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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: 907 | Ratings: 2,139
Photo of steelreign
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like hefe-weizens, this will surely fit the bill. Everything about it is typcial, but slightly better than most others. The taste is quite refreshing, and I believe I made a mistake by trying this so late in the year. I would probably prefer this when the weather is hot since it is rather light and crisp. Slight banana and bready notes are predominant. A very nice example with a nice mouthfeel. I can certainly see myself drinking alot of this next summer!

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mostly full growler poured into a German beer stein adorned with a deer:

A - Rich, cloudy golden color with a hint of tan and orange. A nice residual head that sticks around for quite a while.

S - Bananas, clove, spearmint, yeasty bread rolls, honey, vanilla, toffee, earthy herbal tones, sweet rolls, white chocolate/macadamia nut cookies, yogurt covered pretzels, carrot cake icing,

T - Smooth and delightful, with a subtle tangy and spicy yeast that quickly gives way to buttery wheat rolls, caramel, vanilla, and toffee. The finish is mild and doesn't particularly linger, but fairly crisp and lean with a slight implication of bitterness towards the very end.

M - Lightly carbonated and minimally coating. A velvety smooth texture that leaves you wanting another gulp.

O - A really great wheat beer. Subtle, smooth, and imminently drinkable. Lacking in some of the funkier aspects of a weisse.

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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 Kbogac
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale cloudy dark yellow pour. Color reminds me of pineapple juice. Big white head of foam that slowly dissipates to a ring. Light scent. Cloves, banana and citrus. Well balanced. Nothing is overwhelming. Nice fresh taste. Light clove flavor with a little citrus. Not much banana. Also has a very slight bitterness, hops? Well carbonated and easy to drink. Overall a really great

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Photo of atlason
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to a Julius Echter vase.

Light amber in color, hazy with rich head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing minimal.

S: Light nose with citrus notes and yeast.

T: Full banana phenols with slight cloves and good integrated background orange. Very clean tasting, emphasis on the fresh aspects of the style with less of the cloying and more difficult phenols.

M: Highly attenuated, carbonation not too noticable but adds to freshness. Highly drinkable for a Hefe-weizen !

Overall very professional and clean example of the style, yet has more character than Weihenstephaner. This might be my favorite Hefeweizen.

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

Served in weizen glass. From notes.

A: Slightly cloudy straw yellow with big two finger head that lasts and left good lacing.

S: Spices, banana and clove notes.

T: See smell.

M: Moderate in mouthfeel and carbonation.

D: Good. Not my style (of beer) but I have a fav now when offered.

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Photo of spoons
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a bottle.

The color is a pale yellowish orange. Yeasty and cloudy. Very Thick white head. Great lacing.

Smells of bananas... some more spice, sweetness. no malt or hops but I dont think there should be.

The taste is sweet with lots of carbonation on the tongue. Bananas. A great rounded flavor and creamy mouthfeel, almost thick in the throat. but its light on the tongue. A great example of the style.

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Photo of mjw2808
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Pretty fizzy. The smell is lemon and bannana malt with some cloves and spices i cant really specify. The taste is the same, very refreshing, clean and crisp. extremely well balanced.couldnt find much hops. good mouthfeel and a very easy drinking beer. enjoyed this hefe a lot.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

.5 liter bottle pour into weizen glass

hazy, semi cloudy straw like look you'd expect in a hefe. lots of bubblies as there should be.

smell is weird. sour air or earth or both. hard to compare this smell to anything.

taste is exceptional. smooth and light with a perfect amount of tanginess in the finish to make you keep sipping. not many beers of this ABV are sippers, but this one is. it is that good so savor it. I'd choose this one over Schneider's hefe every time.

coats the tongue nicely and has a nice full feel to it. no watery problem here.

one swig leads to the next. very nice for complex beer drinking without getting smashed.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in it's glass this was cloudy golden yellow, inch and a half white head with retention and lacing. Lots of fast rising little bubbles.

Nose is lemon and yeast.

Taste is of clove, yeast, malts, grassy, fresh, and citrus. Finish is wheat. I'm not getting too much banana here.

Medium thin mouthfeel, but it does coat a little. Champagne like carbonation.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of tj4288
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 500ml bottle into weizen glass

a- pours with a nice full 3 finger head expected from a hefe. white and tight creamy foam. body is a cloudy golden orange. head is retained very well but leaves no lacing.

s- smell reminds me of a belgian white. possibly belgian like yeast strain? citrusy, (lemon/orange), spicy, and slightly yeasty. also notes of over ripe bananas.

t- taste also similar to belgian whites. citrusy with notes of the classic banana. also slightly spicy on the tongue and slightly yeasty. also a tad sour. not too strong, but definately not lacking flavor. overall very well balanced and interesting.

m- mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. med light body.

d- drinkability is average. while this brew goes down smooth i dont think i will seek out another 500ml bottle for $3.50. good brew but i think there is better for the price. highly recomended to those who prefer a spicier, more citrus hefe with less yeasty taste and smell.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look (3.5/5) – Pours a rich straw-yellow colour. Head was all-right: it rose generously on a good pour; was a bit soapy in texture; fell a bit quickly to a cap with minimal lacing. The brew was very opaque, as you’d expect from the style. Some nice visible carbonation.

Smell (4/5) – A really nice light wheat character gives the foundation for the aroma, although on first blush I got a bit of that latex-like smell it went away fairly quickly. The typical banana-clove (leaning a bit more to the banana) aroma of weizen yeast is a little more subdued here than in some I’ve had. I think there may be a slight hint of something a bit more sour or sharp in the yeast as well (maybe pears). This basically makes a nice balance between yeast and malt with no real hop or alcohol to speak of.

Taste (4.5/5) – The flavour is a bit more complex than I found with the aroma. The wheat-centered malt character is more-or-less the same and lends a light backbone for the yeast. The yeast really impressed me: it had the typical banana and clove notes (leaning toward some spice on the palate, unlike on the nose); there were also some really nice lighter fruits (pear, nectarine) and some good floral character, but these linger in the background and give depth to the yeast flavours. I think there’s a slight hint of yeast flavour on this one as well. Bitterness is light – just enough for balance – and is paired with some nice spiciness that lasts into the finish.

Feel (3.5/5) – Good for the style. Medium-light body with the yeast giving the feel of body with higher carbonation. There’s a bit of spice that lasts into the finish that I really liked.

I liked this one quite a bit. I think it’s a great example of the style, though maybe not the best one I’ve ever had (I really do think that the uncharacteristically dark Schneider Weisse is the best).

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

poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a clear yellow. pretty light. huge three finger head.

S: slight smell of lemons. pretty light smell. kind of a belgian spicy yeast kind of thing going on here too, but only faintly.

T: kind of a lighter version of your standard hefe wiezen. The aftertaste of grains is the best part.

M: The carbonation of this beer is really nice, and makes the mouthfeel almost perfect. This beer just feels right. Not too shy, and not too arrogant. Almost made this my first 5 on mouthfeel.

D: Very, very drinkable beer.

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

Compared to a Paulaner hefe, I give this the edge. It's a lighter colored hefe, so I wonder if it's decocted or not. It's pretty well balanced on the banana to clove hefe ratio, but seemingly more clove. Slightly disappointed in lack of banana like franziskaner. It tastes great though and has a reputable mouthfeel, and it's a hefe: You could drink these for days on end.

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

First beer I ever bought, and I still think it's great.

Pours a nice clear straw yellow colour (careful not to disturb the yeast, this is excellent with the yeast as well, and makes it cloudy). thick ever growing long lasting creamy white head. tons of carbonation, swirling and spiraling around in the beer.

Aroma is all about the yeast and bread. Fairly pungent and nice.

Taste is again a wollop of bread and yeast. There is a faint essence of apple (as in cider) in there as well. taste is crisp and somewhat savoury. finish is similar to what you would have after you ate a piece of fresh sourdough bread.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice carbonation presence. fits well with the flavour in not being over burdening.

This beer is refreshing. I like to pour a pint of it, drink for a bit, and then swish the rest around and pour it in with all the yeasty goodness. well recommended, especially if you like hefe-weizens.

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Photo of Bills453
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass, excellent. Nice cloudy hazy orange yellow color. Makes you think of the whet fields this beer is created from.

Smell - very floral and sweet smelling. A normal hefeweizen smell, smells fantastic!

Taste - really quite delicious and I'm pretty surprised about this beer. Picked it up randomly at my local beer place, what an excellent decision.

Mouthfeel - smooth, refreshing and crisp. What a great summer brew.

Overall - a fantastic hefeweizen.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Brau-Weisse pours golden in a pilsner glass. Deliciously appealing citrus, yeasty aroma - topped off by the off-white cloudy head in the glass (impressive lacing). Each sip is satisfying, tasty, and begging your taste buds for another. Very refreshing no matter what the season.

Personally: Ayinger's wheat beer is one of the best and a pillar of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I ordered this one in a Lexington pizza and beer joint, Pazzo's (which I'd highly recommend for both) The appearance? Quite bizzare. The waitress brought us this thick, murky-looking brew (thick and murky despite its pale yellow and orange coloring) with a thick, slightly yellow head and...a sliver of lemon. (???) The lemon was gingerly removed and discarded. Smells strongly of hops and bitterness and (as one might expect from seeing the lemon slice) of citrus. The taste was not bitter, but rather astoundingly, grotesquely sweet. It tasted like someone dropped a bunch of Pez into it. Definitely caught me off guard. It's a shame, I'd rather like this beer, sans Pez. The sweetness was just too much.

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Photo of RD1163
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very hazy, unfiltered (good amount of sediment from bottle), pale golden-orange. very white head, broke down very quickly to a even lace covering until it dies away except the rim.

S - Slight banana, yeast smell, touch of citrus thrown in for good measure. Might be getting a touch of sweetness off of it.

T - Light banana and some caramel and yeast notes. Little citrus notes.

M - medium to full-bodied feel with light flavors. nice acidic coating over the tongue that lasts only a few seconds, very light and refreshing. Bubbly at first and then it seems to mellow out over the course of a several minutes.

O - An enjoyable Weiss brau. very much enjoy the slight banana flavor and think this would be wonderful in a bar in Germany with a touch of banana juice added to enhance the flavors.

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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 Larrytown
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw-golden color with a huge billowy head, fading to a nice cap. Decent lacing. The nose is pure hefe: some clove and banana, but not too much.

The taste may be exactly what I'm looking for in a hefe. Those definitive characteristics are there (clove, coriander, citrus), but it's not too delicate. That wheat backbone is pretty strong.

This is very nice if you're looking for a hefe that's refreshing and not overly delicate. Good stuff.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Franziskaner weizen glass with a thick and frothy 2-finger head. Swirled the bottle to get the yeast. Very hazy, though not completely opaque, dark honey colored. Leaves decent lacing.

S: Cloves, bananas, lots of yeast, wheat malt, lemon, straw.

T: Just like it smells. Lots of yeast, lots of bananas, clove, and wheat flavor, butter, some green apple.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth across the palate, buttery.

D: Very high. This stuff goes down easy and smooth.

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Photo of bigman147
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy pale Straw colored with good head and a high level of retention as the beer took forever to settle.

Aroma: Clove is predominate as well as a citrus element. Some banana aroma but mostly hidden behind the wheat and clove.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very sharp and has a good bite. Tastes like malted wheat with come tart citrus (lemon, not orange) Very crisp and clean without any perceivable flaws (in style). Even as the beer warmed, Banana was not easily perceived as Clove took control. Carbonation was high and helped set up the lemony citrus flavors.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Wonderful Hefe on a warm summer or even on a nice cool Fall or Spring day. Clean and refreshing.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served w/ lemon. A very delightful weisse. Just enough hops for bitterness to give it some bite. A fruitful blend of wheat, fruits and hops. The hop presence greets the taste buds first, then the beer finishes with a smooth, refreshing aftertaste. Definitely a beer to return to.

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Photo of afordney
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a large head that dissipated quickly, decent cloudy straw color.

Smelled of citrus and clove, but not very strong.

Tasted like clove, spicy from start to finish, no hints of banana.

Mouthfeel was balanced and spicy, very refereshing on a warm day.

Overall, this was not my favorite interpretation of Hefe Weizen but it was very drinkable and I'd try it again.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,139 ratings.
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