You Had Me at Ayinger
A Review of Ayinger Weizen-Bock by Ayinger Brewery
Posted on 6/26/2011 by Chops
                   
Exquisite
For my 100th BrewChief.com brew review, I can think of nothing better than a new selection from one of my all-time favorite breweries: Ayinger. I have had this lovely lady chilling in anticipation for a while now, and the day has come. Ayinger is internationally recognized for their world class German beers. For me, this brewery is a no-brainer. If it's on the menu, it's in my belly. There are only a few Ayinger brews I haven't tried yet, this being one of them. So without further ado, I give you their seasonal Weizen-Bock.

It's rare to come across weizenbocks in the States, so when I am lucky enough to stumble upon one, I jump on it. They are incredibly complex beers and are a delight to dissect. Weizenbocks are essentially dunkel-weizens brewed to bock strength. The are typically darker in color, so once I got Ayinger's version into the glass, I was taken aback. If it was any brewery other than Ayinger, it would have definitely been a WTF moment. This beer has a deep orange coloration and bright white foamy head similar to a full-bodied hefeweizen or witbier. It's a gorgeous beer, but atypical for the style. The aroma is also very similar to a quality hefe or wit, just significantly amplified. Lots of tangy fruits and bready notes encompassed by luscious herbs. Some light creamy smells also creep up from time to time.

The first taste of this beer was absolutely amazing. I'd say to think of it like this: Take all those big savory flavors common with tropical type wheats and then amplify them to doppelbock strength. To say this beer has a flavor punch is a gross understatement. I taste oranges, nutmeg, bananas, cinnamon, yeasts, peppers, breads, berries, and that's just halfway through the beer. New flavors are still emerging and they all work beautifully together to form this bold, rich flavor train. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk with a very pleasant fruity finish. It's so drinkably delicious that it's easy to forget about the 7.1% ABV. One could easily get into trouble with this beauty.

Overall, Ayinger's Weizen-Bock is a world class beer. I can recommend this beer to any level of beer fan from novice to imperial. Everyone can appreciate perfection, no matter what the style. So thank you Ayinger, you continue to blow me away with your incredible brews.

Happy 100th review! Now onto the next 100...

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