1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Not Rated.
Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,797 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,797
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 110
Gots: 128 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Ayinger Bräu Weisse Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,797 | Reviews: 845 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bigman147
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy pale Straw colored with good head and a high level of retention as the beer took forever to settle.

Aroma: Clove is predominate as well as a citrus element. Some banana aroma but mostly hidden behind the wheat and clove.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very sharp and has a good bite. Tastes like malted wheat with come tart citrus (lemon, not orange) Very crisp and clean without any perceivable flaws (in style). Even as the beer warmed, Banana was not easily perceived as Clove took control. Carbonation was high and helped set up the lemony citrus flavors.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Wonderful Hefe on a warm summer or even on a nice cool Fall or Spring day. Clean and refreshing.

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

This is a beer style that I started getting into after I explored the world of beer outside of BMC. Pours a very hazy yellow, smells quite yeasty and tart. Tastes quite yeasty, tartness and some sweetness thrown in the background. Overall really good, it does take me back to my ear;y days of micros, flavor reminds me a lot of the Pauliner beers. And that's a good thing!!

Photo of RJLarse
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple of 500 ML bottles of Ayinger Hefe on a recent business trip. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale yellow color and is slightly hazy, in an unfilteres wheat way. Massive 4 finger foamy white head forms, and fades fast, but never completely disappears.

The smell is sweet and fruity, with soft fruit aromas like pears and honeydew melon. There is also a spice fragrance and a faint and sweet bread smell.

The taste is spicey, cloves, along wiith some fruit flavors, melons, a little sweet citrus flavor and a hint of the banana flavor I expected. It's a little overboard II think on the cloves and citrus for the style, but it tastes good or better.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The beer is well carbonated, and has a zippy tart finish.

Very drinkable. A nice thirst quencher with some complex aromas and flavors to enjoy. I would have this again.

Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium straw color. Cloudy/opaque. Pours with a thick high white head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S: Great mix of grainy/bready malt with clean and crisp, well defined banana ester and clove like phenol character.

T: Banana flavor is weak as opposed to phenolic clove flavors. Some bready/grainy malt character. Finish is tart and citrusy. A little too much I thought.

MF: Light nearly watery mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Dry finish.

D: Great nose, I wish the taste was as good. I found the flavor to be overly tart and citric. Could have been a little sweeter. This took a little bit away from its drinkability but still a very easy drinking, sessionable beer.

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

Appearance: Hazy wheat-colored ale with a huge cap of foam that shows no sign of fading.

Smell: Lemon and wheat with a good helping of banana bread.

Taste: Zesty, bready and mildly sweet with a lemony twang. Quite a bit of citrus present but not as much of a banana/tropical fruit character. The finish is dry and clean, very little hop bite. Estery banana flavors come out more as the brew warms up to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side - very crisp. Light, gentle carbonation, but lots of it.

Drinkability: Very high. This is a stellar hefeweizen.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Map Room in Chicago, the beer of the month. Hazy light golden color, with lots of streaming bubbles. White fluffy head holds well for a while.

Light banana and clove in the nose, not as strong as others of the style. Pretty simple, maybe a bit of earthy aromas as well.

Very refreshing, a bit tart, but true to style. Hint of banana, but not a whole lot of clove. Lacking a bit of character compared to others.

A good amount of carbonation, but seems just a tad thin. Still very enjoyable.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a cloudy and hazy yellow/whitish color ale with a bit foamy head with great retention and some dark lees at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of pure wheat with some nice ester and floral notes. Taste is dominated by refreshing wheat notes with some medium banana and ester notes also noticeable. Nice body with some low filtration and adequate carbonation and a creamy texture. Very well done overall and quite enjoyable with the warm weather.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into pint glass, only a 1 finger head that quickly decipated which is unusual for this style of brew. Golden yellow color, nice and cloody, typical hefe smell of clove and banana but a strong bread-like smell as well. Taste is good, not the best hefe I've ever had but one of the few where the banana smell actually comes through in the taste. Very high carbonation almost makes this seem like drinking a glass of bubbly, a little too much for my particular taste. Light mouthfeel leads this to be an easy drinker. Overall a good hefe example although not as great as I anticipated based on its overall rating.

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

Pours a cloudy yellowish/green color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy white head, tons of nice sticky lacing to following the whole drink. The nose is malty, yeasty, spicy, banana's, maybe some caramel notes thrown in. The taste is mostly malty, yeasty, with some nice spicness and a nice hint of banana. A nice slight chewy mouthfeel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a true to style Hefe, way to go Ayinger.

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

Pours an orangey, murky gold with a huge white head that fades to a centimeter within a few minutes. Aromas of sweet bananas, rubber and some minuscule clove notes -- much less spice than some other hefes. On the palate the main flavor is of banana chips -- meaning banana flavor with a sugary undertone. There's not a whole lot of acidity here until the end, where the finish sours out a bit... leaving a tingle on the tongue that demands another mouthful. This beer is ridiculously smooth on the palate, even with a big blast of carbonation in there, which makes it insanely drinkable. That drinkability is this beer's one superlative quality -- the rest is good, but not great, familiar German hefeweizen elements -- but it's an important quality and makes this beer a very valuable one to have around, especially on an 80 degree day. Overall, this is well done.

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy white tinged mud puddle brown. I gave the bottle a hard swirl to breakup the yeast at the bottom, that is why it has a whitish tinge to it. The smell is of....bananas, and lots of'em. Not much clove, apple, or bubblegum aromas. The taste is of bananas as well, with a drying wheat malt base, tart apple. The flavor doesn't blow me away but I'm being picky. It is very good. The feel is well carbonated yet has that hefe smoothness. Finishes on the dry side, I tend to like my hefe's not dry. Very drinkable, very refreshing.

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

500ml bottle poured into weizen glass no born on date. Pours a cloudy straw color with nice fluffy white head that lasts and lasts, nice carbonation and lacing all the way down the glass.

Inital smell is a bit skunky, maybe from the yeast strain..., but not too overpowering, this gives way to a nice mix of clove, bananna and apple that compliment eachother quite nicely.

Taste makes me think this one stacks up with some of the better hefes out there. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, balanced nicely with the carbonation that gives a pleasant feeling throughout the mouth. Apples and pears up front, pretty juicy considering the style, as the beer warms there is a nice hint of clove and herbal spice that finishes very clean with the taste of ripe bananna. Very very nice.

A great choice for a hefe and one that I won't hesitate to pick up again this summer.

Photo of philberinghele
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

german noses sniff
boatloads of bananas
summer beverage

The description said "a bit of banana in the nose." I think I sniffed a chiquita plantation in costa rica. This beer has a heavy banana scent but less of a banana taste. This is an excellent hefe weizen and one that I will most like drink many times this summer because I love drinking beer. A lot.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow / hazy / moderate carbonation / nice head

Sweet creamy wheat banana ester with tart citric twist.

Creamy smooth onset of pleasant wheaty flavors and crisp hoppage. Nice banana notes and a hint of coriander/clove spiciness. Citric and floral hops nicely balance. Finishes mostly clean.

Medium bodied / good carbonation / lots of foamy goodness. Feels good.

Good solid Hefe Weizen indeed. For my future Hefe needs, I would definitely return to Ayinger.

Photo of boulevard2
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By the bottle at home May 2007

Pours a hazy yellow, highly carbonated and and full of tasty yeast.
A thick head for looks that slowly disapates into a fine summer beer by anyone's standards. Scent of bannanas and cloves is very present. This beer full in body but light and crisp on the tongue. Hints of lemon, bannana and bubble gum are present in this fine heffe. All I need now is a fat pretzel and some spicy mustard to finish this expierience. A true German Heffe and a must try by any beer aficionado!

Photo of pittvkyle7
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in it's glass this was cloudy golden yellow, inch and a half white head with retention and lacing. Lots of fast rising little bubbles.

Nose is lemon and yeast.

Taste is of clove, yeast, malts, grassy, fresh, and citrus. Finish is wheat. I'm not getting too much banana here.

Medium thin mouthfeel, but it does coat a little. Champagne like carbonation.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

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

Another find from the Wine Cavern in Lethbridge Alberta.

Going to need a bigger Hefe glass as this one likes to form a big-ass, off-white head that shows fabulous retention. Gobs of web-like lacing all down the sides of my glass. Cloudy yellow-orange in color...this is one good lookin' Hefe.

Aroma is nice, but not as robust as i would like. Loads of bready malt with light banana, clove, and citrus undertones.

Sweet bready malt is the main flavor here with banana, clove, slight citrus lying just underneath.Very nice, very well balanced. taste.

Carbonation bites...but just a wee bit. Otherwise very smooth and full bodied for a hefe.

I'm already planning on stocking up when I return to Lethbridge later this week. Going to make this a summer patio staple for sure.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy yellow straw, good bubbles. definitly some clove and citrus in the nose. if i wanted a picture of a hefe for an encyclopedia, i might take one of this. the taste is smooth, slightly tart. clove, lemon, grassy notes. but it's kind of lacking that something. it's awesome and would probably pair well with food, but not my favorite in this style. great look, great smell, but the taste is lacking. not sure what. decent enough and good for the price. good beer.

Photo of techdiver
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with substantial head that dissipates slowly and displays great carbonation.

Lemon and clove to the nose.

Taste is spicey wheat, an above average Hefe, with a bready flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp with the great carbonation giving it a lighter feel.

Great drinkability, as it seems all good Hefe Weizen's are. Weihenstephaner still my favorite, but this comes close.

Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9fl oz bottle. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a creamy white head. The aroma displays the beautiful array of banana and clove typical in german hefeweizens. The taste is wheat with more of the banana/clove flavors as in the nose along with some yeast. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a high level carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice brew that is recommended.

Photo of crwills
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the in-laws place. Slightly cloudy golden colour with a decent head that fades almost immediately, even at a relatively warm temperature.

Aroma is faint bready yeast and some ripe banana, along with a little bit of caramel malt or molasses.

Flavour is well above average; balanced banana, clove, and a bit of bubble gum sweetness. Great mouthfeel, and perfect carbonation (not much). Very drinkable hefe, and went well with some light grilled meat and salad.

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

Had out of a bottle poured into a weizen style glass.

A- Very cloudy, a brownish-gold, with a thick snow-white head.

S- Very strong scent of banana with a hint of clove.

T- Very refreshing a good banana clove mix, sweet, but not overly so.

M- Very carbonated, medium body.

D- A great example of the style, very refreshing on a warm day.

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

16.9 oz. bottle poured into an oversized weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden-pear color with noticable bubbles. Quite hazy. Thick white head is quite airy, yet takes a while to dissipate.

Smell: Light, mild aroma of bananas and cloves.

Taste: The spicyness is the first thing to be noticed -- cloves, etc. It seems to take up most of the taste. But there are also some bananas, wheat, and some yeast as well. Just doesn't seem particularly well balanced or well-defined (i.e. it's just a generic presence of spices).

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, but way too much carbonation -- it's distracting.

Drinkability: Aside from the carbonation, easy to drink.

It's an ok hefe weizen, but hardly one to write home about. Affordable, and certainly worth a shot if you like to try German beers, but probably not one I'll come back to.

Photo of jmalex
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite hefeweizens. If I drink enough of these, the weather has to warm up, right?

APPEARANCE: Pours a pale gold with a stiff white cap. Bubbles cascade up the glass and replenish the falling head. One unexpected quality: it's not quite completely hazy. Fairly transparent actually, despite giving the last bit a good swirl in the bottle.

SMELL: Bready and spicy. Banana and bubblegum lurk in the background. Everything pretty much in style and nothing out of the ordinary. Nice.

TASTE: Much more banana in the taste. Clove accentuates it well. The spicy wheat is supported by the slightest bit of yeast. This tastes great.

MOUTHFEEL: Really smooth and a perfect slightly sharp carbonation. There's not much to it, but I can't imagine it being any better and I wouldn't change anything.

DRINKABILITY: Is there any doubt? What could be better? Maybe it's inherent in the style, but I don't care. Nothing is more drinkable than a well-crafted hefeweizen, and this definitely qualifies.

I knew this beer was excellent, but didn't expect it to score quite as high as it did. Ayinger is right up there with Weihenstephaner when it comes to hefeweizens, and I've got both in my fridge.

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

A good wheat beer, very satisfying with supper. Cloves in aroma, orange in taste as well as lemon. Good mouthfeel though not the most outstanding I have had for a hefe, banana mouthfeel with little of the latter's taste. Nicely malted, also corriander and yeastiness.

Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,797 ratings.