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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of drtth
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled and poured into an Erdinger Weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a cloudy yellow/gold with a 2" white fluffy head that recedes some but does not disappear. Sipping leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The aroma has some citric fruit character but fresh clove dominates and banana follows along to complement the clove.

Taste: The tart, refreshing taste is pretty much what would be expected from the aroma. There is clove and banana and there is some tart lemon mixed in here. There is also some light sweetness from the wheat malts but otherwise not much wheat flavor. As the beer warms a bit the balance of flavors doesn't change as all of the flavors seem to become stronger at the same time. The hop bitterness lightly spicy, is quite low and shows up almost as an after thought to prepare the taste buds for the next sip.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some nice prickly but creamy carbonation. The finish is moderately long, begins in sweetness from the wheat and malt and slowly fades into dry hop bitterness which quietly leaves the scene.

Drinkability: This is a very nice hefe and a perfect beer for a summer Sunday afternoon of grilling, games and drinking on the patio and in the back yard. Although the ABV is about 5% it would still be easy to consume too many of these. I'll be having this beer again as it is now on my shopping list.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- lots of frothy white foam fills nearly the entire glass, settles slowly to a barely translucent golden wheat and banana colored brew. some lemon/canary yellow highs and great radiant color. head has great retention and leaves clumpy quilts of lace that run down like lightning bolts near the end.

S- banana-wheat, yeasty spicy clove, nutmeg, coriander, dried flowers like a potpourri spice, and fresh baked bread.

T- bubblegum, banana bread, spring water, and a yeast sourness that comes through in the middle followed by lots of wheat and a raw barley type taste, cooked white rice, green apple, and a soft citrus lemon/orange coriander fruitiness and a bubblegum wheat finish.

MF- light to medium in body, medium carbonation, and a powdery wheat feel in the palate, very refreshing, goes down easy like sunday morning.

D- makes me feel like its almost springtime, would be even better on a sunny may afternoon.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely one of the best in the world for this style. Fortunate to find it on tap at Cafe Amsterdan in Anchorage, Alaska. Thank you Specialty Imports.

Cloudy, pale golden with thick, pillowy, soft white head. Took a while for bar keep to pour. No significant lacing.

Clovey mainly, some estery banana, but nothing like the banana blowing off the weizenbock I've got fermenting right now. A hint of alcohol in the nose.

Tastes alot like the nose, more clove than banana. A faint bit of bitter bite. Some sweetness toward the end and some bubblegum live flavor. Balanced finish.

Well carbonated, medium body, quick finish balanced between sweet and dry.

Drinkability? Are you kidding? Could a beer drink any easier than this one?

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Photo of TMB0424
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ML bottle poured into weizen glass.

Poured a hazy, musty golden body with an enormous, loose white head. Extremely pillowy, very nice looking. Carbonation slowly rises to meet the top. Excellent retention - lacing is minimal.

Smells of ripe bananas, clove, spice. Some lemon rind thrown in there. Fresh wheat and barley. Very sharp. The banana is really evident and smells awesome.

Taste is of toasted biscuit, wheat, clove and most of all, bananas. Floral elements are everywhere as well. Honey soaked lemons, freshly baked bread. The bananas go hand-in-hand with the bready feel. Finishes with a slight pucker from the lemon/citrus element.

Mouthfeel is great - very creamy, smooth. Very light. Carbonation is slightly high but nothing too bad. It goes down far too easy. Finishes semi sweet, semi dry. Perfect for a hot day. Will definitely be returning to this brew again.

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Photo of mkh012
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger is a great Hefeweizen. The smell/flavor profile is as expected from a hefe (orange, bread, bubblegum, banana), but it's spot-on here. Very clean and easy to drink, as a good hefe should be. Super refreshing. Bright, lively, slightly sweet.

My top 3 Hefes are:

1) Weihenstephaner
2) Franziskaner
3) Ayinger

Can't go wrong with any of these three.

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Photo of mwa423
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a very hazy corn yellow with a good two inches of foam or more that quickly dissipates

Smell - Lots of spice and yeast, very good

Taste - Very strong wheat flavor with a hint of banana.

Mouthfeel - Exceptionally smooth, goes down very nicely!

Drinkability - While I rarely make any hefe a session a beer I would actually make an exception for this one. The taste is excellent without being overwhelming and it is an exceptionally smooth beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml into tall weizen glass.

Murky, gray-yellow color with a healthy 3f, marshmellow-white fluffy head.

Smell scores big points for me - wheaty, yeasty, with zesty lemon, white pepper, and a touch of clove as it warmed. Very inviting.

Taste has a lightly tart, lemon-grass quality, and a slight pepper finish.

Nice effervescence on the tongue, crisp and refreshing overall.

Drinkability gets high marks, too - could easily kill a few liters in an afternoon.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 09/21/12 notes. Had several glasses on this on tap at Max's in Baltimore at their German Beerfest; my favorite beer of the night. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, light citrus, fruity malts, lightly sweet, wheat, bready malts, and dough. Awesome nose; some light colve and spice but mostly a ton of bananas, which I love. A little sweet but not too much; one of the better smelling hefeweizens I've had.

t - Tastes of bananas, wheat, bready malts, dough, cloves, spices, and some sweet fruity malts. Taste is like liquid banana bread with some pepper and spice added to it.

m - Wow, perfect mouthfeel for a hefeweizen. Body is insanely creamy and smooth, with a medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Could definitely have a few glass of this, which I did.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing hefeweizen; one of the best I've ever had. I'd put it below the Live Oak and Andechser hefeweizen's, and slightly about Weihenstephaner's. The nose is amazing and it is one of the smoothest, creamiest bodies I've ever had. Would love to have this one again; it was amazing on tap.

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Photo of erk0607
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Amazing, hazy yellow gold, super foamy, incredibly light, white head that lingers
Smell: Great. Banana and clove just like you'd expect. Malty. Like a good hefe ought to. Sweet.
Taste: Citrus and spice, sweet. Yeasty. Subtle banana esters.
Feel: Smooooth. Lightly carbonated. Medium body. Incredibly refreshing.
Overall: Excellent. Would not hesitate to get again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy yellowish gold with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lace on the glass.

Smell: An aroma of wheat and yeast with clove spices. Big smell of bananas with some grains, hay, pepper, and bubblegum. Also some hints of citrus hops with some orange and lemons. A pretty bright and crisp smelling wheat beer.

Taste: A nice taste of wheat grains with some big bready banana esters. A good yeasty spice from cloves and a hint of pepper. Also some bubblegum and hay with some nice hints of citrus lemon and orange. A very solid fruity and funky taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A very good authentic Hefeweizen. A great use of wheat and spicy yeast.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color topped by a huge creamy white head that settles down in due time. Aroma of German yeast, spicy Saaz hops, light wheat, banana, and clove. Palate is wonderful - crisp light wheat and Saaz hops, fading to fruity esters (banana, light citrus) and ending nice and clean. Body is damn near perfect - crisp, clean, and refreshing, perfect for a spring day. If only it were a bit cheaper, I might drink it every sunny day.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 330 ml. bottle with no expiration date or lot code evident. Sampled on September 27, 2009. Pours a hazy, cloudy pale yellow with excitable carbonation and a half-inch, long lasting frothy white head. The aroma is bursting with wheat, fruitiness, bread, and a dash of hops. Creamy, medium mouthfeel. The taste is of wheat, coriander, latent malts and hops, and somewhat tart. Enjoyable overall.

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Photo of dciBA
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very attractive dark yellow that gets progressively lighter towards the bottom of my weizen glass. A puffy white inch or so of head forms and then fades to about a quarter inch and lingers forever. No lacing at all as it goes down.

Smell is split almost perfectly of clove spiciness and banana. Exactly what I expect from the style. Taste follows the nose. A near perfect balance of spiciness and banana. While I prefer a hefeweizen to be more unbalanced towards the banana side of things this probably more true to style.

Mouthfeel has the high carbonation typical of the style. Very easy drinking which is where this style really needs to shine. Nothing better than a german wheat beer on a hot day. This one surprised me as I never hear people referencing it but it just may be my new benchmark of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a large weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light gold color, with a big foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with wheat, yeast, lemon & spice.

T: Fruity flavors of banana & lemon come out first and are followed by light flavors of wheat and clove spice. Very refreshing and light. The after-taste blends all of the flavors together.

M: Very smooth & crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This beer was very tasty, not filling at all and very easy-to-drink. I found myself throwing it down very quickly. Excellent representation of style. I'd love to find it on-tap somewhere nearby.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Hazy straw color with a generous 2+ finger head that dissipates quite slowly
S: Banana, clove, wheat and a bit of yeast. Maybe a bit of bubblegum. A bit sweet but very enjoyable overall.
T: Bubblegum and banana in a big way upfront, followed by hints of clove/wheat then another big hit of banana/bubblegum on a lengthy finish. Again a bit sweet, but very tasty.
M: Light & crisp, yet a bit creamy at the same time. Nice overall.
O: This paired quite well with steamed lobster tail dipped in butter. Both were light and the creaminess of the butter matched the mouthfeel beer. Even on its own this is tasty and complex- very enjoyable.

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Photo of gfreed
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has one of the most attractive heads I've seen, and the good news is that it's impossible to avoid. Even when poured gently, you get a good two or thee fingers. Best to pour it into a Weizen glass-- for me, this resulted in a head about five or six inches high, fluffy as a cottonball and white as a sheet. The aroma is full of apples, bananas, peaches, cloves, and the taste is equally marvelous, with a large dose of honey to boot. Be sure to dig the yeast from the bottom of the bottle for the full effect. Pleasantly lemony-hazy in the glass, with plenty of dense body. Easy to drink. A bit pricey for a four-pack, but well worth the expense. You will not be disappointed!

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - On tap

A - A hazy, golden color, with a nice, fluffy white head

S - Bananna, clove, wheat, spices

T - Much the same as the smell, with a hint of citrus tartness to it

M - Velvety smooth and moderate bodied.

D - Highly drinkable, and excellent for sessioning

Overall - Was fortunate enough to try this one on tap. And it is definitely an outstanding Hef! Possibly my favorite one I've had. If you see it, and you like Hefeweizens, do not hesitate to try it

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy lemon yellow colour with a huge head of foam. Excellent head retention with very good lacing.

The smell is of wheat, clove, light banana, and some lemon zest.

The taste follows the nose precicely. Lots of wheat and clove, good note of banana, and a light lemon flavour that's mostly in the finish. A great taster here.

Medium bodied with medium to medium high carbonation.

Drinkability? Damn good as it's tasty and thoroughly enjoyable to session on.

Edit: After having a few more bottles, I think this may be the best Hefeweizen imported to the US.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep yellow opaque body on pure white inch thick head.
Aroma: Huge honey, lemon juice, pinot grigio and ester aroma. No hop aroma.
Taste: Cloves under the rich banana flavor. No hop flavor. This needs a little more complexity to back up the intensity.
Mouthfeel: Creamy banana mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Amazing aroma an delicious. Gone in a flash.

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Photo of kshankar
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a soft thick head with good retention. Typical for a hefeweizen? Sure, but still amazing

Aroma: Yeast and banana, as well as lemon, cloves, and citrus. The yeast and banana were most prominent to me. Spices as well, such as coriander

Taste: Banana, yeast, wheat are the most. The spices and citrus are minimal. The banana isn't overly aggressive but it does leave a distinct aftertaste that lingers

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty good, crisp and light to medium bodied. Pretty similar to the style.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Refreshing, and tastes good. One of the better hefe's I've had.

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Photo of meatyard
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a large, white head. Retention is pretty good and there are many, visible carbonation streams.
The smell is pretty typical with cloves, banana, floral citrus and yeast.
The taste is very much like the aroma though the yeast is a bit more pronounced.
Mouthfeel is light & well-carbonated.
Drinkability: This is an excellent beer. It may not equal the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, which is probably the benchmark, but it belongs in the top 3-5 available for the style. This hits on all cylinders and satisfies.

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Photo of inebrius
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weighty nose offers up a farmer's market of aromas: vanilla, tobacco leaf, banana, allspice, grapes, pineapples. A clouded peach brew that is at once full and refreshing. Lactic tart solos over subdued malt riffs as this choice brew jams its way down your neck posthaste. Quality!

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Photo of taigor
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale yellow color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly lemony with yeast, banana and some spices.

T - Banana and spices upfront, then yeast takes over with a slightly dry finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Excellent and very enjoyable hefeweizen. All the flavors are well balanced and not too overwhelming. Would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow/golden color and comes with a superb head that retains very very well....a minimum two fingers thick and settles to a puffy one finger thick layer of fluff! Carbonation seems to be at a modestly aggressive level and the lacing is the only soft spot of the appearance with really nothing much to write home about....foam quickly slides back into the liquid.....oh well, still a great start!

S- There is a nice medley of aromas happening here, with primary smells of rich, robust yeast/bread dough. Somewhat spicy on the nostrils as well, with cloves and muted pepper....fruitiness as well.....banana/banana bread, some citrusy orange/lemon/grapefruit peel and fresh sweet malts. There is a diluted bitterness on the finish, but more of a fresh grainy aroma that balances this out.

T- The flavors follow the aromas quite closely with a dominant flavor profile that leans towards malty, and with a backbone of bananas and/or banana bread rich yeast/biscuit. Background flavors of citrus fruits and some spices, again, like clove and peppery notes. The finish is somewhat dry and of unmalted barley and wheat kernels, and balanced out with a crisp, clean hop bitterness that is just there!

M/O- Light to medium bodied for sure and very smooth carbonation make this quite an enjoyable beverage! I feel that this is true to the style and is highly drinkable.....with some fresh baked bread, this would be a very ideal compliment but I'd have absolutely no problem enjoying this throughout an evening. Probably one of the nicest Hefeweizen beers one will ever encounter! Recommended!

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Photo of jmalex
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite hefeweizens. If I drink enough of these, the weather has to warm up, right?

APPEARANCE: Pours a pale gold with a stiff white cap. Bubbles cascade up the glass and replenish the falling head. One unexpected quality: it's not quite completely hazy. Fairly transparent actually, despite giving the last bit a good swirl in the bottle.

SMELL: Bready and spicy. Banana and bubblegum lurk in the background. Everything pretty much in style and nothing out of the ordinary. Nice.

TASTE: Much more banana in the taste. Clove accentuates it well. The spicy wheat is supported by the slightest bit of yeast. This tastes great.

MOUTHFEEL: Really smooth and a perfect slightly sharp carbonation. There's not much to it, but I can't imagine it being any better and I wouldn't change anything.

DRINKABILITY: Is there any doubt? What could be better? Maybe it's inherent in the style, but I don't care. Nothing is more drinkable than a well-crafted hefeweizen, and this definitely qualifies.

I knew this beer was excellent, but didn't expect it to score quite as high as it did. Ayinger is right up there with Weihenstephaner when it comes to hefeweizens, and I've got both in my fridge.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,145 ratings.
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