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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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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 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 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 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 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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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 Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has the classic hefeweizen yeast esters, fresh and floral. Taste starts with sweet wheat malt and banana flavor. Finish is more balanced with some hop bitterness. Medium body with high effervescence. Overall this is a really well made, classic hefeweizen.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy golden yellow with a thick fizzy head that quickly became a fairly thick lacing.
The aroma was clean, a hint of cloves and a bit overpowered by lemon.
The taste was of citrus, especially lemon, banana/clove and just a touch of yeast in the background.
It was creamy and refreshing.
It's a good beer, especially for cleansing the palate or drinking on a hot day because of the light, clean and fresh taste and feel.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle with me

A - cloudy copper-yellow with a thin white head that has little retention

S - banana, faint spices, coriander

T - banana, faint coriander

M - smooth, crisp, well carbonated

This is a solid hefeweizen. It has all the great alefruits one would expect and great drinkability. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy, lemon-rind-yellow hue, with a towering, snow white head.
Aroma: super fresh! Ahhh!!! Lemony, soft, luxurious, delightful!
Luxurious mouthfeel, at first, until I realize that I'm drinking the foam. As for the actual beer, smooth, but complex, and delicious wheaty texture. Just enough grit and resistance to keep the tongue busy and happy.
Though the body has plenty of substance, the overall nature of this brew is light and breezy. Citrus flavor continues through and is felt long through the satisfying finish.
No lemon needed here, it's plentiful in this beautiful brew itself ( and is also extant in the Thai shrimp pad thai that this blissful weizen is helpful to wash down).

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Either way you slice it, it's a faint head off white that doesn't stick around, no matter how you pour it. Body is classic unfiltered and hazy climbing murky yellow brown, with a middle orange orb body.

Nose is a great dense wheat malt, and chewy lemon. Faint dry clove, just incredibly dense on the nose.

Palate matches a dense sweetness that brings a very wheat malt sense forward. Finish has minor carbonation but a simple palate and even some almost gamey sense. Light clove spices, maybe even a small hint of butter which is nice.

Overall, great Hefeweizen. I don't think this one is my favorite but it's a no brainer and can't fail.

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

After the thoroughly disappointing vintage Aventinus I decided I needed another German brew to wash away the negative vibes. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Four fingers of soapy white foam with big bubbles - dissipates quite quickly and leaves a few specks of lacing and a solid cap. Hazed straw or white peach color. Pretty typical hefeweizen.

S - I could smell the banana when I opened the bottle. Once poured there's a lot more clove, spicy yeast, and sharp wheat smells and maybe the slightest hint of lemon. It's a little spicier than I generally prefer, but again it's solid.

T - The taste is significantly sweeter, with a healthy amount of banana, and perhaps even a touch of tart strawberries and cream instead of the usual bubblegum. The clove is thankfully more understated, and the wheat flavor shows up mainly in the aftertaste. As a general observation, the flavor is quite mild and understated.

M - Perhaps a touch over-carbonated - it burns my upper lip. Body is thin, but in a refreshing and positive way. Not overly grainy, which is nice.

D - A half-litre of this is no problem at all. Great session brew, only hampered by the high carbonation. One of the better German hefeweizens I've had, although I suspect all of them suffer on the trans-Atlantic voyage.

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

11.2 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating, pours light orangy yellow, cloudy with a thin white head, turning to a tiny bubble film and leaving some fine lacing. Nose is fruity and sugary. Tasty wheat, typical German banana and clove notes. Fine with summer foods, salads, cheese etc etc. Worth a try.

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

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and really hazy. Forms a thin head that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is yeasty and has some subtle esters in there. Smells wet.

Beer is medium to low bodied. There is a mild aftertaste, finishes wet. There are some esters in the middle, fruity flavors, overall a good beer. This is pretty much exactly what I expect from a beer. Simple, clean, clear flavors. A great example of the hefeweizen.

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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 Tone
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of Euro yeast, slight clove, wheat, pale malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of clove, slight citrus, wheat, slight Euro yeast, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,140 ratings.
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