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 anon
2.96/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale yellow hue. Not much of a head reducing to mere nothingness with no lace. Smells of banana and clove with some very subtle straw and funk. Tastes of lemon, straw, hardly any banana or anything else for that matter. Finishes flat and bland. No bottling date so I am hoping this is far past it's prime, because I was very let down by this one. Hopefully will get a fresher bottle next time and this rating will be reversed.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fuzzy moldy bread. Mowing grass king of the hill. Bottled sunshine. Filling. Grilled cheese on rye fermented pickles. Isaac Hayes, Bootsy Collins. Green onions.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light, cloudy gold/orange colour. Smells fruity, sweet, yeasty, hint of banana. Tastes crisp, clean, light, quite carbonated, fruity yeasts, banana, slightly dry, underlying malt body, with a hint of bitter hop at the end.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw-golden pour with white ring of foam. Aroma is banana and lemon. Flavor is delicious with banana, bread, bubblegum, and just a mild touch of sour lemon. Rather carbonated, so the mouthfeel isn't as smooth as it could be. Tasty example of this classic style though.

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Photo of tlema1
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: hazy, golden color, tight white head
S: banana and clove
T: wheat taste, some bubblegum
F: great mouthfeel, really coats the palate
O: very good, not my favorite , but it n the top 3

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Photo of hman43
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head.

Smell: There are aromas of banana, vanilla, wheat, and lemon.

Flavors: There are flavors of banana and lemon with plenty of wheat flavor.

Feel: There is a sweet character to it which has hints of citrus flavors. It has a mostly light feel to it.

Overall: This is a favorable wheat beer that highlights a balance between the wheat and fruity esters.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Writing as I drink.

Pours a light cloudy yellow with a typically fluffy white head which is surprisingly short lived.

Nose is nice - quite yeasty typical of a German wheat but with some citrus particularly lemon. Some banana.

Palate is ok with banana some toffee, spice and bubble gum. Fairly typical.

Mouth is OK - quite light. a little disappointing. Usally I find German wheat beers to be quite full and creamy which I like.

Overall a good German wheat beer. Better than most but I was disappointed by the mouthfeel.


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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle. Pale yellow pour, hazy, with a tall white head that gives way to a sticky lacing. Smells like bananas, white bread, yeast and honey. Sweet taste, with notes of bananas, oranges, yeast and honey.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm a sucker for hefeweizens so forgive this honestly biased review

Poured into a weizen glass, hazy golden color, massive head which retains for quite some time

Smells of sweet plantain, with a slightly sour yeast after scent

Smooth and creamy feel, great banana presence, flavor is consistent to the last sip. A traditional and exemplary Bavarian hefe

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfect weizen! Thick fluffy head, aroma of bubble gum and bananas. Sweet bready taste. It doesn’t get much better than this. A liquid loaf of bread....

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Photo of TheFairOne
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The absolute most perfect beer I think I'll ever come across. It's complete on all sides of the beer making the experience entirely satisfying.

Poured from bottle into a weizen glass. It pour a very light yellow color and turns to a burnt orange color as it settles. There's a couple inches of head on it, but settled to about half an inch. It's been poured for 20 minutes and the carbonation is still extremely heavy. It's extremely cloudy and fluffy in apparence.

The smell is like none other. It's distinct in the best of ways. Banana hits you rights in the nostrils with just the tiniest bit of funk. You can smell the cloudiness in the beer right off the bat. It smells fresh, but dense.

The feel of the beer captures the smell and look exactly. It's smooth in your mouth, full bodied, but not weighing you down.

The taste is blissful. Banana is the initial taste, then settles into a nice spice. I get a slight note of white grape. It's the best.

If you haven't tried this beer m, do it. It changes your life.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 03/15/16:

Perfect golden yellow, almost completely clear before sediment. After sediment, splotchy haze and clumps of fine solids both resting and in suspension, and taking on an orange tint where very opaque. Extremely clear still for a half inch on the bottom, though there are some larger chunks in rest. Pure white head of fine bubbles and moderate, film-forming retention. Strong, sweet and slightly tart banana, with Saison-like spiciness on the nose. Distinct sweet banana tastes watered down by comparison. Tartness, still banana-like is much stronger. Bready, wheat base, slightly metallic/medicinal phenols and a fair amount of clove and pepper spiciness, as well as cooked peas, though not enough to be unpleasant, in the finish. Light-medium in body, light but fine soda-like spritziness, though not in a bad way as the body itself is neither too watery nor too syrupy. Overall quite velvety to creamy, and astringent or acidic enough to make the teeth feel chalky.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.25] Beer is a slightly cloudy straw color. It sports an impressive 3 fingers of uber dense white head. The head coats the glass as you move it and leaves nice long white arcs. The bottle lists the ABV (5.1%). I cannot find any date info.

S: [3.50] Banana, clove, bread, crackers, lemon peel.

T: [3.75] Mild toffee and caramel tones then stronger esthers of banana. Some fresh cut grass. Mild lemon also.

M: [3.75] It was a bit more carbonated than I expected - not complaining just observing. This is really crisp and refreshing. Goes down easily but is not watery.

O: [3.75] This is not my favorite style. But typically I can't even finish one. This one is tasty and refreshing. A highlight (for me) for this style. The yeast is not overpowering and allows some of the malt tones and citrus tones to come through. I'd drink this again if offered.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Lots of banana and clove up front along with plenty of phenolic fruitiness and wheaty notes. A bit of a bubble gum undertone as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the banana and clove notes and makes its way into the fruitiness and wheat notes. A touch on the sweet side, but restrained. Phenolic, yeasty spices hit towards the end

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit on the prickly side

O: One of the standards for the style. Very easy to drink and extremely refreshing on a hot day. Definitely worth checking out if you're into classic versions of the style

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

Poured from a pint and 1 oz bottle, no date visible on bottle or label. Poured into a standard drinking glass. Pour is pretty, hazy golden unfiltered beer. Smell is pretty refined and good, creamy wheat, although I've had another of the same beer from them be more intense. I saw floating sediment in the last one, none in this one. The last one was a lot more sophisticated with the taste, literally bananas, spice, and cloves directly translated, while this one is pretty much a creamy, above average, standard, toned down German hefeweizen. I went ahead and did an average rating of the 2, because the first one blew my mind, one of my favs of all time, while this one was just pretty good. Cheers!

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Photo of RefuelTheFire
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When it comes to hefeweizens, I almost always prefer the German styles that follow the reinheitsgebot (German purity laws) to that of the American style, so I do have a little bias towards this style. The first thing I did was pour it into a weizen glass, and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to warm up the beer a touch. With Ayinger Brau Weisse this is actually important, as it comes across as too harsh when it is fridge temperature, but opens up beautifully when it warms up a touch. The color is straw-like, with that classical hefeweizen unfiltered cloudiness. You will get a solid 3/4 to 1 inch head that will slowly dissipate to about a quarter of an inch that will be maintained through the drinking process, but will get no lacing. The beer itself has a clean and crisp taste with a strong initial hit of banana and clove but ends up with a beautiful lift of lemon-like citrus at the end. If you drink the beer ice-cold you will get hit hard with the clove right from the beginning, but as the beer warms up a touch, the clove mellows and brings forth the banana. The crispness is maintained throughout the drinking experience. The only complaint that I have is that the feel of the beer is a little bit on the watery side for a hefe, but other than that I believe that this is the standard bearer for German Hefeweizen, and its going to be hard to beat in that category.

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Photo of drmeto
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

-pours a cloudy bright golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
heavy on lemon,banana,clove,white bread
-lemon,clove,bubble gum,grainy
-medium carbonation
-light body
A rare disappointment from Ayinger for me.

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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 headlessparrot
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy, very boggy yellow colour capped by a solid amount of head that recedes fairly quickly for the style.

Smell is super-intense--I could smell it from across the room when it was poured. Big banana, clove. Citrus, yeasty. Taste is more banana, more clove, more citrus. Slightly peppery, doughy, bready. Moderate-high carbonation, thick-ish body. Creamy, delicious.

This is lovely. One of my favourite German hefes. Super crisp, refreshing.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great beer. There is a place here in China that has it. I'd never had it but had heard decent things about it. I'd say this beer surpassed what I'd heard. I still prefer some other wheat beers over this one, but this was not at all bad. Give it a try if you haven't.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a beautiful, white, fluffy, 2 finger head. Head dissipates at average pace and not much lacing present.

S - Smells spot on to that of a hefeweizen. Dominated by banana and clove with hints of citrus and spice. Aroma of bread malts are very notable as well. I've always enjoyed the aromas of a hefe and this one doesn't let you down!

T - The flavors live up to the aromas in all regards! Banana, bread malts and clove are the most prominent with the optimal amount of spices subtly added in. All in all a very well done hefe - no complaints!

M - Optimal amounts of carbonation with a medium-light body. Very smooth and crisp, although finishes a little watery I.m.o. Regardless, very enjoyable and more importantly, very drinkable!

O - It must be something in that German technology, but a phenomenal hefeweizen! Well done Ayinger.

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Photo of Raime
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ayinger BräuWeisse.

Ayinger is a brewery that has eluded me for quite some time. I haven't has many hefeweizens, but they have usually been quite fucking tasty. Out of an actualy brewery, from their actual homeland, I expect quite a bit. Usually always prefer the American counterparts to anything else. Enough talk, let's dive in and hope for bananas!..

Look - From the unknown ounce wise bottle into a pint glass. Pours the murkiest of all yellows that I have ever seen with a two finger head thay sticks around from quite some time. After allowing the brew to sit it eventually dies down to a thick froth amongst the top of the beer that also rounds out the edges nicely. The carbonation is tough to read although it does appear to be moderate in level based on what I can see. Head after about ten minutes continues to stick to a thick ring around the glass but no actual stick or lacing remains.

Smell - Big banana essence exactly as I was hoping for with a nice dosage of the clove level. A touch of wheat, and a certain smell that I cannot quite explain that makes this beer very apparently German and legitimate. Smells like it is welcoming to dive in and see how things develop in the taste profile.

Taste - The thing I love the most about this style is apparent from the first sip, to the last glug. Usually not the biggest fan of wheat ales, especially not American Pale Wheat Ales which tend to have zero flavor balance to me and end up tasting like corn flakes cereal. The banana is very much noticable and dominant is this flavor profile, with a touch of juicy hoppyness. The wheat levels are also apparent though they meld well with the aformentioned flavors. Just a wee bit of sugar on the finish.

Feel - Body is much, muchhhh fuller than you would expect with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Sits very nicely and easily, AND the banana surely takes over the flavor profile in the mouth which clearly draws the line between Hefeweizen and APWA. Swallows easy as can possibly beer snd leaves you wanting more.

Overall - Hefeweizens are what American Pale Wheat Ales wish theh could be. For most styles, I prefer the American counterpart, but when it comes to these guys, the Germans are the clear winner. Mosy APWAs just taste like corn flake cereal without anything to back it up. This on the other hand, is equivalent with Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, if not slightly edging it out a bit. Could easily drink a sixer of these guys. Sits right on the Very Good more towards Great line.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Full, light, foamy eggshell head which quickly dissipates into a thin but persistent layer. Hazy translucent straw in the light, orange in shadow. No discernible lacing.
S: Light and fruity, like fresh banana. Gentle malt and yeast. A genuinely fresh and pleasant bouquet.
T: Under a musty veneer: orange, banana, and clove. Well-balanced, but doesn't live up to the nose.
M: Full and coating, smooth without being thick or cloying. Slight bite of carbonation.
O: Not as heady and satisfying as some of the best hefeweizens, but worth a look. For my palate, too musty and not enough pure character. I wish the taste were as fresh as the nose.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold with a ½” foam stand that quickly recedes, light lace quickly slides down the sides of the glass. S: Bready with light banana, faint spice, some fresh laundry, malt is medium as are the yeast aromatics. Light citrus. No vanilla but very faint bubble gum. T: Rich malt with some spice, not a lot of clove and just a hint of banana. Has a soft wheat character. Has a light citrus tart, snappy finish with malt and yeast flavors fairly evenly balanced. F:Above average to high carbonation, low medium to medium body. O: This bottle may be a little long in the tooth because the phenolics and other yeast flavors are not very prominent. Its still pretty good.

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Photo of James954
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden yelow with medium cloudiness and good head lacing and overall carbonation.

S- Mostly light citrus and faint banana.

T- Upfront banana to light fruits with a spice note (clove?), and a crisp citrus finish.

M: Feel is very similar to Paulaner's Hefe-Weizen. It fills the mouth just right without seeming foamy or overly carbonated.

Overall: Comparing to Paulaner's Hefe-Weizen, it's almost identical, save for a slightly better taste, finish, smell, and carbonation...I still prefer a heavier banana action (Weizenbock).

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,183 ratings.
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