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

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 63
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Ratings: 988 | Reviews: 536
Photo of kbnooshay
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mmm. Yum. Tall 1 pint bottle. This poured a nice hazy orange-copper copper with a huge fluffy tan/white head. The lacing just washes down the glass like you just washed the glass with rain-ex. The smell is awesome. Just amped up when compared to the others i have had of this style. It tastes like i am drinking a banana. It even irritates my mouth like real bananas do. The flavor also contains an assload of banana, wheat, clove and bubble gum flavor. The mouthfeel is interesting, almost right in between watery and syrupy. Watery syrup. Yeah. I like that. It is sorta sticky too. Very drinkable. I am starting to think this is my favorite style.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5 liter bottle. For a dunkel weizen, this beer doesn't look all that dunkel. The color is a partially hazy brown copper color. The head is large and creamy. The aroma is cloves, banana, nuts, and chocolate. Nutty malt flavor, but not as rich and malty as most dunkels. More fruit flavor than I expected. I would like if this was thicker with more malt and cocoa. This beer is still well above average, and the drinkability is great.

Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy nutmeg color around the center of the glass with a blond hue around the outer areas and a biege frothy head that corresponds with a lot of carb action.

A strong kind of nutty banana caramel malt smell with a resin and citrus hops aroma.

Moderately sweet, banana, acidic, and grainy caramel malt taste with a floral resin flavor.

Medium bodied, dry and slightly buttery/resiny texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish that lingers the resin.

Very good initially then the resin and toasted grain aftertaste secures this as a good craft beer.

Photo of kaimcm
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

serv: brown 500ml bottle poured into an Ayinger Weisse glass.

app: Light and flat tan/brown with plenty of haze. Big beautiful off white head that sat perfectly in the glass on the pour, but faded to a quarter inch at best as dinner went on.

smell: The smell is one of my favorite things about weisse beers and this had what I'd expect, bannanas, cloves, herbs, lemon.

taste: A good dunkel but not spectacular. Similar tastes, clove, herb, etc...with the addition of yeast and wheat to lighten it up and really make it refreshing.

feel: Very nice, light, good carbonation.

drinkability: also nice, the 500ml goes by pretty quick. The flavors are pronounced enough to be enjoyable but the balance makes for easy drinking, especially in this summer weather.

Overall a nice dunkel but not spectacular. I paired with spicy sausages, grilled peppers, and cheese. I grilled the meat and peppers in a sauce of pesto, olive oil, and liberal lemon juice. The lemon and pesto in the dish went perfectly with the beer. A very nice meal if I do say so myself. Cheers!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Half-Litre brown glass bottle sealed with a crown cap which has the Ayinger logo on it. Generic dark green, yellow, gold and white Ayinger label which has a dark orange border in places. Listed as ‘Ur-Weisse’, and described as an ‘Authentic Bavarian Dunkel Weizen’. No listed strength or Best Before Date.

Appearance: Crazy paving mixture of golden flashes and light brown coppers mingle in a semi-translucent Iced Tea body which supports a dirty white partially solid head matter which slowly forms from a rescinding gigantic frothy 6” deep cap. Almost a complete absence of carbonation when the glass is tilted; yet the foamy head stays with a thick egg-white stiffness.

Nose: Rather pungent toffee-banana aromatic trails roam around the entrance to the Glass with some vanity. Breaded wheat with some cloves, crab apples and the stale whiffs that eminate from a long opened can of commercial cider that has oxidised nicely from the party the night before. Somehow very appealing though, WTF!?

Taste: Has a bit of everything, some wheat, toffee, light chocolate, milky bars and cloves – but all the flavors are rather light in strength. This is very much a low profile “under the radar” Dunkel Weizen that becomes “so-so” all too quickly. Not so much clean….. but Sterile.

Mouthfeel: Average, Mean, Mode, Median, Middle-of-the-Road, So-So, Ya Know Not Bad – Not Great, Sort of OK, Not Here, Not There, Don’t Mind, Don’t Care……

Drinkability: Difficult to get excited about this one. I drank it though…..but afterwards I fell asleep straight away and never cuddled it.

Overall: Another new offering from Ayinger that I have not tried before, cost $2.59 the same as the Bräu-Weisse; but given a choice between the two with just three bucks in my pocket I would rather go with the infinitely better Bräu-Weisse again I think. Not that bad, but a bit of a cardboard cut-out in character.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely hazed magenta, soft cocoa, with a lovely, light layer of foam atop. Excellent look for the style.

Aroma: Ahhhh! this is dunkel weizen! Clove is huge, and banana behind it, with traces of grapes and melons and berries, too...a beautiful mix, really, and the sort of thing you only find in beers of this kind. Reminds me of why I like the style so much. Masterful.

Taste: mmmm...there's a lot to talk about...bubblegum, banana, spices, clove, dark fruits, ...but still quaffably refreshing!
An excellently sessionable brew, you can take several in all night long,
classic representation of the style.
Tasty, and quenching...gotta love it!
Lightish body, lightly spicy finish, rich and delicious.
Loveable mouthfeel, lushly carbonated, great flavor, wondrous drinkability. Class act, all the way.
Yum.

Photo of RedBaron
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good, heady weiss beer from Ayinger.

Appearance: Dark copper; nice white, fluffy head. A perfectly inviting beer with a great pour. Great CO2.
Smell: Clovish, but mixed with a malty sweetness smell.
Taste: Complex malt combinations. Finished with a nice fruitiness, and interestingly a bit of a dryness (probably a good bittering hop, maybe Tettnang). A nice, pleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a bottle-conditioned weiss beer (at least I'm assuming it's bottle-conditioned). After such a heady nose and taste, it's a bit disappointing in the overall mouthfeel. Still, there's a enough great things about this beer to offset the rather pedestrian mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Pretty damn good. Ayinger is a consistently good brewer, but this isn't my favorite for their portfolio. Their standard hefe-weiss is actually a little more grounded than this beer. Having said that, I still found this to be a nice beer to kick back with.

Photo of WTexas
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured heartily into a 0.5l Weizen glass. Nice deep golden color that was accentuated by the frothy and long lasting head. Smell was as expected for a quality German Weizen -- bananas, cloves, but with a further hint of fruitiness that was fully manifested upon tasting. The taste was truly exceptional with the flavors being more developed. I especially enjoyed the almost cola like flavors that the beer imparts. The creamy mouthfeel and well balanced carbonation only furthered the beer drinking experience. This is no ordinary Weizen. Definitely superior to Ayinger's Bräu-Weisse if you prefer a more complex beer.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first dunkel weizen. Poured into a Ayinger glass, hazy yellowish/brown color with a huge head and carbonation. I was figuring a dark color, but I guess not. Lacing is very present with a medium feel. I really like the taste for a dunkel. I could drink a few of these, for a dunkel weizen, it's very drinkable.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse is a hazy, mid-range brown shade with plenty of carbonation. The head is large and creamy with very good retention. The aroma is strong of clove with an underlying malt smell. The taste is diffenently stronger of clovey yeast flavor than the past few dunkleweizens I have sampled. The underlying malt body is tasty and helps finish a sip with a sugary sweet burst. Mouthfeel might be just a little thin to be great, but the drinkability is top notch. I found this to be a very enjoyable dunkleweizen, the stronger yeast flavor enabled Ayinger Ur-Weisse a degree of individuality from the standards I've tried.

Photo of AlexJ
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy ice-tea brown in color with a big puffy head of beige that shows no sign of stopping, leaving webby lacing as it slowly recedes.

Mmm, this is how a dunkle should smell, toasty wheat, cloves, bananas, cinnamon, raisin bread, and soft, flowery hops.

Like liquid raisin bread, this brew features flavors of roasted wheat goodness, dark fruit cake, clove, banana bread, baking spices, yeasty sweetness, and a perfect compliment of floral hops.

Body is medium, mouthfeel is juicey and slick with ridiculously big bubbles of ample carbonation.

Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a semi-hazy dark bronze to light caramel, forming a modest soapy off-white head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate-firm. Aroma is niceLots of phenols and slightly over-ripe bananas, a hint of orange, some distant caramel and the suggestion of amber malts. The mouthfeel is spritzy and semi-acidic with a clean finish and medium body. The taste is as to be expected for the style, echoing that of the aroma. Doughy at times, even mit hefe, with wheat and apple sourness, almost rye-like at times. Bitterness is quite mild.

A good all-around dunkel weizen...it doesn't stun me in any particular fashion, but it's tasty and easy to drink. Solid.

Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown with a cream colored head that lasts, leaves some lace but mostly follows the head down.

Aroma is wheat malt with some caramel mixed in, get some light nuttiness from somewhere, mixed with dried fruit and light lemon hints that mingle with clove.
Taste is the same wheat mixed with caramel and fruit, nice and spicey in finish clove mixed with some lemon and hops peaking thru, with spice lasting thru out the finish.

Mouthfeel is right about medium, nice feeling dunkel. Drinkability is good a nice example of the style.

Photo of horndecker
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnished copper, only slightly cloudy, with a fine frothy off-white head. The suds cling to the sides of the glass, subsiding slowly.

The nose is banana bread, fruity and yeasty, the merest hints of clove and medicinal hops. A bit of cocoa emerges, not much, along with a mild vegetal note.

The taste has a spicy fruit start, and a surprisingly smooth and pronounced malt behind it. It follows with a tart, drying, sudsy finish, and an herbal iced tea and honey aftertatse.

Perhaps a little lighter than expected, both in color and body, though this does not detract from the beer. Went very nicely with my sesame chicken.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice lite coppery color. Huge white head. High carbonation level. Very clear for style. Bready,banana aroma. Slightly phenolic. Malty upfront. Somewhat clove like flavor. Nice mouthfeel-very full bodied. A very drinkable beer. While not a fan of weiss beers per se this is very nice indeed. I look forward to some warm weather to have a few of these.

Photo of Litterbean
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying this style, I hope I can do it some justice.

Pours a dark orange/yellow that is very hazy due to yeast. The head forms quickly then settles down quick to a thin layer.

Smell is very in your face. Yeast hits you first, with hints of bananas which are definitely prevalent. Spices are also present.

Tastes very fruity, yeasty, and bready. There is some definite banana flavors in there, plus citrus. The banana flavor lingers on for quite a while. There is some spicy herbal stuff going on as well. I can also detect some wheat-bread like flavors somewhere in the background. Really nice beer, one that I would love to have again. Awesome introduction to the style.

Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown like an ice tea. Has a billowy white head that settles down to a thin layer. It smells of fruity esters and has a lot of citrus aroma (orange and a little banana). The taste follows in that it is fruity as well. Tastes of sweet orange, coriander, and a mild hop finish. The mouthfeel is good. There is a medium-heavy amount of carbonation. I love this beer a lot. Very drinkable. I would definately recommend it, especially on a warm summer day.

Photo of Quaffer
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was very hazy even before the addition of the yeast. After the bottle was swirled and the good stuff was added, it looked utterly thick. With its dark color (though lighter than what I expect from a dunkel ) and strongly opaque appearance, it looked like a weizen glass full of melted caramel.There were some cool striations as the sediment very slowly diffused througout the beer. The lightly rocky, off-white head rose up nicely to over two fingers and settled down quickly. There was very little lace left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Heavy yeast and citrus bit at the nose. Warmer aromas of banana and grains hovered underneath. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied but with some chewiness on the tongue. Carbonation was strong and gave the beer a spongy feeling in the mouth. It became a little rough in the throat.

Taste: Yeast, light chocolate malt, and strong wheat and grain flavors were evident from the start. There was a little bit of a lemon bite in the middle, but it was subdued and didn't contribute much more than a nice counterpoint to the warmer flavors. Those warmer flavors consisted of the aforementioned chocolate malt and some vanilla that arose in the middle. There almost seemed to be a dose of caramel sweetness as well. (I think the appearance of this brew was messing with my head.) Some light, sweet banana arose on the finish to mingle with the other flavors.

A really nice beer. I don't know why it took me this long to try it.

Photo of Tballz420
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of little bubbles rise up in this lighter-brown, hazy brew. Big foam, off-white head on the top. Nice scent with the classic hefe characteristics along with some extra maltiness. Same for the taste, you have your hefe tastes with some underlying caramel notes. A bit thin, but the taste is pretty good.

Photo of MrSeth
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't have any trouble with the head on this one. It was a big head, but it subsided fairly quickly to just a thin ring around the surface.

I can't believe how rich and complex the smell of this beer is. On one level it's citrusy, and on another it smells like fresh baked banana bread. There is a bit of a bite at the finish, like a grannysmith apple.

There are no rough edges on the taste. Smooth and slightly fruity. Not as heavy fruit on the taste as the smell. The finish is also just right. I don't like a lingering taste.. so this is exactly the kind of beer that goes well with lunch and light dinner foods.

This is an all around "good beer".

Photo of mmmbeer
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. After opening, it began to fizz up, overflowing if you're not careful. It takes several minutes to fit the whole thing into the weizen glass because of the gigantic head. Very active carbonation with a nice 3-4 inch rocky head. It's deep amber before the yeast, and after it has a muddy water/dirty bong water look that you can't see through. Keeps a nice blanket of foam but almost no lacing. Smells awesome - bananas and clove spiciness with lemon that becomes more pronounced at warmer temps. Taste delivers same flavors, along with a little bit of caramel and some hops in the background. Almost tastes like candy when warming. The beer has a fairly carbonated, crisp feel even as it warms, but this adds to the refreshing qualities of the beer. I could go for another one.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pop the cap, and prepare for a huge eruption of foam, even from an undisturbed bottle. Pours a color that looks like coke mixed with mountain dew, with an eventual small creamy head on top of the beer. Lots of yeasty clove flavors in the nose. Taste is sharp with yeasty spice, with some sweet maltiness, and a decent hop finish. Mouthfeel could be more full, but doesn't detract from the beer. Except for the instability of the product, this is a very good beer.

Photo of allengarvin
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle in a weizen glass.

Appearance: Light copper color, unusually clear for the style. Typical large head, though dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Phenolic clove aroma, slight fruit, and a fair scent of wheat.

Flavor: Slightly bready malt flavor, with very good phenols (my favorite flavor component of weizens). Fruit is restrained, but nice (reminds me a little of slightly sour green apples). Finish is quite tart.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and spritzy: just right for the style.

I feel this beer is about halfway between an ordinary hefeweizen and a dunkel hefe. The more caramel-like flavors of the darker malt is mostly absent. It's still an excellent, very drinkable weizen, though.

Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet wheat malt scent with some crystal malts. It is full of fruitiness and clove aromas; very nice. The taste is good. It has a dry, yet extremely fruity wheat malt flavor with a yeasty finish. It goes down easy and has a smooth malty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a real burp producer. This is a fine Dunkel Weizen. It has excellent aroma and taste, but the mouthfeel tanks. This is a good drinker despite being overcarbonated.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Significantly murky tawny with a voluminous head of whipped ecru froth that appears too soft to leave much lace... and doesn't. The nose is simply wonderful. I had expected the dark maltiness to overwhelm the classic weizen scents of banana and clove (which I love). Instead, the toasted dark caramel aromas compliment the yeast in an intriguing way.

Ur-Weisse has a beautiful flavor profile; bananas, tart apples and clove combine in a tasty, spiced fruit salad. I don't mean to be repetitive, but the flavor is like the aroma in that the toasted, toffee-like maltiness dovetails nicely with the fruit and spice. The hefe weizen personality (the yeast, in other words) is still dominant; to the beer's unending benefit and to my unending delight.

The softness and seamlessness of the flavor profile is offset to some degree by a vigorous amount of carbonation, but it isn't enough to ruin the mouthfeel or the experience. The body is a little more full than Brau-Weisse's (as it should be) and the beer is nicely quenching, a characteristic that it shares with all good German weizens.

I'm not sure that I like this beer quite as much as I like Brauerei Aying's standard hefe weizen, but it's extremely close. Ur-Weisse is obviously a quality beer that should have no trouble finding adherents from every corner of the beer landscape. I'll be buying it again, of that I'm sure. This just might be my favorite version.

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