Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 1,927
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 134
Gots: 205 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good wheat beer, very satisfying with supper. Cloves in aroma, orange in taste as well as lemon. Good mouthfeel though not the most outstanding I have had for a hefe, banana mouthfeel with little of the latter's taste. Nicely malted, also corriander and yeastiness.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey yellow with a 2 inch foamy light orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small foamy streaks of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, banana, yeast, and spices. Taste is of wheat, grain, banana, yeast, and spice flavors that stick around on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good hefeweizen but it lacks the strong bubblegum and banana flavors that I have found in other beers of the style.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It is hazy light yellow in appearance and poured with a large bright white head that perfectly rose to the top of the weizen glass. There's a moderate to heavy level of carbonation and the beer has good head retention.
S: There is a moderate aroma of bananas in the nose with subtle hints of cloves.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of banana flavors in the taste, which is mildly sweet. The underlying wheat is also noticeable, particularly in the aftertaste.
M: The beer feels light bodied and rather effervescent on the palate.
D: This beer goes down very easily and is so thirst quenching that I could drink them all day long. This is a great bear to session.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a very nice white head with good retention and a nice amount of lacing. The nose brings forward some clove as well as banana and a bit of bubblegum. The flavor falls along the same lines and brings in a touch of light, bready malt. Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Very nice drinkability.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, the beer has much of the same characters found from the tap, just not as fresh, spicy, or floral. The beer pours a, still active, carbonation but less than on draught. A bright canary yellow hue with a silky haze and small yeast particles floating about. Smells the same bubble gum, banannas, cloves, and bread as on tap, but not as crisp, clean, or fresh fruit flavored. Peppery and spicy but with less 'snap'. Feels more mellow and soft from the bottle. Finishes the same with a fruity, wheaty, minty flavor. Both are great, but go for the tap version when available.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -5%
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...

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a cloudy and hazy yellow/whitish color ale with a bit foamy head with great retention and some dark lees at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of pure wheat with some nice ester and floral notes. Taste is dominated by refreshing wheat notes with some medium banana and ester notes also noticeable. Nice body with some low filtration and adequate carbonation and a creamy texture. Very well done overall and quite enjoyable with the warm weather.

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of citrus and wheat grains fill the nose. The taste of the beer has a nice soft wheat quality to it and finished with a nice amount of lemony zest in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth, gently carbonated and a little on the creamy side. Overall I thought this beer would be best to have in the summer time, no matter when you wanna have it though it's a pretty good choice when it comes to having a Weisse.

Photo of largadeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy wheat-colored ale with a huge cap of foam that shows no sign of fading.

Smell: Lemon and wheat with a good helping of banana bread.

Taste: Zesty, bready and mildly sweet with a lemony twang. Quite a bit of citrus present but not as much of a banana/tropical fruit character. The finish is dry and clean, very little hop bite. Estery banana flavors come out more as the brew warms up to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side - very crisp. Light, gentle carbonation, but lots of it.

Drinkability: Very high. This is a stellar hefeweizen.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour generates a colossal bone white head that fills the glass, then slowly recedes to reveal the opalescent, lemon yellow-gold beer within. The cap is pillowy, but not airy, as evidenced by its reluctance to fall lower than about one finger. Strangely enough, there's very little lace.

If there's anyone out there who doesn't know what clove smells like, take a whiff of this beer. Banana esters appear in a supporting role and nearly steal the show.

Brau-Weisse tastes like it smells, it's as simple as that. I tend to like bigger beers (in general) and I fear that I've slighted some styles as a result; hefe weizens are just one example. This one tastes good to me though; it resembles liquid banana bread, fresh from the oven.

Okay, so someone had a heavy hand with the clove. Not acceptable in the bread, very acceptable (and to style) in the beer. It's difficult to appreciate much wheat flavor given the level of spice, but can wheat, in and of itself, carry a beer? Not in my world. It's the yeasties baby, that's where the action is.

The final pour brings about some expected and appreciated changes. The beer has become overtly murky for one and the aromas and flavors have intensified due to warming. The body manages to be both light-medium and slightly slick at the same time. Downing several in succession should be no problem.

Ayinger Brau-Weisse is a terrific example of the hefe weizen style. It's solid across the board and is a beer that I'm sure I'll come back to again and again. Fantastic stuff.

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy, filmy, and rather pale golden yellow colour, with a ton of billowing, foamy, thin white head, which leaves a few swaths of island atoll arch lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of banana chip esters, cloves, yeast, a bit of white pepper, and bready wheat and barley grain - holy Reinheitsgebot! The taste is sweet bready grain, more wheat than barley-oriented, solid fruit esters - banana, orange, and lemon - some spice - more mild clove and a hint of the coriander flip-side, and a bit of understated, earthy yeast.

The carbonation is nice and soft, the body a solid medium weight, fruity, well smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes on a drying note - the fruit, yeast, wheatiness, and mild alcohol all showing.

A pretty solid, traditional hefe, very much like granddad showing the kids how they did it in the good ol' days, and being absolutely, positively, god damned right.

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one many times, just getting around to a review.

The highlights of this one seem to be it's fine spice bouquet, and smoothness. Pours a fizzy orange, nearly opaque at first. A swirl of the yeast, and the final pour renders it a muddier orange. Smell of clove, banana, and fruit gum.

Tastes fizzy at first, then later the spice comes through. A clove mixed with nutty malt and banana. Fairly muted due to the higher than average carbonation.

Again, the fizziness is a detriment, but the yeast adds an essential smoothness. Easy to session, especially on a hot day.

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy appearance,bigtimesediment on the bottem of mine (not a bad thing),nice fruity taste of lemon and apple.Refreshing on a hot summer day,nice and spritzy.

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass it was very cloudy and golden yellow in color. A huge head. It smelled of wheat and cloves. The wheat taste was complimented by a citrus flavor. The mouthfeel was soft and semi-dry. Like most unfiltered weisse beers, it was a little heavier than expected. Overall, I was highly impressed with the Brau-Weisse.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark, straw-colored body with a medium-sized, fluffy, white head.

Smell: Fragrant aroma smelling sweetly of banana juice, malted wheat, clove, vanilla, and a tiny bit of lemon pith.

Taste: Lightly tangy malted with a touch of honeyed sweetness. Spicy clove and nutmeg hits next, with tastes of banana, vanilla, and faintly tart citrus following in tow. Even a splash of pineapple and floral hints midway. Mild hops and accompanying bitterness. Slight touch of acidity. Finishes semi-dry and quite crisp with a lingering taste of grainy wheat bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Overall spritzy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An altogether classic German hefeweizen which would probably be even better out in the hot summer sun.

Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with three fingers of thick, white foam on top of a hazy, dark gold body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves dense foam on the glass.

S - Strong banana and juicy fruit bubble gum aromas with a bready malt background. Some spicy clove and a hint of pepper as well.

T - Creamy wheat and dense, bready malt up front with some banana. The yeast character kicks into high gear in the middle with lots of clove and bubblegum as well as some pepper. The fruity yeast and dense malt continue in the finish with a little vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, the aroma is just spot on and the flavor profile is very similar if not quite as intense. The bubble gum characteristic that dominates this beer's yeast profile is an ideal expression of the style. This is an excellent Bavarian weisse, right up there with Schneider.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, yellow body with a frothy bright-white head that drops but holds a good 1/8" throughout the glass. The aroma is mainly fruity, lightly tart, with some light clove and subtle phenolics (more band-aid than bubblegum), and a restrained banana. The body is light/medium with a zesty carbonation that caresses the tongue then becomes quite creamy as it warms in the mouth. The flavor is tart & fruity up front (some apricot), mellowing into a softly sweet maltiness as it crosses the palate, and revealing some light clove and bubblegum character at the swallow. The banana characteristic is kept to a minimum in this beer. The bitterness is appropriately low and balancing. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering combination of maltiness and light bitterness. Well brewed. Very nice, with some decent character and a good amount of drinkability.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a large weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light gold color, with a big foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with wheat, yeast, lemon & spice.

T: Fruity flavors of banana & lemon come out first and are followed by light flavors of wheat and clove spice. Very refreshing and light. The after-taste blends all of the flavors together.

M: Very smooth & crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This beer was very tasty, not filling at all and very easy-to-drink. I found myself throwing it down very quickly. Excellent representation of style. I'd love to find it on-tap somewhere nearby.

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fizzy bubbly airy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with decent lacing, hazy golden wheat colored beer.

Nose is like a pure Bavarian hefe, good version too, lots of wheat, light airy juicy malt, hint of typical spices like coriander and very light clove, bit of orange citrus, fairly effervescent.

Taste is light feeling, wheat a plenty, little watery malt although it's meant to be lighter, fluffy effervescent wheat and malt, juicy too. Typical hefe flavors, light spices coriander and clove like, with a little bitterness from the spices, and the citrus almost orange juice like, and some fruitiness like a lager. Finish is sticky and not as dry as I thought it would be, lingering wheat and citrus as well as spices.

Mouth is lighter bodied, fluffy and lots of carb.

Overall mixed, it has its moments as a great hefe but other moments it's not as good as I would have expected. I feel this would be much better fresh in Germany or on draft.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fully clouded yellow ones orange. Nose is banana, clove, and a bit of funk as well. Flavor is the same. Distinct breadiness. Feel is thick and slick on liquid and the carbonation is middle of the road. This is a very traditional hefe. Can't go wrong with it.

Still though. As I drink this, I can't help but think about Live Oak Hefeweizen. Or East End Monkey Boy.

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow straw with a well held lace from the champagne like bubbles.

Smell: Hints of lemon and clove with a mild fruit in the backround.

Taste: Crisp carbonation with a bite in the dry body that has a slight oily feeling from the solvent(clove) byproducts of the yeast. A slight tartness surrounds the tastebuds upfront with a sourdough like bready flavour in the finish. Hop character is minimal as it should be. Slight spicy clove, mellow yeast, lemon grass and light apple fruity flavours touch the tounge.

Notes: Punchy with a flavourful kick, pushing the envelope on refreshingly crisp and dry. Great after a meal to help to digest ... or to wash down some bratwurst and spicy mustard.

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber in the chalice. Nicely sudsy with a thin foamy ring, along with fine, persistent bubbles in the mouth. Aroma of apples and bread.

This brew has the nicest watery body with the creamy carbonation I admire in the best German beers. The classic wheat esters but in a lighter, more fragrant style. All the flavors are quite elegant. Starts out with that slight malty sweetness and edges into a pleasant fruitiness-- more pear than banana. Some spicy notes, but not the common overload of clove.

Really a great example of the classic German style. It travels well in the approximately 12 oz bottle.

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a massive 4 fingers offwhite head that completely dissapears & takes a piddling amount of lace with it

S: Huge bubblegum notes & hints of peach

T: Bubblegum & vanilla essence up front. Then lemon zest & pepper follow. Finishes like a piece of juicy fruit gum

MF: Medium body, juicy & slightly under carbonated

Drinks very easy, not a huge hefe fan, but this one is pretty interesting & refreshing on a warm summers eve

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, yellow body with a nice white head.

S: Citrusy, bready aroma with some soft fruits.

T: Fruits and spices, finishes off clean.

M: Pretty light and crisp, with moderate carbonation.

D: Balanced and very drinkable. Good choice in this style.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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