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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P:  Hazy two toned body that goes from dark golden on top to a pale yellow bottom. Highly aggressive effervescence and crowned with a thick dollop of pure white meringue head that sparkles. 

S:  Fresh citrus, apricots, sun kissed wheat, spices, powdery yeast, saltine crackers

T/M:  Taste follows the nose nicely with additional banana, lemon zest and honey notes. Super clean and fresh.  Coriander and powdery yeast are blended into the fruity sweet and tartness very well.  Soft and delicate mouthfeel that is creamy and leaves your mouth slightly dry. Carbonation is subtle and highlights the simplicity of this delicious hefe-weizen. 

O:  I really liked this beer.  Although  I liked it the powdery yeast almost disrupted the crisp clean citrus and wheat flavors.  All in all a fantastic hefe that I would easily drink multiples of on a nice summer or spring day. 

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into small cup, color is gold, with creamy white head that lingers throughout.

Smell is clove and bananas, with some pleasant wheat and bread flavors.

Taste is style defining for the hefe, blend of wheat, bread, clove, bananas - a little thinner than some but the mouthfeel is pleasant as it warms

Overall great brew, and all the better in the sun

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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

Appearance: very active carbonation; pure white head with large bubbles that last a few minutes; almost clear, gold like a cider

Aroma: huge spice and fruit - banana, coriander

Taste: light in flavour and body, although flavour could be referred to as subtle - white grape and golden delicious apple are hinted at in the juicy and lightly sweet taste and texture; the sometimes unpleasant bitterness of a weizen is very minimal here, instead there's just enough balance to keep it at once pleasant note; spice is less in evidence than it was in the aroma

Overall: one of the better weizens I've tried; simple but with enough complexity to make it interesting, and quite refreshing

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of BierStein711
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Eddxii
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.92/5  rDev -6%
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 -4.1%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +13.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,232 ratings
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