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

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BA SCORE
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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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dcmchew

Romania

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden to amber in color, cloudy, with lots of foam that goes away quite slowly. A bit chunky.
Smells more like a typical hefeweizen than a dunkel, but with a hint of roast/toastiness.
Strong hefeweizen banana and spice at the start, with some light roast in the back, also some faint caramel. Light acidic fruitiness, with some apple peel, and citrus is mild, not just lemon zest (which is not in the least as annoying as in other weizens), but some sweet oranges too. Wheatiness is a bit more complex than usual, dense and lingering, with nice grains coming through. Yeasts are chunky, quite heavy and spicy; traditional clove, with a whif of cinnamon also. Hoppiness is nice and green, with a mildly bitter finish.
Nice and smooth, goes down slowly, but easily. Beautiful, maybe a bit farther than a "dunkel", but definetely one of the best weizens out there. For me it was better than this brewery's hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 07:05:17 | More by dcmchew
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lawlerj

Nebraska

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a cloudy dark amber. Moderate pour yields an inch & half of pillowy white foam. Dissipates, leaving a nice ring at the top and a layer of bubbles as well.

S - A lot of banana on the nose, some malt, not much in the way of hops.

T - Similar to the nose - banana, bready malt, a touch honey. I also get a bit of spiceiness on the back end as well.

M - Medium bodied, but still crisp.

O - This is a nice beer - nothing mindblowing, but solid all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 22:05:57 | More by lawlerj
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utopiajane

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours murky and turbid. Light brownish amber with gold hues around the edges and plenty of bubbles streaming up towards the mammoth creamy head of off white foam. That head sits atop this beer like it's gonna last forever. Leaves wet lace, refreshes as it drinks, and never falls off completely. Nice layer on top throughout the drink.

Nose is soft fruits. Light banana and a nice bit of clove. Some tart apple to perk it up and a good bread malt underneath it all. Taste follows the nose all the way. Soft and demure but with a little bit of moxy behind it too. Perky carbonation and a bread that is stronger in the drink than on the nose. Smooth banana and spicy clove combine with the tart apple for a heavenly, creamy drink with just the right amount of tartness. The finish lasts and is dry and has a bit of wheat to really accent all those flavors. Tiny bit peppery at the end but that too is soft and gentle.

The flavors on this one aren't sharp but the drink moves nicely over the palate with a gentle mouthfeel that highlights the tart apple so well. The malt in this just keeps bringing bread to the palate and I really like that. It is medium bodied, tasty and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 18:05:00 | More by utopiajane
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Fear4Beer

Delaware

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A good beer! Very smooth and pleasant to drink. I get a lot of bread to the taste with some sort of fruit like an apple. It tastes great but in my opinion I rather have Ayinger's brau weisse. It is a different style of beer but I liked the taste a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 03:23:47 | More by Fear4Beer
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Maltenbach

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber with a huge white head that slowly dissipates to a very thin lace. Aromas are banana and clove, with a hint of butterscotch. Flavors are banana bread, spice, citrus and muted caramel with a bready, citrus finish. Rather high carbonation with a light and peppery mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice wheat beer. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 23:15:19 | More by Maltenbach
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass, dark yellow gray brown with a huge off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy

S: big banana and clove esters, sweet and bready, banana but bread

T: taste follows nose, sweet banana, clove, yeasty bread

M: light to medium body, higher carbonation

O: nice dark weizen, traditional German weizen flavors

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:46:55 | More by M_C_Hampton
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, burnt amber color with appreciable cloudiness. A significant white head soon diminishes to a thin cap, which is a little disappointing for a weisse. Only the sparsest lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes.

Aroma is a pleasing blend of clove, grape, orange zest, and caramel. Carbonation precipitates an intense zing on the front end that almost overwhelms a bready malt with wine-like undertones. Clove and/or a complement of similar such spices are present throughout and persist well into the finish. Even a little alcohol starts to show up in the finish with some warming. The flavors are fairly simple, but bold. Unfortunately, they never quite meld the way I'd hope. The medium body is par for the course.

Overall, this a perky and flavorful weisse that's a little light on the dunkel. The bold, zesty flavors aren't bad, but neither are they refined. Contrary to Ayinger's hefe, this weisse is only decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:43:13 | More by MaximalC
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BethanyB

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy and dark gold (on the lightest end of the dunkelweizen spectrum). The white head is quick to melt down to nothing.

Aroma: Phenols that are equally spicy and sweet/clove-like are immediately noticeable. An unripe fruit aroma with a sulfiric quality suggests infection. May have a bad bottle on my hands.

Taste: Like bananas that have been left out a month too long. Slightly toasted malt is present. Very low bitterness. An overtly sweet caramel taste is distracting, even as a secondary flavor. The malt could be more rich for the style. Altogether, the flavor is rather light, which in this case, may be a good thing!

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, with a watery quality. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Chock full of rotten sweetness. Still manages to be drinkable, however, probably due to the faintness of aroma and taste. Will have to try this again when I can muster the strength, to see if I had a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 17:51:18 | More by BethanyB
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BWED

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- Hazy copper body. Yellowish off white head foamy retains at one finger.

S- Big banana, a little bit of clove spice. Yeasty.

T- Sweet, some fruit, yeast and wheat. Really full of flavor.

M- Good fizz tingle, smooth and sweet body.

O- Great flavor and aroma. A yummy beer, and definitely a go to weizen. It's techniquely a dunkel, but still light in many aspects.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:44:42 | More by BWED
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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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BMMillsy

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first dunkleweizen (having lots of firsts in the Euro styles this week)! Pours a slightly murky dark orange color with creamy light cream colored head. Yeasty almost bretty aroma with some light citrus zest and bitter banana. Flavor is banana, yeast, apple, and pear balanced by a nice effervescent bitter presence. Prickly carbonation in the tongue with medium light mouthfeel overall. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:44:23 | More by BMMillsy
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick German bottle pored into a wheat glass. Enjoyed with grilled pork, homemade sauerkraut, & baked beans. Extremely rocky head. Almost fills the entire glass with foam. Smells of cotton candy, spicy pepper, clove, banana. Tastes similarly but with some dark fruit like fig. Medium full. Alcohol in check and seemingly nonexistent. A great compliment to pork & kraut. Could drink this one all night long.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:30:47 | More by jwhancher
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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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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger weissbier glass. The pour is a dank, dingy orange with a massive head that doesn't last as long as it should. On the nose I get lots of spicy phenols and fruity esters as well as some tart lemon notes as well.

The beer has a light-medium body and a wonderfully refreshing flavor. No real hop character found. It is sweet and bready up front, like fresh toast with honey. Then, it gets slightly fruity towards the back of the palate as flavors of lemon, tea, and peppery clove flavors come in. There is a faint tartness on the finish. All this is supported by a nice level of carbonation. Even though the bloom dies off prematurely, the beer doesn't feel dead on the palate.

Overall, a delicious beer with a flavor nicely balanced between fruity, bready, and tart. I think it's a really great example of a dark weizen. It's hard to find flaws with the true German examples of this style. They're just so tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink I honestly don't know why I even bother reviewing them.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 17:43:50 | More by deadonhisfeet
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dring the pour i couldn't help noticing how massively carbd this beer is.
A handsome looking brew with a hazy amber body and a surprizing small beige white head.
The aroma is more along the lines of barley malts and not the wheat we expext in a good weisse. Some evidence of yeasty ester giving a sutle smell.
I must agree with others in that this is balanced more towards barley malts. Wheat malts that characterize most weisse is quite lean. I also say that this baby is quite sweet. A tart sweetness. Cloves weave in and out of the sweetness.
Drinks soft and sweet despite all the carbonation.
A good beer I much enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 14:00:52 | More by micromaniac129
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Ranz

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich in tannin color, it pours a luxurious two-finger head in my tulip glass, which does dissipate quickly. Lacing is non-existent.

S: Hints of ether, light cumin, and bready malt come to me. Noticeable banana and yeast are quite apparent, too. This is what a Dunkel should always smell like.

T: Bananas Foster, herbal spice, clove, and extra-sweet caramel--this is a knock-out. There's a reason this beer was instrumental in helping to begin my love for good beer.

M: Rich, low-hanging acidity that leaves a bready aftertaste makes this a smooth finish.

O: I've always loved this beer, and nothing has changed. It's a beautiful and affordable experience for the beer newbie and aficionado alike.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:28:33 | More by Ranz
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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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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A bit cloudy, golden. Light, reddish orange.
Smell: Light bread and honey.
Taste: Light bread and honey. Banana.
Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated.

This is a good brew. The taste and smell compliment each other. It's a warm, bready, honey taste. Not terribly exciting, but very enjoyable. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:17:29 | More by TeamMathis
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Steamer

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy, golden apple cider appearance with a nice white, single finger head that dissipates quickly. Spicy apple aroma but subdued. Nicely balanced, malt forward taste with a bit of dry bite towards the end.. faint hops. Medium-high carbonation. A nice experience for my first Dunkel. I will have to try more!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:52:26 | More by Steamer
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1 liter bottle. This beer has a nice one finger head that lingers on for quite some time. The color of this beer is a really nice, slightly reddish amber color. It is not fully opaque, but when held up to the light really nicely shows off its great burnt-auburn haze.

The typical banana nose is here, but it is fairly subdued. More dominant is an almost spiciness, perhaps nutmeg or some other warmth-inspiring ester. It is quite lovely, very complex and inviting.

This thing has some serious mouthfeel! I almost want to chew it. The taste is very yeasty, but in a smooth way. The carbonation gives the end of the taste an almost peppery quality.

Definitely a beer I will be buying again, especially considering the pricepoint. I have not had too many Dunkelweizens, but this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 01:29:55 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 16.9 oz bottle into my Ayinger logo weizen glass. This beer pours a cloudy dark golden color, with an off-white fluffy head that is initially well over an inch thick when poured. Settles to a good solid 1/2 inch of foam sitting on top of the glass that eventually setles to 1/4 inch. Pretty good lacing Fairly potent aromas of bready malt, banana, and clove are all certainly present. The taste pretty much follows suit to what the aromas are, sweet bready malt with hints of caramel, followed by banana and spicy clove. Perhaps a hint of toffee on the back end of the tongue. They really nailed the flavor profile for what a beer of this style is supposed to have! Has a nice crisp, smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a beer like this should be. Excellent!

Eric

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:30:09 | More by neenerzig
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a murky, muddy wheat color. It poured with a medium sized, fizzy head that faded with very little lace.

s: Beautiful hefe aromas of bananas, cloves, and bubblegum complimented by a hint of toffee.

t: Mirrors the smell, only a bit better. A wonderful hefe accented by some toffee and hints of cocoa.

m: Big and chewy.

o: Awesome example of a style I don't get enough of.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 00:27:04 | More by DIM
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Logic00

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden dark copper

S- Metallic, malt and spice

T- Strong clove and spice, some overripe fruit and yeast

M- slightly carbonated but overall smooth

Overall- 4/5 An exceptional example of the style and a definite hit by Ayinger. Despite being a darker beer, is very light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 19:41:16 | More by Logic00
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schlimenhaumer

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic pint glass (unfortunately I still haven't acquired a Weizen glass) at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours a murky translucent copper color with a creamy, thin off-white head of good retention. The carbonation bubble in this one are small. Not much lacing.

S: Bananas, cloves, bread. A lot of malty wheat character here and a moderate strength aroma overall.

T: Opens with dark malted wheat followed by some spicy clove notes. The finish tastes like banana bread -- bready with plenty of ripe banana sweetness. I like the way the flavors slowly give way to a long finish.

M: Medium- to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and not much carbonation.

O: Overall, a pleasant introduction to the style for me. Another nice offering from Brauerei Aying.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 03:04:31 | More by schlimenhaumer
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GotWad629

Massachusetts

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

Pours a murky brown with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells just like a weisse should. Banana and clove but with more malt.

Light, crisp, and effervescent. mmm banana, clove, sweet malt, and some slight bitterness. More malt than a regular wheat beer which makes it perfect for colder weather.

Light and bubbly mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Makes me want to take a trip to Bavaria.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:17:52 | More by GotWad629
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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