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Ayinger Weizenbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by shbobdb on 06-09-2007

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Reviews: 376 | Ratings: 784
Photo of Beertelligence
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a golden/brownish yellow. No noticeable head, or lacing. Strong yeast, tart nose, very inviting. Strong yeast, very strong citrus and herbal notes, really enjoyable. light to medium body and mouthfeel. Overall a solid easy drinking beer, Weizenbocks are such an underrated style.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold colour. Smells like fruity yeasts, sweet, with a hint of wheat. Tastes of spicy hops, hint of grainy bitterness, underlying light malt body, prevalent fruity yeasts. Yeast notes cling to the palate and linger, medium-bodied, slightly syrupy, slight tang at the finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.66/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Mostly a hazy orange color with 1" of off white head. Aroma of alcohol and clove. Lesser degrees of bananas and wheat.

Taste was more alcohol, more bitterness than expected. Pale barley malt and wheat don't provide a sturdy enough base for all these overwhelming spice rack impingements. So much clove and yeast phenols. I get this has been loved forever, but I almost question if that is what drives its appreciation. Just seems like the belgian spice rack got dumped into this one. Not balanced. Really just came off like a little bit of citrus got dumped into a wheat beer and then gallons of spice rack.

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Photo of sherillc
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose of fruit, pumpernickel bread, a wee bit of nutmeg and a hint of a savory component like stewed tomatoes. The flavor is of sour dough bread, malted milk, pear and again there is a slight savory edge to it. Mouth feel is creamy and luxurious. A very unique and beautiful beer.

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Photo of OneTuffPony
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy amber orange.

Smell: Clove spiciness and yeast come in thoroughly.

Taste: A little bit of citrus. Bubble gum, banana, yeast, and cloves all come together.

Mouthfeel: Might be my favourite part of the beer. Soft and creamy with low carbonation.

Overall: This beer is a treat.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy tangerine color with a thick, rocky white head that looks like snow. Aroma is yeasty, wheaty, spicy, and bready malt. Taste follows with bready malt, yeast, wheat, banana, and spicy backend. Mouthfeel is medium with a little bit of oilyness, offset by a smack of prickly carbonation. Overall, this is a classic and deserves to be lauded as such. In the weizenbock category, this would be second only to Weinhenstephaner vitus for me.

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Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the things I miss most about Germany...their excellent seasonal beers. Nice heady weizen with an extra alcohol kick. Pours hazy orange/amber with high fluffy head. Slightly sour malt aroma and initial sense of elevated alcohol. Taste is bread, some banana, clove, etc. This is a gem, not quite Aventinus, but close....

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes taken 03/19/16:

Semi-cloudy golden amber before finishing the pour. After adding the dregs to the glass, very opaque-cloudy, more orange amber, some chunks in suspension, some resting at bottom. Head of off-white, with grey and yellow tones, fine and foamy, film-forming, decent retention. Ripe banana, ester, wheat, and alcohol aromas. To the taste, much more dark fruity and even apple esters, and mildly vegetal phenols than found in standard dunkel or hefe weizens, although still plenty of banana as well. In some ways akin to specialized Belgian pales and ambers. A little warmth and faintest pepper with retro-olfaction. Full-bodied, syrupy, quickly effervescing, medium softness, sudsy, velvety.

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Photo of acelin
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Great haze, dark straw gold you can't see through. Awesome thick foamy head.

Smell: This weizenbock definitely has a clove nose. If it doesn't, it's too old. Lightly toasted whole wheat bread, some sweet Wheat malt, and a touch of fruit.

Mouthfeel: creamy soft carbonation tempered by the weight of a thicker brew.

Taste: Wheat malt, clove, and ripe banana - maybe even a little riper banana in the back with dark fruit. Reminds me of a Belgian tripel in a sense. Banana is the biggest main flavor here.

Overall: A great weizenbock

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Photo of drmeto
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

-pours a cloudy bright golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-fresh,lemon,clove,banana,pineapple,bubble gum,grapefruit,white bread,slightly herbal
-honey,lemon,tangerines,white pepper,clove,pineapple,sorbet
-medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-no alcohol detectable
Great,fresh Weizenbock.
This would actually do well as a summer Beer,slightly cooled.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into wheat beer glass. It pours a hazy golden-honey color with a frothy, one-finger milk-white head and lacing. It has that appealing Weizenbock smell of straw, citrus, banana, hops, and spice. The taste is the perfect blend of dry, grassy hops, sweet fruit (banana and orange), tart lemon, and cloves and pepper. It is well-carbonated but easy to drink despite its 7.10% ABV. Overall, this is a great Weizenbock; I could enjoy it equally pared with a good meal or sipping on its own. It merits its excellent rating.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy honey colored, with a huge bubbly, yeasty beige head. Fluid lacing of thick bubbles, but not much retention on the head after a short while.

Big bready and banana aromas.

Tangy on tongue, with unimposing wheat and a touch of lemon in addition to the solid flavors carrying over from the aromas.

This is so satisfying and fulfilling. Like many German beers, it really seems like a nutritional meal in itself.

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Photo of Buck89
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass. Hazy orange-amber color with a large fluffy bright white head. Aromas mainly clove, some banana, some wheat and cereal. Taste followed suit with big clove and banana, followed by a nice spiciness and fruity hop character. Dry finish. Medium carbed.

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Photo of James954
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: cloudy yellow-orange , lacing on rim, aggressive carbonation
S: Strong banana and crisp pear
T: more banana and pear with a subtle finishing note of clove or spice of some kind
F: full mouthfell...excellent

Overall: I always like to stay away from a 5/5 score, but on the right day, depending on what you're looking for, this is true perfection.

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Photo of jooler
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really great look. Smell is like a Hefeweizen. smells alittle malty too. Taste is really nice and crispy. Really citrusy but yet there is some sweetness. Overall really good but alittle too foamy when drinking.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on the deck on a lazy holiday Monday. No date on bottle unless it's hidden in the cryptic label slits across the botom. Pour is thick and pale golden, unfiltered. Thick head like a hefeweizen, but thins rapidly. Moderate carbonation with whiff of spice. Spice and friut tastes, with the 7% ABV making its presence known. Pleasant body, very well balanced.

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Photo of Dope
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date but this just hit the shelves.

A: A cloudy reddish/orange pour. Good sized very fizzy light tan head. Soda-like head dissipates almost immediately. No retention or lacing at all.

S: Lots and lots of cloves right off the bat. Grassy hops with banana backing. Sweet cereal grain malt.

T: Huge banana up front with a burst of fresh grassy hops. Sweet wheatiness in the middle with some spicy cloves in the finish. A hint of black pepper lingers in the aftertaste too but that sweet grains and banana is everywhere.

M: Medium bodied. Super, super smooth and drinkable.

O: Really nice weizenbock. Drinkability is off the charts. Super smooth and easy drinking. The soft wheatiness is great. Perfect summer beer. Fantastic example of the style.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, cloudy golden-amber color with exceptional carbonation, lacing and head retention. As it warms the banana influence becomes more pronounced and closes with that classic subtle spicy, peppery finish. I am becoming more and more of a fan of this style of beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; no freshness info apparent. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a clouded golden-amber hue, capped off by one inch of light, fluffy-looking sparkling white head. Retention is excellent, as it takes nearly ten minutes to seep down to a modest-sized cap and foamy collar, slowly depositing a beautiful curtain of lace during the process. This is a gorgeous beer. Lots of overripe, brown banana on the nose, with plenty of wheaty, bready malt sweetness and bubblegum. Notes of citrus and spicy clove are understated, but provide a nice accent to the (much more prominent) banana bread qualities.

Oh man. Make sure you're sitting down before you sip this one. Clean, bready wheat malt, some toasted graininess, and a caramelized sugar sweetness provide the perfect background, while brilliant flavours of overripe, mushy banana and hints of orange peel and lemon zest are allowed to run rampant. It finishes with a yeasty, spicy bite - I get mostly clove, with suggestions of pepper - both fading quickly, while flavours of sweet malt and banana linger on into the aftertaste. Approaching full-bodied, with a creamy, silky-smooth, almost frothy mouthfeel, as well as a bit of a bite from the carbonation. The alcohol content is not noticeable, making this highly drinkable - at least relatively speaking, for the style.

Final Grade: 4.57, an unbelievable A+. Ayinger Weizenbock is, simply put, one of the best examples of this style that I have had to date. It seems to make use of a paler malt bill than most of the other German imports that I have tried - and while I might be convinced into agreeing that the flavour profile of this one is not as complex as beers such as Aventinus or Vitus, it's still every bit as enjoyable as those titans. Superb stuff that should be considered a no-brainer purchase for serious fans of this style - I am kicking myself for only grabbing one bottle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber color bock with a large off-white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread ester is just about perfect with just the right amount of residual sugar. Taste is also a near perfect mix of banana bread with sweet wheat malt notes and light cloves undertones. Body is pretty full for style with great carbonation. This is pretty close to style staple as I’ve tasted.

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Photo of peensteen
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden orange colour, 1.5 fingers white head, some lace. Smell is wheaty with bready malts, yeasty and phenolic, banana and spice, clove closer. Taste is malty, buttery creamy banana, fruity and spicy, clove and spicy into the finish, no trace of alcohol at all. Medium carbonation, smooth-creamy medium body. Truly outstanding stuff, so nuanced and well executed, certainly something I will revisit as often as possible.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $5.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts for many minutes before filming out. Medium to dark gold color and unfiltered

S- Typical wizen scent. Lots of coriander and has that malt back bone of a bock.

T- Mainly a wizen brew. Has a good malt back bone. As a whole a nice blend of coriander and sweetness

M- Sticky as expected

O- Nice blend. Nice complexity. Smooth. Enjoyable. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Chinese stir fry. Lots of veggies and oyster sauce just does it for this brew.


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Photo of mick303
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stand out beer. Great appearance, aromas of creamy banana, chewy gingerbread. On the palate it is fruity, creamy with an interesting floral spice, hints of bubblegum and a creamy wheaty mouthfeel. Rich robust flavour and an appetizing balance on this, great beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good wheats have sort of fallen off my radar, and those I've had recently are not too exciting... until this. Straw color pour with clinging white froth. Aroma of yummy yeasties and esters along with some bread and banana. Flavor is unadulterated wheat maltiness with some fruit and tanginess along for the ride. Very smooth finish, and pleasant fading aftertaste. This is one of the best weizens.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A momentary hint of banana when poured but the scent dissipated almost immediately and the taste didn’t follow that initial clue. Was more clove (or perhaps some other type of herb) like. What surprises me is the noticeable alcohol scent and flavor. Granted, it’s bock strength - I get it - but still only 7 ABV. Good stuff, overall.

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Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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