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

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Reviews: 547
Hads: 1,028
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 76
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow wheat beer. Sour wheat and corn and banana and honey-like malt/yeast combo, and brown sugar grains.. Sharp coriander and cloves, better with some juice or slice of citrus. Thin creamy mouthfeel. Lightly acidic. Mild carbonation. Malt and banana aftertaste. (270 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey brown with a 2 inch foamy light beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat bread, yeast, spices, and some light fruity aromas. Taste is slightly tart and is of wheat, overripe banana, yeast, and some slightly bitter spice flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells. (491 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured cloudy pale yellow in color into a weizen glass with a two finger foamy white head. A very high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles; there is a good amount of head retention.
S: The nose has aromas of apples, bananas, sweet malts and wheat along with some hints of spices and yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell; there's a slight bit of sweetness from the malts but this is balanced with notes of banana and clove flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink. I would definitely try this again if I wanted a hefeweizen but something with a little more maltiness. (693 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a weizen glass.

Pours a moderately-dark golden-bronze color with a thin white head that recedes somewhat quickly and doesn't leave behind much other than a bit of spotty lacing. Almost no haze. The nose is pretty weak with a bit of sweetened malt and clove. A touch of banana there as well. Taste is quite plain as well. There's just not much coming from the malt or the yeast. Mouthfeel is a bit light and undercarbonated, though it's smooth. Drinkability is decent enough, though there's really nothing all that special about this beer. (590 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (494 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little surprised when I poured a standard Hefeweizen hue and haze. The color was a little darker than, say, Brau Weiss but not by much. The flavors seem a bit deeper with more emphasis on barley malt than wheat. However, the beer did exhibit much bananna, clove, and slightly bruised fruit esters. Light on the bubble-gum, lemon, citrus notes. More full and round to the palate than most Hefe's, but still not as rich as a Dunkel Weiss. Finishes quite sweet, bready, and creamy. (486 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a dirty and cloudy dark beige color beer with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread is very dominant and enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the banana bread with some ester notes. Body is above average with some great carbonation. This is definitely a style that I don’t have a chance to try very often but thought was very interesting but maybe a bit one-dimensional. (446 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt, no freshness date.

The body is an incredibly murky pale brownish-amber with ample suspended yeast and other particulates; it looks kind of awful, actually, but I guess it's to style. A small head forms and quickly recedes to a film.

The nose has plenty of signature weizen yeast banana-like esters along with quite a bit of caramelized malt, which creates a very appetizing bouquet. Spicy/medicinal phenols are fairly reserved here, buried behind the malt.

Spiciness is a bit more prevalent on the palate, up-front especially where I pick up a bit of white pepper and clove. Caramelized bananas soon take over, along with a mild butter toffee-like sweetness that segues into a clean and mild finish with very reserved bitterness. The body is fairly chewy for a sub-6% ABV beer, but it's still very refreshing. This is another winner from Ayinger, truly a great brewery. (911 characters)

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

500ml bottle. The first snow has hit, but I can't wait til it melts in spring to dive into this wheat beer.

This beer pours a murky medium orange-brown hue, with tons of tight, billowy, puffy eggshell white head, which leaves a few splashes of splotchy lace around the glass upon its retreat, during which I can weirdly hear crackling fizzy noises from a few feet away.

It smells of sweet, spicy wheat malt, banana, rising brown bread, savoury clove, and a further bit of zingy earthy yeast. The taste follows quite consistently - fairly sweet toasted wheat and caramelized barley malt, sharp banana esters, muddled spices, with the clove now mostly indistinguishable, and a welcome, but underwhelmingly effective drying earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is lightly spritzy at first, but settles to a very dull hum rather swiftly, the body just on the light side of medium weight, a wee bit foamy and airy, but quite smooth overall. It finishes a tad off-dry, the softly bready, malty sweetness losing a small step, and the spice and fruit morphing into a singular entity.

A rather pleasant gap-filler between a hefeweizen and dunkel, the roasted character parrying the inherent banana bread essence quite nicely. While this does entail an uptick in the sweetness, somehow it all just dovetails into an enjoyable, entirely drinkable affair, with a little extra kick for good measure. (1,389 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,429 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured out a pumpkin-like color with a good sized head.
It smelled of banana and cloves. The flavors came through in the taste. So did some hop flavors and wheat. Mouthfeel was slightly grainy and dry. It is a fairly heavy beer, but I enjoyed it very much. (270 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat hazy copper/amber color with a big blooming head,the aroma is of roasted malt and green apple background,pretty interesting.The taste is spicey and a litle smokey with some lingering fruitiness in the finish.This beer has alot of different flavora,pretty complex and pretty darn good. (301 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a little light for what I'm used to seeing out of a Dunkelweizen. A light copper color with a massive, soapy, off-white head.

S: Starts off with the usual suspects such as banana, bubblegum, and clove. An almost sourdough breadiness which is a bit different as well. Some hints of floral hops are present as well.

T: A big blast of banana and clove flavors to begin. Fairly sweet with a surprisingly prominent level of floral hoppiness. A subtle to moderate bitterness and some light citrus. Not quite as bready and hearty as I had hoped for.

M: The body is medium with a pretty high level of carbonation that gives a slightly creamy feel.

D: Dunkelweizens continue to be a bit of a weird style to me. This one was one of the better examples I've had, but still not quite as enjoyable as a traditional hefeweizen or weizenbock. (846 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dirtied tan body with a near-white, expansive head.

Smell: Fruity, malty nose with some traces of honey on morningtime wheat toast, a dusty yeastiness, and popped clove buds.

Taste: Faintly tangy wheat malt at the start, a moderately sweet inclusion of both wildflower honey and light-colored caramel before some fruity tastes of Gala apples, bananas, and pears. Very low, fairly brief tartness present. Light clove accent (certainly less than was present in the aroma). Very subdued bitterness. Soft but also a bit of carbonated crispness on the sweetish, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly smooth on the tongue.

Overall: Quite pleasant and quaffable, one of those moreish beers where you clear through the entire bottle pretty quickly. This just might beat out Weihenstephaner's dunkelweizen for me. (947 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (877 characters)

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of heavy with wheat, yeast and banana along with some caramelized malt.

T: Flavors of banana and citrus jump out at first and are quickly followed by the breadiness of wheat and yeast. The malt character is hearty but still on the light side. There are touches of hops and smokiness and there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, very good representation of style, it’s certainly worth drinking a few of if you’re in the mood for the style. This one is just another quality German brew. (841 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle pours an efferevscent amber with a 3 fingers deep fluffy tan colored head. Ever so,slight lacing & head retention

S: Bubblegum & fruittyness

T: Juicyfruit gum, bandaids & fruitty/jammy tastes up front. Bread, date & apricot tastes surface as the beer warms. Then banana peel sets in. Finishes fruitty, slightly gummy & quenching

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, I could probably drink 2-3 .5 liters of this of this no problem. This seems to accentuate the style with out being over the top. This is a quality offering from Ayinger (580 characters)

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

Oh joy a real dunkel weizen deep copper orange an almost brown tint but not quite, head forms full thick and creamy leaving behind huge collared rings of lacing after existing throughout the session with these 17oz. of yum. Aroma: Tart apple notes along with the classic clove scent from the yeast, candy like sweetness sharp malted wheat flourishing tame German hop aroma. Taste: Oh how I love wheat beers tart spiced up finish sharp sweet tone mellowed by delicate hops, this is a great beer really hits the spot. Moutfheel: Fluffy sprizy and highly carbonated nice all around medium bodied hefe. Drinkability: Oh yes especially if I were chilling in Deutschland it would be on like Donkey Kong me and this dunkel weizen would get along well maybe too well. (759 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely hazed magenta, soft cocoa, with a lovely, light layer of foam atop. Excellent look for the style.

Aroma: Ahhhh! this is dunkel weizen! Clove is huge, and banana behind it, with traces of grapes and melons and berries, too...a beautiful mix, really, and the sort of thing you only find in beers of this kind. Reminds me of why I like the style so much. Masterful.

Taste: mmmm...there's a lot to talk about...bubblegum, banana, spices, clove, dark fruits, ...but still quaffably refreshing!
An excellently sessionable brew, you can take several in all night long,
classic representation of the style.
Tasty, and quenching...gotta love it!
Lightish body, lightly spicy finish, rich and delicious.
Loveable mouthfeel, lushly carbonated, great flavor, wondrous drinkability. Class act, all the way.
Yum. (820 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, banana, clove, pear, apple, wheat, floral, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, banana, pear, apple, clove, wheat, honey, pepper, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, banana, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, floral, honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent dunkelweizen style. All around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,311 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a German glass that says "Dunkel" on it - thought it apppropriate...
Poured cloudy orange with a thin, but steady and well-retained head.
The smell was a bit on the thin side - but, what was there was clean and inviting - banana/clove and citrus - more orange than lemon.
The taste was light and refreshing. Malty - no hop presence - fitting for style. The banana/clove and citrus held up throughout, though the citrus, esp. orange, though some lemon as well, took over a bit, especially in the mouthfeel. It left a bit of a tang - not a bad thing though. Overall, very clean feeling was left. It was about as complex as this style gets - a good beer all around - will certainly keep it in my summer beer cycle. Another good brew from an outstanding brewery! (773 characters)

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
90 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.