Ayinger Bräuweisse
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Ayinger Privatbrauerei
Ranked #4
Ranked #3,715
4.17 | pDev: 9.11%
Yesterday at 10:47 PM
Jul 16, 2001
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Notes: Wheat ale with spicy, crisp taste. Unfiltered.

Ayinger, at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, is one of the world's most respected breweries. Family owned & operated since 1878.
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Two 11.2 oz bottles L1028 into a tall Weiss glass.
L: Pours matte murky gold and is straw at base, a white 1/2" creamy head w VG retention down to a thick skin, well carbonated and good to final sip, almost no lacing. The lack of lacing could be due to high temps and high humidity.
S: Banana, clove, floral, yeast.
T: Banana bread, clove, yeast, wheat, nutmeg, a hint of fruit, peach, a touch of salt, Precise balance of flavors and is moderately pale.
F: Gently crisp then smooth, soft med to med-light body with a slightly chubby middle and a clean dry med-fast finish.
O: Amazing whisper finish along with incredible taste make this beer outstanding. Superb drinkability and flow. Quenching. Would love to find it on tap.
Yesterday at 10:47 PM
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Rated by BillyNoonan from Ireland

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Hazy paler than expected. Light and smooth, nice carbonation. Slightly spicy aftertaste. Beautiful specimen.
May 27, 2023
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Rated by brureview from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Smooth, crisp, and spicy. Different finish than other Hefeweizens I’ve tasted. Quite enjoyable.
May 20, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by not2quick from Missouri

May 15, 2023
Rated: 4.58 by Jelenovipivonelej from Slovak Republic

Apr 30, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Andyman22 from Texas

Apr 28, 2023
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Purchased as a 12oz bottle from The Blue Door for $4.50. Poured into a weizen glass.

L - Hazy pale orange, with a three-finger pale white head. Head dies down after a minute. Really good lacing.
S - Candy. Bubblegum, clove, and freshly-baked bread.
T - Closely follows nose. Super balanced. Bit of a lemon peel note. Finish is dry and full of wheat.
F - Medium in body, with medium carbonation. Refreshing and super drinkable.
O - Can't believe I haven't formally reviewed this yet. I've had this a million times! Fantastic hefe, closely rivaling Weihenstephan. Great to drink in the middle of the day. Will purchase again. Definitely recommend.
Apr 11, 2023
Rated: 3.12 by Paledemon

Mar 31, 2023
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
From Carwyn Cellars, October 2022. Drunk in March 2023.

L: Hazy, sunset yellow in the glass with a large pillowy head that didn't last as long as expected (yes, my glass is clean!). Small amounts of carbonation can be seen in the glass.

S: Cloves, bubblegum, vanilla and candied lemon, all heading in the Dr Pepper cherry direction. No malt/wheat body discernable.

T: Quite sweet, with the bubblegum and ripe pear. That Dr Pepper note is there too, but I wonder now if that's the ripe pear that I'm tasting. Regardless, it brings to mind that chalky Dr Pepper cherry taste that doesn't taste at all like cherry but remains stubbornly associated with it, There's a long, sweet finish with the vanilla coming out retronasally after the swallow. The overt bubblegum and extra sweetness mark this one down for me.

M: Carbonation is mild and the mouthfeel is full and as expected from the hazy appearance of the beer.

O: I'm resolutely sticking to the style in rating this one, and the sweetness that I pick up and that Dr Pepper note means the beer is not as refreshing and light as a Hefeweizen should be, so I'm marking it down.

Mar 30, 2023
Rated: 4.47 by Beecham from California

Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 4.69 by LA2ED7

Dec 30, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 3.74 by eric5bellies from Australia

Nov 11, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml bottle into a straight glass. Coding no help in determining age.

Looks very nice. Cloudy yellow body. Massive bright white head, streaks of lacing.

Aroma is a bit off putting. A bit on the cheesy side.

This does not translate to the taste, which is spot on for the style. Banana a thaw, sweetness, yeasty, faint hint of clove.

Mouth close to full, finish wheat and yeasty.

Overall, other than the aroma, very good hefe.
Nov 08, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by MattDecker from Texas

Sep 28, 2022
Rated: 4 by mountaincoffee from Kansas

Sep 25, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Sep 15, 2022
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Reviewed by nickb2000 from New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Imperial Pint
Look: Cloudy dark-straw yellow, pouring a 1 finger head which dissipated into a thin cap
Smell: Light hint of doughy malt and yeast funk.
Taste: doughy malt, sourdough, light yeast funk, finish is just a slowly fading bread note
Feel: moderate body with a silky mouthfeel. Clean finish, gentle carbonation
Sep 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Notes from 5/22/2020.
Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Spiegelau Classics Wheat Beer glass and the remainder in a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is golden amber with slight cloudiness and 12 fingers of white head. Retention is excellent leaving 2 fingers of foam.
The intensity of aroma is medium. There are notes of banana, clove, some spice, and a slight musty smell.
The intensity of taste is a little above medium. The flavor has banana, clove, slight tartness, and some spice in the finish.
The thickness is somewhat above medium. In a tall wheat glass, it's creamy with low carbonation if you poor too quickly. In a Teku glass, it's creamy, effervescent, and has a medium level of carbonation. I prefer this beer with a gentle pour in a Teku glass.
Overall, it's world class and I'll buy it ocaisionally. However, Live Oak HefeWeizen is far superior and remains my absolute favorite beer.
This is my 100th review.
Aug 31, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Aug 29, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by travelguy from Ohio

Aug 29, 2022
Rated: 4.72 by dhebert87 from Texas

Aug 27, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by DarrellK from Florida

Aug 10, 2022
Rated: 3.03 by Pens1866 from Pennsylvania

Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4.76 by MrJones07 from Spain

Jul 28, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by clm9 from North Carolina

Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Jul 23, 2022
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Reviewed by HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from 500 mL bottle into hefeweizen glass
Look: Golden, hazy yellow with 3+ fingers of head with very good retention.
Smell: Hints of banana and citrus. Typical for a great hefeweizen beer
Taste: Just like the equally impressive Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, this beer offers a classic clean hefeweissbier flavor plus a perfect mixture of citrus and banana. It doesn't get much better than this.
Feel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.
Overall: Like Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, its hard to find any flaws with this delicious beer. Drinking a 500 mL glass of this beer on a warm summer day puts a smile on my face.
Jul 12, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by cold_beer

Jun 24, 2022
Rated: 3.62 by Brushkanna from New Jersey

Jun 23, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2022
Rated: 4 by GClarkage from California

Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review of younger bottle (1 year, 5 months): 03 July, 202

0.5 L bottle
Bottle Date: L1042 (11 Feb, 2021)
Consumed on: 03-july-2022
Glass: 0.5L Weizen Vase
Pouring Temp: 50.4 F

Cloudy and opaque golden yellow. I can see vague shadows of my fingers at the narrow part of the glass. Huge 3-finger foamy white head slowly dissipates to about 0.25 inches of foam Lacing is OK. I see some yeast 'floaties' in there.

Sweet but a bit tart citrus fruits and spicy cloves. Some apricots/peaches. Hints of banana. Black pepper.

Follows the nose but with the bananas being more prevalent. The cloves and light citrus tartness persist through the sip and into the aftertaste. Some notes of orange appear, as does a light touch of honey. The cloves, citrus, and mild sweetness are balanced very well.

Smooth, soft, and creamy. Nicely carbonated. The body is medium, with an almost unnoticeable lean to the light side.

I picked up the newest bottle that I found at my local retailer in order to re-review this excellent Hefeweizen. This younger version has more noticeable cloves and more tart citrus along with less noticeable sweetness. That makes the younger bottle more refreshing than the older one that I had reviewed before. I must admit that I prefer more clovey (is that a word?) and more citrusy Hefeweizens compared to sweet ones.

As a sidenote, while this is a very good warm-weather Hefeweizen, for hot or very humid weather I'd recommend _not_ decanting the yeast into the beer. Drink it as if it was a Kristallweizen in such situations.

Previous Review (of 2-year old bottle): 10 June, 2022

look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
4.16/5 rDev -0.2%

0.5 L bottle
Bottle Date: L0160 (8 June, 2020)
Consumed on: 10-june-2022
Glass: 0.5L Weizen Vase
Pouring Temp: 52.4 F

Cloudy and opaque golden yellow. I can see the shadows of my fingers at the narrow part of the glass. Huge 3-finger foamy white head requires sipping to prevent overflow and then dissipates to 1-finger of foam. After a couple of sips, the head is a ring and a very thin cover. Lacing is OK.

Ripe bananas and sweet citrus fruits. Touches of oranges and ripe apricots/peaches. Honey. Hints of cloves, Ceylon cinnamon, and black pepper.

Bananas and sweet citrus, including oranges start the sip. Cinnamon, cloves, and pepper appear quickly and (mostly) balance out the sweetness. A citrus bite then takes hold and persists through the end of the sip. Notes of orange-blossom honey are present. A light perfume or flower note can be detected. The finish is mildly sweet and citrusy.

Smooth, soft, and creamy. The body is medium, with a very slight lean to the lighter side.

A top-notch Hefeweizen. My bottle has some age on it and, while some things are definitely muted for this bottle, the beer is still quite flavorful. I will track down a fresher sample and re-review. The beer is quite refreshing and is a great warm-weather Hefeweizen, perfect for a warm afternoon or even evening. It is also a quintessential 'breakfast beer' (such as part of a Bayerisches Frühstück) due to its very noticeable citrus elements.
Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by Robertas from Lithuania

Jun 04, 2022
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 500ml bottle. Cloudy orange color with a half inch of fluffy white head. Smells of cloves. Medium body. Tastes of wheat, orange peel, and cloves. Very smooth.
May 27, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 08, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

May 03, 2022
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