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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

880 Reviews
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Reviews: 880
Hads: 2,034
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 258 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen | 5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

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Photo of jmalex
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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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Photo of BeerFink
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My weizen glass is filled with a cloudy straw color, nodescript white head. Smell is very creamy. Lots of malt is apparent, as well as a helping of bananas and a some lemons. Creamy smooth taste marked by ripe bananas. Some peppery spice is also apparent. Faint yeasty undertones are noticeable. Some grassiness crosses the palate, finishing a little dry with clean citrous. Mellow, medium carbonation enhances the creaminess of the beer. One of the better hefe weizens I've had.

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Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ayinger Brau Weiss pours into a tall pils glass a cloudy yellow, and yields a towering head using the prescribed pour.

The smell is clove and yeast.

The taste is a delicious combination of clove and malts. The clove provides a spicy, peppery flavor. This brew finishes with a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel is pleasant ... moderate carbonation with the prescribed pour, lots of effervescence if poured down the side ... a champagne-like dry feel.

This wheat ale is extremely drinkable ... a classic German wheat.

Fantastic!

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Photo of Amalak
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the German beers and love Ayinger from the two types I have had. This one is completely opaque. Thick four finger head, pale yellow. Dull wheat smell.

Great flavor, strong wheat, tons of flavor. Really an exceptional beer.

This is an awesome beer with a ton of things balanced into the wheat flavor. Really love this beer.

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Photo of techdiver
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with substantial head that dissipates slowly and displays great carbonation.

Lemon and clove to the nose.

Taste is spicey wheat, an above average Hefe, with a bready flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp with the great carbonation giving it a lighter feel.

Great drinkability, as it seems all good Hefe Weizen's are. Weihenstephaner still my favorite, but this comes close.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: From the bottle into a Pilsner glass, a rocky white and well sustained head soon sits atop a beautiful and slightly hazy bright yellow gold. There is a constant flow of carbon bubbles to the surface that maintains at least a minimal head throughout.

S: Aroma of clove, bright lemon spice and a banana bread malt backdrop. An inviting mix of notes.

M/T: What a wonderfully balanced feel throughout. A crisp and refreshing spritzy body with a malt and hop harmony that's quite impressive. There's nothing overpowering here and the taste of this is true to what I initially sensed in the aroma. This is probably the most I've ever enjoyed a Hefeweizen though I'm not surprised considering who the brewer is...

D: This paired fantastically with a combination dish of pan sauteed potatoes, sunny-side-up eggs, breakfast sausage and toast.

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Photo of nomad
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glowing but nicely hazy yellow color. Instantly, a volcanic eruption of carbonation emerged, with the glass filled from side to side with bubbles accelerating upwards. Also had a simple foam head that fell to a more rocky landscape, perfectly white, and a small amount of simple lace. A good looker.

Smelled of crisp wheat, a small and calm spice, and a barely sweet character. I got the feeling that banana esters wanted to come up but couldn’t. Taste, similarly, was of crisp and tasty wheat - an oustanding flavor, to me. Then a small sour flavor quietly came on, as well as a small hoppy and funky bread flavor. Lastly, there was an ounce of sweetness mixed in to complete the whole thing. The finish was dry, and dry enough.Great Bavarian version of a hefe-weizen. (I think I got a fresher bottle than some...)

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Photo of Kromes
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white line of bubbles for a head. Lots of carbonation bubbles in the beer. The aromas are banana, clove, bubble gum, and wheat. Very nice aroma. A great clove, lemony, wheat flavor. The great taste lingers for a while and just keeps on giving. I couldn't find anything wrong with the flavor....very balanced, crisp, smooth and refreshing. The mouthfeel is a little on the full side due to the carbonation. You could definitely these all day long.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold with a ½” foam stand that quickly recedes, light lace quickly slides down the sides of the glass. S: Bready with light banana, faint spice, some fresh laundry, malt is medium as are the yeast aromatics. Light citrus. No vanilla but very faint bubble gum. T: Rich malt with some spice, not a lot of clove and just a hint of banana. Has a soft wheat character. Has a light citrus tart, snappy finish with malt and yeast flavors fairly evenly balanced. F:Above average to high carbonation, low medium to medium body. O: This bottle may be a little long in the tooth because the phenolics and other yeast flavors are not very prominent. Its still pretty good.

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Photo of ScottButler
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I won't claim to know how to write a review - but this is a great beer. It has replaces Weihenstephan as my favorite Hefe. Great golden color, smooth and creamy, with citrus, banana, spices, floral notes - everything I would hope for in a Hefe. Delicious!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy yellow with a white, thick 2 finger head. Decent retention, leads to thin lacing.

Smell - Nice yeasty aromas, clove, wheat and overripe banana.

Taste - Follows the nose. Overripe banana, spicy clove, a faint hint of lemon. A subtle buttery diacetyl flavor comes into play at the finish. A gentle lemon buzz nips at the back of the tongue which lasts, easily, 20-30 minutes after the last sip.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Carbonation adds a sharp, crisp bite while the beer slides down with a smooth, buttery feel. Beautiful mouthfeel on this one.

Overall - Fantastic hef. Rivals with the best of the style. Best body I've ever experienced with the style, and that's the factor which leads me to bestow this the Best Hefeweizen in the world. My opinion, of course.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep gold with a large white head. Visible yeast sediment in the glass once I stir it up at the end (which I like).

Nice aroma of citus, spices and wheaty-malt.

Flavors: Good wheat bread but with a sour dough tang. Nice bannanaish hefeweizen flavors. Some orange, some cloves, some nutmeg. Very crisp. Not too sweet. Not too dry.

An excellent example of the style. That said, this beer is almost too balanced. I kinda prefer the in-your-face flavors of say a Live Oak Hefeweizen from Austin.

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Photo of mrfosters
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy pale gold sits beneath a large white long lasting head.Subtlely spiced grainy aroma with a touch of vanilla.The flavor brings a moderate banana and vanilla mixture, very low key but very full taste.This is my first Hefe -Weisse, but definitely not my last.I am looking forward to trying some other examples.I am impressed.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
92 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.