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

Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse

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817 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a semi-opaque brown/gold color. One finger off-white head, dissipated quickly leaving lacing. Aroma of wheat, clove, light carmel malt. A pleasant dunkelwiezen with strong carbonation, light fruit, spice and wheat flavors. Slightly rougher than Weinstephanen, but still very pleasant. Refreshing and tasty. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:45:28 | More by LiquidAmber
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a full three-finger head that settles quite slowly
S: Clove & banana with hints of bubblegum and wheat
T: This matches the nose perfectly- clove & bananas up front with lesser notes of bananas and wheat to round it out.
M: Medium-bodied with a nice zest though a short-ish finish.
O: I tried this tonight along with Ayinger's Brau-Weisse. Both were similar and both very good, though the Helles style of the Brau (vs the Ur's Dunkel) showed a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 03:06:43 | More by ONUMello
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bnes09

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish orange color. Big head on the pour with great frothy retention and thick lines of lacing.

Aroma of smooth wheat, yeast and floral hops.

Big wheat flavor on the bready end and quite smooth. Solid citric hop with spicy ginger notes. Yeast and clove character rounds it out. Excellent balance.

Very smooth feel and well carbonated. Medium body with lingering yeast texture.

Really good dunkel. Lots of flavor and complexity. A treat to consume.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 05:29:47 | More by bnes09
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.60 for the 500ml bottle.

It pours a dark gold/rusty colour, hazy, with a solid 1 finger head of foam and it leaves some excellent lacing.

It smells spicy, mostly fruity. Cloves, bananas, big whiffs of wheat. Very nice.

Big banana flavours in the taste, mild clove, wheat, nice flavours all around. Delicious and so soothing and easy drinking. Lowish carbonation and medium bodied makes for an enjoyable mouthfeel.

This is such a great value for what you get. It's been way to long since I last drank this.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 19:07:14 | More by Bitterbill
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#500 on untappd! Cheers!

Body isnt as dark as I expected, but still just dark enough to be a Dunkel. Looks almost exactly like Schneider Weisse. Head isnt as fluffy as I want either.

Smell is more roasty malt than yeast esters. I do get a hint of banana and sweet clove. Lots of wheat twang as well.

Initially theres just sweet rich roasted wheat. Then comes in a chewy malty banana. Very full bodied and thick for the style. Hints of an estery booze as well. Sweet notes of caramel and toffee flash across the tongue every so often. It really meshes with the banana flavors well.

Although its full bodied, it finishes smooth and clean, like every German beer should.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 15:53:29 | More by VncentLIFE
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into Weihenstephan Weissbier glass.

BBE May 2012

A- 3 finger creamy white head producing good lacing/retention. The body is a slightly darker shade of cloudy amber/orange classic hefeweizen colour. Reminds of Schneider weiss original.

S- Classic clove with a more fruity quality than expected. Along with the usual hint of banana, some apple and pear is noticeable.

T- Clove and banana up front, with this sweet juicy apple note coming through in the clean light finish.

M- Medium/light body and carbonation. Refreshing but not lifeless/weak bodied.

D- A very tasty weisse. I really liked the more complex fruity notes compared to the more mainstream examples. Retained a good refreshing mouthfeel. Would happily drink on a summers afternoon under the shade of an oak tree.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 21:47:57 | More by seanyfo
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse has an extremely thick, pillowy, off-white head and cloudy, orange appearance with thin bubble streams. After swishing the bottom third of the bottle, there are numerous gray blobs, which settle at the bottom and a thick, gray, descending cloud. The aroma is of white wheat bread, some banana, and cloves. Taste is similar and one also gets a little bit of bitterness, but that’s minimal. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ayinger Ur-Weisse finishes fairly dry and quite refreshing. This is a good beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 21:01:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
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brewcore

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, unfiltered, honey gold color. Yields a two finger creamy white head. Excellent lacing; leaving sheets down the glass.

S: Wheat and bananas, one may say banana bread. Syrupy honey like sweetness fills the nose. A rich smelling weizen.

T: The expected banana and cloves with a touch of the honey sweetness that comes through the nose.

M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Great, easy drinkability.

O: A really good weizen. Great for the weizen style, but I expected something a bit darker being a dunkel. Not upset by any means though.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 22:13:02 | More by brewcore
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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with a decent white head. Carbonation can be seen.

S: Wheat, cloves, yeast, and a hint of lemon.

T: Starts with wheat then goes into lemon and cloves. The lemon has a bit of tartness. The finish has a hint of grapefruit hops and faint bready malt.

M: Medium with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Nice lighter beer. Has everything you'd expect from a dunkel. Would be great for a fall or spring night.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 23:22:53 | More by RunForYourBeer
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jcomp21

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer is a beautiful orange-ish amber. It is very hazy and has a soft glow. Thousands of bubbles stream up from the bottom very quickly. There was about a finger and a half of head, tan in color with a very sudsy look. Tight little bubbles.

Smell - Has your classic wheat smell, very clovey and spicy banana. It smells very rich.

Taste - Wow. I like this better than any hef I've ever had. Very malty with a little tartness. A touch more grapefruit and hops on the front of the mouth, with a biscuit/bready finish.

Mouthfeel - excellent. Very sudsy and drier than expected. A bit soapy in texture.

Overall - While I'm not a huge hefeweizen fan, if I'm gonna drink a wheat beer, this is the one!

see you on the next one.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 20:56:17 | More by jcomp21
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey brown with a 2 inch foamy light beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat bread, yeast, spices, and some light fruity aromas. Taste is slightly tart and is of wheat, overripe banana, yeast, and some slightly bitter spice flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 04:31:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a two finger thick creamy off-white head. The head reduces by about 25% but has great retention. There is significant lacing observed.

S: Lots of banana + clove in the nose of this beer with some much lighter hints of wheat and sweet malts.

T: This beer starts out a little sweet with some caramel notes to the malts and wheat, followed by the flavors of banana + clove, and finishes with a hint of toastiness and bitterness. Very nice complexity and balance to the flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue like a champagne.

O: Very easy to drink and very refreshing, definitely a session beer that makes me want to sit outside on the beautiful spring day that it is today and have several of these - though it would be much better in a beer garden in Bavaria.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 23:43:34 | More by dbrauneis
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vkv822

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a hazy apricot-orange with a foamy off white head.

Aroma is quite fruity upfront, banana being the most predominant, but balanced nicely with other assorted fruit notes. Has a light, clove-y Weizen yeast finish.

A pleasant taste, some light fruit and clove. A bit subdued overall though.

A medium body with a fair bit of prickly carbonation.

Very nice nose, but the tastes were a bit subdued, and the carbonation was just a bit much at times.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 08:47:57 | More by vkv822
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up in my pursuit of reviewing all 104 styles. I like the Ayinger offerings in the past, and I felt like this would be the best choice to fit the style.

I saw hefeweizen on the label, and I immediately went looking for banana esthers when I opened the bottle. I didn't get any then, but I did get a decent dose in my first sip.

I put this beer up against italian, and it performed well with the olive oil, tomato sauce, and balsamic vinegar. I like the balance of banana, a little sour, and breadyness. This is a very good beer. You can even get it pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:22:39 | More by ummswimmin
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

MMurky copper orange in color with yellow hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a thick, dense foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap. Sweet fruit and banana aromas with hints of wheat and clove. Crisp feel with aggressive yet delicate carbonation. Sweet fruit and banana flavors up front with banana flavors intensifying through the middle. A touch of clove in the middle to the finish. finishes crisp and dry. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:08:10 | More by IronLover
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RollBounce

New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

banana rushes the palate on this one, foamy white head hangs out, some peanut butter on the mid palate, nice citrus characteristics on the sides, spice notes can be found on the quick finish, spring and summer in a glass.

overall, this is an easy drinking beer, could have had a longer finish, but a great showing of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 23:36:39 | More by RollBounce
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:14:00 | More by jmdrpi
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JizackFH

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark golden orange copper color. There are some bright golden highlights at the bottom of the glass. There is about three fingers of white pillowy head on top. The head doesn't last long, and there is just a little bit of lace left behind. This beer is just awesome looking.

S - The nose has a good amount of bready malt. There is a nice banana aroma, as well as some cove, dark fruits, and some floral notes.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts out with some sweet malt and wheat flavors. There is a good bit of banana and clove, as well as some subtle dark fruit flavors. There is a nice toastiness to it, and some yeasty esters. The finish leaves some lingering wheat, banana, and clove.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down really easy, and it has a super smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness as well as some spices. There are some yeasty esters, and a very little bit of bitterness on the back end. I thought this was pretty refreshing, and it just goes down really easily.

O - This has good drinkability. It has really nice flavor, and I would have no problem downing a few glasses of this, especially on a nice warm day. Overall, I think it is a really nice beer, and a good representation of the style. I'm not the most familiar with dunkelweizens, but I look forward to trying more. Anyways, I recommend checking this one out, I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 10:04:15 | More by JizackFH
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TheCondor

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at my in-laws house once when I had already drank for a while. Even in my inebriated state, I said to myself "damn self, that's a good beer. We gotta try that one when we get sober." Fast forward a few months, hanging at the liqour store, and I remember...Ayinger! Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a medium brown, almost orange color with a towering, dominating, intimidating four finger head that is like whipped cream. Although the head didn't last long and there wasn't much lacing, this beer is to appearance what Arnold was to symmetry in bodybuilding. Impressive!

Smell - The nose is a strong malty/banana/bread smell. I knew as soon as I took a whiff that this beer would not disappoint.

Taste - Follows the nose to a T. Heavy on the bread, bananas and other light fruit, malty finish. I swear it tasted to me like banana bread, with a dash of excellence. This is an incredible taste.

Mouthfeel - Good strong finish, have the aftertaste of malts and barley streaming all the way up through my sinus cavities. This a beer that lets you know you are drinking a good strong beer from the Deutschland, not some industrial pee-water mass prodcution garbage. Man those guys know how to make a beer.

Overall - Incredible. Wonderful. Like drinking sex, except it lasts longer (joke...maybe). This beer is highly recommeded no matter your tastes. I'm not much of a dunkel guy, more of an IPA, but this will overwhelm you with awesomeness. I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:44:51 | More by TheCondor
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is a billowy three inches in height, and recedes slowly into two inches of fluffy foam that sticks in chunks to the sides of the glass, and lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of tons of cloves, and ample bananas with a hint of roasted malt. The taste is more balanced between the banana and clove elements with some nice malt tones underneath. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a chewy texture, and appropriately high carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer that I will surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 21:23:42 | More by KarlHungus
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 1 pint 9oz poured into a wiess glass. Bottle lists ABV but does not list DBD.

A: Cloudy dark orange with over a finger length pure white head.

S: Banana, clove, lemon, and bread, caramel, butter popcorn, and fruity esters.

T: Sunny lemon joins heavy bread. The finish has a malty backbone, spice, and warming alcohol.

M: On the heavy side of medium and creamy.

O: An excellent wheat beer with intense fruity flavors, creamy bread, and malty accents. Though not as light or zingy as other weiss can be, this is a bit of a heavier more serious sipper which is meant to be slowly enjoyed and savored.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:17:17 | More by ianjsullivan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

Super large typical styrofoamy head, kind of like a meringue top nice and white hints at cream and egg sheen. Body color is a classic amber and cloudy murky yellow. Lots of rising carbonation.

Nose is sweet clove, toasted malts and grain. A little bit of orange in there. A bit of ripping dry husk action. Real nice lovely nose.

Chewy palate mixes with just the right amount of playful carbonation. Lingering finish. Palate is rich in malts and dark spices with some dry action. A chewy feel, with clove like aromatics, very much so on the finish. Borderline creamy texture but the carbonation cuts through that just slightly.

Overall, a great example of the style and tasty. More Ayinger win.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 01:39:53 | More by smakawhat
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Weisse glass 7/1/12

A murky brownish orange liquid completely saturated with big bubbles, large off white head has decent retention and a few random patches of lace

S a little fruity with some honey wheat bread to go with the usual suspects of bruised banana, clove and a little chewing gum

T a little more spice and just a hint of booze I couldn't smell, just a little toffee and everything else I could smell

M enters silky then gets a little foamy from the bubbles, medium bodied with a grainy aftertaste

O pretty solid beer for a good price, I was expecting something darker but this did just fine for me

not the best I've had from Ayinger but that still puts it above most German beers I've tried. pick one up if you see it along with anything else these guys make

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:51:01 | More by wordemupg
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a yardstick glass. Merry f'n Christmas!

A: Due to the way I poured it into the said glass (read: as aggressively as possible), it came out with one of the biggest damn heads I've ever seen. Forget measuring it in fingers, this thing would have had to been measured in FEET. And it was beautiful to boot. Frustratingly, the head retention is excellent. The body itself is a very cloudy, murky dark copper color that looks vibrant.

S: Apple, banana, cloves, and that trademark "bubblegum" smell dominate the nose. Smells a bit tangy, as well. Nice!

T: Very refreshing stuff. The typical wheat beer esters are there in full force (bubblegum, banana, cloves), but it also has a tangy apple quality that mixes beautifully with the other flavors. I have to say that I slightly prefer the flavor profile of a hefeweizen, but I can really taste the top-notch quality in this.

M: Nice smoothness, with refreshing carbonation. The feel of the beer doesn't stand out, but holy shit, is it easy drinking.

O: Like I said, if given a choice between a hefe and a dunkel, I'll probably take a hefe. But this is nonetheless an excellent beer. If you've never had the style before, this is a great place to start.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:15:18 | More by ThisWangsChung
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TownDunkel

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger, never had heard of it but I figured a with a bavarian dunkel you cant go wrong for Christmas Eve.

Appearance - a murky orange brown. Not that is looks unfiltered but it has a nice opaqe quality to it.

Smell - The smell first told me I had got a quality beer. Hoppy, yeasty, crisp, and faint green apple tones.

Taste - Perfection! Just what a dunkel should be. Crips, fresh, good hop flavor and also the crisp apples come back. Perfect aftertaste that doesn't linger too long.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is right on for this beer. Not overpowering or leaving me wanting. Just cant beat it.

Overall - 4.5 One of the best dunkels (or beers) I have had thus far. I will buy this one again and through the year

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:46:43 | More by TownDunkel
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.