Ayinger Ur-Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
Half-liter bottle in a weizen glass.
Appearance: Light copper color, unusually clear for the style. Typical large head, though dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Phenolic clove aroma, slight fruit, and a fair scent of wheat.
Flavor: Slightly bready malt flavor, with very good phenols (my favorite flavor component of weizens). Fruit is restrained, but nice (reminds me a little of slightly sour green apples). Finish is quite tart.
Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and spritzy: just right for the style.
I feel this beer is about halfway between an ordinary hefeweizen and a dunkel hefe. The more caramel-like flavors of the darker malt is mostly absent. It's still an excellent, very drinkable weizen, though.
12-01-2004 03:22:37 | More by allengarvin
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet wheat malt scent with some crystal malts. It is full of fruitiness and clove aromas; very nice. The taste is good. It has a dry, yet extremely fruity wheat malt flavor with a yeasty finish. It goes down easy and has a smooth malty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a real burp producer. This is a fine Dunkel Weizen. It has excellent aroma and taste, but the mouthfeel tanks. This is a good drinker despite being overcarbonated.
12-01-2004 00:19:50 | More by WesWes
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
Significantly murky tawny with a voluminous head of whipped ecru froth that appears too soft to leave much lace... and doesn't. The nose is simply wonderful. I had expected the dark maltiness to overwhelm the classic weizen scents of banana and clove (which I love). Instead, the toasted dark caramel aromas compliment the yeast in an intriguing way.
Ur-Weisse has a beautiful flavor profile; bananas, tart apples and clove combine in a tasty, spiced fruit salad. I don't mean to be repetitive, but the flavor is like the aroma in that the toasted, toffee-like maltiness dovetails nicely with the fruit and spice. The hefe weizen personality (the yeast, in other words) is still dominant; to the beer's unending benefit and to my unending delight.
The softness and seamlessness of the flavor profile is offset to some degree by a vigorous amount of carbonation, but it isn't enough to ruin the mouthfeel or the experience. The body is a little more full than Brau-Weisse's (as it should be) and the beer is nicely quenching, a characteristic that it shares with all good German weizens.
I'm not sure that I like this beer quite as much as I like Brauerei Aying's standard hefe weizen, but it's extremely close. Ur-Weisse is obviously a quality beer that should have no trouble finding adherents from every corner of the beer landscape. I'll be buying it again, of that I'm sure. This just might be my favorite version.
11-22-2004 18:49:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
What a wonderful beer!
Pours DARK with minimal translucence. A lot of foamy head that lingers for awhile. Smell has malts, fruity notes. Taste possesses a lot of character. Smooth malts and wheat with pleasant banana flavors. Mouthfeel is extraordinary, very clean, full, and crisp. A very solid enjoyable beer any time.
11-19-2004 00:14:49 | More by aquatonex
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Cloudy body swirling with yeasts. Thank god for un filtered beers!
Head is off white and very large. Grain notes fill the nose. A couple different things going on in the taste. Smooth bananna, along with the grain. Mild sweetness from the malt. A great beer thats very drinkable.
11-04-2004 04:47:39 | More by MrNuggets
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
Poured a cloudy copper in my Weisbeer glass. Four finger rocky white head rapidly receded leaving no lacing. Smell of cloves and bananas. The taste is clean and refreshing. very balanced with no overpowering tastes that otherwise mar a clean taste and finish. A bit of citrus in there and some yeasty taste as well. I liked this beer but I think the The Ramstein Winter Wheat that preceded it spoiled me. I will try this one again later in the season when my fall allergies have dissipated.
10-31-2004 03:23:30 | More by Citadel82
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Burnt sienna, murky and filled with rising bead. The head is dirty white and mountainous.
Fragrant primarily of grain. Lurking below are traces of lemons, chocolate, and clove.
The taste manifests so much more than the aroma. Full of chocolate-covered bananas, vanilla, cloves, peanut butter, pumpernickel loaf, lemon rinds, and caramel. Everything present seems pushed to the front, and each gradually dwindles overtime, each possessing its own half-life. It doesn't so much end as fade away. Hop closure is minimal.
Light bodied and much less-gaseous than it appears. This is an upper-echelon dunkelweizen.
09-13-2004 18:31:18 | More by cokes
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
Orange/brown and cloudy, the head is pocked like a crumpet before adhering paint-like to the inside of the glass.
Deep, plump, moist, bready, banana-drenched aromatics are decorated with nutty, toasted spices. This promises to be a very rich drink.
On the palate it is more dry than sweet. Firm, bracing, mineral and pepper-flavored tannins chalk an outline for fruit-cocktail character to pour in. Quite the trifecta: 1) chewy bread on the nose for substance/nourishment. 2) rigorously dry structure for framing. 3) canned peaches, grapes, pears and cherries for fun.
Maybe a little more acidity would help it earn perfect scores.
07-24-2004 19:41:53 | More by putnam
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
The label for Ayinger's Ur-Weisse states that this is an "original dunkelweizen." By looking at this beer and tasting it, I would say it really isn't too much of a dunkel-weisse, but it still ends up being a very nice (and very quaffable!) wheat brew from the Aying brewery.
This beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color. Darker than your your generic hefeweizen for sure, but not quite the chocolate/amber color you may usually see in a dunkelweizen. A decent foamy head forms and retains for about 2 minutes. The scent of banana was strong in this one, with some tropical fruitiness noticable too. A wheaty and yeasty smell was also present, but the traditional spicy aromas were a bit subdued. The mouthfeel was very lightly carbonated, making this very smooth and easy to drink. Banana-like notes were the most dominant feature, although there was a pear like fruitiness present. Some spiciness makes its presence known but it struck me as being more like cinnamon than cloves in my opinion. Just a little bit dry in the finish, which attempts to balance out what is a sweet brew. Aftertaste had some fruitiness and spicy notes lingering about, and the beer concludes with very little alcoholic warmth.
This turned out to be a very good wheat beer. Not only did it not look like a dunkelweizen, it didn't have the dark, caramel malt presence that a dunkel would normally have but I don't hold that against it. For me, this is like a Schneider-Weisse, where it is a weissbier with a bit of "natural" color to it. Good for those who like their hefes on the sweet side.
07-13-2004 17:14:30 | More by Beastdog75
3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
Dominated by banana esters that come into full bloom on the midpalate. Light phenolic spiciness gives this beer some structure. Very nice balance between the fruit and phenols. Minimal clove. Fantastic grain on the finish that resists an urge, driven by the spice of the phenols, to be tannic or astringent in any way. Dissapointing lack of caramel for a dunkle, but still rich and satisfying.
07-12-2004 14:00:05 | More by ngandhi
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
I am gaining appreciation for this style of beer, and this is an excellent representative of the style. It pours a light amber color with a large slightly tan head. The aroma is primarily wheat and malt although there is a bit of the yeasty smell and a little banana at the end. The taste is overwhelmingly wheaty with the normal citrus undertone but a real hint of clove in this one. There is a bit more bitterness than in many wheat beers. This has a nice solid body and was excellent to the very end, and through the next one as well.
06-29-2004 22:18:01 | More by rdrummer
3.43/5 rDev -15.9%
Cloudy yellow wheat beer. Sour wheat and corn and banana and honey-like malt/yeast combo, and brown sugar grains.. Sharp coriander and cloves, better with some juice or slice of citrus. Thin creamy mouthfeel. Lightly acidic. Mild carbonation. Malt and banana aftertaste.
06-20-2004 23:53:14 | More by Sammy
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
I didn't find this beer appealing at all when I poured it. Nice creamy head and all, but the color is this muddy yellow-brown that looks like it came from a toilet, not a beer bottle.
The smell, however, is a totally different story. Huge bubblegum and clove smell with some warm bread and caramel in the background. Biggest bubblegum smell I've ever experienced in a beer.
Taste is a smooth clove and banana taste without the acidic bite I get from most Weisse beers. Very nice. The bubblegum is there at the end leaving a nice sweetness that lasts a good long time.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at first and then a seltzer-water tingling sensation sets in that is its only drawback. I like my beers carbonated, but I don't like to taste the sharp carbonation like seltzer or soda has.
This is a good drinkable beer, but I am not sure I would reach for another when there are other Weisse beers I like better.
06-17-2004 00:53:49 | More by silenius
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
A clear, copper-amber beer sports a big, off-white, noisy, bubbly head. The yeast pour turns the beer hazy. It has a spicy, nutty nose. It's almost cinnamon-like. Fruity bananas highlight the front. A nice, rich malt and foamy feel. The finish dries, with spice and nuts. My notes say "zingertang", which -- although not a word -- is probably right. A slightly corny aftertaste. Delicious, spicy, grainsy, bananay.
06-04-2004 21:51:46 | More by kbub6f
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Large off-white head sits atop this caramel colored brew. Lots of carbonation is visible in the glass. Good portion of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma is yeasty and malty. Yeast with clove and ripe banana notes. Lightly roasty caramel malt with some wheat thrown in.
Taste shows a wheat beer thats plenty tart and quite yeasty. Spicey. Clove and ripe banana. Solid caramel malt backbone with wheat and lightly roasty malt notes.
Lots of carbonation to the mouthfeel which has good body.
Above average to good drinkability.
Overall, a good dunkelweizen that represents the Bavarian style well.
05-26-2004 05:01:03 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
This dunkelweissbier had a cloudy sepia color, though not as dark a tone as others of the style. A massive off-white head towered over my hefeweizen glass, speckled with minute flecks of particulate matter, most likely yeast stirred up from the pour.
The nose was an inviting blend of doughy malt, light cloves, and some modest banana aroma plus a dash of caramel. The taste was a bit less appealing. While the yeasty maltiness was abundantly plain and a nice toffee/caramel flavor was evident, the cloves were muted and the banana flavor came across like that of unripened bananas. The feel was light headed toward medium and spritzy thanks to the large volume of carbonation.
Overall, this was still a quenching, quaffable example of the style. Still, it fell into a class below my benchmark for the type, the dunkelweizen by Weihenstephaner.
05-25-2004 04:42:48 | More by Boilermaker88
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
I was hesitant to try this but I should've ignored my first thoughts. It poured a light amber with a thick beige head.
Even though brewed to the specs of the Reinheitsgebot I'm left wondering how I clearly smell banana's, cloves, honey, and caramel. I wasn't disappointed, I'm curious as to how they do that! Great beer wizardry?
Taste was the same as the smell. Banana's, honey....etc. Light malt and a thorough serving of hops, this is great.
Smooth and creamy to start with a great clean finish. Refreshingly different I will have this again.
05-18-2004 02:31:51 | More by Ahhdball
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured a dark brownish, murky, amber with tiny bits a what is presumably bits of yeast. This brew tastes exactly like what you would think it would by looking at it. The smell is wonderful and very powerful of banana with a hint of cloves. Very bready, as well. The taste is very strong of bananas, as well, with a tiny hint of cloves.
Only a negligible amount too much in the way of carbonation, but not enough to discourage me. Other than the carbonation, this goes down fairly smoothly. Overall, another great beer from Ayinger.
05-16-2004 20:14:06 | More by SilentSabre
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
When poured there is a big white head that drops out fast. Leaveing a glass filled with a cloudy dark amber beer. There is a light malt sweetness in with a great spicey aroma that is rounded out with a hint of clove. The taste was an excellent balance of citrusy sweetness along with the well pronounced classic banana and clove notes. This was a tasty treat for me which a savored slowly.
05-14-2004 00:17:59 | More by ybnorml
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
Half liter brown bottle, no dates.
Light reddish brown, topped by a huge pillowy white head. Clumpy yeast floats up & down like birds riding air currents.
Light clove, hint of bananna, & a nice toffe note that ties it together.
Pleasantly sweet, delivers everything promised in the nose - cloves, banannas, & caramel - all wrapped up in a rustic wheat flavour. Slightly spicy finish from the yeast. Lively carbonation, & a heavy feeling body without actually being full bodied.
04-23-2004 17:21:49 | More by xgrigorix
4.72/5 rDev +15.7%
My eternal thanks to Max at D's Hot Dogs for turning me on to this one.
A: Cloudy, dark brown, big fluffy off-white head with good lacing.
Smell: Sweet, yeasty, with definite notes of bananas and cloves.
Taste: Malty sweetness, some yeast flavors, low levels of hop bitterness. Very complex in it's taste and I'm glad I had a few more to justify giving it a five. I stand by that rating.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied without being chewy. Semi-dry. Alcohol and co2 levels are superb.
D&N: My new favorite style of beer. Super tasty, wonderful aromas, this one has it all. Go get one.
04-19-2004 04:51:44 | More by JackTheRipper
4/5 rDev -2%
17 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.
Pours overcast amber. The head is bright white, rises a fast two inches and falls gradually without leaving a shred of lace. Smell: granny smith apples, fresh California grapes, and a chewy, earthy background of fresh bread. Taste opens with a tart fruitiness that flattens out through the middle revealing a short stint of tangy bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter-sweet, delicious. Mouthfeel: a full, palate coating body, without being heavy, and lots of refreshing carbonation.
My first time with this style, enjoying it.
04-13-2004 00:24:41 | More by RootedFool
3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown with a huge marshmallow foamy light-tan head, filled with streams of carbonation, leaves webs of lace behind. Unfortunately the rest of the beer doesn't live up to the appearance.
Aroma notes of carmel, wheat and clove.
Spicy taste, roasted malt notes, grainy, wood and tobacco.
Medium feel, sweet and a little tart. Just average drinkability, nothing great.
04-08-2004 21:54:03 | More by mschofield
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a cloudy, light amber color; bears some similarity to looking like tea with a frothy layer on top of it. Warm, gentle scents of spice and banana.
This weizen has a nice tingle. The flavors consist of lemon, vanilla, spice, and a slight herbal note. (The "tea" appearance seems rather appropriate). A minor maltiness comes thru, a sweet, toasty flavor, making it its distinguished "dunkel" character. Forthright yeast and a slight, sour finish.
I say some kraut and sausage is in order.
04-04-2004 01:55:08 | More by Zraly
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Most noticeable, and quite quickly, is this beer's thick, foamy head which is very well carbonated underneath. Without the yeast poured in its a hazed copper shining with varying hues depending on the light; with the yeast its a dull light-mahogany. Moderately thick lace is wide and apparent on each tip.
Smells of sweet red apples, cloves, and small scents of banana and lemon. Opens to a roasty/earthy scent that reminds me of a branch of wood.
First apparent flavor is banana and clove, but then widens across the palate to flavors of roasted apples, especially the skin of that fruit. Even more, it throws hints of big figs, yet this beer is still light and easy. Slight roast through out but fairly subtle, undergirding the traditionally fruity weissebier qualities. Thin mouthfeel on the verge of a lower commendation.
Fairly flavorful but easy on the tongue, this drinks quite well, though seems a bit light colored upon reflection. Reminds me of Autumn, yet does a god job of pulling me out of the shy Spring I'm currently stuck in. Many minutes after finishing I can still smell this beer wafting around, and the roast apple/fig combo resides faintly in my mouth - good stuff, I enjoy.
03-24-2004 03:08:09 | More by nomad
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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