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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 868
Hads: 1,964
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 140
Gots: 224 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale yellow, coarse white head that dissipates and leaves no lacing. Energetic streams of bubbles.

S: Lemon, banana, clove that verges on bubblegum but is still welcome.

T: Those lighter fruit notes, with misty orange thrown in there and clove now mixed with some coriander. Faint soft vanilla on the finish. Good range, especially considering the method used to produce them, but just a bit too weak for my preference.

M: Light, well carbonated, dry. Good refreshing aspect.

O: Super easy drinker while still having a great array of flavors, but I would expect a standard for the style to be more resolute in flavors. The balance between each was fantastic, but mature doesn't have to mean weak. (708 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy, opaque almost yellow with a big pillowy head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Fairly intense yeast esters of banana with a hit of clove in the back.

Flavor: Light wheaty character up front with the same banana-clove finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, milky with a slight ester linger.

A classic hefe example. (325 characters)

Photo of DubVBrewMaster
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Objectively one of the best beers I've ever had!

On a whim, I selected this Bavarian beauty at a local establishment "Pies and Pints" in Charleston, WV.

This brew's golden hue, stable head, sweet aroma and fantastic clean taste sets it a part from most.

It's thick head is a misnomer that the beer sits heavy on the stomach but for a beer of such pleasantly sweet characteristics it drinks quite light.

Fruity in every sense of the word with hints of banana, clove and honey but not overdone. Yet it's golden wheat finish lives up to its German Heritage with fine Bavarian traits.

Pricey, yet worth the opulent tag. A must try. Cheers! (642 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle. Poured into a weizen glass.

Maybe a bit too spicy, that’s all I can taste. 3.75

A - Pours a clear light golden with a six finger (huge) white mousy head. Some lite lacing. First pour without sediment, second had sediment. 4

S – Good spiciness, almost overwhelming, some clove, maybe a bit of pear. 4.5

T – The classic wheaty/spicy flavor, but nothing extraordinary. 3.75

MF – Semi-dry, medium-light body, good carbonation, bright and refreshing on the palate, a bit minerally. 4 (507 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy deep gold with a nice foamy white head than dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a little bit of soapy lacing. The aroma is great, with light aromas of yeast, spice and fruity esters. The taste is very similar with a nice blend of all the components on the finish. The body is light but full and just a little bit of carbonation. Truly a delicious wheat beer. (381 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle was poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, spice, wheat, vanilla, yeasty, and bready notes.

Taste: Same as above. Tart and sweet wheat and malts with the traditional yeast notes and some tartness to the beer too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, tart, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: The best hefeweizen come from the country of origin. Enjoyed a lot over the years and many more in the future. Mmm, mmm good. (656 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a cloudy straw color; it came with a small, creamy, white head.

Smells of sweet wheat and bread primarily with hints banana, bubblegum, and light clove. Tastes as it smells. I like this quite a bit; its on the sweeter side with relatively light clove notes. Top notch, I'll have one anytime. (301 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a beautifully cloudy deep straw gold, and forms a spectacularly frothy head of tight white bubbles. The head alone leaves lacing down the glass as it recedes, and so too the beer itself, in sheets of tightly-entwined froth that slowly split apart to slip down the sides of the glass in small patches. Columns of tiny bubbles can be seen erupting continuously from the bottom of the glass, only to vanish about half an inch into their ascent, obscured by the cloudiness.

S: A rich bouquet of wheat, fruit, and spice greets the nose from the glass. Banana, apple, pear, and honeydew melon skip along arm-in-arm, amidst softly, faintly bready wheat, while clove and coriander cavort alongside.

T: Bliss. So much fruitiness, packed into a single beer without overdoing the intensity or going over the top. No one flavor leaps out, but instead, all seem to hit and subtly dance and shift about in unison. All the fruits from the aroma are present, all rolling through the backdrop of silky wheat to precisely the same degree, with exactly the right amount of spice from the clove and coriander notes. A hint of a citrus tinge rounds out the flavor profile. Delightful.

M: Light, airy, and lively, this hefe sparkles across the palate and tongue, yet manages to avoid having the carbonation sharpness appear in the taste.

O: This is, to me, the perfect hefeweizen, and quite possibly the perfect beer - flavorful yet subtle, complex yet approachable, refreshing and intriguing, able to be drunk quickly or sipped and savored. I have no idea how Ayinger works this sorcery, but I am eminently pleased they do. (1,688 characters)

Photo of curasowa
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: Cloudy, pale gold color with a big, fluffy white head

Aroma: Lots of banana, a little bready, some wheat malt, faint spice and yeast. Pretty much textbook Hefe aroma.

Taste: Crisp and snappy up front, with some malt sweetness, a hint of honey and some yeast tang. Banana is more prevalent in the middle, then some clove on the mildly astringent finish.

The Rest: An Excellent Hefeweizen. Crisp and clean, excellent malt characteristics, a great example of the style. (485 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, what liked most about this Hefe was the absence of the heavy clove and banana thing most other wizens have going on. Served into a traditional German glass from a tap, this was a very good, refreshing Hefeweizen that I felt was true to the bavarian form of this beer. (278 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Wonderful, floral, fruity and yeasty aroma.

Light wheat backbone. Fruity qualities, orange, lemon and peach. Spicy coriander and herb. Citric leafy hop. Smooth, rich yeast. Slightly sweet flavor turns to dry in the finish.

Light body with a mild wheat and yeasty texture. A tad over carbonated.

A nearly perfect example of a hefeweizen. Absolutely delicious. (362 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

From notes on 3/6/14

On tap at Brews Brothers. Lemon sweet aroma. Color of straw and honey. First thing I taste is banana. Then I can get the nice honey and lemon taste. Like a nice tea. Not usually into this style, but this is pretty good. Maybe its the American version of it I don’t like. (294 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Hazy burnt yellow body. Foamy cream colored head. Light lacing.

Aroma: Very yeasty with banana and tart fruit notes.

Taste: Malty and sweet, some faint banana, wheat graininess.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly smooth.

Overall: A solid Hefe, for sure. Great price point for the quality. (323 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow pour with a foamy two-finger white head. Really nice yeast and lemon aroma. Medium body that has a lot of spice and yeast flavors upfront. Lots of carbonation. Can also taste clove, light lemon, banana, and bread. Very traditional and a prime example of the style. (285 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into nonic pint

a: an extremely pale yellow, almost looks like a hazy lemonade. two and a half fingers of head

s: mostly spices and malt up front. slight banana, slight citrus

t: spicy to start, but the lemon and slight orange come in quickly after. banana notes here and there, wheaty and bready throughout. the flavours are mellowed out and not very sharp, nothing jumps out at you. but this is good stuff

m: light and bubbly with somewhat prickly carbonation, but really smooth and a bit creamy

o: a great hefeweizen but i would opt for weihenstephaner's hefeweissbier at the LCBO because it's a bit better and $0.80 cheaper for the same amount of beer (673 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served in a tulip at 4deg C.

A- Opens well pouring a high white head. Unfiltered and golden good. Head lasts and lasts

S- Pretty good! Enjoyable Coriander and banana hints. Slight but there

T- Pretty good. There is a hint at the end of the finish that reminds me of clove

M- Light and dry. Good

O- Pretty good. Nothing special and I will not buy again but nice to try. Good for hot weather

Food Pairing

This pretty good white beer goes well with... Spicey tuna roll sushi!

Enjoy! (546 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden with a modest white head. Aroma is banana and a hint of clove, with light orange notes. Flavor reveals a wheat backbone, mineral character, banana, a hint of orange zest, clove, coriander. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. Carbonation is higher than I'd prefer. (286 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours cloudy and golden in color with a tall, white, cloud-like head, great retention and ‘structure’. The head finally settles to a few ‘meringue’ islands and leaves loads of lacing. The nose is an enticing mix of bananas, cloves, caramel malt, yeast, raw dough and orange peel. On the palate, the banana, yeast and dough come through with hints of cloves and spice as well as a nice wheat character. The body of the beer is medium-light (in a good way) and there is lots of carbonation keeping this beer light, bubbly and incredibly refreshing. Overall, this is a great example of the style as well as a subtle reminder that there are other options for a beer on a hot summer’s day other than watered-down, thin IPA’s (opps, I mean session IPA’s). Bring on the lawn mower!! (845 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cooper's Tavern. 16.9oz served in an Ayinger hefeweizen glass 7/5/2014.

A- Hazy straw yellow body with a lovely three finger white head that reaches the top of the hefeweizen glass just perfectly. Long retention life, lots and lots of rings of lacing. Beautiful beer.

S- Bubblegum, cloves, grainy wheat sweetness and some earthy noble hops. Classic hefeweizen nose profile.

F- Lemons and bananas open up the field, with some cloves and bubble gum rounding things out in the middle, finishing up with a mix of raw vanilla and bready malt sweetness that is the hallmark of a good German hefeweizen. Excellent.

M- Medium in body yet very drinkable. Full of flavour but not fatiguing at all. Carbonation is on-spot. Finish is a fairly complex breadiness with some lemon zest and bananas. Excellent.

O- I could drink plenty of this in one sitting yet enjoy the flavours it brings to the table. Excellent hefeweizen that's not difficult to get; it's not Weihenstephan but this still comes highly recommended from me. (1,025 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Oak Barrel in Hagerstown at a great price, had not tried it and love hefes. Has a good look and excellent smell. The flavor is outstanding. As a big fan of here style I am disappointed that I have not tried this one before. But I will certainly be getting it again and regularly. (305 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellar temperature in a weizen glass.

It has a solid two fingers of a rocky white head that dissipates with urgency. The body is a hazy golden straw color.

I can decipher a lot of banana, yeast, and lemon in the aroma. There's also a kind of musty earthiness which interests me.

The flavor gives off lemon, green apples, and banana at first, transitioning into the expected lovely yeast and bread finish of any proper hefeweizen.

It has high carbonation and a light, crispy clean body.

To put it simply, a stellar hefeweizen, brewed by the books. (551 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade and a fluffy texture. Natch, retention isn't very good, and almost no lacing is left on the glass. It also looks like intensely carbonated. In fairness, it would look more pleasing in a weizen glass, but I don't feel like cleaning mine right now...

S: Banana. Cloves. Banana-y cloves. Clove-y bananas. This is pretty much the textbook hefeweizen aroma, pulled off to sheer excellence. There seems to be a very defined vanilla cream note missing in so many weizens (even Weihenstephaner's), which is enough to send it over the top.

T: It tastes like a textbook classic, too. Aside from banana and cloves (this one seems a bit more banana-heavy), there are also notes of vanilla cream. Wheat appears on the finish. Some noble bitterness becomes intertwined with the back end after a few swigs, giving it a fantastic balance of flavors.

M: Time to complain: it's too fizzy. Everything else about the feel is done right - soft yet medium bodied texture, finish that hits a good compromise between sweet and dry - but there's so much carbonation that it comes off harshly. I can't stop belching when I drink this, and it's friggen' annoying.

O: This is like drinking a banana split. Only problem is that it's overcarbonated. Really, who cares? It smells awesome, tastes awesome, and drinks awesome. (1,405 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This unfiltered classic hefeweizen poured a deep gold straw yellow with a huge white head that didn’t take on the cloudy opaque texture until I poured the sediment from the bottom of the bottle. I left about a quarter of the beer, swirled it around to activate the sediment and continued to pour it into this wonderful looking hefeweizen. The aroma was much fruitier than most of the traditional hefe’s with the signature spice but the bubblegum & banana notes were missing. Not to fear, the first sip brought the banana notes to the forefront, but with more of a fruity balance along with the spiciness. The smooth and creamy mouthfeel delivered this Hefe masterpiece to my palate where the wonderful flavors danced on my tongue. Very light yet full flavored the Ayinger is another excellent hefeweizen and right up there with the Weihenstephaner. (852 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing this beer after over a year without seeing it. Purchased 500 ml bottle from LCBO for $3.95.served a little colder than I'd like into glassware.

Appearance - slow, gentle pour still yields nearly two and a half fingers of dense yet little fluffy head. Remarkable lacing left on the sides of the glass. Hazy and rich golden yellow pour. Lots of bubbles. Good head retention too. Really attractive looking.

Smell - banana and clove with a doughy base are the primary aromas. There's a bit of pepper in there too before the banana and especially the bread overwhelm. Aromatic without being over-saturated.

Taste - starts of light with some wheat flavours, the transitions to a rich banana taste before finishing spicy with clove and pepper.

Mouthfeel - very well carbonated, yet incredibly light body that beckons for more. Smooth as hell too.

Overall - a world class brew that in my mind stands up against any of the German hefeweizens and more than holds its own. Remarkably light bodied even compared with others in the style, as the only other I've tried that can match Ayinger in this respect is Weihenstephaner. A perfect beer to consume on a hot sunny Canada day. Cheers! (1,192 characters)

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy with a light straw colour. Large foamy head.

S - Banana, clove, spice,

T - More banana and a little spice and some yeasty bread notes.

M - Quite lively carbonation. Suits the beer.

O - Delicious and refreshing hefeweizen. Great summer beer. (263 characters)

Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
92 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.