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Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse
BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

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Reviews: 892 | Ratings: 2,077
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a very pale straw colour, thickly hazed with a frothy, pure white head. Disappointingly, the head doesn't stick around for a long time and settles out to a film that is, admittedly, still very fine, and pure white.

Nose is fairly decent, without the punch of the best weizens. Calm estery banana notes with a touch of dustiness, and a little organic funk like grass clippings in the sun. There's a zestiness to it as well, a little zing like Aspro-Clear and just a hint of those phenolic clove notes. Nice stuff.

Taste is clean and bright, with an underlying weight and sweetness from the yeast characters. More pleasant banana notes, with a clean, direct character through the centre that feels a little like acidity from the wheat. Finish is dry and light, leaving the beer more refreshing than its palate would make you think.

Feel is great, smooth and heavy, but with a zestiness that prevents it from getting unmanageable.

Overall, it's a really nice hef. Smooth and very drinkable—there's nothing wrong with it. It perhaps doesn't have the intensity and richness of my favourites (like Weihenstephaner), but it's a fine addition to the style nonetheless.

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Photo of erz316
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl oz brown bottle poured into weihenstephan weissbeir glass.

A - a very heady beer, I had to wait a couple seconds to fill in the last couple drops to get up to the .5L rastal line (I have no clue in hell what rastal means). the head is white, fluffy, and big, and dissipates in an acceptable amount of time. in the light the beer is shades of hazy orange and golden yellow. away from the light it becomes a dark brownish yellow, like a mustard.

S - smells good, of lemony and orange zest right up front. there is a slight sweetness to the beer as well, something like bananas. not much else to report for this beer. pretty good, not great, but not terrible.

T - good solid taste for a hefe. there is a bit of hop bitterness right in the beginning, though very light, which gives in to the direct flavour of banana. bready flavours dominate the finish the as with a highly noticeable apple flavor, which is to be had in this beer: during the finish there is a noticeable flavour of red delicious, and cantaloupe/banana if you dont mind me saying so. the after taste is like that primarily of fruits: black cherry, and fermented apple.

MF&D - could be a bit thicker, but the carbonation is just right in my experience and opinion. I dont know how much more criticism I have for this beer; seems like a solid alternative to warsteiner (if you are ever in that dreaded position)

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ugly Mug. Pitcher poured into pint glass. Orange-yellow with little head. Smelled of bread, bananna, mulling spices, and lemon. Flavors were similar with gentle carbonation.

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Photo of BierReise
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really nice Weizen. It has a beautiful golden cloudy body and a snow-white head on top. Nice wheat malt flavor and one of my favorite overall Weiss/Weizens. I am constantly impressed by the abundance of great beers coming from Germany and especially the Weizens. This one ranks with Paulaner and Schneider. You won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice fluffy 3-finger white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind just a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of wheat, quite a bit of clove, and some banana.There is also some yeast aromas, as well as some citrus.

T - The taste follows the nose quite well. It has a nice wheat body, which is very well complimented by the banana and clove flavors. There is also some citrus flavor, and a very slight bitterness in the finish.

M - This has a light to medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down very easily, and I find it to be very refreshing. There is some tingling from the spice notes, and the finish has a bit of dryness to it.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down smooth and tastes great. I could definitely drink a few of there in a sitting. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is crisp, refreshing and would go great on a hot day. I recommend trying this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good wheat beer, very satisfying with supper. Cloves in aroma, orange in taste as well as lemon. Good mouthfeel though not the most outstanding I have had for a hefe, banana mouthfeel with little of the latter's taste. Nicely malted, also corriander and yeastiness.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9fl oz bottle. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a creamy white head. The aroma displays the beautiful array of banana and clove typical in german hefeweizens. The taste is wheat with more of the banana/clove flavors as in the nose along with some yeast. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a high level carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice brew that is recommended.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a glass of this at Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw-yellow body with a small, white head with poor retention, but with some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A sweet, malt smell with some citrus and olive undertones.

T: A strong, banana ester taste with a velvety, lemon and olive aftertaste. Hint of sweet malts are evident as well.

M: A light anf refreshing beer that proves to be representative of a Hefeweizen. While slightly watery, it still held true to style, in my opinion.

D: A good combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this a drinkable beer, overall. Mouthfeel seemed a little thin, but the drinkability of the beer seemed good nonetheless.

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Photo of changeup45
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a very thick fluffy white head. Aroma is quite citrusy with yeast. Citrus fruity flavor, yeasty and some crisp spices mixed in. Light and refreshing but also nicely balanced and not too watery or thin. A nice all around hefe.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- On par for a German Hefe. Cloudy tannish orange. A thick white head that was quite fizzy for this style. Usually I see a very dormant, creamy head; this was bubbly and noisy. It fizzled away quicker than average, too. Moderate lacing.

S- There's definitely more lemon presence in this one. The yeast, dough, and clove are there too. I didn't pick up the usual banana... there's also a hint of vanilla in there.

T- Tangy citrus, sweet dough, a pinch of clove, and maybe some other spices. Even a touch sour as it warms.

M- Crisp and tingly from the carbonation. Medium to light body. This was a bit over carbonated for a hefe.

D-Like any other german wheat, I'm more then happy to finish the pint.

Overall not my favorite Hefeweizen from Germany; but it still blows away any domestic attempt at the style!

Cheers.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This weisen poured a light hazy golden yellow with medium foam and very little lace. The smell was spicy with a hint of cloves. The taste was a spicy citrus, with cloves and a hint of yeast. There was a little bit of bitterness in the finish. Although it had a sort of pleasant after taste, this beer was not outstanding. It just lacked something that wasn't there, like more wheat or spices.

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Photo of vishneda
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. No bottling date or other notes that I could find.

The body has a nice wheat color, cloudy and light yellow in the narrow and golden near the top. An even two-finger head sits on top; bright and clean white with even bubbles throughout. As the beer unfolds, the head settles around a half-finger. There is really no lacing to speak of in this glass.

On the nose it starts out as a bold wheat aroma with pear and lemon notes. The banana note comes through as the beer sits, mingled with a little orange peel. Mild green apple in the mix. Nice scents from this beer, about middle of the road for the style.

The flavor is only a little sweet balanced with a prominent tartness that becomes obvious mid-palate. Ripened banana and a tiny bit of clove comes through in the beer flavor along with a stronger wheat grain. Very little hop flavor experienced here. Even the aftertaste is only a tad bitter; I experienced more banana notes in the aftertaste than I expected. In my mind, it's just OK for Hefe... the top beers in this category have more character and better balance.

Hefe is a highly drinkable style. This beer has the typical light body and is not very filling. I wouldn't classify it as refreshing as it just doesn't seem to hit the right spots.

With the tartness being the only real stand-out charateristic, I would put Bräu Weisse a tad below the best Hefeweizen varieties.

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Photo of shirfan
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow, with a less than average head for a hefe.

Aroma was fresh and clean, notes of banana. Had a very organic note as well, something between spring runoff and freshly cut grass.

Taste is true to the style, if just a bit light. Nice crisp wheat, yeast, lemon rind, and a mild banana-nut flavor. not too much in the way of cloves on this one. A very subtle sourness in the finish. I think this could improve with a little more sweetness and a good layer of yeast in the bottle.

This is a nice and respectable brew for hot days, or paired with flavorful food.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with a long white head no lacing at all.

S- Smells of citrus, yeast, cloves and bananas.

T- Well balanced brew, follows the nose well, and finishes long and spicy.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Easy to drink and a pretty solid Hefe.

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Photo of MOB210SA
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Fireman's 4 pint glass. A noticeable layer of yeast is at the bottom of the bottle. Regular pour resulted a 4 finger lively, highly carbonated fizziling head that's vanishing before my eyes. White, pale colored head. Eventually all the fizziling action stopped leaving no real lacing and 1 finger crown atop a light golden yellow body. Looks good but nothing too spectacular.

Very refreshing, banana, light fruitiness and some kind of spice that I can't distinguish. I'm thinking its the usual clove.

The beer tastes to style and is pretty tasty. I think it has just a little too much of the herb-y spiciness to it. Its just probably my personal taste. On a later note toward the end of the bottle I gave it a good swirl and poured some into my glass. I have to say this is probably the first beer that it really improved the taste with the yeast mixed in. So give it a try.

This beer is smooth, lightly carbonated and just a tad more than light bodied. Pretty drinkable and overall pretty good. Not my absolute favorite, as I've had a couple other better versions of the style, but good none the less.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a volumnous head. Made me think it was shaken before I bought it, but it settled down quickly. More straw yellow; thought it would be more cloudy.

Smells have what I believe is tropical fruit or something akin to that. Taste is good. Typical weizen yeast esters upfront. Some cloves near the end and then quicly followed by banana. Am I mistaking subtle hops for cloves? Something seems ever so slightly off though. Maybe not. Maybe the balance of the flavors are giving me that impression.

Mouthfeel was exceptional. Can't detract from it at all.

Worth a try. Best by date was a bunch of tears at the bottom of the label. I lost my Rosetta Stone when my armies were defeated at Waterloo, so I was unable to decipher it.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely lemon nose, light colour, almost lemonade like...An truly enjoyable light wheat beer, perfect to quench the thirst on a fine summer day. Mouthfeel: cold, and almost a sour aftertaste. The beer poured with absolutely no head! I would recommend this fine brew to any weisse fan, they would totally enjoy!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. It’s 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). There’s 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 wasn’t anything stellar, but it was close enough to the style to satisfy.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great beer. There is a place here in China that has it. I'd never had it but had heard decent things about it. I'd say this beer surpassed what I'd heard. I still prefer some other wheat beers over this one, but this was not at all bad. Give it a try if you haven't.

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden with a foamy white head, lots of lacing.

S: Soft wheat on the nose, some floral hops, not much else.

T: Clean crisp beer, wheat up front, very faint hops on the finish.

M: High carbonation, light bodied.

D: Highly drinkable brew, wasn't overly impressed though.

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Photo of sammy44
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to my friend Mike for picking this up for me.

From a 500ml bottle.

Poured a yellow straw cloudy with a big white head. Smell was a little subdued with aroma of cloves and grass, no Hefe banana smell. Taste was solid and light, great thirst quencher.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Hazy orange yellow with big white head made up of medium sized bubbles with good retention, like a bunch of little pearls.

S = Good strong smells of bananas and coriander, also good strong citrus smells of tangerine, orange and lemon.

T = Good banana and lemon-orange, but also a musty wheat field with fresh cut grains, slight white pepper. Complex and enjoyable.

M = Medium-light body, great carbonation level, good mouthcoating contributing to a nice medium-long finish.

D = Very high, a great late Spring, early Summer BBQ beer.

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Photo of MrHolland
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color into a weizen glass, has a huge white head and can see very many bubbles racing to the top.

Smell - Bananas, cloves and other fruity esters

Taste - The esters did not come out like I was expecting, has a slight watery mouthfeel with faint hints of the bananas and cloves, with a alcohol warmness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Watery and has a lot of carbonation.

Overall not too bad of a Hefe, but I have had a lot better.

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Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a heavy ripe banana/dark golden yellow color with a really large frothy white head that slowly fades into a solid, lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing in it's path.

Slightly sour citrus aroma with lots of ripe banana, lemon and orange peel, corriander, zest and pepper notes. Lots of bready/yeast and subtle clove presence.

Smooth crisp and refreshing wheat beer with a nice medium yeasty/bread body with a very nice citrus/lemon peel and ripe banana flavor balanced out by some peppery zest, corriander and clove spice.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/26/2007 (500mL bottle):

Pours a very pale cloudy yellow body, big foamy white head, lasting. Fresh hay aroma, malts, some light fruit, like grapefruit. Light taste, watery, light malty aftertaste. Spicy, lemony taste, similar to the aroma. A little weakish & thin, but nice taste.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
92 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.