Bairisch Pils
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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German Pilsner
Ranked #9
Ranked #4,514
4.1 | pDev: 9.02%
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Bairisch PilsBairisch Pils
Notes: Also known as Ayinger Bayerisches Pils

The Bavarian brewers have been masters in their trade for centuries and therefore also brew excellent pils beers. Indeed it was a Bavarian master brewer that brewed the first beer according to the pilsner method in the town of Pilsen! The glimmering, light-yellow Ayinger Bairisch Pils has the fragrance of aromatic hops from the “Hallertau” region of Bavaria (only these are used in the Ayinger beer specialties!). The beer is highly fermented and therefore smooth on the initial taste sensation, but also mild and sparkling in body. Our pils is accentuated by the floweriness of the hops aroma and has a more pronounced bitterness on swallowing, which quickly fades from the taste buds.
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 149
Photo of VABA
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a hop flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Pils

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal-clear pale gold with an outstanding fluffy white head, awesome bubbles, and excellent retention and lacing.

The brew presents classic bready, crackery, and grainy malt aromas, with pleasing floral and peppery background notes. Clean, crisp, and inviting.

The flavors are "beer" in its most simple, clean, and direct form. Slightly-sweet malts forward with pleasantly-balanced grassy, floral, and slightly earthy hops. The balance is outstanding.

The brew is just shy of medium-bodied, with outstanding carbonation and a crisp finish.

As noted above, this just looks, smells, and tastes like "Beer" and good beer at that. As fine a pils as I've tried.

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Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on draft with lunch in a pint glass. Clear light yellow with a nice head and good lacing. Grassy, floral smell and taste. Nice hoppy bitterness, a bit earthy. Very nice. Good with lunch.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic pilsner - ample grain and relatively full body support a quick hoppy bite of crisp toast and juicy green pepper, clean and fresh across the palate; mild but satisfying bitterness has a bit of wood char on the finish... Runs nicely from a full, grassy, grainy, toasted hoppy start with a little bit of citrus, to a nice clean, floral and drying finish, with bit of lingering bitterness with a slight bite of spice, like rye... Really nice... Insanely drinkable...

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Photo of gvickery
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow slightly hazy with a medium white head. Tons of lacing. Smell is slightly musty wet grass, hay, sulphur, and a somewhat sweet quality. Taste is complex, clean sweet Pilsner malt, and noble German hops. It is very balanced. It has a slightly heavy mouthfeel and good carbonation. While it is immensely enjoyable, it has a very rich quality that, for me at least, would limit the amount of these I could put down. Compared to the many other pilsners I’ve had l, this is far and away the most complex and flavorful. Cheers

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Photo of Kubishark
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks, smells, tastes, and feels like the definitive German pilsner. Super crisp, has a nice hoppy bite. And this wasn't even a super fresh bottle, I'm sure it's even better when brand new.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

De Tercertiempocervezas. En copa Teku. Jugando a Silence y a Baldurs Gate Enhanced. Correcta. Aunque algo oxidada sigue manteniendo un agradable amargor herbal. Consumo preferente antes del mes que viene.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle. Clear golden. Smell is sweet doughy malts and herbal hops. A touch of cardboard oxidation, too. Tastes of spicy and grassy hops. Not as sweet as I expected, but some sweet maltiness kicks in. Back end is cardboard again. Medium light. Easy to drink, but would probably be pretty good without the cardboard.

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Photo of BJB13
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

The body is pale yellow and clear, though not crystal and is topped with two inches of fluffy white foam. Decent lacing and head retention. The moderately strengthed nose is grassy with bread and floral notes and a light whiff of lemon. Crisp, clean and fairly bitter, bread malt and peppery hops sit well on my palate. A quick finish leaves a slight floral bitterness. Mouth feel is very refined, medium-light bodied with medium carbonation, dry and clean. This seems to me to be a fine example of the syle.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear yellow, lots of bubbles, with a pillowy white head. Very long retention, and sheets of lacing.

S: Fresh cut grass, zesty green pepper, honey, cracked cereal grains.

T: Light grainy pale malt with gobs of honey, lightly toasted bread crust, some fresh green grass and hints of white pepper. Crisp, clean, lightly dry, with just a touch of bitterness.

F: Light, but not watery. Well-carbonated for rolling and pillowy sensation. Very clean.

O: Delicious. Less hoppy than some American pilsners, but it showcases beautiful pilsner malt. Super refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of drmeto
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-follows the nose + spicy, herbs
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
A solid Pilsener, though there's better ones in Bavaria.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pilsner a light straw color with a large fluffy bone white head that settles ever so slowly leaving multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled.Bready malt crispness stands out most in the nose,there is a slight floral hop note coming thru as well.Very crisp and dry on the palate,crisp bread and spicy hops mixed with a slight metallic tinge in the finish.A delicate pilsner that's just so damn easy to drink,great for a warm spring/summer day like today.

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Photo of champ103
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a crystal clear golden/yellow color. A massive, dense, and rocky white head forms with excellent retention. Lacing for days, this is a looker.
S: Doughy and fresh baked bread with crust up front. A touch of peppery spice, with grassy hops in t he finish. A simple, but absolutely beautiful nose.
T: Fresh baked sourdough bread that is just amazing. The malt character her is divine. Light pepper, with grassy, floral hops. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Stunning in its simplicity and a perfect example of less is more.
M/O: A light body that has perfect carbonation. Beautifully effervescent, crisp,, supremely clean and dry in the finish. Superlative is all I have to say about this. I can come back again and again, and each time it just gets better.

One of the best Pils I have ever been able to find on the shelf in the States. There is a nuanced simplicity here that just escapes many US brewers. Stunning on so many levels and just something I always want to have available, regardless of the slightly higher costs of a 4 pack.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a slightly cloudy straw gold with a solid head

smells of pils malt and noble hops, nothing crazy here

taste is crisp and easy with noble hops hitting hard and finishing with pils malt dryness

very good Pils, always enjoyed this one

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Photo of generallee
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It starts with a pale Wonder Bread like malt base. This light bready sweetness is quickly taken over by a grassy, floral and citrusy hop flavors that adds a firm bitterness in the slow lingering finish.

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Photo of MNAle
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of bread with hints of spice. Clearish (very slightly hazy) yellow-gold, lots of rising bubbles, tall, white, thick head, receding slowly with lots of lacing. Smooth initial taste, bread, spice and a nicely bitter middle, finish, and aftertaste. The aftertaste lingers quite a while.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bready, grassy, crisp and hoppy. Really nice pilsener across all catagories. Not best in aroma though. A touch skunky.

Negatives: Cost I paid was $11.99 a 4 pack for 11.2oz bottles of 5.3% pilsner. Not a very good value at all. Love it, but will only be buying a single in future if I can find singles.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Produces three inches of fluffy white head that turns to pancake batter as it condenses, but never dissipates completely. A thick coating of lace forms over the clear (SRM 1-2) straw beer. Tiny bubbles race upwards within.

The aroma is remarkably similar to a saltine cracker, dominated by grain with mild hay.

The flavor is crisp and follows the nose adding mild honey. Bitterness is mild as is the very long finish. Pepper punctuates throughout.

The body is medium to full and well carbonated. Nylon texture takes the place of any hint of alcohol, as does a mild astringency.

This is a thirst-quenching beer, easy to drink and would pair well with football or hockey, and friends.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap Bailey's upper lip the other day.

The beer pours a bright gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive, as I pick up light honey, black pepper and perhaps some underlying bread dough. On the nose, this is really a beautiful beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but there's something of slight, light caramel flavor as well that is just lovely. The finish is lightly bitter, crisp and very clean, with the alcohol very well integrated into the flavor profile. Drinkability is just exceptional.

So a couple of thoughts. Increasingly, local brewers here in Oregon and Washington have been making some very good pils over the past few years. On the East Cost, I was also a big fan of the pils brewed by Stoudt's and Victory. Yet this unassuming pils from Ayinger blows them all out of the water, and frankly, it's not even a close call (IMHO). Just an all around excellent beer from the folks at Ayinger. Impressive.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods.

A clear yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks excellent. The nose is pure pilsner joy - sharp lemon with mildly wetted earth, a touch of mint, and just the faintest hint of honey. The palate opens mildly oily and moderately bitter, a blend of earth and mint along with a dash of lemon. The freshness is clearly on display here with secondary and tertiary hop characteristics (fresh twigs, the bitterness and flavor of fresh cut grass minus the grassy vegetal notes) quite noticeable. Mildly sweet with fresh baked bread, this beer finishes bittersweet with lingering lemon and twigs. Quite excellent.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with the slightest amount of haze. It is mostly translucent, but perhaps it is the sprightly carbonation that provides this optical illusion. There's bohemian lager yeast and some spicy hop aroma on the nose. Definitely feel that the yeast dominates the flavor more than some other pilsners that show case the malt. The hops are the second most prominent feature, providing a nice cutting sharpness on the finish. I'm also getting a touch of wildflower honey. It's a good pilsner.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle of the 5.3% ABV "Bavarian Pils".
Spicy hop aroma and flavor. Lingering spicy hops with baked bread notes.
Near medium body with medium-high carbonation.
Overall: excellent version of the style.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL/11.2 oz bottle, no date.

Massive, frothy white head with great retention on top of a pale gold, slightly hazy body. Lively carbonation. Really inviting.

Amazing aroma of sweet bready malt, dough, freshly cut grass and floral hops. I keep going back to the glass to get another sniff. A level of complexity that very few pilsners achieve.

Clean malty goodness in every sip with a bit of a bite to it at the end thanks to the hops. This has so much body for a pilsner, it's almost chewy in the finish.

Really impressive pils from Ayinger. Not that I'm surprised because the rest of their lineup is fantastic as well. So much flavor, body, and complexity for such a crisp, easy to drink bier. I was ecstatic to see this on the shelf for the first time in my area. Let's hope it stays a regular occurrence.

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Photo of matcris
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A slightly hazy lemon with a big finger of white head that leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is huge hops; pepper/grass/hay/sunflower seeds, and biscuit malt. Same goes for the flavor, with a super dry finish, medium body, and full carbonation. Pretty much the perfect Pilsner.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear pale golden color with a 3 finger, creamy white head. Retention is excellent and there are a ton of webs, chunks and spots of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is just awesome. Floral, grassy and spicy hops mingle wonderfully with crackery and doughy malts.

Taste is very similar, but the flavor doesn't quite pop as much as the smell made it seem. There is a touch of sweetness that seems to round everything out. The finish has a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Feel is light and very smooth. It is very easy drinking, but I wish the finish was a bit more dry and crisp. It could also use a touch more carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer. The flavors are excellent and exactly what I would expect for the style. My only complaints are with the feel, but it is definitely not offensive by any means.

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Bairisch Pils from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 149 ratings