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Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

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Photo of ElGordo
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color topped by a huge creamy white head that settles down in due time. Aroma of German yeast, spicy Saaz hops, light wheat, banana, and clove. Palate is wonderful - crisp light wheat and Saaz hops, fading to fruity esters (banana, light citrus) and ending nice and clean. Body is damn near perfect - crisp, clean, and refreshing, perfect for a spring day. If only it were a bit cheaper, I might drink it every sunny day.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 330 ml. bottle with no expiration date or lot code evident. Sampled on September 27, 2009. Pours a hazy, cloudy pale yellow with excitable carbonation and a half-inch, long lasting frothy white head. The aroma is bursting with wheat, fruitiness, bread, and a dash of hops. Creamy, medium mouthfeel. The taste is of wheat, coriander, latent malts and hops, and somewhat tart. Enjoyable overall.

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Photo of dciBA
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very attractive dark yellow that gets progressively lighter towards the bottom of my weizen glass. A puffy white inch or so of head forms and then fades to about a quarter inch and lingers forever. No lacing at all as it goes down.

Smell is split almost perfectly of clove spiciness and banana. Exactly what I expect from the style. Taste follows the nose. A near perfect balance of spiciness and banana. While I prefer a hefeweizen to be more unbalanced towards the banana side of things this probably more true to style.

Mouthfeel has the high carbonation typical of the style. Very easy drinking which is where this style really needs to shine. Nothing better than a german wheat beer on a hot day. This one surprised me as I never hear people referencing it but it just may be my new benchmark of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a large weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light gold color, with a big foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with wheat, yeast, lemon & spice.

T: Fruity flavors of banana & lemon come out first and are followed by light flavors of wheat and clove spice. Very refreshing and light. The after-taste blends all of the flavors together.

M: Very smooth & crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This beer was very tasty, not filling at all and very easy-to-drink. I found myself throwing it down very quickly. Excellent representation of style. I'd love to find it on-tap somewhere nearby.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Hazy straw color with a generous 2+ finger head that dissipates quite slowly
S: Banana, clove, wheat and a bit of yeast. Maybe a bit of bubblegum. A bit sweet but very enjoyable overall.
T: Bubblegum and banana in a big way upfront, followed by hints of clove/wheat then another big hit of banana/bubblegum on a lengthy finish. Again a bit sweet, but very tasty.
M: Light & crisp, yet a bit creamy at the same time. Nice overall.
O: This paired quite well with steamed lobster tail dipped in butter. Both were light and the creaminess of the butter matched the mouthfeel beer. Even on its own this is tasty and complex- very enjoyable.

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Photo of gfreed
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has one of the most attractive heads I've seen, and the good news is that it's impossible to avoid. Even when poured gently, you get a good two or thee fingers. Best to pour it into a Weizen glass-- for me, this resulted in a head about five or six inches high, fluffy as a cottonball and white as a sheet. The aroma is full of apples, bananas, peaches, cloves, and the taste is equally marvelous, with a large dose of honey to boot. Be sure to dig the yeast from the bottom of the bottle for the full effect. Pleasantly lemony-hazy in the glass, with plenty of dense body. Easy to drink. A bit pricey for a four-pack, but well worth the expense. You will not be disappointed!

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - On tap

A - A hazy, golden color, with a nice, fluffy white head

S - Bananna, clove, wheat, spices

T - Much the same as the smell, with a hint of citrus tartness to it

M - Velvety smooth and moderate bodied.

D - Highly drinkable, and excellent for sessioning

Overall - Was fortunate enough to try this one on tap. And it is definitely an outstanding Hef! Possibly my favorite one I've had. If you see it, and you like Hefeweizens, do not hesitate to try it

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy lemon yellow colour with a huge head of foam. Excellent head retention with very good lacing.

The smell is of wheat, clove, light banana, and some lemon zest.

The taste follows the nose precicely. Lots of wheat and clove, good note of banana, and a light lemon flavour that's mostly in the finish. A great taster here.

Medium bodied with medium to medium high carbonation.

Drinkability? Damn good as it's tasty and thoroughly enjoyable to session on.

Edit: After having a few more bottles, I think this may be the best Hefeweizen imported to the US.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep yellow opaque body on pure white inch thick head.
Aroma: Huge honey, lemon juice, pinot grigio and ester aroma. No hop aroma.
Taste: Cloves under the rich banana flavor. No hop flavor. This needs a little more complexity to back up the intensity.
Mouthfeel: Creamy banana mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Amazing aroma an delicious. Gone in a flash.

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Photo of kshankar
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a soft thick head with good retention. Typical for a hefeweizen? Sure, but still amazing

Aroma: Yeast and banana, as well as lemon, cloves, and citrus. The yeast and banana were most prominent to me. Spices as well, such as coriander

Taste: Banana, yeast, wheat are the most. The spices and citrus are minimal. The banana isn't overly aggressive but it does leave a distinct aftertaste that lingers

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty good, crisp and light to medium bodied. Pretty similar to the style.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Refreshing, and tastes good. One of the better hefe's I've had.

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Photo of meatyard
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a large, white head. Retention is pretty good and there are many, visible carbonation streams.
The smell is pretty typical with cloves, banana, floral citrus and yeast.
The taste is very much like the aroma though the yeast is a bit more pronounced.
Mouthfeel is light & well-carbonated.
Drinkability: This is an excellent beer. It may not equal the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, which is probably the benchmark, but it belongs in the top 3-5 available for the style. This hits on all cylinders and satisfies.

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Photo of inebrius
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weighty nose offers up a farmer's market of aromas: vanilla, tobacco leaf, banana, allspice, grapes, pineapples. A clouded peach brew that is at once full and refreshing. Lactic tart solos over subdued malt riffs as this choice brew jams its way down your neck posthaste. Quality!

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Photo of taigor
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale yellow color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly lemony with yeast, banana and some spices.

T - Banana and spices upfront, then yeast takes over with a slightly dry finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Excellent and very enjoyable hefeweizen. All the flavors are well balanced and not too overwhelming. Would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow/golden color and comes with a superb head that retains very very well....a minimum two fingers thick and settles to a puffy one finger thick layer of fluff! Carbonation seems to be at a modestly aggressive level and the lacing is the only soft spot of the appearance with really nothing much to write home about....foam quickly slides back into the liquid.....oh well, still a great start!

S- There is a nice medley of aromas happening here, with primary smells of rich, robust yeast/bread dough. Somewhat spicy on the nostrils as well, with cloves and muted pepper....fruitiness as well.....banana/banana bread, some citrusy orange/lemon/grapefruit peel and fresh sweet malts. There is a diluted bitterness on the finish, but more of a fresh grainy aroma that balances this out.

T- The flavors follow the aromas quite closely with a dominant flavor profile that leans towards malty, and with a backbone of bananas and/or banana bread rich yeast/biscuit. Background flavors of citrus fruits and some spices, again, like clove and peppery notes. The finish is somewhat dry and of unmalted barley and wheat kernels, and balanced out with a crisp, clean hop bitterness that is just there!

M/O- Light to medium bodied for sure and very smooth carbonation make this quite an enjoyable beverage! I feel that this is true to the style and is highly drinkable.....with some fresh baked bread, this would be a very ideal compliment but I'd have absolutely no problem enjoying this throughout an evening. Probably one of the nicest Hefeweizen beers one will ever encounter! Recommended!

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Photo of jmalex
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite hefeweizens. If I drink enough of these, the weather has to warm up, right?

APPEARANCE: Pours a pale gold with a stiff white cap. Bubbles cascade up the glass and replenish the falling head. One unexpected quality: it's not quite completely hazy. Fairly transparent actually, despite giving the last bit a good swirl in the bottle.

SMELL: Bready and spicy. Banana and bubblegum lurk in the background. Everything pretty much in style and nothing out of the ordinary. Nice.

TASTE: Much more banana in the taste. Clove accentuates it well. The spicy wheat is supported by the slightest bit of yeast. This tastes great.

MOUTHFEEL: Really smooth and a perfect slightly sharp carbonation. There's not much to it, but I can't imagine it being any better and I wouldn't change anything.

DRINKABILITY: Is there any doubt? What could be better? Maybe it's inherent in the style, but I don't care. Nothing is more drinkable than a well-crafted hefeweizen, and this definitely qualifies.

I knew this beer was excellent, but didn't expect it to score quite as high as it did. Ayinger is right up there with Weihenstephaner when it comes to hefeweizens, and I've got both in my fridge.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle from same stock as my Celebrator review. Borderline frozen since September. Non-corresponding notches on the bottom front of the label are just as confusing as ever.

Erdinger weiss glass. Heavy volume of egg whites; stiff peaks. Enthusiastic, but dustier/duller then usual. Straw-colored body.

Main phenol is clove. Banana is there of course(minus the plastic notes), but it gives off generous amounts of candied pineapple, & even a little dankness of papaya. Minimal bubblegum.

Taste-wise, the wheat is out front, along with a a little caramel. Very, very juicy. More bubblegum then banana here. Dry, slightly green finish, with just a sampling of clove.

Really easy.


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Photo of MrIncognito
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Hazy orange body with a good amount of carbonation lazily making its way to the top. Huge, thick fluffy white head that raises beautifully above the lip of the glass. Nice and rocky and full. Retains for a few minutes and leaves great lacing

S - Muddled wheat with some lemon zest and powdery yeast. Smells like raw bread dough with a lemon bite. Some sweet malts come through as well.

T&M - Crisp mouthfeel from the carbonation and lemon zest. Big and yeasty with a nice sweetness from malts and wheat. Just a touch of banana to cut the citrus and malt sweetness but not a banana-y hefe.

D - I never wanted this to end. What a great hefe and now one of my favorites.

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Photo of Gutensheisse
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a true weizen lover, having grown up in Augsburg, Germany (its in Bavaria near Munich). Drank a 0.5l bottle of this in a tall beer glass, great head retention you would come to expect from a true weizen.

Appearance - Cloudy, murky light brown/dark yellow, you can tell its not filtered due to all the yeast suspended in the brew.

Smell - Light clove and banana, a very pleasing aroma.

Taste - Sweet bubblegum-banana with a slight spice to it, a heavy beer with great body and balance, no overpowering flavors at all.

Mouthfeel - Rolls around like cream, with a very pleasing aftertaste, it stays with you a bit.

Drinkability - I could drink this beer till I no longer have brain cells or taste buds.

If it was on tap anywhere in the Tampa area I would be buying a new home near it. Its pricey but well worth it. You can get by with Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, only in my book Ayinger is better.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of hmf05
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy yellow. straw-like color

Smell - lemon rind and clove

Taste - you can taste the lemon with a decent amount of clove. i even get some subtle banana.

Mouthfeel very nice mouth feel. very good carbonation and relatively sweet

Drinkability - easy to put down a four-pack (though i don't recommend this due to the price).

This may be my favorite hefe. A little pricey for a 4-pack so i usually just drink tucher, but this is definitely superior. Check it out if you can

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Photo of albern
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as hefe-weizens go, this one is just first rate, if you like the style. The beer pours a nice deep yellow with an orange tinge with some head, lots of cloudiness, and a slight carbonation that lightly clings to the sides of the glass as the beer warms. The smell is brilliant. There is banana, cloves, citrus, orange, and yeasty sweetness in there and it is very, very enticing. The taste parallels the smell and won't disappoint. You'll experience a sweet, spritzy, banana-ish beer with just lots of dash all the way through, and the citrus tang is very very good. There is little if any after taste, only a slightly pepperish accent in the middle, and a mouthfeel that is light and airy. This is a thoroughly enjoyable, refreshing, summery beer, that hits all the right notes. The carbonation is moderate as well. There are so many pitfalls in the hefe weizen class of beers of which so many other brewhouses are subject. Thankfully and commendably, Ayinger's hefe is not prone to any of them. This offering is just entirely representative of the style and a must if you are seeking out an excellent hefe weizen. L'Chaim.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and hazy golden with just a hint of orange and a large, creamy white head that sits there and dimples it's way down, but never really goes away. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

Spicy banana bread with some earthy grains and grassy hops. Sweet smelling, as usual, very standard for the style.

Right in line with the nose - the nice yeasty banana and clove taste taking the front with some good noble hops to balance it out. Not super complex, just your basic, fresh tasting Hefeweizen.

A pretty moderate body and not a huge amount of carbonation really. Creamy and smooth with little left on the tongue. Definitely refreshing.

Really nice, but not the most interesting one I've had. There's not a ton going on here, just a super basic version that works. I definitely wouldn't pass one up.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours with a big white head on a crystal clear yellow/golden body.
S- Big clove and bananas, nice helping of wheat and some spices from the hops. Some other lighter fruits like a hint of orange, lemon, peach, and pineapple.
T- Some light bubble gum, banana, cloves, wheat, hints of yeast, a balance of spices with a lingering bitterness to it.
M- Medium body with a high carbonation.
D-It is a very refreshing and good hefeweizen. I would pick this one up again without a question.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light pale cloud of whiteish yellow with a two finger high head off white tight pillowy cream, the very top much like a moonscape that settles as slowly as sand in an hour glass to a thin steady foam always present; lace is drippy. Smell has a strong sense of banana at first pour with the clove, but subsides as it sits it becomes more of a regular hefe aroma but still favorable of dullish lemon, yeasty must, and the banana and clove not so potent. Taste is mild and full of a soild hefe, good heft with a frothy bold wheat start that leads into the lemon citrus brigade, quite smooth, lightly sour, calming banana and musty yeast takes some grip as it pushes through into the finish with nice lingering clove. Feel starts easy and smooth and fills up quickly to a pretty solid fullness with a substantially lasting finish. This is one very nice hefe, quite enjoyable, refreshing and flavorful. Another one to keep around in the fridge during the summer; heck, any time will due.

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Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now here's a beer loaded with character....from first pour you can see this is a high quality beer...pours a very cloudy, hazy gold with a nice spritzy 1/4 white head...Nice Hefe nose...at first whiff it's bananas, but then as I whiff deeper I get cloves and then lemons...The mouthfeel is tight, charged up, and medium bodied..creamy mouthfeel too...quite a bit of the lemon on the flavor with not much of the banana..the lemon really works nicely with the tight, charged up mouthfeel....this is a quencher from start to finish....the cloves enter deeper in and on the long finish....Not my favorite Hefe of all time but a very good one and a great summer quencher...a lot of character in this beer..

**Got much more banana on additional tastings...maybe the initial one was an older sample...

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Photo of Hibernator
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this German Hefe-Weizen out of a 11.2 oz brown bottle and served in a pilsner glass.

I paired this beer with some Belmont goat cheese and wheat English crackers. This is one amazing pairing and truly enhances each other. Thanks to BA for the Hefeweizen/Goat Cheese combo recommendation.

The appearance is a cloudy yellow and unfiltered. Great lacings that stick and stay.

Awesome smelling brew...cloves, citrus, and bannana are right up front in the nose. This is what I have been looking for in this style beer.

The taste is somewhat fruity with an almost green apple-like tartness, with a prominent clove flavor. Some bitterness and a little spicy.

This is one of the best Hefe-Weizens I have sampled yet and will be purchasing more of these in the near future. Check this beer out.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
92 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.