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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 1,866
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 124
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: 1,866 | Reviews: 859
Photo of gfreed
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has one of the most attractive heads I've seen, and the good news is that it's impossible to avoid. Even when poured gently, you get a good two or thee fingers. Best to pour it into a Weizen glass-- for me, this resulted in a head about five or six inches high, fluffy as a cottonball and white as a sheet. The aroma is full of apples, bananas, peaches, cloves, and the taste is equally marvelous, with a large dose of honey to boot. Be sure to dig the yeast from the bottom of the bottle for the full effect. Pleasantly lemony-hazy in the glass, with plenty of dense body. Easy to drink. A bit pricey for a four-pack, but well worth the expense. You will not be disappointed!

Photo of PiecefulToker
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Franziskaner weizen glass with a thick and frothy 2-finger head. Swirled the bottle to get the yeast. Very hazy, though not completely opaque, dark honey colored. Leaves decent lacing.

S: Cloves, bananas, lots of yeast, wheat malt, lemon, straw.

T: Just like it smells. Lots of yeast, lots of bananas, clove, and wheat flavor, butter, some green apple.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth across the palate, buttery.

D: Very high. This stuff goes down easy and smooth.

Photo of wingman14
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy dark yellow with a huge frothy white head. The aroma fills the room as this one pours, sweet, yeasty and banana are the most noticeable. Amazing aroma, the smell is inviting and powerful. The taste follows along with the aroma, and does not disappoint. The sweet banana flavor is there, a very powerful flavor but not overwhelming. A great balance, smooth full bodied yet light mouthfeel, and the carbonation is just right. This beer is amazing, very drinkable, one of the best, not just for a hefe. This is a must try for everyone. Cheers!

Photo of babaracas
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber with lingering white head and clinging lacing. Smell: lemon, clove, wheat, banana, yeast, it's all here. Taste: soft yeasty flavor upfront, then tangy lemon and clove flavors. Mouthfeel: soft carbonation with oily middle and slightly dry wheaty finish.

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

Poured from a .5L bottle. I am not sure what really to say about this beer as while I didn't find a lot of comlexity to it, it was very good. It poured a hazy pale yellow with a light white head that dissipated pretty quickly. The aroma, all wheat, not much else. But good. Very solid wheat flavor. Just solid. The beer had good carbonation, was smooth and not heavy, very drinkable. Overall, a very good beer. One that I will definately enjoy again.

Photo of Greggy
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a picture esque 2+ finger head cascading over the top of my weizen glass with a nicely cloudy body providing ample carbonation. The fluffy velvety head is slow to recede and some nice lacing.

S- Obligatory banana, clove, bubble gum, yeastiness with a nice touch of grains. Wow... what a nice long finish.

T- Initially some very nice yeasty clove action but gives way to some nice hopiness, and a nice tart finish.

M- Med+ carbonation but I think it really works in the case of this wheat beer. The finish on this is long.

D- What a fantastic wheat beer. I'm a sucker for any German wheat beer and this one certainly delivers. Drinkable, absolutely..

Photo of Mryup
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A wonderful hay haziness. A medium pour produces 2 inches of dense white head that fades to 1/4 inch.

S: Strong wheat with lemon grass and straw. Hops are coming through too. Some spice is detectable but I can not pin point it.

T: Apples and lemon grass with hints of clove. Wow, I just lost any trace of the hops. They are there, but barely. Straw and grass come in at the end. Some yeasty breadiness is there too. Not the second coming of Christ but a damn good solid beer.

M: Wet and a bit thick with significant CO2. Acceptable.

D: The slight heaviness brings down the drinkability.

A great beer and one of my personal favorites for the style. Cheers!!

Photo of champ103
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy and very pale yellow color. A two finger head forms and recedes to a small cap with little lace.
S: Very fruity. Bananas, cloves, and citrus fruit. Musky barnyard yeast. Overall, this is a very pleasant aroma.
T: Some fruity banana and cloves again. Other than that, a very muted taste. Nothing really stands out.
M/D: Crisp snap on the tongue that is over carbonated for my tastes. A very light body that is thin and watery. An easy drinking summer beer that goes down fast.

Nothing all that special as far as I am concerned. Though, it will do fine job on a hot summer day.

Photo of elniko
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from large bottle into pint, my weizen glass was dirty unfortunately.

A: Typical hefeweizen look, murky golden coloring. Two fingers of head that dissipated.

S: Wonderful smell, spicy tones in the nose. Definitely whets the appetite.

T & M: The wheat texture is there but this is the first weizen that I can remember that really has a little bitterness on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and clean.

D: Definitely drinkable, I was very impressed with this beer. I will will be having this beer again without a doubt.

Photo of hrd
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a deep golden color. When poured, a dense head, with OK retention results. Wonderfully carbonated, making it look extremely lively and refreshing.

Smell: A very good bouquet of yeast and citrus. It smells great, and makes my mouth water ... LOL

Taste: A mixture of citrus (lemon), clove, wheat and spiciness flavours this brew. Initial taste is the citrus, clove and spiciness, and the wheat shows up in style as it finishes. No one flavour overpowers another. Very nicely balanced. Zero bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant spicy, carbonated feel. It's very refreshing in the mouth, and makes me want take another drink ASAP.

Drinkability: It has a very refreshing flavour that goes down with ease. A great hot summer lounging beer.

Conclusion: I have been drinking Ayinger Brau Weisse for years. It has definitely become one of my favourite go to weisse biers.

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

Pours a straw-golden color with a huge billowy head, fading to a nice cap. Decent lacing. The nose is pure hefe: some clove and banana, but not too much.

The taste may be exactly what I'm looking for in a hefe. Those definitive characteristics are there (clove, coriander, citrus), but it's not too delicate. That wheat backbone is pretty strong.

This is very nice if you're looking for a hefe that's refreshing and not overly delicate. Good stuff.

Photo of kenito799
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Hazy, creamy looking golden brew with a foamy white head that recedes to a ring, spots of lce slowly drift down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is wonderfully fresh and spicy, lemony, hint of banana. These flavors come thnrough beautifully in the astoundingly refreshing yet richly flavorful wheat beer. The mouthfeel is creamy soft yet the clove spic eis tongue-tingling. Banana is less prominent, fantastic stuff. I need to try it side by side with Weihenstephaner to see which I prefer; by memory it's a toss-up.

Photo of theghost3
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is very hazy light golden with a thick, frothy white head. It's so hazy that it looks as if it would glow without light. It smells earthy with strong scents of yeast, wheat, citrus & bananas. The taste is strongly banana and wheat, along with flavors of pear and yeast. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic but very clean. This is a very drinkable hefeweizen--perfectly refreshing for the summer months.

Photo of soupyman10
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somehow only the second beer I've had from this excellent brewery, following of course the Celebrator which is absolutely insane in deliciousness. This one was no slouch either. Poured a nice yellow color with a big fluffy white head on top. Nose was incredibly strong: huge bananas, citrus, wheat, yeast, and sweet malt. Flavor was great as well, if a little hidden behind some pretty strong carbonation. Very similar to the nose, with a ton of spicy malt tossed in as well. This was really a delicious beer, one that I'd definitely get away. Probably the second best hefe I've had, behind only the Weihenstephaner.

Photo of scottg
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in its own 0,5L weizen glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a one finger cloudy white head that dissiaptes quickly. Wonderful aromas of ripe banana, grass, wheat, clove with hints of vanilla. Up front flavors of wheat, banana, clove, lemon & German malt followed by some fruity yeast, finishing dry with wheat and clove. Light body, medium carbonation, very clean mouthfeel but not as crisp and refreshing as other hefeweizens lowering the drinkability. Still a very nice beer though.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely hazed straw colored brew with some orange-ish highlighting in the center. Small bubbles rush up the glass, leading to a frothy white head. This is about an inch high, with good stick, although the lacing is mostly thin legs.

Lots of citric fruit on the nose, sharp lemon notes, with some clove spicing.

These characteristics pass on to the flavor, which features a pleasantly crisp carbonation. Solvent alcohols, slightly tart like sourdough, and bready pale malts. The fruits are mostly lemon grassy as well as sour apple.

The dry finish keeps this beer nice and refreshing. Impressive hefeweizen, not the most flavorful, but it has a nice punch and the good carbonation makes it a wonderful brew in the heat.

Photo of loosey
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured a hazy straw gold with a slight but bright white head, no lacing as it disappeared before my eyes..

smell is spice and citrus, some old banana peels... not very strong

oh, now i get why this is a great beer.. taste wheat bread, lemon and some sour apple... the gulp is rewarding and fades into a slight almost imperceptible spicy-bitterness

cool refreshing, dry and not too light but carbonated to balance...

now you see it now you don't, highly drinkable thank you... don't buy just one, thats what i did and now i feel regretful... try this one if you're ever stuck cleaning up after a natural disaster and it's really hot outside and you're not allowed to drink the water anyway so might as well have a six pack of this right? besides, it's the only way to deal with those pesky and useless senior citizen volunteers flapping around you... never mind that you'll get kidney stones, its a small price to pay for the intrinsic reward of a job well done

Photo of auxiliary
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Yellow straw color, nice big white head.

smell - Lot of citrus smelss, like lemon and bananas.

taste - Taste of wheat, lemons, little tart too.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body.

drinkability - Nice tastey Hefe, easy drinking, enjoyed this one.

Photo of Slynger
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon color with an orange tint to it. Perfect cap of pure white fuzzy-fluff pops right up.

The smell wafting from the glass delivers sweet smells of light lemon with lots of bananas and clove, and a nice hefe yeastiness.

Body is medium with a dynamite, pillowy-soft and fluffy carbonation. The flavor brings light lemon muffins with banana bread and yeasy cloviness. It is real nice.

Ayinger's hefeweizen is very, very good but falls just behind my two fave's that I've had so far. Right behind Dancing Man and Weihenstephaner's.

Photo of RomanW70
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. Pours cloudy gold in color woth a medium white head, Aroma of bananas, yeast, and light spiced. Flavor much the same. Some cereal grains in the finish, but in a really good way. Classic hefeweizen aroma and flavor. A vey nice beer.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy yellow with nice 3 finger head, but it recedes quickly to a white collar, some lacing.

S - Heavenly banana aroma with a phenolic backdrop. Some sour wheat malt creeping through. The best hefe I've ever smelled.

T - As extraordinary as the nose. Quite a sweet hefe, with a strong banana component early palate. Dominates mid and late palate as well, where mild phenols and wheat malt shine through. Mild yet balanced, this is pretty much everything I could ask for in a hefeweizen.

M - Nicely carbonated with a bit of a heavier body than most.

D - I'd love to have these all day, but price is a definite issue. Otherwise throwing back one after the other of these wouldn't be the slightest problem.

This might be my favorite hefeweizen thus far. The prevalence of the banana esters while phenols and wheat malt take a backseat is amazing. This beer is perhaps what I've always wanted in a hefeweizen.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Hazy orange yellow with big white head made up of medium sized bubbles with good retention, like a bunch of little pearls.

S = Good strong smells of bananas and coriander, also good strong citrus smells of tangerine, orange and lemon.

T = Good banana and lemon-orange, but also a musty wheat field with fresh cut grains, slight white pepper. Complex and enjoyable.

M = Medium-light body, great carbonation level, good mouthcoating contributing to a nice medium-long finish.

D = Very high, a great late Spring, early Summer BBQ beer.

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

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into a Kloster Andechs weizen glass, the beer is golden straw colored and hazy to the point of opacity. There is very little head, possibly the thinnest foam I've seen on any German hefeweizen I've poured. The aroma is solidly buttery, not as much banana as I like but it's in there. Taste is like buttered bananas, sorry for the innuendo but that's what it brought to mind. Creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Not my favorite weisse bier but not bad either, just kind of mid-field wheat.

Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a very banana yellow color with a tall and very thick white head that takes a very long time to settle.
S: It smells of very sweet wheat malt, a lot of banana aromas, and a bit of clove at the end.
T: The taste follows the nose and enhances the experience of drinking this beer. It has a very sweet malty base underneath a big banana flavor and a bit of cloves in the end.
M: Very smooth and refreshing.
D: Very drinkable hefe as it is not overwhelming in any one area.

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

A classic hefeweizen. Big carbonated white head, straw gold cloudy color, great smell: lemon, banana cloves. Taste is very good: astringent with cloves, banana and lemon all blended in a crisp, rich tasting brew. Drinkability on this one is excellent. I'm glad it comes in 25 oz bottles, a good excuse to keep drinking a great beer.

I would love to try this one on tap over a good long session.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,866 ratings.