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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,076 | Ratings: 2,523
Photo of delicious
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle, which is nice because I usually want more than 12 oz worth of a good märzen. Though I hold label art in high regard, I usually don't comment on it here. However, this bottle cap is intricately and beautifully done; I often tout the bottle cap as an un-tapped medium, and it warms my heart to see it being taken advantage of.
I get an amber body and white fizzy head.
The nose is bready, sweet, and malty.
It's malty for an O-fest, but not at all overly so. It still finishes nice and dry, and the hops contribute some spice. After it warms a bit, I get some alcohol warmth and a little more mouthfeel. This is a tasty malty märzen that's great to drink.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-orange color topped by a small, stark-white head that lingers for a while. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, lightly fruity hops, and more than a little sourness and diacetyl. Palate seems a bit off - lightly sweet malt is overshadowed by more sourness before the swallow, but finishes with a nice and mellow maltiness that somewhat redeems it. Body is nicely smooth, great for a marzen. If not for the sourness (perhaps I got a bad batch), this would be an excellent marzen.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle of Ayinger Oktoberfest I bought had a beautiful painted picnic scene on the cap. When opened the beer poured a nice clear copper color into the glass with a thin fizzy off white head on top. The foam quickly dissolved to a thin ring around the surface of the beer leaving behind a few spots of lace.

The aroma is full of caramel malt with some apple, honey and yeast mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is full of crisp caramel malt flavor. Mixed in are flavors of honey, apple and bread. It finishes with a touch of floral hops. Once gone the caramel and apple flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, quite drinkable beer. It has the typical German malt characteristics and is one of the better oktoberfest imports I've had.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Zum Schneider in New York, NY.

The setting was near perfect, a beautiful Saturday afternoon in New York City marking the beginning of Oktoberfest at NYC's finest German beer garden. The kegs were tapped at noon - in true Oktoberfest fashion - and some friends and I arrived shortly after.

Poured into a 0.5 L mug, the color was a deep reddish-brown with a thin light tan head. Nice aroma with a very slight roasted malt character. The flavor showed great balance between the malt and hops, not to mention a slight caramel sweetness as well. The carbonation was right on and made this both easy on the palate and ridiculously easy to drink. By the end of the afternoon I had drank quite a few of these and probably could have drank it all day long.

A great representation of the Oktoberfest/Marzen style, worth seeking out. Prost!

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

This is a beautiful medium tawny brown, with an overflowing head that recedes quickly. There is a caramel perfumey quality to the beer, with a taste that is nice and malty with a roasted molasses twang. The body is syrupy but light. There is the distinct aftertaste of iced black tea. There is the same tannic quality. This dries out the finish. This makes you want more despite the aftertaste of sweetness and malt.

When this is fresh it is so flavorful and power- packed.This is not only worth a try, it is a must try-just as much as sweet corn at hearvest or a purple red tomato from the garden.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful orange with a large foamy head, lacing is very prevalent.

aroma is typical marzen - bready and inviting.

taste is beautiful caramel, french bread, just a touch of hops, very nice for th e style.

mouthfeel is on point for the style.

drinkability is as high as it gets.

overall, a lovely octoberfest, very highly recommended.

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Photo of nicefix
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big frothy head with nice retension and sticky lace. Clear orange amber color.

Smells of sweet malt a little fruity.

Tastes slightly fruity up front with a nice malty kick and some hops somewhere in there.

Nice creamy mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Very nice amber colored brew with a rich, creamy head that leaves nice lacing all the way down.

Aromas were malty, hints of brown sugar and honey,

Exceptional Marzen taste. Malty, brown sugar, very nice Marzen flavor. Ranks with the best of the Marzens I've had.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Kind of like a lighter version of a doppelbock. Barely notice the carbonation.

Overall an exceptional beer. One of the best Marzen's I've had. If you see it, don't pass it by!

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Photo of sabrills70
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

17oz brown bottle with no frshness date. pours a cloudy amber with a creamy 2 finger head, good longevity and equally good lace. A lovely caramel malt aroma mixed with a hint of smoke and a cider like apple smell. Nice and malty flavors mixed with a decent amout of hop flavor and bitterness, although the malt is predominate as it should be. Detectable is also a caramel apple like flavor as well as some dried fruit flavors. A fair amount of carbonation and a bit prickly on the tounge. A nice Marzen and perfent for the season.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a creamy, fluffy, off-white head that thins to a shiny half-inch layer, which remains throughout most of the beer.

Smell: Predominantly malty in the nose. There are bready, caramel and toffee notes, as well as a hint of fruitiness and a light leafy hop aroma.

Taste: Strong toasty and bready malt flavors are evident upfront. There's a light fruity sweetness in the center that fades to a nice leafy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, with a nice, lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Light and easy to drink, but very flavorful.

Overall: A nicely done Oktoberfest, a perfect match for the cooling temperatures.

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Photo of bkett01
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber hue covered with a healthy off-white head which is fading quickly, but is leaving small amounts of lacing on the glass. Smells mainly of cracked grains. The taste is a crisp, slightly fruity/sweet malt flavor rounded out with mild nutty caramel notes. It's very light mouthfeel and relatively low ABV make this an extremely drinkable beer. Very easy to put down a few of these in a night. Great seasonal, perfect beer for the fall, recommended.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is simply outstanding!! Nothing to complain about, nice pillowy head. Has a slight caramel flavor to it and a slight fruity twinge. Nice lacing down the glass. Fairly priced and dozens can be consumed in one sitting. Paulaner, being my favorite Festbier, has found it's match!

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

Very nice, pours a darker golden-amber with a huge foamy browned active head.

Great beer-- even worth buying just for the amazingly intricate bottlecap artwork design. Nice browned caramel malt taste with modest complexity, nothing detracting, just a nice solid integrated taste. Some hops up-front but as another reviewer notes, it quickly blends and is less noticeable, but still contributing to the overall taste. Finish was slightly less than the rest of the stein-full but still fine.

Another reviewer commented that nothing stands out-- which is probably true. However, I think that's a sign of a well-combined flavor/taste in a beer, nothing is obtrusive or specialty-tasting. This is a very nicely integrated beer, take it or leave it.

If this was flowing freely, I could drink this in-session if I were in the mood for a slightly darker-than-ale beer. It would be great with fests, with foods, especially with beef or wild-game meals.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ayinger- Oktober Fest- Marzen

Appearance- Caramel orange/ brown with a thick heavy lacing head.
Smell- Light malt with faint hints of leafy/ earthy hops.
Taste- caramel malt and earthy/ mossy hops.
Mouthfeel- consistant flavor throughout but the body of this is watery. Nothing stands out.

Overall- A decent tasting Marzen but very uneventful. Needs to boost the flavor up a notch.

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Photo of klewis
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Listed at 5.6% ABV

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a massive foamy head. Good retention with lots of lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet malt, lemon zest, and honey.

T: Sweet and malty with some buttery notes. A bit lacking in overall taste.

M: Light in body with fine. The carbonation is odd - on the first pour into the glass, it was hyper and abrasive; the second pour into the glass and half waythrough the bottle, there was little carbonation, and the beer was sort of flat.

D: Not bad, but I probably won't buy this one again.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous pour, with bright, peach-tinted amber body and a fluffy, tenacious ivory head. Zesty, bready malts come through on the nose, along with some spices and vanilla. On the palate, a touch sweet at first, with some metallic hops then presenting. Round, juicy malts fill the mid-palate before a wonderful, bready finish comes through. Mouthfeel is big and well-rounded, with perfect carbonation. Very drinkable -- rich and smooth at the same time, but not so filling that you couldn't polish off many glasses of this stuff. Great oktoberfest beer.

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

A - Copper-orange in color, bubbly large off white head. Excellent carbonation and alright retention.

S - Bready malts/fruit undertones.

T - Lots of breadiness, notes of citrus in the background. A whipped cream sweetness, that sits on the palate nicely. Fruit notes come in waves, while a small dab of hops works to balance everything out. Finishes semi-dry. Wonderful mouthfeel, and drinkability is excellent.

A solid Oktober, and very exemplary of the style.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - not surprisingly, this octoberfest pours a dark orange with a light tan head, i can see plenty of swift carbonation rising to the top

S - smells like a well balanced malt/hop brew, there is a distinct spiciness to it as well and a low and subtle citrus quality

T - a rich malty flavor is strong and very evident up front, a mellow kind of maltiness on top of a hoppy background, very tasty

M&D - well balanced, sweet and hoppy at the same time, with a spicy carbonated kick and a great aftertaste, a well crafted brew

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In fairness, I will have to try this one agiain this fall. I drank this Oktoberfest beer in May, and it possibly just outlived its life. As for this one, it had a nice copper color, but a thin, white head and no lacing and little aroma. Taste was slightly hoppy, but mostly watery. At mid glass, hints of malt were trying to enter, but were mostly overcome by stale taste. Metallic finish left me not impressed at all with this. Again, given the high ratings by others, I’ll try a fresh one this fall...as fresh as I can get in Atlanta, GA.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a big .5L glass. Large off white head fades slow leaving small amount of lace. The Liquid is a classic Marzen amber with a good carbonation.

The smell is of fruit and nuts with lots of caramel & some alcohol, quite pleasant.

The taste is a classic marzen. Nice soft medium roasted Malt with a smooth nutty caramel taste and some fruit notes. A little light on the hops.

The mounthfeel is soft, smooth, & slightly creamy. Very nice body, but the carbonation lacks zing, too syrupy as it warms.

The drinkability is Prima! Remember this is a beer brewed for the fest, It is a pure drinking beer. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of JMD71
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a depp copper, orange color with 2 fingers of head. Head retention very good. Carbonation looks strong & lasting.

Aroma: Very malty aroma that assaults your nose. Slightly fruity, wheaty smell. Hints of wet grass detected.

Taste: Slightly malty flavor. Almost skunky tasting. Malty flavor predominant with little hop profile detected. Clean finish. Do I taste apricot? Good mild flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied & clean on the palette. Crisp & smooth in the mouth with a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This was an average marzen IMHO. I'm not sure if this was the freshest sample. I easily drank the bottle, but just came off as average.

Comments: I likes this & would drink it again, but don't know if I'd go out of my way to find. Again, maybe the bottle I had wasn't the freshest. I'm sure it would be much better when freshly brewed...

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Photo of DogFood11
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, Amber to orange in color, pretty good size off white, eggshell, tight head, leaving trace lacing.

Leaning heavily towards the malt bill, incredibly bready, caramel soother sticks around on the palate for quite some time. Hops are very subdued and its a struggle to pull out much on this side of the house, not a complete shocker all things considered. Quickly passing aluminum metallic spike in the initial smell, but doesn't translate to the palate. Just a touch of a sweetened lemon about 3/4 of the way through keep it somewhat in check. Huge Cereal smell and taste like fresh toasted rice chex.

Notes: I could see this brew keeping my interest at Oktoberfest. Not the most complex beer for the style but it sticks to its guns and produces an enjoyable true blue gobbler.

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

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge two-finger head, which retains quite well. Smell is rather sweet with a grassy citrus aroma.

This brew has a very smooth medium body. Drink starts creamy and morphs into a prickly, bitter carbonation bath. Taste is of bread or grain with a predominant rind-like hop presence. Alcohol presence is not as evident as is the hop bitterness. Finishes quite clean. While not well versed on this style this was enjoyable.

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Photo of bruachan
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tour beer

well carbonated: the beer nearly leapt from the bottle when i opened the cap. i needed a couple of pours to get everything into my .5L gordon biersch pils glass. the head was taaallll and bone-colored. clear copper color with gold highlights. great lacing

dark munich aroma. it's nice but nothing special. a hint of noble hop

big maltiness up front, and the moderate bitterness prevents the flavor from crawling away, since the malt character dies off. tasty, especially the aftertaste. very smooth, with few esters, and a clean malt profile

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Photo of daliandragon
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at this new distributor on Main Street in Smithtown, right near all the car dealerships. I enjoy a good Oktoberfest brew, even in April.
This Marzen pours light brown with mucho sediment and a wet, milk colored head that dissipates to a cap after a few minutes. The nose is showing mostly fresh yeast and sweet malt. Simple stuff but well done across the board.
Taste also shows yeast and has a crispness to the mouthfeel that holds up the taste well. Carbonation is just right. Taste is broad and flavorful but not too bitter. Could probably stand additional hopping but this is still tasty and easy to quaff.
Definitely worth a shot if you see this oner lurking in your neck of the woods. I sometimes find German beers a little dull due to the rigidity of the purity law but this is quality beer engineering.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,523 ratings.
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