Ayinger Kirta-Halbe | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Kirta-HalbeAyinger Kirta-Halbe
44 Ratings
Ayinger Kirta-HalbeAyinger Kirta-Halbe

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Bierman9 on 10-12-2002

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- similar to their Oktoberfest, hazy copper with golden highlights and a dense foamy off white head with spotty lacing.

S- deeply toasted and sweet smelling with a touch of malt sourness. Some floral, grassy and almost lemony hops are there as well.

T- fresh, toasty, grainy and nicely bitter. Tastes like rustic whole grain bread crust. Alongside the malt, the hops have an earthy quality that I really like. A sort of berry fruitiness rides in the background along with some downplayed sweetness, but this brew is all savory and toast. Earthy quality also from the yeasty unfilterediness. Not sweet like their Oktoberfest (which is my all time favorite). This one sure gives it a run for it's money though. Finishes robust, hearty, grainy, beautifully hoppy, and lingering.

MF- somewhere around full bodied with zesty carbonation that may lighten it a bit. This beer is brawny. It's sticky on the lips and dry on the cheeks. Powdery from the yeast. It doesn't care about what you or I think. But I do think.. That I'm in love.

D- ayinger's design work is the cat's freakin meow in my opinion. From the detailed Oktoberfest bottle caps to this lovely half-liter glass printed with a goose holding a mug of beer standing by a road that leads to the city.. It really seals the deal for me. No doubt my favorite German brewery, this one only brings them closer to my heart.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a custom-designed tall & narrow .5 liter Ayinger glass at the Winking Lizard in Columbus for $8.35. At $7.00 / pint, it's a tad pricey, but this delicious beer paired with the cool glass is a bargain!

A - Light brown one-finger head of loose foam sits on a cylinder of slightly opaque rich apricot deep orange. Very inviting way to present this beer.

S - Caramelized sugar and bready toasted malts mixed with subtle but present ripe orchard fruit. Nose is pretty subdued and requires coaxing out of the glass.

T - A very well-mixed version of the nose, I might have mistaken this beer for a Dunkel in a blind tasting, although the sugars aren't at all cloying and there's more fruit present. The malts are perfectly lightly toasted and provide a solid platform. Just enough hops in the finish keep it clean and let the taste linger on the tongue.

M - Slight-to-moderate carbonation. Smooth! Firm body for the style, especially compared to the lighter Marzens like Hofbrau. Great, well-integrated structure enhanced by its being an unfiltered lager. Given the forwardness of the caramels and fruits, the finish is surprisingly clean and rather dry.

O - This might be the best Marzen I've tasted. Leaving it unfiltered gives it substance and smoothness that only enhances the well-integrated flavors. Two .5 liters disappeared easily and leisurely and had I the time and a driver, it could have just as easily been four or five. The custom glass design with a goose holding a beer (and the high-quality material used to put the graphic on the glass) makes a great addition to the collection. To be sure, this Marzen probably wouldn't pair with a typical meal of pork and kraut as well as others because it's not as crisp as, say, the GL. But on its own, or with something like a warm pretzel and mustard, this beer is fantastic. It's a must-taste.

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard in Columbus, with a Kirta-Halbe glass to take home thrown into the $8.25 price, not bad.

The beer is less hazy than expected, as I was told this is an unfiltered marzen. Amber-copper color with a thin white foam. The aroma is VERY nice, clean and malty with some caramel and apples (perfect for fall). A little worty (like an altbier) but the fruit adds to that.

It tastes excellent too, initially sweet and grainy, long fruit flavors in the aftertaste (apples, maybe grapes), really unexpectedly flavorful for the style. Or the ABV for that matter, this is nice.
Medium-low carbonation, it goes down like water. Definitely recommended!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deckard's American Tavern (Atlanta, GA), served in .5L mug ($6.50):

I have to say, first off, that this is one of the best marzens that I have tried to date, perhaps only second to The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery's Mecktoberfest.

The beer appeared a really nice, cloudy, dark red-ish color with a very nice white head that settled into a small thin cap, but with a little work, the head could be easily reproduced.

The beer gave of a nice, rich malty/bready aroma, consistent with the style, but better than most that I have tried, with a slight hint of sweetness.

The taste is really good and it is a very nicely balanced beer, with the edge obviously to the malt side. The taste was perfectly toasted malted barley, which provided a very nice bready, slightly sweet taste. The beer had just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet.

The beer had a medium body and had very good carbonation. The beer was extremely smooth and extremely easy to drink with a nice dry, clean finish.

Overall, if I could keep this beer on tap at my house for the month of October, I would be a very happy man. Excellent beer all the way around. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a .5 Liter Cylindrical glass at the Winking Lizard for the Glass of the Month

A- Poured a deep brown color with a one and a half finger kinda fluffy head that left some good lace.

S- Pretty aromatic, lots of nutty, biscuit and caramel notes

T- Nice nutty and biscuit presence, perfect amount of noble hop presence, caramel, some fruity esthers. A nice balance of flavors

M- Very smooth, nice fuller bodied Oktoberfest beer, with some really nice tongue tickling carbonation

O- One of the best Marzens I have ever had. A balanced flavor profile and amazing drinkability make this beer a must try for anyone for this time of year.

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Photo of Hanyuu
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OKCNittany
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of DucksFan16
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours very hazy chestnut brown color with a tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of smooth, deep caramel malts with good amounts of toffee and light amounts of light molasses. Also present are mild amounts of breadiness with even milder amounts of nuttiness and bready aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Smooth and deep caramel malt flavors up front are joined quickly by hints of nuttiness and butterscotch. Mild amounts of breadiness and leafy hops come into play midway through the sip, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a very good beer for the style, and it’s one I hope to revisit once the weather is a little more fitting.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- Hops make a pretty good appearance compared to other Marzens. Floral, grassy and a bit of citrus come through. A good amount of malts, bready and caramel too.

T- I really liked this one. Tastes of toast, bready, sweet and a nice amount of hops. A very solid twist on the style.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. Felt right where it should be.

O- I really enjoyed this one. I hope this one pops up more often.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying "Ayinger Kirtabier"
3,40€/,5l vom fass @ Ayinger Bräustüberl, Aying, DE

Notes: Stammwürze: 13.8˚ and 5.8% ABV. Produced for the "Kirchweih" festival. Just slightly hazy deep amber/almost orange-brown body beneath a full head of fluffy white. Excellent head retention and lacing. The aroma suggests grainy, gently toasty, nutty, and lightly caramelish malt with some apple-like fruitiness and lightly herbal and spicy hops backing it up. The flavor follows with bready, grainy, toasty and lightly caramelish and nutty malt that's balanced by a median bitterness and some more pronounced spicy hops. Some herbal hops linger as well in the finish. It's medium bodied with a soft, seemingly natural carbonation that leaves it delicately bristling upfront and then smooth across the palate. Perhaps it's the beautifully crisp but sunny fall day in the biergarten with the chestnuts falling all around me (I haven't been hit yet!) that makes me think this is one of the best beers I've had on my current trip to Germany, and perhaps not. It's certainly flavorful though, and interesting, while still remaining medium-bodied and highly drinkable. If I didn't have to get back on the road to München I'd certainly stay and have another.

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Photo of Nowlansavage11
4.16/5  rDev +4%

Photo of DOCRW
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber cloudy with a little carbonation, and 4 fingers of creamy head.

Apples, blossoms and phenols, banana and coriander.

Caramel, floral fragrance, malt, little bitterness. A hint of apples.

Thick but light body, little carbonation.

Found in Chiang Mai, drank in Mae Jo May 18th, 2016 with Thai fried rice. Very well rounded and seducing for the style.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spider889
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard last month. Review from 9/04. Served in an awesome keepsake lager glass depicting a Goose or Duck holding a beer. Damn right he is...

Nice thick meringue-like head, a deliciously frothy white color. This then settles to a small cap which is replenished consistently by the visibly vigorous carbonation. The lager is a nice clean golden amber color.

Smells rich and bready with toasty light grains and warm earthy undertones to it.

Quite clean and crisp with strong carbonation. The beer is malty and sweet, but very light. Caramel and toffee comes out, though a bready base is always there. There are also some slight banana esters from the yeast.

Overall a very likable lager, even though this normally isn't a style I get excited about. Hell, I downright dislike most Marzens. This one is good. As good as a Duck - holding a beer? Damn right he is...

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Photo of South2NW
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerBayer
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This really is a fantastic old style Maerzen. Cloudy copper colour in appearance. Brewed for Kirta or the traditional thanksgiving festival in Bayern.

The smell is grainy with some hop bitterness prevalent. The taste is fantastic - a good balance of armatic hops sweet Munich malt and graininess.

This really goes down a treat and you canNOT taste that it is 5.8%

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Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poskok
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of herrburgess
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JTuomi
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Ayinger Kirta-Halbe from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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