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

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551 Reviews

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Reviews: 551
Hads: 1,049
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 80
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RootedFool
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mschofield
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Zraly
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of nomad
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light brown brew.

Smell is the banana, spice and cloves of a good German wheat beer. Mild perfume is also in the smell.

Taste is sweet and fruity with a solid wheat base character. Banana and bubble gum flavors. The big grain flavor of this helps clean the palette. No bitterness at all.

Big Mouthfeel, solid wheat thickness and bitey carbonation.

Very drinkable brew would go great with a spicy sandwich.

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Photo of ctrlfreak
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: hazy golden brown
The Aroma: fruits, wheat, coriander and light cloves
The Taste: fruity with banana along with some citrus flavor
Mouth feel: Full bodied, tingly on the tongue and slightly warming.
Drinkability: Light mouthfeel and great flavor make it an easy drinker.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brown witha dense ivory head that dissipates quickly. No lace but lots of yeast particles floating around. Smells of spicy wheat malt. Yeasty, fruity aromas. Banana, pepper and clove aromas as well.

Taste is very similiar to the smell. Fruity, wheat malt and banana. Cloves, pepper and add to that a light smokiness. Also light caramel. Mouth is a bit thin but has some sticky maltiness and lingers on the tongue. Smooth and silky. Really drinkable. I haven't had a Dunkel Weisse for years, since Germany but this one would have to rank up there.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer settled in the glass a beautiful caramel colour, slightly hazy, and topped by a generous but light head which sadly waned rather quickly.

The smells were complex and rounded, of fruits, wheat, coriander and light cloves up front, faint sweet smells (caramel, vanilla and coffee flavoured candy) followed, and a light hint of smokiness attenuated by acidity closed the loop. Appealing!

An average and sustained bead fed the surface and expressed itself vigourously in the mouth. Rather thinnish body but a silky mouthfeel set the stage for light citrus fruit tastes followed by cloves and coriander. It finished on minerally notes of yeast bitterness and a timid but drying acidity.

As a whole, this is a good beer which I would drink again but was definitely expecting more in terms of flavours, based on the smells. In its defence, it would pair very well with a good brie triple crème and a baguette.

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Photo of Lupe
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a huge, foamy white head. The head settles and leaves behind a nice lace. Fruity aroma with banana and citrus upfront. Scents of wheat bread and spicy clove lie in the backround. Flavor begins fruity with banana and tart apple. The malt then says its part with soft wheat and light caramel notes. Spicy cloves balance and round out the beer. Medium bodied, crisp and smooth. Highly quaffable and not as sticky on the tounge as other hefes. Very nice dunkel.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a deep dark orangish (slightly mucky looking) with a big fat hefe style white head. a very destinct clove aroma takes control. smells spicey with good yeast character, big ripe banana is there as well. in the mouth it is full bodied and creamy yet has tickling bubbles everywhere. malty and wheaty with a very dominate clove/medicinal/herbal smack. light sweetness, some overly ripe banana too. this is a hearty yet crisp refreshing dunkle. good wheat character, dark malt, lots of clove like spice and some sweet banana makes for one tasty brew. this one is big on flavor. alot better than their normal hefe in my opinion.

$2.29 for a .5L

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Photo of genaro
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse was a gold/ amber color with a big, long lasting head. There were bits of sediment floating around amongst the bubbles. The aroma was clovey and floral. The taste was medicinal with elements of cloves, hay, citrus, and caramel. It had good carbonation, some sweetness, and was smooth and fruity overall. The finish was slightly dry and spicey as well as a little yeasty. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with a huge mushroom off-white head. Looks darn impressive in the weisse beer glass. Head recedes and leaves a lot of lace on top of the brew. Smells quite citrusy. Not really hoppy but full of grass, clove, and lemon zest. Tatses very fruity in it's initial stages. Perhaps a little bit of tart apple followed by a bit of lemon grass. Very dry and bubbly, bordering on sparkling wine bubbly. Light mouthfeel and great flavor make it an easy drinker.

This is one of those beers I se every time I go to the store and think, "next time". Glad I finally picked it up.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17 oz bottle pours a hazy brownish gold with an enormous ivory head that eventually relaxes into long lasting patchy lace. No sediment in the glass, but I left a cc in the bottom of the bottle. Nice aroma with lemon, grapefruit, and banana up front. Spicy cloves are also very noticeable. Anise is my first impression in the mouthfeel, but there's a lot of fizzy carbonation here. Taste is complex, with tart lemon, yeast, cloves, in the beginning. As it warms toward room temperature, the carbonation softens and sweet maltiness and McIntosh apples appear out of nowhere. Finishes neutral, perhaps a bit sweet malt, with no significant aftertaste. This is a very charming and tasty brew from one of my favorite German breweries. Definitely an unusual Weissbier that I highly recommend.

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Photo of avylover
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out hazy & golden, not quite what I would call "dark." There is a massive off-white head. Not much of an aroma here. Some grainy maltiness detected and some very slight fruitiness but that's about it. The taste is a different story. A good hefty dose (for a hefe) of slightly sweet malt starts things off. Then the cloves kick in big time, lingering on into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly thick, whith a sort of fullness and good carbonation. Drinkability is good, except for the fact that I just don't enjoy the sticky clove aftertaste of hefes - always detracts from the drinkability. Other than that, good brew.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.69/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – The head was nice and big with good retention and lacing, but the color is solid orange. Ist das eine dunkles?

Smell – Jahwohl – das ist eine dunkel weitzen. This one has a beautiful, monster yeast aroma that fills my nostrils with memories of Germany. The aroma is one-dimensional and awesome.

Taste – The flavor, on the other hand, didn’t deliver. The yeast all but left the building, and the dunkel aspect was nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel – This is where most bad weizens fail, and this was no exception. Flat doesn’t begin to describe this one.

Sinkability – I can’t believe that this was made in Bayern.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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]

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Photo of grynder33
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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).

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
90 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.