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

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571 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
571
Ratings:
1,116
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
14.57%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
124
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 571 | Ratings: 1,116
Photo of Lothore
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy copper brew pours out of this bottle with an amazing white pillowy head. From the looks of it, this beer is vigorously carbonated.

S- Smells of sweet bread, reminecent of walking by a good bakery. I get hints of fruit: orange, slight banana.

T- Tastes slightly sweet but not nearly as much as the nose lets on. Apricot and a minute taste of banana bread are present.

M- Very light and refreshing without being watery. Well carbonated.

D- This beer is extremely drinkable because it is so delicious and light. I could easily have a few on a summer day.

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Photo of jcomp21
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer is a beautiful orange-ish amber. It is very hazy and has a soft glow. Thousands of bubbles stream up from the bottom very quickly. There was about a finger and a half of head, tan in color with a very sudsy look. Tight little bubbles.

Smell - Has your classic wheat smell, very clovey and spicy banana. It smells very rich.

Taste - Wow. I like this better than any hef I've ever had. Very malty with a little tartness. A touch more grapefruit and hops on the front of the mouth, with a biscuit/bready finish.

Mouthfeel - excellent. Very sudsy and drier than expected. A bit soapy in texture.

Overall - While I'm not a huge hefeweizen fan, if I'm gonna drink a wheat beer, this is the one!

see you on the next one.

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out was just beautiful. It had a white, pillowy head. The beer was a cloudy, apple cider color. The aroma was fruity with bananas and spices. The aroma also had a slight sourness. The flavor was smooth and creamy with a banana flavor and an alcohol finish. This is a very good, drinkable beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a cloudy haze of brownish gold with a large loose head of puffed creamy foam that ever so slowly simmers to a light haze on top and has drippy lace in large stringy patches.

The smell of this thing is very lively, wow, its all over the place, funky as hell, smokey banana and smoked salmon or bacon, dull lemon, musty horse blanket, soft rubber, and feet. Yep, its funky and pungent and I love it. I need this in a insense form so I can light one and let the whole place smell like this. People would wonder what the hell I'm I cookin' or smokin'. I'd be great.

Taste is soft and mellow of banana and frothy malts, touch of lemon and clove, sweetness is light, citrus is flighty with a light but favorable carbonation with a mellow, nearly creamy medium body with a little touch of hop and dryness with clove hints in the finish. The yeast is showcased in this beer quite a bit, especailly in the smell, but with that aside its one fine easy drinkin' dunkel.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky burnt orange color with lots of tiny yeast chunks floating about. A medium head forms and disappointingly leaves quickly. The aroma is very enjoyably fruity. What a refreshing brew! I notice apple flavor among the fruitiness character. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. The finish is dry and crisp like it should be. This beer will definitely be in my hands when summer rolls around.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This dunkelweizen pours a slightly opaque dark golden / amber color with a thick, frothy white head that quickly dissipates almost completely. The scent is of a milieu of spices, wheat, and maybe a little banana. It smells very similar to a saison. The flavor is more complex and fuller bodied than the typical hefeweizen, as it should be. It has a variety of spices including clove, gingerbread, banana, wheat, and a nice medium malt character. It has a very nice crisp finish to it as wellThis is a really nice beer. Like most of the Ayinger beers I have tried so far it is a good example of the outstanding quality, no frill, classic style common to German beer. It is clear why this is a very highly rated dunkelweizen.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice frothy head and a apple cider color that was very hazy. Yeasty and sour fruit nose that was easy to sense coming from the large head. Has a great champagne mouth feel and goes down smoth. Tastes of sweet nut and malty ripe banana, also a dry with a teasty tart finish. Very drinkable and could enjoy in a long drinking session.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with two fingers' worth of fizzy light tan head that retains well before slowly popping away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind and there are chunks of sediment suspended in the body.

S- Rich yeast brings notes of banana and clove set against a wheat backdrop.

T- Lots of bubble gum as the yeast takes hold with the spices coming in to round things out with some zing. So smooth and tasty, I keep going back for more and more sips. The wheat malt provides some bready notes and there's just a tinge of oxidation.

M- The medium-high carbonation makes this one kind of spritzy. Body leans toward the fuller side.

O- Supremely drinkable and packed with flavor. One of my favorite wheat beers for sure.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger weissbier glass. The pour is a dank, dingy orange with a massive head that doesn't last as long as it should. On the nose I get lots of spicy phenols and fruity esters as well as some tart lemon notes as well.

The beer has a light-medium body and a wonderfully refreshing flavor. No real hop character found. It is sweet and bready up front, like fresh toast with honey. Then, it gets slightly fruity towards the back of the palate as flavors of lemon, tea, and peppery clove flavors come in. There is a faint tartness on the finish. All this is supported by a nice level of carbonation. Even though the bloom dies off prematurely, the beer doesn't feel dead on the palate.

Overall, a delicious beer with a flavor nicely balanced between fruity, bready, and tart. I think it's a really great example of a dark weizen. It's hard to find flaws with the true German examples of this style. They're just so tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink I honestly don't know why I even bother reviewing them.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first dunkel weizen. Poured into a Ayinger glass, hazy yellowish/brown color with a huge head and carbonation. I was figuring a dark color, but I guess not. Lacing is very present with a medium feel. I really like the taste for a dunkel. I could drink a few of these, for a dunkel weizen, it's very drinkable.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this awesome beer many times, but just getting around to reviewing it.

A brown brew with a billowy tan head that peaks above the rim and dies quickly with little evidence of it's existence.

Aroma is rich with prominent notes of banana, clove and beer bread.

Mostly creamy with prolific notes of spice and banana along with some grass and tangerine in the end.

Something about a great Hefe in the winter seems so transgressive and perfect.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.60 for the 500ml bottle.

It pours a dark gold/rusty colour, hazy, with a solid 1 finger head of foam and it leaves some excellent lacing.

It smells spicy, mostly fruity. Cloves, bananas, big whiffs of wheat. Very nice.

Big banana flavours in the taste, mild clove, wheat, nice flavours all around. Delicious and so soothing and easy drinking. Lowish carbonation and medium bodied makes for an enjoyable mouthfeel.

This is such a great value for what you get. It's been way to long since I last drank this.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky apricot with a big, soapy head that dissapates quickly.
Smells banana, clove, dark fruits.
A very smooth taste and feel. Banana right up front. The taste follows the nose. This
Is an incredibly smooth and tasty urweisse. One of the best.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Hyvee in West Omaha, NE.
No clear freshness date on bottle.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a tall, off-white, meringue-like head, fluffy and cloud-esque. Head fades down over time to a 1cm cap atop the body and leaves spotty lacing, but nothing amazing. Body is an opaque dark-orange-brown with plenty of yeast sediment; when held up to a light, the beer is burnt orange with yellow highlights. Gazing into the beer, one notes fairly active carbonation streams that support the lingering ring of foam.

Aroma is strongly of esters: ripe bananas and apple cider. Secondary aromas include toasted bread, yeast, and mild phenols.

Taste opens with some wheat malt sweetness tempered closely by sharp phenols (clove and allspice) and esters (fruity, particularly banana and apple). The phenols and esters continue into mid-taste, with bubblegum and yeast appearing as well. Flavors fade out on a banana note, with lingering cloves as well.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with some tingling carbonation at first, which quickly decreases as this passes along the tongue. Mouthfeel ends up being first tingly, then smooth and creamy (exciting, expressive, then calmly satisfying). Finish is quite dry.

Ayinger's version of the dunkelweizen is classic, true to expectations, but also unique enough to draw its own interest. Like a more aggressive version of their hefeweizen. The flavors are powerful and stand out; the aromas do as well, if slightly more muted. This is a high quality dunkel, and should be alongside Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather unimpressively dark iced tea color with a thin, large-bubbled head that fades to a half centimeter by the time I get myself comfortably settled in to write this review. A proper yeast-filled pour makes it murky, but the color isn't very dark.

Mmmm! The smell, on the other hand, is rather delicious! There are huuuge bangs of sugary bananas - banana bread, perhaps -, similar to other weizens but spritzed with lemon and dusted over with apple peelings and clove. Very very interesting. Nice to see some variation on a theme! Most weizens smell and taste alike with very subtle differences. This is noticeably different but good-smelling.

Equally good-tasting! Wow, it's really good. It's nowhere near as sophisticated as Weinstephaner or Franziskaner, but is more of a bouncy, light-hearted drink. it has less depth of flavor, but really keeps me going back for more. Sugary-sweet, with lots of bouncing bananas and apples, just a little clove spice. Very very malty, sweet, flufffy yeast, almost no hops. A dessert weizen if there ever was one.

Syrupy mouthfeel, almost like a half-flat soda. Filling, slippery, gummy, delicious.

Okay... this dark weizen isn't very dark in appearance, smell, or flavor. However, I can't fault it for being completely out of its style range - it's damn tasty. I could drink it all night.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a semi-opaque brown/gold color. One finger off-white head, dissipated quickly leaving lacing. Aroma of wheat, clove, light carmel malt. A pleasant dunkelwiezen with strong carbonation, light fruit, spice and wheat flavors. Slightly rougher than Weinstephanen, but still very pleasant. Refreshing and tasty. Will buy again.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy ice-tea brown in color with a big puffy head of beige that shows no sign of stopping, leaving webby lacing as it slowly recedes.

Mmm, this is how a dunkle should smell, toasty wheat, cloves, bananas, cinnamon, raisin bread, and soft, flowery hops.

Like liquid raisin bread, this brew features flavors of roasted wheat goodness, dark fruit cake, clove, banana bread, baking spices, yeasty sweetness, and a perfect compliment of floral hops.

Body is medium, mouthfeel is juicey and slick with ridiculously big bubbles of ample carbonation.

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

Ur-Weisse pours a cloudy dark hazel from a 500ml brown bottle. Head goes well beyond two fingers with a firm creamy off white texture.

Nose is wheat malt and yeast. Palate is wheat tart with barely malt sweet notes and caramel. The carbonation level was perfect leaving the mouth clean and refreshed.

A fine “Old Baverian Dark Wheat Beer” that goes well with food or just by its self.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 16.9 oz bottle into my Ayinger logo weizen glass. This beer pours a cloudy dark golden color, with an off-white fluffy head that is initially well over an inch thick when poured. Settles to a good solid 1/2 inch of foam sitting on top of the glass that eventually setles to 1/4 inch. Pretty good lacing Fairly potent aromas of bready malt, banana, and clove are all certainly present. The taste pretty much follows suit to what the aromas are, sweet bready malt with hints of caramel, followed by banana and spicy clove. Perhaps a hint of toffee on the back end of the tongue. They really nailed the flavor profile for what a beer of this style is supposed to have! Has a nice crisp, smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a beer like this should be. Excellent!

Eric

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Photo of DIM
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a murky, muddy wheat color. It poured with a medium sized, fizzy head that faded with very little lace.

s: Beautiful hefe aromas of bananas, cloves, and bubblegum complimented by a hint of toffee.

t: Mirrors the smell, only a bit better. A wonderful hefe accented by some toffee and hints of cocoa.

m: Big and chewy.

o: Awesome example of a style I don't get enough of.

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Photo of Brewbro000
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Amber with some light orange hints when held to the light. There was a great snap when I popped the bottle and the head shows through in the pour as an immediate froth followed by a 2 inch crisp white head.
S: bready, malty with some light banana and a dominant clove aroma. Some yeast character comes through as well
T: that yeast character shows through with some spicy sweetness that finishes dry. Bready sweetness, banana and a slight tart flavor that I assume is also part of the yeast
M/D: the crisp carbonation finishes this one off right. A pretty light body allows the flavors to show. I could drink 2-3 of these before I needed to switch.

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Photo of srrn
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark cloudy amber into a standard american style beer glass, (I shared the bottle). Smells of cloves and bananas. Taste was much the same. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily smooth. This is one of the more highly drinkable beers an a good example of the style. I wish more fine Weizens were available here as it's a great German style. My favorite beer style with pizza when I was stationed in Germany.

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Photo of Anacross
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fabulous example what the best a dunkelweizen can offer. Complex and delicious, crisp and refreshing.

L) Beautiful light brown color. the head will take some time to disappear. Looks beautiful.
S) Fruity like expected for a weisse. Mostly banana. Yum!
T) Complex and delicious. Long lasting and you'll just wish it would last more.
F) Wonderful fizz, tasty and well balanced. Easy to drink, just delicious.
O) It's very available in the US, so take advantage of that. Price is very reasonable too. Enjoy! :)

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,116 ratings.
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