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

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BA SCORE
91
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920 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 49
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 RootedFool
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

RootedFool, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

mschofield, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of Zraly
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Zraly, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of nomad
4.05/5  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.

nomad, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Zorro, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of ctrlfreak
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint

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.

ctrlfreak, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of Beersignal
3.63/5  rDev -11%
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.

Beersignal, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of Lupe
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Lupe, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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

DESTRO, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of genaro
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

genaro, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

yankeeheel, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

merlin48, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of avylover
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

avylover, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
2.63/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

RoyalT, Dec 30, 2003
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
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.