1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

902 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 902
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 47
Gots: 39 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Ayinger Ur-Weisse Alström Bros
Ratings: 902 | Reviews: 526 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kgotcher
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a fairly clear, light amber color with a thick airy head. Smell is obvious hefe, with banana, clove, and hint of vanilla and just a bit of pepper. Feels nice and wet with a smooth finish, good carbonation. Taste is mild, with flavors well blended. Some nice spicyness on the tip of the tongue. This does not really seem like a Dunkle weiss, more of a standard hefe with a bit more malt flavor and spicyness, maybe should be called an Amber weiss. Overall a wonderful beer with a wonderfull appearance and an awesome taste. So far I have been very happy with all the Ayinger weissen beers. They completely outshine most of the watered down US versions of this classic style. Too bad they don't come in a 6 pack. A bit pricey, but in my book completely worth it.

kgotcher, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of slap
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Weizen glass. The beer is medium-orange color, some what murky from the yeast. A nice white head with forms with a good amount of bubbles rising in the glass.

The smell is very sweet...bananna is the strongest aroma. Maybe another fruit is in there plus plenty of wheat.

The first taste is smooth and refreshing. Bananaa is the first flavor on the palate, then something mildy spicy. It's a very good contrast. Very creamy finish in the mouth. Highly drinkable

This is my first Dunkel Weizen and I look forward to tasting more beers in this style. I would definately buy this beer again.

slap, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of drewmprs
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%

Could've fooled me, this dunkel tasted like a normal hefe. Light, airy head that dissipates slightly towards the end. Strong banana characteristics that I like. I paid the usual, 2.59 at hollingshead. I really wish there was a way I could get these German hefes a little cheaper.

drewmprs, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.53/5  rDev +11%

A - Opaque muddy brown brew with a three finger cream colored head okay retention. No lacing at all. So sad . . .

S - Strong bananas, dates, faint cloves and a touch of coriander. Unlike other dunkel weizens, this one has an intense odor.

T - The flavor has a fruity sweetness. There is a taste slightly reminiscent of a banana pulled from the dredges of a fruit salad, as well as a quick light caramel malt flavor (but with a very noticable wheat influence) and a subtle coriander pepperiness. There is a curious mild bitter twinge on the back of my throat that lasts for only a few moments. A very faint slightly sweet aftertaste lingers for a little while after the bitterness dissipates.

M - Very viscous, smooth and quite refreshing.

D - Nice. Sessionable, though a bit strong. So a low paced session. I think this is my favorite dunkel weizen that I have had to date. It is actually one of my favorite beers in fact, extremely well rounded. It is more pronounced than the others of the style. It seems to sit somewhere between a dunkel weizen and a weizenbock. I find this place to be quite pleasing. I will definitely make this my dunkel weizen go to beer.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of hoffman
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

Pours from a bottle into a pint glass with a rocketing white head composed of large bubbles a frothy soapy look. Rises quick and falls just the same. Color is murkey carmel brown. The smell is strong with bannana, plums, dates...sugary fruits. Strong yeasty bannana with a tinge of organic almost leafy aroma. The taste is very full, sweet and enjoyable. Interesting for me as I am not familiar with the style. A nice taste but different. The mouthfeel on this one is again full, possibly a bit overcarbonated with a tiny bite on the tongue. An overall drinkable beer but not one I will stock in the fridge. Nice if you are looking for a sweet entry.

hoffman, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Hazy burnt copper color with some sediment retention and a big frothy head that shrinks to a thick topping. Smells like dry banana bread...light bubblegum and clove. Light banana in the flavor with some spicy wheat. There is a soft maltiness in the finish. Very lively yet dry and a little tart. Pretty good.

wedge, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

Murky copper brown with a white cream head. Nice retention throughout. Doughy and malty to the nose. A little bit of cloves and subtle fruit. Taste is creamy with apple, bananas and wheat. Slight spice in there. Nice smooth creamy dry mouth. Very drinkable.

I like.

tastybeer, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Sampled: 1.8.06

Appearance was a cloudy bronze under a dense head of tiny compact bubbles. Beer left a little lacing along the way.

The aroma was fruity and rounded with malt presence. Bananas dominated, as well as an overall sugary nature.

The flavor is immediately juicy. Grainy wheat malts are present, but lie beneath a mostly banana bread taste throughout the mouthful. The brew is light in the mouth and low, low carbed, but not flat. It’s very simple, but delicious.

This beer was easy as hell to drink. Overall, a great beer drinking experience.

GolgiIPAratus, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%

When the Germans say: Paulaner, Franziskaner, sonst nichts they forget something . . . Ayinger. Man, this is one heck of a beer. Delightfully fluffy wheat character balanced out by munich malts in a burnt-orange brew. I drank this guy so quickly, I got a tummy-ache from the carbonation. Couldn't recommend it highly enough. Yummy.

shbobdb, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of willgro
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

Incredible dark wheat beer. One of the best i've ever had. Great opening smell and flavor, but not as typical as a regular wheat beer. It has an incredible head (if poured correctly) but not as good as a typical wheat beer. It has the typical traces of coriander, but not strong. One of the best beers in a bottle I've had in Dallas, and definitely worth recommending.

willgro, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours into the weizen glass in fell swoop. Cloudy dark orange with a medium white head that falls to a table; no lacing; plenty of active carbonation visible at the surface. Could smell the banana bread during the pour, but afterwards the smell was much more subdued, astringent and not exactly inviting. The taste was full on malty smoothness that swells, literally swells, into a full banana attack. Just delicious. Mouthfeel is medium and fills out splendidly. This is a very drinkable brew, but I'm not sure how much banana flavored maltiness I could take. Love this one.

pentathlete, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of masikon
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours to a fantastic dark, mellow color which looks almost exactly like unfiltered apple cider, pour takes time with the head fizzing crazily which releases all the wonderful fruity banana aromas. I thought this beer smelled and looked better than it tasted, the taste was actually somewhat bland and simple with nothing that really excited my palate although it did have nice legs and the aftertaste is where the fruitiness is most present. Possibly true to style it basically tastes a bit sweet and malty with just barely enough bitterness to balance things out. mouthfeel is how it looks, ciderlike. I must say that I was really excited to try my first dunkel-weizen but this was somewhat of a let down, Unfortunately the wonderful aromas simply did't translate well onto the toungue.

masikon, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of marcobrau
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Pour a hazy dark amber with loads of carbonation; the pours takes some time but I eventually end up with a massively rocky head peaking about an inch from the top of the glass. The aroma is spicy, suggesting oranges, cloves and vanilla. Rather full-bodied for a weiss with a sort of creme brulé maltiness that leads into an orangey-tart finish accented a slightly chalky dryness. Excellent smooth mouthfeel adds to the appeal of this beer. Overall, a fine dark wheat with outstanding aromatics, good flavor, but the finish could be better.

marcobrau, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

I was looking through some of my old reviews and couldn't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet, so I picked up a bottle after getting my bottle deposits back... Woohoo, "free" beer! This is one of the beers I drink regularly in the summer (on the rare occasion I'm not drinking new beers, of course).

Looks excellent in my Ayinger weizen glass. Seriously, it's picture perfect. Fills up perfectly to the .5L mark with a muddy, murky looking dark wheat beer with a huge crown of foam that peaks out over the rim of the glass. Carbonation bubbles twirl up the sides inevitably becoming part of the mountain themselves.

The smell is the one downfall of this beer. It seems to smell very soapy. The banana, lemon and clove esters only make it seem like the little designer potpouri soap bars that you're not supposed to wash your hands with.

The taste is very smooth and quite highly drinkable. Lots of the banana ester, perhaps more than any other wheat beer I've tried. Lots of clove to go along with it as well. Only a bit of lemon. The wheat malt is sweet and has a little bite to it. The tiniest suggestion of spicy, herbal hop bitterness can be detected in the end. Quite bready the whole way through. This beer seriously looks like a slurry of yeast, and it's quite filling.

Very creamy with quite a big body. Even though it's well carbonated, this beer feels like a smoothy going down. Very soft on the palate, though it is by no means flat. Drinkability is huge.

neonbrown82, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

mmm. Yum. Tall 1 pint bottle. This poured a nice hazy orange-copper copper with a huge fluffy tan/white head. The lacing just washes down the glass like you just washed the glass with rain-ex. The smell is awesome. Just amped up when compared to the others i have had of this style. It tastes like i am drinking a banana. It even irritates my mouth like real bananas do. The flavor also contains an assload of banana, wheat, clove and bubble gum flavor. The mouthfeel is interesting, almost right in between watery and syrupy. Watery syrup. Yeah. I like that. It is sorta sticky too. Very drinkable. I am starting to think this is my favorite style.

kbnooshay, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

.5 liter bottle. For a dunkel weizen, this beer doesn't look all that dunkel. The color is a partially hazy brown copper color. The head is large and creamy. The aroma is cloves, banana, nuts, and chocolate. Nutty malt flavor, but not as rich and malty as most dunkels. More fruit flavor than I expected. I would like if this was thicker with more malt and cocoa. This beer is still well above average, and the drinkability is great.

beveragecaptain, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of Troyone
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a hazy nutmeg color around the center of the glass with a blond hue around the outer areas and a biege frothy head that corresponds with a lot of carb action.

A strong kind of nutty banana caramel malt smell with a resin and citrus hops aroma.

Moderately sweet, banana, acidic, and grainy caramel malt taste with a floral resin flavor.

Medium bodied, dry and slightly buttery/resiny texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish that lingers the resin.

Very good initially then the resin and toasted grain aftertaste secures this as a good craft beer.

Troyone, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of kaimcm
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

serv: brown 500ml bottle poured into an Ayinger Weisse glass.

app: Light and flat tan/brown with plenty of haze. Big beautiful off white head that sat perfectly in the glass on the pour, but faded to a quarter inch at best as dinner went on.

smell: The smell is one of my favorite things about weisse beers and this had what I'd expect, bannanas, cloves, herbs, lemon.

taste: A good dunkel but not spectacular. Similar tastes, clove, herb, etc...with the addition of yeast and wheat to lighten it up and really make it refreshing.

feel: Very nice, light, good carbonation.

drinkability: also nice, the 500ml goes by pretty quick. The flavors are pronounced enough to be enjoyable but the balance makes for easy drinking, especially in this summer weather.

Overall a nice dunkel but not spectacular. I paired with spicy sausages, grilled peppers, and cheese. I grilled the meat and peppers in a sauce of pesto, olive oil, and liberal lemon juice. The lemon and pesto in the dish went perfectly with the beer. A very nice meal if I do say so myself. Cheers!

kaimcm, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%

Presentation: Half-Litre brown glass bottle sealed with a crown cap which has the Ayinger logo on it. Generic dark green, yellow, gold and white Ayinger label which has a dark orange border in places. Listed as ‘Ur-Weisse’, and described as an ‘Authentic Bavarian Dunkel Weizen’. No listed strength or Best Before Date.

Appearance: Crazy paving mixture of golden flashes and light brown coppers mingle in a semi-translucent Iced Tea body which supports a dirty white partially solid head matter which slowly forms from a rescinding gigantic frothy 6” deep cap. Almost a complete absence of carbonation when the glass is tilted; yet the foamy head stays with a thick egg-white stiffness.

Nose: Rather pungent toffee-banana aromatic trails roam around the entrance to the Glass with some vanity. Breaded wheat with some cloves, crab apples and the stale whiffs that eminate from a long opened can of commercial cider that has oxidised nicely from the party the night before. Somehow very appealing though, WTF!?

Taste: Has a bit of everything, some wheat, toffee, light chocolate, milky bars and cloves – but all the flavors are rather light in strength. This is very much a low profile “under the radar” Dunkel Weizen that becomes “so-so” all too quickly. Not so much clean….. but Sterile.

Mouthfeel: Average, Mean, Mode, Median, Middle-of-the-Road, So-So, Ya Know Not Bad – Not Great, Sort of OK, Not Here, Not There, Don’t Mind, Don’t Care……

Drinkability: Difficult to get excited about this one. I drank it though…..but afterwards I fell asleep straight away and never cuddled it.

Overall: Another new offering from Ayinger that I have not tried before, cost $2.59 the same as the Bräu-Weisse; but given a choice between the two with just three bucks in my pocket I would rather go with the infinitely better Bräu-Weisse again I think. Not that bad, but a bit of a cardboard cut-out in character.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Lovely hazed magenta, soft cocoa, with a lovely, light layer of foam atop. Excellent look for the style.

Aroma: Ahhhh! this is dunkel weizen! Clove is huge, and banana behind it, with traces of grapes and melons and berries, too...a beautiful mix, really, and the sort of thing you only find in beers of this kind. Reminds me of why I like the style so much. Masterful.

Taste: mmmm...there's a lot to talk about...bubblegum, banana, spices, clove, dark fruits, ...but still quaffably refreshing!
An excellently sessionable brew, you can take several in all night long,
classic representation of the style.
Tasty, and quenching...gotta love it!
Lightish body, lightly spicy finish, rich and delicious.
Loveable mouthfeel, lushly carbonated, great flavor, wondrous drinkability. Class act, all the way.
Yum.

feloniousmonk, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of RedBaron
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Good, heady weiss beer from Ayinger.

Appearance: Dark copper; nice white, fluffy head. A perfectly inviting beer with a great pour. Great CO2.
Smell: Clovish, but mixed with a malty sweetness smell.
Taste: Complex malt combinations. Finished with a nice fruitiness, and interestingly a bit of a dryness (probably a good bittering hop, maybe Tettnang). A nice, pleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a bottle-conditioned weiss beer (at least I'm assuming it's bottle-conditioned). After such a heady nose and taste, it's a bit disappointing in the overall mouthfeel. Still, there's a enough great things about this beer to offset the rather pedestrian mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Pretty damn good. Ayinger is a consistently good brewer, but this isn't my favorite for their portfolio. Their standard hefe-weiss is actually a little more grounded than this beer. Having said that, I still found this to be a nice beer to kick back with.

RedBaron, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of WTexas
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured heartily into a 0.5l Weizen glass. Nice deep golden color that was accentuated by the frothy and long lasting head. Smell was as expected for a quality German Weizen -- bananas, cloves, but with a further hint of fruitiness that was fully manifested upon tasting. The taste was truly exceptional with the flavors being more developed. I especially enjoyed the almost cola like flavors that the beer imparts. The creamy mouthfeel and well balanced carbonation only furthered the beer drinking experience. This is no ordinary Weizen. Definitely superior to Ayinger's Bräu-Weisse if you prefer a more complex beer.

WTexas, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

This is my first dunkel weizen. Poured into a Ayinger glass, hazy yellowish/brown color with a huge head and carbonation. I was figuring a dark color, but I guess not. Lacing is very present with a medium feel. I really like the taste for a dunkel. I could drink a few of these, for a dunkel weizen, it's very drinkable.

Wasatch, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Ayinger Ur-Weisse is a hazy, mid-range brown shade with plenty of carbonation. The head is large and creamy with very good retention. The aroma is strong of clove with an underlying malt smell. The taste is diffenently stronger of clovey yeast flavor than the past few dunkleweizens I have sampled. The underlying malt body is tasty and helps finish a sip with a sugary sweet burst. Mouthfeel might be just a little thin to be great, but the drinkability is top notch. I found this to be a very enjoyable dunkleweizen, the stronger yeast flavor enabled Ayinger Ur-Weisse a degree of individuality from the standards I've tried.

Gagnonsux, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Cloudy ice-tea brown in color with a big puffy head of beige that shows no sign of stopping, leaving webby lacing as it slowly recedes.

Mmm, this is how a dunkle should smell, toasty wheat, cloves, bananas, cinnamon, raisin bread, and soft, flowery hops.

Like liquid raisin bread, this brew features flavors of roasted wheat goodness, dark fruit cake, clove, banana bread, baking spices, yeasty sweetness, and a perfect compliment of floral hops.

Body is medium, mouthfeel is juicey and slick with ridiculously big bubbles of ample carbonation.

AlexJ, Jun 20, 2005
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.