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 tempest
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jesus, look at that head. Jumps up 3"-4" with a gentle pour. Thick and white. Gold body that is a little hazy.

Aroma is a touch spicey with a little banana and clove. Taste is a little more estery than your average hefe, but its very nice with the banana and clove in the background. Wheat and citrus flavor is dominant, but nothing really stands out here. Finishes on a very mellow sour bitterness from noble hops.

Very nicely balanced beer here. I wish the flavor was a little stronger, but everything else seems to going right here. Great for spicey food. Give this one to anyone that says they "don't like beer."

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow/orange with a big yeast aroma. Lots of lemony citrus smell as well. Big, creamy, meringue-like head. Feels light in the mouth with a tart-drying character. Almost no aftertaste and hop bitteress is very mild. Light citrusy and characteristic wheat flavour dominate. Refreshing - a good summer brew.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ever drink a beer that brings you back to when you first started loving beers? Weizens were a major gateway beer for me and . . . man, this beer reminds me why.
It pours a hazy yellow with a creamy head. The smell is predominantly banana with a touch of cloves. The taste follows the smell, only the banana/clove flavours are pleasantly balanced out by rich wheat malts. Man, what an amazing beer.
It is a little thin for a Weizen though, so it loses points on mouthfeel. However, this corrosponds to an increase in drinkability. I could definately drink this all night.

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Photo of dgallina
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 500 ml bottle without evident freshness date.

Poured lightly-hazed pale yellow and peach. Big carbonation and foamy head that settled to a thin layer and lacing. Aroma is nicely balanced between fruity banana-like malts and clove-tinged hop bitterness. Clean and refreshing flavors. Medium sweet grains build honey, banana and clove roundness before finishing quickly with a crisp hop bite. Light and refreshingly effervescent in the mouth.

Not the most complex beer, but superbly clean and tasty on a too-warm (global warming?) late winter day.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the best hefeweizens I have had in a very long time. Beautiful pour!!! Lovely cloudiness as per the style and the consistent streams of tiny bubble rising to the top. Great looking craggy, pitted pure white foamy head subsides to about a 15mm blanket of snow across the top in about 45 seconds or so. Nice lacing. The smell has a little bit of a lambic / farmhouse ale musty basement smell with a fair amount of the stereo-typical clovey spice. Plenty of spice in the taste; just the right amount. Mouthfeel was perfect for the style IMO, and very refreshing. This hefe was highly drinkable and just delicious. I'll buy this again when it gets nice and hot out. A smashing hefeweizen from Ayinger!

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Photo of klewis
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw with a massive foamy head with lots of thick lacing.

S: Very crisp in the nose with classic aromas of banana and clove

T: Just like the bouquet, banana, clove, and pepper with a bit of bite.

M: Medium-bodied and chewy.

D: All around, this is a great representation of the style. This one is disappearing from my glass quite quickly.

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Photo of danielharper
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Yellow-orange body, thick white head. Cloudy appearance -- nearly perfect to-style.

S: Strong banana aroma, very sweet consistency with an astringent background.

T: Very sweet, some banana notes. A touch of oranges as the beer warms, perhaps a hint of lemon.

M: Thinner than expected, but adds a bit to the drinkability.

D: Very nice. Goes down smooth and clean.

This isn't my favorite hefeweizen, but this is a very good example of the style.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy lemon juice color with a massive white head. The head seemed a tad unstable as far as hefeweizens go. Big nose of clove spiciness and big, green, unripe bananas. Well, as far as taste goes, it doesn't really tread upon new ground for a hefeweizen. It makes up for that in its peculiar way. As soon as I take the sip, it seems very muddy and subdued. Seconds later, the flavors seem to get brighter. I don't know how to explain it. It's as if there's a dimmer switch being turned brighter and brighter after the beer goes over my tongue. This is a pretty light hefeweizen, which isn't necessarily bad, but I tend to associate hefeweizen with a fuller, fluffier mouthfeel. As far as drinkability goes, this is fantastic. I'd imagine this being way better on a hot day than typical lawnmower beers.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $2.49 from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO.

In my 23 ounce Hefe-weizen gladd, the appearance is cloudy light orange with some yeast chunks. Small white head that lasts well. Plenty of streams of bubbles. Nice lacing.

Aroma of musty yeast and cloves with a citrus hint.

Taste is very crisp and tart, with lots of clove and a bit of banana and lemon. Spicey, with the slightest hint of bubble gum. Really good taste. The banana comes up as the brew warms a bit.

Medium light body, a bit thin for an H-W: more like a Witbier.

Very drinkable. This would be great with Bratwurst, Sauerkraut und Rostkartoffel mit Zwiebeln!

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Photo of ski271
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium gold with a large, white, frothy slowly diminishing head. Some decent lacing. The smell is of typical wheat aromas, some nice yeast and a good bit of lemon. The taste is a little thin for the style but very well-balanced. It has a medium-light body and an effervescent feel to it. This is a super easy drinking summertime beverage.

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Photo of Luigi
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy pale yellow. Highly carbonated with a good lace for a head. The aroma is cirusy. Lemon and hints of clove. Medium-light bodied and a very crisp carbonated mouthfeel. Sour tartness hits the tongue at first. Reminds
me of sour apples and lemon zest. Finishes off nicely with bready malts and yeast. Drinkability is near perfect. A refreshing Weisse beer that pairs well with anything greasy that you can grill.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head is seriously almost 4 fingers thick on this beer. It looks to have massive carbonation as the cap has nice retention also. The color is a pale mostly clear yellow, not that mysterious really. The aroma of spicy lemon/citrus is present with a hint of banana and clove. Taste is mild sweet and sour citrus flavor with a real clean finish. Hoppiness is mild. It feels a bit thin, but not bad, carbonation is good. Alcohol not noticable. I would say it goes down pretty easy, but the flavor is too mild for it to keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of bruachan
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at the winking lizard

cloudy gold with a thick head over top, that the glass eventually kills (i keep bringing this up, but their glasses are not all that clean). big carbonation tries to keep that head up, i can feel it too

i had worked out not long before drinking this and it was refreshing. i can see how it would have been for bavarian wheat threshers as well. bubblegum flavor with a fairly intense bitterness for a hefe, and a lemony finish. the banana/clove blanace tips to the clove side, with banana mostly showing up in the aroma. coriander keeps the clove company

dry and wheaty but not in excess

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Photo of drewmprs
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge pillowy head that is like a cloud. It lasts throughout most of the beer. I paid 2.59 at hollingshead, as part of my german wheat beer purchase. Hollingshead has about 40 German Wheat beers, i've tried about 30 of them. This ranks somewhere in the middle as far as hefes are concerned. A little lighter in color than most, zesty lemons. Little bananna or clove flavor. Nothing remarkable about this hefe, dissapointing for an ayinger brew.

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Photo of willgro
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic. It is not quite as good as the Un Weisse, but it is extremely drinkable and has an incredible after taste. They are not extremely strong (around 5.0 abv) but made from real German water and materials, so you know its good. Love the line of beers they have, but the UnWeisse is still my favorite. A dark beer, but light on the stomach. Great w/ shellfish.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 liter bottle, pours a light golden color with ample head that holds up well, but little lacing.

smells like my favorite weiss beers, banana, lemon, clove

classic weizen taste of wheat and banana, clove. quite simply delicious, smooth and balanced, and a gently sliding scope of flavor. a fan of this beer for sure

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is among my favorite hefe-weizen. I can't believe it's taken me this long to review it.

The beer pours to a very cloudy pale yellow color, almost white with all the unfiltered particles floating about. Very carbonated with a perfect big pillowy head. Doesn't leave any lacing, however.

The smell is good. Quite zesty from a bit of lemon with some wheat malt in the back. Also has a bit of a soapiness to it, which is my only complaint.

The taste has lots of banana and clove in the finish, but the initial taste is mostly dominated by a lemon zest. The wheat has a bit of a bite to it as it rolls over the tongue.

The mouthfeel is quite crisp and carbonated with a medium body. Drinkable to a fault. This is one of the quintessential summer beers that I just happen to be reviewing as winter begins to show its rotten face around here once again.

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Photo of stcules
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oranged blonde, hazy, with yeast in suspension. White head, compact and aderent. Good appearance, with the right head.
Very delicate and balanced in the smell, without peak in none of the notes present, which are the weizen typical notes: banana, spices, yeast and wheat.
At the taste, resolute in the beginning, but then it become round and balanced, here again with the classic tastes, well amalgamated.
Cloves in the aftertaste, spicy and banana. The spices give it a good drinkability.
Medium-light body, classic weizen.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a nice frothy head with plenty of carbonation to keep the head alive.
Smells like sweet/tarts candy with a hint of banana and yeast.
Nice flavor and very light and refreshing. Just like a hefe should be. Slight tartness with little hop bitter or flavor in there. Very mellow and smooth with a very clean aftertaste.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow fading to golden in the middle of the glass. Very cloudy. Exceptionally cloudy. Too cloudy? Wow, smells great. Incredibly vibrant wheat smell. Lots of banana and maybe raspberry. Over all it smells quite sweet. Tastes fruity. Perhaps cherries and oranges with a doughy yeast flavor. Has a nice citrus finish. Mouth feel is way off. Its just way too carbonated. It dilutes the flavors too much. Too bad. Things were going well. Over all, it’s a nice beer.

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Photo of jamesdergen
3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very pale, lemon yellow with a surprisingly nice foamy, fizzy head that sticks around a bit.

Smell: A lighter apple aroma with some hints of wheat. Very pleasant.

Taste: Faint hints of the stereotypical banana/bubblegum hefe flavors, but they really aren't up front. Some tart apple flavors show up with a bit of wheat in the background. Nothing spectacular...

Mouthfeel: Very light, fizzy and refreshing. More carbonated that I expected, but still very good.

Drinkability: The main thing that detracts from the drinkability is the way the carbonation attacks your mouth. The beer goes down easy and doesn't sit heavy, but not something I would want more than one of.

Overall, not a bad hefe. Moderately refreshing and drinkable, but not much in the way of taste or complexity. I may revisit this one once it gets warmer next year...

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Photo of malty
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into its voluptuous proprietary glass.

A translucent straw yellowish orange with a meringue like 2" bright white head - truly a thing of beauty.

Scent: Lemon, peach & apricot are evident from the beginning. More whiffs detect Archway frosted lemon cookies and a gingery spice. Yeasty esters provide ironic clean lake breeze scents, as if you were deeply inhaling on the Lake Michigan shore.

Fresh flavors you'd expect from a true Bavarian Hefeweizen; pronounced clove, soft banana, delicate vanilla and slightly sweet bubblegum. Dive deeper and you get an earthy musty, yet very clean yeast experience. Layers upon layers of sweet wheat malt wrapped-up in a perfectly tart, slightly dry but a more sweet citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Med.-full bodied and optimally soft. Airy and comforting. Perfect level of carbonation which make the hefty suspended yeast gracefully layered and balanced.

Drinkability is top notch. This is a beer to be quaffed during the summer for optimal fulfillment, although it's a cool autumn night and it's hitting the spot like never before. I could drink this until by belly burst.

Overall a beer I consider to be in the top 2 in Bavarian Hefes, keeping close company with Weihenstephaner for sure. Perfection in a glass. I must try this at the source before I die.

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Photo of grindcore666
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never learn my lesson and always pour hefe's too fast...so I'm staring at a third of a glass of foam here...

As it settles, the foam seems to be biting into itself like a pile of dissolving snow. Lots of crystals. Let me try and describe this orange haze...very light sensitive. In front of the light is a foggy peach faded into an orangeade. Hefe's always look great, this one is no exception.

Scent is mostly comprised of pineapple - with wheat notes diluting it, but contributing for a good cause.

Tastes like pineapple and other assorted tropical fruits. The wheat in this one is just an afterthought.

Carbonation is great. Subtle, but effective.

A very unique hefeweizen, it's merits far surpass it's expectations. I feel like I've found a new friend. Put this on your 'To Drink' list.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a big fluffy white head made up of medium sized bubbles. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma is lemon-pledge like (but in a good way), with a musty dusty back nose. Not strong. Grassy, wheaty nose.

Flavor is quite pleasant, full flavored lemon and wheat flavors dominate. Slight sweetness and only the faintest hint of hops at the end of the swallow. Not complex in flavor, but the mix of flavors that there are quite well balanced.

Bright and clean light mouthfeel, pleasant drinkability on a nice evening after a long bike ride.

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice white head, golden color, somewhat cloudy (fine for style). Aroma has bananas, some vanilla notes, and a tad of spicy something like cloves. The flavor was slightly tart and a hint of mild bitterness was present too but there was also a kind of simple sweetness (not a really robust malty sweetness). The beer was fluffy - this has always struck me as an odd descriptor but it really applies to a good wheat beer. Nice & tasty.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,189 ratings.
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