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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Reviews: 1,086 | Ratings: 2,558
Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours amber/caramel with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention, plus persistent effervescence

S: Slight caramel with honey, spicyness & cakeyness as this warmed up

T: caramel & breadyness up front. Herbal & cakey notes once this warms. Finishes with hints of dryness, leafy hops, apricot & a bit caramel & butterscotch

MF: Medium to heavy body with low carbonation & super balance

Drinks too easy, finally a bottle that matches up with what I had in Germany! Recommended right here/right now

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/ orange-ish color with an off white head. Aromas of citrus and spice. In the taste, earthy and a spice that is in the end. Not bitter, very smooth and somewhat refreshing. A dry sweet end. This was the beer that made me understand Oktoberfests/ pils/ lagers. A great fall beer.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy color somewhere between copper and gold. Inch and a half high white head retained about three minutes. Only a handful of average sized carbonation bubbles. Sticky lace rings.

Aroma first brings a blend of alcohol and sweet apple scents. Apple continues in strength with additional nose fulls, but the alcohol fades in intensity. Grainy malt presence strengths as this warms.

Sweet caramel taste clings up front and develops into an earthy flavor that hangs in the throat. Malt is slightly less intense then in the odor. A very faint hint of fruit was possibly strawberry, but to weak to be certain.

Average thickness, clings to back but runs away from sides of tongue. Carbonation effect is minimal.

A descent offering. Like any in style, this works good with a plate of German sausage. Solid offering I would drink if it was available. Try it in a side by side to see subtle differences.

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Photo of scurvy311
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is a rich dark honey color with a light-burnt taste and aroma. It is better warmer (more malt aroma/flavor), which gives it a great hop aroma, very nice Brussels lace, I loved it with the chocolate chip cookies, light to no head, on style with a Marzen. Ayinger is a pretty reliable brewer for me.

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

Poured into a Ayinger glass a nice clean/clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, tons of sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, slight hops, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, slightly citrus, slightly yeasty, and a nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Ayinger.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice light amber w/ a beautiful bubbly lace.
S: Light with sweet notes of caramel.
T&M: Sweetnes embodies this brew, from the beginning to the end. Tends to spike toward the end with carbonation. It also tends to have a floral taste to it.
D: I would most definetly be back to drink this one again.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-copper color. Off-white head is pretty thin.

Smell: Like.... tomato paste? I don't know if it's the spices short-circuiting something in my head or what, but it totally reminds me of tomato paste out of the can. Very weird and disconcerting. There's a sweet-ish malt base to the aroma, though.

Taste: Well, the tomatos are gone and we're left with a flavor of malts, caramel, grains, and a bit of spices and hops, which come out towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and generally smooth. Moderate, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: The smell still disconcerts me...

It's an alright Oktoberfest beer, but I probably won't get it again. There's certainly better ones out there.

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Photo of ekempey
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 Pt. bottle into a mug, a nice hazy orange color with a nice 2 finger head. Bread, nuts, and spices are on the nose, with a malty taste on the tongue. A nice warmth is present in the aftertaste. A medium body with light carbonation, overall a good choice.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Somehow I expected more from Ayinger with this one, after experiencing their other quality offerings.

Pours a glowing hazy orange-amber, that is really a pleasure to look at. A half-inch head settles to a ring towards the end of the glass.

Smells doughy, malty, slightly uric. Eh, not good or bad.

Taste is clean, lightly toasty malt with understated hop character. Doughy and slightly sweet in the middle.

Clean and somewhat crisp on the palate, and very easy to drink. The sweetness was low, but it seemed to be a detriment here. I'll admit, I bought it for the cap.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

since this is not a huge monster beer my score will seem high to most, but here goes: this poured a beautiful rocky head with durable, thick lacing to match, and was a nice clear amber in color. nothing overpowering in the nose-very subtle but great malt aromas, fresh bread, dough, caramel, nuts in the bouquet. taste matched the aroma. this is a great example of how to use and play up malts without needing to be a huge bodied beer. ayinger really knows how to showcase great clean malt flavor, hop aromas are almost undetectable, however there is just enough amount of background bitterness in this to counter the moderate malt sweetness. it finished slightly sweet with a bit of crispness for balance. this is a wonderful example of the style and very sessionable due to it's abv, mouthfeel, and finish. i only wish it were available in 6ers or mini-kegs.

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Photo of malcontent
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper-hued body with an outstanding crown of head. After dying down to a more normal level, the head retains its shape nicely for a good while before forming solid lacing.

Mild earthy sweetness in the nose, like overripe apples on the ground (not a BAD rotting, mind you). Faint honey and grain float in and out along with richer, maltier overtones.

Big, malty flavor with obvious sweetness that sometimes diverges into the corn syrup variety. Otherwise unremarkable although there are some breadier notes that are otherwise swallowed up by the malt.

Good, solid texture with just the right amount of carbonation and a smooth body. Easily drinkable if you're into the style although one is plenty for me.

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

Poured a 0.5l bottle into my authentic German Oktoberfest stein. Found this out of season Marzen on a fluke last year and since it was an Ayinger (about my favorite brewer) I jumped at it.
It poured a great clear color with a durable head. The taste was less impressive than on tap so I guess that sort of directed my review.
Got a good deal on all their last 2006 bottles so I guess it will be a pretensious session beer for me in a few weekends.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served in an Ayinger glass, this beer pours a deep golden body with a frothy, off-white head. Very active bubbles.

Smell: Light bready, toffee-scented aroma. Maybe some apples, too.

Taste: Whoa, well, the malts are fairly played down flavor-wise. What remains is a restrained doughy flavor with a floral hoppiness. Noticeably more musty than other Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation - nearly flat. Slight alcohol warming comes through in the finish.

Drinkability: Not nearly as moving or stirring as some other Oktoberfests available.

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Photo of IceAce
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours medium-pale amber with a very light tan collar of foam with a very lengthy half-life. Lacing is around 40% and clarity is superb.

The nose is sweet toasty caramel malt backed by very little in the way of hop presence (as is true to the style). Entry is subdued carbonation with the richly toasted caramel malts holding court on the center stage. Hops make a brief appearance in the finish, only to be beaten into submission by another caramel-80 baseball bat.

Classic German Taste from a brewery that doesn't always command respect. Pass the gouda...

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Photo of atigerlife
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Ayinger Hef glass.

Beautiful golden/dark orange color with a huge 3 finger light brown head that had very good retention. Lots of carbonation seen rising. Quite an impressive start.

Aroma was floral with sweet malts dominating. Fruity and biscuity.

Taste was sweet malts with a honey-like undertone. Light hops. A strangely bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a much flatter feel to it than expected.

Overall, very drinkable. Goes down easy and would be a decent session beer. Better than I was expecting.

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Photo of theo692
2.3/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served fairly cold (40 degrees), and I hoped it would improve. Poured from 500ml bottle purchased at BevMo in Mountain View, CA. Head looked good and hearty, but color was a bit flat. Head faded quickly, and I'm thinking it might be a bad bottle. Plenty of bubbles, but tasted flat and unexciting, even a little syrupy. I had expected that this would top GB's Marzen, but it's not even close.

Wound up drinking half a glass and sadly poured out the rest. Purchased two bottles, though, and will update this review if the other turns out better.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a large foamy yellow head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready and spicy, with a heavy scent of caramel and a hint of hops.

T: The flavors of grain and caramelized malt hold dominance throughout each sip. There are faint background flavors of spice and hops, which provide an excellent balance. After-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Quite tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, excellent representation of style, I polished off the bottle I had extremely quickly and can see myself drinking several of these over the course of an evening.

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Photo of mjc410
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed on paper because the internet was down.

The beer had a two-finger light tan head that hardly moved. The body was was a hazy golden-amber, with huge bubbles of carbonation. The nose was filled with a strong fruity, honey, bread aroma, which was a little sharp. The taste had a very roasted (for an O-Fest), thick flavor, like heavy bread, with light dosing of citrus. The mouth was fairly thick, too much so, with soft carbonation, despite the appearance. This beer made me grimace - I may have had a bad bottle, so I'll try to check again.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a nice amber color that is very clear, with a good deal of rising bubbles. There is a two finger off-white head that leaves a small amount of sticky lace.

The aroma is grassy and grainy with some sweetness and maltiness thrown in. Overall, a week aroma.

There is a very good flavor in the taste. One that is medium maltiness with little hop flavor. I detect some diacetyls in the taste too.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight chewiness, tangy and refreshing to drink.

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

Ayinger pours a nice clear golden ambar color; Nice foamy head and little lacing; Smell is malty and fruity; Taste is malty, sweet and caramel, clean and crisp; Mouthfeel is smooth and medium carbonation. Easy drinking beer and very refreshing.

A gift from my brother in law; Thanks.


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Photo of surcorx
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I want to like the various beer from Ayinger, but time and again they tend to underwhelm. Everything is done right I just don't get excited about it. The exception to the rule is their mighty "Celebrator" which I find to be one of the finest beers ever made, but that is a different entry. which leads me to their Oktober Fest-Marzen. There is nothing special here. It is a less than interesting octoberfest. Yet, it is fairly refreshing and only slightly sweet with mild bitterness. Carbonation is low with virtually no head and has an almost oily finish to the mouth. For that reason alone it is very drinkable, but also lacks any zing. However, it does have a decent fruity malty aroma and appropriate deep golden color for the style. Once again they did what was expected to make this beer properly and that is about it. Would I drink it again? Of course. I just wouldn't be excited about it.

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Photo of skizziks
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a weizen glass, The pour gives 2.5" of beautiful frothy fine white foam over a burnished gold body with a touch of orange. An endless stream of bubbles quickly rises from the bottom of the glass for the duration of the bottle.

Aroma is very fruity and malty, almost a hefe nose on it. Munich malt, fresh baked bread, a little banana, and strong herbal hops make for an interesting and lively snort.

Flavor is very herbal, somewhat medicinal like a Ricola cough drop. Sweet malt blends with subtle flavors of pear and cinnamon. Finish is bitter and slightly astringent. The astringence almost, but not quite, puts me off.

Mouthfeel is creamy yet light enough to not fatigue the palate. Should be very drinkable except for the touch of astingence which slows me down. Overall a very fine oktoberfest, wish I had a case of this.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

apperance: decent head and retention.

smell: apple phenols come out. I love smelling apple in beers.

Taste: apple undertones. Very well balanced. Caramel malts are balanced by decent hop bitterneness. Tastes somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing

Drinkability: Highly sessionable

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle(label says it is 5.6%abv) a clear amber gold with a medium sized head of foam that shrank to a fine layer quickly.

The smell has some sweet malt and nutty notes but it's pretty delicate.

The taste has a nice caramel malty flavour with some of the nuttiness I noted in the nose followed by well, more of the same. ;^)
I do sense a bit of hop bitterness near the finish but the finish itself is quite malty. This is a pretty good Oktoberfest but there are others that I prefer.

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Photo of goschool
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. during their Oktoberfest celebration.

Appearance: The pour is on the lighter end of the Oktober Fest spectrum. It's a golden amber with a healthy off-white head.

Smell: The nose is soft with toasted malts and a hint of grassy hops.

Taste: The taste is clean, but it's still lively. Sweet toasted malts are upfront and they become more complex through the middle towards the dry finish. There is a noble hop flavor that remains in the background.

Mouthfeel: This is one of the lighter exported O-fests (There's supposedly a difference), although the mouthfeel is still smooth and creamy without feeling watery.

Drinkability: This isn't the best O-fest I've ever tasted, but it is definitely as quaffable as beers of this style are meant to be.

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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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