Ayinger Weizenbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Reviews by popery:
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a darkened straw color. It's a dusky orange, really, but it looks like a darkened version of the normal banana yellow of their hefeweizen, if that makes sense. Definitely on the pale malt side of the weizenbock spectrum. I used my beautiful Ayinger weisse glass, and the beer appears darkest in the middle with a comparatively lighter top and bottom, probably due to shadows from the glass shape. Very cloudy, opaque. The head is off-white, voluminous and rocky. Good retention but the big bubbles pop rather quickly and it loses some volume. Some lacing.
The aroma is a banana, clove and doughy wheat bread party. It's like walking into a Bavarian bakery that's filled with banana bread. It has magnificent simplicity. It's a hefeweizen turned way up. There's a light lemon note, but otherwise, it's all pale malt and wheat with hefe yeast spice. Maybe, also some light peachiness and a touch of pears, but I'm searching, here.
The taste starts sweet and doughy and finishes sweet with a touch of spice and citrus. It's concentrated hefeweizen flavor. It's not so much refreshing as it is doughy and satisfying. I'd almost call it a dessert beer, but it's not hard to drink. There's a little bit of bubblegum flavor and something vaguely smokey. Lots of sweetness, both malt and wheat.
Mouthfeel is smooth and gentle. Creamy and full. Very light touch of bitterness in the finish, though it's more spicy than hoppy. A touch of warming alcohol.
This is a fantastic beer. It's a concentrated burst of sweet Bavarian wheat beer flavor. Pale weizenbocks seem to be a delicate thing and have a tendency to stray into boozy territory, but Aying is clearly too good of a brewery to go down that road. This is a very likable beer, and it's hard not to smile with each sip.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2013 02:19:03 | More by popery
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4.7/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
A - As cloudy as can be, this lighter weizenbock appears more like a dirty apricot than a darker dunkel-type weiss beer. It's creamy and tight off-white head towers over the cloudy beer for some time before slowly dropping to a thick skim of foam that leaves small fingers of lace.
S - Heavy clove and white pepper yeast-driven spice esters waft from the nose and blanket the smooth ripe banana notes that peek through. This weizenbock's malty base gives the beer a bready feel just like a doppelbock despite it's lighter color. Paired with the banana, the malty base gives the beer a spicy banana bread-like aroma that's quite inviting!
T - Profoundly bready, this beer's maltiness coats the tongue with a light dribble of sweet caramel, warm, gooey banana bread - banana derived from the bold yeast esters - and slightly buttery finish. Like the aroma, clove spice cannot be missed, lingering through all the beer's other complexities.
M - Ayinger's Weizenbock has the perfect mouthfeel for a beer of this style; rich and malty with a big body and slight lingering sweetness but balanced expertly by incredibly soft, creamy wheat, bright carbonation, and complimentary spice on the finish. Über smooth!
O - Though shockingly lighter than most weizenbock beers, Ayinger Weizenbock features all the same characteristics and blends them fabulously! Spice forward, this beer has yeast incorporated through every aspect of it from the aroma and flavor to finish. Creamy smooth, it's like fresh, moist banana bread, without any nuts, filling the stomach providing sustenance.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2013 17:58:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
Ayinger Weizenbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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