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

BA SCORE
89
very good
2,575 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:
2,575
Reviews:
1,096
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
322
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,575 |  Reviews: 1,096
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Apricot skin amber with brilliant clarity and a small off-white head that retains nicely.

Smell: A mild fruity aroma of ripe peach, dates and a bit of caramel. Very clean and pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Incredibly crisp while still maintaining a light malty sweetness - this is what marzens are all about. Peaches and honey come to mind here. Appropriately light bodied and dry in the finish with a hint of flowery hops. I've got nothing bad to say about this one - simply great stuff.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big bready malts, caramel, herbal spiciness, toasted malt, and light apricot fruitiness. Classic Oktoberfest aromas, very nice stuff. Taste of caramel, toffee, biscuit, herbal spiciness, toasted malt, and light fruitiness. No bitterness present; with lingering notes of caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, and herbal spices on the finish for a bit. Great flavor balance and maltiness; with absolutely no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any noticed at all. Extremely drinkable and smooth as expected for the style. Overall this is a great Oktoberfest and one of the best I have had yet. Great balance and great malt flavor.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orangish amber body is capped by a foamy off-white head that holds well before dropping to a thin collar but leaves only minimal lace. The aroma displays a straightforward, lightly sweet maltiness. It's medium bodied with a very fine, moderate carbonation that gives it a light caress on the tognue before warming to become more creamy and smooth. The flavor offers a somewhat caramelized, bready maltiness and a mild fruitiness. Hop flavors take a backseat, and it's well-balanced to emphasis its maltiness with a restrained bitterness that's just enough to keep the beer from becoming sweet. It finishes semi-dry with a short flash of alcohol and some delicate, spicy hops that leave it crisp and refreshing. Quite enjoyable. I much prefer it to the bottled version as it seems smoother and a touch more malty; a slight bit less fruity; less tart; and less hazy with a better head.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 but undated 500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours with a clear, medium amber body; plenty of visible carbonation; very durable near-white head. Fine lacing.

Aroma: clean, light smell of bready malts with only a faint touch of hops.

T: Rich; bready malts dominant, as they should in this style. Very lightly sweet, although the finish is balanced out by the bitterness

Feel: Medium but soft carbonation; medium-light body. About perfect for style.

O: Outstanding, although this style lacks the complexity and intensity to achieve a very high rating. As good as any bottled märzen I can remember, and likely the best bottled example of a German Oktoberfest you'll find in the U.S.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat dark amber with an off white head. Tiny bits of lacing. Smell is slightly sweet with some caramel and a tiny bit of hoppiness coming through. Taste is similar, and is somewhat buoyed by a fairly thick mouthfeel. Not much alcohol presence on a medium body. Drikability is okay. Nothing is particularly wrong with the beer, but there's nothing to write home about either.

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Nerax pint glass.

A: Nice 1.5 finger fluffy head that sticks around for a while, nice malty golden straw color with a touch of orange that is very clear

N: Nose starts malty sweetness, toasted malts, cracked straw, Bavarian wheat like aromas, hint of caramel sweetness, and hint of fruity lager yeast aromas, with a hint of grassy noble hops.

T: Taste is very malty, sweet toasty malts, light toasty caramel malt flavors, Munich reddish malts but light, light cracked straw flavors, nice clean crisp lager flavor drives the entire beer with hints of fruity lager flavors. Hints of grassy and almost fruity noble hops come through and spice up the beer a bit. The finish gets just a bit too sweet for this batch, and I remember other years being a lot more crisp on the finish. It's fairly clean and mostly crisp, with a bit of malts and cracked straw lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, lower carbonation, for some reason this batch has lower than usual for carbonation.

Overall great, this is essentially the staple for Oktoberfest beers, delicious malts, nice cracked straw that I wish was a bit more prominent, nice light caramel malts that don't come on strong like most American versions, nice clean crisp lager flavors that really give this beer it's character. The only downfall is the lack of carbonation, and the finish doesn't dry as much as it did on previous batches... and this is as fresh as I've had it before so I think I need to let it condition a bit more in the bottle and maybe that will solve all the issues, or they just released it a bit too early this year.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off white head with good retention. Orange-brown body with decent clarity.

S - Intense, rich malt character with a mild noble hop aroma that is somewhat reminiscent of a good pilsner.

T - Nice flavor of toasted malt up front followed by herbal hops in the middle. Finished with a dry bitterness that balances the maltiness.

M - Creamy, but only moderately thick body with medium carbonation.

D - Great malt character with just enough hops to balance and give it the high level of drinkability that characterizes a fest bier. An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a large foamy yellow head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready and spicy, with a heavy scent of caramel and a hint of hops.

T: The flavors of grain and caramelized malt hold dominance throughout each sip. There are faint background flavors of spice and hops, which provide an excellent balance. After-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Quite tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, excellent representation of style, I polished off the bottle I had extremely quickly and can see myself drinking several of these over the course of an evening.

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

Served on-tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thinker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light hint of earthy hops.

T: The taste of this beer follows the smell, toasted malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness followed by some earthy hops that lend a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable - pairs nicely with a burger and fries. Definitely one of the better German offerings in the style that is easy to find in the US.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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

500 ml bottle into an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of foamy white head that has a bit of an off-sheen to it. This retains with roughly a finger of rich froth which leaves back a sudsy looking cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells leafy and citric with a light spiciness. A sweet combo of dough and caramel rise up from underneath, mixing with the hops to impart a rich earthy twang in the nose.

The taste has a crisp citric bite to it, which segues into a toasted bready sweetness with a touch of tangier feeling toffee. The hops however take center stage here, with nice firmness to them that leaves this finishing dry, leafy and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and clean feeling throughout that really keeps this easy and smooth despite just a gentle touch of warmth to each sip.

This was good. I liked how it kept the focus here on those crisp hops, yet still left room for plenty of flavor from those malts as well and the overall drinkability of this was top notch. I could knock back bottles of this all during the O-Fest season.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Sampled from a 17 Oz. bottle. The color of this beer is golden-orange with nice, creamy head. Mildly hazy. Aroma is malty as expected, bready and caramel aromas stand out. Smell isn't very powerful. The beginning of a sip is somewhat grainy and has some bite. The middle is primarily big malt tastes with some grainy balance. Finish is pronounced lingering sweetness. Like all the German beers I've tried this is easy-to-drink and well-made. However, I think I like the Paulaner and Spaten O-Fests better.

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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 XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours amber/caramel with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention, plus persistent effervescence

S: Slight caramel with honey, spicyness & cakeyness as this warmed up

T: caramel & breadyness up front. Herbal & cakey notes once this warms. Finishes with hints of dryness, leafy hops, apricot & a bit caramel & butterscotch

MF: Medium to heavy body with low carbonation & super balance

Drinks too easy, finally a bottle that matches up with what I had in Germany! Recommended right here/right now

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive large, tight off white head. Surprisingly little lace on the glass. The liquid is neutral amber and clear enough to read through the glass.

Disappointing smell--it's starting to get skunked. Behind that is a aroma of lighter crystal and pale malts. I also detect a metallic (iron?) nose.

Better hopped than most marzens, this still has a wonderfully round body with a solid dry caramel malt flavor. Rich body that belies the lager monicker. The swallow is mildly bitter, but the aftertaste lasts well.

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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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a very large foamy head on top. Decent retention, slowly dissipating a small, but still foamy layer on top. Sporadic, but sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Nice combination of caramel, bread, and nutty aromas. Lightly spiced and a little bit of pale malt as well. Slight oxidized aroma at the end.

T: Nice caramelized malt and nutty flavor combination. Slight spice and hop presence, but just enough to balance the beer. Rather bready with a sweet finish.

M: Crisp and clean, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.

O: Solid beer, like it quite a bit in a style that doesn't often do it for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gently hazy apricot capped by a large, somewhat frothy head of beige foam that looks a bit too soft to result in much lace. It holds its own at a tidy two fingers, but ends up disappearing shortly thereafter, leaving nothing more than a short, chunky collar of lace. The nose is earthy, musty and malty with a hint of spice, but all components of the aroma are understated.

Wonderful flavor that is reminiscent of lightly toasted whole grain bread covered in apple-peach jam. The spice is along the lines of mace or nutmeg. There's a nice interplay between the sweet, gently malty bottom and the fruity, gently bitter, tea-like top. Oktober Fest-Marzen is exceptionally clean and well-mannered from the start and achieves a crisp, tangy 'snap' on the finish. It's also impressively drinkable due to the wonderful flavor, the lack of heaviness and the impeccable finish. Well done.

I checked my reviews before popping the cap and was amazed to see that I hadn't rated any beer of this style higher than 4.0. Brauerei Aying's version doesn't quite get there either, but in the only score that really counts (taste), it's the equal of any I've had. These guys are becoming one of my favorite German breweries.

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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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