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

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Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,143
Reviews:
581
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
129
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Photo of silenius
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't find this beer appealing at all when I poured it. Nice creamy head and all, but the color is this muddy yellow-brown that looks like it came from a toilet, not a beer bottle.

The smell, however, is a totally different story. Huge bubblegum and clove smell with some warm bread and caramel in the background. Biggest bubblegum smell I've ever experienced in a beer.

Taste is a smooth clove and banana taste without the acidic bite I get from most Weisse beers. Very nice. The bubblegum is there at the end leaving a nice sweetness that lasts a good long time.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at first and then a seltzer-water tingling sensation sets in that is its only drawback. I like my beers carbonated, but I don't like to taste the sharp carbonation like seltzer or soda has.

This is a good drinkable beer, but I am not sure I would reach for another when there are other Weisse beers I like better.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy to cloudy, brown-amber, with a towering off-white head; lingers OK, minimal lacing.

S: Fruity, with aromas of lemongrass & white pepper, and faint hints of clove and banana.

T: Wheat is center stage at first; but it yields to a melange of tart jam, cooked green-pepper, faint banana and bubblegum; and finally, a mild and slightly-bitter, but mostly citrus, hops finish.

M: Nicely carbonated. Moist and refreshing as it washes over the tongue, but dry enough to make you want more in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable Bavarian Dunkelweizen. The first time I had this was with a plate of Jaegerschnitzel at a local German restaurant, and it married perfectly with its native cuisine. I bought a bottle to try at home for this review, and was not disappointed.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that seems to remind me of banana nut bread. It pours a very hazy copper color and the smell is of nuts, banana, and malt. The taste had fruit and malts as well, nothing in this brew was overpowering. There was plenty of yeast to be seen in my sample. I do not know how much experience I have with this style of beer, but I found it to be a refreshing type beer. Overall, it's drinkability would be defined as easy and light.

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Photo of mastema
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of almychristopher
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a hazy orangish amber color with a creamy white head that fades to a thin film of lacing. the aroma is a very nice traditional hefe smell with a good amount of banana and spice. the taste follows suite with a really nice banana flavor and the clove/spice taste is particularly noticeable in the dry finish... the the mouthfeel is a little rough for me with the carbonation overwhelming the bit of malt body that it has. the beer remains quite good despite the carbonation... and I'd love to have a few more.

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Photo of BaileyMitch
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerCon5
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a very nice off-white creamy head.

The scent is of fruit and some spice.

The taste was of banana and notes of apple I believe, really no hop presence, notes of grain.

Medium body, very crisp and somewhat creamy, high carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, lots of good flavor, and very easy to drink. I would definitely go for this again.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour show a lot of carbonation as it sports a valley of a white head and endless bubbles. It shows several hues of orange and red.

Spicy clove nose and caramel, subdued, but in the background.

Soft, clean palate, a big resemblence to a standard hefe but with a hint of caramel malt and a little more body. Spice isn't as dominate in the taste, banana is out and about.

Not loaded with flavor, but what it does, it does well.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown, .5 L bottle into a weizen glass. No freshness date.

Pours a slightly murky brown/amber with lots of carb that forms a four finger head. Very rust colored with lots of lacing.

The aroma is typical hefe, with notes of apple, raisin and clove. Brown sugar sneaks in when warming.

Like the aroma, hefe with raisin and some roasted notes. Slight brown sugar and vinuous taste. Not as potent as Weihenstephaner.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, not a lot of prickling from the carb. Pretty neutral, not too wet, not too dry.

Very drinkable, has a good flavor that gets better as it warms. Pretty much a staple of the style.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Weisse glass)

A- This beer has a warm brown body with a strong wave of tiny bubbles and a thick mousy head that last and last. The head is even sitting in the bottom of the glass after the beer is finished.

S- The smell of wheat and yeast has a mellow banana and fresh ripe pears even from the pour. The notes of green hops come through in the finish and they are pretty subtle.

T- The smooth soft wheat flavor has a slight toasted wheat note and some dark bread crust flavors. There is some nice banana and pear flavors that blend into the light green hops at the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a nice fizz in the finish that fills out the mouthfeel and cleans the finish.

D- This beer has a big aroma with a softer flavor but they both have some good complexity. This beer is a meal in a glass and is very filling. With a flood of bland wheat beers on the market I forgot how great wheat beers can really taste.

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Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy nutmeg color around the center of the glass with a blond hue around the outer areas and a biege frothy head that corresponds with a lot of carb action.

A strong kind of nutty banana caramel malt smell with a resin and citrus hops aroma.

Moderately sweet, banana, acidic, and grainy caramel malt taste with a floral resin flavor.

Medium bodied, dry and slightly buttery/resiny texture, lively carbonation, and a metallic finish that lingers the resin.

Very good initially then the resin and toasted grain aftertaste secures this as a good craft beer.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour a hazy dark amber with loads of carbonation; the pours takes some time but I eventually end up with a massively rocky head peaking about an inch from the top of the glass. The aroma is spicy, suggesting oranges, cloves and vanilla. Rather full-bodied for a weiss with a sort of creme brulé maltiness that leads into an orangey-tart finish accented a slightly chalky dryness. Excellent smooth mouthfeel adds to the appeal of this beer. Overall, a fine dark wheat with outstanding aromatics, good flavor, but the finish could be better.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The numerical score is from my most recent tasting.

March 27, 2013: Pours a slighty hazy amber (very slighty) with a large off-white head.

Unlike my 2006 tasting, I didn't pick up any off notes aroma wise. That said, I didn't pick up much aroma at all (compared to others of the style). Maybe a tinge of spices. --- Wait it perks up more as it warms.

Flavor is very bready. A little bit of banana. A tiny bit of grapefruit and oranges, apples too. Fairly dry with some lingering sweetness on the finish. Very little hops. Some cloves but not lot of them either. Nice amount of carbonation. Enough to have some bite but still fairly soft.

This is one of my favorite styles which makes this one hard to judge. Given other classics of the style (say Aventinus), this one is sub-par, but compared to other beers, I would put it well above average.

Last note... this beer improves greatly when it is closer to cellar temperature than refrigerator temperature. The tangyness comes out more as this beer sits in the glass.

May 8, 2006: AP 4.0, AR 2.0, F: 3.0, MF: 4, OA: 3.5

I'm tasting this tonight as part of a comparison tasting of 3 Dunkel Heffeweisens.

A small head on a golden-brown brew. Very pretty in the glass.

Unfortunately I was put off by this beer's strange aroma. I know this sounds crazy, but I pick up the smell of peanut butter, which might be a good thing if you like peanut butter but I don't.

If I ignore the aroma though, the flavor isn't too bad. A mix of bananas, and brown sugar,

Overall, this beer's aroma makes it my last place pick of the beers I'm drinking tonight.

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Photo of treque
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: gets a copper/dark gold/ light brown colour, completely cloudly, mousy, and tons of carb, permanent and constant, a richy creamy persistent off-white head

S: clove aroma, some banana, the wheat is all around, a little vainilla overthere

T: all the aromas are present on the flavour, i was expecting something more refreshing, the caramel and some roast notes are present, the end is not so long, some chewy

M:

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a hazy dark golden amber color, not the dark color I'm used to when dunkel is mentioned, with a very light tan head and not much lace for a weisse beer. The aroma of yeast and spices and banana's filled the nose and the taste was of tangy flavor of spicies and yeast, with some wheat flavor and banana. A nice refreshing Ur-Weisse.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper, cloudy body with two-figner head and a thick lace ring around the cup. A heavy citric fruit smell, mostly bananas, entwined with some clove and pepper and a dash of something sweet. Extremely smooth and creamy with a thin-to-medium body, has a solid fruit taste (to me it is mostly bananas) that is mixed with a dash of spices that perk up the beer and balance it. No real discernable hop taste, but finishes with a semi-dry backbite to balance out this slick, fruit and sweetish beer (the wheat twang in the middle is great and rounds out the beer). I could session this bad boy anytime.

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Photo of confer
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a .5L bottle. It pours a murky light brown. Head didn't linger too long.
The smell is sweet banana bread.
The taste is also banana, no cloves. There is a small bitter finish.
This beer has a decent creamy feel. It is extremely drinkable. Another great beer form the guys in Aying.

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Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, kind of dark golden brown color. Lots of consistent head with good retention.
Nice aroma of yeast, bananas, oranges, condiments and malt.
Very wheaty and fruity, hints of banana, coconut and orange. Sweet but with a zesty flavor to counterbalance. Its citric and hoppy characteristic give a spicy feeling. Dry aftertaste with hints of marshmallow.
Medium body and very well carbonated, bubbles keep going up the glass.
Original beer, it reminded me of some Belgian Ales (apart from the fact it is a smooth wheat beer).

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Photo of Pacioli1445
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow amber color with large frothy white head. Lemon and clove in the nose. They carry over to the taste, along with a big blast of banana, hefeweizen yeast and a touch of spiciness. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Great wheat beer.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper/bronze color with a moderately fizzy white head. Pretty strong carbonation is apparent. With the finish of the bottle it became very cloudy with all the yeast.

Aroma is very inviting with strong bready notes and yeast character. Very sweet malt notes present

Taste was more "hefe" than expected, with the typical banana like flavors and sweet malt flavors. Very little of the darker roasted notes that would be expected with a dunkel.

Mouthfeel is certainly bubbly with all the carbonation but also a nice round feel to it. Drinkability is rather high and is probably one of my favorites for this style.

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Photo of largadeer
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt, no freshness date.

The body is an incredibly murky pale brownish-amber with ample suspended yeast and other particulates; it looks kind of awful, actually, but I guess it's to style. A small head forms and quickly recedes to a film.

The nose has plenty of signature weizen yeast banana-like esters along with quite a bit of caramelized malt, which creates a very appetizing bouquet. Spicy/medicinal phenols are fairly reserved here, buried behind the malt.

Spiciness is a bit more prevalent on the palate, up-front especially where I pick up a bit of white pepper and clove. Caramelized bananas soon take over, along with a mild butter toffee-like sweetness that segues into a clean and mild finish with very reserved bitterness. The body is fairly chewy for a sub-6% ABV beer, but it's still very refreshing. This is another winner from Ayinger, truly a great brewery.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick German bottle pored into a wheat glass. Enjoyed with grilled pork, homemade sauerkraut, & baked beans. Extremely rocky head. Almost fills the entire glass with foam. Smells of cotton candy, spicy pepper, clove, banana. Tastes similarly but with some dark fruit like fig. Medium full. Alcohol in check and seemingly nonexistent. A great compliment to pork & kraut. Could drink this one all night long.

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Photo of KI9A
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber, with HUGE head..had to stop and re-pour 4 times to fill the glass. Smell of wheat, and a bit alcohol. Taste of cloves, and wheat. Good easy drinking Dunkel, Finishes with a bit of alcohol bite. Impressed with alomst all Ayinger brews.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,143 ratings.
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