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

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1,140 Ratings
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:
1,140
Reviews:
579
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
126
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Tballz420
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of little bubbles rise up in this lighter-brown, hazy brew. Big foam, off-white head on the top. Nice scent with the classic hefe characteristics along with some extra maltiness. Same for the taste, you have your hefe tastes with some underlying caramel notes. A bit thin, but the taste is pretty good.

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Photo of CreekyJarls
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Photo of LutherBrau
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light mahogany color with a medium-bodied white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Very fruity aroma with notes of ripe banana and clove. Sweet malts come through up front in the taste along with some fresh banana, clove, and nutmeg. It’s quite crisp and a bit acidic feeling in the mouth with a nice amount of carbonation. A very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of Zylod
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sigmund
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy, rather murky light brown colour. Like most weissbiers it pours with a large head. Plenty of cloves, ripe bananas, oak and hints of smoke in aroma and flavour. A little more hops for the aftertaste would have been good, but this is none the less a first class hefe-weizen. Recommended!

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Photo of cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy with thickly packed fine yeast, and two finger head of close knitted white sorta define the look for this style, just about perfect.

The aroma is biscuit dough and light clove, banana, bubble gum, and some herbal things going on behind it all. As it warms the aroma gets even sweeter, and fruitiness appears,

What a taste! Man, it is more fruity in the mouth, tasting of pear with banana, with some nice spiciness to accompany that isn't sharp at all, and the doughy nature cleanly holding it together. It is sweet, but cleanly so, with alcohol totally hidden in the spice of this. Just a fantastically enjoyable balance of delicious flavor here.

Low carb, medium viscosity, excellent finish, super tasty and clean linger.

What a great beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scratch69
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kromes
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light brown with no head. Smells are of banana, clove, caramel, and wheat. The taste is caramel, wheat, lemon, clove and bready yeast. the aftertaste lingers for quite a while. There is a clove flavor that sticks to the tongue. It has a really nice smooth and sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin, the carbonation could be better and fill the beer out a little more, but it is definitely drinkable. These go down really smooth and I could have lots. Not quite as drinkable as the hefeweizen, but definitely refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of Exeter
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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 hustlesworth
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i saw a dude zip into the beer cooler, grab a few bottles of ayinger and split like he was on a mission to get this beer. intrigued, i had to try it for myself.

A- holy foam brau! very active almost uncontrollable 3in creamy cloud of white head settles to a solid ring above the completely hazy apricot/honey colored brew. pillar of dark burnt orange down the center like most hefes, this one is special due to the slight lime greenish tones that develop toward the sides of the glass. lace slides down the glass with no stickage probably due to its complete lack of hops.

S- assertive banana and grain, tart fruity yeast and wheat, alcohol, warm spicy coriander, clove, nutmeg, allspice, all hiding behind that banana.

T- much more extreme banana and bubblegum flavor, banana bread, banana peel, grainy yeast, grass, soft clove and anise like tropical spices baked into the banana, raw barley, and a huge wheat-banana aftertaste. every sip i take is like a different level of banana its ridiculous.

MF- powdery and somewhat dry, goes down smooth due to mid-hi levels of carbonation.

D- not my favorite style, i like more bitter, but this is probably the best damn hefe-weizenbier i've ever tasted, dunkel or no dunkel. don't forget to drink the yeast at the bottom it's good for you.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brownish, murky, amber with tiny bits a what is presumably bits of yeast. This brew tastes exactly like what you would think it would by looking at it. The smell is wonderful and very powerful of banana with a hint of cloves. Very bready, as well. The taste is very strong of bananas, as well, with a tiny hint of cloves.
Only a negligible amount too much in the way of carbonation, but not enough to discourage me. Other than the carbonation, this goes down fairly smoothly. Overall, another great beer from Ayinger.

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

Photo of BlueSpader
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Winter
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper in appearance with a rising light khaki head. Fresh aroma of apricot and banana with a hint of cloves. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soft. There's an ale fruitiness upfront in the taste. It transitions into cloves midway through. Wheat malt carries the flavor into a finish that has a strong lingering banana flavor to it.

Decent for a dunkel weizen and something you could drink quite a bit of before getting tired of it. Would pair well with sausages and grilled or roasted pork.

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Photo of marburg
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had Schneider Weisse and Hacker-Pschorr Dark about a million times (ah, perhaps a wee exaggeration), and I swear that I think both of these beers are significantly darker than the Ur-Weisse.

I mention this and find it significant because a dunkel weizen should be dark. And this one is really more of a middling tan-to-brown rather than a definitive chestnut brown color. It's hardly a big deal, but it's the most notable feature of the beer.

It's more or less just a standard dark, German-style wheat beer. The odor is of diluted Pine-Sol (not necessarily bad at all). It's got some subdued lemon character to the taste, and the head pours big (but fades quickly). It's a good beer by all means. It's certainly not exemplary.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy honey brown colour with a two finger cream coloured foamy head. Not as dark as expected, but certainly not a hefe colour. Excellent head retention, not much for lacing.

Sweet and spicy smell, banana and caramel with cloves in the mix.

Subdued banana flavour with a bit of caramel mixed in through the front half of the mouth. Cloves to finish. Like a good hefe but slightly richer in the sweetness and mouthfeel.

Carbonation is a little coarser than I like, but there is a touch of extra body.

A quality beer and an easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt copper color, with haze-of-yeast and a soft, bright white head that stays around forever. Big sugared bananas, some cloves, but also a slightly musty sourness on the nose. It's half intriguing and half offputting. On the palate, the first thing to assert itself is the cloves note. Sweet malts -- wheat coated with caramel, hang on until the finish, which is surprisingly watery and redolent of that sour/funky quality I mentioned earlier. Bananas come out at the last split second. This is a quality brew, but it's got a few detractions to it, some elements that don't quite fit in.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, copper-amber beer sports a big, off-white, noisy, bubbly head. The yeast pour turns the beer hazy. It has a spicy, nutty nose. It's almost cinnamon-like. Fruity bananas highlight the front. A nice, rich malt and foamy feel. The finish dries, with spice and nuts. My notes say "zingertang", which -- although not a word -- is probably right. A slightly corny aftertaste. Delicious, spicy, grainsy, bananay.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,140 ratings.
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