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Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
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621 Ratings
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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 54
Gots: 24 | 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:
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(Beer added by: shbobdb on 06-09-2007)
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huricrane47

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 03:43:31 | More by huricrane47
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 00:03:12 | More by bgjohnston
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brownbeer

Missouri

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 03:04:01 | More by brownbeer
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 02:59:37 | More by russpowell
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 01:45:16 | More by ThirstyBird
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Brad007

Vermont

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:35:27 | More by Brad007
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 00:38:35 | More by MasterSki
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 04:33:04 | More by atsprings
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Crack1Open

New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A beautiful hazy golden hue. 1/2 inch head that dissipates quite quickly. Heavy carbonation noticeable.

S- Nice wheat scent. Followed by a nice spice/clovey scent w/ a faint alcohol finish.

T- Taste some nice banana/apple, spice/clove, and yeast. All accompanied by some delicious wheat flavor with other slight fruit and bubblegum like undertones. Also slight tartness in a good way. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

M- Pretty light but a little sharp on the tongue due to high carbonation. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D- This is extremely drinkable especially for 7% abv. I find it quite refreshing and true to the style.

This is a great beer and I'm glad to have had this weizenbock pretty fresh. It's hard to procure these imports when there still remotely fresh. You can definitely tell the difference. Throughly recommend this brew to anyone looking to see what a wiezenbock taste like especially while it's pretty fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 06:04:21 | More by Crack1Open
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$4.99 for a 1pt 0.9fl oz bottle. Pours out to a cloudy orange, forming a tall whipped white head with awesome retention and a solid sheet of meringue like lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is of green bananas, light cloves, pale malts. Mouthfeel is soft, lightly tart, clean, with a big wheat aftertaste and mild residual sweetness. Taste opens with green bananas and green apples, followed by a very mild bitterness, with a decent malt body bigger than your average hefe weizen. Cleanly fermented with no off flavors. About as typical as you can get for a weizen bock. A great example of the style. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 22:32:39 | More by Mitchster
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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

Presentation: 16.9oz slimline brown pop top with cool label; no freshness date to be seen

Appearance: Super hazy dark golden straw beer with a huge creamy white cap with good retention.

Smell: The expected banana and spice aromas are pleasant, along with some mild tart wheat and just a ghost of alcohol

Taste: BIG sweet banana flavors with super-spicy clove as well. There's also a slight kick of tart wheat and alcohol on the finish. This is big and powerful, with just a touch too much booze to get the next highest rating.

Mouthfeel: Big, rich, creamy, and slightly boozy

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Really tasty Weizenbock and a good example of the style. I got to have this and Victory's variation within two nights of each other; wish they'd have this style around more.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 03:43:46 | More by BedetheVenerable
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CMW

Missouri

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

A - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a massive white head. Head sticks around for a long time and leaves heavy lacing. So far it appears to be mostly weizen and little bock.

S - Banana, clove, yeast esters. All your typical wheat beer aromas. It is wonderful.

T - Malty upfront but this quickly fades to the banana and fruit flavors. The wheat is very strong and works well with the higher alcohol content.

M - Carbonation is high and this provides a little bite in the finish. Slightly more body than a typical wheat beer.

D - Very drinkable, I venture to say these would be just as pleasing in the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 03:31:32 | More by CMW
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle cloudy lemon-yellow with lots of active tiny bubbles and a bright white head.

Aroma of banana, clove, lemon zest, yeast, and cinnamon.

Tastes of banana, Juicyfruit gum, lemon, white grapes, and yeast. The finish is quite clean.

Lighter bodied, dry and sticky, with a sharp carbonation.

A quality Weizenbock without a doubt. Looks like it's time for another.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 03:10:23 | More by Monkeyknife
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My favorite German brewery meets quite possibly my favorite German style. Rejoice!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Aventinus glass a very hazy pale gold. The head is massive and immeasurable since it required multiple pours just to get the beer to fit in the glass. It does drop fairly quickly though, settling out at just a full surface covering.

SMELL: The aroma is a bit boozy, but brings it strong with wonderful weissbier smells as well. The wheat is light and bready and the phenols are tremendously clovey. There's even a sneaky chocolate-like component to this despite what the color might tell you.

TASTE: It begins on 2 ends of the spectrum as light, fluffy wheat pairs with a pretty significant dose of alcohol. This continues with the wheat building up a slight robustness before giving way to sweet bananas on the finish. However the alcohol heat carries through the entire way leaving a bit of harshness on the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium full bodied but the wheat adds a perceived lightness to it which is nice. Carbonation is average or just a touch above.

DRINKABILITY: Good but not great due to the heat. It's really the only detractor in this beer. Otherwise, it'd be phenominal. Or if you're willing to look past the booziness, it already is.

In the same vein as Vitus, this is a pale style weizenbock. Also in the same vein, it's worth seeking out. I'm not sure if aging would be a good plan to get rid of the alcohol, but it's really not that hard to live with as is.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 00:50:10 | More by jmalex
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden-orange with a massive meringue like head and sheets of thick lacing.

Aroma is rich yeasty funk. Plenty of banana and clove.

Taste is bready wheat. Banana and clove from the nose. A nice bit of bubblegum. Orange, peach, and pineapple fruit notes. Finish holds a pleasant orange rind bitterness along with lingering lemon and yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Thick, soft, and creamy.

Very flavorful and recommended. Flavor is pleasant and rich in clove and bubblegum. A touch of alcohol heat that I find attractive. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 00:51:11 | More by Blakaeris
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a huge, three-finger, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat, banana, clove and touches of caramel malt.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat with fruity flavors, mostly banana. There was a nice yeasty presence with a light caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and bubbly on the tongue. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a true German weizenbock because it is more weizen than bock. It is very delicious and a bargain at less than $5.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 22:28:58 | More by zeff80
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Domingo

Colorado

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

A weizenbock from Ayinger? Awesome!
Pours a very cloudy pale straw color. Lots of head initially, but it dies down pretty quickly. Some lacing, but not a ton.
Smells really fruity. Bananas, apples, pears, pineapple.
Pale weizenbocks tend to be a fruit fest and this one is no different. Vanilla and spices round things out. No off flavors, which is a big plus.
While there's a lot of yeast, there's no chalky flavor or weird textures either.
It's drinkable for a beer over 7%, although still a sipper.

Not bad at all. I prefer the darker weizenbocks, but there's something to be said for this one. It's not going to blow you away, but it does everything well. There are no real flaws...although it doesn't really jump out as being amazing in any area either.
I'd just a really solid pale weizenbock and one of the best examples if you like the style. If you like this one, give Vitus a shot. I'd like to do a comparison of this, Vitus, and the Plank example.

EDIT: I haven't done a pale weizenbock comparison yet, BUT I did do a side-by-side with Aventinus and this brew probably does have more depth...even if I do like the chocolate flavors from Aventinus. I'd dare say this beer might be better than I thought.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 22:52:52 | More by Domingo
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rtepiak

Poland

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a pour orange pour that is quite cloudy. translucent at best. nice tight head. candied citrus for a nose. pineapple and cotton candy. palate that is wonderful creamy but also very refreshing. this density gets more prominent when the beer warms. palate as their hef with a boat load of bready protein and crisp floral on the tongue that cleans all the density off. marzipan and chamomile, honey, and lavender... great beer. could be had any day of the week as a large amount of nearly musky wheat malt. i would to say some the the best body around.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 03:58:21 | More by rtepiak
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elniko

Texas

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

Poured from 500ml bottle into Ayinger nonic glass.

A: Poured much lighter than I expected with huge head that quickly went away. Quite hazy with nice lacing and minimal carbonation.

S: Major wheat tones coming from the nose mixed in with hint of lemony zest and a little clove. Smells more along the lines of a hefeweizen.

T & M: Taste goes right along with the nose, wheat tones are the main factor. I hate to use the term but this really is a smooth tasting beer. The finish does has some of the zestiness as well. Medium bodied.

D: Highly drinkable, but I have a hard time thinking of this as a weizenbock. Would not be opposed to having again. More along the lines of the Weihenstephaner Vitus than Aventinus.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 01:05:24 | More by elniko
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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

Served in a 0.5L Ayinger Weizen glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich hazy apricot/orange color with a 1" thick almost white head that has lots of peaks and ridges. The head recedes slowly. Sipping leaves a ring of foam and some sparse leggy lacing that soon slides back down to the surface. Steady small streams of bubbles break the smoothness of the surface. Even when the form has receded to a small ring around the glass there are still speckles of lacing and streams of bubbles.

Smell: Clearly a German wheat beer and a lot like a Hefeweizen. Bubble gum and banana fill the nose along with a faint aroma of wheat and a lot of clove.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by the nice rich clove flavor, the sweetness of the malt and the banana/bubblegum flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with smooth silkiness created by the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium-long, beginning in sweetness with a graduate fading out of flavors into a lightly bitter earthy character followed by a longish dry feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability: As a wheat beer this is quite good and different from the Brau-Weisse from the same brewery. While I like this beer I think I prefer my wezienbocks a bit darker, and with a more complex character (e.g., Aventinus and Moonglow). Nonetheless this is a fine beer and a treat to drink. But at the end of the day, given the choice of German brewed Weizenbocks I think I'd opt for the Aventinus.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 19:43:06 | More by drtth
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

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

500ml bottle served in a Weizen glass. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy gold with three fingers of white head. Lots of carbonation per style. Nice mix of clove and banana in the aroma. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Good and spicy with clove in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Very easy drinking for the ABV. Classic rendition of a Weizenbock.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 03:09:21 | More by homebrewhawk
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glid02

Georgia

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

Bottle purchased from Sherlock's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a giant white head. The head eventually dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bubblegum, bananas, and clove, in that order. As it warms a clean sweet wheat flavor takes the place of the bubblegum and the banana aromas fade a bit.

Tastes good. Banana and cloves kick things off and are backed by a solid amount of sweetness. The ending is crisp and leaves hints of bananas lingering on the palate. The alcohol is hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished the bottle with no problem and could have a few more.

Overall I am not a huge fan of this style but it's hard to not be a fan of a beer this good. It's not terribly complex but all of the flavors hold their own and have a good amount of pop. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 00:54:31 | More by glid02
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, you, spellcheck! Trying to turn weizenbock into weathercock.

Ayinger Weizenbock. 500ml into my .5l Swiss boot. Had this beer once before but didn't review it, figured I'd buy some more as it's incredibly tasty.

A- Pours a little lighter than expected, peachy in color, with a frothy, active head that quickly settles right to the 'pour line' on my boot. A perfect pour, can't get much better than that. Coloration is a bit (just a bit) duller than I would like, although this beer is lighter than many weizenbocks in color, so perhaps it's just the way it is. Head has incredible staying power.

S- Yeast- the smell of pizza dough being stretched out. Cloves, cinnamon, and pear skin. Very nice, pretty good depth to it... I could get lost in the aromas for days if I didn't want to drink it so bad.

T- This is where this beer, and weizenbocks in general, shine. Buckets of flavor. Sweet, robust but not too-heavy malts provide a platform for sweet apples, bananas, and plum flavors. Cloves are here, and have a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to round them out. The whole flavor profile works *wonderfully* together. One of the most well-put-together beers I've had... pretty much ever. I am really impressed at this one.

M- High carbonation, pretty heavy body but it doesn't get bogged down. Flavors are perfect, leaving a great taste in your mouth. Can't find a flaw here.

D- High, with ABV in mind. I'd have 2 500ml bottles no problem. This is a phenomenal beer, prob. in my top 3 weizenbocks, and by Jove, one of the best beers I've had in a long time. I was waiting in anticipation to see how Ayinger would do with this, and they hit it out of the park. If you love German beers, weizenbocks, or flavorful beers in general, do not wait to seek this one out. @ $4 and change for a 500ml bottle, it's a great price, too!

Note- Weizenbocks are among one of my favorite styles. This is damn near perfection! Amazing, Ayinger!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 22:02:11 | More by ShogoKawada
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hoplover82

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very rich, hazy deep yellow color with a very tall creamy/bubbly head that quickly dissapates into nothing (poor retention)but a thin colar on the glass on the beer and leaves no lacing.

S-Although this beer is not a looker, it sure does smell great with load fulls of green apple and wheat yeastyness. Very nice.

T-Much like the aroma, the flavor is full of sweet green apples and yeasty wheat flavor. I also get some slight cloviness, it's very mild so that's good. And a little hop bitterness to boot!

M-Has a medium to full, creamy yet full carbonated body. Very nice rich sweetness in the finish. Just a tad bit dry which is not bad.

D-Even though this beer is 7.1% abv, this beer is very drinkable! I highly suggest this beer to anyone who loves craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 05:20:05 | More by hoplover82
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Weiss glass.

A. Poured a big massive head of light bubbles. Cloudy yellow peach color. Good head retention. A little lacing.

S. Smell is clove and banana. Hint of citrus and other spices.

T. Clove, banana, malty, citrus, pretty sweet. Tastes like a hefeweizen to me.

M. Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation. Very smooth.

D. Very drinkable. Easy to drink and refreshing. Hard to tell that it is 7%. Good Summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 00:48:18 | More by siradmiralnelson
Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.