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

very good
2,563 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Jonada
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber honey color with 3 fingers of an off white, soapy head. Leaves some light spotty lacing. Body is clear.

Smell: Banana bread, sweet malt, honey, hint of raisin.

Taste: Huge breadiness, caramel, banana taffy, slight twinge of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall: Really good Oktoberfest. Lots of flavor while maintaining an insanely high level of drinkability. Definitely pick up a few of these.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a charming, bright orange with a fluffy head.

A lot of sweet malt in the nose, especially as it warms up; toasty bread and crackers.

The hops provide a tartness, like when you leave a tea bag in too long. Before that, though, there's a slight vanilla creaminess, a tiny amount of banana, but a malty fruitiness that combines with the hops to create a tart fruit tang. Imagine a tasty kölsch with a slight toffee touch; this does retain that sort of vinous note.

Not exactly a sessionable beer and I wish there were more in this style. But here it its and its a good one.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ISmith87
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's Oktoberfest beer time! Well not quite yet but I'm pumped to see these on the shelves already. Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a porter/stout glass.

A - 4.00 - Dark amber/copper color, crystal clear, but no head.

S - 4.00 - Bread. Banana bread, zucchini bread, raisin bread, wheat, etc.

T - 3.75 - Wheat beer with hints of banana and all kinds of bread. Momentary hop bite that goes away almost as quickly as you taste it. Good beer for the style. It tastes the way that malt smells when your mashing it.

M - 3.75 - Medium-High carbonation. Easy drinking beer. Leaves a bready caramel aftertaste. Alcohol completely hidden.

O - 3.75 - Good beer, great for the fall. I'd love to drink this at a hay ride or while raking leaves, but I live in Arizona. It has a light flavor that makes it easy drinking.

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Photo of marley2112
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of DeFaz
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a light copper color with a medium head. Lacing sticks elegantly to the glass. The 500 ml bottle is unremarkable.

Smell: Bread, grain, maybe a bit of skunk, and light hops. Pretty nice.

Taste: I'm not sure about this. For a marzen, I'm surprised how much the tastes centers around the bread. It starts sweet with a significant herbal note (the hops) and then finishes relatively dry. The taste is complex, and I can't put my finger on all the flavors here.

Mouthfeel: The lager has a bitter aftertaste, which juxtaposes the relatively sweet beginning. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. The bread sticks to the tongue for minutes after your last sip.

Overall: This is an unusual marzen, and it's good, but I wouldn't call it perfectly balanced. The malt drives the beer, and the hops just don't offer much more than black tea flavor. It's worth trying but is overrated in my opinion.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Crystal clear gold with 3 fingers of white head. Decent retention and moderate carbonation.

Grass, pear, caramel and bread.

Bready, bready, bready maltiness. Molasses and caramel with notes of brown sugar. Hints of cantaloupe, grassy hops and skunk (in a good way).

Medium bodied, velvety and crisp.

I buy one of these every year and it always hits the spot. A great example of the Oktoberfest style.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of JParlow
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion this is the industry-standard when it comes to Oktoberfest. Poors out of the bottle with a 3 inch had that lasts for about 5 to 10 minutes. The lace on the side of the glass extends throughout the drink itself. A little lighter orange amber color than other Oktoberfest but seems to have a little more pronounced mouth feel. Like all other Oktoberfest's you really start to enjoy the depth and quality of the malt as it approaches 50°. This beer, and its brothers and sister in the style, coupled with NFL football is what makes the fall season exceedingly enjoyable!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Marzen a few days ago for $3.59 at The Lager Mill. It's pretty early for Oktoberfests, but it was a very fall like day in mid Michigan and I wanted to drink this beer as fresh as possible so I decided to give a try today, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it has to be fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a Oktoberfest style mug.

A- The bottle looks pretty good, the label has a nice traditional look with some shiny gold colors that help it stick out and the bottle cap is pretty nice looking, it reminds me of a postcard for Frankenmuth, Michigan. It poured a nice and slightly clear golden amber color that took on some nice brighter amber colors when held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that that eventually faded away and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking Marzen, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with lots of sweet malts coming through with some caramel, slight toffee, bready and grain like aromas. Up next comes some dark fruit aromas with raisins sticking out the most and there's a slight honey aroma in the background. This beer has a nice aroma, but the dark fruit threw me off a little for the style and the sweetness seemed a little too dominant.

T- The taste starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness followed by some sweet malts, grainy, bready, and caramel flavors. Up next comes a pretty big fruit flavor with apples seeming to stick out the most and it's a little cider like with the dark fruits barely showing up in the background, I think those fruity flavors are mainly from the yeast. On the finish there's a higher amount of low bitterness with a sweet, grainy and caramel malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beet but it wasn't as true to style as I would like and I think the yeast was too fruity for the style.

M- Fairly smooth, dry, a little sticky, on the light side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I could have gone without the stickyness.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but I didn't think it was the best example of the style since the yeast and the sweetness seemed a little too dominant for this beer and I think that's pretty out of place for this style. This beer has ok drinkability, it's fairly smooth, but the flavors didn't do a good job at holding my attention and one would be enough for me, this isn't the kind of beer that I would drink multiples of since I think the yeast and sweetness would really start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it looked good and pretty true to style. What I liked least about this beer was the yeast and the sweetness, they seemed to dominate this beer and over power the classic Marzen flavors that are suppose to shine through. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's many other German Marzens that I prefer more, All in all I thought this was a nice beer, but it didn't impress me since it wasn't what I was looking for in a traditional German Marzen, it just wasn't what I was expecting from the style. It's not a bad beer, but it's not a great example of the style. So far it's my least favorite German made Marzen.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,563 ratings.
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