Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 62
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a big, white head.

Smells of clove, banana, and malt, but the yeast esters really dominate...big aroma.

Tastes of apple and banana up front with some sweetness and general fruity esters with a hint of wheat character. No hop flavor or real bitterness to speak of. Hint of alcohol in the finish.

Light body with medium carbonation. I would like to see a bit more carbonation in this beer.

This is a tasty, fruity (estery) beer that is easy to drink but a bit sweet and a bit boozy.

Photo of obrike
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single at Specs in Schertz, Tx.

A lovely hazy, rich yellow pour...creamy white head that fades pretty quickly, leaving a small ring around for the duration.

Wow...smells awesome. Banannas right off the bat, followed by clove, bubblegum, fresh cooked wheat biscuit...so good.

Taste follows...a definite treat. Super smooth and great on a hot day in Central Texas. Might even be getting a bit of bitter green apple in the aftertaste?

Certainly a beer not t be missed!

Photo of Francepants06
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a hazy yellow color beer with a large white head which dissipated quickly. It smelled of wheat, yeast, straw, malt. It tasted of wheat, yeast, slight nutmeg, bread. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied. Overall, This is a top 10 German beer. finally a fantastic tasting beer. It just warms in your mouth like a spoon full of french onion soup. yum give me another.

Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle picked up at the local binnys.

A- the beer pours out a very hazy almost goldenrod colored body with a finger and a half of bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- lots of bananas in the nose. there are other fruits also, mainly apricots and lemons. after that i get some spices. cloves and white pepper. a little bit of bubblegum at the end.

T- the taste begins with malted wheat and moves right into the dominating banana. the lemons and apricots that i could smell are also in here, but they take a distant backseat. bubblegum, clove, and white pepper at the end. the alcohol is well hidden.

M- the body is very full and thick. the carbonation is just right for this beer. there is no warming from the alcohol.

O- overall this was a very enjoyable beer that reminded me more of a hefeweizen. check it out if you havnt. anything ayinger makes is pretty good.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a massive overflowing white head of pillowed bubbles with a straw wheat color that is hazy.

Aroma of clove , belgian yeast, light banana and heavy wheat, which is not a prominent aroma in many beers that I can say I have smelled distinctly.

Taste is spot on for a weizenbock. Light butter tastes mixed with belgian spice, faint clove, light banana and other fruity esters.
There is a light berry taste in here as well, which was surprising to me because I did not really pick it up too much in the aroma.

Medium carbonation and a medium body for the style. I have had thicker, but I think this is more drinkable with the body as it is. Overall job very well done

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass (not sure if the Irish would approve of this) at low altitude. As an aside, this is my first Weizenbock.

A: Pours a beautiful gradient wheat color like a more opaque version of honey. It also comes with a creamy three-finger white head that hangs on for quite a while. Note too much in the way of lacing.

S: Strong dark fruit notes are the most prominent smell -- mostly cherry, but also a bit of something else as well (blackberry?). The smell of wheat falls faintly into the background.

T: An even more complex malt character than the smell suggests. Starts with slightly sour cherry notes that give way to sweeter dark fruit notes and a slight twinge of alcohol on the finish. Delicious.

M: Full-bodied and quite dry. The finish makes you want to go back for more.

D: It would be very easy to drink several pints of this. The alcohol is concealed dangerously well.

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The head settles pretty quickly, and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - A strong banana aroma with a bit of clove and toffee.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with notes of clove and pepper. Banana notes come out in the middle with more clove. The finish is full of yeast and thick, bready malt as well as a bit of warming alcohol.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this is a logical extension of the intense yeast character of Ayinger's lower alcohol wheat beers. There is a dense malt note that is present throughout, but I really would have expected it to be darker with some caramel and toasted notes; I guess it is a helles weizen bock. Drinkable enough, but I would definitely take their Brau-weisse or ur-weisse over this one.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive golden color with orange lowlights. White, crisp foamy head. Great weizen head. Clearly a weizenbock that avoids the darker malts; fortunately I like both varieties.

Banana and esters are off the charts on this one. Nose and taste profile both show a strong affinity for the lighter, bubblegum aspect. Solid carbonation, lots of fruitiness and very refreshing.

Finishes very light with a creamy body. Crisp rather than hot alcohol on the tongue. A drinkable weizenbock.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Low A-

Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JizackFH
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bruachan
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WhiteOak
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of KloopDogg
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dasenebler
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of washburnkid
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of skyline31687
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of biegaman
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.