kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unfiltered straight from an oak cask at an Ayinger pub in Munich (near to the hofbrauhaus) This was the best Oktoberfest beer of our trip which is ironic because Ayinger is not a Munich brewery and therefore is not present at the Oktoberfest. I loved this beer it had a huge mouth feel and really tasted and felt like a real Marzen.
BREWMUSKCLES (2205) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
wonderful aroma of the farm during harvest. so well balanced with slick caramel sweetness and (thanx austone) buttery taste and mouthfeel. malty and full of grains with slight fruitiness just barely present and a perfect moderate alcohol content that is soft and not at all weak. just right for the season and one of my perfect pints.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really the standard by which I compare O’fests. Deep, deep gold color with orange highlights and a white head. Noble hop aroma with plenty of malt and just a slight sulfury note. Flavor is intense malt but with a clean finish and noble hop character. Beautiful balance of rich maltiness without being cloying and without the caramel flavors that so many US brewers insist on putting in their beers. What a great beer.
Dacrza (494) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Situation: PSU heading toward a 3-0 start--time to prematurely celebrate...
Glassware: Schneider Edel Weisse....
Appearance: clear, dark copper body with subtle, steady effervescence; white head flattens quickly, which is surprising...
Aroma: fragrant malts mean business--but the balance of hops forms a welcoming pro-drinking atmosphere with toffee and caramel...
Palate: medium-bodied, throaty lager that engages the mouth completely; pleasantly substantial...
Taste: sweet but reserved, malty but with enough bite to have a hops reminder; a bit more complex than other fests I’ve had...
Overall: a classic revisited--sweet, pleasant pairing with the Saturday afternoon...satisfyingly balanced...
Pecan (49) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear copper with a decent cream head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of malt and yeast with a bit of hops, caramel, and toffee. Taste similar to smell, but with a greater degree of progression. Begins malty and yeasty. Transitions to a sweeter caramel enhanced malty flavor. Finishes with a combination of sweet caramel and hops. Light-medium body with average carbonation. Overall, excellent beer.
mchodge13 (21) - Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Best Oktoberfest I’ve had to date. Velvety, amber appearance. Perfect balance of malts and hops. Medium bodied and silky smooth. I served it with a bacon mac-n-cheese at a pairing event.
crossovert (7020) - 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.
Kartoffeln (40) - Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love this beer. It strikes the perfect balance between the drinkable but flat oktoberfests served on the wiesen, and the overly carmelly and sweet export oktoberfests that most breweries brew. It has a subdued yet complex malt sweetness but finishes light and clean. Not cloying. This is the archetype.
Underdogs88 (67) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich malty aroma full of biscuit. No hops in the aroma. Amber, clear appearance. White head with good retention. The flavor is malt forward with nice bready graininess. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a semidry finish. Overall an excellent example of the marzen style.
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mikedR (1104) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh, is this splendid. Let’s start with the scent. Beautiful burnt malts. It follows through in flavor. This is a malt-heavy beer, and it is stunning. Just stunning.