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

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. This one pours a hazy chestnut color with two fingers of frothy white head. Simply looks damn good.

Right off I get a big whiff of banana in the aroma. It seems to mellow out after a few sniffs where a nice spicy and bready aroma come through. The flavor has a little bit of banana bread like characteristics; slightly sweet and yeasty with some spice. A little bit toasty on the malts.

The body is light and the carbonation is lively and a bit sharp. Overall a pretty rock solid German brew here I told my brothers girlfriend to buy me a beer and she got me this. I should clearly try that tactic more often.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dunkelweissbier had a cloudy sepia color, though not as dark a tone as others of the style. A massive off-white head towered over my hefeweizen glass, speckled with minute flecks of particulate matter, most likely yeast stirred up from the pour.
The nose was an inviting blend of doughy malt, light cloves, and some modest banana aroma plus a dash of caramel. The taste was a bit less appealing. While the yeasty maltiness was abundantly plain and a nice toffee/caramel flavor was evident, the cloves were muted and the banana flavor came across like that of unripened bananas. The feel was light headed toward medium and spritzy thanks to the large volume of carbonation.
Overall, this was still a quenching, quaffable example of the style. Still, it fell into a class below my benchmark for the type, the dunkelweizen by Weihenstephaner.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brown witha dense ivory head that dissipates quickly. No lace but lots of yeast particles floating around. Smells of spicy wheat malt. Yeasty, fruity aromas. Banana, pepper and clove aromas as well.

Taste is very similiar to the smell. Fruity, wheat malt and banana. Cloves, pepper and add to that a light smokiness. Also light caramel. Mouth is a bit thin but has some sticky maltiness and lingers on the tongue. Smooth and silky. Really drinkable. I haven't had a Dunkel Weisse for years, since Germany but this one would have to rank up there.

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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - pours at least an inch of tight and frothy eggshell colored foam. the beer is very cloudy, dark gold/bronze colored. very spotty lacing.

S - very sharp banana, clove...loads of spices, yeast and some bready malt. mostly banana.

T - yeasty and bready...banana is present but doesnt steal the show like the nose. everything is nicely balanced and intricate. notes of cinnamon, doughy bread, citrus rinds.

M - carbonation is very sharp...a bit distracting. medium and slick body. finishes prickly with some lingering sweetness.

D - great style - this one is solid all around, just wish for a bit more creamy mouthfeel and less carbonation, it really detracts from everything else.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was looking through some of my old reviews and couldn't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet, so I picked up a bottle after getting my bottle deposits back... Woohoo, "free" beer! This is one of the beers I drink regularly in the summer (on the rare occasion I'm not drinking new beers, of course).

Looks excellent in my Ayinger weizen glass. Seriously, it's picture perfect. Fills up perfectly to the .5L mark with a muddy, murky looking dark wheat beer with a huge crown of foam that peaks out over the rim of the glass. Carbonation bubbles twirl up the sides inevitably becoming part of the mountain themselves.

The smell is the one downfall of this beer. It seems to smell very soapy. The banana, lemon and clove esters only make it seem like the little designer potpouri soap bars that you're not supposed to wash your hands with.

The taste is very smooth and quite highly drinkable. Lots of the banana ester, perhaps more than any other wheat beer I've tried. Lots of clove to go along with it as well. Only a bit of lemon. The wheat malt is sweet and has a little bite to it. The tiniest suggestion of spicy, herbal hop bitterness can be detected in the end. Quite bready the whole way through. This beer seriously looks like a slurry of yeast, and it's quite filling.

Very creamy with quite a big body. Even though it's well carbonated, this beer feels like a smoothy going down. Very soft on the palate, though it is by no means flat. Drinkability is huge.

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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque muddy brown brew with a three finger cream colored head okay retention. No lacing at all. So sad . . .

S - Strong bananas, dates, faint cloves and a touch of coriander. Unlike other dunkel weizens, this one has an intense odor.

T - The flavor has a fruity sweetness. There is a taste slightly reminiscent of a banana pulled from the dredges of a fruit salad, as well as a quick light caramel malt flavor (but with a very noticable wheat influence) and a subtle coriander pepperiness. There is a curious mild bitter twinge on the back of my throat that lasts for only a few moments. A very faint slightly sweet aftertaste lingers for a little while after the bitterness dissipates.

M - Very viscous, smooth and quite refreshing.

D - Nice. Sessionable, though a bit strong. So a low paced session. I think this is my favorite dunkel weizen that I have had to date. It is actually one of my favorite beers in fact, extremely well rounded. It is more pronounced than the others of the style. It seems to sit somewhere between a dunkel weizen and a weizenbock. I find this place to be quite pleasing. I will definitely make this my dunkel weizen go to beer.

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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange with a big head that retains for most of the time it took to drink. Smells fruity and slightly citrusy. Strong banana esters come through, with clove on the back end. Light smooth carbonation. This beer goes down very easy.

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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 500 ml to Reidel Extreme Riesling glass...

Beautiful 2-finger soapy/boiled milk froth head with a few muffin tunnels. Body is a terrific warm honey color. Nice haze - typically enticing for style.

Excellent broiled wheat character with nice ester sweetness. Slight clove/coriander texture. Some orange zest and some melted caramel sweetness - a little apple too.

Solid dark wheat texture and body - character on palate is similar to that on nose. Taste profile is a bit understated; comes out with warmth. A little honey emerges along with light apple tone.

Slight pucker from wheat and citrus zest on palate - tart finish with depth and without aftertaste. Very hearty and pleasant.

Quite enjoyable to drink - maybe a little heavier than a typical weisse beer as expected but good for a warm day when seeking a meatier flavor profile.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured there is a big white head that drops out fast. Leaveing a glass filled with a cloudy dark amber beer. There is a light malt sweetness in with a great spicey aroma that is rounded out with a hint of clove. The taste was an excellent balance of citrusy sweetness along with the well pronounced classic banana and clove notes. This was a tasty treat for me which a savored slowly.

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3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle served in a bulbous weizen glass. The beer pours dark orange in color, quite hazy, and fills the glass's bulb with a mass of white head. Faint, fruity aroma. Upon tasting, the yeasty spice of clove is immediately apparent, along with a really fine carbonation. Very neutral with a thin and wheaty mouthfeel. Finishes with the same spicy clove note, and a hint of banana. Enjoyable, but I think I'd take Franziskaner every time.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,177 ratings