Appearance: Lighter than most dunkelweizens - a dirty/rusty orange/light
brown hue. Not completely opaque because I can see a lot of fine
carbonation racing towards the top. Forms a huge, off white, foamy head
which mostly dissipates and leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Definite banana scent from the yeast and a hint of apple cider.
Taste: I often wonder how Germany has more than one brewery since the
staple styles from the staple breweries all taste more or less the same
to me. Ayinger Ur-Weisse tastes very similar to other authentic wheat
beers from Germany. That’s not a compliment or a slight - just an
observation. Sweet banana flavor up front, but mild - even borderline
watery. A hint of bitterness through the middle followed by some more
subtle spice notes. Reminiscent of apple cider (the kind kids drink, not
the hard stuff), maybe even banana bread. Clove? Sure, but that’s also
mild. I even get a hint of sourness or tartness, although it actually
works well with the cider-like qualities of this palate.
Since there’s no discernible freshness date on the bottle, I’m going to
have to assume my bottle of was slightly old. Usually, beers of this
style are much more complex and bold, but this seems more mild than it
should be. But it still remains a satisfying, delectable beer
Drinkability: I’ve yet to find a wheat beer that’s difficult to drink,
so calling this beer highly drinkable is stating the obvious. The
mouthfeel is akin to finely carbonated water and the aftertaste is
clean. It’s absolutely refreshing on a hot day (or night). I’m actually
surprised it’s 5.8% ABV, which isn’t all that big, but seems rather high
for such an otherwise mild palate. No one will have any trouble getting
through a bottle of this.