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:
1,146
Reviews:
581
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
129
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Photo of watchnerd
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Euro bomber sized bottle, picked up at BevMo in San Mateo, CA.

A - Color like cloudy iced tea. Big head when poured into a pint glass, which quickly dissipated with no real lacing.

S - Bananas! And notes of caramel. Pretty much as expected for the style.

T - Well balanced, not quite as crisp or bubbly as the Spaten Ur-Weisse, but has a fruitier balance.

M - Not too thick, not too thin. Could use a little more texture, but nothing bad.

D - Very drinkable, chuggable even.

Overall, a worthy dunkel weizen. I'd need to have it back to back with the Spaten Fanziskaner to be sure which I prefer.

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

Into my Ayinger weizen glass, Ur-Weisse pours a hazy garnet capped off by an immovable, pillow-y head. Quite the looker.

Zingy wheat aroma is framed by a mighty-spicy undercurrent. Clove and nutmeg are omnipresent. Straightforward and lovely.

Man, that spice doesn't quit. Almost like drinking gingerbread with loads of that great bubblegum/wheat interplay underneath. Finish is almost flat in how quickly it falls off the table but there are no lingering off-flavors. Good.

Slightly thinner than I like from some of these chewy German hefes. Still, it's delicious and a pleasure to drink with excellent flavor and spritzy carbonation. Schneider and Ayinger "get it" and have earned every bit of praise that they receive. A nice beer to return to reviewing with.

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Photo of Tucson25
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - beautiful cloudy brown/orange glow. half an inche head with very little lacing.

S - Very wheat smell, some floral traces very light trace of citrus.

T - Wheet taste is very light, traces of banana, bready presence. Very nice taste indeed.

M - Slight carbonation, light on the palate, but not thin.

D - Very drinkable. Pleasant taste and desirable; lighter than the smell and even the tones on the palate.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a hazy orangish amber color with a creamy white head that fades to a thin film of lacing. the aroma is a very nice traditional hefe smell with a good amount of banana and spice. the taste follows suite with a really nice banana flavor and the clove/spice taste is particularly noticeable in the dry finish... the the mouthfeel is a little rough for me with the carbonation overwhelming the bit of malt body that it has. the beer remains quite good despite the carbonation... and I'd love to have a few more.

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

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Appears a hazy orange-copper color with a half inch off-white head. No lacing really.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty with some wheaty tang to it and banana esters.

Taste starts out with sweet caramel flavors up front with some toastiness and clove flavors coming out afterwards with a bit of banana. The finish is still kind of caramelly with the clove leaving a spicy linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and appropriate for the style. Carbonation level is good.

Pretty good Dunkelweisse but there are better ones out there. Franziskaner and Weihenstephaner come to mind.

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Photo of fitzy84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Moan and Dove. The beer had a murky gold appearance with some lacing but a really solid head. Aromas had a generally fruity aspect wrapped around metallic and bready flavors. More on the bready/wheaty side with the taste. A wonderfully sweet beer that was also light and refreshing. Overall, a great dunkel.

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Photo of Voonder
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudly light brown with one finger whiteish head which dissapeared quickly leaving no lace.

S - wheaty and bready with floral notes. smells really nice actually.

T - Oh! Wow! Same than smell, wheaty with really strong bready taste, a bit toasty too.

M - Thick, just enough carbonation, very pleasant.

D - Oh yes, it's drinkable. It's light enough to have more than couple and tastes really good.

Very good beer, I'm sure I gonna have some more of that stuff.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a rather light brown, with a medium white head, average head retention for style.

S: Baked bread, light clove, banana.

T: Lots of banana bread, cola, sweet but light molasses and brown sugar roll across the tongue as well. On the sweeter end of the style, no real clove bitterness to speak of.

M: High in carbonation at first, but it certainly dies down after a while. Very smooth, light-bodied and easy to drink.

D: This is an outstanding dark country wheat beer, one of the best flavours out there in this style. Ayinger continues to make outstanding stuff.

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

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a hazy amber toffee colour. Slightly off white head poured as expected - big, thick and foamy. A stream of carbonation bubbles maintained a decent thick coating throughout... some light clingy lacing...

Aroma - Quite a lot of yeasty and wheaty notes, some dusty traces, toasted bread, light toffeel malts, plenty of banana and clove, biscuity, talc, some floral notes...

Taste - Good strong wheatiness mixed with toasted bread, toffee apples, yeasty, some brown sugar sweetness, definite banana, light cola notes, some pears, light pepper spiciness...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy... medium bodied... exceptionally quaffable - i could happily knock this back all evening...

Overall - A very good Dunkelweizen and another top notch brew from Ayinger... recommended...

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Photo of PBBC
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Pours a cloudy brown-yellow with a light head.

Huge aromatics... tart, over-ripe fruit... clove, fills the nostrils. Smells robust.

Taste... smooth, thick mouthfeel, full of spice, ripe melon, finishes crisp, but with lingering dark fruit flavors.

An excellent beer. Large flavors make for an interesting drinking experience and the tart finish balances the whole beverage well.

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

A - Poured a hazy copper color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of banana clove and some yeast

T - Follows the nose banana and clove stand out here

M - This beer has a medium body with nedium carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty good beer thats easy to drink and it has a good taste worth trying sometime

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weizen glass. Poured a pale orange-gold with poor clarity although some light penetration. Tight, rocky, bright white head filled half the glass during the transfer from the bottle. Some lacing, but no legs. Nose is banana, bubblegum, clove and yeast. Taste follows nose, but less intense and well balanced. Mouthfeel is light and pleasantly effervescent. Excellent drinkability; what a refreshing and tasty brew.

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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 rye726
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, glowing dark tan color with a creamy beige head. Very nice lacing. The nose had a complex mixture of tart and tropical fruits, wheat malts and spicy yeasts. The taste has a fantastic balance. Buttery malts with a crisp fruity character and herbal yeasts. Body is light and refreshing yet full on the palate. Pairs well with many dishes. Another fantastic offering from Ayinger.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 500 ML bottle just copped from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City for $2.49...
Appearance: Pours a hazy, cloudy, dark-orange hue, along with a giant foamy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly dissipating...
Aroma: Great, enticing aroma with hints of cloves, bananas, esters, and vanilla...
Taste: Crisp, refreshing, buttery flavor, with strong suggestions to what was depicted in the nose... Dark fruits and wheat abound...
Mouthfeel could've benefited from being slightly thicker, however the overall level of drinkability was very good...
Great stuff from a solid German brewery...
Worth a try...

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

500mL bottle purchased for $3.30 - I think it was from Wine Emporium in Boston. Freshness unknown. An interesting pour into a weisse glass. Started off light, getting much darker as the bottom of the bottle was poured in. Although I swished the end of the bottle lots to shake up the sediment, there were still numerous chunks in the glass... so I stirred it with a spoon! My first time ever doing that. The end product is a cloudy grey-gold. Medium aroma of a typical weisse - yeast, banana and bubblegum. Taste is solid. Quite yeasty, which gives it a bit more of a spicy character perhaps than some other weisses.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exciting to finally review something by Ayinger after reading so much about the brewery.... pours a beautiful bright orange-to-brown blend from bottom to top, an almost shadowy hefe... head is thick, pillowy inches that hold nicely in a Schneider Edel-Weisse glass... yeasts are punchy and arresting; something like citrus fruit plays on the nostril with a touch of malt.... smooth, almost laidback presence, with minimal effervescence and the slightest bit of a flourish at the finish--extremely refreshing...surprisingly straightforward in taste: confident wheat couples with a fruity acidity and an underlying malt fortification--a flavor that is both unique and undemanding...begins without fanfare, and I wondered what the awe was about...by midglass, I realized how complete a beer this is, conforming body to mouth, taste to thirst and complexity to the style. A perfect August offering.

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

A: A stunning golden honey with an F5 level haze. A medium pour produces two inches of dense white head that mellows out to 1/8 an inch.

S: A stiff wheat attacks the nostrils with plenty of fruit to back it up. Pear, banana and apples. Some clove is there and maybe a smidge of coriander. Very nice. Solid is the word I would use.

T: Wow. The apples really stand out with the wheat. Pear edges in with the banana but they both take the back seat. God that is delicious. No coriander but some nice clove that duh! obviously pairs well with the apple and wheat. Not complicated but they nailed it.

M: A medium bodied mouthfeel with high CO2. Well thought out as it gives this beer a character that is symbiotic with the flavor and style.

D: Amazingly drinkable. MMMMmmmm....5.8% alcohol? You wouldn't even know it.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice light brown color, some yeast haze not as dark or as cloudy as other dunkles weizens. The aroma contains a nicebalance of bananna and clove but it is a bit subdued when compared to other examples, no hops, some malt. The body is good with a lot of co2 carbonation. Actually foamed a little bit at the mouth of the bottle when first opened. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of demitriustown
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

17 oz bottle: Aroma is a bready, yeast, roasted caramel malt, light fruits, and spices. Appearance is a murky brown with a thin off white head that diminishes into a soapy film at the top of the glass. Taste is rather effervescent with a bubbly apple and and rather mild caramel malt taste with the yeast present in the the taste as well. Other flavors are clove, some banana, and bread. Overall, It's a very drinkable Dunkelweizen. Wheat and with a nice wiezen texture.

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Photo of strimpf
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy amber with a thick head that was unremarkable. The nose was earthy with a very mild but fizzy mouthfeel. The start was dominated by the fizziness but the finish was smoothe with a slight sour twist. I wouldn't describe it as citrus but it is not far off and very faint. The very slightest hint of alcohol at the very end. All in all, an easy to drink beer that I may have done the disservice of serving at too high a temperature. Look for update.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this in an 8 oz tall taster glass because my dumb ass just had to share this one.

Quick to foam, quick to recede - hazy applejuice color. Smells of pumpkin, green apples, wheat and hibiscus flowers.

This is an interesting beer, kinda has a Belgium feel to it...a bit o' funk and some fruitiness to it. Very refreshing, can definately taste the wheat and malts. Feels great on the tounge, it dances around with large tasty bubbles. Pretty complex. I wanna call it a Witte-Dunkel-Flemmish-Hefewiess! It works, thats all I know.

Highly recommended. I will be buying more of these, especially since it is only a few bucks for a 500 mL.

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

17 oz. bottle poured into wine glass. Warm apple-cider appearance, active carbonation & decent lacing.

Honeycomb, banana, pepper, & cinnamon with faint wheat aroma & yeast as well. Mild lemon grass.

Smooth feel on the palate leads to a mild, crispness from the carbonation level. Spicy wheat, clove, grainy malt and yeast. The staple banana flavor lingers while the mouth becomes a tad numb.

Enjoying this beer after a day of various activities during the family vacation. My old man loves his German brews, so I made sure to purchase some to mix in with my American craft selection.

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

A: Hazy/opaque amber copper color, poured with a thick foamy head that sustained for several minutes before receding to a thin layer that left some lacing.

S: Caramel wheat, yeast, banana, clove.

T&M: This beer is subtle but has some substantial flavors in it, most notably the strong banana flavors that come in about halfway through. First get hit with some sweetness and caramel flavors, followed by the banana, finished yeasty with some clove. Very enjoyable, smooth and well balanced. Medium bodied, and very easy to drink.

D: High. I like this beer, it is very refreshing and smooth. I could knock back a bunch of these.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little surprised when I poured a standard Hefeweizen hue and haze. The color was a little darker than, say, Brau Weiss but not by much. The flavors seem a bit deeper with more emphasis on barley malt than wheat. However, the beer did exhibit much bananna, clove, and slightly bruised fruit esters. Light on the bubble-gum, lemon, citrus notes. More full and round to the palate than most Hefe's, but still not as rich as a Dunkel Weiss. Finishes quite sweet, bready, and creamy.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,146 ratings.
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