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Ayinger Bräu Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse

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1,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 1454
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001)
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Photo of Amish_Ambush


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Hefe. One of the better ones out there. Well worth your time.

Taste: Bubblegum, orange, white fruits and a nice smooth spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Creamy on the palate.

Ap: Cloudy dark orange. Thick creamy head.

Smell: Sugar water. Kind of a let down after all the other beers excellent characteristics

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 03:33:51

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 18:00:51 | More by Amish_Ambush
Photo of Brenden


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This hefe is an extremely cloudy one, yet extremely pale yellow as well. It's got a light look despite the murkiness. The pur white head grows very high but doesn't last very long. It's soft and fluffy until it falls down. It does leave pretty good spotting.
The smell has all the Belgian yeast notes, at first mostly lightly dusty and earthy, then the citrus comes out, followed by banana. It's a little hard to pick out, though, a little too light.
The flavor comes out more strongly, and this is a great hefeweizen. Lightly spicy with citrus and a lemony note, though still soft with the brightness of citrus, even set against the acidity. Banana remains softly all throughout, and the wheat makes for a base to mingle it all together with. The finish is nice and lightly sweet.
Speaking of soft, the body is creamy and, with the lightness of the body, flows like velvet. It has all this softness and creaminess without giving up the lively crisp bite.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 20:17:39 | More by Brenden
Photo of TrojanRB


4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Appearance is clear, straw colored. Head was an inch high and quickly settled. Smells like banana and clove. Taste starts with wheat flavors, and ends with spice. Kind of unique in that regard. Feels very finely carbonated, like bubbles dancing on the tongue.

Excellent overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:46:26 | More by TrojanRB
Photo of lewzer99


3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: pours straw yellow with a remarkably thin 1 finger head. I figure the head is so uncharacteristically thin because its from a keg and this didn't have much active yeast in the pour.
Smell: alot of vanilla and bannana, some citrus and coriander. There is also a very slight undesirable note of acetone on the back.
Taste: a little bitterness on the front end, which fades to a lemony citrus and finally a ton of bannana's and vanilla. It's tasty, but again I get a little bit of a chemically acetone flavor.
Mouthfeel: crisp with a medium body
Overall: It was good, but there were some flavors and smells I didn't love. It's an interesting tasting beer, but it isn't as enjoyable as alot of other more generic brews. That said, having drunk a significant portion of the growler I felt the need to boost the overall score a bit, as it became tasty after a pint or two.

Serving type: growler

08-04-2013 18:18:47 | More by lewzer99
Photo of JoeyJetFan

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ML bottle poured in to a weizen glass. The beer is a mostly clear yellow color with a fluffy white head that took a while to thin. Wheat and earth aroma. The taste is full of wheat, grains, some lemon zest and other spices. It drinks smooth and easy. This beer is a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:15:16 | More by JoeyJetFan
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice pale straw haze with four fingers of foam. Aroma was classic Weissbeer, fruity, yeasty, mild spice, well-integrated and hits all the style notes. Palate was rather strong banana, Juicy Fruit/bubblegum esters, mild spice (more nutmeg than clove by my reckoning), little to no citrus. There was a yeasty cloying persistence than I feel is entirely appropriate to this style. Some dairy-like or perhaps subtle coconut notes to go with the creamy mouthful. Lingers on the palate just the right amount. One of my favorite Hefes and an iconic example of what happens when things swing towards the banana rather than the spice. Could perhaps use more spicy phenols, but who says all hefes have to taste the same?

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 03:27:38 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of sleuthdog


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Weizen glass

Pour: Gently poured produced a cloudy, hazy straw yellow color with a fluffy, pillow like four to five fingers of head. Very minimal lacing and slight carbonation.

Smell: Yeast, spices, bread, but banana is the dominant player here. Lemon follows through too. I pick up a sweetness that helps set off the banana to another level.

Taste: Banana! Like liquid banana bread in a glass. The dough, yeast quality is mixed with the lemon and a touch of sweetness and a finish of slight bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Soft and creamy light to maybe light medium feel. Decent higher level of carbonation creates a crisp finish while at the same time staying velvety.

Overall: I have not had many from the style but this is so refreshing and enjoyable. Goes down like nothing and not filling or heavy leaving me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 23:47:58 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of DeFaz


3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great example of a hefeweizen. While the smell and flavors were more muted than I typically prefer (I would have liked them to be more pronounced), there is no denying that they tasted great. Banana, coriander, and a lot of yeast flavors. There's a touch of spice, but really the beer is not too strong, and alcohol cannot be detected easily by taste. The appearance may be its strongest point, as it pours a large white head unlike many beers within the style. Overall, this may not be the most memorable hefeweizen, but everything comes together to make a solid and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:03:57 | More by DeFaz
Photo of Bills453


4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass, excellent. Nice cloudy hazy orange yellow color. Makes you think of the whet fields this beer is created from.

Smell - very floral and sweet smelling. A normal hefeweizen smell, smells fantastic!

Taste - really quite delicious and I'm pretty surprised about this beer. Picked it up randomly at my local beer place, what an excellent decision.

Mouthfeel - smooth, refreshing and crisp. What a great summer brew.

Overall - a fantastic hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 23:35:08 | More by Bills453
Photo of sommersb


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-14-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Very large and creamy white head tops the bright golden beer. The first pour is surprisingly mostly clear for a hefeweizen; the last pour is somewhat hazy from the yeast. Very good in the head retention with a good amount of lace.

S: Typical aromas of banana, bubble gum and cloves from the yeast, plus citrus fruits such as lemon and orange.

T: Fruity, with citrus and tropical fruits. Not really sweet or dry, it is very balanced. Bitterness is very low. This hefe seems to have more of a likeness to a witbier than most.

M: Crisp mouthfeel from the light body and high carbonation. The finish is dry and fruity.

O: All in all a solid beer, however I'd prefer it to have a touch more malt/sweetness. Still a treat for a refreshing summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 05:20:24 | More by sommersb
Photo of Smurf2055


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Part of a blind taste off between this and Weihenstephaner.

Pours a murky golden.

Smell is sweet banana, cloves, and gum.

The taste is a lot of coriander, wheaty. Good taste and great drinkability, but I picked it out (even without having it) because it was a bit more sour up front, and had a bit of a funky finish. Whether or not I would be able to notice it if I didn’t have the Weihenstephaner there, I’m not sure.

Overall, still a good beer, but not as good as Weihenstephaner

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 04:07:32 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of thlayli87

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Appearance is a hazy pale gold with 6-inch fluffy white head. No lacing.

S - Massive banana aroma accompanied by some clove.

T - Banana, spice, bubblegum.

M - Somewhat heavy for a Hefeweizen. Slightly slick, oily mouthfeel with a hint of butter.

O - Good example of the style. My favorite is Paulaner, and although this one is not quite as good as that, it's still very solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 16:08:40 | More by thlayli87
Photo of tectactoe


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many hefes, even the most modest of pours can not prevent the voluptuous, bone-white head from growing to a size nearly half the glass. It's chunky, bubbly, and patchy, leaving big blotches of lacing as it makes it's way down towards the straw and yellow brew. The beer itself is a little lighter in hue than I'd expect, but it's got that yeasty hazy that I certainly love.

The aroma is very banana heavy, with a good deal of fruity esters infiltrating the front lines right away. A large amount of clove comes nearly hand-in-hand with the esters and the finish introduces a slight bit of mint and bubblegum. Very yeast heavy, as most hefes should be. It smells pretty sweet, but not sweet enough to give me cavities. It could stand to be a bit more powerful, but its composition is great.

Banana esters are again the first thing to tingle my senses, only this time it's my palate and not my nose. The mostly-sweet and mildly-spicy banana esters are backed with a good amount of bready malt and a solidifying helping of clove. The fresh, wet, crisp mouth feel gives makes the beer very quenching and satisfying.

Just like the nose, the flavor wouldn't hurt from being a bit more amped up, but as it stands, it's still an easy-drinker and a very enjoyable hefeweizen. Warmth seems to draw a bit more sweetness out of the brew, but it never gets to an unacceptable level. Nice, lightly sweet finish with some banana-bread and a hint of clove.

Another solid hefeweizen, but would you really expect anything less from the country of origin? This went nice with a few fresh slices of pizza, and my pint had vanished fairly quickly. It's not the hefeweizen that's going to dethrone Weihenstephaner as my favorite (and I'm beginning to think nothing will) but it's still a solid and cost-effective choice amongst the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:05:50 | More by tectactoe
Photo of spoony


4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A-A careful pour produces a huge (three-plus fingers) head of dense, white foam. Retention is good as the head is supported by very active (and visible) carbonation. The beer is lightly hazy and golden/straw in color. It is darker than some hefes.

S-The scent packs a lot of banana bread. I also noticed a green grass scent, some wheat, a touch of apple, and very light clove spice. The green grass smell is odd and the smell is a touch on the sweet side.

T-The taste packs more lemon tartness to balance out the still-strong banana bread from the smell. There is some grain and a lightly-earthy, musty wheat taste. Hop bitterness is quite mild and grassy, not sharp.

M-The feel is lightweight and wet with moderately-aggressive, chunky carbonation.

O-This is a good, thirst-quenching example of the style. I think the smell is a touch off, maybe a little sweet and heavy on the banana? Regardless, the taste gains some balance, which is nice and drinkability is very high. This is a great summer beer that proves you don't need gimmicks or huge ABV to get good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 14:34:16 | More by spoony
Photo of MDDMD


4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy light golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grain, bananas, hint of citrus and cloves

T-bananas, light lemon, bread dough, spices, slight tartness

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-really enjoyed this Hefeweizen, good flavor, refreshing

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 14:03:28 | More by MDDMD
Photo of JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy, golden color. Pale white head with good retention.

S: Very powerful banana aroma. also, cloves and yeast.

T: Banana and spice in the flavor, along with there light honey and the sweetness of the malt. Yeast is obviously very present as well.

M: Light, if not a little on the thin side.

Overall: This is one of my favorite Hefeweizens. The aroma and flavors are more powerful than a lot of others I've had. I grabbed the four pack on a whim and I am very happy I did.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 00:35:22 | More by JuliusCaesar
Photo of gleemonger


4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and hazy golden with just a hint of orange and a large, creamy white head that sits there and dimples it's way down, but never really goes away. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

Spicy banana bread with some earthy grains and grassy hops. Sweet smelling, as usual, very standard for the style.

Right in line with the nose - the nice yeasty banana and clove taste taking the front with some good noble hops to balance it out. Not super complex, just your basic, fresh tasting Hefeweizen.

A pretty moderate body and not a huge amount of carbonation really. Creamy and smooth with little left on the tongue. Definitely refreshing.

Really nice, but not the most interesting one I've had. There's not a ton going on here, just a super basic version that works. I definitely wouldn't pass one up.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:40:52 | More by gleemonger
Photo of IPA35


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A rather pale hefeweizen, quite pale. Quite alot of carbonation and a soapy head.

Scent is wheaty grain, banana (less than Weihenstephaner I think( and light spice.
Smells like a textbook weizen.

Yes, this is a tasty beer. Well balanced, some wheaty doughiness, light lemonpeel (tiny hints of tartness even).

Mouthfeel is light to medium, a tad powdery, medium dry and it has light to medium carbonation.

Overall not a mindblowing beer but pretty good, a nice balanced weizen at a very fair price.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 18:17:28 | More by IPA35
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin head. Not very attractive on the pour. The smell is extremely sweet with citrus aroma's. It tastes like it smells too, with a tad of bitterness on the back end. Light body with light carbonation makes this one very easy to drink. It works well for what it is.

Overall an enjoyable hefe that i wouldnt pass up, but its nothing amazing either.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:19:48 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Bitter_Echo


4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears a cream yellow, cloudy, moderate head and some lacing. Smells of lemon and citrus and some banana estery notes. Mouth-feel is thinner than some weisse, with citrus, yeasty and wheaty notes, and some hinting hop bitterness, that never materializes. Not as meaty as some wheat beers. Tastes fade faster, but the effervescence of this beer makes it hit the spot. One of my favorite of the style and a beer I often drink, and would never pass up. 4.65 The Dyson came yesterday. We made money on books.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 00:43:40 | More by Bitter_Echo
Photo of zander4dawin


3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a big fizzy head that quickly disappates. Hazy golden color. Taste is clean and crisp, slight papery taste, some banana and clove but not too strong. This beer has a nice dry sharp mouthfeel and finish, almost sparkling wine like. Overall a wonderful beer for the summer, good taste and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:10:50 | More by zander4dawin
Photo of Ryan011235


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ayinger glass on 4/17/13

Watery, pale dull gold color. Minimal cloudiness since most of the yeast stayed in the bottle. Multitudes of bubbles cling to the glass but aren't enough to keep the two finger head alive for more than a few minutes. Thin, very smooth retention. No lace.

The aroma is clove and noble hop heavy: grass, herbal notes and lemon overtones. For a short while there was a decent lightly-buttered-banana-bread blend, but it almost entirely falls off in favor if banana pudding and meager wheat notions.

The taste is focused on banana and clove, it would seem. Certainly more herbal than fruity. The hops have left their aromatic perch which is probably a good thing. The wheat is clean but not as prominent as I would like. Reasonably dry.

The body is right about medium for the style with ample carbonation bubbling about. The overall feel is good but there is a bit of a coating finish.

This is pretty good all around, but it doesn't seem as robust as the Franziskaner I had a few days ago (which I preferred significantly to the Ayinger). This Aying is definitely lighter and I can understand why that would be appealing.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:17:15 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of RD1163


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very hazy, unfiltered (good amount of sediment from bottle), pale golden-orange. very white head, broke down very quickly to a even lace covering until it dies away except the rim.

S - Slight banana, yeast smell, touch of citrus thrown in for good measure. Might be getting a touch of sweetness off of it.

T - Light banana and some caramel and yeast notes. Little citrus notes.

M - medium to full-bodied feel with light flavors. nice acidic coating over the tongue that lasts only a few seconds, very light and refreshing. Bubbly at first and then it seems to mellow out over the course of a several minutes.

O - An enjoyable Weiss brau. very much enjoy the slight banana flavor and think this would be wonderful in a bar in Germany with a touch of banana juice added to enhance the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 03:13:32 | More by RD1163
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Ontario (Canada)

3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent beer, but I don't understand all the 4+ scores - there are far better hefes out there.

Bright gold beer under a soft, monster big pillowy head. Just a slight bit of haze to the beer, much clearer than many hefes. A minimum of spotty lace as you go.

Nice hefe nose, but again, not as spicy or interesting as a lot of comparable brews. Taste is very subdued. Some of the banana/clove/bread thing going, but again . . .

Also an unusual caramel-like flavour present. Mouthfeel surprisingly watery.

Way under performs against others of the style. I love hefes, but I wouldn't put this on my list as a go to brew. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 21:23:31 | More by TerryW
Photo of jmbranum


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep gold with a large white head. Visible yeast sediment in the glass once I stir it up at the end (which I like).

Nice aroma of citus, spices and wheaty-malt.

Flavors: Good wheat bread but with a sour dough tang. Nice bannanaish hefeweizen flavors. Some orange, some cloves, some nutmeg. Very crisp. Not too sweet. Not too dry.

An excellent example of the style. That said, this beer is almost too balanced. I kinda prefer the in-your-face flavors of say a Live Oak Hefeweizen from Austin.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 21:02:21 | More by jmbranum
Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 1,454 ratings.