1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Not Rated.
Ayinger WeizenbockAyinger Weizenbock

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

693 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 693
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 71
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: shbobdb on 06-09-2007

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 693 | Reviews: 347
Photo of modus
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle this from Total Wine in Delaware. Another miracle-beer out of Aying. Pours a golden, cloudy haze with the perfect head for a wheat beer.
Smell is sweet.
Taste is bananas & cloves, very smooth and not too sharp. Possibly vanilla too. Very sweet.
Mouthfeel is heavy and just right.
Excellent purchase.

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

Pours a hazy amber with a substantial off-white head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacing behind.

Intense bready wheat beer aroma with banana and clove undertones.

Creamy flavor of honeyed banana/clove bread - substantial yet light, if that makes sense. 7% ABV is not apparent.

Almost want to drop some ice cream in it for a cream pie in a glass! Love the way this evolves as it warms....

Photo of Xul
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky straw color capped by a frothy two finger head that sticks around for quite a while. The carbonation cascading up through the body is damn near out of control.

S: Wheat base with lots of banana, cloves, and yeastiness. The nose is absolutely huge on this. Some nutty hints and lemon zest are detectable, but the banana and cloves are the focus.

T: Heavy banana up front, which gives way to cloves, wheat, some faint peppery spice that's distinct from the cloves, and a bit of bubblegum. Some green apple comes through on the backend, blending into a spicy and fruity finish.

M: Just a shade below medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation...just enough to prickle the tongue, not enough to be annoying.

D: Extremely quaffable for a 7% beer, goes down far too easy for a beer that could sneak up on you.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a cloudy dark straw color, and the head is impressive. It lasts quite some time while keeping its shape.
Smells of the great German hefeweizens I always crave! Lots of the esters I love.
Tastes amazing... a tiny bit of the banana taste, but a strange mixture of what seems like the flavor of the malts, mixed with a ton of wheat, really interesting!

I am ashamed to say this is my first Ayinger beer, but I will try them all now!

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

A: Light auburn with orangey tones. Big frothy white head that fades slowly. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Big aroma of wheat and yeast. Banana, bubblegum and peppery spice.

T: Fruity flavors with big blast of ripe banana, and tangy wheat. Some bubblegum and spice. Nice pale malt backbone.

M: Light to medium bodied, crisp carbonation that tingles the mouth.

D: This beer is excellent. Great flavor and the alcohol seems non exsistent. Very well crafted.

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

1 Pt Fl. oz. bottle poured into weizen glass. Served 45-50 F.
A: Light yellow brown. Pours a thin layer of bubbly head, none is retained. Many CO2 trails trail from bottom of glass.
S: Melon, banana, and wheat.
T: Very sweet and fruity. Banana really comes out with some lemon peel. Sweet lightly toasted malts fade into bitter linger.
M: Light on tongue.
D: Refreshing and flavorful.

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

Poured into a tall weizen glass and looking very delicatable with a murken hazed glow of pale lemony yellow with brighter neonesk highlights. Very tall white puffy foam grows quick to top off the liquid and sifts away slowly to keep a solid layer always present. Some large droopy drips of lacing slop across the glass.

Big aroma of wheaty tang, banana mush, and clove spice. Nicely balanced and booming weizen/hefe-like nose.

Taste is a well developed milding tone of mooshy banana bread and lightly tartish and tangy wheat. Quite breadush. No wheat snap here, it's all tamed down, smoothed out, and softly eager and rounded in a malty fluff. Nice touch of the clove just before the finish where its bready nature really floats well into a light return of sweet wheat.

Bigger medium body, soft, round, tangy, smooth, fluffy, and a delight to let sink in. Its much like a really good hefe but with more body, and therefore, much better then most hefes in that dept. I really enjoyed the way it feels in the mouth and the way it drinks with so much ease. Very soft, smooth, and fluffy with an incredible balance of tang. Perhaps the just over 7% might be a small set back for drinking more then a few of these quickly. But damn if that isn't an oxymoron with this stuff! Solid as always. Ayinger is my fav German available brewery here in MN!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudydeep golden amber color with an beautiful orangish center. The head is a slightly off white color that is bubbly and fluffy. As it dissipates a creamy looking head seems to sit for a some time leaving a thick coating on the glass

S-the nose is quite pleasant. It brings a musky dark fruit aroma filled with plums, figs, and a touch of cherry. The wheat comes in next with notes of banana bread, clove, and a touch of peppery spiciness.

T-the taste follows the nose, it is quite a bit more yeasty in the taste. The dark fruits are faint but present. Cherries and plum make a light appearance and is immediately taken over by sweet banana bread and cloves. There is a touch of spiciness towards the back. A light hop presence seems to shine through at the finish with some grassy notes and a light bitterness

M-extremely carbonated and very prickly on the back of the throat. Quite a big body, the fuller side of medium. Creamy texture that is very welcoming.

D-this is quite a tasty brew! Definitely more hefe than bock; but the flavors work very well together. Highly carbonated and good body keep it quite refreshing.

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

A: Pours a hazy, light golden with a big foamy head. Light lacing.

S: Big smell with banana, clove, spice and everything that you would expect from a good wheat beer.

T: The yeast is more subdued in the taste, with more of the wheat coming out. Grainy, yet it still has some fruit and spice.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. A lingering all-spice character on the palate.

D: A solid weizenbock, but I'll take an Aventinus over this one.

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

Poured into a proper hefe glass, this beer is a very hazy straw color--lots of cloudiness--with a fluffy inch-tall head on top. The nose is quite fruity, lots of notes of banana; phenols are restrained in the aroma. Light malt, with moderate wheat flavor, demonstrates the emphasis is on the weizen, and it's a pretty good weizen, with lots of bubblegum/banana fruitiness, as in the nose. There are more medicinal notes here than the aroma indicated, but it's not an especially phenolic hefe.

Not a bad beer at all. It's a very drinkable strong hefe, basically. Bock-wise, it compares poorly next to the excellent Aventinus weizenbock, though.

Photo of beersteak
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer knocked my socks off and it's hard for me to believe the brothers haven't tried it yet.

Pours a perfect reddish golden hazy color with a nice off white head. Make sure you pour it in two stages per the label's instructions.

Flavors are spicy and subtle ripe fruits and cloves.

Mouthfeel is perfect for me. High amounts of carbonation, exactly what you expect from this ABV. Light and refreshing and yet full and complex.

Drinkability is high for the ABV and incredible amount of flavors. It is far, far to easy to drink too much of this stuff.

Ho-Slaps every other bock I've ever had. Period.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy pale golden straw topped by more than enough bright white foamy head that left surprisingly little lacing behind. The smell holds notes of banana, clove, wheat, sugar cane, and toasted rice. The taste generally follows, those clovey banana notes up front, followed by a rush of wheat and a vague sense of non-cloying sweetness, ending with some coriander and a yeasty funk that melds nicely with the wheaty flavors. The body is medium at best, with perfect carbonation and a very smooth texture. Overall, a tasty and highly drinkable brew.

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

Appearance is great one of those billowing beer heads from the commercials this brew is ready for it's close up, big bubbled sturdy carbonation much like a hefe. I love most of Ayinger's products and so far this one is no different call it love at first sight if you must. Slightly clouded with yeast sediment, bright golden body with an effervescent billowing egg shell white head. Lacing is intricate as all hell lines my glass sip by sip, great stuff. Toward the end of my pour I literally had to smack the bottom of the bottle against the edge of my table to let the sediment loose to pour it.

Aroma strong banana clove typical of hefe with some yeast nuttiness as well. Alcohol is evident but so are all of the esters that make this yeast strain famous. A bit of lemon zest and herbal hops are evident but really masked by the esters and alcohol notes.

Flavor wise this stuff is great big booze ridden hefezeweizen, goes down smooth with some banana, apple, clove and nutty yeast edges. Most hefe's are so delicate that it's hard to describe it all this one smacks you in the face with the esters and booze in a good way.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied flow, goes down smooth. A bit cloying in the same breath but the big bodied hefe is such a welcomed surprise that I'm cool with it. If you don't like a good hefeweizen you're not going to like this.

Drinkability is great another fine creation from Ayinger strong like the horned goat and smooth like the winter snow. I'm down for another and more if you can find this brew.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a well-carbonated dirty gold with frothy head that sticks around for awhile and dies slowly with lace. A clear wheat/yeast twang with some spicy clove and a lemony/orange citric dominates the nose but there is a strong malty background as well. A great smoothness and balance is in this lighter weizenbock, with a citric and clove taste along with some residual wheat sweetness combo w/ some type of candi sugar-esque sweet malt for a light to medium body beer that has a sweet touch along with a distinct sharp hefe taste and it finishes slightly nutty and dry. Not a strong beer, although the ABV is deceptive, but a great beer to sip on.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, 7.1% abv. Pours a murky orange to gold color. White fluffy head holds together for a few minutes.

Nose is very much like a good weizen. Estery, with banana notes. Some clove, and other earthy notes. Maybe some bready malt. A suggestion of alcohol.

A tartness up front. Subtle banana notes. A dash of vanilla. A good load of sweet, bready malt. Just a hint of booze. Earthy finish makes this incredibly balanced.

Lighter to medium body with the great spritzy carbonation of a weizen. Very easy to drink, as the alcohol is barely noticed. Very delicious.

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

Gorgeous honey gold with bright lemon peel borders and very few yeasties on the initial pour. The pillowy crown is somewhere between pearl and beige, lasts for a spell, and does a fine job with glass decoration.

It looks and smells like this will be one of those weizenbocks that is primarily pale malted. That's a very good thing because it allows the yeast esters to dominate, as they should. The nose is chock full of tangy wheat, fresh banana and spicy clove. What a wonderful aroma!

Weizen-Bock may not have the complexity of the world's best weizenbocks, but it's damn good beer all the same. On second thought, maybe some of the darker malts might have been better. As is, the yeast has been given the spotlight... and it does not disappoint.

The bottom end is held down by tangy untoasted wheat. Top notes include luscious fruit and a perfectly complementary spiciness. Pink bubblegum makes an appearance as well. The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is a lofty 3.0/4.0. Maybe even 3.5/4.0. What a fantastic yeast strain. This really is beautifully crafted beer.

The mouthfeel didn't seem special at first, but it does now that I've turned my attention to it. It's lightly creamy (becoming more so with warming) and has a perfect amount of bubbles. A light tongue sizzle doesn't cross over the line... and the banana burps are some kind of enjoyable.

Brauerei Aying is one of my very favorite German breweries. That's largely due to the excellent Brau Weisse, but Ur-Weisse, Oktober Fest-Marzen and Jahrhundert Bier are very good in their own right. Weizen-Bock is an outstanding weizenbock if you like 'em pale malted and bananarific.

Photo of tronester
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a big white head. Smell is of freshly cut wheat and a nice yeast phenol. Taste is light and syrupy sweet up front, with a grainy wheaty middle, and a tart, yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is super thick and creamy, high carbonation. Drinkability is quite good, especially for 7% ABV. This is an excellent Weizenbock that I plan to get again.

Photo of Reidrover
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Slightly hazy golden beer body with a large tightly bubbled white head. Lovelly,honeyish,spicy, banana-bready aromas..very delicious..my mouth is watering. taste is very similar to the aroma but with a more phenolic quality, and for me hints of marischino cherries. peppery finish. Nice intresting mouthfeel to this its carbonated but just anough to let this roll over the tongue easily. very nice beer. i am really enjoying this.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A complex wheat that really showcases the characterful wheat flavors and aromas.

This Weizenbock begins with a hazy golden color with bleach white foamstance that doesn't rise like most wheat beers do but the staying power is great. Light lacing at best.

Strong fruity aromas of banannas, appricots, lemons and other tropical fruits. Spicy with clove leading the way, followed by white pepper, bubblegum, and light smoke.

Flavors are every bit as varying and intense as in aroma. Heavy emphasis on bananna, clove, bubblegum, and a meaty-smokey taste that comes in deep in the taste. Wheat and barley malts give a rich bready taste and softens the onslaught of fruit and spice.

Sweet and rounded up front, feeling full from the higher carbonation. Remains sweet going into the finish and aftertaste, leaving a lot of malt on the tongue and mouth.

Quite good but you got to like characterful and sweet wheat beers to thoroughly enjoy this beer. Where hops are absent, the complexity and balance comes from the intense spicy phenols and frutiy esters.... and that odd meaty taste.

Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a large white foamy head, and great lacing.

smell is of ripe banana, wheat, a touch of citrus, and some spice.

taste is smooth, wheat, and banana, ends creamy.

overall a really good brew, one of the best weizenbocks that i have had.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured properly in two stages at the proper temperature from a 500 ml bottle as shown into a proper weizen glass. Nice cloudy light amber body under a rocky three-finger white head. Looks lovely at first, but the head *completely* disappears within one minute.

Smell is primarily wheat, and warmly so. Hints of citrus and clove, with a fascinating though slight smell of frankincense.

Taste has all the same notes as the aroma, but less clove. Nice enough, and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is really good. Round and mildly carbonated. Not rich and creamy, but pleasantly full.

Drinkability is good. Easy, and the 7.1% is completely hidden on the palate.

After hearing that this beer was a must, perhaps my expectations were a bit too high. As a fan of Vitus, I was thinking that maybe this beer might be a good partner to it. Frankly, Vitus kicks this beers butt all over the place. So, while this is a good beer, it's not in the upper echelon of W-b's.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Off the bat, this might be the most massive head I've ever seen, though I guess that's something I should expect from a quality weizenbock. It filled about 7/8 of the glass with an angled pour, so I'm still waiting for it to settle before pouring more. The head is already breaking down into huge, bright white rocky sections. Dark apricot in color that fades that becomes paler further down.

S - I'm already getting whiffs from a foot away. Ripe banana off the bat, followed by tons of spicy clove. Some breadiness is slightly evident, but spicy cloves seem to be the main player. It's clearly going to be sweet.

T - Follows the nose almost to a tee. Bananas and clove up front followed by a big sweep of bready malt. The alcohol is nicely hidden, but it does show with some warming. I'm also getting some green apple/apple skin notes upfront.

MF - Creamy is the word here. Intensely so, and silky. For as carbonated as it poured, though, I definitely think it could use a bit more. It's good, but it could use just a little more.

D - Hmm, tough call. The alcohol is well hidden and it's delicious, but I wouldn't really want another(tonight, that is. A 500ml bottle is a nice serving size).

Photo of Jwale73
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt. .9 fl. oz. bottle served at 52 degrees in my Weihenstephan weizen glass. Poured all head - creamy, dense, bright white and occupying 90% of the volume of the glass. As the head slowly receded, it revealed a hazy orange-gold body. Some strands of lacing, but no legs - only a few residual spots. Nose is dominated by bananas and cloves with a hint of wheat. Taste is somewhat of a let down considering what the nose put off - a mere shadow of the nose and a bit watery, with a a strange aftertaste (maybe a little plasticy). Mouthfeel is light-bodied and starts off flat, but as I finish the bottle pour it becomes a bit more crisp. Better than I initially anticipated, but not quite where I expected it to be overall. Could potentially be past its prime; I'll have to retry this one at a later date.

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

Appearance: Cloudy gold, big head.

Smell: Sweet bananas, a little clove.

Taste: Nicely sweet, with light banana flavor and some spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Feels substantial, better than some lighter feeling weizenbocks.

Drinkability: I'm definitely going to get some more of this.

I'm always on the lookout for weizenbocks, so I was excited to try this one. Tasty stuff, nice blended flavor, not overpowered by any one component--not too spicy, not too sweet. I also liked the mouthfeel of this, I've had some strong bocks that felt watery, but not this one. Good stuff!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've never run into an Ayinger product I didn't like. I'm going to go on a limb and say that this won't be the first. 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

It pours the yellow color, not the dark color. It doesn't matter, because it looks sexy. Bright goldenrod color catches the eyes, cloudy in the body, and the head is showing great retention this far. Big banana aroma. Some ground clove gets mixed with the banana. Spicy. Shredded wheat notes too.

Oh yeah! This is like Ayigner's regular hefe on crack rock. The flavors are much bigger, and much sexier. Yet at the same time, no one flavor is totally dominant. Banana bread, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and a little edge of fresh bubblegum balls. The alcohol is hidden nicely underneath this tasty beer. The body is fluffy, medium-large, with smalll carbonation bubbles hitting. The spice creates a pleasant reaction to my palate.

My first "oh shit!" beer of 2010 comes from my favorite German brewery, and one of my favorite styles of beer. I'm very glad Merchant du Vin began importing this beer to the states, because I'll be getting more of this stuff very soon.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.