It’s almost 11:30pm on Wednesday, and I just recently got home from work, but it’s still Wednesday for another 30 minutes, which means Deutsch Bier Wednesday! This is our first of five Deutsch Bier Wednesdays (a lot of Wednesdays in March), and our first bier is Ayinger’s Brau-Weisse. You can visit Ayinger’s website here, but it’s completely in German - good luck.
Normally, I mention the alc./vol. content and IBUs, but the bottle gave me very little information, so we’re going to jump right into it. The Brau-Weisse poured a great thick white head that gradually condensed into a smaller creamer head. It was a light golden color, looking like a freshly polished gold ring, but cloudy like a hefeweizen should be, and heavily carbonated. I would, however, have liked it to be a bit cloudier. Head - 9, Look - 13. The first characteristic that hit my nose was yeast; it has a strong bread aroma. After the initial blast of yeast comes nice lemon citrus notes, and light sweet notes that seem to be from the alcohol. Smell - 21.
The first thing that hit my palate was the carbonation. This bier is heavily carbonated, but very light and smooth - the definition of balanced. My first thought about this bier was - simple. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent. There is a lingering taste of malt, yeast, and lemon, but really nothing at all. Palate - 8, Aftertaste - 5. The flavor was dominated by the yeast and citrus flavors, but the overall flavor itself was not dominating at all. This is a simple bier that comes across as wanting to be just that - simple. This is probably the lightest hefeweizen that I’ve ever had. Flavor - 25.
I really like this bier, but there’s not much to say about it, which is why I like what it has done for itself. I talk a lot about a beer needing complexity, but sometimes a simple beer wanting to be simple deserves recognition for its achievement. Ayinger has brewed a bier that is perfect for a hot summer day or a hard workout, this is a beer that's meant to be refreshing and not make a statement. This is not the best hefeweizen I’ve had, but it’s one I will buy and bring to a bbq on a hot summer day or if I’m out playing tennis or the like. Don’t cross this beer off because it’s simple, give it a go, and you might be surprised how much you enjoy this easy drinking beer. With an Overall Flavor of 38/50 the Beer Fusion gives Ayinger’s Brau-Weisse...