Ayinger Ur-Weisse
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #2
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,182
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 10.22%
Reviews:
618
Ratings:
1,244
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Ayinger Privatbrauerei
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse
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!
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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

Sunday at 10:45 PM
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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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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Jan 06, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
No date


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

S:
Bananas, spices and brown bread. (4)

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

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

O:
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)

Dec 31, 2018
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browner from Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +18%
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.

Dec 12, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Nov 07, 2018
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lmaduells from Spain

4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
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

Oct 22, 2018
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Sep 30, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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

May 01, 2018
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Apr 15, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Mar 02, 2018
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