Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse
2,225 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

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Photo of Paincane
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold color slightly opaque with a two finger white head leaving a nice rim of lace.
S: Wheat and yeast aromas hit the nose
T: Wheat flavor and citrus hints with mild sweetness.
M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated.
O: Enjoyed and would have again.

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

Comes out of the tap a hazy solar yellow with a thick white head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma strong, wheaty, lemony, and slightly sweet. Wheaty flavor has lemony and yeasty notes and just a hint of orange. Smooth, full-bodied, fizzy texture leaves a wheaty and lemony finish.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rob for sharing.

Color was hazy straw yellow with a half inch of white foam.

Smell was biscuit malty clean.

Taste is bananas and cloves, cleanly sweet, slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy and the body holds together well. Tasty.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of citrus and wheat grains fill the nose. The taste of the beer has a nice soft wheat quality to it and finished with a nice amount of lemony zest in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth, gently carbonated and a little on the creamy side. Overall I thought this beer would be best to have in the summer time, no matter when you wanna have it though it's a pretty good choice when it comes to having a Weisse.

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Photo of droomyster
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely hazy light gold body with a bright white head of extremely fine bubbles that leaves an delicate lacing behind. Aromas are sweet and fruity (mostly banana-like), with yeasty aromas of rising bread dough. Its flavors are consistent with the nose (except with a tiny bit of lemon peel) and with the profiles of its major German competitors, but with a sweeter finish. Its silky smooth texture is delightful.

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

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 10/21/11.

Poured on draft into a weizenglass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy banana yellow with a 3 finger snow white fluffy head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet banana, wheat and cloves.

Taste: Sweet fruity esters up front followed by banana in the middle before ending with clove and other spices at the finish. Aftertaste is very mild.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could drink several without much trouble.

Overall: Very good beer overall. One of the better hefeweizens on the market.

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Photo of afdempse
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours with a nice thick white head. Light straw color with a hazy appearance.

Clove esters and wheat twang in the aroma.

Lots of clove, bubble gum in the flavor. Wheat tartness and cracker malt flavors. Slight mineral notes.

Effervescent carbonation and smooth body. Finishes drier than other examples of the style, which is a good thing in my opinion.

Very refreshing hefeweizen. Would love to find this on draft.

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Photo of smellandsip37
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle at 45F into a weizen glass

A - thick looking cloudy with streams of bubbles, golden with hints of orange. Head has good sticking power and looks steady

S - Cream cheese cake icing, bananas (duh) a warm honey and even a bit of mint of some kind, nice yeasty funk

T - Tangy, with a nice funky yeast as well, really light spice, then caramel and a little bit or sweet citrus

M - White chocolate sauce smooth, just slick and smooth on the way down. Finish is just dry enough to go back for more

O - Smooth and balanced, easy drinking. I can understand its great rating due to the balance. I like a little more funk though

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Photo of kcinlober
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden and a slightly opaque

aroma: not very strong; cloves, citrus and bananas

palate: decent carbonation banana's are strongest flavor. not very multidimensional, but a great balance of flavor and carbonation.

overall: very drinkable hef, not quite a top tier

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow with a decently thick head that disappears quicker than I want it to.

Banana and clove really dominate the smell.

Now this thing is a great German Hefeweizen! Banana and bubble gum come to mind first, but then a spicy clove character comes from the background to make itself known. Started to become very sweet, but then there is a crispness that comes to keep everything in check. Wheat malt is there, but is really dominated by the yeast phenols.

Feels light on the tongue, through the finish. Phenols are the key here.

On the top of the list of German Hefeweizens.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold, reminds me of a summer's day . . . that first sniff makes me sad it's over.

Lemon, funk, clove, chamomile, also touches lightly on some of saison characterstics I love so much.

Banana, clove, and lemon zest . . . so balanced, so mmm.

Nice to swoosh, full in mouth but not heavy, refreshing as hell on the way down.

Let me say that while this beer doesn't break any ground, or stand out in an exploding market, it's an almost perfect version of the style . . . I mean, it's like they said: "No, let me show YOU how to make a Hefeweizen!"

Offensively drinkable, you could just swill this down, especially at 5%.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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 TheDeuce
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Brau Weisse….in the bottle at Quaint Restaurant in Sunnyside, NYC.

Appearance-tons of carbonation immediately as I pour into the glass, I actually had to slow my pour down. The head is large and white, body a normal light pale gold with lots of bubbles.

Smell-lots of wheat, a little of the normal sour fruit and coriander, very pungent, bready notes as well on a second sniff

Taste/Mouthfeel-light banana up front, bready notes throughout create an appetizing combination, lots of spice and a light touch of more fruit. Refreshing on a hot day, mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, light mouthfeel without being watery or sacrificing real flavor. Yeast does appear but is a more subdued partner.

Overall-very refreshing and well done Hefe. A classic of the style that holds up well.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lighter than a usual hefeweizen, yellowy gold with a massive three-finger seized, foamy white head with great retention

Banana, cloves & also some lemon added in for good measure; a wonderful smelling beer that is much like most other hefeweizen. Very well balanced and quite sweet with hints of wheat and some malts.

Lots of banana & clove upfront coupled with wheat & some citrus too. Well balanced & easy to drink, there is a banana finish as well & some good hops.

Light side of medium bodied, smooth & refreshing. Carbonation is also on the light side of medium; there is a great feel to this one.

Extremely well balanced & the banana flavour at both the beginning & the end of the taste was excellent & matched the nose very well. Not the absolute best hefeweizen out there but fantastic none the less.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large 'bomber' style brown bottle? Poured into a weizen glass.

A - hazy straw yellow color with cloudy orangish hughes. Nice fluffy and creamy white head on top. Decent lacing.

S - ripe banana, cloves with some nice spice. Very sweet aroma. Maybe some lemon with other fruity notes. A hint of wheat in the aroma as well.

T - hefe styles always taste nice. Full of lovely sweet flavors. Bananas and clove notes are plentiful. Hint of spice Im assuming comes from the cloves. Smooth lemon like taste takes control of the finish leaving a satisfying finish and aftertaste in the mouth.

M - fairly light bodied brew. Thick textured and smooth. Very easy to drink. Very refreshing on hot humid evenings.

O - German brewers have always been masterminds of beer. Ayinger delivers a great hefeweizen with this brew as they do with Many other styles. While there are great U.S. Brewed Hefeweizens you can't go wrong with a great German style crafted by a great German brewery.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass, no idea on the freshness.

This pours a cloudy straw color with a massive white head, which seems to stay two or three fingers even after sitting for a while. The smell is pretty sweet, lots of yeast esters, some spice, maybe bubble gum, wheat. Feel is pretty light with lots of carbonation. Taste is pretty sweet with spices, clove, banana, a touch of bitterness. Overall this is a pretty swell tasting beer though, one I'd give to someone just getting into craft beer (maybe to a blue moon drinker).

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into fluted Deschutes pint glass (closest thing to a weizen glass I own...)

Poured a orange/brown hue with an average 1" head to start that quickly vanished to almost no head and little lacing. I have had the bottle for at least 6 months, so perhaps it sat too long? I'll purchase a new one and update (I'll probably buy about 100 more because this is so good).

Hugely aromatic with gobs and gobs of spice, banana, fig, fresh dates, almond, and a lovely vegetal note that is not quite fresh, not quite funky. Superb!

On the palate you really get the banana, clove, and that vegetal note. Again, it's nice, not unpleasant. A little funky yeast on the palate too.

Texture is lovely, massive wall to wall flavor and huge grip despite being very light in body. Finish sticks on the palate for what seems like an eternity. Very low tannins but nicely balanced acidity and alcohol.

This beer kicks some serious ass and is on my regular to buy list from now on! I think my comments centered around how amazing this beer is in the summer, yet with enough going on to be very enjoyable even in those rainy, cold Portland winters.

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Photo of DTJPPR
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting notes from throughout 2009, 2010 and 2011. I've been drinking this one in a Weizen glass for years now.

A - Nice light golden Hef coloration with nice clouding yeast in the glass.

S - Cloves, banana, lemon, straw, yeast, and that fantastic wheat scent. Spices really come through with more sniffs. I could smell this one for days, honestly.

T - Huge explosion of flavor that is not only typical, but above and beyond what is expected from a Bav. Hef. Big clove and Banana flavors mix with a light maltiness that make this the perfect summer beer. Very clean on the palate and easily drinkable. Lemon takes over in the finish, which really evens the flavor out. This is a big bodied beer, though still light on the tongue like a good Hef should be.

M - Clean and easy with just a little chunkiness from the yeast left in the bottle(adds to the flavor. Great beer for hot summer days. The German's really know what they are doing with beer.

O - Man this is a great beer. Really easy to drink and has a fantastic flavor that is very complimentary with many different foods. Definitely a good beer to have with a big dinner since it isn't really filling in the stomach.

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Photo of obrike
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 500ml at Specs in Round Rock for 2 bucks and change.

Hay yellow look...typical hazy hefe-look in my pint glass with a large white head...fades quickly, not as much lace as I was hoping for.

Very nice scent. Smells like a bubble-gum factory...and a mix of fresh cooked wheat bread, bananas, clove. Quite a lot going on there.

Pretty tasty for such a low abv brew (i think I caught a bit of apple on top of the banana taste), but a touch of bitterness on the backend throws it off just a little. Still, a quite enjoyable, refreshing hefe from a very reliable brewery.

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Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle split with buddy poured in Weisse glasses 8.20.11.

Hard pour resulted in full four fingers white billowing head, a bit rocky, medium dissipation with above average lacing. Straw yellow body, a bit murky, multiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. The banana and clove aromas I've come to expect from the style are a bit muted, makes me think this is a fairly dated bottle, hop aromas are more grassy than floral, some lemony esters present. Taste closely mirrors the nose, more banana than floral but not a lot of either, pretty convinced this is a freshness issue. Mouthfeel is well on the light side of medium, good effervescence, pretty dry finish. Quite refreshing, but not the best Bavarian Hefeweizen I've had this summer.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into an Ayinger-branded hefeweizen glass. Pours a bit foamy at first (which may be my fault in my transport of it upstairs from the basement), but settles quickly enough to allow the full pour, topped with a towering three finger head that is brilliant white. The beer itself is a straw yellow, with a cloudy appearance and the slightest bit of sediment collecting at the bottom of the glass.

Smells of dry straw, with hints of banana, lemon (but a sweeter lemon, like a Lemonhead candy), and cardamon. The smell opens some as it warms to reveal a sweeter, almost bubblegum-like smell.

Tastes quite good, with mild banana, clove, and sweet malt, with a kiss of lemon to finish. There's little to no bitterness or hoppiness to this beer; just smooth malt with hints of sweet and mild tart.

This has soapy feel to it, as in it is medium bodied and slightly creamy, yet lighter feeling than a porter or stout would be. Ends with the slightest bit of dry that is barely even noticeable.

A very good hefeweizen, though not as good as the Weihenstephaner I've previously had. This is the third Ayinger beer I've had, and I've never been disappointed. I definitely recommend grabbing one and giving it a try - just let the bottle sit a bit before opening!

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.74/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Pint Glass...

Appearance-Cloudy golden yellow with a 3 finger tight bubbled white head. Slowly dissipates and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell-Tons of wheat. I've been smelling it cold and a little warmer and I just get lots of wheat. Don't feel like I'm about to dig into a hefeweizen...Maybe the taste will be better.

Taste-Bread, Sweet malts, wheat. Subtle Lemon and Spice. Over ripe banana.

Mouthfeel-Carbonation takes over this beer. There may be some more flavors in there but I can't get best the massive carbonation that wipes any flavor off my tongue.

Overall-With so many drinkable hefeweizens out there, and judging to style, I would pass on this one 10 times out of 10. Not the best representation. Wasn't impressed w/ Ur Weisse and now Brau Weisse...

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 500ml bottle

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger white head sighs of lacing and a fresh white collar

S- banana.clove,wheat.malt,fruit and baked bread

T- great tastes of banana and white fruits like apples and pears mix with wheat and clove,,malt and baked bread finish this with a touch of spice and hop

M- medium carbonation with a chewy banana bread fill

O- a classic hefe to be enjoyed

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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 oglmcdgl
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big ass glass on tap at brauhaus schmitz after a long day grinding.

A- comes my way from the lovely barmaid with four big fingers of bright white head that rises well above the glass and holds on for dear life. Head slowly starts to settle after the first few pulls and levels out at around an inch or so. Hazy sunset yellow orange in color and just shines like there's no tomorrow. Simply beautiful brew.

S- bright fresh wheat, bananas, cloves, some citrus zest and a touch of floral honey like sweetness.

T- taste follows the nose amazingly and brings with is all the things that make a wheat beer great. The banana is popping with some hints of clove and honey. Almost a touch grassy at times from the spectacular freshness of the wheat. Underlying orange zest and green pepper corns.

M- lighter side of body and nicely carbbed giving this brew a super freshing and thirst quenching quality.

O- this is what wheat beers should taste like and on a hot day after working my ass off nothing could be better.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,225 ratings
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