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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse

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1,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 1454
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%

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

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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Photo of Troyone


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light/bright apple juice (almost like a lemonade) color and a snow white head that dissipated with evident carb action.

Has a slight banana and cookie dough malt smell with a pine and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet, acidic, and grainy malt taste with a crisp grapefruit and lemon hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry and slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth lemon/grapefruit finish that lingers grapefruit.

Easy to drink the slight issues may be the lack of a balanced bitter taste and the lingering grapefruit finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 01:25:53 | More by Troyone
Photo of drperm


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy to a "T." Nice, solid white head. Lovely tan colour, very opaque.

Aroma: cloves, banana, grass, chamomile, very light cardamom. Nice balance of aromas.

Taste: Textbook without being industrial. Grass, banana, clove, and peach. Very refreshing.

Palate: What can I say? Near-perfect all the way down.

Overall: Lovely hefeweizen, one of the best I've had. As stated above, classic and textbook without being industrial or boring. PERFECT with grilled bratwurst and sauerkraut.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 00:19:50 | More by drperm
Photo of RobbieAshmore


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought in a pick-six at Collins Mid-town liquor Tulsa, Ok.
A- Poured from a bottle. Beautiful color, Golden straw, some cloudiness...looks delicious! Thin head.
S- Delicious! Hints of clove, very 'earthy'. The smell alone reminds me of Germany.
T- Very balanced, hint of banana bread. Amazing.
M-Creamy, with a dry finish, very pleasant after-taste.
O- I gave this beer a 4.75. But it is by far the best hefeweizen I've had. But I'm holding back the 5 until I find the perfect beer. This beer is amazing. It is a great balance of everything. I highly recommend trying it, and then trying another, and another. haha

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 00:32:25 | More by RobbieAshmore
Photo of StevieW


4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow color with super soft explosive white pillow of a head, that stays until the end. Distinct clove and tart banana smells along with noticable citrus smell. Very tart citrus taste, balanced with subtle yeast flavors that make hefe's so good. Tartness got better balanced toward the bottom. Nice medium body and easy to down. Smooth feel, then a crisp dry finish, makes it a very drinkable hefe-weiss.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2002 11:29:48 | More by StevieW
Photo of daythree16


4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light orange-yellow color with a huge spongy head that slowly fades leaving a little lace on the glass. The beer is cloudy but not as much as I've seen in other hefeweizens.

Right from the start, the smell is incredible. It starts a little phenolic, with some spicy clove, then a little citrus comes through. The nose finishes with some mouthwatering banana pudding aromas. Mmmm. The taste is very clean with hints of banana and citrus.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth. There is pleasantly sweet aftertaste, and it goes down so easily, I could absolutely drink this exclusively all night.

*Note: On a personal taste basis, this is definitely one of the best hefeweizens I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 02:45:00 | More by daythree16
Photo of CNeilP09


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the finest hefe's on the market. Wonderful look. Cloudy, sullen, rich wheat beer. Brilliant yellow gold colour. Creamy/frothy head, a little over an inch thick, that lingered for a touch, long enough to get three good swigs out before it dissipated to the wall of the goblet. The flavour is the key in this one. Typical wheat beer hits, with swift kicks of clove, anise and black pepper, rounded with dry, yet buttery massages. Thirst quencher and a half. GREAT BEER. Period.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 04:45:06 | More by CNeilP09
Photo of midnite2sixman


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color in the glass with a frothy head at first that goes away.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange and lemon hit your nose right away with a wheat aftersmell.

Taste: Tastes like sunshine. Excellent wheat beer that tastes quite like it smells.

Mouthfeel: Tangy with a easy aftertaste.

Drinkability: If it is over 70 degrees outside I could drink this all day long. A good weiss is my vice.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 08:53:07 | More by midnite2sixman
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome Bavarian hefe. Cloudy gold-orange with a thick, billowy white head. Rich, almost spicy nose of coriander, citrus, wheat and bananna. Zesty coriander taste, very malty with a mild, low hop profile.

Fizzy. but not overly carbonated. Light, but not watery. Very refreshing, especially on a hut summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 02:50:01 | More by BDTyre


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Hoepfner Weizen glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Pale yellow color, foggy appearance. White , small bubbled, froth. Thick, close, lively crown. Good retention. Herbal & floral notes, intense clove,vanilla & ripe bananas to the nose. Flavor shows gentle sweet malts, fruity hints, bready notes & ripe banana texture. Light/medium body, soft carbonation. Subtle citric touch mixed with ripe fruit is the only hop character shown. Lasting finish. Creamy, flavorful & satiating.Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 23:53:48 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Served in weizen glass. Quarter inch head with a bone white appearance.

S. Clove and slight banana.

T. Exceptional. Sweet refreshing wheat with fruits and sugars.

M. Coats the palate and wheat taste diminishes quickly.

D. Would love to have these all day.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 19:44:57 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of roadhouse


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap today at the Marquee Lounge. Served into a tall Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance was a cloudy golden yellow with a one inch plus white head that fell a bit but held up the whole time and left some good lace. I think the Ayinger glass enhances it as well.

Aroma had lots of banana esters and fresh baked sweet breadiness, with a light touch of clove in the back.

Taste began with the aforementioned bready sweetness followed by the perfect amount of banana that was balanced in the finish by the perfect amount of spicy clove character. Perfect.

Mouthfeel was on the light side, very crisp and refreshing with nice carbonation, though I think it could have been slightly higher.

This was fantastic on tap. In the bottle it is just good but from the tap it is amazing. It had to have been quite fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2009 02:51:23 | More by roadhouse
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour - 500ml bottle into a basic pint glass. Two stages due to the size. Pours a very nice pale cloudy yellow with active white foamy head.

Smell - beautiful mixture of wheat, banana, and clove. The smell erupts from the glass with minimal effort.

Taste - fantastic. Crisp, slight citrus, loads of wheat. Everything you'd ever want in a hefe. Flavor holds in the mouth well, and carbonation goes to work. Absolutely delicious.

The perfect summer brew. Could have loads of these. Drinkable only scratches the surface.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 13:46:15 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Morris729


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a massive foamy and rocky white head that lasts until the beer glass is empty. Nose is ripe banana and lemon, vanilla, clove, and nutmeg. Fine champagne-like carbonation is very crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Taste is sweet bread, spicy clove, tart lemon, and fresh fruit. Another great Hefe. Simply a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 14:19:12 | More by Morris729
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy yellow with nice 3 finger head, but it recedes quickly to a white collar, some lacing.

S - Heavenly banana aroma with a phenolic backdrop. Some sour wheat malt creeping through. The best hefe I've ever smelled.

T - As extraordinary as the nose. Quite a sweet hefe, with a strong banana component early palate. Dominates mid and late palate as well, where mild phenols and wheat malt shine through. Mild yet balanced, this is pretty much everything I could ask for in a hefeweizen.

M - Nicely carbonated with a bit of a heavier body than most.

D - I'd love to have these all day, but price is a definite issue. Otherwise throwing back one after the other of these wouldn't be the slightest problem.

This might be my favorite hefeweizen thus far. The prevalence of the banana esters while phenols and wheat malt take a backseat is amazing. This beer is perhaps what I've always wanted in a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 07:01:30 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of cagocubs


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite hefeweizen beers. Ayinger continues to amaze me.

A: Golden/Honey pour with nice thick white head that persisted well into the drink.

S: Smells of citrus: Orange/Lemon. Spicey scent as well.

T: Great summer beer. The wheat and citrus does not overpower as you are left with a nice aftertaste.

M: Smooth and light with little tingle.

D: I found this hefeweizen easy to drink because it was extremely light, great for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 18:24:50 | More by cagocubs
Photo of PirateUlf73


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Very cloudy golden-yellow color, with a thick white head.

S: Lots of clove and phenols on the nose, with some banana in the backdrop. Spicy hints of nutmeg also abound. Manages to still be light and pleasant, like a warm summer night.

T: Nice wheat and clove characteristics up front, with some yeast and phenolic notes coming in toward the middle. A faint hint of lemon is also present. All the flavors meld very well.

M: Substantial, yet still fairly light-bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. The feel might be best described as "light, yet coating." Wonderfully sweet finish.

D: Oh, so refreshing and easy to quaff, yet quite rewarding to those looking for complexity.

If Weihenstephaner makes the best hefeweizen in the world, this offering from Ayinger comes in a close second, if not holding a sort of "1b" status. This beer is so light and refreshing, it was practically tailor-made for warm nights, relaxing outdoors with good company. The true beauty of this brew lies in its sublime feel, so soft yet all-encompassing. Definitely give this one a shot!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 07:10:38 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of ghostofpaulman


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml into an oversized preserves style mug.

A: pours a hazy honey color with a big frothy three fingers of head.it's so hazy i can't even see through to the other side of the glass.almost reminds me of tamerindo soda.

S:very fruity.almost reminds me of banana pudding.also a very keen lemon smell with a bit of cloves.slightly bready like a fresh pie crust.

T:damn good but kind of hard to describe.definite banana in the back of the taste.almost a sweet spices like cinnamon and cloves.also just a little wheat breadiness in there.

M:Very light and very little carbonation.very wet and thirst quenching.

D:Very High.I love hefes and this one is a very good representative of the style.cool,crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A wonderful beer that i'd recommend to any beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 22:01:32 | More by ghostofpaulman
Photo of beerguru15


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Ayinger is your typical Bavarian Hefe-weizen that just brings out all of the element's its supposed to.

The appearance of this hefe is a Cloudy but light yellowish/golden color with a white head.

When you first smell the beer, you get a mixture of Wheat,and Banana's

This beer is quite tastey, is very smooth and the drinker is presented with a strong initial taste, which is a good thing.

Overall this beer is very drinkable and highly recommended. I can see myself purchasing this beer more often.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 06:47:55 | More by beerguru15
Photo of sweemzander


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into a hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale yellow color that produced a great pure white fluffy head with solid retention behind it. Plenty of lacing left behind as well as it dissipated.

(S)- A nice earthy dry wheat-like biscuit aroma with mellow lemon, clove, and banana too. Nicely crisp with hints of bubblegum in the far background.

(T)- Similar to the smell in pretty much everyway. A nicely mellow earthy biscuit with smooth lemon, banana, clove, and bubblegum.

(M)- A crisp yet smooth and mellow carbonation level. A great harmonious balance of classic hefe flavors. So smooth and easy drinking.

(D)- A fantastic hefeweiss that is a shining example for the style. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing. My personal favorite style for summertime; this one did not disappoint!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:36:24 | More by sweemzander
Photo of jeremy13586


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured in to my weisse glass.

Very cloudy orange color. Poured a two finger eggshell head, that dissipated in to a fluffy one finger layer of foam.

Wheat, clove, and banana. Spicy yeast hits the nose at the end of the whiff.

The taste is pretty similar to the nose, though I do find a very nice bubble-gum/cotton candy sweetness in the middle. Gets yeasty at the end of the sip, but the finish is clean.

The carbonation was nice and bubbly up front, but it wasn't an assault on the palate. Turned creamy. Full bodied and not too heavy. Dry finish

One of my favorite wheat beers. I've had this numerous times, but never had the chance to review it. It's even better on tap, but the bottle is still fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 20:42:32 | More by jeremy13586
Photo of malty


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into its voluptuous proprietary glass.

A translucent straw yellowish orange with a meringue like 2" bright white head - truly a thing of beauty.

Scent: Lemon, peach & apricot are evident from the beginning. More whiffs detect Archway frosted lemon cookies and a gingery spice. Yeasty esters provide ironic clean lake breeze scents, as if you were deeply inhaling on the Lake Michigan shore.

Fresh flavors you'd expect from a true Bavarian Hefeweizen; pronounced clove, soft banana, delicate vanilla and slightly sweet bubblegum. Dive deeper and you get an earthy musty, yet very clean yeast experience. Layers upon layers of sweet wheat malt wrapped-up in a perfectly tart, slightly dry but a more sweet citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Med.-full bodied and optimally soft. Airy and comforting. Perfect level of carbonation which make the hefty suspended yeast gracefully layered and balanced.

Drinkability is top notch. This is a beer to be quaffed during the summer for optimal fulfillment, although it's a cool autumn night and it's hitting the spot like never before. I could drink this until by belly burst.

Overall a beer I consider to be in the top 2 in Bavarian Hefes, keeping close company with Weihenstephaner for sure. Perfection in a glass. I must try this at the source before I die.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 23:54:53 | More by malty
Photo of CMW


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head that fades quickly. Nice and murky with just a slight bit of soapy lacing.

S - Clove, banana, fresh bread.

T - Much like the nose and that is a good thing. Fruit and spice dominate the front with some malt and wheat providing a nice backbone. A slight touch of bitterness in the finish rounds this out.

M - Creamy and delicious.

D - Perfect for those spring and summer days. I wouldn't change a thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 00:33:27 | More by CMW
Photo of fitzy84


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a cloudy, gold color with a thick head. Great lacing on the sides. Aromas are fantastic; balanced mixture of citrus aromas and spiced wheat. The taste was sweet with a hint of that spiced grain. The mouthfeel had a light thickness to it, enough to make it refreshing, but allowing it to have a solid body. Overall, this was a great hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 02:14:07 | More by fitzy84
Photo of goz


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy medium straw color, with a huge frothy white head that mostly lasts, leaving good lace on the glass. Aroma is quite big and nice - banana, lemon, cookie dough, honey, some clove. Flavor is also quite large - sweet start with a good bit of banana and honey, some spiciness in the middle and end, and a slightly sour, acidic finish. Medium-full bodied, but not heavy at all. Lively carbonation. Supremely drinkable, perfect for quaffing on a nice summer day, out on the boat fishing...and would pair equally well with said fish at the dinner table.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 03:15:45 | More by goz
Photo of ChrisBowers


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An exceptional example of the style, served on tap at Sean Bolans. Poured into proper Ayinger glassware. Pours a hazy yellow with a nice 1" head on top. Aroma is citrusy, very pleasant. Taste is oh so refreshing. Citrus notes combine with a yeasty spiciness and a touch of sweetness in the end. When poured with a properly mixed gas you could drink these all day. One of the most drinkable beers around for sure. Its a gem on tap if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2005 13:51:15 | More by ChrisBowers
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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