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

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1,045 Reviews
Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,045 | Ratings: 2,410
Photo of puck1225
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful creamy head formed poured into a pint glass. Nice lacing and an eye catching golden orange. Great crisp taste, malty and a bit floral. I always enjoy the beers from Ayinger.

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful amber/copper clear color with an inviting and pillowy ivory white head. The foam reluctantly receded, leaving behind welcoming tracks. On the first sniff, I noticed some spice from the noble hops followed by sweet malt, bread and caramel. The taste brought the malt, backed up with a gentle bitterness and spiciness. Compared to my current benchmark - the 2015 SN - this is more subtle and complex. Medium-bodied with a clean and slightly tangy finish.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the Publican in Chicago. Not a huge lager or Marzen fan, but happy to finally taste one of these German classics fresh - most bottles in the US are quite old. Much better than the bottled German Marzens I have had in the past.

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Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 500ml bottle into a glass boot. Hazy light amber with a 3 finger khaki head. Excellent retention with some good lacing on the boot. Toasted malts with a nice biscuit and caramel aroma. Noble hops help contain the sweet aromas. Very pleasant flavor for an Oktoberfest that is not overly sweet. Doughy and bready with crisp, earthy hops. Medium in body and carbonation make this a joy to drink. Now go get yourself a glass boot!

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Photo of Catracho5
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a stein

Pours a burnt orange, copper color, no head retention, some lacing, clear, looks about a medium bodied beer. Smells of toasted bread, caramel, sweeter than other Marzens I've tasted, grain, wheat aroma, no alcohol on the nose, more caramel than toasted notes. A hit of caramel up front, leading into some grain, wheat flavors, some sweetness, finishes with a hint of spice, some bitterness. Mouthfeel, a slightly sticky finish on the palate, some carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Very enjoyable, grain, wheat, grass characteristics increase and a decrease on the sweetness as the beer warms, a solid offering from Ayinger.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color and crystal clear. Light colored head gives way to a lacy remnant that stays with it to the end. Taste is distinctly malt with a rich aroma. Seems drier and lighter than its American counterparts, the closest is New Glarus Staghorn. Eminently drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear light orange, and smells of caramel and bread. Tastes similar with an easy light-medium body and a sweetness that stays backed by a good amount of carbonation. A great example of this classic (and one of my personal favorite) styles. Prost!

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden reddish orange with a huge rocky head
S: sweet caramel, hay
T: caramel, walnuts, melon, hay, honey as well. Long earthy hop finish
M: SOFT mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation
O: lovely marzen. each sip is a pleasure. will buy again.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Libeertarian
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a crystalline amber, lighter, but duller than copper. Well-retaining, fine, sudsy, very light tan head. Bread first, then sweet caramel on the nose. Later bread comes back. Tastes of caramel up front, but more toffee-like in the back, bready throughout, with pleasant herbal but nearly spicy hop follow-up just as its going down, works great with the breadiness for an overall flavor of crust! Well-rounded in the flavor department. Lighter side of medium in body, with gentle, but prickling carbonation of moderate level. Nice crisp finish and a somewhat nutty/woody immediate aftertaste.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and malty aroma. Toasted bread, dried apricots. Crisp and clean lager character. Brown sugar, and perhaps a little grassy hops.

Pours brilliant copper orange with off white head. Good retention, ok lacing.

Very rich and almost sweet malt upfront but finishes quite dry. Big and bready. Some hops, somewhat herbal-like.

Medium body, slightly silky. Medium carbonation. Sweetness upfront with long but dry malty finish.

Very rich but easy drinking. Lots of malt going on without being cloying.

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Photo of VikingBeer
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks inviting, pouring a pretty golden-straw color, with a head that lasts a couple of minutes and semi-persistent lacing.

S: Well, it smells like...a bit of caramel and honey malts, and not a great deal else. Not too much in the nose, really.

T: Here we go. Malt, malt, and more malt leads the way, with big flavors of raw buckwheat honey, dulcet de leche, crackers, and a hint of roasted nuts. A kiss of spicy, herbal, floral hop flavors rolls in on the back, with a hint of pepper to close out the action.

A very nice, classic German Marzen; expect no new-world hop punch, but embrace the malts, fire up the grill for some fresh bratwurst and knockwurst, whip up some German hot potato salad, and tap a keg of this stuff. Skål - whoops, I mean "prost," of course!

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Photo of Tilly
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber pour with a great white head.
Grant, earthy, citrus, and malt aromas.
Floral, lemon, bread, yeast sweet taste.
Great crisp mouth feel. Small bitterness.
Delicious Marzen.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with lots of lively carbonation. Head is 2 inches of off-white frothiness. Retention is solid and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Smells like Autumn in a nutshell. Inviting aromas of caramelized malts, sweet breads, and pumpkin spice initially, then citrus, caramel, and black pepper like spiciness. Great and inviting aromas.

T: Pumpkin spice up front then flavors of caramel, sweet bready malts, and clove. Citrus, black pepper, and some nice hop flavors on the finish. Everything a Oktoberfest should have.

M: Medium in body and carbonation, with a crisp smooth feel. Leaves a nice linger bitterness/spiciness and is very pleasantly easy drinking.

O: An absolute classic and true example of a great Oktoberfest. I impatiently look forward to Autumn every year and this brew is a huge reason why. (That beautiful changes in nature & football season, whats not to love?) Truly an absolute must try seek out and enjoy.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep, dark, golden amber-color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice, bready, toasted malt aromas, imparting notes of freshly baked soft pretzels and dinner rolls, followed by some caramel and black pepper. As most Oktoberfest beers, there’s very little in the way of hop aromas.

Taste: Delicious! Lots of toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel-like sweetness, and some black pepper. Again, most Oktoberfest beers, there’s very little in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent German Oktoberfest beer! Malty, sweet and utterly delicious! Highly recommended. I can’t wait to try other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not being too picky but I prefer oktoberfests to be slightly more bittering. My favorite style and this is an amazing beer don't get me wrong. But would have got 5/5 if the sweet aftertaste was not lingering on my tongue making it feel filmy, but it was only as it warmed. But still. An excellent beer will love to buy again.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-head dissapeared
- citrus and spice notes light yeasts notes
- a slightly sweet beer with subtle spices and a slight citrus taste.
-one of the smoothest beers i have had
- decent Oktoberfest not my favorite but a good beer none the less

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Photo of shortkut
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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 DoctorZombies
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium amber (12) with off white head. Ok lacing in my SAPP. Semi sweet fruit/Apple nose and whisper of spice. Semi sweet, lite fruit start. Lite mouthfeel and tasty tongue coating. Overall a tasty October fest Marzen.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This very nice Oktoberfest pours a bright amber with a nice frothy white head that dissipates to a thin pool and solid ring of foam with spider like lacing. Nose of rich caramel malts, light citrus fruit and banana, vanilla, and mild floral hop notes. Flavors are complex with layered malt and fruit like flavors or light orange and banana, vanilla to the rear, and a sharp grain flavor in the background mingling with mild hops. Very easy drinking with great carbonation and lightly dry finish yet still sweet and delicious. Excellent example of the german style.

Awesome as always. A go to brew for the ages.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle to a standard Pils glass
Noted on 10/11/2014

Picked this up at my local Trader Joe's

A: Pours a golden amber color with a mild hazed look in the body. Thick and dense khaki head forms over holding strong for quite some time before settling down to a frothy crown. Lots of splashy lace decorates the glass after consuming.

S: Biscuit with a touch of toasted raisin bread. Definitely malt forward and a somewhat grainy even. I get a mild herbal spice hop presence as well. Of the Noble kind and slightly peppery. Not bad but not all that impressive either.

T: Hearty malt breadiness with some biscuit elements. Lightly toasted. Getting some golden raisin and stone fruit with a mix of Noble hop spices. Not high on the bittering but just enough to dry out the finish. Light, frothy, and easy to drink with no alcohol detected.

M: Moderate to light with a decent frothy texture. Touch watered down at times for me and a little wetter in the finish than preferred. Some dry and crisp feel there but minimal.

D: Easy to drink and still flavorful but not all that in depth and sometimes watery thin. Not my favorite in the style but you can still taste the years of tradition. Quintissential? Maybe. Decent enough for some Festivus sessions that’s for sure.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very fine Oktoberfest, and I say that as someone otherwise inclined toward the wies'n variety. This one is amber, rich with bready maltiness in the nose, really quite lovely. Smooth, bready malt palate, a touch of sweetness, and, as with so many of these German-brewed Ofests, a really lovely finish, that dare I say it almost rustic dried barley note coming through delightfully. I'm probably still more of an HB/Weihenstephaner guy, but this is tops for you amber Ofest lovers.

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Photo of thehardwoodsessions
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wanted to give this beer a five to be honest. Randomly picked up a 500 ml bottle and was quite impressed first by the look- beautifully golden and perfectly bubbly. Quite the perfect head. A nice little surprise.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL (16.9 fl. oz.) bottle purchased at TJ's in Fog Bot, NW D.C., unknown brewing/bottling date but sitting in my fridge for at least 2 months; poured into my Snallygaster 2014 mug; drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with an airy dirty white head that pours big and scummily settles to an easily roused film. Good retention; tons of sticky, scummy lacing. (4)

Grainy and caramelized malt. Smells like grain and sugar, flaked cereal, hard water, some anise. (4)

Smooth and caramely. Soft and subtle layers of caramelized malt, warm bready grains, some mild sweetness and some mild herbal hop flavors. (4.25)

Luscious, smooth, quenching, light-medium body lingering presence/mellow finish. (4.5)

Textbook märzen.
This is a very well-made beer that is definitely one of the hallmarks of the style. Pours pretty nice with a very bold aroma for the way it tastes. Loads of caramel malt flavors, dusty bags of grain, sweetness like a molasses or brown sugar with a touch of licorice. Fresh and slightly bready, substantive and refreshing.
Will always revisit this one; worth trying if you haven't or if you are new to beer and want to know what the prototypical Oktoberfest bier is like. (4.25)

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.
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