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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
93
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1,768 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 841
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 108
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001)
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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden orange color that was opaque, big white head with some nice retention.

S - Banana, clove, citrus, little bit of bubble gum smell. Pretty nice.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells. Banana sweetness with a little citrusy bite and some nice glove spice. Pretty decent hefe.

M - Strong cargonation and medium bodied.

D - A nicely drinkable hefe that I wouldn't mind having again.

AgentZero, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of trbergman
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy yellow gold with a hint of orange. Plenty of carbonation and an absolutely massive pillowy white head.

S - Intense ripe banana aroma with lemon, vanilla, and a hints of clove and bubblegum in the background.

T - Fruity palette of banana, green apple, and lemon zest with a lovely counterpunch of vanilla bean and spicy clove. There's a hint of hop bitterness at the end, accentuated perhaps by the lively carbonation. Wonderful.

M - Medium body, creamy and effervescent.

D - Excellent. I could drink this all day.

trbergman, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, $3.49 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Heavy pour gives a big 3" of rocky white head that takes several minutes to settle to a drinkable level. Brew is a mostly-clear yellow with abundant carbonation seen floating upward. Leaves no lace. Very clear for an unfiltered hefe. Nose is clove, banana, yeast, wheat, light malts, a little caramel sweetness, and a bit of an acidic bite. Taste is the same banana and clove, mild light malt and wheat background, some yeast, overall similar to the smell. Finishes with a little sweetness and mild grassy lemon hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and light with appropriate carbonation. Overall a classic hefe.

BeerNinja007, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of mytireisfat
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very little head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy yellow/amber color. little lacing.

S: Very fruity smell, with banana smell.

T: Same as smell, a bit of lemon.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: easy to drink, a good beer, maybe a little weak. The bottle is really cool. and there is yeast at the bottom of the bottle, which half the bottle i poured into a glass. then when pouring the rest i mixed the yeast into it. also when the bar gave me my drink they gave me a lemon(which i quickly threw away) and a cold glass(which i let warm up a bit before using). I would buy again!

mytireisfat, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Purchased at Piggly Wiggly (Hilton Head, SC) for $3.69.

A: Classic lemon-yellow with requisite haze and towering white 3-4 finger head. Good retention but skimpy lacing.

S: Heavily spiced with clove but features banana, bubblegum, mineral, and lemon citrus tones as well.

T: Flavor is excellent for style with loads of banana and bubblegum esters, lighter clove, tangy wheat, and lemon. The phenols really gain traction near the end of the bottle as the yeast density rises.

M: Slick but with heft in its medium body. Carbonation is pretty low overall which supports the slickness. Aftertaste is heavy on clove and phenols but still retains the lemon-banana tug-of-war.

D: Supremely drinkable hefe which provides a standard bearer for the style.

argock, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold into a tall pilsner glass - a thing of beauty.

Bräu Weisse is a hazy, golden, pale straw color with huge, fluffy, towering head. This impressive topper settles slowly leaving some lace behind.

Aroma is wonderful and has all the elements that these great German wheat beers seem to have in common - banana, clove, and a hint of lemon.

Flavor is excellent as well. Great crisp fresh flavor, good balance, refreshing (starting to sound like a bud light ad here) and delicious from start to finish. That banana and spice combination is so perfect on a hot nearly-summer day.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style. Lots of flavor but not too strong. Very easy drinking beer.

Overall a fantastic German wheat beer. If only our macros tasted this good here in the states, I wouldn't have to buy expensive crafts to keep my palete interested.

GilGarp, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden yellow color with a expansive foamy head which retains much of its loft.

S- Light aroma of yeasty bread and wheaty malt.

T- Lightly sweet malt flavor with very faint banana & spice notes. Good, without standing particularly above the rest of the crowd.

M, D- Smooth with sufficient structure. Quite drinkable.

WhiteOak, May 30, 2010
Photo of 0beerguy0
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer poured a nice cloudy, golden pale color. The initial head was very large, about three fingers worth and it slowly receded but didn't get any lower than a finger or half finger worth.

Aroma: Sweet almost citrusy, yeast like aroma that was powerful but not overwhelming at all. I could defiantly pick up on some malty aromas to it as well.

Taste: You can defiantly taste some malty flavors with this one. It also has a banana flavor to it. The flavor finishes off with a little clove and lemony taste.

Mouth feel: I would defiantly say this has a great mouth feel. Very smooth, not too much carbonation, light body overall but in no way is it watery.

Drinkability: Great beer all around, I would defiantly recommend anyone trying this beer. You will not be disappointed.

I will defiantly be buying this more often.

0beerguy0, May 27, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark yellow with a good foamy white head, some slight spotty lacing. Lots of bubbles rising in the glass.

Lots of sweet wheat, a little yeastiness. I'm looking for that banana/clove thing and I'm not getting it.

A bit thinner than expected, with less complexity. Sweet grain/wheat, some light breadiness, light lemon tartness, with a little coriander and white pepper spice. Smooth and moderate intensity of flavor.

Lighter bodied with good solid carbonation. if this beer was built for having more than one, then they got this category right. Lighter but never watery.

Overall, very very easy to drink, but just misses that "greatness" mark where all the parts are in place. What exists is very good, and I would have this again, but this brew leans toward average domestic offerings and not those that this brewer traditionally releases.

OtherShoe2, May 21, 2010
Photo of konadrinker
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange 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 hints of cloves.

T: Like the smell, there are lots of banana flavors in the taste, which is mildly sweet. The finish is creamy and lingers nicely with a touch of wheat present.

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.

konadrinker, May 19, 2010
Photo of matt20102
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at refrigerator temperature from bottle into pilsner glass with about 2 fingers of head which dissipates into a thin but present foam. Initial aroma is pleasing, composed mostly of yeast and wheat malt. Carbonation is strong but appropriate to style. Mouthfeel seems suitably thin at first but remains- very pleasant. No particular flavor is predominant, making this a very good example of the style. At under $4 a bottle, this is an exceptional buy which I will revisit.

matt20102, May 18, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours an extremely murky tan color. It looks so millky. The head it large and white.

The smell has a huge banana kick with some clove.

The taste brings a bit more lemon, but overall it is a thin one compared to other Bavarian examples.

crossovert, May 17, 2010
Photo of ScottButler
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I won't claim to know how to write a review - but this is a great beer. It has replaces Weihenstephan as my favorite Hefe. Great golden color, smooth and creamy, with citrus, banana, spices, floral notes - everything I would hope for in a Hefe. Delicious!

ScottButler, May 12, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in an Ayinger Brau-Weisse hefeweizen glass at Delaney's in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a pale, cloudy yellow color with whitish, lemonade-like sides and a slightly darker orange-amber center. A fluffy, thin veil of white carbonation faded to a slight ring which left some decent lace.

S: Smells nice and spicy with hints of citrus fruits, banana, clove, white pepper and floral notes.

T: Flavor is a semisweet and tart fruity malt at first, with full flavors of banana and lemon. The brew drys a bit and adds some wheat and yeast tang to the mix. The finish is mostly clean with a brief, lingering hop acidity. Pretty darn refreshing.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, a little tart and chewy due to the unfiltered nature of this brew.

D: On a warm summer's day or at almost any point outside on a good evening, this is a great weizen. The 5.1% ABV begs for an outdoor session in the sunshine. Very flavorful and well balanced while offering that extra tartness some German wheats lack.

Like most wits and weizens, I don't know what pairings it might go well with besides lighter citrus-based chicken or whitefish dishes, or perhaps vinaigrette salads. But it has a complete, satisfying flavor and it's clearly a distinct German brew by a renowned German brewery.

Gambrinus1184, May 04, 2010
Photo of BobZ
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Ayinger Weissebier Glass.

Appearance: Nice cloudy yellow, with a rich head and good lacing

Smell: Great Hefe aroma, clove, banana, what you expect and exactly what you would want.

Taste: Definitely does not disappoint a very solid Hefe. Deep clove and banana really nice flavor.

Mouth feel: Again excellent for the style.

Drinkability: Easily a great hefe, almost equal to Weihenstephaner and definitely worth a try!

Truly a world class Hefeweizen, everything you would expect and desire. Simply a matter of personal taste vs. Weihenstephaner and Schneider Weiss. Go try all three and pick your favorite!

BobZ, May 01, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

metter98, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of NA1NSXR
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Larger than average fluffly head, a shade lighter in color than average hefeweizen (in between a hefeweizen color and a wit color), nice gushing carbonation in the glass. Looks similar to many of my favorite wheat beers.

Smell - Typical hefeweizen of the sweet and fruity type. The strength of the smell is quite good for this kind of beer.

Taste - Very much like authentic hefes of the Franziskaner, Hacker-Pschorr type - the sweeter kind. The sweetness and fruitiness are the main flavors here and ends with a moderate to weak wheat finish. If I really had to get nitty gritty, into details that even I myself may not successfully detect in a blind taste test, I might say this one is just a touch more watery than the aforementioned two.

Mouthfeel - Silky and smooth, the carbonation is not the stinging kind here.

Drinkability - I have always considered these kinds of beers to be amongst the most drinkable. This beer overall is benchmark type material.

NA1NSXR, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of blackc5
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in an Ayinger weizen glass.

A - A slightly gold, straw yellow that is just a touch hazy, with a creamy white head that fades quickly. Decent lacing.

S - The expected wheat, clove and banana and a fair amount of citrus to boot.

T - Quite nice, the flavor fits the expected to the T. Wheat breadiness, lots of banana, some clove, and again some citrus. Nothing surprises, but it works quite well.

M - Medium to thin-bodied with fairly high carbonation, this one prickles the tongue ever so slightly from the carbonation.

D - Quite refreshing here as the weather warms up - just as it should be.

blackc5, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of CMW
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head that fades quickly. Nice and murky with just a slight bit of soapy lacing.

S - Clove, banana, fresh bread.

T - Much like the nose and that is a good thing. Fruit and spice dominate the front with some malt and wheat providing a nice backbone. A slight touch of bitterness in the finish rounds this out.

M - Creamy and delicious.

D - Perfect for those spring and summer days. I wouldn't change a thing.

CMW, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of ReadyFireAim
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased locally. Poured from 330 mL brown bottle. No freshness date on bottle.

Aroma: Strong esters of banana that are balanced quite nicely with the phenolic colves and spice. As the beer settles down a bit, some hot bubblegum notes crop up in the background. Hardly any hop aroma (perhaps a slight bit more noble hops added to the aroma would give it some interesting twist). Pretty standard for the style -- but good, nonetheless.

Appearance: Light-golden, almost straw-like. Highly effervescent and heady. Creamy white head produces some slick lacing that clings a bit. As per the style, hazy from the protein and suspended yeast.

Flavor: Some light toasty notes from the wheat and pils -- but more of the sweetness peaks through. Not necessarily overpowering the malt, but the front of this beer is bananas and bubblegum, with a bit of clove in the background. As it finishes there's a touch of apple tartness and yeasty bread, but mostly bananas.

Mouthfeel: Creamy light body, fading to a lingering stickiness, then to a crisp spritz as the carbonation takes back over. Very good and appropriate for the style. Very refreshing.

Overall: Great representation of the style. The esters and phenols don't try too hard to find a champion for this beer, but create a great balance that's perfectly refreshing after some yard work or a run. Perfect season for it, too.

ReadyFireAim, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of spoons
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a bottle.

The color is a pale yellowish orange. Yeasty and cloudy. Very Thick white head. Great lacing.

Smells of bananas... some more spice, sweetness. no malt or hops but I dont think there should be.

The taste is sweet with lots of carbonation on the tongue. Bananas. A great rounded flavor and creamy mouthfeel, almost thick in the throat. but its light on the tongue. A great example of the style.

spoons, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - On tap

A - A hazy, golden color, with a nice, fluffy white head

S - Bananna, clove, wheat, spices

T - Much the same as the smell, with a hint of citrus tartness to it

M - Velvety smooth and moderate bodied.

D - Highly drinkable, and excellent for sessioning

Overall - Was fortunate enough to try this one on tap. And it is definitely an outstanding Hef! Possibly my favorite one I've had. If you see it, and you like Hefeweizens, do not hesitate to try it

Flightoficarus, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the cloudy straw that I love to see in this style, with a nice head that quickly dissipates but not to a small size, it stays pretty fluffy like a cloud.
Smells of esters and citrus, I get quite a bit of citrus in this actually.
Tastes like a more refreshing version of the Bavarian Hefeweizens I have had. Nice crisp finish and a good taste of citrus left behind. Not as much banana as the others but still is present.

Great refreshing beer!

Spineypanda, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden-straw color with a fizzy white head which dissipated quite quickly. Lots of apparent effervescence.

Smell: wheaty aroma with plenty of bananas and just a little clove. It smells fresh and refreshing.

Taste: quite delicious. Wheat and barley malt with just a hint of citrus and lots more of that banana flavor. Love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with oodles of carbonation. This is one smooth, creamy beverage.

Drinkability: good flavor and great feel make this a very drinkable beer. Highly tasty and refreshing.

flagmantho, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium looking fluffy white head that makes a ton of noise. Retains decently, but soon fades to a thin wisp with carbonation decorating the top. Golden tangerine yellow in color, cloudy, with lots of carbonation evident. Head quickly fades completely and leaves zero lacing down the glass. Slightly disappointing.

SMELL: Wheat malt with some decent banana and lemon esters. Lots of clove shines through. A nice nose for sure.

TASTE: Very tasty. Wheat malt up front with banana and lemon esters and lots of clove notes. Much bolder than the nose had indicated. Sweet bready malt aftertaste with hints of citrus and banana lingers and lingers. Very refreshing.

PALATE: Medium body and lighter on the palate. Creamy and smooth enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Could be a little heavier for my tastes, but very refreshing indeed.

OVERALL: A very drinkable and enjoyable brew whose lack-lustre appearance hurt it in the ratings. This one was very refreshing, making it a great beer for the summer patios. I was lucky enough to drink this fresh on tap in Munich back in July as well, and it was a treat then too. Recommended.

Jeffo, Mar 29, 2010
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,768 ratings.