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:
1,145
Reviews:
581
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
129
For Trade:
0
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Photo of william5586
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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 +6.2%
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 -4.9%
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 -1.2%
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 +11.1%
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 0%
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 +5.9%
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 +21.5%
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 +1.2%
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 -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -10.6%
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 -3.7%
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 -0.7%
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 -13.3%
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 0%
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 -11.9%
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 +1.7%
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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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden pour with a puffy white head. Nice lacing. Rich aroma of bananas, yeast, and clove. Excellent flavors of mor banana, butter, some musty wheat (in a good way), and bread. Almost like liquid banana bread. Truly a dunkelweizen done right.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper, cloudy body with two-figner head and a thick lace ring around the cup. A heavy citric fruit smell, mostly bananas, entwined with some clove and pepper and a dash of something sweet. Extremely smooth and creamy with a thin-to-medium body, has a solid fruit taste (to me it is mostly bananas) that is mixed with a dash of spices that perk up the beer and balance it. No real discernable hop taste, but finishes with a semi-dry backbite to balance out this slick, fruit and sweetish beer (the wheat twang in the middle is great and rounds out the beer). I could session this bad boy anytime.

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Photo of Bankrobber77
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into .5 liter glass stein.

A - Frothy head, settled quickly, left some nice lacing. Pours a cloudy, orange/cider color. Seemed pretty light in color for a dunkel.

S - Fruity, spicy. Got a good whiff of banana bread.

T - Bananas and cloves, oh my! Fruity/banana flavors strong at the start, followed by a bit of spice in the middle. The finish gives a bit of hop bitterness but a semi-sweet malty taste in the back of the mouth. Aftertaste has a bit of lemon or other citrus/acid in it.

M - Seemed a bit thin, but was crisp and smooth. Sweet without being overly sticky.

D - Very, very drinkable. This is a good one indeed. All around great beer!

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Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a large white head that quickly settles. No lacing is left on the glass. The smell is good with spice and fruity esters. Nice malty base flavor with the yeast flavors playing not as large a role as in other Dunkels. More approachable wheat beer for that reason. Light body with abundant, bordering on harsh carbonation. Nice overall and very drinkable. Good introduction to the style for people.

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Photo of kinger
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Lightest dunkel weizen I've sampled but it's no slouch. Rich yeasty aroma very nice and fruity with some mild spice, mostly banana and clove but there's some lemon and orange worked in there. Murky deep orange pour with some slight copper coloring, huge wheat head (as to be expected), and mild lacing. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but a creamy finish evened it out to average at best. Good welcoming flavor of mild banana and spice. German wheats are a wonderful thing and Ayinger makes some fine examples.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 8/10/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown yellow color body that is very cloudy and effervescent. Big white foamy head. Aroma is very effervescent, citrusy, and lemony with some wheat. Not a very strong taste. Wheaty, citrusy, effervescent. Watery. A nice light beer.

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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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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,145 ratings.
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