Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen, 5.8% ABV – 500ml, (Aying, Germany)

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Marzen
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: sweet malts/hops -> caramel -> clean/malty bitter finish
  • Where I got it: ???
  • How much: ~$6,  December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: kinda

Tasting notes: pours light copper orange, smallish head, some subtle streams. Malts on the nose. Drinks with 8/10-sweet malts, hops, caramel, finishing clean and malty bitter. Low-med complexity, medium depth, decent carry, decent drinkability. Decent balance and body.

Oktoberfest Beer – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, Canada)

Oktoberfest Beer – Mill St. Brewery, 5.6% ABV – 355ml, (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Sweet barley/grain -> citrus/metallic/creamy -> hopped light bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12/6pack, Fall 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear golden orange with a small head, thin layer of retention, foamy CO2, lots of active streams. Some sweet malts on the nose. Starts off with a gentle 7/10-sweet barley/grain up front, mild citrus, lightly metallic, nice creaminess, finishing mildly hopped bitter. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability. A bit above average.