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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Photo of Cburnette23
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

mmm.... a delightful, joyful experience. Orange, amber goodness that is smooth and tangy as can be, and oh-so satisfying and delicious. It's definitely fruit-influenced. Hoppy and subtly roasty-toasty as well. A success.

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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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Photo of tigg924
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, orange-brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is dark wheat, toasted malt, and slight pumpernickel bread. Sweet, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very good and sessionable marzen. Glad I found this on tap.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally got my mitts on this. Pours the opacity and color of an orange Gummi Bear held up to the light. The head is a rocky 3 fingers, gradually reducing to a finger.

Aroma of baked caramel grains, pumpkin flesh, pears, and apples. Spices too, namely nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander.

Flavor is a bit less graceful, with some metallic elements coming out strongest, with spices and malts. But what follows is some nice mushy red delicious apple flesh, with carrot, pear, and banana peel faintly tailing behind. A solid profile, but the metallic features bring it down for me.

Feel is quenching, very carbonated, with a dusty, dry finish.

A solid Marzen lager, but nothing exceptional or spectacular. I'd have it again, and these large bottles @ $2.99 a piece, that makes for a $18 six pack of huge bottles...it ain't half bad.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisins and nutty bread. I am not sure if it is Ayinger's yeast but I get that same dark fruitiness as I get from their dopplebock which was a pleasant surprise for the style. Look is a light amber (a bit lighter than most American takes) but it has little head retention and no real lacing. Smell is nutty bread, sweet malt and figs in the nose. Taste follows, with deep malty, nut bread like flavor with some dark fruit jam spread over top. More complex than any Oktoberfest I have had, however I am not sure it is the most enjoyable (SN's '15 & '16 take the cake so far) but definitely top 3 so far. To be fair I am relatively new to the style. Overall, this should be sought out when exploring the style.

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Photo of thebeers
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber color, effervescent, with a huge three-finger, tan-tinted head that very much exhibits a merengue or sea foam quality as it dissipates unevenly, eventually leaving moderate lacing. Dry, bready malt aroma. Nice sweet malt taste with white bread and light caramel notes, and just a touch of floral hops behind. It's medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation. Absolutely delicious. A classic.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 3.99 (Including tax)/500 mL bottle ($ 0.236/oz) at Central Market (Gucci B), Alamo Heights, TX
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – lightly of malt
Head large (Maximum 5.2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to a two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – some drag marks, a few tiny islands of tiny bubbles
Body – light orange-amber, clear
Flavor – malt, slight hops; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

If one is going to drink marzens, this is an excellent on to drink.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of MacMalt
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mug. It pours a clear amber with copper hues and one finger of foamy, milk-white head and extensive lacing that did not dissipate through the pour. It smells of dark bread, nuts, spice, and a whiff of caramel. The taste is sweeter than the smell with abundant caramel, bready malt, nuts, spice, and a slight apple or raisin fruitiness at the finish. It is medium-bodied with pleasant carbonation, and the 5.8% ABV is barely noticeable. This is a very easy drinking beer. Overall, it is a delightful Marzen that is perfect for outdoor drinking on a crisp autumn afternoon. It's one of the best Marzens I've had.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into willibecher glass

A: Creamy tiny bubbled white head sits atop an amber light caramel body with good clarity.

S: Bready sweetness, caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, and a light touch of crushed nuts

T: Lots of caramel toffee sweetness wth a deep doughy bready finish almost a little bit of a fruity finish raisins or dates

M: Smooth as silk rich but not cloying lower carbonation makes this beer drink much more dense and heavy than it is.

O: Excellent, just pure perfection in a bottle easily the best richest most complex Octoberfest I have had to date. You are doing yourself a disservice by not drinking this.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding marzen. Huge puffy, frothy head that slowly dissipates. Amber gold body. Aroma of roasted pumpkin seeds, toast and some spice. Taste is nutty, spicy hops, toasted malt, rustic bread and caramel. Really nice balance. Finishes crisp; would've liked more carbonation but still stands out above the rest.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber hue, off white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. Tastes of sweet caramel and toast. Incredibly smooth. Entirely crushable. Extremely good.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the Oktoberfest to me! An extremly smooth, drinkable marzen style beer. Perfect for a fall cookout, in fact, it would be extremly easy to drink more than intended...but that's okay, it'll be dinnertime soon, and that'll help soak up the alcohol. Prost all!

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,558 ratings.
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