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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 1,840
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 117
Gots: 158 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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 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.

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

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 500ml bottle.

A - cloudy golden amber with a small yet fluffy head. Lacing is loose and retention is decent. Lots of little yeast chunks when the bottle swirl is poured; not that I have anything wrong with that.

S - Less banana and bubblegum than others, but has a good wheat and lemon aroma to compensate. Slight clove on the nose as well.

T - Sweet banana, citrus, spice...all the requisite hallmarks of a good hefe. Also finishes clean, as expected.

M - Slightly weighty body and peppy carbonation. Nice and light.

D - As with any good hefe, it's kind of filling. But otherwise, it's an excellent session brew. I could easily knock back a few pints of this.

Overall - Not a uniquely outstanding gem of a hefe, but it sticks to the standard style and does it very well. Another top shelf wheat brew.

Photo of beerdedking
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of atpben
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Houston Flying Saucer. Poured in a pint glass! Nice cloudy orange color with a big 1 and 1/2 inch head. Aromas of bubblegum, bananas, cloves and some very light vanilla. Light to Medium carbonation with mostly banana and clove in taste. Finishes with a a mild and slight crisp. Good and easy to drink better than paulaner but still not as good as Schneider.

Photo of LordHammer
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a massive white head that settled to about 1/2 inch.

S: Strong aromas of banana, clove, and yeast. A little spicy, a little sweet. Very enticing.

T: Wheat malts, bananas, cloves, and some other hints of fruit. A slightly tart note at the end. This is delicious and refreshing, as one might expect.

M: Light, refreshing, with significant carbonation. Spot on.

D: I could drink glass after glass of this, and each one would be excellent.

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

Poured into Schell's Weizen Glass.

Pours a massive head starts with 4 fingers. Then mellows down a bit. Eventually settles at 1/2 finger. Pillow topped. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Color is a very hazy/cloudy sunset gold.

Aroma is a tad musky. A lot of cloves and banana. Some spices as well.

Taste is a lot similar to the aroma. A tad of alcohol comes out as well. The spices are a lot more apparent here. Some orange peel notes come out as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp at first, but then mellows out a lot. Leaves a clean aftertaste. Carbonation level seems good for this beer.

Overall, a very easy to drink beer. It was nice out today and I felt like enjoying something and a hefe sounded good. I am looking forward to the summer and enjoying more of these.

Photo of Monsteruss
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The foam was almost white, smooth, foamy, non-lacey and stuck around till the end. The smell had a dominate wheat aroma. The Color was a gorgeous bright honey. The taste - excellent - dominate wheat pils taste with hints of a fruity undertone, yet kind of creamy. Mouthfeel - beautifull goin' down. Drinkability - smooth and complex like most other German beers. I recomment it!

Photo of greg202stewart
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer served in the bottle with the tall Ayinger glass. Maybe it was the large glass but the beer seems very large and took me a while to finish, despite being rather light. The smell and taste are very wheaty and goes down very smooth. For a light beer it did fill me up. It was one of the better wheat beers I've tried thus far

Photo of UDbeernut
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into wheat glass

a: pale straw yellow color, hazy, lots of bubbleing carbonation, foamy head with good retention

s: light hint of the wheat yeast esters, slight spicy ness

t: light wheat, yeast esters provide a sweet front of banana, slight bubble gum, clove. Excellent taste

m&d: light and creamy, this is one of the best Hefe's I've had. Good call.

Photo of Draughted
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Bavarian Wheat Beer

A - Pours a foamy white head that does not ever get smaller than the thickness of most magazines. Color is pale, cloudy and golden. Carbonation releases much like a bottle of champagne.

S - The Bavarian yeast and hops are very distinctive from the start. Not skunky or overpowering.

T - Has that familiar bubblegum/banana like taste similar to Belgian wheat or farmhouse ales. Sweet. What separates this one from the others is does not have a bitter taste that takes away from the taste.

M - Carbonation is very refreshing. The foamy head is present with every sip which is very nice.

D - Too easy to drink, I wish I lived in Aying just so I get it from a local tap. Not to heavy or filling, so overall, a very easy to drink beer. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Columbia, PA

The beer poured a cloudy, golden-yellow color with white, 2-finger head with good retention.

The smell is of flowers and clove, which is very pleasant.

The taste is much like the smell with a fruity, flower and clove taste. There's very little citrus taste and no hop bitterness.

There is a lot of carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish with a little bit of an oxidized-apple aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy; more so than I would have expected for this style of beer.

A very enjoyable beer indeed.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle into tulip pint glass.

A- light straw color; very cloudy. Head is white, and foamy.

S- yeast dominates the nose, but sweet fruity and malt aromas are also distinct.

T- yeasty, backed with smooth, sugary malt sweetness, with the expected bubblegum in the background. Swallow is clean, into a bubblegum aftertaste. Pretty close to the textbook description of a traditional Weisse. I don't eat bananas, but my wife assures me they are noticeable, as hey should be.

M- slightly tart acidic hints and brisk carbonation lighten the thick, wheaty beer and make it light and refreshing.

D- excellent. Wheat beers are very drinkable, and this is a textbook example.

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

In a tulip:

Fine bubbled head which is thick and long lasting. Opaque golden yellow in color. Smell is very inviting with yeast, farm, bread, and lemon. Tastes quite malty with a bunch of lemon. Not much bitter rounds this out, but that's in line with the style. Biscuit/bready in the taste as well. Excellent carbonation and great body. Highly drinkable, tastes great and is easy on the palate.

Overall: This is a fantastic Hefeweizen. It's flavor is impeccably balanced and for me serves as what a beer in this style should be.

Photo of bmwats
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 500ml bottle into my Ayinger weizen glass.

A: A hazy straw color. Medium heavy carbonation pours into a gigantic, frothy, white craterous head. Head settles at a snail's pace, leaving little peaks and valleys as it does. Fine carbonation continues to rise throughout. Head never really fully dissipates. The body remains hazy. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Wheat, yeast, and slight lemon. A hint of spice also, clove or basil.

T: Tastes like it smells. The yeast comes out stronger than the wheat. Light lemony flavor, and you can definitely taste the spice. A touch of hoppiness as well.

M: A little twangy. Light with a soft, citrusy, refreshing quality. The subtly dull but sour twang lingers throughout.

D: Good sipping beer. Subtle flavor and feel.

Good atmosphere. Really nice appearance, good collection of attributes in the nose. Flavor has subtle complexity, and pretty good balance. The Feel is a bit unusual with a dull, sour, twangy aftertaste. Good drinkability though. Overall, really good quaff.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, light to medium golden color with a 1 finger white head that slowly subsides and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Strong aroma of wheat and citrus with a pronounced presence of banana and cloves and also a little bit of yeast.

Taste comes off very similar to the smell. A slight spiciness hits the tongue and is balanced nicely by the fruit notes. Overall, a very refreshing and inviting taste.

Crisp feel with medium carbonation. Extremely refreshing and very easy to drink especially on a warmer day. This one will absolutely deserve another look when summer comes around.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Leon's in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with deeper shades of orange in the center of the glass. The head is one-finger of white foam that recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bananas with good amounts of earthy cloves.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of banana flavors with light hints of spices and an earthy finish from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is good - it's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished one fairly quickly and could go for a few more.

Overall there's not a whole lot I would change about this beer - if it were a bit more crisp at the end it'd be a bit better, but as it is it's close to perfect. Worth a shot.

Photo of confer
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A very pale yellow, cloudy with some sediment even with a good swirl.

S- Light, fruity and a faint hint of clove.

T- I am partial to Hefe's but this one is among the best. Sweet banana is the strongest flavor. Slight clove taste in the finish.

D- Highly drinkable. I would like to have this regularly but the cost prohibits that. A nice treat once in a while. Really nice on hot summer day

Photo of Stunner97
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- light yellow color, cloudy, decent to heavy carbonation, thin to no head quickly appear,

Smell- light wheat, slight lemon and citrus notes, slight yeast tones, grains, and dough

Taste- slight lemon citrus flavors on taste upfront, very fresh and crisply refreshing, wheat flavors are very strong, clover, yeast, definitely a lot of strong flavors here

mouthfeel- light bodied and yet highly carbonated,

Drinkability- very drinkable and to me this is this beers strongest point, very refreshing with plenty of citrus tones, good session brew with good taste and crispness, another hefe that would be great summertime drinking right out the cooler and of course into a nice glass : )

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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 IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml into a Victory Weisse glass while wading through 3 hours of insufferable NASCAR pre-race coverage. Isn't there some hockey on somewhere? Even the Food Network slate was boring. Anyway...

Classic, slightly hazy lemon straw color. Great carbonation and 2-finger meringue head that's so white it's a little blue. Almost like it has egg white peaks. Good staying power.

Nice, clean raw malt and wheat - old world Hefe esters are very understated...a little banana, some 'Nilla wafer and only a bit of orange peel. Solid, classic nose.

Again, the word of the day is...solid. Clean raw wheat and light grains. Good banana and vanilla with mild lemon/orange zest. Has good body to it - not clammy. Something of substance. Saaz hops are in the background but provide great balance. Nice ginger spice effect from carbonation.

Good palate feel - mix of raw Saaz silage and well-carbonated Hefe-like austere sweetness. Finishes decently and actually has some slight heft for its weight class.

Not as clean as some of the more classic Hefe offerings, so it actually drinks a bit on the hefty side. Still, this is a keepah. Nice changeup to Weihenstephaner for the summer months.

Photo of roadhouse
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap today at the Marquee Lounge. Served into a tall Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance was a cloudy golden yellow with a one inch plus white head that fell a bit but held up the whole time and left some good lace. I think the Ayinger glass enhances it as well.

Aroma had lots of banana esters and fresh baked sweet breadiness, with a light touch of clove in the back.

Taste began with the aforementioned bready sweetness followed by the perfect amount of banana that was balanced in the finish by the perfect amount of spicy clove character. Perfect.

Mouthfeel was on the light side, very crisp and refreshing with nice carbonation, though I think it could have been slightly higher.

This was fantastic on tap. In the bottle it is just good but from the tap it is amazing. It had to have been quite fresh.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml. into a Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse glass.

A--Hazy golden yellow body with massive (three-four finger) white head with huge bubbles that died quickly and left no trace.

S--Banana is subdued and the clove is even toned down by a less spicy and more tangy note--lemon? Peach? There are citric notes here, surprising for the style but not at all unwelcome. The spice that comes through is as much peppery from the yeast as clove, though the clove is definitely present. Interesting.

T--Sour mash yeasty lemon notes--truly tangy. Banana bread comes out more in the flavor profile than in the nose. Solid heft on the malt to support the wet hay characteristics of the wheat and yeast interaction. More citric up front than clove--the esters are really intriguing on this puppy. Finish is nonexistent and opens you up to the next sip. Hop bitterness is absent, unsurprisingly.

M&D--Mouthfeel is spritzy, open, bright and refreshing. Almost a perfect spring into summer beer, and puts a spring into my February step! Drinkability is insane, even for the style.

This is the saison of weissbiers to me, and actually was reminiscent of Saison Dupont in some ways. Extremely versatile with food, I found out, after pairing up the second bottle with various wursts, mustards, pickles, cheese, crackers. The variety of flavors in the beer combined with its unobtrusive lightness makes it perfect for late afternoon (or if you're bavarian, late morning) snacking. I was scoring this sucker much higher than I realized--just surprising enough while nailing all the trademarks for the style to be truly exceptional.

Photo of hmf05
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Aroma's Cafe and Wine Bar in Augusta, GA.

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Weissbierglas.

Bright, straw-like golden in hue, flaunting a pillowy white meringue that settles slowly to a half-finger cap that lingers throughout the quaff. A constant onslaught of bubbles supplies the head, and the liquid is slightly hazy, though much more clear than some examples in the style.

A light nose of peaches and apricots, along with a faint whiff of yeasty clove spiciness, plays in the nostrils and invites the first drink.

A light, highly effervescent body tickles the tongue, carrying an array of light flavor notes that play across the palate: sweet bread, citrus fruit, banana, and clove. Banana and clove flavors are quite restrained and therefore none overwhelming; the beer washes over the back of the tongue leaving behind a bit of a lingering sweetness.

As is common with brews from Privatbrauerai Franz Inselkammer, this is a distinctive variant amongst its Bavarian brethren, and thanks to its nice balance of clean, restrained flavors and bright, lively mouthfeel, it is an easy quaffer and perfect for sitting in a Biergarten on a nice warm afternoon.

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

I am a true weizen lover, having grown up in Augsburg, Germany (its in Bavaria near Munich). Drank a 0.5l bottle of this in a tall beer glass, great head retention you would come to expect from a true weizen.

Appearance - Cloudy, murky light brown/dark yellow, you can tell its not filtered due to all the yeast suspended in the brew.

Smell - Light clove and banana, a very pleasing aroma.

Taste - Sweet bubblegum-banana with a slight spice to it, a heavy beer with great body and balance, no overpowering flavors at all.

Mouthfeel - Rolls around like cream, with a very pleasing aftertaste, it stays with you a bit.

Drinkability - I could drink this beer till I no longer have brain cells or taste buds.

If it was on tap anywhere in the Tampa area I would be buying a new home near it. Its pricey but well worth it. You can get by with Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, only in my book Ayinger is better.

Serving type: bottle

Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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