Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Reviewed by Brady White on September 8, 2014 in Autumn Guide
- Brewery: Brauerei Aying
- Origin: Aying, Germany
- Rated On: September 8, 2014
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.8%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 500ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with rising effervescence, and three fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice spidery lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.
It smells of bready, biscuity, and crackery malt, a bit of toffee, mild lemon and spiced orange fruitiness, and soft earthy, floral hops. The taste is somewhat edgy, biscuity sourdough malt, fruity orchard pith, a bit of earthy honey, a very subtle, understated warming, and mild floral, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate and even, with a tiny bit of overt frothiness, the body a standard-issue medium weight, mostly smooth, and just a tad creamy. It finishes fairly dry, and clean, making each subsequent swig that much more desirable.
A very balanced, solid, and tasty ceremonial lager, the kind where just less than a single digit of ABV uptick can make all the difference. Ergo, I can totally see the appeal of downing 1 liter steins of this kind of stuff amongst thousands (or perhaps only hundreds, whatever) of like-minded imbibers, especially if they too are choosing this venerable Bavarian brewer.