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

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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:
1,147
Reviews:
582
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
130
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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m in a bad mood, so this beer better be good. I won’t even begin to try and figure out how to pronounce it, but in the preliminary research I did… I want to go to Germany. If nothing more than the stein filled with beer. If I ever do (and I will) make it to Germany, I will make sure to go during Oktoberfest. They have celebrations here in the states, but there is NO WAY they are the same as those Europeans. Anyway, on with the beer.

The nose on this this is HUGE. It smacked me in the face before I could even pour a glass of this stuff. It has a very familiar nose, similar to a Blue Moon or any other wheat beer you might find. But after a sip of this stuff, I will never enjoy a Blue Moon again.

There are subtle similarities… but the aftertaste is so much smoother than that of a Blue Moon (and I use Blue Moon as that’s the most popular wheat beer here in the United States.) The ABV is a bit higher than a Blue Moon, but it’s not obvious. The aftertaste is quick, but the smoothness makes up for it. You are hit with hints of spice (a weak spice at that) long after the beer has been swallowed.

There is a slight carbonation on the back half of the tongue, but just like the aftertaste it’s quick. The smoothness of this beer makes up for anything else that could go wrong. It’s a lot better than a Blue Moon, and I would totally buy another bottle of this. But I really want to drink this out of a HUGE beer stein. Let’s make that happen this October, shall we? Bottoms up people!

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came out with a massive amount of head about three fingers high and extremely thick and fluffy. It steadily dwindled down to about a one finger height but still with large mounds of thick white head. The color is a dark burnt caramel that is extremely hazy. A lot of banana right up front with a good about of caramel apples and a little clover. Smooth with a good amount of carbonation. A quick hit of tart fruits and a bready texture moving to some zesty banana. It has a dry and tangy aftertaste some of the clove lingering in the back.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a big, sturdy head that leaves some clumps behind

Smell: Ripe bananas, clove and a touch of caramel

Taste: Caramel dipped bananas, with a growing clove character that really comes into its own by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a banana bread flavor that lingers into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Overall: Pretty nice, but a bit light in color and flavor for a dunkelweizen

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

A - Deep golden body, with a splash of amber. Just hazy enough, and a nice boiling pot bubble ascension. Two finger head that started like a block of swiss cheese when poured. Sits nice and foamy white.

S - Fresh fruit meat and grassy sweetness. Wheat flowing through the nose.

T - Delicious mild apples and sweet wheat. Not alot of hop or malt flavors. Some alcohol evaporating giving a nice touch yet not a high abv. Apple skin in the finish and mild bannana paste. Very faint spice to add another nice facet.

M - Super easy to drink. Light-medium body and easy carbonation.

O - A quality German brew. Not very dunkel but an awesome wheat beer in total.

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

Brownish golden in color, with a super-frothy head. Tight foam leaving only a little lace. Not bad here. The nose is chock full of clove, just as the hefeweizen would suggest. Fruitiness of banana and berry. A little more power to come through the cap would be optimal.

The flavor follows suit. The bananas are a little more ripe and mashed than the hefeweizen, the clove is plenty aggressive, and the crystal malt sweetness is amped up. Unfortunately, this Ayinger offering matches its sister beverage by being ultimately too thin to be richly rewarding. A fine beer, but perhaps too trifling.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was reccomended to me. I'm not that into Dunkelweizens and Weizenbocks but wanted to give it a try, knew it wouldn't break the bank.

Appearance-Very cloudy dark orange. Can see tons of carbonation, with bubbles floating up for a while. Lots of head, 3 fingers of white.

Smell-I really get alot of Banana and some spice. Can get some fig/rasion as well. The more i keep sniffing I'm really just getting the banana and spice.

Taste-Like the smell, I get alot of banana and spice. I really get the yeasty, bread characteristic as well.

Mouthfeel-Lots of carbonation, a little bit too much for me. Leaves a lasting yeast taste in my mouth.

Overall-Warm spring day, very pleasant drink. Very drinkable but very gassy. After pouring my next 10 oz or so I really stop tasting anything and feel like I'm drinking a light beer. I'm a huge hophead and it's like drinking a hazy, orange beer without any hops.

Definitely going to try some more of this style to do more comparing and contrasting. But right now, this isn't for me.

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Photo of theghost3
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, bright chestnut with a 3-finger off-white, foam head. No lacing.

The smell is cloves, banana with a hint of nutmeg. The taste is bananas, cloves, light malts, yeast, and a hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. A little more acidic than I like in a Dunkel.

This is a very drinkable Dunkelweizen; not as astringent as many of the same style. It would go well with a soft German pretzel dipped in honey mustard.

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Photo of sj660
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't let the half-hearted lace or the quickly dissipating foam make you think less of this amazing beer. It's a perfect foggy nut brown in color.

With light aromas of citrus, this beer is a full of fruity flavor including citrus, bananas, and pears. It is very well balanced. Don't profane a wheat beer this good by putting a slice of citrus on the glass, for God's sake.

A bit on the gassy side, it is full bodied and tingles with alcohol and a bit of a yeasty bite.

I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Brewbro000
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Amber with some light orange hints when held to the light. There was a great snap when I popped the bottle and the head shows through in the pour as an immediate froth followed by a 2 inch crisp white head.
S: bready, malty with some light banana and a dominant clove aroma. Some yeast character comes through as well
T: that yeast character shows through with some spicy sweetness that finishes dry. Bready sweetness, banana and a slight tart flavor that I assume is also part of the yeast
M/D: the crisp carbonation finishes this one off right. A pretty light body allows the flavors to show. I could drink 2-3 of these before I needed to switch.

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

Really enjoyed this dunkel, it did not have the twang that I've found in other commercial dunkels. I learned to love the style from homebrewed dunkels.

Bright chunky head, which tames down to nothing. Great banana-clove-apple-malty smell, still no astringent twang to the aroma. Tastes light, low carbonation, distinctive banana-clove flavors laced with apple... no funny aftertaste. Has its share of yeasty sediment, but that's all good and expected.

Very drinkable, easy to put away the complete bottle. Pairs good with pasta and pizza. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a weizen glass.

Pours a moderately-dark golden-bronze color with a thin white head that recedes somewhat quickly and doesn't leave behind much other than a bit of spotty lacing. Almost no haze. The nose is pretty weak with a bit of sweetened malt and clove. A touch of banana there as well. Taste is quite plain as well. There's just not much coming from the malt or the yeast. Mouthfeel is a bit light and undercarbonated, though it's smooth. Drinkability is decent enough, though there's really nothing all that special about this beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-amber with a huge, long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of yeast, spices with hints of banana and apple. Medium, slightly crisp body. Taste is yeast, wheat, brown sugar, spices with hints of banana. Very delicious heffeweizen.

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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 BeerLover99
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - amber with orange tint, 1 finger head, average lacing.

S - malt, whiff of floral, cloves, banana, hint of date/fig, mild jammy aroma.

T - nice sweet clove/banana up front with solid malt body, nice smooth finish.

M - medium body, low carbonation.

D - Very nice brew. This is worth seeking out and love enjoying a style that I think is very underrepresented. The big, delicious flavors, but not huge alcohol.

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Photo of travis224
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a nice orange-copper color with a tight white head that disappears pretty quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass. The nose is wonderful, mainly banana with a bit of clove and phenolic qualities. The taste is much more on the dry side with nice effervescence. Banana being the major player here. Definitely a nice summer session beer. Although it's a bout freezing in Texas right now this is a good beer to enjoy as an afternoon snack. And at $3.25 for a 500 ml bottle you can't go wrong.

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Photo of pioppo
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber yellow with a light beige quite fine and quite persistent foam.

S - The classic aromas of the style: banana and cloves.

T - Other than banana and spices, there is also a malted flavour.

M - A balanced beer with low levels of alcohol and bitter.

D - A good beer but one weiss is enough!!

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

Wow this is a good brew. I love wheat beers and Ayinger has done a good job here.

Pours a Unique light orange color. Head is thick and creamy.
Very smooth yet the flavors of Banana and spices
are all over, something i cant quite put my finger on sets this apart from alot of German wheats.
Very Drinkable, great with meat and rich foods.

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

i enjoyed this dunkel weizen very much. Poured a hazy copper with a thin white head. Aromas of roasted malts, clove, banana and apple. Tastes much the same except the apple is more pronounced. Medium body, light carbination. I could drink this with some apple pie. Ya that sounds good.

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Photo of dvb
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my big weizen glass.

A - Lighter than I expected. Nice head, but no lacing whatsoever.

S - I get smoke and cloves.

T - Wheat (obviously), bananas, cloves, smoke.

M - Somewhat watery, but no different than what I expect from a wheat beer.

D - I could have another, although the smoke is somewhat off-putting.

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

Poured a lot lighter color than I expected. About halfway between the usual color of a dunkel and a normal hefe. The head is off-white and about 1" tall. The smell has some fruit notes with a steady wheat smell. Taste is similar, sort of sweet, minimal bitterness, good maltiness to it but the wheat still carries the taste. the traditional banana and clove are present. Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. Overall, this is not the #1 best dunkel I have ever had, but it is a wonderful beer. It fits nicely between a big hefe and a lighter dunkel.

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

This sediment-laden beer pours a pale golden orange color. Its head is white and fizzy, standing two fingers high and retaining well. Yeasty particulates are noted, as well as medium carbonation. The aroma is malty and heavily wheated. There are strong whiffs of under ripe green bananas, with other spice and floral notes. The yeast is noted and a bit chalky. As is expected, the taste begins with bright wheat. Here there are also cloves and other dark spices. The middle opens up with the sweetness of banana heavy esters. Everything blends and amplifies at the top of the sip, quickly disappearing down the throat for a smooth and calm finish of malts. The aftertaste follows suit, and breathes with more of that clove, and a sour wheatiness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to heavy, and slightly prickly. The mouth is coated nicely and is fully satiated. The abv is appropriate, hardly palpable, and, when coupled with the beer's smoothness, makes for a highly drinkable beverage.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was its bold aroma and clean, crisp finish. The style of brew dictates darker, hefe-like aromas, and this brew had them all. It was very wheaty and estery, with that perfect darkening twist of malt and spice. With such robust scents it would seem that one or more of them could overpower the brew's taste, but here, we are given a nicely blended brew with a surprisingly delicate finish.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (bought and reviewed in Germany) into a flute glass.

Look - Light amber in color, a little murky. Good 2 fingers of foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - probably nobel hops. Maybe somewhat of a banana aroma, but very subtle.

Taste - Lovely wheat taste. Banana smell is present in the taste as well. The toastiness in the taste makes this one taste like beer banana bread. Texture is fairly well-balanced, maybe a little toward the creamier side.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and good brew. Probably a little too cold. We were keeping the beers outside in temps below freezing.

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

Appearance- poured into a weizen glass. Cloudy copper in color with a 2 finger white head. Great head retention, stayed constant the whole way down.

Smell- Bananas, clove, some bready malt.

Taste- Your typical banana and clove flavor profile, a bit toned down by the darker malts in this one (which I personally prefer). A hint of caramel. A touch of citrus hops as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, fairly high carbonation.

Overall- Solid Dunkelweizen, for the price you can not go wrong with this one.

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

A: The pour is a little light for what I'm used to seeing out of a Dunkelweizen. A light copper color with a massive, soapy, off-white head.

S: Starts off with the usual suspects such as banana, bubblegum, and clove. An almost sourdough breadiness which is a bit different as well. Some hints of floral hops are present as well.

T: A big blast of banana and clove flavors to begin. Fairly sweet with a surprisingly prominent level of floral hoppiness. A subtle to moderate bitterness and some light citrus. Not quite as bready and hearty as I had hoped for.

M: The body is medium with a pretty high level of carbonation that gives a slightly creamy feel.

D: Dunkelweizens continue to be a bit of a weird style to me. This one was one of the better examples I've had, but still not quite as enjoyable as a traditional hefeweizen or weizenbock.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$4.99 / ea.

A: Hazy deep straw body topped with a huge rocky head of moderate retention that leaves behind light foamy lace and a rocky cover.

S: Dominated by clove spice with hints of banana ester poking through. Light flowery hop profile in the background. Pretty standard fare for a hefeweizen.

T: Sweet banana has a stronger presence here than than in the nose, but retains the same potent clove character. Just enough hop bitterness to balance and no lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light carbonic bite, and distinct smoothness throughout.

D: A bit too sweet for my taste, but the flavors and mouthfeel are spot-on for the style. Worth a try, but there are better examples if you are looking to indulge in hefeweizen.

O: I've had much better from Ayinger.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,147 ratings.
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