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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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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Weizenbock but I decided if I was going to try one it had to be from the legendary brewers that are Ayinger. Almost everything they make is gold. But speaking of gold, that's almost the color of this beer. This beer has a beautiful golden yellow color, it is beautiful to look at. I poured my beer into a glass and made sure that beer was nice and cold.

I'm a big fan of Hefeweizen beers and from my understanding a Weizenbock is a variation of that core style, just a more flavorful and powerful (higher alcohol content) variation.

This beer is really enjoyable. What I get from this beer is a creamy smooth mouthfeel that has notes of yeast/bread, ripe bananas, bubblegum, and a hint of citrus. It has very similar notes to their Ur-Weisse beer but this beer is stronger. The alcohol is very well masked though. This beer is VERY filling. It is thick and creamy in your mouth and by the time it reaches the stomach it feels like that yeast just expands out. This is like a meal in a glass (just like their Ur-Weisse). Because of this you will end up sipping this beer, which is great because you just want to enjoy every sip!

There is NO BITTER taste. I'm one of those people who hates bitter (hoppy) beers. I just can't understand why people pretend to like those beers, haha. The human body has evolved to dislike bitter things, hence why we hardly eat anything that is bitter (fact). This beer is on the opposite spectrum of the beer world. This is a malty beer so have no fear people with tastebuds, this actually tastes pleasant! You don't have to pretend to like this, you just will. :)

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
7.1% ABV

A - As cloudy as can be, this lighter weizenbock appears more like a dirty apricot than a darker dunkel-type weiss beer. It's creamy and tight off-white head towers over the cloudy beer for some time before slowly dropping to a thick skim of foam that leaves small fingers of lace.

S - Heavy clove and white pepper yeast-driven spice esters waft from the nose and blanket the smooth ripe banana notes that peek through. This weizenbock's malty base gives the beer a bready feel just like a doppelbock despite it's lighter color. Paired with the banana, the malty base gives the beer a spicy banana bread-like aroma that's quite inviting!

T - Profoundly bready, this beer's maltiness coats the tongue with a light dribble of sweet caramel, warm, gooey banana bread - banana derived from the bold yeast esters - and slightly buttery finish. Like the aroma, clove spice cannot be missed, lingering through all the beer's other complexities.

M - Ayinger's Weizenbock has the perfect mouthfeel for a beer of this style; rich and malty with a big body and slight lingering sweetness but balanced expertly by incredibly soft, creamy wheat, bright carbonation, and complimentary spice on the finish. Über smooth!

O - Though shockingly lighter than most weizenbock beers, Ayinger Weizenbock features all the same characteristics and blends them fabulously! Spice forward, this beer has yeast incorporated through every aspect of it from the aroma and flavor to finish. Creamy smooth, it's like fresh, moist banana bread, without any nuts, filling the stomach providing sustenance.

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Photo of rangerred
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a couldy brownish-orange with a one finger fluffy white head. Great head retention but really no lacing at all.

Aroma is the usual banana and spice notes but there is an extra touch of citrus in there that I was not expecting. A touch of caramel in the nose helps mix things up a bit.

The flavor has strong bubblegum and banana notes with some caramel lingering underneath. There are more subtle hints of spices in the way of coriander and some orange peel but i believe it is from the yeast. Alcohol is completely hidden and other than a fuller mouthfeel, there is no way to tell that this is stronger than a typical hefe.

Overall, I really love this beer! There is a real richness from the aroma and flavor along with very well-hidden alcohol. One to work into the regular rotation.

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Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with a large foamy head. Aroma of bananas, fruity sweetness, spice and yeast. Taste follows with banana, clove, fruity sweetness and spices. Mild bitterness and the finish is a bit sticky. medium body, smooth and flavorful. A well balanced beer with no hint of the 7.1% ABV. Enjoyable beer from a quality German brewery.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little cloudy yellow with rockin white head. Smells of bubblegum with supportive banana and a touch of clove. Tastes of sweet cotton candy with doughy wheat undertones. Mostly sweet tasting with medium fullness. Pairs excellent with a Weeping Radish brat, homemade sauerkraut and some self-made potatoe fries from a skillet. Easily drinkable and great treat for the colder temps. Floral hop aroma. Alcohol seems mostly nonexistent. Perfect liquid candy treat.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Kinda makes me think of a German saison. The character of the sweetness very much reminds me of Belgian sugars. There's a lot of very ripe pear flavor going on in here, as well as some golden delicious apple and green grape. The hop character is just enough to keep things interesting and slightly tangy.
Ayinger's doppelbock gets the lion's share of the attention from this brewery but this stuff is easily as good for its style. I would think that this one would be an even better crowd pleaser. This is one of those beers that, when confronted with someone who says "I don't like beer" I would have him/her try. Well balanced and easy to drink, I'd have to have a pretty specific beer craving in order to not want to drink this beer.

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Photo of brurevu
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ayinger weizenbock poured an opaque straw color with plenty of head. The bubble gum and clove nose was immediately apparent and the first taste was heavy on the signature hefeweisen flavors. It had a wonderfully smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I love a good weizen-bock and the Ayinger version was heavy on those classic hefeweisen flavors and just plain excellent.

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Photo of cradke
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: very nice head. pours a nice mid brown. frothy in my mass

S:very strong grains. clean, nutty.

T: clean as well with a strong grain presence. A small amount of heat but nothing too. bad.

M: nice and light. decent carbonation.

O: very solid. clean and refreshing with more grain than other weizenbocks. not quite as well integrated as Vitus or some others.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours three fingers of fizzy, frothy ivory foam. Quite good!

Smell: great fruity aroma of banana, pear and apple; there's a nice malty wheatiness there too. The great thing about this aroma is that it is clean and free of any cloying sweetness, alcohol heat or crazy fermentation by-products. Lovely!

Taste: rich malty flavor with a hint of banana and more of that lovely orchard fruit. It's not quite as intensely pleasing as the aroma, but it is damn nice. The rich flavor follows through with a nicely malty finish. The thing that gets me here is how clean it is -- so many beers of this strength have some kind of messiness to them. This beer is just plain good.

Mouthfeel: surprisingly light body with a decent level of carbonation and a good, if not amazing, creaminess.

Overall: what a great beer. I was kind of worried about this one; the last few beers I've had along these lines were not so impressive. But here we have a clean, tasty and aromatic delight. Wonderful!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden yellow color with a large white head and good lacing

S-bananas, wheat malt, cloves, yeast

T-wheat malt, bananas, yeast, bready, cloves, hint of pepper, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-delicious summer beer for a hot day, great flavors

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

500ml bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A - Hazy yellow-gold with a titanic creamy white head.

S - Sweet bready malt, banana, clove, hay, and yeast.

T - Bready and fruity with banana and yeast flavors being most dominant. Finishes somewhat sweet with clove, herbal spice and grains.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Crisp, but mild carbonation.

O - This is a very flavorful hefe/weizenbock. There is a lot of sweetness throughout, but not overly so. The huge banana and clove notes really make this beer shine.

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Photo of teromous
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium gold body with lots of carbonation feeding a thick white head. No real lacing.

S: Light buttery caramel, lots of clove spiciness, funky esters galore. Some alcohol scent comes through.

T: Light vanilla and caramel flavors wash over the palate and give a nice "aaah" sensation. It's extremely clean tasting. The spiciness of the beer is very mellow, despite how strong the scent is. I would have liked more grain flavor, but it is very good considering it's imported.

M: Very smooth and light bodied. Extremely drinkable. I could drink this all day without getting palate fatigue.

O: This is a very tasty beer that is easy to drink. I would love to try this one fresh, given how good it is as an import. It's the type of beer where you have to hunt for any negatives, because they are not readily apparent. Even after hunting, there are precious few to focus on.

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Photo of scratch69
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden color with two fingers of foamy head. Small patches of lacing.

Smell- Wheat malt and clove with a hint of banana.

Taste- Sweet wheat malt flavor with notes of clove, banana, and a hint of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, medium body with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall-More of a hefeweizen with attitude than a bock but easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw color with a decent white head that persists forever. Smells of pepper and clove with hints of lemon honey and light sugar. The flavor is rich and malty with lots of yeasty phenols that get in the way of me enjoying this beer. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. I did not enjoy this beer at all.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours all thick off-white head at first, but after a little while the liquid rises as the head settles; murky orange. Rich lacings.

S: RIch wheat, but not overly sweet; ripe bananas but in a modest way. Pears and some mild hay. Bready malt. Way hidden is a mild tone of smoked ham.

T: RIch ripe bananas, very sweet, almost honey-like. Bready. Mild hay.

M: Sweet but short aftertaste. Body is full with whipped-cream-like smoothness. Carbonation is very well hidden.

O: Yet another fantastic beer from Brauerei Aying. This must be one of the best breweries in the entire world! If you find a beer from Aying that you havn't sampled - be advised - try it, you'll like it!

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A: Very hazy golden color with three fingers of dense white foam. Great retention.

S: Strong banana aroma in this beer along with wheat and a nice bready and caramel aroma.

T: Strong banana flavor matches the aroma, but now I get quite a bit of wheat flavor as well. A nice caramel sweetness sweetens the beer quite a bit and goes nicely with the banana. A small amount of citrus rounds out the flavors.

M: Appropriate thickness with strong carbonation.

O: C,pled and balanced with flavors that work very nicely together.

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Photo of yamar68
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an absolutely gorgeous looking beer. Poured into a hefe glass, the bottom half is a hazy glowing gold stuffed with beading. The top half is a warm orange juice color which hides the beading. It's capped off with a creamy finger and a half of paper white head. Great lace.

It smells just as good... like a bowl of Banana Nut Crunch. I would elaborate but that is exactly what it smells like. Banana Nut Crunch.

Creamy cereal malts with pale fruits, clove, sweet yeast. Incredibly smooth.

This is impeccable.

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

Pours a darkened straw color. It's a dusky orange, really, but it looks like a darkened version of the normal banana yellow of their hefeweizen, if that makes sense. Definitely on the pale malt side of the weizenbock spectrum. I used my beautiful Ayinger weisse glass, and the beer appears darkest in the middle with a comparatively lighter top and bottom, probably due to shadows from the glass shape. Very cloudy, opaque. The head is off-white, voluminous and rocky. Good retention but the big bubbles pop rather quickly and it loses some volume. Some lacing.

The aroma is a banana, clove and doughy wheat bread party. It's like walking into a Bavarian bakery that's filled with banana bread. It has magnificent simplicity. It's a hefeweizen turned way up. There's a light lemon note, but otherwise, it's all pale malt and wheat with hefe yeast spice. Maybe, also some light peachiness and a touch of pears, but I'm searching, here.

The taste starts sweet and doughy and finishes sweet with a touch of spice and citrus. It's concentrated hefeweizen flavor. It's not so much refreshing as it is doughy and satisfying. I'd almost call it a dessert beer, but it's not hard to drink. There's a little bit of bubblegum flavor and something vaguely smokey. Lots of sweetness, both malt and wheat.

Mouthfeel is smooth and gentle. Creamy and full. Very light touch of bitterness in the finish, though it's more spicy than hoppy. A touch of warming alcohol.

This is a fantastic beer. It's a concentrated burst of sweet Bavarian wheat beer flavor. Pale weizenbocks seem to be a delicate thing and have a tendency to stray into boozy territory, but Aying is clearly too good of a brewery to go down that road. This is a very likable beer, and it's hard not to smile with each sip.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy orange with a three finger head which dissipates, after a few minuets, into a white cloudy coating and moderate lacing.

The smell is dank with wet hay, yeast, bananas, apple, pear and grapefruit.

The taste is sweet to very sweet. Mostly bananas with a little pear. Some light peppery hops on the backend.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Cracker like feel with just a touch of peppery hop oil remaining on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is more wheat beer than Bock. It is light and easy to drink. It would be good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, yellowish orange. A creamy, frothy, white head dissipates slowly, leaving two or three millimeters.
Smell: Wheat, orange, light banana, and spice.
Taste: Wheat, orange, light banana, and spice.
Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. Excellent balance of carbonation, creaminess, and frothiness.

This is so good. It tastes pretty much the same as it smells, but somehow even better. With each swish in your mouth you find tiny explosions of orange, then some other fruit, then banana, all having a bit of spice to it. The drink feels excellent in your mouth. Only positive things can be said of this delicious brew. I will definitely get this again. Once again, I love the new design on the label.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into Ommegang branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Very hazy golden-orange color with a large, fluffy and fizzy (the fizz is easily audible) white head. Head dissipates somewhat quickly, yielding thick spots of lace around the glass.

Smell: Clove and what are dominant, giving this a characteristic German weizen smell. There are lemon and alcohol notes behind the ever-present weizen aroma.

Taste: Begins with some wheaty flavors yielding to lots of blood orange sweetness with a slight lemon tang. The finish is rather yeasty with notes of banana and a slight alcoholic bittersweetness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with mild carbonation. Finish is very watery and refreshing.

Overall: This is a damn good beer. A very easy drinker as well, and at 7.1% ABV, a couple of these could really do you in on a hot summer day if you don't watch it!

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Photo of Star80
3.02/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a large 1 PT .09 ounce bottle.

A - Looks like hazy a gold color, with slightly tan head. Not anything like Weizenbock Aventinus, my favorite of the style. This is just way too pale for my liking.

S - Smell is slightly sour, almost cheese-like, also getting some faint leather smells, earthy smell, very faint vanilla smells. No spice smells to be found.

T - Tastes like wheat malt, some stale veggie flavors, pale malt, and very slight vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is rich, smooth.

O - This beer tastes old, tired, musty, stale and overall an unappetizing weizenbock which is a shame because this a beer style that should shine from Bavaria. Could it be an old bottle? It's possible yet I don't think it would have been this detrimental to it's flavor and aroma. Aventinus is leaps and bounds better, as is the Americanized version from Victory, Moon Glow, which is pretty damn amazing.

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Photo of jmendels
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never known Ayinger to make a beer that wasn't enjoyable. This one is no exception. I've only been able to find one other German Weizenbock stateside, which was brewed by Schneider & Son (the makers of the Aventinus). This beer carries the Ayinger quality. The taste is incredibly well balanced, combining the bittersweet wheat flavors with the bubblegum and malt flavors effortlessly. It pours a murky amber and smells like most Weizen beers would. This beer is a good spring or summer beer and I'd recommend it to any lover of wheat beers.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger Weissbier glass. The pour is a hazy burnt orange with a nice 2 fingers of creamy head that doesn't last long enough. Maybe my glass wasn't quite clean enough. On the nose I get some nice banana-like fruity esters, some clove-like phenols, and just a hint of dark fruits.

Light to medium body and a sweet, grainy, yeasty taste. I get lots of wheat flavors along with some cloves, bananas, and hints of peach and vanilla. The beer is delicious and very refreshing. No alcohol flavors, excessive hop character, or diacetyl at all. It could probably use just a bit more breadiness and/or dark fruit character, but it's still incredibly tasty and drinkable.

Not my favorite of the Weizenbocks I've had (I prefer less ``weizen'' and more ``bock''), but still an awfully nice beer. Perfect on a Sunday afternoon while relaxing or taking a break from yardwork.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A- a fist of chunky white head that leaves semi-sticky lacing behind

S- powerful banana, hint of pineapple and a touch of perfume-like hops.

T- yeasty character hits hard and right away that transitions into some somewhat light banana/tropical fruit flavors. a slightly bitter bite from the hops and overall dryness are in the end. the alcohol is more tamed than i expected

O- not as malty as the others on the market, but that makes it sort of interesting. not one of ayingers better brews, but still a respectable effort.

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Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.