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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

905 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 47
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of waughbrew
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stunningly perfect head made of small bubbles. Not as dunkel as I expected, more of a hazy dark gold with some reinvigorated yeast bubbling away. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Munich and caramelly sweets with big clove phenolics and some slightly tart apples. A wee bit of sulfur. Taste is a wonderful balance of flavors, on the dry side of things with some butteriness. Cirtus notes splash through momentarily. A pleasurable smokiness is there for sure. A very interesting and well-made beer.

[3.49 for a .5Liter bottle]

waughbrew, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of grynder33
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a sour hop, yeast, grain aroma, dark orange brown color, a very stylish head, light apple banana sour taste, typical of this style.I'm not a big fan of this style, but this is by far the best tasting one I've had. The balance is near perfect and it doesn't leave you with that thick tongue aftertaste, as do a lot of Weisse's.

grynder33, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Hazy, orange-tinged brown body with a voluminous rusty-white head. Beautiful. Smells of smooth banana liquor, cloves, and tangy yeast. Taste starts with rum-soaked bananas, light toffee, and a little clove. Finish is tangy, wheat bitter, and yeasty. Thick mouthfeel for a weisse of this abv. I could drink this throught the winter (if there weren't so many great winter brews).

alexgash, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh joy a real dunkel weizen deep copper orange an almost brown tint but not quite, head forms full thick and creamy leaving behind huge collared rings of lacing after existing throughout the session with these 17oz. of yum. Aroma: Tart apple notes along with the classic clove scent from the yeast, candy like sweetness sharp malted wheat flourishing tame German hop aroma. Taste: Oh how I love wheat beers tart spiced up finish sharp sweet tone mellowed by delicate hops, this is a great beer really hits the spot. Moutfheel: Fluffy sprizy and highly carbonated nice all around medium bodied hefe. Drinkability: Oh yes especially if I were chilling in Deutschland it would be on like Donkey Kong me and this dunkel weizen would get along well maybe too well.

WVbeergeek, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of mydeadguy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny golden brown with bits of yeast, partially opaque. Topped with an effervescent off-white (toward brown) head. Scent of banana and yeast, with herbal/floral notes. Taste is clean and crisp with a lighter/ medium body and a satisfying dry finish. Not overly assertive, in either the yeast or wheat components. Really good. Seriously, the mouthfeel is refreshing and smooth, this one disapears about as soon as its off the palate, leaving hints again of banana sweetness but little yeast. I personally wouldn't normally have a handful of weizens in a row, but if I were forced (oh, no!) this would probably be my choice.

mydeadguy, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of Mustard
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle; no "best before" or "bottled on" warning; purchased for $1.99 from Fireside Cellars down in Santa Monica.

Appearace: Pours a hazy, murky, orange brown; huge, voluminous head; thick, foamy lacing; stellar head retention.

Aroma: Largely of semi-sweet wheat, bananas and spicy cloves.

Taste: Primary flavors: lightly sweet malts, bananas, tart apples, spicy cloves and yeast; faint hints of grain and bubblegum; a mild hop bitterness pokes its way out in the finish.

Notes: Nine thumbs up.

Mustard, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a cloudy haze of brownish gold with a large loose head of puffed creamy foam that ever so slowly simmers to a light haze on top and has drippy lace in large stringy patches.

The smell of this thing is very lively, wow, its all over the place, funky as hell, smokey banana and smoked salmon or bacon, dull lemon, musty horse blanket, soft rubber, and feet. Yep, its funky and pungent and I love it. I need this in a insense form so I can light one and let the whole place smell like this. People would wonder what the hell I'm I cookin' or smokin'. I'd be great.

Taste is soft and mellow of banana and frothy malts, touch of lemon and clove, sweetness is light, citrus is flighty with a light but favorable carbonation with a mellow, nearly creamy medium body with a little touch of hop and dryness with clove hints in the finish. The yeast is showcased in this beer quite a bit, especailly in the smell, but with that aside its one fine easy drinkin' dunkel.

tavernjef, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: A firm banana yeast smell I associate with Weihenstephan yeast. Other fruit smells as well, apple and lemon. Has a sweet malt undertone, a very pleasing smell.
Appearance: Hazy golden brown. The bottle actually gushed a bit before I could pour, quite surprising (thought only my homebrews did that). The beer had a VERY active head, intense carbonation that disappeared about 3/4ths the way through the beer. A small ring persisted, but did not lace the glass.
Flavor: First impression is the banana yeast, which mellows into a sweet fruity malt middle that has a mild hop bitter at the finish. Fairly dry aftertaste. Some alcohol noted, but very mild. Some citric flavors come through as well, as the beer warmed, I noted an orange taste that was pleasing.
Mouthfeel: On the heavy side, but no need to chew. Interesting, has a creamy feel, but a dry finish.
Overall Impression: Drinkability is good; I’d take another. The yeast is a strong part of this beer. If you aren’t into the Weihenstephan flavor (banana like) you probably won’t enjoy this one. On the other hand, if you do, this is a fruity, lively beer that should be experienced.

HardTarget, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real tasty dunkel weizen..one of the better one's I've had...a great malty nose...caramel...brown sugar...some bananas...flavor is real malty too.....basically this is their basic hefe...minus the lemons and adding caramel...some cloves linger on the finish...body is medium and relatively charged up...

This is what I think of when I think of a dunkel weizen..a very nicely made beer and one I would drink again for sure...

ZAP, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of Jarod
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, no freshness date
Cap has German couple and the brew-master at a picnic table

This beer poured a orange/light brown color with yellow highlights, slightly haze to semi clear and well carbonated. It produced an off white head that was fairly dense and creamy, some lace present but overpowering. The aromas that came from the glass were soft, subtle and pleasant, I nosed fruit (bananas, green apples), spices (clove), light sweet malt, and some hops. Again all aromas were soft. The flavors were of wheat grains, spices (clove), fruit (banana), light hop, some slight citrus, soft bark, yeast, alcohol and some sweet malt. The aftertaste was light and wheaty. Flavors seemed to be more pronounced then the nose as far as distinction. A crisp, clean and refreshing beer. Light bodied. Carbonation has some bite to it, but other then that, it is a soft and well balanced beer. Good representative of its style and a good summer time beer.

Jarod, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yow! Super duper beer. Ayinger makes some wonderful beers.
The beer pours an opaque ochre yellow, with a slight greenish tint. Head is copious and tall, although it dies out about 3/4 of the way through the beer.
Aroma is very wheaty and malty, with plenty of esters, namely clove. Bubblegum and banana are also present, but the clove stands out. Hops are undetectable in the aroma. Lots of phenol.
Flavor is spicy and clovey, with tons of wheat sweetness. Moderate banana and light bubblegum flavor, with a huge phenolic feel when you breathe through your nose. Light spiciness, and a semi-dry finish, with just a tiny dash of hops. Body is fairly full, with all the yeast floating around. Moderate carbonation. An excellent beer! I could probably drink this for the rest of my life if I had to.

UnionMade, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber brown appearance, medium fluffy head of pretty good duration. Laces in rings with some drips descending from them. Cottony aroma, a bit of apple pie spice and a light estery sense. Fruity flavors, tart apple and slighlty less matched caramel maltines with a long lasting impresion I get in many Wheat Dunkels. Shy of medium bodied. Minimal esters, fairly attenuated and crisp at the finish. To me, slightly more complex and less stifling to the tongue than many others per style. Pretty nice brew, in my opinion...

ADR, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orangish brown appearance. Nice looking head of about 1/2 inch and beige tinted white in color. Retention? Pretty good. Nice lemmon pepper and clove mixed in with some tangy wheat malt and darkened barley on the nose. The flavor is spicy, yet refreshing. A little banana clove action. And the slight chocolate and dark malt tones are held in check nicely and add the subtleties need for this style. This nicely carbonated brew has a medium full body and a partially dry finish. Nicely done dunkel weizen.

Bighuge, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok first this is my first Dunkle -Weizen..so here goes.
Comes in the usual attractive Ayinger brown euro-style..500ml bottle..nice simple label and again the beautiful cap.
Well this is certainlly much darker beir than the usual Hefe-Weissen..a sort of dark murky gold..with a nice big white frothy, bubbly head.
mm same wonderful aroma of all the good German hefes( something that very few American versions can get)..the spicy esters..banana, clove..backed by that sour wheat aroma wonderful.
This beer has a good wheat profile in the taste and the banana flavour comes through strong in the after taste..nice.
Very pleasant sensation on the tongue!
A most drinkable dunkle..very very nice will try more of this style.

Reidrover, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium sized head of finely sized white bubbles and a transparent brown body. It had a mild hop aroma if any aroma at all. Its malty fruity flavor finishes slightly fizzy. We paid $7.49 for this brew which was not worth the price IMHO.

TheDM, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat hazy copper/amber color with a big blooming head,the aroma is of roasted malt and green apple background,pretty interesting.The taste is spicey and a litle smokey with some lingering fruitiness in the finish.This beer has alot of different flavora,pretty complex and pretty darn good.

oberon, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color, large head. Aroma is malty with a slight banana nose. Light bodied dunkel. Mild taste, sweet malts, definite banana and clove flavor, slight hop bite. Fruity taste, apples and raisins. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewed poured a medium-large white head with small-medium bubbles. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass. Carbonation was observed rising to the top. It had a fruity aroma to it and it was a bit on the watery side. I did not notice any bitterness or aftertaste with this brew; however, I was disappointed with this brew as I expected it to be better since it is brewed by Ayinger.

hotstuff, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of daledeee
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Does Ayinger make any bad beer? Another fine offering.

Pours a nice medium amber, cloudy with shaving cream head. Nose is a little citrusy and caramel. Mouth feel, good bite and velvetty and finishes just a little dry. Taste is exceptional. I like this as well as Weihenstephaner. Good citrus taste and malt. Finish is more malty and intense flavored. I love this beer. One of the best Weisen's you can get.

daledeee, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a hazy dark golden amber color, not the dark color I'm used to when dunkel is mentioned, with a very light tan head and not much lace for a weisse beer. The aroma of yeast and spices and banana's filled the nose and the taste was of tangy flavor of spicies and yeast, with some wheat flavor and banana. A nice refreshing Ur-Weisse.

BeerManDan, May 19, 2003
Photo of Darkale
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fast, tan, "soda-type" head -- it forms fast and leaves almost as quickly, becoming a rim of pale white. Body is cloudy butterscotch orange. Slight lacing; seems to lace more as it warms up.

Aroma is yeasty and spicy, slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel is both brisk and chewy. If they could turn ginger ale into the consistency of a thin milkshake, that would be in the ballpark! Slight malt backbone, some citrus tones, and a sour aftertaste.

As the beer warms, the flavor changes. The sourness departs and in its place one finds more mellow maltiness.

This beer forces you to slow down! It's a great sipping beer. My notes say, "marvelous, spicy, raspy, yeasty and creamy." That's not a bad summary. A good beer to introduce you to the dunkel weiss world -- it's a world that I want to explore more. Plus, Ayinger is a great brewery; their Oktoberfest beer is fabulous, and it's nice to see that it's not a fluke.

Darkale, May 14, 2003
Photo of Sigmund
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy, rather murky light brown colour. Like most weissbiers it pours with a large head. Plenty of cloves, ripe bananas, oak and hints of smoke in aroma and flavour. A little more hops for the aftertaste would have been good, but this is none the less a first class hefe-weizen. Recommended!

Sigmund, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of texascarl
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance = dark copper, hazy, medium carbonation

Nose = fruity, floral. The pleasant smell was apparent 2 feet from the glass

Taste = tangy, hint of smoke, wheat carries the day since the hops don't register for me. Still, nice flavor for a summertime beer, with that hint of smoke I bet it would be good with BBQ

Mouthfeel. Short finish, medium mouthfeel

Decent brew, if they'll cut the price in half I'll buy it twice as often.

texascarl, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of ChrisBowers
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good Dunkel Weisse, alot like Hacker Pschorr's, although I'm still partial to that brew. Nice dry hoppy feel to it, with fruit and floral tones. Perhaps not quite dark enough for my tastes, but all in all a very solid weiss offering. I am definately going to pick up some of their other brews to sample.

ChrisBowers, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an above average dunkel-weizen, or dark wheat beer. It poured a dark orange/amber colour with an ample head and good lacing. It had aromas of bananas, cloves, and spices. The taste was very wheaty, spicy, and fruity. A nice blend, indeed. The mouthfeel was ultra-creamy and the drinkability was top-notch. One of the better dunkels out there if you ask this BA!
Cheers!,
F.

francisweizen, Apr 02, 2003
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.