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

Poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a golden semi clear color. Nice white head lasted the whole time. Ok lacing.

Aroma is slightly clovy. Bit more banana in this one. Kinda wheaty and a bit of hay.

Taste is the same. Nice and wheaty. Little bit of clove and nice banana in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. Medium carb.

Overall a decent hefe. Would have again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my most memorable moments of PHL Beer Week was Franz Inselkammer, JR visiting Bridgewaters Pub in 30th Street Station and getting to sit down with him. The fact that I have not reviewed this before is testament to the idea that I do not review every beer I drink.

My pour gave me two-plus fingers of fluffy, rocky bone-white head with only moderate retention. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was absolutely bananas, which drives me bananas! I probably did not impart that to young Mr. Inselkammer, but I will mention it now. I just do not like what many consider to be the classic form of the style with a banana/bubble gum-forward ester presence. I will allow that the clove was also there on the nose, but it was not the main scent. Mouthfeel was medium and the prevalent taste on the tongue was banana, but the cloves struck a pretty close balance. Finish was more clove than banana and that made for a relatively dry end. I would not put this as the best that I have tried recently, but neither was it terrible. I still lament the fact that they do not CAN their beers, or I would make room for it in the cooler.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a singe 500mL bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $3.19 in Summer 2011.

Pours a slighty cloudy light copper color with a rather thick head of foam. Scent is that of heavy wheats that remind me of organic wheat beers. Taste is smooth, mellow and tasty. From the scent you expect a heavy wheat flavor but it is rather mild. Nicely filtered leaving the beer not too light but not too heavy either. A great craft beer for summer with it's hints of citrus.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 500ml Ayinger glass.

Pours a hazy wheaty/yellow with a huge 3 finger fluffy head. Nose is all banana and clove. Super yeasty and a bit malty - classic.

Taste is classic yeasty, bannana and creamy spices. There's a big creamy mouthfeel along with a light sharp bite at the finish. Basically a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice fluffy 3-finger white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind just a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of wheat, quite a bit of clove, and some banana.There is also some yeast aromas, as well as some citrus.

T - The taste follows the nose quite well. It has a nice wheat body, which is very well complimented by the banana and clove flavors. There is also some citrus flavor, and a very slight bitterness in the finish.

M - This has a light to medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down very easily, and I find it to be very refreshing. There is some tingling from the spice notes, and the finish has a bit of dryness to it.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down smooth and tastes great. I could definitely drink a few of there in a sitting. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is crisp, refreshing and would go great on a hot day. I recommend trying this one.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a cloudy, gold color with a thick head. Great lacing on the sides. Aromas are fantastic; balanced mixture of citrus aromas and spiced wheat. The taste was sweet with a hint of that spiced grain. The mouthfeel had a light thickness to it, enough to make it refreshing, but allowing it to have a solid body. Overall, this was a great hefeweizen.

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Photo of wampahoofus
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy dark yellow. A bit of head retention and lots of lacing. Served in the proper Ayinger glass. It looks so good.

Aroma - Fruity aroma. Maybe a bit of bananna. It is different for this style.

Taste - Lots of flavor! Sweet and full of bananna. It has a solid wheat malt backbone and a bit of cabonation. This is a very good representative of the style.

Mouthfeel - Light and full of cabonation. The sweetness lingers.

Overall - What a fabulous wheat beer! I will have more. I have found a summer favorite!

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Photo of xvertirx
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy dark yellow. Nice two inch thick head.

S- Citrus and fruits

T- Refreshing, thirst quenching, light in a refreshing way but not light like a Pilsner or Lager.

M- Feels thick, good balanced amount of carbonation.

O- I love it. Nice solid hefeweizen. I could drink many of these in one sitting :)

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured into a pint glass becomes a very hazy looking drink with a nice foamy head. that slowly fades.SMELL is has zesty freshness with a touch of lemons and spice.TASTE has the lightly lemon taste with a follow up cloves and banana bread.It has a smooth aftertaste.Definitely a summer heat pleaser.I would happily drink these all evening by a fire on a cool summer night.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance was good - head was a good two fingers thick which left lacing down the glass. Color was a beautiful hazy orange-yellow with lots of wonderful haze.

The nose brought a lot to the table. It smelled like orange, honey, and lemon.

The front end of the taste was filled with citrus notes. The back end was very malty, kicking in what that beautiful wheat typical of hefes. The yeast was balanced, yet more flavorful than most hefes.

Mouthfeel was not watery, with good carbonation.

Overall a very good beer.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,265 ratings