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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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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Served in weizen glass. Quarter inch head with a bone white appearance.

S. Clove and slight banana.

T. Exceptional. Sweet refreshing wheat with fruits and sugars.

M. Coats the palate and wheat taste diminishes quickly.

D. Would love to have these all day.

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Photo of beerguru15
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Ayinger is your typical Bavarian Hefe-weizen that just brings out all of the element's its supposed to.

The appearance of this hefe is a Cloudy but light yellowish/golden color with a white head.

When you first smell the beer, you get a mixture of Wheat,and Banana's

This beer is quite tastey, is very smooth and the drinker is presented with a strong initial taste, which is a good thing.

Overall this beer is very drinkable and highly recommended. I can see myself purchasing this beer more often.

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Photo of ghostofpaulman
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml into an oversized preserves style mug.

A: pours a hazy honey color with a big frothy three fingers of head.it's so hazy i can't even see through to the other side of the glass.almost reminds me of tamerindo soda.

S:very fruity.almost reminds me of banana pudding.also a very keen lemon smell with a bit of cloves.slightly bready like a fresh pie crust.

T:damn good but kind of hard to describe.definite banana in the back of the taste.almost a sweet spices like cinnamon and cloves.also just a little wheat breadiness in there.

M:Very light and very little carbonation.very wet and thirst quenching.

D:Very High.I love hefes and this one is a very good representative of the style.cool,crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A wonderful beer that i'd recommend to any beer drinker.

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Photo of bobsy
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I pull out a weizen glass and then have to stop mid-pour as a gigantic bone white head surges upwards and overflows the lip, causing a small trickle of liquid to cascade attractively on to the counter. After finishing it off with a swirl I'm left with a beautiful pastel yellow body (cloudy, naturally), and a good two fingers of creamy white head. Strangely, as the head dissipates, what lace it leaves seems to lack staying power. Huge hefeweizen aromas dominate the nose, but there's a particular emphasis on cloves. Underneath the expected banana and lemon provide a satisfying base.

My first sip reveals that the body follows the standard template faithfully. Medium-light with a strong, yet soft, carbonation, it certainly ticks all the right boxes. What does interest me is that there seems to be a slight stickiness to it, as if some residual sugars are left over.

Like most hefeweizens, the flavour does not deviate significantly from the aroma, and in this case that's a very good thing. This must be a relatively fresh bottle because the banana is so clean and vibrant, and the slight wheat sourness provides the perfect remedy to an excess of esters. The real defining characteristic, though, remains the clove. Its turned up to eleven in this beer, yet never seems to heavy. I think because the other flavours are so full and vibrant a delicate balance is actually achieved.

You need to find hefes fresh. As they age a horrible dullness descends on them and you'll never understand why its such a loved style. This has to be a fresh bottle as all competition is kicked into touch. A very good hefe. Prosit!

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a beautiful, white, fluffy, 2 finger head. Head dissipates at average pace and not much lacing present.

S - Smells spot on to that of a hefeweizen. Dominated by banana and clove with hints of citrus and spice. Aroma of bread malts are very notable as well. I've always enjoyed the aromas of a hefe and this one doesn't let you down!

T - The flavors live up to the aromas in all regards! Banana, bread malts and clove are the most prominent with the optimal amount of spices subtly added in. All in all a very well done hefe - no complaints!

M - Optimal amounts of carbonation with a medium-light body. Very smooth and crisp, although finishes a little watery I.m.o. Regardless, very enjoyable and more importantly, very drinkable!

O - It must be something in that German technology, but a phenomenal hefeweizen! Well done Ayinger.

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Photo of ADNelson
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Slightly hazy amber-yellow with constant rising carbonation. The head is large but quickly dissipates to a thin, lingering one.

S: Lemon citrus and bubblegum along with the typical banana and clove hints of a German hefe.

T: Crisp lemon-orange citrus with a clove and coriander spiced breadiness. Aftertaste is sweet and lingering. Taste is slightly weaker but more drinkable than other German hefe's I've had.

M: Light, slightly thick, not overly watery or dry, and very refreshing.

O: This hefe has a surprisingly complex variety of flavors for how easily drinkable it is. I'd recommend this for someone new to beers, even my wife liked it! It's my new go-to for session drinking.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another great Ayinger. Great clove, fruit, banana, mealtimes. Smells wonderful. Probably my second favorite next to Fransiskaner. P.S. never put lemon in a good Weisse. Took a couple drinks alone and was awesome, then BT asked if I would take lemon and said yes at a week point after wife said try it. It was still good but wiped out some taste.

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Photo of goz
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy medium straw color, with a huge frothy white head that mostly lasts, leaving good lace on the glass. Aroma is quite big and nice - banana, lemon, cookie dough, honey, some clove. Flavor is also quite large - sweet start with a good bit of banana and honey, some spiciness in the middle and end, and a slightly sour, acidic finish. Medium-full bodied, but not heavy at all. Lively carbonation. Supremely drinkable, perfect for quaffing on a nice summer day, out on the boat fishing...and would pair equally well with said fish at the dinner table.

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Photo of joezak5
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; beautiful hazy honey color with meringue pure white head. No lacing above the liquid by a great lace as it's being enjoyed; good retention.

Smell: Spicy citrusy yeast with clove notes.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation, suprisingly chewy for a session beer-like abv.

Taste: Fantastic yeasty lemony cloves; just a little dry malt on the finish.

Drinkability: A session beer at its finest; This was the first beer in 21 reviews I've finished prior to completing the review. I want a few more.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is massive, billowy, and bright white. It recedes very slowly leaving thick chunks of foam. The aroma is of cloves, tangy wheat, and has a hint of banana. The taste is of cloves, banana, more cloves, and has a nice zesty finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good hefe. I can see myself drinking this regularly.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An exceptional example of the style, served on tap at Sean Bolans. Poured into proper Ayinger glassware. Pours a hazy yellow with a nice 1" head on top. Aroma is citrusy, very pleasant. Taste is oh so refreshing. Citrus notes combine with a yeasty spiciness and a touch of sweetness in the end. When poured with a properly mixed gas you could drink these all day. One of the most drinkable beers around for sure. Its a gem on tap if you can find it.

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Photo of HefeweizenLover
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 0.5l bottle into a Weizen glass.

L: The beer is very hazy and nice yellow to light amber color. Forms clean white foamy head, two fingers high, with good retention and solid lacing. There is medium-to-high carbonation in the glass.

S: Fresh citrus fruits, followed by mild banana aromas.

T: Taste follows the nose. Fresh citrus fruits and mild banana flavors are prevalent, accompanied by hints of clove. Very nicely balanced. There is a subtly sweet bubblegum aftertaste.

M: Feels medium bodied, smooth and crisp with excellent carbonation on the palate.

O: Very refreshing and classy Hefeweizen. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Finn
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: poured into a tall weihenstephaner weiss beer glass. A fine, thick, creamy head sits atop. The beer is a hazy gold color. a bit lighter in color than your average.

Smell: Banana bread with a clove/vanilla afterthought. marvelous.

taste: Smooth, mellow blend of the classic flavors of cloves, vanilla, and bananas. Sweet maltiness is present, but not in a cloying manner.

mouthfeel: strong, tingly carbonation balances perfectly with a creamy, rich body.

drinkability: this is up there with the best. the drinkability is amazing. it manages to be flavorful and lush, but not cloying. could easily have a few of these (now if it only wasn's so expensive.) This is perhaps my favorite hefe that I have had to date.

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Photo of gford217
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sipped on this one while playing bocce with brickstoredave at Leon's Full Service. Life is good...

Pours a very hazy golden yellow with a huge puffy white head that lasts for ages and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is classic hefe with a massive banana sweetness with only hints of spices in the background.

Taste follows the aroma and is, once again, textbook hefe with a huge bubblegum and banana sweetness with hints of lemony hops up front and spices in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with tons of carbonation and very smooth.

To call this one drinkable would be an understatement. It's an exceptionally easy beer to drink and one of the best examples of the style I've had. Highly recommended!

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Photo of wingman14
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy dark yellow with a huge frothy white head. The aroma fills the room as this one pours, sweet, yeasty and banana are the most noticeable. Amazing aroma, the smell is inviting and powerful. The taste follows along with the aroma, and does not disappoint. The sweet banana flavor is there, a very powerful flavor but not overwhelming. A great balance, smooth full bodied yet light mouthfeel, and the carbonation is just right. This beer is amazing, very drinkable, one of the best, not just for a hefe. This is a must try for everyone. Cheers!

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a weizen glass a very pale straw with little haze for the style. Two and a half finger head diminishes quickly into a half-finger cap. The nose consists of wonderfully pungent sour apples and bananas with hints of yeast and citruses. The wheat malts and bananas dominate the taste for me. The beer is of a fairly medium body, due to the grainyness, but broken up a bit by the carbonation, which is a little on the harsh side, but still does a great job of balancing this weizen. Extremely drinkable. Eat it, Bud Light!

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Photo of CMW
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head that fades quickly. Nice and murky with just a slight bit of soapy lacing.

S - Clove, banana, fresh bread.

T - Much like the nose and that is a good thing. Fruit and spice dominate the front with some malt and wheat providing a nice backbone. A slight touch of bitterness in the finish rounds this out.

M - Creamy and delicious.

D - Perfect for those spring and summer days. I wouldn't change a thing.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 2 12oz bottles into a 1/2L Ayinger tall swirl weisse bier glass. Can I get an Amen... Amen my brother! Danke

Head comes alive (not completely different from Peter Frampton's hair) as the yeast clouded pale yellow liquid fills the glass. er, You know big billowy curly lacey. Hmm never mind.

Smell is of yeast, wheat, malt, hops & a fruity spicey mix. Yes yes bannana & cloves.

Taste Ahh this is the real deal folks. This is a smooth, rich, light, fruity
mix that begs to be tasted all through-out the mouth. Just the right hints of spice finish each swallow perfectly. This is not the kind of beer that you learn to brew in a few short years following some recipe. No, this take some time and tradition. Check it out and com pair.

Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated.

Drinkability is the best sip chug swallow gulp. Day or night, work or play. It does not get old. My brothers aus Bayern drink it for breakfast with their weiss worst. Amen MK

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Photo of Celt44
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Eyes are average for a wheat - not bad - nothing special
Aroma is everthing a hefe weizen should be. You can almost taste it before it hits your lips - coriander jumps forth.
Taste is superior. Coriander and ginger come to mind first as flavor bursts forth. Bananas and clove predictably present but not too much.
Mouthfeel is above average and very smooth - carbonation is not overbearing.
Overall a superior hefeweizen. Thank you again Germany.
This one was a big suprise. I ordered it in a bottle at my favorite pub in town that serves mostly craft on tap. They were low on IPAs so I gave this one a try. I don't regret it even though it was a bit on the expensive side. Great summer session brew if you can pony up the big bucks.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour generates a colossal bone white head that fills the glass, then slowly recedes to reveal the opalescent, lemon yellow-gold beer within. The cap is pillowy, but not airy, as evidenced by its reluctance to fall lower than about one finger. Strangely enough, there's very little lace.

If there's anyone out there who doesn't know what clove smells like, take a whiff of this beer. Banana esters appear in a supporting role and nearly steal the show.

Brau-Weisse tastes like it smells, it's as simple as that. I tend to like bigger beers (in general) and I fear that I've slighted some styles as a result; hefe weizens are just one example. This one tastes good to me though; it resembles liquid banana bread, fresh from the oven.

Okay, so someone had a heavy hand with the clove. Not acceptable in the bread, very acceptable (and to style) in the beer. It's difficult to appreciate much wheat flavor given the level of spice, but can wheat, in and of itself, carry a beer? Not in my world. It's the yeasties baby, that's where the action is.

The final pour brings about some expected and appreciated changes. The beer has become overtly murky for one and the aromas and flavors have intensified due to warming. The body manages to be both light-medium and slightly slick at the same time. Downing several in succession should be no problem.

Ayinger Brau-Weisse is a terrific example of the hefe weizen style. It's solid across the board and is a beer that I'm sure I'll come back to again and again. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of adamette
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap into an Ayinger gold rimmed 0.5 L Weizen Glass. This is the "glass of the month" at Winking Lizard, which is where I bought the beer and the glass for $6.25. I don't know about you but I think that is an excellent deal!

A Opaque yellow (like lemon meringue really) body under a one inch white head. Served with a lemon wedge which was quickly removed.

S Cloves, bananas, sweet malt, wheat. Inviting, interesting. Great smell.

T Great wheat, clove, banana or light fruit sweetness. Just great.

M Moderate with Fruitty thickness, wheat that beefs it up as well.

D Great. I could have a liter of this without too much trouble at all (I kept it to the 0.5L tonight though).

Notes: This is a serious rival to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier for THE example of a great Hefe.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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 JamieDuncan
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Oak Barrel in Hagerstown at a great price, had not tried it and love hefes. Has a good look and excellent smell. The flavor is outstanding. As a big fan of here style I am disappointed that I have not tried this one before. But I will certainly be getting it again and regularly.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,181 ratings.
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