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:
1,147
Reviews:
582
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
129
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0
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured cloudy pale yellow in color into a weizen glass with a two finger foamy white head. A very high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles; there is a good amount of head retention.
S: The nose has aromas of apples, bananas, sweet malts and wheat along with some hints of spices and yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell; there's a slight bit of sweetness from the malts but this is balanced with notes of banana and clove flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink. I would definitely try this again if I wanted a hefeweizen but something with a little more maltiness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little surprised when I poured a standard Hefeweizen hue and haze. The color was a little darker than, say, Brau Weiss but not by much. The flavors seem a bit deeper with more emphasis on barley malt than wheat. However, the beer did exhibit much bananna, clove, and slightly bruised fruit esters. Light on the bubble-gum, lemon, citrus notes. More full and round to the palate than most Hefe's, but still not as rich as a Dunkel Weiss. Finishes quite sweet, bready, and creamy.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. The first snow has hit, but I can't wait til it melts in spring to dive into this wheat beer.

This beer pours a murky medium orange-brown hue, with tons of tight, billowy, puffy eggshell white head, which leaves a few splashes of splotchy lace around the glass upon its retreat, during which I can weirdly hear crackling fizzy noises from a few feet away.

It smells of sweet, spicy wheat malt, banana, rising brown bread, savoury clove, and a further bit of zingy earthy yeast. The taste follows quite consistently - fairly sweet toasted wheat and caramelized barley malt, sharp banana esters, muddled spices, with the clove now mostly indistinguishable, and a welcome, but underwhelmingly effective drying earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is lightly spritzy at first, but settles to a very dull hum rather swiftly, the body just on the light side of medium weight, a wee bit foamy and airy, but quite smooth overall. It finishes a tad off-dry, the softly bready, malty sweetness losing a small step, and the spice and fruit morphing into a singular entity.

A rather pleasant gap-filler between a hefeweizen and dunkel, the roasted character parrying the inherent banana bread essence quite nicely. While this does entail an uptick in the sweetness, somehow it all just dovetails into an enjoyable, entirely drinkable affair, with a little extra kick for good measure.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a big, sturdy head that leaves some clumps behind

Smell: Ripe bananas, clove and a touch of caramel

Taste: Caramel dipped bananas, with a growing clove character that really comes into its own by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a banana bread flavor that lingers into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Overall: Pretty nice, but a bit light in color and flavor for a dunkelweizen

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a dirty and cloudy dark beige color beer with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread is very dominant and enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the banana bread with some ester notes. Body is above average with some great carbonation. This is definitely a style that I don’t have a chance to try very often but thought was very interesting but maybe a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured out a pumpkin-like color with a good sized head.
It smelled of banana and cloves. The flavors came through in the taste. So did some hop flavors and wheat. Mouthfeel was slightly grainy and dry. It is a fairly heavy beer, but I enjoyed it very much.

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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, banana, clove, pear, apple, wheat, floral, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, banana, pear, apple, clove, wheat, honey, pepper, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, banana, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, floral, honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent dunkelweizen style. All around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL into Weissen glass

Color was a hazy straw brown. Light tan head. Left medium level of lacing.

Aroma was of clove and bananas (similar to a hefewissen). Taste was similar. Roasted fruits and nuts were present also.

Mouthfeel is smooth at first and then goes down creamy. It has a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. $4 for a half liter is kinda steep, but I think it was worth it.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle.

A: Pours medium-dark orange-amber topped by a sizable, thick, off-white head. Very good retention with spots and streaks of lacing.

Aroma: Earthy-herbal hops, banana bread, apples, clove and light toast.

Flavor: good complexity but featuring banana bread and other (mainly) yeast derivatives. Also has light clove and faint spices, caramel, dark fruits, sweet malts, and some faint earthy hops.

M: Medium body; prickly, moderate-high carbonation; smooth and crisp.

O: not a favored style but certainly an excellent version.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a weizen glass.

Pours a moderately-dark golden-bronze color with a thin white head that recedes somewhat quickly and doesn't leave behind much other than a bit of spotty lacing. Almost no haze. The nose is pretty weak with a bit of sweetened malt and clove. A touch of banana there as well. Taste is quite plain as well. There's just not much coming from the malt or the yeast. Mouthfeel is a bit light and undercarbonated, though it's smooth. Drinkability is decent enough, though there's really nothing all that special about this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge frothy head that fades quickly with rusty orange and very hazy color, its a little too hazy from the unfiltered but maybe a little too much

N: Nose has some sweet and sour notes a little yeasty wheaty and Belgian wit like

T: Taste starts with rich dark malts, very similar to their oktoberfest but with more butter, banana, light fruit, some yeast, a slight citrus and sour apple, airy and light but lots of flavor, the unfiltered part gives it some earthiness and bitter character

M: Mouth has lots of carbonation and buttery but a slight smooth thickness

F: Finish is light but dry and a little bitter with lots of malt that blanket the tongue, a slight sour apple helps finish

Final thoughts: Its a good drinking beer, less malty and more fruity and Bavarian style than the Oktoberfest which is my favorite Oktoberfest. But this is a great summer drinking beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat hazy copper/amber color with a big blooming head,the aroma is of roasted malt and green apple background,pretty interesting.The taste is spicey and a litle smokey with some lingering fruitiness in the finish.This beer has alot of different flavora,pretty complex and pretty darn good.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with three fingers of off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden-brown body. The head settles down rather quickly, but leaves fairly good lace on the glass.

S - Lots of bubble gum and banana with some bready notes of honey and toffee.

T - Banana flavored yeast and toffee malt with some bubblegum yeast. A little bit more fruity yeast in the middle with a hint of caramel. It finishes up with more bubblegum character and toffee paired with spicy clove notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nice, like Ayinger's light colored weisse it has an excellent yeast character, but here it is balanced by a light note of bready toffee and just a hint of sweet caramel in the middle. Very drinkable, one of the best German wheat beers that you are likely to come across in the US.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of heavy with wheat, yeast and banana along with some caramelized malt.

T: Flavors of banana and citrus jump out at first and are quickly followed by the breadiness of wheat and yeast. The malt character is hearty but still on the light side. There are touches of hops and smokiness and there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, very good representation of style, it’s certainly worth drinking a few of if you’re in the mood for the style. This one is just another quality German brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a two finger thick creamy off-white head. The head reduces by about 25% but has great retention. There is significant lacing observed.

S: Lots of banana + clove in the nose of this beer with some much lighter hints of wheat and sweet malts.

T: This beer starts out a little sweet with some caramel notes to the malts and wheat, followed by the flavors of banana + clove, and finishes with a hint of toastiness and bitterness. Very nice complexity and balance to the flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue like a champagne.

O: Very easy to drink and very refreshing, definitely a session beer that makes me want to sit outside on the beautiful spring day that it is today and have several of these - though it would be much better in a beer garden in Bavaria.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Major foam from first pour to last in the tall Peroni lager glass. Thick piles of suds. They call this a dark Weizen but it's a medium amber in color. Sudsy mouthfeel that is the glory of the German brews.

The flavor has a little of the clove taste, but just enough to be addictively spicy. Almost a hint of cinnamon. Fragrant nose as you sip. This is the classic German wheat beer taste, though not overdone. Slightly sweet. Long warm rich taste that ends with some faint bitterness. Well balanced and highly drinkable.

We get used to paying these ridiculous prices for "craft" beers. Here's an excellent classic for four bucks for the 500 ml bottle. Purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse is a hazy, mid-range brown shade with plenty of carbonation. The head is large and creamy with very good retention. The aroma is strong of clove with an underlying malt smell. The taste is diffenently stronger of clovey yeast flavor than the past few dunkleweizens I have sampled. The underlying malt body is tasty and helps finish a sip with a sugary sweet burst. Mouthfeel might be just a little thin to be great, but the drinkability is top notch. I found this to be a very enjoyable dunkleweizen, the stronger yeast flavor enabled Ayinger Ur-Weisse a degree of individuality from the standards I've tried.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,147 ratings.
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