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

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Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 571 | Ratings: 1,114
Photo of bgraney
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden/brown with a huge, white bubbly head.
Rich, malty aroma, not too sweet, one you can enjoy inhaling for extended periods of time.
A more subtle flavor than the aroma suggested. Malty with that bubblegum flavor you get with hefeweizens.
Thin mouthfeel, not much expansion, the bubblegum flavor lingers a bit.
The lack of excessive sweetness makes it very drinkable in my view.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully cloudy muddy amber, as all dunkel heffers should. I would tell you about the head, but I apparantly turned my back for 15 seconds - and it was gone. Nothing creamy about this one, very 'champagne'.

Dunkel malts smell really nice, along with promising upfront bitters.

Initial taste is a bit mediciney, but a dry medium body doesn't give the notion much time to live. The taste is best right after the swallow, and again far down the line - there is a bit of sweetness after all the bitterness fades.

Fairly drinkable, thanks to the non-existant traces of alcohol. Tempered by one's respective love for astringent bitters. Could go down very well indeed on a hot day with some grilled sausages!

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy honey brown with a three finger thick off-white, pillowy, creamy head. This retains for quite a while, but eventually dies down to a cap of very creamy foam. Excellent rocky lacing sticks to the glass in many places on the way down.

Smell - Spicy banana muffins to the tee! A very rich malt and wheat aroma behind this. Some slight vanilla and caramel notes in the background as well. Some lighter fruit aromas such as pear and peach. Practically no alcohol aroma at all.

Taste - Spiced banana bread off the top, with a very rich malt character behind that mixed with a slick wheat presence. Light notes of toffee and molasses.

Mouthfeel - Lighter end of medium-bodied class. Extremely smooth mouthfeel with the best carbonation I've ever had. Very refreshing but not a single bit of unpleasantness at all in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Overall very refreshing and "light" feeling, even though it has some strong flavors. Its balance also adds to the drinkability.

A superb dunkel weizen. Excellent mouthfeel, strong but balanced flavors, and a smooth, slick, wet, and refreshing feel. A must have dunkel weizen!

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

Ayinger Ur-weisse has a mutant foamy head that lasts almost indefinitely. It's not particularly dark just wild looking. It smells of cloves and yeast, and tastes very fuity and smooth. The flavor is rather solid and balanced. I notice hints of banana and clove as expected. This is really an immaculately balanced, cohesive beer. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy but retains it's refreshing lively character that wheat ale is known for. The dunkle in this case is really just a less refined/processed version of a "normal" hefeweizen. This beer feels old fashioned and high quality in its construction. Pairs well with food. I've got to try it with sauerkraut.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a great big German bottle (1pt 1oz). Ahh, I like Bavarian unfiltered wheat beer, especially the dark kind. Ayinger makes it proper, with a hazy unfiltered appearance and a nice clove and banana aroma. There was a strange smell of sour milk in the background which made me drop the aroma score a little, otherwise it would be a 5. Ditto with the taste.

The mouthfeel is thick and coating, and like most weizens I think its drinkability is high.

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Photo of mjc410
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Ayinger weizen glass raised a massive island of a head, more than three inches of light tan foam, over a dark brown beer shot through with copper and yellow. The nose is strong of clove and especially banana bread. Has a good bready-wheaty scent. The beer has a warm clovey/banana bread taste, pretty sweet throughout. The mouthfeel is fairly light, with high carbonation. This dunkel weizen is easy but complex.

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

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a goblet. Poured murky light amber with large, fluffy, off-white head. Light lacing. Cloudy, but no sediment settled out.

Fruity and spicy aroma layered with wheat and malt.

Complex fruity, malty and wheaty flavor. Banana is the main fruit flavor that I can isolate. Slight touch of bitterness to balance.

Light- to medium-bodied with a strong tingle from the carbonation.

I normally prefer darker, heavier beers like doppelbocks and imperial stouts, but this one is a very nice change of pace. Great for a summer evening in the South.

This is the second Ayinger beer that I have tried, and both were excellent. I must get around to reviewing the Celebrator. It is one of my favorites.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle

Ayinger Ur-Weisse was amber in color and slightly hazy. The head was fairly large, but quick to dissipate. It had a sweet fruity aroma. The taste was fruity as well, lots of banana. It was slightly sweet in the begining, but balances out in the finish. It is medium bodied and well carbonated. It's a good beer, but I prefer the Altbairisch Dunkel.

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

Appearance: This beer pours a rusty orange color with about as much head as beer in my Hefe-Weizen Glass.

Smell: fruit and spices with melon apple and clove aromas.

Taste: It is a simple low profile flavor but one tat is quite quaffable. Banana, toffee, lemon grass and a strong toasted malt backbone make up the flavor that has a bit of smokiness floating around it.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth light body beer refreshing crisp finish.

Drinkability: There is no doubt this beer is easy. I like the refreshing light Hefe-Weizen character and yet I greatly prefer the added toasty malts and berries in this Dunkel version of the style to the typical Hefe - banana. This is a thirst quencher.

Hope this is helpful

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Photo of dhilltop2000
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a head! Poured from a cold (probably too cold) refrigerated bottle and an aggressive pour yielded approximately 3" of beer and 11" of head. The head was loosely packed and quite irregular. A hazy pale ale color. The smell was nice with light doughy, banana, citrus aroma. The taste yield the same. Although I am not a fan of weisse beer, this beer seemed to add a slight ale depth to a common hefe.

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Photo of SethB2
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hefe glass.

A - Beer pours a dirty, yeasty brown color with a massive amount of carbonation resulting in a fizzy, pillowy cream head that fizzles down rather quickly.

S - As expected, very Hefe-like in nature. Bananas and all the sweet yeastiness that comes with it. Very spicey, but not over the top.

T - Much like the smell, but way more pronounced. The yeast absolutey dominates the palate. Sweet and spicey. The malt profile only adds a stage for the German yeastiness to shine.

M - Meduim with a nice amount of carbonation. Feels good going down.

D - Not bad. A nice change up from a regular Hefe.

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

16.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating.

The beer is a hazy, opaque bronze with a dense chiffon like off-white head.

Very pleasant and pungent aroma of spice, banana and toasted whole wheat cracker.

The taste is very solid. Lots of banana and clove backed by some pepper and slightly toasted malts. Very engaging and enjoyable beer.

The mouth is slightly oily and smooth. This is an easy beer to drink and an easier one to like. Just a well done interpretation. Glad I bought a case at Sam’s Liquors in Downers Grove. On special for $44.95 for 20 bottles.

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Photo of beerwho
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger’s Dunkel is a very exceptional product. It was poured slowly into a 20oz goblet. As it flowed in, it turned into a cloudy golden vortex, with a 3 finger floaty head, which slowly dissipated.
The color was a hazy golden dark honey color. Lacing is evident, but lightly as the session continues. Aroma at first whiff is somewhat sweet, peachy, with hints of banana. The flavor at first is malty, hints of sweet ripe fruit, just a wonderful combination upon thy taste buds. As it warms up, a strong definite presence of banana takes over, and at the end, well ripe bananas kick in all the way for dominance.
Very, very exceptional & tasty! This one I can drink every night, and never get bored with. I do prefer this over their regular Hefe Weizen, which has a more pineapple presence and lighter in color, and has a lighter feel to it, but that’s just me. Both are great, I just prefer this style a tad more.

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

500ml brown bottle, no date information.

Hazy amber-highlighted caramel. Modest khaki head of snapping small and medium bubbles which settles to a thin cap and left no lacing. Distributed tiny, but vibrant carbonation streams. Clove dipped banana bread with a hint of clean alcohol aroma. Distinct banana bread takes front and center. The wheatiness comes through and leads into a nice clove accentuated finish which has a bit of length, but not too much. There is also a light lemon zest note that provides just a bit of freshness and brightness. Light-medium body with tight, active carbonation and a slightly smooth mouthfeel. The tongue becomes lightly glazed with banana bread and cloves. Nice and pleasant and more enjoyable than their Bräu-weisse.

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

Pours a beautiful hazy copper/gold with a tinge of red and a nice thick off-white head. The head sticks around for a little while before dissapearing. The nose is amazing; a spicy, tangy overlapping mix of doughy wheat, sweet red apple, and an underlying clove. Very appealing.
Taste is sweet wheat/yeast up front, a spicy middle, and roasty malts and cloves bringing up the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, maybe a tad thin but well carbonates and has that wheat beer sharpness. A pretty darn drinkable brew!

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

Light amber in color with a billowing white head. Aroma hints at lemon rind and wheat with a slightly less than acrid yeast note.

Taste is of wheat, clove, banana and hop bitterness. Slightly acidic or astringent presence on the palate, but just enough to give the mouthfeel a sense of vibrance. Fruity notes meld nicely into a bitter hop soaked exit, leaving a very clean finish to this brew. I find myself going back to Ayinger brews more and more. Good stuff.

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

I had a big bottle of this; cold and poured into a wheat glass. There was a great deal of carbonation and the pour was cloudy adn tan brown golden; not really tooo much darker than the the yellowy hefe-weizen of the same brewery.

But, what really hits you here is the fruity, strong banana nose of this beer. Not so light and delicate, the fruit is in the taste, and there is a wheat beer twang. There is a great finish. The mouthfeel is nice, but just like the taste, I was looking for something to impress me a bit more; a bit bigger and more like some of the other Dunkels. But still, a nice complex wheat beer for some sausage or kielbasa, and some nice mustard.

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Photo of Phocion
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark orange/light brownish color with a nice white head. Very impressive head that fades into about a finger with light lacing around the glass.

Smells of spice and bananas with obvious wheaty tones as well. Somewhat of a yeast presence also.

Tastes just like it smells. Very strong banana tones along with a bit of clove, wheat, and yeast. Sweet, spicy, and just a little sour. Alcohol and hops are both very subtle.

Very crisp and refreshing. Good warm weather drink and much more flavorful than most weizens I've tried. One of the best brews I've tried of any style.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a billowy three finger head that rather quickly dissappeared, leaving only a foam ring around the edges, and left no lacing. Body was a cloudy light brownish yellow, like cloudy apple cider. Looks okay, would like more head retention.

Smell - apples, plums, overripe fruits.

Taste - same as the smell. Apples, plums, and overripe fruits.

Mouthfeel - halfway between full and thin, fairly smooth, medium carbonation.

Drinkability - this is decent, but not great. Goes down decently, but its taste will fall apart if it gets too warm, which I think could happen a lot on a hot day, and is too bad because a wheat beer should be a summer drink...It's not bad, but I won't visit it often.

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

This is a 500 mL bottle served in a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a burnt orange color, just a few shades darker than your run of the mill weizen. There is a ring of head around the glass, but no lace.

Smell: The ale has a bit of a estery aroma, giving off hints of banana. The only drawback is that that aroma is faint at times.

Taste: The ale tastes good, starting a little poorly but finishing nicely. There are estery flavors, somewhat light, that give a bit of a clove flavor. The darker malts add just a bit of flavor but not so much that it overpowers.

Mouthfeel: The ale tastes very good, with the light wheat body carrying the day.

Drinkability: The drinkability is high, as the weizen flavors seemlessly meld with the darker malts.

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

Ayinger- Ur-Weisse

Appearance- rusty browning orange with a huge billowy head. Sticky lacing along the inside of the glass.
Smell- Sweet molasses with a equal balance of wheat/ hay, and fig/ raisin.
Taste- same as the smell. Fig/ raisin appears after an initial sweet molasses and hay flavor.
Mouthfeel- Big and flavorful up front with a slight alcohol presence in the end.

Overall- a nice Dunkel that is tasty but might be just a tad too pricey at $3.10 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of Winter
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper in appearance with a rising light khaki head. Fresh aroma of apricot and banana with a hint of cloves. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soft. There's an ale fruitiness upfront in the taste. It transitions into cloves midway through. Wheat malt carries the flavor into a finish that has a strong lingering banana flavor to it.

Decent for a dunkel weizen and something you could drink quite a bit of before getting tired of it. Would pair well with sausages and grilled or roasted pork.

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Photo of klewis
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy light copper with a bubbly white head. No lacing.

S: Smells kind of musty, like a damp basement, with some lesser aromas of banana and clove.

T: Sort of a sweet bready malt taste with a bit of banana and pepper in the back. It's not bad, but not very exciting.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

D: I've yet to have a dunkel that has impressed me. This isn't a bad beer, but why drink this when you can have an Ayinger hefeweizen?

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

Ayinger Ur-Weisse purchased in Oregon, and transported, by car, back to Ohio with me.

Mine poured with a beautiful, merangue like, slightly off white head. The beer was a murky, hazy, honey colored brew. The head retained fairly well and left lacing down the sides of the glass. The nose was strong banana. The beer tasted of banana bread (spicy and doughy) but light bodied and very enjoyable served up cold. This is a good beer for these humid, hott Ohio summer days.

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Photo of Fuller
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Dark cloudy copper in color with a large white fluffy head with good retention. Leaves a nice amount of lacing all around the glass. Smell is normal for the style - bananas, cloves, citrus and a hint of spice. Taste is excellent with sweet banana, wheat, some spice and a hint of hops.

An excellent beer that is very drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in a sitting and not get tired of it. Another winner from Ayinger.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,114 ratings.
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