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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 876
Hads: 2,005
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 145
Gots: 244 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of seanoaks
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +4.6%
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 +4.4%
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 -3.1%
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 +1.9%
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 -13.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +0.7%
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 +21.1%
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 -0.7%
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 -7.3%
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 -31.7%
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 +20.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +4.8%
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 -5.8%
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 +1%
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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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
92 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.