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

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: German Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
“The union of wheaty freshness and dark malt often produces a fullness of taste and complexity”, explains the world-famous English beer commentator Michael Jackson.

This also applies to the Ayinger Urweisse, which is a strong amber-colored, yeast cloudy wheat beer. The beer is strong with the first taste and malty in aroma. The top-fermented, yeasty taste sensation is unmistakable. This beer is rich in sparkle and has just a touch of a special bitter quality. The fruity, malty mild aroma will have you won you over immediately!

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Reviews: 604 | Ratings: 1,213
Photo of detgfrsh
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Medium brown color with white head that quickly dissipates. Rich malty and banana aroma. Medium feel. Tastes of caramel and wheat followed by banana and spice. Excellent!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 16oz bottle from Tamuras $3.99
Smell of banana, cloves
Cloudy brown, amber color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of bananas, cloves, spices
Overall this is a great beer.

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Photo of MaltyMagic
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty copper with amber highlights, cloudy. Overripe banana, vanilla, toffee, butter, spice. Husky, fresh wild grain aspect in the aroma and taste is delicious. Lemony tang keeps this liquid banana bread refreshing and balanced. Great when fresh.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, shared with my brother-in-law, Chris. Cloudy & opaque yellow-orange body with a thick & creamy ivory head. Aroma is banana, clove, wheat, mild grassy citrus and light caramel. Taste is very similar to aroma with the light caramel coming through more so than in aroma. Light body but is exceptionally smooth with ample carbonation. It's been years since I had this one - probably a decade. But it was just as good as I remember.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 4/24/12: Pours a murky orange brown. Significant particulates swirl about as the pour settles. The single finger head is beige and relatively short-lived. It leaves behind very little lacing. Aroma is ripe banana, wheat with a faint hint of cloves and honey. Taste is sweet wheat with a hint of grain in a yeasty back ground of banana, butter and spice from mid-sip into the finish. Very little detectable hop presence.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
No date

Pours a vaguely hazy amber-brown with a majestic, foamy head. Very good retention; little lacing. (4)

Bananas, spices and brown bread. (4)

Follows the nose with the phenols and esters a little more restrained. (4)

Medium body with active carbonation and a smooth finish. (3.75)

A bready, substantive beer.
This is a nice beer and is right about par for what you'd expect. Very nice looking with a nice here aroma with some slightly darker malt character. The flavor follows but is less sweet than the nose. Drinkable and overall satisfying. Nice beer. (4)

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Photo of browner
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This Dunkelweisse is by far my favorite Weisse beer of them all so it will get high marks. Sorry I’m openly acknowledging my admiration for this beer and in general Ayinger.
This a beautiful looking beer that pours a chestnut brown with a rich faint white head. The lacing clings throughout the glass. A very well balanced Weissbier with notes of malt, nuttiness, sweet banana esters, clove and more. This is an original style of a Dunkelweisse with a higher ABV at 5.8% and very drinkable. Seek this beer out. I do not drink in volume but it is a beer I buy by the case so I can enjoy at home and share with friends what I believe to be a truly remarkable bier.
I have had this beer on tap at Ayinger Restaurant in Munich and imported bottles in the USA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying "Ayinger Ur-Weisse"
500 ml brown glass bottle, coded "L8143"
$3.99 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: What a wonderful beer this is! It's richer and fuller than their Bräu Weisse. "Ur" translates to original, or originating from, and I certainly believe that many German beers were once fuller and richer centuries ago. And so keep in mind, when it says "dark weizen" on the label they don't mean that it's a dunkleweizen, just that it's darker than one of today's standard weizens. OK, so, it's poured a cloudy combination of orange and russet brown that I guess is really just "amber" beneath a creamy head of white foam. It's not fluffy like the head you get on a standard hefeweizen, and I assume it has a lower carbonation level. The aroma is loaded with banana esters, apple, sweet wheaty dough, and a bit of clove. It's sweetish and bready and all too tempting. The flavor follows. It's sweetish, maybe even sweet, but in the end it dries on the palate quickly. Everything I noted in the aroma is there in the flavor but fuller, and I think there's even more fruitiness with a hint of pear and some golden raisin, as well as a little bit of spiciness from the yeast. There's a touch of golden caramel to it as well. Franziskaner is a heavier version of the classic German hefeweizen as well, although slightly weaker at 5.0% versus 5.8%, but it also has rich bready notes and lots of yeasty esters, and I think that extra bit of malt really helps the yeast character to come through. In the mouth it's medium bodied and dextrinous, leaning towards medium-full, and crisp at first but then smooth with a very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural median carbonation. This is a calssic example of the style, even if it is an older version of the style. It's refreshing and satiating, and to a certain extent, kind of like a meal in a bottle. Well worth seeking out!
Review# 6,332

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Photo of lmaduells
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The German beer is very traditional, but it is very good! This beer I liked a lot. Although I prefer Belgian beer, this product is excellent. I will repeat! It is among my favorite German beers

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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle with a code of L8087
1" off white head on a murky orange-brown Weiss. Good retention at 1/4".
Wheat, banana, spicy yeast and a hint of bubble gum.
Fruity, more banana, wheat.
Medium bodied and creamy, head retention is amazing...agitated a little every couple of sips.
Soft mouthfeel. Not much length in the finish though.
Good flavors overall, excellent drinkability and a good example of the style, I was prepared/hoping to be blown away but wasn't.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle ran me $3.69 USD plus tax at a grocery store in Austin, TX. I've reviewed this before but haven't yet typed up those notes, but I wanted an excuse to revisit this so I took it.

5.8% ABV. "Bavarian dark weizen." "Spicy dark wheat ale." "Unfiltered."

HEAD: Luxuriously soft and creamy, boasting a silky consistency and gorgeous bright complexion. Occupies ~70% of the glass and lasts a good 10+ minutes. Astounding.

BODY: Obviously unfiltered judging by its chill haze. Glowing orange-copper in colour. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Right on the money for the style. The head's softness and complexion is remarkable.

AROMA: Fresh Bavarian yeast is evident; I'm getting fresh banana, bubblegum phenol, spicy clove, and maybe a scintilla of vanilla. Fresh wheat and hints of bready malts are also present, but yeast shines in this aroma. Hop profile is floral but hop aromatics are mild.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. A very fresh and enticing aroma that showcases Bavarian yeast effortlessly.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Mouthfeel is impossibly soft, comforting the drinker with a blanket of creamy froth. Near perfectly carbonated. Aptly medium-bodied. Delicate and gentle on the palate. Mellow yet dialed-in. Smooth, wet, and very refreshing.

Bavarian yeast is showcased as well in the beer's flavour as it is in the aroma, yielding true-to-form notes of banana esters, spicy clove, and bubblegum phenol. Banana bread will come to mind for some drinkers.

Mild floral hop notes make an appearance but don't steal the show from the yeasty subtleties.

Fresh wheat lends this its mellow backbone. Not too bready or heavy on the palate like many expressions of the style. Balance is impeccable.

OVERALL: More great work from one of the world's finest wheat beer breweries. Devilishly drinkable; I find myself inhaling the glass. The kind of mellow easy drinking German ale I'd happily drink anytime. Depth of flavour could be improved, but I imagine that has more to do with this beer having been shipped across an ocean prior to me being able to consume it.

B (3.58) / GOOD

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Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 500ml into nonic pint glass. A light mahogany brown with a 2.5 finger creamy white foam head with traces of lacing on my glass. It has a nice fruity sweetness with bread, hints of mature bananas, yeast and esters. Flavor is bready malts with some fruity banana notes, light caramel in the middle, and finishes with some yeast and spice. Feel is medium-bodied with a creamy feel and excellent carbonation. A terrific beer for any time of the year.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy murky orange brown color. Medium body, maybe just above average carbonation, slight oily/creamy feel. Aroma at first is the crust on whole wheat bread. Next come up a slight bit of banana, malt, spice, and what tastes like orange peel. I'm the taste the wheat and banana sort of compete to impress first then malt,yeast, and a little spice. Overall it's a great beer, not a light just mowed the lawn beer but definitely filling,flavorful, and we'll made

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Photo of janubio
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark golden colour, big head that lasts for an eternity, compact lace. Aroma of cloves, banana, apples, oranges, cuando. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Sweet fruits finish. Taste of cloves, peaches, banana, oranges. Good one.

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Photo of matcris
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Very cloudy amber, with a large, off white head, that sticks around.
AROMA: Wheaty/bready, yeasty, banana, and clove.
TASTE: Same as aroma.
FEEL: Medium body, well carbonated, medium dry.
OVERALL: Very nice wheaty brew. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.98/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is an orange and straw hue, with a two finger white head. Aromas consist of banana, clove, baking spices, orange peel, caramel, and marshmallow. Flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber brown color with a big moussy and fluffy head.
Nice complex aroma that highlights the yeast derived esters and phenols. Banana, bubblegum and clove. There is even a grassy/herbal spice, perhaps from the hops. The malt and wheat come off as sweet, bready, nutty and grainy. There is especially a strong smell of banana bread.
Smooth and soft in the mouth but with a tingly carbonation. Strong yeast flavors and semi dry in the finish. Flavors of banana, orange peel, and pear. Bready and doughy malt texture. The presence of cloves both balance and add a bold spiciness.
A fine example of dunkekweizen from a classic brewery.

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Photo of OlaB
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy light brown color with a nice medium top off beige creamy head that disolves slowly. The aroma is off banana,wheat,yeast, caramel and cloves. The flavour is sweet and fruity with some nice wheat-malts in the back that gives a slight roasted feel, and some cloves that make a slight spicy feel.Finishes off a little dry and with a nice lenght in the aftertaste. Very good balanced and no off-flavours. Medium carbonated with a medium body, the mouthfeel are creamy and soft. This really is a great beer, and a very good example off it,s style. This brewery did not dissapoint me this time either, would reccomend this one.

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Photo of matuto
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, exp. 02/2018. Amber and very cloudy, with a lot of foam. I got no lacing. Banana and spices. A bit of alcohol on aroma. Full body and high smoothness, which I found more present at the first sips. Carbonation feel is well inserted and gives a crisp finish. Very drinkable. Got it for a good price. Excellent one.

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Photo of PolishHurricane
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S: Sour and slightly tart, mildly dank, of dark wheat, especially banana bread.
T: Banana Bread, mild clove, lactose sweet, mildly peppery, lightly tastes of wheat, very complex. Maybe even a light mint ,or sour, taste at times.
F: Few other beers rival this one in mouthfeel and complexity. Thick mouth feel, medium-full to full carbonation, when taking a mouthfull, at times, sharp and peppery feel, crisp end with solidly creamy finish.

In my opinion, the best of the Ayingers.

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Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is a dark, murky brownish, translucent colored liquid. This head is fizzy and medium-lived. Amazing aroma: banana, a little clove, malt, wheat, and a perfume-like scents. The taste is semi dry, clean, and flavorful. Full in body and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy golden body with big foaming white head that settles to a near perfect cm head
Aroma is acetone, candy floss, and sugar coated corn flakes
Bubblegum flavour with wheat notes
easy drinking

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Photo of lastmango
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very cloudy dark amber with a 3 finger frothy off-white head. Light lacing. Nose is musty, grassy, and unripe bananas. Taste of malt, banana, mellon and mild clove. Moderate thick feel with moderate light carbonation. Overall, this is good but I prefer hefe.

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Photo of thomasdidymus55
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L....cloudy...not dark like I expected. Orangish amber. Nice head.. good lacing.
S.... distinctly bananas..cloves
T.... right away the zing jumped out.. wasn't expecting that...not sour or anything like that....tartness...apple and maybe lemon notes on top or right with the banana.
F... carbonation not excessive but high.. not the smoothest hefe. Not a bad taste... still pretty pleasant.
Overall... something tells me there is something different...not subtle but still not your run of the mill here. Actually there may be something missing here or maybe added. I can't put my tongue on it. Sure I would drink it again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at Ayingers in Munich.

Dirty amber color with plenty of cloudiness. Moderate and lasting head. Only a few spots on the glass.

Strong wheat aroma with a bit of yeast and lightly toasted malt. Not very "dark" to the nose. A touch of banana.

The flavor draws out more banana than the smell. The yeast is also stronger. The malt is toasty but not "too dark". It's also sweet. The aftertaste is relatively short.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,213 ratings