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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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1,776 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,776
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

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

Nicely hazed straw colored brew with some orange-ish highlighting in the center. Small bubbles rush up the glass, leading to a frothy white head. This is about an inch high, with good stick, although the lacing is mostly thin legs.

Lots of citric fruit on the nose, sharp lemon notes, with some clove spicing.

These characteristics pass on to the flavor, which features a pleasantly crisp carbonation. Solvent alcohols, slightly tart like sourdough, and bready pale malts. The fruits are mostly lemon grassy as well as sour apple.

The dry finish keeps this beer nice and refreshing. Impressive hefeweizen, not the most flavorful, but it has a nice punch and the good carbonation makes it a wonderful brew in the heat.

BretSikkink, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of loosey
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured a hazy straw gold with a slight but bright white head, no lacing as it disappeared before my eyes..

smell is spice and citrus, some old banana peels... not very strong

oh, now i get why this is a great beer.. taste wheat bread, lemon and some sour apple... the gulp is rewarding and fades into a slight almost imperceptible spicy-bitterness

cool refreshing, dry and not too light but carbonated to balance...

now you see it now you don't, highly drinkable thank you... don't buy just one, thats what i did and now i feel regretful... try this one if you're ever stuck cleaning up after a natural disaster and it's really hot outside and you're not allowed to drink the water anyway so might as well have a six pack of this right? besides, it's the only way to deal with those pesky and useless senior citizen volunteers flapping around you... never mind that you'll get kidney stones, its a small price to pay for the intrinsic reward of a job well done

loosey, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Yellow straw color, nice big white head.

smell - Lot of citrus smelss, like lemon and bananas.

taste - Taste of wheat, lemons, little tart too.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body.

drinkability - Nice tastey Hefe, easy drinking, enjoyed this one.

auxiliary, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon color with an orange tint to it. Perfect cap of pure white fuzzy-fluff pops right up.

The smell wafting from the glass delivers sweet smells of light lemon with lots of bananas and clove, and a nice hefe yeastiness.

Body is medium with a dynamite, pillowy-soft and fluffy carbonation. The flavor brings light lemon muffins with banana bread and yeasy cloviness. It is real nice.

Ayinger's hefeweizen is very, very good but falls just behind my two fave's that I've had so far. Right behind Dancing Man and Weihenstephaner's.

Slynger, May 31, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. Pours cloudy gold in color woth a medium white head, Aroma of bananas, yeast, and light spiced. Flavor much the same. Some cereal grains in the finish, but in a really good way. Classic hefeweizen aroma and flavor. A vey nice beer.

RomanW70, May 31, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy yellow with nice 3 finger head, but it recedes quickly to a white collar, some lacing.

S - Heavenly banana aroma with a phenolic backdrop. Some sour wheat malt creeping through. The best hefe I've ever smelled.

T - As extraordinary as the nose. Quite a sweet hefe, with a strong banana component early palate. Dominates mid and late palate as well, where mild phenols and wheat malt shine through. Mild yet balanced, this is pretty much everything I could ask for in a hefeweizen.

M - Nicely carbonated with a bit of a heavier body than most.

D - I'd love to have these all day, but price is a definite issue. Otherwise throwing back one after the other of these wouldn't be the slightest problem.

This might be my favorite hefeweizen thus far. The prevalence of the banana esters while phenols and wheat malt take a backseat is amazing. This beer is perhaps what I've always wanted in a hefeweizen.

PatrickJR, May 30, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Hazy orange yellow with big white head made up of medium sized bubbles with good retention, like a bunch of little pearls.

S = Good strong smells of bananas and coriander, also good strong citrus smells of tangerine, orange and lemon.

T = Good banana and lemon-orange, but also a musty wheat field with fresh cut grains, slight white pepper. Complex and enjoyable.

M = Medium-light body, great carbonation level, good mouthcoating contributing to a nice medium-long finish.

D = Very high, a great late Spring, early Summer BBQ beer.

Traquairlover, May 26, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into a Kloster Andechs weizen glass, the beer is golden straw colored and hazy to the point of opacity. There is very little head, possibly the thinnest foam I've seen on any German hefeweizen I've poured. The aroma is solidly buttery, not as much banana as I like but it's in there. Taste is like buttered bananas, sorry for the innuendo but that's what it brought to mind. Creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Not my favorite weisse bier but not bad either, just kind of mid-field wheat.

TurdFurgison, May 26, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a very banana yellow color with a tall and very thick white head that takes a very long time to settle.
S: It smells of very sweet wheat malt, a lot of banana aromas, and a bit of clove at the end.
T: The taste follows the nose and enhances the experience of drinking this beer. It has a very sweet malty base underneath a big banana flavor and a bit of cloves in the end.
M: Very smooth and refreshing.
D: Very drinkable hefe as it is not overwhelming in any one area.

erosier, May 18, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic hefeweizen. Big carbonated white head, straw gold cloudy color, great smell: lemon, banana cloves. Taste is very good: astringent with cloves, banana and lemon all blended in a crisp, rich tasting brew. Drinkability on this one is excellent. I'm glad it comes in 25 oz bottles, a good excuse to keep drinking a great beer.

I would love to try this one on tap over a good long session.

JayQue, May 17, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely one of the best in the world for this style. Fortunate to find it on tap at Cafe Amsterdan in Anchorage, Alaska. Thank you Specialty Imports.

Cloudy, pale golden with thick, pillowy, soft white head. Took a while for bar keep to pour. No significant lacing.

Clovey mainly, some estery banana, but nothing like the banana blowing off the weizenbock I've got fermenting right now. A hint of alcohol in the nose.

Tastes alot like the nose, more clove than banana. A faint bit of bitter bite. Some sweetness toward the end and some bubblegum live flavor. Balanced finish.

Well carbonated, medium body, quick finish balanced between sweet and dry.

Drinkability? Are you kidding? Could a beer drink any easier than this one?

sprucetip, May 16, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a thick white head. Sharp grainy aroma of tart wheat, citrus, banana and cloves. Flavors bring a quenching wheat tartness with bubblegum and some qualities of the aroma mentioned above. Medium body with prickly carbonation and a slightly acidic fruity/ yeasty finish.

dedrinker, May 13, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped bottle, poured into a pint for lack of a weizen glass.

Hazy golden, beautiful, with a voluminous white head that lasts a long time, leaving nice lacing as it goes finally down.
Aroma is mostly bubblegum and bananas, but citric fruits and cloves leave a nice mark.
Quite refreshing, with the same taste expected from the aroma.
This is a great hefeweizen, and although it is not one of my preferred styles, it can easily go down in session during a hot summer day.

brdc, May 07, 2008
Photo of MtGoat
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: Ayinger Weizen Glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a strong foamy white head. The haziness fades revealing a clean golden appearance.

Smell: Smells of banana, sour notes, spicy wheat.

Taste: Wheaty! Slightly sour. Strong banana notes that linger with a slight spice on the tongue. As the beer warms its spiciness strengthens. An excellent hefe-weizen. A great balance of wheat, banana notes, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated.

Drinkability: Very smooth, very drinkable. A hefe-weizen I return to time and time again.

MtGoat, May 06, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine German brew from Ayinger. Had this one chilled in my Duvel chalice. Poured a cloudy banana color with a little burnt orange and a nice healthy head. Smelled of clove, banana, lemon, citrus, and yeasty. Tasted a hint of banana, yeast, bread dough, zesty, and smooth on the tongue. Wunderbar!

Portertime, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of ScottUCF84
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- On par for a German Hefe. Cloudy tannish orange. A thick white head that was quite fizzy for this style. Usually I see a very dormant, creamy head; this was bubbly and noisy. It fizzled away quicker than average, too. Moderate lacing.

S- There's definitely more lemon presence in this one. The yeast, dough, and clove are there too. I didn't pick up the usual banana... there's also a hint of vanilla in there.

T- Tangy citrus, sweet dough, a pinch of clove, and maybe some other spices. Even a touch sour as it warms.

M- Crisp and tingly from the carbonation. Medium to light body. This was a bit over carbonated for a hefe.

D-Like any other german wheat, I'm more then happy to finish the pint.

Overall not my favorite Hefeweizen from Germany; but it still blows away any domestic attempt at the style!


ScottUCF84, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours up a dark gold color withe a dense white head that dissipates slowly.

S - Cloves and yeast. Very nice.

T - Smooth with a clove and banana, with a hint of bubble gum.

M - Full mouth feel and good carbonation.

D - This would be perfect under a nice shade tree with an oompah band in the background. Extremely drinkable.

hiikeeba, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow with a big fluffy head.

Smells like a hefe should, clove and citrus.

This is well-balanced and highly drinkable. Clove and banana are present, along with a crisp citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel just about right for this.

I am not the world's biggest hefe fan, but this one was very well done and quite refreshing.

Strix, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Served in weizen glass. Quarter inch head with a bone white appearance.

S. Clove and slight banana.

T. Exceptional. Sweet refreshing wheat with fruits and sugars.

M. Coats the palate and wheat taste diminishes quickly.

D. Would love to have these all day.

Stinkypuss, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of drperm
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy to a "T." Nice, solid white head. Lovely tan colour, very opaque.

Aroma: cloves, banana, grass, chamomile, very light cardamom. Nice balance of aromas.

Taste: Textbook without being industrial. Grass, banana, clove, and peach. Very refreshing.

Palate: What can I say? Near-perfect all the way down.

Overall: Lovely hefeweizen, one of the best I've had. As stated above, classic and textbook without being industrial or boring. PERFECT with grilled bratwurst and sauerkraut.

drperm, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass and the foam rose straight to the top, giving a solid two-finger head that melted away w/o leaving any real lacings on a cloudy, light-gold body. Huge citrus smell (orange, banana, lemon all there) with a good appearance of pepper and clove (clove mostly). Unbelievable tart citrus taste up front, sharp but not biting, with orange and lemon flavors (and a dash of tropical fruits) coming out individually on the backbite. This made the beer incredibly smooth and gave it a great finish, but this medium-bodied beer is rounded out with some light spicing in it. A simplistic beer but done well, this is an excellent hefe if, like me, you love hefes, and a good beer for any beer drinker to enjoy if they just want something not too heavy to quaff.

clayrock81, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of joezak5
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; beautiful hazy honey color with meringue pure white head. No lacing above the liquid by a great lace as it's being enjoyed; good retention.

Smell: Spicy citrusy yeast with clove notes.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation, suprisingly chewy for a session beer-like abv.

Taste: Fantastic yeasty lemony cloves; just a little dry malt on the finish.

Drinkability: A session beer at its finest; This was the first beer in 21 reviews I've finished prior to completing the review. I want a few more.

joezak5, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of NDZonie
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What can I say? This is the second time that I've had this Ayinger weiss. The first time was in Rotenburg, Germany on Tap! This time was in a bottle that I purchased at Binny's in Chicago. With the obvious banana and spice overtones, what makes this brew exeptional is the mouthfeel.

During the middle of the winter, it is always great to look forward to great summer brews like the Ayinger.

NDZonie, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance : yellow color, with creamy white head.
Smell : vanilla and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : smooth, spicy notes, aftertaste of vanilla and oranges.
Drinkability : a pleasant and refreshing beer in the style hefeweizen.

thierrynantes, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very nice, cloudy pale yellow with a 2 finger frothy, white head that has great retention. Tons of carbonation visible as well. Not much lacing.

S: banana, spice and coriander with a touch of apple as well and very yeasty.

T: wow, nice floral hops up front, beautifully creamy and yeasty banana with coriander and spice present throughout - very, very nice.

M:light and incredibly crisp, very nicely carbonated and quite a dry, spicy finish.

D: This is an excellent hefe. Quite complex and very bold. Excellent flavours and very refreshing. This was a great find and I will definitely be buying this one again...I can't wait till summer!

Graham5161986, Mar 27, 2008
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.