Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of scottum
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazed straw yellow amber with a bright white weak head. There are some yeasty notes, but wheat and malt flavors are hardy sweet. Citrus notes come back atcha for a bit of hop balance. Fruity are we? A decent hefe, but not up to snuff with my expectations. Certainly quite the drinkable brew and worth tasting.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real thirst-quencher!

Pours up pale-straw coloured with some carbonation and a rapidly disappearing head--no lacing. Overwhelming smell of lemon.

Lots of lemon in the taste, a bit of banana and cloves, some apple and lots of yeast. Tart on the finish and dry. Almost champagne-like.

Perfect patio beer to pair with hot wings or spicy sausage.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey yellow with a 2 inch foamy light orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small foamy streaks of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, banana, yeast, and spices. Taste is of wheat, grain, banana, yeast, and spice flavors that stick around on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good hefeweizen but it lacks the strong bubblegum and banana flavors that I have found in other beers of the style.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- light yellow color, cloudy, decent to heavy carbonation, thin to no head quickly appear,

Smell- light wheat, slight lemon and citrus notes, slight yeast tones, grains, and dough

Taste- slight lemon citrus flavors on taste upfront, very fresh and crisply refreshing, wheat flavors are very strong, clover, yeast, definitely a lot of strong flavors here

mouthfeel- light bodied and yet highly carbonated,

Drinkability- very drinkable and to me this is this beers strongest point, very refreshing with plenty of citrus tones, good session brew with good taste and crispness, another hefe that would be great summertime drinking right out the cooler and of course into a nice glass : )

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent pour with a soft pillowy head and a rich looking wheat body. No looking through this glass. Nice fresh wheat scents with a minty banana nose. Smells outstanding! Light bodied, a bit thin, with a clove-like wheat-ness and a tingly orange peel backdrop. Slightly tart, however, I bought this at a grocery store and no freshness date on this one. I do not like buying any wheat beer without a freshness date on it but ayingers' are great no matter.

This one does measure up with great hefeweizens out there, even though I generally prefer American versions because they are usually more fresh. This weizen is nothing to snub, however, as it is an enjoyable beer anytime of the season!

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed straw gold with a thin wisp of white foam. An all-around subtle hefeweizen with mild banana and peach evident along with lemongrass and meadow flowers. A strong yeastiness persists along with bready yeast. No my absolute favorite of the classic German hefeweizens, but still quite good.

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Photo of jettjon
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass, a dusky-yellow orange color with heavy carbonation. One-finger whitish head that fades moderately leaving a thin cap and ring and light lacing. Decent looking. Nose is sweet and perfumy with underlying hops, faint grapefruit, and a bit of mustiness. Tastes of subtle grapefruit-citrus, semi-sweet malt, mild hops, faint cloves, and banana. Good flavor complexity, yet light. Mouth is very good, slick, wet with moderate carbonation; very thirst-quenching. Drinkability is similarly good. This is a good, light-bodied hefe that’s easily sessionable.

Overall: A great hefe, one of the better ones, recommended.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served in a tulip at 4deg C.

A- Opens well pouring a high white head. Unfiltered and golden good. Head lasts and lasts

S- Pretty good! Enjoyable Coriander and banana hints. Slight but there

T- Pretty good. There is a hint at the end of the finish that reminds me of clove

M- Light and dry. Good

O- Pretty good. Nothing special and I will not buy again but nice to try. Good for hot weather

Food Pairing

This pretty good white beer goes well with... Spicey tuna roll sushi!


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Photo of claybeer
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very light foggy yellow color with a light soft off white head. Extremely cloudy. A classic hefeweizen nose of citrus, wheat, banana, and some spice. I enjoyed the crisp coriander flavor. A very refreshing beer. The finish is clean with just a little bit of a scratchy wheat feeling on the roof of my mouth. Easy drinker.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium straw color. Cloudy/opaque. Pours with a thick high white head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S: Great mix of grainy/bready malt with clean and crisp, well defined banana ester and clove like phenol character.

T: Banana flavor is weak as opposed to phenolic clove flavors. Some bready/grainy malt character. Finish is tart and citrusy. A little too much I thought.

MF: Light nearly watery mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Dry finish.

D: Great nose, I wish the taste was as good. I found the flavor to be overly tart and citric. Could have been a little sweeter. This took a little bit away from its drinkability but still a very easy drinking, sessionable beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Map Room in Chicago, the beer of the month. Hazy light golden color, with lots of streaming bubbles. White fluffy head holds well for a while.

Light banana and clove in the nose, not as strong as others of the style. Pretty simple, maybe a bit of earthy aromas as well.

Very refreshing, a bit tart, but true to style. Hint of banana, but not a whole lot of clove. Lacking a bit of character compared to others.

A good amount of carbonation, but seems just a tad thin. Still very enjoyable.

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Photo of mjc410
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I carefully managed to pour the entire 50 cL bottle into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass, and the head was magnificent. Beer color is a vethick and hazy lemon color, translucent. The quick-rising bubbles passing through are numberous and quite large.

Smells strongly of bananas, cloves, a little pepper, yeast, and a biscuity wheat twang.

Taste is mild, with a bit of wheat twang, and a light biscuit flavor. Not too complex, but nice.

Medium in the mouth, but very bubbly and refreshing.

A good summer drinker, but I wish for more. Nice burps!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a very pale straw colour, thickly hazed with a frothy, pure white head. Disappointingly, the head doesn't stick around for a long time and settles out to a film that is, admittedly, still very fine, and pure white.

Nose is fairly decent, without the punch of the best weizens. Calm estery banana notes with a touch of dustiness, and a little organic funk like grass clippings in the sun. There's a zestiness to it as well, a little zing like Aspro-Clear and just a hint of those phenolic clove notes. Nice stuff.

Taste is clean and bright, with an underlying weight and sweetness from the yeast characters. More pleasant banana notes, with a clean, direct character through the centre that feels a little like acidity from the wheat. Finish is dry and light, leaving the beer more refreshing than its palate would make you think.

Feel is great, smooth and heavy, but with a zestiness that prevents it from getting unmanageable.

Overall, it's a really nice hef. Smooth and very drinkable—there's nothing wrong with it. It perhaps doesn't have the intensity and richness of my favourites (like Weihenstephaner), but it's a fine addition to the style nonetheless.

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Photo of erz316
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl oz brown bottle poured into weihenstephan weissbeir glass.

A - a very heady beer, I had to wait a couple seconds to fill in the last couple drops to get up to the .5L rastal line (I have no clue in hell what rastal means). the head is white, fluffy, and big, and dissipates in an acceptable amount of time. in the light the beer is shades of hazy orange and golden yellow. away from the light it becomes a dark brownish yellow, like a mustard.

S - smells good, of lemony and orange zest right up front. there is a slight sweetness to the beer as well, something like bananas. not much else to report for this beer. pretty good, not great, but not terrible.

T - good solid taste for a hefe. there is a bit of hop bitterness right in the beginning, though very light, which gives in to the direct flavour of banana. bready flavours dominate the finish the as with a highly noticeable apple flavor, which is to be had in this beer: during the finish there is a noticeable flavour of red delicious, and cantaloupe/banana if you dont mind me saying so. the after taste is like that primarily of fruits: black cherry, and fermented apple.

MF&D - could be a bit thicker, but the carbonation is just right in my experience and opinion. I dont know how much more criticism I have for this beer; seems like a solid alternative to warsteiner (if you are ever in that dreaded position)

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ugly Mug. Pitcher poured into pint glass. Orange-yellow with little head. Smelled of bread, bananna, mulling spices, and lemon. Flavors were similar with gentle carbonation.

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Photo of BierReise
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really nice Weizen. It has a beautiful golden cloudy body and a snow-white head on top. Nice wheat malt flavor and one of my favorite overall Weiss/Weizens. I am constantly impressed by the abundance of great beers coming from Germany and especially the Weizens. This one ranks with Paulaner and Schneider. You won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice fluffy 3-finger white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind just a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of wheat, quite a bit of clove, and some banana.There is also some yeast aromas, as well as some citrus.

T - The taste follows the nose quite well. It has a nice wheat body, which is very well complimented by the banana and clove flavors. There is also some citrus flavor, and a very slight bitterness in the finish.

M - This has a light to medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down very easily, and I find it to be very refreshing. There is some tingling from the spice notes, and the finish has a bit of dryness to it.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down smooth and tastes great. I could definitely drink a few of there in a sitting. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is crisp, refreshing and would go great on a hot day. I recommend trying this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good wheat beer, very satisfying with supper. Cloves in aroma, orange in taste as well as lemon. Good mouthfeel though not the most outstanding I have had for a hefe, banana mouthfeel with little of the latter's taste. Nicely malted, also corriander and yeastiness.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9fl oz bottle. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a creamy white head. The aroma displays the beautiful array of banana and clove typical in german hefeweizens. The taste is wheat with more of the banana/clove flavors as in the nose along with some yeast. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a high level carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice brew that is recommended.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a glass of this at Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw-yellow body with a small, white head with poor retention, but with some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A sweet, malt smell with some citrus and olive undertones.

T: A strong, banana ester taste with a velvety, lemon and olive aftertaste. Hint of sweet malts are evident as well.

M: A light anf refreshing beer that proves to be representative of a Hefeweizen. While slightly watery, it still held true to style, in my opinion.

D: A good combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this a drinkable beer, overall. Mouthfeel seemed a little thin, but the drinkability of the beer seemed good nonetheless.

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Photo of changeup45
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a very thick fluffy white head. Aroma is quite citrusy with yeast. Citrus fruity flavor, yeasty and some crisp spices mixed in. Light and refreshing but also nicely balanced and not too watery or thin. A nice all around hefe.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- On par for a German Hefe. Cloudy tannish orange. A thick white head that was quite fizzy for this style. Usually I see a very dormant, creamy head; this was bubbly and noisy. It fizzled away quicker than average, too. Moderate lacing.

S- There's definitely more lemon presence in this one. The yeast, dough, and clove are there too. I didn't pick up the usual banana... there's also a hint of vanilla in there.

T- Tangy citrus, sweet dough, a pinch of clove, and maybe some other spices. Even a touch sour as it warms.

M- Crisp and tingly from the carbonation. Medium to light body. This was a bit over carbonated for a hefe.

D-Like any other german wheat, I'm more then happy to finish the pint.

Overall not my favorite Hefeweizen from Germany; but it still blows away any domestic attempt at the style!


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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This weisen poured a light hazy golden yellow with medium foam and very little lace. The smell was spicy with a hint of cloves. The taste was a spicy citrus, with cloves and a hint of yeast. There was a little bit of bitterness in the finish. Although it had a sort of pleasant after taste, this beer was not outstanding. It just lacked something that wasn't there, like more wheat or spices.

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Photo of vishneda
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. No bottling date or other notes that I could find.

The body has a nice wheat color, cloudy and light yellow in the narrow and golden near the top. An even two-finger head sits on top; bright and clean white with even bubbles throughout. As the beer unfolds, the head settles around a half-finger. There is really no lacing to speak of in this glass.

On the nose it starts out as a bold wheat aroma with pear and lemon notes. The banana note comes through as the beer sits, mingled with a little orange peel. Mild green apple in the mix. Nice scents from this beer, about middle of the road for the style.

The flavor is only a little sweet balanced with a prominent tartness that becomes obvious mid-palate. Ripened banana and a tiny bit of clove comes through in the beer flavor along with a stronger wheat grain. Very little hop flavor experienced here. Even the aftertaste is only a tad bitter; I experienced more banana notes in the aftertaste than I expected. In my mind, it's just OK for Hefe... the top beers in this category have more character and better balance.

Hefe is a highly drinkable style. This beer has the typical light body and is not very filling. I wouldn't classify it as refreshing as it just doesn't seem to hit the right spots.

With the tartness being the only real stand-out charateristic, I would put Bräu Weisse a tad below the best Hefeweizen varieties.

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Photo of shirfan
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow, with a less than average head for a hefe.

Aroma was fresh and clean, notes of banana. Had a very organic note as well, something between spring runoff and freshly cut grass.

Taste is true to the style, if just a bit light. Nice crisp wheat, yeast, lemon rind, and a mild banana-nut flavor. not too much in the way of cloves on this one. A very subtle sourness in the finish. I think this could improve with a little more sweetness and a good layer of yeast in the bottle.

This is a nice and respectable brew for hot days, or paired with flavorful food.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,138 ratings.
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