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

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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #5
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,973
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 10.67%
Reviews:
1,176
Ratings:
2,823
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
 
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Photo of HellsRanger
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is all what October fest is all about...well use to be !! A pure German tasting beer, and not a yellow imitation. I understand it has become to cost effective anymore for fest...what a shame.
This is a very good brew, and must try...with lots of the attributes of a nice German lager, flair, and flavor that make it a very enjoyable drink. This Marzen rocks ! PROST !!!!
If you like a good German lager...well this is it. Enjoy, Prost !!

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Photo of OlaB
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a medium top off white head that dissolves slowly. Aroma is of malts, bread, toffee, caramel, spices and earthy hops. The taste is sweet with nice malty tones. Presence of bread, toffee and caramel that is ballanced nicely with the sweetness.
The finish has some spices and earthy hops notes with a slight bitterness. Nice lenght in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A really nice example of a märzen. Nice tasting and enjoyable.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bubbly 1 finger head. Perfect color of hazy apricot with a tinge of amber. Beautiful lacing

S: Malt, grains, wheat, biscuits, yeast, light caramel, and just a touch of nuttiness

T: Bready and malty through out. There is a bit of herbacious hop character, just enough to keep the beer balanced. A little bit of spices. Smooth as can be. Perfect carbonation.

O: This is the quintessential octoberfest beer. I can see myself drinking this all day and all night

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Photo of SLP
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Sweet marzen style. The best of the best. But not a fest session beer. Probably to sweet for that. But I look forward to it every year. This year there seems to be as much as I need in the local market. A bit pricy. Sams Octfest would be a cheaper alternative in my opinion. But this is an excellent brew. Prost!

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours about two fingers of pillowy white head into my mini mug. Retention is phenomenal, not losing even a quarter of an inch after 5 minutes. Body is a deep brownish orange. A big amount of bubbles coming up. Visibility is pretty high. Looks exactly like it should so far, wonderful.

Nose is toffee, caramel, bread, mineral. Mineral fades and the beer starts coming through very sweet as it warms a little, now more syrupy. Having a really hard time breaking down this nose because it smells sweeter than a lot of the marzen’s I’ve had recently, but I can’t definitively say it’s off style, highly unlikely considering the brewery. Either way, too rich for me personally.

Flavor is more put together, but certainly too rich for me and for the style. This is what I remember marzen’s tasting like 10 years ago when I first tried them, sugar bombs. While marzen’s are always malty, they are deceptively well attenuated, not here though. Not much else to say, not horrible, but I would say a miss for sure.

Carbonation is medium, maybe a touch below, impressive considering the amount of nucleation. There are some faintly noticeable hops here, which do some small work in cutting the sweetness, but it is largely to no avail. Body has a little weight to it, but remains relatively light. Sugars are quite cloying – hence the main issue here. Moments of mineral dryness come through, but those are fleeting. Would be a good mouthfeel if the sugars were not such an issue.

Drinkability is ok, but is certainly hurt by how sweet this is.

Appearance turned out quite nice. The head eventually dissipated, but the retention was very impressive. Lacing was not perfect, but very good.

I wish I could say I don’t know what I’m talking about, but I have been drinking a fair amount of marzen’s over the last year and this definitely flirts with being too sweet. Really a hard beer to grade because this is the only real flaw, but it is quite a big one in my opinion.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into glass boot.
Rich amber honey transparent body, faint off-white head lays out to a fine film quickly.
Smells rich and caramel , malty, earthy
Taste is nice and bold, not too sweet, and clear, but slightly less carbonated than I expected.
Smooth and bold and very good overall!

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Labirratorium. En vaso de hefe de Bavaria. Jugando a Slay the Spire. Cuerpazo lleno de rica malta acaramelada con el ligero y agradable toque de oxidacion que tanto me gusta

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass.

Pours crystal clear orange-gold with a nice solid head and lacing.

The aromas are slightly sweet even for the style, with caramel malts, followed by doughy/bready yeast notes. However, there are grassy and floral hops lurking in the background that help balance.

The brew has plenty of malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue, but bready and biscuity yeast and grassy hops swiftly arrive in midstream to provide a welcome delicious balance. Hints of citrus and earthy hop notes finish the brew nicely.

The brew is solidly medium, and one of the fuller-bodied takes on the style, but good carbonation helps keep the beer from getting weighed down.

If the brew had just a bit less sweetness it would be up another level. As-is, it is a great example of a classic style.

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Photo of klarcbarr3
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I have been an avid consumer of Ayinger Celebrator for a decade, and consider it a world class dopplebock.

With that enthusiasm, I decided to give Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen a try. There are American Marzens I enjoy, notably Great Lakes Octoberfest. However, busting into this 4 pack, I find myself dissapointed. The beer pours a muddy , brown color. Everything from the nose to the carbonation seems basically average. The taste also, was drinkable, but undistinguished. Perhaps I am not a fan of European Marzens, and prefer the spin American brewers put on the style. This is an ok beer, but I expected so much more from the creator of the distinguished Ayinger Celebrator.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Light copper/amber with amazing clarity and a large light tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a small head that sticks around.
S - Sweet malts and bready yeast along with notes of caramel and spices - brown sugar and some cloves
T - Follows the nose: sweet malts and bready yeast dominate up front and throughout along with notes of caramel, spices, cloves, brown sugar - a little bit of fruitiness - raisins and a little banana
F - Medium bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Light and crisp.
O - An incredible Oktoberfest - one of the best I've had. Hits all the marks of the style nearly perfectly.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good Oktoberfest marzen, with a warm and sweet character, rich and full of flavor, without being too heavy or dense... Clear amber color with a medium-tone, and an off-white head a finger-or-two high in my dimpled mug... Suggests some herb and clove on the nose, followed by impressions of a warm sweet brown bread, with some honey and spice on the sip - maybe orange peel and brown sugar, too... Lighter toasty and woody notes hover over honeyed clean grains, and present a moderate sweetness with just a subtle bitterness on the finish... Mild chewiness to the body, with a little viscosity; leaves a faint shellac lingering on the after-palate...

My second favorite märzen, after the Hacker-Pschorr - and really just a personal taste preference - I found this Ayinger märzen to be sweeter and more full-bodied - more "festive-feeling" lol - richer and fuller; whereas I felt the Hacker Pschorr märzen was a little lighter, leaner, more crisp, and less sweet...

The Ayinger bottle I had has "L9144" printed on the label.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle

pours a clear dark amber copper color, thick white head. excellent head retention. aroma is slightly sweet - grainy and bready. similar flavor, well balanced, the sweetness is mild. a touch of grassy earthiness. medium bodied and smooth feel.

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Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color with a finger of head. The nose has something a little perfume-like to go with the breadiness. The flavor profile has a nice combination of malt, bread and nuts but the whole thing is muted and lacking the robust flavors that I enjoy in this style.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 3rd - Oktoberfest beer seems right.
Clear tawny amber pour with puffy finger off white head and carbonation streaming up glass.
Caramel malt on the nose, fresh baked bread, brown sugar, hint of banana and clove.
Taste clean smooth caramel malt, some fruitiness - date, raisin bread, sweet yam, touch of banana .
Medium mouthfeel - clean, bright - low moderate carbonation - finishes smooth and creamy with minimal bitterness.

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Photo of yuriyt
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass from bottle. Thick foam that dissipates quickly. Color is a deep auburn-amber. Aroma is sweet and grainy. Flavor is dominated by roasted malts and finish is very dry. Medium light body. Nice beer, surprisingly dry despite having a complex malt character.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent copper color, topped with an inch of fine, khaki suds. Mild aroma smells of caramel, toffee, and apples.

The taste features ample quantities of caramel and noble hops, augmented by notes of toasted bread, apple skin, and grain husk. Medium-light body and robust carbonation make for a crisp, lively mouthfeel and a dry finish.

Overall, this is a solid, flavorful Oktoberfest that shows off the hallmarks of the style. It's a little sweeter than I typically look for in the style, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Riff
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a thick off-white head. Smell is caramel and bread. Taste is caramel, grass, toffee, and lightly bready. Medium feel, lightly carbonated. It's a nice, easy drinking Oktoberfest. Wouldn't say it's my fav but I certainly wouldn't have any problem buying more.

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Photo of wvbelgique
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber color. Lasting full head. Bright whole grain bread aroma and a toasty malt flavor without being sweet. Plenty of Hops are there for appropriate bitterness. Feels good and solid on the tongue. Everything works together so well. As in most of their beers, they achieve a balance of flavors that others often miss. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think they brew this beer primarily for the North American market. It seems to have so much more flavor than the typical Munich Oktoberfest brews.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle. Dark amber color with pillowy white head. Lovely malt and grassy aroma after opening the bottle. Medium feel, light carbonation. Rich malt body with light floral hops on the finish. Outstanding, the best Oktoberfest I've had.

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Photo of gvickery
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Light amber, crystal clear.
Smell: Sweet, brown bread, anise, toffee, toast, very slight sulphur.
Taste: Malty, brown bread, slight molasses, mineral water, floral, honeyish.
Overall I haven’t had anything better than this in the style. It is so well made, I put this in the same category as enjoying a fine bourbon or cigar. It’s really nice. Cheers

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Photo of Navanation
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear cooper color. Big head that reduces to a ring that follows the beer down the glass. Combination fest-marzen leads to a very easy drinking beer that is not overly malty or sweet. Nicely balanced. Tremendous example.

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Photo of ThomasBrady
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Oktoberfest beers along with Odell's iteration. Pricey for the quality, I feel like there are other Marzen-style brews out there that don't cost you almost 4 dollars for a pint. Nevertheless, it is a great and very complete beer. Sometimes with these styles of beer, it feels like malt is just mixed with water, not so with Ayinger. Enjoy the experience as it is well-crafted and delightful

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Photo of Beers-es
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a clear light amber. Smell and taste have a honey-malt quality. Hops lay in the background but provide some nice offsetting bitterness.

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Photo of Edzona
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This offering from Braueri Aying has been THE standard for the style for as long as I can remember. As of today, 08/30/2019, that has not changed. As a beer consumer, we are always looking for something different. But there are some things that should be , and are, traditional. Traditions are offerings, pairings, past-times that stand the test of time, hence the term. Ayinger Fest-Marzen is that tradition anticipated from the last season. There are always others, especially craft American offerings, vying for attention, yet most are sub par per style. Authentic is authentic. No other brew from any other brewery can match the malt profile, the hop balance, the steady head and lace. I refuse to get pretentious and try to apply flowery character in prose to describe the flavor, look, mouthfeel and aromas. There is correct, and not so correct, to outright so badly incorrect as to dump it, offered in this category. If you want the best of the correct style offerings, look no further.

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Photo of KS_Augsburg
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion, this is the best Märzen beer today. It is rich, dark yellow in color, rich malt flavor but not too sweet (my #1 complaint with other Märzen), very enjoyable. Even if you normally prefer a Festbeer over a Märzen, try the Ayinger Fest Märzen - it is one of the all-time best beers ever.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 2823 ratings