Dogbrick (12633) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Winking Lizard. This brew pours a clear amber-copper color with a medium foamy white head that dissipates steadily to a film. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel and hops. Medium body with flavors of sweet caramel malt, grain, hops and yeast. The finish is malty and sweet with a light grassy hops aftertaste. Above average overall.
Earlier Rating: 9/7/2003 Total Score: 3.7
On draught at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Columbus, OH. This beer is a hazy bright amber color with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma is a fair amount of malt along with a bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a lot of malt from the get-go. The beer does seem to get a little spicier and hoppier toward the end of the glass. The finish is light and a little hoppy. This is a good seasonal from Ayinger.
thewolf (12377) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle [thanks to MoritzF and Papsoe]. Pours a muddy orange with a quite small off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is a little weak, based on sweet malts - almost like dough. Flavour is equally mild, though well-balanced. A general malty sweetness is mixed with a good dose of caramel with a fairly hoppy end. Not much Festbier in style, but interesting.
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours a thin white head and gold color. Aroma is light/medium malt-honey, faint spice hops. Taste is light/medium malt-honey, secondary earthy/spice-hops, some bite/copper. Hops is the after taste.
crossovert (12274) - Chicago, 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.
Rune (12071) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Many thanks to Finn for yet another beer gift. The 500ml bottle, as Ayinger Kirtabier, pours a close to clear copper coloured body. Spotty lacing from a decent off-white head that stays well. Modest aroma of dried fruits and earthy malts. Leafy hops with almond, semi-sweet malts and dried fruits in the flavour character promoting a taste of bittersweet marmalade. Lingering and smooth mid-dry, bitter end. Medium bodied. Fits the season. And, as always, a pleasure to drink an Ayinger beer (Tromsø, 18.10.2012).
kevnic2008 (11857) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice amber appearance with a malty and sweet taste that finishes clean and smooth. Easy to drink and a decent beer.
Sammy (11856) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at Pizza Plant. No head just microscopic white ring, orange body. Fruity and satisfying malt mix with caramel, and not too sweet,toasted nutty understated in background.higher than desired carbonation.Medium bodied.
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"well balanced between the different malts, and a very light hop profile, only descernable in the finish. an ok style, this one stands out a little. definitely recommended if you like the style."
rosenbergh (11400) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle as Ayinger Kirtabier. L2233. BB 05/13. (Alko) Kuopio, Finland.
Hazy red brown colour with big fluffy off-white head.
Malty aroma with some sweet, yeast and earth notes.
Flavour is mild hoppy bitterness, some sweetness, earthy malt and touch of alcohol. Quite warming. Not bad.
Earlier Rating: 9/15/2010 Total Score: 3.2
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.
shrubber85 (11223) - 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.