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

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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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Reviews: 1,086 | Ratings: 2,558
Photo of Try-em-all
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Faint head, medium amber color, sweet bready nose, malty, honey notes, light hop bitter at the end zone , medium dry feel, full and generally smooth.

A good amber märzen, middle of the darkness spectrum.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel. Very faint head, bubbles but no lace. Medium amber color.

Sweet bready nose

Taste is malty, bready, honey notes, faint hop bitter on the finish

Medium dry feel, full and generally smooth.

A good amber märzen, on the middle end of the darkness scale.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold color, thick, lingering head. Lot of malt and wheat aromas and flavor. Strong backbone. Interesting to try a true Bavarian Oktoberfest beer to which to compare American craft beers of the style I’ve had.

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Photo of bankboy66
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the best octoberfest style beer I have tried. It is very smooth and doesn't overdo the caramel/toffee. It is not overly sweet but is still true to the style. Must try !!

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Clear orange body, 1 finger white head.

Smell : Caramel, minerals, earthy/spicy noble hops.

Taste : See above.

Feel : Medium body, high carbonation. Dortmunder-like dry finish.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Clear orange body with a two finger white head, Aromas consist of caramel, baking spice, noble hops, and a mineral quality. Flavors are the same. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a tall stein.
Copper/orange body floats a nice 1in light tan foam that falls to a mere cap. A little cloudy, but still there are plentiful streams of bubbles can be seen rising.
Caramel, corn, roasted malt, and biscuit aromas flow nicely into the taste. A subtle nuttiness can be found in an otherwise clean and medium finish.

This ranks right up there with Hofbrau Oktoberfest.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Classic German influence; Ayinger German Purity Laws. Beautiful color; nice pure drinking Octoberfest. Excellent with or without foods. Perfect Fall or Winter beer. Note: AYINGER Brau-Weiss Hefeweissen was outstanding. 5.8% ABV.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (5.8%) but there is no date code. The beer is a wonderful golden color. It has orange hues in there too. It forms 1 finger of white head. The head is dense with small bubbles then a stack of larger bubbles on top.

S: [3.50] Caramel, some corn, carckers.

T: [4.00] Nice mix of caramel, mellow toffee, corn maltiness.

M: [3.50] Just under medium body but the lower carbonation makes it feel a little heftier.

O: [3.75] Classic Marzen flavors. Really nice mix of caramel and malts. The nose is not as nice as the flavor but the overall package works well.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Peachy honey-orange body with a massive sticky pillowy cream head. Settles back down to just patchy colonies however.

Nose provides the expected yeast and bready malts with a faint hint of honey sweetness and some spicy hops.

Leads in with an almost sourdough breadiness that marries a mild bitterness to the pastry-like yeasty/bready character with some sweet and tart fruits as well.

Finish is maybe a bit tart, but also maybe a bit on the sickly side of sweet.

Thanks @TongoRad for including this in your NBS BIF#4 box!

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Photo of Martin194
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Slightly cloudy, golden amber color, very light yellow head that goes away quickly

Smell: Yeast, bready, hints of fruits, maybe banana and raisin, some hops

Taste: Kind of a bittersweet flavor, slight banana, sugar and yeast flavor followed by hops

Feel: Pleasant carbonation, somewhat dry aftertaste

Overall: A solid beer for sure, very accessible in my opinion.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am continuing with the #OktoberfestChallenge2016, but it is back to bottles for the foreseeable future. I will miss The CANQuest (tm) in the interim.

From the bottle: "Authentic Bavarian Festival Lager"; "Brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516"; "Amber-Colored, Rich, Full-Bodied."; "Ayinger, at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, is one of the world's most respected breweries. Family owned & operated since 1878."

Once again, I utilized a large glass vessel in recognition of the 500-ml bottle. Once the cap was Pop!ped, I did not hold back & allowed the beer to flow freely into my glass. This created just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a toasty, biscuity maltiness underlain by a light, dry grassiness. This is really beginning to mess with my earlier notions/conceptions of what an Oktoberfest/Marzen is and should taste like. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big compared to others thus far, but not quite full. The taste was sweet-ish, a slight maple flavor to accompany a dry biscuit/toastiness underlain by the grassiness that seems to be prevalent in the style. Finish was more towards semi-sweet than semi-dry, although an argument could be made for either. This would probably be the upper limit as far as how much sweetness I would like in the style before my enjoyment begins to recede. YMMV.

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Photo of twage04
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear deep orange with medium-high carbonation. Aroma is a little grainy with some noble hops coming through. Taste is fairly toasty/malty a hint of skunk maybe, some noble hops. A little sweet but balanced by the toasty malt on the back end. Overall a solid offering, better than average I'd say.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Translucent orange color with a billowing, three finger off white head.

Smell: Pretzels (salty pretzels), freshly baked bread, apple pie, honey and white grapes.

Taste: Sweet and pleasantly tart flavors of green apple pastries and sultanas upfront. Toasted notes of mildly floral and bitter grains midpalate. It gives the beer a hint of smokiness. Notes of sweet bubblegum and banana on the finish. Again the beer has a really nice, understated and benevolent toasty, roasted and smokey flavor to it that adds a really nice extra dimension of complexity.

Feel: Sweet. Dry. Tart. Smokey. Vaguely bitter. Alcohol is detectable, but not distracting, contributing a pleasant warming sensation as you drink. Full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall Comments: I really enjoyed this one. Almost hellerbock like with a really rich, fruity, bready and smokey flavor that finishes dry and is sweet throughout.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color with white head. Aroma has some caramel, slight sourdough and bread crust. Taste starts with intense bread crust, slightly sweet and malty but finishes with a nice, earthy bitterness. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Although I don’t like the style too much, this one is quite good.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a two finger white foamy head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark bread, caramel malts and toffee.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Toasted bread, caramel and toffee with a nice floral finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice light finish.

O - Nice tasty Marzen. The flavors are perfect for the Fall.

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Photo of Kdubzz
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first legit German Märzen, and I'm impressed. There's much more depth and complexity than I expected out of a lager. Pours more of a dark orange than amber, not much head at all, and what'a there dissipates almost immediately. The smell is what gets me. Is that apricot? White grape? Whatever it is, there's a definite sweetness and light fruitiness to it, and the flavor follows suit. A thick, malty backbone comes through secondarily, as expected. The mouthfeel is medium with medium-low effervescence. An all around treat.

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Photo of anon
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet colour on the pour, not much a head hanging around to speak of. Smell is light, fruity, bready and yeasty. Straw and herbs.

This is one tasty brew. Plenty of bready goodness here. Straw, grass, yeast, nutty. Caramel apples, peaches, plum, some banana, raisins and pumpkin. Chestnuts, spices, more bread. Nice medium body with soft carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Excellent Marzen.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours clear gold amber orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like big fresh juicy apples, pear, grapes, mild banana, vanilla, toasty brown bread, nutty light caramel, toffee, molasses-like rich malts, brown sugar, orange pith, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich toasted cereal grains, brown bread, nutty light caramel, toffee, sweet molasses, brown sugar, some apple, pear, grape, mild banana, vanilla, orange pith, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with low carbonation. Overall a really rich and tasty Märzen-Oktoberfest.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Classic pour - color, carbonation & head all exact. Clean, simple aroma - windy German malt & fresh pumpernickel. Traditional, precise taste - crisp & refreshing with a nice kiss of bready malt goodness and lager yeast. Nowadays, a lot of this classic, unassuming beers get brushed aside because they don't beat you over the head with one gimmicked-up ingredient or another. That's a shame. This is as good of an marzen as you'll find out there, and delivers everytime.

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Photo of teromous
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't see any bottle or import date.

Appearance: The beer has a light golden color with a robust foamy white head. It looks great in a glass. Good head retention. Gpod lacing.

Aroma: It has a very big soapy floral aroma.

Taste: The taste closely follows the aroma with this flower potpourri flavor. It is very fresh tasting. I'm not getting any real malt character but the hops are outstanding, especially for an import.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice pleasant mouthfeel giving it just enough of a velvety character to deliver the flavors the way you would expect them; nice and smooth with an airy finish. For an Oktoberfest it has a bit more texture (but not heaviness) than the average beer but it just works for this beer.

Overall: It might be a bit too flowery for some but the flavors are good enough that as a general call I would recommend it. The drinking experience is just outstanding on this beer. As of drinking this (October 2016) we lucked out in having a very fresh delivery of this beer. Pick it up while it is still fresh and enjoy it!

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Photo of MNAle
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber, lightly carbonated. Tall off-white creamy, thick head that recedes moderately with thick lacing that falls just above the head. Prominent malty aroma, dark fruit, raisins, bread, sweet, figs. Taste follows the aroma, dark fruits, bread, not too sweet. Complex flavor. Good mouth feel, not too thin. There is a lot to like with this beer. Little bittering anywhere, not even in the finish, which sets it very much apart from most American so-called Oktoberfest beers. Soft and dry finish. Excellent. It stands up to its reputation as one of the best in the world of this style. A very easy drinking beer for a night at the festival.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful bread flavors pop out and defend your tongue from any rogue hop ninjas with studious malt king fu. Some alcohol tang is present but not unwelcome. Very recommended.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a modest head with a clear and calm amber color.

Smell is very strong, smelling of herbal, floral, and just general autumny notes.

Taste follows the smell, with some added malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation, just according to my taste.

This taste's like the quintessential Marzen, and is most excellent.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Another Ayinger, and another damn fine brew...

A marzen and all that it entails means a beautiful almost ocher color into the pint, with decent head and very good lacing down the glass. What struck me was it's powerful scent of spices that I also picked up while sipping it oh so slowly to just enjoy it for as long as I could. Though I wasn't much liking the high carbonation on my tongue, I easily overlooked it. This marzen/lager was one of the better ones I have had to date. Another great job by another brewer that I am admiring lots.

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