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

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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 23:53:14 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 04:31:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 18:49:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:56:34 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 22:34:00 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 18:50:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 13:19:14 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:45:17 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 12:56:54 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 18:47:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 23:24:53 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 08:39:59 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 00:20:50 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 10:46:48 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 03:19:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 06:10:17 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet wheat malt scent with some crystal malts. It is full of fruitiness and clove aromas; very nice. The taste is good. It has a dry, yet extremely fruity wheat malt flavor with a yeasty finish. It goes down easy and has a smooth malty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a real burp producer. This is a fine Dunkel Weizen. It has excellent aroma and taste, but the mouthfeel tanks. This is a good drinker despite being overcarbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 00:19:50 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is brown and hazy, forms a thick off white head that falls away quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. carbonation is moderate to high and steady.

Aroma is strong banana, and fading other esters overall. Could have been bigger but overall good.

Flavor is a little muted. Beer is thin and drinkability is fine. There are some nice ester flavors that pop up in the later palate. There is almost no carbonation on the tongue, odd. Mouthfeel is OK. I feel the sweetness should be earlier and better connected. There is a mild wheatness to this beer but overall a very good and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 04:31:35 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-amber color with a large white head. Aroma is predominantly apples, with a little malt in there as well. The taste is heavy on the bananas, but you also get some apple. No real hops or malt are present in the aroma. A very flavorful beer that is heavy on the fruit. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 23:48:25 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 19:36:04 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 00:40:15 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A standard pour produces an easily four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a full amber color and shows a deeply hazy, pinkish, light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite fruity with notes of ripe plums, apples and juicy-fruit gum all quite noticeable. Spice notes of clove and banana traditionally found in the style are also evident. Dusty grain aromatics, some tart wheat character and a freshly crushed malt character in the finish add the malt component of this beer's nose. As the beer warms a bit the fresh, vibrant fruitiness begins to pick up a slightly green, under-ripe edge.

Lightly sweet tasting up front and through the middle, though the flavor does dry out some towards the finish. This is a light, easy drinking beer for the most part, but it has a touch of creamy heft (despite an zesty carbonation) and fullness to it. The carbonation seems to help keep this beer seeming light and quaffable. Lightly tart notes characteristic of wheat accents flavors of sour / sweet plums, light apple flavors and a touch of tamarind. A bit of dusty grain towards the end as well as some light grassy grain and at times a stale cracker flavor in the finish. The more traditional Hefe-flavors of clove and banana are here, but seem to play a supporting role; that is not to say this does not taste quite traditional as even the other flavors that are here are perfectly in line with the style.

Refreshingly tart, yet with a fullness that makes it seem perfectly appropriate for a warm, Tucson winter's afternoon. A tasty beer that is perhaps a touch flawed, but still quite good.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 02:06:06 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 02:58:25 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 18:13:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a rather light brown, with a medium white head, average head retention for style.

S: Baked bread, light clove, banana.

T: Lots of banana bread, cola, sweet but light molasses and brown sugar roll across the tongue as well. On the sweeter end of the style, no real clove bitterness to speak of.

M: High in carbonation at first, but it certainly dies down after a while. Very smooth, light-bodied and easy to drink.

D: This is an outstanding dark country wheat beer, one of the best flavours out there in this style. Ayinger continues to make outstanding stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 06:06:56 | More by Halcyondays
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