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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
93
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1,691 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,691
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 101
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001)
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Photo of jamie2dope
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For some reason despite the fact that it is freezing out, I really wanted some light thrist quenching beer tonight. A Hefeweizen seemed like a good choice. This one poured a beutiful golden color, with a slight haze, and a small white heading. Hints of banana and orange in the smell, a bit musty as well. Taste was full of citrusy lemon juice in the beginning, followed by a slight metallic ending. Carbonation gave this beer a nice bite, which kept it interesting. This beer was phenomenol as far as drinkability. I wish I had picked up more then a single bottle. I will definitely be going back for a four pack at some point soon. Cheers

jamie2dope, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy (I agitated the bottle -- mit hefe for me!) yellow-gold with an effervescent head that dropped slowly. A lot of yeast and cloves in the aroma (the yeast being my fault of course -- you could avoid that if you wanted, as the sediment was very firm.) Taste is full and rich, a nice estery malty yeasty brew that goes down easy.

You know, it's a funny thing; American Micro "Pilseners" are abusing that style by being too strong, hoppy, and cloudy, while American Micro "Hefe" is usually much too weak and timid. I'm not suggesting they should put hops in the stuff (though I bet they would, given half the chance!) but American "Hefe" is often clear and has no sediment whatsoever. (You call yourself a "Hefe" there damn well better be hefe in the bottle!)

This is a Hefe from where Hefe came from, and it is nice.

alexskovan, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours with a big white head on a crystal clear yellow/golden body.
S- Big clove and bananas, nice helping of wheat and some spices from the hops. Some other lighter fruits like a hint of orange, lemon, peach, and pineapple.
T- Some light bubble gum, banana, cloves, wheat, hints of yeast, a balance of spices with a lingering bitterness to it.
M- Medium body with a high carbonation.
D-It is a very refreshing and good hefeweizen. I would pick this one up again without a question.

BlindPig, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of goindownsouth
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and pale yellow on presentation. Thick, pillowy head with effervescent bubbling. Aromas of citrusy lemon and fresh cut grains. Great yeast interaction on the palate. Good bite up front with a smooth, sour bread flavor all the way through. The hops are there, but they are a supporting actor, at best, which is spot on for this style. Good overall balance with the lemon (other fruit?), clove and yeastiness.

Hardly boring, this is one of my favorites available here locally in bottles. Fantastic with most any home-cooked food, especially pork and sauerkraut...

goindownsouth, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of supercolter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent beer- one of the better hefe weisses I can remember having. Appearance shows some head with a bit of lacing for the first half of the glass. Smell and taste are similar, sweet malt and spice is all I get. Mouthfeel is medium in body. Drinkability is good.

supercolter, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of lpayette
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, .9 oz bottle. "brewed in accordance to the 'Reinheitsgebot' purity law of 1516"

Appearance - Pours very appropriately for the style. Cloudy orange-yellow with large white head that lasts for decades. Not much lacing, but that was probably due to my glassware not being 100% clean I think.

Smell - Strong wheat characteristics. Herbal/spice suggestions along with cloves. Basic hefeweizen. Very traditional.

Taste - Nothing out of the ordinary. A little less banana and bit more wheat flavors than most I can recall in the style I'd say.

Mouthfeel - Good solid mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Good overall, authentic to the style.

lpayette, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly cloudy, golden-yellow color with a huge, bubbly head. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Wheat malt and clove are apparent in the nose, slightly metallic smell. The taste also has a slight metallic tinge, aside from that, the wheat is balanced well with a moderate amount of bittering hops. The banana and clove taste that generally come with a Hefe are not very apparent in this brew. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation. This is a decently drinkable beer, but the taste seems off the mark.

gmfessen, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy straw color with a 3 finger white head with good retetntion. Smells mostly of bannanas and some cloves, there is also a bit of wheat present, and some spiciness.Taste is much like the smell. Bannanas up front followed by just a hint of sourness. Clove and spices follow but quickly give way to a lightly tart and cirtusy finish. Good mouthfeel with a nice smooth, medium body and low to moderate carbonation. This is well balanced and mellow brew is immensely drinkable and highly enjoyable.

mnj21655, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ayinger Brau- Weisse Hefe-Weizen pours out a fluffy,
long-lasting head over a cloudy gold brew. Carbonation
is steady, and the nose is yeast and wheat. The flavor is
bisquity with citrus notes. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and
refreshing, and there is a slight citrus aftertaste. If you want
a really good hefe- weizen, this is the one. All the elements
that make it good are there- the flavors are subtle yet distinct.
If you're somebody who likes hops in their beer you might be
disappointed (this style has none)- but it makes for a nice change
of pace if you've been exploring hoppy beers for a while.

shadow1961, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very beautiful dirty blonde that was topped off with a very thick head that evened out into a small but well defined head after a minute or two. It has aa little bit of lacing and just smells like a citrus basket; sweet but tart. It has a semi-dull taste to it and has a slight bittery after taste that's very pleasing.

vickersspitfire, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden body highlighted by shooting strands of bubbles rising to the outstandingly sturdy head. Looks like the poster-child for the style.

Yeasty nose with mild lemon, corriander, mild lemon and cloves appearing as well.

Good citrus qualities, although sweet citrus; more orange than the grapfruit/lemon peel of many hightly hopped beers. Yeast shines through and accentuates the wheat itself wonderfully. Tasty!

Really carbonated, almost to the point where it messed with my taste receptors. Still, it wasn't soda-poppy and the slightly chalky feel really allows the flavors to coat your mouth.

Refreshing but it is a bit thick with yeast. Complaints in this area may have more to do with the fact I'm drinking it on a January night in Chicago. If I wait until the hot summer months I many actually want more than two of these.

malcontent, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of surcorx
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Classic cloudy light bright yellow color. Large creamy beautiful white head. Leaves significant lace.

Smell- Big wheat, yeast, lemon and coriander.

Taste- Typical wiesse components--fruit, lemon and mild yeasty banana. Slight spice. Unfortunately, not one of my favorites. It is a fine beer but there is just nothing special about it. Nothing stands out. The only thing that does stand out is an slightly unusual medicinal and dry bitterness that lingers for this style. It is minor, but unwelcome here. As in most wheat beers this one could use a slice of lemon to bring up its flavors.

Mouthfeel-- Crisp. Light. High carbonation. Clean.

Drinkability-- Great. Always refreshing and light.

Decent representation of style, but lack some of the floral and citrus characteristics of some of the others. I do prefer both Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Natürtrub and Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb--which both represent I believe the standard in this category. I have been drinking both for 20 years.

surcorx, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Icy yellow orange color with a short lived, yet large bubbly white head of foam. No lacing, and a medium low level of carbonation.

S: Lots of banana esters and corn laden malt aromas. Sweet peppery note toward the end. Not bad.

T: Mild yeasty note off the bad, with notes of wheat and grain. The essence of buttery malt is muted by the mildy sweet banana and clove notes.

M: Sharp carbonation, resulting in a effervescent experience for the palate. Very bubbly and light. Goes down very smooth.

D: Quite good. Best during the summer months. Would only be improved by more prononced and stronger flavors.

Frozensoul327, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of chadspivey
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a clear yellow. pretty light. huge three finger head.

S: slight smell of lemons. pretty light smell. kind of a belgian spicy yeast kind of thing going on here too, but only faintly.

T: kind of a lighter version of your standard hefe wiezen. The aftertaste of grains is the best part.

M: The carbonation of this beer is really nice, and makes the mouthfeel almost perfect. This beer just feels right. Not too shy, and not too arrogant. Almost made this my first 5 on mouthfeel.

D: Very, very drinkable beer.

chadspivey, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of Optimat0r
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - a golden haze...like sunlight through a glass of vitamin piss

smell - very light almost non existant; slight fruity, tart smell, tangy but very faint

taste - fruity like most hefe weissens but with an emphasis on lemon. slight malt-like presence. no hoppiness really detectable. mixed really well, it tastes great

mouthfeel - very good, nothing unsettling stands out, zero complaints

drinkability - good enough to destroy you despite its low abv...because you can easily drink so much

Optimat0r, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy straw color with a thick head….it was persistent with very nice lacing. The smell is a sour and cereal like. The taste is sweet with a spicy/floral type aftertaste….also a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is full bodied but not heavy. There is a slight carbonation bite. Since this isn’t a very strong tasting beer, it is pleasing and mild enough to be quite drinkable.

barefootbrewer, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a large weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light gold color, with a big foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with wheat, yeast, lemon & spice.

T: Fruity flavors of banana & lemon come out first and are followed by light flavors of wheat and clove spice. Very refreshing and light. The after-taste blends all of the flavors together.

M: Very smooth & crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This beer was very tasty, not filling at all and very easy-to-drink. I found myself throwing it down very quickly. Excellent representation of style. I'd love to find it on-tap somewhere nearby.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, the beer has much of the same characters found from the tap, just not as fresh, spicy, or floral. The beer pours a, still active, carbonation but less than on draught. A bright canary yellow hue with a silky haze and small yeast particles floating about. Smells the same bubble gum, banannas, cloves, and bread as on tap, but not as crisp, clean, or fresh fruit flavored. Peppery and spicy but with less 'snap'. Feels more mellow and soft from the bottle. Finishes the same with a fruity, wheaty, minty flavor. Both are great, but go for the tap version when available.

BEERchitect, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a .5l bottle with no freshness date.

A: Pale golden yellow. Thick 2" head, most of it stuck around for the entire glass. Effervescent, tiny bubbles. Beautiful.

S: Spice and fruit, banana.

T: Fruity and citrus. Aftertaste was spicy.

M: Medium body. Fizzy.

D: Medium drinkability.

One of my top 5 favorite hefes.

AChamberlain, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 2" rocky head that has good retention at 1". Cloudy straw color with a furious swirl of carbonation. Decent lace.

S - Lots of spicy clove. Wheat.

T - Wheat. Light citrus and mild banana. A big spicy presence in the middle followed by the flavor of wheat grain long into the finish.

M - Firm, medium body. North of a mid-level of carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

D - Good, solid hefeweizen. Right up there with the other fine Bavarian Hefe's but still under Schneider Weiss.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one many times, just getting around to a review.

The highlights of this one seem to be it's fine spice bouquet, and smoothness. Pours a fizzy orange, nearly opaque at first. A swirl of the yeast, and the final pour renders it a muddier orange. Smell of clove, banana, and fruit gum.

Tastes fizzy at first, then later the spice comes through. A clove mixed with nutty malt and banana. Fairly muted due to the higher than average carbonation.

Again, the fizziness is a detriment, but the yeast adds an essential smoothness. Easy to session, especially on a hot day.

emerge077, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been tracking this hefe for months and have seen it several times but always settled on something else. Glad to finally notch this one on my belt as I enjoy the style and Ayinger is usually a name you can trust in the field.

A fantastic blast of pure white head erupts from the pour, atop a classic cloudy, pale straw color. Not sure how it could be much more appetizing, at least for the style. Nose is a meld of pleasant smells; yeast, wheat, banana bread, citrus, and sugary bubble gum.

Tasty fresh wheat on the palate wiith a flavorful and sweet finish. Not oversweet but still delicious annd fresh. Mouthfeel is bubbly but still smooth. Perhaps a touch too much carbonation but its a small complaint. Some lacing evident. This is as close to "beer candy" as I can remember drinking. Perhaps for that reason it might not be the most sessionable brew, as I usually like something drier or more bitter for that purpose. That said, this is tasty and refreshing and among the finest weizens I've ever quaffed.

daliandragon, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours with a huge four finger white creamy head that retains itself quite well. Good lacing is left as the head dissipates and the beer goes down. The color of the brew is a slightly hazy honey/straw.

Smell - Sweet banana bread on the nose. Some bitter/sourness just behind that, and some clovey/peppery spiciness. Some mellow cooked barely and wheat tie it all together. A slight alcohol presense can be detected.

Taste - Pretty much the same as the smell. Sweet bananas up front, with a lingering tart sourness just behind that. Clove and pepper spiciness again in the middle with a citrusy character (lemon rind?). Rich cooked barley and wheat. The finish and aftertaste are dominated by a lingering sweetness and citrus presense, paired nicely with the mellow yet rich wheat and barely.

Mouthfeel - Superbly smooth and medium-bodied. The carbonation is a bit more than I would ideally prefer, but still good. It does add to the beers overall refreshing quality.

Drinkability - Rich, smooth, balanced, and overall mellow, just like a good hefe weizen should be! Quite refreshing to boot.

An excellent hefe weizen. This stuff is right up there with Franziskaner, Schneider Weisse, and Paulaner, in my opinion. If you like this style, a highly recommended brew this one is.

dblinkhorn, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of TexIndy
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle without a freshness date into a weizen glass. Had a pale yellow/straw color with couple fingers of head. Smell was awesome with banana overtones. Has a great taste and is one of the better hefes out there. Definitely makes my top 10 hefes but is lacking just a little that would put it top 3 (their dunkel Ur-Weisse is my top dunkel). Had a great mouthfeel and I highly recommend. (4.25,RR,T,Y)

TexIndy, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of pkaeding
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the tastiest Hefeweizens I have ever tried.

It poured with a tall but thin white head which disappeared relatively quickly. The color was a hazy yellowish-orange with a moderate amount of fine carbonation rising up.

The aroma gave a lot of cloves, banana, wheat, and yeast, but was not all that strong in all.

The flavor was heavy on the banana esters, which I really like. The waitress did a great job of suggesting this beer when I asked for a strong banana flavor. The mouth feel was not too thick, but not thin at all. Hops were barely noticeable, if at all.

The finish was dry, with some lingering banana-clove flavors. This was a very drinkable beer, and despite being very full from my meal, it kept me wanting another sip!

I would definitely try this beer again, and recommend it to others. Just be sure you agitate the yeast when you pour it to release all of those great yeast flavors. Just pour all but the last two inches (or so) into your glass, and roll the bottle between your palms to warm up the last bit, and shake up the yeast. Then just pour that into your glass, and enjoy!

pkaeding, Sep 11, 2006
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.