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

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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 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 dblinkhorn
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy honey brown with a three finger thick off-white, pillowy, creamy head. This retains for quite a while, but eventually dies down to a cap of very creamy foam. Excellent rocky lacing sticks to the glass in many places on the way down.

Smell - Spicy banana muffins to the tee! A very rich malt and wheat aroma behind this. Some slight vanilla and caramel notes in the background as well. Some lighter fruit aromas such as pear and peach. Practically no alcohol aroma at all.

Taste - Spiced banana bread off the top, with a very rich malt character behind that mixed with a slick wheat presence. Light notes of toffee and molasses.

Mouthfeel - Lighter end of medium-bodied class. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with the best carbonation I've ever had. Very refreshing but not a single bit of unpleasantness at all in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Overall very refreshing and "light" feeling, even though it has some strong flavors. Its balance also adds to the drinkability.

A superb dunkel weizen. Excellent mouthfeel, strong but balanced flavors, and a smooth, slick, wet, and refreshing feel. A must have dunkel weizen!

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a very hazy orange color into a typical pint. Very little head and no lacing. Immediately smells like bananas. Initial taste is definitely bananas too and pleasant aftertaste. Definitely a little thicker brew too. Overall I really enjoy this brew and hope to enjoy more in the near future.

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Photo of singletary
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden hue with a nice head. The smell is of wheat and a little bit of bananas. It has a taste of the wheat and a sweetness of banana that comes through. A nice wheat beer what will please anyone.

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

Serving Type: Serving Type: 1pt .9fl oz. No "freshness" date

Appearance: A dirty amber colour w/ ample lacing.

Smell: A nice soft and mellow smell...cloves, apples and banana's

Taste: Smooth and crisp w/ some nice carbonation. A little bit of wheat before your hit w/ the banana and apple flavour. Some of the spice comes through....this reminds me of banana bread. Very nice

Drinkability: A very nice Dunkel Weizen...I'd enjoy it again

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Photo of ojiikun
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully cloudy muddy amber, as all dunkel heffers should. I would tell you about the head, but I apparantly turned my back for 15 seconds - and it was gone. Nothing creamy about this one, very 'champagne'.

Dunkel malts smell really nice, along with promising upfront bitters.

Initial taste is a bit mediciney, but a dry medium body doesn't give the notion much time to live. The taste is best right after the swallow, and again far down the line - there is a bit of sweetness after all the bitterness fades.

Fairly drinkable, thanks to the non-existant traces of alcohol. Tempered by one's respective love for astringent bitters. Could go down very well indeed on a hot day with some grilled sausages!

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Photo of RedBaron
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good, heady weiss beer from Ayinger.

Appearance: Dark copper; nice white, fluffy head. A perfectly inviting beer with a great pour. Great CO2.
Smell: Clovish, but mixed with a malty sweetness smell.
Taste: Complex malt combinations. Finished with a nice fruitiness, and interestingly a bit of a dryness (probably a good bittering hop, maybe Tettnang). A nice, pleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a bottle-conditioned weiss beer (at least I'm assuming it's bottle-conditioned). After such a heady nose and taste, it's a bit disappointing in the overall mouthfeel. Still, there's a enough great things about this beer to offset the rather pedestrian mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Pretty damn good. Ayinger is a consistently good brewer, but this isn't my favorite for their portfolio. Their standard hefe-weiss is actually a little more grounded than this beer. Having said that, I still found this to be a nice beer to kick back with.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Medium orange-tan color with a very substantial white head. The latter took quite a while to shrink to a manageable size.

S: Heavy clove aromas dominate, backed by sweet wheat and fruity yeast notes. Other miscellaneous spices come and go. Very rich, yet not overwhelming.

T: Rich sensations of clove and banana, coupled with a pleasant wheat character, make my first impressions that of drinking a nice banana nut bread. Yes, I believe that this is a very accurate descriptor. Very delicious!

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied, and deceptively delicate and fresh on the tongue. Good carbonation and a nice, clean finish.

D: So smooth going down. This may pair well with lighter cuisine, but would probably get buried by heartier fare.

This is a very tasty beverage! Sweet and refreshing, yet rich and flavorful. Flawlessly constructed, this is my current benchmark for any future dunkelweizen competitors.

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Photo of genaro
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse was a gold/ amber color with a big, long lasting head. There were bits of sediment floating around amongst the bubbles. The aroma was clovey and floral. The taste was medicinal with elements of cloves, hay, citrus, and caramel. It had good carbonation, some sweetness, and was smooth and fruity overall. The finish was slightly dry and spicey as well as a little yeasty. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a 500ml wheat beer glass.

Poured a dark copper brown with the usual big white head. The head died surprisingly quickly but it looked nice.

Nose is a little spicy with maybe a hint of banana. Not overly expressive but nice.

Palate has more going on. A little spicy with some yeasty banana, clove notes along with some more malty flavours coming through. Perhaps a hint of cherry.

Good mouth but a little thin. carbonation is low. Quite smooth.

Overall very good. Classic dark wheat. Much better than most of the wheat beers I've tried lately. More flavour in this dark wheat.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy body swirling with yeasts. Thank god for un filtered beers!
Head is off white and very large. Grain notes fill the nose. A couple different things going on in the taste. Smooth bananna, along with the grain. Mild sweetness from the malt. A great beer thats very drinkable.

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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 RunForYourBeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with a decent white head. Carbonation can be seen.

S: Wheat, cloves, yeast, and a hint of lemon.

T: Starts with wheat then goes into lemon and cloves. The lemon has a bit of tartness. The finish has a hint of grapefruit hops and faint bready malt.

M: Medium with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Nice lighter beer. Has everything you'd expect from a dunkel. Would be great for a fall or spring night.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured pint bottle into weizen glass. Light amber, persistent fingernail of head which stays for the entire drinking process.

Nose of banana bread and malt, but very light.

Taste is much the same, but there's also nutmeg and a surprising cherry note in the mix as well.

Carb bite on the end, but a smooth mouth overall.

A good, hearty dunkelweizen, typical of the lighter varieties.

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Photo of MVotter
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The Ayinger Ur Weisse pours into a chalice with a light "tea" color. A good thick cream-colored head forms.

S - Spice, grass, fruits.

T - Clove, ginger, pear.

M - Medium body, ample effervescence, semi-dry.

D - Very nice balance of all the elements in this brew. Pleasant experience ... delicious!

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

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. I really need to pick up some wheat glasses, but oh well.

A- cloudy, cider colored beer, capped by a thick, rich, sand colored head.

S- bubblegum, fruit, and spices. Very much what you would expect from a traditional German wheat beer yeast.

T- crisp, clear, fruity apricot-and-banana, backed with a strong, but subdued malt flavor. Swallow is yeasty, but clean, into a very minimal aftertaste, leaving the palate scrubbed clean.

M- light, crisp, and slightly juicy. Leaves the palate very clean, as I mentioned.

D- high. These come in half liter bottles for a reason, because 12oz just wouldn't be enough!

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16.9 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Appears as a light golden orange color, with a slightly off-white head that tends to linger. Lacing evident. Aroma a mix of yeast and cloves. Flavor is tart with a clovy finish, very light malt flavor detectable. Mouthfeel is refreshingly light and effervescent from the carbonation. A beer that is very easy to drink. I did find the Ayinger Ur-Weisse relatively light for a "dunkelweizen" in appearance and flavor, yet it is one I would drink again and again.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A bit too aggressive pour resulted in a quick 50% head. The beer is deep gold with an ivory head. Lots of foamy peaks. Head is incredibly slow to dissipate.

S: Beautiful roasted malts and honey.

T: Wheat up front, citrus, roasted malts round out the taste profile. Maybe a hint of floral hops on the finsh.

M: High carbonation and light bodied.

D: Very drinkable beer, lots of characteristics I enjoy in this one.

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

A- Pours a hazy copper brown. Head is a solid 2 fingers. Slight lacing on the way down.

S- Quite a bit of wheat at first. Sweet caramel. Earthy finish with touches or grass and hops

T- Very strong caramel wheat up front. Touches of yeast to mellow the flavor then finishes with a spicy nobel hops to clear the pallet.

M- Medium body. Yeast lighten the beer slightly. Good carbonation.

O- Very good beer. Could use a bit more yeast taste to it. but none the less it worth another go.

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Photo of vishneda
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. My first Dunkel; take that as you will.

Kicks off with a strong, three-finger head almond head atop a dark orange beer. The weizen glass shows of the haziness of the beer with a nice yellow-orange gradient. There is a decent amount of activity in the glass. The head retention is pretty solid, though the head falls to about a half finger it stays there throughout the glass. I did not notice any lacing.

A lot of character on the nose. Tremendous malt notes when it was freshly poured; sweet like banana bread and a decent amount of clove which becomes more prominent as it warms. A metallic note within the scent prevented an exceptional grade here.

I was very pleased with the flavor of this beer. Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer is quite complex with a variety of different elements. There is a sweet wheat from the start with the corresponding banana-clove mix and strong malt. Some citrus flavor comes through as you explore the drink. The clove qualities magnify themselves in the finish and the beer leaves with a bit of spicy character. As I proceeded through the glass, the clove became more apparent possibly due to the beer warming some. The hop is invisible, however. Very minor bitter aftertaste, but nothing in this brew will satisfy a hop lover.

Good carbonation, not biting or tickling at all but enough to refresh the senses. The beer is a tad creamy but its not enough to characterize the drink. The body is in the medium range but probably a bit lighter than the appearance would suggest. A little more filling than the lighter hefe but definitely not something that would stop you from enjoying a few.

One of my favorite beers to date, especially for the flavor. I had a lot of fun exploring this one and I am definitely going to explore the style some more.

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Photo of lefty
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a .5 L bottle and poured into a glass.

A: The head was nice and thick and color a very nice hazy yellowy/orange/bronze color.

S: the smell was a nice weiss-banana smell, better than expected.

T: this beer tastes almost exactly like it smells, which doesn't always happen. It was a much lighter tasting beer than I was expecting, which I somewhat expected based on its color.

M: very smooth on the palate, definitely doesn't have the full wheat impact that some weissebeers have.

O: overall this is a great beer. I would not hesitate to buy this beer again. I would almost say this tastes like a much "lighter" Schneider Aventinus beer, which isa fantastic beer in its own right. For a price of just over $3, you cannot go wrong giving this beer a chance.

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Photo of Cmack15
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently discoverd this style at Buchowski's tavern in Boston. The maltier version of a heffe and I must say the balance really works well. I almost prefer this style to a heffeweizen. The color is a light brown with intense carbonation. The aroma and taste are all about the yeast baby with notes of bannanas, slight citrusy note, and the malts balance it out at the end. I really like this beer and brewery. Highly reccomend

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Photo of TheDinger
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from bottle into a Schnider Weiss weizen glass. A murky, hazy dull yellow with a honey quality. Nice 2+ finger head that stuck around for a bit. Smell is of bananas and some light fruits. Pick up some cloves and bread. Taste was not what I was expecting. A bit sweeter than anticipated. A hint of grapefruit and bubble gum add to the banana and wheat/earth tones. A unique and refreshing taste. Good balance with the hops. Feel was a bit dry and thin. Carbonation was lively. Overall- An interesting Dunkel. Like the blend of fruits and unique smell. Perhaps a bit too sweet on the tongue for my taste. Still a very enjoyable beer that has some different characteristics (sweet fruits and taffy, gum) that make it unique. Will have another one of these at some point. Good, not great-

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Photo of vinhgoh
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I screwed up the proper pour technique into the pint glass....but never mind that.

Gold-caramel color. Good amount of head, left rings in my pint.

Has a nutty smell....hazel-nut as some have mentioned before. A bit of a buttery smell as well. Almost like a graham cracker but not as sweet.

When you first taste it, I want to say it reminds me of a banana cream pie. The taste then lapses into the hazel nut taste. Does not overpower the weisse taste.

The texture....hmmm. Carbonation tickles the tongue but is washed back with a smooth finish.

Really easy to drink if you're a weisse fan.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,134 ratings.
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