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

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88
very good

1,039 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,039
Hads: 2,389
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 120
Gots: 262 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | 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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Reviews: 1,039 | Hads: 2,389
Photo of livingregret
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 1pt .9fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a "dirty"(read red) orange that starts w/ a lovely 1 finger head and quickly becomes a little round circle on top of my beer.

Smell: Caramel and alcohol(mild) hit the nose first followed by a bit of grains. Sweet to the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hmmm....not as sweet as I was expecting. A bread like malt really dominates the taste and ends w/ a touch of hop bitterness at the end. I barely taste any of the caramel that hits the nose. Don't really feel the alcohol in this beer. Very crisp though and goes down quite well.

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting(because of the smell) but still a good enough Oktoberfest beer.

Oddly enough a lot of people reviewed the beer as being sweet in taste and I'm getting more of the bready Maltyness and no real sweetness. Take it for it's worth I guess

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold/light copper with a light white head. Smell is malty, syrupy with a little spice. Taste is spicy and slightly sweet up front. Fills out with toffee and malt, but without becoming too sweet. Spicy hops take over and it finishes with a dry, clean, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice smoothness. High carbonation helps keep it crisp.

Overall an easy drinking octoberfest, on the lighter end of the style, but clean and crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-head dissapeared
- citrus and spice notes light yeasts notes
- a slightly sweet beer with subtle spices and a slight citrus taste.
-one of the smoothest beers i have had
- decent Oktoberfest not my favorite but a good beer none the less

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Ayinger mug. Gigantor 4 finger tan head, head looked a bit soapy with oily bubbles. head faded to a slight layer leaving some lacing behind after a couple minutes. Beer appeared to be a deep copper color.

Smell is malts, caramel, powdered sugar, floral, and cinnamon.

Tasty, has a burnt toast, nutty, malt flavor that is very drinkable, and not too sweet. I could easily throw back a few of these. mouthfeel is creamy, and finishes crisp. recommended.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 edition

A- pours a nice amber color with very nice white head that retained beautifully and laced well

S- light carmel malted sweetness aroma, light alcohol smell present as well

T-a nice carmel malt sweetness with light hop bitterness at the finish

M- very high carbonation, a little to carbobated for my tastebuds, light/medium body

D- a very drinkable beer, my personal favorite oktoberfest, would be happy to buy/drink again

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful transparent golden orange color with a thick full head leaving tiny islands of lacing around the edges of the glass. Perfectly clear aside from the singular bubble occasionally rushing to the surface.

Smells of malts and a tint of hops. Smells like a decent lager.

Taste is of bread and water. With a metallic hop bite faintly calling from the background. Malted

Feels light with slightly low levels of carbonation.

A very drinkable beer. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of bminor7
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 from EBI. Sitting on my couch; stomach grumbling.

Coolest bottle cap going on this one. I feel like I'm distorting a pastoral scene when I open the bottle.

A - straw golden; a thin head; lacking much lacing.

S - crispy, hoppy, that marzeny-something. not sweet aromas but citrusy a little; new carpet?

T - light and satisfying. a sugary bitterness coats the tongue in the aftertaste. light malts and a low-key hop profile. very renheitsgebotish.

M - thin enough. give a bit of a rough pour to release enough carbonation.

D - has a savory quality that could possibly deter one from drinking several steins. but it is fresh, it is clean, it is a good sessionable beer, although with a quality that will prevent you from stuffing too many into your GI.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic

A: Light copper to golden-yellow with an eggshell white, 2 finger head.

S: Wonderful bready, grainy, toasted aromas, slight earthy tones as well.

T: Grains, fresh baked bread, floor malt, earthiness. Clean lager profile. Very little in the way of hops, mostly noble hop flavors.

M: Clean, medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious, satisfying and extremely sessionable, everything you want in an Oktoberfest-Märzen. This is a very solid German offering and probably some of the best of this style you can get in the States. Definitely pick this up when it’s out if you like this style.

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Photo of stockingcpl
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Upon pouring, a generous head formed. Sustain was excellent and lacings were seen for the duration of the drink. Color was a medium honey gold. Impressive.

Smell: Aroma was yeasty malt. Pleasant but not overpowering. There is also a light floral scent???

Taste: This is where this beer achieves good marks. The overall flavor is very much an Oktoberfest yeasty burnt malt flavor. Good hops flavor. There is the traditional initial zing which is followed by hops for the sustain. The flavor curve is not too long yet there is a slight "old weather" reminant that is pleasant. This would be a GREAT tailgating selection.

Mouthfeel: Great. Traditional Oktoberfest presence.

Drinkability: Ver god overall impression. This is not a crips as American Oktoberfest beers, but it's hard to argue with a GERMAN Maerzen.

Conclusions: The bottle is a little strange for Americans and almost has a "slumming" it fel due to the proximity to a "40", however the brew itself is excellent.

Prosit!
Nikki

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Photo of 2xHops
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this bottle of Marzen beer. For a long time, I have been drinking a lot of American oktoberfest beers, and I always found them to be a bit lacking in quality.

I thought I'd give this bottle a chance because it's a German beer. The beer had an amber hue with a healthy amount of foam coming alive.

The beer had a wonderful balance of malt with sweetness that does not overpower you. Some of other Oktoberfest beers are a bit rough around the edge in this department, but not this one.

Overall, I'd drink this again. I am starting to see a pattern in german beers, and I think I like it. It's a refreshing change from all of the new beers that American breweries have been churning out lately. Tradition is often good. It is in this case.

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Photo of faernt
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a slightly cloudy ( possibly chill haze) appearance throwing a tightly bubbled ivory head of abour 1/2" which subsides into a skim.
The nose is slightly cinnamon-like with a slight vegetal smell. I've noticed that all other Ayinger products this year have come out with an ivory cap saying "Ayinger" on it. This one still has a picture cap showing Aying. I like the old cap but worry that the absence of the new cap indicates that this beer is last year's offering. It is frustrating that there is no date on these labels. Ayinger is such a high quality brewery that I long for fresh samples and have no way of knowing how fresh a beer I'm buying until I open it. Merchant du Vin, can you consider dating to be a priority?

The malt sweetness comes through constantly accompanied by spice. This is a "juicy" beer; it stimulates my entire tongue. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is high. This can be a great food beer with the carbonation cleansing the palette and the sweetness adding to the food. It would work well with all the food associated with the Oktoberfest. It still remains my standard for the style. I worry about the vegetal smell and hope that it doesn't recurr in future samples.

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

Ayinger pours a nice clear golden ambar color; Nice foamy head and little lacing; Smell is malty and fruity; Taste is malty, sweet and caramel, clean and crisp; Mouthfeel is smooth and medium carbonation. Easy drinking beer and very refreshing.

A gift from my brother in law; Thanks.

¡Salud!

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrat, clear yellow pine color with a creamy, puffy white head. Smells so sweet. Bready, some brown sugar, red apples, some floral hops in the background. Wonderful. Taste begins with a very nice white bread, toasted short bread, white grapes and a bright red apple sweetness, with a crisp, refreshing citrusy finish. Incredibly drinkable. Leaves you yerning for more. Best of the season so far.

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

A: Pours a copper orange with about a half inch of head that quickly goes away.

S: Lots of caramel here with some hints of nut.

T: Lots of caramel again with some nuts. Finishes with a bit of hop bitterness.

M: Medium with some carbonation.

D: High.

This will be my last Oktoberfest of 2010. I feel like I ended on a good one. I can see myself coming back to this one.

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

This poured a nice amber color with a good amount of white head. This had a nice toasted malt flavor to it. This was probably my favorite of the German Oktoberfest lagers I've tried this year. It had a nice richness of flavor and good balance of alcohol. So far it's tops of the German Marzen list for me.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By far one of the most beautiful bottles I have seen with a bottle cap with a Bavarian family drinking beer in a beer garden. I felt bad to take it off the bottle.

I poured this beer into my mass krug and saw a glowing pumpkin orange hue with, inch thick white head, and effervescent carbonation.

It smells like rich caramel malt, grassy/herby hops, and grains. The taste is a near balance of hop and malt siding on hops. Hops a re grassy and medicinal probably nothing but high quality Hallertau Mittlefruh. Malts are very grainy with caramel notes not too complex here. The joy is the hop bite hands down.

Mouthfeel is thin and surprisingly thirst quenching. This enhances its drinkability. Carbonation is tingly and pleasant. Drinkability is high, as this was designed for mass consumption. Overall a very good fest beer.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear, light amber/copper/straw color, with a creamy white 3-finger head. Excellent retention, some lacing. Well presented.

S: first starts with a yeasty aroma (similar to an English PA), then a bit of a bread/malt character.

T: Wow, German decoction mashing at its best. Baked bread, toasted bread, sweet grain, a small amount of noble hop bitterness, then finishes and lingers with that deeply sweet bread/grain flavor.

M: a little sticky, medium body and effervescent.

D: Could drink this all night. Medium alcohol content allows having a few and still being able to stand up, and the flavor is the signature of German brewing. Feel like I'm in a neighborhood biergarten and pining for wursts and spaetzel.

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Photo of Finn
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16.9 oz. bottle into a 20 oz. nonic. Deep orange, amber with a slight haze to it. aroma is a bit subdued, with hints of apple, sweet bready malts. The flavor starts out with a warm, creamy dose of carame andl bread goodness, which dries out with a crisp finish. a slight memory of the malt lingers on. This beer is delicious, and perhaps a tad on the less malty side than some of it's german counterparts (excluding the largest -selling ones, e.g. Warsteiner, which are less malty). This is a delicious, quite drinkable oktoberfest, in the middle as far as alcohol, maltiness, and sweetness. Well worth trying.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber gold. Looks like a field of grain wavering in the wind with a dingy white head.

Sweet yeastiness on the nose. Bready.

Very smooth taste, bits of coriander, but you definitely get that Oktoberfest feel, little bit of hops.

Very rounded taste, quite easy to drink.

A very cool German Marzen. Quite worth the try.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 500 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a golden yellow will a nice amount of white head and crisp carbonation. Smell is light and airy. Taste it a little bland on my end, i have tried a few other octoberfest beers and this one for me falls a little short. I will admit that i am a bit new to the style, but having came from a love of IPA's, maybe that has skewed my pallet. I do like that it is brewed with the purity laws but there just isent enough umph to this brew. I will say that this is a great sessionable brew.

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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 Chadhowie
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this one because it claims to be somewhat of an official Oktoberfest beer and I would love to go to Oktoberfest one day. It certainly did not disappoint. For an Oktoberfest lager, it was sweeter than I expected it to be. It beat 90% of the lagers that I have had to date and the sweetness actually made it a little better.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Cold bomber into tulip

Appearance - Clear, orange-amber, big fluffy 2 finger head with excellent retention, epic sticky lacing

Smell - Smell conjuring thoughts of fresh baked yeasty bread, slightly toasted, clean and sweet maltiness. Not detecting much hop presence.

Feel and Taste - Medium body starts crisp and finishes super creamy smooth, carb is gentle but prevalent, awesome. Taste is like nose, very reminiscent of toasty fresh baked bread, a touch of bakers yeast, honey, faintly nutty malt. Hops are finally present in the semi-sweet finish with a little lingering/drying hop grassy/spiciness to balance, but this bad boy is all about the malts.

Overall - Damn, this is a good beer and I really enjoyed it. This is what I imagine when I think "Octoberfest". It's just a wonderfully balanced, super flavorful malt bomb. Maybe it's most impressive quality is it's semi-sweet, bready malt nature that somehow remains very drinkable and non-cloying; delicious, liquid bread.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- Beautiful rich golden color with a rocky, white head and great retention. Plenty of bubbles lingering.

Smell- Light bread-like aromas with a hint of some malt.

Taste- Beautifully balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Strong flavors of caramelized bread up front with a brisk, dry, hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body with great carbonation.

Drinkability- Truly refreshing. The balance of hops and malts was highly appealing and the carbonation made it quite refreshing. Nice beer for a cool late summer/early fall day and with lighter fare on the grill. I've yet to find a beer from Ayinger that I don't love.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a orange-ish hue into my PBR goblet with a frothy white head. The aroma is light with sweet malts - caramel, pale malts, and a hint of oranges.

The taste starts with a nice sweetness with a little biscuit and finishes with some tartness that I am really enjoying and have not tasted in other O-fests. Good crisp mouth feel, a little on the light side with plenty of carbonation.

Overall the beer is very well balanced and highly drinkable. I really enjoy the finish on this beer, the tartness and crispness of it make this beer a real treat to drink.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 1,039 ratings.