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

Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

817 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 817
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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mactrail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 05:07:52 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.05/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 03:06:49 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped open a .5L bottle for dessert. This is lighter colored than a dunkel, but more of an amber than your common hefe. Off the bat, it's sort of like Schneider Weisse for the darker bread notes. Overall it does follow more of the notes of a hefeweizen with mild clove, vanilla, and a hint of banana. It's toasty and bready, but also has occasional dark crispy wheat notes. It's smooth and deep, worth trying with and without the yeast dumped in—it's a little brighter before. Man, I'm wishing I didn't only buy one bottle. Get yourself some.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:27:47 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 500 mL bottle served in a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a burnt orange color, just a few shades darker than your run of the mill weizen. There is a ring of head around the glass, but no lace.

Smell: The ale has a bit of a estery aroma, giving off hints of banana. The only drawback is that that aroma is faint at times.

Taste: The ale tastes good, starting a little poorly but finishing nicely. There are estery flavors, somewhat light, that give a bit of a clove flavor. The darker malts add just a bit of flavor but not so much that it overpowers.

Mouthfeel: The ale tastes very good, with the light wheat body carrying the day.

Drinkability: The drinkability is high, as the weizen flavors seemlessly meld with the darker malts.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 02:43:58 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 Mll bottle, no freshness dating, I dont think the German's are too interested in this type of helpful consumer friendly info. Pours a muddy shade of medium brown, with a slight oily glaze. The head is huge, retentive, soft, frothy and fluffy. Leaves moderate daggers of lace. Nose is chock full of bananas, yeast and dunkel weisse goodness. Tasty offering, has that nice mix of fruityness, yeastyness and dark bready wheat notes that make this a favorite style. Nice brew from Ayinger.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 23:51:49 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Weisse glass)

A- This beer has a warm brown body with a strong wave of tiny bubbles and a thick mousy head that last and last. The head is even sitting in the bottom of the glass after the beer is finished.

S- The smell of wheat and yeast has a mellow banana and fresh ripe pears even from the pour. The notes of green hops come through in the finish and they are pretty subtle.

T- The smooth soft wheat flavor has a slight toasted wheat note and some dark bread crust flavors. There is some nice banana and pear flavors that blend into the light green hops at the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a nice fizz in the finish that fills out the mouthfeel and cleans the finish.

D- This beer has a big aroma with a softer flavor but they both have some good complexity. This beer is a meal in a glass and is very filling. With a flood of bland wheat beers on the market I forgot how great wheat beers can really taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 00:25:02 | More by rhoadsrage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA.

Pours a muddied orange-amber colour, heavily hazed, with a solid froth of white foam. Body is very fluid, and seems light, but the haze, and the fine carbonation gives it a distinctive weight. Lacing is weak, but forms in patches. Overall, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is a little earthier and spicier than I expected. There's no big banana characters, and no classic clove: instead there's a very organic character, like freshly turned mulch, mingled with a peppery spice and some other estery characters: I get vanilla and starfruit. And yet, it manages still to feel like a German ale for some reason. It's confusing.

Taste is pleasant. Smooth, clear wheat characters give a crisp centre of the palate surrounded by sweet softness all around. Some peppery, earthy and leathery notes come out later, and even some of those banana phenols missing on the palate seem to appear towards the finish. It's quite pleasant.

Feel is smooth and light. Not bad at all.

Overall, this is different, but very pleasant. It's perhaps somewhere between a hefe and a dunkel, and yet also manages to hold very different characters from many of the examples I've had in the past. I was very interested in it as a result.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 18:47:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Thick off white head, strong carbonation - pour slow. Good wheat, with expected slight yeast overtones. Nice maltiness, finishes smooth. The ABV is 5.8%. $3.49 for 500 ml.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 15:52:37 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2002 20:57:31 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light brown brew.

Smell is the banana, spice and cloves of a good German wheat beer. Mild perfume is also in the smell.

Taste is sweet and fruity with a solid wheat base character. Banana and bubble gum flavors. The big grain flavor of this helps clean the palette. No bitterness at all.

Big Mouthfeel, solid wheat thickness and bitey carbonation.

Very drinkable brew would go great with a spicy sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 02:47:07 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first dunkel weizen. Poured into a Ayinger glass, hazy yellowish/brown color with a huge head and carbonation. I was figuring a dark color, but I guess not. Lacing is very present with a medium feel. I really like the taste for a dunkel. I could drink a few of these, for a dunkel weizen, it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 01:49:37 | More by Wasatch
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DoubleJ

California

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

Is music and beer the new fad? I have my tunes set on Depeche Mode as I'm ready to open this bottle. On to the beer:

Oh my, that smells good. Whoa, slow down....okay. Lots of bubbly head on top this carmel brown beer. Decent head retention. The nose...apples, major spicy phenols. Not as intense or aromic as it was when I opened it, but still good.

Spicer than the usual dunkleweiss, and I like meself a spicy wiessbier. Caramel dipped apples merge with a pinch of ground clove. Hints cinnamon too. Light brush-up of alcohol towards the back. Wheat dries the palate, and keeps it dry in the aftertaste.

Very good halfway in, but the second half was merely good. I'll go with the latter on this one to determine it overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 06:01:55 | More by DoubleJ
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark, amber toned orange with a white cap that slowly fades into bits of spotted lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of orange, apricot, clove, banana, vanilla cream, and Graham crackers.
Taste is of the aromas with a yeasty, bready, banana wafer flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is spritzy, sweet up front, tangy, medium bodied, and semi dry.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 01:25:34 | More by weeare138
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy, and slighty burnt tangerine-orange with a massive 3 finger billowy eggshell white head that had great retention and lasted well into the drink falling to a soft, foamy layering. Visible carbonation was light.

S: On the nose was fresh lemons, bananas, a light yeatiness and soft wheat scents.

T: The initial flavor yielded a fresh lemony flavor that was wet, citrusy, and very smooth. There was some light banana bread with some spiciness against a soft wheat backing. Overall the flavor and palate was extremely smooth and clean.

M: very light, smooth, with a soft carbonation and a light tart lemony fade.

D: Drinkability was incredibly smooth, clean and great going down. A near perfect example per style.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 16:10:32 | More by beerthulhu
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orangish brown appearance. Nice looking head of about 1/2 inch and beige tinted white in color. Retention? Pretty good. Nice lemmon pepper and clove mixed in with some tangy wheat malt and darkened barley on the nose. The flavor is spicy, yet refreshing. A little banana clove action. And the slight chocolate and dark malt tones are held in check nicely and add the subtleties need for this style. This nicely carbonated brew has a medium full body and a partially dry finish. Nicely done dunkel weizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 03:42:09 | More by Bighuge
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Served in a Weizen glass, appears darker yellow and unfiltered. Huge head that doesn't diminish greatly with time.

S. Dark wheat.

T. Picking up a taste of cloves and spice, also sweet and wheaty.

M. Light and well balanced.

D. Fantastic. Another winner from Ayinger.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 21:17:01 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coppery amber and quite hazy with a big fluffy white cap that settled quickly to a short layer of fine bubbles. Lots of banana in the aroma, dry grain husk, cloves, bready yeast, brown sugar. Mild flavour, slight lemon with a bit of banana and malt sweetness. Spicy finish with a flash of bitterness and light apple tartness. Light bodied and quite dry, creamy carbonation. Decent overall and I really liked the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:31:40 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy amber and orange color that's surprisingly light for the style but looks pretty good when the light hits it. The head is two fingers of white foam that eventually recedes into a thin cap on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of loads of bananas, half fresh and half brown, along with smoothly integrated clove aromas. Also present are mild amounts of wheat twang and breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as robust. Wheat twang and banana flavors kick things off and are backed by mild amounts of breadiness. Midway through the sip the spices come into play - there may be coriander in there but the clove is front and center. The spices carry through to a solidly crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer, although I feel as though it was more of a hybrid between a hefe and a dunkel. Still, well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 23:42:48 | More by glid02
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Gusler

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent amber color with a massive head with the texture frothy and the color and off white, the lace forms a fine shade to cover the glass from view. Nose is quite complex with aromas of malt, citrus, wheat or bread dough, sweet as it the start with the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is sparsely acidic, pleasantly hopped, dry long lasting aftertaste and all in all a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 14:21:59 | More by Gusler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17oz bottle from the Coop for about $2.75.. poured into my New Belgium goblet.

2" head drops leaving little lacing atop a slightly hazy light amber brews.

Aroma is spicy with big notes of molasses... banana and clove... light bubblegum.

Flavor is the same as the aroma but with a long spicy banana finish.. nowhere near as sweet as the nose lets on... there are brown sugar notes... reminds me of bananas foster and pumpkin pie. Suprising light body.. but still higher than most traditional pale hefe's.

Good beer that I've only had one other time... tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 03:53:47 | More by JohnGalt1
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Brad007

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Mild amber color with considerable cloudiness and a thick, foamy head.

Aroma: Clove esters show through in the nose with very weak banana esters. Malty.

Taste: Clove esters show upfront. Very smooth. A bit sweet. Malty. Simplistic.

Mouthfeel: Clove with a bit of dryness. Not much else though.

Verdict: A decent and drinkable dunkelweizen. I knock down a bit in score because I don't see the dunkel part of this beer (it's not very dark). Smell and taste are appetizing though. The ABV is low enough to make it a decent session ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:24:41 | More by Brad007
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 01:39:53 | More by smakawhat
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 05:01:00 | More by superspak
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL into Weissen glass

Color was a hazy straw brown. Light tan head. Left medium level of lacing.

Aroma was of clove and bananas (similar to a hefewissen). Taste was similar. Roasted fruits and nuts were present also.

Mouthfeel is smooth at first and then goes down creamy. It has a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. $4 for a half liter is kinda steep, but I think it was worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 08:12:51 | More by mothman
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a two finger thick creamy off-white head. The head reduces by about 25% but has great retention. There is significant lacing observed.

S: Lots of banana + clove in the nose of this beer with some much lighter hints of wheat and sweet malts.

T: This beer starts out a little sweet with some caramel notes to the malts and wheat, followed by the flavors of banana + clove, and finishes with a hint of toastiness and bitterness. Very nice complexity and balance to the flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue like a champagne.

O: Very easy to drink and very refreshing, definitely a session beer that makes me want to sit outside on the beautiful spring day that it is today and have several of these - though it would be much better in a beer garden in Bavaria.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 23:43:34 | More by dbrauneis
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.