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

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BA SCORE
92
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956 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 52
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of WTexas
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured heartily into a 0.5l Weizen glass. Nice deep golden color that was accentuated by the frothy and long lasting head. Smell was as expected for a quality German Weizen -- bananas, cloves, but with a further hint of fruitiness that was fully manifested upon tasting. The taste was truly exceptional with the flavors being more developed. I especially enjoyed the almost cola like flavors that the beer imparts. The creamy mouthfeel and well balanced carbonation only furthered the beer drinking experience. This is no ordinary Weizen. Definitely superior to Ayinger's Bräu-Weisse if you prefer a more complex beer.

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Major foam from first pour to last in the tall Peroni lager glass. Thick piles of suds. They call this a dark Weizen but it's a medium amber in color. Sudsy mouthfeel that is the glory of the German brews.

The flavor has a little of the clove taste, but just enough to be addictively spicy. Almost a hint of cinnamon. Fragrant nose as you sip. This is the classic German wheat beer taste, though not overdone. Slightly sweet. Long warm rich taste that ends with some faint bitterness. Well balanced and highly drinkable.

We get used to paying these ridiculous prices for "craft" beers. Here's an excellent classic for four bucks for the 500 ml bottle. Purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic pint glass (unfortunately I still haven't acquired a Weizen glass) at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours a murky translucent copper color with a creamy, thin off-white head of good retention. The carbonation bubble in this one are small. Not much lacing.

S: Bananas, cloves, bread. A lot of malty wheat character here and a moderate strength aroma overall.

T: Opens with dark malted wheat followed by some spicy clove notes. The finish tastes like banana bread -- bready with plenty of ripe banana sweetness. I like the way the flavors slowly give way to a long finish.

M: Medium- to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and not much carbonation.

O: Overall, a pleasant introduction to the style for me. Another nice offering from Brauerei Aying.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a big, sturdy head that leaves some clumps behind

Smell: Ripe bananas, clove and a touch of caramel

Taste: Caramel dipped bananas, with a growing clove character that really comes into its own by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a banana bread flavor that lingers into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Overall: Pretty nice, but a bit light in color and flavor for a dunkelweizen

Photo of Logic00
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden dark copper

S- Metallic, malt and spice

T- Strong clove and spice, some overripe fruit and yeast

M- slightly carbonated but overall smooth

Overall- 4/5 An exceptional example of the style and a definite hit by Ayinger. Despite being a darker beer, is very light and refreshing.

Photo of ajr24
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle rightly poured into a weizen glass.
A- Pours a cloudy, dirty brown/dark amber. The haziness is attractively balanced with the sparkle from the carbonation. The head fluffs up vigorously from the pour, but then diminishes into a frothy layer. Not much lacing as the head slithers down the glass.
S- Smells like banana bread. The phenols and wheat are apparent up front. Followed by a flowery and spicy character.
T- There are bold banana/phenol flavors in the foreground with bready and wheaty flavors in the background.
M- Rather tangy, somewhat tarty- the mouthfeel is pretty delightful.
D- I'd gladly substitute this for a bowl of wheaties in the morning. But I don't eat wheaties and I'm not an alcoholic. Still though, with the moderate abv, this beer has endurance.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a big cloudy golden color with a big fluffy white head. Carbonation is a winner. Nose is sordove grain, wheat, clove. Taste is clove, wheat and banana with more clove than anything. Mouthfeel is nice with clove really kicking in, wheat and banana. Very drinkable!

Photo of nomad
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most noticeable, and quite quickly, is this beer's thick, foamy head which is very well carbonated underneath. Without the yeast poured in its a hazed copper shining with varying hues depending on the light; with the yeast its a dull light-mahogany. Moderately thick lace is wide and apparent on each tip.

Smells of sweet red apples, cloves, and small scents of banana and lemon. Opens to a roasty/earthy scent that reminds me of a branch of wood.

First apparent flavor is banana and clove, but then widens across the palate to flavors of roasted apples, especially the skin of that fruit. Even more, it throws hints of big figs, yet this beer is still light and easy. Slight roast through out but fairly subtle, undergirding the traditionally fruity weissebier qualities. Thin mouthfeel on the verge of a lower commendation.

Fairly flavorful but easy on the tongue, this drinks quite well, though seems a bit light colored upon reflection. Reminds me of Autumn, yet does a god job of pulling me out of the shy Spring I'm currently stuck in. Many minutes after finishing I can still smell this beer wafting around, and the roast apple/fig combo resides faintly in my mouth - good stuff, I enjoy.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy amber with a creamy looking off white lace.

Smell: Soft and fruity with hints of banana and granny smith apples ... trace of clove also in the nose.

Taste: Crisp and smooth with an assertive carbonation ... a soft wheat flavour and mouth feel hold the medium body together. Pretty much on the dry side with lots of fruit character (apples and banana), a rounded tartness and a clove like spicy flavour helps to balance a little. Hops are vitualy invisible ... long dry semi grainy finish helps to wrap this brew up.

Notes: A well built dunkel hefe-wezien ... quite drinkable to say the least. One of the better imported dunkel hefe-wezien. Did some one say lunch time brew ... pair it up with a smoked ham and munster cheese on rye.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Pale amber with 1 finger white head with good retention and nice lacing

S - clove, banana, wheat

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

M - Light bodied, moderate carbonation

O - A good complex summer beer, or great with a beef entree.

Photo of Ecliptica
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this Hefeweizen-Dunkel is my new favorite style, because I still have yet to try one that's disappointing. As such, the Ayinger was another solid brew.

Poured from the 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass and got a nice, fluffy white head with moderate lacing. The beer itself is a murky orange color that is not affected when holding it up to the light. Translucent at best, probably closer to a cloudy opaque, though.

The overpowering smell is that of banana. There are some wheat smells and a thin aroma of malt. There may even be some spices in this, but the banana is what lingers the most. I had a friend walk in while I was sampling this and his words were: "Damn, that beer smells awesome; like a really ripe banana", so I guess his words echo mine.

The taste is very comparable to the Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss Dunkel - I really can't tell the difference between the two and if I did a blind taste test 100 times, I probably would struggle to get it right. That being said, that's an excellent taste. There is a taste of malt and spice once the brew warms, but it's very typical Hefeweizen style taste. Impressive.

Mouthfeel was a little weaker than the other comparable brws. The carbonation was good, but it was more thick than I thought it should be considering the lack of complexity in this brew. Still above average, but probably the only thing that brings it down.

It's a very typical beer and very easily drinkable, even in the 16.9 oz variety. I could drink plenty of these and enjoy it. Though I don't think it's as good as some of its counterparts in the style, it's still a solid choice. Definitely recommended.

Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

theis beer is a beautiful hazy caramel colored beer with a thick dense light tan head.
the aroma contains a nice banana caramel with a delicate clove, the is some soft sweet breadiness in there as well; a little sulfur is also present. with warmth some molasses develops, along with a not quite bubblegum smell.
the flavor has a bit of a green banana flavor, with the clove and caramel maltiness from the aroma. you also find a bit of plum in the mix, as well as a touch of smoke. a little bit of hop bitterness towards the finish adds some spicinessplaces a period at the end of this mostly sweet beer.
the body is medium with an airyness from some active delicate carbonation.
good drinkability, the glass empties too quickly. a very nice, well crafted dunkel weizen.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge frothy head that fades quickly with rusty orange and very hazy color, its a little too hazy from the unfiltered but maybe a little too much

N: Nose has some sweet and sour notes a little yeasty wheaty and Belgian wit like

T: Taste starts with rich dark malts, very similar to their oktoberfest but with more butter, banana, light fruit, some yeast, a slight citrus and sour apple, airy and light but lots of flavor, the unfiltered part gives it some earthiness and bitter character

M: Mouth has lots of carbonation and buttery but a slight smooth thickness

F: Finish is light but dry and a little bitter with lots of malt that blanket the tongue, a slight sour apple helps finish

Final thoughts: Its a good drinking beer, less malty and more fruity and Bavarian style than the Oktoberfest which is my favorite Oktoberfest. But this is a great summer drinking beer.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pop the cap, and prepare for a huge eruption of foam, even from an undisturbed bottle. Pours a color that looks like coke mixed with mountain dew, with an eventual small creamy head on top of the beer. Lots of yeasty clove flavors in the nose. Taste is sharp with yeasty spice, with some sweet maltiness, and a decent hop finish. Mouthfeel could be more full, but doesn't detract from the beer. Except for the instability of the product, this is a very good beer.

Photo of travolta
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
egg white head, nice full cloudy formation. Retention is almost acceptable. very hazy, brown/apricot color. Can't see through the haze. Looks like apple cider. No lacing.

Nose:
crackers, bannana, red apple, yeasty.

Taste:
wow, great mouthfeel. Soft on the palate with a twinkle of carbonation at the end. Again, bannana up front which subsides to some apple cider. Not malty or hoppy, just thick fruit. It finishes very well. It gets thin and watery just at the end which is nice to your taste buds.

Notes:
Overall, I am very pleased with this beer. It has nice head/nose/taste, not overly expensive, and not too hard to find. A great introduction to dunkel:)

Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a full three-finger head that settles quite slowly
S: Clove & banana with hints of bubblegum and wheat
T: This matches the nose perfectly- clove & bananas up front with lesser notes of bananas and wheat to round it out.
M: Medium-bodied with a nice zest though a short-ish finish.
O: I tried this tonight along with Ayinger's Brau-Weisse. Both were similar and both very good, though the Helles style of the Brau (vs the Ur's Dunkel) showed a bit better.

Photo of cnally
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cloudy caramel coloring and dirty looking. nice fluffy head sits on top grandly.

wheaty, yeasty scents of grass and grain

smooth, delicious malty flavor. the malt is very mellow and and wheat beer typical flavor comes out in spades. caramel and walnuts are subserviant flavors here.

creamy feel, full and heavy. slight carbonation.

not my style at all, but an awesome version of a wheat beer. i know it is a proper wheat beer unlike most of the american versions, but this tastes like a proper beer easy to enjoy and enjoy shortly thereafter.

Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours murky and turbid. Light brownish amber with gold hues around the edges and plenty of bubbles streaming up towards the mammoth creamy head of off white foam. That head sits atop this beer like it's gonna last forever. Leaves wet lace, refreshes as it drinks, and never falls off completely. Nice layer on top throughout the drink.

Nose is soft fruits. Light banana and a nice bit of clove. Some tart apple to perk it up and a good bread malt underneath it all. Taste follows the nose all the way. Soft and demure but with a little bit of moxy behind it too. Perky carbonation and a bread that is stronger in the drink than on the nose. Smooth banana and spicy clove combine with the tart apple for a heavenly, creamy drink with just the right amount of tartness. The finish lasts and is dry and has a bit of wheat to really accent all those flavors. Tiny bit peppery at the end but that too is soft and gentle.

The flavors on this one aren't sharp but the drink moves nicely over the palate with a gentle mouthfeel that highlights the tart apple so well. The malt in this just keeps bringing bread to the palate and I really like that. It is medium bodied, tasty and very refreshing.

Photo of Anthony1
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- A cloudy, amber tone with a white, lacy head.

smell- Fruity smell with banana and granny smith apples. The apple smell is much more apparent while drinking. Hits of cloves and a smell of wheat.

taste - crisp with an undertone of wheat. very mild tart sense from the apples which complements the sweetness of the banana

mouthfeel- medium to light body with a good amount of carbonation and spice. Slightly dry

drinkability- very smooth drink, will purchase again

Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL into Weissen glass

Color was a hazy straw brown. Light tan head. Left medium level of lacing.

Aroma was of clove and bananas (similar to a hefewissen). Taste was similar. Roasted fruits and nuts were present also.

Mouthfeel is smooth at first and then goes down creamy. It has a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. $4 for a half liter is kinda steep, but I think it was worth it.

Photo of watchnerd
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Euro bomber sized bottle, picked up at BevMo in San Mateo, CA.

A - Color like cloudy iced tea. Big head when poured into a pint glass, which quickly dissipated with no real lacing.

S - Bananas! And notes of caramel. Pretty much as expected for the style.

T - Well balanced, not quite as crisp or bubbly as the Spaten Ur-Weisse, but has a fruitier balance.

M - Not too thick, not too thin. Could use a little more texture, but nothing bad.

D - Very drinkable, chuggable even.

Overall, a worthy dunkel weizen. I'd need to have it back to back with the Spaten Fanziskaner to be sure which I prefer.

Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Very cloudy carmel color with an abundant frothy off-white head that faded fairly quickly to a thin foam that hung around throughout.

S -Smell is of sweet malt, banana bread,ad bisquit.

T - Clove up front that gives way to a fruity, sweet malt. No hop or alcohol readily apparent.

M - Really great level of crisp carbonation, refreshing, medium/full body for the style.

O - This is a pretty good good example of the style. An enjoyable drink, but I'd max out at two I think, and would desire a change.

Photo of flyingpig
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A caramel brown colour, cloudy & forms a 2-finger sized foamy head with good retention.

Cloves, banana and wheat along with a little spiciness & some bubble gum. Faint coriander in the background too.

Lots of banana quickly followed up by mild citrus flavours, a hard to detect toffee flavour and a nice spicy clove taste.

Medium bodied with a refreshing feel to it & a smooth texture overall. Goes down great & even though the carbonation is high the beer isn't gassy.

Excellent tasting & well balanced that goes down a treat. The colour isn't as dark as I remember from previous dunkelweizens I have tried but that isn't necessarily a bad thing as this one still looks (and tastes) fantastic.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy light brown with a fluffy off white head. The nose was bready and yeasty with some banana floating around. Nice crisp/biting body, nice doses of fruit, banana, sweet apple and them some tart apple to finish. There is a spicy peppery flavor in there as well. Highly carbonated, very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of BWED
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- Hazy copper body. Yellowish off white head foamy retains at one finger.

S- Big banana, a little bit of clove spice. Yeasty.

T- Sweet, some fruit, yeast and wheat. Really full of flavor.

M- Good fizz tingle, smooth and sweet body.

O- Great flavor and aroma. A yummy beer, and definitely a go to weizen. It's techniquely a dunkel, but still light in many aspects.

Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
92 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.