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

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905 Ratings
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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.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 Liter bottle poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

Bought from a store with a large turnover, so even though there is no date I believe that this is a fresh beer, and the tasting notes would seem to reinforce this. Purchased early summer 2011 and since then kept in a temperature controlled environment.

Pours a thick two finger head which settles fairly rapidly into a 1/8” cap, medium deep amber color, somewhat cloudy (yeast?), fine champagne like bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Distinct and powerful aroma of yeast, spicy cinnamon, and some hints of citrus, the very enjoyable yeast continues to dominate as this beer warms, as does the spicy components of this beer, very enjoyable and pleasant smell. Refined and elegant in nature.

The first swallow reveals lots of very distinct yeast, excellent refreshing acidity, medium body, with a wonderful carbonation that is very champagne like with fine bubbles and a wonderful mouth feel, delicious flavors of fresh baked bread and lightly roasted grain. Delicious!

Decent finish of yeast dominated, grainy malts.

Overall this is a very, very enjoyable beer to drink, one that I would say is a session beer, as I could definitely drink several of these, one after the other. As a fan of Belgium Ales the powerful yeast of this beer is very attractive to me, and the relatively tame 5.8% ABV certainly begs one to have another. Seems to be at its best at about 45-50 degrees. This is an expensive beer to buy here in the States, and there are many domestic examples of this style.

JTSbeerislife, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with three fingers of off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden-brown body. The head settles down rather quickly, but leaves fairly good lace on the glass.

S - Lots of bubble gum and banana with some bready notes of honey and toffee.

T - Banana flavored yeast and toffee malt with some bubblegum yeast. A little bit more fruity yeast in the middle with a hint of caramel. It finishes up with more bubblegum character and toffee paired with spicy clove notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nice, like Ayinger's light colored weisse it has an excellent yeast character, but here it is balanced by a light note of bready toffee and just a hint of sweet caramel in the middle. Very drinkable, one of the best German wheat beers that you are likely to come across in the US.

nickfl, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 2 finger head that was somewhat fizzy. Very scary looking like a dark murky pond in the woods.

Smell - pleasant scents with lemon, bready and bannana hints

Taste - Decent taste exactly as it smells. Very little hop presence but very smooth. Full bodied taste.

Mouthfeel - fizzy but full bodied. Leaves a dry aftertaste like some red ales I've sampled.

Overall - a decent German beer, but not the greatest I've sampled. I could drink several of these but wouldn't seek after them unless there were bad options.

bubseymour, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle

A- A cloudy light brown/dark copper colour, actually quite clear for the style. Classic weizen foamy head, quite big with very nice retention. Near no lacing at all

S- Light but fresh bready aroma with banana notes and some faint spicy undernotes. Maybe a hint of caramel

T- Bready malts are actually on the low side. A typical banana flavour immediately gets dominant (probably too dominant). Some spicy notes (clove, maybe others) bring a little life. Some caramel notes are now clearly detectable. Decently fresh flavour, though pretty much just banana

M- Light/medium body. Carbonation is moderate but still easily detectable on the tongue. A soft mouthfeel overall, maybe a tad too watery

O- Nothing really interesting with this beer in my opinion. it fits the style, that's all

Cozzatoad, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of crossovert
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Best before 12/11.

It pours a darker hefeweizen color, not quite as dark as a typical dunkelweizen, it is a ur-weisse (traditional/pre-modern weisse) after all. It is cloudy with a foamy, creamy-looking off-white head.

The smell is dominated by bananas with just a hint of clove and wheat.

The flavor continues the banana theme. This is just a banana bomb and then some. There is some clove , some apple, and some lemon, yes but the dominant yeast flavor here is banana. There isn’t much in the way of roasted malt in the taste. There is a slight bit of hops that round it out.

This one is delicous x 10, it is a hot day in Munich today and you would be hard-pressed to find a better thirst-quencher. Screw the strawberry-lime-derpaderp, just let the yeast do it’s thing and you’ll get this.

World-class.

crossovert, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of treque
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: gets a copper/dark gold/ light brown colour, completely cloudly, mousy, and tons of carb, permanent and constant, a richy creamy persistent off-white head

S: clove aroma, some banana, the wheat is all around, a little vainilla overthere

T: all the aromas are present on the flavour, i was expecting something more refreshing, the caramel and some roast notes are present, the end is not so long, some chewy

M:

treque, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of rundocrun
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stein from a 500mL bottle. No "best before" or bottling date to be found.

A - Pours a remarkably clear deep honey gold (almost brownish). 2 fingers of off-white head that fade somewhat fast.

S - Smells strongly of brown bread. Mild caramel notes. Crisp spices: coriander and, to a lesser degree, black pepper. Very mild esters that smell of ripe banana.

T - Sweet caramel up front quickly followed by a slightly sour and tangy flavor (don't know if I have an old bottle or this is just a character of the malt/yeast). A taste remarkably similar to banana bread is noticeable too--cooked bananas and walnuts. Finishes slightly bitter and dry with residual alcohol warmth.

M - Thin body with a clean, dry finish. Tingling carbonation.

rundocrun, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: The head is two finger of stupidly thick, beautiful foam. The beer itself is rather hazy and has a nice brown to dark copper, depending on the thickness of the glass.

S: Lots of wheat and banana, with a little bit of clove. There is also a hint of other spices.

T: The taste has a surprisingly heavy amount of bubble gum and clove with a little bit of floral taste. Their is a hint of bitterness as well on the back end.

M: Medium body with great carbonation.

D: The most drinkable beer I have had in a long time.

OnThenIn, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m in a bad mood, so this beer better be good. I won’t even begin to try and figure out how to pronounce it, but in the preliminary research I did… I want to go to Germany. If nothing more than the stein filled with beer. If I ever do (and I will) make it to Germany, I will make sure to go during Oktoberfest. They have celebrations here in the states, but there is NO WAY they are the same as those Europeans. Anyway, on with the beer.

The nose on this this is HUGE. It smacked me in the face before I could even pour a glass of this stuff. It has a very familiar nose, similar to a Blue Moon or any other wheat beer you might find. But after a sip of this stuff, I will never enjoy a Blue Moon again.

There are subtle similarities… but the aftertaste is so much smoother than that of a Blue Moon (and I use Blue Moon as that’s the most popular wheat beer here in the United States.) The ABV is a bit higher than a Blue Moon, but it’s not obvious. The aftertaste is quick, but the smoothness makes up for it. You are hit with hints of spice (a weak spice at that) long after the beer has been swallowed.

There is a slight carbonation on the back half of the tongue, but just like the aftertaste it’s quick. The smoothness of this beer makes up for anything else that could go wrong. It’s a lot better than a Blue Moon, and I would totally buy another bottle of this. But I really want to drink this out of a HUGE beer stein. Let’s make that happen this October, shall we? Bottoms up people!

rickyleepotts, May 24, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came out with a massive amount of head about three fingers high and extremely thick and fluffy. It steadily dwindled down to about a one finger height but still with large mounds of thick white head. The color is a dark burnt caramel that is extremely hazy. A lot of banana right up front with a good about of caramel apples and a little clover. Smooth with a good amount of carbonation. A quick hit of tart fruits and a bready texture moving to some zesty banana. It has a dry and tangy aftertaste some of the clove lingering in the back.

DrinkingDrake, May 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a big, sturdy head that leaves some clumps behind

Smell: Ripe bananas, clove and a touch of caramel

Taste: Caramel dipped bananas, with a growing clove character that really comes into its own by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a banana bread flavor that lingers into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Overall: Pretty nice, but a bit light in color and flavor for a dunkelweizen

brentk56, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden body, with a splash of amber. Just hazy enough, and a nice boiling pot bubble ascension. Two finger head that started like a block of swiss cheese when poured. Sits nice and foamy white.

S - Fresh fruit meat and grassy sweetness. Wheat flowing through the nose.

T - Delicious mild apples and sweet wheat. Not alot of hop or malt flavors. Some alcohol evaporating giving a nice touch yet not a high abv. Apple skin in the finish and mild bannana paste. Very faint spice to add another nice facet.

M - Super easy to drink. Light-medium body and easy carbonation.

O - A quality German brew. Not very dunkel but an awesome wheat beer in total.

BeerForMuscle, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish golden in color, with a super-frothy head. Tight foam leaving only a little lace. Not bad here. The nose is chock full of clove, just as the hefeweizen would suggest. Fruitiness of banana and berry. A little more power to come through the cap would be optimal.

The flavor follows suit. The bananas are a little more ripe and mashed than the hefeweizen, the clove is plenty aggressive, and the crystal malt sweetness is amped up. Unfortunately, this Ayinger offering matches its sister beverage by being ultimately too thin to be richly rewarding. A fine beer, but perhaps too trifling.

BretSikkink, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was reccomended to me. I'm not that into Dunkelweizens and Weizenbocks but wanted to give it a try, knew it wouldn't break the bank.

Appearance-Very cloudy dark orange. Can see tons of carbonation, with bubbles floating up for a while. Lots of head, 3 fingers of white.

Smell-I really get alot of Banana and some spice. Can get some fig/rasion as well. The more i keep sniffing I'm really just getting the banana and spice.

Taste-Like the smell, I get alot of banana and spice. I really get the yeasty, bread characteristic as well.

Mouthfeel-Lots of carbonation, a little bit too much for me. Leaves a lasting yeast taste in my mouth.

Overall-Warm spring day, very pleasant drink. Very drinkable but very gassy. After pouring my next 10 oz or so I really stop tasting anything and feel like I'm drinking a light beer. I'm a huge hophead and it's like drinking a hazy, orange beer without any hops.

Definitely going to try some more of this style to do more comparing and contrasting. But right now, this isn't for me.

SWMeyer4141, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of theghost3
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, bright chestnut with a 3-finger off-white, foam head. No lacing.

The smell is cloves, banana with a hint of nutmeg. The taste is bananas, cloves, light malts, yeast, and a hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. A little more acidic than I like in a Dunkel.

This is a very drinkable Dunkelweizen; not as astringent as many of the same style. It would go well with a soft German pretzel dipped in honey mustard.

theghost3, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of sj660
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't let the half-hearted lace or the quickly dissipating foam make you think less of this amazing beer. It's a perfect foggy nut brown in color.

With light aromas of citrus, this beer is a full of fruity flavor including citrus, bananas, and pears. It is very well balanced. Don't profane a wheat beer this good by putting a slice of citrus on the glass, for God's sake.

A bit on the gassy side, it is full bodied and tingles with alcohol and a bit of a yeasty bite.

I could drink this all night.

sj660, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Brewbro000
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Amber with some light orange hints when held to the light. There was a great snap when I popped the bottle and the head shows through in the pour as an immediate froth followed by a 2 inch crisp white head.
S: bready, malty with some light banana and a dominant clove aroma. Some yeast character comes through as well
T: that yeast character shows through with some spicy sweetness that finishes dry. Bready sweetness, banana and a slight tart flavor that I assume is also part of the yeast
M/D: the crisp carbonation finishes this one off right. A pretty light body allows the flavors to show. I could drink 2-3 of these before I needed to switch.

Brewbro000, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of jocosa
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this dunkel, it did not have the twang that I've found in other commercial dunkels. I learned to love the style from homebrewed dunkels.

Bright chunky head, which tames down to nothing. Great banana-clove-apple-malty smell, still no astringent twang to the aroma. Tastes light, low carbonation, distinctive banana-clove flavors laced with apple... no funny aftertaste. Has its share of yeasty sediment, but that's all good and expected.

Very drinkable, easy to put away the complete bottle. Pairs good with pasta and pizza. I'd definitely buy this again.

jocosa, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a weizen glass.

Pours a moderately-dark golden-bronze color with a thin white head that recedes somewhat quickly and doesn't leave behind much other than a bit of spotty lacing. Almost no haze. The nose is pretty weak with a bit of sweetened malt and clove. A touch of banana there as well. Taste is quite plain as well. There's just not much coming from the malt or the yeast. Mouthfeel is a bit light and undercarbonated, though it's smooth. Drinkability is decent enough, though there's really nothing all that special about this beer.

Thorpe429, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-amber with a huge, long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of yeast, spices with hints of banana and apple. Medium, slightly crisp body. Taste is yeast, wheat, brown sugar, spices with hints of banana. Very delicious heffeweizen.

mikeg67, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of DPFRD
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Abundant creamy head. Dark brownish hue that is a little less opaque than I expected.

S- Definitely has the the banana hefe quality to it, but it also has some darker notes in it that make it quite interesting.

T- Very smooth and silky, similar to a hefe, but with it's own character. Darker, a little more spicy, but it is very transparent. Actually a little more transparent than I expected for a Dunkelweizen as I noticed with the appearance.

M- Silky, creamy, medium bodied.

O- Great drink. A little less intense of a Dunkelweizen, but it's very tasty and I would definitely love to dance with it again.

DPFRD, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - amber with orange tint, 1 finger head, average lacing.

S - malt, whiff of floral, cloves, banana, hint of date/fig, mild jammy aroma.

T - nice sweet clove/banana up front with solid malt body, nice smooth finish.

M - medium body, low carbonation.

D - Very nice brew. This is worth seeking out and love enjoying a style that I think is very underrepresented. The big, delicious flavors, but not huge alcohol.

BeerLover99, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of travis224
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a nice orange-copper color with a tight white head that disappears pretty quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass. The nose is wonderful, mainly banana with a bit of clove and phenolic qualities. The taste is much more on the dry side with nice effervescence. Banana being the major player here. Definitely a nice summer session beer. Although it's a bout freezing in Texas right now this is a good beer to enjoy as an afternoon snack. And at $3.25 for a 500 ml bottle you can't go wrong.

travis224, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of pioppo
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber yellow with a light beige quite fine and quite persistent foam.

S - The classic aromas of the style: banana and cloves.

T - Other than banana and spices, there is also a malted flavour.

M - A balanced beer with low levels of alcohol and bitter.

D - A good beer but one weiss is enough!!

pioppo, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Welsman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this is a good brew. I love wheat beers and Ayinger has done a good job here.

Pours a Unique light orange color. Head is thick and creamy.
Very smooth yet the flavors of Banana and spices
are all over, something i cant quite put my finger on sets this apart from alot of German wheats.
Very Drinkable, great with meat and rich foods.

Welsman, Jan 18, 2011
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.