Thursday, May 12, 2011

479. Ayinger Ur-Weisse Dunkelweizen

More German beers in the house—I’m loading up on those sweet sweet 16.9 German bottles. Homebrewers, you know the ones I’m talking about. We’d drink Pliny to get them, but for some reason they don’t distribute in Ohio. Stupid Russian River. Ayinger Ur-Weisse is brewed and bottled by Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer in Aying, Germany. Say that ten times fast after a couple of their beers. We’d like to get in on that private brewery action, if you know what I’m saying. As well, this is our first beer from Ayinger, although what with the recent spate of German beers we’re, who know when it will ever end?

Ur-Weisse pours a clear orange amber with orange highlights that splay all over my table—a very pretty beer. I did purposely pour gentle to initially leave the yeast behind; mid-bottle, the yeast clouds the beer and kills the highlights. The head is initially profuse, but quickly reduces to a white ring with very active carbonation. Aromas consist of wheat and bread along with banana and clove; it’s not so much the banana cream pie of last night’s beer—this one is closer to spiced banana bread. Flavors open with caramel and apple, followed by banana and clove. There is wheat flavor in the middle and the finish—that slight gumminess and creaminess that is gentle and soft on the palate. There is a slight carbonation bite moving into the finish as you swallow, which helps cleanse the palate and highlight the clove and banana flavors at the end. The beer is medium bodied with a soft, gentle, and almost delicate mouthfeel. While Ur-Weisse is a little light on the dunkel aspects of the Dunkelweizen, it is nonetheless a tasty and interesting beer.

According to the Ayinger website, Ur-Weisse“is a strong amber-colored, yeast cloudy wheat beer. The beer is strong with the first taste and malty in aroma. The top-fermented, yeasty taste sensation is unmistakable. This beer is rich in sparkle and has just a touch of a special bitter quality. The fruity, malty mild aroma will have you won you over immediately!”

ABV: 5.8%


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