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

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919 Ratings
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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 48
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:
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Photo of Naugros
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel in color, it rises a huge head that disappears entirely in a matter of seconds. Better German weizens have much more staying power. It's bottle-conditioned so be prepared for some lees. The lees here appear green and matted, so take on the appearance of aquarium algae. Although I'm used to dregs in the glass, these were unappealing.

The smell is typical for a dunkel, but a little washed out. The bananas, caramel, brown bread and cloves are all there, but sort of weak.

Same goes for the taste, same as most dunkels but not nearly as flavorful as Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, Schneider or Aventinus. And this extends to the mouthfeel as well. The others mentioned have a nice, light body. This one is light as well, but it comes off more watery due to the lightness of the flavors.

If you want a dunkel go with one of the ones mentioned above...you can't go wrong. If you really want to drink this one, don't drink the others first...they'll spoil you.

Naugros, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer that I'm surprised I haven't had before. I grabbed this at State Line this past weekend. It's 70+F here, and I figured this would be a better choice than a barleywine.

A moderately clear amber with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention, this beer looks great. Plenty of carbonation is visible as well. There's surprisingly little lace.

The nose is spicy and phenolic with a sharp, clove character. A definite caramel sweetness is present as well, and with the little bit of banana that's present, I'm reminded of bananas drizzled with caramel. No hops are detectable here.

Distinct from all other dunkelweizens I've had in that the banana character is rather muted, allowing the light caramel and a little cocoa to come through. The spice character is on the lower side, there's only a little clove present. Rousing the yeast brings out these flavors a little bit more. For some reason, I'm a little underwhelmed, maybe this beer isn't as fresh as it needs to be? As with the Brau-Weisse I had a couple of nights back, the flavors don't seem to pop out as much as in some of the better beers in this style. Mildly phenolic. Dry, almost grainy finish with caramel, a little clove and some banana, this beer is light in body and rather highly carbonated. Solid stuff, I do wish the body had a little bit more melanoidin/dextrinous character. Easily drinkable and refreshing on this humid, October evening, I will revisit this.

DefenCorps, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt, no freshness date.

The body is an incredibly murky pale brownish-amber with ample suspended yeast and other particulates; it looks kind of awful, actually, but I guess it's to style. A small head forms and quickly recedes to a film.

The nose has plenty of signature weizen yeast banana-like esters along with quite a bit of caramelized malt, which creates a very appetizing bouquet. Spicy/medicinal phenols are fairly reserved here, buried behind the malt.

Spiciness is a bit more prevalent on the palate, up-front especially where I pick up a bit of white pepper and clove. Caramelized bananas soon take over, along with a mild butter toffee-like sweetness that segues into a clean and mild finish with very reserved bitterness. The body is fairly chewy for a sub-6% ABV beer, but it's still very refreshing. This is another winner from Ayinger, truly a great brewery.

largadeer, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance; light brown with a perfect head and fine yet heavy carbonation bubbles. Some quality lacing.

smell; alcohol and banana yeast odors, no hops.

taste; typical Weissbier flavor with more advanced aftertaste. Not as sweet as some of the München macrobrew versions of this style, at the same time by no means bitter. A pure raw yeast flavor comes through that is very nice and a bit bready. One can also taste alcohol.

mouthfeel; average for the style, smooth and frothy, nothing special.

drinkability; good for session drinking, a little strong but with a solid, tasty, flavor.

A good Weissbier but by no means anything special, only surpasses Franziskaner and Paulaner due to a more natural and less process flavor, but only by a bit.

Sachsenfreude, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not quite as good as their hefe in any category but very drinkable and a great beer to pair with a hearty meal. Good looking beer with an orange-brown body and a big, creamy, ecru head. It's entirely hazy. The aroma is banana bread with some fairly mild spice. It definitely tends toward slightly toastier/breadier flavors than the hefe, though I might not have noticed that if I hadn't had the hefe so recently. The taste is sweet and fairly full. Carbonation is appropriate for the style, though, perhaps, on the softer side. Sweet wheat flavor is plentiful, but it's a bit toned down. Good beer, but I haven't had enough dunkelweizen to assess it competently.

popery, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of RandyV
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A highly drinkable dunkel weizen from Ayinger. Fruit forward with clove and banana taking center stage. Little hop presence noted. The carbonation is high, borderline too high. I could see this pairing well with a cheddar cheese and some sourdough bread. A nice session beer.

RandyV, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another cool august night and michigan so a nice dunkel weizen seemed like a good idea, plus this is my first ayinger brew, so lets give it a try.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 5 ounce sampling mug.

A- This one pours a nice looking hazy golden brown, with a nice sized fluffy head that stayed around for a while.

S- Strong yeasty banana and cloves dominate this brew.

T- Very similar to the smell but with a little more sweetness provided by the malts and wheat. The flavors are balanced well.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation, almost too much.

D- Highly drinkable, goes down really smooth and the taste keeps me wanting to come back for more.

Overall this is a good beer, one of the better ones i have had in its style, everything is balanced so well. A good first impression to ayinger and i am eager to try more of their brews.

StoutHunter, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of boss302
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse, Dunkel Weizen, 500ml bottle.

A Amber in color, clear with an excellent thick head. Head stuck around for the entire glass. I expected a little darker color.

S Breacy, yeasty, some banana. There is a littel estery aroma and it smells surprisingly fresh for an import bottle beer.

T Smooth with some caramel malt flavor. Tastes more like a standard hefe than a dunkel, but a good beer with no off-flavors. I would have liked more dark malt flavor.

M Nice full mouthfeel that is so nice with wheat beers. High carbonation.

D Good drinking beer. A little light for a Dunkel, but easy to drink. Good wheat qualities like head, mouthfeel, and refreshing yeast flavor.

boss302, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bubbly hazy golden-copper, two fingers of white head retained nicely, decent lacing
S - strong banana clove yeast notes, toasty wheat malt, light fresh leafy greens
T - spicy clove and peppery notes, yeasty banana, grainy toasty wheat, light leafy hops, great mix
M - highish carbonation, full mouth feel with somewhat spicy and savoury aspects
D - flavourful, refreshing, well balanced, I really enjoy this brew, just a slightly spicy twist on a a classic bavarian brew

joemcgrath27, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Seanstoppable
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brown with a copious amount of foamy head. Visible carbonation in the glass. Little to no lacing left on the glass.

Clear scent of wheat and banana, with a slight hint of yeast.

Banana and what are apparent at the start, but they are cast against a nice slightly sweet malt background. Slight hint of yeast at the end. Creamy finish with no big aftertaste. Really very smooth.

This is really good stuff. Simply delicious. One of the more pleasant items I have found locally lately and one of the better dunkelweizen's I've tried.

Seanstoppable, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a hazy, golden brown hue, with a nice off-white head, giving way to a creamy lacing. Looking good!

S - Classic dunkelweizen scents - wheat, banana, clove, and a hint of bubble gum and caramel.

T - Tasty wheat malt up front, with moderate clove spicyness and ripe banana. Hints of caramel, banana bread and bubble gum throughout. Superb!

M - Nice and medium bodied, velvety smooth and creamy, with very mild carbonation.

D - WAY high! so incredibly smooth and delicious, you just can't help but keep picking up the glass.

Overall - This is a top notch Dunkelweizen. One of the best I've had. Maybe THE best I've had. If you're a fan of the style at all, this one is most definitely for you.

Flightoficarus, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of BogleHill
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A top of the line dunkelweizen! This Ayinger is ligher in color and body than the Hacker Pschorr that I had last night. - being more of a cloudy burnt orange. The aroma is pleasant clove. Flavor is classic banana and clove with some sweet malts. Not as buttery as H-S. Very solid - one of the benchmark Dunkelweizens.

BogleHill, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured cloudy pale yellow in color into a weizen glass with a two finger foamy white head. A very high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles; there is a good amount of head retention.
S: The nose has aromas of apples, bananas, sweet malts and wheat along with some hints of spices and yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell; there's a slight bit of sweetness from the malts but this is balanced with notes of banana and clove flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink. I would definitely try this again if I wanted a hefeweizen but something with a little more maltiness.

metter98, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coppery amber and quite hazy with a big fluffy white cap that settled quickly to a short layer of fine bubbles. Lots of banana in the aroma, dry grain husk, cloves, bready yeast, brown sugar. Mild flavour, slight lemon with a bit of banana and malt sweetness. Spicy finish with a flash of bitterness and light apple tartness. Light bodied and quite dry, creamy carbonation. Decent overall and I really liked the aroma.

DrJay, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5 litter stein.

The beer pours a really nice amber copper orange color with a huge dense foamy head that recedes very slowly. Has a very hazy cloudy body. Smell is spot on with what I was expecting. Has a lemony herbal tea component masked by bananas and cloves. Has a nice doughy bread like character. Sweet aroma. Taste is just above average as this might have been sitting on the shelves for a while. Not super fresh like I was expecting but still very nice. Lean flavors with a light quaffable finish. Easy to drink but noting crazy going on. This is super easy to drink but I fear it's too simple for me. Love the style but this might not be my brewery to go to for dunkleweizens. Worth a shot for sure.

Augustiner719, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Sam Adams pint glass.

It pours a cloudy golden straw. Poured a 2" head that slowly crackled away to a thin layer of foam that lasted ¾ of the way down. The foam stuck to the sides of the glass. It had an oily surface. (Poured it at a temperature of 55 degrees F)

The smell reminded me of straw; it had a meadow aroma. The taste was similar to its aroma. It had a very mellow taste and body, kind of dry. Very drinkable. Overall it had a country quality to it.

I'm glad I tried it, and I will probably purchase it again, but for now I will be moving on in search of other dunkelweizens.

LacquerHead, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown, .5 L bottle into a weizen glass. No freshness date.

Pours a slightly murky brown/amber with lots of carb that forms a four finger head. Very rust colored with lots of lacing.

The aroma is typical hefe, with notes of apple, raisin and clove. Brown sugar sneaks in when warming.

Like the aroma, hefe with raisin and some roasted notes. Slight brown sugar and vinuous taste. Not as potent as Weihenstephaner.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, not a lot of prickling from the carb. Pretty neutral, not too wet, not too dry.

Very drinkable, has a good flavor that gets better as it warms. Pretty much a staple of the style.

BranfordBound, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of MVotter
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The Ayinger Ur Weisse pours into a chalice with a light "tea" color. A good thick cream-colored head forms.

S - Spice, grass, fruits.

T - Clove, ginger, pear.

M - Medium body, ample effervescence, semi-dry.

D - Very nice balance of all the elements in this brew. Pleasant experience ... delicious!

MVotter, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of drtth
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 0.5 liter Ayinger weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is hazed medium dark maple brown with a ½" off-white head that recedes slowly leaving little or nothing clinging to the glass. Sipping leave a partial ring of foam, some small patches and legs of lacing, most all of which slide back down into the foam on the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is bubble gum all the way, There's a bit of apple and spice mixed in.

Taste: The flavor is mostly what you'd expect from the nose--lots of bubble gum with traces of apple and spice. There's also a fair amount sweetness from the wheat and malt and no traces of hop bitterness to speak off. The alcohol is well concealed on this one.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and smooth, with moderate persistent carbonation that keeps the head alive to the end of the beer. The finish

Drinkability: On a hot summer day this starts out to be nicely drinkable. However I'm finding that by about half way through the glass there is just a bit too much sweetness here so I have to take it fairly slowly to avoid having the beer cloy and be too much. Having a tasting of the Ayinger Brau Weisse highlights the fact that that beer is much lighter and more delicately flavored than is this one. While I enjoyed this beer I don' think I'll be making a great effort to find it and drink it again..

drtth, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish-brown hue that's pretty unique for a dunkelweizen. It's more in the middle of a regular weizen and a dunkel. Incredibly cloudy with a thin(for a German wheat) head that should have some staying power.

S - Apple skins, clove and other spices. Some light banana, but without the pungency found in some others.

T - Follows the nose pretty well, but the wheat comes into play with a tang and so do bready, lightly caramel malts. The spice and bready malts fit nicely together, but the apple notes are kind of distracting. Maybe it's because it's a bit unusual, but it's difficult to say.

MF - Not as carbonated as some other examples, but it's still decent. The body is on the lighter side and not terribly remarkable.

D - Freshness could probably bump this up quite a bit. When I first had this I thought it was the best dunkelweizen in existance, but I think lots of tasting in the meantime has given me some perspective. It's good and somewhat unique, but it doesn't stack up to the best in either class.

HitokiriNate85, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of enjoying this one in the German-themed dinner theatre in Wytheville, VA, known as Wohlfahrt Haus.

Pours rather clear bronze in color with a substantial and foamy white head.

Aroma is filled with spicy cloves and bananas. Also some bubble gum with a large breadiness. Quite phenolic and spicy. Not bad.

Pleasant taste. Spicy cloves seem to dominate.

A decent beer. I could see this one being enjoyed during the summer months.

SaCkErZ9, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a weizen glass. (The big glass went bye-bye, so 2 pours in a small glass.)

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a hint of copper. Some visible carbonation. Dense off-white head somewhere between creamy and foamy. The color is a bit disappointing; I was expecting something significantly darker. Head retention isn't that great.

Smell: Nice aroma of yeast, bread. Slightly fruity, with a hint of spices.

Taste: There's initially a bit of apple flavor, which gives way to the yeast & bread, and eventually bananas. Good banana bread taste at the finish. There's some underlying hop bitterness throughout the taste. Not much in the way of spices. Aftertaste has some of the bitterness still, along with the apple (though a bit more tart now) and some yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and generally smooth, with light yet tingly & slightly fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a proper ABV.

A nice weizen, but I thought it wasn't quite a dunkel, not only in appearance but in flavor too. It seems to fit somewhere in between a dunkelweizen and a hefeweizen. A bit too light, too fruity (the apple is much stronger than the banana), and lacking the spices or brown sugar that I am used to in beers of this style that I enjoy.

mithrascruor, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of 0beerguy0
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer poured a nice cloudy, golden almost amber color. The head was fairly large when first poured, about two fingers worth and it slowly came down to about a half a fingers worth. It was an eggshell white head that was very fluffy.

Aroma: Sweet banana and spice aroma that was very pleasant. I could pick up on some subtle malty aromas to it as well.

Taste: You can taste some banana bread like flavors as well as some underlying malty flavors. The flavor finishes off with a little clove and nutmeg.

Mouth feel: Great mouth feel. Has a perfect amount of carbonation, light body. It defiantly has a creamy feeling to it, and a nice crisp finish.

Drinkability: Probably one of the best beers I've ever had.

Awesome brew all around!

0beerguy0, May 27, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.
Pours a nice copper color with a rocky white head. While pouring it I got a nice whiff of bananas.
Sticking my nose in the glass I can smell all the toasty maltiness, grains, yeast, pepper, bananas and cloves. This beer doesn't have quite as much banana smell as other hefeweizens I've tried but it is present.
Taste is overall a bit thin for me, but good nonetheless. It rolls onto the tongue with lots of carbonation and a bit of bready maltiness, followed by a bit of fruityness/banana and more malt. There is a subtle hoppiness and the finish is rather tart, almost acidic.
This beer starts out nicely and has many nice components, but doesn't come together for me. The tart finish leaves me wanting but overall this beer is pleasant to drink.

trevorjn06, May 22, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. The Ur-Weisse pours a moderate cloudy orange brown for a Dunkel and offers a rich and robust head of foam. Goldenrod in the highlights department. Strong retention and lacing follow.

Nose has a nice depth of yeast and wheat and offers muddled banana along with some deep spice notes. Nice and intriguing and reminiscent of a weizenbock to a degree.

Creamy flavor with wheat and banana along with some muddled fruit. Offers a nice effervescence of carbonation and avoids the apparent sweetness often associated with the style. Quite drinkable and full in flavor with a long and slowly drying finish.

HalfFull, May 12, 2010
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.