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:
#2,313
Reviews:
590
Ratings:
1,169
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
138
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,169 |  Reviews: 590
Photo of sinistermadman
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber in color with a billowing white head. Aroma hints at lemon rind and wheat with a slightly less than acrid yeast note.

Taste is of wheat, clove, banana and hop bitterness. Slightly acidic or astringent presence on the palate, but just enough to give the mouthfeel a sense of vibrance. Fruity notes meld nicely into a bitter hop soaked exit, leaving a very clean finish to this brew. I find myself going back to Ayinger brews more and more. Good stuff.

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

Photo of jokemon
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint bottle.

A: Pours a murky dark amber with orange hues. Head is one finger and off-white. Retains for a bit before collapsing to a film atop the brew. Also leaves behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Banana bread, citrus, apple, honey, clove, sweet malts, and caramel.

T: Banana bread, slight citrus, clove, caramel, dark fruits, sweet malts, and some faint earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth and crisp with a wet finish.

O: Truly delicious. Ayinger's brews never disappoint and I really respect the high standards. One of the absolute best breweries in the world. I recommend seeking this and all of the other great brews out.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.
Pours a nice copper color with a rocky white head. While pouring it I got a nice whiff of bananas.
Sticking my nose in the glass I can smell all the toasty maltiness, grains, yeast, pepper, bananas and cloves. This beer doesn't have quite as much banana smell as other hefeweizens I've tried but it is present.
Taste is overall a bit thin for me, but good nonetheless. It rolls onto the tongue with lots of carbonation and a bit of bready maltiness, followed by a bit of fruityness/banana and more malt. There is a subtle hoppiness and the finish is rather tart, almost acidic.
This beer starts out nicely and has many nice components, but doesn't come together for me. The tart finish leaves me wanting but overall this beer is pleasant to drink.

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Photo of singletary
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden hue with a nice head. The smell is of wheat and a little bit of bananas. It has a taste of the wheat and a sweetness of banana that comes through. A nice wheat beer what will please anyone.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Samuel Smith nonic pint glass (unfortunately I still haven't acquired a Weizen glass) at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours a murky translucent copper color with a creamy, thin off-white head of good retention. The carbonation bubble in this one are small. Not much lacing.

S: Bananas, cloves, bread. A lot of malty wheat character here and a moderate strength aroma overall.

T: Opens with dark malted wheat followed by some spicy clove notes. The finish tastes like banana bread -- bready with plenty of ripe banana sweetness. I like the way the flavors slowly give way to a long finish.

M: Medium- to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and not much carbonation.

O: Overall, a pleasant introduction to the style for me. Another nice offering from Brauerei Aying.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pleasant looking beer in the glass. An opaque toffee brown capped with a fluffy head that gives way to a white ring. I thought it might be darker. There isn't much aroma to it, clean malt smells with some banana-ish notes. The flavors are more pronounced and the banana thing is right out front. A good, balanced finish in which the carbonation is eveident. It's OK.

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Photo of mnbrewery
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dogger6253
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A light tan color at the bottom, nearly brown at the top, super hazy... Bubbles continue surfacing and the nice, white head falls to a thin film after a while.

Immediately smell floral hops and other grassy notes. Banana and clove come through, very pleasant aroma.

The taste is extremely balanced and smooth: light banana and clove, no over powering fruitiness. A bit of hops, a matly sweetness. Yeast. Molasses or toffee??

Light carbonation and a heavy body, almost creamy with wonderful taste, this was extremely refreshing and very smooth. I would drink so much of this beer. A definite must-try, overall: amazing.

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Photo of wdf210
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hoptician
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SethB2
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hefe glass.

A - Beer pours a dirty, yeasty brown color with a massive amount of carbonation resulting in a fizzy, pillowy cream head that fizzles down rather quickly.

S - As expected, very Hefe-like in nature. Bananas and all the sweet yeastiness that comes with it. Very spicey, but not over the top.

T - Much like the smell, but way more pronounced. The yeast absolutey dominates the palate. Sweet and spicey. The malt profile only adds a stage for the German yeastiness to shine.

M - Meduim with a nice amount of carbonation. Feels good going down.

D - Not bad. A nice change up from a regular Hefe.

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Photo of joesc230
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a big bottle of this; cold and poured into a wheat glass. There was a great deal of carbonation and the pour was cloudy adn tan brown golden; not really tooo much darker than the the yellowy hefe-weizen of the same brewery.

But, what really hits you here is the fruity, strong banana nose of this beer. Not so light and delicate, the fruit is in the taste, and there is a wheat beer twang. There is a great finish. The mouthfeel is nice, but just like the taste, I was looking for something to impress me a bit more; a bit bigger and more like some of the other Dunkels. But still, a nice complex wheat beer for some sausage or kielbasa, and some nice mustard.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Sam Adams pint glass.

It pours a cloudy golden straw. Poured a 2" head that slowly crackled away to a thin layer of foam that lasted ¾ of the way down. The foam stuck to the sides of the glass. It had an oily surface. (Poured it at a temperature of 55 degrees F)

The smell reminded me of straw; it had a meadow aroma. The taste was similar to its aroma. It had a very mellow taste and body, kind of dry. Very drinkable. Overall it had a country quality to it.

I'm glad I tried it, and I will probably purchase it again, but for now I will be moving on in search of other dunkelweizens.

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

I didn't have any trouble with the head on this one. It was a big head, but it subsided fairly quickly to just a thin ring around the surface.

I can't believe how rich and complex the smell of this beer is. On one level it's citrusy, and on another it smells like fresh baked banana bread. There is a bit of a bite at the finish, like a grannysmith apple.

There are no rough edges on the taste. Smooth and slightly fruity. Not as heavy fruit on the taste as the smell. The finish is also just right. I don't like a lingering taste.. so this is exactly the kind of beer that goes well with lunch and light dinner foods.

This is an all around "good beer".

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Photo of boss302
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Ur-Weisse, Dunkel Weizen, 500ml bottle.

A Amber in color, clear with an excellent thick head. Head stuck around for the entire glass. I expected a little darker color.

S Breacy, yeasty, some banana. There is a littel estery aroma and it smells surprisingly fresh for an import bottle beer.

T Smooth with some caramel malt flavor. Tastes more like a standard hefe than a dunkel, but a good beer with no off-flavors. I would have liked more dark malt flavor.

M Nice full mouthfeel that is so nice with wheat beers. High carbonation.

D Good drinking beer. A little light for a Dunkel, but easy to drink. Good wheat qualities like head, mouthfeel, and refreshing yeast flavor.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer settled in the glass a beautiful caramel colour, slightly hazy, and topped by a generous but light head which sadly waned rather quickly.

The smells were complex and rounded, of fruits, wheat, coriander and light cloves up front, faint sweet smells (caramel, vanilla and coffee flavoured candy) followed, and a light hint of smokiness attenuated by acidity closed the loop. Appealing!

An average and sustained bead fed the surface and expressed itself vigourously in the mouth. Rather thinnish body but a silky mouthfeel set the stage for light citrus fruit tastes followed by cloves and coriander. It finished on minerally notes of yeast bitterness and a timid but drying acidity.

As a whole, this is a good beer which I would drink again but was definitely expecting more in terms of flavours, based on the smells. In its defence, it would pair very well with a good brie triple crème and a baguette.

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Photo of Murphious
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of mrzazz
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jdoncbus
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17 oz. bottle poured into wine glass. Warm apple-cider appearance, active carbonation & decent lacing.

Honeycomb, banana, pepper, & cinnamon with faint wheat aroma & yeast as well. Mild lemon grass.

Smooth feel on the palate leads to a mild, crispness from the carbonation level. Spicy wheat, clove, grainy malt and yeast. The staple banana flavor lingers while the mouth becomes a tad numb.

Enjoying this beer after a day of various activities during the family vacation. My old man loves his German brews, so I made sure to purchase some to mix in with my American craft selection.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Lightly hazed, golden oak colored body crowned with a generous, white head that holds on for awhile before dissolving to a small ring around the glass. Good visible carbonation.

Aroma:
Heavy clove and banana over a light, malty backbone. A hint of orange and ginger root with no traceable hop presence. Very welcoming.

Taste:
Again, heavy banana and clove. Sweet. Smooth malt and wet wheat character. Belgian candy syrup - typical affair for the style, but is of very high quality. No noticeable alcohol and a light metallic note on finish, but I have had this bottle for awhile so I'm not going to fault the brewery as I've never experienced it in this beer before.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth, light, and sweet. Light body. Medium to high levels of carbonation. Sweet finish. Refreshing!

Overall:
Another brilliant brew by the folks at Ayinger! A stellar companion for a hot summer day that is packed full of character. A must have for any beer fan.

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Photo of jamis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,169 ratings
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