Make Ur-Weisse your weisse
A Review of Ur-Weisse by Ayinger Brewery
Posted on 10/4/2011 by Chops
Over the past few years, I've noticed a lasting trend with the Ayinger Brewery. If you ever want to know exactly how any given beer style should look, smell, feel and taste, simply consult the Ayinger version. It will teach you everything you need to know. I recently had the honor of indulging in Ayinger's Ur-Weisse dunkelweizen. I've had my share of dunkelweizens before, but never have I understood exactly what they are until now.

In the glass, this beer takes on a murky deep honey coloration. It looks very thick, but minus any obvious yeasty floaters. To the untrained eye, it might just look like a glass of muddy water. But despite it's dirty like appearance, it's quite even and balanced. Remember that this is essentially a wheat with dark malts. Ur-Weisse looks like a well balanced wheat, just darker. In other words, you can think of a dunkelweizen as a hefe with attitude.

The aroma is very malty with hints of ripe bananas. There are also plenty of toasted bready notes underneath, foreshadowing a nice full body. I'd say the only odd aspect of the aroma is the thin shell of booziness encompassing everything. It's not abrasive nor does it detract from the other smells. I just wasn't expecting it.

Once again, the first sip of an Ayinger brew had me swimming in beer bliss. You immediately pick out all the big citrus notes from the weizen side along with plenty of muted herbal notes. It tastes a lot like a quality hefeweizen, but with a toasted bready infusion. It's quite a remarkable flavor actually and I thoroughly enjoyed identifying the stylistic commonalities. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, full-bodied and easy drinking. The finish is crisp, dry and leaves a few sweetened malty notes behind. Once it has time to warm, it transforms into this delectable sourdough flavor encompassed with warming spices. The first half of this beer was awesome, but the last half was amazing.

Overall, Ayinger's Ur-Weisse dunkelweizen is yet another world class wonder. I can easily recommend this beer to any level of beer fan. Novices will probably need a little more experience with the style to fully appreciate Ur-Weisse, but they will certainly enjoy it nonetheless. Fans who are savvy to wheat varieties will find Ur-Weisse to be an amazing brew, and rightfully so.

I have stated many times before that Ayinger is one of my all time favorite breweries. There is no personal bias or regional pride. Ayinger is just that damn good and they consistently blow me away with their amazing creations. They have earned my adoration and I try to repay them by spreading the good word. So the next time you find yourself at your local beer store blankly staring at that wall of deliciousness, just remember one word: Ayinger.

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