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

Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Ratings: 2,612 |  Reviews: 1,107
Photo of beergeek279
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color is golden, with frothy white head. The smell is malty. The taste is caramel malt, without much of a hop backing, and had a lot of malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. As for drinkability-wise, maybe a few more.

Not bad as an Oktoberfest, even though it's not a Munich brewery, but not amongst the best of the season either. Once Ive gotten to my favorites next year, I just might give it a try.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber Octoberfest that pours with a creamy white head. It has a slightly vegetal nose mixed with a malt aroma. Poured in an Ayinger half liter glass, this beer has a huge pillowy head. The mouthfeel is soft. Light caramel (Munich malt?) flavors that Marzens are known for flourish in the beer. A very quaffable, fresh example of an amber Marzen. The finish is clean and dry. Very drinkable, yet flavorful beer. I feel lucky to have found a very fresh bottle of this beer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half a liter bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy golden color with three fat fingers of foam. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly hoppy, with some malt in the background. The taste is pretty malty, but lacks some of the hops from the smell. The body and drinkability are just above average. Not a bad choice for Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with a nice label and one of the coolest bottle caps I have ever seen!

Beer pours a ruddy copper with a massive and I mean massive tan head. Tons of lacing.

Beer smells great, you can easily pick-up a fresh malty smell, some spicy notes and a fresh dough aroma.

Beer has a very good taste. Clear malt backbone and some spice (allspice?) make-up the initial taste profile. As I drank more, an alcohol presence pushed in as did some pin pricks of hop bite. Still the malt dominates.

Mouthfeel seemed slightly thin (minor quibble) and drinakbility was high. I would like to try this one on tap close to the source, I bet it would be awesome. As it is, it’s a very fine O-fest!

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden orange color pour with a thick lacing of white foam that gradually dies down leaving its trace on the sides of the glass. Sweet malts and a rich bready aroma make up the nose. Nicely hopped as well.

Smooth with a bit of crisp carbonation. Nice rich maltiness at the start. Grains come in next while the hops balance to near perfection. So far this year, the Oktoberfests have been a bit of a let down, but this one is solid. The body is medium, and there is plenty of flavor. Drinkable, this is an all dayer. Good for the season or any time of year.

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Photo of Zraly
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey, honey-orange. The head is off-white, big and beautiful, and the lacing is a nice touch. Well carbonated and, despite the lil' bit o' cloud in this brew, a few bubbles sparkle through.

A rather prominent smell of bread and alcohol. Flavors lie within the same spectrum. Malty, yeasty, and sweet. The sweetness reminds me ever so slightly of the aftertaste one gets from eating cake frosting (icing). Medium-bodied, with a slight tendency to full-bodied...it's got a little "meat" on it. Finishes with a bit of spice...along the lines of clove and black pepper. A nice n' cozy kinda brew.

A nice fall choice. Would go nice with some sausage and lentils.

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Photo of Wingman65
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can you tell I love this beer. I just bought two cases of the 2003 batch which, I must say, is not as lovely as the 2002 version.

A very unique beer. I say there's got to be NOTHING else even close to it. It's got a dusty orange hue, a malty but non-overpowering taste with a light crispness, and the most frothy, yet delicate head that leaves a permanent lace.

The 2002 model was notably smoother, as it seems like this year's batch has a stronger edge of alcohol.

One of the best things about it is the fact that it comes in the big, big, bottle - I love Germany!

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has the best head out of all the Fests I've tried. Beautiful, fine-beaded head. No yeast sediment in bottle and very clear beer as opposed to previous reviewer (this was out of a 500ml bottle though). I found the nose quite interesting, subtle for sure, but there was something interesting in there that reminded me of honey. Definately malty, but some honey in there too, more complex sugars in there might produce that kind of scent. Definately a drier, lighter Fest than the others I've had, this one still has some of the malty goodness that makes fest good.

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Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy harvest orange color....big creamy vanilla head on top...

Nose is soft...some toasted grain notes

Mouthfeel is medium...creamy...not crisp and clean though...more of an ale mouthfeel...

Taste is OK, but a little different than most O-fests....soem toasted grains but also some yeasty (banana) like notes....almost like an Octoberfest version of a hefe...

Overall I'd drink this again if someone bought it for me, but if given the chance I would drink many other O-fests before this...I'm kind of disapointed because I had high expectations for this...

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange-amber beer fills the glass with a great head and lasting foam clings to the sides.
The aroma is malty and slightly bready with a bit of fruitiness. Not expecting that from an Okt-Fest, but its nice.
The taste is sweet and has a doughy medium body with some hop spice and orange hints. The bittering component seems to feel dry, coming from grains rather than the hops. The finish could be cleaner.
The aftertaste is a touch of sweet cara-munich malts that sits on the sides of the tongue.
An interesting take on an Okt-Fest beer. Whatever the yeast choice is I think contributes to what seem to be "off" flavors for this style. Drinkable and the ABV is sneaky, maybe more than I thought. I would have more, but I'm not going to seek this one out either. Enjoy!

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Photo of rkhaze
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle that poured a golden amber color with a thick creamy head that left great lace.
The aroma was complex malts with some grassiness and mild hopiness.
Big malty flavors with some bread and a touch of caramel, but with enough of a mildly spicy hoppiness to balance the sweetness.
Medium bodied with a noticeable tang of carbonation and good drinkability.

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Photo of Jon
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber color with a sturdy, off-white head. Nice rings of lace remain on the glass. Malty nose is complemented by some sweetness, mild hops and bread dough. Taste is superbly balanced. Sweet, caramel maltiness and a fine, earthy hop finish pleases the palate. This brew is medium-bodied and fills the mouth quite appropriately. Extremely drinkable. Great Festbier.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This octoberfest/marzen poured a light amber, dark yellow colour with an ample white head of foam. The aromas were all malts and complex backing hops. The taste was a complex malty bomb, with no hint of alcohol and some excellent finishing hops. The mouthfeel was a little light and the drinkability could have been better...

A great O-Fest!

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Photo of jcalabre
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This Oktoberfest pours a clear golden/amber color with a larger, two fingered white head.
Aroma: This puppy goose-steps in with a malty aroma. (you can feel the lederhosen in the air)
The flavor is malty and sweet with a clean, crisp finish. This is a very enjoyable Oktoberfest.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head. smells of caramels and sweetness. big malt against a hop bitterness that does not quite equal out. the malt reigns supreme making this beer a little too sweet and finishes with a little hit of spice. nice smooth texture though make up for some of the unbalanced flavors, but not enough. this is my first year with ayinger, so i dont know if it has been better in the past, but this is nothing to write home about. it is decent.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Enjoyable but is the beer just slightly out of balance?

Pours a foggy golden amber. Great big fat frothy head that dissipates but leaves good lacing. The scents are wet and grassy. There is a butterscotch flavor and some bread that blends in with the grass.

The flavors are interesting. The malts dominate. A sweet butterscotch with a wheat bread flavor. Moist fresh out of the oven bread. Some spices and pepper find there way out as the beer warms. There are some fruit hops but they seem weak and restrained. They provide balance and nothing more.

Very smooth and easy drinking. Nothing holding this beer back. A slight tang feeling but it does not hurt its drinkability. A nice beer but I wish the hops were a bit stronger.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very nice golden-orange color in a Duvel Belgian glass. Good clarity, too. An initial head of a finger and a half becomes a spotty covering with a unique 'nipple' of foam smack dab in the middle. Never seen that before. Stayed there pretty much for the whole beer, too.

Aroma - Bready malt and butterscotch on the initial nose. Backs off a bit after a few seconds but maintains a sweet caramel undertone.

Taste - Bready, somewhat sour and sweet together at first. A lot going on right up front. Ends with a scratch of hops for balance. Not a heavy beer, the malty taste settles in after a bit and kind of takes over, but still has a slight mix of sourness in there, too. Carbonation is sufficient to keep this one from being too serious, it is an Octoberfest, i.e. festival beer, after all.

Average body and mouthfeel, about right for the style. A fine selection on a cool evening, although the sourness could lessen the appeal for some, makes the beer more niche-like. It's good, though.

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Photo of stirgy
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out a golden orange amber. Bright and clear. Dense and creamy off white head topped this brew. Nice aroma of spices and pepper along with some sour fruitiness. In tasting, I notice the beer has some thick syrupy qualities to it. There’s also some fermented fruits in there. It’s full bodied, well rounded and seems to finish clean. A very nice authentic Munich Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking back at this review there's obviously something missing. I think it goes back to a time when beers could be reviewed under different versions, and then were later grouped together. This would have been the draft version, with the original bottled version review completely missing. ...

A hazy orangish amber body is capped by a foamy off-white head that holds well before dropping to a thin collar but leaves only minimal lace. The aroma displays a straightforward, lightly sweet maltiness. It's medium bodied with a very fine, moderate carbonation that gives it a light caress on the tognue before warming to become more creamy and smooth. The flavor offers a somewhat caramelized, bready maltiness and a mild fruitiness. Hop flavors take a backseat, and it's well-balanced to emphasis its maltiness with a restrained bitterness that's just enough to keep the beer from becoming sweet. It finishes semi-dry with a short flash of alcohol and some delicate, spicy hops that leave it crisp and refreshing. Quite enjoyable. I much prefer it to the bottled version as it seems smoother and a touch more malty; a slight bit less fruity; less tart; and less hazy with a better head.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half liter brown bottle, no freshness date.

Medium golden amber, topped by a thick, dense almond coloured head that sticks around for a while.

Nose has clean malt, & some hints of fruit.

Broad malt, a touch of fruit, and a hint a noble hops. Finishes fairly sweet (too sweet for me). Medium bodied, crisp, with robust carbonation.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a lighter then most amber with some chill haze, thin whitish loose head fades out quick and leaves no lace. Airy aroma of lightly sweet malts and light toasted grains, lightly crisp wheat thin cracker-like with some fainted fresh herbal hops in the back. Taste comes across with an even amount of light bready dough sweetness and cracker-like toastedness mostly upfront, midway tends to loosen up a bit with some caramel and light ripe melon husk sweetness mixed gently with smooth lightly herbal hops. Finish has some subtle malty mixes of sweet and toast things meshing over some light earthyness and crisp wood. Feel is a close to medium body with some lightness coming in through the midway point and into the finish which ends lightly creamy and crispened. Not what I would quite call a good O'fest, however I do like its subtlities, there's just not enough push in flavor and body for me to really take notice. I still wouldn't turn it down if offered, its smooth and refreshing and a delight to drink.

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Photo of goz
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant clear orange, with a large white head that lasts, lacing nicely. Aroma is all malt - some toast, lots of raw smelling grain, and a tiny bit of sweetness. Flavor is of sweet and raw graininess, maybe a bit of hoppiness in the finish. On the medium side of thin for the body, medium amount of carbonation. Overall it is ok, but seems to be missing something to me.

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Photo of proc
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots and lots of malt in this one and that is a good thing. Pours out to a bright amber with a decent head. Nice smell of malts, yeast and fresh baked bread. Taste is quite good with the malt shining through. A very good Fest-Marzen beer for the fall season.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, very bright orange in color, with a very nice offwhite head. Medium in the body, loads of malt flavoring, some bitter notes and just a tinge on the sweet side. Itching for the hops detection, but I can't seem to scratch. Some carbonation, which seems to off-set the taste, something does not feel right here, but a great session marzen for the fall; combined with the cost and availability - GTG!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer. Good sized ivory white head. It has good retention and lacing ability. Great toasted grain aroma. Bavarian maltiness and subtle herbal hop notes detected on the nose as well. Great toasty quality on the palate. Biscuity and bready as well. Hops only seem to be around to offer a semblence of balance. Maltiness is somewhat grainy as well. Nicely carbonated and about medium-full in body. Nice marzen. I'm glad I revisited it and rerated it.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 82.4% out of 100 with 2,612 ratings
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