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

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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
Ranking:
#3,527
Reviews:
1,118
Ratings:
2,638
pDev:
10.75%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
339
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,638 |  Reviews: 1,118
Photo of HoodviewBrew
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at BJ's Oktoberfest dinner 2017 so took no notes. I enjoyed it though.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alexrdvz
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mnine
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yenny
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Overall a solid beer. So refreshing.

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

Once of the richest malt experiences had in a Marzen. Honeyed dough, freshly sickled grass, herbal honeysuckle. Absolutely full of late fall nectar like you're drinking the essence of all the autumnal leaves. So, a woodsy dryness and lots of active carbonation really counterbalances what is a silken, creamy body that is the lightest of orange. Like I said, fast carbonation, the snow white head is session lasting.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into dimpled mug; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours crystal clear deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big cracker, bread dough, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light honey, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, bread dough, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light honey, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, bread dough, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, honey, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.8%. Overall this is a fantastic Oktoberfest! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Amazingly rich and complex Munich malt flavors, with balancing noble hops. A highly enjoyable offering, and pristine style example.

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Photo of Phineasco
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Orange/copper, clear, with big fluffy white, pillowy head.
Smell: Nutmeg, Caramel, and biscuit.
Taste: Nutmeg, sweet, caramel, and biscuit.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with medium body.
Overall: A pretty good marten from Ayinger. Not my favorite style.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of claminat420
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured heavily into a pint glass. the only thing I can notice in labeling the date is that there's notches on the bottom of the front side label.

Appearance- a transparent amber color with a nice frothy head that's the slightest bit off-white. leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma- malt. smells like corn flakes with a smack of caramel. pretty good.

Taste- like the smell. the only thing that's bad is when it's really cold I get a metallic/ blood/ sucking on a penny taste that screws this beer all up. but when it warms up it fades away. interesting. cold it's crap but as soon as it warms the caramel malt really pops and it's really good.

Mouthfeel- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- easily gonna kill the four pack.

Overall- this beer is interesting. it's good i'll give it that. just that penny/ blood taste just ruins it. luckily it fades quickly as it warms up.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean amber, with a huge off-white head and limited lace.

Aroma: Caramel malty, with some earthy spice and Fall leaves. Nice.

Taste: Light and subtle here, with sweet malts but nicely caramel/brown sugar notes. Very easy to drink and quite nice.

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Photo of Jblackfish
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light orange/amber color. Subtle malty aroma with rather light rich taste. Good balance with emphasis on malts and a hint of hops in the background. It didn't knock my socks off with taste but it's a good, refreshing Octoberfest representative.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is pale, orange-looking beer with massive amounts of foam that dissipated quickly. It doesn't look like a supermodel, but few beers in this alcohol range do anyways. Smells pretty good - loads of malt with some sugar and honey in there. Sweet taste upfront, very malty, with that characteristic carrot-like tone of Oktoberfest beers, and subtle but present hop character. A little bit of toast toward the background. Relatively light-bodied, just what one would expect for a beer on the lighter end. Overall, very enjoyable - something you wanna share with your friends on a hotter than usual fall day.

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Photo of VicVinegar
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdFed
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SirFolmarv
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Re review from 2015.

a: Deep orange amber body pours with a slight hazy that clarifies as it warms. Foamy 2 finger off white head that works alive with bubbles until it settles into a strong ring around the glass. The appearance is brilliant and is the best looking Marzen beer out there.
s: Soft and even in the smell of grains, toasted bread, French caramel and some medicinal hops in the background.
t+mf: rich and complex malts...toasted grains, bready, French caramel balanced out by some lovely medicinal, earthy hops. The smooth pillowy body and mild carbonation add to the delicate balance of this lager.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckornmannn
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Amber color, transparent. Really aromatic. Grassy, honey, bread. Thick head that stays around a while. Taste follows aroma, honey and bread aftertaste but well hopped. Fantastic!

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Photo of Mitsurugi
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beernooph
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expectations were high considering the excellent reputation of Ayinger. I was also looking forward to trying an authentic German Marzen in this appropriate season.
It poured a clear amber color with visible carbonation. A large billowing foam head rises to the top. It displays excellent retention, its look reminding me of a soft cloud.
Foremost in the aroma is a rich malt profile. Toasted grain, bread crusts, biscuit and freshly baked rolls. Yet, there is greater complexity to it than just the malt. At first the yeast gives off a banana aroma. There is even a hint of herbal hops, which is followed later on by a more spicy noble hops and grassy aroma.
In the mouth it is like a tasty liquid bread treat. Medium bodied with a silky and creamy malt finish. The toasted malt flavor is nicely offset by a subtle coating of lemon. The medium carbonation, along with the noble hops spice, adds a moderate but bold prickle. The hops also provide a nice floral tone and just the right amount of light bitterness for balance. Midway, the carbonation eases up and some light caramel and banana sweetness comes through.
Great drink ability along with an understated complexity. Perhaps the best Oktoberfest I've ever had.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 2,638 ratings
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