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

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905 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 47
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 jmperez
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i enjoyed this dunkel weizen very much. Poured a hazy copper with a thin white head. Aromas of roasted malts, clove, banana and apple. Tastes much the same except the apple is more pronounced. Medium body, light carbination. I could drink this with some apple pie. Ya that sounds good.

jmperez, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of dvb
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my big weizen glass.

A - Lighter than I expected. Nice head, but no lacing whatsoever.

S - I get smoke and cloves.

T - Wheat (obviously), bananas, cloves, smoke.

M - Somewhat watery, but no different than what I expect from a wheat beer.

D - I could have another, although the smoke is somewhat off-putting.

dvb, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lot lighter color than I expected. About halfway between the usual color of a dunkel and a normal hefe. The head is off-white and about 1" tall. The smell has some fruit notes with a steady wheat smell. Taste is similar, sort of sweet, minimal bitterness, good maltiness to it but the wheat still carries the taste. the traditional banana and clove are present. Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. Overall, this is not the #1 best dunkel I have ever had, but it is a wonderful beer. It fits nicely between a big hefe and a lighter dunkel.

gkunkle, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sediment-laden beer pours a pale golden orange color. Its head is white and fizzy, standing two fingers high and retaining well. Yeasty particulates are noted, as well as medium carbonation. The aroma is malty and heavily wheated. There are strong whiffs of under ripe green bananas, with other spice and floral notes. The yeast is noted and a bit chalky. As is expected, the taste begins with bright wheat. Here there are also cloves and other dark spices. The middle opens up with the sweetness of banana heavy esters. Everything blends and amplifies at the top of the sip, quickly disappearing down the throat for a smooth and calm finish of malts. The aftertaste follows suit, and breathes with more of that clove, and a sour wheatiness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to heavy, and slightly prickly. The mouth is coated nicely and is fully satiated. The abv is appropriate, hardly palpable, and, when coupled with the beer's smoothness, makes for a highly drinkable beverage.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was its bold aroma and clean, crisp finish. The style of brew dictates darker, hefe-like aromas, and this brew had them all. It was very wheaty and estery, with that perfect darkening twist of malt and spice. With such robust scents it would seem that one or more of them could overpower the brew's taste, but here, we are given a nicely blended brew with a surprisingly delicate finish.

TheBrewo, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (bought and reviewed in Germany) into a flute glass.

Look - Light amber in color, a little murky. Good 2 fingers of foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - probably nobel hops. Maybe somewhat of a banana aroma, but very subtle.

Taste - Lovely wheat taste. Banana smell is present in the taste as well. The toastiness in the taste makes this one taste like beer banana bread. Texture is fairly well-balanced, maybe a little toward the creamier side.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and good brew. Probably a little too cold. We were keeping the beers outside in temps below freezing.

Nerudamann, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- poured into a weizen glass. Cloudy copper in color with a 2 finger white head. Great head retention, stayed constant the whole way down.

Smell- Bananas, clove, some bready malt.

Taste- Your typical banana and clove flavor profile, a bit toned down by the darker malts in this one (which I personally prefer). A hint of caramel. A touch of citrus hops as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, fairly high carbonation.

Overall- Solid Dunkelweizen, for the price you can not go wrong with this one.

JLeege, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a little light for what I'm used to seeing out of a Dunkelweizen. A light copper color with a massive, soapy, off-white head.

S: Starts off with the usual suspects such as banana, bubblegum, and clove. An almost sourdough breadiness which is a bit different as well. Some hints of floral hops are present as well.

T: A big blast of banana and clove flavors to begin. Fairly sweet with a surprisingly prominent level of floral hoppiness. A subtle to moderate bitterness and some light citrus. Not quite as bready and hearty as I had hoped for.

M: The body is medium with a pretty high level of carbonation that gives a slightly creamy feel.

D: Dunkelweizens continue to be a bit of a weird style to me. This one was one of the better examples I've had, but still not quite as enjoyable as a traditional hefeweizen or weizenbock.

womencantsail, Dec 06, 2010
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. The first snow has hit, but I can't wait til it melts in spring to dive into this wheat beer.

This beer pours a murky medium orange-brown hue, with tons of tight, billowy, puffy eggshell white head, which leaves a few splashes of splotchy lace around the glass upon its retreat, during which I can weirdly hear crackling fizzy noises from a few feet away.

It smells of sweet, spicy wheat malt, banana, rising brown bread, savoury clove, and a further bit of zingy earthy yeast. The taste follows quite consistently - fairly sweet toasted wheat and caramelized barley malt, sharp banana esters, muddled spices, with the clove now mostly indistinguishable, and a welcome, but underwhelmingly effective drying earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is lightly spritzy at first, but settles to a very dull hum rather swiftly, the body just on the light side of medium weight, a wee bit foamy and airy, but quite smooth overall. It finishes a tad off-dry, the softly bready, malty sweetness losing a small step, and the spice and fruit morphing into a singular entity.

A rather pleasant gap-filler between a hefeweizen and dunkel, the roasted character parrying the inherent banana bread essence quite nicely. While this does entail an uptick in the sweetness, somehow it all just dovetails into an enjoyable, entirely drinkable affair, with a little extra kick for good measure.

biboergosum, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of claybeer
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dirty orange-ish brown color. It has a slight cloudy shade with a tan light head. It's a little skunky and a fresh grain smell. I get some of a bread yeast on the nose as well. The sweet bread like flavor carries over on the tongue with a classic hefe banana flavor. The finish is soft and pleasant. It lingers for just a moment. Good wheat Beer.

claybeer, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, cloudy, yellow with a full three finger fluffy head and nice lacing.

S: Fruity and light, very much like a hefeweizen, less like a Dunkel. Clove and Banana dominate the nose.

T: Very smooth taste. Apples and bananas predominantly, rounded out by some spiciness. Dry finish.

MF: Smack of carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Very high. Very drinkable beer. Much lighter than your average Dunkel.

russwbeck, Oct 28, 2010
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
Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
91 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.