Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

2,196 Ratings
Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of BierStein711
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into weizen

Spectacular brew!!

Hazy-straw gold with four finger off-white head, moderate carbonation.

Smells: banana, wheat, citrus, cloves, hop

Taste: Banana, wheat, citrus, and light hop for finish

Mouthfeel: Moderate, a slight bite at a finish.

This hefeweizen was brilliant! I can't wait to explore more of this brewery's offerings.

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Photo of leagr
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Eddxii
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I have joyously lamented before, good German beers are the hardest to review because they are just really damn good and there’s not much else constructive to say. However, I will do my best.

Bräu-Weisse pours a pale golden yellow, cloudy through and through, with a dry sparse foam that dissipates quickly. Under the light the entire glass radiates its color as if illuminated from within. The aroma is bright, flowery, with a soft note of banana hidden among the blooms. On the first taste its wheaty foundation is a delightful sign of things to come. The balance is flawless. It’s a sparkly beer, dry and sweet with a hearty banana bread finish. It is refreshing.

As to be expected, this is most certainly a day beer, one that could easily fill and refill a glass over the course of an afternoon. It is a post-meal beer. Not overly filling, but full-bodied enough to stand in for a summery dessert. Though by no means should you skip the Krapfen.

Though I will always have a preference for the darker side of beer, hefeweizens and other exceptionally-made German beers have given me a reason to see the light.

Finally, I should mention that at $3/bottle in Boston the Ayinger Bräu-Weisse is grand theft.

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

Hazy very pale blonde, 1.5 fingers of white head with some lace as well. Smell has lots of banana and baked bread, crisp lemony citrus, malty with a bit of clove and spice and quite yeasty as well. Taste has lots of overripe banana, bready with more citrus and lemon rind, wheaty and yeasty, with a bit of spice and clove in finish with a bit more banana. Solid hefe, refreshing and very drinkable, very well made stuff here.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Pours a very pale yellow. Head is a tad thin for the style, but great retention. Oddly clear and a whole lot of bubbles cascading up.

Holy banana! Very strong banana flavour, almost, and I don't mean this in a bad way, like the ol' banana penicillin. Just a slight yeastiness.

Surprising lack of the expected banana on the tongue. I'm mostly just getting very clean wheat malt. Bit of zing in the finish, but little fruit and not much spice at all.

Degree of carbonation on this really through me, wasn't expecting it at all. Blindfolded, I might call this a Kristalweizen.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

500ml bottle $3.49. Yellow, hazy, good head. Typical hefeweizen aromas, banana, gum, yeast, esters. Flavor follows the aroma perfectly, yeast, esters, spot on for the style. If you like hefeweizens this is pretty much spot on for the style and really refreshing on a hot day. I'd like another one but I only have one bottle. :(

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Photo of Doyle
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; no packaging info given.

Pours a foggy, pale golden-yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, pillowy, luxurious white head erupting at the surface. Retention is quite good - the dissipation of the head is a very gradual process, ultimately leaving a dense, smooth cap on the surface, as well as a thick collar of lacing smudged around the side of the glass. The aroma is clean and crisp, with a backbone of wheaty malt sweetness that supports the banana and clove. Fairly yeasty, with some herbal hops and an unmistakable bubble gum vibe.

The first sip tells me most of what I need to know - enough to convince me that this is an excellent hefe. Pale, bready malts and sweet wheat mingle amongst some prominent banana-and-bubblegum notes. Comes across as quite floral/fruity for a hefe, with twinges of apricot and citrus. The understated clove spiciness comes forward in the finish, with a yeasty, spicy aftertaste that clings to the tongue briefly. Not overly sweet or overly dry; very well-balanced. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with some slight chewiness. The moderate carbonation gives it a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel ideal for outdoor summer drinking.

Another fabulous German-made hefeweizen to scratch off the list. Weihenstephaner probably edges this particular one out for the title of my 'favourite' hefe, but realistically the difference in quality is miniscule - this is still a perfectly acceptable substitute. Besides, it's nice to see some added variety at the LCBO anyway.

Final Grade: 4.33, an impressive A grade. Ayinger Brau Weisse is a superb wheat beer that can easily be considered one of the best hefeweizens available - well worth stocking year-round, though I won't hold my breath. A must-try for sure, particularly if you are a fan of the style. This would definitely enter my wheat beer rotation if it were available here regularly, but for now it will have to serve as an occasional treat.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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

Ayinger BräuWeisse is ghastly pale and, somewhat unusually, maintains most transparency even after the bottom contents of the bottle have been swirled around and dumped in. It's not exactly brilliantly clear, but given the washed-out complexion looks very light. Its surface has the same view as an airplane window at cruising altitude.

The aroma - chock-full of grain and zest - is the olfactory equivalent of driving down the street in the summer with your windows down and your favourite song pumping loud. My thirst is practically quenched just smelling it! The potpourri-like yeast mists scents of lemon, flowers, banana, a touch of musty clove, and more and more banana.

On the palate, the beer is breezy and refreshing with swift carbonation and plenty of lemony, citrus zest. There's also enough banana to satisfy a chimpanzee. Spice is relatively muted although a pinch of clove is tasted in the finish. The beer maintains itself even after warming as complimenting flavours of grain and dried flowers open up.

Well-brewed Hefes are as relaxing as a long sit on a quiet porch, which, coincidentally, is a great way to enjoy them. (Noisy patios work well too, mind you.) It's a highly social beverage, casually quaffed and vigorously carbonated. It's far from one of those beers that people find hard to drink a whole one of - in actuality, it's hard to drink *only* one of!

I've had even past-dated, well traveled bottles of Ayinger BräuWeisse that I wouldn't hesitate to class among the world's finest wheat beers. So far as I'm concerned trying to rank brands like Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, Schneider, Paulaner and the like is a senseless endeavor. The fact is they're all fantastic and each worthy of a rotating spot in the fridge.

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Photo of DTown
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of inty66
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle with handsome label from the LCBO. Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A hazy light golden-orange brew, with a decent grown of foam, which dissolves into a fine ring.

The nose is everything right with a hefe - wheat malt, mild yeast quality, banana, clove, herbal hops, and this brew's defining attribute - bubblegum and candied fruit.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose. I find that hefe's tend to focus on one or two particular features, with some being banana-, citrus- or clove-heavy. This brew was supremely balanced, and although I found this brew had a strong bubblegum/candied-fruit flavor, it did not run away with it. Lighter bodied, ludicrously easy to drink, soft carbonation, slight creaminess.

No surprises here, this is a terrific hefeweizen. Glad to see this in the LCBO and ready for more!

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Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

A - Pours a hazy pale straw colour, thumb of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is sweet with a solid presence of cloves, bubble gum, bananas and a heavy wheat presence.

T - Much like the nose but nicely balanced with the cloves and bananas offering up the perfect complement to a bready wheat flavour.

M - Medium bodied, though can come across light, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty hefe and a great example of the style. I was pleased to see this finally hit the local LCBO shelves and will be certain to grab a few more before they quickly disappear.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Hazy straw color with a generous 2+ finger head that dissipates quite slowly
S: Banana, clove, wheat and a bit of yeast. Maybe a bit of bubblegum. A bit sweet but very enjoyable overall.
T: Bubblegum and banana in a big way upfront, followed by hints of clove/wheat then another big hit of banana/bubblegum on a lengthy finish. Again a bit sweet, but very tasty.
M: Light & crisp, yet a bit creamy at the same time. Nice overall.
O: This paired quite well with steamed lobster tail dipped in butter. Both were light and the creaminess of the butter matched the mouthfeel beer. Even on its own this is tasty and complex- very enjoyable.

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Photo of scott451
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. An overflowing billowy white head cloudy pale dirty apricot. Great head retention and lots of foamy lacing.

Spicy fruity yeast smells. Some bread notes. The flavour is rather more subdued than the smell. Pumkin, banana. A bit of a sour note in the finish.

Medium light finish. Smooth. Overall an interesting fruity hefeweizen. Not my personal favourite but well worth a try

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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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,196 ratings.
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