Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Bräu WeisseAyinger Bräu Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
915
Ratings:
2,175
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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155
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327
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Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

From notes on 3/6/14

On tap at Brews Brothers. Lemon sweet aroma. Color of straw and honey. First thing I taste is banana. Then I can get the nice honey and lemon taste. Like a nice tea. Not usually into this style, but this is pretty good. Maybe its the American version of it I don’t like.

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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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Photo of nick76
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is a model of what a German Hefe should be. It has bananas, spice, incense, sour fruit, and wheat. The appearance is a hazy gold with a large head. The flavor is malty and fruity with an emphasis on bananas and citrus. There are also robust bitter and sour elements as well. The palate is typical of the style. The aftertaste is bread like and a little sweet but fairly dry for a Hefe.

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Photo of Mryup
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A wonderful hay haziness. A medium pour produces 2 inches of dense white head that fades to 1/4 inch.

S: Strong wheat with lemon grass and straw. Hops are coming through too. Some spice is detectable but I can not pin point it.

T: Apples and lemon grass with hints of clove. Wow, I just lost any trace of the hops. They are there, but barely. Straw and grass come in at the end. Some yeasty breadiness is there too. Not the second coming of Christ but a damn good solid beer.

M: Wet and a bit thick with significant CO2. Acceptable.

D: The slight heaviness brings down the drinkability.

A great beer and one of my personal favorites for the style. Cheers!!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours lighter colored than other Hefeweizens with a 2 finger head.

Aromas of banana, clove, lemon, and baked malts.

Flavor is a little more washed out than I'd like, but all the elements are there. Bread crusts, citronella, banana, water, clove, yeast.

Feel is also lighter than expected but that's a welcome guest here. Carbonated, light creaminess. Semi-dryness on the finish.

Overall, a solid Hefe. I'd do it again, but it's not particularly memorable.

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Photo of Premo88
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: so murky it looks like pineapple juice ... it's a light enough color of yellow that you can pick up shapes when trying to look through it up to the light, but it's otherwise opaque; huge fluffy white head that dissipates pretty fast and doesn't leave much behind -- little sticking and no lace, but it keeps a cool-looking skin of white foam on top with a thick, fluffy collar

S: sweet banana ... you don't even have to put your nose up to it -- the aroma flies up to you, like an air-freshener; lemonade, sour grapes ... and then there's that spice. it's like chai tea, and i'm assuming it's the clove note. very sweet and sour

T: follows the nose mostly but might taste a little more spice (clove? pepper, earth) than sweet ... all the notes are similar, and the chai tea is there -- again, cloves. very easy to see why banana is the classic descriptor because it's the easiest coverall term for this mix. fruity, too, but it's not English pale ale or Belgian dubbel "fruity" ... lighter and more sour

F: feels a tad soft -- the first third popped with carbonation, like a good Belgian, but halfway in it's starting to feel slightly under-carbonated. it's still very, very good ... another swallow suggests I'm being picky: this is super drinkable.

O: the wheat-beer notes are growing on me, and this is classic everything wheat -- look, smell, taste. it's full of flavor but still light and easy to deal with ... the 5.1% ABV fits the package perfectly.

i'm a novice to the style, but this seems as spot on as it gets.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible hefe. Pours cloudy dark yellow with a puffy white head. Aroma of bananas and wheat. Very smooth and strong taste. Wheat, yeast, bananas, lemon, and citrus all mixed and balanced throughout. Not overly sweet or too wheaty; perfect balance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brushpig
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle a Sam wines in Chicago served in a proper Ayinger weiss glass.

Cloudy golden yellow hue with a great foamy white 2" head that lingered for a while.

Clean lemony wheat, yeasty aroma.

Nice flavors, with lemon wheat, bananas, grassy hops with a nice finish that is very refreshing. Crisp carbination creates a nice mouth feel.

Drinkable and very refreshing summer beverage.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an orangey, murky gold with a huge white head that fades to a centimeter within a few minutes. Aromas of sweet bananas, rubber and some minuscule clove notes -- much less spice than some other hefes. On the palate the main flavor is of banana chips -- meaning banana flavor with a sugary undertone. There's not a whole lot of acidity here until the end, where the finish sours out a bit... leaving a tingle on the tongue that demands another mouthful. This beer is ridiculously smooth on the palate, even with a big blast of carbonation in there, which makes it insanely drinkable. That drinkability is this beer's one superlative quality -- the rest is good, but not great, familiar German hefeweizen elements -- but it's an important quality and makes this beer a very valuable one to have around, especially on an 80 degree day. Overall, this is well done.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good sized beige head sat atop this cloudy gold offering I had at the Winking Lizard. Clove, lemon and a slight bit of banana hit the nose before I drank. Spicey with a small fruit underlining the beverage. Small amounts of yeast and wheat came through at the end. Enjoyable, refreshing, and well made. I'll defintely have it again.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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 JackieTH
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rob for sharing.

Color was hazy straw yellow with a half inch of white foam.

Smell was biscuit malty clean.

Taste is bananas and cloves, cleanly sweet, slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy and the body holds together well. Tasty.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, the beer has much of the same characters found from the tap, just not as fresh, spicy, or floral. The beer pours a, still active, carbonation but less than on draught. A bright canary yellow hue with a silky haze and small yeast particles floating about. Smells the same bubble gum, banannas, cloves, and bread as on tap, but not as crisp, clean, or fresh fruit flavored. Peppery and spicy but with less 'snap'. Feels more mellow and soft from the bottle. Finishes the same with a fruity, wheaty, minty flavor. Both are great, but go for the tap version when available.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hot weather is the perfect time of a Hefe Weizen. Poured into a wheat beer glass, this brew is pale orange-yellow with a frothy, solid head. The head is about 2” and very stable. The aroma is of moderate intensity, and full of clove, bananna, citrus, and a touch of alcohol. It smells just like a Hefe should…I do, however, think that the smell could be more pronounced. The beer has a full, soft, tart, peppery, yeasty, satisfying taste. It’s lemony and clean, with just a little hops in the finish. This is the kind of beer that summer is made for.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into nonic pint

a: an extremely pale yellow, almost looks like a hazy lemonade. two and a half fingers of head

s: mostly spices and malt up front. slight banana, slight citrus

t: spicy to start, but the lemon and slight orange come in quickly after. banana notes here and there, wheaty and bready throughout. the flavours are mellowed out and not very sharp, nothing jumps out at you. but this is good stuff

m: light and bubbly with somewhat prickly carbonation, but really smooth and a bit creamy

o: a great hefeweizen but i would opt for weihenstephaner's hefeweissbier at the LCBO because it's a bit better and $0.80 cheaper for the same amount of beer

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 17 ounce bottle into a chalice.
Looks like a hefe should; hazy, golden, poofy white head.
The odor doesnt quite have the impact of some others of the style but it's pleasing enough. Wheat, lemon, malts.
The taste is quite a bit on the malty side for a hefe, or rather has quite a malty punch in the middle of a sip. The malt flavor gives it a sweet signature impact. Dry lemon and wheat crispness in there.
Pretty much up to typical specs for the style with a bit of a twist. Good drinkin stuff.

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Photo of ablaze
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold, slightly hazy, bubbly, with a nice pure white head and thick lacing.

Light lemon scent, wheat, and bubblegum.

Sourness followed by sweet lemons, lots of bubblegum, and wheat. Medium body, spicy carbonation, with a smooth, clean finish.

Delectable hefeweizen that is soft and inoffensive. Can't go wrong.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 2" rocky head that has good retention at 1". Cloudy straw color with a furious swirl of carbonation. Decent lace.

S - Lots of spicy clove. Wheat.

T - Wheat. Light citrus and mild banana. A big spicy presence in the middle followed by the flavor of wheat grain long into the finish.

M - Firm, medium body. North of a mid-level of carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

D - Good, solid hefeweizen. Right up there with the other fine Bavarian Hefe's but still under Schneider Weiss.

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Photo of afordney
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a large head that dissipated quickly, decent cloudy straw color.

Smelled of citrus and clove, but not very strong.

Tasted like clove, spicy from start to finish, no hints of banana.

Mouthfeel was balanced and spicy, very refereshing on a warm day.

Overall, this was not my favorite interpretation of Hefe Weizen but it was very drinkable and I'd try it again.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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 BeerNinja007
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, $3.49 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Heavy pour gives a big 3" of rocky white head that takes several minutes to settle to a drinkable level. Brew is a mostly-clear yellow with abundant carbonation seen floating upward. Leaves no lace. Very clear for an unfiltered hefe. Nose is clove, banana, yeast, wheat, light malts, a little caramel sweetness, and a bit of an acidic bite. Taste is the same banana and clove, mild light malt and wheat background, some yeast, overall similar to the smell. Finishes with a little sweetness and mild grassy lemon hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and light with appropriate carbonation. Overall a classic hefe.

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Photo of theopholis
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - HUGE, creamy whaite head above a transclucsent, light aprcit or straw color. Looks fairly impressive.

Aroma - Sweet mild, wheat aromaswith banana and a hint of clove. Has some other, very subtle aromas that I can't put my finger on. Reminds me of fresh, clean linen. Some malt sweetness comes through.

Taste - It's good, but not outstanding. Nice balance of wheat, citrus and a hint of malt sweetness hidden way back there behind the sourness of your typical wheat. Some other very subtle flavors in there to. A woodiness kind of feel.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation. Not as puckering as some hefes, but very refreshing.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. I've tasted better hefes, but not many. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light golden colour, large head. Typical hefe aroma (which is good), cloves, flowers and some citrus. Light bodied, typical hefe flavour but there's just too little of it, thin mouthfeel. Finish / aftertaste is definitely too thin / weak. The Ur-Weisse is a better choice.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, best before September 2011.

Pours a straw hue, on the light side for the style. Cloudy, glowing. The head isn't quite up to par though, as it does not reach the usually lofty Hefeweizen-heights, nor does it stick around too well.

Aroma has mainly spicy notes and some good floral, herbal attributes. Banana in the back.

Flavor is excellent. A lot going on for the style, with plenty of tangy, fruity and yeasty notes. Herbalness comes through again. Banana is not too strong, but I'm okay with that. The mouthfeel is not as exceptionally creamy as the best in the style, though the soft, medium-high carbonation is nice.

A good Hefeweizen, just not as perfect or unique as some.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,175 ratings.
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