Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
500 ml into a pint
A - Pours a very hazy, yeasty looking bright golden color. Head formation is strong, 2mm in size. Well retained. Appears highly carbonated.
S - Extremely spicy clove and banana note, driven by a nice yeasty backbone. Clearly has the esters of a hefe yeast. Very fruity.
T - Starts off with a malty sweetness, moves to a yeasty spicy note. Bready notes appear. Zero astringency - extremely smooth. Hopping is not present - appropriate. Finishes with a fruity note, banana, clove, perhaps just a bit of cinnamon. THe yeast production did its job in this beer.
M - Carries the potent carbonation of a good bavarian hefe, but a bit more creamy in body. Very stinging at times. Leaves behind a prickly aftertaste.
D - Very drinkable - especially in the summer months. Combine that with the zingy ABV, and it may sneak up on you. Flavors are well integrated. Downshot is that it does seem a bit filling.
12-18-2009 04:43:42 | More by katan
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a really nice pale and wheat malt scent along with an outstanding hefe yeast aroma. The banana/clove character is well pronounced. The taste is good. It has a solid malt flavor that 's extremely dry with a nice fruity yeast finish. The yeast character really makes this beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good weizenbock. I've been a fan of Ayinger beers before, but this one is outstanding.
12-18-2009 03:42:28 | More by WesWes
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
bottle from Wegman's: $4.99
Appears a hazy, murky gold with an orange hue with a large, fluffy white head that slowly fades out into a gentle floating cap. Scattered drifts of lacing are scattered around the glass.
Smell is of lemon, vanilla, bananas, cream wafers, graham crackers, & turbinado sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with an amped up hefeweizen flavor being thrust into palate with a sweet start and Nilla wafer, zingy finish. Not sure of the hop profile but the lemony zest reminds me of Sorachi Ace.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, spritzy, zesty, creamy, and chewy.
Wow...really glad I got to check this one out. Perhaps my favorite style done in a Helles version of a Weizenbock. Hard to go toe to toe with Aventinus but this is the best example of a non-dunkel version I remember having to date.
12-18-2009 01:03:45 | More by weeare138
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
16.9 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, darkened yellow-orange body with a tall, swiftly growing, whitish head that simply lasts and lasts.
Smell: The nose is largely wheat and yeast driven, with it's sweetish, tangy scents and notes citrus, spicy, and bananas.
Taste: Sweet, tangy malted wheat with jolting tastes of honey candy and spiced cookies followed by a bright, acidic 'pop' of lemon citrus. Smooth banana tones. Very slight hop character and bitterness. Slight carbonic bite from all that carbonation present. Sweetish honey-wheat flavor on the effervescent finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated, which keeps the proceedings very easily drinkable and even downright refreshing.
Drinkability: That lively, engaging effervescence lends a remarkable keen ease to the overall drinkability, making for a fine, enjoyable, wheaty brew.
12-17-2009 22:13:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange color with golden ripe banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a lot of visible carbonation bubbling up. Two finger frothy white head that quickly fizzles into a lasting cap. A lot lighter colored than I expected.
Yeasty aroma with hints of fresh bread, crisp light fruit, citrus peel and subtle zesty spice. Hints of ripe banana, apple, lemon peel, zest peppery spice and subtle clove. Slightly earth and funky.
Fuller end of medium bod with a lot of smooth bread yeast. This gives the beer a lot of it's full body and contributes wonderfully to the flavor. Lots of zesty, peppery spice and crisp citrus fruit are very well integrated making this beer extremely flavorful and quite complex. Plenty of ripe banana along with hints of apple, lemon zest, pepper, clove and citrus lemon peel. All of these flavors are extremely well balanced with no one flavor overpowering the other and the ABV is excellently masked making this beer extremely quaffable. Highly recommended for German wheat beer fans or anyone reall. Excellent!
12-15-2009 03:47:35 | More by corby112
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
A: Poured thick, hazy yellow, puffy head, fair lace windows.
S: Pure bananna, with spicy clove.
T: Over ripe bananna, clove, yeasty, bready.
M: Fairly thick, satisfying.
D: Awesome D here. First sip turned into a quaff on the second. Bottle killed waay too quick. Weizenbocks are a great style, this is one of the top 2 in my book!
12-14-2009 02:12:17 | More by KI9A
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
Recent bottle. Pours big head on lighter yellow body. Aroma is pure bannana, good thick mouthfeel, and bannana in the taste. More like a hefeweizen. Drinkability was good. I was looking for more of an edge and complexity I love so much in weizenbocks. This was full, just the bannana overode the taste department.
12-13-2009 01:21:56 | More by Sammy
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Liked the art work on the front label. No dating info but this is a brand new release from them so it's fresh. Did have notches on bottom of front label but no way to decipher them. Was a cloudy golden yellow color with tons of carb. It had a large fizzy off-white head that settled into a 1/4" constant foam fed by the carb. No lacing.
The aroma was classic weizenbock - overripe banana, bubblegum, clove, yeast and wheat. Really good aroma. Only wish would be if it was a little stronger. The taste was excellent and followed the aroma. Sweet from the fruit but balanced with the malt and spices. Extremely/dangerously drinkable. Never a hint of the 7.1% ABV. Goes down super smooth. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation and light after-taste.
Overall, an exceptional brew and top 2-3 weizenbocks that I've had. A most welcome addition to the Aying family. Most highly recommend. Rotation - avail in TX and will be a big player in the rotation.
12-12-2009 02:42:39 | More by TexIndy
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
16.9 oz bottle served in a Weizen glass.
A: Wildly impressive. ENORMOUS head right out of the gate and still rising. I turned my head for 30 seconds, looked back, and it had overcome the rim of the glass and wasn't stopping. I couldn't help being reminded of a slowly erupting volcano. The head was nothing short of billowing and lasted very long. (No concerns there as you definitely want to let the temperature get to 50-55 degrees F.)
S: A little disappointing but safely within the style. Average bready maltiness. Light grassy hops with a lemony citrus twang. Heavy yeast presence of sweat and barnyard.
T: Light almost unnoticeable alcohol (more so at warmer temps). Banana, bubblegum, raisin and plum + other fruit esters. I got a little light brown sugar, lemon and some peppery spices as well. Moderately sweet with above average acidity.
M: Medium body and a little oily. Super fizzy carbonation was prickly and very much appreciated. Like accupuncture for the tongue.
D: Very drinkable. I would recommend getting this one if you see it on a menu. It won't disappoint.
12-11-2009 16:35:58 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.83/5 rDev -8.6%
One of my favorate styles to brew and drink, this will be an interesting tasting as there arent' too many commercial breweries out there doing this....
A: Hazy Golden color with little head retention, appears to be somewhat fluffy. surprised to see the color is so light and golden, almost appears to be a common German weizen in appearance.
S: some malty, bready notes, citrus, and maybe some hard candy. More lemon than orange.
T: not nearly as malty as I would have imagined, the bock portion of the weizen-bock name is nearly missing. mostly citrus and a little bit of malt backbone. Has some yeast characteristic of the hefeweizen clove and banana esters as well.
M: outstanding mouthfeel, is very smoothe and refreshing. Cloudy and almost chewy. you want to keep the beer in your mouth and savor it.
D: very drinkable and you wouldn't guess at the 7+ percent.
I would recommend drinking this beer at a warmer temperature than normal serving temperature to fully experience the full range of fruits and fermentation character. a good example of the style but still lacks some of the dark fruits and maltiness from german bocks that I so love in weizenbock. To me this is almost more of a maibock. I can appreciate the pale weizenbock but miss the dark fruits especially.
12-11-2009 04:36:45 | More by Ricelikesbeer
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours a golden orange body with 3 fingers of airy head, hazy. Ok retention and leaves some traces of lace. Smell is on the money: banana, bubblegum, cloves, a touch of band-aid.
Flavor hits all the marks as well. Unripe banana, bubblegum, honey sweet bread, and cloves. No surprises, but well executed. Slight lingering wheat tartness. Mouthfeel is airy and light, pushing medium bodied with gentle carbonation.
Quite drinkable. Alcohol is well-hidden.
12-10-2009 04:46:40 | More by eyncognito
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
From Notes: 12/8/09
500ml from Wasatch.
A: Gold/Orange in color, quite cloudy, stark white head about half an inch worth, fair retention, not much lacing. Decent looking beer.
S: Bananas, cloves, Hefe-style yeast, tangy wheat, rich hearty malty smells, just a hint of booze, not overly aromatic, but smells nice. Lots of yeast esters, not bad at all.
T: Follows the nose, bananas and cloves, huge wheat profile but a nice cereal grain barley balance, and the yeast, is well huge and in this one. Almost no hop profile. Very nice. Excellent balance between the two malts.
M: Fairly thick and rich, somewhat heavy even, mild carbonation, slick, and slightly warm booze. Excellent.
D: Very easy to drink, and a great light colored winter beer. Excellent flavors, somewhat sweet but has just enough alcohol to hold it all together. Very flavorful.
12-10-2009 01:54:33 | More by pokesbeerdude
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
A:Poured a hazy straw/golden color. A little bit of yeast floating around even after a careful pour. A finger of white head that went down to a thin cover over the surface of the liquid.
S: Really great nose on this beer. Apples big time right up front. It is on the line between light and dark fruit. It really works well though. Get a little bit of the wheat in there as well.
T: Taste has everything you want for the style. The wheat is there and damn does this yeast work. All the fruit in the nose comes through. I think where this differs from American examples is the booze is turned down. It is warming but not over the top. I kind of enjoy it both ways but the lower ABV on this one does help the....
D: Well carbonated. Just scrubs the beer right over your tongue. The ABV is reasonable for the style.
D: I really enjoyed this beer. I was glad to see that this would make it's way over to the US.
12-09-2009 01:08:47 | More by aerozeppl
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours into a Weizen glass with an enormous white head on top of a cloudy golden-orange body.
I get banana, clove, and vanilla in the nose backed by doughy wheat and some alcohol esters.
Taste has classic banana/clove notes of a regular Hefeweizen but the strength of this beer is detectable with a faint alcohol character. Wheat and malt lay a foundation for the wonderful yeast notes to shine. Bitterness is low just balancing the malt.
Overall, a wonderful example of a pale Weizenbock. It's really just like an amped up Hefeweizen. I still think I prefer the dunkel versions but I'll drink one of these any day.
12-08-2009 20:03:00 | More by bump8628
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.
A: Pours out a beautiful glowing, hazy orange with a huge, fluffy, cloudy white head that balances out into a thin cap in a couple of minutes, no lacing left behind which is a little sad to see after such a promising start.
S: Cloves, orange peel and a heavy dose of delicious wheaty goodness.
T/MF: Herbal and fruity heavy on the wheat, a heavier version of their hefeweizen and delicious in every way. Slightly alcoholic and a bit dry but not so much that the juiciness of this beer is overshadowed.
D: This beer suits itself pretty well for winter and for any other time of year for that matter. For a beer this size it certainly doesn't drink that way, almost refreshing considering the size. A delicious beer and a great representation of the style, good to see this in stores again.
12-07-2009 01:14:09 | More by bluemoonswoon
4/5 rDev -4.5%
Ayinger Weizenbock, poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tall weizen glass. Pours a light orange/gold in color with a small head that sticks around.
Aroma of wheat and malt sweetness.
Flavors of banana, bubblegum, toffee and orange sherbert. Hops add a light citrus and earthy tone. Wheat in the forefront with some hefeweizen like flavors. Sweet but not overly so.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and rather smooth.
Drinkability rates high for this weizenbock. Tasty and a pleasure to drink.
12-06-2009 15:55:55 | More by Stinkypuss
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
1 pint .9 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Huge, fluffy white head (a bit out of control even with careful pour), which dissipates slow and steady leaving minimal lacing (streak or two). The beer is an opaque yellow/orange (looks a bit like orange juice).
Smell: Mild citrus (mainly orange and grapefruit), lots of banana, with a hint of clove. Very bright, inviting smell. Characteristic wheat beer smell as well.
Taste: There's a small taste of orange and grapefruit up front, then (like the smell) a big hit of banana. The aftertaste is fruity and settles into banana bread (which lasts a long time). Not enormously complex, but delicious; after the light citrus up front the banana(bread) is strong and satisfying.
Mouthfeel: So smooth and creamy. It starts off so smooth it's almost juicy, then the carbonation hits. Very refreshing.
Drinkability: Very hard to believe this is 7.1% ABV (though its effects creep up at the end), drinks more like it's 4%~. I could easily throw back several of these, especially outdoors on a hot day. Perfect Summer beer.
This is the first beer I've tried of Ayinger's besides their amazing doppelbock. I can see why this brewery is so celebrated, if you'll pardon the bad pun.
12-05-2009 05:15:13 | More by Pahn
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
This beer threw me off because i thought it would be like a dark wheat. It is really just a strong wheat beer. The beer is very good and has a very nice taste. It's flavor has a mix between banana, clove, and zest with a sweetness and bitterness that blend together nicely at the end. It is very cloudy and golden with a white head. It smells like banana laffy taffy with some spice. It is very drinkable and it has a nice thick mouthfeel. The only thing that is bad about this beer is that it costs $4.50 for a single 500ml bottle. Very good though.
12-05-2009 03:43:31 | More by huricrane47
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours a cloudy light orange color with a big frothy white head. Mild carbonation continues as it sits in the glass.
Smell is spicy with that distinctive wheat beer aroma. When I am in the mood for it, there is no substitute. Taste is very mild, with banana, clove, and a light sweetness.
It has a satisfying mouthfeel, without being too heavy or cloying, and finishes quickly and dry. Very drinkable, with no real indicator of how strong it is, even when you get to the bottom.
Overall, I would be happy to have another.
12-05-2009 00:03:12 | More by bgjohnston
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
Hazy yellow-orange pour with a thick, mousse-like crown, which it wears throughout.
Spice dominates the nose with clove, oregano, rosemary, with faint banana and peppery hops.
Taste is less focused on the spice and more focused on fresh banana and sweet malt to bounce back and forth with the spice. No detectable alcohol and very clean with a short finish.
Creamy and soft, with a faily light body and high drinkability.
12-03-2009 03:04:01 | More by brownbeer
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours an effervescent & semi-hazy straw color with +3 fingers of cream colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing
S: Cloves, juicy fruit & breadyness
T: Follows the nose, clove really grabs hold of this up front. Green banana, more cloves & band aids as this warms along with honey malt & some passion fruit & some lemon, plus a touch of persimmons, plus breadyness. Finishes with much cloves, grainy bread & green bananas
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation
D: Very nice drinkability, the ABV is very well hidden. Another great beer from Ayinger, loved the label as well. One of the best W-bocks I've had, if not the best
11-30-2009 02:59:37 | More by russpowell
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a cloudy dull orangish color with off white head that stays aloft for quite some time. Smells as a good weizenbock should - sweet banana and clove with wheat and maybe a touch of vanilla. I think I get a touch of alcohol on the nose. Taste is earthy with the same attributes as the nose. A very nice weizenbock. Body is light/medium and mouthfeel is very active carb yet fairly smooth. Some creaminess in the carbonation. Overall one of the top 3 weizenbocks.
11-30-2009 01:45:16 | More by ThirstyBird
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a cloudy orange-white color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip. Nice presentation.
Aroma is full of banana and clove with a hint of citrus in the nose as well. A bit "spicy" if you will.
Taste is full of orange, clove and wheat flavors. Very interesting mix. A bit of banana stands out as well. Very easy to drink.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering wheat and orange flavors. Very well done as far as no nasty flavors, etc. Couldn't ask for a better example of the style (or could I?).
Very drinkable and well done. Enjoyable. Exactly what I was hoping for as far as the style goes. Worth your time.
11-29-2009 03:35:27 | More by Brad007
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a weizen glass.
A - Even when carefully poured I still managed to get a billowing four fingers of creamy white foam that eventually dissipates to a half-finger cap, but fails to leave much lacing. Slightly hazed golden straw body with a few bubbles racing upwards - it's the lightest weizenbock I've ever had, and I'd be hard-pressed to distinguish it from a regular hefe.
S - My initial impression is a ton of banana and cloves - probably too much clove for my liking. There's some other fruity esters and bubblegum sweetness, and some sharp wheat character. Matches the style perfectly I suppose - it's a stronger (bock-strength) hefeweizen.
T - Taste is mostly fruity esters, with hints of peach, orange, and banana, along with bubblegum sweetness. The finish is tangy yeast and light wheat flavors. Minimal aftertaste, and well-hidden ABV. Thankfully the clove element is more restrained here.
M - Carbonation is surprisingly soft considering the beers appearance, and the body is a nice medium density that suits the higher ABV. Still it's quite refreshing and suggest an ABV closer to 5%, as there is minimal heat.
D - The 500ml serving size is no problem with this one. If you're looking for something a little more substantial that your typical hefe, this is the way to go. Probably the best example I've had of this style.
11-29-2009 00:38:35 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
500mL bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a hazy light orange with a decent frothy off-white head. Aroma is a nice amount of bananas and citrus with mild spice. The taste is similar to the nose, sweet fruits, bananas and mild spice, quite flavorful. The beer is medium bodied with slight warming alcohol. This is a very enjoyable weizenbock, one I'd certainly have again.
11-28-2009 04:33:04 | More by atsprings
Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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