Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse
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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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Ratings: 2,221 |  Reviews: 926
Photo of KajII
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a murky amber with a medium sized white creamy head that had excellent lacing. The aroma was heavy of bread malts with a meaty doughy yeast scent and hints of citrus. It tasted very yeasty with notes of citrus at first and finished with a nice malty yeast flavor with a nice note of citrus and left the flavor lingering for a nice while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and very creamy in texture and had a soft carbination. Overall an exquisit representation of this style, very nice with a slice of lemon.

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

Poured into a weizenglas the beers color was healthy gold. Nicly saturated with yeast and properly murky. A nice white head was building, justices expected.
Smell announced fruity taste and mild hops.
Tasting the beer you had fruit like lemon, citrus and maybe a little banana and orange up front , bread and grain in the middle, nicely balanced with hops at the end.
Being born and raised in Bavaria , of course I am used to better Hefeweizen. But this is a good example of it. Very drinkable with very refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of generallee
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a tall weizen glass. The abv is listed on the back label (5.1%) but there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has an orange/yellow color with a cloudy haze and some visible carbonation. On top I got a thick and creamy off white head. It is long lasting and makes slick lace ring which slowly slide down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has notes of sweet bubble gum and banana peel with just a light touch of wheat malt.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma foreshadowed. Tangy wheat meets the tongue first with a light clove banana yeast notes following. A touch of citrus and spicy/leafy hops leads into the finish which is crisp and fairly dry. The firm medium body has plenty of active carbonation give it a lively snappy texture.

Notes: I love the texture and finish on this beer. Some German Hefeweizen beers get a little to slick on the palate but this one is crisp and feels alive with carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding Hefeweizen.

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

Small, perfect white head. Foggy, golden body.

Definite banana smell.

Taste is a little mellow for my preferences. Has a slight alcohol taste, and not a lot of complexity.

Creamy mouthfeel. The beer gains body in your mouth. Nice carbonation.

Very easy to drink. Enjoyable, but perhaps an overrated hefe.

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Photo of femmebiere
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

t has a warm hefeweizen color and smells quite sweet. The beer is over all light and low key which makes it a very drinkable beer. It has hints of fruit with some floral taste that comes through. On the finish it is slightly bitter, but it lingers just enough. This is a buy-again if I am in a mood for a light beer (in comparison to my usual porter), especially to pair with dinner.

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always excited to try a new Ayinger product.

A- Ultra pale straw hue with a lot of hazy yeast floating around. A nice foamy white head builds up and has good retention. A few spots of lace.

S- Fairly faint overall strength but it contains a nice balance of bread, banana, clove and bubble gum.

T- Overall a balanced and relaxed hefeweizen flavor. I can sometimes get turned off by an overly cloved and banana hefe but this one has them both in nice amounts. Nice fresh bread, clove, banana, citrus zest and bubble gum.

MF- Highly carbonated lighter end body with a nice foamy feel to it. Just a tiny bitterness.

DB- Smooth and balanced, and a nice light drinkable ale. None of the sometimes over-the-top flavors really get to me here. A beer I can truly sit back, relax and quaff down.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a very nice white head with good retention and a nice amount of lacing. The nose brings forward some clove as well as banana and a bit of bubblegum. The flavor falls along the same lines and brings in a touch of light, bready malt. Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Very nice drinkability.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is hazy and straw yellow with but a wee head that leaves virtually no lacing. Several attempts at coaxing a head out of the beer yield little results. As this seems to be an anomaly and likely not the fault of the beer itself, I won't judge too harshly. The aroma is of banana, clove, and wheat, as was expected. The flavor is pretty good. The beer is simple and straightforward, with a pronounced banana presence. The body is quite thin and watery, more so than I would prefer. On the upside, this goes down easily and would be a good hot weather beer, suitable for quenching your thirst on a summer day.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, BB date says March 2011, into tulip. Pours medium sized, creamy white head that fades to thick firm cloth atop of the hazy pale-straw body. Aroma is rich ripe banana esters in perfect balance with the clove phenols. A bubble gum emerges now and then accentuating the bananaish sweetness. Malted wheat is perceived as faint doughy scent. On the contrary to the nose, the doughy flavor is the dominant one and both banana and clove are far less expressed than in the aroma section. Wheaty texture and suspended yeast donate creamy mouthfeel although the relatively dry finish is prickly due to the decent amount of carbonation.

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

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy yellow/amber colour with a gigantic size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. I can't tell how much carbonation is there due to the haziness and there is some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - cloves, breads/grains, lemons, bananas

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a slightly above average amount of carbonation and it feels very light on the palette. Most of the flavour consists of breads/grains, cloves, and lemon juice. There are also notes of banana, nutmeg, and metallic taste. It finishes with a bready clove aftertaste.

Drink - I really enjoyed this beer and found it be highly drinkable. There are some really good beers in this style so I'm not sure I'd seek it out again; but I wouldn't turn it away if offered one.

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Photo of sgaloob
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of the bottle very cold (right out of the truck bed driving around Alaska) in a slightly chilled pint.

A - Cloudy, light caramel color. Little or no head retention.

S - No hop aroma. Fruity smell with "banana" undertones. Some citrus as well. Very sweet smelling, like baking pastries.

T - Distinct German hefe-weizen "banana" taste. Citrus undertones.

M - Excellent mouthfeel, especially considering how little carbonation it retains.

D - Excellent. Very smooth, very balanced. No single overpowering taste.

Bottom line - I could drink a dozen of these.

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Photo of dciBA
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very attractive dark yellow that gets progressively lighter towards the bottom of my weizen glass. A puffy white inch or so of head forms and then fades to about a quarter inch and lingers forever. No lacing at all as it goes down.

Smell is split almost perfectly of clove spiciness and banana. Exactly what I expect from the style. Taste follows the nose. A near perfect balance of spiciness and banana. While I prefer a hefeweizen to be more unbalanced towards the banana side of things this probably more true to style.

Mouthfeel has the high carbonation typical of the style. Very easy drinking which is where this style really needs to shine. Nothing better than a german wheat beer on a hot day. This one surprised me as I never hear people referencing it but it just may be my new benchmark of the style.

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

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a tall wheat beer glass. The body of the brew is a cloudy golden color topped by a gargantuan foamy white head. Excellent head retention, but a surprising lack of lacing while I drank the beer.

S - Your typical Hefeweizen aromas are represented nicely. A wheat body is accented by aromas of clove and banana.

T & M - The taste is well represented by the nose. The wheat body plays well with flavors of clove in the forefront, along with banana and an unknown citrus, apricots perhaps? It all seems to be fairly well balanced. Medium bodied and it finishes with a sort of dryness after the swallow. Crisp to be sure.

D - A very nice example of the style. If you enjoy wheat beers, you need to give this one a shot. Very quaffable.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Obviously not the appropriate glassware. Poured a beautiful 3 finger head over a hazy golden ale. No lacing.

Aroma is dominated by the yeast. Lots of banana, with subtle honey and something spicy I can't identify. Taste is tart and fruity with a light and refreshing mouth feel.

When I was young and hanging out with friends at bars and parties where drinking was the thing, hefeweizens would be my style of choice. They got me in a lot trouble despite the low ABV. I could drink pitchers of the stuff without even batting an eye. Thankfully I survived and now I'm an advocate of the "Respect Beer" philosophy. However, I can't deny the high drinkability of this style.

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

Looking into the bottle it was very clear I asked myself.. "Is this really a Hefe?".. Could hardly see the thin yeast on the bottom. Started the pour with a bright white head and then started to cloud a bit, swirled the last inch and poured, saw the suspended yeast. Alright taste but find it a little sweeter for this style, will toss a few back BBQ'n this summer because its an easy drink. Not as heavy as other Hefes/Wheats I'm more accustomed to.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass...Nice honey gold pour, white head that rises a quick four fingers but falls to nothing. Light lacing...Slightly disappointing aroma that comes off a little generic. Candied bananas with light cloves, a touch of honey...The taste is better, lots of smooth cloves comes through, a little wheat but simple. The feel is actually nice, pretty easy to drink.

Decent but nothing special.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

5L Bottle. Pours a hazy golden with a thick white head. Aroma is quite nice: bananas, bubblegum and clove. Taste is also banana, sweet bubblegum with citrus notes. Some tartness on the palate. I was not impressed by this beer like I was by Hacker-Pschorr (Hefe) Weisse. But I'm not really into wheats.

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Photo of mjw2808
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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 albertjr21
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: From the bottle into a Pilsner glass, a rocky white and well sustained head soon sits atop a beautiful and slightly hazy bright yellow gold. There is a constant flow of carbon bubbles to the surface that maintains at least a minimal head throughout.

S: Aroma of clove, bright lemon spice and a banana bread malt backdrop. An inviting mix of notes.

M/T: What a wonderfully balanced feel throughout. A crisp and refreshing spritzy body with a malt and hop harmony that's quite impressive. There's nothing overpowering here and the taste of this is true to what I initially sensed in the aroma. This is probably the most I've ever enjoyed a Hefeweizen though I'm not surprised considering who the brewer is...

D: This paired fantastically with a combination dish of pan sauteed potatoes, sunny-side-up eggs, breakfast sausage and toast.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, yellow body with a nice white head.

S: Citrusy, bready aroma with some soft fruits.

T: Fruits and spices, finishes off clean.

M: Pretty light and crisp, with moderate carbonation.

D: Balanced and very drinkable. Good choice in this style.

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

A golden yellow body, with cascading carbonation bubbles, and much less hazy than a lot of hefes.

Aroma is striking, a lot of banana bread and clove. Highly yeasty and you can really sense that this is a traditional hefeweizen.

The flavor relies on its balance between the bready yeasts and the amazing spicy malts. A genius amount of that pumpkin/nutmeg/clove flavor from the grains and it bounces off the yummy wheat. Mild, mild bitterness from the hops but so little so that the malts can really mellow out.

A crisp bubbly mouthfeel and a decent body.

What a session beer, just another example of how mellow and delicious hefeweizens can be.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Looks absolutely stunning. Has a hazy, golden color with a large, rocky head that dissipates slowly and leaves quite impressive lacing.

Smell: Has a strong, lemon smell with hints of wheat, yeast, and spices.

Taste: Very slightly bitter up front. Develops into a citrusy, yeasty, wheaty flavor. Pretty familiar hefeweizen territory here.

Mouthfeel: Exceedingly crisp and refreshing, like a hefeweizen should be.

Drinkability: A pretty decent hefeweizen. I'm sure it would be much better on-tap in Germany but this is still quite good. Definitely worth a try and a great refresher beer.

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

From a bottle.

Pours light, whitish gold, moderate head with fine carbonation. Retains okay, eventually goes away.

Smells of citrus, fresh grainy malts, and estery banana notes. Light and sweet.

Taste follows exactly.

Feels moderate to thin. Carbonation is tingly and thorough.

Very drinkable, light and refreshing. A good sessionable beer. Represents the style well but is also unique in it.

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

Poured into Rafferty's weizen glass. Swirled last third of the bottle before pouring. Nice golden cloudiness but still somewhat transparent. A good looking brew.

Smells of banana, bread, and yeast. Cloves are surprisingly absent.

Cloves pop up in the taste, especially as the beer warms a bit. Definitely a banana-clove aftertaste, saturated in breadiness.

Mouthful is light. Moderate to high carbonation. Very light but rich enough to have some meat to it.

Very drinkable. Almost too drinkable.

Nice brew. One of the better hefeweizens I've tried.

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Photo of claybeer
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very light foggy yellow color with a light soft off white head. Extremely cloudy. A classic hefeweizen nose of citrus, wheat, banana, and some spice. I enjoyed the crisp coriander flavor. A very refreshing beer. The finish is clean with just a little bit of a scratchy wheat feeling on the roof of my mouth. Easy drinker.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 2,221 ratings
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