Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #4
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,188
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 10.4%
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Ratings:
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- A good deep amber, almost with some orange hues. Pours clear with 5mm white head.
S- Very trad, sort of notably bready, yet under-stated.
T- Corrr... Bready again, good solid but not 'loud' malts bringing some richness and a moderate/balancing lick of hops on the palate into the finish. Then on my 4th-5th sip I suddenly note a light hint of it's 5.8% ABV showing through.
F- It's very nice, good and meaty and sufficient richness to make this a satisfying Autumn/Winter beer...
O- ...All within a trad profile. Very nice, nothing out of place, sessionable too. The only draw-back might be that if you are buying this outside Germany it'll come at a price. BB: 06/21 500ml bottle, bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery.

Wednesday at 05:12 PM
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Crystal clear, sunrise gold under a dwindling cloud of ivory. Zero lacing.

Bouquet:
Rich malts wearing a delicate shawl of noble hops, speckled with festive spices.

Feel:
A viscous medium made crisp by a swirl of ale dryness. Concludes with a tickling carbonation accented by a humble, hop-spice linger.

Taste:
Toasted grains with a thin sheet of oaky caramel tucked under it. Finishes with mild, herbal spice and a delicate brush of plum sweetness typically found in black lagers.

Sunday at 09:47 PM
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft. Deep amber with off white head. Rich, sweet, almost fruity malty smell with the smallest touch of noble hops. Flavor follows, with a bit more noticeable earthy, herbal, spicy hops. Balance feels sweetish but not heavy. Round mouthfeel.

Sunday at 07:17 PM
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle
Prost! to Ken for adding to my ultimate Oktoberfest tasting!
L: a thick foamy ivory head caps a crystal clear copper colored bier
S: caramel malt, grain, noble hops
T: caramel, toffee, toasty grain, spicy & herbal hops
F: super smooth, excellently balanced,
O: not a traditional Munich Oktoberfestbier, but man this is so good - world class!

Oct 16, 2020
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Spike from England

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle.
L: Clear, copper colour with a couple of streams of bubbles. The off-white, soapy head leaves lots if spotty lacing.
S: Delicate & fruity.
T: Summer fruits, caramel & oak.
F: Soft mouthfeel. Negligible carbonation. It’s a märzen, so it’s sweet, but the finish is fabulously dry.
O: This is how you want your Oktoberfestbier. Sweet, smooth, flavourful, malt-forward but with a hint of hops, and moderately alcoholic.

Oct 10, 2020
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laquebrada from California

4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from 500 ml bottle. Clear orange color, big malty aroma, massive malt flavor, very viscous mouthfeel, overall this is by far my favorite marzen style fest beer.

Oct 07, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 2nd real tent beer of the year, Ayinger is sold by the 500 ml bottle size here and I have yet to see anything smaller or larger (outside of draught conditioning). Beautiful clear copper color with a creamy white head, the action is mild at first and becomes slower as the beer rests. Head proofs within 2 minutes, freshness confirmed. The smell of malts, Munich and Vienna notably and hops (though light). The flavoring is what is expected of light-bodied, unoffensive malt notes that are both rich and the star of the beer with a hint of spicy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light-bodied, a bit sweet and for nearly 6% ABV surprising smooth and slightly dry. There is a delightful butteriness that I know is found from open vat cellar conditioning, and if this beer is in fact brewed this way then perhaps this is one of the best buys. A generous 4.5/5.0

Oct 03, 2020
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BillAfromSoCal from California

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked lot L0141. Bought off a room temp shelf at Trader Joes, chilled and poured same day (Oct 1, 2020). I don't drink a lot of Marzens, but this one immediately reminded me of the great experiences at various Octoberfests. Crystal clear caramel color with lots of small bubbles rising from the sides of the glass. 3-finger white head, not creamy but rather light and relatively persistent, leaving some lacing and a very thin layer of head by the time I worked my way to the bottom of the glass. Smell and flavor both predominantly caramel (yummm) and roasted malts. clean finish with nice amount of fine carbonation on the tongue. overall a very nice example of a fall classic. I would select this one again over some of the other marzens I tried the same day.

Oct 02, 2020
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours an attractive dark gold, pretty clear overall and maybe a fingers worth of head. The aroma when opening isn’t strong but there is a little bread and grain with dark fruit there. The taste is toasty malts, bready, some spice, maybe cinnamon, there is a fruit flavor that tastes like pears and apples that peeks through on some sips, and zero presence of hops or bitterness. This was my third one and it’s a classic Marzen in a big bottle that’s great for sipping on a crisp, fall evening whenever we have one again in the high desert, prost!

Sep 28, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with strong initial head that settles away pretty quick. Nose is rich malt up front - toffee and caramel - backed by noble hops, clove, baking spice, brown bread, and a metallic element. Toffee and caramel dominate the flavor profile, a touch of dark bread through the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate, while the alcohol and fruit esters contribute to a heavier drink than its tent beer counterparts.

Sep 27, 2020
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Kubishark from Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had this twice, and I will score it based on the first time I had it, because I believe the bottle I had the second time was more than a year old.

From the first (and good) bottle, this was one of the best, possibly the best, oktoberfest beers I've ever had. Dark color, nice smell, but really outstanding taste and feel. Doesn't really get much better. (And this is my favorite style of beer.)

The second bottle was awful in comparison, and it was so disappointing too. I guess it was a leftover from last year that sat in a distributor's warehouse for a year? I really don't know how old stock would be out on the shelf like that. The date code looked like a 2019 bottle date, if I was reading it correctly.

Sep 25, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ML bottle poured into a pint glass. No date on the bottle, I'm assuming it is a 2020 Marzen.
L - Golden in color, white head melted away rapidly
S - The smell of yeast and malt, bisquit
T - Nice malt flavor with a lot of nut and of course that lager finish
F - Mouthfeel is medium, not thin but not thick as well. Decent carbonation on the finish
O - Good beer for the style, a bit more body to it than many I've tried this year

Sep 24, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised how.much I loved.this beer. Never really gotten into Oktoberfest biers and I.I always associated them with a thick sweetness but this is a wonderful beer to drink. Great full dark bread flavor with just a touch of festive spice. I have no problem imagining consuming several liters of this lovely creature in a day

Deep golden, almost copper liquid. Crystal cleat with a dense cloud of foam.
Smell is deep malts, dark bread, some festive spice
Taste is full dark crusty bready, nice little mild spice edge. Really pleasant
Mouthfeel is wonderfully dry for such a flavorful beer. Very easy to go back for another sip

Sep 20, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice golden yellow with white head. The nose is caramel, light lemon, wheat, and barley. The taste is super smooth. A light sweetness throughout. Toffee, tropical fruits, grass, bread, and maybe a slight hoppy bitterness at the end (but faint). Super easy-drinking lager!

Sep 20, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 11.2oz bottle dated the 133rd day of 2020 into a pint glass. Will note that the bottle seems much heavier and sturdier than other bottled beers I've had. the bottle seems heavier.

Pours a translucent golden copper color with about two fingers of light tan head. Very nice retention and a slight amount of lacing.

Smells strongly of sweet breads, grains, and a hint of fruit, herbals and caramel.

Taste follows. Sweetness is a little subdued but there. Nice bready taste and a bit of hop bitterness.

Smooth mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Mildly dry sweet aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is probably the best Octoberfest/Marzen I've had.

Sep 18, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; fluffy and creamy off-white head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of toast, grains, crackers and fresh bread. Hints of caramel. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. Lots of toast leading the way. More grains and breads. Some sticky caramel comes through. Malts do their thing. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid Oktoberfest. It's obviously a classic and traditional example of the style. The craftsmanship is on point. Not bad at all.

Sep 16, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic and arguably the best true Fest-Marzen. I may prefer Hacker-Pschorr or Augusteiner but I won't commit to that before a side by side tasting.
Deep amber color, slightly tan head and moderate carbonation.
Aroma is clean and malty but less Munich malt than I remember in the nose, some floral scents flit around the heady sugars.
Flavor brings that unique and unmistakable Munich malt / Marzen profile of toffee with toasted nuts.
Just terrific balance with spicy noble hop flavors and bite but the rich malt runs the show here.
The beer has a medium + body just shy of being heavy, and that unique sweet grainy, Munich malt character and subtle, tangy hop bitterness.
Lush and sweet up front, a full flavored and complex middle that's rich in toasted grain and caramel (Munich) malt with a clean finish of sweetened hop spice.
I enjoyed this with a slice of frosted carrot cake, but Bratts or grilled cheese would work - very food friendly beer.

Sep 13, 2020
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DDiFran from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper with a thick lacy head that dissipates quickly. Caramel and malt smell and flavor. Deep earthy feel. A delightful marzen. One of the best anywhere

Sep 12, 2020
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was past its prime. Last year's version I got to a bit earlier in the season and would have rated it higher, but unfortunately no tasting notes. Overall, this year's was a solid Marzen, but it was faded with slight oxidation present.

Sep 11, 2020
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Henrythegreat from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a finger or two white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of bread and caramel. Tastes the same with light toffee and some earthy floral tastes. Nice malty flavor with a mild hop presence. This is what a marzen should taste like. It has that earthy sweet taste I like in a marzen. One of the best!

Sep 11, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lighter copper gold with a small white head. Smells faintly of caramel malts and slight undertones of molasses. Taste is a golden brown malty biscuits, caramel and molasses, balanced out by slightly floral hops with a nice balancing bitterness. This beer goes down incredibly smoothly. The carbonation is incredibly small bubbles that pleasantly coat your whole mouth and tongue. This is one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. I could drink this pretty much all day because it goes down so easily. Awesome beer.

Sep 11, 2020
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finishing a 4pk of 330ml bottles obtained at The Arundel Preserve Wine & Spirits shop last week. A moderate pour into a german-style dimpled mug, yields an orangy-yellow body with a significant spongy-looking white head that eventually leaves a solid ring, spotty cap, and lots of lacing. Caramel malt notes on the nose, more on the tongue. Nice body with restrained carbonation. A very good festbier.

Sep 02, 2020
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DavidHume from Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect Octoberfest. Clear copper in color, with a lacy off-white head. Herbal noble hop aroma, with the clean smell of lager yeast in the background. Flavor is rich caramel malt, but not overly sweet, with a crisp, refreshing finish. I wouldn't change a thing.

Aug 31, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a modest head that eventually diminishes to a thin layer and leaves lacing. In the nose, it is malty with the faintest touch of caramel malts. In the mouth, it is the same - the caramel malts are muted, so it is a great oktoberfest bier!

Aug 30, 2020
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant, clear amber color with a 1 inch head that descends quickly to a ring of lace. I don't get a lot from the nose except a little caramel. Taste is caramel, very slight hoppiness and a present but not overwhelming sweetness. An almost sour bitterness lingers on the tongue, but not in an unpleasant way. Mouthfeel is a notch below medium. Overall a pleasant and enjoyable beer.

Aug 29, 2020
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