Ayinger Bräu Weisse | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
905
Ratings:
2,125
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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Photo of shererjt
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow with a huge, billowy white head. Exactly what a hefeweizen should look like. Aroma was cloves, wheat, and maybe some bubble gum--and I *never* smell bubble gum in wheat beers! Body was light-to-medium, and the taste was about like the smell. Very nice. Mouthfeel was pretty typical for the style; creamy balanced with tart. Drinkability was quite good.

Weizens are not my favorite style, but I do enjoy them on occasion as a summer thirst-quencher. This is one of the best. Yum.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - light amber in color, veyr cloudy, lots and lots of bubbles, big fluffy white head with good retention, lacing is decent

s - big banana, clove, lemon, and wheat

t - wheat, banana, and some citrus, very refreshing, great lingering finish that's dominated by slight bitterness and wheat

m - light-bodied, lots of carbonation, but not too much

d - very drinkable, I could session this on a summer night very easily, the taste is such that it doesn't get boring, very refreshing beer

Great Hefe all around. Right up there with Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner in my book. Perfect beer for a hot day like today.

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Photo of mntlover
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow some orange in the center. A nice big fluffy white head that falls to a ring, strange not much alce on this baby.

Aroma is big hit of lemon on the pour that fades to a more mellow wheaty aroma with some citrus. The usual banana, clove and good yeasts are another notch under on this one.

Taste is nice wheaty good big citrus flavors lemon mainly mixed with some tart apples banana popping up mild spice on finish clove and yeast. Nice tart little hefe almost like some currants are present.

Mouthfeel is nice medium smooth nice mellow level of carbonation. A joy to drink.

Drinkability is good a nice hefe, a little more tart then others it seems which is nice.

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Photo of Higravity
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. Pours like a dream a cloudy yellow with a billowing white head. Smells of bubblegum and bannana with touches of the spicy clove. The taste is a pure phenol delight with slight blossom of citrus in the finish. Substance of body with but still enjoyable light. Drinkable is not even the word.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass it was very cloudy and golden yellow in color. A huge head. It smelled of wheat and cloves. The wheat taste was complimented by a citrus flavor. The mouthfeel was soft and semi-dry. Like most unfiltered weisse beers, it was a little heavier than expected. Overall, I was highly impressed with the Brau-Weisse.

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Photo of jvdineen
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a weizen glass with a giant head. A very strong aroma of banana and cloves. Standard hefe cloudiness and head retention. A 1/4 inch head stays until the end. Very drinkable, I couldn't believe how quickly I finished this beer. Not overpoweringly fruity and well balanced. Very good.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this pours a cloudy whitish yellow with a large white head and a ton of carbonation. The smell has a strong lemon,wheat, "bisquity", and more citrus aromas. The taste is lemon, wheat, pepper, creamy bakery flavors, and Belgian sugar. The m/f is light and the flavors mix very well. This is not only a great summer beer, it's a great beer period. Enjoy.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic. Smells like bubble gum - the kind you used to get out of a pack of baseball cards..."original" flavor. Very healthy bubbly white head. This, like Paulaner's hefe, is to me, the ultimate example of a hefeweizen. Its like a combination of all the perfect qualities of a hefe and a witbier combined. Its light, extremely refreshing, smooth, absolutely flavorful, and has no abrasive qualities that are usually present in american hefeweizen attempts. Anyone with any appreciation of craft beer would have to respect this beer, and it would also be a perfect possible introduction to the world of craft beers.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale gold, and very cloudy. A creamy white head quickly fills the glass, then slowly falls leaving some spotty lacing. Bready yeast aroma with phenolics like plastic and cloves and a hint of wheat in the background. The taste is sweet upfront from the wheat, with a nice mellow bubblegum and clove flavor. Zesty citrus comes out in the semi-dry aftertaste, followed by a gentle wave of noble hop bitterness and pale barley. The unfiltered wheat allows a ceamy texture, while the high carbonation and thin body give it a pleasent crispness. Trace phenols in the finish but the drinkability remains very high. A very well-put together Hefe with a complex yet balanced flavor, and an uncommonly smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Brian700
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a cloudy yellow beer with a billowy white head that just permeates the best aroma. Lacing is great.

The aroma is of banana, clove, yeasty esters galore.

The flavor is of super esters. There is banana flavors, some clove, apple, some citrus. This is a very flavorfull and estery beer. Very refreshing and a great summer beer.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable. It's the one beer that my wife is liable to steal right from under me. Appeals to a wide variety of beer drinkers.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No clear freshness date on bottle.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Pours a tall, clean-white, meringue-like head, fluffy and cloud-esque. Head fades down significantly over time to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves spotty lacing, but nothing amazing. Body is hazy golden brown with plenty of yeast sediment, but when held up to a light, the beer is pale yellow ghostly highlights. Gazing into the beer, one notes fairly active carbonation streams that support the lingering ring of foam.

The aroma has discernible ripe banana parts with gentle maltiness. Subdued clove and assorted other fruit esters. This is the one aspect of this beer I thought was a bit lacking and could be more expressive.

Taste opens with pleasant sweetness that's quickly adjusted with a bit of lemon flavor. Ripe bananas, yeast, bubblegum, and spice (including faint mint or menthol?) then follow. A sharper hefeweizen in the middle segment of taste that focuses more on spice and banana esters than milder malt characteristics. Aftertaste is of ripe bananas tempered with a mild tartness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a gentle carbonation level that offers some crispness as well. The finish is dry.

A quality hefeweizen, good for when one wants something slightly more tart than the typical wheat beer, but still features the classic tastes and scents as well.

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

Poured into a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass. Beautiful. Very hazy golden color with a nice head. Smells like a good hefe with the usual banana, clove, citrus, buscuit...Taste is subperb. Very refreshing and light, with alot of fruitiness and sweetness. Tastes like it smells, with lots of flavors coming and going. Mouthfeel is really nice - almost a frothy medium. A very good Hefe I have ignored for too long. Good beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
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 atigerlife
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 17 oz. bottle into a Ayinger Hef glass.

Big, fluffy white head that has good lasting power. An orange/golden color that is slightly cloudy. Not nearly has cloudy as many hef's. Lots of carbonation can be seen and there is a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is lemony with some yeast and light cloves. The most notable smell is of dusty wheat, which isn't all that pleasant.

Taste is lemony, wheat with some light hops. Rather crisp and balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and quite cleansing. Feels nice in the mouth. Overall, a very drinkable beer of this style. Very refreshing with subtleness as a trademark. Nice session beer. Went well with some salmon pate.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating, pours light orangy yellow, cloudy with a thin white head, turning to a tiny bubble film and leaving some fine lacing. Nose is fruity and sugary. Tasty wheat, typical German banana and clove notes. Fine with summer foods, salads, cheese etc etc. Worth a try.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always a pleasure to have a new German hefe available in the market here in Alberta! Awaiting the Celebrator(which sold out extremely quickly), but nice to have this in the meanwhile. 500ml bottle with the green and cream-coloured Ayinger label. Pouring into my weizen glass showcases a dense styrofoam-white head that crackled and moved like something living. The size borders on uncontrollable at times. It dimples and even seems to undulate like waves. Hazy apricot hue to the beer, almost like muddy water. The yeast clouding is actually stronger than most other German hefes I have tried. This is murky liquid. Aroma: similarities to oneof my favourites: Hacker-Pschorr. Light grainy wheat and biscuity-dry German hops. A definite burst of lime and lemon up front. Salty and spritzy. Very earthy notes throughout: like fresh soil or even tree bark. The biggest aroma for me is lime mixed with banana bread. All the usual suspects, all very appetising: peach, tangerine, light green apple, banana, and light but very gristy malts that make you want to sniff the beer endlessly. A solid hefe aroma. A strong banana bread taste at first, mixed with very light peach. The citrus is not as pronounced as the aroma suggests. Definitely more tang than some other hefes though--the hopping is less pronounced than say Hacker-Pschorr, which limits the spiciness and adds more of the yeasty fruits. Wonderful fruit-filled finish with plenty of sourdough bread, creamy banana, and light hop bitterness that adds some grass notes. Cloves pop their head in at the end too. A respectable Bavarian wheat beer taste for sure. A fairly low carbonation, adding a creamy profile on the tongue. Endlessly drinkable, especially on a day like today. A great addition to Alberta. Time to pick up some more. Definitely worth your while.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a pale straw color, with a half finger of rocky pure white head, very little, but present, carbonation and sediment

S - the typical wheaty, hoppy aroma of german hefe's, a slight grassy aroma as well

T - surprisingly sweet and light, easy down, a pleasnt taste, not to pasty, wheaty, very delightful, a slight spicy ginger like flavor

M - light bodied, but smooth and easy down, very surprised, i like this

D - high, a great hefe, prolly my fave so far

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Photo of ElGordo
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color topped by a huge creamy white head that settles down in due time. Aroma of German yeast, spicy Saaz hops, light wheat, banana, and clove. Palate is wonderful - crisp light wheat and Saaz hops, fading to fruity esters (banana, light citrus) and ending nice and clean. Body is damn near perfect - crisp, clean, and refreshing, perfect for a spring day. If only it were a bit cheaper, I might drink it every sunny day.

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Photo of Crosling
2.64/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy Grapefruit. Zesty, barely there aroma with notes of cloves, fruit and orange. There isn’t much here upon tasting. It's citrusy, with notes of banana, clove and orange, along with a nice musty yeast taste and a fairly nice finish. Lacking in body and overall just not that flavorful or aromatic.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my Franziskaner weizen glass a sunny yellow with plenty of bubbles; After getting all the yeast in, I'm left with a sunny beer with a few slight orange highlights, nicely hazy, with a rather dissappointing head for a weizen. Finger thick, short lasting, no lace.

Banana, lemon, and clove; Slight bouncy marshmallow in the nose as well. This smells like a lot of weizens, but is full and enticing.

Lots of banana and slight brown sugar, with a lovely clove bittering finish; Very rich, full, and medium flavored, a wonderful balance between light and refreshing and complex and savory.

Fantastic mouthfeel! The first few sips were extremely fizzy, like soda, but after a minute or two it's settled itself nicely into a very interesting feeling beer. It kind of levitates and tingles all at once, lively and inspiring.

A nice, refreshing weizen, perfect for washing down my sandwich.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a nice looking hazy yellow. When the light hits this beer is makes the yellow turn to different tones which looks wonderful. There is a significant amount of white foamy head on top which leaves bits lacing as the beer goes down.

Smell – The smell of banana is present with just touches of clove and citrus. When inhaling I also smell wheat with a finish of what smells like peaches. Quite enticing.

Taste – I found the taste did not live up to the smell. It started of clove and wheat with bits of citrus. There was a minimal amount of banana present along with what seemed to be bread malt. This beer finished fairly faint. The flavor was weaker than expected after smelling such nice things.

Mouthfeel – I found that the carbonation was a little high and that the body was average at best.

Drinkability – Although there were aspects of this beer I did not find to be amazing it still went down very easily. Good in this category.

This was a good Hefe worthy of revisiting at some point. My only complaint about this beer is that the flavors could use some jacking up. Other than that it’s a solid brew.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light yellow witha cloudy haze. THe head is big and frothy with a little lacing.

S - Strong citrusy / clove smell that is very easy on the nose.

T - Light and citrusy with a background of lemon zest. The flavor isnt very strong. at all, but it is nice.

M - Very light bodied, There is very little carbination to deal with but it is very nice.

D - This is a very easy drinking Hefe and enjoyable.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous foamy, hazy straw yellow. Frothy two inch head slowly subsides. Aromas of wheat, lemon, wet hay, and some yeastiness. Fills the mouth completely with a huge splash of flavor: wheat, malt, a little noble hops, and a rather sweet finish. This beer certainly needs some food to be paired with it, a nice salad or gazpacho would do well. Light body and good carbonation give this beer a high drinkability, and I'm glad it comes in the hefty size bottle.

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
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 shivtim
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfectly cloudy orange unfiltered wheat beer, and even a bit settling out at the bottom of the bottle. Upon pouring it had a dense white head, and good lacing. Nose is abandunt yeast and zesty orange. The taste is wheat and strong orange citrus without being over the top, with lingering hints of banana and clove. It's very smooth and drinkable. Quite impressive, and easily avoids being a boring one-note hefe.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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