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

BA SCORE
89
very good
2,572 Ratings
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
Ratings:
2,572
Reviews:
1,092
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
323
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,572 |  Reviews: 1,092
Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am continuing with the #OktoberfestChallenge2016, but it is back to bottles for the foreseeable future. I will miss The CANQuest (tm) in the interim.

From the bottle: "Authentic Bavarian Festival Lager"; "Brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516"; "Amber-Colored, Rich, Full-Bodied."; "Ayinger, at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, is one of the world's most respected breweries. Family owned & operated since 1878."

Once again, I utilized a large glass vessel in recognition of the 500-ml bottle. Once the cap was Pop!ped, I did not hold back & allowed the beer to flow freely into my glass. This created just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a toasty, biscuity maltiness underlain by a light, dry grassiness. This is really beginning to mess with my earlier notions/conceptions of what an Oktoberfest/Marzen is and should taste like. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big compared to others thus far, but not quite full. The taste was sweet-ish, a slight maple flavor to accompany a dry biscuit/toastiness underlain by the grassiness that seems to be prevalent in the style. Finish was more towards semi-sweet than semi-dry, although an argument could be made for either. This would probably be the upper limit as far as how much sweetness I would like in the style before my enjoyment begins to recede. YMMV.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMH73
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aanth
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rclangk
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I perceived a "metallic" taste. I sampled only one and would like to sample another .

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Photo of twage04
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear deep orange with medium-high carbonation. Aroma is a little grainy with some noble hops coming through. Taste is fairly toasty/malty a hint of skunk maybe, some noble hops. A little sweet but balanced by the toasty malt on the back end. Overall a solid offering, better than average I'd say.

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Photo of Mississippi
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of superfriend
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Translucent orange color with a billowing, three finger off white head.

Smell: Pretzels (salty pretzels), freshly baked bread, apple pie, honey and white grapes.

Taste: Sweet and pleasantly tart flavors of green apple pastries and sultanas upfront. Toasted notes of mildly floral and bitter grains midpalate. It gives the beer a hint of smokiness. Notes of sweet bubblegum and banana on the finish. Again the beer has a really nice, understated and benevolent toasty, roasted and smokey flavor to it that adds a really nice extra dimension of complexity.

Feel: Sweet. Dry. Tart. Smokey. Vaguely bitter. Alcohol is detectable, but not distracting, contributing a pleasant warming sensation as you drink. Full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall Comments: I really enjoyed this one. Almost hellerbock like with a really rich, fruity, bready and smokey flavor that finishes dry and is sweet throughout.

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

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

Hazy amber color with white head. Aroma has some caramel, slight sourdough and bread crust. Taste starts with intense bread crust, slightly sweet and malty but finishes with a nice, earthy bitterness. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Although I don’t like the style too much, this one is quite good.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a two finger white foamy head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark bread, caramel malts and toffee.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Toasted bread, caramel and toffee with a nice floral finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice light finish.

O - Nice tasty Marzen. The flavors are perfect for the Fall.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thebooyakid
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeanVonMorrison
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kdubzz
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first legit German Märzen, and I'm impressed. There's much more depth and complexity than I expected out of a lager. Pours more of a dark orange than amber, not much head at all, and what'a there dissipates almost immediately. The smell is what gets me. Is that apricot? White grape? Whatever it is, there's a definite sweetness and light fruitiness to it, and the flavor follows suit. A thick, malty backbone comes through secondarily, as expected. The mouthfeel is medium with medium-low effervescence. An all around treat.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miket13
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,572 ratings.
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