Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

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

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
561 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
561
Ratings:
1,086
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
109
For Trade:
0
Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 561 | Ratings: 1,086
Photo of Fuller
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Dark cloudy copper in color with a large white fluffy head with good retention. Leaves a nice amount of lacing all around the glass. Smell is normal for the style - bananas, cloves, citrus and a hint of spice. Taste is excellent with sweet banana, wheat, some spice and a hint of hops.

An excellent beer that is very drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in a sitting and not get tired of it. Another winner from Ayinger.

 481 characters

Photo of GotWad629
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells just like a weisse should. Banana and clove but with more malt.

Light, crisp, and effervescent. mmm banana, clove, sweet malt, and some slight bitterness. More malt than a regular wheat beer which makes it perfect for colder weather.

Light and bubbly mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Makes me want to take a trip to Bavaria.

 409 characters

Photo of Windigstadt
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ayinger Ur-Weisse is by far the lightest Dunkelweizen I've sampled, pouring a light copper hue. Coincidentally, it reminds me somewhat of my favorite American Dunkelweizen, New Glarus's Copper Kettle, in appearance.

S: Unlike most Dunkelweizens, which are clove-forward in aroma, this is much more balanced between the clove and banana. A slight yeast bite, typical of a Hefe, rounds out the aroma.

T: Just as the aroma is more banana-forward with the Ayinger, so is the flavor. And as the appearance would suggest, it's much closer to the flavor of a traditional flavor than are most Dunekweizens. You get the flavor of wheat bread mixed with some banana and just a little nuttiness to tell you it's not a regular Hefe. It's also a bit sweeter than a standard Hefe, with some caramel notes present. A good beer, don't get me wrong; it's just not "Dunkel" enough for my taste...

M: Effervescent like any other Weizen.

D: Light and refreshing... a great session beer.

Overall: A nice change of pace from a regular Hefeweizen, and maybe a good introduction to the style for those who don't like darker beers. For those looking for a significant departure from the Hefeweizen style, however, you might want to look elsewhere.

 1,230 characters

Photo of demitriustown
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

17 oz bottle: Aroma is a bready, yeast, roasted caramel malt, light fruits, and spices. Appearance is a murky brown with a thin off white head that diminishes into a soapy film at the top of the glass. Taste is rather effervescent with a bubbly apple and and rather mild caramel malt taste with the yeast present in the the taste as well. Other flavors are clove, some banana, and bread. Overall, It's a very drinkable Dunkelweizen. Wheat and with a nice wiezen texture.

 470 characters

Photo of James954
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's honestly an overpriced Franziskaner....and I like Franziskaner! But it's overpriced!

Differences are: A heavier mouth-feel and a better head when poured out of the bottle.

Ayinger has great stuff. But price sometimes becomes an obstacle for them when compared to others.

 278 characters

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A good beer! Very smooth and pleasant to drink. I get a lot of bread to the taste with some sort of fruit like an apple. It tastes great but in my opinion I rather have Ayinger's brau weisse. It is a different style of beer but I liked the taste a bit more.

 257 characters

Photo of Muhly
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from 500ml bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a weizen glass.

A-Pours a cloudy brown/gold. A large amount of head that drops rapidly. Lacing forms, but slips quickly down the side when tipped.

S-Sweet malts with banana.

T-Round malty sweetness followed by banana. I believe a previous reviewer thought it tasted like banana cream pie and that is an accurate description of what I'm getting here. Finishes with spicy (could be phenols?) hop bitterness.

M-Quite carbonated, but still a bit creamy. Nothing terribly special. A hint of warmth from the alcohol.

O-I really like this beer. I've enjoyed in the past and thought I had detected more of a caramel/almost toasted marshmallow in the finish. I didn't pick that up this time around, but it is an extremely enjoyable beer. I will go back to this when I'm craving a weisse.

 844 characters

Photo of mydeadguy
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

 631 characters

Photo of jubnat
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden color, with haze. Nice white head, stays pretty much for the whole beer. Strong smell when I first poured it. Tastes very strongly of bananas, and fruity, a little sour, and a little sweet. Feels crisp with carbonation, but not too much. My first experience with a dunkel weizen, and it is great. I need to remember to get this again.

 352 characters

Photo of abedenbaugh
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:The beer has a medium amber color with a good deal of hazy from the yeast. The head is white with very fine carbonation.
S: There is a sweet smell with a little bit of esters and phenols in the background. It smells of bananas,cloves, and a little bit of citrus. Overall the smell is mild but very nice.
T:The beer taste of wheat with just enough balance from the esters and phenols. In the beginning there is a little bit of sweetness. There is a little bit of spiciness and citrus coming out in the middle and end of the palate. Also the flavor stays with you for awhile afterwards. Overall the flavors are all balanced very well.
MF:Medium body beer with an average amount of carbonation. It feels good in the mouth.
D:Overall I think this is a really good beer. The flavor is very easy going and refreshing. I would love to order more than one of these beers.

 866 characters

Photo of Carrier4
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nice and sweet, Huge head, and smells great, The taste is good, pretty complex and unique. However it made me feel pretty sick sitting my stomach, i dont know why.

 164 characters

Photo of ifnkovhg
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I prefer dunkel hefes to the regular, and I prefer Ayinger's Ur-Weisse among the dunkels I've tried (including Weihenstephaner).

The appearance is light tan with an off-white head that lingers.

The nose is malty with cloves, banana and a flash of bubble gum.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not overly carbonated, but a bit heavy. Creamy.

I love how this tastes. I don't know how else to describe it other than as a dark hefeweizen. All the typical hefe tastes are there -- cloves, banana, etc. -- but the malts are more pronounced. The beer is not as tangy as a hefe. Whereas a standard hefe might be a distant cousin of a witbier, this is a distant cousin of a malty amber (plus a hefe's spiciness). Very smooth on the palate.

This might not be a warm-weather beer. It feels a bit heavy compared to regular hefes. The higher alcohol content is also a factor.

Y'all need to try this.

 877 characters

Photo of JMWEB2
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden body, two finger head slowly leaves a thin white head, very nice.

S: Wheaty, fruit smell, think its banana. Also getting some malt, and clove.

T: There is a yeast character in the taste, there is a bready sweetness and a dry finsh. Tasted a little banana and some spice. Very tasty Dunkel.

M: Lighter body than I expected finish is clean and refeshing. Very drinkable.

O: I enjoyed this brew, Ayinger is one of my favorites.

 443 characters

Photo of RiekerStarBrew
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out was just beautiful. It had a white, pillowy head. The beer was a cloudy, apple cider color. The aroma was fruity with bananas and spices. The aroma also had a slight sourness. The flavor was smooth and creamy with a banana flavor and an alcohol finish. This is a very good, drinkable beer.

 310 characters

Photo of RandyV
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

 275 characters

Photo of teejay76
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden pour with plenty of white head that stayed until the end.

Smell - Citrus and hops.

Taste - Caramel citrus with decent hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, not watery. I'd say it's a medium body.

Drinkability - It was alright, above average but not memorable.

 272 characters

Photo of BogleHill
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

 317 characters

Photo of brewcore
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

 565 characters

Photo of Dinglehacker
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured pint bottle into weizen glass. Light amber, persistent fingernail of head which stays for the entire drinking process.

Nose of banana bread and malt, but very light.

Taste is much the same, but there's also nutmeg and a surprising cherry note in the mix as well.

Carb bite on the end, but a smooth mouth overall.

A good, hearty dunkelweizen, typical of the lighter varieties.

 389 characters

Photo of Mryup
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A stunning golden honey with an F5 level haze. A medium pour produces two inches of dense white head that mellows out to 1/8 an inch.

S: A stiff wheat attacks the nostrils with plenty of fruit to back it up. Pear, banana and apples. Some clove is there and maybe a smidge of coriander. Very nice. Solid is the word I would use.

T: Wow. The apples really stand out with the wheat. Pear edges in with the banana but they both take the back seat. God that is delicious. No coriander but some nice clove that duh! obviously pairs well with the apple and wheat. Not complicated but they nailed it.

M: A medium bodied mouthfeel with high CO2. Well thought out as it gives this beer a character that is symbiotic with the flavor and style.

D: Amazingly drinkable. MMMMmmmm....5.8% alcohol? You wouldn't even know it.

 816 characters

Photo of dvb
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

 344 characters

Photo of dhilltop2000
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

 408 characters

Photo of ajchocholousek
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy darker golden-amber color. Big just-barely off-white head that fizzed up vigorously, but dissipated quite quickly, leaving almost no lacing on the glass. The nose hits big with clove, banana, apple, and a firm amount of....tobacco? Whaaa? Yeah! Very prickly, light, effervescent mouthfeel leads to a malty, fruity, slightly caramelly taste with big notes of banana, bubblegum, and spicy clove. Finishes beautifully dry, yet leaves just enough banana and yeasty sweetness on your tongue to have you coming back for more! Burps are all banana bombs. Hell yeah! A truly fine beer. Refreshing, satisfying. Awesome with good cheddar cheese.

 650 characters

Photo of travis224
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a nice orange-copper color with a tight white head that disappears pretty quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass. The nose is wonderful, mainly banana with a bit of clove and phenolic qualities. The taste is much more on the dry side with nice effervescence. Banana being the major player here. Definitely a nice summer session beer. Although it's a bout freezing in Texas right now this is a good beer to enjoy as an afternoon snack. And at $3.25 for a 500 ml bottle you can't go wrong.

 518 characters

Photo of drewmprs
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Could've fooled me, this dunkel tasted like a normal hefe. Light, airy head that dissipates slightly towards the end. Strong banana characteristics that I like. I paid the usual, 2.59 at hollingshead. I really wish there was a way I could get these German hefes a little cheaper.

 279 characters

Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
90 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.