Ever since I tried Sam Adams' Oktoberfest, I've been wanting to try a different brewer's to see what they have in common and how they differ. I'm excited to try today's beer, since Ayinger is brewery well-known for its lagers (especially its doppelbock). It comes in a 500mL brown bottle with an unknown alcohol content. Some days, I hate US beer labelling laws. :(
When opened, I was greeted with a nose full of sweet malt. It reminded me more of Fort Garry's eisbock than Sam Adams' Oktoberfest. It poured a dark amber colour, with just a slight cloudiness. There was a thin white head that disappeared quickly. Lots of microscopic bubbles. The aroma was fairly unchanged from when I opened the bottle.
The first sip was delicous. The beer was incredibly malty, and slightly sweet. It tasted almost like toffee, and a hint of honey. There was almost no hops to it. The feel in the mouth was incredibly soft despite the carbonation. If I ever manage to find this beer again, I would buy it in a heartbeat.