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

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90
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566 Reviews
Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

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

BEER STATS
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566
Ratings:
1,098
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
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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 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 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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Photo of masikon
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a fantastic dark, mellow color which looks almost exactly like unfiltered apple cider, pour takes time with the head fizzing crazily which releases all the wonderful fruity banana aromas. I thought this beer smelled and looked better than it tasted, the taste was actually somewhat bland and simple with nothing that really excited my palate although it did have nice legs and the aftertaste is where the fruitiness is most present. Possibly true to style it basically tastes a bit sweet and malty with just barely enough bitterness to balance things out. mouthfeel is how it looks, ciderlike. I must say that I was really excited to try my first dunkel-weizen but this was somewhat of a let down, Unfortunately the wonderful aromas simply did't translate well onto the toungue.

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Photo of devilmakesthree
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. Found it at a Fred Meyer in Beaverton. Not my first Dunkelweizen, by my first authentically German one. Poured a deep amber/light brown. Smelled of banana and cloves. Tasted almost like banana bread. I regret having only bought one. Highly recommended.

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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 TownDunkel
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger, never had heard of it but I figured a with a bavarian dunkel you cant go wrong for Christmas Eve.

Appearance - a murky orange brown. Not that is looks unfiltered but it has a nice opaqe quality to it.

Smell - The smell first told me I had got a quality beer. Hoppy, yeasty, crisp, and faint green apple tones.

Taste - Perfection! Just what a dunkel should be. Crips, fresh, good hop flavor and also the crisp apples come back. Perfect aftertaste that doesn't linger too long.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is right on for this beer. Not overpowering or leaving me wanting. Just cant beat it.

Overall - 4.5 One of the best dunkels (or beers) I have had thus far. I will buy this one again and through the year

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Photo of william5586
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy dark gold. Huge fluffy white head that slowly faded and left great lace.

S- Good wheat beer smell. Yeasty, clove.

T & M- Yeast, banana, clove, hint of spice and lots of apple. Slightly dry finish. Medium body and crisp bite from the carbonation, which this beer may have a bit to much of. The entire bottle did not fit into my glass, and it actually sizzled as I poured the rest in.

D- Very easy to drink. Refreshing.

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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 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 kaimcm
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

serv: brown 500ml bottle poured into an Ayinger Weisse glass.

app: Light and flat tan/brown with plenty of haze. Big beautiful off white head that sat perfectly in the glass on the pour, but faded to a quarter inch at best as dinner went on.

smell: The smell is one of my favorite things about weisse beers and this had what I'd expect, bannanas, cloves, herbs, lemon.

taste: A good dunkel but not spectacular. Similar tastes, clove, herb, etc...with the addition of yeast and wheat to lighten it up and really make it refreshing.

feel: Very nice, light, good carbonation.

drinkability: also nice, the 500ml goes by pretty quick. The flavors are pronounced enough to be enjoyable but the balance makes for easy drinking, especially in this summer weather.

Overall a nice dunkel but not spectacular. I paired with spicy sausages, grilled peppers, and cheese. I grilled the meat and peppers in a sauce of pesto, olive oil, and liberal lemon juice. The lemon and pesto in the dish went perfectly with the beer. A very nice meal if I do say so myself. Cheers!

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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 DirtyMikeandTheBoys
1.5/5  rDev -63%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

A real let down for Bavarian beer. Could be since I live in oklahoma and it's hard to get imported german beers. Poured cloudy golden yellow with a thick creamy white head. Looked promising however the taste wasn't there. It wasn't bad just really tasted like carbonated water. I'll stick to Schneider Weisse taps

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Photo of tj4288
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from bottle into weisen glass

a- muddy brown body with LOTS of sediment floatin around in there. cloudy/muddy brown with a bit of golden orange. head is off white and nice and big, long lasting but leaves little to no lacing. imo this is a very inviting beautiful dunkelweizen.

s- smell is similar to its hefe brother, notes of banana, and slightly stronger yeast smell than the hefe.

t- amazing dunkel! not overly complex but very full of flavor. wheat, yeast, over ripe banana... sour green grape.

m/d- mouthfeel is medium body with crisp carbonation. for some reason this is much more drinkable to me than the hefe and if it were slightly cheaper i would buy this regularly. (i am kinda cheap) overall a great dunkel that i would highly recomend

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

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Very cloudy carmel color with an abundant frothy off-white head that faded fairly quickly to a thin foam that hung around throughout.

S -Smell is of sweet malt, banana bread,ad bisquit.

T - Clove up front that gives way to a fruity, sweet malt. No hop or alcohol readily apparent.

M - Really great level of crisp carbonation, refreshing, medium/full body for the style.

O - This is a pretty good good example of the style. An enjoyable drink, but I'd max out at two I think, and would desire a change.

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Photo of Mick
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark rich color. Fruity esters with tones of clove. Medium body with a bouquet of fruity flavors and strings of clove. Again, the clove presence is noticeable, as it is ubiquitous. A low hop profile. Overall a nice dark beer smooth and crisp. A good texture adds to the beers drinkability, however the beer in totality would better served by lees carbonation.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark cloudy straw yellow with a large cream colored head and no lacing.

S- Strong smell of bananas, clove and wheat, just what you would expect

T/M- Taste is not as strong as the smell would lead you to believe. The beer seem to have a lot of carbonation in it

D- This was a good beer not great but good. There are defiantly better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Ur-weisse has a mutant foamy head that lasts almost indefinitely. It's not particularly dark just wild looking. It smells of cloves and yeast, and tastes very fuity and smooth. The flavor is rather solid and balanced. I notice hints of banana and clove as expected. This is really an immaculately balanced, cohesive beer. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy but retains it's refreshing lively character that wheat ale is known for. The dunkle in this case is really just a less refined/processed version of a "normal" hefeweizen. This beer feels old fashioned and high quality in its construction. Pairs well with food. I've got to try it with sauerkraut.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy/opaque amber copper color, poured with a thick foamy head that sustained for several minutes before receding to a thin layer that left some lacing.

S: Caramel wheat, yeast, banana, clove.

T&M: This beer is subtle but has some substantial flavors in it, most notably the strong banana flavors that come in about halfway through. First get hit with some sweetness and caramel flavors, followed by the banana, finished yeasty with some clove. Very enjoyable, smooth and well balanced. Medium bodied, and very easy to drink.

D: High. I like this beer, it is very refreshing and smooth. I could knock back a bunch of these.

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

Beer Pours a cloudy brown-yellow with a light head.

Huge aromatics... tart, over-ripe fruit... clove, fills the nostrils. Smells robust.

Taste... smooth, thick mouthfeel, full of spice, ripe melon, finishes crisp, but with lingering dark fruit flavors.

An excellent beer. Large flavors make for an interesting drinking experience and the tart finish balances the whole beverage well.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Abundant creamy head. Dark brownish hue that is a little less opaque than I expected.

S- Definitely has the the banana hefe quality to it, but it also has some darker notes in it that make it quite interesting.

T- Very smooth and silky, similar to a hefe, but with it's own character. Darker, a little more spicy, but it is very transparent. Actually a little more transparent than I expected for a Dunkelweizen as I noticed with the appearance.

M- Silky, creamy, medium bodied.

O- Great drink. A little less intense of a Dunkelweizen, but it's very tasty and I would definitely love to dance with it again.

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Photo of claybeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dirty orange-ish brown color. It has a slight cloudy shade with a tan light head. It's a little skunky and a fresh grain smell. I get some of a bread yeast on the nose as well. The sweet bread like flavor carries over on the tongue with a classic hefe banana flavor. The finish is soft and pleasant. It lingers for just a moment. Good wheat Beer.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
90 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.
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