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

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 58
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Pours a cloudy dirt color, almost looks like a muddle puddle in a glass. Very nice off-white head that dissipated into a nice cap with a yeast cloud that slowly settles. The smell is of bananas & cloves. The taste is of bananas, clove, pepper. Taste is more of a hefe weisen then a dunkel weisen, I don't detect much malt flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit fizzy yet creamy, feels light on the tongue. I find this to be very drinkable and a fine example of the style.

Photo of srrn
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark cloudy amber into a standard american style beer glass, (I shared the bottle). Smells of cloves and bananas. Taste was much the same. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily smooth. This is one of the more highly drinkable beers an a good example of the style. I wish more fine Weizens were available here as it's a great German style. My favorite beer style with pizza when I was stationed in Germany.

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle pours an efferevscent amber with a 3 fingers deep fluffy tan colored head. Ever so,slight lacing & head retention

S: Bubblegum & fruittyness

T: Juicyfruit gum, bandaids & fruitty/jammy tastes up front. Bread, date & apricot tastes surface as the beer warms. Then banana peel sets in. Finishes fruitty, slightly gummy & quenching

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, I could probably drink 2-3 .5 liters of this of this no problem. This seems to accentuate the style with out being over the top. This is a quality offering from Ayinger

Photo of dfried
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orangish brown with some yellow at the edges. Large, creamy, fine bubbled off white head that lasted as a 1/2cm film throughout the beer. The aroma was packed with cloves and bananas, rich malty and bready. Taste was quite wheaty and zesty, again full of cloves and banana, and some bubble gum. Maybe a tad maltier than their hefe, but a compareable medium body. Tasty and easy to drink.

Verdict: one of the best examples of the style I have had. A lot of flavor, leaves you wanting more after each sip.

Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a mellow neon brown color with lots of carbonation and thick beige head. The banana and clove smells are present but only moderately strong and followed by a mellow sweetness from the malt.

Nice, light, crisp mouthfeel with an oily texture and sweet mouthfeeel complements the sugary malt and fruit flavors. Could stand a liittle hop balance, even for the style. Overall, a touch too sweet for me although still tasty and worthwhile.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light brown cloudy color with a thick head that was persist and had nice lacing. The smell is malty and a bit mild…pleasingly delicate. The taste is sour and malty with a flowery hint. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a carbonation bite. This is a delicious beer that is quite drinkable and I’d be happy to have this often in the future.

Photo of becktone
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer to compare my homebrewed Dunkel Weizen with. As this is the first of the style I've ever had I figure that It'll let me know if I hit anywhere near the style.

What a sweet looking beer! It pours about a three finger head that has a look about it as if it isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The head is creamy tannish white and as I said appears to have excellent retention. The body of the beer is where I am dissapointed. Don't get me wrong it looks great, but I expected something much darker. This beer is the color of a wet 2X4 and is cloudy. The beer is very alive with carbonation.

The beer has a wonderful aroma, strong estery tones coming from the yeast are extremely apparent. Sweet candy aromas and a definite banana ester drift out of the glass. There is also a strong malt backbone, but most of the aromatics are from the yeast strain. No hop aroma is present.

This beer provides a very interesting flavor. A banana flavor ester is apparent in the taste near the end of this beer's flavor profile. Much of this beer's flavor also comes from the yeast. The beer is overall sweet with just enough bitterness to round it out and keep it from becoming cloyingly sweet. Overall the taste can be summed up as fruity, sweet, and mostly complex. Very hard to dissect this one, but damn is it good!

Mouthfeel of this brew is great. It is alive on the palate. The high carbonation levels are appropriate for a brew of this flavor and compliment the taste of it quite nicely. It has a full body and leaves you wanting more. It is very easy to drink and goes down well. It would be hard to drink this one fast, but then again its not meant for that, most good beer isn't. I'll most likely buy this in the future. I don't know if I could sit around and drink this all day, the sweetness might just prove to be too much.

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

Pours dark golden color, with haze. Nice white head, stays pretty much for the whole beer. Strong smell when I first poured it. Tastes very strongly of bananas, and fruity, a little sour, and a little sweet. Feels crisp with carbonation, but not too much. My first experience with a dunkel weizen, and it is great. I need to remember to get this again.

Photo of bgraney
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden/brown with a huge, white bubbly head.
Rich, malty aroma, not too sweet, one you can enjoy inhaling for extended periods of time.
A more subtle flavor than the aroma suggested. Malty with that bubblegum flavor you get with hefeweizens.
Thin mouthfeel, not much expansion, the bubblegum flavor lingers a bit.
The lack of excessive sweetness makes it very drinkable in my view.

Photo of ojiikun
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully cloudy muddy amber, as all dunkel heffers should. I would tell you about the head, but I apparantly turned my back for 15 seconds - and it was gone. Nothing creamy about this one, very 'champagne'.

Dunkel malts smell really nice, along with promising upfront bitters.

Initial taste is a bit mediciney, but a dry medium body doesn't give the notion much time to live. The taste is best right after the swallow, and again far down the line - there is a bit of sweetness after all the bitterness fades.

Fairly drinkable, thanks to the non-existant traces of alcohol. Tempered by one's respective love for astringent bitters. Could go down very well indeed on a hot day with some grilled sausages!

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy honey brown with a three finger thick off-white, pillowy, creamy head. This retains for quite a while, but eventually dies down to a cap of very creamy foam. Excellent rocky lacing sticks to the glass in many places on the way down.

Smell - Spicy banana muffins to the tee! A very rich malt and wheat aroma behind this. Some slight vanilla and caramel notes in the background as well. Some lighter fruit aromas such as pear and peach. Practically no alcohol aroma at all.

Taste - Spiced banana bread off the top, with a very rich malt character behind that mixed with a slick wheat presence. Light notes of toffee and molasses.

Mouthfeel - Lighter end of medium-bodied class. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with the best carbonation I've ever had. Very refreshing but not a single bit of unpleasantness at all in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Overall very refreshing and "light" feeling, even though it has some strong flavors. Its balance also adds to the drinkability.

A superb dunkel weizen. Excellent mouthfeel, strong but balanced flavors, and a smooth, slick, wet, and refreshing feel. A must have dunkel weizen!

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

Ayinger Ur-weisse has a mutant foamy head that lasts almost indefinitely. It's not particularly dark just wild looking. It smells of cloves and yeast, and tastes very fuity and smooth. The flavor is rather solid and balanced. I notice hints of banana and clove as expected. This is really an immaculately balanced, cohesive beer. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy but retains it's refreshing lively character that wheat ale is known for. The dunkle in this case is really just a less refined/processed version of a "normal" hefeweizen. This beer feels old fashioned and high quality in its construction. Pairs well with food. I've got to try it with sauerkraut.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a great big German bottle (1pt 1oz). Ahh, I like Bavarian unfiltered wheat beer, especially the dark kind. Ayinger makes it proper, with a hazy unfiltered appearance and a nice clove and banana aroma. There was a strange smell of sour milk in the background which made me drop the aroma score a little, otherwise it would be a 5. Ditto with the taste.

The mouthfeel is thick and coating, and like most weizens I think its drinkability is high.

Photo of mjc410
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Ayinger weizen glass raised a massive island of a head, more than three inches of light tan foam, over a dark brown beer shot through with copper and yellow. The nose is strong of clove and especially banana bread. Has a good bready-wheaty scent. The beer has a warm clovey/banana bread taste, pretty sweet throughout. The mouthfeel is fairly light, with high carbonation. This dunkel weizen is easy but complex.

Photo of AmorousAngel
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a goblet. Poured murky light amber with large, fluffy, off-white head. Light lacing. Cloudy, but no sediment settled out.

Fruity and spicy aroma layered with wheat and malt.

Complex fruity, malty and wheaty flavor. Banana is the main fruit flavor that I can isolate. Slight touch of bitterness to balance.

Light- to medium-bodied with a strong tingle from the carbonation.

I normally prefer darker, heavier beers like doppelbocks and imperial stouts, but this one is a very nice change of pace. Great for a summer evening in the South.

This is the second Ayinger beer that I have tried, and both were excellent. I must get around to reviewing the Celebrator. It is one of my favorites.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle

Ayinger Ur-Weisse was amber in color and slightly hazy. The head was fairly large, but quick to dissipate. It had a sweet fruity aroma. The taste was fruity as well, lots of banana. It was slightly sweet in the begining, but balances out in the finish. It is medium bodied and well carbonated. It's a good beer, but I prefer the Altbairisch Dunkel.

Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.