Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a weizen glass
Appearance - pours a very hazy straw yellow color. Not what I pictured for a weizenbock, but it still good. Had a half inch head that disappeared quickly.
Smell - extremely buiscitty bread hits your nose almost immediately. Phenols are vague bur present.
Taste - buiscuitty malt is the main flavor here. It has a strong clove flavor which in any other beer would be the main flavor if the malt wasn't at the front.
Mouthfeel - the chewey buiscutty flavor makes you almost want to chew to ge the aftertase down.
Final thoughts - for a hefeweizen, it would be absolutely amazing. But I terms of weizenbocks that I've had to this point, its second only to Aventinus. Hey but wait it only lost to the best beer in my opinion. If you can get this beer, do it!
07-01-2011 00:41:32 | More by VncentLIFE
4.15/5 rDev -1%
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle.
A - Pours a nice hazy and cloudy strong orange notes and a nice white creamy head that is about 1 inch tall. The head is dense and the bubbles very tight and uniform.
S - Starts off very similar to a Hefe with some nice wheat notes. Fresh clove and slight banana with some nice fresh baked bread malt notes. A deeper breath brings out some nice fruity notes and some slight sweet alcohol. There are notes of pear juice and some apple as well. Quite fruity and inviting nose.
T & M - Flavor starts off with some delicious strong banana notes. Clove spice and some delicious fresh baked and mild bread notes. Some very nice chalky yeast notes are present as well. Fruit juices are prevalent with some pear and apple. It is quite smooth and easy drinking which might be a bit dangerous since it doesn't have the lower ABV like a Hefe. My first jab at a Weizenbock. Im sold on this style, its basically a more malty and stronger Hefe. Body is light with a more boozy estery feel.
O - Very good brew. I like the style, the wheat adds some smoothness and nice sweet notes to an already malty brew.
06-27-2011 22:34:28 | More by JoEBoBpr
3.98/5 rDev -5%
Slight orange copper with a bit of must and a large white head thin in body and fading fairly quickly leaving behind no lace.
Ahh clove, plantain, hints of bubblegum phenols, light toffee, caramel, yeasty. A bit of citrus maybe lemon in the far back with some bready malts finishing.
Very nice beer. Creamy and decadent on the palate, not big on the "bock" aspect but more like an imperial hefe. But oh so delicious. Bubblegum and clove at the forefront, middle and through the finish, banana flavors linger on the finish as well. A bit bready with light toffee flavors. Yeasty throughout. Light raisin quality deep in the finish that peeks out after a few sips.
06-25-2011 21:01:16 | More by mcallister
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap featuring nice simple art served into a Guinness brewhouse series pint glass in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.
**Additional notes from a March 2013 revisit. Acquired for cheap at Trader Joe's. Served in a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass.
A: Four finger beige colour soft head of silky wonderful cream, great thickness, and amazing retention for the ABV (4-5 minutes). Hazy full yellow-orange colour. Pretty damn appealing. I love the head. Body colour is a vibrant yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light and appealing for the style; I usually expect a darker colour from a weizenbock.
Sm: Light pale orange and citrus esters, with a side of cream. A very mild yet pleasant scent. Clean barley. Light floral hops. Delightful banana and clove. Refreshing wheat. Well balanced; every evocative. I'm excited to try this. Very fresh and inviting. Wow.
T: Orange citrusy esters and soft silky cream side by side with some crystal malt on the climax. Delightful banana and clove. Quite fanciful, if a bit simplistic. It's incredibly what they've done with limited ingredients. Foundation is light wheat. Refreshing. Balanced well. Built simply but effectively for the style. Not particularly bold. No yeast character or alcohol comes through - an achievement at 7.10% ABV. Wow, that's tasty. The wheat has a crisp refreshing character often unseen. Quite evocative. Subtly executed.
Mf: Smooth until the midpoint, wherein it coarsens through the climax to lift out the flavours. This is masterfully done, as alongside it rests a refreshing wetness. Refreshingly soft and pleasant; fuck that's nice. Perfect carbonation. Light, fleeting, and incredible. Like drinking a cloud...okay, bad metaphor. But it's fantastic. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile.
Dr: Very drinkable, even refreshing - for a 7.10% beer. Price is decent by German and French (import) standards, but I'd hate to see what extortionist prices they post stateside. **[Actually, Trader Joe's offers it for a very reasonable price of < $2.49.] I could session this easily. A delightful weizenbock - amongst the best I've had. Great stuff. Another amazing beer from Ayinger.
06-16-2011 11:29:59 | More by kojevergas
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours a huge, bone-white head into my weizen glass, have to let the head collapse slightly before I can empty the bottle. Beer is fairly cloudy gold-yellow in color, with some visible carbonation, and a bit of lace, though nothing particularly compelling or artistic about the lace patterns or hanging on. In fact, there is little lacing after taking a sip.
Smells in part of faint bananas, ghostly whole wheat bread, bubblegum, typical hefeweiss yeast, a dash of nutmeg essence, and even a bit peppery. These nasal colors are here slightly more bold than in a traditional German hefeweiss.
Fruity esters and phenols are upfront, with some banana, clove, nutmeg, and bubblegum flavors. In the background are peppery/spicy notes (phenols?) and alcohol. The finish is slightly tart and alcoholic.
The beer is medium-heavy on the palate, supplemented by the moderate-light carbonation, which doesn't turn this into a froth on the mouth, but lets it adequately sit and move as desired. Fairly dry finish, quite sippable/drinkable.
I like this beer, but I don't think it's more exceptional than their regular weissbier, and really, just more alcoholic than complex, though of course the increased alcohol leads to a slight increase in complex character. I'll probably just go with the Ayinger brau-weiss over this, but who can say for sure, after all, I've made impulsive buying decisions before, and will do so again.
06-16-2011 04:58:41 | More by falloutsnow
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 9, 2011. It pours a bubbly but hazy starw yellow with an incredible head that is topped off with a silky, delicate frosting-like cap. The aroma is full of yeast and wheat with a little banana characteristic. The body is comfortbale on the tongue and does not break down into a fizz. In the taste there is a lively combination of traditional German malts, a bhiunt of wheat, a bite of clove, and a tangy, tart end.
06-09-2011 22:37:11 | More by puboflyons
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
A - This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color. It has a nice big 3-finger white head on it. The head has excellent retention, and leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass. There is also a constant stream of rising carbonation bubbles visible in the glass.
S - It smells of wheat, yeast, banana, and lemon. It is sweet, and there is also some breadiness. Smells great overall.
T - It starts of with a nice wheat flavor, and big burst of banana. There are also some nice flavors of lemon, spices, and yeast. There are some nice lingering fruit flavors in the finish, as well as some notes of spices.
M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down good, and has a very smooth quality to it. The spices pleasingly tingle the mouth, and there is a nice sweetness to it as well.
O - This has great drinkability. It goes down smooth, and I love the flavor. Overall, I think this is a really good beer. The flavor is great. I recommend giving this one a try. I will definitely be picking up some more.
06-06-2011 11:36:08 | More by JizackFH
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -9.3%
looks light in color for a weizenbock. but then again i guess it's not a weizendoppelbock: very light amber color. good sudsy froth above
ooh...bockyweizeny aromas! very wheat and very bockcaramel. buttery
plenty sweet punctuated and contextualized by meaningful bitterness. mouthfeel is creamy but still a little springy
05-29-2011 00:45:46 | More by bruachan
5/5 rDev +19.3%
You know those things you experience that make you feel glad to be alive? Things so damned good that you feel a little guilty by just enjoying them? For me, the Ayinger Weizen-Bock is one of those things - both a simple pleasure and a profound experience, simultaneously.
A- Cloudy yellow-amber, with a touch of pearlescent olive. The huge, shaving cream white foam settles a bit, but never really quits. Lots of lace.
S- The aroma of this beer is spectacular. Irresistable. Totally seductive. Big clove and nutmeg phenols. Rich fruity soft-banana esters. Lavish honeyed puffed wheat. Classic hefe yeast on overdrive, afterburners, and turbo boost.
T- HUGE, round, full, opulent flavors of soft banana, clove, nutmeg, honey-puffed wheat, yeasty dough, and bubble gumballs carpet bomb the palate with pleasure. The long, lingering sweet finish is like that after enjoying a piece of perfect banana bread.
M, D- Feel is rich, on the full side of medium, but PERFECTLY balanced, and the CO2 ideally livens the maltiness. Far too drinkable for what it is, evidence of expert brewing craftsmanship.
This Ayinger Weizen-Bock is a masterful creation.
I absolutely adore Vitus, but Ayinger's Weizen-Bock, dare I say, is somehow more drinkable, and thus offers a bit more pleasure.
Take a look at the label art, and notice our friend the German billy goat (Bock) has a pair. Quite appropriate, since this Ayinger Weizen-Bock definitely has a pair too.
05-22-2011 22:48:21 | More by WhiteOak
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a decent head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. A mouthwatering sweet wheaty aroma with subtle spice and a hint of banana. Lightly carbonated, it has a creamy mouthfeel with a clean finish. The taste is spectacular; sweet malt, spice, and yeasty banana.
I would never get bored drinking this beer. This is a perfect complement to a hot Florida day.
05-21-2011 18:52:45 | More by KloopDogg
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Picked up a .5L bottle at EuroMarket for $6. Unlike mostly weizenbocks I've tried, this is pale and much like a fortified hefeweizen. Oddly enough, it's also tastes fairly similar to a strong Belgian pale ale but with a bready wheat loaf.
There's a mix of berry candy and mild banana with soft wheat bread in the background. That said, there's that backing malt is rich and full, giving this a heavier body, but an appropriate weight for the style. So if you love hefe's and want to see and taste what they can be amped up, this is exactly that. All the same rich yeast character and smooth malt.
05-15-2011 04:10:31 | More by tempest
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
33cl, best before end of July 2011.
Pours a cloudy medium orange with a nice, two-finger head. Retains at a thick layer with above-average lacing.
The aroma has some raw, yeasty wheat and spicy phenols.
Flavor is very refined and smooth. Lightly sweet, with traces of banana and earthy spices throughout. No flaws, but then again nothing remarkable. Alcohol is almost undetectable, which is an accomplishment for the style. Wheaty and clean, with a creamy, near-perfect mouthfeel.
Nothing wows me with this Helles Weizenbock-- it's just a solid brew. Very drinkable.
05-12-2011 21:26:47 | More by dasenebler
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
Massive audibly bubbly head over a fuzzy unfiltered orange hue. No lacing but a thin cap covers the beer fully. Aromas are straight citrus backed up by a ton of other non-acidic fruits: sweet apples, tropical fruit and berries. Fruits are rounded out with a subtle spice. Initial gulps reveal a plethora of fruits but also a sweeter side, like a sugary candy. Citrus rind bitterness and spices come through after the initial wave of complex sweetness. Bubble gum comes out with warmth. Thin and not too heavy on the carbonation.
Fantastic, and while it's many months old, I don't have many complaints.
05-08-2011 01:32:11 | More by washburnkid
3.53/5 rDev -15.8%
Served in a Russian River Sound Czech pilsner glass.
Pours a very cloudy light golden color with a dense white head that sticks around for a bit. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and a thick collar throughout. The nose is filled with clove, alcohol, and a strong bready presence. The flavor scales back on the bread and picks up more clove along with a bit of banana. Booze there as well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Pretty good, though nothing I'd go out of my way for again; nowhere near Celebrator.
05-02-2011 23:42:32 | More by Thorpe429
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
A- 3.5 A mediocre hazy, golden straw colored body is backed up with a uniform 1/2 finger head that produces smooth and slippery lacing.
S- 4 This smells of wheat and sweet bread. The yeast is present. There's a bit of a spiciness as well. Good scent that isn't overbearing.
T- 4 Wheat-heavy with a touch of malt sweetness that comes through to finish that's nice and balances the flavor well.
M- 3.5 This brew is medium-light in body with an average carbonation. It isn't heavy at all, and is pretty smooth.
D- 4 I could easily enjoy a few of these on a hot afternoon or lazy day. It doesn't bring anything extraordinary to the table but has a sweet and smooth wheaty taste that addresses the palate well.
05-02-2011 20:26:11 | More by KYBrewgrass
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
poured from a half-liter bottle into a half-liter franziskaner glass.
A - this is an absolutely beautiful beer. it pours a golden-straw color that is borderline orange in the bulb of the glass. great thick white head that rises tall leaving just a little bit of lacing.
S - somehow, the beautiful citrus and banana notes of this beer do not come through in it's aroma, but it does have a nice smell of wheat.
T - as mentioned above, there are noticeable notes of banana and a little bit of citrus. i like this particular brew in that it makes no effort to disguise the true wheat taste with the fruity notes, but rather finds a great compromise between the two.
M - proper amount of carbonation, very light on the tongue. no real issues here.
D - i could probably drink my weight in this beer, which is surprising giving the amount of wheat sediment apparent in its cloudiness.
O - this is a great beer. i originally compared it to the hofbrauhaus hefe in overall taste, but after having a couple over the past few months, i can really sense some fairly large differences. make an effort to pick one up and give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
04-26-2011 21:55:36 | More by skyline31687
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
Ayinger Weizen-Bock has a kumquat colour and, as is typical for any kind of weizen beer, a tall Abraham Lincoln hat-like head that continues to climb for a dozen or so seconds after the last drop is poured. Interrupted clarity is expected, although transparency isn't entirely stamped out. It's pale, sure, but still appears full of character.
This aroma has all the exotic, ornamental details and loud-popping fireworks of a Chinese New Years celebration, but it smells like it came right out of the tropics: banana is not only the icing on the cake, but the flour, sugar, eggs, leavening agent, garnishing and candle atop as well. It is intensified by a cautious pinch of clove.
Yeast is, in my mind anyhow, one of the world’s last areas of unexplainable magic. I'd like to see an episode of MythBusters dedicated to the subject. A plentiful yet mildly flavoured malt bill tasting of toast and straw is embroidered with faint notes of orange peel, subdued citrus zest and a faltering clove-like spice. Any bitterness disappears at the drop of a hat.
We're benefited a fuller, thicker mouthfeel without any extra alcohol accompanying it. It is distinguishably creamy, with a texture almost as thick and lush as an old-fashioned milkshake but with the zing of an authentic Caribbean ginger ale. The aforementioned should not be considered spicy, but certainly enhances the beer with a perceptible zest.
What to make of a weizenbock that drinks more like a hefeweizen? I'm rendered speechless. What is there to say? German breweries in general, and Ayinger in particular, have consistently excellent output. This offering has made the distinct and strong style exceptionally agreeable, and unthinkably drinkable. I guess all I can do is recommend it.
04-25-2011 20:35:02 | More by biegaman
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
Cloudy, straw yellow with a fluffy white head. Descent retention and lacing. Smells of yeasty wheat with hints of bananas and cloves. Hints of citrus. Very clean tasting for this style. The banana clove tastes are subtle. Hints of lemon, pepper, and orange with a very sweet front end. Overall a very clean and easy drinking beer.
04-23-2011 20:14:43 | More by JayS2629
4/5 rDev -4.5%
A - Standard hazy golden straw pour of a wheat. Nice and proper head retention.
S - Smells like tangy yeast-soaked golden wheat. Tangy and tart fruit rind notes. A great nose like most wheatbeers.
T - A big chewy mouth of wheat. Some spice notes here with a nice warming alcohol. Im not detecting much darker fruit but the overall taste is on the bolder side of wheats. Hints of bannana and fruit sweetness is in the aftertaste.
M - This body is very creamya nd chewy. Smooth and rich in its texture but not overpowering. A nice clean finish.
O - A very nice wheat choice. All that youd expect from one, but more pronounced and warmer.
04-23-2011 19:59:12 | More by BeerForMuscle
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
33cl bottle poured into shaker pint sleeve.
A- Cloudy blonde body with an orange hue.Head is 4 fingers and densely creamy. Retention is superb as is the lacing.
S- Huge aromas of banana and cloves! Some bready dough notes
T- Banana comes through first and is present throughout with more clove in the finish and lingers. Finish is creamy. No alcohol heat at all, very well hidden.
M- Moderate carbonation with creamy light body.
D- Classic weizen nose and taste. Presence is strong and fresh. Lack of alcohol heat can really let this one creep up on you.
I dont think this is necessarily a classic example of the style ( im thinking more of Aventinus with a bigger malty bock like chocolate note). For me, this is just a higher abv Hefeweizen. This is still an excellent beer though! Must try
04-19-2011 21:46:07 | More by seanyfo
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
appearance; looks just like a typical Weissbier but the head dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.
smell; bananas and bready yeast. Alcoholic and bitter fumes, like a Weissbier with extra alcohol...just what it is.
taste; the alcohol is really well hidden, I could be tricked into thinking this is of the lower alcohol version. Very spicy yeast and wheat. A bit sour in the end but wheat cracker flavors moisten it a bit.
mouthfeel; medium bodied, smooth and refreshing. Crisp finish, slightly dry.
overall; not overly impressed with this one in comparison with others of the style. Still, its nearly indistinguishable characteristics from a regular version of the style make it a nice drink.
04-04-2011 04:22:14 | More by Sachsenfreude
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
A: Cloudy yellow-orange color - nice white head that stays around for a while.
S: orange zest, banana, clove, malt, sweet
T: Same as the smell, this beer is fantastic. What a great offering from Ayinger.
M: Carbonation is mild. Easy to swig this one
O: This one is a beer I will certainly try again. Wow. Great offering.
04-03-2011 01:30:29 | More by beerman207
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
My friend Marc bought me this beer last week. Always nice to taste Germany-made WeizenBock. Even though I'm not a huge fan of the style, its always a refreshing and festive style of beer.
POured in a Weizen glass. This beer is Golden yellow, almost orange. Its pretty cloudy which is normal for this type of beer and it gives out a thick and creamy white head. The foam just sticks there for so long ! looks very fresh.
The smell is quite typical for a weizen. Lots of fruit, oranges, banana, apricots...Pineapple even... with a hint of wheat sweetness.
Taste was also predictable but still very pleasant and fresh.
A massive Creamy carbonation rush covers every spot of the palate first and then taste kicks in with spices and fruit like Coriander, long pepper, banana and apricots.
Finishes a little sweet on the palate and pretty short for a WeizenBock, no after taste at all.
I think I would of prefered this beer on a nice hot sunny terrace.
Very nice product overall but its not something I would of bought for myself.
Thanks again Marc
03-29-2011 16:11:12 | More by Glory
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
a: entire bottle poured into a large weizen glass, the beer is a hazed orange in color, featuring a bone-white head, low and slightly fizzy
s: the nose brings lots of yeast, nanner, clove, fully wheaty with some biscuit dosed with raw honey, melon, nice
m: carbed to moderate-high, body around light-medium
t: the flavor brings bready malts and yeast, ripe banana, clove, hops mild and grassy, heavy wheat flavors, a honey sweetness hits mid-palate, sweet fruits include peach and melon, lingering flavors with a mild bitterness
o: a very nice weizenbock, not tops in terms of complexity, but certainly very solid and very appealing, this is a great example of a great style
500 mL bottle from WF, Arlington
03-27-2011 03:52:45 | More by blackie
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a nice hazy bright yellow color with a frothy two to three finger head which gives way to some lace. The aroma is of toffee and nice citrus fruits and a sweetness. The taste follows suit, a sweet malt backbone hit with hints of banana like a hef as well as light citrus fruits. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and creamy and smooth. The drinkability is high, it is an easy drink with enough flavor to keep you goin.
03-21-2011 16:47:06 | More by goblue3509
Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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