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

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Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 571 | Ratings: 1,113
Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish-brown hue that's pretty unique for a dunkelweizen. It's more in the middle of a regular weizen and a dunkel. Incredibly cloudy with a thin(for a German wheat) head that should have some staying power.

S - Apple skins, clove and other spices. Some light banana, but without the pungency found in some others.

T - Follows the nose pretty well, but the wheat comes into play with a tang and so do bready, lightly caramel malts. The spice and bready malts fit nicely together, but the apple notes are kind of distracting. Maybe it's because it's a bit unusual, but it's difficult to say.

MF - Not as carbonated as some other examples, but it's still decent. The body is on the lighter side and not terribly remarkable.

D - Freshness could probably bump this up quite a bit. When I first had this I thought it was the best dunkelweizen in existance, but I think lots of tasting in the meantime has given me some perspective. It's good and somewhat unique, but it doesn't stack up to the best in either class.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is brown and hazy, forms a thick off white head that falls away quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. carbonation is moderate to high and steady.

Aroma is strong banana, and fading other esters overall. Could have been bigger but overall good.

Flavor is a little muted. Beer is thin and drinkability is fine. There are some nice ester flavors that pop up in the later palate. There is almost no carbonation on the tongue, odd. Mouthfeel is OK. I feel the sweetness should be earlier and better connected. There is a mild wheatness to this beer but overall a very good and drinkable beer.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5 liter bottle. For a dunkel weizen, this beer doesn't look all that dunkel. The color is a partially hazy brown copper color. The head is large and creamy. The aroma is cloves, banana, nuts, and chocolate. Nutty malt flavor, but not as rich and malty as most dunkels. More fruit flavor than I expected. I would like if this was thicker with more malt and cocoa. This beer is still well above average, and the drinkability is great.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle Poured into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy (but not as cloudy as other Weizens) dark amber. Big fluffy head that dissipates slowly. However once the head is gone there is no lacing

Smell: A fruity combo of green apple and banana as well as wheat malts. A strong aroma that can be smelled from a far

Taste: Wheat, banana, a very small touch of clove, green apple and a raisin taste that seems to prevalent in many European lagers.

Mouthfeel: A creamy feel when first poured but the overall feel is thick and slightly syrupy. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Not the best wheat beer I've had or for its style. Though as all wheat beers Ayinger Ur-Weise enjoyable and nice any time of the year. As this beer feels heavier it makes a nice wheat beer to enjoy slowly. Alcohol content is modest so this is a good beer to preserve sobriety.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice light brown color, some yeast haze not as dark or as cloudy as other dunkles weizens. The aroma contains a nicebalance of bananna and clove but it is a bit subdued when compared to other examples, no hops, some malt. The body is good with a lot of co2 carbonation. Actually foamed a little bit at the mouth of the bottle when first opened. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of Muhly
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from 500ml bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a weizen glass.

A-Pours a cloudy brown/gold. A large amount of head that drops rapidly. Lacing forms, but slips quickly down the side when tipped.

S-Sweet malts with banana.

T-Round malty sweetness followed by banana. I believe a previous reviewer thought it tasted like banana cream pie and that is an accurate description of what I'm getting here. Finishes with spicy (could be phenols?) hop bitterness.

M-Quite carbonated, but still a bit creamy. Nothing terribly special. A hint of warmth from the alcohol.

O-I really like this beer. I've enjoyed in the past and thought I had detected more of a caramel/almost toasted marshmallow in the finish. I didn't pick that up this time around, but it is an extremely enjoyable beer. I will go back to this when I'm craving a weisse.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark caramel color with about one inch of head produced.

Aroma- Very sweet aroma consisting mainly of banana and a little spice from the yeast.

Taste- Similar to the nose with banana dominating the flavor along with sweet caramel malt, a little clove spice from the yeast, and very little presence of hops at all.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and a dry finish with a little lingering malt.

Overall- Pretty good dunkleweizen but not something I'm completely in love with. It hits on all the characteristics you'd expect from a dunkleweizen, but its a just a bit too sweet for me to love it. Definitely would try this again, but having a better balance from the hops to cut down on the sweetness would bump this up a notch for me.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured into a weizen glass had a deep brownish-yellow color and a thick texture. Big, big head common to the style.

S: Very wheaty (of course) with hints of some fruit.

T: Wheat, banana, some other kinds of sweets. Wasn't as complex as others, but nicely done anyway.

M: Good amount of carbonation here. Slightly slick finish. Solid mouthfeel.

D: Like most of Ayinger's beers, this one is pretty drinkable. I don't know if it's on the same level as their Brau-Weisse (it doesn't have the same complexity), but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of beeragent
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 17oz. bottle, into a weizen glass. The beer pours a hazy light brown, forming a 1/4 inch white head that quickly faded. Light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is light fruity notes and sweet malt. The taste is largely sweet malts, very thick, with a light fruity backdrop. Medium mouthfeel, a little thicker than expected, and smooth finish. Good drinkability based on the flavor and moderate abv. Overall, a good brew, and one worth trying. I know I'll be having a few of these in my future sessions. Try it!!

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Photo of belenita
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, dark-orange amber. Foam reminds me of a meringue.

S - Like simple syrup and banana

T - Slightly fruity at first, like banana, and a nice bitterness in the end. At times I find that it gets bland? Numbing, if anything.

M - A spark of light carbonation, especially at the tip of your tongue. Goes down dry and a bit grainy.

D - Pretty drinkable, but I don't mind nursing this a bit and pair it off with finger food.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer settled in the glass a beautiful caramel colour, slightly hazy, and topped by a generous but light head which sadly waned rather quickly.

The smells were complex and rounded, of fruits, wheat, coriander and light cloves up front, faint sweet smells (caramel, vanilla and coffee flavoured candy) followed, and a light hint of smokiness attenuated by acidity closed the loop. Appealing!

An average and sustained bead fed the surface and expressed itself vigourously in the mouth. Rather thinnish body but a silky mouthfeel set the stage for light citrus fruit tastes followed by cloves and coriander. It finished on minerally notes of yeast bitterness and a timid but drying acidity.

As a whole, this is a good beer which I would drink again but was definitely expecting more in terms of flavours, based on the smells. In its defence, it would pair very well with a good brie triple crème and a baguette.

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Photo of avylover
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out hazy & golden, not quite what I would call "dark." There is a massive off-white head. Not much of an aroma here. Some grainy maltiness detected and some very slight fruitiness but that's about it. The taste is a different story. A good hefty dose (for a hefe) of slightly sweet malt starts things off. Then the cloves kick in big time, lingering on into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly thick, whith a sort of fullness and good carbonation. Drinkability is good, except for the fact that I just don't enjoy the sticky clove aftertaste of hefes - always detracts from the drinkability. Other than that, good brew.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a weizen glass. (The big glass went bye-bye, so 2 pours in a small glass.)

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a hint of copper. Some visible carbonation. Dense off-white head somewhere between creamy and foamy. The color is a bit disappointing; I was expecting something significantly darker. Head retention isn't that great.

Smell: Nice aroma of yeast, bread. Slightly fruity, with a hint of spices.

Taste: There's initially a bit of apple flavor, which gives way to the yeast & bread, and eventually bananas. Good banana bread taste at the finish. There's some underlying hop bitterness throughout the taste. Not much in the way of spices. Aftertaste has some of the bitterness still, along with the apple (though a bit more tart now) and some yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and generally smooth, with light yet tingly & slightly fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a proper ABV.

A nice weizen, but I thought it wasn't quite a dunkel, not only in appearance but in flavor too. It seems to fit somewhere in between a dunkelweizen and a hefeweizen. A bit too light, too fruity (the apple is much stronger than the banana), and lacking the spices or brown sugar that I am used to in beers of this style that I enjoy.

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Photo of strimpf
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy amber with a thick head that was unremarkable. The nose was earthy with a very mild but fizzy mouthfeel. The start was dominated by the fizziness but the finish was smoothe with a slight sour twist. I wouldn't describe it as citrus but it is not far off and very faint. The very slightest hint of alcohol at the very end. All in all, an easy to drink beer that I may have done the disservice of serving at too high a temperature. Look for update.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse purchased in Oregon, and transported, by car, back to Ohio with me.

Mine poured with a beautiful, merangue like, slightly off white head. The beer was a murky, hazy, honey colored brew. The head retained fairly well and left lacing down the sides of the glass. The nose was strong banana. The beer tasted of banana bread (spicy and doughy) but light bodied and very enjoyable served up cold. This is a good beer for these humid, hott Ohio summer days.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of enjoying this one in the German-themed dinner theatre in Wytheville, VA, known as Wohlfahrt Haus.

Pours rather clear bronze in color with a substantial and foamy white head.

Aroma is filled with spicy cloves and bananas. Also some bubble gum with a large breadiness. Quite phenolic and spicy. Not bad.

Pleasant taste. Spicy cloves seem to dominate.

A decent beer. I could see this one being enjoyed during the summer months.

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a dunkelweizen, it’s not very dark, and hence the flavor doesn’t reflect the roast grain. A little richer than a hefe weizen, the banana flavors come through, unusual for a dunkel. The hazy appearance does hint at a heftier body though, and it comes thorugh in the mouthfeel. This sits somewhere between a dunkelweizen and normal hefe, which isn’t necessarily a bad place to be...

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A bit cloudy, golden. Light, reddish orange.
Smell: Light bread and honey.
Taste: Light bread and honey. Banana.
Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated.

This is a good brew. The taste and smell compliment each other. It's a warm, bready, honey taste. Not terribly exciting, but very enjoyable. I would drink this again.

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Photo of hoffman
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a bottle into a pint glass with a rocketing white head composed of large bubbles a frothy soapy look. Rises quick and falls just the same. Color is murkey carmel brown. The smell is strong with bannana, plums, dates...sugary fruits. Strong yeasty bannana with a tinge of organic almost leafy aroma. The taste is very full, sweet and enjoyable. Interesting for me as I am not familiar with the style. A nice taste but different. The mouthfeel on this one is again full, possibly a bit overcarbonated with a tiny bite on the tongue. An overall drinkable beer but not one I will stock in the fridge. Nice if you are looking for a sweet entry.

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Photo of bgraney
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden/brown with a huge, white bubbly head.
Rich, malty aroma, not too sweet, one you can enjoy inhaling for extended periods of time.
A more subtle flavor than the aroma suggested. Malty with that bubblegum flavor you get with hefeweizens.
Thin mouthfeel, not much expansion, the bubblegum flavor lingers a bit.
The lack of excessive sweetness makes it very drinkable in my view.

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Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coppery amber and quite hazy with a big fluffy white cap that settled quickly to a short layer of fine bubbles. Lots of banana in the aroma, dry grain husk, cloves, bready yeast, brown sugar. Mild flavour, slight lemon with a bit of banana and malt sweetness. Spicy finish with a flash of bitterness and light apple tartness. Light bodied and quite dry, creamy carbonation. Decent overall and I really liked the aroma.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half liter brown bottle, no dates.

Light reddish brown, topped by a huge pillowy white head. Clumpy yeast floats up & down like birds riding air currents.

Light clove, hint of bananna, & a nice toffe note that ties it together.

Pleasantly sweet, delivers everything promised in the nose - cloves, banannas, & caramel - all wrapped up in a rustic wheat flavour. Slightly spicy finish from the yeast. Lively carbonation, & a heavy feeling body without actually being full bodied.

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Photo of jreitman
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown, hazy color similar to iced tea. Slightlyt sweet, thick tan head that tastes of apples. Low bitterness and fairly well balanced. Enjoyed the Erdinger dunkel weisse more than this one.

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Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, this beer has a nice light amber color to it and slight aroma. The head is a medium tan, but it didn't hold, but I don't know how long it had been on the shelf. Interesting flavor with a slight tang to it.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy copper in my Weisbeer glass. Four finger rocky white head rapidly receded leaving no lacing. Smell of cloves and bananas. The taste is clean and refreshing. very balanced with no overpowering tastes that otherwise mar a clean taste and finish. A bit of citrus in there and some yeasty taste as well. I liked this beer but I think the The Ramstein Winter Wheat that preceded it spoiled me. I will try this one again later in the season when my fall allergies have dissipated.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,113 ratings.
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