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Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 899 | Ratings: 2,095
Photo of mkh012
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger is a great Hefeweizen. The smell/flavor profile is as expected from a hefe (orange, bread, bubblegum, banana), but it's spot-on here. Very clean and easy to drink, as a good hefe should be. Super refreshing. Bright, lively, slightly sweet.

My top 3 Hefes are:

1) Weihenstephaner
2) Franziskaner
3) Ayinger

Can't go wrong with any of these three.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy, very boggy yellow colour capped by a solid amount of head that recedes fairly quickly for the style.

Smell is super-intense--I could smell it from across the room when it was poured. Big banana, clove. Citrus, yeasty. Taste is more banana, more clove, more citrus. Slightly peppery, doughy, bready. Moderate-high carbonation, thick-ish body. Creamy, delicious.

This is lovely. One of my favourite German hefes. Super crisp, refreshing.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great beer. There is a place here in China that has it. I'd never had it but had heard decent things about it. I'd say this beer surpassed what I'd heard. I still prefer some other wheat beers over this one, but this was not at all bad. Give it a try if you haven't.

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

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a beautiful, white, fluffy, 2 finger head. Head dissipates at average pace and not much lacing present.

S - Smells spot on to that of a hefeweizen. Dominated by banana and clove with hints of citrus and spice. Aroma of bread malts are very notable as well. I've always enjoyed the aromas of a hefe and this one doesn't let you down!

T - The flavors live up to the aromas in all regards! Banana, bread malts and clove are the most prominent with the optimal amount of spices subtly added in. All in all a very well done hefe - no complaints!

M - Optimal amounts of carbonation with a medium-light body. Very smooth and crisp, although finishes a little watery I.m.o. Regardless, very enjoyable and more importantly, very drinkable!

O - It must be something in that German technology, but a phenomenal hefeweizen! Well done Ayinger.

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

Ayinger BräuWeisse.

Ayinger is a brewery that has eluded me for quite some time. I haven't has many hefeweizens, but they have usually been quite fucking tasty. Out of an actualy brewery, from their actual homeland, I expect quite a bit. Usually always prefer the American counterparts to anything else. Enough talk, let's dive in and hope for bananas!..

Look - From the unknown ounce wise bottle into a pint glass. Pours the murkiest of all yellows that I have ever seen with a two finger head thay sticks around from quite some time. After allowing the brew to sit it eventually dies down to a thick froth amongst the top of the beer that also rounds out the edges nicely. The carbonation is tough to read although it does appear to be moderate in level based on what I can see. Head after about ten minutes continues to stick to a thick ring around the glass but no actual stick or lacing remains.

Smell - Big banana essence exactly as I was hoping for with a nice dosage of the clove level. A touch of wheat, and a certain smell that I cannot quite explain that makes this beer very apparently German and legitimate. Smells like it is welcoming to dive in and see how things develop in the taste profile.

Taste - The thing I love the most about this style is apparent from the first sip, to the last glug. Usually not the biggest fan of wheat ales, especially not American Pale Wheat Ales which tend to have zero flavor balance to me and end up tasting like corn flakes cereal. The banana is very much noticable and dominant is this flavor profile, with a touch of juicy hoppyness. The wheat levels are also apparent though they meld well with the aformentioned flavors. Just a wee bit of sugar on the finish.

Feel - Body is much, muchhhh fuller than you would expect with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Sits very nicely and easily, AND the banana surely takes over the flavor profile in the mouth which clearly draws the line between Hefeweizen and APWA. Swallows easy as can possibly beer snd leaves you wanting more.

Overall - Hefeweizens are what American Pale Wheat Ales wish theh could be. For most styles, I prefer the American counterpart, but when it comes to these guys, the Germans are the clear winner. Mosy APWAs just taste like corn flake cereal without anything to back it up. This on the other hand, is equivalent with Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, if not slightly edging it out a bit. Could easily drink a sixer of these guys. Sits right on the Very Good more towards Great line.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Full, light, foamy eggshell head which quickly dissipates into a thin but persistent layer. Hazy translucent straw in the light, orange in shadow. No discernible lacing.
S: Light and fruity, like fresh banana. Gentle malt and yeast. A genuinely fresh and pleasant bouquet.
T: Under a musty veneer: orange, banana, and clove. Well-balanced, but doesn't live up to the nose.
M: Full and coating, smooth without being thick or cloying. Slight bite of carbonation.
O: Not as heady and satisfying as some of the best hefeweizens, but worth a look. For my palate, too musty and not enough pure character. I wish the taste were as fresh as the nose.

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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 James954
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden yelow with medium cloudiness and good head lacing and overall carbonation.

S- Mostly light citrus and faint banana.

T- Upfront banana to light fruits with a spice note (clove?), and a crisp citrus finish.

M: Feel is very similar to Paulaner's Hefe-Weizen. It fills the mouth just right without seeming foamy or overly carbonated.

Overall: Comparing to Paulaner's Hefe-Weizen, it's almost identical, save for a slightly better taste, finish, smell, and carbonation...I still prefer a heavier banana action (Weizenbock).

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Photo of ludachris
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A healthy creamy, paper white head looks light and airy. It becomes more rocky as it recedes, leaving a thick ring of lace behind. Its body is a hazy and bright hue of gold.

It's got the scent of a classic Bavarian Weissbier. Clove comes in heaps with sweet banana and bubblegum close by. There's a slight tartness and acidity to it as well, reminiscent of lemon peels. A dry, doughy scent is at its core.

All of the phenolics in the nose come in a neatly put together package with smoothed out banana and clove being most prominent. A bit peppery afterwards. A subtle lemon peel tartness makes its way to the front of the palate. The finish is filled with fresh, sweet doughy bread.

Its full, creamy, foamy feel is balanced by a snappy dry crispness that comes through in the finish. As per the style, this is well carbonated and really accentuates its refreshing quality.

When you're in the mood, it's tough to beat a traditional Hefeweizen. Although I prefer their Dunkel Weizen, It sits close to the top with Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner for me. Weihenstephaner will forever have my heart.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy unfiltered Hefe pours a nice head which rapidly diisapates - no lacing. A good, competent, but not top tier beer. Tastes of banana and spices and slightly muted. Nice, but we can find better.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw color, cloudy, nice white head but not much in the lacing delartment. Notes of banana, clove, earthy hop, light bubble gum and soft grains. Prickly carbonation, light medium feel, clean finish and very drinkable. Very good, lacking lacing and light on the aroma but there's great flavor here.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was just saying how the Sniterweiz made the best Hefeweizen, But honestly i think this one is the best.. If you haven't had this one you should get it

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy straw-gold with full fluffy head as expected. Nose is more spicy, less banana, than some other top Germany wheat beers. Lots of clove, some grain. Flavor is similar with added citrus...a dryer version than most...but still very good. Apple? Long finish.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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 Tone
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of Euro yeast, slight clove, wheat, pale malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of clove, slight citrus, wheat, slight Euro yeast, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy straw yellow color. Big fluffy white head, that just about lasted to the end of the glass. Great smell of banana bread, cloves and bubble gum, along with some cracker and a slight peppery smell. The flavor really matched the aroma, with the cloves being a bit more dominant in the taste than the aroma. The layers of banana, bubblegum and biscuit were very pronounced, but blended nicely together. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with nice carbonation. Overall, this was a great weissbier, ranking pretty close to the standard bearer, Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Buck89
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw into a Weizen glass. Huge fluffy white head with good retention. Aromas of banana, clove, black pepper, yeast and dough. Tasted like sweet banana bread followed with something like crackers with cracked pepper. Light on a the palate with a lingering banana on the finish. Really great.

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Photo of lastmango
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a 3 white finger head, which dissipated to a one finger head. Creamy but not as thick as Paulaner. I am not sure why, but I could not detect much of an aroma. The beer has a high banana and citrus flavor. There is a slight hint of yeast. The beer is crisp and enjoyable.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thick white head. Good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Lemon, orange peel, banana bread, pear, and coriander.

T: Lemon, orange peel, earhty hops, banana, coriander, white pepper, and some citrus like crispness on the back end.

M: Light bodied, moderately carbonated, crisp and smooth.

O: One of my favorite anytime anywhere beers. This is one of the brews that truly made me love beer. A great and classic Hefeweizen. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw-yellow color that has a almost gradient type appearance to it, getting slightly closer to a golden color at the top. Good sized white fizzy head that sticks around for a minute, leaving a finger's worth of lumpy, uneven white head. No lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma is bursting with lemon, orange and coriander.

Taste leads with banana and bubblegum. The orange is still there, but it plays more of a background role. Some yeast, but not too heavy for a hefe. Orange strengthens a bit as it warms, giving it a nice fruity aspect.

Light bodied. Crisp and refreshing. Slightly sticky going down, but in a very good way. Very easy drinker, good for a summer night.

My new favorite hefe. A little heavier on the citrus makes it a little more friendly to someone such as myself who's not necessarily a hefe-lover. Nevertheless, this will go to the top of my list of favorite hefes.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is top notch. A beautiful blend of banana, clove and bubblegum flavors underpinned by a citrusy lemon note. Incredibly smooth in body and mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

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

Poured from a capped 330 mL bottle into a flared pint glass. Moderate hand with a swirl towards the end. I didn't see a clear date.

A: Hazy to lightly cloudy, golden yellow body. 2 fingers of adherent, white head. Good retention and nicely lacing.

S: Light lemony tartness. Yeast spice. Coriander. Fruit is present, but with only mild banana. More pear, mango. A bit mineral. Some grain.

T: Earthy spice up front. Followed by the development of slightly sweet wheat notes. Just an impression of European hops arise before a semi-dry to dry finish. Lingering yeast and a touch of tea-like tannins in the aftertaste. No alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation and body for the style. A touch of typical prickliness. Feels apt.

O: All-around nice hefeweizen. This one has a bit less fruit and a bit more yeast and earth than some others, but represents a unique and polished example of the style.


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

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 Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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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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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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