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

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
570
Ratings:
1,111
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
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99
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120
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Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A truly classic German dunkelweizen. Pours a hazy dark orange/amber color with a great fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Typical hefe aroma: yeasty spices, clove, banana, light citrus, grass. Smells sweet.

Tastes like banana, wheat, bread, clove. Lightly sweet, malty, but crisp. Carbonation is nice and lively; this beer is quenching and highly drinkable.

This has got to be one of the best examples of the style you can find. Highly recommended.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice tawny-orange color with a little haze to it. Not as dunkel as some other dunkelweizens I've had. Poured with a large fizzy head which subsided rather quickly.

Smell: very nice wheaty-citrusy aroma; I feel like there's a hint of some roasted or caramel malt as well, but it's very subtle. Overall, pretty enticing.

Taste: flavor is quite good with a lot more caramel than I expected from the aroma. Light, refreshing wheat flavor; very low bitterness and hop flavor is almost indistinguishable.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a high level of carbonation yields an excellently creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: a highly drinkable and refreshing brew. This would pair great with a sunny day.

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Photo of weeare138
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark, amber toned orange with a white cap that slowly fades into bits of spotted lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of orange, apricot, clove, banana, vanilla cream, and Graham crackers.
Taste is of the aromas with a yeasty, bready, banana wafer flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is spritzy, sweet up front, tangy, medium bodied, and semi dry.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on August 7, 2011. It pours a slight murky medium to dark amber. My glass was not big enough to pour it all in without spilling some due to the huge, frothy, off-white head. Wheat and bananas penetrate the nose with virtually nothing in the way of hops or malts. The body is nice and creamy and glistens on the tongue. The taste also brings out that wheat, clove, banana flavor but there is also a noted sugary sweetness thrown in. Exquisite for an 83-degree late summer day.

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

I had this on tap at Ayingers Am Platzl in Munich on March 19, 2006.

A: Light-brown sugar colour, impressive white head.

S: Banana bread. Much breadier than their hefe, with less citrus.

T: Banana bread with a little spice and citrus, slightly sweet.

M: Moderate body & carbonation. Creamy.

D: Very good.

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

Thick off white head, strong carbonation - pour slow. Good wheat, with expected slight yeast overtones. Nice maltiness, finishes smooth. The ABV is 5.8%. $3.49 for 500 ml.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA.

Pours a muddied orange-amber colour, heavily hazed, with a solid froth of white foam. Body is very fluid, and seems light, but the haze, and the fine carbonation gives it a distinctive weight. Lacing is weak, but forms in patches. Overall, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is a little earthier and spicier than I expected. There's no big banana characters, and no classic clove: instead there's a very organic character, like freshly turned mulch, mingled with a peppery spice and some other estery characters: I get vanilla and starfruit. And yet, it manages still to feel like a German ale for some reason. It's confusing.

Taste is pleasant. Smooth, clear wheat characters give a crisp centre of the palate surrounded by sweet softness all around. Some peppery, earthy and leathery notes come out later, and even some of those banana phenols missing on the palate seem to appear towards the finish. It's quite pleasant.

Feel is smooth and light. Not bad at all.

Overall, this is different, but very pleasant. It's perhaps somewhere between a hefe and a dunkel, and yet also manages to hold very different characters from many of the examples I've had in the past. I was very interested in it as a result.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a big cloudy golden color with a big fluffy white head. Carbonation is a winner. Nose is sordove grain, wheat, clove. Taste is clove, wheat and banana with more clove than anything. Mouthfeel is nice with clove really kicking in, wheat and banana. Very drinkable!

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

A: Poured a hazy, and slighty burnt tangerine-orange with a massive 3 finger billowy eggshell white head that had great retention and lasted well into the drink falling to a soft, foamy layering. Visible carbonation was light.

S: On the nose was fresh lemons, bananas, a light yeatiness and soft wheat scents.

T: The initial flavor yielded a fresh lemony flavor that was wet, citrusy, and very smooth. There was some light banana bread with some spiciness against a soft wheat backing. Overall the flavor and palate was extremely smooth and clean.

M: very light, smooth, with a soft carbonation and a light tart lemony fade.

D: Drinkability was incredibly smooth, clean and great going down. A near perfect example per style.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Weisse glass)

A- This beer has a warm brown body with a strong wave of tiny bubbles and a thick mousy head that last and last. The head is even sitting in the bottom of the glass after the beer is finished.

S- The smell of wheat and yeast has a mellow banana and fresh ripe pears even from the pour. The notes of green hops come through in the finish and they are pretty subtle.

T- The smooth soft wheat flavor has a slight toasted wheat note and some dark bread crust flavors. There is some nice banana and pear flavors that blend into the light green hops at the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a nice fizz in the finish that fills out the mouthfeel and cleans the finish.

D- This beer has a big aroma with a softer flavor but they both have some good complexity. This beer is a meal in a glass and is very filling. With a flood of bland wheat beers on the market I forgot how great wheat beers can really taste.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper, cloudy body with two-figner head and a thick lace ring around the cup. A heavy citric fruit smell, mostly bananas, entwined with some clove and pepper and a dash of something sweet. Extremely smooth and creamy with a thin-to-medium body, has a solid fruit taste (to me it is mostly bananas) that is mixed with a dash of spices that perk up the beer and balance it. No real discernable hop taste, but finishes with a semi-dry backbite to balance out this slick, fruit and sweetish beer (the wheat twang in the middle is great and rounds out the beer). I could session this bad boy anytime.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 500 mL bottle served in a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a burnt orange color, just a few shades darker than your run of the mill weizen. There is a ring of head around the glass, but no lace.

Smell: The ale has a bit of a estery aroma, giving off hints of banana. The only drawback is that that aroma is faint at times.

Taste: The ale tastes good, starting a little poorly but finishing nicely. There are estery flavors, somewhat light, that give a bit of a clove flavor. The darker malts add just a bit of flavor but not so much that it overpowers.

Mouthfeel: The ale tastes very good, with the light wheat body carrying the day.

Drinkability: The drinkability is high, as the weizen flavors seemlessly meld with the darker malts.

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

Poured into 16oz stange. Poured very lively with a half a glass of tight, white head that dissipated slowly and left very little lacing. Poured a cloudy light/medium brown.

The beer had a grainy wheat aroma with a slight sharp aspect to it. The flavor was similar, no particular aspect dominates the beer. There is a pleasant wheatiness to the beer, with a sharp tang at the finish.

The body was smooth and pleasant, flowing easily over the tastebuds. Drinkability was very good, you could easily drink several of these guys over a period of time. Overall, a very good beer, worth your time.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.60 for the 500ml bottle.

It pours a dark gold/rusty colour, hazy, with a solid 1 finger head of foam and it leaves some excellent lacing.

It smells spicy, mostly fruity. Cloves, bananas, big whiffs of wheat. Very nice.

Big banana flavours in the taste, mild clove, wheat, nice flavours all around. Delicious and so soothing and easy drinking. Lowish carbonation and medium bodied makes for an enjoyable mouthfeel.

This is such a great value for what you get. It's been way to long since I last drank this.

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

A: Hazy amber copper color. Poured with a thick foamy head that held for several minutes then dissipated to a thin layer that left. Light lacing.

S: Caramel wheat, yeast, banana, clove.

T: Substantial flavors; strong banana and some other more subtle flavors. Some sweetness and caramel then yeasty clove finish.

M: Medium body. Smooth and well balanced. Nicley carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink. Very refreshing and very smooth. Classic of the style, yet some interesting subtle flavors.

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

500ml bottle poured into Weisse glass 7/1/12

A murky brownish orange liquid completely saturated with big bubbles, large off white head has decent retention and a few random patches of lace

S a little fruity with some honey wheat bread to go with the usual suspects of bruised banana, clove and a little chewing gum

T a little more spice and just a hint of booze I couldn't smell, just a little toffee and everything else I could smell

M enters silky then gets a little foamy from the bubbles, medium bodied with a grainy aftertaste

O pretty solid beer for a good price, I was expecting something darker but this did just fine for me

not the best I've had from Ayinger but that still puts it above most German beers I've tried. pick one up if you see it along with anything else these guys make

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Ur-Weisse pours cloudy gold with a persistent 2” pillowy foam collar. It has a little banana and clove on the nose and a banana bread flavor spiced with light clove and lightly sweetened with light kettle sugars. Medium full body and above average carbonation.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a Weizen glass, the beer pours a cloudy brown/orange color (more brown than orange) with a 2 inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. The beer mostly smells like over-ripened bananas, with some clove and wheat noticable too. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, however there's also a bit of citrus in the taste, and the spice comes out stronger in the taste than it does in the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it wouldn't be hard to have a few bottles of this. I liked this brew, it's not a bad choice at all.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with two fingers' worth of fizzy light tan head that retains well before slowly popping away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind and there are chunks of sediment suspended in the body.

S- Rich yeast brings notes of banana and clove set against a wheat backdrop.

T- Lots of bubble gum as the yeast takes hold with the spices coming in to round things out with some zing. So smooth and tasty, I keep going back for more and more sips. The wheat malt provides some bready notes and there's just a tinge of oxidation.

M- The medium-high carbonation makes this one kind of spritzy. Body leans toward the fuller side.

O- Supremely drinkable and packed with flavor. One of my favorite wheat beers for sure.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured into a weizen glass had a deep brownish-yellow color and a thick texture. Big, big head common to the style.

S: Very wheaty (of course) with hints of some fruit.

T: Wheat, banana, some other kinds of sweets. Wasn't as complex as others, but nicely done anyway.

M: Good amount of carbonation here. Slightly slick finish. Solid mouthfeel.

D: Like most of Ayinger's beers, this one is pretty drinkable. I don't know if it's on the same level as their Brau-Weisse (it doesn't have the same complexity), but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coppery amber and quite hazy with a big fluffy white cap that settled quickly to a short layer of fine bubbles. Lots of banana in the aroma, dry grain husk, cloves, bready yeast, brown sugar. Mild flavour, slight lemon with a bit of banana and malt sweetness. Spicy finish with a flash of bitterness and light apple tartness. Light bodied and quite dry, creamy carbonation. Decent overall and I really liked the aroma.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into a weisse style glass
(A)- Pours a medium-dark burnt caramel color. Some good white froth with good retention
(S)- Big notes of banana and clove meets a deep musty biscuit dryness
(T)- Very similar to the smell. Plenty of clove with more subtle on the banana but with some bubblegum and biscuit
(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A touch richer that a normal Hefe, which fits this so well
(O)- Exactly what I expect from a Dunkel. . everything that reminds you of a Hefeweiss, but deeper and richer without losing the classic flavors

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

Another beer that I'm surprised I haven't had before. I grabbed this at State Line this past weekend. It's 70+F here, and I figured this would be a better choice than a barleywine.

A moderately clear amber with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention, this beer looks great. Plenty of carbonation is visible as well. There's surprisingly little lace.

The nose is spicy and phenolic with a sharp, clove character. A definite caramel sweetness is present as well, and with the little bit of banana that's present, I'm reminded of bananas drizzled with caramel. No hops are detectable here.

Distinct from all other dunkelweizens I've had in that the banana character is rather muted, allowing the light caramel and a little cocoa to come through. The spice character is on the lower side, there's only a little clove present. Rousing the yeast brings out these flavors a little bit more. For some reason, I'm a little underwhelmed, maybe this beer isn't as fresh as it needs to be? As with the Brau-Weisse I had a couple of nights back, the flavors don't seem to pop out as much as in some of the better beers in this style. Mildly phenolic. Dry, almost grainy finish with caramel, a little clove and some banana, this beer is light in body and rather highly carbonated. Solid stuff, I do wish the body had a little bit more melanoidin/dextrinous character. Easily drinkable and refreshing on this humid, October evening, I will revisit this.

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Photo of Brad007
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Mild amber color with considerable cloudiness and a thick, foamy head.

Aroma: Clove esters show through in the nose with very weak banana esters. Malty.

Taste: Clove esters show upfront. Very smooth. A bit sweet. Malty. Simplistic.

Mouthfeel: Clove with a bit of dryness. Not much else though.

Verdict: A decent and drinkable dunkelweizen. I knock down a bit in score because I don't see the dunkel part of this beer (it's not very dark). Smell and taste are appetizing though. The ABV is low enough to make it a decent session ale.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orangish brown appearance. Nice looking head of about 1/2 inch and beige tinted white in color. Retention? Pretty good. Nice lemmon pepper and clove mixed in with some tangy wheat malt and darkened barley on the nose. The flavor is spicy, yet refreshing. A little banana clove action. And the slight chocolate and dark malt tones are held in check nicely and add the subtleties need for this style. This nicely carbonated brew has a medium full body and a partially dry finish. Nicely done dunkel weizen.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,111 ratings.
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