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:
1,144
Reviews:
581
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
129
For Trade:
0
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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a weizen glass a murky dirty copper color with a billowing thick off-white head that reduces fairly quickly to a thin sudsy film. Very little lacing apparent.

Smells strongly of cloves and yeast, with the citrusy tang and bananas coming through secondary.

The citrus is more pronounced in the taste than in the nose, along with a little alcoholic sweetness and bite of the carbonation. Feels grainy to the tongue, making for a pleasantly smooth mouthfeel. The medium body of this brew make it both easy to enjoy and a good candidate for a session beer.

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Photo of
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this one again on 29 Dec. Still in my favorite area- german weissbier. Poured into .5l hefe glass, nice and creamy 3 finger white head that dissapates somewhat, cloudy orange color. Good lacing that follows down the glass. Not heavy on clove or banana- smooth well balanced. Good clean finish.This is another keeper.

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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 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 aristeros
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour into my wizen glass yields a glass half full of head. Even after the warning in the previous review. Stays for about sixty seconds before fading to a half finger, white. The beer is a very cloudy iced tea color, more yellow around the edges of the glass. Thick lacing.

Smells very yeasty, with some cloves, apple, and a fair amount of banana. Complex, but typical of the style.

Sweet and malty up front, with banana, cloves, and coriander. Sweetness gives way to a bit of tartness--sweet apple, really--and warm biscuit. Carbonation is light, which goes well with the fruit-heavy flavor. Very refreshing. Light- to medium-bodied, with only a very small amount of alcohol warmth on the very end of the swallow.

Excellent drinkability; wish I had more than the half liter bottle. I like this one better than the brauweisse by the same brewery. Glad I tried this one; fantastic flavor.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A bit too aggressive pour resulted in a quick 50% head. The beer is deep gold with an ivory head. Lots of foamy peaks. Head is incredibly slow to dissipate.

S: Beautiful roasted malts and honey.

T: Wheat up front, citrus, roasted malts round out the taste profile. Maybe a hint of floral hops on the finsh.

M: High carbonation and light bodied.

D: Very drinkable beer, lots of characteristics I enjoy in this one.

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

500ml Bottle

App: Dark honey brown, the color of lemonade tea. Opaque with an occasional translucency. Thick crown of foam.

Smell: The caramel apple smell I love in dunkels. A slight touch of banana.

Taste: Crisp carbonation with a light middle. Ends on a strong, sweet note with a good amount of dryness.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this today at the brewery Gasthof.
POurs a hazy, murky light brown tone, murky, thick with yeast, light orange highlights, really nice thick head, leaves lots of lacing.
Smell is beyond my expectations. Spicy peppery cloves upfont, carmel maltines, citrus, banana, fresh hay, musty yeast, all with a really nice malty backing that really rounds out and makes this beer really interesting in that the base malt smell is really solid, and the yeast creates a kaleidoscope of fruity, musty, and spicy flavors.
Flavor does not dissapoint in th least. In fact it matches and exceeds the fantastic aroma Spices- i.e muskatnuss, clove, pepper followed by a nice caramelly sweetness, all cut by a nice carbonation and a fresh, grassy yet musty and spiced finish. Fruits, citrus, orange and banana come into the mix creating that classic hefe-flavor I really enjoy so much.
THe carbonation borders on a near perfection level matched with a full creaminess that makes this beer extremly enjoyable. The complexity of the flavor, aroma, combined with the mouhfeel make me wonder why this brew is not higher rated in the dunklehefe catergory. An extremly enjoyable bier, drink it if you see it.

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Photo of lukeoberm963
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

P: 1 Pt, 9 fl oz (17 oz), European brown bottle, cool creme colored cap, no freshness date
A: Murky copper color with a fizzy white head dissipating quickly
No head retained at all
Smell: A sweet floral aroma of refrigerated banana bread with some baked apples and spices in it.
T: Up front carbonation but not at all brutish, quite refreshing, crisp and smooth. Some fruitiness to it like bananas and apple cider. Some spices I cannot quite grasp, yet. The wheat in the beer is light and welcoming. Little bit of hops barely noticeable. Aftertaste has a sweet flavor of grains and bananas and fruit, like a soft granola bar.
N: goes down smooth and quick, a swiss and tomato grilled cheese on rye would be a tasty sandwich to go with this
Very good

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-amber color with a large white head. Aroma is predominantly apples, with a little malt in there as well. The taste is heavy on the bananas, but you also get some apple. No real hops or malt are present in the aroma. A very flavorful beer that is heavy on the fruit. Good beer.

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Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
egg white head, nice full cloudy formation. Retention is almost acceptable. very hazy, brown/apricot color. Can't see through the haze. Looks like apple cider. No lacing.

Nose:
crackers, bannana, red apple, yeasty.

Taste:
wow, great mouthfeel. Soft on the palate with a twinkle of carbonation at the end. Again, bannana up front which subsides to some apple cider. Not malty or hoppy, just thick fruit. It finishes very well. It gets thin and watery just at the end which is nice to your taste buds.

Notes:
Overall, I am very pleased with this beer. It has nice head/nose/taste, not overly expensive, and not too hard to find. A great introduction to dunkel:)

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Photo of kodemunke
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, golden-brown. Fluffy white head that held its own for a while. Slight lacing.

Smell: Slight malt with a hint of spice and banana. Smells almost like banana bread but not as fragrant as you would think.

Taste: Somewhat spicy, can definitely taste the malt with a touch of bananas at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with some mild carbonation. Not as intense as the Brau-Weisse in my opinion.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable and doesn't have an overpowering banana/clove taste that I am used to.

Overall Ur-Weisse is pretty good. I would like to have seen a darker more malty character to this brew. This beer was only slightly darker than the Brau-Weisse but I would have to say that I prefer this brew over that one.

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Photo of champ103
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very odd color. A cloudy blond/brown color if that makes any sense. A huge rocky head forms with very good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Yeast, banana, and spice. Some very over ripe fruity aromas that does not work for me.
T: Sweet and malty. Light banana, yeast, and spice. Again, like the nose, over ripe fruit. Almost rotten.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry, creamy, and smooth. Not hard to drink. I am not really inclined to keep coming back for more though.

Not bad, but nothing that really does it for me. I am just kind of uninspired with this.

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

500 Mll bottle, no freshness dating, I dont think the German's are too interested in this type of helpful consumer friendly info. Pours a muddy shade of medium brown, with a slight oily glaze. The head is huge, retentive, soft, frothy and fluffy. Leaves moderate daggers of lace. Nose is chock full of bananas, yeast and dunkel weisse goodness. Tasty offering, has that nice mix of fruityness, yeastyness and dark bready wheat notes that make this a favorite style. Nice brew from Ayinger.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - looks like a polluted hefe(in a good way) sort of murky and a dirty blonde hue, well shit, lets call it 'tawny' that sounds the best anyway. also produces a nice frothy top.

S - wheat bread and caramel/toffee smelling malts compliment the typical hefe scents of 'nana and clove. i also pick up on some apple and biscuity yeast.

T - what I expected, tastes of spiced banana bread. sweet and well rounded flavor that stays consistent throughout. I'm starting to find dunkels more satisfying than their little lighter brothers. Perhaps it's the darker malts that give it more character.

MF - tingly from tons of carbonation. this is a well bodied beverage, not huge, but certainly fuller than most wheats.

D - highly drinkable and thirst quenching. great amount of flavor for something clocking in at under 6 percent. only thing better than a solid Bavarian unfiltered wheat, is a dark Bavarian unfiltered wheat. ...and maybe a oatmeal raisin cookie to go with it. :)

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Photo of r0nyn
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

The look of this dunkel is quite nice as it pours a yellowish bronze color with a lot of bubbles rising to the top. Head starts out big, then recedes into wafer-thin layer of white floating on top of the beer. Smell is very, very nice. Banana is the dominant scent, along with malt and citrus nuances.

Not too much bitterness at all, can't really taste the hops at all. Banana flavoring is much more subdued as opposed to the smell. Taste is nice and bready as is characteristic of most weizens. Not too much chewiness, though. The breadiness stays clean through the the finish with just the slightest hint of an aftertaste. Mouthfeel is okay, no carbonation to speak of. It's on the lightish side; doesn't really detract from the flavor, but it could feel like more than just water.

Drinkability is relatively high, owing to the pleasant flavoring and easy drinking experience. Definitely would drink another if I had one.

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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 kegger22
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, light brown with a one finger head that stayed around as a skin over the top, throughout. The aroma was over ripe bananas. The taste was wheaty banana and sweet, not bad. Feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The drinkability is good.

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Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is of citrus, spices , cloves, very nice. Taste is also very good. Hints of citrus and spice blended together well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a fine brew.

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Photo of tj4288
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from bottle into weisen glass

a- muddy brown body with LOTS of sediment floatin around in there. cloudy/muddy brown with a bit of golden orange. head is off white and nice and big, long lasting but leaves little to no lacing. imo this is a very inviting beautiful dunkelweizen.

s- smell is similar to its hefe brother, notes of banana, and slightly stronger yeast smell than the hefe.

t- amazing dunkel! not overly complex but very full of flavor. wheat, yeast, over ripe banana... sour green grape.

m/d- mouthfeel is medium body with crisp carbonation. for some reason this is much more drinkable to me than the hefe and if it were slightly cheaper i would buy this regularly. (i am kinda cheap) overall a great dunkel that i would highly recomend

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

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a hazy dark brown/orange color. Two fingers of fizzy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Cloves and toffee. A very sweet smell, very inviting.

T- Cloves up front, a bit of spice with a sweet finish.

M- Well carbonated and light bodied, very crisp.

D- Very drinkable. Lower ABV coupled with the crispness of the drink make this an excellent summer drinker. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of gpogo
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown with a large rocky beige head.

A- Upon opening I got a large smell of banana. Smelling the glass I can't help but think about banana bread. Light clove spice.

T- Bready. Less of that banana aroma. Light citrus and caramel. Finishes semi-sweet.

M- Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation.

D- This was a pleasure to drink. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a cloudy caramel. Three fingers of thick billowy foam develop and dissipated gradually to about a finger, which remained throughout the entire glass.

Smell: Delicious. Along with the obvious wheat qualities, there are also some ale traits. Ripe banana is prominent and the yeast follows suit. Cloves add a nice touch of spice. There's also a pleasant hint of caramel and citrus.

Taste: Very bread-like. The banana is much less dominant. Lots of yeast and cloves, and the caramel from the smell takes a backseat. So does the citrus. The hop bitterness at the back of the tongue is just noticeable, which means it's perfect for me.

Drinkability: The drinkability is high. Definitely a brew to keep around...when you have the cash.

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Photo of steeltown71
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Easy on the eyes for sure - golden-orange, mild haze, substantial carbonation.

S: Tangerine, banana, slight spice in the nose.

T: Some fruit notes but not overly sweet. Good wheat presence. Spice/clove is there as well. Finishes with very little bitterness but pleasant lingering spice. Overall a balanced, ridiculously drinkable dunkelweizen.

M: Lively carbonation, light-bodied.

D: If this were available at MLB Stadiums, I would never order anything else.

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

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Quick to build a massive tuft of sandy-beige head, Ur-Weisse appears slightly hazed, taking on a rosy, tangerine color with a core of hazelnut. Intricate, floral aroma, with toasted wheat, clove, lemongrass, and bay leaves. Scents of citrusy hops and white pepper dot the background.

Very pleasing flavor, with lemon zest, vanilla, wheat, clove, and honey biscuits combining for a refreshing palate. Light, dusty hops provide a modest bitterness. Feels a bit over-carbonated at first, but the bubbles gradually settle, allowing the medium-light body to achieve a crisp and drinkable state. Great Dunkelweizen--goes down easily and packs enough flavor to keep me coming back for more. Need to try this on tap sometime.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,144 ratings.
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