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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 malty
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of grindcore666
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never learn my lesson and always pour hefe's too fast...so I'm staring at a third of a glass of foam here...

As it settles, the foam seems to be biting into itself like a pile of dissolving snow. Lots of crystals. Let me try and describe this orange haze...very light sensitive. In front of the light is a foggy peach faded into an orangeade. Hefe's always look great, this one is no exception.

Scent is mostly comprised of pineapple - with wheat notes diluting it, but contributing for a good cause.

Tastes like pineapple and other assorted tropical fruits. The wheat in this one is just an afterthought.

Carbonation is great. Subtle, but effective.

A very unique hefeweizen, it's merits far surpass it's expectations. I feel like I've found a new friend. Put this on your 'To Drink' list.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a big fluffy white head made up of medium sized bubbles. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma is lemon-pledge like (but in a good way), with a musty dusty back nose. Not strong. Grassy, wheaty nose.

Flavor is quite pleasant, full flavored lemon and wheat flavors dominate. Slight sweetness and only the faintest hint of hops at the end of the swallow. Not complex in flavor, but the mix of flavors that there are quite well balanced.

Bright and clean light mouthfeel, pleasant drinkability on a nice evening after a long bike ride.

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice white head, golden color, somewhat cloudy (fine for style). Aroma has bananas, some vanilla notes, and a tad of spicy something like cloves. The flavor was slightly tart and a hint of mild bitterness was present too but there was also a kind of simple sweetness (not a really robust malty sweetness). The beer was fluffy - this has always struck me as an odd descriptor but it really applies to a good wheat beer. Nice & tasty.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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 Troyone
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of cooter
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hefes served in their very own glass have a striking quality to them, and this is no exception. A large-bubbled, poufy head that doesn't seem to diminish to less than a half-inch scores this one points, as does the thick orange-gold haze in the body. Scent is incredible, reminds me very strongly of Duvel. Flowery, brings to my mind thoughts of peach, vanilla ice cream, orange cream, cream, yellow roses, and (very specifically) twelve grain bread. Very enticing and solid nose.

Mouthfeel jumps out as refreshing, crisp, drinkable and light yet flavorful, by avoiding the burden of other styles' high ABV. Absolutely no cloying, and the foam melds into the liquid with artistic grace in my grateful mouth. Tangerine joins all the scent-notes as components of the taste. I must admit, my scoring is a bit haphazard on this one due to a moderate lack of experience specifically with this style, but damn does it pull off some good qualities. This brew gets the honor of turning me on to German beers.

p.s. the glass is awesome too, it has a twisted-swirl pattern from the thick, heavy base, tapering off to the classic hefe bulge up top, capped with a thick (fake) gold-trimmed rim.

postscript: After reading other reviews, I humbly apologize for missing the (now glaringly obvious and dominating) flavor of bananas and light lemons.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Hefe glass. Very frothy, Creamy head that takes its time disolving but leaves very little or no lacing.

Very opaque for such a light colored beer. Can not even see through the beer. Heavy carbonation keeps bubbling long after it is poured. Smells awesome, full of clove, bannana and some other spice. Seems sweeter or more floral than other american versions of hefe I am familiar with.

Mouthfeel is very dry, creamy and carbonated. Foamy yet crisp. . .

The taste is incredibly clean and clear but a bit weaker than I expected from the smell and does not really match the mouthfeel which seemed thicker and richer. Aftertaste is dry but weaker than other hefe's I have tried.

In general a wonderful Weiss beer with a great look and smell but with a bit too fragile of a taste, does not match the rest of the beer. Even so it is a very drinkable beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon the pour into an over-sized pilsner glass the head lifts feathery and full, several inches deep, white as an afternoon blue sky cloud. No lacing is left on the glass. The body is burnished gold with fat bubbles sporadically ascending toward the brew's surface. Smell: Lemon zest kicks out upfront, followed by freshly baked dinner rolls, tangerine juice, a pinch of black pepper. Taste: Opens with a softly blunt prick of hop bitterness and a crisp yeastiness along the edges of my palate, encompassed immediately by a banana-chip sweetness that has a thin under-belly of citrus zest, and a hint of honeydew melon crouched in the background. The finish is a little dry, pleasantly. Mouthfeel: Rolls around my mouth without hassle, plenty carbonated. A stand up Hefeweizen, well worth a try, and widely available.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I this beer poured into a Paulaner Hefe glass. Light orange at the top, hazy yellow at the bottom. Pour with a full head the faded to a cap. Light phenolics and esters from the yeast. Well balanced. Notes of oranges and pepper. Med body with light carb. Good show.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with the fluffiest white head that leaves soapy strips of lacing all over the glass

Smell: Lemon and cloves on the front, with a subtle banana essence behind; a bit bready as well

Taste: Much more banana up front in the flavor profile; clove spice and lemon tartness combine in the middle and carry through to the finish; slightly sweet, overall

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a good level of carbonation

Drinkability: Among the better hefes out there

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Photo of karst
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly murky lemon straw with a quickly falling three fingered head leaving little lace.
Mild banana with fresh lemon aromas. Lacking strong yeast but offering some wheat aroma with flavors of lemon and wheat combing to create a tart zestiness. Spices and ripe peaches in finish.

Refreshing and a good summer thirst quencher.

Hard to go wrong with Ayinger.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large four-fingered head; cloudy and straw-colored. Doesn't leave much lace considering the head.

Strong traditional wheat smell complete with the usually citrus notes. I also note some banana aromas

Creamy body for a wheat beer. This beer doesn't have the strong yeast flavors typical in this style. Above average in carbonation which suits it well with the body.

This is not my favorite style, but I'd say this would lead the pack of weisse beers that I've had.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Half-Litre brown glass bottle sealed with a crown cap which has the Ayinger logo on it. Generic dark green, yellow, gold and white Ayinger label. Listed as ‘Bräu-Weisse’, and described as an ‘Authentic Bavarian Hefe-Weizen’. No listed strength or Best Before Date.

Appearance: Pale yellow milky straw colored body that has bit of a watery look to it. The head is absolutely massive at first, a deep pillowy white Cumulonimbus Cloud fills the entire Mug, but it soon settles with a big fizzy collapse to form a much more manageable Cirrus formation in time. Conditioning is good, strongly developed and supporting, yet this one leaves no lacing whatsoever.

Nose: Rich cloves and luscious freshly peeled and recently squeezed lemons mix with a mild freshly peeled Banana skin. Fresh and zesty with a nice wheat background. Definitely the best part of this offering for my money.

Taste: Bold start, sharp lemon pith lines the cheeks whilst the wheat nature and cloves pander the tongue. Light tart kick in the ending with a lovely “wake-up call” zestiness. Yeast, cloves and ripened peach flesh in the lingering finish. Lovely tastes!

Mouthfeel: For all its strengths in the taste department it has a rather thin Mouthfeel, the carbonation I suspect is solely responsible for the 3.5.

Drinkability: Refreshing and a good thirst quencher, it slides down rather easily with little resistance. Yet it does feel a little too airy in the long run, the thin body can leave you with a feeling akin to drinking too much cold water too quickly. Not bad though.

Overall: I always enjoy the offerings from Ayinger, and at $2.59 they are not that expensive either to enjoy once in a while; so I’m surprised that I haven’t picked this one up before now, but I’m glad I did. A decent Hefe Weizen that does everything it needs to.

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Photo of swid
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Bräu Weisse pours a light golden color into my glass; it has a perfect hefe haziness to it. However, the head is only about 1" initially, and it soon collapses down to nothing. Moderate carbonation, no lacing. Compared to the other reviews here, this seems highly unusual; either I'm unlucky or I accidentally used an improperly-washed glass. The smell of this beer is malty, with a noticable clove aroma and a weak banana smell as well; overall, it's fairly understated.

The taste, though, makes up for any shortcomings in this beer, real or imagined. It begins with a distinctly sweet flavor; after a little bit, the clove (most dominant), bubblegum, and banana flavors are picked up. Hop bitterness, not surprisingly, is nonexistant; the only way the hops are evident is in the barest hint of spiciness present. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, and very pleasant...it's wonderfully light and sweet. Finishes sweet and very slightly tart.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. I was slightly disappointed by its initial appearance, but the taste is fantastic. There can't be many beers that are as smooth, easy-drinking, and flavorful as Bräu Weisse. I'll be having this again.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I ordered this one in a Lexington pizza and beer joint, Pazzo's (which I'd highly recommend for both) The appearance? Quite bizzare. The waitress brought us this thick, murky-looking brew (thick and murky despite its pale yellow and orange coloring) with a thick, slightly yellow head and...a sliver of lemon. (???) The lemon was gingerly removed and discarded. Smells strongly of hops and bitterness and (as one might expect from seeing the lemon slice) of citrus. The taste was not bitter, but rather astoundingly, grotesquely sweet. It tasted like someone dropped a bunch of Pez into it. Definitely caught me off guard. It's a shame, I'd rather like this beer, sans Pez. The sweetness was just too much.

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Photo of thechaacster
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, nearly opaque pale straw color with the expected big foamy head. Smells tart and yeasty with an odd, slightly metallic scent. Very forward with the traditional banana and wheat flavors, with significant lemony tartness. Much moreso than most hefes. Finishes with a lasting taste of clove. Pretty good, but there are definitely better (and cheaper) hefes out there.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yup, this is top shelf hefe up with Hacker-Pschorr and Schneider as one of my faves. Pretty clear for the style with a big fluffy head this beer has a real complex nose with all the right hefe esters. The beer is real smooth and refined with lots of complexity sitting behind the balance. I like the fact that you can see that this brewer knows how to make a proper hefe.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow color with light tint of brown. Had massive head two inches high, but recedes to a nice quarter inch. Smell is that of hydrogen peroxide and a little overwhelming. Which is pretty much what all hefes smell and taste like to me. Even though i don't really care for them, I review with style in mind. Mouthfeel is great with close to perfection carbonation and a little dry and bitter. Tastes like most other hefes but not overpowering. I might possibly have another one, but not anytime soon.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, no foggy pale orange with a large foamy head. Some lacing and a fine white table result, pretty beer in the Weizen glass. Citrus and clove in the nose, a little roasty. Taste is mild citrus with a malty finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Finish lingers but not strong. Easy to drink. Paired this with some sharp cheddar and it made for an excellent little snack.

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Photo of BigRedN
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With temps hitting the mid 90's for afternoon highs, I find myself hankering for a nice wheat beer. Picked this up after work, consumed after mowing the lawn this evening, OUTSTANDING!

Appearance: Pours from the 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass a hazy pale "dirty" yellow, like my daughter was coloring yellow then colored a darker color on it. Monster head, at least 2-inches, settled to a good cover over the liquid after sometime. 1/8 inch cover to the finish, some lacing. Streams of carbonation bubbles race through the beer as it is first poured. I really like how this beer looks in the glass, so far I find this to be a perfect Weizen (at least in my experience, so far).

Smell: Falls a little short of what I fully expect. Aroma seems to be dominated by clove scent, with some lemony citrus scents, and a little grassy aroma, I detect no banana, but still very good.

Taste: Great, (less filling). A burst of citrus (lemon) and clove on the tongue, solid malt backing with a yeast-like bready maltiness, and a decent little hop bite at the back of the throat as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, decent carbonation. Alcohol is not noticeable. Nice crisp, clean finish, a little dry.

Drinkability: Disappointed that I only got one (I thought it would be enough). This is an outstanding offering. There may be better beers of the style that I have yet to have, but for tonight this was outstanding and left me wanting another.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Winking Lizard, served with a lemon. Hazy orange/yellow color with a medium thick white head and thin lacing. Aroma of yeast and spices. Light-bodied and well-carbonated with fruit, wheat and banana flavors. The finish is fruity with a bit of malt. Hefeweizen is not one of my favorite styles but this beer is well done.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hot weather is the perfect time of a Hefe Weizen. Poured into a wheat beer glass, this brew is pale orange-yellow with a frothy, solid head. The head is about 2” and very stable. The aroma is of moderate intensity, and full of clove, bananna, citrus, and a touch of alcohol. It smells just like a Hefe should…I do, however, think that the smell could be more pronounced. The beer has a full, soft, tart, peppery, yeasty, satisfying taste. It’s lemony and clean, with just a little hops in the finish. This is the kind of beer that summer is made for.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a hot summer day, there is nothing better than a cold hefe-weizen, so I picked up a bunch today. I'm surprised that I haven't reviewed this one before, as I know that I've had it. Pours out to a clear bronze, forming a tall peaking off-white head with awesome retention and lacing. Carbonation is brisk, forming a nice stream of pretty bubbles. The aroma is very nice...the way a hefe weizen should be with lots of phenolics and bananas. It's really hard to pick out the subtleties of hefe's, and this one doesn't have any particular overriding nuances, but still it's very good. The mouthfeel is clean and brisk with a light body. The finish is very clean. The taste is to be expected...light on the malt with a cracker-like wheat taste...the banana is mild but well-balanced. I'd like to see it a little fruitier and maltier, but then again, I've been on an Impy stout and IPA kick lately. Adding the yeast gives it a milky lumescence and rounds out the mouthfeel, but it's a little too bready for me today and hurts it's taste and drinkability 0.5 points each. This is a weizen I'd rather drink mit hefe.

A solid all-around Hefe-Weizen, though it can't compete with Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse and Franziskaner (two of my favorites).

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