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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,041 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,041
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 88
Gots: 144 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Reviews by Bayern1971:
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Bayern1971, Sep 15, 2012
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Photo of fourstringer
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a glass stein. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the bottle, but from 2014.

A: Light amber body with excellent clarity. Towering 3 fingers of off-white, rocky head. Solid retention. Nice lacing. Looks great in the stein.

S: Lightly roasted malt with notes of nuts, bread, caramel. Trace floral, noble-type hops. More fruit as it warms - grape, apple juice.

T: Opens with an airy malt and nuttiness with a somewhat surprising degree of sweetness that surges early and quickly fades. Yields to a nicely balanced hop bitterness and semi-dry, clean finish. Scant grain and trace of hops in the aftertaste. No alcohol presence of significance.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation with medium to light body. Quite drinkable.

O: Quaffable and tasty Marzen. Downed a liter of this lickety-split. Let it warm up a bit and you will appreciate added layers of complexity without any drop in drinkability. This is when this one really shines.

Prost!

fourstringer, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a big froth white head, damn good head retention with a bubbly rocky formation.

Smell: Whiffs of mild alcohol, caramel to the point of it being a melanoidian-like aroma with undertones of bread and cracker graininess. Sweet to the nose.

Taste: Medium to full in body with a superb texture, smoothness and crispness position for dominance. Hard bread like malt flavours that are almost cracker like. Restrained hop bitterness is slapped around by the malt for a little while and seems to never recover but still have the strength to balance. Malt flavour is big, sweetness wraps around the tongue and leaves a big impression of malt. Alcohol is squashed in the middle of the malt character yet still lends a sweet and spicy ghost like ester. Finally some spiciness comes through from the hops and mellows the malt and drops a trail of leafy herbal hop flavour also. Complex dry grain and husk linger.

Notes: Oktoberfest in the raw, seems a little rushed from years before. Flavours are not well blended and out of whack with a need to mellow out some more. Perhaps the yeast strain is getting a little stir crazy also? Enough of the babble, this is a decent brew and might beer hard to get used to. Some may like it some may not.

Jason, Sep 15, 2001
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.3%

500 ml bottle, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold/amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel and bready malt, honey, and light earthy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of apple and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good Oktoberfest brew, I'd buy this again in the future. $3.49 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of hyuga
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 release. Pours a very hazy orange with a big frothy soap bubble head. Aroma of yeast, bread-like and grainy malt, along with a bit of alcohol presence. Bread-like malt dominates the palate, along with a malty sweetness. Hops are along for the ride, but struggle to hang on, showing themselves occasionally. Spicy alcohol and a seperate spicy character are present in the background. Grainy and sweet dry finish. This is a bit aggressive for a märzen. That's part of what makes it good, although I did find the alcohol presence to be a bit too much for the style. Still great to sit down with a half-liter (or better yet, a liter) of.

hyuga, Oct 06, 2002
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Brauerei Aying
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Date Reviewed: September 26th, 2014
1 pint, 0.9 fluid ounce bottle
Glass: Nonic Pint

Eyes: Clear copper body with the slightest tint of amber. Pretty average head, a bit over two-fingers deep. Not a whole lot of lacing. Creamy/bubbly cap on top.

Nose: Sweet and spicy malts. Caramel corn. Mostly malts, however there is a faint note of floral hops.

Mouth: Sweet and toasty malts up front. Very mild hops kick in and bring the perfect amount of spice with them. Moderate-high carbonation. Smooth finish. Goes down nicely.

Overall: This is how it should be done. Textbook example of an Oktoberfest. The balance is nearly spot-on. Give me your biggest mug.

90 (A)

Chiefy770, Sep 27, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

500mL bottle into a mug
no bottling dates

A: Pours a crystal clear copper/amber color with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white head that dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves almost no lacing. 3.75

S: Very malty, lots of caramel malt, toasted, nutty, a bit of sugary sweetness, doughy, faint spiciness. Well done. 4

T: Lots of sweet malts, some spicy hop notes, a bit floral, caramel malt. Good amount of spice, with sweet malts to balance it out. Quite nice. 4

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation on the higher end- a touch too much for my liking, drinkability is good. 3.5

O: Nice example of the style. Blanket statements are dangerous, but in general the American breweries tend to do a pretty poor job of emulating this style, and in the rare occurrence that I will go for an Oktoberfest, it will nearly always been one from one of the traditional German powerhouses. 4

Overall: 3.93

zac16125, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of RBorsato
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold color with a nice tan head and good carbonation throughout leaves good lace. Light bready, grainy and hop aromas. Good balanced flavor: grainy, bready, a bit nutty, and a bit hoppy (for the style). Lighter bodied than most but leans medium and smooth. May seem so due to good carbonation.

[17 oz]

RBorsato, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of Tele
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Pours reddish-gold with a two-inch light tan head.

S: 4.25 Lots of honey up front followed by toasted bread, yeast, banana, grass, esters, and cinnamon.

T: 4 Like the nose, there’s a lot of honey going on. The bready malt and yeast compliment the honey and cinnamon well. Flavors are a bit more and Belgian than I was expecting, but the malt still brings German flavors as well.

M: 4.25 Fairly rich and thick, but still easy drinking. The carbonation is a bit low which works well considering the flavors in this beer.

O: 4.25 This beer has a lot going on for the style. Interesting and satisfying without being too heavy. Great for the transition into winter.

Tele, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Roser
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

A- big foamy ivory white head that lasted a long time and left pretty decent lacing. Clear, amber, honey gold. Most appealing.

S- clean, malty, bready, (slightly) spicy.

T- toasted malts, biscuity, caramel. Very, very pleasant.

M- light, smooth. Excellent balance.

O- very nice. A solid brew. Never used to be a big fan of Marzen/Oktoberfest, but starting to enjoy more and more. Would have again (and again) and definitely recommend.

Cheers!

Roser, Sep 02, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a little orange tint to it with a pretty nice head,the aroma is very doughy and and toasted.The taste is pretty sweet at first with some definent bread-like undertones,there is a dryeness in the finish.I like a good marzen to have more sweetness to it this is a little dry but It is pretty well made and drinkable.

oberon, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light and clear in the body with a beautiful head that went down slowly, leaving lots of volcanic pits and some sporadic lacing.

Smell – Very light and sugary sweet malt aroma.

Taste – The light malty taste contains a bit of caramel and sugar but has a funny, almost hoppy finish that seems out of place. It’s not big though so things aren’t completely ruined. It’s just a little off.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied and sweet. This one tries to be chewy but can’t quite get there.

Drinkability – This went down nicely and would be well at home at a Bayern Oktoberfest celebration.

RoyalT, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of Fear4Beer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

I don't think I can appreciate this style but I thought it was an ok beer. Very bready and it was smooth. I probably won't revisit the oktoberfest style. I love ayinger but this was not nearly the best that they make. It wasn't unpleasant by any means but I didn't have a "Wow!" moment.

Fear4Beer, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Tiernan, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

tbryan5, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

SkiBum22, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of JMD71
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a depp copper, orange color with 2 fingers of head. Head retention very good. Carbonation looks strong & lasting.

Aroma: Very malty aroma that assaults your nose. Slightly fruity, wheaty smell. Hints of wet grass detected.

Taste: Slightly malty flavor. Almost skunky tasting. Malty flavor predominant with little hop profile detected. Clean finish. Do I taste apricot? Good mild flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied & clean on the palette. Crisp & smooth in the mouth with a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This was an average marzen IMHO. I'm not sure if this was the freshest sample. I easily drank the bottle, but just came off as average.

Comments: I likes this & would drink it again, but don't know if I'd go out of my way to find. Again, maybe the bottle I had wasn't the freshest. I'm sure it would be much better when freshly brewed...

JMD71, Jun 03, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Ja! There's nothing better than a fresh Bavarian fest lager, and we're not talking about some basic lager or wannabe ale with "Oktoberfest" slapped on the label, but a real lager with some meat on its bones. Something worthy to hoist in the air with friends in celebration!

Pours a rich, golden color. Froth is thick, settling to a worthy lacing. Aroma is soft, with fresh grains in the nose and a faint herbal hop note. Smooth on the palate, creamy, with a light fluffiness. Tight carbonation, but it's held at bay by a base of malty sweetness, drop of caramel, and toasted. This fills out the body a bit, too. Hops? More tea-like, with steeped herbal quality that's tightly wound within the malty showcase, versus having a hoppy bite. Suggestions of banana and vanilla hidden within the sweetness. Pith. A bit drying toward the finish, with a cereal graininess and lingering toasty sweetness.

German lagers like these are often overlooked--yes, we still think the world needs more lagers! This is a classic--an exceptional and flavorful alternative for the ongoing lightening of the celebratory Märzen.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Dmann
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excelent Oktoberfest. THis one poured a light copper color with a nice head that left fluffy white lace down the glass. The smell was of hops and spice. The taste was great and not overly malty like some Oktoberfests. This one had a nice subtle hop presence that kept everything in check. That, along with a nice smoothe mouthfeel made this one veryt drinkable and dare I say, my new favorite O-Fest beer next to the Lowenbrau.

Dmann, Oct 23, 2004
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

SuomiHobbit, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Golden amber with a fluffy white head that dissipates into thick ring that lasts all the way down. Spotty lacing.

S_Very grainy with a faint hint of hops. Very mellow aroma.

T_Rich and creamy malty sweetness. Toasted grain,caramel and toffee. Sweet but not overly sweet.

M_Smooth and creamy. Lots of carbonation. Explodes on your tongue

D_Very solid Oktoberfest. Could drink this all night.. .

nickadams2, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of muskiecf
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tastey brew but not my personal fav. I still like Hacker Pschorr Marzen/Oktoberfest the best. This is not too far off. I bit more carmel sweetness to it. Excellent beer nonetheless. Very pricey in my area. 60 case of beer is pushing my pricing point. I love great beer but that's getting crazy for a fest beer. If you get a chance try it. It's a solid offering.

muskiecf, Oct 28, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the epitome of an Oktoberfest.
In a mug it was a clear copper color with a medium-sized white head.
It had a sweet caramel aroma
Caramel taste, bready. A little bit nutty.
Very smooth, real depth.
Great beer. One that I will be drinking again; I really enjoyed it.

lordofthewiens, Nov 03, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

SD-Alefan, Jan 14, 2014
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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 2,041 ratings.