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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 871
Hads: 1,977
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 142
Gots: 227 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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 brurevu
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of BakaGaijin
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of seanoaks
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy yellow with a pillow fluffy head. Fruity spicy hefe typical aromas but with more subtle restraint. The taste is balanced between these yeasty bread notes and a spicy sweetness. In my mind one of the benchmarks of the style. I could have this beer everyday of summer and be a happy man.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours glowing peach with a frothy, crackly head that sticks around a long time. Fruity yeast esters and spices mix with wheat malt in the nose. Big fruity taste with banana, bubble gum, strawberry, clove esters abounding. A crisp wheat backbone provides a chewy, sweet counterpart to the yeast flavors. The mouthfeel is chewy full with a creamy carbonation.

A benchmark Hefe. Super complex and quenching. The ultimate summer beer.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

50 cl bottle into a weizen. Hazy straw color, medium head, little lacing. Mostly banana with some lemon on the nose. Tart wheat with sweet yeasty banana and a hint of lemon on the taste with a clean dry aftertaste. Medium body with good carbonation that lightens the feel, very smooth. Overall a really good hefeweizen, really drinkable and refreshing. Doesn't have a lot of complexity but has a lot of flavor. Will certainly have this one again.

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Photo of Bone53
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Hazy pale straw color with a one finger white head

Smell: Ripe banana with undertones of spices, lemongrass, and yeast. Very clean aromas

Taste: "Bright" for a hefe. A strong banana and citrus flavor balanced with clove, wheat, and yeast

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel; Smooth and crisp with slight bitterness

Overall: Probably one of the better hefes I have had, but to me, once youve had one you've had them all. I think I'll strictly stick to Weihenstephaner for my hefe needs. Still a solid beer and worth a try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates slowly to a thick cap and nice lacing. Classic hefeweizen aroma of wheat, clove, banana, light orange family citrus. Hefeweizens have to be among the most pleasant and enticing smelling ales in the world. Flavor follows with semi-sweet wheat, mild lemon and orange citrus, clove, and ripe banana. Light bodied with nice sharp carbonation. A great example of a classic hefeweizen, perhaps a bit less intense wheat than Weinstephaner, but still well balanced and a pleasure to drink. One of the world's great styles from a great brewery.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle at 45 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma fruity with some yeast
Head large (7.5 cm), white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to 5 mm layer
Lacing OK, some large clots with small to medium bubbles; no rings
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor light and fruity; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

A light, refreshing hefe. The flavor is good, but short-lived, and the carbonation is a little too lively, but overall this is a decent hefeweizen.

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Photo of cavedave
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A finely topped by white froth finger of foam, and quite cloudy gold colored, thickish loolking brew. Not a poster child, but hey it's hefe laden beer we are talking about.

Not the usual aroma, in a good way, clove is joined by other spice and some nice sweet tangy yeast flavor, and some hops in there too I do believe adding wonderful bitter backing to a scent that has elements of sourdough to it.

Not the usual hefe taste either, missing notably is the banana. Clove now has coriander and pepper to buddy up with in a sip that is just sweet grainy enough, just rounded yeasty enough, just herbal bitter enough. Palate gets accustomed quickly to a joyous flavor that is raw and delicious.

Very low carb., maybe a touch under for style, but to this palate it makes a beer that is carried stunningly well. Quite full bodied and viscous also, but refreshing, and finishes clean and drier than usual for style.

Excellent beer, I may have passed without trying for years, but today it beckoned convincingly from store fridge. Glad I got it, highly recommended.

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Photo of zac16125
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle into a hefe glass

A: Pours a hazy pale straw color with 1 fingers width of white head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate, but leaves zero lacing.

S: Lots of clove and banana esters, wheat, fruity, awesome aroma.

T: The first flavors I get are citrus and wheat. Clove and banana are present but less so than in the aroma. A bit of spice.

M/D: Fuller body, carbonation on the heavier end which is appropriate, drinkability is average.

O: A far above average hefe. One of the standards of the style. Definitely worth a try, even if you arent a huge fan of the style.

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Photo of oesarth
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best hefe out there IMO. Beautiful in every way. Slightly more yellow than most hefes, and this is what I look for in Belgian witbiers as well. If you see it, buy it. It's like making out with a mutant angel born without teeth. Also excellent out of the bottle. I wish it came in 6 packs in my area. $3something a 500ml persuades me to buy $8.99 Weihenstephaner 6 packs instead.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap the beer stein last night.

The beer pours a somewhat cloudy, white flecked golden amber color, with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is textbook German hefe, as I pick up considerable clove, light honey and mandarin orange, banana, and some underlying spice. On the palate, it's all just more of the same, with the beer finishing with a dry wash of clove and spice. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though there's plenty of flavor in this well crafted beer. Alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable, and drinkability is excellent.

Really nice beer from Ayinger.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a very pale straw colour, thickly hazed with a frothy, pure white head. Disappointingly, the head doesn't stick around for a long time and settles out to a film that is, admittedly, still very fine, and pure white.

Nose is fairly decent, without the punch of the best weizens. Calm estery banana notes with a touch of dustiness, and a little organic funk like grass clippings in the sun. There's a zestiness to it as well, a little zing like Aspro-Clear and just a hint of those phenolic clove notes. Nice stuff.

Taste is clean and bright, with an underlying weight and sweetness from the yeast characters. More pleasant banana notes, with a clean, direct character through the centre that feels a little like acidity from the wheat. Finish is dry and light, leaving the beer more refreshing than its palate would make you think.

Feel is great, smooth and heavy, but with a zestiness that prevents it from getting unmanageable.

Overall, it's a really nice hef. Smooth and very drinkable—there's nothing wrong with it. It perhaps doesn't have the intensity and richness of my favourites (like Weihenstephaner), but it's a fine addition to the style nonetheless.

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Photo of teromous
2.82/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy gold colored body with a huge creamy white head. The head on this beer is magnificent. It looks like the top of a meringue pie. Good lacing.

S: Bold spicy noble hop aroma. Smells very nice, but it lacks all of the other aromas attributable to hefeweizens. No grain aromas either, just not as fresh smelling as it could be. This is an import bottle so it could be expected.

T: Light tartness in the mouth, some very faint earthy noble hop flavor. Only a tad of clove in the background. Clean aftertaste. No wheat flavor. A pre-packaged wheat cracker would have more wheat flavor. Very mild and uninteresting.

M: Good carbonation, Finishes a bit drier than I'd expect out of a hefeweizen, but it has an alright mouthfeel.

O: Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer. I didn't taste any wheat, I didn't get much character out of the yeast, and it was just too passive. There is a slight tart flavor which is nice, but this is just not hitting the mark with me. Please take my review with a grain of salt because I am drinking an imported bottle with no bottle date or import date on the label. It was refrigerated when I went to buy it, but that doesn't guarantee freshness. I'm pretty disappointed. It is just very flat tasting (not under-carbonated).

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.96/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Since it is National German Beer day today on 4/23/14, then of course have to celebrate that with a good German brew! Comes in a 500ml (16.9 oz) single bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein. LOTS of sediment in the bottle of the bottle.

Pours a hazy honey-orange in color with a good 2-3 finger white foamy head that settles down to about good 1/3 of a inch and lasts a decent amount of time. Spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is very pleasant and is of lemongrass, yeast, and bananas. The taste is even BETTER with lots of great flavors mentioned above that blend together perfectly with a hint of lemon zest as well. perfect carbonation and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all! Perfect brew for anytime of the year.

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Photo of JerUrbans
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat clear very light yellow color, odd for an unfiltered beer, most Hefeweizen are so cloudy, and have a lot more sediment.

Smells very fruity and I get a big hit of cloves. Smells just excellent.

Taste is a lot like the smell, plus bananas.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with nice dry finish.

Overall, excellent beer, just love this beer style. Easy drinking with a lot of flavor.
This would go great with a Friday night fish fry.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Served on tap into an Ayinger half liter weizen glass. The beer is a hazy straw color with a clean, white foamy head. Vigorous carbonation helps maintain the head throughout. Minor, spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Great aroma here. Yeast character dominates, supplemented with lemongrass.

T - Light but clear flavors follow the nose. Lemongrass was the major flavor for me.

M - Medium-light bodied. The carbonation is quite present here and leaves a thrill on the tongue. Finishes clean and quite refreshing.

O - Wonderful German Weizen. This style went from an afterthought to one of my three favorites in the past year, and beers like this one are the reason.

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Photo of Premo88
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: so murky it looks like pineapple juice ... it's a light enough color of yellow that you can pick up shapes when trying to look through it up to the light, but it's otherwise opaque; huge fluffy white head that dissipates pretty fast and doesn't leave much behind -- little sticking and no lace, but it keeps a cool-looking skin of white foam on top with a thick, fluffy collar

S: sweet banana ... you don't even have to put your nose up to it -- the aroma flies up to you, like an air-freshener; lemonade, sour grapes ... and then there's that spice. it's like chai tea, and i'm assuming it's the clove note. very sweet and sour

T: follows the nose mostly but might taste a little more spice (clove? pepper, earth) than sweet ... all the notes are similar, and the chai tea is there -- again, cloves. very easy to see why banana is the classic descriptor because it's the easiest coverall term for this mix. fruity, too, but it's not English pale ale or Belgian dubbel "fruity" ... lighter and more sour

F: feels a tad soft -- the first third popped with carbonation, like a good Belgian, but halfway in it's starting to feel slightly under-carbonated. it's still very, very good ... another swallow suggests I'm being picky: this is super drinkable.

O: the wheat-beer notes are growing on me, and this is classic everything wheat -- look, smell, taste. it's full of flavor but still light and easy to deal with ... the 5.1% ABV fits the package perfectly.

i'm a novice to the style, but this seems as spot on as it gets.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice taste and smells of banana, clove, subtle spices, and malts. Light but packed with flavor. Medium body and a beautiful full head. Cloudy color. Does everything right and doesn't get tiresome. Great with food or just hanging out. A great beer anytime of year.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a weizen glass and another into a pub glass (head retention is much better in the pub glass).
Appearance - pours a cloudy blonde, almost banana peel yellow; a whirlwind of swirling carbonation forms an almost whip cream, white head! Lacing is fantastic in the pub glass!
Smell - lemon and orange zest, sweet banana bread, coriander.
Taste - very tasty and refreshing, the citrus nose is followed up with each sip.
Feel - some citrus sweetness, nice carbonation, light body.
Overall - I could kick back with a few of these, it's so good; however, I prefer something with a bit more character.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Weiss bier glass

Frothy white cap, no lacings. Clear golden yellow with a steady steam of bubbles.

Aroma of bananas, spice, pepper.

Clean, crisp hefewiesse with the classic taste of banana yeast

Carbonation on the front of the tongue and then the more on the finish

Clean, crisp, fresh and delicious hefewiesse , a great summertime beer.

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Photo of Roser
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- big big frothy ivory white head. Lasts and lasts. Not much lacing. Cloudy straw tinted yellow.

S- banana!!! Sugary scented wheat and barley. Clove. I loved the smell of this. It reminded me of the smells associated when visiting a brewery.

T- spicy, crisp, banana, slight citrus.

M- light, smooth, great balance.

O- a very good beer. I consider Schneider Weisse hefeweizen to be the gold standard. This doesn't measure up, in my opinion, but it is a very solid beer. Nobody does it better than the Germans.


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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger weissbier glass. The pour is slightly cloudy with a straw-like color. It sports a mammoth creamy white head that retains quite well and leaves some nice clumpy lacing. I can see some bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, but it's difficult because the beer is so cloudy. The nose has lots of spicy phenols and some fruity esters. I get clove, white pepper, bartlet pears, and a hint of vanilla.

Light-medium body with a crisp, slightly tart flavor and nice firm feel. The flavor seems to favor drier, tarter flavors than the sweet fruity flavors of some beers of this style. There are flavors of crackers, cereal-like notes, tart apple and lemon flavors, as well as some soft wheat. A nice hop addition at mid-palate adds peppery notes and dries out the flavor. The dryness lingers on the finish, which is very refreshing.

Overall an outstanding hefeweizen. The flavor is a bit on the mild side compared to Weihenstephaner's, but this interpretation of the style would appeal to fans of drier beers. The sweetness and fruit notes are toned down and the peppery hops and tart wheat flavors are turned up. It's a wonderful treat on a sunny spring day.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy straw to light gold (SRM 2). Two fingers of creamy white head leaves a full coating of lace on the Franziskaner weizen glass. The head retreats like a glacier in winter.

Fresh, clean banana is strong for the style. White bread and clove follows. Aroma is simple and exquisite.

Clean and crisp, perfect balance. Light flavors of banana bread, followed by some honeydew melon and a light refreshing finish.

A silky smooth texture and light body with a hint of alcohol. Fine fizzy carbonation explodes with each sip.

This is one of those truly exceptional drinking beers. It is perfect for early autumn in the crisp sunny air while relaxing. I wish I had some cheese.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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