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Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
92
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900 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
900
Ratings:
2,109
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse
BEER INFO

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: 900 | Ratings: 2,109
Photo of mkh012
4.43/5  rDev +7%
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 beerdedking
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

.5 liter bottle pour into weizen glass

hazy, semi cloudy straw like look you'd expect in a hefe. lots of bubblies as there should be.

smell is weird. sour air or earth or both. hard to compare this smell to anything.

taste is exceptional. smooth and light with a perfect amount of tanginess in the finish to make you keep sipping. not many beers of this ABV are sippers, but this one is. it is that good so savor it. I'd choose this one over Schneider's hefe every time.

coats the tongue nicely and has a nice full feel to it. no watery problem here.

one swig leads to the next. very nice for complex beer drinking without getting smashed.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in it's glass this was cloudy golden yellow, inch and a half white head with retention and lacing. Lots of fast rising little bubbles.

Nose is lemon and yeast.

Taste is of clove, yeast, malts, grassy, fresh, and citrus. Finish is wheat. I'm not getting too much banana here.

Medium thin mouthfeel, but it does coat a little. Champagne like carbonation.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of tj4288
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 500ml bottle into weizen glass

a- pours with a nice full 3 finger head expected from a hefe. white and tight creamy foam. body is a cloudy golden orange. head is retained very well but leaves no lacing.

s- smell reminds me of a belgian white. possibly belgian like yeast strain? citrusy, (lemon/orange), spicy, and slightly yeasty. also notes of over ripe bananas.

t- taste also similar to belgian whites. citrusy with notes of the classic banana. also slightly spicy on the tongue and slightly yeasty. also a tad sour. not too strong, but definately not lacking flavor. overall very well balanced and interesting.

m- mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. med light body.

d- drinkability is average. while this brew goes down smooth i dont think i will seek out another 500ml bottle for $3.50. good brew but i think there is better for the price. highly recomended to those who prefer a spicier, more citrus hefe with less yeasty taste and smell.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look (3.5/5) – Pours a rich straw-yellow colour. Head was all-right: it rose generously on a good pour; was a bit soapy in texture; fell a bit quickly to a cap with minimal lacing. The brew was very opaque, as you’d expect from the style. Some nice visible carbonation.

Smell (4/5) – A really nice light wheat character gives the foundation for the aroma, although on first blush I got a bit of that latex-like smell it went away fairly quickly. The typical banana-clove (leaning a bit more to the banana) aroma of weizen yeast is a little more subdued here than in some I’ve had. I think there may be a slight hint of something a bit more sour or sharp in the yeast as well (maybe pears). This basically makes a nice balance between yeast and malt with no real hop or alcohol to speak of.

Taste (4.5/5) – The flavour is a bit more complex than I found with the aroma. The wheat-centered malt character is more-or-less the same and lends a light backbone for the yeast. The yeast really impressed me: it had the typical banana and clove notes (leaning toward some spice on the palate, unlike on the nose); there were also some really nice lighter fruits (pear, nectarine) and some good floral character, but these linger in the background and give depth to the yeast flavours. I think there’s a slight hint of yeast flavour on this one as well. Bitterness is light – just enough for balance – and is paired with some nice spiciness that lasts into the finish.

Feel (3.5/5) – Good for the style. Medium-light body with the yeast giving the feel of body with higher carbonation. There’s a bit of spice that lasts into the finish that I really liked.

I liked this one quite a bit. I think it’s a great example of the style, though maybe not the best one I’ve ever had (I really do think that the uncharacteristically dark Schneider Weisse is the best).

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Photo of chadspivey
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a clear yellow. pretty light. huge three finger head.

S: slight smell of lemons. pretty light smell. kind of a belgian spicy yeast kind of thing going on here too, but only faintly.

T: kind of a lighter version of your standard hefe wiezen. The aftertaste of grains is the best part.

M: The carbonation of this beer is really nice, and makes the mouthfeel almost perfect. This beer just feels right. Not too shy, and not too arrogant. Almost made this my first 5 on mouthfeel.

D: Very, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared to a Paulaner hefe, I give this the edge. It's a lighter colored hefe, so I wonder if it's decocted or not. It's pretty well balanced on the banana to clove hefe ratio, but seemingly more clove. Slightly disappointed in lack of banana like franziskaner. It tastes great though and has a reputable mouthfeel, and it's a hefe: You could drink these for days on end.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer I ever bought, and I still think it's great.

Pours a nice clear straw yellow colour (careful not to disturb the yeast, this is excellent with the yeast as well, and makes it cloudy). thick ever growing long lasting creamy white head. tons of carbonation, swirling and spiraling around in the beer.

Aroma is all about the yeast and bread. Fairly pungent and nice.

Taste is again a wollop of bread and yeast. There is a faint essence of apple (as in cider) in there as well. taste is crisp and somewhat savoury. finish is similar to what you would have after you ate a piece of fresh sourdough bread.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice carbonation presence. fits well with the flavour in not being over burdening.

This beer is refreshing. I like to pour a pint of it, drink for a bit, and then swish the rest around and pour it in with all the yeasty goodness. well recommended, especially if you like hefe-weizens.

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Photo of Bills453
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass, excellent. Nice cloudy hazy orange yellow color. Makes you think of the whet fields this beer is created from.

Smell - very floral and sweet smelling. A normal hefeweizen smell, smells fantastic!

Taste - really quite delicious and I'm pretty surprised about this beer. Picked it up randomly at my local beer place, what an excellent decision.

Mouthfeel - smooth, refreshing and crisp. What a great summer brew.

Overall - a fantastic hefeweizen.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Brau-Weisse pours golden in a pilsner glass. Deliciously appealing citrus, yeasty aroma - topped off by the off-white cloudy head in the glass (impressive lacing). Each sip is satisfying, tasty, and begging your taste buds for another. Very refreshing no matter what the season.

Personally: Ayinger's wheat beer is one of the best and a pillar of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.27/5  rDev -21%
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 RD1163
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very hazy, unfiltered (good amount of sediment from bottle), pale golden-orange. very white head, broke down very quickly to a even lace covering until it dies away except the rim.

S - Slight banana, yeast smell, touch of citrus thrown in for good measure. Might be getting a touch of sweetness off of it.

T - Light banana and some caramel and yeast notes. Little citrus notes.

M - medium to full-bodied feel with light flavors. nice acidic coating over the tongue that lasts only a few seconds, very light and refreshing. Bubbly at first and then it seems to mellow out over the course of a several minutes.

O - An enjoyable Weiss brau. very much enjoy the slight banana flavor and think this would be wonderful in a bar in Germany with a touch of banana juice added to enhance the flavors.

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Photo of cooter
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Larrytown
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw-golden color with a huge billowy head, fading to a nice cap. Decent lacing. The nose is pure hefe: some clove and banana, but not too much.

The taste may be exactly what I'm looking for in a hefe. Those definitive characteristics are there (clove, coriander, citrus), but it's not too delicate. That wheat backbone is pretty strong.

This is very nice if you're looking for a hefe that's refreshing and not overly delicate. Good stuff.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Franziskaner weizen glass with a thick and frothy 2-finger head. Swirled the bottle to get the yeast. Very hazy, though not completely opaque, dark honey colored. Leaves decent lacing.

S: Cloves, bananas, lots of yeast, wheat malt, lemon, straw.

T: Just like it smells. Lots of yeast, lots of bananas, clove, and wheat flavor, butter, some green apple.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth across the palate, buttery.

D: Very high. This stuff goes down easy and smooth.

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Photo of bigman147
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy pale Straw colored with good head and a high level of retention as the beer took forever to settle.

Aroma: Clove is predominate as well as a citrus element. Some banana aroma but mostly hidden behind the wheat and clove.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very sharp and has a good bite. Tastes like malted wheat with come tart citrus (lemon, not orange) Very crisp and clean without any perceivable flaws (in style). Even as the beer warmed, Banana was not easily perceived as Clove took control. Carbonation was high and helped set up the lemony citrus flavors.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Wonderful Hefe on a warm summer or even on a nice cool Fall or Spring day. Clean and refreshing.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served w/ lemon. A very delightful weisse. Just enough hops for bitterness to give it some bite. A fruitful blend of wheat, fruits and hops. The hop presence greets the taste buds first, then the beer finishes with a smooth, refreshing aftertaste. Definitely a beer to return to.

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Photo of afordney
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a large head that dissipated quickly, decent cloudy straw color.

Smelled of citrus and clove, but not very strong.

Tasted like clove, spicy from start to finish, no hints of banana.

Mouthfeel was balanced and spicy, very refereshing on a warm day.

Overall, this was not my favorite interpretation of Hefe Weizen but it was very drinkable and I'd try it again.

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Photo of claybeer
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very light foggy yellow color with a light soft off white head. Extremely cloudy. A classic hefeweizen nose of citrus, wheat, banana, and some spice. I enjoyed the crisp coriander flavor. A very refreshing beer. The finish is clean with just a little bit of a scratchy wheat feeling on the roof of my mouth. Easy drinker.

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Photo of Hobbz
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Ayinger beers, but I don't often drink their wheats (for some reason).
Pour: Murky yellow-tan; plenty of foam and bubble action -- fills the wheat glass with good-looks. My bottle pour head subsided after little time.
Aroma: Full of hefe-weiz aroma -- fruity esters and lemon-sour tinge. Background hints of hefe (yeast) smell.
Taste: One of the better, standard German H-W out there (almost enters into my top echelon of the style): full flavor of H-W tastes to match its aroma. Pretty wet mouthfeel works the complex of flavor (wheat & yeast base, banana-clove experience with sweetness and some citrus as well). Nice.

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Photo of hmf05
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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 ablaze
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold, slightly hazy, bubbly, with a nice pure white head and thick lacing.

Light lemon scent, wheat, and bubblegum.

Sourness followed by sweet lemons, lots of bubblegum, and wheat. Medium body, spicy carbonation, with a smooth, clean finish.

Delectable hefeweizen that is soft and inoffensive. Can't go wrong.

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Photo of thechaacster
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
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 TPoling
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Ayinger Brau-Weisse comes from the bottle a hazy, pale gold and quickly rises to a big head that quickly dissipates, unlike some of its brethern, who have big rocky heads that will stick around longer.

The smell is of clove and a pleasant earthiness I can't quite pin down. Perhaps hay.

The taste is light spice, with clove dominant. There is a slight tartness on the back of the tongue that remains while the tastebuds in the advance guards tingle for more.

This is very refreshing, but doesn't have the complexity or the mouthfeel I've come to expect from favorites such as the Paulaner. It has worked well, however, has a good starter beer when I bring it to parties. Bud drinkers quickly learn that "cloudy" doesn't translate into "overpowering" or "thick."

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Photo of MrHolland
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color into a weizen glass, has a huge white head and can see very many bubbles racing to the top.

Smell - Bananas, cloves and other fruity esters

Taste - The esters did not come out like I was expecting, has a slight watery mouthfeel with faint hints of the bananas and cloves, with a alcohol warmness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Watery and has a lot of carbonation.

Overall not too bad of a Hefe, but I have had a lot better.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
92 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.