Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Nice frothy white head that has good retention sits atop a clear, low carbonic orange liquid. Swirling the beer leaves little tiny spots of foam on the side of the snifter, though doesn't rouse the head much. As the head thins out, there is a lovely pattern of foam that makes one think of a wet sandy beach, lines of where waves once were as the ocean sucks the water back into itself.
S - A clean malty aroma with bit of buiscuityness (medium) to it hits the nose and entices up an image of microscopic peppercorns (phenols).
T/M/D - Medium body, with tingle from carbons washes over the mouth, leaving a caramel (something they say isn't desirable, but it seems very slight and enjoyable!) aftertaste that is pleasing to the senses. Toasty malt helps deepen the complexity of the beer and the tongue does feel the bitterness of the hops, which helps balance this beer out. The finish is quite dry and leaves you with a desire for more. At only 5.6% ABV, this is no session beer, yet enjoyable and one could easily have two full liters of this beer and survive the night.
C - When compared to Spaten's Oktoberfest, this beer makes that one seem light and lacking in complexity. Though I can't say I've had better representations of the style, I'd give it a solid B and look forward to having it at a Fest some day :)
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2009 01:32:47 | More by melagnus
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