Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
11-24-2004 00:52:17 | More by rousee
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
11-15-2004 00:26:05 | More by mrfosters
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
10-28-2004 04:28:27 | More by beertaster13
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-27-2004 23:26:49 | More by frazbri
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
10-20-2004 19:20:25 | More by allengarvin
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
10-07-2004 02:13:04 | More by scottum
4.45/5 rDev +7%
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?
09-26-2004 17:39:09 | More by diamonddave
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
09-23-2004 21:52:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
09-18-2004 05:21:19 | More by misterscooter
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
09-13-2004 18:42:02 | More by donnebaby
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
09-13-2004 14:39:26 | More by necoadam
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
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!
09-10-2004 03:33:54 | More by Joey7F
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
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 didnt 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 wasnt 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 didnt 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.
09-01-2004 15:01:31 | More by Dithyramb
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
08-23-2004 16:46:21 | More by TinusTime
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
07-25-2004 01:18:30 | More by Hibernator
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
07-18-2004 15:09:58 | More by Beastdog75
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
07-07-2004 08:14:09 | More by crookedhalo
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
The beer smells lemony and sweet. There's definitely some of the traditional bubblegum sugar, and a even little pear. It has a hazy honey color with a pretty, fluffy white head, which fell pretty fast. I swear, I washed this glass really well this time. Oh well.
The tast comes crisp, citric and acidic. It's very creamy with high carbonation, and leaves a nice bready dryness in the finish. The beer is very light on the tongue and no flavor dominates over the other. there's a little clove or some other dark flavor in the taste that adds a bit of spice and complexity, but my overall impression of this beer is light and refreshing beer with a mild taste.
This is one of my favorites with a salad or a light omelette because the lemony acidity and tight wheat flavor relax the palette and can handle the subtlety of fresh greens and the sourness of a vinegar dressing, as well as cutting through eggs and cheese in an omelette. One of my favorite hefes overall.
06-19-2004 17:22:43 | More by studentofbeer
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
This is the kind of brew that makes me love summer. Hazy straw color with a creamy head of tight white foam. Aroma is a bit muted, lemons and a bit of musty yeast sneak through. Flavor screams summer. Lemony and zesty with a spicy kick. Prickly carbonation improves an otherwise thin mouthfeel.
06-08-2004 06:07:26 | More by Sixpack595
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
The head is biggish, noisy, white, bubbly, foamy. The beer is a clear, pale gold with big, fast bubbles. Last pour is hazy. Mmmm... nice, spicy, buttery nose. Apples too. The beer starts fruity, tangy, peppery, turning thick, buttery, fruity. Some nice milk fades in with temperature. The finish features apples and more butter. Apples throughout turn more banana-like as the beer warms. This is just a very good, fresh, tasty, fruity, buttery, spicy beer.
06-04-2004 21:43:39 | More by kbub6f
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, topped with a three finger pillowy white head, leaves rings of lace.
Clove filled aroma, wheat/grassy note, lemon.
Clove, some banana, hayfield taste. Lemon Slightly bitter and nicely tart.
Medium bodied and dry. Well worth the price.
05-24-2004 18:04:43 | More by mschofield
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
A good sized beige head sat atop this cloudy gold offering I had at the Winking Lizard. Clove, lemon and a slight bit of banana hit the nose before I drank. Spicey with a small fruit underlining the beverage. Small amounts of yeast and wheat came through at the end. Enjoyable, refreshing, and well made. I'll defintely have it again.
05-23-2004 21:01:51 | More by Ahhdball
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from the bottle, this beer grew a sizeable head but didn't retain the crown atop of the cloudy gold body. The aroma seemed to be dominated by clove, banana, lemon, and wisps of wheat. The flavors were lightly spiced banana with some grassy and yeasty notes. It's a pleasant and refreshing brew.
04-20-2004 01:02:21 | More by AllThingsNinja
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
I've never had an authentic Hefe-Weizen before, so I'm amped up about trying this one. Oddly enough...this is a pint...plus one ounce? whaaaa?
Appearance- This is a cloudy gold with champange like carbonation thats in it for the long haul. The head aint going anywhere, excellent staying power. Wicked carbonation.
Smell- Kinda lemon grass tea, smells of some spices....cloves. I'm liking the smell of this one.
Taste- Like it smells. I'm detecting this odd taste in it and I'm guessing that its the wheat in the beer. I've never had a wheat beer so the wheatey taste...well, it must be wheat. A mild oil residue is left in my mouth after swallowing. A kiss of hops like a peck on the cheek from Mom. This taste is all to well rounded, I just had a toasted wheat sandwich and this is washing it down proper.
Mouthfeel- Heavy carbonation, that eludes to a lemoney, spicey taste that is amplified by the wheat.
Drinkablility- Goddamn delicious. I feel like I'm in Europe right now. The taste of this beer, while not drastically different from anything I've ever had, is definitly something unique. I look foward to more beers of this type.
Ayinger Brau-Weisse did me right. It comes recomended
04-17-2004 02:53:49 | More by maek228
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Luminous straw coloured beer lightly cloudy under a hearty, white and meringue-like head of foam. Had good retention. Nice beer to contemplate on a sun drenched afternoon.
The aromas were superb. Fresh citrus fruits (lemons and limes mostly so no need to garnish with them) and a nice harmonized underpinning of wheat malt. A light jab of white pepper to close out the whiff.
The flavours were delicate and quenching being ushered in by a silky medium bodied texture. Mildly tart wheat mingling with tropical fruit and oranges all propped by a lazy acidity. The final was juicy and yeasty. Very refreshing and a very well balanced beer.
Tossed greens sprinkled with chunks of goat cheese, avocado and freshly chopped red peppers come to mind when drinking this. I will seek this out again when I am stateside.
04-15-2004 20:48:09 | More by Beersignal
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.