Ayinger Ur-Weisse
Ayinger Privatbrauerei

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #2
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,467
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 10.22%
Reviews:
628
Ratings:
1,269
From:
Ayinger Privatbrauerei
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  122
Gots
  158
SCORE
92
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Notes: “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!
Reviews: 628 | Ratings: 1,269 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Caramel in color with a large white head. Smells of caramel, bread and malt. Taste follows the smell with wheat and malt in the forefront.

Apr 05, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's funny that my first Dunkelweizen was the highest rated of the style (and I absolutely loved it), and now this is only my second of the style, and it's the second highest rated! Even just from the one that I tried, I can tell the style is right up my alley. Let's dive on in

Pours a murky copper orange with 3 fingers of frothy off white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose carries a lot of spice in addition to the banana-like yeasty notes. I'm picking up on aromas of clove, pepper, overripe banana, toast, sweet bubblegum, and the slightest hint of vanilla

It's quite a bit softer in taste than the aroma would lead me to believe, but I think that's best in this case. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting orange peel, banana, soft dark bread, and creamy wheat. The swallow brings notes of white pepper, creamy banana, lightly roasted wheat, and some clove for balance

A medium full body pairs with moderate tingling carbonation, resulting in a creamy and rich beer, almost too much for the abv. Finishes mostly dry with a touch of spice

This is a good beer, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't even hold a candle to the Weihenstephan version. I'd still drink it again

Mar 14, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a very cloudy light brown color with a tall beige head with good retention.
S: Very yeasty upfront, bananas, straw, hay, clove, faint amount of caramel?
T: Wheat, bubblegum, banana, slight amount of lemon, roasted malts.
F: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, soft & frothy.
O: Another great brew from Ayinger!

Feb 26, 2021
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice foam that stays for a while, cloudy copper color, sweet taste as it seems to be a common trend in german beers. Definitely a wheat beer. I think now I can start to tell when the sweetness is from the grains as opposed to fruits or some other added flavor. Nice mouth feel in this one, it's not light but not heavy either, almost creamy. Low bitterness, slightly hoppy. Awesome !

Jan 19, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy caramel colored pour with thick off white creamy lacing. Carbonation is tight, steady, and the bubbles are small.

S - Straw, banana, and yeasty.

T - Yeasty, bready, citrus, banana, cloves, a shot of lemon, all with a perfect balance with a small amount of sweet malt. Leaves some lingering bready citrus and cloves on the palate. Bitterness is extremely low with citrus, spice, and yeast taking the center stage.

M - Bready, chewy, with a wet finish.

O - This is quite refreshing and dig the way everything blends.

Dec 30, 2020
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annp1022 from California

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light tan-honey color, roughly two inches of foam. Smell is a little yeast-y, some lemon. Taste is light, wheat, some spice. The malt kicks in nicely, along with the cloves. The feel is light, pretty smooth. Enjoying it so far.

Dec 25, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Labirratorium. En copa Hefe de Bavaria. Corrigiendo exámenes prácticos de opo. Muy buena hefe, algo más tostada de lo habitual pero sin llegar a dunkelweizen. Corpulenta, rebosante de malta y sabor y con un feel que invita a trago largo a pesar del cuerpo

Sep 13, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: murky dark copper color with some brown and mahogany notes. Large, 2-3 finger rocky white head

S: tons of wheat, some caramel, lemongrass, grass and pepper spice. Banana and clove. A hint of coriander and cardamom. A little bit of bubble gum and some more roasted wheat

T: super smooth wheat, roasted wheat, lemongrass, and clove. Some banana and lemongrass. A little gum and a nice punch of sweet caramel. More wheat, banana, and bubblegum at the end

M: medium mouthfeel with high carbonation

O: fantastic Dunkel. Smooth, roasty, and wheat. Nice mixture of roast, and refreshing wheat. I would call this a benchmark of the style for sure!

Aug 30, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle opened with a noticeable hiss, and a visible ring of yeast remained under the cap. Pours cloudy, like ice tea and lemonade mixed together. Impressive foam. Bready, with lots of banana and clove notes on the aroma and covering the palate. Creamy and smooth.
Update: from what I can tell of the date stamp, this beer was bottled in December of the previous year—eight months prior. Wish I could get fresh.

Aug 06, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark honey/amber with a thick, smooth, foamy tan head.
Bananas, cloves, yeast, fresh bread, wheat, grass with a slightly sticky finish.
An outstanding full-flavored weiße and a nice change from a hefe

Jul 05, 2020
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faraday326 from California

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty hazy light but brown. Smells light with hints of malty sweetness. Comes with a nice round yeast and wheat flavor with the toasted oats over tones. Fades pretty cleanly with a bit of wheat.

Jun 19, 2020
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StJamesGate from New York

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Tawny with loose bone white foam that sticks around a bit but doesn’t lace; banana bread nose with some candle wax; banana muffin, almond skin, marzipan, lemon rind + mild spice; light + smooth.

3.75 4 4.25 3.75 4.5

On the one hand, missing most of the signature characteristics of dunkelweiss: pale + not cloudy, no dark flavours, very light on clove and smooth + light but not creamy.
On the other hand, many subtle layers of flavour that I don’t usually see in dunkels, either: pear cake, dried apricot, vanilla - the longer you look, the more you find.
It’s not necessarily what I want from the style, but I can’t deny the quality + depth. And it’s not even that fresh.

Idiosyncratic + compelling.

Jun 18, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, dark copper color. Big, fluffy off white head with great retention.

Aroma: Spicy hops, banana aroma from esters.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Nice spicy flavors with mild notes of honey & wheat. Short semi-dry finish. Very restrained bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied, soft mouth-feel. Low on carbonation.

Overall: A classic Dunkelweizen. I don't drink this style enough considering how much I enjoy drinking them. Head retention on this beer is extremely good. Pleasant aromas typical of wheat ales. This beer is also quite refreshing for a darker beer. Ayinger brews some high quality beers and this is no exception. It's a classic representation of the style. You cannot go wrong when you select a Ayinger unless you just simply don't like the style.

May 14, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this was a treat last night, been on a real german kick the last month or so, cant believe i have never written about this one, its a total classic, a slightly darker wheat based brew with an awesome fermentation profile, but not as dark as some with dunkel in the name, pale amber, frosted hazy looking, and with a stereotypical frothy high off white german head on it, rising above the rim, tons of bubbles from the bottle, affordable and delicious offering here! aroma and flavor with light banana hefeweizen type yeast character, red and green apples too, a light almost apricot sweetness, a hint of bavarian hop bitterness, fully wheaty to me, fluffy and soft and expansive in feel, effervescent carbonation, just a ton of character, and it warms up really well, more malt and less yeast as it does, but this remains balanced as long as its in my glass. fuller bodied but light to drink and nice and low in terms of alcohol, a bit sweet to finish, but it doesnt slow me down, some cool minerality to this as well, rich without being heavy, maybe slightly autumnal, but really versatile and a rather distinct example of the style. another winner in the ayinger lineup!

Mar 21, 2020
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KooVee from Finland

4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

50cl bottle, bb in 3m.

Hazy amber at the brown end. Fine weizen head that recedes slowly leaving pretty lace.

Banana reigns in the nose, and a ripeish one at that, with caramelly grain notes, accompanied by a hint of toast, underneath. Slight clove at the edges. Put together, more like an abbey beer than a standard hefe, but just by a hair, and strictly in a positive sense. This yeast has been treated properly.

Taste has the bread/grain grow, with pleasant tingling from the perfectly judged carbonation. Clove and banana mix now more equally and blend in with the malt seamlessly. Mouthfeel is medium, of the kind that does not demand attention, i.e. perfect for the style.

There is nothing to complain about, drinkability is superb. The only thing is that there could be a little something unique here..

Dec 29, 2019
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a tulip.

L: Cloudy brown body under two fingers of dense tan head. Good retention and lacing. A bit muddy, even for the style, but pretty solid.

S: Toasted whole wheat bread, well-ripened banana, and some minerality. Interesting and vibrant.

T: Banana, bread crust, clove, and some apple. A hint of caramel sweetness, followed by a clean dry finish with a spicy zing and an afterthought of smokiness. Quite complex and enjoyable.

F: Medium-bodied and frothy. Nice and lively.

O: Really good Dunkelweizen, with the emphasis on the traditional banana/clove yeast profile. Much more complex than the Brauweisse I had immediately prior, but perhaps not quite as purely enjoyable. Another great offering from Aying.

Beers of Fame tick 181/250. Cheers!

Dec 24, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Date code stamped on label is 'L8239' (8/27/2018).
Medium amber colored body, with minimal cloudiness. Two fingers of off white head with a brown tinge. No lacing.
Aroma of toasted malt, green apple, bubblegum, and spices (clove and coriander). The banana is slight.
Taste is full with toasted wheat malt (which lingers), bubble gum, slight banana, and clove. Wheat malt in the after taste. Has some spiciness.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
If I am correct on the date coding it is too bad that the beer is so old in the bottle as the flavors are so full and expressive, yet are short lived.

Dec 03, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Quite dark amber, quite cloudy though it been rested well. Quite a bit of sediment was left in the bottle too. Pours with 1Cm white fine-bubble head.
S- Unmistakable spicy weizen smell.
T- Ditto^ re: a weizen taste, some clove, coriander and banana. [FWIW my wife who often has more acute smell+taste than me gets apple i/o banana]. It's flavour is distinct but it doesn't linger on the palate longer than welcome.
F- You can feel the gentle zing of it's 5.8% ABV and yet it's refreshing.
O- It's strikingly fruity, and yet delivers it in a balanced way together with a malty body. The fruit is prominent so it might not suit 'everyone', I'd hesitate buying it again at $pecialist-import prices.
500ml bottle BB: 03/20. Bought in the UK from BeersOfEurope.

Nov 08, 2019
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour: brown with thick white head. Lots of bubbles but not a lot of lacing.

Nose: a little toasted malt, clove, banana.

Taste: sweet toasted bread malt, if that’s a thing. Definite wheat flavor, nutty, hints of clove, banana, spice cake. All pretty well balanced. Easy to drink and would go with many good pairings.

Mouthfeel: huge carbonation. Otherwise pretty smooth. Clean finish.

Overall: a good beer that would work with many food pairings and occasions. The carbonation was a bit much for me; kind of overwhelmed everything else. Have another bottle so will see how it is on the second go around. Worth trying once, at least.

Oct 05, 2019
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle

Pours a huge white, creamy head into my wheat glass, at least 3 fingers. The copper color is much lighter than I was anticipating, though I have not had many authentic versions of this style. Crystal clear, also surprising, though apparently this is not abnormal. Loads of bubbles coming up, I do not believe this glass is etched. Retention is very nice. Looks good so far.

Minerality is the first thing that comes to mind of the nose. Which is good, it'll be dry. Banana, a little clove. Some faint bubblegum. Would like a bigger grain presence, but I often fine that surprisingly unpronounced in this style. Smells very nice.

No bottling date, but this tastes a little bland. Really quite flavorless until the latter half of the palate and some clove sneaks in, maaaybe some banana. Finishes with a metallic/iron flavor.

Once dumping the rest of the yeast in the glass, flavor jumps a little bit (this also made the appearance completely cloudy). This is not...crazy, but seems unnecessary. Once it seriously warmed up, even more came out, again, should this be necessary? It was quite warm to start. Kinda not really sure where to go here. It tastes good, but this is a little ridiculous.

Carbonation is about medium, maybe a little below that. Body is definitely on the lighter side, and it finishes dry, even drying out my mouth. Accurate mouthfeel for the style, carbonation could be higher.

Drinkability is very high here. Dry, tasty, and light.

Appearance is odd. Head dwindled down to a small sliver, but the retention overall was very nice. Lacing was non existent. I just washed this glass, but rinsed it reaaaally good, so this is weird.

Overall a very confusing beer, nose was really the only consistent part. Good, but far from perfect.

Sep 12, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

translucent amber brown capped by a two finger off white creamy, dense foam cap, good retention, settles to a foam layer

Aroma of banana and clove

Taste of sweet banana and clove

Low sudsing, quaffable, very easy drinking, great for a hot summer day in a German Bier garten

Good beer

Sep 08, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Jun 17, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

May 17, 2019
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MaltyMagic from California

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Apr 21, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Jan 29, 2019
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