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 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 Erish
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Lagered malty goodness

Appearance - Golden red and clear with tons of carbonation. This is a very good looking beer.

Taste - Similar to the nose with notes of caramel and just tons of smooth malt flavors.

Notes - A delicious and well balanced beer. Easily my favorite Oktoberfest beer

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

Appearance is extremely clear copper/gold which highlights beautifully when held to the light. It has a white head with nice lacing in my pint glass.

The aroma is very bready with hints of barley malt and hops

The taste is not overly sweet yet has sweet aftertaste which is pleasing to my taste and appropriate for the Marzen style.

It has a light to moderate feel with smooth carbonation.

I found it was enhanced and more flavorful when it had warmed.
Overall a world class offering from a world class brewery.
I love the fall !!!

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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 kgotcher
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber orange color with frothy off white head.

Aroma of craker and raw malted grain, very nice. Vienna or Munich malts are very present with that distinctive grainy profile.

Medium to full body, creamy and lighty carbonated. Very smooth.

Taste is malty to the grainy and toasted side, not overly sweet as some okctos tend to be.

Has a rich malt flavor without being sticky sweet.

Very nice, very enjoyable, spot on. Must be one of the best Octoberfest beers I have had.

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

Pours with a orange-ish hue into my PBR goblet with a frothy white head. The aroma is light with sweet malts - caramel, pale malts, and a hint of oranges.

The taste starts with a nice sweetness with a little biscuit and finishes with some tartness that I am really enjoying and have not tasted in other O-fests. Good crisp mouth feel, a little on the light side with plenty of carbonation.

Overall the beer is very well balanced and highly drinkable. I really enjoy the finish on this beer, the tartness and crispness of it make this beer a real treat to drink.

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

Fresh '06 release.

Pours a brilliantly clear light-bronzy orange. Billowing fluffy off-white 2" head sits majestically atop visible fast racing carbonation. Thick, globular sheets of lace all the way down.

After a few brisk swirls, nuttiness evokes along with a sweet toasted pale malt scent. Swirl this baby a couple more times and I get vanilla and a prickle of citrus.

The flavors of ever-so-sweet pale malts with an almond-like edge greet my tongue at first. Perfectly balanced sweetness and a crisp profile from the hops dance harmoniously. Ultra clean and fresh ingredients are showcased magnificently.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than medium bodied with perfectly fine and playful carbonation. A clean and non-cloying finish for sure.

Drinkability is PERFECT. If you can get this fresh, there's no stopping me.

Overall a very graceful and perfectly balanced O'fest. The key here is freshness. I believe this was the freshest, best-stored German import I've ever tasted - I'm so glad it was from this brewery. Simply the finest representation of the style I've ever put to my lips. I cannot find one thing wrong with this lager. Superb in every facet!

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

A clear orange/amber color pour with a large fluffy off white head. Nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of sweet toasted nutty caramel malt,apple,and a hint of spice very pleasent. The flavor blew me away,a huge sweet malty nutty taste,with some hints of bread,peaches and maybe some orange zest. A good creamy mouthfeel. Just a hint of bitter hops at the end. VERY GOOD !

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Photo of lic217
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: light orange, crystal clear, nice fluffy head
Smell: sweet bready malt
Taste: sweet, but not cloyingly sweet, bread, malt, and a little spice
Feel: incredibly smooth and drinkable
Overall: a great beer

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A lovely orange color with amber hues. Strong, white head sits on top and lingers for some time. Nice carbonation.

S: Caramel roll with some toffee thrown in. Definitely on the malty side. Some herbal hops there too. Probably one of the more aromatic Oktoberfests I've had this year. A hint of sulfur at the end.

T: More of that caramel roll flavor. Very rich caramel notes with some toffee at the end. Really nice. More towards a bock on the maltiness, which I like. At the same time it isn't cloyingly sweet. The hops round out the bitterness and thats about it. Not a lot of hoppy flavor. The beer is very smooth tasting. I love the rich maltiness, yet the light body. Best tasting O-fest this year so far.

M: Light-medium bodied. Maybe slightly heavier than other Oktoberfests. Smooth and clean finishing.

D: Wow. I really liked this beer. The flavor and aroma make this one lead the pack for me. I'd like to try this one fresh in Germany. It is dangerously drinkable. I could put down a 1L stein of this no problem.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light amber in color. Can easily see my fingers through the glass. Good carbo bubbles. White head is big at first, but diminishes to a faint film. Lacing isn't ignificant.

Aroma smells like caramel malts. It's bready, and a little soapy. Also think a little faint brown sugar.

Taste is simple but fulfilling. Light carmel sweetness. Definitely taste like a easy-going fall brew. Mouthfeel is appropriately thin, but lively. Fairly soft. Drinkability is great. Definitely has that German touch.

This went GREAT with onions dipped in hummus.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Ja! There's nothing better than a fresh Bavarian fest lager, and we're not talking about some basic lager or wannabe ale with "Oktoberfest" slapped on the label, but a real lager with some meat on its bones. Something worthy to hoist in the air with friends in celebration!

Pours a rich, golden color. Froth is thick, settling to a worthy lacing. Aroma is soft, with fresh grains in the nose and a faint herbal hop note. Smooth on the palate, creamy, with a light fluffiness. Tight carbonation, but it's held at bay by a base of malty sweetness, drop of caramel, and toasted. This fills out the body a bit, too. Hops? More tea-like, with steeped herbal quality that's tightly wound within the malty showcase, versus having a hoppy bite. Suggestions of banana and vanilla hidden within the sweetness. Pith. A bit drying toward the finish, with a cereal graininess and lingering toasty sweetness.

German lagers like these are often overlooked--yes, we still think the world needs more lagers! This is a classic--an exceptional and flavorful alternative for the ongoing lightening of the celebratory Märzen.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Nose: real grainy, smells like fresh baked bread with a faint hint of toast.
Pours crystal clear dark gold under a 2" finely bubbled foam cap, persistent, lacy.
Palate: Malt driven, malt spice and light malt flavors, fresh bread, very faint caramel in the aftertaste. Mild hop bitterness.
Medium body and low medium carbonation, creamy, clean, well balanced.

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Photo of Italiano86
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Good amount of lacing which disappears quickly. Clean and spicy smell. Caramel and honey taste with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth beer. My first real oktoberfest and I am impressed.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I'm talking about! The Germans call their beer Fluessiges Brot (liquid bread) and this beer has that quality in spades. When you drink it, the mouthfeel is truly beyond description: malts, rich, grainy malts in your mouth. This is one of the best Oktoberfests I've had, and that's saying something. Wow-weeee. Best beer I've had in a while, and I drink a fair amount of beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

gorgeous looking beer. Bright copper color with a bubbly white head. Lots of initial maltiness on the nose. Toasted grains, warm buttered biscuit, light caramel and hearty grains. Some herbal hops on the nose as well with a bit of a tin.

Wow very good. Rich mouthfeel yet creamy and smooth. Toasted grain up front followed by caramel and finishes with a refreshing spicy hop bite. Bit of detectable tin throughout and waters down a bit on the finish. Otherwise though an amazing oktoberfest beer!

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. In a word. It must have been a particularly fresh bottle, as I've read many of the reviews here and I was far better than I had expected. I was pleasantly surprised. Nice amber color with a 1 inch head that lasted well into the first third of consumption. Rich, carmel malt with a hint of floral hops in the nose, and taste to match. Others with me who tasted it all used the word "smooth." Extremely drinkable. Well balanced and, surprisingly in this sample anyway, not too sweet and no distinct alcohol taste. The hops left just enough fruity bitterness in the aftertaste to encourage me to lift the glass again and again. I was glad it came in a .5L bottle. It disappeared very quickly. An absolutely wonderful taste of Oktoberfest--straight from Germany. And brewed (as you would expect) in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot. A real winner.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Brauerei Aying
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Date Reviewed: September 26th, 2014
1 pint, 0.9 fluid ounce bottle
Glass: Nonic Pint

Eyes: Clear copper body with the slightest tint of amber. Pretty average head, a bit over two-fingers deep. Not a whole lot of lacing. Creamy/bubbly cap on top.

Nose: Sweet and spicy malts. Caramel corn. Mostly malts, however there is a faint note of floral hops.

Mouth: Sweet and toasty malts up front. Very mild hops kick in and bring the perfect amount of spice with them. Moderate-high carbonation. Smooth finish. Goes down nicely.

Overall: This is how it should be done. Textbook example of an Oktoberfest. The balance is nearly spot-on. Give me your biggest mug.

90 (A)

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Photo of beerdedking
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Draft pour into pint glass, Town Tavern, Duryea

This was excellent, however, I really think the tap handle and the beer were criss crossed.
This beer was orangey in flavor with a bit of biscuit malt and honey. It didn't reveal any traditional Okto traits like bready, toffee, caramel, or sweet malts.
Perplexing. I only had a glass of Great Lakes Okto previous to this, so a mixed up palate doesn't seem likely. It was very enjoyable (I had two), but will have to find a bottle to get to the bottom of this mystery...

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Photo of mlichens
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

I look forward to it every year. With every tom, dick, and harry brewer out there trying to create an "Oktoberfest" it's nice to go back to the old country. As it's not made in Munich, it isn't technically and Oktoberfest but it is a true marzen lager.

Pours a deep golden orange with a slight head and tight carbonation. Almost no head with minimal lacings.

The grains are apparent on the nose, just a tad sweet, which is also true of the caramel aftertaste. On the mouth it is creamy with a bright thickness with that aftertaste I mentioned that balances out the herbal and earthy notes.

It's the best out there, in my not so humble opinion.

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Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance: Super clear, bright amber. Whipped eggwhite head, very dense and foamy. Lacing and retention are excellent.

Nose: Lavender candy, clean malt, yeast, tiny citrus. Great nose!

Taste: Perfect copper, chewy, sweetness. Carmel, honey and maple.

Notes: fantastic! One of the better beers I've ever had. Definitely the best Marzen.

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Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color with a heavy orange hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a rocky off-white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Earthy toasted malt aroma with hints sweet biscuit. Smooth, delicate feel with lazy, rich, tight carbonation. Toasted and bready malt flavors throughout. Tangy carbonation through the middle introduces light herbal hop flavors. Finished crisply, with a lingering toasted malt character.

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Photo of GMB
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even a gentle pour of Ayinger's Oktober Fest-Märzen yields a thick cloud of slightly golden white foam. Beneath this cloud sits a beautiful orange-amber body.

The nose is mild; toasted grains and sweet richness from the yeast dominate. Do I sense a faint aroma of hops? Or is it just my imagination?

Rich, sweet, malty; this is exactly what I was hoping for. The beer is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Some hoppy bitterness emerges after the first couple of sips, but in the main this beer foregrounds the sweet grainy taste of moderately toasted barley, which offers subtle notes of toffee and butterscotch. This beer's recipe is nearly perfect: The bittering hops provide just the right amount of contrast to the sweet malt;

A roll around the tongue produces the kind of creamy foam that one expects from a beer withs such a large head. The delicate carbonation and creamy foam pair perfectly with the beer's richness and moderate sweetness. As the beer warms, the carbonation becomes slightly more aggressive; a perfect complement to the gradual emergence of very subtle noble-type hop flavors.

As far as I am concerned, this beer sets the standard in the Märzen style. Do try others, but accept no substitutes.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,478 ratings.
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