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

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551 Reviews

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of DIM
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a murky, muddy wheat color. It poured with a medium sized, fizzy head that faded with very little lace.

s: Beautiful hefe aromas of bananas, cloves, and bubblegum complimented by a hint of toffee.

t: Mirrors the smell, only a bit better. A wonderful hefe accented by some toffee and hints of cocoa.

m: Big and chewy.

o: Awesome example of a style I don't get enough of.

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Photo of Brewbro000
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Amber with some light orange hints when held to the light. There was a great snap when I popped the bottle and the head shows through in the pour as an immediate froth followed by a 2 inch crisp white head.
S: bready, malty with some light banana and a dominant clove aroma. Some yeast character comes through as well
T: that yeast character shows through with some spicy sweetness that finishes dry. Bready sweetness, banana and a slight tart flavor that I assume is also part of the yeast
M/D: the crisp carbonation finishes this one off right. A pretty light body allows the flavors to show. I could drink 2-3 of these before I needed to switch.

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Photo of srrn
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark cloudy amber into a standard american style beer glass, (I shared the bottle). Smells of cloves and bananas. Taste was much the same. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily smooth. This is one of the more highly drinkable beers an a good example of the style. I wish more fine Weizens were available here as it's a great German style. My favorite beer style with pizza when I was stationed in Germany.

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Photo of Anacross
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fabulous example what the best a dunkelweizen can offer. Complex and delicious, crisp and refreshing.

L) Beautiful light brown color. the head will take some time to disappear. Looks beautiful.
S) Fruity like expected for a weisse. Mostly banana. Yum!
T) Complex and delicious. Long lasting and you'll just wish it would last more.
F) Wonderful fizz, tasty and well balanced. Easy to drink, just delicious.
O) It's very available in the US, so take advantage of that. Price is very reasonable too. Enjoy! :)

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

Super large typical styrofoamy head, kind of like a meringue top nice and white hints at cream and egg sheen. Body color is a classic amber and cloudy murky yellow. Lots of rising carbonation.

Nose is sweet clove, toasted malts and grain. A little bit of orange in there. A bit of ripping dry husk action. Real nice lovely nose.

Chewy palate mixes with just the right amount of playful carbonation. Lingering finish. Palate is rich in malts and dark spices with some dry action. A chewy feel, with clove like aromatics, very much so on the finish. Borderline creamy texture but the carbonation cuts through that just slightly.

Overall, a great example of the style and tasty. More Ayinger win.

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Photo of gameface23
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: On the lighter side for a dunkel, but it still looks great. The head is massive and creamy.

S: Cloves, banana bread and some apple.

T: Great balance of clove and banana.

M: Creamy with a medium body.

D: It's very drinkable. A very good beer. If I was introducing someone to this style, I would give them a bottle of this and Weihenstephaner Dunkel.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was hesitant to try this but I should've ignored my first thoughts. It poured a light amber with a thick beige head.

Even though brewed to the specs of the Reinheitsgebot I'm left wondering how I clearly smell banana's, cloves, honey, and caramel. I wasn't disappointed, I'm curious as to how they do that! Great beer wizardry?

Taste was the same as the smell. Banana's, honey....etc. Light malt and a thorough serving of hops, this is great.

Smooth and creamy to start with a great clean finish. Refreshingly different I will have this again.

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Photo of dickroop
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sold in a bottle of about 16 oz, this hefe weizen poured with a foamy head of eggshell white. The head dissapated quickly and left no lacing. It was a cider-colored brew with only the slightest haziness.

The smell was rich and heavenly, very fruity. There was the expected aroma of cloves, a little banana, and some old smokiness and cidery aroma notes. The taste was a little sour, fruity, with a good tangy flavor. Very little bitterness and whisky flavor notes in the finish. Ever so slight graininess, and some warming alcohol to the mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Light to medium mouthfeel. This is a great brew to sip and savor. Excellent drinkability because of its complex and authentic flavor. Get some, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Significantly murky tawny with a voluminous head of whipped ecru froth that appears too soft to leave much lace... and doesn't. The nose is simply wonderful. I had expected the dark maltiness to overwhelm the classic weizen scents of banana and clove (which I love). Instead, the toasted dark caramel aromas compliment the yeast in an intriguing way.

Ur-Weisse has a beautiful flavor profile; bananas, tart apples and clove combine in a tasty, spiced fruit salad. I don't mean to be repetitive, but the flavor is like the aroma in that the toasted, toffee-like maltiness dovetails nicely with the fruit and spice. The hefe weizen personality (the yeast, in other words) is still dominant; to the beer's unending benefit and to my unending delight.

The softness and seamlessness of the flavor profile is offset to some degree by a vigorous amount of carbonation, but it isn't enough to ruin the mouthfeel or the experience. The body is a little more full than Brau-Weisse's (as it should be) and the beer is nicely quenching, a characteristic that it shares with all good German weizens.

I'm not sure that I like this beer quite as much as I like Brauerei Aying's standard hefe weizen, but it's extremely close. Ur-Weisse is obviously a quality beer that should have no trouble finding adherents from every corner of the beer landscape. I'll be buying it again, of that I'm sure. This just might be my favorite version.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with three fingers of off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden-brown body. The head settles down rather quickly, but leaves fairly good lace on the glass.

S - Lots of bubble gum and banana with some bready notes of honey and toffee.

T - Banana flavored yeast and toffee malt with some bubblegum yeast. A little bit more fruity yeast in the middle with a hint of caramel. It finishes up with more bubblegum character and toffee paired with spicy clove notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nice, like Ayinger's light colored weisse it has an excellent yeast character, but here it is balanced by a light note of bready toffee and just a hint of sweet caramel in the middle. Very drinkable, one of the best German wheat beers that you are likely to come across in the US.

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Photo of BobZ
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Ayinger Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: Beautiful amber orange, rich head and decent lacing

Smell: Nice Dunkle aroma with roasted malt, some banana underneath, also some clove.

Taste: Follows the nose with a delicious malt flavor, really great for the style even better than Weinhenstephaner Dunkle in my opinion.

Mouth feel: Good and smooth, properly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, richness and depth of flavor make this a great session beer.

Extraordinary Dunkle in fact the best Dunkle I have had to date.

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Photo of lukeoberm963
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

P: 1 Pt, 9 fl oz (17 oz), European brown bottle, cool creme colored cap, no freshness date
A: Murky copper color with a fizzy white head dissipating quickly
No head retained at all
Smell: A sweet floral aroma of refrigerated banana bread with some baked apples and spices in it.
T: Up front carbonation but not at all brutish, quite refreshing, crisp and smooth. Some fruitiness to it like bananas and apple cider. Some spices I cannot quite grasp, yet. The wheat in the beer is light and welcoming. Little bit of hops barely noticeable. Aftertaste has a sweet flavor of grains and bananas and fruit, like a soft granola bar.
N: goes down smooth and quick, a swiss and tomato grilled cheese on rye would be a tasty sandwich to go with this
Very good

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Photo of Hibernator
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ayinger Ur-Weisse
17 oz brown bottle
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a cloudy and hazy light brown color. Fluffy white head that has great retention and leaves spots of sticky lace.

Classic Hefe Weizen style nose with whiffs of cloves, spices and fruit.

Crisp mouthfeel with a pushy carbonation quality that prickles the tongue. Juicy fruit flavors of freshly sliced bananas mixed with cloves and bubblegum. Dry wheat profile, yet nicely balanced with the other flavors present.

An awesome beer to say the least. The drinkability level is off the charts. Incredibly versatile, I could drink this anytime day or night during any season of the year. Overall, a very solid beer and one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served cold in classic Weisse challis.

L) Cloudy & murky beige potion with off white puffy head that settles quickly. Looks fantastic!
S) Sweet citrus fruit, banana, clove. Classic weisse.
T) Wow! Sweet caramel, toffee & dark fruit. Mild hops. Deliciously complex
F) Everlasting effervescent fizz. I like beers that do not go flat and this one delivers. Well balanced & smooth. Take your time, enjoy it.
O) Outstanding! Reasonably priced and not too hard to find. Wish I bought another. Will fix that shortly...

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Photo of putnam
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/brown and cloudy, the head is pocked like a crumpet before adhering paint-like to the inside of the glass.
Deep, plump, moist, bready, banana-drenched aromatics are decorated with nutty, toasted spices. This promises to be a very rich drink.
On the palate it is more dry than sweet. Firm, bracing, mineral and pepper-flavored tannins chalk an outline for fruit-cocktail character to pour in. Quite the trifecta: 1) chewy bread on the nose for substance/nourishment. 2) rigorously dry structure for framing. 3) canned peaches, grapes, pears and cherries for fun.
Maybe a little more acidity would help it earn perfect scores.

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Photo of dfried
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orangish brown with some yellow at the edges. Large, creamy, fine bubbled off white head that lasted as a 1/2cm film throughout the beer. The aroma was packed with cloves and bananas, rich malty and bready. Taste was quite wheaty and zesty, again full of cloves and banana, and some bubble gum. Maybe a tad maltier than their hefe, but a compareable medium body. Tasty and easy to drink.

Verdict: one of the best examples of the style I have had. A lot of flavor, leaves you wanting more after each sip.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, copper-amber beer sports a big, off-white, noisy, bubbly head. The yeast pour turns the beer hazy. It has a spicy, nutty nose. It's almost cinnamon-like. Fruity bananas highlight the front. A nice, rich malt and foamy feel. The finish dries, with spice and nuts. My notes say "zingertang", which -- although not a word -- is probably right. A slightly corny aftertaste. Delicious, spicy, grainsy, bananay.

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Photo of Ranz
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich in tannin color, it pours a luxurious two-finger head in my tulip glass, which does dissipate quickly. Lacing is non-existent.

S: Hints of ether, light cumin, and bready malt come to me. Noticeable banana and yeast are quite apparent, too. This is what a Dunkel should always smell like.

T: Bananas Foster, herbal spice, clove, and extra-sweet caramel--this is a knock-out. There's a reason this beer was instrumental in helping to begin my love for good beer.

M: Rich, low-hanging acidity that leaves a bready aftertaste makes this a smooth finish.

O: I've always loved this beer, and nothing has changed. It's a beautiful and affordable experience for the beer newbie and aficionado alike.

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Photo of tj4288
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from bottle into weisen glass

a- muddy brown body with LOTS of sediment floatin around in there. cloudy/muddy brown with a bit of golden orange. head is off white and nice and big, long lasting but leaves little to no lacing. imo this is a very inviting beautiful dunkelweizen.

s- smell is similar to its hefe brother, notes of banana, and slightly stronger yeast smell than the hefe.

t- amazing dunkel! not overly complex but very full of flavor. wheat, yeast, over ripe banana... sour green grape.

m/d- mouthfeel is medium body with crisp carbonation. for some reason this is much more drinkable to me than the hefe and if it were slightly cheaper i would buy this regularly. (i am kinda cheap) overall a great dunkel that i would highly recomend

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is a billowy three inches in height, and recedes slowly into two inches of fluffy foam that sticks in chunks to the sides of the glass, and lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of tons of cloves, and ample bananas with a hint of roasted malt. The taste is more balanced between the banana and clove elements with some nice malt tones underneath. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a chewy texture, and appropriately high carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer that I will surely drink again.

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Photo of beerwho
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger’s Dunkel is a very exceptional product. It was poured slowly into a 20oz goblet. As it flowed in, it turned into a cloudy golden vortex, with a 3 finger floaty head, which slowly dissipated.
The color was a hazy golden dark honey color. Lacing is evident, but lightly as the session continues. Aroma at first whiff is somewhat sweet, peachy, with hints of banana. The flavor at first is malty, hints of sweet ripe fruit, just a wonderful combination upon thy taste buds. As it warms up, a strong definite presence of banana takes over, and at the end, well ripe bananas kick in all the way for dominance.
Very, very exceptional & tasty! This one I can drink every night, and never get bored with. I do prefer this over their regular Hefe Weizen, which has a more pineapple presence and lighter in color, and has a lighter feel to it, but that’s just me. Both are great, I just prefer this style a tad more.

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Photo of mscudder
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $2.89 for this and I already know I practically stole it. Poured into a snifter (Didn't feel like bringing out the Weizen glass).

I would like to note that this cap is absolutely beautiful. A nice road between a few buildings and some sort of tower (matching the label). World class precision for sure!

A - A light amber that looks almost as a polluted gold. A nice sized pale head sits atop the body. Poor retention and lacing.

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 - Wow this is a fantastic beer! Lots of soft flavors that coat the palette and refrain from overwhelming. Follows the nose perfectly with incredible smoothness. Rich fruits, ample spice and wheat blend for a fantastic experience. Bravo!

M - Big carbonation adds to the drinkability here. Super smooth with soft pleasures coating the palette.

O - I feel as if I have committed a crime buying this beer at such a price. I can say without doubt that I will be revisiting this on a regular basis.

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Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 17oz. bottle a cloudy tea color very large off white tight bubbled head that settled to just covering the beer and no lacing to speak of. smell of bubblegum then a fruity spice aroma comes through. taste bubblegum, bananna, clove. mouthfeel smooth, light, good carbonation. very tasty.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A blond chestnut brown with a finger width of foam for a head.
S: Sweet like bananas and a slight clove scent. It's quite stunning...also the smell of bubble gums comes to mind.
T&M: I guess I'm hooked on the bubble gum flavor because that's what this one tastes like. Very delicious! Dare I say bubbliscious!
D: This one is great. Definitely will visit this one again and often.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this today at the brewery Gasthof.
POurs a hazy, murky light brown tone, murky, thick with yeast, light orange highlights, really nice thick head, leaves lots of lacing.
Smell is beyond my expectations. Spicy peppery cloves upfont, carmel maltines, citrus, banana, fresh hay, musty yeast, all with a really nice malty backing that really rounds out and makes this beer really interesting in that the base malt smell is really solid, and the yeast creates a kaleidoscope of fruity, musty, and spicy flavors.
Flavor does not dissapoint in th least. In fact it matches and exceeds the fantastic aroma Spices- i.e muskatnuss, clove, pepper followed by a nice caramelly sweetness, all cut by a nice carbonation and a fresh, grassy yet musty and spiced finish. Fruits, citrus, orange and banana come into the mix creating that classic hefe-flavor I really enjoy so much.
THe carbonation borders on a near perfection level matched with a full creaminess that makes this beer extremly enjoyable. The complexity of the flavor, aroma, combined with the mouhfeel make me wonder why this brew is not higher rated in the dunklehefe catergory. An extremly enjoyable bier, drink it if you see it.

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