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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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Reviews: 908 | Ratings: 2,140
Photo of boulevard2
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By the bottle at home May 2007

Pours a hazy yellow, highly carbonated and and full of tasty yeast.
A thick head for looks that slowly disapates into a fine summer beer by anyone's standards. Scent of bannanas and cloves is very present. This beer full in body but light and crisp on the tongue. Hints of lemon, bannana and bubble gum are present in this fine heffe. All I need now is a fat pretzel and some spicy mustard to finish this expierience. A true German Heffe and a must try by any beer aficionado!

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Photo of RobbieAshmore
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought in a pick-six at Collins Mid-town liquor Tulsa, Ok.
A- Poured from a bottle. Beautiful color, Golden straw, some cloudiness...looks delicious! Thin head.
S- Delicious! Hints of clove, very 'earthy'. The smell alone reminds me of Germany.
T- Very balanced, hint of banana bread. Amazing.
M-Creamy, with a dry finish, very pleasant after-taste.
O- I gave this beer a 4.75. But it is by far the best hefeweizen I've had. But I'm holding back the 5 until I find the perfect beer. This beer is amazing. It is a great balance of everything. I highly recommend trying it, and then trying another, and another. haha

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Photo of DubVBrewMaster
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Objectively one of the best beers I've ever had!

On a whim, I selected this Bavarian beauty at a local establishment "Pies and Pints" in Charleston, WV.

This brew's golden hue, stable head, sweet aroma and fantastic clean taste sets it a part from most.

It's thick head is a misnomer that the beer sits heavy on the stomach but for a beer of such pleasantly sweet characteristics it drinks quite light.

Fruity in every sense of the word with hints of banana, clove and honey but not overdone. Yet it's golden wheat finish lives up to its German Heritage with fine Bavarian traits.

Pricey, yet worth the opulent tag. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of daythree16
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light orange-yellow color with a huge spongy head that slowly fades leaving a little lace on the glass. The beer is cloudy but not as much as I've seen in other hefeweizens.

Right from the start, the smell is incredible. It starts a little phenolic, with some spicy clove, then a little citrus comes through. The nose finishes with some mouthwatering banana pudding aromas. Mmmm. The taste is very clean with hints of banana and citrus.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth. There is pleasantly sweet aftertaste, and it goes down so easily, I could absolutely drink this exclusively all night.

*Note: On a personal taste basis, this is definitely one of the best hefeweizens I have ever had.

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Photo of Troyone
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light/bright apple juice (almost like a lemonade) color and a snow white head that dissipated with evident carb action.

Has a slight banana and cookie dough malt smell with a pine and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet, acidic, and grainy malt taste with a crisp grapefruit and lemon hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry and slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth lemon/grapefruit finish that lingers grapefruit.

Easy to drink the slight issues may be the lack of a balanced bitter taste and the lingering grapefruit finish.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Poured a clear golden color with tons of streaming carbonation, huge bright white ricky head that left minimal lacing.

S- Giant banana, clove, mineral, bready, and light citrusy notes

T- Tons of banana notes, probably the most banana forward hefeweizen. Some big clove, mineral, and bready notes. Some tangy citrusy and lemony notes on the finish.

M- Very smooth and creamy, medium body, prickly carbonation, finishes dry, and so easy to drink.

O- This is one tasty hefeweizen that goes down so smooth. I love the nice tangy fruity notes on the finish and the banana forward flavor profile. This is one of the absolute best hefeweizens I have ever had.

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Photo of drperm
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy to a "T." Nice, solid white head. Lovely tan colour, very opaque.

Aroma: cloves, banana, grass, chamomile, very light cardamom. Nice balance of aromas.

Taste: Textbook without being industrial. Grass, banana, clove, and peach. Very refreshing.

Palate: What can I say? Near-perfect all the way down.

Overall: Lovely hefeweizen, one of the best I've had. As stated above, classic and textbook without being industrial or boring. PERFECT with grilled bratwurst and sauerkraut.

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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 AlexJ
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all-time favs, finally up for review. Into my Brooklyn Weiss glass it goes, a radient yellow-amber brew, quite hazy, and capped with 3 inches of cloud white head. Head retention is good with zero lacing.

As soon as I popped the cap, the air took on a perfume of bananas and bubblegum. As I stick my schnoz deeper into the glass, peppery spice and clove, banana bread, and spritzy lemony zest greet my senses. This is absolutely how I want a hefe to smell, perfect.

The beer explodes upon my palate with an abundance of bubblegum and banana clove citrus spice. On the sweeter side of hefes, but nowhere near cloying. The candy sweetness is balanced by the lemony zing. There's an ample measure of yeasty goodness in there. Almost enough to satisfy my ever ravenous craving for Belgian ales. Mouthfeel is medium light, very refreshing, and almost creamy feeling. Top-notch all the way!

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Photo of StevieW
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow color with super soft explosive white pillow of a head, that stays until the end. Distinct clove and tart banana smells along with noticable citrus smell. Very tart citrus taste, balanced with subtle yeast flavors that make hefe's so good. Tartness got better balanced toward the bottom. Nice medium body and easy to down. Smooth feel, then a crisp dry finish, makes it a very drinkable hefe-weiss.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is all about the beauty of balance. The reciprocal interaction between subtleties. A tender aromatic dance for the senses.

Sip and savour, or chug 'til you drop, it's all good.

Close to perfect.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour - 500ml bottle into a basic pint glass. Two stages due to the size. Pours a very nice pale cloudy yellow with active white foamy head.

Smell - beautiful mixture of wheat, banana, and clove. The smell erupts from the glass with minimal effort.

Taste - fantastic. Crisp, slight citrus, loads of wheat. Everything you'd ever want in a hefe. Flavor holds in the mouth well, and carbonation goes to work. Absolutely delicious.

The perfect summer brew. Could have loads of these. Drinkable only scratches the surface.

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4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Hoepfner Weizen glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Pale yellow color, foggy appearance. White , small bubbled, froth. Thick, close, lively crown. Good retention. Herbal & floral notes, intense clove,vanilla & ripe bananas to the nose. Flavor shows gentle sweet malts, fruity hints, bready notes & ripe banana texture. Light/medium body, soft carbonation. Subtle citric touch mixed with ripe fruit is the only hop character shown. Lasting finish. Creamy, flavorful & satiating.Refreshing.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite hefeweizen beers. Ayinger continues to amaze me.

A: Golden/Honey pour with nice thick white head that persisted well into the drink.

S: Smells of citrus: Orange/Lemon. Spicey scent as well.

T: Great summer beer. The wheat and citrus does not overpower as you are left with a nice aftertaste.

M: Smooth and light with little tingle.

D: I found this hefeweizen easy to drink because it was extremely light, great for a hot day.

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the finest hefe's on the market. Wonderful look. Cloudy, sullen, rich wheat beer. Brilliant yellow gold colour. Creamy/frothy head, a little over an inch thick, that lingered for a touch, long enough to get three good swigs out before it dissipated to the wall of the goblet. The flavour is the key in this one. Typical wheat beer hits, with swift kicks of clove, anise and black pepper, rounded with dry, yet buttery massages. Thirst quencher and a half. GREAT BEER. Period.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cylinder glass.

A: Very cloudy golden-yellow color, with a thick white head.

S: Lots of clove and phenols on the nose, with some banana in the backdrop. Spicy hints of nutmeg also abound. Manages to still be light and pleasant, like a warm summer night.

T: Nice wheat and clove characteristics up front, with some yeast and phenolic notes coming in toward the middle. A faint hint of lemon is also present. All the flavors meld very well.

M: Substantial, yet still fairly light-bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. The feel might be best described as "light, yet coating." Wonderfully sweet finish.

D: Oh, so refreshing and easy to quaff, yet quite rewarding to those looking for complexity.

If Weihenstephaner makes the best hefeweizen in the world, this offering from Ayinger comes in a close second, if not holding a sort of "1b" status. This beer is so light and refreshing, it was practically tailor-made for warm nights, relaxing outdoors with good company. The true beauty of this brew lies in its sublime feel, so soft yet all-encompassing. Definitely give this one a shot!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
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 sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into a hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale yellow color that produced a great pure white fluffy head with solid retention behind it. Plenty of lacing left behind as well as it dissipated.

(S)- A nice earthy dry wheat-like biscuit aroma with mellow lemon, clove, and banana too. Nicely crisp with hints of bubblegum in the far background.

(T)- Similar to the smell in pretty much everyway. A nicely mellow earthy biscuit with smooth lemon, banana, clove, and bubblegum.

(M)- A crisp yet smooth and mellow carbonation level. A great harmonious balance of classic hefe flavors. So smooth and easy drinking.

(D)- A fantastic hefeweiss that is a shining example for the style. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing. My personal favorite style for summertime; this one did not disappoint!

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color in the glass with a frothy head at first that goes away.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange and lemon hit your nose right away with a wheat aftersmell.

Taste: Tastes like sunshine. Excellent wheat beer that tastes quite like it smells.

Mouthfeel: Tangy with a easy aftertaste.

Drinkability: If it is over 70 degrees outside I could drink this all day long. A good weiss is my vice.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap today at the Marquee Lounge. Served into a tall Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance was a cloudy golden yellow with a one inch plus white head that fell a bit but held up the whole time and left some good lace. I think the Ayinger glass enhances it as well.

Aroma had lots of banana esters and fresh baked sweet breadiness, with a light touch of clove in the back.

Taste began with the aforementioned bready sweetness followed by the perfect amount of banana that was balanced in the finish by the perfect amount of spicy clove character. Perfect.

Mouthfeel was on the light side, very crisp and refreshing with nice carbonation, though I think it could have been slightly higher.

This was fantastic on tap. In the bottle it is just good but from the tap it is amazing. It had to have been quite fresh.

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Photo of malty
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into its voluptuous proprietary glass.

A translucent straw yellowish orange with a meringue like 2" bright white head - truly a thing of beauty.

Scent: Lemon, peach & apricot are evident from the beginning. More whiffs detect Archway frosted lemon cookies and a gingery spice. Yeasty esters provide ironic clean lake breeze scents, as if you were deeply inhaling on the Lake Michigan shore.

Fresh flavors you'd expect from a true Bavarian Hefeweizen; pronounced clove, soft banana, delicate vanilla and slightly sweet bubblegum. Dive deeper and you get an earthy musty, yet very clean yeast experience. Layers upon layers of sweet wheat malt wrapped-up in a perfectly tart, slightly dry but a more sweet citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Med.-full bodied and optimally soft. Airy and comforting. Perfect level of carbonation which make the hefty suspended yeast gracefully layered and balanced.

Drinkability is top notch. This is a beer to be quaffed during the summer for optimal fulfillment, although it's a cool autumn night and it's hitting the spot like never before. I could drink this until by belly burst.

Overall a beer I consider to be in the top 2 in Bavarian Hefes, keeping close company with Weihenstephaner for sure. Perfection in a glass. I must try this at the source before I die.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured in to my weisse glass.

Very cloudy orange color. Poured a two finger eggshell head, that dissipated in to a fluffy one finger layer of foam.

Wheat, clove, and banana. Spicy yeast hits the nose at the end of the whiff.

The taste is pretty similar to the nose, though I do find a very nice bubble-gum/cotton candy sweetness in the middle. Gets yeasty at the end of the sip, but the finish is clean.

The carbonation was nice and bubbly up front, but it wasn't an assault on the palate. Turned creamy. Full bodied and not too heavy. Dry finish

One of my favorite wheat beers. I've had this numerous times, but never had the chance to review it. It's even better on tap, but the bottle is still fantastic.

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Photo of Morris729
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a massive foamy and rocky white head that lasts until the beer glass is empty. Nose is ripe banana and lemon, vanilla, clove, and nutmeg. Fine champagne-like carbonation is very crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Taste is sweet bread, spicy clove, tart lemon, and fresh fruit. Another great Hefe. Simply a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy yellow with nice 3 finger head, but it recedes quickly to a white collar, some lacing.

S - Heavenly banana aroma with a phenolic backdrop. Some sour wheat malt creeping through. The best hefe I've ever smelled.

T - As extraordinary as the nose. Quite a sweet hefe, with a strong banana component early palate. Dominates mid and late palate as well, where mild phenols and wheat malt shine through. Mild yet balanced, this is pretty much everything I could ask for in a hefeweizen.

M - Nicely carbonated with a bit of a heavier body than most.

D - I'd love to have these all day, but price is a definite issue. Otherwise throwing back one after the other of these wouldn't be the slightest problem.

This might be my favorite hefeweizen thus far. The prevalence of the banana esters while phenols and wheat malt take a backseat is amazing. This beer is perhaps what I've always wanted in a hefeweizen.

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Photo of RefuelTheFire
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When it comes to hefeweizens, I almost always prefer the German styles that follow the reinheitsgebot (German purity laws) to that of the American style, so I do have a little bias towards this style. The first thing I did was pour it into a weizen glass, and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to warm up the beer a touch. With Ayinger Brau Weisse this is actually important, as it comes across as too harsh when it is fridge temperature, but opens up beautifully when it warms up a touch. The color is straw-like, with that classical hefeweizen unfiltered cloudiness. You will get a solid 3/4 to 1 inch head that will slowly dissipate to about a quarter of an inch that will be maintained through the drinking process, but will get no lacing. The beer itself has a clean and crisp taste with a strong initial hit of banana and clove but ends up with a beautiful lift of lemon-like citrus at the end. If you drink the beer ice-cold you will get hit hard with the clove right from the beginning, but as the beer warms up a touch, the clove mellows and brings forth the banana. The crispness is maintained throughout the drinking experience. The only complaint that I have is that the feel of the beer is a little bit on the watery side for a hefe, but other than that I believe that this is the standard bearer for German Hefeweizen, and its going to be hard to beat in that category.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,140 ratings.
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