Hefe head retention

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  1. ifnkovhg

    ifnkovhg Aspirant (203) Aug 12, 2008 California

    Hey. I just poured an Ayinger Brau-Weisse, and the head struck me as more saison-like: fizzy as opposed to foamy, audible, and it disappears very quickly. Does that mean the beer's past its prime? It tastes fine, but I can't say that my taste-memory is very good. Thanks!
  2. billandsuz

    billandsuz Aspirant (297) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    likely your glass was less than ideal.
  3. ifnkovhg

    ifnkovhg Aspirant (203) Aug 12, 2008 California

    It was a clean pint glass that went through the washer the day before. Thanks for your input. Appreciate it!
  4. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    That's one reason why I usually go with Franziskaner.
  5. omgshesaboy

    omgshesaboy Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2010 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Ideally you should hand wash your beer glasses...even the dish washer can leave residue on them, and head retention can be effected in a negative manner. I can't recall if Ayinger dates their bottles, but I suppose it could have also been the age of the beer. If it was an old bottle it probably would have tasted "off".
  6. decimator

    decimator Zealot (572) Jun 1, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    Haven't had the Ayinger yet but most German hefe's I've had tend to have pretty bubbly heads. Sometimes messy ones depending on the pour but there's exceptions. If it tastes good I wouldn't worry about it.
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