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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 1,864
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 123
Gots: 166 | 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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Ratings: 1,864 | Reviews: 859
Photo of porter17
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was so good, I had 2 at a restaurant (I usually have only 1 of any style) and also bought it out at the grocery store. A fine version beer from Ayinger. Not overly appealing by sight but the taste was excellent for the style and the drinkability was exceptional. Great summer beer and session beer.

Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with a foamy white two finger head with a nice looking lace. Smell is of banana's citrus, and cloves, the taste is the same. Has a nice sweet flavor, with a bit of bubblegum flavor. Somewhat lightbodied, nice carbonation, with a bit of a sticky feeling to it along with a dry/sweet aftertaste. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of KTCamm
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour - 500ml bottle into a basic pint glass. Two stages due to the size. Pours a very nice pale cloudy yellow with active white foamy head.

Smell - beautiful mixture of wheat, banana, and clove. The smell erupts from the glass with minimal effort.

Taste - fantastic. Crisp, slight citrus, loads of wheat. Everything you'd ever want in a hefe. Flavor holds in the mouth well, and carbonation goes to work. Absolutely delicious.

The perfect summer brew. Could have loads of these. Drinkable only scratches the surface.

Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ayinger Brau Weiss pours into a tall pils glass a cloudy yellow, and yields a towering head using the prescribed pour.

The smell is clove and yeast.

The taste is a delicious combination of clove and malts. The clove provides a spicy, peppery flavor. This brew finishes with a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel is pleasant ... moderate carbonation with the prescribed pour, lots of effervescence if poured down the side ... a champagne-like dry feel.

This wheat ale is extremely drinkable ... a classic German wheat.

Fantastic!

Photo of Rayek
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange tinged straw with a fair amount of carbonation. The fizzy white cap starts strong, only to recede to a thin film. Leaves no lace, sadly.

S: Heavy on the banana, with a nice dose of lemon and clove, plus a fair amount of raw grains.

T: Very nice overall. Starts out with a biscuit like wheat and barley flavor. A healthy amount of clove comes on next to bite at the tongue. A lemon tartness rounds things out, while a banana flavor rides throughout the experience.

M: Grainy and ever so slightly under carbonated.

D: This is a very nice hefe. It's light and goes down quick. I wish I'd had another bottle on hand. Definitely worth a revisit.

Photo of qpHalcy0n
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a chilled bottle (no date) into a Weizen glass. This hefe didn't pour a very frothy/foamy billowy head like some other Hefe's. The head billows very quickly, but its a very fizzy head that fades extremely quickly to nothing and leaves no lacing. This bottle had an exceptional level of suspended yeast which mixed nicely and settled to a light film in the bottom of the glass.

That aside, the smell comes across very quickly and is extremely citrusey of clove and lemon/orange. The smell is a little more forward than other hefe's such as Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner. Overall though it has a very inviting aroma.

The taste is equally as forward as the smell being a little bit more direct and sortof a "sock to the mouth" compared to some other hefe's mentioned above. Alot of this has to do with it seeming to have a higher amount of carbonation. This isn't necessarily bad and is a very refreshingly drinkable beer.

As said before this particular Hefe seems to have a higher amount of carbonation than your Julius Echter's, Franziskaners, and Weihenstephaners so the mouthfeel isnt as inviting as some of those.

Overall, the very forward citrus taste and wonderful smell make this a very drinkable beer. While it's not as good as the higher eschalon Hefe's, it is an exceptionally worthwhile beer.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. no date. poured into weizen glass. tasted in mid-april 2009.

cloudy, golden straw w amber brown tones. big weissbier head, but fades to sudsy thin layer, then just wisps, then nothing. no lace.

aroma: banana and juicyfruit chewing gum. touch of clove. other subtle esters of apple and citrus. trace of hops. trace of gentle phenols. touch of vanilla?

taste: relatively fresh weizen flavors, though slightly watered down. more generalized fruit esters, and less specifically banana. still a trace of cloves. mild bitterness and gentle touch of acidity.

light, not too thin, but a touch astringent. spritzy carbonation sometimes helps, sometimes exacerbates astringency.

maybe this wasn't fresh? they really need to date or code their bottles.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy, medium gold color with a billowing fluffy off-white head that sits atop the beer forever. Great looking beer.

Nose is equally wonderful and filled with banana and clove hefe goodness. There is plenty of wheat tang in there as well as some bubblegum and cantaloupe rind.

Taste is a bit more clove than banana with a crisp wheat bite. Has a touch of lemon citrus in there and just a bit of sweetness. I would certainly have this in my top ten hefes, it is a deliciously drinkable beer.

Photo of SPRichard
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

beautiful cloudy pale yellow color with a billowing foamy 2 inch head...excellent head retention that slowly settled to a 1/4 inch...plenty lace sticking to the glass

lots of complex aromas with this beer....plenty of citrus, lemon/orange, intertwined with bananas and cloves

dominated by yeast as it should in a German Hefe...lime, lemon, hints of apple, orange set the table for a big hit of bready malt halfway through...dry tangy finish was an invitation for me to take another sip

medium body that left my tongue feeling slick after each sip

i'm a big fan of Hefes in the summer months and this is by far the best one i've had hands down....i was happy to see this one on tap as i get a better feel for a beer in that format....a very drinkable beer and possibly a nice gateway beer for those that are hard to sway into craft beers

Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle

Pours a hazy yellow color with a healthy, puffy snow white head. Big toasty wheat nose, some very mild spice. A little banana, a little bubblegum in flavor, great balance. Soft in body, well rounded and highly drinkable. A perfect representation of the style.

Photo of Finn
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: poured into a tall weihenstephaner weiss beer glass. A fine, thick, creamy head sits atop. The beer is a hazy gold color. a bit lighter in color than your average.

Smell: Banana bread with a clove/vanilla afterthought. marvelous.

taste: Smooth, mellow blend of the classic flavors of cloves, vanilla, and bananas. Sweet maltiness is present, but not in a cloying manner.

mouthfeel: strong, tingly carbonation balances perfectly with a creamy, rich body.

drinkability: this is up there with the best. the drinkability is amazing. it manages to be flavorful and lush, but not cloying. could easily have a few of these (now if it only wasn's so expensive.) This is perhaps my favorite hefe that I have had to date.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. to a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a light almost hazy lemon colored yellow, the haze isn't as intense as other Hefe's. Leaves a white 1.5 in head that dissipates quickly and leaves a mat no lacing.

S - Smell of some bready malt and some light phenols. Slight banana and clove. Also some other fruity notes and some that I can't quite pinpoint. Some mild fresh flowery hints as well.

T - Very clean and faint taste of wheat with some bready hints. Phenols are not as present on the tongue. Banana notes and cloves are mild at the beginning of the brew. Some zesty hints at the end. Bitterness can be experienced at the middle point.

M - A little over carbonated for my taste. Well balanced flavors though. Light bodied not as flavorful as other Hefe's. Very clean.

D - Very drinkable as most Hefe's are. Carbonation is a little over the top but its not so detrimental.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy lemon yellow colour with a huge head of foam. Excellent head retention with very good lacing.

The smell is of wheat, clove, light banana, and some lemon zest.

The taste follows the nose precicely. Lots of wheat and clove, good note of banana, and a light lemon flavour that's mostly in the finish. A great taster here.

Medium bodied with medium to medium high carbonation.

Drinkability? Damn good as it's tasty and thoroughly enjoyable to session on.

Edit: After having a few more bottles, I think this may be the best Hefeweizen imported to the US.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Very cloudy golden-yellow color, with a thick white head.

S: Lots of clove and phenols on the nose, with some banana in the backdrop. Spicy hints of nutmeg also abound. Manages to still be light and pleasant, like a warm summer night.

T: Nice wheat and clove characteristics up front, with some yeast and phenolic notes coming in toward the middle. A faint hint of lemon is also present. All the flavors meld very well.

M: Substantial, yet still fairly light-bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. The feel might be best described as "light, yet coating." Wonderfully sweet finish.

D: Oh, so refreshing and easy to quaff, yet quite rewarding to those looking for complexity.

If Weihenstephaner makes the best hefeweizen in the world, this offering from Ayinger comes in a close second, if not holding a sort of "1b" status. This beer is so light and refreshing, it was practically tailor-made for warm nights, relaxing outdoors with good company. The true beauty of this brew lies in its sublime feel, so soft yet all-encompassing. Definitely give this one a shot!

Photo of vishneda
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. No bottling date or other notes that I could find.

The body has a nice wheat color, cloudy and light yellow in the narrow and golden near the top. An even two-finger head sits on top; bright and clean white with even bubbles throughout. As the beer unfolds, the head settles around a half-finger. There is really no lacing to speak of in this glass.

On the nose it starts out as a bold wheat aroma with pear and lemon notes. The banana note comes through as the beer sits, mingled with a little orange peel. Mild green apple in the mix. Nice scents from this beer, about middle of the road for the style.

The flavor is only a little sweet balanced with a prominent tartness that becomes obvious mid-palate. Ripened banana and a tiny bit of clove comes through in the beer flavor along with a stronger wheat grain. Very little hop flavor experienced here. Even the aftertaste is only a tad bitter; I experienced more banana notes in the aftertaste than I expected. In my mind, it's just OK for Hefe... the top beers in this category have more character and better balance.

Hefe is a highly drinkable style. This beer has the typical light body and is not very filling. I wouldn't classify it as refreshing as it just doesn't seem to hit the right spots.

With the tartness being the only real stand-out charateristic, I would put Bräu Weisse a tad below the best Hefeweizen varieties.

Photo of MusicmanSD
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A standard pour yields a massive head of airy white foam that descends slowly. Minimal lacing, and the head doesn't pit quite as intensely as on other hefs (notably, Weihenstephan's). The color is a goldenrod/yellow.

S: Strong clove aroma with a twinge of bananas and bandaid-like phenol. Just as a good German hef should smell.

T&M: An interesting example of the style, for sure. Initially tart and fruity, then some wheat/grainy flavor that's finished off with clove and a hint of banana. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation that tingles and smooths out on the finish. This is a damn fine hefeweizen.

D: What a hefeweizen should be--it's really drinkable. Nice flavor that has enough complexity and boldness to satisfy without limiting drinkability. This is second only to Weihenstephaner in my book (of the hef's I've sampled...).

Photo of drtth
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled and poured into an Erdinger Weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a cloudy yellow/gold with a 2" white fluffy head that recedes some but does not disappear. Sipping leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The aroma has some citric fruit character but fresh clove dominates and banana follows along to complement the clove.

Taste: The tart, refreshing taste is pretty much what would be expected from the aroma. There is clove and banana and there is some tart lemon mixed in here. There is also some light sweetness from the wheat malts but otherwise not much wheat flavor. As the beer warms a bit the balance of flavors doesn't change as all of the flavors seem to become stronger at the same time. The hop bitterness lightly spicy, is quite low and shows up almost as an after thought to prepare the taste buds for the next sip.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some nice prickly but creamy carbonation. The finish is moderately long, begins in sweetness from the wheat and malt and slowly fades into dry hop bitterness which quietly leaves the scene.

Drinkability: This is a very nice hefe and a perfect beer for a summer Sunday afternoon of grilling, games and drinking on the patio and in the back yard. Although the ABV is about 5% it would still be easy to consume too many of these. I'll be having this beer again as it is now on my shopping list.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a weizen glass. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a seven inch cascading head and copious tiny bubbles in solution; excellent retention, but not much in the way of lacing. Nose reveals cloves, citrus, yeast and some herbal/minty qualities. Taste follows nose with the addition of a wheat character. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a clean finish. Highly drinkable and refreshing. This will be a summer staple.

Photo of Anthony1
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- very cloudy, pale orange. head was a little dull, but lacing stuck well

smell- senses of fruit, mostly orange, lemon, and clove.

taste- slightly tart and spicy. definite taste of banana, yeast, clove and citrus (orange and lemon).

mouthfeel = very crisp, perhaps too much so. seems light in body with high amounts of carbonation.

drinkability = not as good as the ur-weisse, slightly too crisp without a refreshing after taste. would not readily purchase this beer again

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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 teejay76
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that with the beeradvocate rating on this brew I went in with expectations that were maybe a little too high because I was a little let down. I had to have another to re-grade it without the expectations.

Appearance - a medium golden yellow with a little over an inch plus of snow white head that maintained until the end.

Smell - Banana citrusy hops.

Taste - Tasted like it smelled. I was worried it would be watery but it was full flavored.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and dry but refreshing.

Drinkability - Liked it but probably won't pick it up again. I've had better domestics for better bargains.

Photo of magine
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured bottle into a Widmer hefeweizen glass.

Poured a nice golden cloudy color, with a small white head that fades quickly - no lacing to speak of.

The beer smells of bananas and yeasts.

The beer tastes of yeasts and fruits, bananas are there. Very nice smooth taste. Crisp and refreshing - not as creamy as some other hefeweizen's I have had.

This beer is very drinkable - could down several of these brews. One of the better Hefe's I have had. Very nice.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a white head that's swift to settle.

The nose is wheaty and yeasty. Any fruitiness is very faint, and some spice lurks deep in there somewhere.

Wheaty flavor with clove and a hint of citrus. A banana flavor develops on the tongue, along with a punch of sugar. The body is a bit thin and the carbonation a bit sharp.

This is easily drinkable, but it's slightly sweeter than it needs to be.

Photo of Bcaulin
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap -- Served in proper Ayinger Hefe glass.

Served with a nice giant white head that didn't leave much lacing. Overall a nice cloundy orange color.

Loads of cloves in the nose -- too much for my taste. Pretty much dominates everything else aside from some banana.

Taste was similar -- you're going to get a lot of banana and cloves throughout. Aftertaste fades away quickly. If you aren't into the clove and yeasty banana flavor profile, this won't be for you. With that said, it is slowly growing on me so it was still an enjoyable brew. Nice and refreshing and light to enjoy on a warm day.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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