Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
Hazy yellow, prodigious snowy white head, big, but quick to crumble.
Banana and citrus aroma, light, fresh and airy. Alert and lively, much more like a hefe weizen than a weizenbock, though.
Smooth, but keenly textured, just enough grit to tickle the palate. Extraordinary smoothness and drinkability. Great tastin', too.
A Little disappointed I didn't get quite the flavor I look forward to in a dark wheat doppelbock. This here's a blonde wheat bock, and tastes more like a regular hefe weizen, with a bit more body. Tasty, though, undeniably tasty.
01-15-2010 05:29:19 | More by feloniousmonk
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weihenstephan glass...
A-a cloudy, golden pour with a great head that lasted for awhile
S-the typical smell to expect-wheat, clove, banana, bubble gum, a little citrus and alcohol
T-sweet with a dry finish; wheat is of course evident with a little bit of citrus
M-a nice crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation; very smooth
D-its a good beer and the alcohol is well hidden but a little apparent; for me it reminded me of their dunkel but a bit stronger and maybe a bit sweeter. I really like the Aventinus version of this style because of the dark color and more complex flavor. The Ayinger weizenbock is decent, but not much different than their dunkel version.
01-15-2010 03:05:24 | More by scottyb88
3.98/5 rDev -5%
500ml brown bottle served cold into a pint glass.
The beer has a hazy yellow-orange color with thin short-lived white head.
Aroma is like a good wheat beer turned up a little bit louder.
Flavor is, again as the aroma suggests, an amped up German wheat beer. It has strong banana and clove flavors. The sweetness is balanced nicely with the ample hopping. There is an enjoyable funk that is familiar to fans of Belgian styles like saison.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate carbonation. Drinkable, yes, but the intensity of flavors is it's strength and weakness in this area.
Overall an enjoyable beer but probably not worth getting again soon.
01-15-2010 02:15:10 | More by GilGarp
3.85/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Poured a pale orange with a fair amount of clarity,and a slight haziness. The head proved to be a towering rocky structure of foam that stood proudly in the center of the glass rising a monstrous 4 fingers high, off white in color, with adequate retention before lapsing to a whipped creamy coating. Visible carbonation was composed of several steady streams of macro-bubbles that rose at a moderate pace. The drink left a squeaky clean lacing as it slid down the glass walls.
S: The nose was fairly strong with a mixture of dry wheat stalks and oranges being the most outstanding. A light dry clove spiciness and light dried lemon grinds are softly noted as well.
T: The flavor was vibrant and yeasty with a burst of bananas and pears coupled with warm oranges. There is a soft touch of booziness along with hints of warm lemon and herbal hops. The finish rounds off with a last showing of apricot fruitiness. Overall a good show here, a nice dry wheat backing with orange highlights and a gentle booziness that warms things up ever so slightly.
M: The mouthful was vibrant with a lot of dance compliments of the carbonation, tingling and popping like pop-rocks. The body was medium and creamy in texture.
D: Nice drinkability but a pint sits well here. Solid recommend and cant go wrong with this brewery.
01-15-2010 01:12:54 | More by beerthulhu
4.4/5 rDev +5%
Thanks to Wasatch for this one!
Poured into Ayinger weizen glass:
Pours hazed/clouded golden yellow with a massive head. Lacing sticks.
The smell is of strong sweetened bananas with clove and pepper. Robust, banana and spicy.
The taste is very banana-y - reminiscent of banana chip candy. Clove and black pepper add a drying spiciness to the sweet-ish finish. A touch of alcohol warmth shows through that is welcomed in the cold of winter.
A classic, for sure! A HW on steroids...very banana-ish with nice spicing. Drinks very well even with alcohol touch, that adds a nice pepper note. A strong HW (thus weizen bock) that is dreamy!
01-12-2010 00:11:10 | More by jwc215
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
500ml bottle picked up on the basis of its high rating in Germay's Top 25 beers.
Pours a hazy light gold through which nothing can be seen. A frothy white head leaves some lace as it drops to a substantial collar and an island of film. The aroma screams banana - full, ripe and sweet, but there are strong tropical notes adding depth with hints of pineapple, mango and tangerine. A touch of clove leads of some sweet spicing taht further elevates things.
The flavour is intense and the body is chewy, leading my first thought to be that this really closely resembles a banana milkshake. Huge ripe banana leads off, followed by brown sugar and vanilla. The sweetness is cut by a wheat sharpness which allows bready malts to assert themselves in the finale. The alcohol is well-hidden, but does provide a faint warming in the throat. I'm really impressed by the body, though, and it seems the ideal weight and texture for the flavour profile.
This is hugely deserving of its acclaim, and instantly goes to the top of the list in terms of my favourite weizenbocks. This should definitely be regarded in the same league as the Aventinus and Vitus of this world.
01-11-2010 15:50:19 | More by bobsy
3.83/5 rDev -8.6%
500ml bottle into a dimpled Polish beer mug.
Ayinger Weizenbock is a hazy beast of a beer, with a goldenrod-peach body that fades to banana yellow at the edges. A sizable pillow of eggshell-creme head crackles as it settles to a thick veil of bubbles. The aromas leap out of the glass before I can even bring it to my nose: bananas, mango, spicy hops, buttery-vanilla wheat notes. It's all there and all nicely balanced.
Very clove-y, very dry body and highly carbonated. Wheat malts aplenty balance with German hops and light yeast esters that suggest pear and banana. Slight tinge of ethanol in the background lets you know the 7.1% is working. Body is on the light side of medium, and the creaminess picks up after several minutes as the intense carbonation settles to a more reasonable level. A bit rough around the edges when drinkability is taken into consideration, but Ayinger still makes a very tasty Weizenbock.
01-11-2010 04:56:00 | More by wagenvolks
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev -1%
A: It's not a dunkel, so it looks like a basic hefeweizen... dirty straw with a white head, good retention & lacing.
S: Huge tropical fruit aroma, pineapple, mango & banana, with a little clove & grainy biscuit as well.
T: Nice tropical fruit, clove & vanilla yeast flavours, slight lemony acidity, underlying grainy biscuit, modest bitterness with hints of alcohol warmth.
M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slightly drying finish.
D: A good drinker.
01-11-2010 02:44:41 | More by Derek
3.53/5 rDev -15.8%
A- Hazy orange/ yellow with a thick frothy white head.
S- Sugary sweet. Clove, wheat, malt, and spices.
T- Thick sugary sweet malt. Slight caramel malt with a clove and wheat twang. Big spiciness with a touch of alc.
M- Thick malt with dry hot spiciness. Light touch of alc. Soft feel with a warm alc finish.
Overall- Pretty tasty. Sweet with a warm finish.
01-09-2010 00:10:47 | More by NJpadreFan
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a white head. The main aroma is bready malts and German yeast but you also get some banana and clove. The flavor is heavy on the banana and clove but the bready malts are still there. Thinner mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I had read reviews stating this was basically a souped-up hefeweizen and those reviews were correct. Whatever it is, it is very good.
01-08-2010 22:04:46 | More by Mora2000
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a cloudy golden color with a very large head that had excellant retention. The lacing was not quite up to expectations considering the impressive head.
Aroma is typical hefeweizen but kicked up a knotch. Hints of banana, cloves, and bready. The powerful yeast put out some impressive ester aromas.
Big clove and banana flavors as well. Complimented by chewy, bready like qualities of the malt. Other fruity esters are noticeable in the finish. Just a hint of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is disappointing. It probably does not deserve the average score I gave. It feels flat. It just lies on the palate with no life. And this also limits drinkability. What otherwise could be a wheat ale for the cold weather makes it somewhat of a drag to drink.
01-07-2010 23:18:09 | More by morimech
3.73/5 rDev -11%
500 mL bottle,
A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow, with a firm white head, some light lace, pillowy foam.
S: Banana bread, good smell and to style.
T: Really gets clovey immediately, definite has an ester and hop bitterness to it. Light wheat malt with some banana and a noticable bubblegum/cotton candy at the finish,
M: Smooth, creamy, on the lighter-bodied side for this style.
D: Nice helles weizenbock. Didn't wow me with flavour, but a solid example of the style from this country brewery.
01-07-2010 17:20:42 | More by Halcyondays
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
A- huge creamy almost white head over a cloudy lemon yellow body. 7.1% isn't that huge of an abv, but this thing holds it's foam like a lesser juiced Hefe. Remarkable.
S- huge nose of banana and clove with some tart apple and spiced bread in the background. Some floral yeast aromas goin on as well but banana is the big dog here. No trace of alcohol.
T- big fresh bready flavor with big yeast flavor too. Mostly banana, clove and bubblegum play second fiddle. Some nice sugar cookie and vanilla too. Some alcohol taste is present but it is fruity, floral, and light and it fits in well with the big yeast. Finishes a great balance of wheat and yeast with just tye tiniest touch of grassy hop flavor.
MF- crisp and snappy with aggressive carbonation when cold, but as it warms, this one transforms into a soft down comforter of awesome. Bubbles subside just a little bit and the plush whet body takes over. Mild powdery feeling on the palate.
D- could be dangerous. Alcohol is barely perceptable, and it possesses all the refreshing qualities of a normal hefe. Bigger bolder and delicious doesn't hamper this D,
01-07-2010 04:34:55 | More by hustlesworth
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
Live review. Poured from the 500 ML brown bottle with cool cap with "Ayinger" printed on it that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago. I do not recall the price. No observed "best by" date on the label but the bottle itself was embossed, near the base, under the front label, with the following numbers: 6 03 09. I am not sure if that is really a brewed on or best by date. Poured into my Ayinger gold rimmed 0.5 L Weizen Glass.
A Awesome overflowing head bounds up from the depths after a reasonably vigorous pour. That head is over a great looking opaque yellow body that is really appropriate to the style. Some great "cloudy" areas dispersed throughout the body of the beer as well. I am looking at this beer and wondering why it took me so long to try it. 4.5
S Clove, banana and wheat grain smells waft up from the glass. To me, only Aventinus has a better smell within the style. 4.0
T The clove, banana and wheat malt smells carry right over into the taste. The taste is certainly to style with sweetness winning the sweet/bitter battle in this beer. There is a citrus aspect to this beer as well. It lacks the sublime Aventinus as it is not as deep and complex. Short addendum: Nearer the bottom of the glass I got a soapy taste (No the glass did not have soap in it!) which was not welcome. 3.5
M The wheat and significant carbonation conspire to create the nice "smooth" feel. While I like this feel it is simply true to style and does not inspire me too much. 3.5
D Good as this is a smooth, lighter side beer and it is sweet. The late soapy taste drove the drinkability down a bit but it remains good. 4.0
01-06-2010 02:20:17 | More by adamette
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
I'm not quite sure this is a Weizenbock (even though it states it directly on the bottle), because it seems to me to be more of a strong hefeweizen. Nonetheless, good stuff.
A: If I didn't know what this was, I would have thought it was a Belgian strong pale ale. It has a cloudy golden hue with a humongous, white head. Very appealing.
S: Wheat, bananas, and some candy sugar with hints of yeast can all be discerned. Nice.
T: Bunch o' bananas and banana peel along with a wheat bite and a sweet, lingering finish. Since this has a higher ABV than most wheat beers, I'd say they did a good job hiding it; it's barely perceivable.
M: Smooth and creamy with a fairly robust carbonation. It's well balanced and very easy to enjoy. Again, though, the ABV can creep up.
D: Personally, I could session this, but for someone not used to the above average ABV, this could be a sneaky brew. It's just so incredibly tasty and easy to drink.
12-31-2009 22:53:39 | More by irishking1977
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
You know I didnt even know Ayinger made a weizenbock,man was I in in the dark.Poured a mix of tea and lemonade with a large blooming crown atop that settled very slowly into a creamy-like mass.A mix of green apple and lemon stands out most in the nose,light yeasty spice and sweet alcohol shows thru as well.Lightly medicinal and clove spice hit the palate melding into lemon pith and sweetish alcohol,although the alcohol is not obtrusive.Honestly I would have never imagined the abv of this beer,its not light as far as feel goes,it just goes down easily.A nice beer from a very tradional brewery.
12-29-2009 22:28:49 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
cloudy golden-light-orange with a huge tight-packed head that settles very very slowly. citrus-yeasty smell that reminds me of something belgian i drank last night. yes, lighter than expected, this is creamier yet has a nice carbonated edge. the sweetness does not overwhelm or stay around (thankfully...). i like it's punctuality. noting some sourness that compliments that smack of sweetness. good balance. drinkable for the style for sure, just not my favorite style. i'd still definitely take one of these anytime. nice to finally try this one.
12-28-2009 22:01:40 | More by mempath
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
500 mL bottle pours a light gold color with a creamy white meringue-like foam that sticks around foreva. Certainly on the light side color wise for a WB.
Nose leans heavily on banana yeast esters with a bit of clove in tow. Missing the chocolate notes of a darker weizenbock like Aventinus. Very much smells like a traditional hefe with a little more bread and alcohol thrown in.
Tangy wheat and the yeast esters give this kind of a "imperial" hefeweizen flavor with some light graininess and alcohol suggestions. Not overly full bodied in the mouth, and actually is one of the lightest feeling wiezenbocks I have had. Still, a very tasty beverage that goes down very easily considering the ABV. I like it, but not quite as much as Aventinus and Vitus.
12-26-2009 00:01:27 | More by twiggamortis420
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
A: Hazy orange body. Massive white head that is honestly a bit excessive. The initial pour is about 75% head and 25% beer. It leaves tons of lacing, though.
S: Bananas, bubblegum, and lemons.
T: Similar to the knows. All the typical hefe flavors except for cloves. I'm not a big fan of cloves, though, so that's fine with me. A bit of prickly alcohol.
M: Full-bodied and creamy with substantial carbonation.
D: A whole lot of weizen, not much bock. This is basically a slightly souped-up hefe. That's not a bad thing, though. Recommended for fans of German wheat beers.
12-25-2009 05:32:47 | More by BarrelO
2.36/5 rDev -43.7%
Bluh, here we go again with an overrated style/beer from this perspective. Pour, nothing too scary yet, looks decent, good carbonation. Smell, meh, rancid, taste has some mixture of dust, mustard, banana and wheat.
Not much for that kind of mouthfeel, and hence, makes this guy undrinkable for the most part. Glad I only bought one. The aroma is pretty much the flavor. No thanks.
12-24-2009 23:12:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5 rDev -9.8%
From notes. Fan of the style and brewery, so very much looking forward to this going into the sample.
Pours pale golden, cloudy, very active with fizzy white head that recedes promptly and leaves no lacing.
SMELL is strong banana yeasty blending with wheat and malty sweetness. Faint citrus adds some complexity, and it's a bit sulfury and earthy.
TASTE Wheat and malty sweet mix with banana and mild hop bitterness. A little bit tart. Smooth, finishes clean.
FEEL a fizzy bite, medium body, some alc warming and viscosity, finishes clean.
OVERALL Maybe I went into this expecting it to be something it not only wasn't, but didn't intend to be. So maybe my scores reflect my high expectations? But it didn't amaze me as I'd hoped. I'll have it some more, and see what I think. But it was fairly complex, and the booze is well hidden. It's interesting, but perhaps too sweet and malty, even for this style?
12-24-2009 22:40:17 | More by sprucetip
4/5 rDev -4.5%
Hazy gold in color with a huge, rolling off-white and very stubborn head. Spice and big bananas float to the nose. A modicum of coriander and yeast follow up. Creamy around the palate with hints of citrus, light fruits (bananas, apples), and a malty base. Was expecting something a bit darker, and this one could pass for a straight up hefe, and a damn good one at that.
12-24-2009 19:29:34 | More by stephens101
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance: Pours a super cloudy golden yellow color with sheets of bubbles rising to make the head bigger a minute or so after the pour than it was when I first poured it. There are thick sheets of lace left on the sides of the glass after drinking. Even a few minutes after the pour there was a thick head on top of the beer, which is pretty impressive for a higher gravity beer.
Aroma: I initially got a bit of a mix between the banana and clove esters with the dry and bready wheat malt being the bigger player in the aroma, which I think is particularly nice. A little bit of lemon is noticeable as the beer sits for a bit, but this is very reserved. As the beer sits, the aroma doesn't really change, but remains well balanced.
Taste: The flavor is also a work if craftmanship with some orangy citrus notes that I didn't pick up in the aroma. All of the lemon bread notes that I got in the aroma are here and in good balance. There is plenty of carbonation to this beer and the abundant wheat malt notes make it quite creamy on the palate. There is a slight hint of the alcohol as a spicy compliment to the flavor and a subtle warming on the back of the throat long after the sip and the fizz subsides.
Opinion: Well, to be honest, I am a little surprised that I liked this beer as much as I did. I am not a fan of Weizen beers, so I put this review off for a couple weeks. I do like Aventinus quite a bit, but I like that it is a darker Bock style. This one being light colored intimidated me a bit as I like the Dunkel Weisse more than the Hefe. All this said, this beer really surprised me. It is very drinkable thought it is fermented at least partially with Weizen yeast. I really like the balance in this beer and it makes it really approachable and drinkable to me. I would definitely not hesitate to try this beer again and would look forward to trying it on tap.
12-23-2009 02:35:46 | More by SkeeterHawk
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured into an Ayinger Weizen glass.
A: Extremely cloudy peach with frenetic carbonation from tiny bubbles. A huge and rocky eggshell cap recedes to a 1/2" pillow that stays to the bottom of the glass. Left no lace until I was almost to the end of the glass.
S: Holy bananas Batman. The aroma of ripe banana hit as soon as I started to pour. The requisite clove is there in equal force. A light alcohol presence rounds things out.
T: Spiked banana bread is the first thing that sprung to my mind. Banana is present throughout. Bitterness has a clove and lemon bite that is balanced perfectly. A yeast-bread kicks in toward the end. Alcohol adds warmth and an extra dimension of flavor. Finishes dry and tart.
M: The thick and doughy body has a vibrant carbonation tingle.
D: I was really impressed by this. Perfect balance, complex flavors and a nice warmth make this one a winner. I hope to revisit this again the next time it comes around.
12-22-2009 01:31:00 | More by Rayek
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
500ml bottle to a flute. I recieved this bottle during Mahar's Advent of beers.
A: Hazy and golden with a BIG HUGE white fluffy head. Does settle down slowly but with millions of bubbles running through.
S: Bready and fruity with banana tones. Almost a little musty. Not getting much in the way of alcohol or hops.
T: Smooth and biscuity with bananas. Nice flavor and smooth, could see this being nice during other seasons.
M: Medium bodied and highly carbed. Very active in my mouth which isn't surprsing from its activity in the cup.
D: Very smooth and drinkable. Good beer and a style I haven't had often if at all. Ayinger rarely disappoints but I have a lot to learn about german beer and classic german beer.
12-21-2009 15:09:54 | More by BTPete
Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.