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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Added by Bierman9 on 10-12-2002

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 23
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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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Rhettroactive
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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 BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 BranfordBound
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JTuomi
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poskok
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of herrburgess
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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