Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
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Lager - Märzen
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Ranked #5,937
4.04 | pDev: 10.4%
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4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: dark color light carb, nice frothy head that dissipates
S: nice subtle buttery smell
T: good taste, again buttery
F: amazingly smooth
Great beer, very nice light smooth feeling märzen!

Monday at 05:18 AM
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hbeimers from Illinois

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

This has to be one of the best oktoberfest beers out there. Very traditional, but also with a lot of depth of flavor. It has that beautiful orange color and malty aroma. Perfect for fall.

Nov 15, 2021
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40ontarget from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper orange color with1/2 inch of slightly off white head. The nose is malty and earthy with whole wheat toast and honey. The taste is fresh baked biscuits, pepper, cheerios, and closes with a hoppy floral note. It is clean and dry with pleasant carbonation. I could drink this anytime. Seems like I need a ham and swiss on rye with this. Very good beer!

Nov 11, 2021
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quality European marzen, great brown flavor for the fall season. Flavor has depth but not overdone and this one is smooth. If in to Marzens, put this on your pick-up list.

Nov 06, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a small white head. Smells of caramelized grain with slight bright fruit. Tastes of bright caramelized grain with bright fruit. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Oct 29, 2021
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single 500mL bottle of this festive fermentation and chilled it down at home. I poured into a Rick and Morty pub glass. I hadn’t heard of this brewer before, so I was skeptical, but review on beer advocate from you fine folks convinced me to give it a try.

Look-It pours a brilliant copper color with yellow golds and deep reds in the periphery as evening sunlight shines through. The head is one finger and off-white with a thick consistency.

Smell-It has a rich aroma that jumps from the glass. Traditional smells characteristic of this brew style are present such as honey and dark stone fruits like plum, candied cherries, and overripe figs. I also get hints of fresh cut hay after a rainstorm, honeysuckle, home-made sourdough bread, and herbal essences.

Taste-The taste is smooth, sweet, and rich. I get bready malts and honey sweetness accompanied by light toffee and a mild grassy hop bite. I also get light cracker, sugar-dusted raisin, toasted grain, and white pepper. It is medium-bodied and has gentle carbonation leading to a well-balanced flavor and clean rinse.

Overall-The flavors and aromas are complex and various. You can sip on it for a while and pick out different attributes. This is a world-class quality Oktoberfest right up there with Hoffrau’s version of the same and that is really saying something. This one is a must-try! Cheers!

Oct 21, 2021
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HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from 11.2 ounce bottle.
Look: Clear amber with 1.5 fingers of head with decent retention.
Smelling: Wheat aroma
Taste: Clean and refreshing with caramel notes and subtle hints of hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation
Overall: A very refreshing Oktoberfest style beer from an outstanding brewer.

Oct 18, 2021
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NeutroMan from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear deep amber color with a one-finger off-white head that receded but never completely went away.

S: Strong scent of sweet toasted malt, honey, stone fruit like plum and cherry, a faint hint of cinnamon. Smells delicious!

T: Caramel malt is most prominent, along with some warming spice. Mild hop bitterness complements the sweet malt nicely.

F: Medium-full bodied and with a pleasant creaminess that coats the tongue.

O: Probably my new favorite example of one of my favorite styles.

Oct 15, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange to bright bronzed color with a strong off-white head. SRM of 14.

Aroma: Moderate to relatively strong aromas of smooth caramel, toffee, brown bread, butter, and smooth malty finish

Flavor: Moderate flavors of brown bread toast, smooth caramel, toffee with a malty body. Some lightly floral and spice underneath. Rich and smooth caramel finish.

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Moderate carbonation. Caramel lingers on the palate.

Compared to Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen 10/10/21: Pours a similar color with a darker and stronger head.
11/19/21: Pours a brighter orange color. Slightly stronger aromas. More bread malt and caramel. Less toasty and earthy malt. Less woodsy. Larger and sweeter.

Overall: A fantastic Oktoberfest Marzen. Works in all aspects. Nice color and head. Stronger aromas and flavors than most. A nice and rich caramel profile. Strong, robust, and flavorful, yet authentically German. This is one of the best. (Final Rating: 4.23)

Oct 11, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An Ayinger Marzen 11.2oz. bottle poured into the 20oz. weizen glass. For starters we there is three inches of foam, that is a light tan in color over an amber beverage. The carbonation is plentiful and easy to observe in this clear beer. The head has faded to a thin cap with thick lacing left behind.
The aroma is what I hope for in a marzen, sweet malts, bread dough, and a touch of pepper spice.
The flavor is smooth, sweet, bready, with a light pepper spice finish that you may find lightly bitter.
.The feel is smooth and creamy but not overly filling. I think I could make a day of these. This beer not only looks good, it tastes great also.

Oct 08, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

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

Bottled 6/10/21

Moving right along with the Oktoberfest tasting, we have another supplied by Half Time. This one I’m excited for, as Ayinger makes quality beer, and this one in particular is sitting at #4 for the style currently. I have high hopes, so let’s crack this one open and see what it’s all about

Pours a clear amber gold with 2 fingers of off white head that fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

This is sweet in the nose for sure, but the balance I crave is there. I’m picking up on aromas of sweet honey, plum, earthy hops, toasted grain, caramel malt, and light white pepper

And the balance translates wonderfully into the taste here. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting earthy hops, caramel malt, white pepper, light cracker, and a touch of raisin. The swallow brings notes of sweet honey, golden raisin, brown sugar, toasted grain, and light spicy hops

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth and refreshing beer. Finishes off dry with a balanced sweetness

This one was just great. Went very well with a bowl of chili, I’ll have to get some more

Sep 30, 2021
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Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

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

Pours clear light copper with a touch of head. Aroma and taste are caramel and malt for miles, a little bready, a little sweet. Mouthfeel is medium and adds to the drinkability. Among the best of the 'fests.

Sep 25, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a caramel-gold colored body with a cream colored froth head that billows then settles to a thin murky cap with defined halo and leaves a moderate amount of thin sudsy lacing behind as it goes.

aroma is cinnamon bun with a tinge that I can only really describe as "natural" - perhaps it's the water used? odd as it may sound, it just seems...clean, without being "clean"

taste is really diverse. aside from the obvious caramel malt notes and decent hop amount, there is a certain spiced nature that warms and wakes you up, complimented by light citrusy notes

mouthfeel is mid-level carbonation and medium-light bodied that runs fairly smooth with occasional prickle, before finishing dry and leaving a ginger-spiced hopped up aftertaste. \

easy, yet complex and unique. truly great stuff here

Sep 23, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at WECO Biergarden

A finger's fine white head which quickly dissipated, leaving a few surface islands, no lacing. Clear copper color.
Faint honey, mineral, cinnamon bun aromas.
Taste is where this beer really excels. Light toast, caramel, floral hops, pepper, ginger, light citrus.
Smooth full feel with a light bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation.
Another super drinkable märzen.

Sep 21, 2021
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring 330 ml bottle into my .5 L dimple mug. Bottle is part of 12 beers of Oktoberfest from Half Time.
Review is part of BA Oktoberfest tasting event.
The beer is chilled before pouring.
Goes into my mug a bright chestnut color with frothy eggshell white head of about 2cm. The foams fades quickly to nothing and I dont get any lattice on my glass during sips or swirls.
Aroma is caramel and whole grain toasted bread notes. My daughter says she smells cinnamon, I dont but its fun to see what her nose tells her.
I dont really get any hop profile amd abv is totally hidden.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with medium and fairly assertive carbonation. Texture is smooth and the beer drinks easy.
Flavor is toasted grain bread and some caramel. Not overly sweet but definitely a caramel flavor. I also get some nutty character and a finish that leaves some spicy hop notes across my palate. Sort of a black tea note that lingers. Not abv hints here either.
Very easy drinker and tasty too. I could definitely empty many of these mugs.
Glad to have finally reviewed this beer!

Sep 19, 2021
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mbostenbeer from Massachusetts

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

L- deep amber
S - roasted malt, nuttiness
T - balanced between fruitful and spiced.
F- smooth with fair carbonation
O - great example of style of beer

Sep 18, 2021
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, golden amber with a thick cap of frothy head.

Smell is bready and a bit sweet with some floral hints. Notes of plums, rye bread and caramel.

Taste is bready, sweet and a bit nutty. A bit toasted with notes of dried fruit, caramel and some spiciness. Soft bitterness with some knäckebröd on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall, a very well made Märzen.

Sep 18, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into pub mug to see color.
Poured copper amber with a two finger pale yellow/beige head.
The aroma was faint for me, most are as my sniffer seems defective. So the malts I did get may or may not be accurate.
The taste, interesting- pepper seemed to open the show, not what I expected but not off putting. Biscuity malts play a major role in this and some grassy flavors I think are from the hops.
The feel was remarkably smooth despite of or maybe because of the constant tiny bubble carbonation.
OA, this was my first German Marzen and I thought it was quite good, certainly better than the other one (American) that I had last night.

Sep 16, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. White head with a little lace. Clear light copper color.

Caramel, bready, and biscuity malts. Toasted crackers. Grassy hops. Nice feel. Easy drinking. Very solid fest bier.

Sep 13, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous copper body and full head. Smell is sweet and malty, with honey and caramel dominating, cracker malt, and hints of floral hops and spice. Taste is more of that caramel, and wonderful sweet honey. Nice floral hops in there too, as well as a bit of spice. Feel is lightly dry, and very smooth.
Overall, my new fave Oktoberfest beer. There’s a nice variety of malt profiles that are balanced by the hops on the finish. A nice alcohol warmth too, especially for a sub 7%.

Sep 12, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light honey amber with good head that leaves a pretty ring of bubblebath lacing. Malts dominate the nose, the dominant one being more molasses than caramel. Underneath that there is toastiness, and a subtle earthiness. The taste is again dominated by the sweet molasses-caramel malt, subtle toastiness, then gentle bitterness from earthy and flower petal undercurrents. None of the bready/biscuit malts I love in the style. It goes down smooth and finishes more balanced than it starts, but still on the sweet side, with the alcohol hidden fairly well. Overall a solid example of the style, a bit simple in its flavour profile, and lacking a certain character that I love in a Märzen, but still good.

Sep 06, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice clear nutmeg color with moderate and steady carbonation and dense, creamy lacing hanging out on top.

S - Toasted caramel malt aroma dominate along with that Marzen nuttiness.

T - Caramel malt toastiness with a little bit of graininess, nutty, biscuity malt and some earthy citrus bitterness on the very back end. Very nicely balanced with a slight nod towards the sweeter side. There's also a touch of spicy earth.

M - Medium body.

O - I really don't care for thius style but this one is quite good and probably one of my favorites for the style.

Sep 04, 2021
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Jmsandberg17 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

0.33 L bottle pours a light golden orange with off-white foamy head that recedes to a ring around the edge. Smell is very grainy, nice roasted malts and aromatic hops present. The flavor has less of the caramel notes that I really love in Märzens, favoring instead a less sweet malt profile and more hop presence. The bitterness is unusually astringent, and I am not a big fan of the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly bubbly, but it then moves to notable astringency alongside the bitter hop flavor. Overall, not really what I like in a Märzen, but I can see why people like it. Probably will not buy again, instead opting for Paulaner's offering.

Sep 03, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess I somehow thought this would be better considering all the hype around it but idk I just don't feel like this is the best I'll ever have or something lol. Idk it's pretty good though I agree with the generally positive comments.

Sep 02, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single 11.2oz bottle Village Bottle Shop
L1082 on bottle so 151 days old
Smells lightly of caramel
Clear amber color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of malt, caramel, a little molasses sweetness, light bitterness finish
Overall a good marzen. Simple and straightforward. Something I would drink a lot of if it were cheaper.

Aug 22, 2021
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