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 IronDjinn
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second Ayinger product I've had the chance to sample. Came in a 500 ml brown Euro bottle, no best before date on the label or stamped on the bottle.

Pours out a very cloudy light golden wheat hue, with a tall shock of creamy white foam, with great retention. The nose is greeted immediately by cloves and banana, some pecan, some citrus, and a very bready malt--traditional German baking at its finest, in a glass! Now that's the ticket, and it tastes as good as it smells, I love it when that manages to follow through. Rich malty loaf cake, banana, nuts, some clove, some lemon zest, it's all in there and in the right places, and the right amount. Fine craftsmanship with this hefe. Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel with a little bit of zip from the carbonation along the way. I shall definitely be stocking up on more of this every chance I manage to come across it. An ideal beer for sitting on a patio or porch or balcony, enjoying the longer days of summer, and complimenting something off the grill with a tossed pasta salad on the side. I am truly regretting that this is the sole bottle I have in my place at the moment, it begs for seconds, and so will I if I have to!

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with a lot of carbonation streaming up the side of my weissbier glass leaving a foamy white head that subsided after a few minutes.
Aroma is clovey and has a slight citrus to it witha lot of yeast character.
The taste begins with a lemony hop bitterness that quickly shows off a smooth clove flavor. The malt flavor are very smooth and creamy as the dry character of wheat is very evident. It finishes with a dry bready malt flavor that is very refreshing.
The mouthfeel is perfect for the style as it is creamy on the tongue yet carbonated just enough to keep things clean.
Very drinkable i could easily see myself in a german restaurant consuming a few of these with a meal of theuringer sausages, mustard kraut and good bread.

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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 dieselboy914
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went to a friends local dive in Brooklyn to get hammered and was rather surprised to see this one on tap next to the regular expected ones like Sam Adams, Bud, etc... seeing how i was completely sober and really curious I tried this one first before drowning myself in Stella...

It poured into a tall pilsner glass really thick. Was a golden yellow in color and rather opaque. The head rose quickly and subsided even quicker leaving a sensual lace around the glass.
The taste was enjoyable at first... a fine mix of wheats and citrusy flavors all having a party in your mouth... but the then party becomes too much. Lamps start getting knocked over, muddy prints on the carpet, and before you know it your palette is overwhelmed by the sugary sweet nature of the beer, leaving you with an aftertaste reminiscent of homemade lemonade kinda like the ones you had as a kid during the summer. No remote hint of alcohol at all, so you would think this is easy to finish, but it's not. The weight of it makes it almost a chore to drink and then initial pleasantries quickly fade away...
Much better served in smaller quantities.

On to the Stella Artois I went...

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Photo of elricorico
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey coloured yellow with lots of haziness because I made sure to get the yeast in there. It had a nice fizzy white head that I expect from a hefe weizen, but that is gone far too quickly.

The smell is full of clove over top of banana with a thread of mixed citrus fruits. Keeps me coming back for more and more smells. All very pleasant here.

A mouthfull of this beer gives first a fair amount of cloves, then the fruits fill out the rest of the mouth. Banana is not as apparent as it was in the smell, but bubblegum makes an appearance mid mouthfull. The finish begins grassy and ends back at the cloves, bringing the taste full circle. There are a lot of good tastes in there, but somewhere in the mix something is not pleasing my palate. I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is, but it lingers in the finish from time to time.

Carbontation is high, and I believe I have had more body in a hefe weizen before. Not bad, but not great.

This one kinda hurts, it has so much good going for it, but there is something in there that keeps it from being what I want in a hefe weizen. Still like to smell it though.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Ayingers Am Platzl in Munich.

A: Murky, brownish straw, white head, some retention and lace.

S: Banana and wheat, a little bread and citrus.

T: Light, well-rounded flavour. Banana, citrus, slightly bready malt.

M: Light to moderate body is dry (for the style), carbonation is moderate.

D: Good.

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Photo of doubleipa
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head and lacing. Great aroma of yeast and lemon. As is Taco Mac's style, this was server waay too cold. After I let it warm up some the real wheat aroma came through. Taste is, of course, right on for this good example of a German Hefe. I was glad to see, at least, that the bartender didn't put a lemon slice in the beer. This is a great beer to have on a hot, early summer day in Atlanta.

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Photo of MrHolland
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color into a weizen glass, has a huge white head and can see very many bubbles racing to the top.

Smell - Bananas, cloves and other fruity esters

Taste - The esters did not come out like I was expecting, has a slight watery mouthfeel with faint hints of the bananas and cloves, with a alcohol warmness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Watery and has a lot of carbonation.

Overall not too bad of a Hefe, but I have had a lot better.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in a Weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy medium gold with a head that thrusts up and almost over the rim. Settles to an inch mat.

Smell- Surprisingly, the bubblegum and candy aromas supercede the typical banana/clove notes I was expecting first. An interesting perfuminess abounds in this one, alongside the obvious wheat character.

Taste- Milder than Weihenstephaner's offering, it showcases a nice balance of wheat, banana, and clove that finishes very light... no complaints here, as the next sip is encouraged.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A quiet evolution of pure beer pleasure... liquid, slick, then foamy like the Jersey shore in the morning. Light in the finish, it's an all day treat. I'll revisit this when the summer's here.

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Photo of briman
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in hefe glass.

Poured a pale straw color, hazy, with a fluffy white half-finger head that held up nicely.

Smell was yeasty with strong notes of banana.

Taste was the crisp, with some slight tartness...dominated by banana flavors through the finish. Only a slight note of lemon/citrus in this sample.

Very refreshing beer, a little thinner bodied than some other hefe's I've tried...but balance was good, and it's very easy going down. Could definately have a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jesus, look at that head. Jumps up 3"-4" with a gentle pour. Thick and white. Gold body that is a little hazy.

Aroma is a touch spicey with a little banana and clove. Taste is a little more estery than your average hefe, but its very nice with the banana and clove in the background. Wheat and citrus flavor is dominant, but nothing really stands out here. Finishes on a very mellow sour bitterness from noble hops.

Very nicely balanced beer here. I wish the flavor was a little stronger, but everything else seems to going right here. Great for spicey food. Give this one to anyone that says they "don't like beer."

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow/orange with a big yeast aroma. Lots of lemony citrus smell as well. Big, creamy, meringue-like head. Feels light in the mouth with a tart-drying character. Almost no aftertaste and hop bitteress is very mild. Light citrusy and characteristic wheat flavour dominate. Refreshing - a good summer brew.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ever drink a beer that brings you back to when you first started loving beers? Weizens were a major gateway beer for me and . . . man, this beer reminds me why.
It pours a hazy yellow with a creamy head. The smell is predominantly banana with a touch of cloves. The taste follows the smell, only the banana/clove flavours are pleasantly balanced out by rich wheat malts. Man, what an amazing beer.
It is a little thin for a Weizen though, so it loses points on mouthfeel. However, this corrosponds to an increase in drinkability. I could definately drink this all night.

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Photo of dgallina
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 500 ml bottle without evident freshness date.

Poured lightly-hazed pale yellow and peach. Big carbonation and foamy head that settled to a thin layer and lacing. Aroma is nicely balanced between fruity banana-like malts and clove-tinged hop bitterness. Clean and refreshing flavors. Medium sweet grains build honey, banana and clove roundness before finishing quickly with a crisp hop bite. Light and refreshingly effervescent in the mouth.

Not the most complex beer, but superbly clean and tasty on a too-warm (global warming?) late winter day.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the best hefeweizens I have had in a very long time. Beautiful pour!!! Lovely cloudiness as per the style and the consistent streams of tiny bubble rising to the top. Great looking craggy, pitted pure white foamy head subsides to about a 15mm blanket of snow across the top in about 45 seconds or so. Nice lacing. The smell has a little bit of a lambic / farmhouse ale musty basement smell with a fair amount of the stereo-typical clovey spice. Plenty of spice in the taste; just the right amount. Mouthfeel was perfect for the style IMO, and very refreshing. This hefe was highly drinkable and just delicious. I'll buy this again when it gets nice and hot out. A smashing hefeweizen from Ayinger!

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Photo of klewis
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw with a massive foamy head with lots of thick lacing.

S: Very crisp in the nose with classic aromas of banana and clove

T: Just like the bouquet, banana, clove, and pepper with a bit of bite.

M: Medium-bodied and chewy.

D: All around, this is a great representation of the style. This one is disappearing from my glass quite quickly.

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Photo of danielharper
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Yellow-orange body, thick white head. Cloudy appearance -- nearly perfect to-style.

S: Strong banana aroma, very sweet consistency with an astringent background.

T: Very sweet, some banana notes. A touch of oranges as the beer warms, perhaps a hint of lemon.

M: Thinner than expected, but adds a bit to the drinkability.

D: Very nice. Goes down smooth and clean.

This isn't my favorite hefeweizen, but this is a very good example of the style.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy lemon juice color with a massive white head. The head seemed a tad unstable as far as hefeweizens go. Big nose of clove spiciness and big, green, unripe bananas. Well, as far as taste goes, it doesn't really tread upon new ground for a hefeweizen. It makes up for that in its peculiar way. As soon as I take the sip, it seems very muddy and subdued. Seconds later, the flavors seem to get brighter. I don't know how to explain it. It's as if there's a dimmer switch being turned brighter and brighter after the beer goes over my tongue. This is a pretty light hefeweizen, which isn't necessarily bad, but I tend to associate hefeweizen with a fuller, fluffier mouthfeel. As far as drinkability goes, this is fantastic. I'd imagine this being way better on a hot day than typical lawnmower beers.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $2.49 from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO.

In my 23 ounce Hefe-weizen gladd, the appearance is cloudy light orange with some yeast chunks. Small white head that lasts well. Plenty of streams of bubbles. Nice lacing.

Aroma of musty yeast and cloves with a citrus hint.

Taste is very crisp and tart, with lots of clove and a bit of banana and lemon. Spicey, with the slightest hint of bubble gum. Really good taste. The banana comes up as the brew warms a bit.

Medium light body, a bit thin for an H-W: more like a Witbier.

Very drinkable. This would be great with Bratwurst, Sauerkraut und Rostkartoffel mit Zwiebeln!

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Photo of ski271
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium gold with a large, white, frothy slowly diminishing head. Some decent lacing. The smell is of typical wheat aromas, some nice yeast and a good bit of lemon. The taste is a little thin for the style but very well-balanced. It has a medium-light body and an effervescent feel to it. This is a super easy drinking summertime beverage.

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Photo of Luigi
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy pale yellow. Highly carbonated with a good lace for a head. The aroma is cirusy. Lemon and hints of clove. Medium-light bodied and a very crisp carbonated mouthfeel. Sour tartness hits the tongue at first. Reminds
me of sour apples and lemon zest. Finishes off nicely with bready malts and yeast. Drinkability is near perfect. A refreshing Weisse beer that pairs well with anything greasy that you can grill.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head is seriously almost 4 fingers thick on this beer. It looks to have massive carbonation as the cap has nice retention also. The color is a pale mostly clear yellow, not that mysterious really. The aroma of spicy lemon/citrus is present with a hint of banana and clove. Taste is mild sweet and sour citrus flavor with a real clean finish. Hoppiness is mild. It feels a bit thin, but not bad, carbonation is good. Alcohol not noticable. I would say it goes down pretty easy, but the flavor is too mild for it to keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of bruachan
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at the winking lizard

cloudy gold with a thick head over top, that the glass eventually kills (i keep bringing this up, but their glasses are not all that clean). big carbonation tries to keep that head up, i can feel it too

i had worked out not long before drinking this and it was refreshing. i can see how it would have been for bavarian wheat threshers as well. bubblegum flavor with a fairly intense bitterness for a hefe, and a lemony finish. the banana/clove blanace tips to the clove side, with banana mostly showing up in the aroma. coriander keeps the clove company

dry and wheaty but not in excess

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Photo of drewmprs
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge pillowy head that is like a cloud. It lasts throughout most of the beer. I paid 2.59 at hollingshead, as part of my german wheat beer purchase. Hollingshead has about 40 German Wheat beers, i've tried about 30 of them. This ranks somewhere in the middle as far as hefes are concerned. A little lighter in color than most, zesty lemons. Little bananna or clove flavor. Nothing remarkable about this hefe, dissapointing for an ayinger brew.

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Photo of willgro
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic. It is not quite as good as the Un Weisse, but it is extremely drinkable and has an incredible after taste. They are not extremely strong (around 5.0 abv) but made from real German water and materials, so you know its good. Love the line of beers they have, but the UnWeisse is still my favorite. A dark beer, but light on the stomach. Great w/ shellfish.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,189 ratings.
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