24 May 2008

Ayinger Brau-Weisee (GER)

Old Bavarian brewery, been around for centuries. Their hefeweizen pours a pale yellow, lacking the orange tinge of some others (my picture makes it seem darker than it is), but with an uber-fluffy white head. The aroma is of banana and lemon and the texture of champagne, with abundant tiny bubbles. I think if there's one thing to differentiate this from the pack, it's the relative dryness. There's a mild fruitiness and spiciness throughout, but overall, Brau-Weisse is dry and crisp.

To me, Ayinger is in the mix among the top German hefes, and has the advantage of availability. I found this in a Merchant du Vin display at my local supermarket.

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