Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Ayinger Privatbrauerei Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen (5.8% alcohol by volume) is one of the definitive beers of the Oktoberfest Märzen style. This is just a beer but it has an amiable elegance. It opens with a big, fresh bread crust grainy nose with a hint of toast. It pours copper tinted gold under a 1.5” creamy snow white foam cap. Based on the color your palate expects a lighter beer but it presents rich malty tastes which dry out as the beer traverses your mouth. This is a lot richer than many of the American interpretations of Oktoberest beer. The malts are complex and layered and a reason to buy this beer. Initially I can almost taste the individual malts: Vienna, a handful of Munich and then some Pils - and then they come together. You will notice a faint hint of biscuit, some sweeter malt flavors, bread crumb, very slight toast, that move from sweet to dry as you drink. This does not have the malty spiciness that some of the other beers in this style have. The hops provide some balance but they are not big – the Malt rules. It has a medium body supported by a fine soft low medium carbonation and a creamy smooth texture that combined with the flavors makes it a joy to drink. Nancy loves it and finds it very drinkable. With its clean tastes it can go with just about any food that would go with bread, although it doesn’t need food. I rate Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen 95.
Go to Märzen Page 1 for a brief discussion of the style, links to reviews of similar beers, food pairings and glassware recommendations.
Go to Märzen Page 2 for links to reviews of similar beers.