Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse
BA SCORE
90.4%
Liked This Beer
4.17 w/ 2,222 ratings
Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,278
Reviews:
926
Ratings:
2,222
Liked:
2,009
Avg:
4.17/5
pDev:
9.11%
Alströms:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
350
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,222 |  Reviews: 926
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of citrus and wheat grains fill the nose. The taste of the beer has a nice soft wheat quality to it and finished with a nice amount of lemony zest in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth, gently carbonated and a little on the creamy side. Overall I thought this beer would be best to have in the summer time, no matter when you wanna have it though it's a pretty good choice when it comes to having a Weisse.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It is hazy light yellow in appearance and poured with a large bright white head that perfectly rose to the top of the weizen glass. There's a moderate to heavy level of carbonation and the beer has good head retention.
S: There is a moderate aroma of bananas in the nose with subtle hints of cloves.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of banana flavors in the taste, which is mildly sweet. The underlying wheat is also noticeable, particularly in the aftertaste.
M: The beer feels light bodied and rather effervescent on the palate.
D: This beer goes down very easily and is so thirst quenching that I could drink them all day long. This is a great bear to session.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, the beer has much of the same characters found from the tap, just not as fresh, spicy, or floral. The beer pours a, still active, carbonation but less than on draught. A bright canary yellow hue with a silky haze and small yeast particles floating about. Smells the same bubble gum, banannas, cloves, and bread as on tap, but not as crisp, clean, or fresh fruit flavored. Peppery and spicy but with less 'snap'. Feels more mellow and soft from the bottle. Finishes the same with a fruity, wheaty, minty flavor. Both are great, but go for the tap version when available.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy, filmy, and rather pale golden yellow colour, with a ton of billowing, foamy, thin white head, which leaves a few swaths of island atoll arch lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of banana chip esters, cloves, yeast, a bit of white pepper, and bready wheat and barley grain - holy Reinheitsgebot! The taste is sweet bready grain, more wheat than barley-oriented, solid fruit esters - banana, orange, and lemon - some spice - more mild clove and a hint of the coriander flip-side, and a bit of understated, earthy yeast.

The carbonation is nice and soft, the body a solid medium weight, fruity, well smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes on a drying note - the fruit, yeast, wheatiness, and mild alcohol all showing.

A pretty solid, traditional hefe, very much like granddad showing the kids how they did it in the good ol' days, and being absolutely, positively, god damned right.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml brown glass bottle with standard (nicely coloured, I might add...) pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.

I'm really in the mood for a good hefeweizen. Paired with a rice krispie treat (don't ask).

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice rolling cream, good thickness, and fantastic retention. Colour is a predictable yet lively hazy yellow-orange. No yeast particles are visible, but it's nontransparent. Non-opaque. Decent lacing. No bubble show. I'm looking forward to it.

Sm: Fresh yeast, with notes of clove and banana alongside wonderful cream and hints of orange peel. The runts-esque banana flavour is quite fresh and appealing. All around a very impressive aroma. Quite inviting.

T: Heavy banana with clove taking more of the background. Yeasty, but not spicey or overly herbal - just a hint of floral character to liven it up. Beautifully balanced for the style, near perfection. The soft wheat foundation complements the other notes wonderfully, providing a fresh unobtrusive base. Hints of orange peel round out the flavour alongside very light yet complementary hopping (almost entirely floral). Incredibly well built. Subtle yet evocative. Refreshing. I quite fancy it. Its one drawback is its lack of complexity, but within the style it's got serious depth.

Mf: Perfect coarseness and dryness, never going overboard or compromising the refreshing feel. Adequate carbonation. Crisp. Light on the palate.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. I could down this all day. A fantastic summer brew. I'd definitely have this again. Gives Erdinger a run for its money - perhaps even surpasses it. It's right up there with Franziskaner in my book. Definitely give this a go; this is mastery of the style. Hides its mild ABV as well as would be expected.

I will say that its banana emphasis isn't necessarily ideal; I'd prefer a solid orange emphasis.

A poor candidate for aging; best consumed fresh.

A-

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one many times, just getting around to a review.

The highlights of this one seem to be it's fine spice bouquet, and smoothness. Pours a fizzy orange, nearly opaque at first. A swirl of the yeast, and the final pour renders it a muddier orange. Smell of clove, banana, and fruit gum.

Tastes fizzy at first, then later the spice comes through. A clove mixed with nutty malt and banana. Fairly muted due to the higher than average carbonation.

Again, the fizziness is a detriment, but the yeast adds an essential smoothness. Easy to session, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass it was very cloudy and golden yellow in color. A huge head. It smelled of wheat and cloves. The wheat taste was complimented by a citrus flavor. The mouthfeel was soft and semi-dry. Like most unfiltered weisse beers, it was a little heavier than expected. Overall, I was highly impressed with the Brau-Weisse.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a cloudy and hazy yellow/whitish color ale with a bit foamy head with great retention and some dark lees at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of pure wheat with some nice ester and floral notes. Taste is dominated by refreshing wheat notes with some medium banana and ester notes also noticeable. Nice body with some low filtration and adequate carbonation and a creamy texture. Very well done overall and quite enjoyable with the warm weather.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy wheat-colored ale with a huge cap of foam that shows no sign of fading.

Smell: Lemon and wheat with a good helping of banana bread.

Taste: Zesty, bready and mildly sweet with a lemony twang. Quite a bit of citrus present but not as much of a banana/tropical fruit character. The finish is dry and clean, very little hop bite. Estery banana flavors come out more as the brew warms up to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side - very crisp. Light, gentle carbonation, but lots of it.

Drinkability: Very high. This is a stellar hefeweizen.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours super cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with great retention that redueces to a thick cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up as expected. Aromas of huge banana, orange, pepper, clove, biscuit, grass, and herbal spiciness. Fanatastic and well balanced aromas, with good strength. Taste of lemon, banana, clove, pepper, orange, breadiness, wheat, grass, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, banana, clove, and spiciness on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors overall, with no cloying flavors as expected. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Incredibly smooth and drinkable; this will be in my summer fridge. Overall this is a fantastic, well balanced, and super drinkable hefeweizen; with some pretty big flavor. I would get this again, it is priced well.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Schell's Weizen Glass.

Pours a massive head starts with 4 fingers. Then mellows down a bit. Eventually settles at 1/2 finger. Pillow topped. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Color is a very hazy/cloudy sunset gold.

Aroma is a tad musky. A lot of cloves and banana. Some spices as well.

Taste is a lot similar to the aroma. A tad of alcohol comes out as well. The spices are a lot more apparent here. Some orange peel notes come out as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp at first, but then mellows out a lot. Leaves a clean aftertaste. Carbonation level seems good for this beer.

Overall, a very easy to drink beer. It was nice out today and I felt like enjoying something and a hefe sounded good. I am looking forward to the summer and enjoying more of these.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy, yellow body with a frothy bright-white head that drops but holds a good 1/8" throughout the glass. The aroma is mainly fruity, lightly tart, with some light clove and subtle phenolics (more band-aid than bubblegum), and a restrained banana. The body is light/medium with a zesty carbonation that caresses the tongue then becomes quite creamy as it warms in the mouth. The flavor is tart & fruity up front (some apricot), mellowing into a softly sweet maltiness as it crosses the palate, and revealing some light clove and bubblegum character at the swallow. The banana characteristic is kept to a minimum in this beer. The bitterness is appropriately low and balancing. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering combination of maltiness and light bitterness. Well brewed. Very nice, with some decent character and a good amount of drinkability.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle.

Cloudy yellow golden body with a very good off white head.

Banana dominates both the aroma and the flavor but it's also nicely bready. Sweet up front fading to lightly bitter by the aftertaste.

Medium-light body with medium+ carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fizzy bubbly airy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with decent lacing, hazy golden wheat colored beer.

Nose is like a pure Bavarian hefe, good version too, lots of wheat, light airy juicy malt, hint of typical spices like coriander and very light clove, bit of orange citrus, fairly effervescent.

Taste is light feeling, wheat a plenty, little watery malt although it's meant to be lighter, fluffy effervescent wheat and malt, juicy too. Typical hefe flavors, light spices coriander and clove like, with a little bitterness from the spices, and the citrus almost orange juice like, and some fruitiness like a lager. Finish is sticky and not as dry as I thought it would be, lingering wheat and citrus as well as spices.

Mouth is lighter bodied, fluffy and lots of carb.

Overall mixed, it has its moments as a great hefe but other moments it's not as good as I would have expected. I feel this would be much better fresh in Germany or on draft.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 2,222 ratings
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