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

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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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 hustlesworth
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- super clear honeyed amber with golden highlights and dirty copper lowlights. huge puffy ivory head becomes foamy and pitted with a nice tightly frothed skin on top. rings of lace form effortlessly as it settles and remains at about 1/4in thanks to a constant supply of tiny rising bubbles. this might be the marzen i've been waiting for.

S- fruity and toasty with caramel, well water, and a decent amount of grassy floral slightly citric hops. red apple, pear, red berries, and a touch of diacetyl. nice, but a little diluted.

T- bingo. mineral water and noble hops from start to finish. in between there's lots of toasty bread and biscuit flavor, squishy red berries, apple, pear, red grape, cream sherry, hazelnut, aromatic wood, and caramel malt. this is what i've always imagined a real oktoberfest to taste like after being let down so many times with american versions (sorry). the flavorful hard water used totally compliments the fruity yeast, and the toasty caramel malt balanced by earthy hops is sweet but not ever sugary. toast and biscuit flavors last well into the finish with the soft noble bitterness and a lightly herbal aftertaste.

MF- body is juicy with medium carbonation and just enough weight to keep it from feeling watery. a powdery grainy feel is also evident as a reminder of the substance put into this brew. some subtle dryness imparts a woodsy whisky feeling and after the toasty flavors fade i'm left only with a clean bitterness on the sides of my tongue.

D- smooth and refreshing, flavorful at fridge temp but more complex a little warmer. i've always thought this style wouldn't suit me but brau von aying has changed my mind. thanks to the bier depot for having the best selection of german beer around. i feel like putting on a funny hat and smashing mugs with buddies. prost!

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Photo of WMEugene
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally getting around to the Oktoberfest in January, let's see how it goes...

A - Pours a clear, orange-golden color with a very thick head and good lacing.

S - Malts (particularly caramel), yeast, bread. A classic lager smell.

T - Very malt heavy, bready and hints of caramel. Not complex, but dead on for a Marzen, this is how the style should taste.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation, very drinkable.

O - This is the definitive Marzen/Oktoberfest style beer. Tasty and drinkable - highly recommended.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a peachy orange color, looks slightly hazy. Very creamy half inch of off-white head faces quickly to a ring, leaving a little lacing behind.

Aroma is surprisingly fruity - not something I expect or want in my o-fest. maybe even a bit of diacetyl. There is a more toasty, somewhat bready, malt aroma behind that that is much more what I expected.

More fruitiness comes forth in the flavor, but thankfully less than the aroma. Surprising bitterness level - not what I've come to expect, but not unwelcome either. There is a sweet bready malt body that falls just short of rich and a little further still from cloying. The bitterness balances this nicely. Definite pale malts in the finish. Alcohol is noted but never overwhelming, indeed adding to a slight perception of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is close to medium but slightly light for the style and most welcome. Not as clean as it could be. Carbonation is soft. Drinkability is higher than many of the style though as usual this is a pretty filling beer.

re-rate 8/14 - MUCH better...pretty much all around, and in every way. Wow. re-rate is ridiculously higher. DATE THE BOTTLE please!

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" cream coloured head that dissipated quickly over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Noble hops: grass and earth with sweet biscuity malt.

T: Damn that's good. Sweet biscuity malt with peppery, grassy and orangey hops. Bread and bitter lemon in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Definitely on the sweeter side, this Marzen is incredibly drinkable. I can see why Germans and tourists alike pound back liters of this stuff this time of year.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
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 micromaniac129
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

You can't do much better then this festbier from Ayinger.
It pours with a golden orange amber color, just right. The head produced is about medium height, dense and lingers along while, while leaving some fancy lacing around the glass.
Brilliant clarity, a beauty to behold.
The aroma is malty. I can smell perhaps some toasted malts too. Other then that it's very clean.
The taste is rich and malty. The toasted malts are more pronounced then in the nose but by no means overwelm the flavor.
The malts have a fairly sweet flavor going in but finish slightly dry and bitter.
On the palate it drinks almost full bodied with a smooth, soft finish.
I couldn't ask for anything more.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I get sweet smells of brown sweet sugar some toffee and an odd orange like fruitiness which smells good and which I'm guessing are the hops giving off the scent. It has a nice earthy and fruity spicyness from the Noble Hops and yeast strain and then I get the confection sugar malt sweetness. It ends a bit yeasty with that fruity dryness lingering.

For an Oktoberfest it is definitely in a league of its own. I haven't had an American one quite like this at all. Its does have that same European beer taste for lack of a better term but this one takes it up a notch with the hops and the way the balance the beer as a whole. You can tell in the smell theres something different about this one. One of my favorite Oktoberfests definitely the best I've had this year.

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Photo of Ryan805Beer
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Touted as a authentic Bavarian Festival lager. It's a striking amber colored lager with a light carbonation. A very pleasant soft, velvety head with a smooth crisp finish. Satisfying yet keeps you wanting more. With such a great body and taste/finish I could drink this in abundance. Great beer.

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Photo of NDZonie
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this into my Cardinal Beer glass, from Switzerland.

Color: Wonderful copper color that is only slightly hazy.

Aroma: Tangerine overtones with a dry finish make this a very tempting beer to try.

Taste: Wonderful caramel notes with an obvious Hallatauer Hershbrucker finish. The dry finish is a very nice surprise.

I would recommend this Oktoberfest-Marzen to anyone who is longing for a classic German Munich Oktoberfest Marzen.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

17oz. bottle

Pours a clear medium-amber with a dense white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Superb caramel malty aroma with a nice breadiness. Smells like the essence of Oktoberfest captured in a bottle - perfect!

Rich caramel maltiness upfront leading into a nice light bready taste with just a hint of hops. Finishes malty, and lingers that way a bit. Delicious.

Medium-light body, fully carbonated.

Well now, this was quite a treat. Best Oktoberfest I've had this year, and maybe ever. This will certainly become my go-to when I thirst for marzen.

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Photo of JDK
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden honey with a 2 finger head that lasted throughout. This is one of the few beers I've had where the head solidified to almost a crust. Lots of bubbles in the carbonation but not overly carbonated on the tongue.
Light smell of hops and carameled malts
Has a very nice citrus taste with subtle hints of allspice and cloves
I've not been a big fan of Ayingers other beers but this one was very good. Comes in a 16oz bottle so 2-3 would give a nice buzz.
Worth a try if you can find it!

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Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a big mug. There appears to be no freshness date on the label.

Appearance: It has a rich deep golden color with very good clarity and some nice carbonation flowing up to the head. The head has a creamy off white color and rises up tall in the glass before slowly settling down to a nice foamy cap.

Smell: In the nose there are some sweet bready and light toasted notes with light grain and some floral/spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a very enjoyable malty character. There is mild sweetness, bready and light toasted grain notes, pie crust and very light caramel notes. This is balanced by some mild bitterness and notes of spicy/floral hops. The hops turn more leafy and mineral like in the finish which is crisp and refreshing. Its body has a solid medium to full feel with well balanced carbonation.

Notes: This is a very well made Oktoberfest. To me it's like a Munich Helles Lager but a little deeper in color, richer and fuller in flavor and body with the same wonderful drinkability.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml into pint glass. Purchased for ~$3.

Minimal head on this one but a super bright orange body.

Mellow grainy, sweet smell.

Toasty malt, sweetness like a peach, and some grassy herbal notes. Really shining on the malt, this one exceeds my expectations and really easily emerges to the front of the pack as far as Okt's go.

Sufficient body, robust flavor is pretty well balanced. Crisp, refreshing, enjoyable. What a beer should be.

This one's a winner. One of the better Okt's on the market. Puts most any stater to shame.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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 dgmirelli
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

great beer, served in a pilsner glass. look was deep brown copper, smell was malty and rich, taste was great and smooth deep in malt and slight hop finish with a slight sweet taste to it. feel was lighter but was taking nice big gulps and it felt good, great oktober with few better remaining

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Photo of sommersb
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-10-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance features a massive cream-colored head on a medium-dark copper beer. Bright clarity shows a few bubbles. Retention and lacing are good.

Hearty aroma is mainly of malts, with a lightly toasted quality.

Taste is rich and malty, bready, with a slightly sweet flavor. Not overly sweet, but nicely balanced with the malts taking center stage.

Feel is smooth and creamy, with a moderate level of carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

Clean and easy drinking, this is an excellent malt-forward example of the style. Highly recommended.

This beer also features the coolest crown I've ever seen!

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Photo of Urk1127
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not being too picky but I prefer oktoberfests to be slightly more bittering. My favorite style and this is an amazing beer don't get me wrong. But would have got 5/5 if the sweet aftertaste was not lingering on my tongue making it feel filmy, but it was only as it warmed. But still. An excellent beer will love to buy again.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep amber tinted gold, massive two finger head.

S- Great noble hop aroma augmented with scents of malt sweetness.

T- Sweet caramel maltyness up front with just enough noble hop bitterness to keep it from being cloying. It's not just the bitterness but some light hop flavor comes through to dominate only slightly in the middle. The smooth maltyness reasserts itself and brings balance into the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body, good carbonation.

D- Must buy more next year.

After having alot of so-so domestic versions, this beer totally reminded me why I love this style. It's on the lighter side but still retains a fabulous malt profile.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear amber color. White head, kind of low head retention, although it's easy enough to stir it up. I feel like if this was fresh from Germany, I wouldn't be complaining about that. Good looking beer.

Interesting smell, caramel, light toasty flavors, toffee notes. Purely a malt aroma.

Tastes like it smells... Delicious! "caramel, light toasty flavors, toffee" so good. Clean lager finish. This beer is universally delicious beer. I could see anyone liking this beer.

The only way to describe it is a fluffy mouthfeel. Soft and delicious. Clearly a very clean fermentation. Very slightly acidic at the end of the sip. Super balanced. Quality craft brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange-gold with a very light chill haze forms a rocky white head of fine bubbles with excellent retention, leaving nice sheets of lace in it's wake. Moderately-strong carbonation. Aroma is predominately bavarian lager yeast with a clean profile, sweet pale and crystal malts, and round hops, similar to a Harp Lager or Steinlager but with more sweetness. Flavor profile is very clean. Wet, mid-bodied mouthfeel and mild malt sweetness makes it an extremely drinkable session brew. Starts with delicately spicy hops but fades into a subtle grainy Munich/Crystal malt sweetness. Hops are used very delicately, adding to the initial complexity but lending to an extremely drinkable brew without risking taste-bud fatigue. Mild to moderate pleasant well-balanced bitterness. Sweet grain husk lingers on the palate. Throughly enjoyable.

This is one of the very best, if not THE very best Oktoberfest I've ever had. Stellar in every way. A tome for the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
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 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 Thrasher
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This seems to be Aying's lowest rated beer, which is only testament to the overall quality of their brews. If you ask me this beer is fantastic. Hazy deep golden lager with puffy, perfect head. Mild aroma with malt hints and mild spices. This is a mellow example of a Fest brew, quietly malty with just a trace of the typical spices. Crisp hop dryness comes at the end, forcing you to take another sip, and another, and another. Mouthfeel is just about perfect: soft, puffy and gently bubbly. Tasty cold, but even better at a more traditional warmer temperature (read: as it warms in your liter stein). This beer is perfect with herb roasted chicken, with a nice crispy skin... actually this beer would be perfect with just about anything. Shouldn't be just for Oktoberfest, but Easterfest, 4th-of-Julyfest, and breakfast. Ok I'm done raving about this beer, I seem to be the only one who really loved it anyway.

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Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +15%
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 Erish
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this 500 ml bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: clear, brilliant orange-gold, the light tan head quickly falls into a mottled cap with good lacing. Exactly what I expect from the style.

S: lots of yeasty bread aromas, caramel, floral German hops, honey, nutmeg.

T: sweet bread, honey, and fruity yeast funk up front, floral hops and a pleasant earthy, gently spicy (nutmeg?) note in the middle, and gentle grassy/herbal notes in the long finish. This is a harmonious and very well put-together beer. A classic.

M: full-bodied, almost syrupy at times, the carbonation is crisp and perfect for the style, but also thoroughly refreshing.

D: I have finally found the best Märzen of the season. The Germans have been doing it for centuries, and they still do it better than anybody else.

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