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

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Ayinger Kirta-HalbeAyinger Kirta-Halbe

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 43
Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
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 +13.5%
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 TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +10%
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 +9.8%
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 +9%
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 glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +5.3%
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 patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Spider889
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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 DerBayer
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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 sixerofelixir
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at the Winking Lizard. This was their glass of the month special.

Pours a cloudy amber-orange. A decent off-white head. Smell is sweet and bready - typical, good marzen. Taste is unique for the style, beefier with an almost sour finish due to the unfermentedness. Feel therefore is not as round and smooth - only drawback, imo. Overall, this is a decent, unique variation on the style that I would definitely sample again.

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Photo of jmeyers78
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard in .5L Ayinger glass.

A - Hazy light amber with a thin off white head

S - typical marzen-type aroma...sweet, Malty

T - bready and a bit on the sweet side. Finishes dry which made this beer go down very easily for me. Has a slight savory flavor also....herbs possibly?

M - a little on the thin side.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. I not a huge fan of this style but the dryness of it really cut down on the sweetness and made it very drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap handle at Laschet's Inn read "Bavarian Specialty - Limited Release" and was described as a "Kirta Bier" or unfiltered Märzen.

Served in a half liter Ayinger glass it pours a rusty copper orange, slightly hazy. Thin ring of foam, puffy white head, not much lacing really.

Aromas of baked apples, light malty sweetness, somewhat lagery but clean.

Flavors of caramelized sugars, caramel apple, toasted malt, marshmallow. Mellow feel, flavorful, finishes dry and not especially sweet. Light herbal aftertaste. Crisp and very clean, quaffable to be sure. Three half liters later... oof, what happened?

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Kirta-Halbe

Pours a deep brownish copper color. Small head forms and recedes to a fine film around the pint. Aroma of toasty, bready malts. In the taste, toasted grain, caramel, toffee and tea like hops providing the balance. A nice depth of flavor for an oktoberfest, while remaining light the whole time. Munich malts and noble hops play off each other nicely here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly smooth and refreshing. Overall, this is a very drinkable, authentic and somewhat rare offering from Ayinger. A good brew and would pair excellent with a wide range of German cuisine.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.75 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at my corner of the bar a hazed, amber-hued body with a slimming, bone white head.

Smell: Modestly sweet-scented toffee flecked toasted grains with an element of dark fruit as well as ripe orchard fruit.

Taste: Lightly grainy, lightly toasted sliced bread given a touch of sweet toffee candy. Fruitiness of golden raisins with more than a hint of apple peel. Small measure of yeastiness. Slightly steely, herbal hops with a subtle, balancing bitterness. Drying, malty finish with a continued accent of mild dried herbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Packs more punch than their Oktober Fest-Märzen, so, yeah, can't we just dump that brew in favor of this one? No rush, simply a suggestion. It's just something to think about, really.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy honey/amber/orange with thick golden head, good retention. Smell - toasted malts, caramel, dried apricots, dried apples,
Taste - toasted malts, slightly fruity, light touch of hops.
Medium body and medium to soft carbonation.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, earthy and bready. In the taste, a small dry breadiness and a bit watery. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry bread like aftertaste. A great nose, but a bit watery, not too shabby.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aying brews this in the Fall, for a local religious Fest. They say it lies between a Marzen and a Dunkel Export... I found it to have a pretty deep copper color, with a big, frothy, off-white head, which lasts quite long and leaves nice lace. Body is medium, but it's a tad rough over the tongue. Nose has decent malt qualities, with some suggestions of caramel and toffee. Some malt and caramel come through at the start, though it finishes somewhat bitter, and in a dry fashion. Reminds me a little even of an Altbier, though it's not intended as one at all... Not bad. Prosit!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of seanyfo
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle poured into Spaten seidel

BBE May 2012

A- 3 finger rocky white head sitting atop a cloudy unfiltered burnt orange body. Lacing and head retention average to poor.

S- Toasted and toffee malts dominating, hint of peppery hop

T- Lots of malt upfront, changing from toasted to biscuity/toffee. This fades out to a semi dry kellerbier like finish with a hint of peppery hop lingering.

M- Medium carbonation, a bit thin/watery on the tongue.

D- A nice dose of malty goodness with the refreshing drier finish typical more of a kellerbier. Overall it was just too thin on the tongue and faded too fast. A great combination of flavours just lacking the mouthfeel backbone/finish.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brauhaus schmitz in philly

Clear copper red, off white foam cap quickly subsides, few lacings

Toasted malts , caramel

Bit of caramel taste

Thin , light

Nice beer

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Photo of Ungespundet
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the art work on the laber for this Bier! DOnt knwo if it changes yearly or not. Anyways I tend to like what Aying puts out. Nothing that will blow your socks off but solid offerings all the time. This Bier poured up a large pourous head. The color is a nice copper. The aroma was malty and featured a fruity cherry like nose backed by a hint of mild minty hops. The aroma was somewhat dull and not impressive at all. Just is kind of there and a little bit too sublte. The flavor follows the nose. A very well balanced Bier that is very malty with a slight bitterness on the end. All in all pretty down the middle but with that said it is incredibally drinkable!

Zum Wohl!!!

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Photo of adamette
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured on tap at Winking Lizard in Peninsula, Ohio into a clean, clear pint glass for $7 as it is the glass of the month here at Winking Lizard. No more glasses left, damn!

A Medium brown creamy head over a hazy medium copper body. Good lacing on the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 4.0

S Barley malt husks in front. Little sweet malt and little hops smell. Actually in line with the style. 3.0

T Solid lager Oktoberfest taste with the barley in front balanced with minimal bitterness from the hops I would guess. 3.5

M Thin to moderate as I would expect from the style. 3.0

D Excellent as this style is brewed to be (in my opinion but I believe that you will find that it is a correct one). 4.5

Notes: Interesting to find this on tap. Winking Lizard continues to impress!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last beer of my Beer Nutz flight. A 5oz. pour

A - Typical amber brown color with a mild bit of head that clears to nothing (no lace ring)

S - Typical marzen I get some toasted malts, bit of earthy hops, and some bread. Maybe a touch of caramel.

T - A very good drinking version of the style but it could use more carbonation. Sweetness is balanced with a touch of hops and the middle body is a nice bready sweetness with toasted malts. Pretty good.

M - Light to medium

Overall kind of a forgettable beer since everyone and their mother has made a version of this style. True to the recipe but just kind of boring in this flight.

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Ayinger Kirta-Halbe from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.99 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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