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
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of thehardwoodsessions
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wanted to give this beer a five to be honest. Randomly picked up a 500 ml bottle and was quite impressed first by the look- beautifully golden and perfectly bubbly. Quite the perfect head. A nice little surprise.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL (16.9 fl. oz.) bottle purchased at TJ's in Fog Bot, NW D.C., unknown brewing/bottling date but sitting in my fridge for at least 2 months; poured into my Snallygaster 2014 mug; drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with an airy dirty white head that pours big and scummily settles to an easily roused film. Good retention; tons of sticky, scummy lacing. (4)

Grainy and caramelized malt. Smells like grain and sugar, flaked cereal, hard water, some anise. (4)

Smooth and caramely. Soft and subtle layers of caramelized malt, warm bready grains, some mild sweetness and some mild herbal hop flavors. (4.25)

Luscious, smooth, quenching, light-medium body lingering presence/mellow finish. (4.5)

Textbook märzen.
This is a very well-made beer that is definitely one of the hallmarks of the style. Pours pretty nice with a very bold aroma for the way it tastes. Loads of caramel malt flavors, dusty bags of grain, sweetness like a molasses or brown sugar with a touch of licorice. Fresh and slightly bready, substantive and refreshing.
Will always revisit this one; worth trying if you haven't or if you are new to beer and want to know what the prototypical Oktoberfest bier is like. (4.25)

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy copper with little to no retention. Aroma of biscuit and yeast (in a good way). Taste of toast and caramel. Smooth, almost buttery palate... mouth feel is remarkable. The finest I’ve had yet of this style. Off to get another!

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Long have I been looking for Ayinger's Oktoberfest offering! I love their wheat bears and I couldn't imagine that their marzen would be any less astounding. Often, when I finally get my hands on a beer that I've been coveting for so long, the result is disappointment, disillusionment, and despair. Reality rarely lives up to the expectations that build in the mind as it yearns for something. Not so, this time!

Possibly the best Oktoberfest I've yet had. Easily ranks with my top two or three examples. This is one that I will seek out more aggressively next fest season.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 21, 2014

16.9 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Pure gold, with just a touch of amber highlights. Bubbly white head, about an inch, tons of bubbles rising to the top long after the pour. This beer LOOKS like the month of October.

S – Warm, slightly browned bread, fresh from a stone oven. Light toffee. Some notes of citrus in the background, but very clean.

T – Again, warm, fresh bread, a touch of caramel and light lemon, perhaps orange. A very clean profile, nothing hiding in the background. It is what it is.

M – Juicy, malty, some very mild bitterness makes itself known, but not in excess. Moderately dry finish, though there is some slight residual sweetness in the aftertaste.

O – A very good, flavorful, refreshing beer, made for drinking a lot of it outdoors on a cool, sunny autumn day. No flash, just substance. Can’t go wrong.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

A 16.9 ounce Euro bomber poured into a dimpled beer mug.

Appearance - A hazy orange color. A big, off-white head. Great lacing. A very good looking beer.

Smell - Big, fruity nose. Honeydew melon.

Taste - The big fruit juice flavor is front and center. The beer has a malty, biscuit flavored backbone. The mild, dry hops becomes apparent on the backend.

Mouth - Fizzy. Sweet. Bold.

Overall - This is a big, wonderful beer that is greater than the sum of its parts. The sweet, bold malt is complemented by the mild, dry hops. Delicious!

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with great clarity, nice fluffy white head and great lacing down the glass. Aromas of honey, clean husky grains, sweet malt, floral hops and raisin. Aromas are faint but worth the effort to pull out. Taste is malt forward with some of that honey and a floral presence up front. Sweetness from the malt barely kept in check by the hops floral and spicy in there own right. Finish brings sweet malty notes and some of that raisin and fig from the nose. Light yet chewy body costs the palet on the finish. Overall, this is the best oktoberfest beer I've had yet. Lovely malt flavors compliment the season and stay true to the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a Hoegaarden 0.33L glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, toasted, bready, doughy, and Noble hops.

Taste: Definitely malt forward like the style should be with hops in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: I always say Germans make the best Oktoberfest and this is another that stands up to the phrase. Definitely will be enjoying more of these. It has been some time since the last one.

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Photo of Drogon
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Great Octoberfest beer. Malt sweetness, tastes more like an ale than a lager. Good thick mouthfull with a nice head and lacing. It was great with Knockwurst and German pretzels that I went out of my way to buy to accompany it. If you want to have a little backyard Octoberfest do yourself a favor and buy or make some German food to go with it. Good pairing is Knockwurst, Red Cabbage, and fresh made German PRETZELS!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a hefe glass.

Appearance - Clear amber body with a big white head.

Smell - Bready. A little caramelly. Some floral notes.

Taste - The floral notes come out up front. Kinda sweet. Breadiness is stronger later. Dries out in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable. Medium body and kinda sweet, but never gets heavy.

Overall - I thought it was too floral at first, but it keeps things interesting and it's extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottle: Poured a golden/amber color lager with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes with light grainy notes. Taste is dominated by clean cereal notes with a touch of sweetness and some light grainy notes also noticeable. Body is above average for style with good carbonation. Simple and easy to drink with good balance overall.

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Photo of mnrider
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

A: Pours golden yellow. Nice thick white head. Good retention.

S: Grains. More grains. herbal hops. Malts. Crisp.

T/M: Smooth and soft. Creamy and sweet. Crisp with some herbal hop bitterness. Toasted malts. More malts. Those herbal hops are tea like. Some fruity notes pop up. Grainy dryish finish.

O: Excellent German style Lager. I could drink this beer all day long. Well done!


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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%

This was an okay beer.
I was expecting more from a real German Marzen style beer.
This was a little too fizzy. Reminded me of a cheap beer.
Again, it was okay. if I am in the mood for an Oktoberfest, I will pick up another brand.

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Photo of Berndt
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Die Bierstube in Seattle.

Aroma - rich, malty

Appearance - clear orange, dense white head

Flavor - malty, complex, a little bitterness at end. A bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - medium-light body, moderate carbonation

Overall - wonderful, full-flavored Oktoberfest beer. One of my two favorites of the style, along with Hacker-Pschorr. As someone else mentioned, it's great to drink a liter and taste the changes as it warms. Also very good in a bottle (as long as it's not too old), though draft is best.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brilliant golden hue with brilliant clarity. BA wisp of white foam barely covers half of the top of the beer. I smell doughy,bready malt and a bit of salt. The flavor is sourdough bread. The mouth is smooth and crisp.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber orange with a crisp white bubbly head that leaves nice spotty lace after each drink.

S - Caramel, toasted malts, grains.

T - Layers of caramel, malts, toffee, brown sugar. Smooth and creamy mouth feel.

O - Solid and classic Oktoberfest. I would def get this again.

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Photo of gusariel
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A typical German expression of the style. Been drinking Marzens for a while.

Poured clean with orange tones, very clear, steady lacing. 5

Nice froth and head that dissipates slowly as you sip. 4.5

Bouquet of sweet,slightly sour bread, grassy and floral notes, and semi-sweet dulce de leche dominate. 4

Enough medium body with low to mid intensity in the palate. Finish is dry with faint spice. 3.7

Carbonation on the money, i.e. not overdone, not to shy either. 4

Close to zero evidence of alcohol. 4

Heart-warming fall brew that delivers for its more than modest $ 2.49 price tag. 4

One will be hard-pressed to find a traditional old-world brew of this quality at this price. 4

Will definitely enjoy again with some good liverwurst, home-made sauerkraut and German mustard.

A winner in every way, though American counterparts are doing a superb job in the style as well.

Highly recommended for anyone wanted to be introduced to this more than worthy style.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Marzen tries to prove
I don’t hate Oktoberfests
Comes close but no dice

A: Pours a beautifully clear brown with thick creamy head that recedes very slowly (3/3)
S: Caramel and raisin dominate with a sweetness reminiscent of ripe pear (8/12)
T: Sweeter and less fruity than the nose but very clean flavors, not sure I like the bittersweet hang but otherwise quite good (15/20)
M: Pretty bubbly and wet, only a little dryness in the middle of the tongue on the finish (5/5)
O: I’m not a huge Oktoberfest fan, and I’m trying not to judge this harshly because of that. If any Oktoberfest would turn me on to them, this would be it. Would have rather the fruitiness persisted in the flavor, but otherwise can’t fault it. (7/10)

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a seidel from a .5L bottle.

A- Light amber body with crystal-clear transparency and trickles of carbonation. The head is sudsy, light and persistent. 4.5

S- Light floral and grassy hops blend with sweet caramel. 4

T- Big caramel flavor and malt sweetness precede a grassy finish. A light grassy finish. The flavor is rich and warming. 4.25

M- Smooth, creamy and big-bodied, it still has a lively carbonation and semi-dry, faintly bitter finish. It's such a pleasure to drink. 4.5

This is exceptionally clean, easy-drinking and still full-flavored. A great beer. 4.25

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Kind of like my Highlander (RIP Subaru) after a detailing, this thang is just all kings of smooth. It doesn't have a punch like the doctor slapping your ass right after you were born, it's just simply calm, cool and collective. Light caramel, light sweetness drizzled on biscuits like your great grandmama did it during The Depression...


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Photo of HeartofMiami
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Was expecting more. Tastes more like a traditional (well made) German Lager than a Marzen. Surprised that I like the American examples better especially since other Ayinger brews are top notch.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16.9 oz bottle, it is almost entirely transparent and copper in color. The large, sea foam like head is off white, and leaves some spotty lacing on the way down.

Smells of sweet lager yeast along with sweet, toasted, grainy Vienna malts, and a subtle hop note.

Tastes predominantly sweet. Almost caramel like, even though most will argue it shouldn't. As it warms, the sweetness subsides a little, which is a good thing. There is a solid malt profile that is like fresh baked, slightly toasted bread. The hops are slightly spicy, with a hint of floral flavors.

Nice crisp, dry finish in a medium bodied, smooth textured beer.

Although the 2015 version from Sierra Nevada is very close, and I probably prefer the hop profile, this is still my personal favorite Marzen. I would also recommend Paulaner to round out my top 3.

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Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev +1.5%

I have said over and over I am not a huge fan of the style, yet I have bought a few to compare this season to make sure I am not overly critical. I guess my palate has been wrecked from drinking so many IPA's and DIPA's this summer. Nevertheless, this one is pretty damn good for a cool early fall evening. Price isn't bad considering its a half liter.

Color: Typical Marzen. Maybe a bit lighter than some American offerings.

Aroma: Malts, caramel, sweetness, virtually no hop aroma. Actually, to me I get none.

Taste: This one is a stand out to me. I assume this one was fairly fresh because they guy said it had just come in. It tasted fresh. Crisper than the other Oktoberfest beers I have recently tried. Which I like about this one. Still a bit too malty for my personal preference. This is a beer you could session the hell out of though. They really don't have a lot of flavor other than caramel and some sweetness, but not overly cloying with this one, which I think some American styles do border on.

Overall: One of the better representations of the style. I guess for good reason its an actual German Marzen.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a glass stein. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the bottle, but from 2014.

A: Light amber body with excellent clarity. Towering 3 fingers of off-white, rocky head. Solid retention. Nice lacing. Looks great in the stein.

S: Lightly roasted malt with notes of nuts, bread, caramel. Trace floral, noble-type hops. More fruit as it warms - grape, apple juice.

T: Opens with an airy malt and nuttiness with a somewhat surprising degree of sweetness that surges early and quickly fades. Yields to a nicely balanced hop bitterness and semi-dry, clean finish. Scant grain and trace of hops in the aftertaste. No alcohol presence of significance.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation with medium to light body. Quite drinkable.

O: Quaffable and tasty Marzen. Downed a liter of this lickety-split. Let it warm up a bit and you will appreciate added layers of complexity without any drop in drinkability. This is when this one really shines.


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