Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Reviews by hoplover82:
4.78/5 rDev +20.4%
This outstanding Marzen beer pours very clear golden color with a little bit of a coporish hue to it. Has a very fleeting off white head with very little to no lacing.
The aroma is very malty... I can't detect any hops yet in the nose.
Flavors of caramel lays lingering on my taste buds. Barely a little spiciness from the hops. After a swish in the glass as it warms a little there are hops in the nose, and alcohol.
It's not too effervecent ( as light and fluffy) because of the full bodiness. The second pour in my glass gave me some flowery hops in my nostrels which quikly fades to big maltiness.
Medium bodied. Very smooth on the palate, with a soft dryness as described from brewer. Absolutely wonderful brew! Thank the Lord for the hop harvest.
12-09-2008 12:53:01 | More by hoplover82
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4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-28-2014 23:39:13 | More by bluejacket74
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
09-01-2014 23:04:42 | More by Roser
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
08-14-2003 13:25:14 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
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. Its not big though so things arent completely ruined. Its just a little off.
Mouthfeel Light-bodied and sweet. This one tries to be chewy but cant quite get there.
Drinkability This went down nicely and would be well at home at a Bayern Oktoberfest celebration.
12-20-2003 01:51:23 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-20-2014 02:59:31 | More by Fear4Beer
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
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...
06-03-2006 12:50:52 | More by JMD71
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
09-13-2010 20:48:40 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
10-23-2004 09:13:10 | More by Dmann
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.. .
09-19-2010 01:13:44 | More by nickadams2
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
10-28-2010 00:13:16 | More by muskiecf
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-03-2010 23:40:40 | More by lordofthewiens
4.6/5 rDev +15.9%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a big mug. There appears to be no freshness date on the label.
Appearance: It has a rich deep golden color with very good clarity and some nice carbonation flowing up to the head. The head has a creamy off white color and rises up tall in the glass before slowly settling down to a nice foamy cap.
Smell: In the nose there are some sweet bready and light toasted notes with light grain and some floral/spicy hops.
Taste/Palate: The flavor has a very enjoyable malty character. There is mild sweetness, bready and light toasted grain notes, pie crust and very light caramel notes. This is balanced by some mild bitterness and notes of spicy/floral hops. The hops turn more leafy and mineral like in the finish which is crisp and refreshing. Its body has a solid medium to full feel with well balanced carbonation.
Notes: This is a very well made Oktoberfest. To me it's like a Munich Helles Lager but a little deeper in color, richer and fuller in flavor and body with the same wonderful drinkability.
10-01-2009 21:44:06 | More by generallee
3.76/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a clear amber color with a small, white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of grains, yeast, slight caramel. Tastes of more german malts, light grains, yeastiness, very light hop bitterness, and a very delicate caramel flavor. Mouthfeel is light yet slightly creamy, good carbonation and crisp finish. Pretty drinkable but not my favorite of the style.
09-11-2008 14:51:31 | More by Doomcifer
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
500 ml bottle poured into a Stella challis.
A - 3-finger head of off-white dense foam that dissipates begrudgingly. Apricot orange and cloudy.
S - Malty with caramel, honey, and toffee.
T - Lightly toasted malts with caramel and butterscotch. Some hint of maple sugar/syrup. Just enough hops on the finish to balance the sweetness and linger with the caramel a long time.
M - A bit creamy. Good carbonation with nice structure. Finish is surprising clean for this style without wiping out the tastes.
D - Delicious example of this style. Could easily enjoy several of these in an afternoon, especially with grilled brats and sauerkraut.
11-26-2010 07:37:32 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
09-15-2001 22:59:41 | More by Jason
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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