shrubber85 (7982) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sour barley malt aroma. Medium amber with large tan head. Light molasses and barley malt flavor with moderate hops finish. A much bigger flavor than most beers of this style. Excellent.
crossovert (7977) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 Ayinger is one of the few Germans that you can’t get in the 12 oz variety of bottle. The cap is gimmicky and one of the coolest ones I have come across. No sign of freshness date, but I am pretty sure it is fresh.
Pours the lighter Oktoberfest style, the festival lager style, with a mix of amber and gold body. Nice 4 finger white head.
The malts smell juicy and roasted. The hops are earthy with a hint of spice, a nice scent to this one.
The mouthfeel is pretty full, a lot of sweetness, mostly malt, one of the heartier tasting Oktoberbests. The hop bitterness sneaks in slighlty at the end but it is well-balanced.
Overall a solid Oktoberfest beer, would like to have it by the 12 oz bottle though rather than the larger bottle. It is a well balanced entry into the field and may be what you want to try first if your pondering on which one to choose.
Had it again and I thought it was much hoppier and better, score bumped up.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear, light orange body and a large, creamy off-white head. Aroma of wet cereal, sweet, caramel malty, bread, clover honey and buttered toast. Taste is sweet and toasty with bread and caramel notes. Really taste actually. Medium to lively carbonation. Medium to light bodied. Crisp finish. Quite nice!
rosenbergh (7428) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2011 Draught at One Pint Pub, Helsinki, Finland.
Clear copper colour with small creamy off-white head.
Malt, sweet sugar and floral hops in aroma.
Grainy malt, dry hops, alcohol and floral hops in flavour.
Draught at Amsterdam, Helsinki, Finland.
Clear amber colour with tiny white head.
Malt, sweet sugar and mild floral hops in aroma.
Malt, wood, mild bitterness and grassy hops in dry flavour.
mcberko (7247) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL bottle, pours golden amber with a white head. Aroma of grains, sweet malt and some floral hops. Flavour is pretty much the same - solid.
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. ’tis the season! Poured a clear, brilliant lighter orange with a nice cap of rocky white head. The aroma had a soft floral dusting over a a toasty caramel base.. some dry leafy accents and faint peppery notes round it out. The flavor stayed the course with a sweet, toasty caramel core with floral notes, light fruit, and dried leaves providing a mild and complimentary bitterness. Light-medium bodied and really fills out over the middle.. sweet toasty finish was very nice. This was a very well-crafted beer!
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear bronze golden with a large white head. Bottle actually foamed over when I opened it. Good sweet malty aroma with a touch of smoke. Nice full body delivers a good malty sweetness throughout and some graininess. Finishes crisp, lightly bitter and dry. A very nice Oktoberfest.
DuffMan (7037) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is interesting to note the disparity of flavours and aromas found in this beer, depending on the year it was rated. I found it to be a solid rep of the style, but with nothing flashy or special going on. Straightforward buttery caramel malt with a low floral hop profile in the finish that almost becomes unnoticable after the first few sips.
deyholla (7023) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 On tap at Flying Saucer Houston. Pours a clear golden orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has some sweet grains and bread with a bit of caramel and raisin. Flavor starts with sweet grains and is joined a bit by caramel and raisin. Easy drinking.
DrSilverworm (7001) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Clear orange color. Thin off-white head. Continuously ascending bubbles int he body. Some loose lace. Stronger carbonation, at first. Nice toasty caramel malt aroma. Smooth, some spice. Some fruitiness. Light sweet, light bitter taste. One of the more enjoyable German festbiers I’ve tried. Love the 16.9oz size, great to enjoy with a sandwich.