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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
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1,797 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
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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Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No clear freshness date on bottle.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Pours a tall, clean-white, meringue-like head, fluffy and cloud-esque. Head fades down significantly over time to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves spotty lacing, but nothing amazing. Body is hazy golden brown with plenty of yeast sediment, but when held up to a light, the beer is pale yellow ghostly highlights. Gazing into the beer, one notes fairly active carbonation streams that support the lingering ring of foam.

The aroma has discernible ripe banana parts with gentle maltiness. Subdued clove and assorted other fruit esters. This is the one aspect of this beer I thought was a bit lacking and could be more expressive.

Taste opens with pleasant sweetness that's quickly adjusted with a bit of lemon flavor. Ripe bananas, yeast, bubblegum, and spice (including faint mint or menthol?) then follow. A sharper hefeweizen in the middle segment of taste that focuses more on spice and banana esters than milder malt characteristics. Aftertaste is of ripe bananas tempered with a mild tartness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a gentle carbonation level that offers some crispness as well. The finish is dry.

A quality hefeweizen, good for when one wants something slightly more tart than the typical wheat beer, but still features the classic tastes and scents as well.

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

Poured into a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass. Beautiful. Very hazy golden color with a nice head. Smells like a good hefe with the usual banana, clove, citrus, buscuit...Taste is subperb. Very refreshing and light, with alot of fruitiness and sweetness. Tastes like it smells, with lots of flavors coming and going. Mouthfeel is really nice - almost a frothy medium. A very good Hefe I have ignored for too long. Good beer.

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

Poured from 2 12oz bottles into a 1/2L Ayinger tall swirl weisse bier glass. Can I get an Amen... Amen my brother! Danke

Head comes alive (not completely different from Peter Frampton's hair) as the yeast clouded pale yellow liquid fills the glass. er, You know big billowy curly lacey. Hmm never mind.

Smell is of yeast, wheat, malt, hops & a fruity spicey mix. Yes yes bannana & cloves.

Taste Ahh this is the real deal folks. This is a smooth, rich, light, fruity
mix that begs to be tasted all through-out the mouth. Just the right hints of spice finish each swallow perfectly. This is not the kind of beer that you learn to brew in a few short years following some recipe. No, this take some time and tradition. Check it out and com pair.

Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated.

Drinkability is the best sip chug swallow gulp. Day or night, work or play. It does not get old. My brothers aus Bayern drink it for breakfast with their weiss worst. Amen MK

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

Poured from a 17 oz. bottle into a Ayinger Hef glass.

Big, fluffy white head that has good lasting power. An orange/golden color that is slightly cloudy. Not nearly has cloudy as many hef's. Lots of carbonation can be seen and there is a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is lemony with some yeast and light cloves. The most notable smell is of dusty wheat, which isn't all that pleasant.

Taste is lemony, wheat with some light hops. Rather crisp and balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and quite cleansing. Feels nice in the mouth. Overall, a very drinkable beer of this style. Very refreshing with subtleness as a trademark. Nice session beer. Went well with some salmon pate.

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

11.2 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating, pours light orangy yellow, cloudy with a thin white head, turning to a tiny bubble film and leaving some fine lacing. Nose is fruity and sugary. Tasty wheat, typical German banana and clove notes. Fine with summer foods, salads, cheese etc etc. Worth a try.

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

Always a pleasure to have a new German hefe available in the market here in Alberta! Awaiting the Celebrator(which sold out extremely quickly), but nice to have this in the meanwhile. 500ml bottle with the green and cream-coloured Ayinger label. Pouring into my weizen glass showcases a dense styrofoam-white head that crackled and moved like something living. The size borders on uncontrollable at times. It dimples and even seems to undulate like waves. Hazy apricot hue to the beer, almost like muddy water. The yeast clouding is actually stronger than most other German hefes I have tried. This is murky liquid. Aroma: similarities to oneof my favourites: Hacker-Pschorr. Light grainy wheat and biscuity-dry German hops. A definite burst of lime and lemon up front. Salty and spritzy. Very earthy notes throughout: like fresh soil or even tree bark. The biggest aroma for me is lime mixed with banana bread. All the usual suspects, all very appetising: peach, tangerine, light green apple, banana, and light but very gristy malts that make you want to sniff the beer endlessly. A solid hefe aroma. A strong banana bread taste at first, mixed with very light peach. The citrus is not as pronounced as the aroma suggests. Definitely more tang than some other hefes though--the hopping is less pronounced than say Hacker-Pschorr, which limits the spiciness and adds more of the yeasty fruits. Wonderful fruit-filled finish with plenty of sourdough bread, creamy banana, and light hop bitterness that adds some grass notes. Cloves pop their head in at the end too. A respectable Bavarian wheat beer taste for sure. A fairly low carbonation, adding a creamy profile on the tongue. Endlessly drinkable, especially on a day like today. A great addition to Alberta. Time to pick up some more. Definitely worth your while.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a pale straw color, with a half finger of rocky pure white head, very little, but present, carbonation and sediment

S - the typical wheaty, hoppy aroma of german hefe's, a slight grassy aroma as well

T - surprisingly sweet and light, easy down, a pleasnt taste, not to pasty, wheaty, very delightful, a slight spicy ginger like flavor

M - light bodied, but smooth and easy down, very surprised, i like this

D - high, a great hefe, prolly my fave so far

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

Pours a hazy golden color topped by a huge creamy white head that settles down in due time. Aroma of German yeast, spicy Saaz hops, light wheat, banana, and clove. Palate is wonderful - crisp light wheat and Saaz hops, fading to fruity esters (banana, light citrus) and ending nice and clean. Body is damn near perfect - crisp, clean, and refreshing, perfect for a spring day. If only it were a bit cheaper, I might drink it every sunny day.

Photo of Crosling
2.68/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy Grapefruit. Zesty, barely there aroma with notes of cloves, fruit and orange. There isn’t much here upon tasting. It's citrusy, with notes of banana, clove and orange, along with a nice musty yeast taste and a fairly nice finish. Lacking in body and overall just not that flavorful or aromatic.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my Franziskaner weizen glass a sunny yellow with plenty of bubbles; After getting all the yeast in, I'm left with a sunny beer with a few slight orange highlights, nicely hazy, with a rather dissappointing head for a weizen. Finger thick, short lasting, no lace.

Banana, lemon, and clove; Slight bouncy marshmallow in the nose as well. This smells like a lot of weizens, but is full and enticing.

Lots of banana and slight brown sugar, with a lovely clove bittering finish; Very rich, full, and medium flavored, a wonderful balance between light and refreshing and complex and savory.

Fantastic mouthfeel! The first few sips were extremely fizzy, like soda, but after a minute or two it's settled itself nicely into a very interesting feeling beer. It kind of levitates and tingles all at once, lively and inspiring.

A nice, refreshing weizen, perfect for washing down my sandwich.

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

Appearance – Pours a nice looking hazy yellow. When the light hits this beer is makes the yellow turn to different tones which looks wonderful. There is a significant amount of white foamy head on top which leaves bits lacing as the beer goes down.

Smell – The smell of banana is present with just touches of clove and citrus. When inhaling I also smell wheat with a finish of what smells like peaches. Quite enticing.

Taste – I found the taste did not live up to the smell. It started of clove and wheat with bits of citrus. There was a minimal amount of banana present along with what seemed to be bread malt. This beer finished fairly faint. The flavor was weaker than expected after smelling such nice things.

Mouthfeel – I found that the carbonation was a little high and that the body was average at best.

Drinkability – Although there were aspects of this beer I did not find to be amazing it still went down very easily. Good in this category.

This was a good Hefe worthy of revisiting at some point. My only complaint about this beer is that the flavors could use some jacking up. Other than that it’s a solid brew.

Photo of quasimoto
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light yellow witha cloudy haze. THe head is big and frothy with a little lacing.

S - Strong citrusy / clove smell that is very easy on the nose.

T - Light and citrusy with a background of lemon zest. The flavor isnt very strong. at all, but it is nice.

M - Very light bodied, There is very little carbination to deal with but it is very nice.

D - This is a very easy drinking Hefe and enjoyable.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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