Today, I NEEDED a beer, and that beer was Ayinger Weizen Bock. Why did I NEED a beer? Well, If I went into the gory details you would probably never finish reading this particular beer review! So, enough about me!
Awhile back, I reviewed the Ayinger Oktoberfest and declared it my favorite Oktoberfest beer of 2009. It was good. So, when I was out and about looking for winter beers to try, I saw this bottle of their Weizen-Bock on the shelf.
Now, I don’t know what makes it a winter beer in particular, but the label has this mountain goat (holding a beer) in front of the snow-covered Aying brewery. To me, snow = winter. So, goat + beer + snow in illustration = winter beer. Am I right or what?
I guess the point is I had high hopes for what I perceived to be a winter ale from Germany!
I wasn’t disappointed! At 7.1% ABV, this strong wheat ale looks great in the glass. It has a slightly darker, golden appearance, and its cloudy – a wheat-beer for sure. The head was quite impressive and even though I have a little bit of a cold I could still smell some spicyness, clove, and some alcohol came though as well.
Taste. Wow. I need to learn more about this Weizen-Bock style. Anybody want to fill me in what it’s about? Seems like a stong hefeweizen to me (maybe it is?) The flavors in the Ayinger Weizan-Bock are actually quite predictable considering the aroma. Nice mouthfeel and quite crisp, I think this beer would actually make a great Summer beer! (Much like the Long Trail Winter White)
Its a bit stronger in the alcohol department, but even at 7.1% the alcohol plays a supporting flavor role to the spices and a very nice bready kind of flavor. I don’t usually like when alcohol comes through too strongly in a beer, and it’s not the case here, but it did provide for just enough ‘winter warming’ on the way down!
So, this evening that I needed a good beer, the people from Aying Brewery really came through with this great Wheat Bock Ale! Despite my silly calculus above, it is a Winter seasonal beer so if you see it on the shelf, do yourself a favor and try it! 4 stars from The Brew Club!
I’m doing quite well so far in January 2010! I think I’ve give more 4 star beer reviews this month than I did in all of 2009!