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

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 54
Gots: 47 | 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 sinistermadman
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in color with a billowing white head. Aroma hints at lemon rind and wheat with a slightly less than acrid yeast note.

Taste is of wheat, clove, banana and hop bitterness. Slightly acidic or astringent presence on the palate, but just enough to give the mouthfeel a sense of vibrance. Fruity notes meld nicely into a bitter hop soaked exit, leaving a very clean finish to this brew. I find myself going back to Ayinger brews more and more. Good stuff.

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a big bottle of this; cold and poured into a wheat glass. There was a great deal of carbonation and the pour was cloudy adn tan brown golden; not really tooo much darker than the the yellowy hefe-weizen of the same brewery.

But, what really hits you here is the fruity, strong banana nose of this beer. Not so light and delicate, the fruit is in the taste, and there is a wheat beer twang. There is a great finish. The mouthfeel is nice, but just like the taste, I was looking for something to impress me a bit more; a bit bigger and more like some of the other Dunkels. But still, a nice complex wheat beer for some sausage or kielbasa, and some nice mustard.

Photo of Phocion
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark orange/light brownish color with a nice white head. Very impressive head that fades into about a finger with light lacing around the glass.

Smells of spice and bananas with obvious wheaty tones as well. Somewhat of a yeast presence also.

Tastes just like it smells. Very strong banana tones along with a bit of clove, wheat, and yeast. Sweet, spicy, and just a little sour. Alcohol and hops are both very subtle.

Very crisp and refreshing. Good warm weather drink and much more flavorful than most weizens I've tried. One of the best brews I've tried of any style.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a billowy three finger head that rather quickly dissappeared, leaving only a foam ring around the edges, and left no lacing. Body was a cloudy light brownish yellow, like cloudy apple cider. Looks okay, would like more head retention.

Smell - apples, plums, overripe fruits.

Taste - same as the smell. Apples, plums, and overripe fruits.

Mouthfeel - halfway between full and thin, fairly smooth, medium carbonation.

Drinkability - this is decent, but not great. Goes down decently, but its taste will fall apart if it gets too warm, which I think could happen a lot on a hot day, and is too bad because a wheat beer should be a summer drink...It's not bad, but I won't visit it often.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 500 mL bottle served in a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a burnt orange color, just a few shades darker than your run of the mill weizen. There is a ring of head around the glass, but no lace.

Smell: The ale has a bit of a estery aroma, giving off hints of banana. The only drawback is that that aroma is faint at times.

Taste: The ale tastes good, starting a little poorly but finishing nicely. There are estery flavors, somewhat light, that give a bit of a clove flavor. The darker malts add just a bit of flavor but not so much that it overpowers.

Mouthfeel: The ale tastes very good, with the light wheat body carrying the day.

Drinkability: The drinkability is high, as the weizen flavors seemlessly meld with the darker malts.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger- Ur-Weisse

Appearance- rusty browning orange with a huge billowy head. Sticky lacing along the inside of the glass.
Smell- Sweet molasses with a equal balance of wheat/ hay, and fig/ raisin.
Taste- same as the smell. Fig/ raisin appears after an initial sweet molasses and hay flavor.
Mouthfeel- Big and flavorful up front with a slight alcohol presence in the end.

Overall- a nice Dunkel that is tasty but might be just a tad too pricey at $3.10 for a 500ml bottle.

Photo of Winter
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper in appearance with a rising light khaki head. Fresh aroma of apricot and banana with a hint of cloves. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soft. There's an ale fruitiness upfront in the taste. It transitions into cloves midway through. Wheat malt carries the flavor into a finish that has a strong lingering banana flavor to it.

Decent for a dunkel weizen and something you could drink quite a bit of before getting tired of it. Would pair well with sausages and grilled or roasted pork.

Photo of klewis
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy light copper with a bubbly white head. No lacing.

S: Smells kind of musty, like a damp basement, with some lesser aromas of banana and clove.

T: Sort of a sweet bready malt taste with a bit of banana and pepper in the back. It's not bad, but not very exciting.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

D: I've yet to have a dunkel that has impressed me. This isn't a bad beer, but why drink this when you can have an Ayinger hefeweizen?

Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse purchased in Oregon, and transported, by car, back to Ohio with me.

Mine poured with a beautiful, merangue like, slightly off white head. The beer was a murky, hazy, honey colored brew. The head retained fairly well and left lacing down the sides of the glass. The nose was strong banana. The beer tasted of banana bread (spicy and doughy) but light bodied and very enjoyable served up cold. This is a good beer for these humid, hott Ohio summer days.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Dark cloudy copper in color with a large white fluffy head with good retention. Leaves a nice amount of lacing all around the glass. Smell is normal for the style - bananas, cloves, citrus and a hint of spice. Taste is excellent with sweet banana, wheat, some spice and a hint of hops.

An excellent beer that is very drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in a sitting and not get tired of it. Another winner from Ayinger.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a German glass that says "Dunkel" on it - thought it apppropriate...
Poured cloudy orange with a thin, but steady and well-retained head.
The smell was a bit on the thin side - but, what was there was clean and inviting - banana/clove and citrus - more orange than lemon.
The taste was light and refreshing. Malty - no hop presence - fitting for style. The banana/clove and citrus held up throughout, though the citrus, esp. orange, though some lemon as well, took over a bit, especially in the mouthfeel. It left a bit of a tang - not a bad thing though. Overall, very clean feeling was left. It was about as complex as this style gets - a good beer all around - will certainly keep it in my summer beer cycle. Another good brew from an outstanding brewery!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.