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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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1,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,685
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 101
Gots: 93 | 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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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous foamy, hazy straw yellow. Frothy two inch head slowly subsides. Aromas of wheat, lemon, wet hay, and some yeastiness. Fills the mouth completely with a huge splash of flavor: wheat, malt, a little noble hops, and a rather sweet finish. This beer certainly needs some food to be paired with it, a nice salad or gazpacho would do well. Light body and good carbonation give this beer a high drinkability, and I'm glad it comes in the hefty size bottle.

dreadnatty08, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of CNeilP09
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the finest hefe's on the market. Wonderful look. Cloudy, sullen, rich wheat beer. Brilliant yellow gold colour. Creamy/frothy head, a little over an inch thick, that lingered for a touch, long enough to get three good swigs out before it dissipated to the wall of the goblet. The flavour is the key in this one. Typical wheat beer hits, with swift kicks of clove, anise and black pepper, rounded with dry, yet buttery massages. Thirst quencher and a half. GREAT BEER. Period.

CNeilP09, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of shivtim
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfectly cloudy orange unfiltered wheat beer, and even a bit settling out at the bottom of the bottle. Upon pouring it had a dense white head, and good lacing. Nose is abandunt yeast and zesty orange. The taste is wheat and strong orange citrus without being over the top, with lingering hints of banana and clove. It's very smooth and drinkable. Quite impressive, and easily avoids being a boring one-note hefe.

shivtim, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of afordney
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a large head that dissipated quickly, decent cloudy straw color.

Smelled of citrus and clove, but not very strong.

Tasted like clove, spicy from start to finish, no hints of banana.

Mouthfeel was balanced and spicy, very refereshing on a warm day.

Overall, this was not my favorite interpretation of Hefe Weizen but it was very drinkable and I'd try it again.

afordney, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of IronDjinn
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second Ayinger product I've had the chance to sample. Came in a 500 ml brown Euro bottle, no best before date on the label or stamped on the bottle.

Pours out a very cloudy light golden wheat hue, with a tall shock of creamy white foam, with great retention. The nose is greeted immediately by cloves and banana, some pecan, some citrus, and a very bready malt--traditional German baking at its finest, in a glass! Now that's the ticket, and it tastes as good as it smells, I love it when that manages to follow through. Rich malty loaf cake, banana, nuts, some clove, some lemon zest, it's all in there and in the right places, and the right amount. Fine craftsmanship with this hefe. Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel with a little bit of zip from the carbonation along the way. I shall definitely be stocking up on more of this every chance I manage to come across it. An ideal beer for sitting on a patio or porch or balcony, enjoying the longer days of summer, and complimenting something off the grill with a tossed pasta salad on the side. I am truly regretting that this is the sole bottle I have in my place at the moment, it begs for seconds, and so will I if I have to!

IronDjinn, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with a lot of carbonation streaming up the side of my weissbier glass leaving a foamy white head that subsided after a few minutes.
Aroma is clovey and has a slight citrus to it witha lot of yeast character.
The taste begins with a lemony hop bitterness that quickly shows off a smooth clove flavor. The malt flavor are very smooth and creamy as the dry character of wheat is very evident. It finishes with a dry bready malt flavor that is very refreshing.
The mouthfeel is perfect for the style as it is creamy on the tongue yet carbonated just enough to keep things clean.
Very drinkable i could easily see myself in a german restaurant consuming a few of these with a meal of theuringer sausages, mustard kraut and good bread.

RenoZymurgist, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 17 ounce bottle into a chalice.
Looks like a hefe should; hazy, golden, poofy white head.
The odor doesnt quite have the impact of some others of the style but it's pleasing enough. Wheat, lemon, malts.
The taste is quite a bit on the malty side for a hefe, or rather has quite a malty punch in the middle of a sip. The malt flavor gives it a sweet signature impact. Dry lemon and wheat crispness in there.
Pretty much up to typical specs for the style with a bit of a twist. Good drinkin stuff.

ommegangpbr, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of dieselboy914
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went to a friends local dive in Brooklyn to get hammered and was rather surprised to see this one on tap next to the regular expected ones like Sam Adams, Bud, etc... seeing how i was completely sober and really curious I tried this one first before drowning myself in Stella...

It poured into a tall pilsner glass really thick. Was a golden yellow in color and rather opaque. The head rose quickly and subsided even quicker leaving a sensual lace around the glass.
The taste was enjoyable at first... a fine mix of wheats and citrusy flavors all having a party in your mouth... but the then party becomes too much. Lamps start getting knocked over, muddy prints on the carpet, and before you know it your palette is overwhelmed by the sugary sweet nature of the beer, leaving you with an aftertaste reminiscent of homemade lemonade kinda like the ones you had as a kid during the summer. No remote hint of alcohol at all, so you would think this is easy to finish, but it's not. The weight of it makes it almost a chore to drink and then initial pleasantries quickly fade away...
Much better served in smaller quantities.

On to the Stella Artois I went...

dieselboy914, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey coloured yellow with lots of haziness because I made sure to get the yeast in there. It had a nice fizzy white head that I expect from a hefe weizen, but that is gone far too quickly.

The smell is full of clove over top of banana with a thread of mixed citrus fruits. Keeps me coming back for more and more smells. All very pleasant here.

A mouthfull of this beer gives first a fair amount of cloves, then the fruits fill out the rest of the mouth. Banana is not as apparent as it was in the smell, but bubblegum makes an appearance mid mouthfull. The finish begins grassy and ends back at the cloves, bringing the taste full circle. There are a lot of good tastes in there, but somewhere in the mix something is not pleasing my palate. I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is, but it lingers in the finish from time to time.

Carbontation is high, and I believe I have had more body in a hefe weizen before. Not bad, but not great.

This one kinda hurts, it has so much good going for it, but there is something in there that keeps it from being what I want in a hefe weizen. Still like to smell it though.

elricorico, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Ayingers Am Platzl in Munich.

A: Murky, brownish straw, white head, some retention and lace.

S: Banana and wheat, a little bread and citrus.

T: Light, well-rounded flavour. Banana, citrus, slightly bready malt.

M: Light to moderate body is dry (for the style), carbonation is moderate.

D: Good.

Derek, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head and lacing. Great aroma of yeast and lemon. As is Taco Mac's style, this was server waay too cold. After I let it warm up some the real wheat aroma came through. Taste is, of course, right on for this good example of a German Hefe. I was glad to see, at least, that the bartender didn't put a lemon slice in the beer. This is a great beer to have on a hot, early summer day in Atlanta.

doubleipa, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color into a weizen glass, has a huge white head and can see very many bubbles racing to the top.

Smell - Bananas, cloves and other fruity esters

Taste - The esters did not come out like I was expecting, has a slight watery mouthfeel with faint hints of the bananas and cloves, with a alcohol warmness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Watery and has a lot of carbonation.

Overall not too bad of a Hefe, but I have had a lot better.

MrHolland, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in a Weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy medium gold with a head that thrusts up and almost over the rim. Settles to an inch mat.

Smell- Surprisingly, the bubblegum and candy aromas supercede the typical banana/clove notes I was expecting first. An interesting perfuminess abounds in this one, alongside the obvious wheat character.

Taste- Milder than Weihenstephaner's offering, it showcases a nice balance of wheat, banana, and clove that finishes very light... no complaints here, as the next sip is encouraged.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A quiet evolution of pure beer pleasure... liquid, slick, then foamy like the Jersey shore in the morning. Light in the finish, it's an all day treat. I'll revisit this when the summer's here.

yelterdow, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of briman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in hefe glass.

Poured a pale straw color, hazy, with a fluffy white half-finger head that held up nicely.

Smell was yeasty with strong notes of banana.

Taste was the crisp, with some slight tartness...dominated by banana flavors through the finish. Only a slight note of lemon/citrus in this sample.

Very refreshing beer, a little thinner bodied than some other hefe's I've tried...but balance was good, and it's very easy going down. Could definately have a few of these in a sitting.

briman, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jesus, look at that head. Jumps up 3"-4" with a gentle pour. Thick and white. Gold body that is a little hazy.

Aroma is a touch spicey with a little banana and clove. Taste is a little more estery than your average hefe, but its very nice with the banana and clove in the background. Wheat and citrus flavor is dominant, but nothing really stands out here. Finishes on a very mellow sour bitterness from noble hops.

Very nicely balanced beer here. I wish the flavor was a little stronger, but everything else seems to going right here. Great for spicey food. Give this one to anyone that says they "don't like beer."

tempest, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow/orange with a big yeast aroma. Lots of lemony citrus smell as well. Big, creamy, meringue-like head. Feels light in the mouth with a tart-drying character. Almost no aftertaste and hop bitteress is very mild. Light citrusy and characteristic wheat flavour dominate. Refreshing - a good summer brew.

allergictomacros, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ever drink a beer that brings you back to when you first started loving beers? Weizens were a major gateway beer for me and . . . man, this beer reminds me why.
It pours a hazy yellow with a creamy head. The smell is predominantly banana with a touch of cloves. The taste follows the smell, only the banana/clove flavours are pleasantly balanced out by rich wheat malts. Man, what an amazing beer.
It is a little thin for a Weizen though, so it loses points on mouthfeel. However, this corrosponds to an increase in drinkability. I could definately drink this all night.

shbobdb, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of dgallina
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 500 ml bottle without evident freshness date.

Poured lightly-hazed pale yellow and peach. Big carbonation and foamy head that settled to a thin layer and lacing. Aroma is nicely balanced between fruity banana-like malts and clove-tinged hop bitterness. Clean and refreshing flavors. Medium sweet grains build honey, banana and clove roundness before finishing quickly with a crisp hop bite. Light and refreshingly effervescent in the mouth.

Not the most complex beer, but superbly clean and tasty on a too-warm (global warming?) late winter day.

dgallina, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the best hefeweizens I have had in a very long time. Beautiful pour!!! Lovely cloudiness as per the style and the consistent streams of tiny bubble rising to the top. Great looking craggy, pitted pure white foamy head subsides to about a 15mm blanket of snow across the top in about 45 seconds or so. Nice lacing. The smell has a little bit of a lambic / farmhouse ale musty basement smell with a fair amount of the stereo-typical clovey spice. Plenty of spice in the taste; just the right amount. Mouthfeel was perfect for the style IMO, and very refreshing. This hefe was highly drinkable and just delicious. I'll buy this again when it gets nice and hot out. A smashing hefeweizen from Ayinger!

SilentSabre, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of klewis
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw with a massive foamy head with lots of thick lacing.

S: Very crisp in the nose with classic aromas of banana and clove

T: Just like the bouquet, banana, clove, and pepper with a bit of bite.

M: Medium-bodied and chewy.

D: All around, this is a great representation of the style. This one is disappearing from my glass quite quickly.

klewis, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of danielharper
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Yellow-orange body, thick white head. Cloudy appearance -- nearly perfect to-style.

S: Strong banana aroma, very sweet consistency with an astringent background.

T: Very sweet, some banana notes. A touch of oranges as the beer warms, perhaps a hint of lemon.

M: Thinner than expected, but adds a bit to the drinkability.

D: Very nice. Goes down smooth and clean.

This isn't my favorite hefeweizen, but this is a very good example of the style.

danielharper, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy lemon juice color with a massive white head. The head seemed a tad unstable as far as hefeweizens go. Big nose of clove spiciness and big, green, unripe bananas. Well, as far as taste goes, it doesn't really tread upon new ground for a hefeweizen. It makes up for that in its peculiar way. As soon as I take the sip, it seems very muddy and subdued. Seconds later, the flavors seem to get brighter. I don't know how to explain it. It's as if there's a dimmer switch being turned brighter and brighter after the beer goes over my tongue. This is a pretty light hefeweizen, which isn't necessarily bad, but I tend to associate hefeweizen with a fuller, fluffier mouthfeel. As far as drinkability goes, this is fantastic. I'd imagine this being way better on a hot day than typical lawnmower beers.

goochpunch, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $2.49 from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO.

In my 23 ounce Hefe-weizen gladd, the appearance is cloudy light orange with some yeast chunks. Small white head that lasts well. Plenty of streams of bubbles. Nice lacing.

Aroma of musty yeast and cloves with a citrus hint.

Taste is very crisp and tart, with lots of clove and a bit of banana and lemon. Spicey, with the slightest hint of bubble gum. Really good taste. The banana comes up as the brew warms a bit.

Medium light body, a bit thin for an H-W: more like a Witbier.

Very drinkable. This would be great with Bratwurst, Sauerkraut und Rostkartoffel mit Zwiebeln!

ColoradoBobs, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of ski271
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium gold with a large, white, frothy slowly diminishing head. Some decent lacing. The smell is of typical wheat aromas, some nice yeast and a good bit of lemon. The taste is a little thin for the style but very well-balanced. It has a medium-light body and an effervescent feel to it. This is a super easy drinking summertime beverage.

ski271, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of Luigi
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy pale yellow. Highly carbonated with a good lace for a head. The aroma is cirusy. Lemon and hints of clove. Medium-light bodied and a very crisp carbonated mouthfeel. Sour tartness hits the tongue at first. Reminds
me of sour apples and lemon zest. Finishes off nicely with bready malts and yeast. Drinkability is near perfect. A refreshing Weisse beer that pairs well with anything greasy that you can grill.

Luigi, Feb 16, 2006
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.