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 Tilly
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +2.3%
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 +12.2%
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 +15.9%
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%
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 +26.6%
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 +4.6%
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 +6.6%
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 -3.8%
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 +6.1%
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 +19.2%
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%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of tekstr1der
4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy copper with little to no retention. Aroma of biscuit and yeast (in a good way). Taste of toast and caramel. Smooth, almost buttery palate... mouth feel is remarkable. The finest I’ve had yet of this style. Off to get another!

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Long have I been looking for Ayinger's Oktoberfest offering! I love their wheat bears and I couldn't imagine that their marzen would be any less astounding. Often, when I finally get my hands on a beer that I've been coveting for so long, the result is disappointment, disillusionment, and despair. Reality rarely lives up to the expectations that build in the mind as it yearns for something. Not so, this time!

Possibly the best Oktoberfest I've yet had. Easily ranks with my top two or three examples. This is one that I will seek out more aggressively next fest season.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 21, 2014

16.9 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Pure gold, with just a touch of amber highlights. Bubbly white head, about an inch, tons of bubbles rising to the top long after the pour. This beer LOOKS like the month of October.

S – Warm, slightly browned bread, fresh from a stone oven. Light toffee. Some notes of citrus in the background, but very clean.

T – Again, warm, fresh bread, a touch of caramel and light lemon, perhaps orange. A very clean profile, nothing hiding in the background. It is what it is.

M – Juicy, malty, some very mild bitterness makes itself known, but not in excess. Moderately dry finish, though there is some slight residual sweetness in the aftertaste.

O – A very good, flavorful, refreshing beer, made for drinking a lot of it outdoors on a cool, sunny autumn day. No flash, just substance. Can’t go wrong.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A 16.9 ounce Euro bomber poured into a dimpled beer mug.

Appearance - A hazy orange color. A big, off-white head. Great lacing. A very good looking beer.

Smell - Big, fruity nose. Honeydew melon.

Taste - The big fruit juice flavor is front and center. The beer has a malty, biscuit flavored backbone. The mild, dry hops becomes apparent on the backend.

Mouth - Fizzy. Sweet. Bold.

Overall - This is a big, wonderful beer that is greater than the sum of its parts. The sweet, bold malt is complemented by the mild, dry hops. Delicious!

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with great clarity, nice fluffy white head and great lacing down the glass. Aromas of honey, clean husky grains, sweet malt, floral hops and raisin. Aromas are faint but worth the effort to pull out. Taste is malt forward with some of that honey and a floral presence up front. Sweetness from the malt barely kept in check by the hops floral and spicy in there own right. Finish brings sweet malty notes and some of that raisin and fig from the nose. Light yet chewy body costs the palet on the finish. Overall, this is the best oktoberfest beer I've had yet. Lovely malt flavors compliment the season and stay true to the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a Hoegaarden 0.33L glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, toasted, bready, doughy, and Noble hops.

Taste: Definitely malt forward like the style should be with hops in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: I always say Germans make the best Oktoberfest and this is another that stands up to the phrase. Definitely will be enjoying more of these. It has been some time since the last one.

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Photo of Drogon
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Great Octoberfest beer. Malt sweetness, tastes more like an ale than a lager. Good thick mouthfull with a nice head and lacing. It was great with Knockwurst and German pretzels that I went out of my way to buy to accompany it. If you want to have a little backyard Octoberfest do yourself a favor and buy or make some German food to go with it. Good pairing is Knockwurst, Red Cabbage, and fresh made German PRETZELS!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a hefe glass.

Appearance - Clear amber body with a big white head.

Smell - Bready. A little caramelly. Some floral notes.

Taste - The floral notes come out up front. Kinda sweet. Breadiness is stronger later. Dries out in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable. Medium body and kinda sweet, but never gets heavy.

Overall - I thought it was too floral at first, but it keeps things interesting and it's extremely drinkable.

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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 mnrider
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Pours golden yellow. Nice thick white head. Good retention.

S: Grains. More grains. herbal hops. Malts. Crisp.

T/M: Smooth and soft. Creamy and sweet. Crisp with some herbal hop bitterness. Toasted malts. More malts. Those herbal hops are tea like. Some fruity notes pop up. Grainy dryish finish.

O: Excellent German style Lager. I could drink this beer all day long. Well done!


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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%

This was an okay beer.
I was expecting more from a real German Marzen style beer.
This was a little too fizzy. Reminded me of a cheap beer.
Again, it was okay. if I am in the mood for an Oktoberfest, I will pick up another brand.

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

Had on tap at Die Bierstube in Seattle.

Aroma - rich, malty

Appearance - clear orange, dense white head

Flavor - malty, complex, a little bitterness at end. A bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - medium-light body, moderate carbonation

Overall - wonderful, full-flavored Oktoberfest beer. One of my two favorites of the style, along with Hacker-Pschorr. As someone else mentioned, it's great to drink a liter and taste the changes as it warms. Also very good in a bottle (as long as it's not too old), though draft is best.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,555 ratings.
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