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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.77/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Oktober Fest-Marzen pours a golden color with very little head. There is a harsh malty and sour aroma. The taste is the same rather harsh, malty, and almost a bit sour. The body and flavors are light, but that is a good thing. Overall its a below average Marzen.

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Photo of mjc410
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed on paper because the internet was down.

The beer had a two-finger light tan head that hardly moved. The body was was a hazy golden-amber, with huge bubbles of carbonation. The nose was filled with a strong fruity, honey, bread aroma, which was a little sharp. The taste had a very roasted (for an O-Fest), thick flavor, like heavy bread, with light dosing of citrus. The mouth was fairly thick, too much so, with soft carbonation, despite the appearance. This beer made me grimace - I may have had a bad bottle, so I'll try to check again.

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Photo of FishGetter
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up after returning bottles. Almost like free Beer!

Pours golden amber color, semi-clear, with tall bubbly head. Good head retention.

Sweet, hoppy aroma with trace of citrus.

Caramel malt dominates first taste followed by mild hop, citrus tone. Alcohol warms at finish.

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Photo of DIM
2.84/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a clear, golden kind of apricot color. It poured with a large, sticky cap.

s: Sweet bread with some mild fruit and a not so well integrated, rough aspirin note. Maybe this is from last year? No date anywhere on the bottle so it is possible.

m: Yeah I think this might be an old bottle. No date so it gets a review anyway. This is too sweet up front and it lacks the toasty, nutty, vaguely fruity qualities I expected. The finish was a rough, kind of stale tasting bitterness.

m: Long lasting carbonation, but also a lingering "off" flavor.

o: Based on other reviews, I'd say I didn't get a fresh bottle. Thanks for thinking of me Lub, but this is why I don't buy freshness critical beer from brewers who don't date their products.

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Photo of chucksim
2.84/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served in an Ayinger glass, this beer pours a deep golden body with a frothy, off-white head. Very active bubbles.

Smell: Light bready, toffee-scented aroma. Maybe some apples, too.

Taste: Whoa, well, the malts are fairly played down flavor-wise. What remains is a restrained doughy flavor with a floral hoppiness. Noticeably more musty than other Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation - nearly flat. Slight alcohol warming comes through in the finish.

Drinkability: Not nearly as moving or stirring as some other Oktoberfests available.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.86/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange body, topped with a great rocky slighty-off-white head. Aroma is extremely sweet, with an almost orange tang to it. In taste, some hop bite to offer a slight balance to the malt sweetness, but it is far too cloying. There seems to be a lack of depth to the malt, too one-dimensional. Some yeast sediment, but no indication whether it is bottle conditioned or just loosely filtered. Disappointing, considering the brewery.

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a light clear amber with a huge (3-4 finger) white foamy head that had good retention and fairly good lacing.

The aroma was very light and mild of a toasted biscuit malt, a mild floral hop and a light doughy yeast with a hint of caramel.

The taste had an extremely light sweet malty presence from the start and finished about the same with a nice note of caramel at the end. The flavor was left hanging around for a nice long while after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall an Oktoberfest that is super light in body and flavor. Although a tasty brew it could have used a little more of both.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-orange color topped by a small, stark-white head that lingers for a while. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, lightly fruity hops, and more than a little sourness and diacetyl. Palate seems a bit off - lightly sweet malt is overshadowed by more sourness before the swallow, but finishes with a nice and mellow maltiness that somewhat redeems it. Body is nicely smooth, great for a marzen. If not for the sourness (perhaps I got a bad batch), this would be an excellent marzen.

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Photo of livingregret
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 1pt .9fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a "dirty"(read red) orange that starts w/ a lovely 1 finger head and quickly becomes a little round circle on top of my beer.

Smell: Caramel and alcohol(mild) hit the nose first followed by a bit of grains. Sweet to the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hmmm....not as sweet as I was expecting. A bread like malt really dominates the taste and ends w/ a touch of hop bitterness at the end. I barely taste any of the caramel that hits the nose. Don't really feel the alcohol in this beer. Very crisp though and goes down quite well.

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting(because of the smell) but still a good enough Oktoberfest beer.

Oddly enough a lot of people reviewed the beer as being sweet in taste and I'm getting more of the bready Maltyness and no real sweetness. Take it for it's worth I guess

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Woo-hoo shared a bottle with David this evening. Pour was the best part, all coppery and topped with a craggy thick cream colored head full of peaks and valleys. Then we took some whiffs, and unfortunately there were some metallic notes that lead to: pennies from heaven, and then of course pfennige vom himmel hoch. We got past the silliness and dove in. Somewhat sweet, tries to finish with some bitterness, but the pennies came back at the end. Sweeter than I would have liked actually that was broken up by the carbonation. Not bad, just not great.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

17oz (500mL) bottle into a mug. Brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516. 5.6% alcohol.

Crystal clear light amber color with a thin barely off-white head. Settles to a thin cap.

Sweet scents honey like scents above a slightly malty base.

Thin watery body with light sweet flavors from the malts. Not much of a hop presence, nor alcohol. Light carbonation. Almost has an artifical flavor. Extremely clean finish, almost no lingering flavor. The honey flavors slowly emerge as the beer warms.

I wasn't too impressed with thing one, especially since I usually find quality from Ayinger. It just seemed too watery and flavorless, although it did have the sweet taste of a typical Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of ChrisR123
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,575 ratings.
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