Ayinger Weizenbock

Posted on Posted in Bavarian Weiss, Beer Reviews, Bock, Germany, Weizenbock, Wheat

Ayinger WeizenbockI’m usually pretty wary around bocks.  I’ve never been a huge fan.  Perhaps I’ve just never really “got” the style.  I used to say the same thing about Imperial Stouts until last year when I picked up a Samuel Smith Imperial Stout that the style finally clicked.  Now it’s a style that I go to fairly regularly. I guess the same can now be said about Bocks.

Ayinger Weizenbock may have helped me get into bocks.  While I do realize this is different from a true bock, it’s close enough to get me there (I now have several bocks and doppelbocks in my fridge)!  Weizenbock is in fact a wheat bock, or a strong wheat ale.  You can best describe it as an “Imperial Weissbier/Hefeweizen.”  Weizenbock was first brewed in 1995 to celebrate the 60th birthday of Ayinger’s wheat beer and was added to their lineup as a winter seasonal.

Appearance: Cloudy gold, off-white head, great retention.

Aroma: Clove, banana, spice, banana bread

Taste: Clove, banana, bready, lemon creme, super spicy finish.  Crisp wheat balance

Ayinger Weizenbock
(Photo from http://en.ayinger-bier.de/?pid=263)

Overall Impression: The mouthfeel is nice and viscous with a slight sweetness.  The carbonation contributes to the mouthfeel and keeps it nice and velvety without being too thick.  The finish is medium/long in length.  This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer, and one that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much as I did.  I love Bavarian wheat beers, and now I love this Bavarian weizenbock.  This seasonal should satisfy a whole host of beer fans.   I highly recommend you pick up a bottle or three while it’s available.

Availability: Seasonally where German beers are sold.  Imported by Merchant du Vin.

7.1% ABV

Note: This bottle was sent to me by Merchant du Vin for review.

2 thoughts on “Ayinger Weizenbock

  1. I have never really cared for bocks, either. However, nearly all the bocks I’ve ever had have come from American breweries.

    Perhaps it’s time to expand my horizons?

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