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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

920 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 49
Gots: 41 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of geexploitation
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt copper color, with haze-of-yeast and a soft, bright white head that stays around forever. Big sugared bananas, some cloves, but also a slightly musty sourness on the nose. It's half intriguing and half offputting. On the palate, the first thing to assert itself is the cloves note. Sweet malts -- wheat coated with caramel, hang on until the finish, which is surprisingly watery and redolent of that sour/funky quality I mentioned earlier. Bananas come out at the last split second. This is a quality brew, but it's got a few detractions to it, some elements that don't quite fit in.

geexploitation, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy coppery color with a giant white foamy head that leaves nice lacing. The smell "bisquit' yeast, lemon zest, cloves, and some ripe banana aromas. The taste has some candy sugar, lemon, clove, and wheat. The taste is very good and refreshing. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is a quality made beer. Another excellant beer from Ayinger, I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

jmz62565, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured out a pumpkin-like color with a good sized head.
It smelled of banana and cloves. The flavors came through in the taste. So did some hop flavors and wheat. Mouthfeel was slightly grainy and dry. It is a fairly heavy beer, but I enjoyed it very much.

zeff80, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy, light date color with a rocky, off-white head. Lots of banana in the nose along with dark malt. Interestingly enough, I pick up some aniseed. The flavor profile is primarily of a wheaty, twangy brightness with a backdrop of sweet, nutty malt. Like in the aromas, the phenolic character that sticks out the most is the banana. The best part of this beer is its lingering aftertaste of banana nut bread. Mouthfeel is perfect. Carbonation is just right for the richness of flavor. Drinkability is only hindered by a slight stickiness in the mouth. SLIGHT.

Dunkelweizen is one of the most hit-or-miss styles, and this one hits dead on.

goochpunch, May 25, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle with no dating.

There was a big rocky head, but the color seemed a bit light for a dunkel. Oh well. Who cares about color?
There is a bubblegum-banana smell, typical of style.
Taste, however, is slightly sour, not what I'm looking for out of a wheat.
Very little about it is special. Bottomline: I wish I didn't spend $3.40 for a bottle.

pweis909, May 24, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle with no freshness dating.

Pours cloudy golden tan with big frothy white head that dissipates to a small blanket of foam. Caramel malts, bananas, cloves, and fresh hops in the nose. Flavor is dominated by slightly sweet, lightly roasted caramel malts and bananas. Finishes with quenching fruity tartness and extremely dry hops. Quite light and carbonated mouth-feel, perhaps a bit on the thin side. A very nice dunkel weizen!

dgallina, May 20, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ayinger Ur-Weisse
17 oz brown bottle
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a cloudy and hazy light brown color. Fluffy white head that has great retention and leaves spots of sticky lace.

Classic Hefe Weizen style nose with whiffs of cloves, spices and fruit.

Crisp mouthfeel with a pushy carbonation quality that prickles the tongue. Juicy fruit flavors of freshly sliced bananas mixed with cloves and bubblegum. Dry wheat profile, yet nicely balanced with the other flavors present.

An awesome beer to say the least. The drinkability level is off the charts. Incredibly versatile, I could drink this anytime day or night during any season of the year. Overall, a very solid beer and one of my favorite styles.

Hibernator, May 19, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1/2 L bottle to a 1/2 L Ayinger tall swirl hefe glass. The way it should be. The color is a dark reddish orange or a very light brown. About ave. BUT the head poured up high and think. So thick I was tempted to eat it with a fork.

Smell is great, spicy grains and moderate yeast. um um good.

Taste is better. Full grains, fruity yeast, hints of banana and just the right spice. Excellent hop finish. I will take a case home of this.

Mouthfeel is warm, rich, creamy, just the right bite.

Drinkability is high. MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 19, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - this dunkel pours with the color and haziness of apple cider, thin off white head, moderate carbonation and sediment

S - a sweet aroma, like red licorice, a faint spiciness like that of cloves or nutmeg

T - thinner bodied than i thought, but tasty, a sweet hoppy taste, followed but a roasted nutty palate, very nice and well balanced

M - thin, but well balanced and very tasty

D - high, very drinkable and easy to pound, could do these by the bottle

sinstaineddemon, May 09, 2006
Photo of jmbranum
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The numerical score is from my most recent tasting.

March 27, 2013: Pours a slighty hazy amber (very slighty) with a large off-white head.

Unlike my 2006 tasting, I didn't pick up any off notes aroma wise. That said, I didn't pick up much aroma at all (compared to others of the style). Maybe a tinge of spices. --- Wait it perks up more as it warms.

Flavor is very bready. A little bit of banana. A tiny bit of grapefruit and oranges, apples too. Fairly dry with some lingering sweetness on the finish. Very little hops. Some cloves but not lot of them either. Nice amount of carbonation. Enough to have some bite but still fairly soft.

This is one of my favorite styles which makes this one hard to judge. Given other classics of the style (say Aventinus), this one is sub-par, but compared to other beers, I would put it well above average.

Last note... this beer improves greatly when it is closer to cellar temperature than refrigerator temperature. The tangyness comes out more as this beer sits in the glass.

May 8, 2006: AP 4.0, AR 2.0, F: 3.0, MF: 4, OA: 3.5

I'm tasting this tonight as part of a comparison tasting of 3 Dunkel Heffeweisens.

A small head on a golden-brown brew. Very pretty in the glass.

Unfortunately I was put off by this beer's strange aroma. I know this sounds crazy, but I pick up the smell of peanut butter, which might be a good thing if you like peanut butter but I don't.

If I ignore the aroma though, the flavor isn't too bad. A mix of bananas, and brown sugar,

Overall, this beer's aroma makes it my last place pick of the beers I'm drinking tonight.

jmbranum, May 08, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber-brown in color, with profuse cabonation and a small white head, and thick glass-coating lace.

Aroma; Bread notes, yeast, spice, and a slight earth note, hints of banana and cloves, complex and interesting.

Taste: Opens with a wave of clove spices, and lesser notes of ripe bananas, midway through the taste, some malt notes appear, finishes dry with grain flavors, lingering notes of apples and grape skins, and slight hops.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant example, although less than outstanding, seems a bit understated.

Presentation: Packaged in a half-liter (16.9 ounce) brown glass bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, May 07, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light caramel color, 3-finger thick head with decent retention. Aroma is pleasant: wheaty, banana creme, and yeast with a light spiciness, and hint of clove. The taste is very clean an dcrisp, with more banana and wheat-like flavors. The flavor doesn't gather much complexity from start to finish, however, and pretty much remains the same, with a bit of spice perhaps. The alcohol is really hardly noticible. Good strong carbonation, light to medium thick, it has a semi-creamy mouthfeel. Very good drinkability here, although not not much complexity. It goes down easy and is very enjoyable.

bennetj17, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather unimpressively dark iced tea color with a thin, large-bubbled head that fades to a half centimeter by the time I get myself comfortably settled in to write this review. A proper yeast-filled pour makes it murky, but the color isn't very dark.

Mmmm! The smell, on the other hand, is rather delicious! There are huuuge bangs of sugary bananas - banana bread, perhaps -, similar to other weizens but spritzed with lemon and dusted over with apple peelings and clove. Very very interesting. Nice to see some variation on a theme! Most weizens smell and taste alike with very subtle differences. This is noticeably different but good-smelling.

Equally good-tasting! Wow, it's really good. It's nowhere near as sophisticated as Weinstephaner or Franziskaner, but is more of a bouncy, light-hearted drink. it has less depth of flavor, but really keeps me going back for more. Sugary-sweet, with lots of bouncing bananas and apples, just a little clove spice. Very very malty, sweet, flufffy yeast, almost no hops. A dessert weizen if there ever was one.

Syrupy mouthfeel, almost like a half-flat soda. Filling, slippery, gummy, delicious.

Okay... this dark weizen isn't very dark in appearance, smell, or flavor. However, I can't fault it for being completely out of its style range - it's damn tasty. I could drink it all night.

Tupperwolf, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of TeutonicKnight
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a meeting with my company a few months ago. We were served german potato salad and some red cabbage (rot kraut). I must say this beer really had it all.

It is dry and grainy, but has a taste close to butterscotch. It really had me at bay. A good creamy wheat taste, it went down easy.

I really want to visit Aying, Germany to see the magic up close!

TeutonicKnight, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Ayingers Am Platzl in Munich on March 19, 2006.

A: Light-brown sugar colour, impressive white head.

S: Banana bread. Much breadier than their hefe, with less citrus.

T: Banana bread with a little spice and citrus, slightly sweet.

M: Moderate body & carbonation. Creamy.

D: Very good.

Derek, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of andythejerk
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My god, did you swirl the bottom of the bottle to get all the yeast into your glass? I did, and it's shocking. It looks like coffee with cream in my glass. Poured a big, bubbly head and the thing has amazing fizz going on down below, which I can somehow see through the muddiness of this beautiful beer. Smells not unlike a typical German Hefe--good aromas. I've never been a big fan of Hefes because some of them have that metallic phenol bite that I think often overpowers the brew, but this one is fantastic, and I didn't have any desire to cut it with a lemon. Now put this thing in your mouth...it's like you could chew on it! In a good way, of course. It's got appropriate fizz, but it is full and filling--exactly what I expect from a German Hefe. God bless the Germans.

andythejerk, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml (16.9 ounce) bottle, from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO, $2.49.

Somewhat disappointing pour. Very little head that fell off quickly. Cloudy dark amber.

Smell of malty bread dough with a bit of clove.

Taste is a bit more sour than I would have anticipated. Peppery, clovey. Even as it warms, there's not much banana ester or citrus.

Decent enough mouthfeel, but a bit thinner than I would look for.

Pretty drinkable. This would go well with a big Bavarian meal. But there's just not enough there.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment for me. Not bad, but not that great either.

ColoradoBobs, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of nathanho
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle; color of unfiltered apple cider; lots of head - careful not to pour too hard.

Aroma of spice, apple pie, yeast, coriander & clove.

Flavors of yeast, coriander, apple cider with the feel of slippery yet chalky carbonation.

This is a very tasty beer and I crave another.

nathanho, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.