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

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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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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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 Rhettroactive
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 pathman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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 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 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 OWSLEY069
3.72/5  rDev -7%
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 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 Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -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 jophish17
4/5  rDev 0%

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

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

Photo of Dentist666
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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 South2NW
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKCNittany
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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Ayinger Kirta-Halbe from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 46 ratings
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