All over the world, beer lovers agree that if it's made in Bavaria, it's the real deal. It is, after all, home to the first brewery on record, way back in 800 A.D., as well as the ultimate of beer festivals - Oktoberfest. About 25 kilometers from the Oktoberfest grounds in Munich, lays a little town called Aying, home to the beloved Ayinger Brewery (Brauerei Aying). This 135 year old brewery has a deep family history, and remained almost completely unchanged until a new, updated brewery was built in 1999 in order to keep up with the growing market.
Again and again Ayinger has won awards for its beers, including the World Beer Cup, and the Deutschen Landwirtschafts Gesellschaft - DLG (German Agricultural Society) gold and silver medals. Today we taste two of the DLG gold medal winners - Bräu-weisse and Ur-weisse.
Pouring a bright and hazy golden color with a fluffy white head, there was a fair amount of suspended yeast floating about. The nose on this one was quite ripe with scents of banana and even a hint of those circus peanut candies. The flavor also had a large amount of banana character - spicy but with a candy sweetness at the finish.
Copper in color with tiny, active bubbles and a pillowy head, there was also some haze and suspended yeast in this pour. Smelling more of nutmeg and spice than the banana of the Bräu-Weisse, the flavor here was also sweeter. Some spice was still present, but there was only a hint of banana in the taste along with sweet notes of toffee.
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