Ayinger Bräuweisse
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #4
Ranked #1,873
4.18 | pDev: 9.09%
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Ayinger BräuweisseAyinger Bräuweisse
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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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this style of beer and have drank a lot of them...sadly...maybe! Anyway, this one is very good. The taste is full but it does not kill you with the wheat/banana flavor. It is very smooth, I have to say. The body is full and the mouth feel is good without overwhelming you with any specific flavor. Recommended if you like this style.

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4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks, smells, tastes, and feels how a German wheat beer should be. As with anything produced by Ayinger, this is a can't miss beer which shockingly travels well shipped to the U.S.

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artiefufkin from Virginia, May 26, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium carbonation with about medium bodied. Has that thick heavy feel that I associate with wheat beer
Aroma is wheat, banana , banana bread malt, sugar. Didnt pick up much spice
Taste is very similar to aroma, banana, mildly sweet, with a grain dryness. Banana bread but not as strong as in the aroma. Taste lingers for a long time in a very pleasing clean way.
Excellent beer that excels in every category. I would highly recommend this as well as look for it again. This is one that's worth trying

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, May 14, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw color with a thick, fluffy head that dissipates relatively quickly. Smell is on point for the style. Taste is fantastic. Incredibly smooth, just a hint of spice. Extremely drinkable. Love the mouthfeel, and this leaves a great, lasting aftertaste. Overall about as good of a wheat beer as you'll find.

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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut, Apr 20, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This smells like banana candy, clove, wheat sweetness, peach, and champagne dryness.

This is easily a classic in the style, with a banana sweetness that just works so well. It's sweet, but also dry and yeasty in it's own way. There's also some citrus and stone fruit/peach, along with an extremely dry, champagne-like finish.

This is medium bodied, yeasty, full of minerals, with a very high level of drinkability.

Ayinger is quite possibly the best German brewery, and this is just another notch in that belt.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Feb 05, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Lightly hazy pale orange body under a finger of dense eggshell foam. Good retention, great lacing. Pretty nice.

S: Classic Hefeweizen aroma: big clove, delicate banana, some zesty lemon, and solid bready wheat.

T: Follows the nose, with spice up front, malt in the middle, and fruit on the back end. Crisp, crackery finish. Very easy-drinking, but still full-flavored. Very well done indeed.

F: Light-bodied and spritzy. Not quite as creamy as I'd like for the style, but just fine.

O: Really enjoyable, sessionable Weizen. I could see absolutely crushing this by the liter on a summer day in Bavaria.

Beers of Fame tick 180/250. Cheers!

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woosterbill from Kentucky, Dec 24, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 3/22/12: Pours an opaque golden amber with a large foamy, 3 inch, moderately lasting, dense, white head that leaves little lacing. Strange for a head of this size.?. Aroma is fragrant and fruity with yeast esters and wheat malt. Taste is wheat, stone-fruit, banana, clove and a hint of green apple, semisweet with a hint of sour; peppery, dry, lightly biting finish and a rapidly fading aftertaste.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served at Black Forest, Asheville,
Lighter Golden, nice head, fruity explosive aroma, banana bubblegum malt, sweet but incredible summer beer with schnitzel!

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SmokySignals from North Carolina, Nov 06, 2019
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4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into Willie Belcher glass. Hazy golden in color with two fingers of off white foam. Aromas is clove and banana. On the palate I get freshly baked banana bread. The sweetness of the banana, and clove spice are well balanced with wheat grain bill. A Bavarian classic!

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4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is nothing to find fault with this beauty.
Their Gasthof is an idyllic dream of brewery and hotel. I had the pleasure to stay here for 2019 Oktoberfest. A bucket list item.
Excellent tour followed by excellent food and the freshest brew one can imagine.

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305STIguy from Florida, Oct 27, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall slender tap glass

Pours light gold with some moderate unfiltered hazing. An outstanding foamy head takes center stage, fed by large and ample bubble from the bottom of the glass.

Bananas, cloves, grass, and white pepper greet the nose with lively freshness. Spot on for the style.

The brew is initially sweet and estery on the tip of the tongue with biscuity yeasty goodness in midstream. The finish is grassy and grainy. Perhaps a shade sweet, but tough to really say for sure.

The brew has a nice light feel, although the carbonation is perhaps a bit more understated than anticipated.

Another dead-on delivery from one of my favorite brewers of classic German styles. I personally would have liked a little less sweetness and a little more carbonation, but those were issues of pure personal style.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Oct 19, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml Bottle. 5.1% ABV.
Aroma: Lots of bubblegum, Banana, Wheat, Soft spice.
Flavour: Lots of bubblegum, Banana, Wheat, Soft spice.

Review: 68

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octortus from Ontario (Canada), Sep 29, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Date code stamped on label is 'L9015'.
Murky, pale gold colored body. Thin white head sticks around as a partial island and ring. Leaves behind a few scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of banana and cloves, with wheat malt that adds a dense bready smell, and a little pepper from the hops.
Taste is heavy with banana, with cloves for sure, and a touch of lemony citrus. The wheat malt adds in the bread, and the hops add in the spice. Really well balanced.
Medium mouth feel, and crisp. Very good carbonation.
So easy to drink, and the beer provides good refreshment. Gulp once, and gulp again for good measure.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow orange color with visible carbonation. A large foam displays long lasting retention.
Classic Hefeweizen aromas display a balance of sweet fruity esters and phenols. Strong banana aromas up front along with notes of wheat, bready malt, and a touch of citrus.
Like the aroma, there is lots of banana flavor up front, displaying a pleasant sweetness. The clove like spice does not overpower, instead providing a great balance. Flavors of wheat and a touch of citrus peel.
Medium to light bodied, with a soft and fluffy mouthfeel. The moderate carbonation provides a nice kick. A short dry finish yields a touch of citrus and banana flavors.
Overall, one of the best Hefeweizen I have ever had as it incorporated a near perfect balance between banana and spices. I must confess that Hefeweizen has never been my favorite style. However, after drinking this sublimely crafted example, I can see how it would grow on me.

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Gajo74 from New York, Sep 12, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy light amber golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had clove and wheat hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a clove and wheat flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A good Hefeweizen

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VABA from Virginia, Aug 30, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sometimes get confused with all the variations of Weisse beer on offer. You've got your hefeweizen, kristallweizen, dunkel weizen, four or five different varieties from one brewery that designates them as Tap 3, Tap 4, Tap 5... you get the picture. Ayinger is one that escapes my grasp, and that's too bad, because everything I've had from them is excellent. But I typically reach for the Hacker-Pschorr, the Paulaner and, of course, the world classic Weihenstephaner. So back to this one, the classic Brauweisse. It is definitely one of the more subtly 'unfussy' Weisse biers I've had. It's got all the classic elements, the yeasty, zesty, spicy, cloudy-hazy stuff, yet it has a cleaner profile than some of the others. It finishes less sticky than the others as well, which lends itself to a serious quaffing session. One of the best, in my view. (by the way, I prefer it in the 11.2 oz bottle against the 16.9 oz., not sure why that is, but there you have it.)

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TigerSoul from New Jersey, Aug 21, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden coloration with a medium, fluffy headand visible carbonation. Smells of doughy malt and strong estery aromas of banana and clove, with just a hint of black pepper as well. Taste is dominated by a very estery flavor profile, with banana and clove standing out particularly, as well as ligher notes of apricot and black pepper, some doughy malt and just a hint of hoppier notes of citrus and herbs. Finishes with a light bitterness and some banana, clove and a certain mineral note lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body medium/strong carbonation.

Quite an estery Hefeweizen, with the banana standing out particularly, perhaps a little too much, actually, although nicely balanced by some doughy malt and lighter hoppy accents. Quite enjoyable all in all, although is perhaps just a tad watery and with an ever so slightly mineral note in the aftertaste.

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3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle, batch/date stamp L8291. Served in a Weihenstephaner glass. Gave it a swirl toward the end of the bottle to get most of the sediment into the glass, but still some sediment remained behind in the bottle after pouring.

Appearance: Hazy/translucent yellow to orange, with a persistent white head and some thick strands of lacing.

Smell: Wheat, banana, clove, some spices, and a bit of bubblegum.

Taste: Tastes very much like it smells, but a bit sweeter with the spices and bubblegum more pronounced, and less clove and banana. Very little bitterness at the finish - almost none.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick and chewy. Good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: I found this aspects of the style rather well, but it was a bit too sweet for my taste. One is enough.

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Photo of safaricook
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Greatly balanced Hefeweizen. Very good fit for a hot summer day. There is not much else to say this brew brings everything a Hefeweizen needs without any fuss.

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safaricook from Netherlands, Jul 28, 2019
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3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz bottle (with the code L8275) poured into 14oz teku. poured a very carbonated, cloudy dark yellow color with 1-1/2 inch of white head that had very good retention but no lacing.

The aroma featured the expected wheat, clove, banana, and spice aspects.

Very similar on the tongue, exactly what I was expecting, just perhaps a bit more subdued than i was expecting.

The beer carried good carbonation across the palate, was medium bodied, and had a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, one easily knock back several of these on an afternoon.

Overall, a nicely solid example of the style. certainly worth trying if you haven't.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Jun 11, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden color with a billowy head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is massive of yeast, grain, and spices of coriander and clove. Along with these aromas comes some smells of banana, a little bit of bubblegum and grass, as well as a decent hit of hay, leaving one with a rather grainy and inviting aroma overall.
Taste - The taste begins as the nose would have depicted, with lots of yeast and grain (mainly wheat) right at the start. There is also a good showing of coriander, clove, and allspice, as well as some fruity tastes of banana and orange right from the start as well. The fruit, yeast, and spice all grow slightly stronger as the taste advances and with a little bit of hay and light fruit of peach and apricot coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a grainy wheat, and fruited taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather chewy for a beer of only 5.1 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of grain/wheat, fruit, yeast, and spice the feel is fantastic and makes this a sessionable but very flavorful brew overall. Very nice.
Overall – A rather tasty and flavorful brew all while keeping a very easy drinking feel and taste. Well done!!

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Gary's in Wayne last week, as this was one of the classics that I never got around to reviewing on here. Stamped L9024 on the back of the bottle, this looked, poured, and felt as good as any German Hefewizen that I've ever had and was the perfect pick-me-up on yet another rainy day this spring!

Lovely pour to this as the liquid was a fairly muted goldenrod with plenty of cloudiness to it and topped off by a tall, fluffy head. That took a while to settle down as there was hardly any lacing left behind once I started to savor this. Loads of wheat, banana, and yeast in the nose as this smelled so fresh and lively. Plenty of bread and some biscuit in the mouthfeel round the taste out as this was bright, full, and fun - just like a good beer should be! A nice amount of bubblegum sweetness came through in the aftertaste, but this was about as natural a beer as I've ever had, from start to finish...

Not a lot of alcohol here as I could have easily finished off another bottle after this. This wasn't some triple dry-hopped bourbon barrel-aged Imperial New England IPA but this was just as good as nearly any of those that anyone could put together. Sometimes, the originals are the best and this would certainly fall into that category!

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, May 13, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bread, dough, fresh wheat, peanuts, clove, vanilla, apple, banana, lemon. Look and feel are ideal for the style. Very refreshing. This is undoubtedly among the best in style. Light and friendly with a lot of complexities, luxurious feel.

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MaltyMagic from California, May 07, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Snowcrash000 for sending this fresh bottle from Germany.

A - Medium hazy/cloudy orange tan color with a thick creamy layer of bright white foam on top, carbonation is steady and moderate.

S - Bananas, clove, bready, and yeasty.

T - Banana, clove, some citrus, bubblegum, slight yeastyness. Finishes more on the fruity side with very low earthy bitterness.

M - Medium body with light carbonation and creamy finish.

O - Perfect representation of the style.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Apr 14, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a can-shaped glass. I don't see a date, but it's stamped with L8222 -- I guess I could believe that's the 222nd day of 2018, but I don't know.

Pours a mostly clear golden with a big head and lots of carbonation. Smell is yeasty and grainy, something fruity that's out of the ordinary for the styles of beer I usually drink. Maybe a little hint of banana.

Taste is stronger on the banana profile. Still very yeasty. Bready, grainy goodness. A happy malt bomb.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, moderate effervescence. Overall, this is a very tasty hef. It might beat out Paulaner's.

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snaotheus from Washington, Apr 05, 2019
Ayinger Bräuweisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2384 ratings