Ayinger Bavarian Pils | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Bavarian PilsAyinger Bavarian Pils

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerOps on 08-01-2015

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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by utopiajane:
Photo of utopiajane
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is sensationally breaddy even richly so. Peppery spice tickles the nose. Cool minty herb and restrained floral.

Taste is crusty bread. This pils has something extra. A good depth from the malt that is achieved by the crust you can taste on the bread. Cool hop herbal softens the middle as hop pepper tingles with the bubbles to show you an assertive bitterness. Crisp bubble that does bite. I think this beer shows the level of carbonation the Americans were originally trying for in their original pale lagers. I also think this is the extrme carbonation for the style which is moderate and when it is high it can seem too much. This beer does not give up any malt flavor in the finish. So clean you can almost smell the water.

Exceptionally pale for so hearty a beer. Pale gold. Fat white head adorns brilliant clarity.

Elegant, dapper, contemporary.

The reason you might call the pilsener the champagne of beer is because of it's color. It does resemble champagne. So do it's bubbles.

The color of a bar of gold as though it were made of sunlight.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, with a light to moderate amount of bitterness and hints of noble hops (a balance of floral, grassy, and spicy). The hops become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very good example of a German Pilsener. I really liked the balance between the malts and the hops in the taste as there was just enough hops not to get in the way of the flavor of the malts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of steveh
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Recent find of .330 ml bottle 4 packs (at a bloody hefty price of $12), never seen Ayinger Pils before (reviews look pretty sparse, too). Typical of Merchant du Vin imports, no bottle dating of any kind.

Poured into my short Becher glass.

L -- Clear, bubbly, pale straw color with a massive, dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Mild DMS and herbal hops. Light grainy to bready malts back.

T -- Big melanoidin character up front that blends into a spicy, herbal hop note and finishes lightly grainy with a spicy (nearly mint) bitter aftertaste that lingers. A mild citrus note blends with the spicy bitterness in the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light to light-medium body.

O -- A very fresh, good old-fashioned German-style Pilsner. Take note, all new Pilsner brewers, this is how the style should taste.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Listed as Bairsch/Bavarian Pils. On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light golden amber, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing streaking down the glass.

This smells like spicy and earthy hops, grainy bread, and grass.

This is delicious- I just gulped it down like it was nothing. It has a wonderful spicy hop flavor to it- crackling, bitter, and grassy. There's a little bit of malt, and it's bready and grainy. This is super, super drinkable.

This is light bodied, crisp and super cleanly fermented, with a good level of carbonation.

I'm a sucker for a good pilsner, and I wish I could find them fresh on draft like this more often.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass from 330 bottle
pours a pale straw, thick tight laced persistent white head. Brilliant.
aromas of bread, cracker, spicy hops come from the glass. Whisper of sulfur on the nose when I take a sip. Melanoidin cracker up front, but quickly get pushed to the side by spicy hop flavors that fade to a clean bitterness. Crisp, almost creamy mouthfeel from carbonation, medium low body makes this beer easy to drink.
Its a shame more beers like this don't come around more often. Its easy to drink, yet complex enough to keep a person intrigued, but would make me just as happy if I just wanted to sit on my ass and drink a few beers.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent import release. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Perfectly clean lagering, with zero yeast notes present. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is an amazing German pilsner! All around incredible robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A highly enjoyable offering, and perfect example of the style. Best in the style I have had yet.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - clear straw/ gold color with white head

Smell - biscuit, grass, grains

Taste - biscuit, grass, grains, black pepper, good bite from the hops (Saaz? Noble?)

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, slight biscuit sweetness upfront, grassy and hop bite on the back end. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall - one of the better pilseners I've had. Really a pleasure to drink. Pils lovers must try this.

Price Point - $3/11.2 oz single

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Photo of argock
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crystal clear darkish yellow nearing beige with ample 1/2-finger white head with decent retention and a smattering of lacing.

S: Grassy, floral noble hops meld with delicious cracker and biscuit malt graininess with no demonstrable yeast character.

T: What an incredible German Pilsner -- I should have had another but not meant to be tonight. Malt character is heftiest up front with blasts of cracker and light biscuit and toast and followed with an even current of grassy, floral and slightly spicy noble hopping. Huge malt and hops flavor with medium bitterness. Very clean with no yeast elements.

M: Exceptionally smooth and a joy to drink with medium-high carbonation and light body.

O: An exceptional German-made pilsner which was unbelievable on-tap. I have a feeling the bottled versions don't hold a candle. I may have to go back tomorrow for round 2.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a pint on-tap at Old Chicago last night that was bought by my buddy.

Beer was served pale yellow with a nice white head.

Nose was cracker forward with trademark pils malt dough and a hint of lemon.

Taste was cracker and dough malt baseline with a grassy floral pronounced hop finish. After taste was a touch of corn flakes.

Feel was classic pils; crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Overall a nice brew that i would have again in the future and a nice session ale!

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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 generallee
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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 HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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 grahuba
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BKotch
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MGibbons
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of badgerbeer1
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as other Ayinger beers. Strong aftertaste that is not pleasant

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Frothy rich creamy forming head out of the bottle. Lathers up a bright white three fingers with a soapy retention. Big bubbled with an island cropped top and sharp shiny polished brass yellow with excellent clarity. Streams and streams of carbonation throughout the glass, fantastic looking stuff.

What a great nose. Loads of herbal hop that almost comes off amped up. Thick herbal grass and spices, even a muddy earth quality like fresh tilled dirt. Soft pils malt and chewy sensing, with a touch of bakery dough. Smells fantastic.

What a fantastic palate. Rich earthy hop, and chewy malt bill. Crisp and light but a thick malt backbone somehow with even peppery flavored carbonation. Very hop forward surprisingly for a large German producer, with lemon and pine earth flavors, with an excellent soft bakery sweet malt quality. A mint and peppery sweet malt and hop finish.

This is fantastic stuff, I need more of it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly, leaving light lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet bready and lightly grainy malt and grassy hops. Flavor is grainy biscuit malt, classic dry grassy noble hops, slightly floral. Finishes with beautifully balanced, flavorful grainy biscuit malt and hops bitterness. The initial flavor was fairly standard for a good German pils, but the finish is particularly smooth and integrated. Although noble hops are kind of old fashioned and unexciting today, this well melded malt and hop combination is refreshing and continuously interesting. I'm always pleased with lagers from this brewery.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MNAle
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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 scottvanbelois
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dfconnor
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Ayinger Bavarian Pils from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 104 ratings