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Ayinger Brauerei Inselkammer

Official Web Page 
Brauerei Aying Franz Inselkammer, 1 Zornedinger Strasse, 8011 Aying, Germany
Tel: (08095) 8815

Opened: 1878
Date Visited:

Beers Reviewed

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock Type: Doppelbock ABV: 6.0%
Pours to a deep black color with the vaguest tints of reddish brown. Light signs of carbonation are barely detectable, while an impressive light brown foam forms. Head retention is pretty weak. The aroma is slightly oily, with a deep malt fruitiness suggesting prunes, raisins and sultanas, with burnt caramel and a strong alcohol presence.

The medium to full bodied palate , is smooth, dense and thick leaving a little chewiness, while there are very light signs of carbonation. The palate is richly flavorful and complex, starting out with a predominant malt of caramel and a wonderful dark fruitiness pretty much as I described in the aroma and some almond nuttiness. This is countered turning to a very well balanced burnt toasty dryness mid palate and a noticeable hop bitterness towards the end. The long lingering, dry aftertaste shows a stronger hop character as well as a significant alcohol warmth, while the sweeter fruitiness slowly returns. The longer you sip this beer the sweeter it seems to get, although not overly so as one reviewer I highly respect suggested. I also get something of a winey character as the beer warms.

This is a great full flavored and hearty brew, perfect for a late winter night. A must try.

Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 10/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 17/20 Score: 4.4


Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen  Type: Märzen ABV: 5.8%
Reddish coppery hue with light haze and carbonation. Pour is initially lively resulting in a dense rocky and enduring foam. Nose is toasted malt with a slight cookie aroma, mild grain and pepper. A spritzy mouthfeel is light to medium bodied making for a refreshing drink. Tasting shows more of the biscuity toasted malt, a grainy middle, rounding out with a little sourness and brief hints of dryness. I also picked up a few light metallic notes, and should add that the beer seems to find increased depths of fruitiness with food.

Probably my favorite Oktoberfest brew this year.

Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 5/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 16/20 Score: 4.1


Last Updated: 12/21/2001

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