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 ScaryEd
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber color with a pure white head that dissipates very quickly.

The aroma is extremely grainy and bready, and has a certain "oatmeal-ish" quality to it. Plenty of notes of caramel as well.

The taste follows the nose, with strong notes of toasted grain and oats. Getting some honey as well. There's a faint hop presence here but it's almost undetectable.

The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. No alcohol is present and the grainy, sweet malt leaves a very nice aftertaste.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic representation of the style. It's got a good, thick, creamy body and the malt really shines through in the flavor.

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

1 pt 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into a Guinness Pint glass.

A - Golden orange with brown overtones, clear, half finger head that moves to a thin line of bubbles very quickly.

S - Caramel malts, toasted grains, faint vanilla.

T- Follows the nose, with a dense, hits the back of tongue malt bill and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Very full, carbonation is a touch above medium, but very sharp on the finish. Coating.

O - Been checking out a couple German Marzens this week. This one is crisp, clean, and full, with no tinges of skunk that some others have exhibited. Definitely worth a go.

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good Oktoberfest beer is harder to come by than you'd think. American breweries latched onto this seasonal style and predictably miss the mark in large part due to deviations in style in the name of trying to achieve mass market appeal. Thankfully we have Ayinger to demonstrate how the marzen is made.

This beer is like drinking a honey sweetened cereal. The malts are the star of the show, as they should be. A very slight hop bitterness makes an appearance but really only to make the beer more refreshing. Mouthfeel is appropriately sticky, not heavy handed but definitely mouth coating. Many lesser Oktoberfest beers are too thin of body and miss this critical element. If you like malty beers and want to have a great representation of this style, look no further.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You can't beat an authentic German beer! This is a great beer. It had all the complexity and malty goodness that you would expect from an Oktoberfest beer. It was very refreshing and captured the taste of the changing seasons. Definitely a great beer.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Creamy, malty, full-bodied beer which is one of the hallmarks of the style. Hard to believe it took me this long to try it but now that I have, it will be a part of my regular 'fest rotation.

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Photo of dar482
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light reddish amber.

The aroma offers sweet apples, grass, sweet toasty malts, biscuity malt.

The flavor hits of sweet honey biscuity malts, toasted malts, apple, pear, a bitterness up front of spicy and herbal quality that lingers until a lager quality comes through onto a medium minus hoppy and crisp finish.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Great white head, very creamy, beautiful looking. The beer is very lively with a lot of flowing bubble. Yellow-brownish color, very appropriate for a Marzen.
Smell: Sweet malty smell, just like honey. Some floral notes also. Make me think about walking on a wheat field in fall.
Taste: Sweet, malty, some, but little hoppy present, mostly the sweet maltiness. However, some strange metallic taste came up at the end.
Feel: Light body, very refreshing and great for the weather.
In short, without that metallic, this would have been an excellent, as good as it can get. However, it is still a great representative of the style. I am happy that I still have 2 more bottles to enjoy!

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Photo of mackeyse
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very nice copper appearance. Head dissipates in under a minute leaving the little coin shaped head seen in the photo. Almost seems flat.

A: Cereal and biscuit smell. Has the “Oktober fest smell” I'm familiar with. Sweet, but a mild aroma. Subtle.

T: Candy sweetness (honey, caramel). An all malt/cereal beginning and some kick of fruit near the end. The candy/fruit taste gets cloying a bit for me after the first 8/10 oz but as far as rating to style this beer tastes great. After finishing it I thought it even had a “prune-like” taste. Maybe best explains the candy/fruit combo.

M: Sticky — really coats the mouth. Aftertaste leaves some sweetness. Cannot taste alcohol at all. Could definitely have some more of these—doesn’t ruin the palate in the least.

I’m probably burned out on IPA’s and DIPA’s to appreciate the nuances of this beer but overall I really did like it and it well deserves its rep.

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Photo of vincehayter
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful Amber-red coloring with a quickly fading off-white head, no lacing. Malt forward on the nose with a good solid malt body on the tongue. Medium body fitting of the style; incredibly drinkable with or without food.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 44th and France, into a shaker
a: brilliant golden red color with a nice puffy head and good lacing
s: soft, faint, grain, a little herbal hoppiness.
t & m: the mouthful is brilliant on this...so creamy, crisp and well carbonated, even though it is also fairly soft. Fairly dry at the end, with a little hoppy bite that provides a nice edge. This is a little sweet -- here you've got some nice caramel and breadiness, as well as some pumpkin and raisins, but there is also some almost some gingersnap and nutmeg sweet spiciness that pairs well with the sparing but effective hops. Very enjoyable and very well made.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first German Oktoberfest! Pours a beautiful deep golden color. This brew has little to no head when pouring and very little lacing. It also appears to be kind of flat, which must be typical of an Oktoberfest. Initial taste is very mild, surprisingly mild compared to some of my domestically made samples of late. The Aftertaste is kind of bitter though, which appears to be the opposite of the domestic samples. Overall I could drink this beer all year long, even in the heat of summer. Would definitely buy again.

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

The beer pours a nice and foamy white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a nice and clear medium amber that bears a strong resemblance to copper. The appearance is nice and fairly light for an Oktoberfest but still pretty nice.

The beer smell is good. While it has a nice smell, there are better smelling Marzens out there. The smell mainly consists of a caramel and lightly breaded malt note with a hint of floral noble hops. The malts are not super heavy and the hop smell blends nicely with the malt notes.

The taste is good.The taste has a nice sweet caramel and bready note with an unusually strong hop note. The hop bitterness is floral and a bit more noticeable than other Oktoberfests. Still not bad.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied and a bit thick. The beer certainly has a body on it but is still lighter than other comparable beers. The beer has a smooth feeling when it goes down and the biting carbonation has a nice texture to it.

Overrall, a decent Oktoberfest and one worth getting at least once. While there are American ones that are better, this is still a good one to have when it comes out.

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

Served from a .5 liter bottle, poured into imperial pint glass.

L- beautiful golden hue with brilliant clarity. Tiny bubbles persist well after pouring. Creamy white head lingers for a moment before dissipating.

S- Sweet and malty. Aromas of honey, caramel, and a hint of prune.

T- Crisp, clean lager character with no sulphur. Malt dominates flavor and is sweet all the way through. Dried fruit notes present.

F- Moderately full bodied and slightly creamy.

O- a solid, malt-forward festbier.

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Photo of puck1225
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful creamy head formed poured into a pint glass. Nice lacing and an eye catching golden orange. Great crisp taste, malty and a bit floral. I always enjoy the beers from Ayinger.

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful amber/copper clear color with an inviting and pillowy ivory white head. The foam reluctantly receded, leaving behind welcoming tracks. On the first sniff, I noticed some spice from the noble hops followed by sweet malt, bread and caramel. The taste brought the malt, backed up with a gentle bitterness and spiciness. Compared to my current benchmark - the 2015 SN - this is more subtle and complex. Medium-bodied with a clean and slightly tangy finish.

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

On draft at the Publican in Chicago. Not a huge lager or Marzen fan, but happy to finally taste one of these German classics fresh - most bottles in the US are quite old. Much better than the bottled German Marzens I have had in the past.

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Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 500ml bottle into a glass boot. Hazy light amber with a 3 finger khaki head. Excellent retention with some good lacing on the boot. Toasted malts with a nice biscuit and caramel aroma. Noble hops help contain the sweet aromas. Very pleasant flavor for an Oktoberfest that is not overly sweet. Doughy and bready with crisp, earthy hops. Medium in body and carbonation make this a joy to drink. Now go get yourself a glass boot!

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Photo of Catracho5
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a stein

Pours a burnt orange, copper color, no head retention, some lacing, clear, looks about a medium bodied beer. Smells of toasted bread, caramel, sweeter than other Marzens I've tasted, grain, wheat aroma, no alcohol on the nose, more caramel than toasted notes. A hit of caramel up front, leading into some grain, wheat flavors, some sweetness, finishes with a hint of spice, some bitterness. Mouthfeel, a slightly sticky finish on the palate, some carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Very enjoyable, grain, wheat, grass characteristics increase and a decrease on the sweetness as the beer warms, a solid offering from Ayinger.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color and crystal clear. Light colored head gives way to a lacy remnant that stays with it to the end. Taste is distinctly malt with a rich aroma. Seems drier and lighter than its American counterparts, the closest is New Glarus Staghorn. Eminently drinkable and refreshing.

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

Pours a beautiful clear light orange, and smells of caramel and bread. Tastes similar with an easy light-medium body and a sweetness that stays backed by a good amount of carbonation. A great example of this classic (and one of my personal favorite) styles. Prost!

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden reddish orange with a huge rocky head
S: sweet caramel, hay
T: caramel, walnuts, melon, hay, honey as well. Long earthy hop finish
M: SOFT mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation
O: lovely marzen. each sip is a pleasure. will buy again.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber color with a bit of an orange tint. Mild haze. Large, frothy tan colored head which lasts forever. Continuous bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass keeping the head from ever completely disappearing. Good sticky lacing.

Heavy caramel malt on the first whiff. Some nuttiness. Faint spice, maybe nutmeg. Honey and pear.

Taste is as malty as the aroma. Caramel and toffee. Raw grain, biscuit, and honey. Some apple and pear flavors.

Medium body with a rich, sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Medium+ carbonation. Sweetness lingers.

A nicely done Oktoberfest style beer. Super malty. Very rich flavors. Another great beer from Ayinger.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a crystalline amber, lighter, but duller than copper. Well-retaining, fine, sudsy, very light tan head. Bread first, then sweet caramel on the nose. Later bread comes back. Tastes of caramel up front, but more toffee-like in the back, bready throughout, with pleasant herbal but nearly spicy hop follow-up just as its going down, works great with the breadiness for an overall flavor of crust! Well-rounded in the flavor department. Lighter side of medium in body, with gentle, but prickling carbonation of moderate level. Nice crisp finish and a somewhat nutty/woody immediate aftertaste.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and malty aroma. Toasted bread, dried apricots. Crisp and clean lager character. Brown sugar, and perhaps a little grassy hops.

Pours brilliant copper orange with off white head. Good retention, ok lacing.

Very rich and almost sweet malt upfront but finishes quite dry. Big and bready. Some hops, somewhat herbal-like.

Medium body, slightly silky. Medium carbonation. Sweetness upfront with long but dry malty finish.

Very rich but easy drinking. Lots of malt going on without being cloying.

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Photo of VikingBeer
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks inviting, pouring a pretty golden-straw color, with a head that lasts a couple of minutes and semi-persistent lacing.

S: Well, it smells like...a bit of caramel and honey malts, and not a great deal else. Not too much in the nose, really.

T: Here we go. Malt, malt, and more malt leads the way, with big flavors of raw buckwheat honey, dulcet de leche, crackers, and a hint of roasted nuts. A kiss of spicy, herbal, floral hop flavors rolls in on the back, with a hint of pepper to close out the action.

A very nice, classic German Marzen; expect no new-world hop punch, but embrace the malts, fire up the grill for some fresh bratwurst and knockwurst, whip up some German hot potato salad, and tap a keg of this stuff. Skål - whoops, I mean "prost," of course!

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,555 ratings.
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