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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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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 desint
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 chossboss
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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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Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of chris826
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Weston64
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ltdsaint
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 71CrazyOtto
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Baviera
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robotic_being
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 MeIquiades
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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