Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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1,798 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,798
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 110
Gots: 132 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001)
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Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a cloudy consistency, common with this style of beer. There was a big head on this one and much lacing.

This had a sweet smell, coupled with the wheat giving it a nice quality.

Had a solid taste. Wheat and what seemed like bubblegum in the flavor appeared the most prevalent. Very good, but a little thin on the finish.

There's a decent amount of carbonation here, but it's not overly high. Could've used a touch more.

Overall, a drinkable beer. The complaints in this one are minor in general.

Photo of stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is nothing like a good hefe in the middle of the winter. It tends to get me in the right frame of mind. A big white foamy head sits majestically atop this cloudy light-orange brew from the folks that know how to do it. Smells of creamy bananas. Tastes smooth and fruity with some subtle lemon. Not too crisp, and not too heavy, but just right. Great carbonation with bubbles swirling when I tip the glass down after a pull. Highly drinkable and big on taste. Not much else to say about this one. It does what it's supposed to do, and does it well. What more can you ask for?

Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a two finger white head

S - Typical hefe wheat malt banana touch of clove

T - Not as strong as other hefes but you still get all of the same flavors out of this one wheat malt banana and clove

M - This is a medium bodied beer with a good level of carbonation

D - This is a very good hefe thats easy to drink I would get this one again worth a try

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big-bodied hefeweizen from Ayinger. I'm definitely impressed. The body is a cloudy lemony gold with three fingers of white froth. Prominent smell, with plenty of yeast, orange, lemon, and a distinctly sweet, almost gum flavor to offset the sour overtones. These come forth in the taste. The yeast is impressive, acting as glue for the rest of the flavors. It's complexity is an arresting feature, really delivering much to the consumer.

The durable head is a good sign, providing ample carbonation for the flavors to impress to the end. This, to me, is what Hefeweizen is all about--bold and smooth, direct and complex. Very delicious, and I'm thankful I grabbed this. It went very well with my pepperoni and anchovy pizza.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz from the Coop for about $2.95.. poured into my smaller hefe glass..

Huge pillow head.. as it drops just spotty lacing appears.. glowing very pale light gold... fair amount of suspended yeast.

This is the 4th German hefe for me in recent days, and this one is almost certainly has the most characteristic esters... very fruity with clove playing the lead and light banana and bubblegum as supporting roles.

Flavor is like the aroma on steroids... like clove studded bananas.. bubblegum is much more evident... white wheat malts are present but hide under all the ester layers.. not nearly as sweet as the Hacker.. the finish is dry with a good clove spike.

This is certainly a world class brew.. everything that's good about a German hefe is right out front.. it doesn't beat you over the head with the esters, but wow.. the complexity is amazing for such a sessionable brew.. I am really coming around to hefeweizens.

As far as I can tell, this is probably only the 2nd-3rd time I've had this beer.. I will buy again, maybe this weekend.

Photo of theopholis
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - HUGE, creamy whaite head above a transclucsent, light aprcit or straw color. Looks fairly impressive.

Aroma - Sweet mild, wheat aromaswith banana and a hint of clove. Has some other, very subtle aromas that I can't put my finger on. Reminds me of fresh, clean linen. Some malt sweetness comes through.

Taste - It's good, but not outstanding. Nice balance of wheat, citrus and a hint of malt sweetness hidden way back there behind the sourness of your typical wheat. Some other very subtle flavors in there to. A woodiness kind of feel.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation. Not as puckering as some hefes, but very refreshing.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. I've tasted better hefes, but not many. Well worth a try.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- lots of frothy white foam fills nearly the entire glass, settles slowly to a barely translucent golden wheat and banana colored brew. some lemon/canary yellow highs and great radiant color. head has great retention and leaves clumpy quilts of lace that run down like lightning bolts near the end.

S- banana-wheat, yeasty spicy clove, nutmeg, coriander, dried flowers like a potpourri spice, and fresh baked bread.

T- bubblegum, banana bread, spring water, and a yeast sourness that comes through in the middle followed by lots of wheat and a raw barley type taste, cooked white rice, green apple, and a soft citrus lemon/orange coriander fruitiness and a bubblegum wheat finish.

MF- light to medium in body, medium carbonation, and a powdery wheat feel in the palate, very refreshing, goes down easy like sunday morning.

D- makes me feel like its almost springtime, would be even better on a sunny may afternoon.

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

Pouring led to a light golden color with a lighter colored cloudyness to it. And this had a white head.

Smell was great. Very citrus-y with a light hint of some spice to it.

The taste was clean and crisp and you got a feel for that citrus/spice smell which was very nice. It was definately a good tasting hefeweizen but I have had worse and I have had better, surely on the upper end of the list though!

Mouthfeel was alright, I found it to be slightly sticky and dry afterwards but it was nothing too out of the ordinary. Carbonation was almost perfect maybe just a tad too much but it went well with the flavor.

Drinkable. Very much so, it went down easy and it's solid to keep going with if you're up for a hefeweizen night. Great beer with a salad or light dinner.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The unfiltered wheat brew from the Motherland poured a hazy yellow with a quick dissipating head. No lacing or freshness date.

The aroma was citrusy with a faint hint of nutmeg.

Taste was money on this one. Very crisp and had a nice lemony flavor through the drink. The little champagne like bubbles danced in my mouth. I would definitely buy this import again.

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

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is massive, billowy, and bright white. It recedes very slowly leaving thick chunks of foam. The aroma is of cloves, tangy wheat, and has a hint of banana. The taste is of cloves, banana, more cloves, and has a nice zesty finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good hefe. I can see myself drinking this regularly.

Photo of jneiswender
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a hefe glass.

Bright straw yellow cloudy color. Firm white head. The head lasts to the last drop.

Smell of lemon, and strong bubblegum. Clove is there as well.

Strong bubblegum and tart finish. Very pleasing. Faint veggie (cooked corn).

Dry mouthfeel.

Very drinkable but I would put my effort into getting this fresh or get a fresher hefeweizen.

Photo of madjr80
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed right away the insane amount of head that almost spilled over the glass. The head seemed to stay with the beer throughout the whole glass, which is a huge plus. The taste of lemon/banana lingers with ever sip. This beer reminds me of many of the great German Hefe-weizens of the past. Plenty of carbonation that tingles the taste buds on the way down. Not an overly bitter brew at all. The smell is very European. A very drinkable beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who wants a real Hefe-weizen

Photo of Pauly2X
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful thick rocky head head atop textbook color.

S- Sweet mild aromas of banana with clove and bubble gum undertones.

T- Nothing stands out, this beer is just a great example of the style. The yeast flavor comes through nicely.

M- Full bodied finishes light and refreshing.

D- With a beer this flavorful and refreshing its easy to put back quite a few.

This is a must try for fans of the style or if you're not a fan of the style then gives this a try before giving up all hope.

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

beautiful unfiltered orange, plentiful white frothy head
nose of bananas, orange, and lemons

a little bit of green apple twangyness, authentic hefe fresh wheat flavor, little to no bitterness, a smooth and orange citrus finish.

quaint design on the bottle, solid hefe, very drinkable, wish I could get this on tap somewhere

Photo of alysmith4
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard Hefeweizen, just a bit "cleaner" in taste and smell. Lots of fresh citrus and straw-hay flavors come through, with banana and sugar as well. I can taste all of these components as I slowly enjoy this beer. As with any beer, make sure you try this in a proper (Ayinger) glass after it has been properly poured. And definintely pour the sedimentary yeast into your glass as well. It really adds a lot of flavor.

Photo of iceball585
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale straw yellow color, cloudy, one finger thick lacy head that lasted well, lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising throughout

S- Citrus (mostly lemons and oranges), cloves, wheat, yeast

T- Strong flavor of citrus, grains, cloves, bready, yeast, hint of apples

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, lingering flavor, slightly oily finish

D- Great session beer

This is up near the top of my list for hefe weizens. Good appearance, good auroma, and great flavors. This is what I call a well rounded beer.

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

16oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A - Extremely pale, and hazy yellow concoction. Made for a minimal head, yet displayed excellent retention! The quarter inch or so of froth rode all the way down. No lacing, however.

S - Solid Hefe aroma, banana right up front, with more subtle hints of cloves and other spices. Citrus notes finish it off, very nice smells going on here.

T - Right off the bat you get the spices, with a strong lemon tinge. After that settles, the banana and clove flavors become more present. Pretty good overall.

M - Light bodied, somewhat high carbonation caused a hit here, however. Pleasant aftertaste of clove. No residues.

D - Pretty decent on this one, after I'd finished the bottle, I could've easily poured another, had I the opportunity. A solid hefe and a confident recommendation from me, if you see it, try it.

Photo of dsa7783
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best hefe weizen I've ever tasted... Even though they sell 4-11.2 oz bottles for $6.75, which is kind of steep, this brew is definitely worth every penny... Out of a smaller than the usual 12 oz bottle poured a nice off-yellow strawish color... The taste is superb, with a beautiful wheat, citrus aroma predominating and a wonderful banana / lemon flavor that really hits home. The taste is what really makes this beer straight-up awesome... This is definitely one of the greatest brews out there on the market... Would definitely recommend this one without a doubt... If you are a fan of the style, you simply must try this one at least once...

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Gibbies, Morgantown, WV. A cloudy yellow color witha decent white head. Aroma of banana and wheat malt. No hops to speak of. It's a nice aroma, and I believe true to the style although I have had few authentic representations.

Taste a bit of earthy wheat, some banana and clove as well, which linger on in the finish.

Light bodied and good carbonation. A nice drinkable beer.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich creamy head that lasts. Pale translucent gold color. Has the bannanaish aroma that is typical of a wheat beer. Taste is dry and refreshing with some mineral water aftertaste. Fine carbonation gives it a good mouth feel. Goes down easy.A good drinkable representative of the style.

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

Love the German beers and love Ayinger from the two types I have had. This one is completely opaque. Thick four finger head, pale yellow. Dull wheat smell.

Great flavor, strong wheat, tons of flavor. Really an exceptional beer.

This is an awesome beer with a ton of things balanced into the wheat flavor. Really love this beer.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml bottle in a Weizen glass

Opened with a nice "psst", poured very thin, lively & well carbonated, a very audible crackle.

Nose is classic Hefe - ripe banana and clove - nicely crisp yet with an apple cider-esque sweetness. Mildly phenolic with a soft Band-Aids edge. Rounding it out are some very distant floral esters and an excuse of some minerality. The head did not disappoint, easily 3 finger's of softly snappin, tight n' light pearly white. Softly sculpted, it almost looks like meringue at the soft peak stage. With a nice retention it slowly settles to a pencil's worth with very little lacing.

Hazy but not cloudy, its a dull, corn silk gold in hue with it shifting from thin gold at the base to a light apricot under the head. A steady parade (think small town not Macy's Thanksgiving) of bubbles rise thru it.

Very clean, it plays a nice, lightening clove & faint white pepper crispness (amplified by the carbonation) over a very soft, round, full mouthful of semi-sweet malts that are accented by the soft, ripe banana sweetness. The result is a very nice ying & yang (what's German for ying & yang?) of both mouth-feel & taste - very nice. Add in some citric qualities (lemon zest) over all of it and its quite nice.

Very easy to drink as well as refreshing, its going down smooth and fast. It grows more semi-dry on the palate with a damp, rear of the mouth crunch, finally finishing flatter & more cohesively even with some ripe banana & white bread as an aftertaste that gently coats my mouth.

A very nice Hefe Weizen. I particularly enjoyed the play of it - sharp vs. round/soft, light vs full, crisp vs wet, etc. This would go fantastically with a fresh salad, any whitefish, shellfish done simply, lobster, mild chicken, and of course any simple German fare. Definitely recommended, especially if you enjoy the mouth-feel of a well crafted beer.

Photo of mfhlucky13
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My Ayinger Brau Weisse was brought out to me in it's own beautiful weizen glass. It's cloud-like head reaching above the lemon graced rim. It was a beautiful golden color and teaming with activity. While the lemon is nice and looks pretty perched on the glass it can hide the true taste of this beer. So my second was served in a fresh glass w/o the lemon. This Brau Weisse has it's own citrus notes and maybe a little banana with a slightly spicy, but clean finish. As for drinkability, well I did have two. This weisse is also good from the bottle, when you would rather be home.

Photo of mc98gg
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this Brau Weisse into a weizen glass. Cloudy golden yellow color with a very large head. The aroma is dry and crisp with a hint of banana. The flavor has a little spice to it (clove) with an after taste of a firm banana. Right amount of carbonation for the flavors.

Overall: A very good beer, refreshing. I will drink this beer again, I recommend.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass in two rounds.
A- Pours a cloudy opaque golden yellow, head is white and creamy froth that is mostly diminishing, minimal lacing on the glass
S- Nose is light and crisp, fruit and floral tones with banana, wheat, and spices standing out
T- Initial taste is a prickly and dry banana sensation followed by ebbs of spice and citrus tones, some mild trace of bubblegum and wheat, finishes with a brief hint of dry bitterness
M- Light-bodied beer, carbonation is lively, bubbly, and well-suited for this style
D- Smooth and easy-to-drink hefe that has a bit more complexity and spice than others, this feels like a prototypical hefeweizen that captures the essence of the style very nicely without being to rigid/boring, i would definitely pick this up again if I were in the mood for a nice, light beer with good character

Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,798 ratings.