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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 1,728
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 102
Gots: 106 | FT: 1
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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 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
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.

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

Pours a deep gold color with a frothy head which settles to a thin lacing. Smell is a delicious front of banana,clove and grain.

Taste is predominately malt backed, with the hops barely chiming in. A hearty yeast spiciness is coupled with with a tinge of ripened fruit. The clove spiciness is the story here. Medium body with a moderate-high carbonation level, this brew is well received on the palate. Finishes slightly dry and effervescent, but it is still quenching beckoning another drink. Wonderful texture and a pleasing taste boquet make this a impact session player. Well worth a try.

sinistermadman, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a massive 4 fingers offwhite head that completely dissapears & takes a piddling amount of lace with it

S: Huge bubblegum notes & hints of peach

T: Bubblegum & vanilla essence up front. Then lemon zest & pepper follow. Finishes like a piece of juicy fruit gum

MF: Medium body, juicy & slightly under carbonated

Drinks very easy, not a huge hefe fan, but this one is pretty interesting & refreshing on a warm summers eve

russpowell, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is of spicy fruit, and yeast. Nice but not strong. Body is medium, and carbonated. Taste is clean and refreshing. Fruity start with a bit of yeast in the finish. Good stuff.

riversider76, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I carefully managed to pour the entire 50 cL bottle into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass, and the head was magnificent. Beer color is a vethick and hazy lemon color, translucent. The quick-rising bubbles passing through are numberous and quite large.

Smells strongly of bananas, cloves, a little pepper, yeast, and a biscuity wheat twang.

Taste is mild, with a bit of wheat twang, and a light biscuit flavor. Not too complex, but nice.

Medium in the mouth, but very bubbly and refreshing.

A good summer drinker, but I wish for more. Nice burps!

mjc410, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes of 08/20/2006 visit to the Map Room, Chicago IL.

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass it was a hazed golden orange color. The head is an off-white fine foam, which fell to a cap. The lace was thick and sticky.

The smell was very banana bread-like. Bananas, yeast, and wheaty grains with a hint of lemony citrus.

The taste was mild tart citrus, big yeasty bread, and banana oil.

Medium bodied. Moderately active carbonation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel.

Refreshing, as is normal for the style. I’ve always enjoyed this one from the bottle, but on-tap was a real treat.

EvilKeith, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, dull gold with a fluffy, bright white head. Some lacing and decent retention, though the foam is mostly supported by the high carbonation. Cloves hit first in the aroma, followed by fruity lemon/banana and just a bit of bready yeast. There's also a hint of band-aid as well. There's a lot of phenolic character in the flavour too, with some clove spiciness up front. More bitterness than expected. The rest of the flavour seems a bit washed out, but there are notes of sweetness and fruit in there. High carbonation with a medium/light body that falls away quickly and becomes a bit thin. Not bad, but nothing special. Did I get a bad bottle or something? I'll have to grab another to find out.

DrJay, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I deliberately waited until after a soccer game and I was good and thirsty before I reviewed this one: I wanted to put the refreshment and thirst-quenching properties of this venerable Hefe Weizen to the test!

Maybe my thirst ramped up the anticipation, because I could not get over how good this beer poured into my weizen glass. A towering white head mushroomed over the top of the glass and crowned a cloudy golden body. The head never quit, and left a nice sticky lace on the sides of my glass.

Before I took my first sip, I smelled the classic banana-clove combination, with a definite nod to the banana side of things, however, and less spice. The first sip started with an orange, citric taste that gave way to a lemony pucker in the middle. The finish was yeasty, but not overly so, and still refreshing.

I liked the lively carbonation but thought the beer stuck to my palate a little too much. Nevertheless, it's eminently drinkable and highly refreshing. A classic hefe.

vanrassel, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptionally drinkable refreshing Hefe-Weizen. It is very standard in flavor smell and feel but it is all well built and approachable, balanced and quaffable. Come in from working in the sun chug a glass of water and sip of a refreshing Ayinger Bräu Weisse.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy lemon gold color with a majestic head that filled my large Weizen glass.

Smell: Sweet yeasty aroma of wheat lemon orange cloves and other zippy elements.

Taste & mouthfeel: Though the taste is not "imperial - this" or "extra - that" it is magnificently easy and friendly. The smooth mouthfeel coupled with the spicy cloves and zesty yeast with a plethora of citrus character make the wheat and fruity malt base interesting and quite tasty. The finish is crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Want the definition of Hefe-Weizen? If your not looking at Weihenstephaner then Ayinger Bräu Weisse is an acceptable choice. It may be a bit average for a Hefe Weizen but it is better than most of what I find from the local folks; and boy does it hit the spot in all this heat.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of wolffman17
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle, this hefe pours the typical clouded golden-yellow. A nice white, rocky head forms and subsides somewhat slowly. Looks refreshing.
It has a sweet, fresh citric aroma. There's a little bit of bubblegum and clove.
Tastes sweet and tart with more citrus that the aroma hinted at, but there's not one characteristic that overpowers the others. Very well-rounded.
Feels very smooth, and there's just enough pizzazz to remind you that this is a great beer.
High drinkability; this tastes and feels good from beginning to end.

I welcomed this hefe with open arms as the August heat hit pushed today's temperature to 108 degrees. Very refreshing.

wolffman17, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of brushpig
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle a Sam wines in Chicago served in a proper Ayinger weiss glass.

Cloudy golden yellow hue with a great foamy white 2" head that lingered for a while.

Clean lemony wheat, yeasty aroma.

Nice flavors, with lemon wheat, bananas, grassy hops with a nice finish that is very refreshing. Crisp carbination creates a nice mouth feel.

Drinkable and very refreshing summer beverage.

brushpig, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of Phocion
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a thick white head. Good retention and lots of bubbles.

Smells of wheat and lemon. Somewhat yeasty as well and a hint of clove.

Tastes mostly of wheat and yeast. Citrus and spice undertones.

Very clean and refreshing. Average Hefeweizen, but next time I need an Ayinger to beat the heat, I think I'll stick with the Dunkel.

Phocion, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Celt44
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Eyes are average for a wheat - not bad - nothing special
Aroma is everthing a hefe weizen should be. You can almost taste it before it hits your lips - coriander jumps forth.
Taste is superior. Coriander and ginger come to mind first as flavor bursts forth. Bananas and clove predictably present but not too much.
Mouthfeel is above average and very smooth - carbonation is not overbearing.
Overall a superior hefeweizen. Thank you again Germany.
This one was a big suprise. I ordered it in a bottle at my favorite pub in town that serves mostly craft on tap. They were low on IPAs so I gave this one a try. I don't regret it even though it was a bit on the expensive side. Great summer session brew if you can pony up the big bucks.

Celt44, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange in color with a thick white head. Aroma of wheat malt, bananas and clove, with a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with pleasant carbonation. Banana with a sweet malt presence starts things off. Mildly spicey yeast, almost like a white pepper arrives midway. Wheat malt flavor hits toward the back. The finish is slightly dry, especially as the beer warms. Flavor profile is more fruity with cloves than lemony or acidic.

With so many weiss beers out there, this is a classic, but doesn't do much to set itself apart from the rest. It's stil a good weiss beer, don't get me wrong, and very enjoyable.

Winter, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure I've reviewed this before, but just be sure, this wheat's standout characterisitcs are monster head, amazing wheat zip, and a nice, moderate phenolic taste that make it the one to go with for fish. Can't go wrong with this one....

JudgeRoughneck, Jul 29, 2006
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,728 ratings.