Ayinger Ur-Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
12-06-2010 01:56:34 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
09-22-2011 18:47:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.48/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
07-20-2003 23:24:53 | More by oberon
4.06/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-29-2013 08:39:59 | More by TMoney2591
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
06-01-2006 19:36:04 | More by zeff80
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
10-08-2010 03:45:20 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
11-19-2010 00:20:50 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
09-18-2007 03:19:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
07-20-2011 05:22:30 | More by nickfl
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-05-2002 20:57:31 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
10-14-2003 18:13:37 | More by WVbeergeek
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
.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
01-05-2007 06:10:17 | More by russpowell
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
08-06-2005 10:46:48 | More by feloniousmonk
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
02-05-2010 04:31:35 | More by drabmuh
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
08-04-2009 00:40:15 | More by jlindros
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
12-01-2004 00:19:50 | More by WesWes
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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