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: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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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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Photo of Coronaeus
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO.

Clear light amber with a moderate foamy head and significant effervescence. Slight caramel and sweet biscuit aromas. Cracker, toast, slight caramel sweetness and mild herbal notes in the taste. Loads of welcome carbonation with a medium body. A good example of a traditional Marzen. Certainly one to have annually.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear light copper honey. Two fingers off white head good retention and lacing.

Beautiful sweet malts and bright grains, breads to state the obvious. Clean minerals are also apparent. Hint of sweet honey. Very refined.

Sweeter than the nose. Round soft sweet but not overly, mellow and understated. Underlying rye malts and woody, a little earthy probably the hops. Reminiscent of a scotch ale almost. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Elegantly mature and well rounded. Subdued sweet honey and full malts with an aged feel. This is an everyday smooth drinker fit for any occasion as well as a special one. Impressive.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

great beer, served in a pilsner glass. look was deep brown copper, smell was malty and rich, taste was great and smooth deep in malt and slight hop finish with a slight sweet taste to it. feel was lighter but was taking nice big gulps and it felt good, great oktober with few better remaining

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

Half liter bottle from Winter Haven ABC. Good beer, but tasted more like an Euro-lager version of Oktoberfest than I'm used to. Could it be that German marzens are that much different than the American versions? likely....

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light caramel brown with a thick finger of frothy white foam.

Bready, toast, light caramel sweetness, and cereal.

Toasted grains, caramel, and biscuits.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet and crisp.

Overall, while not my favorite of the style, this was worth a shot and wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of Dope
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't see a date but this just hit the shelves recently.

A: Pours a clear orange-red. Medium-sized fizzy light tan head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving little tidbits of lacing. No real head retention.

S: Lots of sweet caramel, toasted a bit I think. Very light citrus and a hint of graininess.

T: Touch of grass and citrus up front. Nice caramel sweetness. A little bit of toasty, burnt caramel that I got in the aroma too. Very light grass and herbal notes in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, nice and smooth and sweet. Higher carbonation.

O: Really nice Oktoberfest. Caramel and toasty grain flavors are great. Just a hint of hops to balance it but this is super mild. Drinkability is off the chart. Pretty much sets the standard for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a glass stein.

Appearance: Pale amber with 1 finger of head

Smell: Bready malts with some cracker

Taste: Malt and caramel up front with a touch of hop in the mid to lead a balanced finsh

Mouthfeel: Full but very drinkable

Overall: One of my favorite Marzens because of the balance in everything. Full-flavor of malt with a touch of hops to bring everything and just enough ABV to give it a kick but not over do it. A classic.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle.

A: Clear amber. Much foam with moderate retention.
S: Elegant malty aroma.
T: Malty. Low bitterness. A touch of sweetness.
M: Medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: Fairly nice fest beer.

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Photo of Bone53
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear rich golden color with a huge three finger egg shell colored head

Smell: Toasted caramel malt with big fruity (apple?) esters

Taste: The toasted malt and bready notes come out more in the flavor with a subtle fruity ester balance

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied; Goes down smooth and crisp with slight bitterness

Overall: I dont seek out this style of beer, but i saw this at my local store and have previously enjoyed other Ayinger offerings, so decided to give this one a shot; Glad i did. Its a very clean tasting oktoberfest. The balance between lightly toasted malt and fruity esters from the yeast is spot on. Its one of the best iv had in the style

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle
Served in a dimpled mug

This beer pours burnt orange in color with amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of off white head that disappears quickly.

The smell is of toast and caramel.

It tastes of toasted malt. There are enough hops to cut the sweetness.

Thin mouthfeel

This is a nice example of an underappreciated style.

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Photo of erconn0r
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. I am serious. This is also one of my reference standards, and I compare other beers to this. Even my wife loves this one!

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Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500ml bottle from TW Arrowhead a month ago for $3.29. No freshness date.

Beer poured golden orange with a very nice head on the initial pour that dissipated quickly.

Nose is lightly toasted malts, floral hops, and a light fruity finish.

Taste is toasted malts and floral hops. The German regional yeast strain is there imparting light fruits.

Feel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a very nice Marzen with the difference being the yeast strain imparting that little extra fruit impartation. Definitely try this one if you dig the style!

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Photo of aquazr1
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous copper color. Smells of spices. Taste tends to the malty side, like a good Octoberfest should. Slightly sweet with good spice flavors.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle was cellared for over a year but still good.
Rich malty flavor with a little bit of apple and spice, with some tartness but not bitter. Comparing to Sam Adams (my yardstick for Oktoberfest): a little less sweet and a little more spice.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A tasty octoberfest. Different from ones I’ve had from the states. Appears as it ought to. Smells good, malty with a little bit of a surprising little saison-ish hint. Tasted similar to the smell. The steeped grain taste really came forward the more I drank. It’s a style you enjoy, and this one is a bit above the rest. Buy it again.

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

500ml bottle sealed with decorated pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Orange bodied beer with an amber hue. A massive, fluffy, and dense bone white head sits on top the beer. The head recedes down to no head and a very thin ring around the glass with a light spotty lacing.

Smell: Bready and toasty malts with a massive dose of fruity yeast.

Taste: Malt forward profile that is fairly bready and has a light toasty grain note too. Lightly sweet caramel notes. Fruity yeast. Light earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied lager with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp and clean lager with a slightly driness found in the beer. Light creaminess is found in the carbonation department. This is a very very drinkable marzen.

Overall: Pretty solid Oktoberfest. I have not had many authentic German examples of the style, but I am changing the error of my ways. I would have this again without much hesitation. Great alone or paired with food.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from 500ml bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: pours a sudsy 3" off white head that drops slowly with moderate lacing. Hazy deep golden color with mild streaming bubbles.
Aroma: toasted barley, ripe fruit and some floral hops.
Mouthfeel: fairly light body with a drying finish.
Flavor: bready malts that are sweet, but not overly so. Ripe fruit, some biscuit, and floral notes.
Overall: my first time trying this brew. Quite tasty.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had in a head-to-head tasting with Flying Dog's "Dogtoberest."

Look: Light translucent gold, with a fluffy white head. Lighter in color than I anticipated. Some small white lacing bubbles when the glass was titled.

Smell: Nothing overly memorable, but perhaps a bit of a sweet fruit note.

Taste: Smooth-pleasant with a sweet spot in the middle. No bitterness.

Feel: Probably a little thinner that I might have guessed.

Overall: Preferred this in the head-to-head with Dogtoberfest. Really easy drinking. Like Paulaner's a tad more however.

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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium/medium light amber with a short-lasting white head. A little still hangs on, though and leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma is bready, sweet, but with a nice earthy hops in the background. The taste is much the same but a little restrained compared to the aroma. The body is lightly with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer by Leah on Dave's birthday at Morgantown pies and pints 2015. Color is such a cool color. Amber and clear. Flavor is quite malty with a slight hop bite!

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

Break out your boot, it's time for another Oktoberfest! When this Ayinger offering hits the glass it starts out surprisingly light in color in the deep golden to medium copper range. A nice, frothy head forms at about 2 fingers thickness and retains about a centimeter due to near constant release of carbonation. Take a big whiff of this beer and be greeted by the usual marzen suspects in your nostrils, clean, German malt that is just a touch off of light and just enough hint of caramel and brown sugar to know that it's not just a plain old German lager.

Taking a big swig of this, I was a little surprised at the amount of caramel malt I encountered; definitely on the darker end of the taste spectrum for a marzen. Mild, semisweet caramel and light brown sugar flavor hit and spread across the tongue before the overall flavor lightens up. The traditional German lager crispness ramps up a bit at the ends and finishes the drink cleanly and light on the palate. Light flavors of crystal malt and just a touch of hops bitterness lingers on the tongue. This beer drinks incredibly smoothly on the palate and finished very light and clean, making this a beer I could totally drink all day in Munich.

Overall, this is another solid offering from Ayinger. I love their lighter German lagers, and this one is a bit heavier, but done just as well. Not only is this a pretty awesome beer, but Ayinger still has the best bottle cap in the business.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Transparent dark orange with tons of carbonation bubbles. Two fingers of bright white, soapy head.

S - Bready and mild with toasted notes. Pine needles and pine cones make it smell like fall.

T - Almost a generic amber taste, but a nice lager presence creates a crisp flavor along with some sweeter malts which have a caramel tinge to them.

F - A little thin, but not watery. Lots of carbonation bubbles dancing on my tongue and everywhere else in my mouth. a little dry, but I'm not complaining. Finishes clean.

O - Very good Marzen. Might be slightly thinner than others, but sweet flavors make for a good Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of don1481
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with a lot of bubbles flowing up to a frothy white head.

Smell: like a typical marzen. Slightly sweet.

Taste: slightly sweet as well. More robust than the smell would imply.

Mouthfeel : a little sticky.

Overall: Pretty good.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,558 ratings.
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