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

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 54
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 sstackho
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased for $3.30 - I think it was from Wine Emporium in Boston. Freshness unknown. An interesting pour into a weisse glass. Started off light, getting much darker as the bottom of the bottle was poured in. Although I swished the end of the bottle lots to shake up the sediment, there were still numerous chunks in the glass... so I stirred it with a spoon! My first time ever doing that. The end product is a cloudy grey-gold. Medium aroma of a typical weisse - yeast, banana and bubblegum. Taste is solid. Quite yeasty, which gives it a bit more of a spicy character perhaps than some other weisses.

Photo of dacrza1
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exciting to finally review something by Ayinger after reading so much about the brewery.... pours a beautiful bright orange-to-brown blend from bottom to top, an almost shadowy hefe... head is thick, pillowy inches that hold nicely in a Schneider Edel-Weisse glass... yeasts are punchy and arresting; something like citrus fruit plays on the nostril with a touch of malt.... smooth, almost laidback presence, with minimal effervescence and the slightest bit of a flourish at the finish--extremely refreshing...surprisingly straightforward in taste: confident wheat couples with a fruity acidity and an underlying malt fortification--a flavor that is both unique and undemanding...begins without fanfare, and I wondered what the awe was about...by midglass, I realized how complete a beer this is, conforming body to mouth, taste to thirst and complexity to the style. A perfect August offering.

Photo of Mryup
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A stunning golden honey with an F5 level haze. A medium pour produces two inches of dense white head that mellows out to 1/8 an inch.

S: A stiff wheat attacks the nostrils with plenty of fruit to back it up. Pear, banana and apples. Some clove is there and maybe a smidge of coriander. Very nice. Solid is the word I would use.

T: Wow. The apples really stand out with the wheat. Pear edges in with the banana but they both take the back seat. God that is delicious. No coriander but some nice clove that duh! obviously pairs well with the apple and wheat. Not complicated but they nailed it.

M: A medium bodied mouthfeel with high CO2. Well thought out as it gives this beer a character that is symbiotic with the flavor and style.

D: Amazingly drinkable. MMMMmmmm....5.8% alcohol? You wouldn't even know it.

Photo of bigbelcher
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice light brown color, some yeast haze not as dark or as cloudy as other dunkles weizens. The aroma contains a nicebalance of bananna and clove but it is a bit subdued when compared to other examples, no hops, some malt. The body is good with a lot of co2 carbonation. Actually foamed a little bit at the mouth of the bottle when first opened. Very good drinkability.

Photo of demitriustown
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

17 oz bottle: Aroma is a bready, yeast, roasted caramel malt, light fruits, and spices. Appearance is a murky brown with a thin off white head that diminishes into a soapy film at the top of the glass. Taste is rather effervescent with a bubbly apple and and rather mild caramel malt taste with the yeast present in the the taste as well. Other flavors are clove, some banana, and bread. Overall, It's a very drinkable Dunkelweizen. Wheat and with a nice wiezen texture.

Photo of strimpf
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy amber with a thick head that was unremarkable. The nose was earthy with a very mild but fizzy mouthfeel. The start was dominated by the fizziness but the finish was smoothe with a slight sour twist. I wouldn't describe it as citrus but it is not far off and very faint. The very slightest hint of alcohol at the very end. All in all, an easy to drink beer that I may have done the disservice of serving at too high a temperature. Look for update.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this in an 8 oz tall taster glass because my dumb ass just had to share this one.

Quick to foam, quick to recede - hazy applejuice color. Smells of pumpkin, green apples, wheat and hibiscus flowers.

This is an interesting beer, kinda has a Belgium feel to it...a bit o' funk and some fruitiness to it. Very refreshing, can definately taste the wheat and malts. Feels great on the tounge, it dances around with large tasty bubbles. Pretty complex. I wanna call it a Witte-Dunkel-Flemmish-Hefewiess! It works, thats all I know.

Highly recommended. I will be buying more of these, especially since it is only a few bucks for a 500 mL.

Photo of jdoncbus
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17 oz. bottle poured into wine glass. Warm apple-cider appearance, active carbonation & decent lacing.

Honeycomb, banana, pepper, & cinnamon with faint wheat aroma & yeast as well. Mild lemon grass.

Smooth feel on the palate leads to a mild, crispness from the carbonation level. Spicy wheat, clove, grainy malt and yeast. The staple banana flavor lingers while the mouth becomes a tad numb.

Enjoying this beer after a day of various activities during the family vacation. My old man loves his German brews, so I made sure to purchase some to mix in with my American craft selection.

Photo of PiecefulToker
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy/opaque amber copper color, poured with a thick foamy head that sustained for several minutes before receding to a thin layer that left some lacing.

S: Caramel wheat, yeast, banana, clove.

T&M: This beer is subtle but has some substantial flavors in it, most notably the strong banana flavors that come in about halfway through. First get hit with some sweetness and caramel flavors, followed by the banana, finished yeasty with some clove. Very enjoyable, smooth and well balanced. Medium bodied, and very easy to drink.

D: High. I like this beer, it is very refreshing and smooth. I could knock back a bunch of these.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little surprised when I poured a standard Hefeweizen hue and haze. The color was a little darker than, say, Brau Weiss but not by much. The flavors seem a bit deeper with more emphasis on barley malt than wheat. However, the beer did exhibit much bananna, clove, and slightly bruised fruit esters. Light on the bubble-gum, lemon, citrus notes. More full and round to the palate than most Hefe's, but still not as rich as a Dunkel Weiss. Finishes quite sweet, bready, and creamy.

Photo of jmalex
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I need more excuses to use my awesome Ayinger weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy golden amber with a white 2-finger head. The head does drop fairly quickly to a full surface coating with good retention. I thought it'd be darker.

SMELL: The banana and clove esters are there but in smaller quantities than one would expect. In their place is a fairly strong toasted malt note without any chocolate or caramel notes.

TASTE: Much like the smell, the esters are subdued. One thing that's striking is that you don't really pick up any wheat flavors, but instead get moderately kilned barley. Yes, I realize that's what a dunkelweizen is supposed to be, but one can hardly tell it's a wheat beer. Finally in the finish, the sweet banana-y wheat comes out and lightens the beer up.

MOUTHFEEL: Fairly light and fluffy with a high, spritzy carbonation. Nothing is off here. Well done.

DRINKABILITY: It still hits the spot on a hot summer day (and it's after Memorial Day and 75° so I'm classifying today as such). That said, I prefer a dunkleweizen that is more estery and chocolaty (a halfway point between hefeweizen and weizenbock).

I can't help but think that Ur-Weisse is just a worse version of the Bräu-Weisse (excuse the cross-style comparison). I've had better dunkelweizens though, and I'll probably stick to other versions in the future.

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Brau-Weisse has become one of my favorite summer beers, the Ur- Weisse is just as good. Darker than a hefe, this one pours a cloudy light amber color with a nice big hefe-style white head and hefe like aromas: cloves, bananas and wheat.

This beer has a stronger taste than the average hefe with some caramel malt in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit richer than a hefe, but still close. This is a stronger tasting "bigger" beer than the Brau-Weisse. Drinkability is very good. I can see myself getting a few mixed six packs of the Brau and Ur Weisse beers.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy, and slighty burnt tangerine-orange with a massive 3 finger billowy eggshell white head that had great retention and lasted well into the drink falling to a soft, foamy layering. Visible carbonation was light.

S: On the nose was fresh lemons, bananas, a light yeatiness and soft wheat scents.

T: The initial flavor yielded a fresh lemony flavor that was wet, citrusy, and very smooth. There was some light banana bread with some spiciness against a soft wheat backing. Overall the flavor and palate was extremely smooth and clean.

M: very light, smooth, with a soft carbonation and a light tart lemony fade.

D: Drinkability was incredibly smooth, clean and great going down. A near perfect example per style.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL brown bottle to a pilsner glass; the current $3 special at Stumptown in Portland, OR.

'Bavarian Unfiltered Dark Wheat Beer', 5.8% ABV

A: Copper-orange pour with a bounty of tiny carbonation rising, topped by at least two-fingers of tight white bubbles. Head drops to a dense cream, no lace. A quick swirl of the last few ounces gives the trademark yeasty haze, with a few larger blobs of tan gunk sneaking in.

S: Not as aromatic as I expected, though a little of the latent 'coffee-shop' smell may be hindering this from bursting forth. What I get is an earthy bread crust, grassy clover, hints of fruit and a woody spice. Yeasty, too, with a little 'apple' aroma.

T: Banana walnut bread was my first thought: doughy wheat, mild clove and banana with a root-y nutmeg spice. Some ginger spice, too, with trailing lemon tartness. Pretty damn delicious!

M: Crisp and fairly light, with a bubbly effervescence. Some cleansing bitterness in the finish. Gassiness is notable; lots of belching after this one!

D: Very tasty and extremely drinkable. For whatever reason, I've ignored this one on the shelves; it took a sale price to interest me. Now that I've tried it, Ur-Weisse could be a real player in the spring/summer beer lineup at our place.

Photo of generallee
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ur-weisse has a gorgeous hazy copper color with a huge abundant off white head. It has an attractive aroma of banana, sweet malts and spice. The aroma leads you to a full body of caramel malts rapped around fruity yeast and light spices that finishes slowly. This is a very flavorful dunkelweizen and one of my favorite summertime treats.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 500 ml to Reidel Extreme Riesling glass...

Beautiful 2-finger soapy/boiled milk froth head with a few muffin tunnels. Body is a terrific warm honey color. Nice haze - typically enticing for style.

Excellent broiled wheat character with nice ester sweetness. Slight clove/coriander texture. Some orange zest and some melted caramel sweetness - a little apple too.

Solid dark wheat texture and body - character on palate is similar to that on nose. Taste profile is a bit understated; comes out with warmth. A little honey emerges along with light apple tone.

Slight pucker from wheat and citrus zest on palate - tart finish with depth and without aftertaste. Very hearty and pleasant.

Quite enjoyable to drink - maybe a little heavier than a typical weisse beer as expected but good for a warm day when seeking a meatier flavor profile.

Photo of Ecliptica
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this Hefeweizen-Dunkel is my new favorite style, because I still have yet to try one that's disappointing. As such, the Ayinger was another solid brew.

Poured from the 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass and got a nice, fluffy white head with moderate lacing. The beer itself is a murky orange color that is not affected when holding it up to the light. Translucent at best, probably closer to a cloudy opaque, though.

The overpowering smell is that of banana. There are some wheat smells and a thin aroma of malt. There may even be some spices in this, but the banana is what lingers the most. I had a friend walk in while I was sampling this and his words were: "Damn, that beer smells awesome; like a really ripe banana", so I guess his words echo mine.

The taste is very comparable to the Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss Dunkel - I really can't tell the difference between the two and if I did a blind taste test 100 times, I probably would struggle to get it right. That being said, that's an excellent taste. There is a taste of malt and spice once the brew warms, but it's very typical Hefeweizen style taste. Impressive.

Mouthfeel was a little weaker than the other comparable brws. The carbonation was good, but it was more thick than I thought it should be considering the lack of complexity in this brew. Still above average, but probably the only thing that brings it down.

It's a very typical beer and very easily drinkable, even in the 16.9 oz variety. I could drink plenty of these and enjoy it. Though I don't think it's as good as some of its counterparts in the style, it's still a solid choice. Definitely recommended.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Served in a Weizen glass, appears darker yellow and unfiltered. Huge head that doesn't diminish greatly with time.

S. Dark wheat.

T. Picking up a taste of cloves and spice, also sweet and wheaty.

M. Light and well balanced.

D. Fantastic. Another winner from Ayinger.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Big fluffy slightly off white head and decent lacing. Body is cloudy and yellow-brown, pretty much what you'd expect from the style.

S: Hefe smells: banana is probably most evident, but I get the whole spectrum of yeasty stuff. Some spicyiness in the background, I thought cinnamon for a second, maybe I'm nuts. There is also a slight malty note in the back as well, makes it smell thick or something.

T: Tastes much like a hefe, with some darker maltiness.

M: Good carbonation, relatively full mouthfeel.

D: Pretty light and fresh, flavors are good, aftertaste is nice. Seems like I could drink many of these.

Photo of MAB
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a 500 ml bottle. Nice size...
After opening, the carbonation overflowed the top and continued to run out. Poured into a glass and it stopped. Head was thin then disappeared. Carbonation was still active in the glass.

Smell- Caramel notes, malt.
Taste- Caramel, very little hop flavor. Sweet, but not cloying. Nice.
Mouthfeel- Thin but not watery.

Overall, a decent enough beer.

Side note: It goes well with chocolate covered peanuts. ( I happened to be snacking on them after the first samples of the brew.)

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured into a weizen glass had a deep brownish-yellow color and a thick texture. Big, big head common to the style.

S: Very wheaty (of course) with hints of some fruit.

T: Wheat, banana, some other kinds of sweets. Wasn't as complex as others, but nicely done anyway.

M: Good amount of carbonation here. Slightly slick finish. Solid mouthfeel.

D: Like most of Ayinger's beers, this one is pretty drinkable. I don't know if it's on the same level as their Brau-Weisse (it doesn't have the same complexity), but it's still pretty good.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour, shake and swirl, into the hefe-weizen glass...and what a beauty! A hazed brown-mustard color, muddy with sediment/floaters, huge fluffy head that never quits. Not the dunkel-est of the dunkels, but very nice indeed.

Pouring 10 inches away from my nose I could easily smell banana. Bready too, but mostly all about banana. Banana-bread, basically.

Flavor is mildly sugary banana, with yeasty breadiness and yellow cake. Slick, fluffy, velvety in the mouth. In a word: delicious.

One of the best in its class, and insanely drinkable do to the modest ABV. (Note to self: stock up on these next time!!)

Photo of canucklehead
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange/gold colour with big head , the nose was old banana and cloves. The tastes was like a regular Hefe on steroids. In fact the bigness of the typical Hefe flavours kind of detracts from the drinkability. ( Though i realize that the regular Hefe is in the lineup as is less in your face.) However, this is a wellmade beer that is not afraid to pump up the Hefe notes.

Photo of abedenbaugh
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:The beer has a medium amber color with a good deal of hazy from the yeast. The head is white with very fine carbonation.
S: There is a sweet smell with a little bit of esters and phenols in the background. It smells of bananas,cloves, and a little bit of citrus. Overall the smell is mild but very nice.
T:The beer taste of wheat with just enough balance from the esters and phenols. In the beginning there is a little bit of sweetness. There is a little bit of spiciness and citrus coming out in the middle and end of the palate. Also the flavor stays with you for awhile afterwards. Overall the flavors are all balanced very well.
MF:Medium body beer with an average amount of carbonation. It feels good in the mouth.
D:Overall I think this is a really good beer. The flavor is very easy going and refreshing. I would love to order more than one of these beers.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and "wheaty" with a bit of an alcohol nip and a hint of citrus. Color is a cloudy, light brownish amber, translucent but not clear. Flavor is strongly wheaty, with just a whisper of citrus, no hoppy or bitter taste. It dances on the tongue as it goes down and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. I recommend it to all weizen fans.

Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.