Ayinger Ur-Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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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
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a murky brownish amber with a big creamy beige head that recedes very slowly to a thick cap of foam, leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma is sweet with lots of wheat presence but with plenty of dark malts as well. There are other sweet fruit notes with apples and pears and a healthy dose of cloves and even some citrus.
Taste is honey-coated bananas with dark roasted malts. It still tastes mostly like an amped up hefe with the yeast dominating though the malts add a nice layer underneath. The finish has a nice mellow spiciness.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, very active on the palate, almost too active but it's OK since the body is pretty meaty for the style.
Another fantastic beer from Aying, who really know their way around a wheat beer. I could drink this all night.
09-21-2011 03:35:54 | More by gford217
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Lg brown glass bottle with a beautiful Ayinger logo. Poured into one of my weizen glasses.
A - hazy dark and light shades of caramel to a hazy bright orange toward the bottom of glass. A nice fluffy off white head with good thick lace.
S - very fruity. Bananas along with a few other hints of soft fruit. Very sweet malt aroma. The aroma of this brew is like a whiff of sweet banana bread with a touch of spice.
T - taste is sweet as well. Ripe banana bread with maybe a hint of apple. A nice wheat flavor also creeps into the mix. Good spice and clove hints as well. Excellent finish that leaves a great aftertaste department.
M - very smooth mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied that's very easy to drink. Superb feel from start to finish. Smooth and thick.
O - this is my first dunkelweizen of any kind. I've always heard mixed reviews on the dunkelweizen style. I've had many Hefes including the Ayinger here, and when it comes to Ayinger weizens Id go with the dunkel over the hefe, and their hefe is a absolute great craft brew. As much as I like the hefe, I liked this one even more. This is a world class brew and an excellent introduction for me into the dunkelweizen style. Man, Ayinger really have 2 great weizens with their dunkel and their hefe. Both are a must try.
09-12-2011 17:19:10 | More by BradtheGreat7
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
A caramel brown colour, cloudy & forms a 2-finger sized foamy head with good retention.
Cloves, banana and wheat along with a little spiciness & some bubble gum. Faint coriander in the background too.
Lots of banana quickly followed up by mild citrus flavours, a hard to detect toffee flavour and a nice spicy clove taste.
Medium bodied with a refreshing feel to it & a smooth texture overall. Goes down great & even though the carbonation is high the beer isn't gassy.
Excellent tasting & well balanced that goes down a treat. The colour isn't as dark as I remember from previous dunkelweizens I have tried but that isn't necessarily a bad thing as this one still looks (and tastes) fantastic.
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09-10-2011 00:27:32 | More by flyingpig
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured into a weizen glass. This one pours a hazy chestnut color with two fingers of frothy white head. Simply looks damn good.
Right off I get a big whiff of banana in the aroma. It seems to mellow out after a few sniffs where a nice spicy and bready aroma come through. The flavor has a little bit of banana bread like characteristics; slightly sweet and yeasty with some spice. A little bit toasty on the malts.
The body is light and the carbonation is lively and a bit sharp. Overall a pretty rock solid German brew here I told my brothers girlfriend to buy me a beer and she got me this. I should clearly try that tactic more often.
08-30-2011 01:39:19 | More by Bendurgin
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured into a Weizen glass.
A - Very cloudy carmel color with an abundant frothy off-white head that faded fairly quickly to a thin foam that hung around throughout.
S -Smell is of sweet malt, banana bread,ad bisquit.
T - Clove up front that gives way to a fruity, sweet malt. No hop or alcohol readily apparent.
M - Really great level of crisp carbonation, refreshing, medium/full body for the style.
O - This is a pretty good good example of the style. An enjoyable drink, but I'd max out at two I think, and would desire a change.
08-19-2011 23:25:55 | More by BurpingtonDC
4.08/5 rDev 0%
From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on August 7, 2011. It pours a slight murky medium to dark amber. My glass was not big enough to pour it all in without spilling some due to the huge, frothy, off-white head. Wheat and bananas penetrate the nose with virtually nothing in the way of hops or malts. The body is nice and creamy and glistens on the tongue. The taste also brings out that wheat, clove, banana flavor but there is also a noted sugary sweetness thrown in. Exquisite for an 83-degree late summer day.
08-07-2011 20:19:57 | More by puboflyons
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
S: banana, wheat based aroma.
T: Taste is dominated by bananas. Some grain and yeast, almost bread-like.
M: Not overwhelmingly heavy. Medium body, nice carbonation.
O: Very good beer. Great drinkability and a rather enjoyable purchase. Need a switch after a few however. A recommended buy.
08-05-2011 04:05:12 | More by RJZ
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a hazy amber color with a very nice off-white creamy head.
The scent is of fruit and some spice.
The taste was of banana and notes of apple I believe, really no hop presence, notes of grain.
Medium body, very crisp and somewhat creamy, high carbonation.
This was a very tasty beer, lots of good flavor, and very easy to drink. I would definitely go for this again.
07-27-2011 18:14:51 | More by BeerCon5
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
0.5 Liter bottle poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass.
Bought from a store with a large turnover, so even though there is no date I believe that this is a fresh beer, and the tasting notes would seem to reinforce this. Purchased early summer 2011 and since then kept in a temperature controlled environment.
Pours a thick two finger head which settles fairly rapidly into a 1/8” cap, medium deep amber color, somewhat cloudy (yeast?), fine champagne like bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.
Distinct and powerful aroma of yeast, spicy cinnamon, and some hints of citrus, the very enjoyable yeast continues to dominate as this beer warms, as does the spicy components of this beer, very enjoyable and pleasant smell. Refined and elegant in nature.
The first swallow reveals lots of very distinct yeast, excellent refreshing acidity, medium body, with a wonderful carbonation that is very champagne like with fine bubbles and a wonderful mouth feel, delicious flavors of fresh baked bread and lightly roasted grain. Delicious!
Decent finish of yeast dominated, grainy malts.
Overall this is a very, very enjoyable beer to drink, one that I would say is a session beer, as I could definitely drink several of these, one after the other. As a fan of Belgium Ales the powerful yeast of this beer is very attractive to me, and the relatively tame 5.8% ABV certainly begs one to have another. Seems to be at its best at about 45-50 degrees. This is an expensive beer to buy here in the States, and there are many domestic examples of this style.
07-24-2011 23:15:08 | More by JTSbeerislife
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
3.55/5 rDev -13%
Appearance - 2 finger head that was somewhat fizzy. Very scary looking like a dark murky pond in the woods.
Smell - pleasant scents with lemon, bready and bannana hints
Taste - Decent taste exactly as it smells. Very little hop presence but very smooth. Full bodied taste.
Mouthfeel - fizzy but full bodied. Leaves a dry aftertaste like some red ales I've sampled.
Overall - a decent German beer, but not the greatest I've sampled. I could drink several of these but wouldn't seek after them unless there were bad options.
07-06-2011 00:32:48 | More by bubseymour
3.1/5 rDev -24%
A- A cloudy light brown/dark copper colour, actually quite clear for the style. Classic weizen foamy head, quite big with very nice retention. Near no lacing at all
S- Light but fresh bready aroma with banana notes and some faint spicy undernotes. Maybe a hint of caramel
T- Bready malts are actually on the low side. A typical banana flavour immediately gets dominant (probably too dominant). Some spicy notes (clove, maybe others) bring a little life. Some caramel notes are now clearly detectable. Decently fresh flavour, though pretty much just banana
M- Light/medium body. Carbonation is moderate but still easily detectable on the tongue. A soft mouthfeel overall, maybe a tad too watery
O- Nothing really interesting with this beer in my opinion. it fits the style, that's all
06-28-2011 09:02:11 | More by Cozzatoad
4.75/5 rDev +16.4%
500ml bottle. Best before 12/11.
It pours a darker hefeweizen color, not quite as dark as a typical dunkelweizen, it is a ur-weisse (traditional/pre-modern weisse) after all. It is cloudy with a foamy, creamy-looking off-white head.
The smell is dominated by bananas with just a hint of clove and wheat.
The flavor continues the banana theme. This is just a banana bomb and then some. There is some clove , some apple, and some lemon, yes but the dominant yeast flavor here is banana. There isn’t much in the way of roasted malt in the taste. There is a slight bit of hops that round it out.
This one is delicous x 10, it is a hot day in Munich today and you would be hard-pressed to find a better thirst-quencher. Screw the strawberry-lime-derpaderp, just let the yeast do it’s thing and you’ll get this.
06-27-2011 14:44:09 | More by crossovert
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
A: gets a copper/dark gold/ light brown colour, completely cloudly, mousy, and tons of carb, permanent and constant, a richy creamy persistent off-white head
S: clove aroma, some banana, the wheat is all around, a little vainilla overthere
T: all the aromas are present on the flavour, i was expecting something more refreshing, the caramel and some roast notes are present, the end is not so long, some chewy
06-22-2011 01:47:51 | More by treque
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured into a stein from a 500mL bottle. No "best before" or bottling date to be found.
A - Pours a remarkably clear deep honey gold (almost brownish). 2 fingers of off-white head that fade somewhat fast.
S - Smells strongly of brown bread. Mild caramel notes. Crisp spices: coriander and, to a lesser degree, black pepper. Very mild esters that smell of ripe banana.
T - Sweet caramel up front quickly followed by a slightly sour and tangy flavor (don't know if I have an old bottle or this is just a character of the malt/yeast). A taste remarkably similar to banana bread is noticeable too--cooked bananas and walnuts. Finishes slightly bitter and dry with residual alcohol warmth.
M - Thin body with a clean, dry finish. Tingling carbonation.
06-20-2011 21:47:08 | More by rundocrun
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
A: The head is two finger of stupidly thick, beautiful foam. The beer itself is rather hazy and has a nice brown to dark copper, depending on the thickness of the glass.
S: Lots of wheat and banana, with a little bit of clove. There is also a hint of other spices.
T: The taste has a surprisingly heavy amount of bubble gum and clove with a little bit of floral taste. Their is a hint of bitterness as well on the back end.
M: Medium body with great carbonation.
D: The most drinkable beer I have had in a long time.
06-11-2011 21:21:47 | More by OnThenIn
3/5 rDev -26.5%
I’m in a bad mood, so this beer better be good. I won’t even begin to try and figure out how to pronounce it, but in the preliminary research I did… I want to go to Germany. If nothing more than the stein filled with beer. If I ever do (and I will) make it to Germany, I will make sure to go during Oktoberfest. They have celebrations here in the states, but there is NO WAY they are the same as those Europeans. Anyway, on with the beer.
The nose on this this is HUGE. It smacked me in the face before I could even pour a glass of this stuff. It has a very familiar nose, similar to a Blue Moon or any other wheat beer you might find. But after a sip of this stuff, I will never enjoy a Blue Moon again.
There are subtle similarities… but the aftertaste is so much smoother than that of a Blue Moon (and I use Blue Moon as that’s the most popular wheat beer here in the United States.) The ABV is a bit higher than a Blue Moon, but it’s not obvious. The aftertaste is quick, but the smoothness makes up for it. You are hit with hints of spice (a weak spice at that) long after the beer has been swallowed.
There is a slight carbonation on the back half of the tongue, but just like the aftertaste it’s quick. The smoothness of this beer makes up for anything else that could go wrong. It’s a lot better than a Blue Moon, and I would totally buy another bottle of this. But I really want to drink this out of a HUGE beer stein. Let’s make that happen this October, shall we? Bottoms up people!
05-24-2011 02:23:25 | More by rickyleepotts
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
Came out with a massive amount of head about three fingers high and extremely thick and fluffy. It steadily dwindled down to about a one finger height but still with large mounds of thick white head. The color is a dark burnt caramel that is extremely hazy. A lot of banana right up front with a good about of caramel apples and a little clover. Smooth with a good amount of carbonation. A quick hit of tart fruits and a bready texture moving to some zesty banana. It has a dry and tangy aftertaste some of the clove lingering in the back.
05-06-2011 00:29:32 | More by DrinkingDrake
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a big, sturdy head that leaves some clumps behind
Smell: Ripe bananas, clove and a touch of caramel
Taste: Caramel dipped bananas, with a growing clove character that really comes into its own by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a banana bread flavor that lingers into the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly carbonation
Overall: Pretty nice, but a bit light in color and flavor for a dunkelweizen
04-12-2011 22:34:00 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -2%
A - Deep golden body, with a splash of amber. Just hazy enough, and a nice boiling pot bubble ascension. Two finger head that started like a block of swiss cheese when poured. Sits nice and foamy white.
S - Fresh fruit meat and grassy sweetness. Wheat flowing through the nose.
T - Delicious mild apples and sweet wheat. Not alot of hop or malt flavors. Some alcohol evaporating giving a nice touch yet not a high abv. Apple skin in the finish and mild bannana paste. Very faint spice to add another nice facet.
M - Super easy to drink. Light-medium body and easy carbonation.
O - A quality German brew. Not very dunkel but an awesome wheat beer in total.
04-05-2011 22:41:51 | More by BeerForMuscle
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Brownish golden in color, with a super-frothy head. Tight foam leaving only a little lace. Not bad here. The nose is chock full of clove, just as the hefeweizen would suggest. Fruitiness of banana and berry. A little more power to come through the cap would be optimal.
The flavor follows suit. The bananas are a little more ripe and mashed than the hefeweizen, the clove is plenty aggressive, and the crystal malt sweetness is amped up. Unfortunately, this Ayinger offering matches its sister beverage by being ultimately too thin to be richly rewarding. A fine beer, but perhaps too trifling.
04-01-2011 17:25:22 | More by BretSikkink
2.98/5 rDev -27%
This beer was reccomended to me. I'm not that into Dunkelweizens and Weizenbocks but wanted to give it a try, knew it wouldn't break the bank.
Appearance-Very cloudy dark orange. Can see tons of carbonation, with bubbles floating up for a while. Lots of head, 3 fingers of white.
Smell-I really get alot of Banana and some spice. Can get some fig/rasion as well. The more i keep sniffing I'm really just getting the banana and spice.
Taste-Like the smell, I get alot of banana and spice. I really get the yeasty, bread characteristic as well.
Mouthfeel-Lots of carbonation, a little bit too much for me. Leaves a lasting yeast taste in my mouth.
Overall-Warm spring day, very pleasant drink. Very drinkable but very gassy. After pouring my next 10 oz or so I really stop tasting anything and feel like I'm drinking a light beer. I'm a huge hophead and it's like drinking a hazy, orange beer without any hops.
Definitely going to try some more of this style to do more comparing and contrasting. But right now, this isn't for me.
03-19-2011 20:42:17 | More by SWMeyer4141
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Pours a slightly hazy, bright chestnut with a 3-finger off-white, foam head. No lacing.
The smell is cloves, banana with a hint of nutmeg. The taste is bananas, cloves, light malts, yeast, and a hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. A little more acidic than I like in a Dunkel.
This is a very drinkable Dunkelweizen; not as astringent as many of the same style. It would go well with a soft German pretzel dipped in honey mustard.
03-15-2011 03:48:30 | More by theghost3
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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