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

Poured from bottle into weizen glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale yellow color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly lemony with yeast, banana and some spices.

T - Banana and spices upfront, then yeast takes over with a slightly dry finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Excellent and very enjoyable hefeweizen. All the flavors are well balanced and not too overwhelming. Would definitely recommend this beer.

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

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy, filmy, and rather pale golden yellow colour, with a ton of billowing, foamy, thin white head, which leaves a few swaths of island atoll arch lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of banana chip esters, cloves, yeast, a bit of white pepper, and bready wheat and barley grain - holy Reinheitsgebot! The taste is sweet bready grain, more wheat than barley-oriented, solid fruit esters - banana, orange, and lemon - some spice - more mild clove and a hint of the coriander flip-side, and a bit of understated, earthy yeast.

The carbonation is nice and soft, the body a solid medium weight, fruity, well smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes on a drying note - the fruit, yeast, wheatiness, and mild alcohol all showing.

A pretty solid, traditional hefe, very much like granddad showing the kids how they did it in the good ol' days, and being absolutely, positively, god damned right.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definately better than an average Weissbier. Cloudy yellow with a nice head that retreats slowly leaving some lacing. Smells like the style for sure but the fruity yeastyness is more developed and aged. Taste as it smells a little better and more raw than some of the big München brewery versions, as if the ingredients are fermented further or something like that. Nothing special for the style on the palate but still quite good; frothy but not especially thick. Smooth enough and tasty enough to drink in quantity, one of the better Weissbiers for sure but not quite the best.

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas and spices. Taste is good, banana, spices, grains, a slight bit of sweetness to it. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of beersensei305
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a a straw yellow into a wiezen glass. Nice big foamy white head that lasts a long time, great carbonation. The scent is real faint I can smell some citrus and clove. A risp mouthfeel and taste from the carbonation and lemon zest, mellow yeast, spicy clove and some sweetness. Light and complex, a really nice hefe. I can definately drink these one after another.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed a bottle of this at State Line. I'm a fan of almost all that this brewery does (except the weizenbock), so it's rather unpardonable that I haven't reviewed this.

A hazy light yellow with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention, this is what I'd expect from a good hefeweizen. Plenty of carbonation is present as well.

The nose is surprisingly muted. It doesn't jump out like the Weihenstephaner does. However, it is still very very good. Moderately fruity with the requisite banana, and a medium-low spice character, the clove is noticeable but in check. The palate is similar, opening with phenols, banana and clove. Definitely bready, there's an enjoyable, wheat character here. Rousing the yeast with more effort than I normally put in results in an excellent yeasty, spicy character that begins to jumps out. The mid-palate is surprisingly watery, though it does barely regain its step towards the finish, with a light citrus character, a pleasant banana note and a little clove. Medium-light in body with crisp carbonation, this beer is refreshing, but ultimately, leaves me wanting more, especially from the mid-palate. I will seek this out again, especially if I see it on tap to verify if this is just a bottle that's off.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i would prefer the appearance to be a little more hazy>>>but this stuff comes from germany so i guess these guys know good beer>>>the smell is reminiscent of banana i don't get too much clove to it>>i also ge an earthy smell too>>>It tastes just like it smells>>>very easy to drink>>>watery mouthfeel
Not my favorite beer style but excellently true to style!

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Photo of Patrick999
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always a pleasure to drink a good hefe on a warm Florida day. Poured into a standard weizen glass, it looks exactly as a hefe should, dull gold with lots of foam and ample carbonation bubbling up the tall glass.

Aroma, not surprisingly, is of ripe banana and musty yeast.

This is a bready beer you can sink your teeth into, with a hint of sweet banana and clove (more banana than clove). Unfiltered, as it should be, so you get a rich, full mouthfeel on this fairly light beer, lending it substance well beyond its 5% strength.

I could pull down a couple pints without much trouble. Aying is a strong brewery, they don't make many missteps. An excellent example of hefeweizen to seek out, if you like the style. I'm reviewing to style and giving it a 4.4 - and that may even be underrating it a bit.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Hazy orange body with a good amount of carbonation lazily making its way to the top. Huge, thick fluffy white head that raises beautifully above the lip of the glass. Nice and rocky and full. Retains for a few minutes and leaves great lacing

S - Muddled wheat with some lemon zest and powdery yeast. Smells like raw bread dough with a lemon bite. Some sweet malts come through as well.

T&M - Crisp mouthfeel from the carbonation and lemon zest. Big and yeasty with a nice sweetness from malts and wheat. Just a touch of banana to cut the citrus and malt sweetness but not a banana-y hefe.

D - I never wanted this to end. What a great hefe and now one of my favorites.

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a 0.3L Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A: Poured a cloudy lemon yellow with 1-finger quickly dissipating head. Good lacing and carbonation.

S: Lemon zest with a touch of yeast and bananas.

T: Tastes like it smells. Lemon-citrus zest, bananas, with only a hint of spices.

M: Sweet yet crisp.

D: A refreshing hefeweizen and a pretty good example of the beer. Another winner from Ayinger.

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Photo of popery
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great hefe. I poured this bottle into my recently purchased Ayinger weizen glass, and it looks fantastic. Though the glass definitely helps out (great ripple pattern), it's a real beauty of a beer with a glowing yellow-orange body, hazily opaque, and an enormous white crown of gigantic bubbles and foam. The aroma is wheat, bananas and spice. It leans more toward clean, sweet wheat/banana than spice (probably closer to the Weihenstephaner than the Schneider), but the spice is definitely there. The taste is bready sweet. It's like a liquid cake with hints of banana and clove/vanilla bean. Mouthfeel is spot on, and it goes down smoothly and easily. I would be very happy to drink a glass every day with lunch.

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Photo of Blanco
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice cloudy orange Hi C color with a very large head that unfortunately dissipates quicker than I would have liked. This is probably my only issue with the beer. It's very bubbly from heavy amounts of carbonation, almost as if it's boiling from teh bottom of the weizen glass. stereotypical hefeweizen smells. very potent. the taste is sweet upfront with a citrusy, tart and strangely dry finish. Nice and more complex after a few sips then it seems at first. Mouth-feel is light-bodied, with little to no mouth coating. Extremely drinkable. I would definitely have this again. Very nice.

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

A: golden thick drink, a nice creamy head, very thick.
S: noticeable German hops, some spice, classic southern German style
T: Light and smooth flavor, full bodied, but nothing is over powering. Nice balance between all the flavors.
M/D: Very good drink, light, simple taste that doesnt linger. very refreshing, I could drink many of these and enjoy them all. Would get this again.

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Photo of haazer
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my UFO weizen glass.

A- Thick 2 1/2 inch bubbly white head. Very condensed bubbles. Lot of bursting on the top like a sauce cooking on the stove. 1/4 inch white ring lays atop a cloudy lemon, hazy gold color. Hardly any lacing though.

S- Strong smells of wheat, banana, bubble gum. Also smell a tiny hint of lemon and orange.

T- Slightly yeasty. Has that great unfiltered wheat taste that all these beers should have IMO. Also comes in with a taste of lemon towards the end. I'm also picking up some bubble gum.

M- Very refreshing. Slightly crisp. The tiniest bit prickly. With that being said this is very smooth, feels great going down. As the beer warms up more flavors come out. Just slightly drier than I'd like.

D- Could drink these all day long, all year long. Would make for an exceptional session beer. Undetectable low abv, great taste, and great overall beer. I finish one and instantly want another. Of course this beer would be best in summer, but I would buy a case every month if I could.

An excellent wheat beer to say the least. One of my fav's. PROST!!!

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Photo of grizzly700
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into twenty two ounce glass product had little head that quickly disappeared... First scent was of bananas taste had bananas and clove... Had carbonation bubbles present through out time I drank this beer.. Very good beer goes down smooth... Paid $3.75 for 500 ml bottle...

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Photo of WilliamLee
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Strong banana and yeast/bread dough.
Color: Dark golden brown, cloudy and unfiltered.
Cold: A crisp banana flavor starts things off with a slight vanilla note followed by some clove spiciness and then toasted malt. It's sweet but not too sweet. No hops, no bubblegum,and no metallic/band-aid flavors that plague this style.
As it warms, an orange aroma and flavor is becomes noticeable.
Overall: Wow! Has to be one of the best examples of a Hefeweizen IMHO. All of the characteristic flavors are there and well balanced with none of the common bad side effects as mentioned.

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

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a large, white head. Retention is pretty good and there are many, visible carbonation streams.
The smell is pretty typical with cloves, banana, floral citrus and yeast.
The taste is very much like the aroma though the yeast is a bit more pronounced.
Mouthfeel is light & well-carbonated.
Drinkability: This is an excellent beer. It may not equal the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, which is probably the benchmark, but it belongs in the top 3-5 available for the style. This hits on all cylinders and satisfies.

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a large inch and a half off white head. The head retention is kind of on the poor side and it leaves no lacing behind.

The aroma is pretty nice. There's a nice bit of fruit with notes of banana, which is followed by some light grain. There's a light bit of yeast and spice as well.

The taste is nice. Banana and clove, as well as some pale malt all make an appearance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of soft bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability is high. The flavor profile is nice and it's easily sessionable. Just a great beer.

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Photo of riored4v
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/30/10

Poured into a tulip with a crystal clear, straw colored body.2 finger, white head that faded to 1 finger.

Smell had mellow banana, faint spices with hint of clove. Good fruitiness with a mild maltiness.

Good fruitiness in the taste. Nice amount of banana with a faint spiciness. Fair amount of ester flavors with a mellow maltiness.

Light body, medium carbonation with a crisp finish.

Drinkability was very good. Nice, light, well balanced and easily drinkable.

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Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy light gold with a fluffy white head that refuses to yield. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon zest, cooked plantains, clove, and pepper.
Taste is of the aromas with standout yeasty bread notes pulling through. Layers of caramel and spice stack upon the citrusy blend.
Mouthfeel is effervescent but silky smooth in the finish with a slick, bitey aftertaste.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome Bavarian hefe. Cloudy gold-orange with a thick, billowy white head. Rich, almost spicy nose of coriander, citrus, wheat and bananna. Zesty coriander taste, very malty with a mild, low hop profile.

Fizzy. but not overly carbonated. Light, but not watery. Very refreshing, especially on a hut summer day.

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

I'm in the minority, I love hefe's and i'm proud to say it. This had the typical hefe characteristics, clovey/ bready nose, taste was a clean bready mouthfeel. Very drinkable, they have been up to this for some time and they are consistant and a benchmark. Good stuff.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle into a Hofbräu weizen glass. No freshness date but the package store just got a shipment in.

Pours a staple hefe: golden, cloudy, good carb and a 2 finger head that leaves lacing.

The aroma is typical but nice and strong. Big notes of yeast and clove

Dang good. Strong clove and pepper with a creamy wheat and yeast. Small banana notes in the mid section, slight grain bill for an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fairly wet with a great spicy prickling from the abundance of carbonation.

Very drinkable! A notch above Fraziskaner and a welcome addition to my hefeweizen rotation. This is a benchmark for the style and perfect for a summer day.

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Photo of blmann3
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

Ordered at Pazzo's Pub in Lexington, Ky.

A-wonderful yellow color with small head that stayed throughout most of the drinking process

S-wonderful smell, very banana like

T-Very sweet flavour, seemed to have a mix of banana and other fruity flavours, but not the the extent of other fruit beers, still felt like i was really drinking a beer


D-could have drank this one all day long...

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Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at Flying Saucer and reviewed from notes. The beer was served a crisp gold with a decent diminishing off-white head. Aroma is nice crisp sweet fruits. The taste is sweet malts and banana. The beer is crisp, smooth and refreshing. This is a very enjoyable Hefeweizen.

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