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

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,044 | Ratings: 2,405
Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A tasty octoberfest. Different from ones I’ve had from the states. Appears as it ought to. Smells good, malty with a little bit of a surprising little saison-ish hint. Tasted similar to the smell. The steeped grain taste really came forward the more I drank. It’s a style you enjoy, and this one is a bit above the rest. Buy it again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sealed with decorated pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Orange bodied beer with an amber hue. A massive, fluffy, and dense bone white head sits on top the beer. The head recedes down to no head and a very thin ring around the glass with a light spotty lacing.

Smell: Bready and toasty malts with a massive dose of fruity yeast.

Taste: Malt forward profile that is fairly bready and has a light toasty grain note too. Lightly sweet caramel notes. Fruity yeast. Light earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied lager with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp and clean lager with a slightly driness found in the beer. Light creaminess is found in the carbonation department. This is a very very drinkable marzen.

Overall: Pretty solid Oktoberfest. I have not had many authentic German examples of the style, but I am changing the error of my ways. I would have this again without much hesitation. Great alone or paired with food.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from 500ml bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: pours a sudsy 3" off white head that drops slowly with moderate lacing. Hazy deep golden color with mild streaming bubbles.
Aroma: toasted barley, ripe fruit and some floral hops.
Mouthfeel: fairly light body with a drying finish.
Flavor: bready malts that are sweet, but not overly so. Ripe fruit, some biscuit, and floral notes.
Overall: my first time trying this brew. Quite tasty.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had in a head-to-head tasting with Flying Dog's "Dogtoberest."

Look: Light translucent gold, with a fluffy white head. Lighter in color than I anticipated. Some small white lacing bubbles when the glass was titled.

Smell: Nothing overly memorable, but perhaps a bit of a sweet fruit note.

Taste: Smooth-pleasant with a sweet spot in the middle. No bitterness.

Feel: Probably a little thinner that I might have guessed.

Overall: Preferred this in the head-to-head with Dogtoberfest. Really easy drinking. Like Paulaner's a tad more however.

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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium/medium light amber with a short-lasting white head. A little still hangs on, though and leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma is bready, sweet, but with a nice earthy hops in the background. The taste is much the same but a little restrained compared to the aroma. The body is lightly with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer by Leah on Dave's birthday at Morgantown pies and pints 2015. Color is such a cool color. Amber and clear. Flavor is quite malty with a slight hop bite!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Break out your boot, it's time for another Oktoberfest! When this Ayinger offering hits the glass it starts out surprisingly light in color in the deep golden to medium copper range. A nice, frothy head forms at about 2 fingers thickness and retains about a centimeter due to near constant release of carbonation. Take a big whiff of this beer and be greeted by the usual marzen suspects in your nostrils, clean, German malt that is just a touch off of light and just enough hint of caramel and brown sugar to know that it's not just a plain old German lager.

Taking a big swig of this, I was a little surprised at the amount of caramel malt I encountered; definitely on the darker end of the taste spectrum for a marzen. Mild, semisweet caramel and light brown sugar flavor hit and spread across the tongue before the overall flavor lightens up. The traditional German lager crispness ramps up a bit at the ends and finishes the drink cleanly and light on the palate. Light flavors of crystal malt and just a touch of hops bitterness lingers on the tongue. This beer drinks incredibly smoothly on the palate and finished very light and clean, making this a beer I could totally drink all day in Munich.

Overall, this is another solid offering from Ayinger. I love their lighter German lagers, and this one is a bit heavier, but done just as well. Not only is this a pretty awesome beer, but Ayinger still has the best bottle cap in the business.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Transparent dark orange with tons of carbonation bubbles. Two fingers of bright white, soapy head.

S - Bready and mild with toasted notes. Pine needles and pine cones make it smell like fall.

T - Almost a generic amber taste, but a nice lager presence creates a crisp flavor along with some sweeter malts which have a caramel tinge to them.

F - A little thin, but not watery. Lots of carbonation bubbles dancing on my tongue and everywhere else in my mouth. a little dry, but I'm not complaining. Finishes clean.

O - Very good Marzen. Might be slightly thinner than others, but sweet flavors make for a good Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of don1481
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with a lot of bubbles flowing up to a frothy white head.

Smell: like a typical marzen. Slightly sweet.

Taste: slightly sweet as well. More robust than the smell would imply.

Mouthfeel : a little sticky.

Overall: Pretty good.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber pour with essentially flawless clarity. Ample white head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves average lacing. Smell is bready, malty, fairly subdued. Flavor is more intense than the nose implies. Delicious malt flavor leads the way, with some breadiness and a little spicy hoppiness to balance it out. Really nice mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish. A delicious marzen.

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Photo of Awolter
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is right up there with the best Oktoberfests I've had. Poured a 2015 pint bottle into a stein. Carmel color, with caramel and bread on the nose. Fantastic, balanced and complex flavors for an Oktoberfest. I'm glad I got to grab some bottles of this!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber color with a pure white head that dissipates very quickly.

The aroma is extremely grainy and bready, and has a certain "oatmeal-ish" quality to it. Plenty of notes of caramel as well.

The taste follows the nose, with strong notes of toasted grain and oats. Getting some honey as well. There's a faint hop presence here but it's almost undetectable.

The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. No alcohol is present and the grainy, sweet malt leaves a very nice aftertaste.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic representation of the style. It's got a good, thick, creamy body and the malt really shines through in the flavor.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a Guinness Pint glass.

A - Golden orange with brown overtones, clear, half finger head that moves to a thin line of bubbles very quickly.

S - Caramel malts, toasted grains, faint vanilla.

T- Follows the nose, with a dense, hits the back of tongue malt bill and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Very full, carbonation is a touch above medium, but very sharp on the finish. Coating.

O - Been checking out a couple German Marzens this week. This one is crisp, clean, and full, with no tinges of skunk that some others have exhibited. Definitely worth a go.

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good Oktoberfest beer is harder to come by than you'd think. American breweries latched onto this seasonal style and predictably miss the mark in large part due to deviations in style in the name of trying to achieve mass market appeal. Thankfully we have Ayinger to demonstrate how the marzen is made.

This beer is like drinking a honey sweetened cereal. The malts are the star of the show, as they should be. A very slight hop bitterness makes an appearance but really only to make the beer more refreshing. Mouthfeel is appropriately sticky, not heavy handed but definitely mouth coating. Many lesser Oktoberfest beers are too thin of body and miss this critical element. If you like malty beers and want to have a great representation of this style, look no further.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You can't beat an authentic German beer! This is a great beer. It had all the complexity and malty goodness that you would expect from an Oktoberfest beer. It was very refreshing and captured the taste of the changing seasons. Definitely a great beer.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Creamy, malty, full-bodied beer which is one of the hallmarks of the style. Hard to believe it took me this long to try it but now that I have, it will be a part of my regular 'fest rotation.

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Photo of dar482
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light reddish amber.

The aroma offers sweet apples, grass, sweet toasty malts, biscuity malt.

The flavor hits of sweet honey biscuity malts, toasted malts, apple, pear, a bitterness up front of spicy and herbal quality that lingers until a lager quality comes through onto a medium minus hoppy and crisp finish.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Great white head, very creamy, beautiful looking. The beer is very lively with a lot of flowing bubble. Yellow-brownish color, very appropriate for a Marzen.
Smell: Sweet malty smell, just like honey. Some floral notes also. Make me think about walking on a wheat field in fall.
Taste: Sweet, malty, some, but little hoppy present, mostly the sweet maltiness. However, some strange metallic taste came up at the end.
Feel: Light body, very refreshing and great for the weather.
In short, without that metallic, this would have been an excellent, as good as it can get. However, it is still a great representative of the style. I am happy that I still have 2 more bottles to enjoy!

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Photo of mackeyse
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very nice copper appearance. Head dissipates in under a minute leaving the little coin shaped head seen in the photo. Almost seems flat.

A: Cereal and biscuit smell. Has the “Oktober fest smell” I'm familiar with. Sweet, but a mild aroma. Subtle.

T: Candy sweetness (honey, caramel). An all malt/cereal beginning and some kick of fruit near the end. The candy/fruit taste gets cloying a bit for me after the first 8/10 oz but as far as rating to style this beer tastes great. After finishing it I thought it even had a “prune-like” taste. Maybe best explains the candy/fruit combo.

M: Sticky — really coats the mouth. Aftertaste leaves some sweetness. Cannot taste alcohol at all. Could definitely have some more of these—doesn’t ruin the palate in the least.

I’m probably burned out on IPA’s and DIPA’s to appreciate the nuances of this beer but overall I really did like it and it well deserves its rep.

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Photo of vincehayter
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful Amber-red coloring with a quickly fading off-white head, no lacing. Malt forward on the nose with a good solid malt body on the tongue. Medium body fitting of the style; incredibly drinkable with or without food.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 44th and France, into a shaker
a: brilliant golden red color with a nice puffy head and good lacing
s: soft, faint, grain, a little herbal hoppiness.
t & m: the mouthful is brilliant on this...so creamy, crisp and well carbonated, even though it is also fairly soft. Fairly dry at the end, with a little hoppy bite that provides a nice edge. This is a little sweet -- here you've got some nice caramel and breadiness, but there is also some almost some gingersnap crackery sweet spiciness that pairs well with the sparingly used but effective hops. Reallly enjoyable and very well made.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first German Oktoberfest! Pours a beautiful deep golden color. This brew has little to no head when pouring and very little lacing. It also appears to be kind of flat, which must be typical of an Oktoberfest. Initial taste is very mild, surprisingly mild compared to some of my domestically made samples of late. The Aftertaste is kind of bitter though, which appears to be the opposite of the domestic samples. Overall I could drink this beer all year long, even in the heat of summer. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and foamy white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a nice and clear medium amber that bears a strong resemblance to copper. The appearance is nice and fairly light for an Oktoberfest but still pretty nice.

The beer smell is good. While it has a nice smell, there are better smelling Marzens out there. The smell mainly consists of a caramel and lightly breaded malt note with a hint of floral noble hops. The malts are not super heavy and the hop smell blends nicely with the malt notes.

The taste is good.The taste has a nice sweet caramel and bready note with an unusually strong hop note. The hop bitterness is floral and a bit more noticeable than other Oktoberfests. Still not bad.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied and a bit thick. The beer certainly has a body on it but is still lighter than other comparable beers. The beer has a smooth feeling when it goes down and the biting carbonation has a nice texture to it.

Overrall, a decent Oktoberfest and one worth getting at least once. While there are American ones that are better, this is still a good one to have when it comes out.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from a .5 liter bottle, poured into imperial pint glass.

L- beautiful golden hue with brilliant clarity. Tiny bubbles persist well after pouring. Creamy white head lingers for a moment before dissipating.

S- Sweet and malty. Aromas of honey, caramel, and a hint of prune.

T- Crisp, clean lager character with no sulphur. Malt dominates flavor and is sweet all the way through. Dried fruit notes present.

F- Moderately full bodied and slightly creamy.

O- a solid, malt-forward festbier.

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Photo of puck1225
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful creamy head formed poured into a pint glass. Nice lacing and an eye catching golden orange. Great crisp taste, malty and a bit floral. I always enjoy the beers from Ayinger.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.