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

very good
2,575 Ratings
Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: darker Amber color with a foamy white head
S: sweet malt, grain...raw ingredients
T: great balance: sweet malty backbone, clean finish.
F: very smooth, clean finish with a slightly sweet aftertaste.
O: best Octoberfest beer I've come across.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel mug. As usual with Ayinger, no date.

L: Clear, honey gold, big fluffy two finger off white head has excellent retention.

S: Grainy sweet, mild herbal hop notes. Smells wonderful.

T: Sweet grains again followed by that herbal hop note. Really simple, clean flavors that are just delicious.

F: Light, crisp, drying grain finish.

O: Another very well done beer by Ayinger, I think the Weihenstephaner I had was better however this is still stellar.

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Photo of lastmango
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber-orange color with a cream white 2 finger head with good retention. Malty, bready nose. Grainy, sweet malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Moderate body with moderate - light carbonation. Once swallowed, the beer has a heavy feel in the stomach.

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Photo of bicyclesandbeer
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of erk0607
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy copper with white, small bubbled lacing. Head didn't last super long but the lacing did.
Smell: Bread/malt in the foreground, orange, strawberry in the background
Flavor: Even more prevalent bread, somewhat sweet, estery and yeasty notes, noble hops
Feel: Medium body, super thirst quenching, smooth going down with a bit of carbonation to keep it interesting.
Overall: Great beer. Would get again. This is a beer that does not require much thinking and would be easily poundable. Not much more needs to be said.

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Photo of jkblr
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a 500mL krug at fridge temp 5.8% ABV. No bottle dating but I watched the girl at the store open the case yesterday. The beer is bright and golden amber in color. The head is off white and fairly short lived. There are a few islands of lacing and a ring around the mug as the beer is consumed. Aroma is rich malt, most likely Munich, and a little hope spice. The taste follows the nose with full rich toasted Munich malt, then a little cracker finishing with a bit of hope bite. No real perceived bitterness, just enough to balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft, lightly carbonated and dry. That group of traits together is what makes this an easy all night drinker. Overall, excellent. This is an OG brew even if Ayinger isn't technically "in" Munich. Try this one even if you haven't liked other American versions. They don't date anything so grab it in season, although my first time to have this was in April one year and it was still good then.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BubbleChamber
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick head following a hard pour; good head retention several minutes on. Copper-colored lager. Malty, a bit fruity, aroma. Malty taste, with little discernible hops. Malt is bready, but with caramel notes. Somewhat sweet finish. Very good, although I might prefer a bit more hops to balance the sweet malt. But surely would be great with pretzels and mustard or sharp cheese. —Reviewed 2017/08/13

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CBlack85
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug

the beer pours a crystal clear orange/amber color with a large frothy white head that slowly recedes leaves moderate lacing

The flavor and aroma are very similar; grainy, bready malt, slightly sweet, with a hint of floral hops

overall the beer is very clean and quite good. Medium bodied with a dry finish. A lot better than many of the overly sweet American versions that I've had.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mghtg6
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey_L
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle--8 oz sample. Strong, strong grain presence in the nose; also banana esters. Hazy golden appearance. Tastes of roasted grain. More importantly, it tastes like autumn. Pobably the best Oktoberfest I’ve tried, although I’m still not too crazy about the style.

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Photo of bwood06
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife, my parents, and I all went to a local German restaurant for dinner recently and I happened to notice that this beer was on the menu. I've head for forever how good this Marzen is so I just had to order it. The waitress said that they may or may not have it since it is so popular but luckily she found out that they had a couple left and I was able to nab one.

This beer pours a clear, orangish amber hue that has moderate carbonation and features a thick, frothy (almost creamy) off white colored head that dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. 4/5 The aroma is full of malt and is nice and sweet with a nice caramel note. A bit of grass and herbal hops come through as well, cutting into the sweetness a bit and balancing out the aroma. 4/5 The flavor profile is just like the aroma with caramel and sweet grains leading off and really taking over the first half of the sip before grassy and herbal hops come into play, cutting into the sweetness and rounding things off quite nicely. The sweetness is just enough and is not cloying. Bitterness is kept to a minimum and does not linger. 4.25/5 This is a light to medium bodied Marzen that has a light carbonation tickle up front before a wet and coating/creamy sensation kicks in. There is no drying and really no lingering mouthfeel. 4/5 This really is an awesome Marzen and definitely one of the best that I have had. It is very easy to drink on top of being downright tasty. I really enjoyed pairing this with dinner and would gladly have another one of these in the future. 4/5

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Photo of unclekeith
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Try-em-all
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Faint head, medium amber color, sweet bready nose, malty, honey notes, light hop bitter at the end zone , medium dry feel, full and generally smooth.

A good amber märzen, middle of the darkness spectrum.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel. Very faint head, bubbles but no lace. Medium amber color.

Sweet bready nose

Taste is malty, bready, honey notes, faint hop bitter on the finish

Medium dry feel, full and generally smooth.

A good amber märzen, on the middle end of the darkness scale.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold color, thick, lingering head. Lot of malt and wheat aromas and flavor. Strong backbone. Interesting to try a true Bavarian Oktoberfest beer to which to compare American craft beers of the style I’ve had.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bankboy66
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the best octoberfest style beer I have tried. It is very smooth and doesn't overdo the caramel/toffee. It is not overly sweet but is still true to the style. Must try !!

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Photo of berben30
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Slowjamcdub
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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