Best Wheats 2010: #2 Ayinger Brau-Weisse

13 05 2010

Those of you who have been paying close attention have probably noticed all the beers picked so far are Belgian-inspired wheats. What? No love for the Germans? you might be thinking. Ah. Not so fast. We have the utmost love for German hefewiezens. That is why we have saved the best for last. Today’s pick for the #2 best wheat beer comes from a small and modest brewery in the Bavarian town of Aying. Ayinger brewery is a family owned operation making fantastic German style beers from the famous dopplebock Celebrator (which coincidentally also made our #2 pick for dopplebocks this Lent) to amazingly rich and well balanced wheat beers. Rich in citrus and vanilla, this beer is super smooth and creamy. A perfect beer for a warm Summer’s day.

Photo Credit: xprestonx CC

Ayinger Brau-Weisse
(en.ayinger-bier.de)

Rate Beer Score: 97 Points (100 for style)

Aroma: Spicy with clove, banana, bubble gum and lemon. Yeast forward with very little malt and no hint of hops.

Appearance: Hazy light marmalade with a bright white rocky head that persists. Excellent lacing.

Taste: Well balanced with excellent banana, clove, all spice, vanilla and oak. Not at all overpowering the creamy wheat malt and balanced to a dry finish by noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with creamy smoothness. Not at all cloying. Slight carbonation lingers on the tongue.

Garrett Oliver recommends pairing this at brunch with a goat cheese omelet. We recommend it with a spicy guacamole made fresh with limes.

Honorable Mention:

Paulaner Hefeweizen

Rate Beer Score: 96 Points (99 for style)

Photo Credit: Bernt Rostad CC

Any self respecting beer bar will have the Paulaner Hefeweizen in a bottle (if not on draft, ideally). This ubiquitous beer is cheap as chips and that makes it an easy choice whenever it is available. From the beer that changed the face of bocks with the original dopplebock, this is a solid beer. No real flaws, extremely well balanced. But it is a bit heavy on the banana and clove in our opinion. Not a bad thing necessarily, just not as complex as some other Hefes. With 5.6% ABV, it is relatively boozy for a hefeweizen. So it is well worth the investment of, oh, $6 for a half a liter.

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13 05 2010
Scott

OH MY! Just keeps getting better. I am on pins and needles for the one tomorrow!

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