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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 125
Gots: 168 | 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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Ratings: 1,867 | Reviews: 859
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

Photo of hoplover82
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy bright golden color with a white small head that has good retention and good lacing.

S-Strong bannana and faint cloves with a strong wheat smell.

T-Lots of wheat with slight bitterness. Very simple.

M-Medium to light bodied, and slightly dry in the end.

D-Very drinkable since it's so light.

Photo of gford217
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sipped on this one while playing bocce with brickstoredave at Leon's Full Service. Life is good...

Pours a very hazy golden yellow with a huge puffy white head that lasts for ages and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is classic hefe with a massive banana sweetness with only hints of spices in the background.

Taste follows the aroma and is, once again, textbook hefe with a huge bubblegum and banana sweetness with hints of lemony hops up front and spices in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with tons of carbonation and very smooth.

To call this one drinkable would be an understatement. It's an exceptionally easy beer to drink and one of the best examples of the style I've had. Highly recommended!

Photo of Augustiner719
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5L stein.

Appearance: poured a milky orangy and yellowish hazy color, typical of hefeweizens, especially authentic german ones. Yielded a huge 3 finger creamy head that came right out of the glass but maintained its shape is it was thick and creamy.

Smell: Smells decent, nothing to rave over as compared to other hefeweizens. Sorta like banana break mixed with orange and lemon zest.

Taste: Tastes pretty darn good. its got classic german hefeweizen flavors of yeast, orange and lemon spritz and of course some bananas and cloves. Nice taste, nothing to go crazy over, but definately worth seeking out over many other hefes.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation, nice viscosity as compared to other hefes. Solid.

Drinkability: This is going into my top 5 hefeweizens to go to for all time. Great beer, right up there with weihenstephaner and hacker for sure. A definate must if your looking for a good hefe.

Photo of Schwarzwald
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A little sharp on the mouth, but I like it! Great colors and head, must give it some time to rest in the glass. Fruity and still so much depth to the flavor. This is another great hefe from Deutschland! No imposter here, just a great food and "just because" beer. Very very refreshing and easy to drink. I like the slight vanilla aftertaste. This is a must try hefe!

Photo of olmatty
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a high white head with good retention and slight lacing, beer is a cloded golden straw

Smell- Clean citrusy wheat

Taste- Delightful lemons, wheat and light malts with just enough honey sweetness and a surprisingly dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Smooth fizziness, thin body and a fairly creamy quality

Drinkability- Fresh and tasty. Light and infinitely drinkable.

Photo of erz316
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl oz brown bottle poured into weihenstephan weissbeir glass.

A - a very heady beer, I had to wait a couple seconds to fill in the last couple drops to get up to the .5L rastal line (I have no clue in hell what rastal means). the head is white, fluffy, and big, and dissipates in an acceptable amount of time. in the light the beer is shades of hazy orange and golden yellow. away from the light it becomes a dark brownish yellow, like a mustard.

S - smells good, of lemony and orange zest right up front. there is a slight sweetness to the beer as well, something like bananas. not much else to report for this beer. pretty good, not great, but not terrible.

T - good solid taste for a hefe. there is a bit of hop bitterness right in the beginning, though very light, which gives in to the direct flavour of banana. bready flavours dominate the finish the as with a highly noticeable apple flavor, which is to be had in this beer: during the finish there is a noticeable flavour of red delicious, and cantaloupe/banana if you dont mind me saying so. the after taste is like that primarily of fruits: black cherry, and fermented apple.

MF&D - could be a bit thicker, but the carbonation is just right in my experience and opinion. I dont know how much more criticism I have for this beer; seems like a solid alternative to warsteiner (if you are ever in that dreaded position)

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

Pours a big 2 finger white head that fades kind of fast.Golden orange in color with lots of carbonation. Head retention and lacing are decent

Smell is of wheat malt, some spice and fruit. Typical for the style

First taste is of fruit. Mostly banana, also some wheat and alittle spice.

Beer is a bit over carbonated. Body is a bit creamy and smooth

Over all a great beer. One of the best in this style. Highly drink able , would buy again

Photo of philipquarles
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a hefeweizen should--very hazy gold with a huge, billowing white head that slowly recedes to a half-finger foam cap. Some sediments. Smells of banana, clove, and light, lemony citrus. Malted wheat steals the show upon tasting, though the fruit esters and clove are definitely still in the picture. Slightly spicy finish. Great, thick feel on the palate thanks to all of the protein. Really nice, refreshing hefe that I regret not trying earlier.

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

pours a nice initial head with great retention. cloudy yellow color.

smell is of wheat malt and a hint of cloves and banana.

taste is dry with lots of wheat malt and some cloves and phenols to balance.

dry and crisp. could use a bit more crispness or body.

nice hefe give this a try. simple and straight forward

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

A: Poured a cloudy gold-lemon color with a huge 2 finger, fizzy and foamy eggshell white head that had excellent retention throughout the drink and left a slight lacing on the way down.

S: sharp in nature with citrus, bananas, and some cloves and was very pronounced.

T: The initial flavor had a sharp lemon tang, bananas, and some cloves. There appeared to be a spicy hoppiness as well and a big carbonation presence that really brings out the strong yeasty character of this beer. There was some bright oranges, lemons and bananas all combining beautifully on the finish that left you starving for the next sip. Simply one of the best per style I can recall.

M: creamy, smooth wit a nice edgy carbonation bite before ending with a bright lemon and citrus fade.

D: By style simply perfect hands down and hard to argue otherwise. A perfect drinkability rating and will leave you wanting more. A must try.

Photo of TMB0424
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ML bottle poured into weizen glass.

Poured a hazy, musty golden body with an enormous, loose white head. Extremely pillowy, very nice looking. Carbonation slowly rises to meet the top. Excellent retention - lacing is minimal.

Smells of ripe bananas, clove, spice. Some lemon rind thrown in there. Fresh wheat and barley. Very sharp. The banana is really evident and smells awesome.

Taste is of toasted biscuit, wheat, clove and most of all, bananas. Floral elements are everywhere as well. Honey soaked lemons, freshly baked bread. The bananas go hand-in-hand with the bready feel. Finishes with a slight pucker from the lemon/citrus element.

Mouthfeel is great - very creamy, smooth. Very light. Carbonation is slightly high but nothing too bad. It goes down far too easy. Finishes semi sweet, semi dry. Perfect for a hot day. Will definitely be returning to this brew again.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle from same stock as my Celebrator review. Borderline frozen since September. Non-corresponding notches on the bottom front of the label are just as confusing as ever.

Erdinger weiss glass. Heavy volume of egg whites; stiff peaks. Enthusiastic, but dustier/duller then usual. Straw-colored body.

Main phenol is clove. Banana is there of course(minus the plastic notes), but it gives off generous amounts of candied pineapple, & even a little dankness of papaya. Minimal bubblegum.

Taste-wise, the wheat is out front, along with a a little caramel. Very, very juicy. More bubblegum then banana here. Dry, slightly green finish, with just a sampling of clove.

Really easy.


Photo of cagocubs
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite hefeweizen beers. Ayinger continues to amaze me.

A: Golden/Honey pour with nice thick white head that persisted well into the drink.

S: Smells of citrus: Orange/Lemon. Spicey scent as well.

T: Great summer beer. The wheat and citrus does not overpower as you are left with a nice aftertaste.

M: Smooth and light with little tingle.

D: I found this hefeweizen easy to drink because it was extremely light, great for a hot day.

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

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a hazy light golden yellow colour... White head poured typically big thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thick layer ... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... decent amount of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice clove spiciness, light vanilla notes, noticeable wheat, quite bready, very little malts, light fruitiness (banana and lemon), quite peppery...

Taste - Light biscuity malts, fairly strong clove, definite breadiness, quite creamy, good fruitiness (lemon, pear and sweet banana), salty, quite floral - hints of lily, honey grassy and peppery hints...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little bite underneath... light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent German hefe... up there with the best...

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

A - poured a cloudy golden color that produced a white foamy head that retained well and left a decent amount of lacing around the glass

S - spices, citrus scents of lemon and grapefruit

T - lots of yeasts, with some spices and citrus tastes to accompany

M - light bodied with light carbonation

D - very light, great drinkable beer

Photo of fishtownhxc
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i've had this beer a few times, and while it's not my favorite hefeweizen, it's definitely one that a lot of american brewers should be taking notes from.

nice hazy golden pour, and one inch bishop's collar. not as much spice and clove flavor as i normally would like, but definitely has the expected hefeweizen trademark aroma and flavor.

while not my favorite german hefeweizen, i'd take this brew over just about any american imitator.

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

Pours a pale golden color, reminds me of hay. Always a good thing for a hefe. Smells like bananas and sweet clove, something I love. Taste great, better now that Ive poured the dregs into my glass, that yeast really makes the difference. Fruity and spicy, with a smooth mouth feel, I really like this hefe. It's a perfect example of style.

Photo of thekanna
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at The Brickskeller at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. Although I'm not a big fan of wheat beers, this is certainly one I can enjoy, and one of the only weissbiers I'd order without hesitation.

Appearance: Pale yellow / bordering on white but with the cloudy quality reminiscent of a good tripel.

Smell: A good floral bouquet of yeasts, bananas, and over-ripe fruit.

Taste: Very complex. At the lowest level, you have sourdough bread with churned butter. Hints of fresh cut flowers (tulips, lilies, edelweiss?), grass, and hay make up the generally fresh essence. On higher levels there is banana bread, pound cake, and the faint aroma of tropical fruits, like longan. Slides down smoothly, like a cream biscuit. Light, yet fresh with every sip.

Photo of Vendetta
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
August 28, 2008

Pours a pale yellow, like a cloudy pale lager. The flowery, fruity aroma fills the room and is magnificent. Lots of banana. Some sweet, citric malt. Finishes lovely. Really great summer beer, up there on par with Hacker-Pschorr's hefe.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible hefe. Pours cloudy dark yellow with a puffy white head. Aroma of bananas and wheat. Very smooth and strong taste. Wheat, yeast, bananas, lemon, and citrus all mixed and balanced throughout. Not overly sweet or too wheaty; perfect balance. Highly recommended.

Photo of nick76
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is a model of what a German Hefe should be. It has bananas, spice, incense, sour fruit, and wheat. The appearance is a hazy gold with a large head. The flavor is malty and fruity with an emphasis on bananas and citrus. There are also robust bitter and sour elements as well. The palate is typical of the style. The aftertaste is bread like and a little sweet but fairly dry for a Hefe.

Photo of hopdog
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on tap.

Poured a darker and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of stronger cloves, bananas and citrus. Tastes of wheat, bananas, lemons and lighter spices. A very drinkable Hefe that I could see drinking on a regular basis.

Notes from 6/21/05

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/26/2007 (500mL bottle):

Pours a very pale cloudy yellow body, big foamy white head, lasting. Fresh hay aroma, malts, some light fruit, like grapefruit. Light taste, watery, light malty aftertaste. Spicy, lemony taste, similar to the aroma. A little weakish & thin, but nice taste.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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