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

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Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(500 ml bottle, poured into an over-sized wine glass)

L: hazy, medium-amber liquid with a lovely, thick, sudsy, inch-high blanket of soft foam... even with the little bit of dregs later poured in, it doesn't get much cloudier... the foam didn't hold long, but a thick collar remains... lace slides down glass

S: quite potent fruity esters - banana, plum - and a hint of spice... soft essence of earthy yeast slurry... I can't stop whiffin' this in real deep... just fantastic, and the shape of the glass seems to be key... potency dies off after awhile

T: surprisingly light and clean, bready malt more in finish and aftertaste - but the fruit flavors are on fire here!... I'm wondering if a fresher bottle would have more malt sweetness - but nonetheless the grain is dense, if not full... thinly acidic aftertaste with some plum essence... the taste overall could be a 4.5, undecided

F: again, I think I was anticipating more body - there's a bit of a foamy front, the bottom drops out and the liquid flows back clean and refreshing, with perhaps a delicately chewy viscosity on the follow-through (which is likely the lil yeast slug)

O: no idea how old this bottle was - maybe up to if not more than 6 months?? - but the quality was still very much intact... definitely will get again and I must compare with my other dunkel faves

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

Ayinger Urweisse, 5.8% ABV, 13 IBU. Pours medium viscosity, brown, with a 3 finger white head on a careful pour, leaving little lacing. Nose is bread and banana, taste follows, with almost no bitterness. Slightly heavy carbonation, but still decent mouthfeel. Overall excellent.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy deep amber brown color, it tops with majestic creamy off-white head that very well retains itself with remarkable retention before slowly sinking to an eternal fluffy layer that will never die down and leaving some lacing behind, high visible carbonation.

The aroma is well balance between all the elements of ripe banana, citrus, lime, clove spice, pepper, bubblegum, caramel, dough, some toasted and dark bread.

Fruity ester leads the taste with notes of banana, citrus, and lime while there are also the other yeasty flavors of clove spice and pepper. Malt displays as the flavor structure with its dough, dark bread, toasted bread, and caramel. Hop is at the end with ghost-like bitterness together with some fruity tartness from yeast.

Medium body with some good crisp and lively carbonation through the palate, smooth mouthfeel with nice refreshing touch, finish is dry.

When it comes to Ayinger with the wheat beer, you can always rest assure the quality and drinkability without doubt.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More like a hefeweizen with a amber color. Lots of clove and banana. The esters are well balanced with the caramel and nutty malts. Really good and balanced beer

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a tulip: hazy brown Amber color. Lacy head. Very aromatic; banana and pear. Just a little bit tart and sweet at the same time. Silky feel. Lingering banana aftertaste.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange/amber with thick golden head, good retention.
Creamy weizen smell.
Utterly balanced taste, probably, tad watery.
Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Ayinger weissbier glass.

Flame to tawny liquid, cloudy with a lasting finger of pillowy off-white foam up top. Soapy lacing, superior retention, no legs.

Nose exhibits a blend of banana, clove, and a hint of malt (caramel?), with an slight emphasis on fruity esters. Well balanced and moderated.

Wheat infused tangy palate entry with a low-level but persistent lactic acidity cutting through the esters - the effect reminds me of a dollop of lemon curd on top of strawberry shortcake or orange curd on top of banana bread. Malt comes forward with dough and toast notes, tailed by a faint aftertaste of clove or nutmeg. Medium-dry finish with both sweet and tart flavors competing.

Carbonation feels heavier than it looks, the beer surging more in the mouth than in the glass. Not quite medium-bodied - quite refreshing.

An excellent example of a style that is very well suited to the shoulder seasons, particularly Indian Summer with its blustery, hot, but fast-fading days. I would prefer a little more malt complexity, increased phenols, and less acidity, but these are matters of personal preference rather than faults in the finely crafted beer itself.

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Photo of thebeers
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow amber color with large frothy white head. Lemon and clove in the nose. They carry over to the taste, along with a big blast of banana, hefeweizen yeast and a touch of spiciness. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Great wheat beer.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku glass

A: Amber/orange with a white 1.5 finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Banana bread, cherries, wheat.

T: Follows nose with a sweet, summery taste. Light, refreshing. Grainy, in a good way.

M: Medium with medium to high carbonation. Thick, almost chewy.

O: A great summer beer. A bit pricey ($3.50 for a 16.9 ounces) but an enjoyable dunkelweiss.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L : Sun tea and apple cider colored with a very tall head of 4 fingers, soapy and sudsy. Lace is left sparsely in broken hills on the sides.

S : Dark wheat meets cinnamon sprinkled bananas, mandarin orange, and bazooka bubble gum in the nose. Lingering notes of lightly charred barley, citrus, pink grapefruit, dark bread crust.

T : Light, fruity, delicious with a hint of darkness. Flavor similar to the nose. First thing I notice is the literal crushed vitamins and minerals that glide past my tongue adding texture, with strong notes of banana, banana peel, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cherry or berries, orange peel, and clove. A knock-out flavor profile while remaining crisp, sweet, and easy.

F : Textured with minerals, vitamins, and unfiltered wheat. Makes it drink like pulp OJ. Incredible. Beyond that it's very crisp, smooth, and light.

O : Will I buy this again? Abso-freaking-lutely. This is one awesome Dunkel, not to be missed by any beer lover. Classy work, here.

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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 drpimento
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yum-o, great dunkel! Appearance had a huge, thick, creamy head. Aroma is typical traditional Bavarian hefeweizen. Flavor's where it's really good - with qualities that go perfectly with the palate: fruit, yeast, rye bread, and a bit tart on the finish. Body is soft up front and a bit crisp from carbonation in the back. Super drinkable! Want to try it on draft.

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Photo of erk0607
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Murky, golden brown, with off white lacing. Extra yeast that was hanging out in the bottle made its way into my glass... not exactly appetizing looking but yeast is yeast and I wouldn't be drinking this beer without its help.
Smell: Grainy, hay, malt, yeast, light fruit, fresh banana
Taste: Like a wheat beer... hits the style pretty well. Not much of a hop presence. On the sweeter side. Some breadyness and yeast flavors. Maybe a bit of light fruits like citrus and cherry/peach... stone fruits I guess.
Feel: On the lighter side, medium-light. Foams up pretty quickly. Head dies down within a minute or two leaving a pretty carbonated beer behind.
Overall: An interesting dunkelweizen. Wouldn't hesitate to get another one, but also not running out to the store to search one out specially either.

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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 puck1225
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy dark yellow-gold into a tall glass from a bottle. Nice head and lacing. Pleasant banana smell that carries over to the taste. Taste of spice and grass. Very nice beer!

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This dunkelweizen pours a slightly opaque dark golden / amber color with a thick, frothy white head that quickly dissipates almost completely. The scent is of a milieu of spices, wheat, and maybe a little banana. It smells very similar to a saison. The flavor is more complex and fuller bodied than the typical hefeweizen, as it should be. It has a variety of spices including clove, gingerbread, banana, wheat, and a nice medium malt character. It has a very nice crisp finish to it as wellThis is a really nice beer. Like most of the Ayinger beers I have tried so far it is a good example of the outstanding quality, no frill, classic style common to German beer. It is clear why this is a very highly rated dunkelweizen.

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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 Beginner2
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While only my 5th from Ayinger, I put them in the trio of wheat specialists that American crafters should emulate.
Looks give a big billowing head. Smells (now we're talking) and banana, clove and, of course, sweet malt.
Taste has a very refreshing and fruity attack, but then a drying sensation appears and gives me the first sign of hops.
Feel is rich, soft, satisfying.
A great beer for a session after having earned it through exercise.

Listed in the "1001" and deserves to be there because it certainly is one of the better dark wheats and the styles seems particularly hard to interpret since too few American crafters take it on.
MJ's "Guide" gave it 2.5 of 4 stars and said "it bursts with fruitiness with the spiciness of traditional wheat beer"

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber colour. Smells strongly of malts, banana, spicy notes, and sweet. Tastes initially sweet, then spicy, slight earthy hops, yeasty, fruity, tangy, banana, dry finish, medium-bodied; it smells lighter than it tastes.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this brewery. Pours light brown with lasting white half-finger head. Aroma is banana foremost with bread, bubblegum, and some spice. Flavor profile follows nose to a tee. Very smooth mouthfeel and slightly sweet yet clean finish. Great stuff.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky apricot with a big, soapy head that dissapates quickly.
Smells banana, clove, dark fruits.
A very smooth taste and feel. Banana right up front. The taste follows the nose. This
Is an incredibly smooth and tasty urweisse. One of the best.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.58/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [3.75] Beer is a brownish copper color. It forms a whopping 3+ fingers of head. The head is tight white bubbles that dissipate slowly and leave a think marshmallow fluff of lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (5.8%). There is no visible date code.

S: [2.50] Herbaceous, pungent banana.

T: [2.25] Follows the nose. More banana

M: [3.50] Not over carbonated. Mediumish feel.

O: [2.50] It has the banana-tastic yeast flavor (that I don't like). This beer is not for me. It highlights one of the flavors I dislike the most in beer. I will pass on this going forward.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes taken 03/12/16:

Before sediment is added, very dull and clear copper with golden hues. Light-colored for a Dunkel. After swirling around the last bit in bottle to stir up sediment and adding to glass, incredibly opaque in bulb, still somewhat clear and swirly in the “stem,” with clumps of fines resting at the bottom. Fizzy, but fairly well-retaining, uniform, off-white head. Semi-tart banana, bread, light band-aid, and syrupy sweet aromas. About the same to the palate up front, only some booze and yeast spiciness, and mild funk, cloves and peppercorns toward the back. Medium-bodied, dense but gentle effervescence, and smooth.

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Photo of drmeto
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-pours an opaque golden-brown with a medium,creamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-banana,lemon,earthy,leather,clove,white bread,passionfruit,pineapple,bubble gum
-overripe banana,clove,lemon,white bread,passionfruit,bubble gum,honey,cream,toffee
-medium carbonation
-medium,creamy body
Fantastic Hefeweizen (not a Dunkelweizen).Sweet and full-bodied.

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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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