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

Ayinger Ur-WeisseAyinger Ur-Weisse
BA SCORE
4.08/5
1,150 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,329
Reviews:
583
Ratings:
1,150
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
133
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,150 |  Reviews: 583
Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 17oz. bottle a cloudy tea color very large off white tight bubbled head that settled to just covering the beer and no lacing to speak of. smell of bubblegum then a fruity spice aroma comes through. taste bubblegum, bananna, clove. mouthfeel smooth, light, good carbonation. very tasty.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a weizen glass. (The big glass went bye-bye, so 2 pours in a small glass.)

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a hint of copper. Some visible carbonation. Dense off-white head somewhere between creamy and foamy. The color is a bit disappointing; I was expecting something significantly darker. Head retention isn't that great.

Smell: Nice aroma of yeast, bread. Slightly fruity, with a hint of spices.

Taste: There's initially a bit of apple flavor, which gives way to the yeast & bread, and eventually bananas. Good banana bread taste at the finish. There's some underlying hop bitterness throughout the taste. Not much in the way of spices. Aftertaste has some of the bitterness still, along with the apple (though a bit more tart now) and some yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and generally smooth, with light yet tingly & slightly fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a proper ABV.

A nice weizen, but I thought it wasn't quite a dunkel, not only in appearance but in flavor too. It seems to fit somewhere in between a dunkelweizen and a hefeweizen. A bit too light, too fruity (the apple is much stronger than the banana), and lacking the spices or brown sugar that I am used to in beers of this style that I enjoy.

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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 brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of SilentSabre
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brownish, murky, amber with tiny bits a what is presumably bits of yeast. This brew tastes exactly like what you would think it would by looking at it. The smell is wonderful and very powerful of banana with a hint of cloves. Very bready, as well. The taste is very strong of bananas, as well, with a tiny hint of cloves.
Only a negligible amount too much in the way of carbonation, but not enough to discourage me. Other than the carbonation, this goes down fairly smoothly. Overall, another great beer from Ayinger.

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Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy orangish-brown with two fingers of white head with good retention and some lacing. The pleasant aroma, while not very strong, is of bananas, cloves, yeast, and some bready wheat. Taste is much like the aroma with bananas and cloves dominant over the wheat backbone and pleasant yeast flavors. The bananas are dominant at first but then give way to cloves in the finish. Good mouthfeel with a light-medium body and moderate carbonation as evidenced by the creamy head. Overall this is a very good brew with balanced flavors and at 5.8% ABV I'd say this just fits into my definition of a good session beer.

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Photo of NeverSettle
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Winter
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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 marburg
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had Schneider Weisse and Hacker-Pschorr Dark about a million times (ah, perhaps a wee exaggeration), and I swear that I think both of these beers are significantly darker than the Ur-Weisse.

I mention this and find it significant because a dunkel weizen should be dark. And this one is really more of a middling tan-to-brown rather than a definitive chestnut brown color. It's hardly a big deal, but it's the most notable feature of the beer.

It's more or less just a standard dark, German-style wheat beer. The odor is of diluted Pine-Sol (not necessarily bad at all). It's got some subdued lemon character to the taste, and the head pours big (but fades quickly). It's a good beer by all means. It's certainly not exemplary.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of entenduintransit
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy honey brown colour with a two finger cream coloured foamy head. Not as dark as expected, but certainly not a hefe colour. Excellent head retention, not much for lacing.

Sweet and spicy smell, banana and caramel with cloves in the mix.

Subdued banana flavour with a bit of caramel mixed in through the front half of the mouth. Cloves to finish. Like a good hefe but slightly richer in the sweetness and mouthfeel.

Carbonation is a little coarser than I like, but there is a touch of extra body.

A quality beer and an easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt copper color, with haze-of-yeast and a soft, bright white head that stays around forever. Big sugared bananas, some cloves, but also a slightly musty sourness on the nose. It's half intriguing and half offputting. On the palate, the first thing to assert itself is the cloves note. Sweet malts -- wheat coated with caramel, hang on until the finish, which is surprisingly watery and redolent of that sour/funky quality I mentioned earlier. Bananas come out at the last split second. This is a quality brew, but it's got a few detractions to it, some elements that don't quite fit in.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kbub6f
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, copper-amber beer sports a big, off-white, noisy, bubbly head. The yeast pour turns the beer hazy. It has a spicy, nutty nose. It's almost cinnamon-like. Fruity bananas highlight the front. A nice, rich malt and foamy feel. The finish dries, with spice and nuts. My notes say "zingertang", which -- although not a word -- is probably right. A slightly corny aftertaste. Delicious, spicy, grainsy, bananay.

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Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#500 on untappd! Cheers!

Body isnt as dark as I expected, but still just dark enough to be a Dunkel. Looks almost exactly like Schneider Weisse. Head isnt as fluffy as I want either.

Smell is more roasty malt than yeast esters. I do get a hint of banana and sweet clove. Lots of wheat twang as well.

Initially theres just sweet rich roasted wheat. Then comes in a chewy malty banana. Very full bodied and thick for the style. Hints of an estery booze as well. Sweet notes of caramel and toffee flash across the tongue every so often. It really meshes with the banana flavors well.

Although its full bodied, it finishes smooth and clean, like every German beer should.

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Photo of JakeDebus
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tbeer40
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jduprey007
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of golf4collet
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wattoclone
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This style is my favorite and for me, Ayinger Ur-weisse is the standard which all other dunkelweizen beers are compared to. The caramel rich, fruity aroma and taste is refreshing, precisely balanced and always delicious. Recently at a Total Wine Belgian Beer Class a participant commented that this beer as his favorite "Belgian Beer". The young instructor of the class immediately corrected him "that is a Bavarian Beer, but is is excellent". A pity that more American craft beers do not attempt to imitate Bavarian beers like Ayinger. My only wish is that Ayinger keg beer would be available in the US.

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,150 ratings
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