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

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BA SCORE
91
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816 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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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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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
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FLima

Brazil

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, kind of dark golden brown color. Lots of consistent head with good retention.
Nice aroma of yeast, bananas, oranges, condiments and malt.
Very wheaty and fruity, hints of banana, coconut and orange. Sweet but with a zesty flavor to counterbalance. Its citric and hoppy characteristic give a spicy feeling. Dry aftertaste with hints of marshmallow.
Medium body and very well carbonated, bubbles keep going up the glass.
Original beer, it reminded me of some Belgian Ales (apart from the fact it is a smooth wheat beer).

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 22:46:33 | More by FLima
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my "travel tulip". Purchased at Whole Foods in Metarie, LA. Pours a rusty orangey brown with nice off white head. Great banana and clove hefe yeast with a hint of some belgian type malts. Taste is smooth banana and caramel malt - it almost has a belgian dubbel caramel like note. Really nice...super smooth and lots of flavor. This is what to reach for if you want a proper dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 05:31:05 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

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

Served from 500ml bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a weizen glass.

A-Pours a cloudy brown/gold. A large amount of head that drops rapidly. Lacing forms, but slips quickly down the side when tipped.

S-Sweet malts with banana.

T-Round malty sweetness followed by banana. I believe a previous reviewer thought it tasted like banana cream pie and that is an accurate description of what I'm getting here. Finishes with spicy (could be phenols?) hop bitterness.

M-Quite carbonated, but still a bit creamy. Nothing terribly special. A hint of warmth from the alcohol.

O-I really like this beer. I've enjoyed in the past and thought I had detected more of a caramel/almost toasted marshmallow in the finish. I didn't pick that up this time around, but it is an extremely enjoyable beer. I will go back to this when I'm craving a weisse.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 03:16:48 | More by Muhly
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lefty

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a .5 L bottle and poured into a glass.

A: The head was nice and thick and color a very nice hazy yellowy/orange/bronze color.

S: the smell was a nice weiss-banana smell, better than expected.

T: this beer tastes almost exactly like it smells, which doesn't always happen. It was a much lighter tasting beer than I was expecting, which I somewhat expected based on its color.

M: very smooth on the palate, definitely doesn't have the full wheat impact that some weissebeers have.

O: overall this is a great beer. I would not hesitate to buy this beer again. I would almost say this tastes like a much "lighter" Schneider Aventinus beer, which isa fantastic beer in its own right. For a price of just over $3, you cannot go wrong giving this beer a chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 02:54:19 | More by lefty
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Schneider Weisse weizen glass.

Pours a murky/cloudy light brown colour. Not very dunkel.

Smells quite malty, with a hint of yeast.

Tastes very weizen-y, with less emphasis on the yeast than normal, making it sweeter, though not as dark as you'd expect from a dunkelweizen. Very slight bitter hop finish.

Overall a very nice wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 12:41:04 | More by CwrwAmByth
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TheDinger

South Carolina

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

Straight pour from bottle into a Schnider Weiss weizen glass. A murky, hazy dull yellow with a honey quality. Nice 2+ finger head that stuck around for a bit. Smell is of bananas and some light fruits. Pick up some cloves and bread. Taste was not what I was expecting. A bit sweeter than anticipated. A hint of grapefruit and bubble gum add to the banana and wheat/earth tones. A unique and refreshing taste. Good balance with the hops. Feel was a bit dry and thin. Carbonation was lively. Overall- An interesting Dunkel. Like the blend of fruits and unique smell. Perhaps a bit too sweet on the tongue for my taste. Still a very enjoyable beer that has some different characteristics (sweet fruits and taffy, gum) that make it unique. Will have another one of these at some point. Good, not great-

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 15:29:20 | More by TheDinger
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SLeffler27

New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky, dark, honey gold to light golden brown in an Erdinger weizen. Cascading carbonation shows no sign of abating below a three inch, pastel yellow meringue that settles but never dissipates. Lace forms thick patchy rings.

Nutty banana with some cloves and ripe cantaloupe. Bubblegum with lightly toasted grain waxes and wanes with each sip.

Overall, this is sweeter than expected, yet welcome. There is a light horse blanket flavor, with overripe bananas, tart apple and perhaps some coconut. The finish is subtle as are all the nuanced characteristics of this flavor profile.

A full body with jersey cotton texture, fine carbonation, and only a hint of alcohol.

This one is satisfying while relaxing and whiling away a cool, sunny, late summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:29:27 | More by SLeffler27
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

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

A: Hazy to cloudy, brown-amber, with a towering off-white head; lingers OK, minimal lacing.

S: Fruity, with aromas of lemongrass & white pepper, and faint hints of clove and banana.

T: Wheat is center stage at first; but it yields to a melange of tart jam, cooked green-pepper, faint banana and bubblegum; and finally, a mild and slightly-bitter, but mostly citrus, hops finish.

M: Nicely carbonated. Moist and refreshing as it washes over the tongue, but dry enough to make you want more in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable Bavarian Dunkelweizen. The first time I had this was with a plate of Jaegerschnitzel at a local German restaurant, and it married perfectly with its native cuisine. I bought a bottle to try at home for this review, and was not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:07:51 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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vinhgoh


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

I screwed up the proper pour technique into the pint glass....but never mind that.

Gold-caramel color. Good amount of head, left rings in my pint.

Has a nutty smell....hazel-nut as some have mentioned before. A bit of a buttery smell as well. Almost like a graham cracker but not as sweet.

When you first taste it, I want to say it reminds me of a banana cream pie. The taste then lapses into the hazel nut taste. Does not overpower the weisse taste.

The texture....hmmm. Carbonation tickles the tongue but is washed back with a smooth finish.

Really easy to drink if you're a weisse fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 19:13:21 | More by vinhgoh
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This style is my favorite and for me, Ayinger Ur-weisse is the standard which all other dunkelweizen beers are compared to. The caramel rich, fruity aroma and taste is refreshing, precisely balanced and always delicious. Recently at a Total Wine Belgian Beer Class a participant commented that this beer as his favorite "Belgian Beer". The young instructor of the class immediately corrected him "that is a Bavarian Beer, but is is excellent". A pity that more American craft beers do not attempt to imitate Bavarian beers like Ayinger. My only wish is that Ayinger keg beer would be available in the US.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:04:19 | More by wattoclone
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look is lsightly hazy golden orange, frothy off-white head. Smell is banana, clove, wheat, chalky vanilla, and a hard to place sweet smell that perfectly melds with the banana. Slightly roasted banana, caramel, light clove and floral notes. Wheaty, dry, and soft.

Fantastic tasting at a reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 03:13:41 | More by jimmah120
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

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

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Pale amber with 1 finger white head with good retention and nice lacing

S - clove, banana, wheat

T - nice notes that follow the nose, very wheaty beer with good fruit, clove, spice to compliment the bready body

M - Light bodied, moderate carbonation

O - A good complex summer beer, or great with a beef entree.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 13:36:43 | More by williamjbauer
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TheSixthRing

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy darkened honey hie with a white 2 finger head, good retention and a resulting lace that's thick and semi-sticky.

Smell - Hints of caramel, ripened banana, hints of bubblegum and a faint clove note.

Taste - Predominately a light caramel and banana character battling it out for dominance, leaving room for a bit of bubblegum to poke through. The clove is less of a flavor and more of a presence that bites mid-taste and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with an aggressive carbonation that bites at the lips and tongue.. A touch of diacetyl butteriness gives a it a smooth, gliding flow down the throat.

Overall - I'm not sure if I like this more than the Weihenstephaner dunkel, but it's close. I'd love to do a side by side, and I'd enjoy doing it. Us Americans have the one up on Europe so far as most ales are concerned, but we've yet to touch on the efforts of our Eastern comrades when it comes to hefes and dunkels. There's been some commendable attempts (Sierra's Kellerwies comes to mind), but we're not there yet. This dunkel is proof we've got a hell of a way to go.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 07:33:45 | More by TheSixthRing
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mscudder

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $2.89 for this and I already know I practically stole it. Poured into a snifter (Didn't feel like bringing out the Weizen glass).

I would like to note that this cap is absolutely beautiful. A nice road between a few buildings and some sort of tower (matching the label). World class precision for sure!

A - A light amber that looks almost as a polluted gold. A nice sized pale head sits atop the body. Poor retention and lacing.

S - Cloves, banana and bubblegum explode on my nose. I can also detect some wheat which adds some character. Just another great nose from Ayinger.

T - Wow this is a fantastic beer! Lots of soft flavors that coat the palette and refrain from overwhelming. Follows the nose perfectly with incredible smoothness. Rich fruits, ample spice and wheat blend for a fantastic experience. Bravo!

M - Big carbonation adds to the drinkability here. Super smooth with soft pleasures coating the palette.

O - I feel as if I have committed a crime buying this beer at such a price. I can say without doubt that I will be revisiting this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:28:03 | More by mscudder
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BierStein711

Illinois

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

Only 3.00 for 500ml of this world class beer!

Dark amber just below the off white head (four fingers at pour, slow reduction). Light amber at the bottom. Cloudy in appearance, mild carbonation.

Smells: Citrus and banana

Taste: Banana, bready malt, orange, and booze

Mouthfeel: perfect!

Overall, I'm having this beer again. This is a brilliant product from a brilliant brewery!!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 04:52:01 | More by BierStein711
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.