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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:
“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
Ranking:
#2,374
Reviews:
584
Ratings:
1,153
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
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105
Gots:
133
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Photo of BranfordBound
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown, .5 L bottle into a weizen glass. No freshness date.

Pours a slightly murky brown/amber with lots of carb that forms a four finger head. Very rust colored with lots of lacing.

The aroma is typical hefe, with notes of apple, raisin and clove. Brown sugar sneaks in when warming.

Like the aroma, hefe with raisin and some roasted notes. Slight brown sugar and vinuous taste. Not as potent as Weihenstephaner.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, not a lot of prickling from the carb. Pretty neutral, not too wet, not too dry.

Very drinkable, has a good flavor that gets better as it warms. Pretty much a staple of the style.

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Photo of MVotter
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 drtth
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 0.5 liter Ayinger weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is hazed medium dark maple brown with a ½" off-white head that recedes slowly leaving little or nothing clinging to the glass. Sipping leave a partial ring of foam, some small patches and legs of lacing, most all of which slide back down into the foam on the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is bubble gum all the way, There's a bit of apple and spice mixed in.

Taste: The flavor is mostly what you'd expect from the nose--lots of bubble gum with traces of apple and spice. There's also a fair amount sweetness from the wheat and malt and no traces of hop bitterness to speak off. The alcohol is well concealed on this one.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and smooth, with moderate persistent carbonation that keeps the head alive to the end of the beer. The finish is reasonably long and ends in dry light bitterness.

Drinkability: On a hot summer day this starts out to be nicely drinkable. However I'm finding that by about half way through the glass there is just a bit too much sweetness here so I have to take it fairly slowly to avoid having the beer cloy and be too much. Having a tasting of the Ayinger Brau Weisse highlights the fact that that beer is much lighter and more delicately flavored than is this one. While I enjoyed this beer I don' think I'll be making a great effort to find it and drink it again..

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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 SaCkErZ9
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of enjoying this one in the German-themed dinner theatre in Wytheville, VA, known as Wohlfahrt Haus.

Pours rather clear bronze in color with a substantial and foamy white head.

Aroma is filled with spicy cloves and bananas. Also some bubble gum with a large breadiness. Quite phenolic and spicy. Not bad.

Pleasant taste. Spicy cloves seem to dominate.

A decent beer. I could see this one being enjoyed during the summer months.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a weizen glass. (The big glass went bye-bye, so 2 pours in a small glass.)

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a hint of copper. Some visible carbonation. Dense off-white head somewhere between creamy and foamy. The color is a bit disappointing; I was expecting something significantly darker. Head retention isn't that great.

Smell: Nice aroma of yeast, bread. Slightly fruity, with a hint of spices.

Taste: There's initially a bit of apple flavor, which gives way to the yeast & bread, and eventually bananas. Good banana bread taste at the finish. There's some underlying hop bitterness throughout the taste. Not much in the way of spices. Aftertaste has some of the bitterness still, along with the apple (though a bit more tart now) and some yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and generally smooth, with light yet tingly & slightly fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a proper ABV.

A nice weizen, but I thought it wasn't quite a dunkel, not only in appearance but in flavor too. It seems to fit somewhere in between a dunkelweizen and a hefeweizen. A bit too light, too fruity (the apple is much stronger than the banana), and lacking the spices or brown sugar that I am used to in beers of this style that I enjoy.

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Photo of 0beerguy0
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer poured a nice cloudy, golden almost amber color. The head was fairly large when first poured, about two fingers worth and it slowly came down to about a half a fingers worth. It was an eggshell white head that was very fluffy.

Aroma: Sweet banana and spice aroma that was very pleasant. I could pick up on some subtle malty aromas to it as well.

Taste: You can taste some banana bread like flavors as well as some underlying malty flavors. The flavor finishes off with a little clove and nutmeg.

Mouth feel: Great mouth feel. Has a perfect amount of carbonation, light body. It defiantly has a creamy feeling to it, and a nice crisp finish.

Drinkability: Probably one of the best beers I've ever had.

Awesome brew all around!

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.
Pours a nice copper color with a rocky white head. While pouring it I got a nice whiff of bananas.
Sticking my nose in the glass I can smell all the toasty maltiness, grains, yeast, pepper, bananas and cloves. This beer doesn't have quite as much banana smell as other hefeweizens I've tried but it is present.
Taste is overall a bit thin for me, but good nonetheless. It rolls onto the tongue with lots of carbonation and a bit of bready maltiness, followed by a bit of fruityness/banana and more malt. There is a subtle hoppiness and the finish is rather tart, almost acidic.
This beer starts out nicely and has many nice components, but doesn't come together for me. The tart finish leaves me wanting but overall this beer is pleasant to drink.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. The Ur-Weisse pours a moderate cloudy orange brown for a Dunkel and offers a rich and robust head of foam. Goldenrod in the highlights department. Strong retention and lacing follow.

Nose has a nice depth of yeast and wheat and offers muddled banana along with some deep spice notes. Nice and intriguing and reminiscent of a weizenbock to a degree.

Creamy flavor with wheat and banana along with some muddled fruit. Offers a nice effervescence of carbonation and avoids the apparent sweetness often associated with the style. Quite drinkable and full in flavor with a long and slowly drying finish.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle Poured into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy (but not as cloudy as other Weizens) dark amber. Big fluffy head that dissipates slowly. However once the head is gone there is no lacing

Smell: A fruity combo of green apple and banana as well as wheat malts. A strong aroma that can be smelled from a far

Taste: Wheat, banana, a very small touch of clove, green apple and a raisin taste that seems to prevalent in many European lagers.

Mouthfeel: A creamy feel when first poured but the overall feel is thick and slightly syrupy. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Not the best wheat beer I've had or for its style. Though as all wheat beers Ayinger Ur-Weise enjoyable and nice any time of the year. As this beer feels heavier it makes a nice wheat beer to enjoy slowly. Alcohol content is modest so this is a good beer to preserve sobriety.

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Photo of BobZ
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Ayinger Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: Beautiful amber orange, rich head and decent lacing

Smell: Nice Dunkle aroma with roasted malt, some banana underneath, also some clove.

Taste: Follows the nose with a delicious malt flavor, really great for the style even better than Weinhenstephaner Dunkle in my opinion.

Mouth feel: Good and smooth, properly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, richness and depth of flavor make this a great session beer.

Extraordinary Dunkle in fact the best Dunkle I have had to date.

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Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber with the weakest head and lacing I've ever seen in any German style wheat beer. Smell: brown sugar, light banana and clove, a little husky wheat kick in the back, and a little import grain character, unfiltered applejuice. Taste: toffee, lots of clove, sugary, a little tangy wheat. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, active carbonation. It was good, maybe a little rough trip from overseas, but not the best dunkelweizen.

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Photo of BDJake
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy burnt orange-brown with nice finger crown of off-white head

S- bready, yeasty, with hints of clove, banana and even apple pie

T- very festive and complex, tasting of banana, clove, nutmeg, bready malts, tart fruit but little hops

M- crisp, with cloying aftertaste yet satisfying nonetheless

D- clearly one of my all-time favorite dunkels

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown with an off white head. Nutty, touch of yeast, sweet fruits (banana), and a hint of spice.

Malty rush upfront, caramel, sweet grain and light toast. Definitely a chewy beer. A subtle blanket of bitterness vibrates on the tongue ending with a sweet, tongue coating finish. Medium to high carbonation and mouth enveloping. Medium bodied and highly drinkable.

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Photo of ksimons
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a cloudy light brown with about an inch worth of foamy white head that disappears to leave a lace covering

S-sweet and citrusy, bread scents come out as well

T-very light but some malt flavor comes out, sweet, fruity, bready

M-medium carbonation, very light, soft body

D-very drinkable due to the light flavors, perfect for the summer

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse 0.5l into weizen glass

Deep honey orange with golden highlights, very hazy. Dense ecru head
with orange tints.

Nose is tangy wheat, vanilla, clove, lots of ripe banana, faint cocoa
powder. Mmmm, yummy.

Fruity, clovey, honey, a little banana, citrus (lemon), tangy wheat, caramel.

Soft and smooth, then the robust carbonation lightens the load and
livens things up.

Damn, this is good. Way easy drinking good. This could go well with
all sorts of food, and all sorts of occasions.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a nice head that does not shrink below a couple centimeters .
Smells of sweet esters, not a whole lot of trouble to drink either.
Tastes of the great banana taste I get with good Bavarian Hefe's. A little alcohol taste but nothing overwhelming. Comparable but better than Franziskaner and Paulaner. Personally.

Yumm

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a thin fluffy white head that fizzles away at a moderate pace and leaves nothing behind. The beer is lightly hazed with a dark copper center moving to a pale yellow at the edges

S-the nose is big with clove and banana dominating. Hints of soft pear in the back with a light floral hop presence

T-the taste is quite nice, the banana is right up front accompanied by some soft pear and peach. Hints of dark fruits, plum and raisin come in at the middle. Clove spiciness adds its presence next with a light citric and lingering bitter hop finish.

M-creamy on the palate with a lighter body and a good amount of carbonation. Big crisp finish and some biting carbonation

D-this is a tasty beverage with a good amount of flavor and some nice fruitiness happening. Clean, crisp and refreshing ready for a hot summer day

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Hazy orange in color with a thick white head that holds very well. Not as dark as what I normally expect from a beer of this style. It's only a bit darker than many hefe-weizens.

S: Smell is grainy, almost reminding me of horse feed, with lots of dried banana character. Other fruits are also present on the nose, with a hint of spice. Hops are hard to detect, but still there.

T: Very nice, bready flavor with banana, some citrus, and spice. Hops lend floral, fruity notes and dry out the finish, which is short, but pleasant.

M: Slightly gritty mouthfeel, which is to be expected. Light to medium bodied. It's just a bit thin.

D: For what this beer has in smell and taste, it somewhat lacks in other aspects. It is easy to drink, but there are other beers of this style that I would choose before this one. Still worth trying, though.

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Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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 glid02
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy amber and orange color that's surprisingly light for the style but looks pretty good when the light hits it. The head is two fingers of white foam that eventually recedes into a thin cap on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of loads of bananas, half fresh and half brown, along with smoothly integrated clove aromas. Also present are mild amounts of wheat twang and breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as robust. Wheat twang and banana flavors kick things off and are backed by mild amounts of breadiness. Midway through the sip the spices come into play - there may be coriander in there but the clove is front and center. The spices carry through to a solidly crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer, although I feel as though it was more of a hybrid between a hefe and a dunkel. Still, well worth a shot.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a light foamy skim of a head. No lacing, no carbonation in the glass.

A musty yeast and banana/clove/orange rind scent. Almost slightly off.

Pow. What a good brew. Tons of banana, sweet wheat, and clove in this one. Would have like a bit more of the toasty end on this one, but how do you complain about this? Not sure I could differentiate this as a dunkel and a hefe, but still wonderful.

Needs a bit more zip. Mildly carbonated., but light bodied enough to allow the flavors to shine yet not even be close to being cloying.

Very very easy drinking. Wish I had a nice roast pork loin to chew on right now. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper/bronze color with a moderately fizzy white head. Pretty strong carbonation is apparent. With the finish of the bottle it became very cloudy with all the yeast.

Aroma is very inviting with strong bready notes and yeast character. Very sweet malt notes present

Taste was more "hefe" than expected, with the typical banana like flavors and sweet malt flavors. Very little of the darker roasted notes that would be expected with a dunkel.

Mouthfeel is certainly bubbly with all the carbonation but also a nice round feel to it. Drinkability is rather high and is probably one of my favorites for this style.

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Photo of MarkFy
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smell: clove and citrus, slight banana

Taste: Great. Amazing summer beer. Not summer hot like I need a Coors Light just to re-hydrate, but a fantastic spring/summer sipping beer. Banana, clove, citrus give way way to dryer bite.

Mouthfeel: sharp but mellow on the end

Drinkability: Excellent. Could put these down all day while sitting outside people-watching.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,153 ratings
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