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

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Reviews: 550
Hads: 1,044
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 80
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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 James954
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's honestly an overpriced Franziskaner....and I like Franziskaner! But it's overpriced!

Differences are: A heavier mouth-feel and a better head when poured out of the bottle.

Ayinger has great stuff. But price sometimes becomes an obstacle for them when compared to others.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle.

A: Pours medium-dark orange-amber topped by a sizable, thick, off-white head. Very good retention with spots and streaks of lacing.

Aroma: Earthy-herbal hops, banana bread, apples, clove and light toast.

Flavor: good complexity but featuring banana bread and other (mainly) yeast derivatives. Also has light clove and faint spices, caramel, dark fruits, sweet malts, and some faint earthy hops.

M: Medium body; prickly, moderate-high carbonation; smooth and crisp.

O: not a favored style but certainly an excellent version.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into a weisse style glass
(A)- Pours a medium-dark burnt caramel color. Some good white froth with good retention
(S)- Big notes of banana and clove meets a deep musty biscuit dryness
(T)- Very similar to the smell. Plenty of clove with more subtle on the banana but with some bubblegum and biscuit
(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A touch richer that a normal Hefe, which fits this so well
(O)- Exactly what I expect from a Dunkel. . everything that reminds you of a Hefeweiss, but deeper and richer without losing the classic flavors

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deeper color than your average wheat. Can' see how this is a dunkel however. Nice big head which receded quickly and didn't leave much lacing. Nose has some esters, but seems to be more towards the spice notes along with some malt. Taste isn't as bright as some. Like the nose, a little less banana, but full flavored with both nutmeg and malt. Acidic citrus (or is it apple skins?) keeps it together and multi-dimentional. A quality beer, and a little different take while remaining classic. Makes me look forward to comparing to their Brauweisse since this is a darker version (but not a dunkel IMHO).

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Photo of SStein
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange with a big head that retains for most of the time it took to drink. Smells fruity and slightly citrusy. Strong banana esters come through, with clove on the back end. Light smooth carbonation. This beer goes down very easy.

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Photo of hreb
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served in a bulbous weizen glass. The beer pours dark orange in color, quite hazy, and fills the glass's bulb with a mass of white head. Faint, fruity aroma. Upon tasting, the yeasty spice of clove is immediately apparent, along with a really fine carbonation. Very neutral with a thin and wheaty mouthfeel. Finishes with the same spicy clove note, and a hint of banana. Enjoyable, but I think I'd take Franziskaner every time.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Burnt orange color, cloudy opaque, hints of orange on the edges of the glass. Frothy white head that recedes, yet lingers

S: Smell of sweat bread. Hints of citrus or tropical fruit. Banana bread is predominant though.

T: So nice, tropical fruit, banana, typical bubblegum flavors of the style. Noticed a lack of pepper and minimal clove that I am used to. They're present but not as upfront. Also that classic bready flavor is present. Also getting some brown sugar-like flavors from this one.

F: Smooth, rich, yet easy drinking. Silky is a word that comes to mind.

O: Great dunkel weissbier. All around, a complex and incredibly enjoyable beer

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle.

A: Pours a murky dark amber with orange hues. Head is one finger and off-white. Retains for a bit before collapsing to a film atop the brew. Also leaves behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Banana bread, citrus, apple, honey, clove, sweet malts, and caramel.

T: Banana bread, slight citrus, clove, caramel, dark fruits, sweet malts, and some faint earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth and crisp with a wet finish.

O: Truly delicious. Ayinger's brews never disappoint and I really respect the high standards. One of the absolute best breweries in the world. I recommend seeking this and all of the other great brews out.

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Photo of Carrier4
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nice and sweet, Huge head, and smells great, The taste is good, pretty complex and unique. However it made me feel pretty sick sitting my stomach, i dont know why.

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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 ajchocholousek
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy darker golden-amber color. Big just-barely off-white head that fizzed up vigorously, but dissipated quite quickly, leaving almost no lacing on the glass. The nose hits big with clove, banana, apple, and a firm amount of....tobacco? Whaaa? Yeah! Very prickly, light, effervescent mouthfeel leads to a malty, fruity, slightly caramelly taste with big notes of banana, bubblegum, and spicy clove. Finishes beautifully dry, yet leaves just enough banana and yeasty sweetness on your tongue to have you coming back for more! Burps are all banana bombs. Hell yeah! A truly fine beer. Refreshing, satisfying. Awesome with good cheddar cheese.

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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 Premo88
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: dark orange-amber with huge head of beige/off-white foam, a good 2 inches tall; no sticking though the head lingers for a while, every so slowly subsiding to a full skin and thick collar; beer is about 80% clear, just a bit misty, but clean -- no residue or floaties; the color is remarkable, very much like a toasted hefeweizen color; no lacing; over time the skin mostly disappears, but the thick collar remains

S: banana for days ... it's possibly a bit buttery, but the banana is unmistakable and so bright or light that I would figure this to be a straight hefeweizen if I didn't no better; perhaps some clove or allspice, but the banana prevails along with a sweetness that belies any spiciness;

T: banana sweetness prevails, at times just a little tart note chimes in; there's little here to distinguish it as a darker wheat beer, the flavors mainly centering on the banana with a hint of spice (allspice/clove) in there, no bitterness to speak of

F: full but soft ... it's a good midweight beer, maybe lighter midweight, with enough carbonation to keep it drinkable, but the carbonation level feels low enough to give it a softer feel

O: tasty wheat beer, and while it doesn't offer much on the dark/dunkel side of things, it's still a very easy drinking weizen and one I will definitely revisit. this much flavor in a sub-6% ABV beer is always a good thing.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
1.5/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

A real let down for Bavarian beer. Could be since I live in oklahoma and it's hard to get imported german beers. Poured cloudy golden yellow with a thick creamy white head. Looked promising however the taste wasn't there. It wasn't bad just really tasted like carbonated water. I'll stick to Schneider Weisse taps

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Photo of ShanePB
3.09/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having had this directly after Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel, the former was much better in my opinion. I did not find the Ayinger to have the balanced dark wheat presence like the Weinhenstephaner did.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly amber beer and it's thick and opaque. Oft-white lacing which carries down the glass. Cloves, banana, and tangy burnt orange on the nose. Moderate to rich, full body. Very similar to a straight hefe with a slight orange/cinnamon/and faint chocolate notes. None overwhelming. Finishes with a slightly sweet with a fruity, oft-lemon taste. Another top notch, high quality brew from Ayinger. Tough to find a better German beer from any other brewer.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark caramel color with about one inch of head produced.

Aroma- Very sweet aroma consisting mainly of banana and a little spice from the yeast.

Taste- Similar to the nose with banana dominating the flavor along with sweet caramel malt, a little clove spice from the yeast, and very little presence of hops at all.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and a dry finish with a little lingering malt.

Overall- Pretty good dunkleweizen but not something I'm completely in love with. It hits on all the characteristics you'd expect from a dunkleweizen, but its a just a bit too sweet for me to love it. Definitely would try this again, but having a better balance from the hops to cut down on the sweetness would bump this up a notch for me.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Ur-Weisse pours cloudy gold with a persistent 2” pillowy foam collar. It has a little banana and clove on the nose and a banana bread flavor spiced with light clove and lightly sweetened with light kettle sugars. Medium full body and above average carbonation.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this awesome beer many times, but just getting around to reviewing it.

A brown brew with a billowy tan head that peaks above the rim and dies quickly with little evidence of it's existence.

Aroma is rich with prominent notes of banana, clove and beer bread.

Mostly creamy with prolific notes of spice and banana along with some grass and tangerine in the end.

Something about a great Hefe in the winter seems so transgressive and perfect.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy yellow brown color with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, hefe yeast, wheat, sweetness.

Taste: Grainy banana bread with slight bitterness and twang in the rear. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, refreshing, medium bodied, filling, tasty,

Overall: Leave it up to the Germans to make a solid dunkelweizen. They seem to do it the best. Another solid brew from this brewery.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 mL bottle.

Dark amber / light brown in color with a large, pillowy off-white head.  Great aroma of banana, cloves, and ripe fruits.  Sweet flavor with the yeast very prominent, but in great balance with the malt and hops.  Medium-bodied with a great mix of fruit and spice.  Rich and refreshing.

I had this side by side with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel and preferred the Ayinger, which is saying a lot.  A top representation of the style for sure.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with two fingers' worth of fizzy light tan head that retains well before slowly popping away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind and there are chunks of sediment suspended in the body.

S- Rich yeast brings notes of banana and clove set against a wheat backdrop.

T- Lots of bubble gum as the yeast takes hold with the spices coming in to round things out with some zing. So smooth and tasty, I keep going back for more and more sips. The wheat malt provides some bready notes and there's just a tinge of oxidation.

M- The medium-high carbonation makes this one kind of spritzy. Body leans toward the fuller side.

O- Supremely drinkable and packed with flavor. One of my favorite wheat beers for sure.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle, poured into a weizen glass at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy coppery-amber, beneath a massive, pillowy head of light cream foam. The head has ridiculous retention, and lacing was accordingly good.

Smell: This beer is redolent with rich scents of banana, clove, wheat, and a very light caramel, hooking its fingers up the nostrils and pulling the face down for a deeper sniff.

Taste: Opening with heavy tones of banana and clove, with a light accompaniment of bubblegum skittering along the surface, this definitely opens as a dunkelweizen. In the middle, coriander comes in strong, lending a mild tartness and a distinct orange aspect to the rest of the flavor palate. Other fruits join in as the beer moves along as well, white grape and pear, and a very faint hint of raisin. At the finish, the aftertaste lingers as a mildly tart orange-banana mixture.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated yet smooth, this beer is light without ever remotely verging on watery. Quite drinkable.

Overall: I'm an unabashed Ayinger fanboy. This beer does absolutely nothing to change that. Just a fantastic exemplar of a dunkelweizen!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Sampling right now on 9/24/14. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for around $3.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a special edition .5l Paulaner World Cup 2014 weissber vase.

Pours a pretty dark amber in color with a good 2+-finger foamy white head that stays around for a while before settling down to a 2mm/+ head. Some sediment is seen at the bottom of the bottle. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped, rings as first that settle back down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very pleasant and is of fresh wheat, bananas and honey. The taste is even BETTER with some caramel in the mix as well. Very smooth and goes down easy with no bitterness or harsh aftertaste at all. medium bodied and perfect carbonation. A great German brew!

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Photo of devilmakesthree
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Absolutely delicious. Found it at a Fred Meyer in Beaverton. Not my first Dunkelweizen, by my first authentically German one. Poured a deep amber/light brown. Smelled of banana and cloves. Tasted almost like banana bread. I regret having only bought one. Highly recommended.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
90 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.