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:
#2,518
Reviews:
595
Ratings:
1,183
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
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108
Gots:
142
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Ratings: 1,183 |  Reviews: 595
Photo of neonbrown82
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was looking through some of my old reviews and couldn't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet, so I picked up a bottle after getting my bottle deposits back... Woohoo, "free" beer! This is one of the beers I drink regularly in the summer (on the rare occasion I'm not drinking new beers, of course).

Looks excellent in my Ayinger weizen glass. Seriously, it's picture perfect. Fills up perfectly to the .5L mark with a muddy, murky looking dark wheat beer with a huge crown of foam that peaks out over the rim of the glass. Carbonation bubbles twirl up the sides inevitably becoming part of the mountain themselves.

The smell is the one downfall of this beer. It seems to smell very soapy. The banana, lemon and clove esters only make it seem like the little designer potpouri soap bars that you're not supposed to wash your hands with.

The taste is very smooth and quite highly drinkable. Lots of the banana ester, perhaps more than any other wheat beer I've tried. Lots of clove to go along with it as well. Only a bit of lemon. The wheat malt is sweet and has a little bite to it. The tiniest suggestion of spicy, herbal hop bitterness can be detected in the end. Quite bready the whole way through. This beer seriously looks like a slurry of yeast, and it's quite filling.

Very creamy with quite a big body. Even though it's well carbonated, this beer feels like a smoothy going down. Very soft on the palate, though it is by no means flat. Drinkability is huge.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque muddy brown brew with a three finger cream colored head okay retention. No lacing at all. So sad . . .

S - Strong bananas, dates, faint cloves and a touch of coriander. Unlike other dunkel weizens, this one has an intense odor.

T - The flavor has a fruity sweetness. There is a taste slightly reminiscent of a banana pulled from the dredges of a fruit salad, as well as a quick light caramel malt flavor (but with a very noticable wheat influence) and a subtle coriander pepperiness. There is a curious mild bitter twinge on the back of my throat that lasts for only a few moments. A very faint slightly sweet aftertaste lingers for a little while after the bitterness dissipates.

M - Very viscous, smooth and quite refreshing.

D - Nice. Sessionable, though a bit strong. So a low paced session. I think this is my favorite dunkel weizen that I have had to date. It is actually one of my favorite beers in fact, extremely well rounded. It is more pronounced than the others of the style. It seems to sit somewhere between a dunkel weizen and a weizenbock. I find this place to be quite pleasing. I will definitely make this my dunkel weizen go to beer.

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Photo of SStein
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange with a big head that retains for most of the time it took to drink. Smells fruity and slightly citrusy. Strong banana esters come through, with clove on the back end. Light smooth carbonation. This beer goes down very easy.

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Photo of scratch69
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerhunter13
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500ml bottle into weizen glass. No bottling or freshness date.

L: Cloudy light amber brown. Excellent fluffy two finger khaki head with outstanding retention.

S: Banana, clove, apples. Gentle aroma.

T: Lots of fruit, apple and banana, clove. Soft flavors but very tasty.

F: Medium body, crisp, semi-dry.

O: I have come to believe Ayinger doesn't make a bad beer. This is very very good.

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Photo of sanitarium16
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 500 ml to Reidel Extreme Riesling glass...

Beautiful 2-finger soapy/boiled milk froth head with a few muffin tunnels. Body is a terrific warm honey color. Nice haze - typically enticing for style.

Excellent broiled wheat character with nice ester sweetness. Slight clove/coriander texture. Some orange zest and some melted caramel sweetness - a little apple too.

Solid dark wheat texture and body - character on palate is similar to that on nose. Taste profile is a bit understated; comes out with warmth. A little honey emerges along with light apple tone.

Slight pucker from wheat and citrus zest on palate - tart finish with depth and without aftertaste. Very hearty and pleasant.

Quite enjoyable to drink - maybe a little heavier than a typical weisse beer as expected but good for a warm day when seeking a meatier flavor profile.

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Photo of golf4collet
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kenai4
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ybnorml
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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 CreekyJarls
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of corywalston
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Premo88
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: dark orange-amber with huge head of beige/off-white foam, a good 2 inches tall; no sticking though the head lingers for a while, every so slowly subsiding to a full skin and thick collar; beer is about 80% clear, just a bit misty, but clean -- no residue or floaties; the color is remarkable, very much like a toasted hefeweizen color; no lacing; over time the skin mostly disappears, but the thick collar remains

S: banana for days ... it's possibly a bit buttery, but the banana is unmistakable and so bright or light that I would figure this to be a straight hefeweizen if I didn't no better; perhaps some clove or allspice, but the banana prevails along with a sweetness that belies any spiciness;

T: banana sweetness prevails, at times just a little tart note chimes in; there's little here to distinguish it as a darker wheat beer, the flavors mainly centering on the banana with a hint of spice (allspice/clove) in there, no bitterness to speak of

F: full but soft ... it's a good midweight beer, maybe lighter midweight, with enough carbonation to keep it drinkable, but the carbonation level feels low enough to give it a softer feel

O: tasty wheat beer, and while it doesn't offer much on the dark/dunkel side of things, it's still a very easy drinking weizen and one I will definitely revisit. this much flavor in a sub-6% ABV beer is always a good thing.

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Photo of NeverSettle
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Hazy dark copper-amber pour with a creamy two finger white head with good retention and great lacing. The nose is earthy and malty with hints of clove, banana, caramel, wheat, honey, and some subtle citrus. The taste mirrors the nose with lots of earthy, malty, spicy goodness. Hints of clove, banana bread, caramel, orange peel, yeast, apple, white pepper, and wheat. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy but very smooth. A bit on the rich side so probably not a great session beer. Overall, I'm slowly warming up to Weizens and this is definitely a great one!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

A: Pours a murky dark reddish brown color with a milkshake like one finger cream colored head that has excellent fluffy retention. Stick, thick lacing on the glass also.
S: Thick and hefty clove and banana notes. Earthy with hints of vanilla and melon. Slight sweet tart berry twang behind. Bold and thick.
T/M: Creamy and smooth with a nice thickness on the palate. Banana and clove flavors hints of melon and berry. Subtle spices coupled with the cloves. Thick, but only deceivingly thick on the palate. Yeasty phenols on the palate with an earthiness to it.
D: Smooth....just utterly smooth and soft on the palate. Excellent drinkability. A very nice dunkel.

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

Photo of Tballz420
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of little bubbles rise up in this lighter-brown, hazy brew. Big foam, off-white head on the top. Nice scent with the classic hefe characteristics along with some extra maltiness. Same for the taste, you have your hefe tastes with some underlying caramel notes. A bit thin, but the taste is pretty good.

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Photo of LutherBrau
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jduprey007
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,183 ratings