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

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Reviews: 1,014
Hads: 2,295
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 122
Gots: 230 | FT: 1
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Photo of shortkut
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am an outlier because I prefer beers in the style of oktoberfests. This is the best oktoberfest I have had (or can remember at the moment). It is good from the first sip until the bottle is finished. No awkward initial tastes until the palate adjusts. This beer is worthy of the 5 i wanted to give it, but it seems like I had to justify it

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy copper with little to no retention. Aroma of biscuit and yeast (in a good way). Taste of toast and caramel. Smooth, almost buttery palate... mouth feel is remarkable. The finest I’ve had yet of this style. Off to get another!

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Photo of Nucleozoid
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best Märzen/Oktoberfest I've had.
I tried it about two weeks ago so I can't give you any details at this point. All I know is, I have to get more. For my taste, it's much better than the Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest which I just tried last weekend.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Bronze copper color. Beautiful tight beady off white head with a dollop of fat bubbles slightly off center.

S-Very clean. Malts shine through with slightly herbal hops in the background. A shredded paper smell comes to my mind which may sound weird but to my nose indicates a clean well brewed lager.

T-A pleasent nutty caramel sweetness dominates but is not too sweet by any means. The herbal hops are just there to balance this out nicely.

M.F.-Perfect carbonation, a well rounded mouthfeel. Not chewy, not light.

D- They need to make this in 6 packs and available year round. I will pick this up again.

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Photo of Realale
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous shimmering copper. Slightly off-white head settles a bit quickly to an incomplete cap.

Nose is deep, bready slightly sweet malt. Hint of caramel, and a slight whiff of sulphur. No hops, but these elements somehow combine into a very appetizing combination that is perfect for a cool fall evening.

This is just an amazing beer to taste. It is utterly etheral - weightlessly filling every corner of the mouth with a lovely combination of sweet malt and balancing mineral goodness. Not overly complex, but lovely.

Impeccable mouthfeel, just so gentle. Drinkability is beyond a five, as glasses, even big ones, just disappear. Magic beer.

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Photo of mjurney
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, deep golden-amber color. Lots of bubbles rising up. Thick and creamy head. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Very bready in nose. Caramel, honey, a little hint of fruity.

Rich maltiness up front. Deep bready malts, caramel, cookie dough, touch of dried peaches, slight dryness towards the finish. Full bodied, creamy, very soft carbonation.

The best Oktoberfest ever!!

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Photo of cruzbay
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Nice head with some lacing. Color is golden amber. The smell is a mix of the malty grains and floral hops. But the real reason we drink is the taste. This is the bench mark of all Oktoberfest beers. Fresh clean taste of the roasted malts leaving it slightly sweet. There is a light hop finish. This is a very drinkable beer, but hard to have just one. Great with a soft pretzel or bratwurst with kraut.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle poured into pilsner glass.
No date on the bottle. (5.8% ABV)

A - The clear golden orange color shines brilliantly as a steady stream of carbonation rises to the slightly off-white head. The foam rises up quickly and lowers very slowly to a decent layer of froth while leaving legs and clumps of lacing on the glass.

S - Delicious smelling malts are abundant in the rich aroma; toasted bread with biscuit undertones. It has a moderate sulfur character to it with almost no hop presence in the aroma.

T - Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Märzen is a pure malt pleasure that's toasty, but lightly so, and sweet with a bit of a kettle caramelized hint to it. As the malts wash down, mild noble hops come in gracefully and clean up leaving a crisp, clean flavor on the palate.

M - Medium-bodied, Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Märzen starts sweet and fuller but finishes light and refreshing with a good crispness to it. This Oktoberfest is nicely carbonated but doesn't have a sharp bite to the finish.

O - Brewed perfectly for what it's meant for; sheer drinkability. Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Märzen is a world-class beer that's incredibly well done and as close to the epitome of an oktoberfest as possible. A malt-lover's dream, this is devoid of hop flavor and bitterness, letting the deep maltiness really shine.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Long have I been looking for Ayinger's Oktoberfest offering! I love their wheat bears and I couldn't imagine that their marzen would be any less astounding. Often, when I finally get my hands on a beer that I've been coveting for so long, the result is disappointment, disillusionment, and despair. Reality rarely lives up to the expectations that build in the mind as it yearns for something. Not so, this time!

Possibly the best Oktoberfest I've yet had. Easily ranks with my top two or three examples. This is one that I will seek out more aggressively next fest season.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this Marzen from a bottle into a pint glass.This ale poured a hazy orangish amber color, it produced a very nice thick white head and had excellent retention. The aroma of this Oktoberfest was full of caramel, fresh sourdough and slightly sweet. The ale is medium in body, very nice mouthfeel. The taste had a nice bready backbone, toasted malt. There is a nice sweet caramel, toffee flavor that is balanced nicely by earthy hops. The finish is slightly dry. This is the best Oktoberfest that I have tried. This will be the one that I measure all others against. Excellent beer from an excellent German Brewery. Prost!

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Photo of JWU
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had been searching this out, and found it at a local bottle shop today in pint bottles, score!

A- A very clear light amber. Fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly, as most lagers do.

S- Sweet Caramel and Toasted bready malt. More so than most Marzen's. Oh my...I think I'm going to like this.

T- This is the Oktoberfest that all others aspire to be. It just has more of that delicious toasted bready malt flavor, with just a delicious caramel malt sweetness that you wish most Marzen's had more of. Absolutely delicious.

M- Smooth. Exactly as the style should be. Proper carbonation.

D- This was the perfect stogie companion this evening. Truly my gold standard in Oktoberfest/Marzen style beers.

Did I mention that this stuff is good?

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Photo of bnes09
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice golden color lager. Big white foam forms and lasts forever, towering above the liquid. Rich and creamy lacing also.

Smell is fresh and sweet with a grassy, floral aroma.

Malt is smooth and rich with a big biscuit flavor. Sweet flavor as a whole with honey character. Hops make their way in and balance perfectly with a grassy bitterness. Simple yet sophisticated.

Light to medium bodied and smooth throughout. Good carbonation. Finish is wet, slick and clean while maintaining good flavor.

This is an awesome Marzen beer. I could drink this all day. Incredible depth for a such a drinkable beer. Extremely well crafted.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
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]

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

50 cL bottle poured into a Weiss glass (one of the few glasses I have that will hold all of it).

Pours a dark straw color with a massive 1.5 inch white head that't thick as all get out. Carbonation is unbelievable. wow. Looks amazing, one of the best looking beers I've seen.

Smell is all malt. Caramelly goodness mixed with a slightly sweet fruity note.

The taste is surreal. Good grains mixed with a sweet malt. Caramel is the main flavor i get after the light grainy malt. The light body makes it drinkable as hell.

This is one outstanding beer. I thought nothing could dethrone Great Lakes Oktoberfest, but at least it lost to a German brewery.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First brew I had from Ayinger was their Brau-Weisse, which turned out to be one of my all-time favorite beers... although this brew lacks the flavor of the hefe, it is an excellent rendition of the style, with an amber goldness and smooth, exceptional taste that goes down clean and easily... was a pleasure to drink... not bitter at all, with citrusy aftertones and a bread and butter flavor that wasn't too powerful or overbearing... a great sample and definitely recommended...

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Photo of Drogon
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Great Octoberfest beer. Malt sweetness, tastes more like an ale than a lager. Good thick mouthfull with a nice head and lacing. It was great with Knockwurst and German pretzels that I went out of my way to buy to accompany it. If you want to have a little backyard Octoberfest do yourself a favor and buy or make some German food to go with it. Good pairing is Knockwurst, Red Cabbage, and fresh made German PRETZELS!

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Photo of talkingpoints
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This big bottle(550ml) of German marzen went down like it was a 12oz bottle, why because its drinkability was off the charts. The hops and malt combine to create a smooth oktoberfest beer that has the body of one and the color of one. I will regret when I finish my case of these beauties. Ein prosit baby!!!

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Photo of hoplover82
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Falstaff1642
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll spare one the formalities. This beer is Awesome. I've been meaning to try one of the Ayinger brands since they've come into this market or when I've been traveling but the opportunity hadn't presented itself. I'm a fan of Marzen beers but this one is quit different. Slightly lighter in color and flavor than the traditional exports I've had, and I've had most of them, this one I could drink all day. A very pretty beer. Not for the spice and pumpkin crowd, but if you enjoy traditional German fare, this one is a must.

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Photo of thehardwoodsessions
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wanted to give this beer a five to be honest. Randomly picked up a 500 ml bottle and was quite impressed first by the look- beautifully golden and perfectly bubbly. Quite the perfect head. A nice little surprise.

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Photo of adjunctjonez
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had several of these on tap during Octoberfest event. Out of 10 or so Octoberfest brews this one stood above. The appearance was darker brown but clear with a beautiful head, Smell was of sweet roasted malts and bread, very pleasant. Taste was sweet and roasted not much hops but very very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium to light, you can drink several to many at a time if you are in the mood (and at an octoberfest event you should be in the mood). Fresh on tap was memorable and look forward to it every fall.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a burnt yellow colour. The nose on this is just amazing--so complex and inviting. It's nutty, fruity and brimming with so many great malt notes. Taste-wise it's equally complex. It's slightly sweet, but has a nice robustness with a delicious spicy finish. The best of this style we've had, it's perfect for hearty holiday meals.

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Photo of scratch69
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Golden orange color with two and a half fingers worth of off-white head. Good head retention with a fair amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt, crackers, grain and honey.

Taste- Rich malty sweetness with notes of caramel and honey. Very faint hints of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, creamy, and smooth. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- A tasty oktoberfest style brew. Very drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of lostwars
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amazing orange-yellow almost cloudy honey in appearance.

S: Bits of almond extract and apple crisp.

T: More of that light cinnimon and apple coupled with a short hit of hop on the tongue.

M: light carbonation though even lighter in body

D: I was pleasantly surprised this being my first time with an Ayinger in recent memory. Not in my mind what an Oktoberfest beer is thought of in America but will make a lot of people happy this fall.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- super clear honeyed amber with golden highlights and dirty copper lowlights. huge puffy ivory head becomes foamy and pitted with a nice tightly frothed skin on top. rings of lace form effortlessly as it settles and remains at about 1/4in thanks to a constant supply of tiny rising bubbles. this might be the marzen i've been waiting for.

S- fruity and toasty with caramel, well water, and a decent amount of grassy floral slightly citric hops. red apple, pear, red berries, and a touch of diacetyl. nice, but a little diluted.

T- bingo. mineral water and noble hops from start to finish. in between there's lots of toasty bread and biscuit flavor, squishy red berries, apple, pear, red grape, cream sherry, hazelnut, aromatic wood, and caramel malt. this is what i've always imagined a real oktoberfest to taste like after being let down so many times with american versions (sorry). the flavorful hard water used totally compliments the fruity yeast, and the toasty caramel malt balanced by earthy hops is sweet but not ever sugary. toast and biscuit flavors last well into the finish with the soft noble bitterness and a lightly herbal aftertaste.

MF- body is juicy with medium carbonation and just enough weight to keep it from feeling watery. a powdery grainy feel is also evident as a reminder of the substance put into this brew. some subtle dryness imparts a woodsy whisky feeling and after the toasty flavors fade i'm left only with a clean bitterness on the sides of my tongue.

D- smooth and refreshing, flavorful at fridge temp but more complex a little warmer. i've always thought this style wouldn't suit me but brau von aying has changed my mind. thanks to the bier depot for having the best selection of german beer around. i feel like putting on a funny hat and smashing mugs with buddies. prost!

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