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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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1,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 102
Gots: 107 | 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 DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from BevMo at $2.79 for a half-liter, on to the beer:

Can this German hefeweizen keep up with the lofty standards set by its counterparts? Yes it can! In fact, I'd say a little better. The difference in this one is the flavors are a little better balanced. 500 mL just isn't enough for a hot day like this! Watch out when you pour it into a glass though, its very foamy. At its price tag, it's up to you whether or not to splurge a few more quarters for this over Paulaner, Hofbrau, or Franziskaner.

DoubleJ, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a nice, fluffy head. Aroma is one of clove with some banana underneath it. Smells delicious. Taste is very smooth upfront with clove and banana and towards the back of the throat, it mellows to more of a clove finish. Definitely true to style and not intimidating or anything negative. Definitely a refreshing summer beer that doesn't disappoint.

Brad007, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of HotterThanHell
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Bavarian Hefe Weisse although not in the top 3 or 4 from the region.

A very light straw color as I pour it with a white bubbly head the dissipates at a decent pace. The carbonation give the beer a nice look with the bubbles rising to the top. Also a non filtered beer so there is some cloudiness which always perks my interest.

The smell was of light cloves and other spices with a very faint banana scent somewhere in the back. Nice, but a bit on the light side.

The taste also had some clove with the usual wheat, bread, yeast tones that makes this very drinkable but a tad light on the overall flavor for this style.

I think you would enjoy this beer on a warm day with some pretzels and a nice BBQ going on in the backyard. Pick it up if you see it, you won't be dissapointed.


HotterThanHell, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of bigone4
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle. Fluffy white two finger head that dissipated rather quickly leaving minimal retention. There was a slight lace cascading along the sides of the glass. Straw colored hazy pale yellow in color. When back lit it seemed to be an almost hazy white color. Nice coloration very traditional to the style. No freshness date to be found on this bottle though. Smell is of fruit with of subtle hints of lemon and clove. There were very mild tones of banana in the back ground. Sharp dough like sourness with nice hints of yeast mixed through out the nose. Some spice notes also came to mind. Good carbonation creating lots of tiny bubbles floating to the top of the glass. The taste was smooth and refreshing. Nice yeast flavor with a mild sweetness from the wheat. Slight sour notes with a tone of fruit and hint of lemon played on my tongue. This offering seemed a bit toned down in flavor making it quite light and airy in the mouth. It is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Many strong characteristics of this style of beer are found throughout this great offering. Certainly lives up to the traditional German Hefeweizen. I will certainly drink this one again hopefully soon during this summer. Goes hand and hand with any back yard BBQ!

bigone4, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Although I should preface this by saying the Hefe Weizens are not my highest priority in the beer hierarchy but the milder ones I can enjoy. This was a little heavier than I would like but is probably an excellent brew for those really tuned into this style. It is a light cloudy yellow brew with a thin but sturdy head full of fine white bubbles. The musty smell is kind of a turn off although it includes a sharp yeast overtone. The flavor is a lemony-wheat feature with a sort of woodsy hint to it. Kind of earthy in a sunshiney sort of way. Refreshing and full bodied with a somewhat acidic finish. Definitely an enjoyable brew but probably not something I would want to drink more than one or two of. I was fortunate to find this on tap in Connecticut.

Durge, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a 11.2oz bottle poured a hazy golden color with a thin white head that dissapates fairly quickly.

smells of cloves, sweet bananas and slightly citrusy.

tastes like it smells, has a spicy clove and banana flavor.

mouthfeel is light-bodied with pretty good carbonation, goes down smooth.

not a bad beer, but this is definitley not my style, i probaly wont buy this one again.

jayfarley3, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of pojo41
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a beautiful cloudy lemon color with nice white, fluffy head. Wonderful aroma of banana. Intense flavor of banana and citrus.I absolutely love good hefeweizens and this is probably my favorite. Although there are many good ones, I think this is a great one.

pojo41, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of Tomas77
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger puts out a good beer. Especially the hefe's. This one pours a light cloudy pale yellow. Foam builds nicely on top. Good carbonation that tingles a bit on the tongue.

Low hop aroma of a spicy,peppery nature. Banana. Yes. Lemon zest. Yes.

Taste is the same. Spicy and peppery from the hops. Some banana with more lemon citrus notes coming through in the flavor.

Light body with a dry finish.

Very thist quenching. Very refreshing.

Tomas77, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of blackheartbilly
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at a local German festival, and decided to get a bottle of it. I reviewed the bottled version, not the tapped.

Big 500ml?? bottle, poured nicely into a Pils glass.

Appearence: As expected, a hazy cloudy golden color.

Smell: Citrus, yeasty, reminds me of fruit, alcohol tones as well.

Taste: Like Hefe should! Crisp,very light beer. Fruity esters, a little on the yeasty side. I agree with other reviewers that it is well balanced, a great summer time beer. Refreshing!

Mouthfeel: Light beer, medium alcohol, very carbonated, tingles.

Drinkability: Great for the summer season, but I would drink this year-round. Light once you drink it, very refreshing, you can have a bunch without "feeling it."

Great example of a Hefe! If I wanted to show a friend what a Hefe Weizen tasted like, I would give them this! Prost!

blackheartbilly, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of eb003
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my second whirl through the world of Ayinger. I tried another brew of theirs a few months ago...it was also good.

I really enjoyed this brew. It pours cloudy... like most hefes. There is a decent amount of head and lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and fruity...with a hint of citrus. The taste is very clean and light...also like most hefes. The mouthfeel is good. It's not quiet as "smooth" as other beers of this kind...a lot are "silky" while this one has a little more carbonation, (but still smooth).

I rate this high on drinkability because it's very enjoyable, not very filling...and I could drink it all night long. I say "Bottoms Up!"

eb003, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of Lothore
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden hue with a somewhat frothy white head that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S- Sweet smell of banana and darker fruits hits the nose. Quite a potent smell.

T- Start off with a strong malty taste and finishes very clean leaving a banana taste.

M- Very crisp and refreshing. Slight reminants stick around for a while.

D- Very drinkable. Excellent on a warm summer day.

Lothore, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of Maerzen
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer vigorously into a flute. Very tall head that dropped slowly but did not disappear. Light straw color with noticeable carbonation. The smell was average with nothing coming to the forefront. Some hint of fruit. The taste hinted banana with a touch of pear. Nice crispness on the front of the palatte that smoothed into creaminess on the back. Very nice beer but was expecting more.

Maerzen, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of bigman147
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy pale Straw colored with good head and a high level of retention as the beer took forever to settle.

Aroma: Clove is predominate as well as a citrus element. Some banana aroma but mostly hidden behind the wheat and clove.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very sharp and has a good bite. Tastes like malted wheat with come tart citrus (lemon, not orange) Very crisp and clean without any perceivable flaws (in style). Even as the beer warmed, Banana was not easily perceived as Clove took control. Carbonation was high and helped set up the lemony citrus flavors.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Wonderful Hefe on a warm summer or even on a nice cool Fall or Spring day. Clean and refreshing.

bigman147, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer style that I started getting into after I explored the world of beer outside of BMC. Pours a very hazy yellow, smells quite yeasty and tart. Tastes quite yeasty, tartness and some sweetness thrown in the background. Overall really good, it does take me back to my ear;y days of micros, flavor reminds me a lot of the Pauliner beers. And that's a good thing!!

Manosbeeroffate, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of RJLarse
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple of 500 ML bottles of Ayinger Hefe on a recent business trip. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale yellow color and is slightly hazy, in an unfilteres wheat way. Massive 4 finger foamy white head forms, and fades fast, but never completely disappears.

The smell is sweet and fruity, with soft fruit aromas like pears and honeydew melon. There is also a spice fragrance and a faint and sweet bread smell.

The taste is spicey, cloves, along wiith some fruit flavors, melons, a little sweet citrus flavor and a hint of the banana flavor I expected. It's a little overboard II think on the cloves and citrus for the style, but it tastes good or better.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The beer is well carbonated, and has a zippy tart finish.

Very drinkable. A nice thirst quencher with some complex aromas and flavors to enjoy. I would have this again.

RJLarse, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium straw color. Cloudy/opaque. Pours with a thick high white head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S: Great mix of grainy/bready malt with clean and crisp, well defined banana ester and clove like phenol character.

T: Banana flavor is weak as opposed to phenolic clove flavors. Some bready/grainy malt character. Finish is tart and citrusy. A little too much I thought.

MF: Light nearly watery mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Dry finish.

D: Great nose, I wish the taste was as good. I found the flavor to be overly tart and citric. Could have been a little sweeter. This took a little bit away from its drinkability but still a very easy drinking, sessionable beer.

Nipitato, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy wheat-colored ale with a huge cap of foam that shows no sign of fading.

Smell: Lemon and wheat with a good helping of banana bread.

Taste: Zesty, bready and mildly sweet with a lemony twang. Quite a bit of citrus present but not as much of a banana/tropical fruit character. The finish is dry and clean, very little hop bite. Estery banana flavors come out more as the brew warms up to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side - very crisp. Light, gentle carbonation, but lots of it.

Drinkability: Very high. This is a stellar hefeweizen.

largadeer, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Map Room in Chicago, the beer of the month. Hazy light golden color, with lots of streaming bubbles. White fluffy head holds well for a while.

Light banana and clove in the nose, not as strong as others of the style. Pretty simple, maybe a bit of earthy aromas as well.

Very refreshing, a bit tart, but true to style. Hint of banana, but not a whole lot of clove. Lacking a bit of character compared to others.

A good amount of carbonation, but seems just a tad thin. Still very enjoyable.

Bierguy5, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a cloudy and hazy yellow/whitish color ale with a bit foamy head with great retention and some dark lees at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of pure wheat with some nice ester and floral notes. Taste is dominated by refreshing wheat notes with some medium banana and ester notes also noticeable. Nice body with some low filtration and adequate carbonation and a creamy texture. Very well done overall and quite enjoyable with the warm weather.

Phyl21ca, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into pint glass, only a 1 finger head that quickly decipated which is unusual for this style of brew. Golden yellow color, nice and cloody, typical hefe smell of clove and banana but a strong bread-like smell as well. Taste is good, not the best hefe I've ever had but one of the few where the banana smell actually comes through in the taste. Very high carbonation almost makes this seem like drinking a glass of bubbly, a little too much for my particular taste. Light mouthfeel leads this to be an easy drinker. Overall a good hefe example although not as great as I anticipated based on its overall rating.

bunnyhustle, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellowish/green color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy white head, tons of nice sticky lacing to following the whole drink. The nose is malty, yeasty, spicy, banana's, maybe some caramel notes thrown in. The taste is mostly malty, yeasty, with some nice spicness and a nice hint of banana. A nice slight chewy mouthfeel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a true to style Hefe, way to go Ayinger.

Wasatch, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an orangey, murky gold with a huge white head that fades to a centimeter within a few minutes. Aromas of sweet bananas, rubber and some minuscule clove notes -- much less spice than some other hefes. On the palate the main flavor is of banana chips -- meaning banana flavor with a sugary undertone. There's not a whole lot of acidity here until the end, where the finish sours out a bit... leaving a tingle on the tongue that demands another mouthful. This beer is ridiculously smooth on the palate, even with a big blast of carbonation in there, which makes it insanely drinkable. That drinkability is this beer's one superlative quality -- the rest is good, but not great, familiar German hefeweizen elements -- but it's an important quality and makes this beer a very valuable one to have around, especially on an 80 degree day. Overall, this is well done.

geexploitation, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy white tinged mud puddle brown. I gave the bottle a hard swirl to breakup the yeast at the bottom, that is why it has a whitish tinge to it. The smell is of....bananas, and lots of'em. Not much clove, apple, or bubblegum aromas. The taste is of bananas as well, with a drying wheat malt base, tart apple. The flavor doesn't blow me away but I'm being picky. It is very good. The feel is well carbonated yet has that hefe smoothness. Finishes on the dry side, I tend to like my hefe's not dry. Very drinkable, very refreshing.

Gmann, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into weizen glass no born on date. Pours a cloudy straw color with nice fluffy white head that lasts and lasts, nice carbonation and lacing all the way down the glass.

Inital smell is a bit skunky, maybe from the yeast strain..., but not too overpowering, this gives way to a nice mix of clove, bananna and apple that compliment eachother quite nicely.

Taste makes me think this one stacks up with some of the better hefes out there. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, balanced nicely with the carbonation that gives a pleasant feeling throughout the mouth. Apples and pears up front, pretty juicy considering the style, as the beer warms there is a nice hint of clove and herbal spice that finishes very clean with the taste of ripe bananna. Very very nice.

A great choice for a hefe and one that I won't hesitate to pick up again this summer.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of philberinghele
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

german noses sniff
boatloads of bananas
summer beverage

The description said "a bit of banana in the nose." I think I sniffed a chiquita plantation in costa rica. This beer has a heavy banana scent but less of a banana taste. This is an excellent hefe weizen and one that I will most like drink many times this summer because I love drinking beer. A lot.

philberinghele, May 31, 2007
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.