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

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911 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 49
Gots: 39 | 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 dhilltop2000
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a head! Poured from a cold (probably too cold) refrigerated bottle and an aggressive pour yielded approximately 3" of beer and 11" of head. The head was loosely packed and quite irregular. A hazy pale ale color. The smell was nice with light doughy, banana, citrus aroma. The taste yield the same. Although I am not a fan of weisse beer, this beer seemed to add a slight ale depth to a common hefe.

dhilltop2000, Aug 13, 2006
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 pweis909
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle with no dating.

There was a big rocky head, but the color seemed a bit light for a dunkel. Oh well. Who cares about color?
There is a bubblegum-banana smell, typical of style.
Taste, however, is slightly sour, not what I'm looking for out of a wheat.
Very little about it is special. Bottomline: I wish I didn't spend $3.40 for a bottle.

pweis909, May 24, 2006
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$4.99 / ea.

A: Hazy deep straw body topped with a huge rocky head of moderate retention that leaves behind light foamy lace and a rocky cover.

S: Dominated by clove spice with hints of banana ester poking through. Light flowery hop profile in the background. Pretty standard fare for a hefeweizen.

T: Sweet banana has a stronger presence here than than in the nose, but retains the same potent clove character. Just enough hop bitterness to balance and no lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light carbonic bite, and distinct smoothness throughout.

D: A bit too sweet for my taste, but the flavors and mouthfeel are spot-on for the style. Worth a try, but there are better examples if you are looking to indulge in hefeweizen.

O: I've had much better from Ayinger.

dpnelson1978, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 10, 2005
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 beerguy101
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color, large head. Aroma is malty with a slight banana nose. Light bodied dunkel. Mild taste, sweet malts, definite banana and clove flavor, slight hop bite. Fruity taste, apples and raisins. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 8/10/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown yellow color body that is very cloudy and effervescent. Big white foamy head. Aroma is very effervescent, citrusy, and lemony with some wheat. Not a very strong taste. Wheaty, citrusy, effervescent. Watery. A nice light beer.

jujubeast6000, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Kyroqz
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Kyroqz, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of dalvarez85
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

dalvarez85, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of EvanWilliams
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

EvanWilliams, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an IPA glass. Don't ask.

Look: Murky caramel body. Cream colored head with decent retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Buttered bread, toffee, and some old world European skunkiness.

Taste: Wheat, toasted bread, butter, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth.

Overall: Probably would get a perfect score if I had this fresh. Too many weird flavors from being an export.

JuicesFlowing, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of TheDM
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium sized head of finely sized white bubbles and a transparent brown body. It had a mild hop aroma if any aroma at all. Its malty fruity flavor finishes slightly fizzy. We paid $7.49 for this brew which was not worth the price IMHO.

TheDM, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber-brown in color, with profuse cabonation and a small white head, and thick glass-coating lace.

Aroma; Bread notes, yeast, spice, and a slight earth note, hints of banana and cloves, complex and interesting.

Taste: Opens with a wave of clove spices, and lesser notes of ripe bananas, midway through the taste, some malt notes appear, finishes dry with grain flavors, lingering notes of apples and grape skins, and slight hops.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant example, although less than outstanding, seems a bit understated.

Presentation: Packaged in a half-liter (16.9 ounce) brown glass bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, May 07, 2006
Photo of hotstuff
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewed poured a medium-large white head with small-medium bubbles. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass. Carbonation was observed rising to the top. It had a fruity aroma to it and it was a bit on the watery side. I did not notice any bitterness or aftertaste with this brew; however, I was disappointed with this brew as I expected it to be better since it is brewed by Ayinger.

hotstuff, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very odd color. A cloudy blond/brown color if that makes any sense. A huge rocky head forms with very good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Yeast, banana, and spice. Some very over ripe fruity aromas that does not work for me.
T: Sweet and malty. Light banana, yeast, and spice. Again, like the nose, over ripe fruit. Almost rotten.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry, creamy, and smooth. Not hard to drink. I am not really inclined to keep coming back for more though.

Not bad, but nothing that really does it for me. I am just kind of uninspired with this.

champ103, Oct 19, 2009
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 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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow wheat beer. Sour wheat and corn and banana and honey-like malt/yeast combo, and brown sugar grains.. Sharp coriander and cloves, better with some juice or slice of citrus. Thin creamy mouthfeel. Lightly acidic. Mild carbonation. Malt and banana aftertaste.

Sammy, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent amber color with a massive head with the texture frothy and the color and off white, the lace forms a fine shade to cover the glass from view. Nose is quite complex with aromas of malt, citrus, wheat or bread dough, sweet as it the start with the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is sparsely acidic, pleasantly hopped, dry long lasting aftertaste and all in all a very drinkable beer.

Gusler, Nov 30, 2002
Photo of ojiikun
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully cloudy muddy amber, as all dunkel heffers should. I would tell you about the head, but I apparantly turned my back for 15 seconds - and it was gone. Nothing creamy about this one, very 'champagne'.

Dunkel malts smell really nice, along with promising upfront bitters.

Initial taste is a bit mediciney, but a dry medium body doesn't give the notion much time to live. The taste is best right after the swallow, and again far down the line - there is a bit of sweetness after all the bitterness fades.

Fairly drinkable, thanks to the non-existant traces of alcohol. Tempered by one's respective love for astringent bitters. Could go down very well indeed on a hot day with some grilled sausages!

ojiikun, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of jmdrpi
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle, no date

appears a cloudy rust color with orange highlights. 1" white head that fades down to a thin covering, but good retention. spicey aroma of clove, with the typical banana notes, but not quite as much as regular hefeweizens.

similar taste to the aroma, wheat dominates but is a bit muted by some darker malt. smooth body, medium carbonation.

overall - I like this style better than most hefeweizens, and it seems to fit the style description to a t

jmdrpi, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of yelterdow
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at just over fridge temperature in the brewery's traditional weizen glass.

Appearance- Pours a murky brownish orange color into the glass... I'm noticing chunks of yeast traverse on their way downward and coming to rest at the bottom. The beer is almost completely opaque, and the head starts three fingers high before it settles slowly to a fat white hat.

Smell- Notes of banana, clove, bread, and light phenols showcase this sweet, yeasty beer...

Taste- The yeasty, bread-like character supercedes any flavors of banana and clove, playing down these flavors much more than many other dunkel-weizens. The overall palate is quite clean, but much more simple and straightforward than I like for the style. Honest as always, but really basic.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth but very active in the mouth, where the carbonation really takes off and begs to be paired with traditional German fare... I could especially see sauerbraten or pork sausage with sauerkraut going well with this. The drinkability is excellent, where the flavors are somewhat weak... it's definitely a candidate for this summer's session brews.

yelterdow, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of MAB
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a 500 ml bottle. Nice size...
After opening, the carbonation overflowed the top and continued to run out. Poured into a glass and it stopped. Head was thin then disappeared. Carbonation was still active in the glass.

Smell- Caramel notes, malt.
Taste- Caramel, very little hop flavor. Sweet, but not cloying. Nice.
Mouthfeel- Thin but not watery.

Overall, a decent enough beer.

Side note: It goes well with chocolate covered peanuts. ( I happened to be snacking on them after the first samples of the brew.)

MAB, Apr 03, 2008
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.