Ayinger Weizenbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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 ColoradoBobs
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured properly in two stages at the proper temperature from a 500 ml bottle as shown into a proper weizen glass. Nice cloudy light amber body under a rocky three-finger white head. Looks lovely at first, but the head *completely* disappears within one minute.

Smell is primarily wheat, and warmly so. Hints of citrus and clove, with a fascinating though slight smell of frankincense.

Taste has all the same notes as the aroma, but less clove. Nice enough, and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is really good. Round and mildly carbonated. Not rich and creamy, but pleasantly full.

Drinkability is good. Easy, and the 7.1% is completely hidden on the palate.

After hearing that this beer was a must, perhaps my expectations were a bit too high. As a fan of Vitus, I was thinking that maybe this beer might be a good partner to it. Frankly, Vitus kicks this beers butt all over the place. So, while this is a good beer, it's not in the upper echelon of W-b's.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Off the bat, this might be the most massive head I've ever seen, though I guess that's something I should expect from a quality weizenbock. It filled about 7/8 of the glass with an angled pour, so I'm still waiting for it to settle before pouring more. The head is already breaking down into huge, bright white rocky sections. Dark apricot in color that fades that becomes paler further down.

S - I'm already getting whiffs from a foot away. Ripe banana off the bat, followed by tons of spicy clove. Some breadiness is slightly evident, but spicy cloves seem to be the main player. It's clearly going to be sweet.

T - Follows the nose almost to a tee. Bananas and clove up front followed by a big sweep of bready malt. The alcohol is nicely hidden, but it does show with some warming. I'm also getting some green apple/apple skin notes upfront.

MF - Creamy is the word here. Intensely so, and silky. For as carbonated as it poured, though, I definitely think it could use a bit more. It's good, but it could use just a little more.

D - Hmm, tough call. The alcohol is well hidden and it's delicious, but I wouldn't really want another(tonight, that is. A 500ml bottle is a nice serving size).

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Photo of Jwale73
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt. .9 fl. oz. bottle served at 52 degrees in my Weihenstephan weizen glass. Poured all head - creamy, dense, bright white and occupying 90% of the volume of the glass. As the head slowly receded, it revealed a hazy orange-gold body. Some strands of lacing, but no legs - only a few residual spots. Nose is dominated by bananas and cloves with a hint of wheat. Taste is somewhat of a let down considering what the nose put off - a mere shadow of the nose and a bit watery, with a a strange aftertaste (maybe a little plasticy). Mouthfeel is light-bodied and starts off flat, but as I finish the bottle pour it becomes a bit more crisp. Better than I initially anticipated, but not quite where I expected it to be overall. Could potentially be past its prime; I'll have to retry this one at a later date.

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

Appearance: Cloudy gold, big head.

Smell: Sweet bananas, a little clove.

Taste: Nicely sweet, with light banana flavor and some spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Feels substantial, better than some lighter feeling weizenbocks.

Drinkability: I'm definitely going to get some more of this.

I'm always on the lookout for weizenbocks, so I was excited to try this one. Tasty stuff, nice blended flavor, not overpowered by any one component--not too spicy, not too sweet. I also liked the mouthfeel of this, I've had some strong bocks that felt watery, but not this one. Good stuff!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've never run into an Ayinger product I didn't like. I'm going to go on a limb and say that this won't be the first. 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

It pours the yellow color, not the dark color. It doesn't matter, because it looks sexy. Bright goldenrod color catches the eyes, cloudy in the body, and the head is showing great retention this far. Big banana aroma. Some ground clove gets mixed with the banana. Spicy. Shredded wheat notes too.

Oh yeah! This is like Ayigner's regular hefe on crack rock. The flavors are much bigger, and much sexier. Yet at the same time, no one flavor is totally dominant. Banana bread, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and a little edge of fresh bubblegum balls. The alcohol is hidden nicely underneath this tasty beer. The body is fluffy, medium-large, with smalll carbonation bubbles hitting. The spice creates a pleasant reaction to my palate.

My first "oh shit!" beer of 2010 comes from my favorite German brewery, and one of my favorite styles of beer. I'm very glad Merchant du Vin began importing this beer to the states, because I'll be getting more of this stuff very soon.

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Photo of dciBA
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow with a huge foamy white head that isn't going anywhere. Smell is strong of banana, clove and yeast. Smell and appearance suggest a hefe, rather than a weizenbock. This is barely darker than your average hefe. Taste leads off with a blast of banana with some spiciness going down. Smooth malt balances the other flavors perfectly. Flavor is top notch and lingers on the palate nicely. Carbonation is perfect for the style and helps the beer go down really well. Another great wheat offering from Ayinger. I'll be buying a lot more of these once warmer weather rolls around.

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Photo of sitarist
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Very cloudy, light shade of orange, small head dies fast, not much lacing.

S- Easter ham? spice/clove, pineapple, orange, still smell that Easter ham.

T- Like the glaze off the ham, apple cider, plastic, Im stuck on band-aid brand? There is a slight pineapple and banana aftertaste.

M- Id say its on the light side of medium bodied, I was expecting more of a full body due to how cloudy it is. Carbonation is pretty high, finishes quick.

D- Very good, Id say this is more of a summer beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has been a while since I have had a Weizenbock, looking forward to this one. Poured this one in to a Weiss glass. Color is a murky orange, light for this style, and a quick to fade white head. From the nose I get some pear and apple, cream, and some chalky yeast. Taste has a whole array of fruit such as banana, pear and apple again, peaches...also it has a great bread like base, and even some powdered sugar qualities. The carbonation on this one makes it incredibly drinkable. The alcohol cannot be felt at all, and goddamn, what can I say, this is a real treat, and one of the best Weizenbocks I have ever had. Any fans of the style should seek this one out immediately.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Weizen-Bock.

Hazy yellow, prodigious snowy white head, big, but quick to crumble.

Banana and citrus aroma, light, fresh and airy. Alert and lively, much more like a hefe weizen than a weizenbock, though.

Smooth, but keenly textured, just enough grit to tickle the palate. Extraordinary smoothness and drinkability. Great tastin', too.

A Little disappointed I didn't get quite the flavor I look forward to in a dark wheat doppelbock. This here's a blonde wheat bock, and tastes more like a regular hefe weizen, with a bit more body. Tasty, though, undeniably tasty.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weihenstephan glass...

A-a cloudy, golden pour with a great head that lasted for awhile

S-the typical smell to expect-wheat, clove, banana, bubble gum, a little citrus and alcohol

T-sweet with a dry finish; wheat is of course evident with a little bit of citrus

M-a nice crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation; very smooth

D-its a good beer and the alcohol is well hidden but a little apparent; for me it reminded me of their dunkel but a bit stronger and maybe a bit sweeter. I really like the Aventinus version of this style because of the dark color and more complex flavor. The Ayinger weizenbock is decent, but not much different than their dunkel version.

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

500ml brown bottle served cold into a pint glass.

The beer has a hazy yellow-orange color with thin short-lived white head.

Aroma is like a good wheat beer turned up a little bit louder.

Flavor is, again as the aroma suggests, an amped up German wheat beer. It has strong banana and clove flavors. The sweetness is balanced nicely with the ample hopping. There is an enjoyable funk that is familiar to fans of Belgian styles like saison.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate carbonation. Drinkable, yes, but the intensity of flavors is it's strength and weakness in this area.

Overall an enjoyable beer but probably not worth getting again soon.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale orange with a fair amount of clarity,and a slight haziness. The head proved to be a towering rocky structure of foam that stood proudly in the center of the glass rising a monstrous 4 fingers high, off white in color, with adequate retention before lapsing to a whipped creamy coating. Visible carbonation was composed of several steady streams of macro-bubbles that rose at a moderate pace. The drink left a squeaky clean lacing as it slid down the glass walls.

S: The nose was fairly strong with a mixture of dry wheat stalks and oranges being the most outstanding. A light dry clove spiciness and light dried lemon grinds are softly noted as well.

T: The flavor was vibrant and yeasty with a burst of bananas and pears coupled with warm oranges. There is a soft touch of booziness along with hints of warm lemon and herbal hops. The finish rounds off with a last showing of apricot fruitiness. Overall a good show here, a nice dry wheat backing with orange highlights and a gentle booziness that warms things up ever so slightly.

M: The mouthful was vibrant with a lot of dance compliments of the carbonation, tingling and popping like pop-rocks. The body was medium and creamy in texture.

D: Nice drinkability but a pint sits well here. Solid recommend and cant go wrong with this brewery.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

Poured into Ayinger weizen glass:

Pours hazed/clouded golden yellow with a massive head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of strong sweetened bananas with clove and pepper. Robust, banana and spicy.

The taste is very banana-y - reminiscent of banana chip candy. Clove and black pepper add a drying spiciness to the sweet-ish finish. A touch of alcohol warmth shows through that is welcomed in the cold of winter.

A classic, for sure! A HW on steroids...very banana-ish with nice spicing. Drinks very well even with alcohol touch, that adds a nice pepper note. A strong HW (thus weizen bock) that is dreamy!

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Photo of bobsy
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle picked up on the basis of its high rating in Germay's Top 25 beers.

Pours a hazy light gold through which nothing can be seen. A frothy white head leaves some lace as it drops to a substantial collar and an island of film. The aroma screams banana - full, ripe and sweet, but there are strong tropical notes adding depth with hints of pineapple, mango and tangerine. A touch of clove leads of some sweet spicing taht further elevates things.

The flavour is intense and the body is chewy, leading my first thought to be that this really closely resembles a banana milkshake. Huge ripe banana leads off, followed by brown sugar and vanilla. The sweetness is cut by a wheat sharpness which allows bready malts to assert themselves in the finale. The alcohol is well-hidden, but does provide a faint warming in the throat. I'm really impressed by the body, though, and it seems the ideal weight and texture for the flavour profile.

This is hugely deserving of its acclaim, and instantly goes to the top of the list in terms of my favourite weizenbocks. This should definitely be regarded in the same league as the Aventinus and Vitus of this world.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a dimpled Polish beer mug.

Ayinger Weizenbock is a hazy beast of a beer, with a goldenrod-peach body that fades to banana yellow at the edges. A sizable pillow of eggshell-creme head crackles as it settles to a thick veil of bubbles. The aromas leap out of the glass before I can even bring it to my nose: bananas, mango, spicy hops, buttery-vanilla wheat notes. It's all there and all nicely balanced.

Very clove-y, very dry body and highly carbonated. Wheat malts aplenty balance with German hops and light yeast esters that suggest pear and banana. Slight tinge of ethanol in the background lets you know the 7.1% is working. Body is on the light side of medium, and the creaminess picks up after several minutes as the intense carbonation settles to a more reasonable level. A bit rough around the edges when drinkability is taken into consideration, but Ayinger still makes a very tasty Weizenbock.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It's not a dunkel, so it looks like a basic hefeweizen... dirty straw with a white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Huge tropical fruit aroma, pineapple, mango & banana, with a little clove & grainy biscuit as well.

T: Nice tropical fruit, clove & vanilla yeast flavours, slight lemony acidity, underlying grainy biscuit, modest bitterness with hints of alcohol warmth.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slightly drying finish.

D: A good drinker.

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

Ayinger- WeizenBock

A- Hazy orange/ yellow with a thick frothy white head.
S- Sugary sweet. Clove, wheat, malt, and spices.
T- Thick sugary sweet malt. Slight caramel malt with a clove and wheat twang. Big spiciness with a touch of alc.
M- Thick malt with dry hot spiciness. Light touch of alc. Soft feel with a warm alc finish.

Overall- Pretty tasty. Sweet with a warm finish.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a white head. The main aroma is bready malts and German yeast but you also get some banana and clove. The flavor is heavy on the banana and clove but the bready malts are still there. Thinner mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I had read reviews stating this was basically a souped-up hefeweizen and those reviews were correct. Whatever it is, it is very good.

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Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a very large head that had excellant retention. The lacing was not quite up to expectations considering the impressive head.

Aroma is typical hefeweizen but kicked up a knotch. Hints of banana, cloves, and bready. The powerful yeast put out some impressive ester aromas.

Big clove and banana flavors as well. Complimented by chewy, bready like qualities of the malt. Other fruity esters are noticeable in the finish. Just a hint of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is disappointing. It probably does not deserve the average score I gave. It feels flat. It just lies on the palate with no life. And this also limits drinkability. What otherwise could be a wheat ale for the cold weather makes it somewhat of a drag to drink.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow, with a firm white head, some light lace, pillowy foam.

S: Banana bread, good smell and to style.

T: Really gets clovey immediately, definite has an ester and hop bitterness to it. Light wheat malt with some banana and a noticable bubblegum/cotton candy at the finish,

M: Smooth, creamy, on the lighter-bodied side for this style.

D: Nice helles weizenbock. Didn't wow me with flavour, but a solid example of the style from this country brewery.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- huge creamy almost white head over a cloudy lemon yellow body. 7.1% isn't that huge of an abv, but this thing holds it's foam like a lesser juiced Hefe. Remarkable.

S- huge nose of banana and clove with some tart apple and spiced bread in the background. Some floral yeast aromas goin on as well but banana is the big dog here. No trace of alcohol.

T- big fresh bready flavor with big yeast flavor too. Mostly banana, clove and bubblegum play second fiddle. Some nice sugar cookie and vanilla too. Some alcohol taste is present but it is fruity, floral, and light and it fits in well with the big yeast. Finishes a great balance of wheat and yeast with just tye tiniest touch of grassy hop flavor.

MF- crisp and snappy with aggressive carbonation when cold, but as it warms, this one transforms into a soft down comforter of awesome. Bubbles subside just a little bit and the plush whet body takes over. Mild powdery feeling on the palate.

D- could be dangerous. Alcohol is barely perceptable, and it possesses all the refreshing qualities of a normal hefe. Bigger bolder and delicious doesn't hamper this D,

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Photo of adamette
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 500 ML brown bottle with cool cap with "Ayinger" printed on it that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago. I do not recall the price. No observed "best by" date on the label but the bottle itself was embossed, near the base, under the front label, with the following numbers: 6 03 09. I am not sure if that is really a brewed on or best by date. Poured into my Ayinger gold rimmed 0.5 L Weizen Glass.

A Awesome overflowing head bounds up from the depths after a reasonably vigorous pour. That head is over a great looking opaque yellow body that is really appropriate to the style. Some great "cloudy" areas dispersed throughout the body of the beer as well. I am looking at this beer and wondering why it took me so long to try it. 4.5

S Clove, banana and wheat grain smells waft up from the glass. To me, only Aventinus has a better smell within the style. 4.0

T The clove, banana and wheat malt smells carry right over into the taste. The taste is certainly to style with sweetness winning the sweet/bitter battle in this beer. There is a citrus aspect to this beer as well. It lacks the sublime Aventinus as it is not as deep and complex. Short addendum: Nearer the bottom of the glass I got a soapy taste (No the glass did not have soap in it!) which was not welcome. 3.5

M The wheat and significant carbonation conspire to create the nice "smooth" feel. While I like this feel it is simply true to style and does not inspire me too much. 3.5

D Good as this is a smooth, lighter side beer and it is sweet. The late soapy taste drove the drinkability down a bit but it remains good. 4.0

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Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not quite sure this is a Weizenbock (even though it states it directly on the bottle), because it seems to me to be more of a strong hefeweizen. Nonetheless, good stuff.

A: If I didn't know what this was, I would have thought it was a Belgian strong pale ale. It has a cloudy golden hue with a humongous, white head. Very appealing.

S: Wheat, bananas, and some candy sugar with hints of yeast can all be discerned. Nice.

T: Bunch o' bananas and banana peel along with a wheat bite and a sweet, lingering finish. Since this has a higher ABV than most wheat beers, I'd say they did a good job hiding it; it's barely perceivable.

M: Smooth and creamy with a fairly robust carbonation. It's well balanced and very easy to enjoy. Again, though, the ABV can creep up.

D: Personally, I could session this, but for someone not used to the above average ABV, this could be a sneaky brew. It's just so incredibly tasty and easy to drink.

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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 mempath
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy golden-light-orange with a huge tight-packed head that settles very very slowly. citrus-yeasty smell that reminds me of something belgian i drank last night. yes, lighter than expected, this is creamier yet has a nice carbonated edge. the sweetness does not overwhelm or stay around (thankfully...). i like it's punctuality. noting some sourness that compliments that smack of sweetness. good balance. drinkable for the style for sure, just not my favorite style. i'd still definitely take one of these anytime. nice to finally try this one.

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Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.18 out of 5 based on 813 ratings.
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