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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 1,769
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 108
Gots: 120 | FT: 1
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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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden orange color that was opaque, big white head with some nice retention.

S - Banana, clove, citrus, little bit of bubble gum smell. Pretty nice.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells. Banana sweetness with a little citrusy bite and some nice glove spice. Pretty decent hefe.

M - Strong cargonation and medium bodied.

D - A nicely drinkable hefe that I wouldn't mind having again.

AgentZero, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of kosmoraios
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing for style here, as much as possible.

Pours a hazy yellow with a 1-finger white head that sticks around for several minutes and laces moderately. Sediment can be seen in the glass along with myriad bubbles.

Aroma is of wheat, banana and citrus fruit. Very lemony. Yeast is evident in the nose.

Taste is creamy, wheat and lots of lemon. Smooth and creamy, but not too much so. I swirled pretty fiercely and poured the yeast, so I'm also getting a little nutty yeastyness.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, refreshing and smooth. Leaves citrus on the palate. Extremely drinkable ale, a good summer beer for a hot day.

kosmoraios, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn tasty! Tangy, pungent aromatics-almost of mustard/tangy cheese-in a good way. Awesome pinpoint bubbling that trailed up the side of my glass like a fine Champagne. Tastes like a yeasty bananna bread that was baked with a couple of cloves stuck in it. A bit of twangy citrus mingles in the backgound. A fine beer that I will search out again

moulefrite, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of AChamberlain
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a .5l bottle with no freshness date.

A: Pale golden yellow. Thick 2" head, most of it stuck around for the entire glass. Effervescent, tiny bubbles. Beautiful.

S: Spice and fruit, banana.

T: Fruity and citrus. Aftertaste was spicy.

M: Medium body. Fizzy.

D: Medium drinkability.

One of my top 5 favorite hefes.

AChamberlain, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of crnipeter
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, BB date says March 2011, into tulip. Pours medium sized, creamy white head that fades to thick firm cloth atop of the hazy pale-straw body. Aroma is rich ripe banana esters in perfect balance with the clove phenols. A bubble gum emerges now and then accentuating the bananaish sweetness. Malted wheat is perceived as faint doughy scent. On the contrary to the nose, the doughy flavor is the dominant one and both banana and clove are far less expressed than in the aroma section. Wheaty texture and suspended yeast donate creamy mouthfeel although the relatively dry finish is prickly due to the decent amount of carbonation.

crnipeter, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of jvdineen
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a weizen glass with a giant head. A very strong aroma of banana and cloves. Standard hefe cloudiness and head retention. A 1/4 inch head stays until the end. Very drinkable, I couldn't believe how quickly I finished this beer. Not overpoweringly fruity and well balanced. Very good.

jvdineen, May 31, 2006
Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Armsby Abbey, in the Ayinger weizen glass. Typical good-looking hefe here - hazy golden-yellow, nice white head, carbonation bubbles floating about. Head isn't as resistant to shrinkage as I'd like, eventually becoming nothingness, leaves a tiny bit of lacing. Smell is lemon, clove and other hefe-like goodies. Very heavy banana and clove taste on this one. Other usual suspects are here as well such as lemon, slight spicy yeast, apple. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly on the tongue, a little too much carbonation. Leaves great lingering aftertaste. The banana and clove are a little overpowering here I think. Finish is very crisp and lemony. Very easy-drinking, true to the style. Good beer to go with the recent warm weather as of late. Paired well with the bread pudding.

Chico1985, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of travolta
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: White head, tiny champagne bubbles. Good head retention. Cloudy straw color.

Nose: Crisp banana, yeasty, wheat, and cloves.

Taste: Perfect carbonation, crisp up front. Lemon, green apple. A little foamy mouthfeel at the end. Cloves, or grassy in the middle.

Notes: I really enjoyed this. A great example of the style.

travolta, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured into a pint glass becomes a very hazy looking drink with a nice foamy head. that slowly fades.SMELL is has zesty freshness with a touch of lemons and spice.TASTE has the lightly lemon taste with a follow up cloves and banana bread.It has a smooth aftertaste.Definitely a summer heat pleaser.I would happily drink these all evening by a fire on a cool summer night.

BrewStoutMagic, May 28, 2011
Photo of spoons
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a bottle.

The color is a pale yellowish orange. Yeasty and cloudy. Very Thick white head. Great lacing.

Smells of bananas... some more spice, sweetness. no malt or hops but I dont think there should be.

The taste is sweet with lots of carbonation on the tongue. Bananas. A great rounded flavor and creamy mouthfeel, almost thick in the throat. but its light on the tongue. A great example of the style.

spoons, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Eddxii
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I have joyously lamented before, good German beers are the hardest to review because they are just really damn good and there’s not much else constructive to say. However, I will do my best.

Bräu-Weisse pours a pale golden yellow, cloudy through and through, with a dry sparse foam that dissipates quickly. Under the light the entire glass radiates its color as if illuminated from within. The aroma is bright, flowery, with a soft note of banana hidden among the blooms. On the first taste its wheaty foundation is a delightful sign of things to come. The balance is flawless. It’s a sparkly beer, dry and sweet with a hearty banana bread finish. It is refreshing.

As to be expected, this is most certainly a day beer, one that could easily fill and refill a glass over the course of an afternoon. It is a post-meal beer. Not overly filling, but full-bodied enough to stand in for a summery dessert. Though by no means should you skip the Krapfen.

Though I will always have a preference for the darker side of beer, hefeweizens and other exceptionally-made German beers have given me a reason to see the light.

Finally, I should mention that at $3/bottle in Boston the Ayinger Bräu-Weisse is grand theft.

Eddxii, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely hazed straw colored brew with some orange-ish highlighting in the center. Small bubbles rush up the glass, leading to a frothy white head. This is about an inch high, with good stick, although the lacing is mostly thin legs.

Lots of citric fruit on the nose, sharp lemon notes, with some clove spicing.

These characteristics pass on to the flavor, which features a pleasantly crisp carbonation. Solvent alcohols, slightly tart like sourdough, and bready pale malts. The fruits are mostly lemon grassy as well as sour apple.

The dry finish keeps this beer nice and refreshing. Impressive hefeweizen, not the most flavorful, but it has a nice punch and the good carbonation makes it a wonderful brew in the heat.

BretSikkink, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Tballz420
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew is a very cloudy orange body, well maintained white foam head on top. Banana scent, the one we love. This has a bit of a tartness to it, kicking after the banana/lemon/clove taste of this style. Nice full mouthfeel. Overall this is a nice hefe, there are better but this one is not bad.

Tballz420, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a weizen glass. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a seven inch cascading head and copious tiny bubbles in solution; excellent retention, but not much in the way of lacing. Nose reveals cloves, citrus, yeast and some herbal/minty qualities. Taste follows nose with the addition of a wheat character. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a clean finish. Highly drinkable and refreshing. This will be a summer staple.

Jwale73, May 20, 2009
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a brilliant golden/straw color with a thick, chunky white head. Has a high level of carbonation. The aroma is grainy, fruity, spicy, and peppery. It has fruity, spicy, clove-like flavors. It is a light bodied beer, smooth, and easy drinking. It finishes semi-dry. Not a bad brew overall.

BeerBuilder, May 13, 2003
Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium looking fluffy white head that makes a ton of noise. Retains decently, but soon fades to a thin wisp with carbonation decorating the top. Golden tangerine yellow in color, cloudy, with lots of carbonation evident. Head quickly fades completely and leaves zero lacing down the glass. Slightly disappointing.

SMELL: Wheat malt with some decent banana and lemon esters. Lots of clove shines through. A nice nose for sure.

TASTE: Very tasty. Wheat malt up front with banana and lemon esters and lots of clove notes. Much bolder than the nose had indicated. Sweet bready malt aftertaste with hints of citrus and banana lingers and lingers. Very refreshing.

PALATE: Medium body and lighter on the palate. Creamy and smooth enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Could be a little heavier for my tastes, but very refreshing indeed.

OVERALL: A very drinkable and enjoyable brew whose lack-lustre appearance hurt it in the ratings. This one was very refreshing, making it a great beer for the summer patios. I was lucky enough to drink this fresh on tap in Munich back in July as well, and it was a treat then too. Recommended.

Jeffo, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Jmamay22
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing says German beer like Ayinger. This Hefe pours a cloudy hazy dark yellow. The head is huge as expected, but fairly thick and full of staying power. No lacing, unfortunately.

Smells of spices like clove mixed with banana and of course wheat. There is a little more spice than in your typical Hefe.

Tastes just like it smells with the banana being slightly less pronounced and the wheat and spices picking up in its place.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and the carbonation with the wheat provides an enjoyable smoothness. It’s a hefe so of course its drinkable, but the heavier hand on the spices may make it less drinkable for some.

A great beer to act as an introduction to Hefes and German beer.

Jmamay22, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Zadok
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger head that dissipated into a thin film with in minutes, really no lacing to speak of.

Aroma has loads of spices such as cloves, pepper, coriander and mixed with banana and a light breadiness.

Tastes similar to the smell, very spicy cloves and coriander being the predominant flavor. Bananas and bubble gum are also present. Yeast definitely makes a play as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Definitely has the meal in a bottle feel on the stomach.

Definitely a quality hefe. Smell and taste are top notch. Perfectly inline fro what you would expect from this style. Will look forward to having another.

Zadok, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of capeannbass36
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tall Ayinger glass. Cloudy, yellow. Large white head. Decent lacing.
S- Sweet, clove, hint of lemon.
T- Light clove spice, slight lemon.
M- Pretty crisp carbonation crackling against roof of my mouth.
O- Feel this is highly drinkable. Very refreshing. Could probably drink quite a few.

capeannbass36, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Schell's Weizen Glass.

Pours a massive head starts with 4 fingers. Then mellows down a bit. Eventually settles at 1/2 finger. Pillow topped. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Color is a very hazy/cloudy sunset gold.

Aroma is a tad musky. A lot of cloves and banana. Some spices as well.

Taste is a lot similar to the aroma. A tad of alcohol comes out as well. The spices are a lot more apparent here. Some orange peel notes come out as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp at first, but then mellows out a lot. Leaves a clean aftertaste. Carbonation level seems good for this beer.

Overall, a very easy to drink beer. It was nice out today and I felt like enjoying something and a hefe sounded good. I am looking forward to the summer and enjoying more of these.

mothman, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This weiss beer poured a cloudy, golden brown color with white foam that settled. The smell was fruity with citrus notes, and with malt and wheat and yeast aromas. The taste was light wheat and grain with notes of fruit and citrus; overall it was slightly sweet but with a bit of tartness. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body. The aftertaste was very pleasant. This was a medium-light and refreshing beer.

UncleJimbo, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off tap tonight.

This beer came a hazy straw color with a finger of head that fell slowly to coat the brew. The nose was solid banana and clove. Very aromatic. A touch of creamyness as well. Nice. The flavor was more clove than banana, but not bad at all. I like the balance between the two. Neither was too strong. Very crisp. The feel was moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a very solid hefeweizen. Everything worked well together in this beer. One of my favorite hefe's.

kmpitz2, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a beautiful hazy yellow with a thick white head. The smell is spicy with a hint of banana and a slight bubble gum smell lurking in the background. The taste is also spice and a bit of banana, and the beer is quite refreshing. This is a very drinkable beer, especially on a warm day. It may not have the complexity or charm of many other beers, but it's a very nice example of the style and is a pleasure to drink when the time is right.

mickeymac, May 31, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit surprised that I had never reviewed this bier, but anyhow... here goes....
Enjoyed from a 0.5L bottle....

Pours out into my Weissbier glass quite actively, the head really coming to life. Color is a bit darker than straw, yet not in the golden range; more of a pale yellow, with a smidge of haze within (even without the yeasty sediment, which I added at the end of quaffing. Keeps ya regular!!). There's a small cyclone of carbonation swirling within, and the stark-white head, almost gargantuan at the outset, steadied at about 2" before slowly receding to a more manageable 1/2". Lacing was decent, at best. Aroma threw off crispy, wheaty notes along with some banana and light clove. I found the body quite solid, medium all the way, and the mouthfeel was remarkably smooth for a Hefe. Had very little prickliness or bite to it.

Flavor was crisp and refreshing. A touch of malty sweetness along with the wheaty aspect, plus a superb banana quality and a touch of bubblegum (that you, Aunt Esther?). Clove was present yet restrained. Finish was dry to this extremely quaffable offering from Aying. It really hit the spot on a day where the temps hit about 95F...


overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


Bierman9, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After the thoroughly disappointing vintage Aventinus I decided I needed another German brew to wash away the negative vibes. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Four fingers of soapy white foam with big bubbles - dissipates quite quickly and leaves a few specks of lacing and a solid cap. Hazed straw or white peach color. Pretty typical hefeweizen.

S - I could smell the banana when I opened the bottle. Once poured there's a lot more clove, spicy yeast, and sharp wheat smells and maybe the slightest hint of lemon. It's a little spicier than I generally prefer, but again it's solid.

T - The taste is significantly sweeter, with a healthy amount of banana, and perhaps even a touch of tart strawberries and cream instead of the usual bubblegum. The clove is thankfully more understated, and the wheat flavor shows up mainly in the aftertaste. As a general observation, the flavor is quite mild and understated.

M - Perhaps a touch over-carbonated - it burns my upper lip. Body is thin, but in a refreshing and positive way. Not overly grainy, which is nice.

D - A half-litre of this is no problem at all. Great session brew, only hampered by the high carbonation. One of the better German hefeweizens I've had, although I suspect all of them suffer on the trans-Atlantic voyage.

MasterSki, Dec 02, 2009
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,769 ratings.