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Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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367 Reviews
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Reviews: 367
Hads: 760
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 89
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Style | ABV
Weizenbock | 7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: shbobdb on 06-09-2007

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Reviews: 367 | Hads: 760
Photo of adamette
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 500 ML brown bottle with cool cap with "Ayinger" printed on it that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago. I do not recall the price. No observed "best by" date on the label but the bottle itself was embossed, near the base, under the front label, with the following numbers: 6 03 09. I am not sure if that is really a brewed on or best by date. Poured into my Ayinger gold rimmed 0.5 L Weizen Glass.

A Awesome overflowing head bounds up from the depths after a reasonably vigorous pour. That head is over a great looking opaque yellow body that is really appropriate to the style. Some great "cloudy" areas dispersed throughout the body of the beer as well. I am looking at this beer and wondering why it took me so long to try it. 4.5

S Clove, banana and wheat grain smells waft up from the glass. To me, only Aventinus has a better smell within the style. 4.0

T The clove, banana and wheat malt smells carry right over into the taste. The taste is certainly to style with sweetness winning the sweet/bitter battle in this beer. There is a citrus aspect to this beer as well. It lacks the sublime Aventinus as it is not as deep and complex. Short addendum: Nearer the bottom of the glass I got a soapy taste (No the glass did not have soap in it!) which was not welcome. 3.5

M The wheat and significant carbonation conspire to create the nice "smooth" feel. While I like this feel it is simply true to style and does not inspire me too much. 3.5

D Good as this is a smooth, lighter side beer and it is sweet. The late soapy taste drove the drinkability down a bit but it remains good. 4.0

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Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not quite sure this is a Weizenbock (even though it states it directly on the bottle), because it seems to me to be more of a strong hefeweizen. Nonetheless, good stuff.

A: If I didn't know what this was, I would have thought it was a Belgian strong pale ale. It has a cloudy golden hue with a humongous, white head. Very appealing.

S: Wheat, bananas, and some candy sugar with hints of yeast can all be discerned. Nice.

T: Bunch o' bananas and banana peel along with a wheat bite and a sweet, lingering finish. Since this has a higher ABV than most wheat beers, I'd say they did a good job hiding it; it's barely perceivable.

M: Smooth and creamy with a fairly robust carbonation. It's well balanced and very easy to enjoy. Again, though, the ABV can creep up.

D: Personally, I could session this, but for someone not used to the above average ABV, this could be a sneaky brew. It's just so incredibly tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know I didnt even know Ayinger made a weizenbock,man was I in in the dark.Poured a mix of tea and lemonade with a large blooming crown atop that settled very slowly into a creamy-like mass.A mix of green apple and lemon stands out most in the nose,light yeasty spice and sweet alcohol shows thru as well.Lightly medicinal and clove spice hit the palate melding into lemon pith and sweetish alcohol,although the alcohol is not obtrusive.Honestly I would have never imagined the abv of this beer,its not light as far as feel goes,it just goes down easily.A nice beer from a very tradional brewery.

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Photo of mempath
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy golden-light-orange with a huge tight-packed head that settles very very slowly. citrus-yeasty smell that reminds me of something belgian i drank last night. yes, lighter than expected, this is creamier yet has a nice carbonated edge. the sweetness does not overwhelm or stay around (thankfully...). i like it's punctuality. noting some sourness that compliments that smack of sweetness. good balance. drinkable for the style for sure, just not my favorite style. i'd still definitely take one of these anytime. nice to finally try this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle pours a light gold color with a creamy white meringue-like foam that sticks around foreva. Certainly on the light side color wise for a WB.

Nose leans heavily on banana yeast esters with a bit of clove in tow. Missing the chocolate notes of a darker weizenbock like Aventinus. Very much smells like a traditional hefe with a little more bread and alcohol thrown in.

Tangy wheat and the yeast esters give this kind of a "imperial" hefeweizen flavor with some light graininess and alcohol suggestions. Not overly full bodied in the mouth, and actually is one of the lightest feeling wiezenbocks I have had. Still, a very tasty beverage that goes down very easily considering the ABV. I like it, but not quite as much as Aventinus and Vitus.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Hazy orange body. Massive white head that is honestly a bit excessive. The initial pour is about 75% head and 25% beer. It leaves tons of lacing, though.

S: Bananas, bubblegum, and lemons.

T: Similar to the knows. All the typical hefe flavors except for cloves. I'm not a big fan of cloves, though, so that's fine with me. A bit of prickly alcohol.

M: Full-bodied and creamy with substantial carbonation.

D: A whole lot of weizen, not much bock. This is basically a slightly souped-up hefe. That's not a bad thing, though. Recommended for fans of German wheat beers.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.36/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bluh, here we go again with an overrated style/beer from this perspective. Pour, nothing too scary yet, looks decent, good carbonation. Smell, meh, rancid, taste has some mixture of dust, mustard, banana and wheat.

Not much for that kind of mouthfeel, and hence, makes this guy undrinkable for the most part. Glad I only bought one. The aroma is pretty much the flavor. No thanks.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Fan of the style and brewery, so very much looking forward to this going into the sample.

Pours pale golden, cloudy, very active with fizzy white head that recedes promptly and leaves no lacing.

SMELL is strong banana yeasty blending with wheat and malty sweetness. Faint citrus adds some complexity, and it's a bit sulfury and earthy.

TASTE Wheat and malty sweet mix with banana and mild hop bitterness. A little bit tart. Smooth, finishes clean.

FEEL a fizzy bite, medium body, some alc warming and viscosity, finishes clean.

OVERALL Maybe I went into this expecting it to be something it not only wasn't, but didn't intend to be. So maybe my scores reflect my high expectations? But it didn't amaze me as I'd hoped. I'll have it some more, and see what I think. But it was fairly complex, and the booze is well hidden. It's interesting, but perhaps too sweet and malty, even for this style?

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Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold in color with a huge, rolling off-white and very stubborn head. Spice and big bananas float to the nose. A modicum of coriander and yeast follow up. Creamy around the palate with hints of citrus, light fruits (bananas, apples), and a malty base. Was expecting something a bit darker, and this one could pass for a straight up hefe, and a damn good one at that.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a super cloudy golden yellow color with sheets of bubbles rising to make the head bigger a minute or so after the pour than it was when I first poured it. There are thick sheets of lace left on the sides of the glass after drinking. Even a few minutes after the pour there was a thick head on top of the beer, which is pretty impressive for a higher gravity beer.

Aroma: I initially got a bit of a mix between the banana and clove esters with the dry and bready wheat malt being the bigger player in the aroma, which I think is particularly nice. A little bit of lemon is noticeable as the beer sits for a bit, but this is very reserved. As the beer sits, the aroma doesn't really change, but remains well balanced.

Taste: The flavor is also a work if craftmanship with some orangy citrus notes that I didn't pick up in the aroma. All of the lemon bread notes that I got in the aroma are here and in good balance. There is plenty of carbonation to this beer and the abundant wheat malt notes make it quite creamy on the palate. There is a slight hint of the alcohol as a spicy compliment to the flavor and a subtle warming on the back of the throat long after the sip and the fizz subsides.

Opinion: Well, to be honest, I am a little surprised that I liked this beer as much as I did. I am not a fan of Weizen beers, so I put this review off for a couple weeks. I do like Aventinus quite a bit, but I like that it is a darker Bock style. This one being light colored intimidated me a bit as I like the Dunkel Weisse more than the Hefe. All this said, this beer really surprised me. It is very drinkable thought it is fermented at least partially with Weizen yeast. I really like the balance in this beer and it makes it really approachable and drinkable to me. I would definitely not hesitate to try this beer again and would look forward to trying it on tap.

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Photo of Rayek
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ayinger Weizen glass.

A: Extremely cloudy peach with frenetic carbonation from tiny bubbles. A huge and rocky eggshell cap recedes to a 1/2" pillow that stays to the bottom of the glass. Left no lace until I was almost to the end of the glass.

S: Holy bananas Batman. The aroma of ripe banana hit as soon as I started to pour. The requisite clove is there in equal force. A light alcohol presence rounds things out.

T: Spiked banana bread is the first thing that sprung to my mind. Banana is present throughout. Bitterness has a clove and lemon bite that is balanced perfectly. A yeast-bread kicks in toward the end. Alcohol adds warmth and an extra dimension of flavor. Finishes dry and tart.

M: The thick and doughy body has a vibrant carbonation tingle.

D: I was really impressed by this. Perfect balance, complex flavors and a nice warmth make this one a winner. I hope to revisit this again the next time it comes around.

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Photo of BTPete
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle to a flute. I recieved this bottle during Mahar's Advent of beers.

A: Hazy and golden with a BIG HUGE white fluffy head. Does settle down slowly but with millions of bubbles running through.

S: Bready and fruity with banana tones. Almost a little musty. Not getting much in the way of alcohol or hops.

T: Smooth and biscuity with bananas. Nice flavor and smooth, could see this being nice during other seasons.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbed. Very active in my mouth which isn't surprsing from its activity in the cup.

D: Very smooth and drinkable. Good beer and a style I haven't had often if at all. Ayinger rarely disappoints but I have a lot to learn about german beer and classic german beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tall wheat glass. Poured the cloudy, murky yellow typical of wheat beers. Poured with a very thick, fluffy white head that took it's own sweet damn time dissipating and left minimal lacing.

A pleasing combination of wheat, clove and banana wafts across the nose. The flavors are very similar, just higher profile and more pronounced.

The body is light while remaining full, very pleasing to the touch. Drinkability is top-notch, this beer goes down easy and having multiples would be a pleasure. Grab a couple next time you see it.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 0.5l bottle yesterday at Jaspers for $4.49. Had hoped to try this while touring the Aying Brewery last September, but it didn't come to pass. Now's the time!

I slowly poured about 90% of the bottle into an Oberdorfer Weissbier glass, saving the yeasties for later. Color is a flat, cloudy, golden color. A huge amount of carbonation is swirling within at a frenetic pace before heading topside. It is there that it helps produce a prodigious, creamy, smooth dollop of fluffy whiteness called the head. This topping just sits there, lasting and lasting, as well as leaving some top-shelf lacing on the glass. Aroma is superb, with loads of clove and banana mixing with some subtle chocolate. Mouthfeel is quite nice, with a solid medium body combining with a surprisingly non-prickly feel on the tongue.

Taste? Verry nice! Dry wheatiness leads off, followed by some mild banana and restrained bubble-gum. Clove is present but tends to lurk in the background instead of being up-front. Very mild fruit-flavors are also mixed in here, with a touch of apple and pear showing up. Didn't find any hint of chocolate, though, as I was expecting a little bit here or there. OK, the yeasties have now been swirled into the mix, and they add a pleasing little hit of spicy character to the action. And, this is a 7.10% ABV bier? Could have fooled me, as I get no kick at all from this one. End result? Not in the class of Aventinus (what is??), but still a fine, well-made bier from the folks at Aying, and supremely drinkable. A worthy entry as my 1200th review here. Zum Wohl!!

4.25
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

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Photo of katan
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml into a pint

A - Pours a very hazy, yeasty looking bright golden color. Head formation is strong, 2mm in size. Well retained. Appears highly carbonated.

S - Extremely spicy clove and banana note, driven by a nice yeasty backbone. Clearly has the esters of a hefe yeast. Very fruity.

T - Starts off with a malty sweetness, moves to a yeasty spicy note. Bready notes appear. Zero astringency - extremely smooth. Hopping is not present - appropriate. Finishes with a fruity note, banana, clove, perhaps just a bit of cinnamon. THe yeast production did its job in this beer.

M - Carries the potent carbonation of a good bavarian hefe, but a bit more creamy in body. Very stinging at times. Leaves behind a prickly aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable - especially in the summer months. Combine that with the zingy ABV, and it may sneak up on you. Flavors are well integrated. Downshot is that it does seem a bit filling.

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a really nice pale and wheat malt scent along with an outstanding hefe yeast aroma. The banana/clove character is well pronounced. The taste is good. It has a solid malt flavor that 's extremely dry with a nice fruity yeast finish. The yeast character really makes this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good weizenbock. I've been a fan of Ayinger beers before, but this one is outstanding.

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Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle from Wegman's: $4.99
Appears a hazy, murky gold with an orange hue with a large, fluffy white head that slowly fades out into a gentle floating cap. Scattered drifts of lacing are scattered around the glass.
Smell is of lemon, vanilla, bananas, cream wafers, graham crackers, & turbinado sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with an amped up hefeweizen flavor being thrust into palate with a sweet start and Nilla wafer, zingy finish. Not sure of the hop profile but the lemony zest reminds me of Sorachi Ace.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, spritzy, zesty, creamy, and chewy.
Wow...really glad I got to check this one out. Perhaps my favorite style done in a Helles version of a Weizenbock. Hard to go toe to toe with Aventinus but this is the best example of a non-dunkel version I remember having to date.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, darkened yellow-orange body with a tall, swiftly growing, whitish head that simply lasts and lasts.

Smell: The nose is largely wheat and yeast driven, with it's sweetish, tangy scents and notes citrus, spicy, and bananas.

Taste: Sweet, tangy malted wheat with jolting tastes of honey candy and spiced cookies followed by a bright, acidic 'pop' of lemon citrus. Smooth banana tones. Very slight hop character and bitterness. Slight carbonic bite from all that carbonation present. Sweetish honey-wheat flavor on the effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated, which keeps the proceedings very easily drinkable and even downright refreshing.

Drinkability: That lively, engaging effervescence lends a remarkable keen ease to the overall drinkability, making for a fine, enjoyable, wheaty brew.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange color with golden ripe banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a lot of visible carbonation bubbling up. Two finger frothy white head that quickly fizzles into a lasting cap. A lot lighter colored than I expected.

Yeasty aroma with hints of fresh bread, crisp light fruit, citrus peel and subtle zesty spice. Hints of ripe banana, apple, lemon peel, zest peppery spice and subtle clove. Slightly earth and funky.

Fuller end of medium bod with a lot of smooth bread yeast. This gives the beer a lot of it's full body and contributes wonderfully to the flavor. Lots of zesty, peppery spice and crisp citrus fruit are very well integrated making this beer extremely flavorful and quite complex. Plenty of ripe banana along with hints of apple, lemon zest, pepper, clove and citrus lemon peel. All of these flavors are extremely well balanced with no one flavor overpowering the other and the ABV is excellently masked making this beer extremely quaffable. Highly recommended for German wheat beer fans or anyone reall. Excellent!

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Photo of KI9A
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow.

A: Poured thick, hazy yellow, puffy head, fair lace windows.

S: Pure bananna, with spicy clove.

T: Over ripe bananna, clove, yeasty, bready.

M: Fairly thick, satisfying.

D: Awesome D here. First sip turned into a quaff on the second. Bottle killed waay too quick. Weizenbocks are a great style, this is one of the top 2 in my book!

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent bottle. Pours big head on lighter yellow body. Aroma is pure bannana, good thick mouthfeel, and bannana in the taste. More like a hefeweizen. Drinkability was good. I was looking for more of an edge and complexity I love so much in weizenbocks. This was full, just the bannana overode the taste department.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Liked the art work on the front label. No dating info but this is a brand new release from them so it's fresh. Did have notches on bottom of front label but no way to decipher them. Was a cloudy golden yellow color with tons of carb. It had a large fizzy off-white head that settled into a 1/4" constant foam fed by the carb. No lacing.

The aroma was classic weizenbock - overripe banana, bubblegum, clove, yeast and wheat. Really good aroma. Only wish would be if it was a little stronger. The taste was excellent and followed the aroma. Sweet from the fruit but balanced with the malt and spices. Extremely/dangerously drinkable. Never a hint of the 7.1% ABV. Goes down super smooth. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation and light after-taste.

Overall, an exceptional brew and top 2-3 weizenbocks that I've had. A most welcome addition to the Aying family. Most highly recommend. Rotation - avail in TX and will be a big player in the rotation.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Wildly impressive. ENORMOUS head right out of the gate and still rising. I turned my head for 30 seconds, looked back, and it had overcome the rim of the glass and wasn't stopping. I couldn't help being reminded of a slowly erupting volcano. The head was nothing short of billowing and lasted very long. (No concerns there as you definitely want to let the temperature get to 50-55 degrees F.)

S: A little disappointing but safely within the style. Average bready maltiness. Light grassy hops with a lemony citrus twang. Heavy yeast presence of sweat and barnyard.

T: Light almost unnoticeable alcohol (more so at warmer temps). Banana, bubblegum, raisin and plum + other fruit esters. I got a little light brown sugar, lemon and some peppery spices as well. Moderately sweet with above average acidity.

M: Medium body and a little oily. Super fizzy carbonation was prickly and very much appreciated. Like accupuncture for the tongue.

D: Very drinkable. I would recommend getting this one if you see it on a menu. It won't disappoint.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorate styles to brew and drink, this will be an interesting tasting as there arent' too many commercial breweries out there doing this....

A: Hazy Golden color with little head retention, appears to be somewhat fluffy. surprised to see the color is so light and golden, almost appears to be a common German weizen in appearance.

S: some malty, bready notes, citrus, and maybe some hard candy. More lemon than orange.

T: not nearly as malty as I would have imagined, the bock portion of the weizen-bock name is nearly missing. mostly citrus and a little bit of malt backbone. Has some yeast characteristic of the hefeweizen clove and banana esters as well.

M: outstanding mouthfeel, is very smoothe and refreshing. Cloudy and almost chewy. you want to keep the beer in your mouth and savor it.

D: very drinkable and you wouldn't guess at the 7+ percent.

I would recommend drinking this beer at a warmer temperature than normal serving temperature to fully experience the full range of fruits and fermentation character. a good example of the style but still lacks some of the dark fruits and maltiness from german bocks that I so love in weizenbock. To me this is almost more of a maibock. I can appreciate the pale weizenbock but miss the dark fruits especially.

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Photo of eyncognito
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange body with 3 fingers of airy head, hazy. Ok retention and leaves some traces of lace. Smell is on the money: banana, bubblegum, cloves, a touch of band-aid.

Flavor hits all the marks as well. Unripe banana, bubblegum, honey sweet bread, and cloves. No surprises, but well executed. Slight lingering wheat tartness. Mouthfeel is airy and light, pushing medium bodied with gentle carbonation.

Quite drinkable. Alcohol is well-hidden.

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Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.