You may have noticed "Ur" as a prefix that shows up quite a bit in beer names, particularly those hailing from Germany and the Czech Republic. Ur is a German prefix that can mean "first," "prime," or "original," but the term is sometimes loosely applied to mean older or traditional. Clearly, Falkensteiner Ur-Weisse is not the original or first German hefeweizen, but it is brewed to emulate the traditional, older styles of hefeweizens brewed in Bavaria. In appearance, it pours a turbid honey amber with a very white, creamy head. On the nose, expect traditional hefeweizen notes: characteristic clove and mild banana esters. Look for a touch of floral, noble hops with notes of lemon zest and honey. There's also a dilute orange note and hint of grassiness. A feature that really sets this wheat beer apart from others is the extremely lush, velvety smooth feel in the mouth—it's downright creamy in texture—almost like Guinness in terms of mouthfeel, very uncommon for this style of beer. On the palate, expect the traditional banana notes to be subdued, with biscuit and bread character rising to the top of the flavor profile, rounded out by a touch of clove-like spice. Note a citrus-peel fade (think lemon without the intense sourness). Through the finish, things dry out effectively, with a light bitterness leaving you ready for another thirst-quenching sip. Overall, a very easy-drinking beer that delivers suave drinkability and an unexpectedly luscious body. Wonderfully refreshing, this is a thirst quencher from the get go.
Note: many people reflexively add a lemon wedge to their hefeweizens. Please resist the temptation, at least until you've had at least one of these without the fruit and can sample the true flavor—there's plenty of it to stand on its own. Plus, we're pretty sure that when this beer took home the 2006 DLG Tasting Center's Gold Prize, it was served sans lemon.