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Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 70
Gots: 35 | 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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Ratings: 693 | Reviews: 347
Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - cool to see the Ayinger goat mascot resplendent in the Bavarian snow, much like my own half-year long wintery climate.

This beer pours a fairly cloudy pale golden yellow colour, with tons of billowy and finely foamy white head, which leaves a low wall of seaside berm lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of rather sweet, grainy wheat malt, banana bubblegum, clove/coriander spice, spiked orange juice, peppery yeast, and a surprisingly forward alcohol astringency - boozy banana bread! The taste is strong apple and banana fruit esters, a touch of orange citrus, semi-sweet wheat malt, spicy yeast, yeasty clove, and a bit of warming alcohol, certainly more well-behaved than in the nose.

The carbonation is moderate, but with a huge airy, but still innocuous frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, mostly smooth, and somewhat creamy. It finishes slightly sweet, the wheatiness persisting, along with some lingering yeast and booze.

A nice, pretty warm and wheaty, fruity and yeasty German ale. Not nearly as strong-seeming as the labeled ABV would indicate, which suggests a certain set of capable integration skills, if not any more overall complexity than what I am able to describe here.

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

I picked this up at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg from the singles cooler. Poured chilled into a Weizen glass and allowed to gradually warm.

The Weizenbock is a resplendent gold color w subtle haze and has visible carbonation in the liquid w/ a tenacious snow cap which holds and sticks. The bead is fine and the beer appears as you might expect a German wheat to look. The smell is wonderful -fruit fragrance is assertive w/ a lot of yeast aroma and wheatiness w/ sulfur-like accent. The mild light golden apple blends with a slight banana and tinge of nuttiness. the nose has a hint of golden raisin and slight green grapeskin aroma. A very slight floral note is enough to keep me sniffing, perhaps the hops provide something, but I am not sure.

The feel is rich, creamy and has a mild spicy feel w/ subtle warmth of alcohol, semi-dry aspects from the malt w/ alcohol only moderate even as it warms w/ moderate carbonation and mild sweetness overall. I enjoy how the subtle fruit from the yeast w/ a mild apple and toasted wheat taste blends together w/ light spice providing an interesting complexity to the mild caramel elements. The malt and yeast are in harmony w/ a toasted flavor and mild lemony accent from the hops. The sweetness of the malt never gets to aggressive and the alcohol is very low int the flavor. The yeast is providing so much to the flavor and it ends semi-dry w/ clean overall taste.

I really have to admit I am hot and cold with Weizenbocks I really dug this one. It is a quality beer with so much drinkability - I savored it since I only had one bottle. It is one I would not hesitate to buy again and again. The blend of wheat and bock is seamless and it is a substantial all around pleasant and delectable beer.

Photo of harrymel
2.51/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 06/21/10
Poured from bottle to sam adams 16oz glass.

A: Good 1/4" white, creamy head with good retention. Light brown with medium cloudiness. Visible ribbon consistently reinforcing the head.

S: Coriander, coriander, coriander. Light plasticity.

T: Tastes like a trippel, way too much yeast. Coriander, yeasty. Pinch of butter on finish.

M: Thicker. creamy.

D: Not my cup of tea.

Photo of tone77
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices and banana. Taste is good, banana, spices, grains, lots of flavor coming through. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a top quality beer.

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

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. Comes in a tall 500 ml brown Euro bottle. Tall tight spongy cream-coloured head on the pour, the body itself is a cloudy golden peach colour, at times a bit brown, at others something of an ochre.

Clean, even somewhat dry sweet banana esters, mild papaya and peach, some nut, some mild clove.

As with any higher alcohol pale wheat beer the focus is more on sweet banana esters, and in this case they are right up front, soft and rounded banana character with a higher sweetness than you'd normally get from a regular weiss. In the background is some nut, some vanilla, while some spicy phenols appear on a more savoury finish and aftertaste. Alcohol warmth becomes far more noticeable in the aftertaste as well.

Almost full mouthfeel, creamy smooth texture juxtaposed with some assertive carbonation, this has all the bases covered.

Can't say I have much to compare this to except for the darker Aventinus, but it definitely speaks for and stands on its own, and based on its merits. A very well put together Weizenbock, and worth seeking out to try.

Photo of malty
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at (approx.) 54F.

Poured into its proprietary gorgeous, fluted hefewissen glass that showcased a cloudy pale golden color (just like the brau weisse) with a huge, billowing 3" dense bone white head. Majestic looking for sure. Not as much uprising visible carbonation as the brau weisse, but it's hard to tell because of the murky liquid. I held the glass to my ear and I could definitely hear the bubbles though. Unfortunately there is no lace to speak of.

A few swirls of this heavenly presentation evoke a clovey, lemon tart, vanilla creme and somewhat wild yeasty bouquet. Smells very much like their (again) brau weisse. There is a dark fruity undertone with a tad boozy lining. You can tell this ale is of higher gravity with more 'umph' than a hefeweissen though.

Succulent malts caress the palate like a warm, fuzzy winter blanket. As the sweet and soft malts subside, a welcomed faint citric tartness evens the profile. The cloves are warm and mellow. The vanilla creme acts as a delicate accent. The brown speckled ripe bananas take a humble backseat, but happily rides along with its partners all the way down the gullet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodies with soft, fine and lively carbonation that is definitely airy and welcomed. THe finish is a teeny bit chalky and very flavorful. No detection of the 7+% ABV at all.

Drinkability is perfect. I seriously could drink this continuously without any problem. It pairs well with a cold winter afternoon, fireside of course.

Overall a beer that lives up to its other siblings from Ayinger quite notably. I look out my window and see the snow starting to fall and whip around tumultuously as I sip this. No worries, this ale is a soothing cold weather treat. I feel like I'm flying first class in stormy weather, but do not feel even the least bit of turbulence. And this is the kind of ride I like.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This hazy brew pours an apricot color, with a two finger white head composed of big bubbles. The head remains for quite some time. The beer is otherwise full of murky sediment, and has clean carbonation throughout. The bright aroma is complex. There are notes of fermented banana, strong esters, light citrus, wheat, and a curious smoked character. The taste follows closely to the map drawn by the aroma. We begin with clean wheat and sweet grain. This, through the middle, becomes even sweeter. Here we get notes of banana, strawberry, and robust vanilla. All of this washes into an aftertaste, where clove and earthy spice meet with the charcoal smoke from the nose. The feel of each sip is delightfully creamy and frothy, as it generously coats the mouth. The beer's body is medium to full, with the carbonation remaining evenly medium. The pleasant sweetness of the brew, and the easy feel on the mouth, make this quite drinkable.

Overall, this has been a long time favorite of ours, and is the beer that got us into weizenbocks. What is best about this beer is the complexity of the taste. There is such a range of flavors here, from fruit, to cream, to smoke, which, curiously and expertly, are melded together to form an entirely unique brew of the highest quality.

Photo of BobZ
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow, with a rich foamy head that builds quickly but just as quickly dissipates to a 1/16", nice lacing. Poured into a .5L Aventinus glass.

Smell: Another solid amped up version of the classic Hefe Weissebier. All the banana and the clove is present (very similar almost identical to Vitus).

Taste: Once again, everything I like about a Hefe taken up a level. Full rich flavors that Ayinger crafts into all of their brews. The 7.1% ABV is completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but heavily carbonated.

Drinkability: Easy drinking beer, a great picnic beer but the ABV might catch up with you quickly.

I think I'd rate this beer the equal of Weihenstephaner Vitus, and in fact I think I enjoy it just a little bit better.

Photo of Welsman
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very tasty beer.
Smells of yeasty Banana goodness.

A bit different than the Hefe's i usually drink, very unique, great with meat products.

Had this at a cool bar at 30th street station,
in Philly, wow good stuff. Highly recommend if you like wheat beers. Outstanding!

Photo of sommersb
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 500 ML bottle into a weizen glass. No dating on the bottle.

A: Huge white 3-finger head on a hazy, dark straw colored beer, with a moderate amount of streaming bubbles and nice lacing.

S: Typical weizen beer aromas of bananas and clove, plus vanilla, bready malts and other fruit and spice notes.

T: Somewhat sweet and boozy, a strong and rich wheat character. Bananas, wheat, clove and malts make for a nice balance; no bitterness at all.

M: Very smooth, with a spicy aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and a full body.

D: High; a very enjoyable brew -- left me wanting more!

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

Appearance - This is a thick, and I mean thick, dingy orange in color. It looks like a pool of yeast. The head is white with a slight orangish tinge and came up easy. The sediment was massive in the bottle and I gave it a few swirls before pumping it in the glass.

Smell - The light orange peel and modest banana are a perfect fruity compliment to the sharp and powerful yeast. There's a couple of ways to do this style and this is my favorite right here with fruits that are light and not pushy and a yeast that really takes command of the nose. The malts are very light but just big enough to garnish attention.

Taste - Everything from the nose delivers at the taste. The orange isn't bitter like an orange peel but not overly sweet. The banana, which can be offensive in more heavy-handed versions of the style, here is appropriate and well-behaved. The yeast is no joke though jumping right in front of the line and letting the world know who's running this show. The malts don't so much add tons of flavor as they do structure.

Mouthfeel - This is big in the mouth, I'd say medium-bodied, with a nice tingly carbonation. It's not light and floaty like a weizen but still manages to impress.

Drinkability - This is an all around terrific beer and shows a lot of discipline for this most difficult style. I'd say that this is one of the hardest beers to do just right but Ayinger pulled it off quite nicely.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into weizen glass.

Pours an impenetrably murky apricot, with a big, dense, off-white three-finger head. Eventually settles into a half-inch, dense cap, with some light lacing.

Nose is sweet, big notes of vanilla and clove, spicy yeast notes, fresh sourdough in there too. Vanilla is really the star, leave the nose very rich and smooth. Beautiful.

Taste is big and spicy up front with a wheat body that carries surprising richness. Alcohol is big and spicy, meshing with the prominent clove notes as well. A bit of apple Just a bit of a light earthiness on the finish, balancing things out.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, light carbonation, drying on the finish. Pretty good drinkability, alcohol is a bit prominent, and the size makes balance a bit more of an issue. While this is still a very balanced beer, it seems like the effort to maintain that balance is more obvious.

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

appearance - cloudy golden colour with white frothy head

smell - this is lively, citrus is prominent, green apples, pears, wheat, ginger, cloves, orange peel

taste - mimics the nose, full explosion of citrus, green apples, pears, picking up some spices also of ginger, coriander and cloves

mouthfeel - highly carbonated, medium bodied, flavors really dance and linger on the palate, slightly sweet, crisp and clean finish

drinkability - highly refreshing, alcohol is pretty well masked, price brings the drinkability down a bit (~$4 for 500ML), no doubt this is among the best I've had among its style, this is a beer I would love to enjoy again down the road

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alright this was a surprise.Someone at a beer store told me I should try this one,that it is really good.And right they were.I poured this into a glass,checked out the nice golden haze.Watched the tiny bubbles.I took a drink of it and tasted a lil citrus,but unexpectedly banana and cloves.THe beer has a fresh and smooth taste to it.Great taste of hops and malts.Alcohol of 7.1.I became happier the more I drank. I tried to enjoy every single drink. Before I wanted I had finished 17oz?.After that I was mad for not buying more.Wow what a great Beer!!I will be buying more soon and trying to share some with my friends.

Photo of Pencible
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a hazy light gold with lots of off-white head.
S: It smelled like banana and fresh wheat and earthy caramel, with a little nutty and honey malts.
T: It tasted like sweet banana and honey and fresh wheat, with a little earthy caramel and nutty malts and floral hops. It had a smooth clean aftertaste that was sweet and creamy.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a very nice weizenbock with superb balance and clean taste. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was super easy to drink. I liked this better than Celebrator, and rank it among the top weizenbocks. Very well done brew.

Photo of afinepilsner
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz brown bottle

Ayinger Weizenbock was very hazy and yellow-orange in color. It had a very large, fluffy white head with good retention. The aroma was banana, clove, and wheat. The taste was full of banana, clove, and pepper with some wheat and light malt mixed in. The finish was dry with more yeast flavors, spices, and a little throat warming alcohol coming through. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and fairly high carbonation. Drinkability was very good as well. This is a very good beer and well worth seeking out.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my weizen glass with a hazy, dark yellow color and a quick-rising white head. In typical weizen fashion, this beer took a long time to pour.

This beer is quite different from what I was expecting. Unlike a typical Weizenbock, this is pale colored with very little dark malt character. For this reason, I think this is a beer that would have been better if it was fresher. In the nose is a moderate yeastiness with a touch of bannana. Bready malt comes through as well, but I'd like some more malt character. On the palate, the body is noticeably heavier and wheatier than a typical hefeweizen. Alcohol heat is kept to a minimum. Carbonation is a little low, failing to liven up such a hefty wheat beer. This is an interesting take on the style, but I'd prefer a regular hefeweizen or a more traditional weizenbock.

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

6th review on BA

Bottle poured into Weizen glass

App- Very nice golden straw color, like sun through an open plained wheat field. Large 2 1/2 finger off white head that dissapated slowly with very little latticing.

Smell- Very open with a strong smell of banana and vanilla. Other citrus scents open up later on during the drink and it was very effervescent.

Taste- I think I poured liquid butter in my mouth it tasted so good. It was crisp, clean not overly sweet like other bocks I've tried. Flavors develop all the time during the drink. Every sip built upon the last.

Mouth- Very good feel with lots of carbonation to it.

Drink- What a great Weizenbock, a deservedly earned solid A, I haven't had a bad Ayinger yet and the trend continues.

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

A solid pour nets me a fluffy, four-finger thick head in my 25cl tulip glass that is a pale tan color. The beer is a murky looking gold / amber color that shows a deeply hazed, bright orange / straw color when held up to the light. I wasn't expecting a Helles Weizen Bock, but I am quite happy to see one. As I am pouring this characteristic aromas of clove and banana are quite noticeable. A more focused inspection of the nose yields lots of banana backed by spicy clove notes in the finish as well as a touch of white pepper. Underneath are aromas of grassy grain, a rustic grain character that reminds me of fresh crushed wheat, perhaps a touch of fruity apple notes as well. This has a nice, characteristic aroma that I am definitely digging.

Somewhat dry tasting, at least I was expecting more sweetness in a Bock version, though there is a hint of complex wheat sweetness that is a suggestion towards the finish. There is a nice bite to the finish that is a combination of spicy yeast character, hop bitterness and a carbonic bite. This has a really nice grain flavor to it, chewy, rustic, a bit hay-like and lightly tart in its wheat character. Soft flavors of banana, and perhaps even some sweet / tart green apple are noticeable here. This has a nice lush texture to it, chewy, almost toothsome at times; I have had normal strength Hefes with this texture, but this is a bit chewy compared to most normal strength versions. This beer is so drinkable though, my first pour of this disappears way faster than I was expecting it to.

This is a very tasty beer; it really hides its strength quite well, which is certainly dangerous in a 7.1% beer. I really like how vibrant the traditional Hefeweizen character is here; it definitely seems like the character volume has been turned up a bit, which is really then only, subtle, sign that this is not a traditional strength Hefewiezen. Very tasty and one that I am definitely enjoying, this must be an absolutely killer beer when it is fresh.

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

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy, bright orange color with a big white head that eventually settles down a finger's worth.

S: Lots of sweetness and fruitiness on the nose, which are quite pleasant. Sweet malt and wheat with some ripe apples, pears, and citrus. A touch of spicy esters as well.

T: Moderately sweet with the same clean malt and wheat character. Sweet oranges, apples, and pears are there again as well. The clove spice character is present, but somewhat subdued.

M: The body is medium with a full and rolling carbonation that fills the mouth.

D: Not a problem at all to drink the half liter bottle of this one. Maybe not quite as good as some of the other weizenbocks I've had, but still quite quaffable.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a little bit hazy, and a beautiful pale amber. Lots of carbonation and a two-finger of soapy head that persists as a off-white crown, leaving no lacing to speak of. Wonderful grapefruit peel and lemon peel aromas, along with some wheat malt and yeastiness. Some spiciness, more typical of Belgian Golden ales, is in there. Wonderful so far. Rich and full mouthfeel of German goodiness. If I had to pick one beer that I've ever had that screamed "GERMANY!" to me, this is it. It's one of the most drinkable 7% brews I've ever had and I could see myself, and probably any beer lover, getting stupid drunk off this very quickly. Flavor profile is loaded with banana, yeast, wheatiness. This is delicious beer. I could session this, and get hella sick, for sure...High ABV wonderfully masked. This beer is really good, and probably great any season - hot or cold. You should always have a few bottles of this in your stash. Top notch.

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has everything I love in a hefeweizen, and more. Poured a bright gold with a tinge of haze. Fluffy white head and sharp aroma of spices. Slightly tart at the front, then softening with pronounced clove and spice, with muted yeasty banana notes in the background. A tiny bite of pepper at the end, which could have been ETOH or the yeast spicyness. Finish was slightly sweet. A classic.

Photo of largadeer
3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. No freshness date, but this should be a fairly robust beer.

Hazy glowing orange-amber, this looks nice. It pours with three fingers of dense foam that recedes to a film, and then eventually a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet, loaded with fruity esters. Ripe apples, pears, a bit of banana. There's some spiciness to it as well, but it's subdued.

The taste, like the aroma, is very sweet. Esters and phenols lead the way, with some light maltiness buried beneath the fruit and spice. It has a bit of an apple-cinnamon character, along with the banana notes you would expect from a hefeweizen yeast. The body is medium, bordering on full, and the sweetness becomes a bit cloying after a few ounces, as this really doesn't dry up in the finish at all. Banana bread flavors linger on the tongue between sips. Spicy phenols become more prevalent as the beer warms, which doesn't enhance the drinkability much. A fairly good beer, but not great. I'll stick to Vitus if I want a pale weizenbock.

Photo of Nerudamann
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Pale and cloudy. Very good foam action, and very good carbonation.

Smell - Smells more like a strong dark ale. It reminds me of Chimay Blue somewhat. Slightly malts with citrus and fruit whiffs to mask it.

Taste - Strong, bubbly taste that hits the palate at the upper back. Fruit flavor is still strong, but not over balancing any of the wheaty taste. Aftertaste lingers in the nose a bit more, further exhibiting its fizzy quality.

Mouthfeel - Very good balance between watery and creamy textures. I'm almost venture to say perfect balance.

Drinkability - This is a fantastic brew. I almost wish I was sipping it along with my hookah. At 7.1% abv, it might not be a beer that I'd go back to more than once per evening, but definitely worth a sixpack!

Photo of SluggerOToole
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 500mL bottle into weizen glass. The beer is cloudy and pale to medium amber with a big fluffy head, characteristic of German weizens. The color is definitely on the pale side for weizenbock, appearing more like a dunkel weizen.

The nose is of caramel/crystal malt with medium clove phenols and fruity esters that do not come off as "banana-ey" (?) as a typical German hefeweizen.

On the palate, it is immediately quite fizzy - lots of carbonation. The flavors are sweet and wheaty on the front with a surprising hop finish on the back. The hops are cool and minty but offer a stronger presence than I have typically experienced across the weizen styles.

It is highly drinkable and very satisfying.

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Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.