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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 1462
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%


Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001)
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.96/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Since it is National German Beer day today on 4/23/14, then of course have to celebrate that with a good German brew! Comes in a 500ml (16.9 oz) single bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein. LOTS of sediment in the bottle of the bottle.

Pours a hazy honey-orange in color with a good 2-3 finger white foamy head that settles down to about good 1/3 of a inch and lasts a decent amount of time. Spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is very pleasant and is of lemongrass, yeast, and bananas. The taste is even BETTER with lots of great flavors mentioned above that blend together perfectly with a hint of lemon zest as well. perfect carbonation and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all! Perfect brew for anytime of the year.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 22:51:08 | More by BeerWithMike
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JerUrbans

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat clear very light yellow color, odd for an unfiltered beer, most Hefeweizen are so cloudy, and have a lot more sediment.

Smells very fruity and I get a big hit of cloves. Smells just excellent.

Taste is a lot like the smell, plus bananas.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with nice dry finish.

Overall, excellent beer, just love this beer style. Easy drinking with a lot of flavor.
This would go great with a Friday night fish fry.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 02:17:01 | More by JerUrbans
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Served on tap into an Ayinger half liter weizen glass. The beer is a hazy straw color with a clean, white foamy head. Vigorous carbonation helps maintain the head throughout. Minor, spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Great aroma here. Yeast character dominates, supplemented with lemongrass.

T - Light but clear flavors follow the nose. Lemongrass was the major flavor for me.

M - Medium-light bodied. The carbonation is quite present here and leaves a thrill on the tongue. Finishes clean and quite refreshing.

O - Wonderful German Weizen. This style went from an afterthought to one of my three favorites in the past year, and beers like this one are the reason.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 00:43:36 | More by Andrew041180
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Premo88

Texas

3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: so murky it looks like pineapple juice ... it's a light enough color of yellow that you can pick up shapes when trying to look through it up to the light, but it's otherwise opaque; huge fluffy white head that dissipates pretty fast and doesn't leave much behind -- little sticking and no lace, but it keeps a cool-looking skin of white foam on top with a thick, fluffy collar

S: sweet banana ... you don't even have to put your nose up to it -- the aroma flies up to you, like an air-freshener; lemonade, sour grapes ... and then there's that spice. it's like chai tea, and i'm assuming it's the clove note. very sweet and sour

T: follows the nose mostly but might taste a little more spice (clove? pepper, earth) than sweet ... all the notes are similar, and the chai tea is there -- again, cloves. very easy to see why banana is the classic descriptor because it's the easiest coverall term for this mix. fruity, too, but it's not English pale ale or Belgian dubbel "fruity" ... lighter and more sour

F: feels a tad soft -- the first third popped with carbonation, like a good Belgian, but halfway in it's starting to feel slightly under-carbonated. it's still very, very good ... another swallow suggests I'm being picky: this is super drinkable.

O: the wheat-beer notes are growing on me, and this is classic everything wheat -- look, smell, taste. it's full of flavor but still light and easy to deal with ... the 5.1% ABV fits the package perfectly.

i'm a novice to the style, but this seems as spot on as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 17:54:26 | More by Premo88
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice taste and smells of banana, clove, subtle spices, and malts. Light but packed with flavor. Medium body and a beautiful full head. Cloudy color. Does everything right and doesn't get tiresome. Great with food or just hanging out. A great beer anytime of year.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2014 19:55:49 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a weizen glass and another into a pub glass (head retention is much better in the pub glass).
Appearance - pours a cloudy blonde, almost banana peel yellow; a whirlwind of swirling carbonation forms an almost whip cream, white head! Lacing is fantastic in the pub glass!
Smell - lemon and orange zest, sweet banana bread, coriander.
Taste - very tasty and refreshing, the citrus nose is followed up with each sip.
Feel - some citrus sweetness, nice carbonation, light body.
Overall - I could kick back with a few of these, it's so good; however, I prefer something with a bit more character.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 03:24:06 | More by DenverHopHead
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Weiss bier glass

Frothy white cap, no lacings. Clear golden yellow with a steady steam of bubbles.

Aroma of bananas, spice, pepper.

Clean, crisp hefewiesse with the classic taste of banana yeast

Carbonation on the front of the tongue and then the more on the finish

Clean, crisp, fresh and delicious hefewiesse , a great summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:12:51 | More by WunderLlama
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Roser

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- big big frothy ivory white head. Lasts and lasts. Not much lacing. Cloudy straw tinted yellow.

S- banana!!! Sugary scented wheat and barley. Clove. I loved the smell of this. It reminded me of the smells associated when visiting a brewery.

T- spicy, crisp, banana, slight citrus.

M- light, smooth, great balance.

O- a very good beer. I consider Schneider Weisse hefeweizen to be the gold standard. This doesn't measure up, in my opinion, but it is a very solid beer. Nobody does it better than the Germans.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:14:24 | More by Roser
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger weissbier glass. The pour is slightly cloudy with a straw-like color. It sports a mammoth creamy white head that retains quite well and leaves some nice clumpy lacing. I can see some bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, but it's difficult because the beer is so cloudy. The nose has lots of spicy phenols and some fruity esters. I get clove, white pepper, bartlet pears, and a hint of vanilla.

Light-medium body with a crisp, slightly tart flavor and nice firm feel. The flavor seems to favor drier, tarter flavors than the sweet fruity flavors of some beers of this style. There are flavors of crackers, cereal-like notes, tart apple and lemon flavors, as well as some soft wheat. A nice hop addition at mid-palate adds peppery notes and dries out the flavor. The dryness lingers on the finish, which is very refreshing.

Overall an outstanding hefeweizen. The flavor is a bit on the mild side compared to Weihenstephaner's, but this interpretation of the style would appeal to fans of drier beers. The sweetness and fruit notes are toned down and the peppery hops and tart wheat flavors are turned up. It's a wonderful treat on a sunny spring day.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 18:27:35 | More by deadonhisfeet
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SLeffler27

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy straw to light gold (SRM 2). Two fingers of creamy white head leaves a full coating of lace on the Franziskaner weizen glass. The head retreats like a glacier in winter.

Fresh, clean banana is strong for the style. White bread and clove follows. Aroma is simple and exquisite.

Clean and crisp, perfect balance. Light flavors of banana bread, followed by some honeydew melon and a light refreshing finish.

A silky smooth texture and light body with a hint of alcohol. Fine fizzy carbonation explodes with each sip.

This is one of those truly exceptional drinking beers. It is perfect for early autumn in the crisp sunny air while relaxing. I wish I had some cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:30:24 | More by SLeffler27
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pale cloudy yellow, silky-shiny/creamy white cap, billowy head

S: allspice and banana custard, fresh-baked dinner rolls, faint springtime floral notes... bright, inviting aromas all-around

T: sour-dough, sugar cookie aftertaste with a hint of spice.... lemony, flowery hops.... though, perhaps lacking a decent bit of that bready malt flavor I enjoy in many examples of the style

M: perfect sudsy-soft, medium-light body... initially fills the palate, vaguely nectar-y, then drops dry

O: glad I finally got around to trying this... quite a fantastic hefeweizen - one of the best

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:12:40 | More by Bouleboubier
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Beric

Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 21 February 2014

Appearance: A hazy, rich golden color with a foamy white head. Incredible head retention as one would expect from a wheat beer. Lots of carbonation streaming up the sides.

Smell: Sweeter than a Weihenstephaner, and slightly more fruity. Lots of banana, but also some notes of apple or pear.

Taste: Sweet banana with a white-wine overlay. Different from other hefeweizen's I've had but not in a bad way. The white-wine notes definitely stuck out at first, but I warmed up to them. As the beer warmed, the banana notes really started to shine.

Mouthfeel: At first, almost like champagne, but eventually the carbonation mellowed a bit and the drink became silky smooth on the palate.

Overall: A great hefeweizen and one with a distinctly different character than Weihenstephaner. Certainly worth trying if you like hefeweizens. A great beer overall, and one I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:42:43 | More by Beric
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BlakeAJurgens

Germany

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A beautiful Unflitered Hefe with a crisp medium bodied orange. A Full and vibrant head (three -four fingers, light white color) which lingered on the glass. A considerable amount of carbonation bubbles and a very nice glow when held up to the light

S - beautiful odor of citrus and wheat with undertone of cloves. Crisp, sharp, and clean

T- not a heavy body but certainly not watery; initial taste is banana and orange, merges into a wheaty and yeasty middle and a move prominent citrus with a nutty and clove end where the hops give a nice kick.

M - a nice bubbly beer, but not overkill. The body is perfect for a summer's day; light to medium with consistency but no watered-down feeling at any time.

O - Drink this in the warmer summer months after a hot day and it is perfect; drink it in the colder fall or spring days and you might feel wanting a little more body but still very satisfied. If I had to pick a beer to drink between the months of May and August, this beer would be in the running and perhaps leagues beyond the pack. Not a complex beer but certainly well-made and extremely satisfying. Be sure to buy two because you will certainly want another one

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 11:52:26 | More by BlakeAJurgens
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witster18

Tennessee

3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is an extrememly light and clean hefe that pours a bullish stark white head that retains well. Clarity is amazing for a wheat. Notes of lemon, and well, lemon. Not much complexity, but would probably be the world's best lawnmower/girly craft beer.

I much prefer a schneider-weisse for it's complexity, but this is one impressive, clean hefe.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 21:02:04 | More by witster18
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youknowmyname

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Odor: Earthy smell almost like being in field

Pour: Hazy honey color. Unfiltered, Heavy head, slowly dissipates, leaves a long lasting lace. Poured in a tulip pint.

Taste: This is what a wheat beer is supposed to taste like. Very complex. Starts with a taste of wheat with banana overtones. Can taste the clove used as well. Slight hops, but not bitter. Light to Medium body. Very creamy.

This is an amazing beer! I will be buying this many times over. Normally I hate the taste of banana in things, but somehow, it goes well with beer. Not over powering like a laffy taffy, but just subtle and leaves a slight lingering taste after every drink. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:48:02 | More by youknowmyname
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Classic hefeweizen haziness, permeated by appetizing spice-brown colours.

S - Smells wondrous: yeast, refreshing wheat and a dab of citrus.

T - Very clean flavours. Crisp and refreshing. In a different league from the last hefeweizen I had - Sierra Nevada Kellerweis.

M - Beautifully balanced. Just the right level of carbonation.

O - One of the finest hefeweizen’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking; it’s right up there with Schneider Weisse Tap 7 and Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 02:02:15 | More by abeeronthebeach
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brewtus

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown with a tan head. Smell is full of sweet toasty malt, caramel, some chcolate, dark fruit. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, roasted barley and malt, slight sweetness. Texture is thin bodied but smooth. This beer is easy to drink but has tons of flavor, it's not very complex but it does a great job of representing the style. Glad I finally picked it up

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 01:11:03 | More by brewtus
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours super hazy, nearly solid, pale straw golden in color with a one and a half finger fluffy head that has good retention.

Smell has great hefe aromas. Banana, clove, cardamom forward with a mellow Belgian vinegar aroma before more spicy phenols finish.

Taste follows the nose with light grainy malt, spicy phenols, and a light banana sweetness before a light Belgian tang that blends all the subtle flavors nicely.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium to light body and moderate carbonation leaves this very sessionable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:01:55 | More by Fcolle2
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I get a little over a finger of white head over a pale wheat colored body. You can see the sediment floating around in the beer, with the small steady stream of bubbles climbing to the surface. Has a nice curtain of lacing featured as well.

Wheat and yeast are the strongest aromas from the beer. A little banana and some clove and peppery spice compliment. As it warms you get a little lemon.

The flavor is rather similar to the aroma. Wheat, yeast and pepper start it off. Banana and clove finish it off.

The mouthfeel on this beer is a smooth medium body. Carbonation is just enough to bite the tongue a little and keep it flowing.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 21:56:05 | More by CFHMagnet
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is bright golden pear in color with a building fizzy head that slowly ebbed away.

The nose holds all that you want in a Hefe but they come out strong. Clove, banana, lemon and a prominent yeast aroma all come out strongly.

The flavors are smooth wheat malts, with a dry yeasty breadiness. I then get clove and a sweet banana.

The feel is a little thin but the carbonation is crisp and refreshing. The end is smooth and I find this to be one of the best Hefeweizens I've had lately.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 00:30:43 | More by KYGunner
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, yellow appearance with a large, frothy white head. Mild, pleasant aroma of your typical weissbier characteristics (clove & banana). The banana comes front and center in the flavor as the clove takes a backseat. Medium-light bodied and almost too easy to drink. A spot on version of the style that is hard to find any faults with. Highly recommended for any weissbier lover.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:58:45 | More by Jacobob10
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ptykozoon

California

3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light bronze. Reminiscent of Dos Equis or something similar with no head or lacing.

Wheat, banana, caramel. Light and somewhat generic.

Taste is a light hefeweizen but with the wheatish taste it's very witbierish.

Mouthfeel is light and watered down. Refreshing but very simple. Great session beer.

Not a particular fan of hefeweizens, I suppose this must be one of the better ones however.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 03:37:37 | More by ptykozoon
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vkv822

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz : tulip

Hazy, pale golden with I thick, billowy white head.

Lots of clove, grainy wheat, with slight banana.

Medium-full, foamy body, mild foamy carbonation.

Certainly a very good hefeweizen, though for my personal taste it was a bit clove-forward.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 02:22:44 | More by vkv822
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A whole bunch of these just showed up at my local bottle shop (Breeze In, Juneau, AK), so I'm assuming they're pretty fresh.

Into a weizen:

A: hazy yellow colored looking body with a nice lumpy two and a half finger white foamy head that must last for at least a good three minutes before dieing and leaving some foamy clingy lacing in its wake

S: strong notes of spicy clove, "banana" esters enter in to assist in balancing, some wheatiness comes in as well

T: spicy yet sweet yet wheaty, slight "banana"-like aftertaste, sweet dry finish

M: medium in body, somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems a bit more subdued than most hefeweizens I've had, however its still pretty good for the style

O: hey what a nice hefeweizen, glad I tried this and would greatly welcome this again, which says a ton since I'm not a true hefeweizen fan

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 18:50:59 | More by BeerKangaroo
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TheChrisK

Nebraska

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This bottle was given to me over two years ago by my Grandpa. It's been stored in a fridge ever since.

A: Poured into a tall glass a clear golden yellow with a strong and foamy head.

S: Strong notes of banana and bready wheat. I didn't get any hints of cloves.

T: The taste is consistent with the smell. Strong banana and wheat.

M: the carbonation is present but weak due to the age of the bottle. It's a smooth and light bodied feel.

O: I'm giving this a 3.75 only because the banana taste was so prevalent and the carbonation was lacking. I promise to try a fresh bottle and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 00:41:35 | More by TheChrisK
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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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