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

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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
Ranking:
#2,374
Reviews:
584
Ratings:
1,153
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
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105
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Photo of cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy with thickly packed fine yeast, and two finger head of close knitted white sorta define the look for this style, just about perfect.

The aroma is biscuit dough and light clove, banana, bubble gum, and some herbal things going on behind it all. As it warms the aroma gets even sweeter, and fruitiness appears,

What a taste! Man, it is more fruity in the mouth, tasting of pear with banana, with some nice spiciness to accompany that isn't sharp at all, and the doughy nature cleanly holding it together. It is sweet, but cleanly so, with alcohol totally hidden in the spice of this. Just a fantastically enjoyable balance of delicious flavor here.

Low carb, medium viscosity, excellent finish, super tasty and clean linger.

What a great beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SouthernBuckeye
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 dblinkhorn
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Mryup
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 MVotter
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The Ayinger Ur Weisse pours into a chalice with a light "tea" color. A good thick cream-colored head forms.

S - Spice, grass, fruits.

T - Clove, ginger, pear.

M - Medium body, ample effervescence, semi-dry.

D - Very nice balance of all the elements in this brew. Pleasant experience ... delicious!

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 500ml bottle, the pour was a copper-straw color that was very cloudy with an off-white head that wanted to stay for a while. There were a bunch of little floaties in this brew. It eventually died, but it left a trail of lace on the glass. There was a lot of citrus in the aroma, which was also filled with yeast. I also picked up on a lot of sweet malts balancing out the bitter citrus at the end of a long whiff of this brew.

There was a tingling carbonation as you would expect out of a weisse. Following that, loads of citrus and yeast hit your tongue. The beer was very refreshing and smooth. The citrus was balanced by some malts that made it less bitter than the initial flavor. There was a lot of flavor, and the complexity was very inviting. As it is a dunkel-weisse, the subtle roastiness is evident after paying close attention to the flavor. You will pick up some dark malts just before the aftertaste of this brew. It is not as roasty and dark as I had expected, but it is still a wonderful brew by Aying.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dirtied tan body with a near-white, expansive head.

Smell: Fruity, malty nose with some traces of honey on morningtime wheat toast, a dusty yeastiness, and popped clove buds.

Taste: Faintly tangy wheat malt at the start, a moderately sweet inclusion of both wildflower honey and light-colored caramel before some fruity tastes of Gala apples, bananas, and pears. Very low, fairly brief tartness present. Light clove accent (certainly less than was present in the aroma). Very subdued bitterness. Soft but also a bit of carbonated crispness on the sweetish, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly smooth on the tongue.

Overall: Quite pleasant and quaffable, one of those moreish beers where you clear through the entire bottle pretty quickly. This just might beat out Weihenstephaner's dunkelweizen for me.

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Photo of ddedhed
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a weizen glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy deep amber color with a huge thick and creamy just off-white head. The head has an amazing level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. This is a beautiful weiss in my eyes.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of banana and wheat along with tons of spice of a coriander and clove smell. Other aromas of a white pepper and a decently strong aroma of a bubblegum as well as a bit of an orange and ginger smell are there as well. Overall the aroma is a big, robust, and enjoyable in this one.

Taste – The taste begins moderately sweet and malty, with the malty flavors being a nice mix of a bready and doughty taste while the sweet upfront is largely of an orange and caramel flavor. As the taste advances the sweet caramel transitions to a nice bubblegum and candied sugar flavor with the doughty flavors getting a bit more potent in nature. All while this occurs the yeasty flavors and bring with them flavors of banana, coriander and clove. The yeasty and coriander flavors remain relatively constant from this time on, but the banana and clove really kicks it up more toward the end. With the increase in banana, also comes some other flavors of candied sugar as well as little bit of pepper, which when combined with all the other flavors of the brew, end up leaving a rather nice and somewhat moderately sweet Weiss flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for a beer of 5.8 % of its style s with a carbonation level that is on the lower side for the style. A little thicker and chewier body and a bit more carbonation level may have been better for accentuating the fruity banana and spiced flavors as well as the more malty flavors of the brew, but even with that said, the combo did work to a degree and the feel was decent overall.

Overall – This is a very tasty weizen. The aroma, look, and taste are quite fantastic, with the only thing keeping this from the supreme top being the feel in my opinion. This is one you certainly can count on to being rather pleasant.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse 0.5l into weizen glass

Deep honey orange with golden highlights, very hazy. Dense ecru head
with orange tints.

Nose is tangy wheat, vanilla, clove, lots of ripe banana, faint cocoa
powder. Mmmm, yummy.

Fruity, clovey, honey, a little banana, citrus (lemon), tangy wheat, caramel.

Soft and smooth, then the robust carbonation lightens the load and
livens things up.

Damn, this is good. Way easy drinking good. This could go well with
all sorts of food, and all sorts of occasions.

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Photo of nathanho
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle; color of unfiltered apple cider; lots of head - careful not to pour too hard.

Aroma of spice, apple pie, yeast, coriander & clove.

Flavors of yeast, coriander, apple cider with the feel of slippery yet chalky carbonation.

This is a very tasty beer and I crave another.

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Photo of lefty
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a .5 L bottle and poured into a glass.

A: The head was nice and thick and color a very nice hazy yellowy/orange/bronze color.

S: the smell was a nice weiss-banana smell, better than expected.

T: this beer tastes almost exactly like it smells, which doesn't always happen. It was a much lighter tasting beer than I was expecting, which I somewhat expected based on its color.

M: very smooth on the palate, definitely doesn't have the full wheat impact that some weissebeers have.

O: overall this is a great beer. I would not hesitate to buy this beer again. I would almost say this tastes like a much "lighter" Schneider Aventinus beer, which isa fantastic beer in its own right. For a price of just over $3, you cannot go wrong giving this beer a chance.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle in a weizen glass.

Appearance: Light copper color, unusually clear for the style. Typical large head, though dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Phenolic clove aroma, slight fruit, and a fair scent of wheat.

Flavor: Slightly bready malt flavor, with very good phenols (my favorite flavor component of weizens). Fruit is restrained, but nice (reminds me a little of slightly sour green apples). Finish is quite tart.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and spritzy: just right for the style.

I feel this beer is about halfway between an ordinary hefeweizen and a dunkel hefe. The more caramel-like flavors of the darker malt is mostly absent. It's still an excellent, very drinkable weizen, though.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured there is a big white head that drops out fast. Leaveing a glass filled with a cloudy dark amber beer. There is a light malt sweetness in with a great spicey aroma that is rounded out with a hint of clove. The taste was an excellent balance of citrusy sweetness along with the well pronounced classic banana and clove notes. This was a tasty treat for me which a savored slowly.

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Photo of BDJake
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy burnt orange-brown with nice finger crown of off-white head

S- bready, yeasty, with hints of clove, banana and even apple pie

T- very festive and complex, tasting of banana, clove, nutmeg, bready malts, tart fruit but little hops

M- crisp, with cloying aftertaste yet satisfying nonetheless

D- clearly one of my all-time favorite dunkels

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with a decent white head. Carbonation can be seen.

S: Wheat, cloves, yeast, and a hint of lemon.

T: Starts with wheat then goes into lemon and cloves. The lemon has a bit of tartness. The finish has a hint of grapefruit hops and faint bready malt.

M: Medium with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Nice lighter beer. Has everything you'd expect from a dunkel. Would be great for a fall or spring night.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a semi-hazy dark bronze to light caramel, forming a modest soapy off-white head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate-firm. Aroma is niceLots of phenols and slightly over-ripe bananas, a hint of orange, some distant caramel and the suggestion of amber malts. The mouthfeel is spritzy and semi-acidic with a clean finish and medium body. The taste is as to be expected for the style, echoing that of the aroma. Doughy at times, even mit hefe, with wheat and apple sourness, almost rye-like at times. Bitterness is quite mild.

A good all-around dunkel weizen...it doesn't stun me in any particular fashion, but it's tasty and easy to drink. Solid.

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Photo of BitteBier
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pour with a good, lasting head and attractive color. Smell and taste are sophisticated yet well integrated. A tad heavy for a wheat; an excellent pairing with a meal.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour, shake and swirl, into the hefe-weizen glass...and what a beauty! A hazed brown-mustard color, muddy with sediment/floaters, huge fluffy head that never quits. Not the dunkel-est of the dunkels, but very nice indeed.

Pouring 10 inches away from my nose I could easily smell banana. Bready too, but mostly all about banana. Banana-bread, basically.

Flavor is mildly sugary banana, with yeasty breadiness and yellow cake. Slick, fluffy, velvety in the mouth. In a word: delicious.

One of the best in its class, and insanely drinkable do to the modest ABV. (Note to self: stock up on these next time!!)

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i saw a dude zip into the beer cooler, grab a few bottles of ayinger and split like he was on a mission to get this beer. intrigued, i had to try it for myself.

A- holy foam brau! very active almost uncontrollable 3in creamy cloud of white head settles to a solid ring above the completely hazy apricot/honey colored brew. pillar of dark burnt orange down the center like most hefes, this one is special due to the slight lime greenish tones that develop toward the sides of the glass. lace slides down the glass with no stickage probably due to its complete lack of hops.

S- assertive banana and grain, tart fruity yeast and wheat, alcohol, warm spicy coriander, clove, nutmeg, allspice, all hiding behind that banana.

T- much more extreme banana and bubblegum flavor, banana bread, banana peel, grainy yeast, grass, soft clove and anise like tropical spices baked into the banana, raw barley, and a huge wheat-banana aftertaste. every sip i take is like a different level of banana its ridiculous.

MF- powdery and somewhat dry, goes down smooth due to mid-hi levels of carbonation.

D- not my favorite style, i like more bitter, but this is probably the best damn hefe-weizenbier i've ever tasted, dunkel or no dunkel. don't forget to drink the yeast at the bottom it's good for you.

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Photo of JMWEB2
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden body, two finger head slowly leaves a thin white head, very nice.

S: Wheaty, fruit smell, think its banana. Also getting some malt, and clove.

T: There is a yeast character in the taste, there is a bready sweetness and a dry finsh. Tasted a little banana and some spice. Very tasty Dunkel.

M: Lighter body than I expected finish is clean and refeshing. Very drinkable.

O: I enjoyed this brew, Ayinger is one of my favorites.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A truly classic German dunkelweizen. Pours a hazy dark orange/amber color with a great fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Typical hefe aroma: yeasty spices, clove, banana, light citrus, grass. Smells sweet.

Tastes like banana, wheat, bread, clove. Lightly sweet, malty, but crisp. Carbonation is nice and lively; this beer is quenching and highly drinkable.

This has got to be one of the best examples of the style you can find. Highly recommended.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,153 ratings
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