Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Reviews by kristenspaintings:
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
From the moment you pour this beer, it reminds you of a true southern German heffe-wiezen. It brings me back to days of being stationed in the former West Germany. When poured, it easily produces an excellent creamy head with a light and refreshing flavor. The beer itself goes down wonderfully and pairs easily with pork, kraut and grilled meats. The beer also performs double duty as it lends well to traditional German mixed beer drinks (radler, cola-weizen, etc.)The appearance is definitely what you want for a traditional unfiltered beer, cloudy and golden. Cloudy with a slightly bitter after taste, but not the strong bitter flavor one would find from the hops in an IPA. Try adding a bit of lemon or rice to have a quick vacation to Germany.
01-26-2013 17:11:53 | More by kristenspaintings
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
Appearance Light yellow in color with a little cloudiness. The head was big and frothing.
Smell They sure do have that yeast smell down pat. The aroma of this weizen is authentic and truly awesome. I hope this tastes better than their so-called dunkel weizen.
Taste Yes, much better than the dunkel weizen. Its kind of light for a hefe more like a wit bier but very pleasant. The yeast comes out some at the taste (still, not like in the nose though). Theres lots of summer fruits here as well along with a hint of hop balance.
Mouthfeel Light and fluffy just as it should be. As I mentioned, I thought it was a little thinner than it should be, but otherwise the mouthfeel was right on.
Drinkability This went down well. It wasnt anything stellar, but it was close enough to the style to satisfy.
12-30-2003 04:01:55 | More by RoyalT
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
This review is for the Ayinger Brau Weisse beer. The bottle says that it is 500ml aka 16.9oz. I love me some wheat beers! This one was very good. I served it in a wheat beer glass (the way its meant to be consumed). After the head dissipated I took my first sip and I have to say, man, this is so smooooth. Love it. You can get some yeast, bread, banana, and spices. I drank this beer very cold, I think that's how this should be consumed. It is a refreshing beer so consume it cold to cool you down. The only negative that I have for this beer is that it is expensive compared to other hefe beers. It was $3.50 for a bottle. I also drank a Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse right after I drank this beer. The Franziskaner was also very good but I felt like the Ayinger was just smoother and more enjoyable. It was bubbly like champagne in the mouth. The Franziskaner was about $1.50 for a 12oz bottle. A much better deal. Again, both great beers but the Ayinger is just more up my alley.
My reviews are more mental notes for me. I don't really care about smells, appearance, etc. Just the overall taste.
09-10-2013 04:38:58 | More by Fear4Beer
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Like many hefes, even the most modest of pours can not prevent the voluptuous, bone-white head from growing to a size nearly half the glass. It's chunky, bubbly, and patchy, leaving big blotches of lacing as it makes it's way down towards the straw and yellow brew. The beer itself is a little lighter in hue than I'd expect, but it's got that yeasty hazy that I certainly love.
The aroma is very banana heavy, with a good deal of fruity esters infiltrating the front lines right away. A large amount of clove comes nearly hand-in-hand with the esters and the finish introduces a slight bit of mint and bubblegum. Very yeast heavy, as most hefes should be. It smells pretty sweet, but not sweet enough to give me cavities. It could stand to be a bit more powerful, but its composition is great.
Banana esters are again the first thing to tingle my senses, only this time it's my palate and not my nose. The mostly-sweet and mildly-spicy banana esters are backed with a good amount of bready malt and a solidifying helping of clove. The fresh, wet, crisp mouth feel gives makes the beer very quenching and satisfying.
Just like the nose, the flavor wouldn't hurt from being a bit more amped up, but as it stands, it's still an easy-drinker and a very enjoyable hefeweizen. Warmth seems to draw a bit more sweetness out of the brew, but it never gets to an unacceptable level. Nice, lightly sweet finish with some banana-bread and a hint of clove.
Another solid hefeweizen, but would you really expect anything less from the country of origin? This went nice with a few fresh slices of pizza, and my pint had vanished fairly quickly. It's not the hefeweizen that's going to dethrone Weihenstephaner as my favorite (and I'm beginning to think nothing will) but it's still a solid and cost-effective choice amongst the style.
06-26-2013 02:05:50 | More by tectactoe
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Look (3.5/5) – Pours a rich straw-yellow colour. Head was all-right: it rose generously on a good pour; was a bit soapy in texture; fell a bit quickly to a cap with minimal lacing. The brew was very opaque, as you’d expect from the style. Some nice visible carbonation.
Smell (4/5) – A really nice light wheat character gives the foundation for the aroma, although on first blush I got a bit of that latex-like smell it went away fairly quickly. The typical banana-clove (leaning a bit more to the banana) aroma of weizen yeast is a little more subdued here than in some I’ve had. I think there may be a slight hint of something a bit more sour or sharp in the yeast as well (maybe pears). This basically makes a nice balance between yeast and malt with no real hop or alcohol to speak of.
Taste (4.5/5) – The flavour is a bit more complex than I found with the aroma. The wheat-centered malt character is more-or-less the same and lends a light backbone for the yeast. The yeast really impressed me: it had the typical banana and clove notes (leaning toward some spice on the palate, unlike on the nose); there were also some really nice lighter fruits (pear, nectarine) and some good floral character, but these linger in the background and give depth to the yeast flavours. I think there’s a slight hint of yeast flavour on this one as well. Bitterness is light – just enough for balance – and is paired with some nice spiciness that lasts into the finish.
Feel (3.5/5) – Good for the style. Medium-light body with the yeast giving the feel of body with higher carbonation. There’s a bit of spice that lasts into the finish that I really liked.
I liked this one quite a bit. I think it’s a great example of the style, though maybe not the best one I’ve ever had (I really do think that the uncharacteristically dark Schneider Weisse is the best).
07-29-2012 00:55:31 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
You've got to love a great hefeweizen when poured into a tall hefe glass. It's hazy with a huge, white mountain of foam that you could rest your head on and have a snooze.
Classic aroma of clove with a light bubblegum note, grassy hops, and a banana backdrop. Also, it has a hayish, wheat presence that works well for it.
Very clean and complex flavors that integrate well. A clovey yeast spiciness and a wheaty earthiness lead to a dry finish and a banana note to grow on.
Clean, flavorful, highly drinkable, fantastic.
01-13-2010 03:57:27 | More by brownbeer
4.2/5 rDev +1%
I'm pretty sure I've reviewed this before, but just be sure, this wheat's standout characterisitcs are monster head, amazing wheat zip, and a nice, moderate phenolic taste that make it the one to go with for fish. Can't go wrong with this one....
07-29-2006 06:10:03 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours from the bottle a lovely cloudy golden orange hue with a nice white head that is made up of a bunch of small bubbles. No complaints here. Aroma is a very nice mix of wheat grains, fresh cut bananas and a strong clove spiciness. The interplay between the clove and banana here is very nice!
First sip brings a nice pale wheat maltiness that is dominated by fruity banana and lemon tones along with a bready yeastiness. The clove spiciness works its way in well and mixes with a light bubblegum flavor as well. Quite a nice hefeweizen here with a nice mix of flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good deal of bubbly carbonation in the mouth. I'd like to see it toned down just a tad. Otherwise, this is an incredibly drinkable brew that is both tasty and refreshing. Great for warmer weather...when the Hefe becomes one of my go to styles.
05-27-2005 21:13:17 | More by orbitalr0x
5/5 rDev +20.2%
Fantastic. Smells like bubble gum - the kind you used to get out of a pack of baseball cards..."original" flavor. Very healthy bubbly white head. This, like Paulaner's hefe, is to me, the ultimate example of a hefeweizen. Its like a combination of all the perfect qualities of a hefe and a witbier combined. Its light, extremely refreshing, smooth, absolutely flavorful, and has no abrasive qualities that are usually present in american hefeweizen attempts. Anyone with any appreciation of craft beer would have to respect this beer, and it would also be a perfect possible introduction to the world of craft beers.
05-26-2006 02:41:49 | More by chOAKbarrell
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Right away, this beer struck me as one that is exceptional for its style. I'm afraid it was served to me in a glass with dish water fragrance, but despite that, I detected banana, clove, and a musty, earthy yeast aroma. The earthiness continued through tasting, which was pleasant. Fresh banana continued, too. The finish is mild and doesn't linger. After a few sips, I was chowing on some delicious Mexican food, with which I can now recommend this beer for pairing.
03-28-2007 22:45:04 | More by elinash
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into a weizen glass.
A - Pours a cloudy golden brown with three fingers of dense white head. Head has excellent retention and leaves nice lacing.
S - Huge banana aroma, along with a nice bready yeast, a bit of tropical fruit and citrus and faint spice. Nice.
T - Taste also starts off with a lot of banana, along with a bit of bubblegum and white bread. Some more fruit and a bit of spice round it out. Very tasty.
M - Medium-light mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Finished with a touch of bitterness.
O - Definitely a classic example of the style and a very tasty beer to boot.
06-06-2012 22:47:46 | More by warnerry
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Cloudy gold with a fluffy white head that lasts forever.
Starts with an aroma of wheat and fruity/clovey esters that fairly screams that this is gonna be VERY good. The flavor is about everything that you could want from a hefe - sweetish, tartish, wheat, malt, spice, banana, clove, green apple, all in a happy ol' boat all the way to a balanced finish. I could drink a lot of this. Matter of fact... (sound of bottle cap popping)
08-11-2002 20:53:05 | More by sponberg
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a tall weizen glass. The abv is listed on the back label (5.1%) but there is no freshness date.
Appearance: The body has an orange/yellow color with a cloudy haze and some visible carbonation. On top I got a thick and creamy off white head. It is long lasting and makes slick lace ring which slowly slide down the sides of the glass.
Smell: The aroma has notes of sweet bubble gum and banana peel with just a light touch of wheat malt.
Taste/Palate: The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma foreshadowed. Tangy wheat meets the tongue first with a light clove banana yeast notes following. A touch of citrus and spicy/leafy hops leads into the finish which is crisp and fairly dry. The firm medium body has plenty of active carbonation give it a lively snappy texture.
Notes: I love the texture and finish on this beer. Some German Hefeweizen beers get a little to slick on the palate but this one is crisp and feels alive with carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding Hefeweizen.
03-07-2011 22:45:02 | More by generallee
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,661 ratings.