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

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,475
Reviews:
1,122
Ratings:
2,656
pDev:
10.72%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
342
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,656 |  Reviews: 1,122
Photo of avylover
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a recommendation upon asking for a "nice malty lager". This delivers nicely. Appearance is kind of a chill haze golden color with a snow white head. There is a mild dose of biscuity type maltiness and some fresh, somewhat skunky hops in the aroma. Taste is also mild, with the perfect combination of hops & malt to stay clean & refreshing, yet still full & flavorful.Nice full mouthfeel with a good slickness to it, and as for the drinkability -I could drink alot of this but pine for something a bit more complex. A good brew.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.53/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white, middling head that left some lace.
Smell is hoppy, fruity (lemon), and malt.
Taste is quite a bit hoppier than expected with little else to show. In fact, taste was closer to an IPA than a marzen. No complexity to speak of either.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied but not too bitter.
Drinkability: nothing special. For the style, seems to have missed the target. Not a bad beer, just a mis-labeled one. I've enjoyed several other beers from this brewer, sadly, this wasn't one of them.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a small off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Sweet bready, grainy aromas, light grainy, nutty and caramel flavors, finishes clean and dry. Light to medium bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, a well done Oktoberfest, I look forward to this every year.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-gold, bright and clear! Large head of medium sized bubbles with a fair amount of carbonation supplying the head. Aroma is slightly sweet, with honey, a slight hop bite, celan and malty. Flavor is clean and crisp, slightly hop & alcohol bite at the end (near my jaw!). Bready with a bit of orange marmalade on top makes this one tasty brew! I will be happy to try this one again next Oktober.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 17 Oz. bottle. The color of this beer is golden-orange with nice, creamy head. Mildly hazy. Aroma is malty as expected, bready and caramel aromas stand out. Smell isn't very powerful. The beginning of a sip is somewhat grainy and has some bite. The middle is primarily big malt tastes with some grainy balance. Finish is pronounced lingering sweetness. Like all the German beers I've tried this is easy-to-drink and well-made. However, I think I like the Paulaner and Spaten O-Fests better.

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Photo of oracle
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20 oz imperial pint in a tradtional english pint glass

Beer arrived a clear medium-to-dark redish color. Low amount of head, but good lacing left behind.

Smell was sweet and fruity, lightly spiced.

Taste was pretty darn good. Not quite what I expected but very drinkable. Very mild hops, overridden by sweet fruitness and malt.

Drank very easy, with a small finish.

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Photo of newyawker
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer! Nice and rich, it pours into my glass an amber color with a big, foamy head. The smell is a bit like caramel candied apples. Mouthfeel is generally full and smooth. A great malty sweetness, perfectly offset by hops and carbonation. Very, very drinkable to say the least.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Woo-hoo shared a bottle with David this evening. Pour was the best part, all coppery and topped with a craggy thick cream colored head full of peaks and valleys. Then we took some whiffs, and unfortunately there were some metallic notes that lead to: pennies from heaven, and then of course pfennige vom himmel hoch. We got past the silliness and dove in. Somewhat sweet, tries to finish with some bitterness, but the pennies came back at the end. Sweeter than I would have liked actually that was broken up by the carbonation. Not bad, just not great.

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Photo of Suds
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap with friends recently. It seemed to go very well with a thick bisque.
It’s a light amber color, fairly clear, with a moderately-sized white head. Very slight toasted malt and caramel aroma, with a background of hops. Light sweetness, with a mix of malt and graininess. Notable hop presence in the finish. It’s not a bad beer at all, and certainly quite drinkable. Still, I prefer my marzens to have a bit more toasted malt character. This one’s a little weak.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gently hazy apricot capped by a large, somewhat frothy head of beige foam that looks a bit too soft to result in much lace. It holds its own at a tidy two fingers, but ends up disappearing shortly thereafter, leaving nothing more than a short, chunky collar of lace. The nose is earthy, musty and malty with a hint of spice, but all components of the aroma are understated.

Wonderful flavor that is reminiscent of lightly toasted whole grain bread covered in apple-peach jam. The spice is along the lines of mace or nutmeg. There's a nice interplay between the sweet, gently malty bottom and the fruity, gently bitter, tea-like top. Oktober Fest-Marzen is exceptionally clean and well-mannered from the start and achieves a crisp, tangy 'snap' on the finish. It's also impressively drinkable due to the wonderful flavor, the lack of heaviness and the impeccable finish. Well done.

I checked my reviews before popping the cap and was amazed to see that I hadn't rated any beer of this style higher than 4.0. Brauerei Aying's version doesn't quite get there either, but in the only score that really counts (taste), it's the equal of any I've had. These guys are becoming one of my favorite German breweries.

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Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice amber color with a big creamy off white head that lasted a long time and had good lacing.aroma got honey,dark bread, caramel, with a little fruity flavor and hints of coriander. flavor the caramel took over than the malts, and honey and a hint of hops. a very drinkable beer

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Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty golden amber with a nice white headthat leaves decent lacing. Malt, caramel malt, dominates the aroma some light hops and some light spice also picked up in the background, coriander . Taste is good malty and zesty, carbonation tingles the taste buds. Finishes with a peppery hoppy combination reminds me of a witbier. Strange for a marzen but not bad. Mouthfeel right around medium a refreshing brew. Drinkability is good strange addition of spice, know against that German law to add stuff to beer but it sure tasted like coriander but guess it could have been the yeast adding some spiciness. Anyway it was a decent beer should be tried if you can.

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Photo of talkingpoints
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This big bottle(550ml) of German marzen went down like it was a 12oz bottle, why because its drinkability was off the charts. The hops and malt combine to create a smooth oktoberfest beer that has the body of one and the color of one. I will regret when I finish my case of these beauties. Ein prosit baby!!!

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Photo of woemad
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased at the Alpine Deli in Spokane for $2.45. Bottlecap is of a bucolic scene featuring a Bavarian man, woman and child (quick! alert the Feds!) quaffing their beers with an onion-domed chuch similar to the big one in Munich (I forget it's name) dominating the background.

Poured a slightly dark golden pale, with a big, off-white lager head. Decent amount of lace.

Smell is almost exclusively of caramelish malt, though there is a slight spicy twinge when it wwarms up a little.

That spicy twinge is much more noticeable in the taste, though it too is dominated by caramel sweetness. The spicy flavor (coriander?) is more noticeable at the finish, whereas the caramel is much more in force at the beginning. There are also mildly floral hop notes to be found. While I don't think this beer is quite typical for the style, I find it rather agreeable.

Mouthfeel is normal for one of the more substantial breeds of lager.

This is quite drinkable. While not what I would call exceptional, I'd be happy to quaff several of these at my local if the situation provided for it.

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Photo of Dmann
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excelent Oktoberfest. THis one poured a light copper color with a nice head that left fluffy white lace down the glass. The smell was of hops and spice. The taste was great and not overly malty like some Oktoberfests. This one had a nice subtle hop presence that kept everything in check. That, along with a nice smoothe mouthfeel made this one veryt drinkable and dare I say, my new favorite O-Fest beer next to the Lowenbrau.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great oktoberfest brew. Poured very orange with a beautiful fluffy white head. Nice, sticky lacing. Smelled lightly of hops. Just a touch. Very malty and left a light roasted malty like taste in my mouth. Very smooth. Not too heavy, but not light either. A nice balance. Great example of an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of oggg
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown amber color. Clear. Decent off white light foam. Smell is of mild German hops, very mild. Flavor is pretty good. Lots of delicious malt. Darker malt... not quite roasted but getting very close. Firm bitterness keeps this a fairly dry beer. Medium body. Smooth.

Overall: I tasted 3 OFests one per day, three days in a row, and this was the best. It was the least sweet and had the most malt flavor
1. Ayinger
2. Paulaner
3. Spaten

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Photo of clvand0
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the majority of a pitcher of this at the local pub. Pours an amber color with a thick, fluffy head. The aroma is caramel-filled and has just a tad of what I like to call "lager stank." The flavor had the caramel maltiness that I expected, but there is a hop and/or spice presence that just doesn't blend. This is one of the few brews I've had where I have drank enough to actually be totally full of beer and unable to drink anymore, without being drunk. Not a favorite beer here.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank a pitcher of this beer tonight. It poured a deep golden amber color with about 3 fingers of head. The nose was full of nice caramel sweetness, enticing me to drink it. The flavor hit me upfront with caramel sweetness, but then came a spiceyness that was a bit too strong for my liking. As far as other O-fest beers goes, this was not my favorite. I liked the Spaten this year a bit more. The mouthfeel was nicely thick and a little creamy. Drinkability was pretty good, hell I drank the whole pitcher didn't I? I had this out of a bottle earlier this year and didn't like it, so I was pleasantly surprised with it.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer arrived in a 500 ml. bottle, with packaging styled similarly for most of this brewery’s offerings. The body was golden pale in color with a creamy off-white head that faded into decent lacing. The smell was very faint for the style, with only a hint of the underlying Munich caramel malts. The taste was a malty as anticipated but had a bit more hop bitterness and lemony tang than other festbiers I’ve had. There was also a faint metallic twang in there. The aftertaste was grainy and mouthfeel medium-thin. Sessionable seasonal offering, but not an exceptional drink.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyable soft malty aroma. Big, active, yellowish cream colored head. Streams of sizable bubbles rise from the bottom of the transparent pale orange colored beer. Mild malt flavor with a slight grainy bite towards the end, there's a bit of hops in there that cut the malt and smooth out the taste. Moderately light body and plenty of carbonation lead to a beer that keeps me drinking.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I continue this year's Oktoberfests, I stumbled upon the Ayinger Oktoberfest-marzen.

The pour is a harvest orange color with a nice orange/cream head.

It has a really nice leafy odor; a very natural clean smell like a lawn after it rains.

The flavor is very pleasant - a real earthy flavor that is rare in a beer. Perhaps a little musty, like damp-leaves, but I rather enjoyed it.

The flavor is great on a crisp night when you are feeling reflective.

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Photo of Crosling
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blurry Orange.

Nice nose here. Malt shines through with plenty of ripe red apples, caramel, bready malts and noble German hops.

Lovely, quite fruity, mainly apple and dark fruits, with malt notes of bread and light caramel. Quite sweet as well. The hops seem perfect in this. Impressive.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larger bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a dull light almond shade, white allmost tiny bubble head, and leaves well developed and stringy lacing. cabadgy malt nose. This O' fest brew is slightly hoppier and spicier then others I've tried recently. Slightly dry and peppery finish. Complex for the style, decent quaffer/sessioner

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous coppery amber color with a great fluffy head. Somewhat subdued malt aroma. Slight breadiness to it. Upfront theres a malty flavor-slight hop bitterness and a touch of residual sweetness. Good body-a very drinkable beer. I find this a bit more interesting then the Munich breweries offering.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,656 ratings
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