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

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. The head is huge but settles quickly. It has a nice redish copper color with good clarity.

Aroma is sweet and malty with nice fruity smell that includes apple and banana.

Flavor is also sweet and fruity with the same sort of apple thing going on. It has a nice little bit of spice but nothing exceptional. I expected this to be darker in color and more roasty in flavor but it's not bad.

Fairly mild and easy to drink. It has medium-light body and lower carbonation.

Overall a pretty enjoyable beer any time of year.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- A cloudy, amber tone with a white, lacy head.

smell- Fruity smell with banana and granny smith apples. The apple smell is much more apparent while drinking. Hits of cloves and a smell of wheat.

taste - crisp with an undertone of wheat. very mild tart sense from the apples which complements the sweetness of the banana

mouthfeel- medium to light body with a good amount of carbonation and spice. Slightly dry

drinkability- very smooth drink, will purchase again

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Photo of endincolorado
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep, hazy, almost caramel-colored amber with huge off-white head and some lace. Some gooey brown yeast stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell- Light citrus and floral esters, mixed with some bready malt, and fragrant; almost spicy yeast.

Taste- Light fruit- some banana. Grainy wheat flavor. Crisp, and bready malt. Fruity yeast flavors help bring everything together nicely.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Fairly sticky on palate. Great carbonation.

Drinkability- An excellent warm-weather drinker.

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Photo of teejay76
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden pour with plenty of white head that stayed until the end.

Smell - Citrus and hops.

Taste - Caramel citrus with decent hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, not watery. I'd say it's a medium body.

Drinkability - It was alright, above average but not memorable.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing rocky meringue-like head on this dark amber, hazy colored dunkelweizen. Extraordinarily aromatic too with traditional banana-clove, together with some soft caramel-toffee notes. Fresh bread & yeast is apparent also. Palate is smooth, creamy texture with sufficient carbonation, a soft malt component, and gently spiced in there as well.

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Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ur-Weisse is very hazy and an interesting dark wheat color with a copper tint. A slightly off-white head easily reaches over two fingers. It quickly receded to a thin layer covering the top. The motor in my Sam Adams glass kept it going for a while. Lacing was on the lighter side.

The nose is extremely impressive. It's very spicy smelling and features a strong blast of clove up front. A healthy amount of banana makes its presence known early on. Nicely done. It smells malty and sweet, but that aspect gives way to clove spice and banana. I like that. There's some grainy and earthy notes that complement the other scents well. Light fruity scents round it out. All in all, this is damn fine smelling beer. It has a lot of Hefe qualities that really drive up the score. Very impressive.

Ur-Weisse has a really nice flavor, but it doesn't quite live up to the nose. It's a little sweet and malty initially. Clove and banana emerge very shortly thereafter and have a nice flavor. But, they're not quite as strong here as in the nose. That's my one small complaint. Apple and pear fruit flavors are noted and perhaps negate a little of the clove/banana attack. It's definitely grainy and a little earthy. Pepper adds some spicy zeal on the finish. Very nice all-around. It falls just a step or two shy of the next highest score.

It has a light body that's smooth. Active carbonation gets in the way a little, but not too much. Drinkability is very high. There's a lot to love in its flavor and it goes down way too fast and easy. I could take these down all day, especially during the summer.

Ur-Weisse is a very impressive Dunkelweizen. It's pretty well done in all respects. A little amplifying of the banana and clove flavors would probably improve it enough to reach the next level. It's a very small complaint. This easily has the goods to go toe to toe with the best of the style. Recommended without reservation.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/06/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle poured into my Ayinger weizen glass. Freshness dating on the back label.

Appearance- Not as dark as the last dunkelweizen I had. Pours a light Kraft caramel color. Basically a dirty colored hefe. Lots of microscopic yeast. Full one ince plus foamy head and some spotty and light patchy lace.

Smell- Good nose of banana, bubble gum, clove and vanilla. Maybe a bit of roasted sweet malt as well.

Taste- Very flavorful with a full banana and clove backgroud. Very fresh yeast flavor. Bubble gum flavors as well. Almost has a tropical fruit flavor as well as a hint of vanilla and honey.

Mouthfeel- About the perfect carbonation level. Even a slight creamy in texture. Crisp as well.

Drinkability- Probably my favorite Dunkel to date. Quite flavorful.

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Photo of william5586
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy dark gold. Huge fluffy white head that slowly faded and left great lace.

S- Good wheat beer smell. Yeasty, clove.

T & M- Yeast, banana, clove, hint of spice and lots of apple. Slightly dry finish. Medium body and crisp bite from the carbonation, which this beer may have a bit to much of. The entire bottle did not fit into my glass, and it actually sizzled as I poured the rest in.

D- Very easy to drink. Refreshing.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Weizen glass.

Pours a very hazy copper-brown, with a nice fluffy head that settles down into a creamy off-white cap.

Nose is dry and yeasty, banana and cloves come through.

Taste is quite nice - yeasty up front, a bit dry, banana, moves to a sweet graham cracker and vanilla pudding note that hints at cocoa, while still maintaining the signature crisp, light, airy palate of a wheat beer. Finish is light and clean.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp. Very nice beer.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. I really need to pick up some wheat glasses, but oh well.

A- cloudy, cider colored beer, capped by a thick, rich, sand colored head.

S- bubblegum, fruit, and spices. Very much what you would expect from a traditional German wheat beer yeast.

T- crisp, clear, fruity apricot-and-banana, backed with a strong, but subdued malt flavor. Swallow is yeasty, but clean, into a very minimal aftertaste, leaving the palate scrubbed clean.

M- light, crisp, and slightly juicy. Leaves the palate very clean, as I mentioned.

D- high. These come in half liter bottles for a reason, because 12oz just wouldn't be enough!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is music and beer the new fad? I have my tunes set on Depeche Mode as I'm ready to open this bottle. On to the beer:

Oh my, that smells good. Whoa, slow down....okay. Lots of bubbly head on top this carmel brown beer. Decent head retention. The nose...apples, major spicy phenols. Not as intense or aromic as it was when I opened it, but still good.

Spicer than the usual dunkleweiss, and I like meself a spicy wiessbier. Caramel dipped apples merge with a pinch of ground clove. Hints cinnamon too. Light brush-up of alcohol towards the back. Wheat dries the palate, and keeps it dry in the aftertaste.

Very good halfway in, but the second half was merely good. I'll go with the latter on this one to determine it overall.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep hazy golden with amber highlights with a very creamy off white medium head with good retention, but little but.

S-Strong wheat dominates aroma with great floral and earthy hops, wonderful feature in a hefe.

T-Strong wheat again and sweet floral hops and a little spicy. Good bold hop bitterness. Simple and sweet, with good hops flavor.

M-A full medium body and very smooth and very creamy.

D-Very drinkable, amazing beer.

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Photo of ajr24
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle rightly poured into a weizen glass.
A- Pours a cloudy, dirty brown/dark amber. The haziness is attractively balanced with the sparkle from the carbonation. The head fluffs up vigorously from the pour, but then diminishes into a frothy layer. Not much lacing as the head slithers down the glass.
S- Smells like banana bread. The phenols and wheat are apparent up front. Followed by a flowery and spicy character.
T- There are bold banana/phenol flavors in the foreground with bready and wheaty flavors in the background.
M- Rather tangy, somewhat tarty- the mouthfeel is pretty delightful.
D- I'd gladly substitute this for a bowl of wheaties in the morning. But I don't eat wheaties and I'm not an alcoholic. Still though, with the moderate abv, this beer has endurance.

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Photo of albern
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good weizen, but it isn't really a dark weizen, or at least it requires a bit of imagination to make the stretch. The beer pours a very hazy, almost brackish dirty water amber. There is a nice off white head and some retention and lacing. The nose is wonderful clove, apple, banana fruitiness. The taste is in line with most other German weizens you will taste. First, the carbonation is quite prickly and assertive, almost yeasty in its efforvesence. The fruity apple, banana, and clove flavors just pop through, with some other slight florals hidden underneath. The beer has a drying bite in the finish and the wheaty courseness typical of the style. This is a very sweet beer, with a prickly carbonation, a slightly biting dry finish, and loads of apple, banana, and clove flavors permeating the mid section and beyond. This is a very nice weizen, but the dunkel aspect might be a stretch. I knocked the beer down a point or two as a result. L'Chaim.

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Photo of CMW
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I pour the brew the color is light amber almost orange. The color is quite bright for a Dunkel. It has a cloudy appearance that you would expect from unfiltered wheat beers. I like to slowly rotate the bottle after pouring a little into a glass. When you first pour the beer a large head forms at the top of the glass of about 2 inches. This quickly is gone though as the beer settles and leaves almost no trace on the glass.

The Ur-Weisse has a very complex aroma. At first pass I was drawn into the smells of fruit. Banana and apple stand out the most but I'm sure there are others that I cannot put my finger on directly. Investigating further I catch the aroma of cloves and yeast. All of these flavors blend perfectly and produce one of my favorite beer aromas.

The taste of the Ayinger Ur-Weisse is just perfect. This is an extremely light and easy to drink beer. You are immediately drawn to the taste of the fruits in the brew. You can definitely taste the yeast and malt also. It finishes very dry with little aftertaste.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark cloudy amber with large rocky off-white head that lasted with good lacing.

Complex aroma that was yeasty and citrus.

Medium to full body with a smooth texture.

Complex flavor of moderate sweet of citus and spices with average sweet finish.

Good beer that is a standout for style.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, opaque honey brown with a billowing off-white head. The foam fades after a few minutes, leaving a half-finger cap and almost no lacing. Some sediment floating around in there as well. Citrus and clove aromas abound, along with some banana and a lot of wheat character--almost bready in nature. The sweet fruit flavors fade a bit in the taste, leaving a spicy, slightly tart malt backbone. Light mouthfeel. A nice, refreshing dunkelweizen.

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Photo of cnally
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cloudy caramel coloring and dirty looking. nice fluffy head sits on top grandly.

wheaty, yeasty scents of grass and grain

smooth, delicious malty flavor. the malt is very mellow and and wheat beer typical flavor comes out in spades. caramel and walnuts are subserviant flavors here.

creamy feel, full and heavy. slight carbonation.

not my style at all, but an awesome version of a wheat beer. i know it is a proper wheat beer unlike most of the american versions, but this tastes like a proper beer easy to enjoy and enjoy shortly thereafter.

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Photo of cvfish
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a light brown color that produced a white foamy head that retained ok and left a minimal amount of lacing around the glass

S - yeasty and bready, with some nuts

T - some wheat and malts and nuts

M - light bodied with light carbonation

D - good beer, some lasting effects

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Photo of SerieDNo3
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into an Ayinger Weizen glass

A: Pours a light brown, though the bottom is closer to golden. At first, the head is massive, though it recedes to one finger of white foam, and then a thin film on the glass. Bubbles constantly rise through the beer. High level of carbonation.

S: Heavy bready, yeasty aroma.

T: Heavy on the yeast, along with some citric flavors. Has a slight lemony taste.

M: The carbonation gives it a light feeling, belying its appearance. Somewhat crisp on the tongue.

D: While the carbonation makes it relatively light on the palate, the wheat character is very pronounced. I realize this is par for the style, and this is one of the best wheat beers I've had, but I still couldn't do more than one of these.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL into Weissen glass

Color was a hazy straw brown. Light tan head. Left medium level of lacing.

Aroma was of clove and bananas (similar to a hefewissen). Taste was similar. Roasted fruits and nuts were present also.

Mouthfeel is smooth at first and then goes down creamy. It has a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. $4 for a half liter is kinda steep, but I think it was worth it.

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Photo of illidurit
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, poured into a weizen glass. Orangish amber color, nice haze, thick beige head. Aroma is standard banana and clove, with a hint of lemon and caramel. Flavor is bananas, vanilla, egg nog, and clove. Similar notes to most other dunkelweizens but it is not fitting together quite right for me compared to the elite versions of the style. Good creamy mouthfeel and good drinkability.

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Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen (actually some specialty glass that was as close as I could get). Looked like a weizen, but only about .35L. . .

A: Medium-light cloudy amber. Giant off-white frothy head; almost like beach foam. Disintegrates slowly from the bottom up. 'Resistant' foam desperately clings to the side of the glass as you drink, but leaves little lacing.

S: Strong wheat, yeast, orange and banana.

T: A little sweet and pungent, wheat and light citrus aftertaste.

M: Fills the mouth. Sits heavy, coats the mouth (almost gummy), and the flavor continues to deliver.

D: Great drinkability. Flavorful, refreshing. Drinks really easy, and goes down smooth.

The biggest problem with this is it drinks so easy, at some point you look over at the glass and see you've drunk down the whole thing without realizing it. Not heavy, and yet not light. Great quaff.

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Photo of Windigstadt
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ayinger Ur-Weisse is by far the lightest Dunkelweizen I've sampled, pouring a light copper hue. Coincidentally, it reminds me somewhat of my favorite American Dunkelweizen, New Glarus's Copper Kettle, in appearance.

S: Unlike most Dunkelweizens, which are clove-forward in aroma, this is much more balanced between the clove and banana. A slight yeast bite, typical of a Hefe, rounds out the aroma.

T: Just as the aroma is more banana-forward with the Ayinger, so is the flavor. And as the appearance would suggest, it's much closer to the flavor of a traditional flavor than are most Dunekweizens. You get the flavor of wheat bread mixed with some banana and just a little nuttiness to tell you it's not a regular Hefe. It's also a bit sweeter than a standard Hefe, with some caramel notes present. A good beer, don't get me wrong; it's just not "Dunkel" enough for my taste...

M: Effervescent like any other Weizen.

D: Light and refreshing... a great session beer.

Overall: A nice change of pace from a regular Hefeweizen, and maybe a good introduction to the style for those who don't like darker beers. For those looking for a significant departure from the Hefeweizen style, however, you might want to look elsewhere.

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Photo of colts9016
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark golden cloudy beer. The aroma is a sweet honey, fruity, a bit doughy and a note of floral and bananas. The taste is sweet malty, honey, bananas, esters, vanilla, a hint of apples and wheat. Has a light to medium light body. A creamy mouthfeel. A quick finish that doesn't linger. Overall is a very good beer

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,177 ratings