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

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816 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%


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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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing rocky meringue-like head on this dark amber, hazy colored dunkelweizen. Extraordinarily aromatic too with traditional banana-clove, together with some soft caramel-toffee notes. Fresh bread & yeast is apparent also. Palate is smooth, creamy texture with sufficient carbonation, a soft malt component, and gently spiced in there as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 23:02:59 | More by yemenmocha
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 04:52:47 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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dogger6253

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A light tan color at the bottom, nearly brown at the top, super hazy... Bubbles continue surfacing and the nice, white head falls to a thin film after a while.

Immediately smell floral hops and other grassy notes. Banana and clove come through, very pleasant aroma.

The taste is extremely balanced and smooth: light banana and clove, no over powering fruitiness. A bit of hops, a matly sweetness. Yeast. Molasses or toffee??

Light carbonation and a heavy body, almost creamy with wonderful taste, this was extremely refreshing and very smooth. I would drink so much of this beer. A definite must-try, overall: amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 15:50:06 | More by dogger6253
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dcmchew

Romania

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden to amber in color, cloudy, with lots of foam that goes away quite slowly. A bit chunky.
Smells more like a typical hefeweizen than a dunkel, but with a hint of roast/toastiness.
Strong hefeweizen banana and spice at the start, with some light roast in the back, also some faint caramel. Light acidic fruitiness, with some apple peel, and citrus is mild, not just lemon zest (which is not in the least as annoying as in other weizens), but some sweet oranges too. Wheatiness is a bit more complex than usual, dense and lingering, with nice grains coming through. Yeasts are chunky, quite heavy and spicy; traditional clove, with a whif of cinnamon also. Hoppiness is nice and green, with a mildly bitter finish.
Nice and smooth, goes down slowly, but easily. Beautiful, maybe a bit farther than a "dunkel", but definetely one of the best weizens out there. For me it was better than this brewery's hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 07:05:17 | More by dcmchew
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goochpunch

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 03:28:00 | More by goochpunch
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becktone

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 19:40:28 | More by becktone
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aristeros

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour into my wizen glass yields a glass half full of head. Even after the warning in the previous review. Stays for about sixty seconds before fading to a half finger, white. The beer is a very cloudy iced tea color, more yellow around the edges of the glass. Thick lacing.

Smells very yeasty, with some cloves, apple, and a fair amount of banana. Complex, but typical of the style.

Sweet and malty up front, with banana, cloves, and coriander. Sweetness gives way to a bit of tartness--sweet apple, really--and warm biscuit. Carbonation is light, which goes well with the fruit-heavy flavor. Very refreshing. Light- to medium-bodied, with only a very small amount of alcohol warmth on the very end of the swallow.

Excellent drinkability; wish I had more than the half liter bottle. I like this one better than the brauweisse by the same brewery. Glad I tried this one; fantastic flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 04:05:01 | More by aristeros
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 04:57:09 | More by mrasskicktastic
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beerwho

United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger’s Dunkel is a very exceptional product. It was poured slowly into a 20oz goblet. As it flowed in, it turned into a cloudy golden vortex, with a 3 finger floaty head, which slowly dissipated.
The color was a hazy golden dark honey color. Lacing is evident, but lightly as the session continues. Aroma at first whiff is somewhat sweet, peachy, with hints of banana. The flavor at first is malty, hints of sweet ripe fruit, just a wonderful combination upon thy taste buds. As it warms up, a strong definite presence of banana takes over, and at the end, well ripe bananas kick in all the way for dominance.
Very, very exceptional & tasty! This one I can drink every night, and never get bored with. I do prefer this over their regular Hefe Weizen, which has a more pineapple presence and lighter in color, and has a lighter feel to it, but that’s just me. Both are great, I just prefer this style a tad more.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 02:47:10 | More by beerwho
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dirtbikejunkie

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: tan to brown, exceptionally cloudy. Poured a creamy head that settled fairly quickly with no lacing.

Smell: banana! strong citrus, and of course wheat

Taste: almost identical to smell.

Mouthfeel: lots of carbonation. light to medium body

Drinkability: great, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 00:23:23 | More by dirtbikejunkie
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

MMurky copper orange in color with yellow hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a thick, dense foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap. Sweet fruit and banana aromas with hints of wheat and clove. Crisp feel with aggressive yet delicate carbonation. Sweet fruit and banana flavors up front with banana flavors intensifying through the middle. A touch of clove in the middle to the finish. finishes crisp and dry. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:08:10 | More by IronLover
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This style is my favorite and for me, Ayinger Ur-weisse is the standard which all other dunkelweizen beers are compared to. The caramel rich, fruity aroma and taste is refreshing, precisely balanced and always delicious. Recently at a Total Wine Belgian Beer Class a participant commented that this beer as his favorite "Belgian Beer". The young instructor of the class immediately corrected him "that is a Bavarian Beer, but is is excellent". A pity that more American craft beers do not attempt to imitate Bavarian beers like Ayinger. My only wish is that Ayinger keg beer would be available in the US.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:04:19 | More by wattoclone
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger does not know how to make a bad beer. This is another great one, with an apple-cider/tea color, a choppy head that dissipates, and a leathery aroma. I like the unusual, impenetrably cloudy appearance but it may put others off, and the leather-glove smell is weird but I liked it. The taste is great - tangy, fruity, spicy (cloves), hints of vanilla, banana, apple, and perhaps clay? Finish is delicious and makes you want more and more, while refreshing your thirst at the same time. I've never had a weisse quite like this and I loved it for its uniqueness, although there is a vague plastic quality that might bother others. But to me Ayinger can do no wrong. I imagine this beer could go with anything, but it made me especially crave a medium-well hamburger.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2002 15:17:02 | More by Thrasher
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Morris729

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light mahogany color with a medium-bodied white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Very fruity aroma with notes of ripe banana and clove. Sweet malts come through up front in the taste along with some fresh banana, clove, and nutmeg. It’s quite crisp and a bit acidic feeling in the mouth with a nice amount of carbonation. A very enjoyable brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2002 17:42:27 | More by Morris729
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beautiful amber color with a crown that is a thick tan head. This may not be the "king of beers" but is definitely a member of the royal family. This has a very pleasant malty nose that complements the fruity taste. The Flavor has a mild hop tone that finishes dry & clean. This is a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 14:02:50 | More by AtrumAnimus
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daledeee

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 14:31:47 | More by daledeee
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aquatonex

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 00:14:49 | More by aquatonex
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2006 23:32:15 | More by Derek
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hoplover82

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep hazy golden with amber highlights with a very creamy off white medium head with good retention, but little but.

S-Strong wheat dominates aroma with great floral and earthy hops, wonderful feature in a hefe.

T-Strong wheat again and sweet floral hops and a little spicy. Good bold hop bitterness. Simple and sweet, with good hops flavor.

M-A full medium body and very smooth and very creamy.

D-Very drinkable, amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 19:51:19 | More by hoplover82
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mscudder

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $2.89 for this and I already know I practically stole it. Poured into a snifter (Didn't feel like bringing out the Weizen glass).

I would like to note that this cap is absolutely beautiful. A nice road between a few buildings and some sort of tower (matching the label). World class precision for sure!

A - A light amber that looks almost as a polluted gold. A nice sized pale head sits atop the body. Poor retention and lacing.

S - Cloves, banana and bubblegum explode on my nose. I can also detect some wheat which adds some character. Just another great nose from Ayinger.

T - Wow this is a fantastic beer! Lots of soft flavors that coat the palette and refrain from overwhelming. Follows the nose perfectly with incredible smoothness. Rich fruits, ample spice and wheat blend for a fantastic experience. Bravo!

M - Big carbonation adds to the drinkability here. Super smooth with soft pleasures coating the palette.

O - I feel as if I have committed a crime buying this beer at such a price. I can say without doubt that I will be revisiting this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:28:03 | More by mscudder
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 22:22:43 | More by ZAP
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 23:49:44 | More by billybob
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A blond chestnut brown with a finger width of foam for a head.
S: Sweet like bananas and a slight clove scent. It's quite stunning...also the smell of bubble gums comes to mind.
T&M: I guess I'm hooked on the bubble gum flavor because that's what this one tastes like. Very delicious! Dare I say bubbliscious!
D: This one is great. Definitely will visit this one again and often.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 04:29:58 | More by July2Nov
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tj4288

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from bottle into weisen glass

a- muddy brown body with LOTS of sediment floatin around in there. cloudy/muddy brown with a bit of golden orange. head is off white and nice and big, long lasting but leaves little to no lacing. imo this is a very inviting beautiful dunkelweizen.

s- smell is similar to its hefe brother, notes of banana, and slightly stronger yeast smell than the hefe.

t- amazing dunkel! not overly complex but very full of flavor. wheat, yeast, over ripe banana... sour green grape.

m/d- mouthfeel is medium body with crisp carbonation. for some reason this is much more drinkable to me than the hefe and if it were slightly cheaper i would buy this regularly. (i am kinda cheap) overall a great dunkel that i would highly recomend

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 21:43:02 | More by tj4288
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this today at the brewery Gasthof.
POurs a hazy, murky light brown tone, murky, thick with yeast, light orange highlights, really nice thick head, leaves lots of lacing.
Smell is beyond my expectations. Spicy peppery cloves upfont, carmel maltines, citrus, banana, fresh hay, musty yeast, all with a really nice malty backing that really rounds out and makes this beer really interesting in that the base malt smell is really solid, and the yeast creates a kaleidoscope of fruity, musty, and spicy flavors.
Flavor does not dissapoint in th least. In fact it matches and exceeds the fantastic aroma Spices- i.e muskatnuss, clove, pepper followed by a nice caramelly sweetness, all cut by a nice carbonation and a fresh, grassy yet musty and spiced finish. Fruits, citrus, orange and banana come into the mix creating that classic hefe-flavor I really enjoy so much.
THe carbonation borders on a near perfection level matched with a full creaminess that makes this beer extremly enjoyable. The complexity of the flavor, aroma, combined with the mouhfeel make me wonder why this brew is not higher rated in the dunklehefe catergory. An extremly enjoyable bier, drink it if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 19:03:42 | More by czfreeman
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.