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 BeerBob
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Bräu-Weisse “Authentic Bavarian Hefe-Weizen” pours a cloudy orange from a 330ml dark brown glass bottle. Head goes well over three fingers before dropping down to a full foam cap with loads of lace.

Nose gives only hints of clove, banana, and a damp black pepper. Palate is a tart wheat and banana, with clove and a touch of black pepper followed by the pleasant bight of carbonation.

Ayinger Bräu-Weisse put simply is a most delightfully brew offered by Bräu Von Aying... See it, buy it, and then take it home and drink it... Cheers!

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Photo of whynot44
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light/medium bodied, straw color with a substantial white head.

Aroma is bready with banana, citrus and clove notes.

Taste is fairly soft, biscuits, fruit - banana, lemon, peach - yeast, and a bit of clove with a touch of hops bite at the end. Starts slightly sweet, finishes slightly tart.

Very Smooth and extremely easy to drink.

This would be excellent for a hot summer day, but drinkable anytime. Should go well with lighter food such as fish.

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

It pours a cloudy golden orange, with a prodigous sudsy head and lots of lace.
The nose is spicy, with cloves and orange apparent. There is the faintest aroma of bananas and yeast at first, but this increases as it warms.
The taste is sweet malt and grain, citric and banana, with mild bittering hops and somewhat dry finish. The yeasty carbonation fills the mouth nicely, very refreshing, very drinkable. A nice weisse.

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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 Padron4KM
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, no date code.

Pours out like a hazy yellow sunset, light orangy yellow at the top of the glass, fading to pale straw towards the bottom.

Head is large, thick, creamy and long lasting. As it slowly fades it leaves a a thick pattern of lacing.

Aroma is banana pudding with a vanilla wafer crust, a touch of pepper.

creamy smooth doughy mouthfeel.

Flavor is spicy first, (pepper and clove,) then a touch lemony sweet in the middle, banana and pepper on the finish.

It was a warm day today and this was the perfect refresher.

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

Has the coolest bottlecap, and the little scene depicted here accurately decribes the smell; fresh-cut green grass, clear blue sky, fresh lemony summer breeze.

Light golden color with a practically perfect pure-white head, this was a mish-mash of all the flavors I get from other Weiss beers: sugary, peppery, banana-fruity, clove-spicy, citrusy, it's all there. Possibly a bit over-sweet, but it's quite refreshing even in early March, with the typical massive carbonation I'd exppect. I can't wait to pick one of these up when I'm sweating my arse off this nice hot and muggy NY summer. I'll have to put a bug in the ear of the people at Loreley to get this on tap this year...

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Photo of ahking
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was more impressed with this beer after having tried a few more hefe weizens. Nice complex citrus flavors make this a pleasingly tangy beer that balances with a sweet malt after taste. Hop aroma is a little weak in this beer, but that is excused. Pours with an impressive head that sticks around for a few minutes. Recommended -- great example of the style.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy gold color, which pours a with a full 1" of foamy head, and settles into a solid creamy layer. Smell is lightl clove and citrus, slight hops presence, creamy smell which carries over into the taste. All the flavors are rounded off and smooth. Slightly smokey and sweet, clove is hidden under that top layer with yeast and corriander. Citrus also makes it's presence known. Mouthfeel and drinkability get very high for the smooth, creamy way the beer sits with you.

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Photo of mynie
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supped at Tony's Tratoria in Waterloo Iowa.

Deep gold with a fuzzy, tight, creamy white head. The only beer I can rightfully compare this to was Duvel, and although the head wasn't quite as nice, it was damn close. Wonderful looking

Smelled like a proper weizen; tasty spice mixed with tasty fruit. Bananas everywhere, along with wheatmalt.

Tastes wonderful! Wheatmalt up front, cloves and nut, followed immediately after by soft, milky fruit falling into a harder twang of orange. Aftertaste of white pepper and spice. Everything was lightly sugared. Complicated and delicious.

Goddamn do I love weizens, and this was one of the very best.

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

Paid $1.99 for a 500mL bottle...

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden base with a huge white head great retention but no signs of lacing. The aroma is a big punch of wheat with a side of lemon.

This beer tasts like classic German Hefe-Weisse, nice malty flavor with a small burst of wheat and a mixed fruit combinaiton with lemon leading and orange and banana tones in the background, a nice diverse mix. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than a normal Hefe and it's a little much sometimes in the mouth. The drinkability fits in line but at 5.1% it's a stronger than normal Hefe, but it feels heavier to offset this.

Final Thought: Good. Solid. Hefe.

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Photo of ghurux86
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark yellow, almost slightly orange. the head is creamy and mostly white. there is little lacing as well.
smells pretty good. banana, orange, some spices that i can't identify.
it tastes pretty good. mostly like the smell, it's pretty complex and hard to pick out individual flavors, but the ones that can be smelt can also be tasted.
it feels nice and smooth and has medium carbonation.
i could drink this beer all day long, although it's not the best hefe i've had.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours less opaque than most weiss beers I've had (except the filtered ones of course). A straw yellow color with a big, fluffy head.
Smell is of sweet malty goodness, with yeast, fruit (lemon & orange) and spices (clove & pepper).
Taste is more complex than the smell, with malt, spice, fruit, bread and banana flavors. Alcohol does show some as the brew warms and the banana flavor increases as well.
Mouthfeel is a nice light effervescence all over the mouth & tongue, medium body, but could be smoother.
Drinkability is pretty good but could be better.

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

First beer I ever bought, and I still think it's great.

Pours a nice clear straw yellow colour (careful not to disturb the yeast, this is excellent with the yeast as well, and makes it cloudy). thick ever growing long lasting creamy white head. tons of carbonation, swirling and spiraling around in the beer.

Aroma is all about the yeast and bread. Fairly pungent and nice.

Taste is again a wollop of bread and yeast. There is a faint essence of apple (as in cider) in there as well. taste is crisp and somewhat savoury. finish is similar to what you would have after you ate a piece of fresh sourdough bread.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice carbonation presence. fits well with the flavour in not being over burdening.

This beer is refreshing. I like to pour a pint of it, drink for a bit, and then swish the rest around and pour it in with all the yeasty goodness. well recommended, especially if you like hefe-weizens.

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Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a cloudy staw color with a white head. aroma sour, lemony, floral, fruity, yeast, hints of pepper. flavor,grapefruit with sugar on it, other citrus flavores, some bananas, wheat, with a hint of lemon. I am not a big fan of this style of beer but this one might be my turning pointe, this was very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of rousee
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours murky gold with lovely 1-2 finger cap of fluffy foam. Fades quickly to 1mm.

Smell is very fruity almost Belgian blonde type smell--not much banana that is typical of Hefe's but more honey-like and grassy reminding me of a Belgian blonde. These same attributes are present when tasting too.

In my opinion, the reason this is so highly rated for its style is due to the complexity we associate with various Belgian brews and this has that complexity both in the nose and taste. I do tend to prefer the stronger banana taste but this is still pretty damn good. Rich foamy caramel tastes build on the finish and provide a lot to the mouthfeel which is dry but slightly caramel--ish.

This one excels in the drinkability department. It is so smooth and easy to drink, you could have a bunch of these. Even more the case on a hot day, but I was trying it in the late Fall. Its a good thing that these aren't too high on ABV or they would be really dangerous.

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

A hazy pale gold sits beneath a large white long lasting head.Subtlely spiced grainy aroma with a touch of vanilla.The flavor brings a moderate banana and vanilla mixture, very low key but very full taste.This is my first Hefe -Weisse, but definitely not my last.I am looking forward to trying some other examples.I am impressed.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice beer, pours a nice hazy orange with white cream streaks, the head is a nice delicious white. The smell is of lemon zest and spices, banannas and rum linger, a hint of floral hop. The taste is very sweet and spicy, the bananas thicken the taste with a nice smooth nutmeg spice backing, very nice. Will drink again.

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

Bountiful bright white head on a cloudy straw-yellow body.
Aromas of bananas, cloves, and lemon zest. Bananas and lemon zest with a citric tang and very little bitterness. Light in body and highly carbonated.

Ayinger Brau-Weisse contains a veritable fruit basket of flavors. The banana & clove flavors are there, but are not overpowering. This has the makings of a great session bier.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle, in a weizen glass.

Appearance: Copper color, slightly hazy. Thick, frothy head of foam.

Aroma: Slight spiciness, subdued yeasty aroma. Not much fruit in the nose.

Flavor/Body: Wheat malt flavor prominant, fruitiness is there but only slightly tends toward banana/clove flavor. A little citrusy in the finish. Highly carbonated and refreshing.

On the estery/phenolic scale of south German wheat beers, this ranks on the low end, similar to Erdinger. It's a good session beer, but it lacks a lttle complexity.

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Photo of scottum
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazed straw yellow amber with a bright white weak head. There are some yeasty notes, but wheat and malt flavors are hardy sweet. Citrus notes come back atcha for a bit of hop balance. Fruity are we? A decent hefe, but not up to snuff with my expectations. Certainly quite the drinkable brew and worth tasting.

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Photo of diamonddave
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely cloudy yellow/gold, which I reckon is to be expected from an unfiltered wheat beer. The head died down and dissipated almost immediately, which makes me wonder if my bottle wasn't a little flat. Didn't seem to affect the taste, though.

This smells yeastier than [insert victim's name]'s mom. I happen to like yeast though (at least in a beer), so that's fine. Also a bit of grain and lemon.

The yeast comes out in the taste as well, along with hints of citrus and something else. Cloves, I'm guessing. Light and refreshing with a spicy kick. I think it would be awesome to drink this on the back porch while taking in the scent of freshly mowed grass. Since my lazy ass doesn't feel like actually getting up and doing any mowing, though, this theory shall go untested.

This is a really boffo beer. Awfully hard to come by (at least in the Midwestern shit town where I hang my hat) and kinda pricy, but every once in a while you gotta tell yourself you're worth it. Don'tcha, tiger?

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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 misterscooter
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slightly cloudy, straw colored beer. Lots of head when poured but it went away quickly. Smells a bit like cider with some red wine coming out in the smell. It has some spice in the flavor with the initial taste. Plenty of wheat taste. Rather dry and hoppy and mine was pretty flat. Still I liked it for a Hefe Weizen. Definitely has some of the Bavarian feel to it. Simply made with some complex flavors coming out. It might be a little bit too sweet for me to want another one too soon.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great blobs of tight, even head billow out Cloudy, dull gold color that shined somehow. Lots of spicy banana and melon creaminess on the surface with more sweet banana in the background, like fermenting bananas. Lots of mellow potentness that becomes more pronounced once the head falls off until it's almost unruly with rank fermentation.

Taste is sharp in clean grains and fermenting citrus. Carbonation is low, and almost nonexistent, and the liquid enters the mouth like water, spreading salty grains and some low citric fruitiness and acidity back into the throat. Some residual hop dryness and candy banana notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin compared to other hefeweizens I've had...but those haven't been German so...what do I know?! Funky, rough, hefe, with good complexity. Grew on me as I drank.

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Photo of necoadam
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this stuff with dinner at The Mooring in Newport, RI

Pours out a hazy yellow color with a nice head that stays with you for some time. Smell consisted of lemons and cloves mxing with each other. Not as much of a banana aroma as in other hefe's out there. Taste was down the same path as the smell. Quite crisp and acidic in taste with the carbonation blending in good amounts. Finishes somewhat tart, but yet dry. Not bad, went well with some shrimp and lobster tails, but there are better hefe's out there for the price.

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Ayinger Bräu Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,161 ratings.
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