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

very good
2,575 Ratings
Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an amber-colored beer if ever I saw one, and true to style. At first there's what appears to be a thickness or a haze and seems in the end to be chill haze, as it clears up completely. There's a little activity that continues as long as there's beer in the glass. The slightly tinted head starts off big but, for some reason, doesn't quite stick together. There's a little, but not much, stick to the lace too.
The nose seems to have all the elements I hope for: bread that leans toasty, some sweet caramel, and lightly spicy notes with a floral undertone that lets the malts shine while giving balance.
At first I'm a little indifferent, though it's good, but clearly this beer just needs time to warm. It's pretty delicious, ultimately; floral and spicy notes from Noble hops linger gently to offer balance to a wonderfully toasty brew with plenty of carameland a little nut, and all the flavors just mingle together exceptionally well. This is definitely a Marzen to seek out in season, and one of the best I've had to date.
It's not full-bodied, as the label boasts, but it's got a hefty, rich medium body I prefer to the alternative. There's a gentle crispness all the way, as well as being smooth and creamy.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a 0.5 L dimpled stein

A - pours an orange copper body with some light carbonation and an inch and a half of off-white head. Head shows decent retention and fades to a nice ribbon. Fine lacing.

S - A clean, light aroma of malts and bread with some caramel.

T - Toasty maltiness balanced out by some bitterness with a touch of alcohol notes. Very well balanced throughout. Finishes off with a semi-sweet dryness.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium-heavy body.

O - A very enjoyable märzen! Very tasty and well-balanced. Definitely looking forward to having this beer again. I agree with those who say that this brew sets the bar for Oktoberfest Märzens, although I personally prefer Samuel Adams' Octoberfest and Victory's Festbier.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: it pours the rich amber hue true to the style with a large foamy head. I am using my thick bottomed Warsteiner stein.

Smell: brown bread, toffee, caramel, some spicy hops, and lingering malt sweetness.

Taste: very creamy, light caramel notes, tea-like, a great all around lager.

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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - tall, persistent, ivory head tops a light copper colored bier, plenty of carbonation and lacing on tha glass
S - sweet, grassy, toasted grain, caramel
T - toasty grain, spicy yeast, grass, caramel, earth
M - full bodied, smooth, creamy; sharp semi-bitter finish
O - excellent example of the style. Even though it's not a true Munich brewed Oktoberfestbier, it's one of my favorites.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with a strong head and evident carbonation. Little bit of lacing down the sides.

S: Caramel and roasted malts.

T: My favorite Oktoberfest. Sweet caramel on top of roasted malt. Little hints of pine and hops as it warms.

F: High level of carbonation and a medium body.

O: Great version of the style. Great beer overall and highly drinkable.

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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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