Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
07 release and seems quite fresh.
Alright folks. Ayinger Oktoberfest is a sexy, beautiful beer. Poured into my half-liter glass it foams up a wonderful 2 inch dense, creamy, off white head that sticks around and leaves little meringue bits of lace stuck to the glass. The beer is a clear red-yellow, and sports tons of active carbonation that sends lots of bubbles to the top. Really very little to dislike here.
The smell is gentle. Bready toasty sweet malts, hint of starchy vegetables (pumpkin?), clean German yeastyness, mild bittering hops and a minor graininess. Possibly a slight metallic note, but I smell it in some bottles and not others. Hm.
Ahh, this is pure liquid copper! Lightly toasted Munich malts give this a bready sweetness that lingers on your tongue, balanced perfectly with bittering citrus hops. (Saaz?) The aftertaste is lingering bitter-caramel bread, and goes down ultra smooth. Basic and delicious.
The mouthfeel is well-nigh perfect, fizzy and active and super-clean. It's alive but not harsh, and the carbonation aids the cool, watery beer in a big way.
I love Ayinger Oktoberfest, and my score reflects that. This is my favorite Oktoberfest to date. It avoids the excessive maltiness that many American brews fall prey to, and is tasty without being filling and rich without being heavy. You could easily drink a few liters of this if it kept coming... Imagine that! Those Germans may be onto something.
This is a classic beer for the style and it is easy to see why. Huge recommendation from me. Get your drinking in now since it ain't available year round.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2007 03:11:23 | More by kkipple
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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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