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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 876
Hads: 2,006
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 145
Gots: 243 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

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Reviews: 876 | Hads: 2,006
Photo of Eachristman
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ayinger is one of my favorite brewers. The smell of their beers is delightful and the taste is superb! This beer is light yet flavorful. Easy drinking with lingering flavor. A truly delicious beer!

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really great, true German hefeweizen. Is it as great as Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier? No, but it is still a really great version of the style. Obviously Weihenstephaner makes the pinnacle of the style, this is a very close version though. All the usual flavors are present, banana, bread, clove; and executed beautifully.

Would absolutely purchase again.

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Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how to rate this because, through no fault of my own, it took over an hour for me to drink this from initial pour to final sip and by the end there was a distinct alcohol presence. I would not expect this from a 5.1% abv hefeweizen so I'm giving it a 4 for taste instead of the 4.25 or 4.5 that it would have received if I drank it before it had a chance to warm up (there was no alcohol flavor at first).

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Photo of martyl1000
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Coopers Tavern. This is disappointing. This legend might've earned its reputation the amongst US audience back in the day. Pretty damn good when first into my mouth, but the finish is practically invisible. Pretty amazing flavors briefly In the front of the mouth, though.

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Photo of hophugger
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy light gold color. Average head and very small, spotty lacing. Aroma is banana, some orange and bread dough. Taste is very nice with touches of yeast, orange and a nice pleasant amount of semi-ripe banana. Mouthfeel is nice and light and refreshing. Carbonation seems to just be right for this beer. Light, clean finish !!

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Fassler Hall OKC. Pours into the stein a cloudy gold with a creamy white head. It reduces eventually to a thin layer with no lacing. Smells of bready malt with a touch of banana and spice. It's much the same with the taste. Creamy malt with cloves and a little banana. Chewy medium mouth. Very traditional and very good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

been getting in to the old world german stuff super hard lately, and this one is a good one. i enjoyed this one at 1472 on pearl street last night, an entirely forgettable experience from a cuisine and service standpoint, but this is a fine glass of ale. modeled on a hefe, its a little bit different, plenty yeasty in color but not nearly as bright. the head is short lived too, although dirty glassware or something could be at fault. the nose is awesome, classic hefe yeast profile, modest in the banana notes, fully rocking the clove side of things, like fresh banana bread, its baked and grainy and hearty, not as light and creamy as others, more doughy and thick, and the carbonation isnt quite there, but there is a rustic richness that defines this one for me. all of the ayinger stuff is really nice, but its cool to have one of the original styles they do. this is excellent and distinct from others. the prices on these are so fair in the stores, i need to make a point to try more. there is something to be said for paying a few bucks for a 500ml of a beer this good than say a 16 dollar four pack from off color or prairie and getting something of similar overall quality...

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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 HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; light straw in color; 2 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; virtually no lacing;

S: balanced between banana and clove;

T: a little restrained up front; banana and clove balanced from mid-palate through the finish; a touch of bitterness at the end;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation - a little tingly; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice, but lacking the complexity of the best hefeweizens;

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is all about the beauty of balance. The reciprocal interaction between subtleties. A tender aromatic dance for the senses.

Sip and savour, or chug 'til you drop, it's all good.

Close to perfect.

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Photo of Jeph222
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite beer. Pours beautifully. Looks citrusy. When you swallow you taste banana, when you exhale you taste the bread. Just an impressive brew.

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Photo of ADNelson
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Slightly hazy amber-yellow with constant rising carbonation. The head is large but quickly dissipates to a thin, lingering one.

S: Lemon citrus and bubblegum along with the typical banana and clove hints of a German hefe.

T: Crisp lemon-orange citrus with a clove and coriander spiced breadiness. Aftertaste is sweet and lingering. Taste is slightly weaker but more drinkable than other German hefe's I've had.

M: Light, slightly thick, not overly watery or dry, and very refreshing.

O: This hefe has a surprisingly complex variety of flavors for how easily drinkable it is. I'd recommend this for someone new to beers, even my wife liked it! It's my new go-to for session drinking.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another great Ayinger. Great clove, fruit, banana, mealtimes. Smells wonderful. Probably my second favorite next to Fransiskaner. P.S. never put lemon in a good Weisse. Took a couple drinks alone and was awesome, then BT asked if I would take lemon and said yes at a week point after wife said try it. It was still good but wiped out some taste.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale yellow, coarse white head that dissipates and leaves no lacing. Energetic streams of bubbles.

S: Lemon, banana, clove that verges on bubblegum but is still welcome.

T: Those lighter fruit notes, with misty orange thrown in there and clove now mixed with some coriander. Faint soft vanilla on the finish. Good range, especially considering the method used to produce them, but just a bit too weak for my preference.

M: Light, well carbonated, dry. Good refreshing aspect.

O: Super easy drinker while still having a great array of flavors, but I would expect a standard for the style to be more resolute in flavors. The balance between each was fantastic, but mature doesn't have to mean weak.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy, opaque almost yellow with a big pillowy head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Fairly intense yeast esters of banana with a hit of clove in the back.

Flavor: Light wheaty character up front with the same banana-clove finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, milky with a slight ester linger.

A classic hefe example.

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Photo of DubVBrewMaster
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Objectively one of the best beers I've ever had!

On a whim, I selected this Bavarian beauty at a local establishment "Pies and Pints" in Charleston, WV.

This brew's golden hue, stable head, sweet aroma and fantastic clean taste sets it a part from most.

It's thick head is a misnomer that the beer sits heavy on the stomach but for a beer of such pleasantly sweet characteristics it drinks quite light.

Fruity in every sense of the word with hints of banana, clove and honey but not overdone. Yet it's golden wheat finish lives up to its German Heritage with fine Bavarian traits.

Pricey, yet worth the opulent tag. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle. Poured into a weizen glass.

Maybe a bit too spicy, that’s all I can taste. 3.75

A - Pours a clear light golden with a six finger (huge) white mousy head. Some lite lacing. First pour without sediment, second had sediment. 4

S – Good spiciness, almost overwhelming, some clove, maybe a bit of pear. 4.5

T – The classic wheaty/spicy flavor, but nothing extraordinary. 3.75

MF – Semi-dry, medium-light body, good carbonation, bright and refreshing on the palate, a bit minerally. 4

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Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy deep gold with a nice foamy white head than dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a little bit of soapy lacing. The aroma is great, with light aromas of yeast, spice and fruity esters. The taste is very similar with a nice blend of all the components on the finish. The body is light but full and just a little bit of carbonation. Truly a delicious wheat beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, spice, wheat, vanilla, yeasty, and bready notes.

Taste: Same as above. Tart and sweet wheat and malts with the traditional yeast notes and some tartness to the beer too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, tart, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: The best hefeweizen come from the country of origin. Enjoyed a lot over the years and many more in the future. Mmm, mmm good.

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Photo of DIM
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a cloudy straw color; it came with a small, creamy, white head.

Smells of sweet wheat and bread primarily with hints banana, bubblegum, and light clove. Tastes as it smells. I like this quite a bit; its on the sweeter side with relatively light clove notes. Top notch, I'll have one anytime.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a beautifully cloudy deep straw gold, and forms a spectacularly frothy head of tight white bubbles. The head alone leaves lacing down the glass as it recedes, and so too the beer itself, in sheets of tightly-entwined froth that slowly split apart to slip down the sides of the glass in small patches. Columns of tiny bubbles can be seen erupting continuously from the bottom of the glass, only to vanish about half an inch into their ascent, obscured by the cloudiness.

S: A rich bouquet of wheat, fruit, and spice greets the nose from the glass. Banana, apple, pear, and honeydew melon skip along arm-in-arm, amidst softly, faintly bready wheat, while clove and coriander cavort alongside.

T: Bliss. So much fruitiness, packed into a single beer without overdoing the intensity or going over the top. No one flavor leaps out, but instead, all seem to hit and subtly dance and shift about in unison. All the fruits from the aroma are present, all rolling through the backdrop of silky wheat to precisely the same degree, with exactly the right amount of spice from the clove and coriander notes. A hint of a citrus tinge rounds out the flavor profile. Delightful.

M: Light, airy, and lively, this hefe sparkles across the palate and tongue, yet manages to avoid having the carbonation sharpness appear in the taste.

O: This is, to me, the perfect hefeweizen, and quite possibly the perfect beer - flavorful yet subtle, complex yet approachable, refreshing and intriguing, able to be drunk quickly or sipped and savored. I have no idea how Ayinger works this sorcery, but I am eminently pleased they do.

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Photo of curasowa
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: Cloudy, pale gold color with a big, fluffy white head

Aroma: Lots of banana, a little bready, some wheat malt, faint spice and yeast. Pretty much textbook Hefe aroma.

Taste: Crisp and snappy up front, with some malt sweetness, a hint of honey and some yeast tang. Banana is more prevalent in the middle, then some clove on the mildly astringent finish.

The Rest: An Excellent Hefeweizen. Crisp and clean, excellent malt characteristics, a great example of the style.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, what liked most about this Hefe was the absence of the heavy clove and banana thing most other wizens have going on. Served into a traditional German glass from a tap, this was a very good, refreshing Hefeweizen that I felt was true to the bavarian form of this beer.

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Photo of bnes09
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Wonderful, floral, fruity and yeasty aroma.

Light wheat backbone. Fruity qualities, orange, lemon and peach. Spicy coriander and herb. Citric leafy hop. Smooth, rich yeast. Slightly sweet flavor turns to dry in the finish.

Light body with a mild wheat and yeasty texture. A tad over carbonated.

A nearly perfect example of a hefeweizen. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

From notes on 3/6/14

On tap at Brews Brothers. Lemon sweet aroma. Color of straw and honey. First thing I taste is banana. Then I can get the nice honey and lemon taste. Like a nice tea. Not usually into this style, but this is pretty good. Maybe its the American version of it I don’t like.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
92 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.