Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Reviews by BuckSpin:
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 500ml bottle in a thumbprint Seidel
BAside: perhaps one of the nicest bottlecaps I've seen, a full color image
Poured silent, smooth & clean. Light nose, full of breaded goodness, heavy on crusts. Mild hop bitterness, slightly citric with a sharp, angular quality. Malts have a light butterscotch quality, soft, creamy. The bread & candy qualities grow with some bloom.
An irregular surface of small & large bubbles highlights the finger's worth of semi-tight, pale ivory foam. It settled rather quickly to an 1/8" blanket with slight edge lacing. Polished copper, all radiant & bright, best describes the body. A little hazy, it still has a luminescence to it.
Nicely semi-dry, smooth, very even and nicely balanced with a faint, subtly spiced , orange hop quality riding that initial crunch on the tongue. The dry mouthfeel really brings out the bread qualities - I can almost taste the sharp crust of an artisan loaf thru that sensation. Very easy to drink, its semi-sweet at best before downshifting into a bittersweet palate. It finishes crisp, dry, nicely carbonated, traces of caramel & orange pith and finally growing more tannic & leathery on the throat, leaving a nice, chewy aftertaste that is bittersweet.
A nice, easy to drink Marzen. It was more about mouthfeel than taste, especially the dry quality. I do enjoy beers like that but wish it had some more oomph & depth. It would be nice to enjoy this with simple fare, especially German food and/or either a nice dry cheddar as a compliment or a creamy, smooth Bleu as a contradiction. I'd drink it again (especially with the aforementioned) but would also try other new ones if given the option. Certainly worthy of trying.
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2007 01:03:04 | More by BuckSpin
More User Reviews:
3.28/5 rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
this pops out of the bottle like a 16 year old popping a broad for the first time, golden brown with an amber hue, the head fades quickly, lots of carbonation keeps what little head there is alive, lacing is spotty, the brew is pretty clear, an average looking brew
strong brown honey musty note, herbal hops with some biscuit notes on the end, distant lemon notes enter the fray, mostly you get the malt as the dominate player here, bad
much like the nose this is sweet malt forward, pretty hefty weight wise, the carbonation is prickly (I would actually like a smidge more bite here), the hops have a slight bittering but mostly herbal almost slightly medicinal flavor to them, nothing great, nothing offensive
ok, nothing special, well crafted but decidedly mild
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2014 04:25:56 | More by Ego
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.