Ayinger Ur-Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.8/5 rDev +17.6%
Don't let the half-hearted lace or the quickly dissipating foam make you think less of this amazing beer. It's a perfect foggy nut brown in color.
With light aromas of citrus, this beer is a full of fruity flavor including citrus, bananas, and pears. It is very well balanced. Don't profane a wheat beer this good by putting a slice of citrus on the glass, for God's sake.
A bit on the gassy side, it is full bodied and tingles with alcohol and a bit of a yeasty bite.
I could drink this all night.
03-15-2011 01:33:51 | More by sj660
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
A: Amber with some light orange hints when held to the light. There was a great snap when I popped the bottle and the head shows through in the pour as an immediate froth followed by a 2 inch crisp white head.
S: bready, malty with some light banana and a dominant clove aroma. Some yeast character comes through as well
T: that yeast character shows through with some spicy sweetness that finishes dry. Bready sweetness, banana and a slight tart flavor that I assume is also part of the yeast
M/D: the crisp carbonation finishes this one off right. A pretty light body allows the flavors to show. I could drink 2-3 of these before I needed to switch.
03-12-2011 06:04:00 | More by Brewbro000
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Really enjoyed this dunkel, it did not have the twang that I've found in other commercial dunkels. I learned to love the style from homebrewed dunkels.
Bright chunky head, which tames down to nothing. Great banana-clove-apple-malty smell, still no astringent twang to the aroma. Tastes light, low carbonation, distinctive banana-clove flavors laced with apple... no funny aftertaste. Has its share of yeasty sediment, but that's all good and expected.
Very drinkable, easy to put away the complete bottle. Pairs good with pasta and pizza. I'd definitely buy this again.
03-11-2011 23:29:50 | More by jocosa
3.15/5 rDev -22.8%
Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a weizen glass.
Pours a moderately-dark golden-bronze color with a thin white head that recedes somewhat quickly and doesn't leave behind much other than a bit of spotty lacing. Almost no haze. The nose is pretty weak with a bit of sweetened malt and clove. A touch of banana there as well. Taste is quite plain as well. There's just not much coming from the malt or the yeast. Mouthfeel is a bit light and undercarbonated, though it's smooth. Drinkability is decent enough, though there's really nothing all that special about this beer.
02-20-2011 02:45:17 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-amber with a huge, long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of yeast, spices with hints of banana and apple. Medium, slightly crisp body. Taste is yeast, wheat, brown sugar, spices with hints of banana. Very delicious heffeweizen.
02-14-2011 17:00:25 | More by mikeg67
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
A- Abundant creamy head. Dark brownish hue that is a little less opaque than I expected.
S- Definitely has the the banana hefe quality to it, but it also has some darker notes in it that make it quite interesting.
T- Very smooth and silky, similar to a hefe, but with it's own character. Darker, a little more spicy, but it is very transparent. Actually a little more transparent than I expected for a Dunkelweizen as I noticed with the appearance.
M- Silky, creamy, medium bodied.
O- Great drink. A little less intense of a Dunkelweizen, but it's very tasty and I would definitely love to dance with it again.
02-07-2011 05:26:12 | More by DPFRD
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
A - amber with orange tint, 1 finger head, average lacing.
S - malt, whiff of floral, cloves, banana, hint of date/fig, mild jammy aroma.
T - nice sweet clove/banana up front with solid malt body, nice smooth finish.
M - medium body, low carbonation.
D - Very nice brew. This is worth seeking out and love enjoying a style that I think is very underrepresented. The big, delicious flavors, but not huge alcohol.
02-01-2011 21:15:52 | More by BeerLover99
3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours out of the bottle a nice orange-copper color with a tight white head that disappears pretty quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass. The nose is wonderful, mainly banana with a bit of clove and phenolic qualities. The taste is much more on the dry side with nice effervescence. Banana being the major player here. Definitely a nice summer session beer. Although it's a bout freezing in Texas right now this is a good beer to enjoy as an afternoon snack. And at $3.25 for a 500 ml bottle you can't go wrong.
02-01-2011 20:55:44 | More by travis224
3.4/5 rDev -16.7%
A - Amber yellow with a light beige quite fine and quite persistent foam.
S - The classic aromas of the style: banana and cloves.
T - Other than banana and spices, there is also a malted flavour.
M - A balanced beer with low levels of alcohol and bitter.
D - A good beer but one weiss is enough!!
01-26-2011 23:15:11 | More by pioppo
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Wow this is a good brew. I love wheat beers and Ayinger has done a good job here.
Pours a Unique light orange color. Head is thick and creamy.
Very smooth yet the flavors of Banana and spices
are all over, something i cant quite put my finger on sets this apart from alot of German wheats.
Very Drinkable, great with meat and rich foods.
01-18-2011 21:42:42 | More by Welsman
4/5 rDev -2%
i enjoyed this dunkel weizen very much. Poured a hazy copper with a thin white head. Aromas of roasted malts, clove, banana and apple. Tastes much the same except the apple is more pronounced. Medium body, light carbination. I could drink this with some apple pie. Ya that sounds good.
01-16-2011 04:08:53 | More by jmperez
3.5/5 rDev -14.2%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into my big weizen glass.
A - Lighter than I expected. Nice head, but no lacing whatsoever.
S - I get smoke and cloves.
T - Wheat (obviously), bananas, cloves, smoke.
M - Somewhat watery, but no different than what I expect from a wheat beer.
D - I could have another, although the smoke is somewhat off-putting.
01-05-2011 03:12:48 | More by dvb
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured a lot lighter color than I expected. About halfway between the usual color of a dunkel and a normal hefe. The head is off-white and about 1" tall. The smell has some fruit notes with a steady wheat smell. Taste is similar, sort of sweet, minimal bitterness, good maltiness to it but the wheat still carries the taste. the traditional banana and clove are present. Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. Overall, this is not the #1 best dunkel I have ever had, but it is a wonderful beer. It fits nicely between a big hefe and a lighter dunkel.
01-01-2011 22:48:01 | More by gkunkle
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
This sediment-laden beer pours a pale golden orange color. Its head is white and fizzy, standing two fingers high and retaining well. Yeasty particulates are noted, as well as medium carbonation. The aroma is malty and heavily wheated. There are strong whiffs of under ripe green bananas, with other spice and floral notes. The yeast is noted and a bit chalky. As is expected, the taste begins with bright wheat. Here there are also cloves and other dark spices. The middle opens up with the sweetness of banana heavy esters. Everything blends and amplifies at the top of the sip, quickly disappearing down the throat for a smooth and calm finish of malts. The aftertaste follows suit, and breathes with more of that clove, and a sour wheatiness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to heavy, and slightly prickly. The mouth is coated nicely and is fully satiated. The abv is appropriate, hardly palpable, and, when coupled with the beer's smoothness, makes for a highly drinkable beverage.
Overall, what we liked best about this brew was its bold aroma and clean, crisp finish. The style of brew dictates darker, hefe-like aromas, and this brew had them all. It was very wheaty and estery, with that perfect darkening twist of malt and spice. With such robust scents it would seem that one or more of them could overpower the brew's taste, but here, we are given a nicely blended brew with a surprisingly delicate finish.
12-18-2010 00:09:00 | More by TheBrewo
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Poured from a bottle (bought and reviewed in Germany) into a flute glass.
Look - Light amber in color, a little murky. Good 2 fingers of foam that dissipates slowly.
Smell - probably nobel hops. Maybe somewhat of a banana aroma, but very subtle.
Taste - Lovely wheat taste. Banana smell is present in the taste as well. The toastiness in the taste makes this one taste like beer banana bread. Texture is fairly well-balanced, maybe a little toward the creamier side.
Drinkability - Very drinkable and good brew. Probably a little too cold. We were keeping the beers outside in temps below freezing.
12-13-2010 18:24:25 | More by Nerudamann
4/5 rDev -2%
Appearance- poured into a weizen glass. Cloudy copper in color with a 2 finger white head. Great head retention, stayed constant the whole way down.
Smell- Bananas, clove, some bready malt.
Taste- Your typical banana and clove flavor profile, a bit toned down by the darker malts in this one (which I personally prefer). A hint of caramel. A touch of citrus hops as well.
Mouthfeel- Medium body, fairly high carbonation.
Overall- Solid Dunkelweizen, for the price you can not go wrong with this one.
12-09-2010 04:12:55 | More by JLeege
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
A: The pour is a little light for what I'm used to seeing out of a Dunkelweizen. A light copper color with a massive, soapy, off-white head.
S: Starts off with the usual suspects such as banana, bubblegum, and clove. An almost sourdough breadiness which is a bit different as well. Some hints of floral hops are present as well.
T: A big blast of banana and clove flavors to begin. Fairly sweet with a surprisingly prominent level of floral hoppiness. A subtle to moderate bitterness and some light citrus. Not quite as bready and hearty as I had hoped for.
M: The body is medium with a pretty high level of carbonation that gives a slightly creamy feel.
D: Dunkelweizens continue to be a bit of a weird style to me. This one was one of the better examples I've had, but still not quite as enjoyable as a traditional hefeweizen or weizenbock.
12-06-2010 01:56:34 | More by womencantsail
3.13/5 rDev -23.3%
500ml bottle into glass pint.
$4.99 / ea.
A: Hazy deep straw body topped with a huge rocky head of moderate retention that leaves behind light foamy lace and a rocky cover.
S: Dominated by clove spice with hints of banana ester poking through. Light flowery hop profile in the background. Pretty standard fare for a hefeweizen.
T: Sweet banana has a stronger presence here than than in the nose, but retains the same potent clove character. Just enough hop bitterness to balance and no lingering aftertaste.
M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light carbonic bite, and distinct smoothness throughout.
D: A bit too sweet for my taste, but the flavors and mouthfeel are spot-on for the style. Worth a try, but there are better examples if you are looking to indulge in hefeweizen.
O: I've had much better from Ayinger.
11-21-2010 20:26:32 | More by dpnelson1978
4/5 rDev -2%
500ml bottle. The first snow has hit, but I can't wait til it melts in spring to dive into this wheat beer.
This beer pours a murky medium orange-brown hue, with tons of tight, billowy, puffy eggshell white head, which leaves a few splashes of splotchy lace around the glass upon its retreat, during which I can weirdly hear crackling fizzy noises from a few feet away.
It smells of sweet, spicy wheat malt, banana, rising brown bread, savoury clove, and a further bit of zingy earthy yeast. The taste follows quite consistently - fairly sweet toasted wheat and caramelized barley malt, sharp banana esters, muddled spices, with the clove now mostly indistinguishable, and a welcome, but underwhelmingly effective drying earthy hoppiness.
The carbonation is lightly spritzy at first, but settles to a very dull hum rather swiftly, the body just on the light side of medium weight, a wee bit foamy and airy, but quite smooth overall. It finishes a tad off-dry, the softly bready, malty sweetness losing a small step, and the spice and fruit morphing into a singular entity.
A rather pleasant gap-filler between a hefeweizen and dunkel, the roasted character parrying the inherent banana bread essence quite nicely. While this does entail an uptick in the sweetness, somehow it all just dovetails into an enjoyable, entirely drinkable affair, with a little extra kick for good measure.
11-19-2010 00:20:50 | More by biboergosum
3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
A dirty orange-ish brown color. It has a slight cloudy shade with a tan light head. It's a little skunky and a fresh grain smell. I get some of a bread yeast on the nose as well. The sweet bread like flavor carries over on the tongue with a classic hefe banana flavor. The finish is soft and pleasant. It lingers for just a moment. Good wheat Beer.
11-01-2010 18:45:02 | More by claybeer
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Pours a dark, cloudy, yellow with a full three finger fluffy head and nice lacing.
S: Fruity and light, very much like a hefeweizen, less like a Dunkel. Clove and Banana dominate the nose.
T: Very smooth taste. Apples and bananas predominantly, rounded out by some spiciness. Dry finish.
MF: Smack of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very high. Very drinkable beer. Much lighter than your average Dunkel.
10-28-2010 22:04:39 | More by russwbeck
3.38/5 rDev -17.2%
Caramel in color, it rises a huge head that disappears entirely in a matter of seconds. Better German weizens have much more staying power. It's bottle-conditioned so be prepared for some lees. The lees here appear green and matted, so take on the appearance of aquarium algae. Although I'm used to dregs in the glass, these were unappealing.
The smell is typical for a dunkel, but a little washed out. The bananas, caramel, brown bread and cloves are all there, but sort of weak.
Same goes for the taste, same as most dunkels but not nearly as flavorful as Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, Schneider or Aventinus. And this extends to the mouthfeel as well. The others mentioned have a nice, light body. This one is light as well, but it comes off more watery due to the lightness of the flavors.
If you want a dunkel go with one of the ones mentioned above...you can't go wrong. If you really want to drink this one, don't drink the others first...they'll spoil you.
10-28-2010 02:12:22 | More by Naugros
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
Another beer that I'm surprised I haven't had before. I grabbed this at State Line this past weekend. It's 70+F here, and I figured this would be a better choice than a barleywine.
A moderately clear amber with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention, this beer looks great. Plenty of carbonation is visible as well. There's surprisingly little lace.
The nose is spicy and phenolic with a sharp, clove character. A definite caramel sweetness is present as well, and with the little bit of banana that's present, I'm reminded of bananas drizzled with caramel. No hops are detectable here.
Distinct from all other dunkelweizens I've had in that the banana character is rather muted, allowing the light caramel and a little cocoa to come through. The spice character is on the lower side, there's only a little clove present. Rousing the yeast brings out these flavors a little bit more. For some reason, I'm a little underwhelmed, maybe this beer isn't as fresh as it needs to be? As with the Brau-Weisse I had a couple of nights back, the flavors don't seem to pop out as much as in some of the better beers in this style. Mildly phenolic. Dry, almost grainy finish with caramel, a little clove and some banana, this beer is light in body and rather highly carbonated. Solid stuff, I do wish the body had a little bit more melanoidin/dextrinous character. Easily drinkable and refreshing on this humid, October evening, I will revisit this.
10-28-2010 00:24:53 | More by DefenCorps
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
500ml bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt, no freshness date.
The body is an incredibly murky pale brownish-amber with ample suspended yeast and other particulates; it looks kind of awful, actually, but I guess it's to style. A small head forms and quickly recedes to a film.
The nose has plenty of signature weizen yeast banana-like esters along with quite a bit of caramelized malt, which creates a very appetizing bouquet. Spicy/medicinal phenols are fairly reserved here, buried behind the malt.
Spiciness is a bit more prevalent on the palate, up-front especially where I pick up a bit of white pepper and clove. Caramelized bananas soon take over, along with a mild butter toffee-like sweetness that segues into a clean and mild finish with very reserved bitterness. The body is fairly chewy for a sub-6% ABV beer, but it's still very refreshing. This is another winner from Ayinger, truly a great brewery.
10-08-2010 03:45:20 | More by largadeer
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
appearance; light brown with a perfect head and fine yet heavy carbonation bubbles. Some quality lacing.
smell; alcohol and banana yeast odors, no hops.
taste; typical Weissbier flavor with more advanced aftertaste. Not as sweet as some of the München macrobrew versions of this style, at the same time by no means bitter. A pure raw yeast flavor comes through that is very nice and a bit bready. One can also taste alcohol.
mouthfeel; average for the style, smooth and frothy, nothing special.
drinkability; good for session drinking, a little strong but with a solid, tasty, flavor.
A good Weissbier but by no means anything special, only surpasses Franziskaner and Paulaner due to a more natural and less process flavor, but only by a bit.
10-06-2010 05:39:08 | More by Sachsenfreude
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.