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Ayinger Bräu Hell | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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3.73/5
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61 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Ayinger Lager Hell

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,727
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
61
pDev:
14.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Photo of spycow
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Ayinger Wirsthaus in Munich. .5L stemware pour cost less than 5 euro at the time of this writing. Regrettably brief notes below:

A: White cap. Soft-looking. Nice consistency. ~3 minute retention. Messy inconsistent lacing.

Body is a clear pale copper of nice vibrance. Clean, with no yeast visible.

Looks nice for a helles lager.

Sm: Honey, fresh Munich malts, some grassy and floral hop character (likely Hallertau/Noble), pleasant sweetness. Clean attenuation.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Follows the aroma. They honeyed malt characteristic is terrific. Balanced albeit simple (to style). Very enjoyable and approachable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light to medium bodied, refreshing, overcarbonated (almost sharply so), crisp, clean, and approachable. The biting carbonation does get in the way of its drinkability, and a lighter softer presence on the palate would be wonderful.

O: Overcarbonation is its most egregious flaw, but it's otherwise a pleasant helles lager with a nice honeyed taste. Not the insane I-want-to-drink-a-whole-keg drinkability you'd find in a true paragon of the style, but pleasant. I'm glad I tried this one, but it's sub-5 euro price point on-draught makes it a brew I'd only buy at supermarket bottle prices. More solid work from Ayinger, but far from their strongest offering.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant clear straw color with white head. Aroma is very clean with a touch of grains and honey. Taste has a slight honey sweetness, bread and also some hop bitterness on the finish. Body is light with crisp carbonation. Really clean, crisp, expertly well made lager.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat and grain. Not bad, but not too exciting. The flavor is grain, corn and wheat. The beer is semi-sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Jeffo
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a beer glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big three finger medium-thinner looking white head with good retention. Pillow-like and fluffy. Perfectly crystal clear golden yellow in color with medium carbonation evident in the form of big bubbles. Thin foam cap remains a leaves a bit of bubbly lacing. Later on, minimal cap remains and leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose of grainy sweet malt, some rye bread tones and some flowery hops. Nice nose on this one.

TASTE: Sweet grainy malt up front with some rye bread as well. Floral hops through the middle into the finish and a long bitter-sweet floral aftertaste is quite bold and makes a presence. A relatively bitter finish on this one for the style. Not bad.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation and a little watery on the palate. Goes down fine and finishes crisp, but not quite full and creamy enough as it could be. Average feel.

OVERALL: A good beer for sure. The look and feel were kind of average, but the rest of it was very enjoyable. Another solid offering from Ayinger.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden colour with lots of bubbles & a huge foamy white head with outstanding retention & some lacing on the glass.

Skunky metallic aroma along with a lot a grain. There is also some subtle grassy hops & some malts but grain seems to feature the most.

Matches the smell quite closely with lots of grain featuring in the taste as well. There is some grassy hops & the addition of a sweet sort of lemony taste to it that isn’t in the smell.

Light to medium & the beer has an overall fluffy feel to it that is different to most beers out there. Not so much great but certainly different & enjoyable enough. There is also plenty of carbonation without being overly gassy.

I'm rather disappointed in this one really, I think I managed to build it up to much in my head before trying it & ultimately I was going to be disappointed. Not a bad beer, just bad by German standards.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Dentist666
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11,8% Plato.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a light golden colour with quite a nice white head.

Smells quite yeasty and fresh.

Tastes quite malty and yeasty with quite a significant peppery hop taste.

Overall a very good example of the style, tasty and not watery unlike some.

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Photo of innominat
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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

Pretty much everything you want out of a helles. Golden color with a nice white head, pleasant smell. It has a smooth, rich malty taste with a suprise of noble hoppiness. This is the kind of Helles that doesn't need special attributes, it is just tasty and high-quality, nothing else needs to be said.Gotta drink it fresh.

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Photo of drmeto
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear pale golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-juicy,lemon,pear,apple,honey,sloral,spices,parfumy
T:
-Follows the nose
F:
-light-medium body, medium to high carbonation
O:
Just an all around damn good Helles

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of hansavijaticar
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything I want out of a Helles. The tickling malt, a touch of pepper, the liquid breadiness. Beautiful lacing all over the glass. And it's so creamy.

Delicious.

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Ayinger Bräu Hell from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 61 ratings
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