Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

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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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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 kojevergas
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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 zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a very nice white head with good retention and a nice amount of lacing. The nose brings forward some clove as well as banana and a bit of bubblegum. The flavor falls along the same lines and brings in a touch of light, bready malt. Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Very nice drinkability.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy appearance,bigtimesediment on the bottem of mine (not a bad thing),nice fruity taste of lemon and apple.Refreshing on a hot summer day,nice and spritzy.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with three fingers of thick, white foam on top of a hazy, dark gold body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves dense foam on the glass.

S - Strong banana and juicy fruit bubble gum aromas with a bready malt background. Some spicy clove and a hint of pepper as well.

T - Creamy wheat and dense, bready malt up front with some banana. The yeast character kicks into high gear in the middle with lots of clove and bubblegum as well as some pepper. The fruity yeast and dense malt continue in the finish with a little vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, the aroma is just spot on and the flavor profile is very similar if not quite as intense. The bubble gum characteristic that dominates this beer's yeast profile is an ideal expression of the style. This is an excellent Bavarian weisse, right up there with Schneider.

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Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber in the chalice. Nicely sudsy with a thin foamy ring, along with fine, persistent bubbles in the mouth. Aroma of apples and bread.

This brew has the nicest watery body with the creamy carbonation I admire in the best German beers. The classic wheat esters but in a lighter, more fragrant style. All the flavors are quite elegant. Starts out with that slight malty sweetness and edges into a pleasant fruitiness-- more pear than banana. Some spicy notes, but not the common overload of clove.

Really a great example of the classic German style. It travels well in the approximately 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour generates a colossal bone white head that fills the glass, then slowly recedes to reveal the opalescent, lemon yellow-gold beer within. The cap is pillowy, but not airy, as evidenced by its reluctance to fall lower than about one finger. Strangely enough, there's very little lace.

If there's anyone out there who doesn't know what clove smells like, take a whiff of this beer. Banana esters appear in a supporting role and nearly steal the show.

Brau-Weisse tastes like it smells, it's as simple as that. I tend to like bigger beers (in general) and I fear that I've slighted some styles as a result; hefe weizens are just one example. This one tastes good to me though; it resembles liquid banana bread, fresh from the oven.

Okay, so someone had a heavy hand with the clove. Not acceptable in the bread, very acceptable (and to style) in the beer. It's difficult to appreciate much wheat flavor given the level of spice, but can wheat, in and of itself, carry a beer? Not in my world. It's the yeasties baby, that's where the action is.

The final pour brings about some expected and appreciated changes. The beer has become overtly murky for one and the aromas and flavors have intensified due to warming. The body manages to be both light-medium and slightly slick at the same time. Downing several in succession should be no problem.

Ayinger Brau-Weisse is a terrific example of the hefe weizen style. It's solid across the board and is a beer that I'm sure I'll come back to again and again. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark, straw-colored body with a medium-sized, fluffy, white head.

Smell: Fragrant aroma smelling sweetly of banana juice, malted wheat, clove, vanilla, and a tiny bit of lemon pith.

Taste: Lightly tangy malted with a touch of honeyed sweetness. Spicy clove and nutmeg hits next, with tastes of banana, vanilla, and faintly tart citrus following in tow. Even a splash of pineapple and floral hints midway. Mild hops and accompanying bitterness. Slight touch of acidity. Finishes semi-dry and quite crisp with a lingering taste of grainy wheat bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Overall spritzy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An altogether classic German hefeweizen which would probably be even better out in the hot summer sun.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
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 chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
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 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 Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, yellow body with a nice white head.

S: Citrusy, bready aroma with some soft fruits.

T: Fruits and spices, finishes off clean.

M: Pretty light and crisp, with moderate carbonation.

D: Balanced and very drinkable. Good choice in this style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a massive 4 fingers offwhite head that completely dissapears & takes a piddling amount of lace with it

S: Huge bubblegum notes & hints of peach

T: Bubblegum & vanilla essence up front. Then lemon zest & pepper follow. Finishes like a piece of juicy fruit gum

MF: Medium body, juicy & slightly under carbonated

Drinks very easy, not a huge hefe fan, but this one is pretty interesting & refreshing on a warm summers eve

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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow straw with a well held lace from the champagne like bubbles.

Smell: Hints of lemon and clove with a mild fruit in the backround.

Taste: Crisp carbonation with a bite in the dry body that has a slight oily feeling from the solvent(clove) byproducts of the yeast. A slight tartness surrounds the tastebuds upfront with a sourdough like bready flavour in the finish. Hop character is minimal as it should be. Slight spicy clove, mellow yeast, lemon grass and light apple fruity flavours touch the tounge.

Notes: Punchy with a flavourful kick, pushing the envelope on refreshingly crisp and dry. Great after a meal to help to digest ... or to wash down some bratwurst and spicy mustard.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy white heads that has very good retention and very slowly reduces to finger tall cap in the center of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bananas with a lighter presence of clove - smells like what I would expect for the style.

T: Like the smell, the flavor of this beer is also dominated by the flavor of banana and the lighter presence of clove. The beer is sweeter than I expected with the wheat flavors coming through in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink, refreshing, and sessionable - one of the easiest beers to drink and pairs nicely with food. I could easily have many of these in a session and would enjoy them all.

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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 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 WVbeergeek
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer's pour is picture perfect, with a yellow-orange hazy hue, and a beautiful frothy white head. The aroma is slightly lemon, the characteristic yeast tones, and the wheat and malt based aromas are present. Brewed under the Reinheitsgebot, the german yeast steals the show, however they aren't as pronounced as I was expecting. Maybe the bottle was a little old, but none the less a great aroma. The flavor is a little tart in the finish that eventually turns into a carbonated malty taste. A more biscuity taste to it, but still very good just different than most hefeweizens I have had. The mouthfeel is predominately fluffly with a high carbonation there is a champagne like quality to the mouthfeel. Medium to light bodied, an amazing selection for the summer time heat, I will try this wheat again. Could drink this beer pint after pint, very enjoyable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fully clouded yellow ones orange. Nose is banana, clove, and a bit of funk as well. Flavor is the same. Distinct breadiness. Feel is thick and slick on liquid and the carbonation is middle of the road. This is a very traditional hefe. Can't go wrong with it.

Still though. As I drink this, I can't help but think about Live Oak Hefeweizen. Or East End Monkey Boy.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is hazy and straw yellow with but a wee head that leaves virtually no lacing. Several attempts at coaxing a head out of the beer yield little results. As this seems to be an anomaly and likely not the fault of the beer itself, I won't judge too harshly. The aroma is of banana, clove, and wheat, as was expected. The flavor is pretty good. The beer is simple and straightforward, with a pronounced banana presence. The body is quite thin and watery, more so than I would prefer. On the upside, this goes down easily and would be a good hot weather beer, suitable for quenching your thirst on a summer day.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my most memorable moments of PHL Beer Week was Franz Inselkammer, JR visiting Bridgewaters Pub in 30th Street Station and getting to sit down with him. The fact that I have not reviewed this before is testament to the idea that I do not review every beer I drink.

My pour gave me two-plus fingers of fluffy, rocky bone-white head with only moderate retention. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was absolutely bananas, which drives me bananas! I probably did not impart that to young Mr. Inselkammer, but I will mention it now. I just do not like what many consider to be the classic form of the style with a banana/bubble gum-forward ester presence. I will allow that the clove was also there on the nose, but it was not the main scent. Mouthfeel was medium and the prevalent taste on the tongue was banana, but the cloves struck a pretty close balance. Finish was more clove than banana and that made for a relatively dry end. I would not put this as the best that I have tried recently, but neither was it terrible. I still lament the fact that they do not CAN their beers, or I would make room for it in the cooler.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,133 ratings.
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