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

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89
very good
1,080 Reviews
Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,080
Ratings:
2,542
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
16.96%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
314
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 1,080 | Ratings: 2,542
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 rorykanderson
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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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, elegant example of the Oktoberfest style. Nose of dark breads, grape currant raisin. Some yeast. Well stated nose which follows all the way through to the finish. Golden in color with decent spritz for carbonation and quite a smooth drinker.

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Photo of kculrich
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 330ml bottle, served in a tulip.

Pours a glowing, well-carbonated amber, the colour of a two year-old penny. A rich two-finger beige head slowly settles to a modest cap of bubbly foam with nice sheets of lacing.

Smells like brown bread and pears, herbal tea with honey, and a clean, mellow yeastiness.

Taste is straight-out whole grain malty goodness balanced with spicy-herbal-fruity european hops. There are apples, pears and raisins, tea, raisins and walnuts, and a long, delicate, caramel, spicy-soda-cracker-drying finish.

Feel is medium-light bodied, grainy, amply carbonated but, maybe, a little too dry.

A worthy first märzen of the year! A little light in colour and body for the style (but not in abv), it is pretty easy to drink. I shall certainly be looking for more.

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Photo of FBarber
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely autumnal amber color. Frothy white head dissipates sadly all too quickly. Thousands of bubbles continue course upwards while drinking the beer.

Smell is a lovely aroma of bread, malts, hint of raisin and caramel. Very fragrant for a marzen.

Taste follows the nose with a nice malt forward bready flavor. Touch of caramel, and raisins. Not much hop presence on the back end, finishes with a lingering bready flavor that has a touch of spice in it.

Feel has medium carbonation up front. Smooth and supremely drinkable.

Overall this is one of, if not the best marzen. Such a drinkable and tasty beer.

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Photo of Act25
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agree with BA's this may be among the best Marzen, but that's not saying much because they're fairly dull beers.

A: Pours a dense two finger head of light khaki-beige color, with creamy thickness, and good retention, over clear body of pale amber-copper. No yeast particles , tiny bubbles, typical Marzen.

S: Clean malts. Light caramelized body. Creamy with hints of butterscotch, nuts. Pilsner, hops and Marzen spice.

T: Caramelized malt, butterscotch, with lazy floral saaz hops, and a honeyed sweetness. In the end finishes bready with light hops. (Too bready for me to drink more than 1) Typical Marzen.

F: Smooth, wet, thick, buttery. Good weight. Not a clean enough finish for me, but that's the style.

OK. Try 1. Really, all the Marzens I've tried cluster in the 3.5-3.75 range.

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Photo of TH28
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is clean an light golden with a thick white foam cap. Aroma is toast and bread crust, with a hint of raisin. Taste is rich bread and caramel, with some raisin and light toast. Mouthfeel is medium with a slight creaminess and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a nice bitterness to balance the rich caramel malt that lingers.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This marzen pours a deep amber color with a solid off white foamy head that quickly dissipates and a fairly high amount of carbonation. The smell is malty of course with a lot of of earthy grain tones. The body is surprisingly light given the malty scent and the somewhat dark color. The bready, caramel malt character and yeast unsurprisingly override the hops. There is a hint of bitterness, which quickly dissipates however. The main flavors that linger are grain flavors and a sweet squash or pumpkin, which I’ve never tried in a beer that didn’t have them as an additive, which this obviously doesn’t given that it adheres to Reinheitsgebot. The finish is very crisp and refreshing though not at all dry. This is another classic example of impeccably executed but no frills German beer. This is a very nice beer with flavors that unmistakably bring to mind the harvest season as intended. I enjoyed it a lot and my only criticism would be that I like my fall beers a little fuller of body.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes

Appearance: dark amber with a 1 finger white head

Nose: wheaty, cereal, caramel malts

Taste: spicy hops, sweet molasses, very rich flavor

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark malt dominates, pours amber with medium creamy white head. Light malt aroma with stronger malt taste. Slightly smoky palate with abrupt finish. One of the better festbiers, as expected.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Purchased from the LBCO for $3.75 CDN.

Appearance - Bright and mostly clear copper colored beer. Good amount of visible carbonation, and a finger of short lived white head rests on top, receding to a thin film of foam.

Smell - Clean and grainy, caramel malt, aromas of fall harvest, a slight bit of orchard fruits (apples and plums). Inviting.

Taste - Again quite clean and refreshing, caramel, plenty of grain, light amount of apple and grape and the slightest nutty flavor. Complex and well crafted.

Mouthfeel - Perfectly smooth, fairly light body and soft drying finish.

Overall - A winner from one of the best breweries in the world. This might be the best Oktoberfest I've had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of TerryW
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, rusty orange with a moderate head. Settles of a full film, laces some. Decent looking beer.

Quite malty, borderline sugary. Nutty, fruity, sweet. Just a tad too sweet for my liking. Not particularly hoppy, dominated by malt. Subtle across the board in terms of aroma and flavor.

Made well enough, but too sweet and subtle for my liking.

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Photo of akdo
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: The bottle pours a transparent amber body and a less-than-one-finger white head. The latter ends up being a creamy crown ring. The beer laces the glass a little bit as it is being consumed.

Smell: What you will mostly smell is the hop and a little bit of malt. Like any German beer, this one's smell is pretty straight forward.

Taste: It starts off with a toasty and bready taste. Then, it moves on to an herbal note that has a slight tartness. Afterwards, the beer finally shifts to its slightly peppery hoppy taste, which is restrained by a malt profile that is nutty, close to caramel and even have some notes of fruits.

Feel: Because of the slight peppery taste in the finale, the beer is medium-bodied. It has a nice dry finish, but it hopefully doesn't make you re-hydrate your mouth with many glasses of water. The beer also has a refreshing feel.

Overall: Even though I enjoyed the beer, I took a few marks off because of the notes of caramel in the finale. The beer was supposed to have a restrained hop and malt profile. Despite its slightly imbalanced taste, I would still sit down and drink it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer, looks Oktoberfestish, small 1/3" head, white.. Aroma was the tiniest sweet malt aroma, very very small.

Taste was smooth, nutty, sweet, everything in great restraint. Carbonation is high, keeps the malt light, noble hopped, minimal as well. This is people who like a mildly sweet, toasted malt oktoberfest.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.9 oz bottle into a glass.

A hazy, light orange brew with a barely-there bubbly head that dissipated entirely. Faint sweet aromas of bready yeast and toasted malts with a tart upswing. Taste is similar with toasty grains upfront, a touch of alcohol and slight tartness in the middle, and a stronger finish of toasted sesame or wheat cracker. Body is on the light side of medium with little carbonation.

Overall: Good, but not outstanding. The toasted malt flavor really comes through toward the end and is great, but not a very complex flavor over all. Seeing other reviews praising its head retention makes me wonder if my headless horseman just fell a little flat.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; no apparent date/code. Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-amber colour, sporting a finger-sized crown of foamy, bone white-coloured head. It dissipates over the next couple of minutes, eventually being reduced to a smooth, creamy cap and collar, accompanied by an uninterrupted ring of lovely lacing. Biscuity malts, toasted grains and nuts on the nose, along with a pronounced caramelized sugar and honey sweetness. Mildly fruity too, with suggestions of apple/pear, and mild hints of floral hops. Nothing too exciting, but appropriate for the style.

A properly-constructed märzen for sure, with a clean malt bill augmented by restrained noble hop presence. The initial flavour consists of toasted grains, caramel and some bready, biscuity malts, with a slight nutty character. Orchard fruit esters remain noticeable, but are subtle in magnitude when compared to the nose. Some grassy, floral hop bitterness causes the profile to take an earthy turn at the finish; the aftertaste is a little nutty, with some quickly-fading caramel sweetness leaving the mouth off-dry. Nice weight in the mouth; medium-bodied, with middling carbonation levels that feel lively on the palate. Refreshing, and a pleasure to drink.

Final Grade: 4.07, an excellent A-. Ayinger's reputation for being one of Germany's best brewers is well-earned. Their Oktober Fest-Märzen is not necessarily my favourite product in their portfolio, but it's still a duly impressive, traditional-style märzen lager that all fans of the style should keep their eyes peeled for. A clean-tasting, extremely drinkable malt-forward strong lager that I am glad to have sampled, and hope to try again in the future.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass, copper amber colored with a foamy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: nutty, malty, light noble peppery hops, grain

T: malty up front, caramel, sweet, hazelnut, pecan, light bittering hops

M: medium bodied with higher carbonation

O: good representation of the style, well balanced, nice nutty malt profile

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen may be spelled a little oddly but it looks perfectly normal: deep golden with a bright orange sheen, slight blurriness, and a modest but sustained head, the appearance is status quo in every detail (as you'd expect from a historic producer). Definitely the kind of thing suited to a Maß.

The aroma showcases an interesting combination of orchard fruits, something like an apple and apricot jam. Fruit esters aren't usually the first thing one notices from the style (a beer judge will say they shouldn't be present at all) but in this case they make a natural, fitting compliment to the toasted grain.

Ayinger's Märzen has some taste of caramelized malts and nuttiness but it's nothing close to the typical amount found in modern American examples. This is of course more of a traditional Oktoberfest recipe (cleaner, lighter) than the reddish, borderline sticky beers a lot of craft geeks have come to age with.

While very dry, there's little hop bitterness. The finish is especially grainy and very cereal-like. There's again that dollop of apple and apricot jam. All in all, it's a spick-and-span lager so clean you could eat Wiener Schnitzel and Sauerkraut off it. Consumption can be both mindless and copious, no problem.

Of course, one should appreciate the beer more than that. When it comes to German styles, some meet but few (if any) exceed the offerings of Ayinger. The brewery calls themselves "one of the world's most respected" and they aren't being conceited in doing so. Their Oktoberfest isn't my favourite, but it's still worth recommending and warrants mention alongside those of Paulaner, Hofbrau, and Hacker-Pschorr.

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

Light orange colour, ring of off-white head, no lace. Smell is sweet and malty, lightly toasted grain, cereal, fruity mix of apples and honey. Taste follows the nose, sweet bready malt, fruity with a bit of earthy floral hop in the periphery, mid palate seems to have a bit of an oxidized flavour when served right out of the fridge but seems to be less aparent after a few minuted in the mug, clean-quick finish. Light-medium carbonation, satisfying medium body. A good marzen but falls short of some of the better offerings of the style, still a well made, nice drinking fall lager but a bit of a disappointment from a brewery that has always continued to impress me.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,542 ratings.
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