Ayinger Weizenbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger WeizenbockAyinger Weizenbock

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent bottle. Pours big head on lighter yellow body. Aroma is pure bannana, good thick mouthfeel, and bannana in the taste. More like a hefeweizen. Drinkability was good. I was looking for more of an edge and complexity I love so much in weizenbocks. This was full, just the bannana overode the taste department.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky honey gold with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy chunks of lace slowly slide down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, yeast, spices, and some pepper-like aromas. There is a slight fruity note that I am getting more as the beer warms as well. Taste is quite sweet and is of wheat, banana, yeast, and some very nice spice flavors in the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a lightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is very drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured golden yellow in color into a weizen glass with a two finger high head. It has a high amount of carbonation and good head retention properties.
S: There are some aromas of fruits and sweetness in the nose; bananas really stand out in particular and cloves and wheat are also evident.
T: Like the smell, the taste also has a moderate amount of sweetness with lots of banana flavors and notes of other fruits, cloves and wheat.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite refreshing and the alcohol content is completely hidden from both the smell and taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A complex wheat that really showcases the characterful wheat flavors and aromas.

This Weizenbock begins with a hazy golden color with bleach white foamstance that doesn't rise like most wheat beers do but the staying power is great. Light lacing at best.

Strong fruity aromas of banannas, appricots, lemons and other tropical fruits. Spicy with clove leading the way, followed by white pepper, bubblegum, and light smoke.

Flavors are every bit as varying and intense as in aroma. Heavy emphasis on bananna, clove, bubblegum, and a meaty-smokey taste that comes in deep in the taste. Wheat and barley malts give a rich bready taste and softens the onslaught of fruit and spice.

Sweet and rounded up front, feeling full from the higher carbonation. Remains sweet going into the finish and aftertaste, leaving a lot of malt on the tongue and mouth.

Quite good but you got to like characterful and sweet wheat beers to thoroughly enjoy this beer. Where hops are absent, the complexity and balance comes from the intense spicy phenols and frutiy esters.... and that odd meaty taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - cool to see the Ayinger goat mascot resplendent in the Bavarian snow, much like my own half-year long wintery climate.

This beer pours a fairly cloudy pale golden yellow colour, with tons of billowy and finely foamy white head, which leaves a low wall of seaside berm lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of rather sweet, grainy wheat malt, banana bubblegum, clove/coriander spice, spiked orange juice, peppery yeast, and a surprisingly forward alcohol astringency - boozy banana bread! The taste is strong apple and banana fruit esters, a touch of orange citrus, semi-sweet wheat malt, spicy yeast, yeasty clove, and a bit of warming alcohol, certainly more well-behaved than in the nose.

The carbonation is moderate, but with a huge airy, but still innocuous frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, mostly smooth, and somewhat creamy. It finishes slightly sweet, the wheatiness persisting, along with some lingering yeast and booze.

A nice, pretty warm and wheaty, fruity and yeasty German ale. Not nearly as strong-seeming as the labeled ABV would indicate, which suggests a certain set of capable integration skills, if not any more overall complexity than what I am able to describe here.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber with a Germanic weizen head; nice stickage and lacing

Smell: Honey-sprinkled banana and clove; a bit boozy

Taste: Banana bread drizzled with honey and a building clove character in the middle; increasingly malty, after the swallow, with a lingering sense of the banana in the finish; underneath is a faint tartness that builds throughout though the overall effect is very sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a somewhat prickly carbonation

Overall: Another nice beer from Ayinger and while the malty bock character is appropriate to this example, it is not my favorite element in the world of weizens

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Photo of largadeer
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. No freshness date, but this should be a fairly robust beer.

Hazy glowing orange-amber, this looks nice. It pours with three fingers of dense foam that recedes to a film, and then eventually a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet, loaded with fruity esters. Ripe apples, pears, a bit of banana. There's some spiciness to it as well, but it's subdued.

The taste, like the aroma, is very sweet. Esters and phenols lead the way, with some light maltiness buried beneath the fruit and spice. It has a bit of an apple-cinnamon character, along with the banana notes you would expect from a hefeweizen yeast. The body is medium, bordering on full, and the sweetness becomes a bit cloying after a few ounces, as this really doesn't dry up in the finish at all. Banana bread flavors linger on the tongue between sips. Spicy phenols become more prevalent as the beer warms, which doesn't enhance the drinkability much. A fairly good beer, but not great. I'll stick to Vitus if I want a pale weizenbock.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap featuring nice simple art served into a Guinness brewhouse series pint glass in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.

**Additional notes from a March 2013 revisit. Acquired for cheap at Trader Joe's. Served in a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A: Four finger beige colour soft head of silky wonderful cream, great thickness, and amazing retention for the ABV (4-5 minutes). Hazy full yellow-orange colour. Pretty damn appealing. I love the head. Body colour is a vibrant yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light and appealing for the style; I usually expect a darker colour from a weizenbock.

Sm: Light pale orange and citrus esters, with a side of cream. A very mild yet pleasant scent. Clean barley. Light floral hops. Delightful banana and clove. Refreshing wheat. Well balanced; every evocative. I'm excited to try this. Very fresh and inviting. Wow.

T: Orange citrusy esters and soft silky cream side by side with some crystal malt on the climax. Delightful banana and clove. Quite fanciful, if a bit simplistic. It's incredibly what they've done with limited ingredients. Foundation is light wheat. Refreshing. Balanced well. Built simply but effectively for the style. Not particularly bold. No yeast character or alcohol comes through - an achievement at 7.10% ABV. Wow, that's tasty. The wheat has a crisp refreshing character often unseen. Quite evocative. Subtly executed.

Mf: Smooth until the midpoint, wherein it coarsens through the climax to lift out the flavours. This is masterfully done, as alongside it rests a refreshing wetness. Refreshingly soft and pleasant; fuck that's nice. Perfect carbonation. Light, fleeting, and incredible. Like drinking a cloud...okay, bad metaphor. But it's fantastic. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Dr: Very drinkable, even refreshing - for a 7.10% beer. Price is decent by German and French (import) standards, but I'd hate to see what extortionist prices they post stateside. **[Actually, Trader Joe's offers it for a very reasonable price of < $2.49.] I could session this easily. A delightful weizenbock - amongst the best I've had. Great stuff. Another amazing beer from Ayinger.

Low A-

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber color bock with a large off-white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread ester is just about perfect with just the right amount of residual sugar. Taste is also a near perfect mix of banana bread with sweet wheat malt notes and light cloves undertones. Body is pretty full for style with great carbonation. This is pretty close to style staple as I’ve tasted.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large Spaten weizen-shaped glass with a handle. Murky orange with a fluffy cap resting on the surface, at least a 3 finger head. Pouring the yeast in gives it a soupy weizenbock opacity. Clove in the nose, with the standard Ayinger hefe yeast. A little phenolic with a trace of banana. Flavor is lightly sweet and bready, more clove spice than banana in this one. Leaning more towards hefe than a supercharged weizenbock like Aventinus. Still it's very clean and refreshing. Overall i'd try it again, it's a nice Fall beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a huge, three-finger, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat, banana, clove and touches of caramel malt.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat with fruity flavors, mostly banana. There was a nice yeasty presence with a light caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and bubbly on the tongue. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a true German weizenbock because it is more weizen than bock. It is very delicious and a bargain at less than $5.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Russian River Sound Czech pilsner glass.

Pours a very cloudy light golden color with a dense white head that sticks around for a bit. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and a thick collar throughout. The nose is filled with clove, alcohol, and a strong bready presence. The flavor scales back on the bread and picks up more clove along with a bit of banana. Booze there as well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Pretty good, though nothing I'd go out of my way for again; nowhere near Celebrator.

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The head settles pretty quickly, and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - A strong banana aroma with a bit of clove and toffee.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with notes of clove and pepper. Banana notes come out in the middle with more clove. The finish is full of yeast and thick, bready malt as well as a bit of warming alcohol.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this is a logical extension of the intense yeast character of Ayinger's lower alcohol wheat beers. There is a dense malt note that is present throughout, but I really would have expected it to be darker with some caramel and toasted notes; I guess it is a helles weizen bock. Drinkable enough, but I would definitely take their Brau-weisse or ur-weisse over this one.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know I didnt even know Ayinger made a weizenbock,man was I in in the dark.Poured a mix of tea and lemonade with a large blooming crown atop that settled very slowly into a creamy-like mass.A mix of green apple and lemon stands out most in the nose,light yeasty spice and sweet alcohol shows thru as well.Lightly medicinal and clove spice hit the palate melding into lemon pith and sweetish alcohol,although the alcohol is not obtrusive.Honestly I would have never imagined the abv of this beer,its not light as far as feel goes,it just goes down easily.A nice beer from a very tradional brewery.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big banana, orange peel, pear, apple, bubblegum, white grape, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and balanced malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big banana, orange peel, pear, apple, bubblegum, wheat, bread, light honey, light clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of banana, pear, apple, orange peel, bubblegum, wheat, bread, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome weizenbock. All around great complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast ester and balanced malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a strong banana flavor comes in with a bit of sweetness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, darkened yellow-orange body with a tall, swiftly growing, whitish head that simply lasts and lasts.

Smell: The nose is largely wheat and yeast driven, with it's sweetish, tangy scents and notes citrus, spicy, and bananas.

Taste: Sweet, tangy malted wheat with jolting tastes of honey candy and spiced cookies followed by a bright, acidic 'pop' of lemon citrus. Smooth banana tones. Very slight hop character and bitterness. Slight carbonic bite from all that carbonation present. Sweetish honey-wheat flavor on the effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated, which keeps the proceedings very easily drinkable and even downright refreshing.

Drinkability: That lively, engaging effervescence lends a remarkable keen ease to the overall drinkability, making for a fine, enjoyable, wheaty brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy deep golden yellow in color with some touches of orange and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass - pretty nice retention properties. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of banana and clove with some lighter notes of wheat and light fruits (apple and pear).

T: Upfront there are some light wheat flavors but the dominant flavors in this beer are those of banana and clove. Light amounts of sweetness from some light fruits (pear and apple).

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth.

O: This beer is easy to drink even though there is a relatively high ABV because it is very well hidden. Very tasty and very refreshing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous honey gold with bright lemon peel borders and very few yeasties on the initial pour. The pillowy crown is somewhere between pearl and beige, lasts for a spell, and does a fine job with glass decoration.

It looks and smells like this will be one of those weizenbocks that is primarily pale malted. That's a very good thing because it allows the yeast esters to dominate, as they should. The nose is chock full of tangy wheat, fresh banana and spicy clove. What a wonderful aroma!

Weizen-Bock may not have the complexity of the world's best weizenbocks, but it's damn good beer all the same. On second thought, maybe some of the darker malts might have been better. As is, the yeast has been given the spotlight... and it does not disappoint.

The bottom end is held down by tangy untoasted wheat. Top notes include luscious fruit and a perfectly complementary spiciness. Pink bubblegum makes an appearance as well. The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is a lofty 3.0/4.0. Maybe even 3.5/4.0. What a fantastic yeast strain. This really is beautifully crafted beer.

The mouthfeel didn't seem special at first, but it does now that I've turned my attention to it. It's lightly creamy (becoming more so with warming) and has a perfect amount of bubbles. A light tongue sizzle doesn't cross over the line... and the banana burps are some kind of enjoyable.

Brauerei Aying is one of my very favorite German breweries. That's largely due to the excellent Brau Weisse, but Ur-Weisse, Oktober Fest-Marzen and Jahrhundert Bier are very good in their own right. Weizen-Bock is an outstanding weizenbock if you like 'em pale malted and bananarific.

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Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazy straw color with +3 fingers of cream colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Cloves, juicy fruit & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, clove really grabs hold of this up front. Green banana, more cloves & band aids as this warms along with honey malt & some passion fruit & some lemon, plus a touch of persimmons, plus breadyness. Finishes with much cloves, grainy bread & green bananas

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

D: Very nice drinkability, the ABV is very well hidden. Another great beer from Ayinger, loved the label as well. One of the best W-bocks I've had, if not the best

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Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg from the singles cooler. Poured chilled into a Weizen glass and allowed to gradually warm.

The Weizenbock is a resplendent gold color w subtle haze and has visible carbonation in the liquid w/ a tenacious snow cap which holds and sticks. The bead is fine and the beer appears as you might expect a German wheat to look. The smell is wonderful -fruit fragrance is assertive w/ a lot of yeast aroma and wheatiness w/ sulfur-like accent. The mild light golden apple blends with a slight banana and tinge of nuttiness. the nose has a hint of golden raisin and slight green grapeskin aroma. A very slight floral note is enough to keep me sniffing, perhaps the hops provide something, but I am not sure.

The feel is rich, creamy and has a mild spicy feel w/ subtle warmth of alcohol, semi-dry aspects from the malt w/ alcohol only moderate even as it warms w/ moderate carbonation and mild sweetness overall. I enjoy how the subtle fruit from the yeast w/ a mild apple and toasted wheat taste blends together w/ light spice providing an interesting complexity to the mild caramel elements. The malt and yeast are in harmony w/ a toasted flavor and mild lemony accent from the hops. The sweetness of the malt never gets to aggressive and the alcohol is very low int the flavor. The yeast is providing so much to the flavor and it ends semi-dry w/ clean overall taste.

I really have to admit I am hot and cold with Weizenbocks I really dug this one. It is a quality beer with so much drinkability - I savored it since I only had one bottle. It is one I would not hesitate to buy again and again. The blend of wheat and bock is seamless and it is a substantial all around pleasant and delectable beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy, bright orange color with a big white head that eventually settles down a finger's worth.

S: Lots of sweetness and fruitiness on the nose, which are quite pleasant. Sweet malt and wheat with some ripe apples, pears, and citrus. A touch of spicy esters as well.

T: Moderately sweet with the same clean malt and wheat character. Sweet oranges, apples, and pears are there again as well. The clove spice character is present, but somewhat subdued.

M: The body is medium with a full and rolling carbonation that fills the mouth.

D: Not a problem at all to drink the half liter bottle of this one. Maybe not quite as good as some of the other weizenbocks I've had, but still quite quaffable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy pale golden straw topped by more than enough bright white foamy head that left surprisingly little lacing behind. The smell holds notes of banana, clove, wheat, sugar cane, and toasted rice. The taste generally follows, those clovey banana notes up front, followed by a rush of wheat and a vague sense of non-cloying sweetness, ending with some coriander and a yeasty funk that melds nicely with the wheaty flavors. The body is medium at best, with perfect carbonation and a very smooth texture. Overall, a tasty and highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this last Friday at the bottle shop near my barber and I have been thinking about this all week while slogging through the work week. Let the weekend commence!

I initially had just over a finger of french vanilla-colored head, but it quickly fell to mere wisps. Color was a cloudy yellowish-orange. Nose had a fruitiness like Juicy Fruit gum and I was becoming intrigued. I do not remember the last time I drank a Weizenbock, but Ayinger is always a solid choice. Mouthfeel was medium and the fruity sweetness made for an easy drink. Too easy as I was through over half the glass before I realized it. At that rate, I will be as drunk as the goat who is toasting me from the label. The finish was sweet, but not cloying and as it warmed, I began to get some alcohol heat coming through. In fact, as it warmed, the mouthfeel became fuller, not creamy, but big and full on the tongue. Note to self (and others) - allow this to warm slightly before consuming.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is great one of those billowing beer heads from the commercials this brew is ready for it's close up, big bubbled sturdy carbonation much like a hefe. I love most of Ayinger's products and so far this one is no different call it love at first sight if you must. Slightly clouded with yeast sediment, bright golden body with an effervescent billowing egg shell white head. Lacing is intricate as all hell lines my glass sip by sip, great stuff. Toward the end of my pour I literally had to smack the bottom of the bottle against the edge of my table to let the sediment loose to pour it.

Aroma strong banana clove typical of hefe with some yeast nuttiness as well. Alcohol is evident but so are all of the esters that make this yeast strain famous. A bit of lemon zest and herbal hops are evident but really masked by the esters and alcohol notes.

Flavor wise this stuff is great big booze ridden hefezeweizen, goes down smooth with some banana, apple, clove and nutty yeast edges. Most hefe's are so delicate that it's hard to describe it all this one smacks you in the face with the esters and booze in a good way.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied flow, goes down smooth. A bit cloying in the same breath but the big bodied hefe is such a welcomed surprise that I'm cool with it. If you don't like a good hefeweizen you're not going to like this.

Drinkability is great another fine creation from Ayinger strong like the horned goat and smooth like the winter snow. I'm down for another and more if you can find this brew.

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Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.18 out of 5 based on 814 ratings.
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