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 LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a light to medium orange amber with a thin head and little lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and wheat. Very mild, sweet caramel malt and wheat flavor, much like the aroma, but surprisingly subdued. Pleasant, but light flavored. Caramel malt improved with warming. Nothing outstanding, but nice light refreshing Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of marc77
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The huge, frothy, persistent head is typical for style. Orange to amber in hue w/ an unexpected slight haze. Lots of toasty Munich malt in the aroma, w/ mellow melanoidin caramelized fruit notes. There's a hint of spicy Hersbrucker hop nose as well. A bit milder in aroma versus Paulaner or Spatens Octoberfests overall. Very smooth mouthfeel w/ an ample body. Malt sweetness and a light toastiness dominate, but a clean hop bitterness and Hallertauer flavor nudge their way into the flavor profile. Finishes w/ a caramel malt sweetness and a very mild hop bitterness. Although an enjoyable Marzen, it's not quite as rich or complex as other widely available imports. That being said, I'll take it over most microbrewed versions.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous coppery amber color with a great fluffy head. Somewhat subdued malt aroma. Slight breadiness to it. Upfront theres a malty flavor-slight hop bitterness and a touch of residual sweetness. Good body-a very drinkable beer. I find this a bit more interesting then the Munich breweries offering.

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Photo of Plokhooy
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very sweet and malty for an Octoberfest (which is saying something since -fest beers should be sweet and malty). The mouthfeel is very smooth and this beer is quiet drinkable but do not expect your typical -fest beer. This one is uniquly malty.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slightly hazy and a golden yellow color, with a nice foam head. The aroma was of a malty and yeast bread smell. The taste was of malts and yeast that was some what creamy smooth, not sweet as I thought. Very little bitterness on the after taste. Overall, was not impressed!

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Photo of McStagger
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tis the season!

A: Beautiful copper beer with three fingers of off-white head. Nice head retention. Minimal lacing in the glass. Carbonation seems subdued.

S: Malty, doughy notes in the nose. Almost like some sort of honey wheat bread. Lovely. Touch of dried fruit and just the tiniest hint of metal.

T: It's always been hard for me to pull specific flavors out of marzens. Malted sweetness, slight biscuit, subdued hay and not much hop presence on the end. Finish is mildly sweet, with the same honey wheat characteristic.

M: Less carbonation than expected. Glides down pretty easily.

O: Maybe Marzen's just aren't my cup. I know Ayinger makes some world class stuff, but this fell pretty flat compared to some of their other offerings. A good beer, but not a great one.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very nice golden-orange color in a Duvel Belgian glass. Good clarity, too. An initial head of a finger and a half becomes a spotty covering with a unique 'nipple' of foam smack dab in the middle. Never seen that before. Stayed there pretty much for the whole beer, too.

Aroma - Bready malt and butterscotch on the initial nose. Backs off a bit after a few seconds but maintains a sweet caramel undertone.

Taste - Bready, somewhat sour and sweet together at first. A lot going on right up front. Ends with a scratch of hops for balance. Not a heavy beer, the malty taste settles in after a bit and kind of takes over, but still has a slight mix of sourness in there, too. Carbonation is sufficient to keep this one from being too serious, it is an Octoberfest, i.e. festival beer, after all.

Average body and mouthfeel, about right for the style. A fine selection on a cool evening, although the sourness could lessen the appeal for some, makes the beer more niche-like. It's good, though.

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Photo of Iguana
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a brownish golden orange with a 3 inch head that receeded quickly down to no head at all, interesting.

S: Copper pennies in water is all I am smelling.

T: Not too bad, seems like a huge caramel malt profile with hints of nuts. Actually its quite tasty.

M: Slick, sweet, pretty good carbonation.

D: I could drink a few of these, and might very well do so tonight. This is a pretty good Oktoberfest in my mind. Its what I think is like a cross between a bock and a nut brown.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- beautiful gold to amber colored body under a large 2 finger head. the only thing holding this one back is the lack of lacing

S- very faint odors from this one. small dose of hops, lots of malt, slightly fruity.

T- again, very small on the taste. slightly spicy and flowery. bready/grainy. easy on the hops

M- medium body, crisp, and pretty clean. slight alcohol sense.

D- a little disapointed by all the people claiming this one to be the best fest beer out there. it was easy enough to finish,
and im glad i tried it, but i liked several others more than this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a little orange tint to it with a pretty nice head,the aroma is very doughy and and toasted.The taste is pretty sweet at first with some definent bread-like undertones,there is a dryeness in the finish.I like a good marzen to have more sweetness to it this is a little dry but It is pretty well made and drinkable.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow. It is slightly cloudy. The head is fluffy white. It fades slowly leaving only a few laces. It smells fruity. Almost raisin lke. It is also slightly buscity. There is a faint lemon aroma also. It also has a slight hop escence. It has a slightly malty taste. The taste is sort of hard to describe. It has a toasted malt taste. The hop flavor is only very slightly noticable. Ultimately, the taste leaves something to be desired. Either a little more hoppy, or more roasted malts maybe. It is medium bodied, and goes down smooth. It is carbonated well. It might make a good session beer because it is not aggressive. It is also not to high in alcohol. This beer is worth a try.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing copper-orange color with a fine bubbled light tan head that fades a bit quick to a nebular sheen and collar.

This brew has a nice aroma. Touches of honey, wet leaves, caramel and apple pie.

Taste is a touch on the sweet side. Plenty of caramel malt flavors and a nice crisp hop and toasty malt bitterness. Hops lean more towards the floral end of the spectrum. Pretty fresh tasting and is about perfectly carbonated.

A bit more body than most German Marzen offerings and a bit less that the maltier American versions. Definitely drinkable, if not the best German Oktoberfest.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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 BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle of Oktober Fest-Marzen from Ayinger. The beer pours a crystal clear amber color with a big off-white head. Aroma is malt with a hint of husky grass. Decent body as it streams across the palate. The flavors seem very raw: grain, crackers, and a little caramel sweetness. A slight bitterness at the end. This is an alright beer, but not the best of the style.

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Photo of youngleo
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured light brown in color. I had a hard pour and I think it paid off. Decent head that lasted. Head was off white in color. Had some decent lacing. Smelled of malt, a hint of alcohol, and caramel. Tasted ever so lightly sweet. With caramel and maybe a hint of coffee. Reminded me of a light dark beer. Felt good in the mouth. Probably a little on the light side. Carbonation was good. If you was at a party and wanted to use this as a session beer, you would of made a good choice. I think it would be good outside at a campfire with a light jacket on and enjoying a October evening.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this one. As I go to pop the cap I notice some great artwork on it showing a German landscape with people enjoying a brew.

Pours a deep gold that approaches amber orange in color. Full foamy head of ecru settles to a thick collar. No lacing.

Smells of bready malts with a slight hop presence. Fairly clean and straightforward.

Taste of biscuits and finishes clean mildly of hops. subtle, simple, straightforward, fresh flavor.

Well carbonated on the lighter side of medium. Clean tasting and very drinkable. I would love to have this fresh at Oktoberfest in Germany with their traditional food. Some day...

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty clear dark yellow color with a red tint. The smell is exceedingly malty, so much so that you can almost feel the thick consistancy. The taste is good, but the best part is the small amount of carbonation that seems to let the beer dance on your tongue before taking it all down. There is also a tart taste to it, much like other octoberfest beers that i've had. A good beer overall.

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Photo of Act25
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agree with BA's this may be among the best Marzen, but that's not saying much because they're fairly dull beers.

A: Pours a dense two finger head of light khaki-beige color, with creamy thickness, and good retention, over clear body of pale amber-copper. No yeast particles , tiny bubbles, typical Marzen.

S: Clean malts. Light caramelized body. Creamy with hints of butterscotch, nuts. Pilsner, hops and Marzen spice.

T: Caramelized malt, butterscotch, with lazy floral saaz hops, and a honeyed sweetness. In the end finishes bready with light hops. (Too bready for me to drink more than 1) Typical Marzen.

F: Smooth, wet, thick, buttery. Good weight. Not a clean enough finish for me, but that's the style.

OK. Try 1. Really, all the Marzens I've tried cluster in the 3.5-3.75 range.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale translucent copper with a huge, off white head that has great retention

S - caramel, slightly musty, very faint toast

T - caramel, mild bitterness, lager yeast, a bit musty, warm, faintly metallic

M - crisp, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is by no means a bad beer. It does however have some qualities that I don't care fore: musty, metallic, warm. On its face it's a solid Oktoberfest, but the off-putting subtleties ruin it for me. I probably won't buy this beer again.

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Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review dated 12/19/2008.

Surprisingly average given the hype. Maybe I am just not a huge fan of this style or of Brauerei Aying. Similar to Sam Adams Octoberfest other than the distinctive yeast profile. Good, but not special. Strong caramel malt, hardly any hop character, slightly bitter finish. Standard Oktoberfest appearance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber/gold body with a thick, white head (about 2 fingers) with nice retention and decent lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some honey undertones.

T: A sweet, apple juice kind of taste that seemed a bit watered down. A slight earthy and honey aftertaste that was ok.

M: A medium bodied and pretty crisp mouthfeel. Not too bad for the style.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Mouthfeel was appropriate for the style, but the taste could have used a bit more work as it seemed a little too sweet. Fairly good drinkability overall.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Oktoberfest.

This has that pretty amber color in the glass. The smell is pretty sweet, maybe caramelish. The first thing I tasted was the sweet caramel that shines through on the nose, but after the initial taste there is a good deal of spicy tingliness on the tongue. It feels a little thin on the mouth, but because of that one could drink a few of these in a night without difficulty. Pretty good.

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Photo of tangentrider
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber beer with a disappearing off-white head. Light carbonation.

S- Fruit and slight caramel aroma, with some grain in the back.

T- Light malt sweetness with a touch of hop bitterness. Some caramel and spice.

M- Smooth, with moderate carbonation that leave a bit too much bite.

D- Drinkable, but could be a little more complex.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler. Poured a translucent amber with a dense, two inch off-white head. Some spotty strands of lacing present durng the tasting. Nose is mild; however, the sweetness and the malty backbone can't be missed. Taste consisent with nose. Caramel quality also revealed once consumed. Strongly biscuity in nature, but I also picked up a bit of skunkiness as the brew began to warm, lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel was between light- and medium-bodied with a balanced amount of carbonation. Solid example of the style. Went down easy and alcohol was well-hidden, but not my favorite.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Poured a dark amber with some haze. A glowing orange in the light. Thick, impressive head, tannish in color. Some haze, too. A good looking beer.

S - Typical for a Marzen. Sweet malts, some caramel/toffee. Also noticed some banana, and odd for Marzen's I've tried, some dark fruits. Not a bad aroma, but nothing I've never experienced.

T - Drinking this now in June, and being a Marzen, the beer might be past it's peak. No harm though, a pretty solid beer. Said malts and other aromas were all noticed in the taste. Not crazy about tasting the dark fruits in this style of beer. Drops it's rating a bit, IMO. Also noticed some pumkin spice and a general "fall season" taste. Kind of light tasting for a Marzen. Lot's of flavor and plenty going on, I'm just used to more "oomph" in an Oktoberfest.

F - Okay, nothing real strange. A little sticky feeling would be the only downfall. Felt good while in the mouth, though.

O - A decent representation of the style. Good flavor, just a bit on the lighter side for a Marzen. Could also be a bit past it's expiration, too. Certainly a quality brew for the $1.99 I paid. Won't rush out to grab this again, but it's certainly a beer I won't mind sampling again.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 1,048 ratings.
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