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Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 69
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of beersteak
4.85/5  rDev +16%
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 -0.7%
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 +2.4%
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 -4.3%
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 -0.7%
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 +6.9%
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 -1.4%
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 +2.6%
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 -2.6%
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 -8.4%
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%
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 -5.5%
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 -9.8%
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 +2.4%
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 +13.2%
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.

Photo of dciBA
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow with a huge foamy white head that isn't going anywhere. Smell is strong of banana, clove and yeast. Smell and appearance suggest a hefe, rather than a weizenbock. This is barely darker than your average hefe. Taste leads off with a blast of banana with some spiciness going down. Smooth malt balances the other flavors perfectly. Flavor is top notch and lingers on the palate nicely. Carbonation is perfect for the style and helps the beer go down really well. Another great wheat offering from Ayinger. I'll be buying a lot more of these once warmer weather rolls around.

Photo of sitarist
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Very cloudy, light shade of orange, small head dies fast, not much lacing.

S- Easter ham? spice/clove, pineapple, orange, still smell that Easter ham.

T- Like the glaze off the ham, apple cider, plastic, Im stuck on band-aid brand? There is a slight pineapple and banana aftertaste.

M- Id say its on the light side of medium bodied, I was expecting more of a full body due to how cloudy it is. Carbonation is pretty high, finishes quick.

D- Very good, Id say this is more of a summer beer.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has been a while since I have had a Weizenbock, looking forward to this one. Poured this one in to a Weiss glass. Color is a murky orange, light for this style, and a quick to fade white head. From the nose I get some pear and apple, cream, and some chalky yeast. Taste has a whole array of fruit such as banana, pear and apple again, peaches...also it has a great bread like base, and even some powdered sugar qualities. The carbonation on this one makes it incredibly drinkable. The alcohol cannot be felt at all, and goddamn, what can I say, this is a real treat, and one of the best Weizenbocks I have ever had. Any fans of the style should seek this one out immediately.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Weizen-Bock.

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.

Photo of scottyb88
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of bobsy
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
93 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.