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

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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 60
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 Phatz
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a rusty orange color with about as much head as beer in my Hefe-Weizen Glass.

Smell: fruit and spices with melon apple and clove aromas.

Taste: It is a simple low profile flavor but one tat is quite quaffable. Banana, toffee, lemon grass and a strong toasted malt backbone make up the flavor that has a bit of smokiness floating around it.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth light body beer refreshing crisp finish.

Drinkability: There is no doubt this beer is easy. I like the refreshing light Hefe-Weizen character and yet I greatly prefer the added toasty malts and berries in this Dunkel version of the style to the typical Hefe - banana. This is a thirst quencher.

Hope this is helpful
Cheers!

Photo of dsa7783
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 500 ML bottle just copped from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City for $2.49...
Appearance: Pours a hazy, cloudy, dark-orange hue, along with a giant foamy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly dissipating...
Aroma: Great, enticing aroma with hints of cloves, bananas, esters, and vanilla...
Taste: Crisp, refreshing, buttery flavor, with strong suggestions to what was depicted in the nose... Dark fruits and wheat abound...
Mouthfeel could've benefited from being slightly thicker, however the overall level of drinkability was very good...
Great stuff from a solid German brewery...
Worth a try...

Photo of jimmah120
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look is lsightly hazy golden orange, frothy off-white head. Smell is banana, clove, wheat, chalky vanilla, and a hard to place sweet smell that perfectly melds with the banana. Slightly roasted banana, caramel, light clove and floral notes. Wheaty, dry, and soft.

Fantastic tasting at a reasonable price.

Photo of nomad
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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 TMoney2591
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

I remember having good times with the other Ayinger beers I tried back in college, so why not take a chance on another today? This stuff pours a cloudy auburn topped by a couple fingers of off-khaki foam. The nose comprises mild rye bread, clove, banana, a pinch of black pepper, and a twist of orange. The taste brings in more of the same, with the bread tending toward a spicy pumpernickel and taking the van, but the banana, clove, and light orange bringing up a strong rear. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice dunkelweizen, one of the better ones readily available around here.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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 lawlerj
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a cloudy dark amber. Moderate pour yields an inch & half of pillowy white foam. Dissipates, leaving a nice ring at the top and a layer of bubbles as well.

S - A lot of banana on the nose, some malt, not much in the way of hops.

T - Similar to the nose - banana, bready malt, a touch honey. I also get a bit of spiceiness on the back end as well.

M - Medium bodied, but still crisp.

O - This is a nice beer - nothing mindblowing, but solid all the way through.

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

Very hazy honey brown colour with a two finger cream coloured foamy head. Not as dark as expected, but certainly not a hefe colour. Excellent head retention, not much for lacing.

Sweet and spicy smell, banana and caramel with cloves in the mix.

Subdued banana flavour with a bit of caramel mixed in through the front half of the mouth. Cloves to finish. Like a good hefe but slightly richer in the sweetness and mouthfeel.

Carbonation is a little coarser than I like, but there is a touch of extra body.

A quality beer and an easy drinker for sure.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 500 ml to Reidel Extreme Riesling glass...

Beautiful 2-finger soapy/boiled milk froth head with a few muffin tunnels. Body is a terrific warm honey color. Nice haze - typically enticing for style.

Excellent broiled wheat character with nice ester sweetness. Slight clove/coriander texture. Some orange zest and some melted caramel sweetness - a little apple too.

Solid dark wheat texture and body - character on palate is similar to that on nose. Taste profile is a bit understated; comes out with warmth. A little honey emerges along with light apple tone.

Slight pucker from wheat and citrus zest on palate - tart finish with depth and without aftertaste. Very hearty and pleasant.

Quite enjoyable to drink - maybe a little heavier than a typical weisse beer as expected but good for a warm day when seeking a meatier flavor profile.

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

Poured into a weizen (actually some specialty glass that was as close as I could get). Looked like a weizen, but only about .35L. . .

A: Medium-light cloudy amber. Giant off-white frothy head; almost like beach foam. Disintegrates slowly from the bottom up. 'Resistant' foam desperately clings to the side of the glass as you drink, but leaves little lacing.

S: Strong wheat, yeast, orange and banana.

T: A little sweet and pungent, wheat and light citrus aftertaste.

M: Fills the mouth. Sits heavy, coats the mouth (almost gummy), and the flavor continues to deliver.

D: Great drinkability. Flavorful, refreshing. Drinks really easy, and goes down smooth.

The biggest problem with this is it drinks so easy, at some point you look over at the glass and see you've drunk down the whole thing without realizing it. Not heavy, and yet not light. Great quaff.

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

appearance; light brown with a perfect head and fine yet heavy carbonation bubbles. Some quality lacing.

smell; alcohol and banana yeast odors, no hops.

taste; typical Weissbier flavor with more advanced aftertaste. Not as sweet as some of the München macrobrew versions of this style, at the same time by no means bitter. A pure raw yeast flavor comes through that is very nice and a bit bready. One can also taste alcohol.

mouthfeel; average for the style, smooth and frothy, nothing special.

drinkability; good for session drinking, a little strong but with a solid, tasty, flavor.

A good Weissbier but by no means anything special, only surpasses Franziskaner and Paulaner due to a more natural and less process flavor, but only by a bit.

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 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 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 Ecliptica
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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 nmann08
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Logic00
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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 BWED
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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.

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

Appearance - Golden brown in color, with profuse carbonation and a small white head. There was modest lacing present throughout the glass.

Aroma - Major notes of bread (maybe biscuit?), and banana. Minor notes of yeast, spices, and cloves.

Taste - Initial flavors of clove and spices. This is followed by some ripe bananas with the malts. The finish was dry with grain flavors, lingering notes of apples and slight hops.

Mouthfeel - Thin and light on the palate. The carbonation is sharp.

Drinkability - The first day of spring and this was a nice way to enjoy it.

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

Fast, tan, "soda-type" head -- it forms fast and leaves almost as quickly, becoming a rim of pale white. Body is cloudy butterscotch orange. Slight lacing; seems to lace more as it warms up.

Aroma is yeasty and spicy, slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel is both brisk and chewy. If they could turn ginger ale into the consistency of a thin milkshake, that would be in the ballpark! Slight malt backbone, some citrus tones, and a sour aftertaste.

As the beer warms, the flavor changes. The sourness departs and in its place one finds more mellow maltiness.

This beer forces you to slow down! It's a great sipping beer. My notes say, "marvelous, spicy, raspy, yeasty and creamy." That's not a bad summary. A good beer to introduce you to the dunkel weiss world -- it's a world that I want to explore more. Plus, Ayinger is a great brewery; their Oktoberfest beer is fabulous, and it's nice to see that it's not a fluke.

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 schlimenhaumer
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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 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.

Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.