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

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: German 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: 2,739 |  Reviews: 1,145
Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised at the light pumpkin orange this beer poured. It is the “least brown” Oktoberfest I’ve seen (that I can remember anyway). Nevertheless, the head was a lovely cream white with solid retention and excellent lacing; many rings were left around my mug. The nose was malty and sweet but balanced with floral hops. The spice found in many O-fests did not exist in this one (but there was no void to fill). The overall flavor and drinkability was very good. It was kind of light for the style but the creamy-smooth mouthfeel was very pleasant.

It is a mellow Oktoberfest, a good choice to introduce a novice but unique enough for a BA.

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Photo of Mick
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange and fall like in color, a really nice appearance, inviting to the eye. A mild tone of caramel eclipses everything else that could make strong appearances in the overall aroma if given the chance. An excellent body that is both smooth and lively. Pours with a nice head. A very rich and ingrained malt presence dominates every aspect of this beer. A malt flavor followed by a spicy touch and metallic tinge. Finishes crisp. Quaffable is not the best word to describe it, but it is definitely friendly to drink.

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Photo of brakspear
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very light orangish amber, perhaps the lightest Oktoberfest I have sampled from Germany, the head is full and rocky, lingering appropriately. The aroma is a bit muted for the style, I think a more upfront malt aroma is needed. The taste is very well-formed, malty with caramel and a slight hops afterfinish. The body seems a tad light. This is a very good beer, but I still prefer Paulaner Oktoberfest.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy apricot color with a big, foamy head that sticks around for a while and then gives way to a light ring at the top. Scents are rather sweet but unremarkable, a descriptor I would use for the taste as well. The flavors here (including tinges of alcohol and citrus) lack integration in this medium-bodied brew. Mouthfeel and drinkability are fine but not particularly noteworthy.

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Photo of yen157
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with big rocky head sitting on top of this hazy orange brew. Sweet, malty taste full of bread a little fruit. Beer has perfect carbonation and the warming of the alcohol and caramel on finish. I noticed a bit of a metallic aftertaste on my breath. Hops are there, but not too much, maybe not enough. Very drinkable.

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Photo of beernut7
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is round two of Oktoberfest 2002. Beautiful bright golden orange color with an initial thick frothy head that doesn't stick around for long. The aroma is light and somewhat a bit malty with bready undertones. The sweetness of the malts comes out nicely with a touch of bread and light metallic twinges. The spiciness of the hops is there but doesn't jump out at you to create the clean crisp German character I am used to with this style. I could still swig my share this season.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange / amber with a decent frothy, rocky white head…with good retention. On the nose the aromas are hard to pick out, perhaps a touch of orange peels, hints of spices, and biscuits. On the palate more of the odd same, touch of orange peels, traces of spice, biscuity, bready, hints of caramel, fruity/apple?…weird. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth. Overall a weird but drinkable O’fest that almost tastes like a ½ & ½ …a O’fest & a hefe mixed together. I still enjoyed this brew though.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.86/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange body, topped with a great rocky slighty-off-white head. Aroma is extremely sweet, with an almost orange tang to it. In taste, some hop bite to offer a slight balance to the malt sweetness, but it is far too cloying. There seems to be a lack of depth to the malt, too one-dimensional. Some yeast sediment, but no indication whether it is bottle conditioned or just loosely filtered. Disappointing, considering the brewery.

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Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange/amber, big rocky head of almost an inch. Fresh aroma, some mandarin orange and some bright hay-like smells. Stellar nutty malts, roasty with some toffee tones and just a touch of bittering that breaks in to attenuate the flavor close. Maybe a touch more hops are in order but this stuff was tasty to me. Decent body, full but not at all sticky. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This seems to be Aying's lowest rated beer, which is only testament to the overall quality of their brews. If you ask me this beer is fantastic. Hazy deep golden lager with puffy, perfect head. Mild aroma with malt hints and mild spices. This is a mellow example of a Fest brew, quietly malty with just a trace of the typical spices. Crisp hop dryness comes at the end, forcing you to take another sip, and another, and another. Mouthfeel is just about perfect: soft, puffy and gently bubbly. Tasty cold, but even better at a more traditional warmer temperature (read: as it warms in your liter stein). This beer is perfect with herb roasted chicken, with a nice crispy skin... actually this beer would be perfect with just about anything. Shouldn't be just for Oktoberfest, but Easterfest, 4th-of-Julyfest, and breakfast. Ok I'm done raving about this beer, I seem to be the only one who really loved it anyway.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aying O-Fest has an orange-golden color, and it's surprisingly cloudy. Checked the bottle and, sure-nuf, there was some yeast in there. Seemed odd for this style. Creamy head; gone quickly, with little lace. I liked it's nose best...got a big malty whiff. Mouthfeel pretty good: medium body and carbonation. Had a mild malty, biscuity start, but there are hops there at the finish; a bit too much for how I like my Fests. I must say, though, that as it warmed a bit more maltiness/less hoppiness exhibited itself. Decent, but not the best Fest.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of marc77
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The huge, frothy, persistent head is typical for style. Orange to amber in hue w/ an unexpected slight haze. Lots of toasty Munich malt in the aroma, w/ mellow melanoidin caramelized fruit notes. There's a hint of spicy Hersbrucker hop nose as well. A bit milder in aroma versus Paulaner or Spatens Octoberfests overall. Very smooth mouthfeel w/ an ample body. Malt sweetness and a light toastiness dominate, but a clean hop bitterness and Hallertauer flavor nudge their way into the flavor profile. Finishes w/ a caramel malt sweetness and a very mild hop bitterness. Although an enjoyable Marzen, it's not quite as rich or complex as other widely available imports. That being said, I'll take it over most microbrewed versions.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice body but I think the hops are too up front for the style. Not my idea of oktoberfest. Not real smooth, I'll pass.

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Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a big froth white head, damn good head retention with a bubbly rocky formation.

Smell: Whiffs of mild alcohol, caramel to the point of it being a melanoidian-like aroma with undertones of bread and cracker graininess. Sweet to the nose.

Taste: Medium to full in body with a superb texture, smoothness and crispness position for dominance. Hard bread like malt flavours that are almost cracker like. Restrained hop bitterness is slapped around by the malt for a little while and seems to never recover but still have the strength to balance. Malt flavour is big, sweetness wraps around the tongue and leaves a big impression of malt. Alcohol is squashed in the middle of the malt character yet still lends a sweet and spicy ghost like ester. Finally some spiciness comes through from the hops and mellows the malt and drops a trail of leafy herbal hop flavour also. Complex dry grain and husk linger.

Notes: Oktoberfest in the raw, seems a little rushed from years before. Flavours are not well blended and out of whack with a need to mellow out some more. Perhaps the yeast strain is getting a little stir crazy also? Enough of the babble, this is a decent brew and might beer hard to get used to. Some may like it some may not.

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