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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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1,610 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,610
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 96
Gots: 71 | 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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ahking

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was more impressed with this beer after having tried a few more hefe weizens. Nice complex citrus flavors make this a pleasingly tangy beer that balances with a sweet malt after taste. Hop aroma is a little weak in this beer, but that is excused. Pours with an impressive head that sticks around for a few minutes. Recommended -- great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 04:48:41 | More by ahking
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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

Very hazy gold color, which pours a with a full 1" of foamy head, and settles into a solid creamy layer. Smell is lightl clove and citrus, slight hops presence, creamy smell which carries over into the taste. All the flavors are rounded off and smooth. Slightly smokey and sweet, clove is hidden under that top layer with yeast and corriander. Citrus also makes it's presence known. Mouthfeel and drinkability get very high for the smooth, creamy way the beer sits with you.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 21:40:18 | More by TastyTaste
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mynie

Indiana

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

Supped at Tony's Tratoria in Waterloo Iowa.

Deep gold with a fuzzy, tight, creamy white head. The only beer I can rightfully compare this to was Duvel, and although the head wasn't quite as nice, it was damn close. Wonderful looking

Smelled like a proper weizen; tasty spice mixed with tasty fruit. Bananas everywhere, along with wheatmalt.

Tastes wonderful! Wheatmalt up front, cloves and nut, followed immediately after by soft, milky fruit falling into a harder twang of orange. Aftertaste of white pepper and spice. Everything was lightly sugared. Complicated and delicious.

Goddamn do I love weizens, and this was one of the very best.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 04:01:18 | More by mynie
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mobyfann

Ohio

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

Paid $1.99 for a 500mL bottle...

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden base with a huge white head great retention but no signs of lacing. The aroma is a big punch of wheat with a side of lemon.

This beer tasts like classic German Hefe-Weisse, nice malty flavor with a small burst of wheat and a mixed fruit combinaiton with lemon leading and orange and banana tones in the background, a nice diverse mix. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than a normal Hefe and it's a little much sometimes in the mouth. The drinkability fits in line but at 5.1% it's a stronger than normal Hefe, but it feels heavier to offset this.

Final Thought: Good. Solid. Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 01:48:05 | More by mobyfann
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ghurux86

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark yellow, almost slightly orange. the head is creamy and mostly white. there is little lacing as well.
smells pretty good. banana, orange, some spices that i can't identify.
it tastes pretty good. mostly like the smell, it's pretty complex and hard to pick out individual flavors, but the ones that can be smelt can also be tasted.
it feels nice and smooth and has medium carbonation.
i could drink this beer all day long, although it's not the best hefe i've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 04:50:06 | More by ghurux86
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours less opaque than most weiss beers I've had (except the filtered ones of course). A straw yellow color with a big, fluffy head.
Smell is of sweet malty goodness, with yeast, fruit (lemon & orange) and spices (clove & pepper).
Taste is more complex than the smell, with malt, spice, fruit, bread and banana flavors. Alcohol does show some as the brew warms and the banana flavor increases as well.
Mouthfeel is a nice light effervescence all over the mouth & tongue, medium body, but could be smoother.
Drinkability is pretty good but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 02:38:02 | More by PorterLambic
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trancefishy

Colorado

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

First beer I ever bought, and I still think it's great.

Pours a nice clear straw yellow colour (careful not to disturb the yeast, this is excellent with the yeast as well, and makes it cloudy). thick ever growing long lasting creamy white head. tons of carbonation, swirling and spiraling around in the beer.

Aroma is all about the yeast and bread. Fairly pungent and nice.

Taste is again a wollop of bread and yeast. There is a faint essence of apple (as in cider) in there as well. taste is crisp and somewhat savoury. finish is similar to what you would have after you ate a piece of fresh sourdough bread.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice carbonation presence. fits well with the flavour in not being over burdening.

This beer is refreshing. I like to pour a pint of it, drink for a bit, and then swish the rest around and pour it in with all the yeasty goodness. well recommended, especially if you like hefe-weizens.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2004 22:34:06 | More by trancefishy
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walleye

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a cloudy staw color with a white head. aroma sour, lemony, floral, fruity, yeast, hints of pepper. flavor,grapefruit with sugar on it, other citrus flavores, some bananas, wheat, with a hint of lemon. I am not a big fan of this style of beer but this one might be my turning pointe, this was very refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 03:59:25 | More by walleye
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours murky gold with lovely 1-2 finger cap of fluffy foam. Fades quickly to 1mm.

Smell is very fruity almost Belgian blonde type smell--not much banana that is typical of Hefe's but more honey-like and grassy reminding me of a Belgian blonde. These same attributes are present when tasting too.

In my opinion, the reason this is so highly rated for its style is due to the complexity we associate with various Belgian brews and this has that complexity both in the nose and taste. I do tend to prefer the stronger banana taste but this is still pretty damn good. Rich foamy caramel tastes build on the finish and provide a lot to the mouthfeel which is dry but slightly caramel--ish.

This one excels in the drinkability department. It is so smooth and easy to drink, you could have a bunch of these. Even more the case on a hot day, but I was trying it in the late Fall. Its a good thing that these aren't too high on ABV or they would be really dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 00:52:17 | More by rousee
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mrfosters

New Jersey

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

A hazy pale gold sits beneath a large white long lasting head.Subtlely spiced grainy aroma with a touch of vanilla.The flavor brings a moderate banana and vanilla mixture, very low key but very full taste.This is my first Hefe -Weisse, but definitely not my last.I am looking forward to trying some other examples.I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 00:26:05 | More by mrfosters
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beertaster13

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice beer, pours a nice hazy orange with white cream streaks, the head is a nice delicious white. The smell is of lemon zest and spices, banannas and rum linger, a hint of floral hop. The taste is very sweet and spicy, the bananas thicken the taste with a nice smooth nutmeg spice backing, very nice. Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 04:28:27 | More by beertaster13
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frazbri

Ohio

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

Bountiful bright white head on a cloudy straw-yellow body.
Aromas of bananas, cloves, and lemon zest. Bananas and lemon zest with a citric tang and very little bitterness. Light in body and highly carbonated.

Ayinger Brau-Weisse contains a veritable fruit basket of flavors. The banana & clove flavors are there, but are not overpowering. This has the makings of a great session bier.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 23:26:49 | More by frazbri
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allengarvin

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle, in a weizen glass.

Appearance: Copper color, slightly hazy. Thick, frothy head of foam.

Aroma: Slight spiciness, subdued yeasty aroma. Not much fruit in the nose.

Flavor/Body: Wheat malt flavor prominant, fruitiness is there but only slightly tends toward banana/clove flavor. A little citrusy in the finish. Highly carbonated and refreshing.

On the estery/phenolic scale of south German wheat beers, this ranks on the low end, similar to Erdinger. It's a good session beer, but it lacks a lttle complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 19:20:25 | More by allengarvin
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scottum

Vermont

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazed straw yellow amber with a bright white weak head. There are some yeasty notes, but wheat and malt flavors are hardy sweet. Citrus notes come back atcha for a bit of hop balance. Fruity are we? A decent hefe, but not up to snuff with my expectations. Certainly quite the drinkable brew and worth tasting.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 02:13:04 | More by scottum
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diamonddave

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely cloudy yellow/gold, which I reckon is to be expected from an unfiltered wheat beer. The head died down and dissipated almost immediately, which makes me wonder if my bottle wasn't a little flat. Didn't seem to affect the taste, though.

This smells yeastier than [insert victim's name]'s mom. I happen to like yeast though (at least in a beer), so that's fine. Also a bit of grain and lemon.

The yeast comes out in the taste as well, along with hints of citrus and something else. Cloves, I'm guessing. Light and refreshing with a spicy kick. I think it would be awesome to drink this on the back porch while taking in the scent of freshly mowed grass. Since my lazy ass doesn't feel like actually getting up and doing any mowing, though, this theory shall go untested.

This is a really boffo beer. Awfully hard to come by (at least in the Midwestern shit town where I hang my hat) and kinda pricy, but every once in a while you gotta tell yourself you're worth it. Don'tcha, tiger?

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 17:39:09 | More by diamonddave
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour generates a colossal bone white head that fills the glass, then slowly recedes to reveal the opalescent, lemon yellow-gold beer within. The cap is pillowy, but not airy, as evidenced by its reluctance to fall lower than about one finger. Strangely enough, there's very little lace.

If there's anyone out there who doesn't know what clove smells like, take a whiff of this beer. Banana esters appear in a supporting role and nearly steal the show.

Brau-Weisse tastes like it smells, it's as simple as that. I tend to like bigger beers (in general) and I fear that I've slighted some styles as a result; hefe weizens are just one example. This one tastes good to me though; it resembles liquid banana bread, fresh from the oven.

Okay, so someone had a heavy hand with the clove. Not acceptable in the bread, very acceptable (and to style) in the beer. It's difficult to appreciate much wheat flavor given the level of spice, but can wheat, in and of itself, carry a beer? Not in my world. It's the yeasties baby, that's where the action is.

The final pour brings about some expected and appreciated changes. The beer has become overtly murky for one and the aromas and flavors have intensified due to warming. The body manages to be both light-medium and slightly slick at the same time. Downing several in succession should be no problem.

Ayinger Brau-Weisse is a terrific example of the hefe weizen style. It's solid across the board and is a beer that I'm sure I'll come back to again and again. Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 21:52:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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misterscooter

California

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slightly cloudy, straw colored beer. Lots of head when poured but it went away quickly. Smells a bit like cider with some red wine coming out in the smell. It has some spice in the flavor with the initial taste. Plenty of wheat taste. Rather dry and hoppy and mine was pretty flat. Still I liked it for a Hefe Weizen. Definitely has some of the Bavarian feel to it. Simply made with some complex flavors coming out. It might be a little bit too sweet for me to want another one too soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 05:21:19 | More by misterscooter
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donnebaby

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great blobs of tight, even head billow out Cloudy, dull gold color that shined somehow. Lots of spicy banana and melon creaminess on the surface with more sweet banana in the background, like fermenting bananas. Lots of mellow potentness that becomes more pronounced once the head falls off until it's almost unruly with rank fermentation.

Taste is sharp in clean grains and fermenting citrus. Carbonation is low, and almost nonexistent, and the liquid enters the mouth like water, spreading salty grains and some low citric fruitiness and acidity back into the throat. Some residual hop dryness and candy banana notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin compared to other hefeweizens I've had...but those haven't been German so...what do I know?! Funky, rough, hefe, with good complexity. Grew on me as I drank.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 18:42:02 | More by donnebaby
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this stuff with dinner at The Mooring in Newport, RI

Pours out a hazy yellow color with a nice head that stays with you for some time. Smell consisted of lemons and cloves mxing with each other. Not as much of a banana aroma as in other hefe's out there. Taste was down the same path as the smell. Quite crisp and acidic in taste with the carbonation blending in good amounts. Finishes somewhat tart, but yet dry. Not bad, went well with some shrimp and lobster tails, but there are better hefe's out there for the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 14:39:26 | More by necoadam
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Joey7F

Florida

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

This is a really solid offering from Ayinger. Definitely my favorite Hefe, because while it still has that banany taste it is not overpowering or too sweet at all. I could drink another 355ml bottle of the stuff. It smells great but that does not mean it knocks you out. It pours cloudy and it gives more head than a Clinton intern. Highly recommended!

--Joey

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 03:33:54 | More by Joey7F
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Dithyramb

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled last evening from the bottle that matches the picture for $5.25. Served at Tapas Teatro in North Baltimore with a thick lemon slice and just a little too cold, so I let it warm a bit and put the lemon in my water. No freshness date, but it didn’t seem overly old. Took the opportunity to read the labels. The front is definitely old school. The back has the typical American crap about pregnant mothers and where the bottle can be recycled. Appears to be labeled for American consumption, yet still brewed and bottled in the motherland.

The head rose quickly. I wasn’t given the proper glassware, so the frothy white head with the tight bubbles spilled over onto the table. The bottle conditioning allowed the head to be untamed, so the beer could only be poured in small doses. Excellent retention. It poured a cloudy dirty blonde.

The aroma is mostly lemon citrus and cloves.

The carbonation is the first sensation; note the excellent head retention mentioned earlier. Although all the typical flavors are evident (cloves, yeast, banana, lemon, band aids) they are very nicely balanced. Even when it warmed a bit, it didn’t get overly clove or pepper laden, as many seem to do. The hops are hardly evident. The oily clove-flavored yeast gives a great mouthfeel that coated the inside of my mouth.

Went well with several tapas, from crab balls to seasoned London broil to spicy sausage in paella. I think this would definitely be worth having a few.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 15:01:31 | More by Dithyramb
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TinusTime

Virginia

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

Pours a hazy golden colour with an nice big white head. Head stuck around for a good while. Aroma has a bit of tart citrus followed by the nice banana, cloves notes so typical of hefe. Taste is richer than some Hefe's I have had such as Erdinger or Paulaner. However it is still refreshing and not as heavy or rich as Schneider Weiss. Mouthfeel is nice with great carbonation. Overall a very good hefe that I would gladly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 16:46:21 | More by TinusTime
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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

I had this German Hefe-Weizen out of a 11.2 oz brown bottle and served in a pilsner glass.

I paired this beer with some Belmont goat cheese and wheat English crackers. This is one amazing pairing and truly enhances each other. Thanks to BA for the Hefeweizen/Goat Cheese combo recommendation.

The appearance is a cloudy yellow and unfiltered. Great lacings that stick and stay.

Awesome smelling brew...cloves, citrus, and bannana are right up front in the nose. This is what I have been looking for in this style beer.

The taste is somewhat fruity with an almost green apple-like tartness, with a prominent clove flavor. Some bitterness and a little spicy.

This is one of the best Hefe-Weizens I have sampled yet and will be purchasing more of these in the near future. Check this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 01:18:30 | More by Hibernator
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking a lot of different hefeweizens lately, and in a way I'm starting to get a little burnt out on the style. At some points all the hefes I was having were starting to taste the same (bananas, cloves, yeast, etc.). Ayinger's Brau Weisse stood out in a few ways though, and it is one of the top examples of the style in my opinion.

This weissbier poured a cloudy yellow/gold color with a decent foamy head that lasted for a little over a minute. The smell wasn't too outstanding, but it was mostly fruity with some ripe banana, canned fruit, and light spice scents. This brew felt smooth on the palette, which was typical of the style. The flavors in the beer were very well done as there was a very nice fruity presence all throughout it. Bananas were present along with cloves and other spice-like notes. The wheat flavors add a bit of a rawness to it that really balances out the sweetness (along with the slight dryness in the finish). The aftertaste has some lingering fruitiness and spices, with no alcoholic warmth to finish it out.

It seems like many BAs have said that they have trouble reviewing beers like standard American lagers because they all end up tasting very similar. I felt I was starting to get that way with hefeweizens, but this one was actually somewhat noteworthy and is definitely worth a shot if you see it in a store.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 15:09:58 | More by Beastdog75
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

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

Pale yellow to white, almost Hoegaarden wit colored. Ayinger's hefe glass is cool because it's thin near the bottom and swirled glass makes it so easy to hold. Eggshell colored head that dissipates into almost trace lacing. Big banana nose with some other yeasty traditional smells typical of a hefeweizen of this caliber. Silky smooth on the tongue, some banana esters, and finishes crisp; tempting another sip. A royal hefeweizen that demands attention amongst the competition. Downright righteous.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2004 08:14:09 | More by crookedhalo
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.