Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Reviews by kkipple:
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
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
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