Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Better late than never, eh? The real Oktoberfest in Germany wrapped up about a month ago, and why it took me so long to review one of the beers from there I can't explain. I've heard quite a few people rave about Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen lately so I thought if I'm going to review an Oktoberfest beer late, it might as well be this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (644) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2011
I poured a 500ml bottle into an Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Attractive shade of orange/copper. Virtually no carbonation visible. Forms a large, white, sudsy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Very generic lager aroma with light indication of sourness (nothing in the realm of Heineken, just a little off). Slightly sweet, a faint floral note but not very pungent overall.

Taste: It’s not just big deal beers that have hype or a reputation to live up to, sometimes something fairly innocuous can precede itself as in the case of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen. I’ve heard this is the best Oktoberfest beer from Germany so I definitely wanted to try it. But after the first swig, I failed to see what was so impressive about it.

The initial taste is a light confectionary sweetness right away. Toffee and lollipop flavors hit and leave a lingering sweet aftertaste on the tip of the tongue and lips. It then gives way to a very generic, but inoffensive, amber lager palate. There’s sharp bitterness through the middle, accompanied by dry biscuity malt flavors. The finish is very mild leaving an almost completely clean aftertaste. Nothing about the palate here particularly impresses me, but nothing turns me off, either. It’s better than most German lagers I can recall, but wasn’t the syrup bomb I was expecting it to be.

Mouthfeel: Thin, tepid, wet, cold, clean.

Drinkability: Mild palates and thin, clean mouthfeels almost always make for highly drinkable beers and Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen is no exception. The thin, tepid texture makes it go down very smooth and the body feels much lighter than its 5.8% ABV would seem to indicate. An ideal beer for a feast or any kind of session scenario.

Grade: 7/10

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