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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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#3,527
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1,118
Ratings:
2,639
pDev:
10.75%
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 1 pint tall bottle that I purchased perhaps a month ago, I kept it ice cold and ready for when an amber malt craving struck. Poured a color reminiscent of dark honey, like a yellow to orange sunset with a creamy head that broke quite quickly. Aroma was marvelously fruity and spicy, with ample aromatic malt character. Taste was a layered blend of caramel and cherry fruit, floral vanilla, a darker malt note like faint molasses, and herbal hops that recall black tea. Semi-chewy body but not that much residual sweetness, just enough to balance some spice that replaces the sweet malts and fruit for the finish. The whole flavor palette integrates as you drink and yet the individual components become more salient as well. I love beers that actually reveal more of themselves as you proceed. A prime example of how complex and aromatic a well-crafted lager can be. Malt-forward but with enough fruit and spice from yeast and hops to provide balance and nuance. I am a bit of a Luddite when it comes to beer, pro-Reinheitsgebot when it comes to non-Belgian offerings and this sort of brew gives me strength.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of fourstringer
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a glass stein. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the bottle, but from 2014.

A: Light amber body with excellent clarity. Towering 3 fingers of off-white, rocky head. Solid retention. Nice lacing. Looks great in the stein.

S: Lightly roasted malt with notes of nuts, bread, caramel. Trace floral, noble-type hops. More fruit as it warms - grape, apple juice.

T: Opens with an airy malt and nuttiness with a somewhat surprising degree of sweetness that surges early and quickly fades. Yields to a nicely balanced hop bitterness and semi-dry, clean finish. Scant grain and trace of hops in the aftertaste. No alcohol presence of significance.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation with medium to light body. Quite drinkable.

O: Quaffable and tasty Marzen. Downed a liter of this lickety-split. Let it warm up a bit and you will appreciate added layers of complexity without any drop in drinkability. This is when this one really shines.

Prost!

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Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a big froth white head, damn good head retention with a bubbly rocky formation.

Smell: Whiffs of mild alcohol, caramel to the point of it being a melanoidian-like aroma with undertones of bread and cracker graininess. Sweet to the nose.

Taste: Medium to full in body with a superb texture, smoothness and crispness position for dominance. Hard bread like malt flavours that are almost cracker like. Restrained hop bitterness is slapped around by the malt for a little while and seems to never recover but still have the strength to balance. Malt flavour is big, sweetness wraps around the tongue and leaves a big impression of malt. Alcohol is squashed in the middle of the malt character yet still lends a sweet and spicy ghost like ester. Finally some spiciness comes through from the hops and mellows the malt and drops a trail of leafy herbal hop flavour also. Complex dry grain and husk linger.

Notes: Oktoberfest in the raw, seems a little rushed from years before. Flavours are not well blended and out of whack with a need to mellow out some more. Perhaps the yeast strain is getting a little stir crazy also? Enough of the babble, this is a decent brew and might beer hard to get used to. Some may like it some may not.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into willibecher glass

A: Creamy tiny bubbled white head sits atop an amber light caramel body with good clarity.

S: Bready sweetness, caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, and a light touch of crushed nuts

T: Lots of caramel toffee sweetness wth a deep doughy bready finish almost a little bit of a fruity finish raisins or dates

M: Smooth as silk rich but not cloying lower carbonation makes this beer drink much more dense and heavy than it is.

O: Excellent, just pure perfection in a bottle easily the best richest most complex Octoberfest I have had to date. You are doing yourself a disservice by not drinking this.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold with thick head and sticky lacing. Loads of carbonation in this one. Smells wonderful, malty goodness with some biscuit and honey. Taste is so good, this beer is beyond smooth, loads of flavor, bread, malt, sweet notes of honey, just awesome. Light to medium feel, one of my favorite Oktober Fest beers.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev 0%

500 ml bottle, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold/amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel and bready malt, honey, and light earthy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of apple and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good Oktoberfest brew, I'd buy this again in the future. $3.49 a bottle.

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Photo of hyuga
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 release. Pours a very hazy orange with a big frothy soap bubble head. Aroma of yeast, bread-like and grainy malt, along with a bit of alcohol presence. Bread-like malt dominates the palate, along with a malty sweetness. Hops are along for the ride, but struggle to hang on, showing themselves occasionally. Spicy alcohol and a seperate spicy character are present in the background. Grainy and sweet dry finish. This is a bit aggressive for a märzen. That's part of what makes it good, although I did find the alcohol presence to be a bit too much for the style. Still great to sit down with a half-liter (or better yet, a liter) of.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Brauerei Aying
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Date Reviewed: September 26th, 2014
1 pint, 0.9 fluid ounce bottle
Glass: Nonic Pint

Eyes: Clear copper body with the slightest tint of amber. Pretty average head, a bit over two-fingers deep. Not a whole lot of lacing. Creamy/bubbly cap on top.

Nose: Sweet and spicy malts. Caramel corn. Mostly malts, however there is a faint note of floral hops.

Mouth: Sweet and toasty malts up front. Very mild hops kick in and bring the perfect amount of spice with them. Moderate-high carbonation. Smooth finish. Goes down nicely.

Overall: This is how it should be done. Textbook example of an Oktoberfest. The balance is nearly spot-on. Give me your biggest mug.

90 (A)

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Photo of zac16125
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

500mL bottle into a mug
no bottling dates

A: Pours a crystal clear copper/amber color with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white head that dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves almost no lacing. 3.75

S: Very malty, lots of caramel malt, toasted, nutty, a bit of sugary sweetness, doughy, faint spiciness. Well done. 4

T: Lots of sweet malts, some spicy hop notes, a bit floral, caramel malt. Good amount of spice, with sweet malts to balance it out. Quite nice. 4

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied, carbonation on the higher end- a touch too much for my liking, drinkability is good. 3.5

O: Nice example of the style. Blanket statements are dangerous, but in general the American breweries tend to do a pretty poor job of emulating this style, and in the rare occurrence that I will go for an Oktoberfest, it will nearly always been one from one of the traditional German powerhouses. 4

Overall: 3.93

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Photo of RBorsato
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold color with a nice tan head and good carbonation throughout leaves good lace. Light bready, grainy and hop aromas. Good balanced flavor: grainy, bready, a bit nutty, and a bit hoppy (for the style). Lighter bodied than most but leans medium and smooth. May seem so due to good carbonation.

[17 oz]

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Photo of jkblr
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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 bowzer4birdie
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Creamy, malty, full-bodied beer which is one of the hallmarks of the style. Hard to believe it took me this long to try it but now that I have, it will be a part of my regular 'fest rotation.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into dimpled mug; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours crystal clear deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big cracker, bread dough, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light honey, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, bread dough, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light honey, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, bread dough, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, honey, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.8%. Overall this is a fantastic Oktoberfest! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Amazingly rich and complex Munich malt flavors, with balancing noble hops. A highly enjoyable offering, and pristine style example.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expectations were high considering the excellent reputation of Ayinger. I was also looking forward to trying an authentic German Marzen in this appropriate season.
It poured a clear amber color with visible carbonation. A large billowing foam head rises to the top. It displays excellent retention, its look reminding me of a soft cloud.
Foremost in the aroma is a rich malt profile. Toasted grain, bread crusts, biscuit and freshly baked rolls. Yet, there is greater complexity to it than just the malt. At first the yeast gives off a banana aroma. There is even a hint of herbal hops, which is followed later on by a more spicy noble hops and grassy aroma.
In the mouth it is like a tasty liquid bread treat. Medium bodied with a silky and creamy malt finish. The toasted malt flavor is nicely offset by a subtle coating of lemon. The medium carbonation, along with the noble hops spice, adds a moderate but bold prickle. The hops also provide a nice floral tone and just the right amount of light bitterness for balance. Midway, the carbonation eases up and some light caramel and banana sweetness comes through.
Great drink ability along with an understated complexity. Perhaps the best Oktoberfest I've ever had.

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Photo of shortkut
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am an outlier because I prefer beers in the style of oktoberfests. This is the best oktoberfest I have had (or can remember at the moment). It is good from the first sip until the bottle is finished. No awkward initial tastes until the palate adjusts. This beer is worthy of the 5 i wanted to give it, but it seems like I had to justify it

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Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev 0%

I have said over and over I am not a huge fan of the style, yet I have bought a few to compare this season to make sure I am not overly critical. I guess my palate has been wrecked from drinking so many IPA's and DIPA's this summer. Nevertheless, this one is pretty damn good for a cool early fall evening. Price isn't bad considering its a half liter.

Color: Typical Marzen. Maybe a bit lighter than some American offerings.

Aroma: Malts, caramel, sweetness, virtually no hop aroma. Actually, to me I get none.

Taste: This one is a stand out to me. I assume this one was fairly fresh because they guy said it had just come in. It tasted fresh. Crisper than the other Oktoberfest beers I have recently tried. Which I like about this one. Still a bit too malty for my personal preference. This is a beer you could session the hell out of though. They really don't have a lot of flavor other than caramel and some sweetness, but not overly cloying with this one, which I think some American styles do border on.

Overall: One of the better representations of the style. I guess for good reason its an actual German Marzen.

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Photo of P-funk
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Nicely done fest bier.

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Photo of Tele
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Pours reddish-gold with a two-inch light tan head.

S: 4.25 Lots of honey up front followed by toasted bread, yeast, banana, grass, esters, and cinnamon.

T: 4 Like the nose, there’s a lot of honey going on. The bready malt and yeast compliment the honey and cinnamon well. Flavors are a bit more and Belgian than I was expecting, but the malt still brings German flavors as well.

M: 4.25 Fairly rich and thick, but still easy drinking. The carbonation is a bit low which works well considering the flavors in this beer.

O: 4.25 This beer has a lot going on for the style. Interesting and satisfying without being too heavy. Great for the transition into winter.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mug. It pours a clear amber with copper hues and one finger of foamy, milk-white head and extensive lacing that did not dissipate through the pour. It smells of dark bread, nuts, spice, and a whiff of caramel. The taste is sweeter than the smell with abundant caramel, bready malt, nuts, spice, and a slight apple or raisin fruitiness at the finish. It is medium-bodied with pleasant carbonation, and the 5.8% ABV is barely noticeable. This is a very easy drinking beer. Overall, it is a delightful Marzen that is perfect for outdoor drinking on a crisp autumn afternoon. It's one of the best Marzens I've had.

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Photo of Roser
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

A- big foamy ivory white head that lasted a long time and left pretty decent lacing. Clear, amber, honey gold. Most appealing.

S- clean, malty, bready, (slightly) spicy.

T- toasted malts, biscuity, caramel. Very, very pleasant.

M- light, smooth. Excellent balance.

O- very nice. A solid brew. Never used to be a big fan of Marzen/Oktoberfest, but starting to enjoy more and more. Would have again (and again) and definitely recommend.

Cheers!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev 0%

Radiant orange body with a small white cap. Aromas of lager yeast, subtle spice, fruity malt. Smells true to style. Clean and easy drinking. A good Oktoberfest bier is a thing of beauty. It's that time of year. A solid German brew.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber color with a bit of an orange tint. Mild haze. Large, frothy tan colored head which lasts forever. Continuous bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass keeping the head from ever completely disappearing. Good sticky lacing.

Heavy caramel malt on the first whiff. Some nuttiness. Faint spice, maybe nutmeg. Honey and pear.

Taste is as malty as the aroma. Caramel and toffee. Raw grain, biscuit, and honey. Some apple and pear flavors.

Medium body with a rich, sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Medium+ carbonation. Sweetness lingers.

A nicely done Oktoberfest style beer. Super malty. Very rich flavors. Another great beer from Ayinger.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a little orange tint to it with a pretty nice head,the aroma is very doughy and and toasted.The taste is pretty sweet at first with some definent bread-like undertones,there is a dryeness in the finish.I like a good marzen to have more sweetness to it this is a little dry but It is pretty well made and drinkable.

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