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Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 363
Hads: 744
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 82
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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: 363 | Hads: 744
Photo of johnnnniee
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
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 +3.8%
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 +0.2%
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 +8.4%
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 +3.1%
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 -16.5%
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 +2.9%
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 +6.7%
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 -27.8%
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 +4.8%
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 -1%
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 -14.1%
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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Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

a: This was a muddy, dull straw color. It poured with a massive, incredibly long lasting creamy head.

s: Smells like a very slightly amped up hefe. Lots of yeasty bananas with hints of bubble gum and cloves. As it warmed, I found some very faint alcohol.

t: Here again, this reminds me of a hefe. An excellent one, but it isn't quite what I expected. Banana esters and a bit of clove.

m: Big and chewy.

o: I absolutely loved this one, but more as a hefe than a weizenbock. Better than Vitus but light years from Aventinus. Bottom line, I like 'em dark.

Edit: As it warmed a lot more emerged, like a little toffee and a hint of heat.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a glowing apricot color with a gorgeous fluffy cream colored head.

S: Bananas foster, caramel, clove, rich bready malt and brown sugar. Fantastic.

T: Rich wheat and banana with a big bready malt backbone. The carbonation holds up the flavors perfectly. I freaking love Ayinger.

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Photo of Strix
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Super frothy head, hazy dark golden.

Big whiff of classic hefe bananas and clove.

Quite bananaful, with clove, a wheaty base with subtle citrus. A slightly boozy grainy off-note towards the ends as it warms my only complaint.

Really nice full smooth mouthfeel.

I didn't feel like this was as amazing as their regular hefe, I guess I'm partial to the darker weizenbocks. This still disappeared quite fast.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes(Jan. 2013)

500ml(16.9 oz.) brown Ayinger style bottle. Newer version of their label and bottle cap. Classy German style all over. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Dark cloudy straw yellow-orange color with lots of haze. A fluffy white head masses on top of the glowing body. Lots of fluff and stick to the glass.

S - Banana sweetness and lots of pleasant spice notes. Wheat and grass like character to the nose.

T - Typical Hefe flavor that's juiced up with bigger flavors. Rich banana notes with clove and other spices throughout. A bready German yeast with some wheat presence.

M - Medium bodied and enjoyable. Excellent thickness with a smooth feel. Very easy to drink.

O - a very very good weizenbock. I tend to enjoy the helles(light) weizenbocks more than the dunkels(darker) offerings. Probably the 2nd best weizenbock I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Its a great style and Aying did it right. There should never be a discussion about the best of Germany without Brauerei Aying being mentioned. They just deliver world class German ales on a regular basis. I say this is a must try if you like German wheat beers. I could enjoy something like this any time of the year.

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Photo of XxNitExX
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint pilsner glass from bottle

A- Bright gold with a little white head that sticks around

S- Bananas and caramel malts. Little noble hops towards the end.

T- Tastes of bananas and clove with caramel malts and wheat. Also has a stronger alcohol presence than I would like.

M- Very bubbly and thin. Goes down easy minus the alcohol tinge.

Overall this is not my favorite style of beer, but when comparing to its style it is a very good beer.

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Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy dark amber with a moderate head. Huge pleasant aroma of banana, pear, cloves and peaches. Taste is sweet, fruity and delicious, similar to the Ayinger Ur-Weisse multiplied by 2. Thankfully all of the Ayinger beers are easy to find in the area for which I am extremely grateful. For me they are the gold standard of Bavarian beers although I have never travelled abroad. I have consumed several cases of the weizenbock and ur-weisse and have never been disappointed, regardless of what I am eating, drinking or feeling. They are truly miraculous in this respect, always enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a strong banana flavor comes in with a bit of sweetness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of draheim
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy orange-yellow w/ a bright white head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is over-ripe bananas, clove, a little bubblegum.

Taste is sweet and fruity with more banana and clove. Some orange and lemon. No trace of alcohol.

Wheat malt makes for a soft mouthfeel. Carbonation gives it a sharp, almost prickly finish.

Overall I was expecting something a little darker and heaver, but this is so drinkable and smooth I'm not complaining.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this last Friday at the bottle shop near my barber and I have been thinking about this all week while slogging through the work week. Let the weekend commence!

I initially had just over a finger of french vanilla-colored head, but it quickly fell to mere wisps. Color was a cloudy yellowish-orange. Nose had a fruitiness like Juicy Fruit gum and I was becoming intrigued. I do not remember the last time I drank a Weizenbock, but Ayinger is always a solid choice. Mouthfeel was medium and the fruity sweetness made for an easy drink. Too easy as I was through over half the glass before I realized it. At that rate, I will be as drunk as the goat who is toasting me from the label. The finish was sweet, but not cloying and as it warmed, I began to get some alcohol heat coming through. In fact, as it warmed, the mouthfeel became fuller, not creamy, but big and full on the tongue. Note to self (and others) - allow this to warm slightly before consuming.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet glass.

Pours a hazy golden colour with an ok head.

Smells quite fairly boozy and yeasty.

Tastes like a thicker and boozier hefeweizen. Quite heavy on the malts and on the booze, with a wholesome mouthfeel that makes it a very nice drink on its own in the winter, very warming and wholesome.

Overall a good beer, not the best of the style though.

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

The first striking feature of this beer is its straw-golden color. Very much picture perfect otherwise. Super cloudy. One of the best looking heads I've gazed upon - huge, mousse-y, compact, with this amazing silky sheen. No lace, however. And the sediment stayed plastered to the bottom of the bottle - strange, noteworthy.

Banana, doughy fresh-baked sweet rolls, and later melon (honeydew) are the most potent aromas. Banana liqueur and a faintly phenolic spice (reminiscent of nutmeg) are noticed immediately. When the malt and yeast emerge, they take on a non-sour sourdough quality. Still, doughy. Finishes with a residual tartness and pear-like estery flavor. No darker fruit flavors, which I come to expect or imagine (due to the color).

To me, this comes across (tastes) like a curious hybrid of the hefeweizen and weizenbock styles. Fringe - - doesn't have what I envision as the classic weizenbock flavor - but quite tasty all the same. Stupid-easy to drink.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Solid hefeweizen appearance. Good crystalline bubbles as well.

Smell: Lemon and orange peel. Some faint cloves.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Solid hef flavors, definitely not of bock characteristics. This is rather light, which I like. More lemon and cloves. Mouthfeel is definitely a bit too thin.

Overall Drinkability: I was quite disappointed with this. Still, not a bad brew.

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

A: Pours a very cloudy deep golden yellow in color with some touches of orange and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass - pretty nice retention properties. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of banana and clove with some lighter notes of wheat and light fruits (apple and pear).

T: Upfront there are some light wheat flavors but the dominant flavors in this beer are those of banana and clove. Light amounts of sweetness from some light fruits (pear and apple).

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth.

O: This beer is easy to drink even though there is a relatively high ABV because it is very well hidden. Very tasty and very refreshing.

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Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.