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

BA SCORE
89
very good
2,563 Ratings
Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,563
Reviews:
1,088
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
131
Gots:
318
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,563 |  Reviews: 1,088
Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Pizza Plant. No head just microscopic white ring, orange body. Fruity and satisfying malt mix with caramel, and not too sweet,toasted nutty understated in background.higher than desired carbonation.Medium bodied. Good represetation for style.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger head clear amber with gold hues.

S: very aromatous with caramel malt, brown sugar and nuts.

T: More caramel malt with a nice spicey german hop finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one gets better with every sip. May be one of the best Oktoberfests out there.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper orange with a huge 3 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a craggy cap. A nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt, honey, and some caramel notes. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, caramel, honey, and some mild hop flavors. There is a very mild grainy bitterness on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good easy drinking beer that is probably my favorite of all beers in this style I have tried. I could easily put down lots of this one at an Oktoberfest celebration.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a wonderful for the price, just under 3 bucks for a 500ml bottle. it has a great nose on it, perfect for the seasonal change now occuring. lots of german malts, caramunich and pale flavors, but it must be more complex than that. there is also the classic marzen yeast aroma that is pungent and strong. the flavor is malt driven, but in reasonable balance for the style. there is some bittering hops throughout, and a very organic feel to this one. wheat malt profile in the flavor, although i doubt its presence. the finish is cleaner than expected as well, and the mouthfeel overall is pleasing. great carbonation and a medium body. it is enough to take the cold edge out of a fall evening. ill buy this again this season, especially for the price. this is a very authentic product, true to style, bold and flavorful. very drinkable. well done.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a few times before and was pleasantly surprised the other night when I opened a 5 month old bottle of this. Theres no telling whats happened to it since then.

It pours a hazy orange/amber color (closer to amber). There is a little white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is fruity and malty. I can see why people describe it as "bready" but I think its more along the lines of thick caramel mixing with other malts. It tastes sweet and smooth with lots of malts making themselves known. Only the slightest hint of alcohol and hop presence. Very much on the maltier side of things.

Its hard to believe that light beer like a festbier would age nicely but I think that sitting a few months may have helped this beer. Could easily drink a few pints of this.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.3%

From a bottle, pours a clear dark copper, lots of bubbles and active carbonation. Thin wispy white head that sits on top until it gives way to the beer.

The smell is caramel, malt, bread dough, nutty, with a faint spice. The flavor is more caramel, bread yeast, floral, and honey. Very clean refreshing mouthfeel that is well balanced. It is a more carbonated than I expected or want personally.

Glad I finally got to enjoy this classic.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and poured with a finger high white head that gradually faded away leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell has a moderate amount of sweetness and has aromas of toasted malts and caramel.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a moderate amount of malty sweetness. There are flavors of caramel and the finish has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is rather creamy.
D: It's very easy to drink this beer; I could easily drink several of these in a single sitting. I definitely won't pass up the opportunity to have this beer when it is available in the fall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best Oktoberfest that I've had. No beer can be true-er to style. Smells solidly malty, bready, yeasty, with a hint of caramel and nuttiness. Appears light coper, crystal clear with moderate carbonation. Lays a perfect 1" head and stays firm. Tastes moderately of sweet malt--giving a caramel and nut flavor. Noble hop additions offer nice bitter balance and a good citrus spiciness. Toasty and bready into the body and finish. Body is smooth and nicely creamy. Extremely clean and refreshing in the finish and aftertaste. Citrus notes gives an almost-mint character in the refreshing aftertaste. Dangerously easy to drink. Ideal for almost any occation.

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

500ml bottle. For October, it's pretty swell outside, and a nice (seasonal at that) lager makes perfect, absolute sense today.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with rising effervescence, and three fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice spidery lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of bready, biscuity, and crackery malt, a bit of toffee, mild lemon and spiced orange fruitiness, and soft earthy, floral hops. The taste is moderately edgy, biscuity sourdough malt, fruity orchard pith, a bit of earthy honey, some very subtle, understated warming, and mild floral, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate and even, with a tiny bit of frothiness, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, and just a tad creamy. It finishes fairly dry, and clean, making each subsequent swig that much more desirable.

A very balanced, solid, and tasty ceremonial lager, the kind where just less than a single digit of ABV uptick can make all the difference. Ergo, I can totally see the appeal of downing 1 liter steins of this kind of stuff amongst thousands of like-minded imbibers, especially if they too are choosing this kick-ass Bavarian brewer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500 ml brown glass bottle with a very intriguing pressure cap (in terms of artwork) served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high considering the brewery. Acquired at KnB liquor near San Diego.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Poured with average vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of light khaki-beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the slightly above average ABV. Colour is a pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A pretty typical Marzen.

Sm: Clean malts. Light caramelized character. Cream. No real yeast or alcohol notes. Hints of butterscotch, maybe even light nuts. Munich malts. Pilsner malts. Graininess. Hopping is very background; little floral character if any. A little Marzen spice. Some biscuit. A mild strength pleasant aroma.

T: Crystal malt, pale malt, caramelized malt, butterscotch, very light vague floral hops (maybe saaz?), tinges of a honey-like sweetness, biscuit malt, and a tinge of cream. Munich malts. Pilsner malts. Graininess. Somewhat simple yet well layered. Quite nicely balanced and built for the style; methinks it's one of the better beers in this oft-neglected style that I've had. Pretty tasty stuff. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Pretty average flavour duration, intensity, and depth for the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, brilliantly buttery, and of very good thickness. Nice cream on the open. Suits the flavours quite well. Impressive. Good body. Nice presence on the palate.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable; that's what this whole style is designed for. I could quaff a litre of this at a bierfestival. Fairly priced as an import. I'd try it on draught. Another solid brew from Ayinger. Hides its above average ABV well. Delightful. It's $2.99-3.99ish price range is a bit dear here in the US, but it's much better priced in Germany.

B-

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy head; the retention and lacing are both good

Smell: Sweet toffee aroma with a hint of vanilla

Taste: Starts out with a slightly sweet toffee character; by mid-palate, both the cereal graind and an herbal aspect join the profile; after the swallow, a nice balancing hoppy bitterness arises briefly in the mid-section and then fades, as expected, to allow the malty flavors to dominate into the finish; the grainy/herbal element underneath, however, re-emerges toward the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better examples of the style, but just a tad too sweet for my palate

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Somehow I expected more from Ayinger with this one, after experiencing their other quality offerings.

Pours a glowing hazy orange-amber, that is really a pleasure to look at. A half-inch head settles to a ring towards the end of the glass.

Smells doughy, malty, slightly uric. Eh, not good or bad.

Taste is clean, lightly toasty malt with understated hop character. Doughy and slightly sweet in the middle.

Clean and somewhat crisp on the palate, and very easy to drink. The sweetness was low, but it seemed to be a detriment here. I'll admit, I bought it for the cap.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottle: Poured a golden/amber color lager with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes with light grainy notes. Taste is dominated by clean cereal notes with a touch of sweetness and some light grainy notes also noticeable. Body is above average for style with good carbonation. Simple and easy to drink with good balance overall.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with golden highlights. It had a thick, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, some grass and subtle spice.

T - It had a toasty maltiness with sweet caramel. There was a nice bitter hop character, not overpowering but just enough to add some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied, easy drinking lager.

D - This is a really solid o-fest. Good price and quite tasty.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big white to slightly off white head rests above a mostly clear honey to honey copper colored beer, the head settles into a pretty decent lacing as one drinks this beer down.

A light to medium light bodied beer that has an aroma of caramel malts with some light corn syrup thickening it up some.

Rich caramel malts with a sweet syrupy taste that leaves a nice light caramel dry aftertaste.

This is a pretty good representative for Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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