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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

904 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 47
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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Photo of dogger6253
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A light tan color at the bottom, nearly brown at the top, super hazy... Bubbles continue surfacing and the nice, white head falls to a thin film after a while.

Immediately smell floral hops and other grassy notes. Banana and clove come through, very pleasant aroma.

The taste is extremely balanced and smooth: light banana and clove, no over powering fruitiness. A bit of hops, a matly sweetness. Yeast. Molasses or toffee??

Light carbonation and a heavy body, almost creamy with wonderful taste, this was extremely refreshing and very smooth. I would drink so much of this beer. A definite must-try, overall: amazing.

dogger6253, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of filabrazilia
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy copper, almost amber. The thick off white head receded a bit after it settled. Nice lacing on the glass.

A sweet malt aroma permeated the nose with hints of spice and banana.

This was a little too sweet for my liking. It was an almost carmel sweetness that was vaguely marzen like. It did not taste like a dark wheat beer to me.

I felt a film coat my mouth after I swallowed this stuff. It was a little to heavy and sticky. Not nearly as refreshing as I expect the style to be.

I was mildly disappointed with this beer but am willing to try again. It certainly would not be my first choice.

filabrazilia, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy orangish-brown with two fingers of white head with good retention and some lacing. The pleasant aroma, while not very strong, is of bananas, cloves, yeast, and some bready wheat. Taste is much like the aroma with bananas and cloves dominant over the wheat backbone and pleasant yeast flavors. The bananas are dominant at first but then give way to cloves in the finish. Good mouthfeel with a light-medium body and moderate carbonation as evidenced by the creamy head. Overall this is a very good brew with balanced flavors and at 5.8% ABV I'd say this just fits into my definition of a good session beer.

mnj21655, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An amber pour, not as "dunkel" as I imagined, but no worries. Hazy body holds up and produces a fat, semi-sticky white head. Some rockiness in the foam, sticks to the sides a bit.
Corriander and slight citrus blend and over power the malt in the aroma. slight pear and apple hints.
Taste is light and crisp. Some malt gives it a bit of sweetness and calms down the citrus. Leaves a bit of a stickiness in the mouth, even though it's light. Not sure if I like that, isn't quite as quenching as other Weizens. Aftertaste is slight and rather clean.

Mebuzzard, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Lothore
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy copper brew pours out of this bottle with an amazing white pillowy head. From the looks of it, this beer is vigorously carbonated.

S- Smells of sweet bread, reminecent of walking by a good bakery. I get hints of fruit: orange, slight banana.

T- Tastes slightly sweet but not nearly as much as the nose lets on. Apricot and a minute taste of banana bread are present.

M- Very light and refreshing without being watery. Well carbonated.

D- This beer is extremely drinkable because it is so delicious and light. I could easily have a few on a summer day.

Lothore, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a dirty and cloudy dark beige color beer with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread is very dominant and enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the banana bread with some ester notes. Body is above average with some great carbonation. This is definitely a style that I don’t have a chance to try very often but thought was very interesting but maybe a bit one-dimensional.

Phyl21ca, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Erdinger Weisse glass a cloudy light brown color with a big white head, that quickly became a nice white lacing with excellent retention. Nose revealed some banana, clove and apple. Flavors detected include baked bread, juicy fruits and powdered sugar. The body of this beer is relatively light, and prickly on the tongue. This is a very easy Dunkel Weizen to drink. Not my favorite for the style, but still damn good, and worth a try.Rosemary crackers with goat's milk Brie was a nice pairing for this one. Cheers.

jamie2dope, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A moderate pour yields a dense, fluffy ivory head, which sat upon a hazy, translucent golden-amber colored liquid.

S: The bouquet is a fruit-filled, wheaty aroma, with a backing note of bubblegum, but more heavy on the sweetness of fruit. In the background there was also a slightly alcoholic scent.

T: The introduction is much like a lighter lager, very smooth and innocuous. But then, a brief taste of pale malts goes directly into a wheatiness that is underscored by a nice hop presence that fades perfectly to the back, leaving an aftertaste that stays under the radar.

M: Carbonation seems a bit on the strong side, but not too overpowering. It keeps a medium-bodied feel and doesn't get too heavy, which is a plus.

D: Not sure what to think. The highlights of this beer are evident, mostly in the flavor, but even that does not quite hit the "outstanding" mark, so it remains a beer that can satisfy, but may not be one to go back to as often as others in the dunkel category. Still, a solid beer in its own right.

CharlieMopps, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my Ayinger hefe globe, a deep murky caramel brown color, with a fluffy three finger head. Nice retention doesn't leave behind a whole lot of lace, but does leave a thick creamy blanket of foam behind.

Aroma is much as you'd expect. Deep malted wheat aromas, with some heavy banana esters. Bit of spicy clove ester is present as well. Nice, but nothing outstanding about it.

Flavor is well balanced. Strong wheat sugars, and a good amount of even more prevalent banana esters. Slightly bitter finish. Almost tastes like a banana muffin of some kind. Slight wheat tartness makes this finish very clean and refreshing, begging for another sip. Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. Drinkability is great.

Quite a nice dunkel/ur weizen. A great full flavored alternative to some lighter hefe's out there. Perfect for summer BBQ's, and friendly outdoor gatherings. Recommended, and worth seeking out. Very nicely made dunkel.

phisig137, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 17oz. bottle, into a weizen glass. The beer pours a hazy light brown, forming a 1/4 inch white head that quickly faded. Light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is light fruity notes and sweet malt. The taste is largely sweet malts, very thick, with a light fruity backdrop. Medium mouthfeel, a little thicker than expected, and smooth finish. Good drinkability based on the flavor and moderate abv. Overall, a good brew, and one worth trying. I know I'll be having a few of these in my future sessions. Try it!!

beeragent, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of philberinghele
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

drink to the Kaiser
salute the farmer's wheat field
the harvest is now

This beer has crept into my pantheon of godbeers. The dunkel weizen is a genre that has been far too underrated. Ayinger's thick, wheaty, banana goodness is taste that I have keep coming back too these last few weeks. It haunts me like the hindenberg.

I declare this the summer of the dunkel weizen!

philberinghele, May 31, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at just over fridge temperature in the brewery's traditional weizen glass.

Appearance- Pours a murky brownish orange color into the glass... I'm noticing chunks of yeast traverse on their way downward and coming to rest at the bottom. The beer is almost completely opaque, and the head starts three fingers high before it settles slowly to a fat white hat.

Smell- Notes of banana, clove, bread, and light phenols showcase this sweet, yeasty beer...

Taste- The yeasty, bread-like character supercedes any flavors of banana and clove, playing down these flavors much more than many other dunkel-weizens. The overall palate is quite clean, but much more simple and straightforward than I like for the style. Honest as always, but really basic.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth but very active in the mouth, where the carbonation really takes off and begs to be paired with traditional German fare... I could especially see sauerbraten or pork sausage with sauerkraut going well with this. The drinkability is excellent, where the flavors are somewhat weak... it's definitely a candidate for this summer's session brews.

yelterdow, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16.9 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Appears as a light golden orange color, with a slightly off-white head that tends to linger. Lacing evident. Aroma a mix of yeast and cloves. Flavor is tart with a clovy finish, very light malt flavor detectable. Mouthfeel is refreshingly light and effervescent from the carbonation. A beer that is very easy to drink. I did find the Ayinger Ur-Weisse relatively light for a "dunkelweizen" in appearance and flavor, yet it is one I would drink again and again.

joeysmokedporter, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of orsulacp
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy light brown with a fluffy off white head. The nose was bready and yeasty with some banana floating around. Nice crisp/biting body, nice doses of fruit, banana, sweet apple and them some tart apple to finish. There is a spicy peppery flavor in there as well. Highly carbonated, very drinkable and refreshing.

orsulacp, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of steinlifter
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ayinger..bottle say's "Authentic Bavarian Dunkel Weizen"...and it's a good one!
Appearance:Poured a cloudy medium orange hue, tight white head that left broken trails down the sides of the glass.
Smell:clovy esters, with whifffs citrus and melon.
Taste: Taste is exceptional, some ripe melon, followed by clove and fresh baked bread, with ghost-like vanilla and banana notes.
Mouthfeel: is bubbly and typically thin but creamy...very nice.
Drinkability: Are you kidding me?...I could drink this morning, noon and night! A very good example of the style, and if you like Dunkel Weizens don't miss a chance to grab a couple bottles of this!

steinlifter, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of billysj
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint bottle of Ayinger Ur-Weisse

Pours as a dark orange with a nice puffy white head.

A rich smell of banana.

Has a sweet hoppy taste. Very smooth and refeshing.

Much like the taste, the mouthfeel is smooth with a nice bubbly feel

Overall a good dunkel weizen. I will drink this one again.

billysj, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of goschool
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not to boast, but I poured this beer like a mother f-er. I got a big white head without ever having to wait for it to calm down to finish pouring. The color is a cloudy dark copper and the white head dies down to a small layer.

Smell: This is one big nose. Aromas of clove and bananas fight for dominance in front of yeast, wheat, rich amber malts, and melon.

Taste: The yeast makes more of a statement in the flavor profile, hanging around from the burst of bananas at the beginning to the phenolic clove finish. Vanilla, caramel malts, grapes, apples, and melons round out the taste.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied with a nice, not to lively, not to soft, level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is definitely one of the benchmark dunkelweizens, a very classy brew.

goschool, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of bradybeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with thick creamy off white head. Not much hops aroma nor much malt-which is no problem with the being a wheat. I pick up a strong orange juice taste-sweet with a touch of OJ. Mouthfeel is light and drinkablity is high. I like this beer and I think I was expecting more of a "american" dark wheat-but none the less nice beer.

bradybeer, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden brown in color, with profuse carbonation and a small white head. There was modest lacing present throughout the glass.

Aroma - Major notes of bread (maybe biscuit?), and banana. Minor notes of yeast, spices, and cloves.

Taste - Initial flavors of clove and spices. This is followed by some ripe bananas with the malts. The finish was dry with grain flavors, lingering notes of apples and slight hops.

Mouthfeel - Thin and light on the palate. The carbonation is sharp.

Drinkability - The first day of spring and this was a nice way to enjoy it.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky dark reddish brown color with a milkshake like one finger cream colored head that has excellent fluffy retention. Stick, thick lacing on the glass also.
S: Thick and hefty clove and banana notes. Earthy with hints of vanilla and melon. Slight sweet tart berry twang behind. Bold and thick.
T/M: Creamy and smooth with a nice thickness on the palate. Banana and clove flavors hints of melon and berry. Subtle spices coupled with the cloves. Thick, but only deceivingly thick on the palate. Yeasty phenols on the palate with an earthiness to it.
D: Smooth....just utterly smooth and soft on the palate. Excellent drinkability. A very nice dunkel.

bjohnson, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of roblowther
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a thin head that leaves a hint of lacing around the edges. Smells of honey and apricots, with just a note of hops dancing around the edges. Taste has that honey note up front, with a light nut flavor behind that. The mouthfeel is very smooth & silky. Goes down VERY smoothly. Nothing to improve on there, really. Drinkability is vary good. This is the kind of beer that, when combined with a sunny afternoon and a shaded patio, makes for a very, very good day.

roblowther, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 17oz. bottle a cloudy tea color very large off white tight bubbled head that settled to just covering the beer and no lacing to speak of. smell of bubblegum then a fruity spice aroma comes through. taste bubblegum, bananna, clove. mouthfeel smooth, light, good carbonation. very tasty.

billybob, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of gak111
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very murky brown color with a large off-white fizzy head. Very complex nose, with banana and clove standing out, as well as apples and darker fruit smells. Creamy feel with a medium body. Carbonation is strong and fizzy. Semi-sweet taste of banana and spices with a lightly acidic finish. Complex and very drinkable.

gak111, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown in color. Ridiculous head as I had to stop pouring to keep it from overflowing my Aventinus glass. Head never quite dissolved but retained a few millimeters of thickness. Constant carbonation rising to the top.

Nose is midly sweet with wheat and just a slight hint of bananas.

Flavor is almost like fresh banana bread made with wheat. Wheat has some real heft to it that just wraps around the palate. Lots of bananas and some slight hints of cloves. Little bits of orange and lemon, but just a light lisp off the tongue's worth. Even can pick out some slight yeast juicness.

Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit watery that thins out a bit towards the bottom of the glass. However, a very enjoyable beer that was a great choice.

MuddyFeet, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of BeerIsland
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pleasant looking beer in the glass. An opaque toffee brown capped with a fluffy head that gives way to a white ring. I thought it might be darker. There isn't much aroma to it, clean malt smells with some banana-ish notes. The flavors are more pronounced and the banana thing is right out front. A good, balanced finish in which the carbonation is eveident. It's OK.

BeerIsland, Jan 27, 2007
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.