Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Brewed By:
Brauerei Aying


Märzen / Oktoberfest

5.8% ABV

Well when I got home form work today and found out what Kathy was cooking for dinner I knew what beer I was going to have. Kathy was cooking Pork Tenderloin Cuts covered with apples, pineapple and brown sugar. Served with brown buttered egg noodles and pees, well we can almost for get about the pees. It just screamed Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen; what your food doesn’t cry out for a good beer. The problem was how to review it at the dinner table. There is not really enough room for a laptop on the table. So I resorted to a few index cards and a pencil.

So here goes my first food pairing and review.

The Review:
Pours a light copper with almost orange hues and a nice off white head.

Sweat German caramel malts on the nose. There is also an almost fruity aspect, not citrus but almost grape-like or apple. There is very little to no hop aromas; well that’s what may be contributing to some of the fruity aromas, a flowering hop presence.

Light malt flavors then a nice clean carbonation over the tongue followed by a very pleasant almost sweet light hop dry finish. Wow what a clean refreshing and tasty beer. There is a fruity almost apple taste to this beer. This seems unusual to me for a lager to have these sweet fruity notes.

This was an exquisite pairing. The sweet fruit and brown sugar on the meal blended nicely with similar flavors in the beer. But the beer had just enough carbonation and dry finish to almost cleanse your entire palate for the next bite of food. They complement each other so much you can’t help but going back and forth, almost every bit of food followed a sip of beer or every sip of beer followed a bite of food. This was better then the Oatmeal Stout for breakfast.

OK Dinner is over and I’m back on a computer with my half empty glass of beer. As you can probably tell by now these reviews are not rushed. I may take a half hour or more just on one glass to capture the whole character development of the brew or the lack there of.

I was expecting a little more character from this beer but maybe that’s because I’ve been drinking the American Craft Beer versions of this style. Don’t get me wrong, this is an excellent beer and I am enjoying it immensely.

Wow as this beer warms up and opens up a little it just gets better. The high carbonation has diminished which leaves you with more of those smooth sweet caramel malts; very nice beer.

With all this babbling the beer is now at 70 Degrees and I can’t explain how good it still is. I don’t think any of the American Oktoberfest beers held up like this; just outstanding. I only have one of these and I hate to see it finally gone.

I just had this beer at a German Beer Tasting and thought it was pretty good. But when you can drink, no, not just drink but completely enjoy, a beer at 70 degrees it’s not just good it’s phenomenal.
Outstanding A+ for Ayinger Oktoberfest.

Now I’m going to have tasting/reviewing dilemma. I know there are American Oktoberfest beers that actually have more flavor then this, like the Dogtoberfest Marzen from Flying Dog. But I can’t imagine any of them tasting this good, now at 73 degrees. Maxwell House has nothing on this one; “Good To The Last Warm Drop”!

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