Ayinger Bavarian Pils

Review Date 8/24/2021   By John Staradumsky

Ayinger has a new beer! Or, they did in 2017 anyway. And it is, apparently, a beer that is new to the USA, but that they have brewed in Germany before. Of course they have! A German brewery without a pilsner is like a, well, German brewery without a pilsner.

From the page for Ayinger Bavarian Pils on Merchant du Vin’s website (they are the importer):

Introduced to the US for the first time in 2017, and available year-round.

Here’s what Ayinger says on their website:

The Bavarian brewers have been masters in their trade for centuries and therefore also brew excellent pils beers. Indeed it was a Bavarian master brewer that brewed the first beer according to the pilsner method in the town of Pilsen! The glimmering, light-yellow Ayinger Bairisch Pils has the fragrance of aromatic hops from the “Hallertau” region of Bavaria (only these are used in the Ayinger beer specialties!). The beer is highly fermented and therefore smooth on the initial taste sensation, but also mild and sparkling in body. Our pils is accentuated by the floweriness of the hops aroma and has a more pronounced bitterness on swallowing, which quickly fades from the taste buds.

I tried my first bottle of Ayinger Bavarian Pils on February 28th of 2021, and it was love at first sip. Pilsners are underrated in today’s crazy world of a billion different IPAs and weirdo stouts, but I love them, especially delicious classic pilsner like Ayinger Bavarian Pils. The sublime simplicity of biscuity malt and herbal, bitter hops is a thing of beauty to behold.

Ayinger Bavarian Pils has an alcohol content of 5.3% by volume with 32 IBUs. It runs $11.99 a 4-pack at Total Wine (I picked up a single because they were out of 4-packs), which is a bit high for 4 bottles. That is the only drawback I can think of about this lovely brew.

Ayinger Bavarian Pils pours to a hazy golden color with a thick fluffy white head of foam and a crisp biscuity fresh malt nose. Taking a sip, the beer offers up more crisp biscuity malt in the palate. It is laced with grassy herbal bitter hops, and those really come alive in the finish which ends long and dry and leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue for a while after sipping.

Did I say bitter enough? I know Ayinger states the bitterness fades quickly, but I did not find that to be the case. Which is good. I really like bitter. And I really like Ayinger Bavarian Pils. I will certainly be back for more.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned