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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Ratings: 2,563 |  Reviews: 1,088
Photo of TheDinger
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass. Nice copper pour with off white 2 finger pillow head with some active carbonation. Nice smell of marzen spices, nutmeg and some bready notes. Taste follows the nose with a nice crisp balance of malts, spices and mellow hops. Easy drinking/sessionable marzen. Perhaps some carmel on the end as it fades to earthy hops. Feel is middle of the road, but more active on the carbonation end, which was nice. Overall- A pretty impressive, balanced marzen. Liked the blend of spice, malts and subtle hops. A very solid effort and pretty true to the form from the German end. Nothing outstanding, but very drinkable and perfect for a fall evening. Will be hitting another soon-

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big three fingers of head, copper colored body.
A nice grain and fresh bread smell.
Good malt flavor with just enough sweetness. Smooth all the way through with almost no bitter profile.
Almost a creamy texture, soft with low carbonation and medium body.
An excellent märzen.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thinker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light hint of earthy hops.

T: The taste of this beer follows the smell, toasted malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness followed by some earthy hops that lend a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable - pairs nicely with a burger and fries. Definitely one of the better German offerings in the style that is easy to find in the US.

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Photo of ryko
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear, orange/copper color with two fingers of crisp, white head, decent retention, minimal lacing. Visible effervescence.

Smell is very nice- caramel, some very nice smooth roasted malt notes, and a little bit of yeast.

Taste is superior- up front is some grainy barley, followed by sweet caramel, then a well blended collage of light roasted malts, punctuated ever so slightly by some noble hop bitterness, which gives way to the caramel to finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent- medium body, moderate to full carbonation, SLIGHTLY chewy but really very refreshing and smooth. Exceptional marzen- definitely the best one that I have had thus far (i've been coming back to it all season and finally decided to review).

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of cruzbay
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Nice head with some lacing. Color is golden amber. The smell is a mix of the malty grains and floral hops. But the real reason we drink is the taste. This is the bench mark of all Oktoberfest beers. Fresh clean taste of the roasted malts leaving it slightly sweet. There is a light hop finish. This is a very drinkable beer, but hard to have just one. Great with a soft pretzel or bratwurst with kraut.

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jibjib513
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500ml bottle to Pint Glass.

Appearance (5.0): I know it's seems nuts to give a beer a 5.0 in any category but to me, the appearance of the Ayinger Oktoberfest is the prime example of what it should bee. Nice honey color, with solid carbonation. I suppose if there were anything to detract from the score it would be that it doesn't hold it's head very long but I'm not too concerned with that.

Smell (4.0): I almost went with a 4.5. The smell is vibrant and and earthy, without any gimmicks some of of the newer Oktoberfest beers are trying to pull.

Taste (4.5): Again, so close to perfection. To me, this IS Oktoberfest. I can only compare it to Paulaner's Oktoberfest in taste but I feel that Ayinger has really captured the essence of it all.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Nice and smooth. If anything, a tad heavy but shouldn't Oktoberfest beers be a little heavy?

Overall (4.5): As stated before I can only compare Ayinger's Oktoberfest to Paulaner's. Where Paulaners keeps their price-point down, and the taste is certainly one of my favorites, Ayinger seems to capture the essence of Oktoberfest. It's my favorite but I'm not sure I can afford more than two or three 500ml bottles a season.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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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