to imitate Bavarian beers like Ayinger. My only wish is that Ayinger keg beer would be available in the US.

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Photo of CMW
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I pour the brew the color is light amber almost orange. The color is quite bright for a Dunkel. It has a cloudy appearance that you would expect from unfiltered wheat beers. I like to slowly rotate the bottle after pouring a little into a glass. When you first pour the beer a large head forms at the top of the glass of about 2 inches. This quickly is gone though as the beer settles and leaves almost no trace on the glass.

The Ur-Weisse has a very complex aroma. At first pass I was drawn into the smells of fruit. Banana and apple stand out the most but I'm sure there are others that I cannot put my finger on directly. Investigating further I catch the aroma of cloves and yeast. All of these flavors blend perfectly and produce one of my favorite beer aromas.

The taste of the Ayinger Ur-Weisse is just perfect. This is an extremely light and easy to drink beer. You are immediately drawn to the taste of the fruits in the brew. You can definitely taste the yeast and malt also. It finishes very dry with little aftertaste.

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Photo of JiggyB
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a two finger thick creamy off-white head. The head reduces by about 25% but has great retention. There is significant lacing observed.

S - Cloves, banana and bubblegum explode on my nose. I can also detect some wheat which adds some character. Just another great nose from Ayinger.

T - nice notes that follow the nose, very wheaty beer with good fruit, clove, spice to compliment the bready body

M- Medium/light body and carbonation. Refreshing but not lifeless/weak bodied.

O: A really good weizen. Great for the weizen style, but I expected something a bit darker being a dunkel. Not upset by any means though.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer was light brown in color with a moderately thick hear that lasted a long time. It had a very gentle malt aroma with a mild clover smell. There was no hop smell. The malt flavors were prominent at first sip but finished with a spicy clove flavor. There is no bitterness nor hop flavor. The mouthfeel was creamy and full and had a high carbonation level which tingled the tongue. Dunkle Weizen is my FAVORITE beer so I am a little prejudice, but this is probably the best of style and the best style.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ayinger..bottle say's "Authentic Bavarian Dunkel Weizen"...and it's a good one!
Appearance:Poured a cloudy medium orange hue, tight white head that left broken trails down the sides of the glass.
Smell:clovy esters, with whifffs citrus and melon.
Taste: Taste is exceptional, some ripe melon, followed by clove and fresh baked bread, with ghost-like vanilla and banana notes.
Mouthfeel: is bubbly and typically thin but creamy...very nice.
Drinkability: Are you kidding me?...I could drink this morning, noon and night! A very good example of the style, and if you like Dunkel Weizens don't miss a chance to grab a couple bottles of this!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yow! Super duper beer. Ayinger makes some wonderful beers.
The beer pours an opaque ochre yellow, with a slight greenish tint. Head is copious and tall, although it dies out about 3/4 of the way through the beer.
Aroma is very wheaty and malty, with plenty of esters, namely clove. Bubblegum and banana are also present, but the clove stands out. Hops are undetectable in the aroma. Lots of phenol.
Flavor is spicy and clovey, with tons of wheat sweetness. Moderate banana and light bubblegum flavor, with a huge phenolic feel when you breathe through your nose. Light spiciness, and a semi-dry finish, with just a tiny dash of hops. Body is fairly full, with all the yeast floating around. Moderate carbonation. An excellent beer! I could probably drink this for the rest of my life if I had to.

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Photo of philberinghele
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

drink to the Kaiser
salute the farmer's wheat field
the harvest is now

This beer has crept into my pantheon of godbeers. The dunkel weizen is a genre that has been far too underrated. Ayinger's thick, wheaty, banana goodness is taste that I have keep coming back too these last few weeks. It haunts me like the hindenberg.

I declare this the summer of the dunkel weizen!

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1 liter bottle. This beer has a nice one finger head that lingers on for quite some time. The color of this beer is a really nice, slightly reddish amber color. It is not fully opaque, but when held up to the light really nicely shows off its great burnt-auburn haze.

The typical banana nose is here, but it is fairly subdued. More dominant is an almost spiciness, perhaps nutmeg or some other warmth-inspiring ester. It is quite lovely, very complex and inviting.

This thing has some serious mouthfeel! I almost want to chew it. The taste is very yeasty, but in a smooth way. The carbonation gives the end of the taste an almost peppery quality.

Definitely a beer I will be buying again, especially considering the pricepoint. I have not had too many Dunkelweizens, but this is a very good beer.

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Photo of
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this one again on 29 Dec. Still in my favorite area- german weissbier. Poured into .5l hefe glass, nice and creamy 3 finger white head that dissapates somewhat, cloudy orange color. Good lacing that follows down the glass. Not heavy on clove or banana- smooth well balanced. Good clean finish.This is another keeper.

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Photo of sj660
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't let the half-hearted lace or the quickly dissipating foam make you think less of this amazing beer. It's a perfect foggy nut brown in color.

With light aromas of citrus, this beer is a full of fruity flavor including citrus, bananas, and pears. It is very well balanced. Don't profane a wheat beer this good by putting a slice of citrus on the glass, for God's sake.

A bit on the gassy side, it is full bodied and tingles with alcohol and a bit of a yeasty bite.

I could drink this all night.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle, poured into a weizen glass at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy coppery-amber, beneath a massive, pillowy head of light cream foam. The head has ridiculous retention, and lacing was accordingly good.

Smell: This beer is redolent with rich scents of banana, clove, wheat, and a very light caramel, hooking its fingers up the nostrils and pulling the face down for a deeper sniff.

Taste: Opening with heavy tones of banana and clove, with a light accompaniment of bubblegum skittering along the surface, this definitely opens as a dunkelweizen. In the middle, coriander comes in strong, lending a mild tartness and a distinct orange aspect to the rest of the flavor palate. Other fruits join in as the beer moves along as well, white grape and pear, and a very faint hint of raisin. At the finish, the aftertaste lingers as a mildly tart orange-banana mixture.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated yet smooth, this beer is light without ever remotely verging on watery. Quite drinkable.

Overall: I'm an unabashed Ayinger fanboy. This beer does absolutely nothing to change that. Just a fantastic exemplar of a dunkelweizen!

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Photo of generallee
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ur-weisse has a gorgeous hazy copper color with a huge abundant off white head. It has an attractive aroma of banana, sweet malts and spice. The aroma leads you to a full body of caramel malts rapped around fruity yeast and light spices that finishes slowly. This is a very flavorful dunkelweizen and one of my favorite summertime treats.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exciting to finally review something by Ayinger after reading so much about the brewery.... pours a beautiful bright orange-to-brown blend from bottom to top, an almost shadowy hefe... head is thick, pillowy inches that hold nicely in a Schneider Edel-Weisse glass... yeasts are punchy and arresting; something like citrus fruit plays on the nostril with a touch of malt.... smooth, almost laidback presence, with minimal effervescence and the slightest bit of a flourish at the finish--extremely refreshing...surprisingly straightforward in taste: confident wheat couples with a fruity acidity and an underlying malt fortification--a flavor that is both unique and undemanding...begins without fanfare, and I wondered what the awe was about...by midglass, I realized how complete a beer this is, conforming body to mouth, taste to thirst and complexity to the style. A perfect August offering.

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Photo of crossovert
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Best before 12/11.

It pours a darker hefeweizen color, not quite as dark as a typical dunkelweizen, it is a ur-weisse (traditional/pre-modern weisse) after all. It is cloudy with a foamy, creamy-looking off-white head.

The smell is dominated by bananas with just a hint of clove and wheat.

The flavor continues the banana theme. This is just a banana bomb and then some. There is some clove , some apple, and some lemon, yes but the dominant yeast flavor here is banana. There isn’t much in the way of roasted malt in the taste. There is a slight bit of hops that round it out.

This one is delicous x 10, it is a hot day in Munich today and you would be hard-pressed to find a better thirst-quencher. Screw the strawberry-lime-derpaderp, just let the yeast do it’s thing and you’ll get this.


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Photo of ifnkovhg
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I prefer dunkel hefes to the regular, and I prefer Ayinger's Ur-Weisse among the dunkels I've tried (including Weihenstephaner).

The appearance is light tan with an off-white head that lingers.

The nose is malty with cloves, banana and a flash of bubble gum.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not overly carbonated, but a bit heavy. Creamy.

I love how this tastes. I don't know how else to describe it other than as a dark hefeweizen. All the typical hefe tastes are there -- cloves, banana, etc. -- but the malts are more pronounced. The beer is not as tangy as a hefe. Whereas a standard hefe might be a distant cousin of a witbier, this is a distant cousin of a malty amber (plus a hefe's spiciness). Very smooth on the palate.

This might not be a warm-weather beer. It feels a bit heavy compared to regular hefes. The higher alcohol content is also a factor.

Y'all need to try this.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall, an outstanding beer. Pours as a hazy amber with a good head. Great smell that screams drink me. This one really turned me on to the style which is now one of my favorites. It has a nice fruity taste with a hint of cloves. Very smooth and will continue to be a big player in my beer rotation.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My eternal thanks to Max at D's Hot Dogs for turning me on to this one.

A: Cloudy, dark brown, big fluffy off-white head with good lacing.

Smell: Sweet, yeasty, with definite notes of bananas and cloves.

Taste: Malty sweetness, some yeast flavors, low levels of hop bitterness. Very complex in it's taste and I'm glad I had a few more to justify giving it a five. I stand by that rating.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied without being chewy. Semi-dry. Alcohol and co2 levels are superb.

D&N: My new favorite style of beer. Super tasty, wonderful aromas, this one has it all. Go get one.

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Photo of BogleHill
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A top of the line dunkelweizen! This Ayinger is ligher in color and body than the Hacker Pschorr that I had last night. - being more of a cloudy burnt orange. The aroma is pleasant clove. Flavor is classic banana and clove with some sweet malts. Not as buttery as H-S. Very solid - one of the benchmark Dunkelweizens.

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Photo of 0beerguy0
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer poured a nice cloudy, golden almost amber color. The head was fairly large when first poured, about two fingers worth and it slowly came down to about a half a fingers worth. It was an eggshell white head that was very fluffy.

Aroma: Sweet banana and spice aroma that was very pleasant. I could pick up on some subtle malty aromas to it as well.

Taste: You can taste some banana bread like flavors as well as some underlying malty flavors. The flavor finishes off with a little clove and nutmeg.

Mouth feel: Great mouth feel. Has a perfect amount of carbonation, light body. It defiantly has a creamy feeling to it, and a nice crisp finish.

Drinkability: Probably one of the best beers I've ever had.

Awesome brew all around!

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a medium off-white head that disappeared quickly.Dark cloudy copper color with some yeast sediment.Banana-clove smell,with some nice yeasty bread dough hint evident also.Very smooth and easy to drink,not too carbonated.This would go well with some ham and muenster on pumpernickel,horseradish,rot kohl,german potato salad...you get the idea! An excellent example of this style.Really liked the "gemutlichkeit" bottle cap.

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Photo of willgro
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Incredible dark wheat beer. One of the best i've ever had. Great opening smell and flavor, but not as typical as a regular wheat beer. It has an incredible head (if poured correctly) but not as good as a typical wheat beer. It has the typical traces of coriander, but not strong. One of the best beers in a bottle I've had in Dallas, and definitely worth recommending.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a hazy, golden brown hue, with a nice off-white head, giving way to a creamy lacing. Looking good!

S - Classic dunkelweizen scents - wheat, banana, clove, and a hint of bubble gum and caramel.

T - Tasty wheat malt up front, with moderate clove spicyness and ripe banana. Hints of caramel, banana bread and bubble gum throughout. Superb!

M - Nice and medium bodied, velvety smooth and creamy, with very mild carbonation.

D - WAY high! so incredibly smooth and delicious, you just can't help but keep picking up the glass.

Overall - This is a top notch Dunkelweizen. One of the best I've had. Maybe THE best I've had. If you're a fan of the style at all, this one is most definitely for you.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy, rather murky light brown colour. Like most weissbiers it pours with a large head. Plenty of cloves, ripe bananas, oak and hints of smoke in aroma and flavour. A little more hops for the aftertaste would have been good, but this is none the less a first class hefe-weizen. Recommended!

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brownish, murky, amber with tiny bits a what is presumably bits of yeast. This brew tastes exactly like what you would think it would by looking at it. The smell is wonderful and very powerful of banana with a hint of cloves. Very bready, as well. The taste is very strong of bananas, as well, with a tiny hint of cloves.
Only a negligible amount too much in the way of carbonation, but not enough to discourage me. Other than the carbonation, this goes down fairly smoothly. Overall, another great beer from Ayinger.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
90 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.