Ayinger: Bräu Weisse

From the Brewery: IMG_2547

“Fragrance and taste of the ‘yeast-cloudy’ wheat beer are distinguished by a refined top-fermented flowery-yeast character and an unmistakable, distinct banana aroma. First sensation on the taste buds is full-bodied, very soft and mild with a lively, champagne-like sparkle. A light, typical wheat beer taste is expressed, the bitter tone of which can scarcely be detected. The sparklingly refreshing Ayinger Bräu-Weisse will impress every wheat beer connoisseur with the first mouthful.” 5.1 ABV Hefeweissen

Purchased from BevMo in Fresno, California.

The Pour: IMG_2548

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into my wheat beer glass. It has hazy visibility, with a golden-yellow color. A large, white, and sudsy head is poured, which leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Ample carbonation is visible in the glass.

The Nose: IMG_2549

Aromas of lemongrass, coriander spice, yeastiness, confectionery sweetness and banana.

The Mouth: IMG_2550

Medium light bodied, with some noticeable carbonation in an otherwise soft mouthfeel. I get flavors or rustic lemongrass and spice as the main characteristics. I also get some banana esters, and there is a smooth sweetness noticeable as it goes down. It leaves a wet feeling in the aftertaste, with lightly lingering flavors of yeast and wheat grain.

Final Thoughts: IMG_2551

While maybe not quite on the level of the other beers from Ayinger I’ve enjoyed, Bräu Weisse is a well done, thirst quenching wheat beer. It is lighter in flavor than the Ur-Weisse, and maybe offers a bit too much of the lemony/citrus characteristics in relation to the base wheat beer flavors. That definitely isn’t a damning characteristic, it just makes it slightly off of great. It is a beer made for a hot day, with a refreshing characteristic that most beer enthusiasts can appreciate. 7.5/10

Ayinger Privatbrauerei – Aying, Germany

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