Friday, June 29, 2012

Ayinger Ur-Weisse (2012 original review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (685) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
I poured a 500ml bottle into a wheat beer glass.

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 regardless.

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.

Grade: 6/10

NOTE: See my 2017 re-review to BJCP specs here: