/ Doug's Beer Republic / Review: Ayinger Weizenbock
Posted: 8 November 2015
Weizenbocks aren't a common style today, not even in their
native Bavaria. Ayinger is well regarded as a maker of
wheat beers. It was no big leap for them to make an extra
strong version with darker malts. If you're not on a paleo
diet and anti-grains, get both your barley, your wheat, and
your alcohol fix all in one tasty bottle for a price that
won't thin out your wallet.
Avg price/liter: USD 8.80
ABV %: 7.1
Type: German Wheat
The Germans always liked
their beers dark. The town of Einbeck birthed the dark bock
style. Einbeck had a reputation for a time as THE
place to get beery in Germany. Bavarian beers back
then were not as appetizing.
Einbeck fashioned delicious
wheat beers, too, and visiting Bavarian nobility guzzled
them with envy. By the 18th century, pubs serving dark
Bavarian beers had no choice but to serve wheat beers as
well. Eventually, the Bavarians improved their
beers and wheat beer popularity waned.
Their were some stalwarts who
wouldn't let wheat beer die. Georg Schneider was a
brewer widely credited with reviving wheat beer's fortunes.
Schneider's granddaughter-in-law (= the wife of his
grandson) introduced to the weizenbock style to Bavarians in
1907, combining dark Munich malts, wheat beer, and the
alcoholic strength of doppelbocks. A weizenbock is a
the wheat beer version of a dubbel.
Weizenbocks aren't a common
style today, not even in their native Bavaria. I'd
certainly never heard of them. I only ordered this
beer because it was featured on the home page of the online
store I routinely buy brews from. I found out later
the Ayinger Weizenbock is a winter seasonal beer, available
only from the end of September.
Ayinger is a private brewery
that's been around since 1877, yet their Weizenbock only
made it to American shores in 2009. Thailand is
usually twenty years behind the US for many trends.
With the internet and increased globalization, I guess that
gap is shrinking. The beer showed up in Thailand this
Ayinger is well regarded as a maker of wheat beers. It was no big leap for them to make an extra strong version with darker malts.
And they succeed better than I would have envisioned.
What you get is a fuller richer wheat beer taste without a
strong alochol taste -- exactly what I treasure in a cold
If you're not on a paleo diet
and anti-grains, get both your barley, your wheat, and your
alcohol fix all in one tasty bottle for a price that won't
thin out your wallet.