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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

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Reviews: 909 | Ratings: 2,145
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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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a volumnous head. Made me think it was shaken before I bought it, but it settled down quickly. More straw yellow; thought it would be more cloudy.

Smells have what I believe is tropical fruit or something akin to that. Taste is good. Typical weizen yeast esters upfront. Some cloves near the end and then quicly followed by banana. Am I mistaking subtle hops for cloves? Something seems ever so slightly off though. Maybe not. Maybe the balance of the flavors are giving me that impression.

Mouthfeel was exceptional. Can't detract from it at all.

Worth a try. Best by date was a bunch of tears at the bottom of the label. I lost my Rosetta Stone when my armies were defeated at Waterloo, so I was unable to decipher it.

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Photo of Troyone
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light/bright apple juice (almost like a lemonade) color and a snow white head that dissipated with evident carb action.

Has a slight banana and cookie dough malt smell with a pine and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet, acidic, and grainy malt taste with a crisp grapefruit and lemon hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry and slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth lemon/grapefruit finish that lingers grapefruit.

Easy to drink the slight issues may be the lack of a balanced bitter taste and the lingering grapefruit finish.

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

Hefes served in their very own glass have a striking quality to them, and this is no exception. A large-bubbled, poufy head that doesn't seem to diminish to less than a half-inch scores this one points, as does the thick orange-gold haze in the body. Scent is incredible, reminds me very strongly of Duvel. Flowery, brings to my mind thoughts of peach, vanilla ice cream, orange cream, cream, yellow roses, and (very specifically) twelve grain bread. Very enticing and solid nose.

Mouthfeel jumps out as refreshing, crisp, drinkable and light yet flavorful, by avoiding the burden of other styles' high ABV. Absolutely no cloying, and the foam melds into the liquid with artistic grace in my grateful mouth. Tangerine joins all the scent-notes as components of the taste. I must admit, my scoring is a bit haphazard on this one due to a moderate lack of experience specifically with this style, but damn does it pull off some good qualities. This brew gets the honor of turning me on to German beers.

p.s. the glass is awesome too, it has a twisted-swirl pattern from the thick, heavy base, tapering off to the classic hefe bulge up top, capped with a thick (fake) gold-trimmed rim.

postscript: After reading other reviews, I humbly apologize for missing the (now glaringly obvious and dominating) flavor of bananas and light lemons.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Hefe glass. Very frothy, Creamy head that takes its time disolving but leaves very little or no lacing.

Very opaque for such a light colored beer. Can not even see through the beer. Heavy carbonation keeps bubbling long after it is poured. Smells awesome, full of clove, bannana and some other spice. Seems sweeter or more floral than other american versions of hefe I am familiar with.

Mouthfeel is very dry, creamy and carbonated. Foamy yet crisp. . .

The taste is incredibly clean and clear but a bit weaker than I expected from the smell and does not really match the mouthfeel which seemed thicker and richer. Aftertaste is dry but weaker than other hefe's I have tried.

In general a wonderful Weiss beer with a great look and smell but with a bit too fragile of a taste, does not match the rest of the beer. Even so it is a very drinkable beer that I would recommend.

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

Upon the pour into an over-sized pilsner glass the head lifts feathery and full, several inches deep, white as an afternoon blue sky cloud. No lacing is left on the glass. The body is burnished gold with fat bubbles sporadically ascending toward the brew's surface. Smell: Lemon zest kicks out upfront, followed by freshly baked dinner rolls, tangerine juice, a pinch of black pepper. Taste: Opens with a softly blunt prick of hop bitterness and a crisp yeastiness along the edges of my palate, encompassed immediately by a banana-chip sweetness that has a thin under-belly of citrus zest, and a hint of honeydew melon crouched in the background. The finish is a little dry, pleasantly. Mouthfeel: Rolls around my mouth without hassle, plenty carbonated. A stand up Hefeweizen, well worth a try, and widely available.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I this beer poured into a Paulaner Hefe glass. Light orange at the top, hazy yellow at the bottom. Pour with a full head the faded to a cap. Light phenolics and esters from the yeast. Well balanced. Notes of oranges and pepper. Med body with light carb. Good show.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with the fluffiest white head that leaves soapy strips of lacing all over the glass

Smell: Lemon and cloves on the front, with a subtle banana essence behind; a bit bready as well

Taste: Much more banana up front in the flavor profile; clove spice and lemon tartness combine in the middle and carry through to the finish; slightly sweet, overall

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a good level of carbonation

Drinkability: Among the better hefes out there

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Photo of karst
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly murky lemon straw with a quickly falling three fingered head leaving little lace.
Mild banana with fresh lemon aromas. Lacking strong yeast but offering some wheat aroma with flavors of lemon and wheat combing to create a tart zestiness. Spices and ripe peaches in finish.

Refreshing and a good summer thirst quencher.

Hard to go wrong with Ayinger.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large four-fingered head; cloudy and straw-colored. Doesn't leave much lace considering the head.

Strong traditional wheat smell complete with the usually citrus notes. I also note some banana aromas

Creamy body for a wheat beer. This beer doesn't have the strong yeast flavors typical in this style. Above average in carbonation which suits it well with the body.

This is not my favorite style, but I'd say this would lead the pack of weisse beers that I've had.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Half-Litre brown glass bottle sealed with a crown cap which has the Ayinger logo on it. Generic dark green, yellow, gold and white Ayinger label. Listed as ‘Bräu-Weisse’, and described as an ‘Authentic Bavarian Hefe-Weizen’. No listed strength or Best Before Date.

Appearance: Pale yellow milky straw colored body that has bit of a watery look to it. The head is absolutely massive at first, a deep pillowy white Cumulonimbus Cloud fills the entire Mug, but it soon settles with a big fizzy collapse to form a much more manageable Cirrus formation in time. Conditioning is good, strongly developed and supporting, yet this one leaves no lacing whatsoever.

Nose: Rich cloves and luscious freshly peeled and recently squeezed lemons mix with a mild freshly peeled Banana skin. Fresh and zesty with a nice wheat background. Definitely the best part of this offering for my money.

Taste: Bold start, sharp lemon pith lines the cheeks whilst the wheat nature and cloves pander the tongue. Light tart kick in the ending with a lovely “wake-up call” zestiness. Yeast, cloves and ripened peach flesh in the lingering finish. Lovely tastes!

Mouthfeel: For all its strengths in the taste department it has a rather thin Mouthfeel, the carbonation I suspect is solely responsible for the 3.5.

Drinkability: Refreshing and a good thirst quencher, it slides down rather easily with little resistance. Yet it does feel a little too airy in the long run, the thin body can leave you with a feeling akin to drinking too much cold water too quickly. Not bad though.

Overall: I always enjoy the offerings from Ayinger, and at $2.59 they are not that expensive either to enjoy once in a while; so I’m surprised that I haven’t picked this one up before now, but I’m glad I did. A decent Hefe Weizen that does everything it needs to.

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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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