Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen Authentic Bavarian Festival Lager (2011)
Autumn Seasonal - Brewed in March for Sept/Oct. (Limited Release)
Brewed by Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying in Aying, Germany.
16.9 fl. oz / $3.69 USD / 5.8% ABV
Stats: Multiple Award Winner (Gold Medal Winner at the World Beer Championships 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006). "Soft dryness from long maturation. Serving Suggestion: Tellerfleisch (boiled beef), pretzels and radishes, goulash with dumplings, clam chowder, bock-wurst, weiner schnitzel, roasted chicken, pork, and sauerkraut. Traditionally served in tall earthenware or glass mugs."
Appearance: Poured a light amber-orange with an off-white head that faded pretty fast. The bubbles are of varying size and there's low to moderate carbonation.
Aroma: Fruity tones, low level apple and tangerine... maybe some pitted, dried and sugared apricots. Malty too. Smells pretty much like a German Lager though.
Mouth-Feel: Medium and a tad lingering. Fizzy.
Finish and Thoughts: Crisp. Bitter. Not a heavy beer, but it's got a slight kick that dies down once swallowed. Though I haven't tried too many German beers, this would be the best of them so far. I never did really develop a taste for German brews (Löwenbräu was the only one I ever liked out of the few that I drank years ago), which is why I ended up passing them up for the most part. This beer though, had a very nice balance and tasted good enough to be a session lager or even to drink with dinner. I'm impressed.