Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen

It’s been a long time since I’ve written for this blog. I hope to write an explanation for this absence, but basically it’s a combination of a serious reason and that I forgot my password.20150905_210741

Today, my wife and I were in Trader Joe’s on the other side of town killing time until we had an appointment. I was looking at the beers when I found this brew. Its cap was a simple, yet elegant picture more akin to a work of art than a beer cap. It got me thinking of my old blog.

I haven’t stopped drinking beer since my last post. No, far from it. And, the cap collection is still growing, albeit slowly. I think my card table is many years in the future yet. However, none of those beers or caps were able to inspire a return to writing. A few have made me think of it, but changing your password is a lot of work.

Ayinger has on offer an authentic Bavarian festival lager for me. This is a German import brewed and bottled in Aying, Germany. It is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516, which basically means the beer can only be brewed using the ingredients of water, barley, and hops.

As soon as I took the cap off this beer, the head began to rise out of the bottle. No, I hadn’t shaken it up. It had been resting in my refrigerator for several calm hours. Not surprisingly, this beer poured with a lot of head as well. No matter how carefully I poured, the head continued to rise. Eventually, I was able to fill my glass.

And I’m very glad I chose to fill my glass with this beer. I’m quite a fan. It’s a clean beer with a mild sharpness on the back of the tongue. It’s full-bodied, but not overwhelmingly so. It has a very pleasant flavor indeed.

This is a beer I’d be happy to have all the time. I could see drinking this with meals or when I just wanted to relax. Unfortunately, this is a seasonal beer, so I’ll have to enjoy it for the limited time it’s available only.

I’m pleased to give this beer 5/5 caps.

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