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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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93
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1,777 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,777
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 108
Gots: 121 | 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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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
Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Armsby Abbey, in the Ayinger weizen glass. Typical good-looking hefe here - hazy golden-yellow, nice white head, carbonation bubbles floating about. Head isn't as resistant to shrinkage as I'd like, eventually becoming nothingness, leaves a tiny bit of lacing. Smell is lemon, clove and other hefe-like goodies. Very heavy banana and clove taste on this one. Other usual suspects are here as well such as lemon, slight spicy yeast, apple. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly on the tongue, a little too much carbonation. Leaves great lingering aftertaste. The banana and clove are a little overpowering here I think. Finish is very crisp and lemony. Very easy-drinking, true to the style. Good beer to go with the recent warm weather as of late. Paired well with the bread pudding.

Chico1985, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pale golden yellow in color with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Two fingers of creamy, thick eggshell white head that lingers for quite some time and slowly falls down the glass.

S-the nose is quite big! It is very sweet, much more so than spicy. The clove does set itself in first but is immediately followed by big hefe sweetness. Tons of banana mixed with lemon. A nice mellow golden fruit sweetness of soft pear, peach and mango

T-the taste is slightly spicier and not quite as bold. Very solid; but the nose was fantastic. Spicy clove give this an immediate edge, banana and a touch of tart lemon set a solid foundation. Hints of pear and peach finish off with just a touch of bitter hop presence

M-very smooth and well carbonated to give a solid, crisp finish. The body is medium and creamy, great texture.

D-this is a great drinking hefe. Awesome flavors and just a wonderful creaminess to this brew.

cpetrone84, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IDeep golden yellow/gold and slight orange and a thin white dissipating head. OK lacing.

Typical hefe scent but a bit closer together. And it almost like a bakery fresh cinnamon roll :-)

Taste is much more wheaty sort of a banana and lemon Flavor and a lovely cinnamon finish.

Thinner body but kind of creamy. Even and smooth finish.

Moderately drinkable but kind of foamy.

Great beer. I'm not the biggest fan of hefes but this one is alesome (I am trademarking that term, right here right now.).

ryanonline, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Fireman's 4 pint glass. A noticeable layer of yeast is at the bottom of the bottle. Regular pour resulted a 4 finger lively, highly carbonated fizziling head that's vanishing before my eyes. White, pale colored head. Eventually all the fizziling action stopped leaving no real lacing and 1 finger crown atop a light golden yellow body. Looks good but nothing too spectacular.

Very refreshing, banana, light fruitiness and some kind of spice that I can't distinguish. I'm thinking its the usual clove.

The beer tastes to style and is pretty tasty. I think it has just a little too much of the herb-y spiciness to it. Its just probably my personal taste. On a later note toward the end of the bottle I gave it a good swirl and poured some into my glass. I have to say this is probably the first beer that it really improved the taste with the yeast mixed in. So give it a try.

This beer is smooth, lightly carbonated and just a tad more than light bodied. Pretty drinkable and overall pretty good. Not my absolute favorite, as I've had a couple other better versions of the style, but good none the less.

MOB210SA, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange/gold colored beer. Active foamy white head that rises and falls immediately. No lacing.

Aroma was a quite strong and clearly of banana. Also a light grain aroma which was pretty nice.

Pretty classic hefe taste. Creamy banana flavor, some light spice and a subtle yeast flavor. I really. enjoy the almost creamy flavor.

While the body is light, the creamy texture makes it feel larger in overall mouthfeel.

Trying to cheer on spring by drinking this beer. Really enjoy this beer and find it very drinkable.

Reagan1984, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at House of 1,000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker (hmmm): two fingers of creamy meringue head over a really hazy, pale gold body. Head drops to a collar & film, moderate lacing.

Smell is quintessentially wheat: ripe banana, clove, bubble gum. Rich & appetizing.

Taste characterized by spritz of lemon up front, then a rush of sweet bananas & spices. Wind a little tart & earthy, dry.

Plenty of active carbonation, tingly without being too sharp. Crisp.

Very good, but as far as drinkability goes, it's complicated: the wheat taste is quickly sating, not sure I could taste it after two of these. On the one hand, I'd probably move onto others if given the choice; on the other, I could see downing a bunch in a row given the right environment (& snowy Pittsburgh isn't it right now).

OneDropSoup, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big wheat beer worthy head atop a nearly opaque pale straw color beer. Looks like a happy beer-sicle. No lace but a consistent veil of satiny retention.

Yeasty clove phenols, lemon, and sourdough bread aroma. Taste is clove with a sourdough wheat base and mild fruity edges. Banana phenols aren't as pronounced as in some hefs (Wiehenstephaner comes to mind) and not as much as I would like. As the beer warms the sourdough slides into a lemon poppy cake sweetness. Biting carbonation and dry body.

donkeyrunner, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a weizen glass a very pale straw with little haze for the style. Two and a half finger head diminishes quickly into a half-finger cap. The nose consists of wonderfully pungent sour apples and bananas with hints of yeast and citruses. The wheat malts and bananas dominate the taste for me. The beer is of a fairly medium body, due to the grainyness, but broken up a bit by the carbonation, which is a little on the harsh side, but still does a great job of balancing this weizen. Extremely drinkable. Eat it, Bud Light!

MrHassellYaHurd, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of beerguru15
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Ayinger is your typical Bavarian Hefe-weizen that just brings out all of the element's its supposed to.

The appearance of this hefe is a Cloudy but light yellowish/golden color with a white head.

When you first smell the beer, you get a mixture of Wheat,and Banana's

This beer is quite tastey, is very smooth and the drinker is presented with a strong initial taste, which is a good thing.

Overall this beer is very drinkable and highly recommended. I can see myself purchasing this beer more often.

beerguru15, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy straw yellow color with a big fluffy white head. Nose is kinda funky with some wheat. Taste is lackin in flavor upfront, banana, clove, wheat and a little astringent to me. Mouthfeel is nice but sordove bland. Drinkability is slightly abover average.

barleywinefiend, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You've got to love a great hefeweizen when poured into a tall hefe glass. It's hazy with a huge, white mountain of foam that you could rest your head on and have a snooze.

Classic aroma of clove with a light bubblegum note, grassy hops, and a banana backdrop. Also, it has a hayish, wheat presence that works well for it.

Very clean and complex flavors that integrate well. A clovey yeast spiciness and a wheaty earthiness lead to a dry finish and a banana note to grow on.

Clean, flavorful, highly drinkable, fantastic.

brownbeer, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of TimInPA
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time trying this beer.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Color is initially cloudy and the head is foamy - the foam lasts for quite a while and there is still some lingering foam the entire time I am drinking this. I like this in a beer.

The first smell I notice is banana - good.

The first taste is a surprise - it is almost as effervescent as champagne. Each sip is lively with a good feel and taste in the mouth. Plenty of citrus in the taste with a hint of clove.

Overall, a really good beer that is as good as everyone claims it to be: the tastes are what should be expected, the color is good, and the carbonation is excellent. Satisfying and not over the top.

TimInPA, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weissen glass. The color is a hazy golden color, lots of bubbles streaming up into a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma is strong on citrus on first smell... lemon and a little orange come through. Smells like some hops in there too... very nice.

The taste is mostly the same... citrus flavors up front with some hops at the end, fantastic beer, cool and refreshing, I like it a lot. There is a good bit of carbonation and a thin mouthfeel but that doesn't take away from the brew at all. I've only have a few beers from Aying and so far they are all top notch... and this might be the most drinkable sessionable of them all.

theboozecruise, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep golden color that was fairly cloudy from the yeast. It had a small, white colored head.

Smell: While it has a malt backbone, the smell was strongly banana in nature. It wasn't quite overpowering, but there wasn't much else to notice. With that said, it still smelled good.

Taste: Very similar to the smell in the sense of a strong banana flavor without being too overpowering. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: The unfiltered yeast provides a fair body with this beer.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer that has strong flavors and aromas. Quite delicious and refreshing.

civilizedpsycho, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of HankStrong
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Weizen Glass. Cloudy golden/yellowish color, 3 fingers head that reduced rather quickly, almost no lacing on the glass as it settled

S: fruity, mostly lemon smell with a hint of clove

T: does not overpower the taste buds... finishes wet

M: solid, not very heavily carbonated

D- very drinkable and easy to enjoy

Serving type: bottle

HankStrong, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good hefe weisse! Poured with a nice white head and a little lace. Color is a cloudy (yeast) amber. Aroma is malty, wheat, vanilla, honey, spice, and bananas. Lemon really shows up in the flavor which is satisfying and thirst quenching. Nice sweet- tart interplay. Excellent body and carbonation. Super drinkable. Clean finish. Absolutely a session beer.

drpimento, Dec 10, 2009
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,777 ratings.