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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Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes, poured into a tall pint glass.

It sports a nice medium copper color with a nice little bit of head
that lingers throughout and leaves tiny spots of lacing. It has lots of little bubbles running up the glass showing off its nice carbonation. It has lots of sweet malts on the nose blended with grains and a touch of lemon. The flavors follow the nose well, sweet malts and grains with a touch of orange flavor at the end, it goes down smoothly with a nice little carbonated kick right at the end, although it does leave me a bit cottonmouthed.

Verdict: Pretty delicious Oktoberfest beer, its a bit bolder and more intricate than most lagers that goes down easily and bridges the gap well between summer and fall.

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Photo of oldpinecone
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Nice pale amber color to get things started with a thin head that didnt stick around for too long. Nothing to write home about.

Smelled sweetly malty, a bit dry. Pleasant.

Taste was similar to the smell. The carbonation overpowered the palate at first and the sweetness set right in. Not too much bitterness happening in this Marzen. Its sweet and delicate I guess is a good descrption IMO.

Mouthfeel was ok a bit too much carbonation goin on.

Very drinkable beer for the price. A nice beer while eating dinner.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass which brings forth a beautiful golden brew with a head that retains well and laces.
It smells sweet with caramel and bread.
The taste comes across with the same sweet and bready malt character. Light hop bitterness and spice flavor.
Nice body that goes down smooth with a little tingle from the carbonation on the tongue.

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Photo of sliverX
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poored a cloudy light copper in color, with a decent white head that faded to a film on top of the beer with build up around the rim leaving nice lacing after each sip.
Smelled lightly of fruit mostly apricot
taste was slightly bitter apricot note again, nice toasted maltiness
nice body in the mouth not thin nor thick
could spend all day drinking this pint after pint...

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves a one finger head with good retention and good lacing. Body is a clear orange amber.

Smell - apricots, plums, toast. Fruit and bread.

Taste - same as the smell. Good amount of fruit, washed through with toast.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, smooth, semi-dry.

Drinkability - A simply good beer, and rather sessionable.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle; no freshness date.

Very slightly hazed effervescent gold with a slightly orange cast.
Tan cap of head fizzes briefly and then departs.

Scent is toasty, fruity and bready with a touch of honey.

Taste is bready malt with a lightly toasted note. Fruity. Honey sweetness. Scent seems a bit better than flavor.

Mouth is effervescent and a bit more highly carbonated than I like. Somewhat thin.

Drinkability is good; a crisp and refreshing beer.

Not a bad beer but not among Ayinger's better efforts in my opinion.

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Photo of elniko
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Euro bottle into pint glass

A: Deep amber, finger of head that quickly dissipated. Carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Bready and caramel tones on the nose, good smelling brew.

T & M: One of the lighter tasting marzens that I've had. Mouthfeel is solid, not watery. Finish is crisp, with a little bitterness which I have not encountered in many other marzens either. Very bready quality to this beer as well.

D: Drinkable, but man I felt like I just ate a steak dinner after drinking this beer. Not sure I could drink more than one bottle at a time.

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Photo of fo5s
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into my saison dupont glass at kickoff for the pats / jets game - goodbye summer, Fall is here. No decipherable dating

A- gentle pour yieled a minimal head which settles quickly. Deep copper with good clarity.

S- Nose is clean - toasted malts with a hint of spices.

T- Creamy, toasy malt sweetness. Fairly smooth and well melded. Muted hops with a hint of spices. Faint touch of caramel on the back end.

M- Crisp, medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on.

D- Could drink this all day, but truthfully I think I'd get bored.

A classic example of the style, and a great beer all around - I typically drink only 1 or 2 a year, and as always I'm left satisfied. A perfect beer for those 55 degree days when the leaves start to turn...

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy soda-bubbles head. Lighter in color than most other
Ok-Fests. Cloudy too.

Deep, woody, lager-sulphite scent with a strong hint of alcohol. Very dry at the get go. Either the hops or a grain astringency plop on the tongue with a numbing thud. This clears, however, and soon, a tangy Belgian, malt crispness takes over.

Dry, woody hops carry through. Finshes with an apple grape...(dare I say it)...bouquet.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This octoberfest/marzen poured a light amber, dark yellow colour with an ample white head of foam. The aromas were all malts and complex backing hops. The taste was a complex malty bomb, with no hint of alcohol and some excellent finishing hops. The mouthfeel was a little light and the drinkability could have been better...

A great O-Fest!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a wine glass, because sophistication.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper color. The head is a finger high, with a shade that's barely off-white. It also has nice creaminess and okay retention. A thick but short ring of lacing is left on the glass, creating an attractive brew.

S: It seems more focused on the hops than the caramel maltiness. Having said that, the hops are so beautifully restrained within the malt backbone. Letting it warm up will allow some subtle notes of caramel and toast to poke through. Not in-your-face, just amazingly delicate and refined.

T: It opens up with kisses of noble hops (mainly earthy, but also a bit apricot-y) and diacetyl. The latter presence actually meshes quite well with everything else. Caramel maltiness appears on the back end. This one seems very delicate and restrained...perhaps too restrained.

M: This goes down incredibly easily, like one would expect. It has the vibrant carbonation, the lightness, and the crispness down pat. It isn't bone-dry thanks to the malts, but that doesn't matter.

O: Marzens will continue to be shunned by the BA community, due to their simplicity and design (a stronger/sweeter lager designed to be drunk by the pitcher, preferably while wearing lederhosen while hot blonde women in dirndls bring you six more mugs at a time). This isn't complex or contemplative, but it's as well done as anything else in the style. Certainly, it's one of the best traditional marzens one can buy.

3.65/5: Only thing missing is the friggen' beer hall

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish copper in color. There is a huge, fluffy white head on the pour. Not a lot in the nose of this beer at all. Taste is lots of malt. There's a hint of nut and spice in the flavor. Very creamy on the mouthfeel and very easy drinking. This one will be gone before I realize it.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a huge just off white head on a clear light orange body.
S- Sweet caramel malts, toast, dash of European hops, light spice, and one other flavor just can't pin point.
T- Follows the aroma pretty much to the tee. Dry aftertaste with a light bitterness and a hint of metallic flavor. Not sure if this is a year old or not.
M- Medium/thin body with a medium/low carbonation.
D- It is a pretty tasty Oktoberfest. Pretty much what you would expect from one and nothing to surprising.

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Photo of JonB1958
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a German case (20 half litre bottles) at the end of the season when everything else in the style was sold out. It's a nice beer, but falls short of the best of the breed.

Color is nice and deep reddish, with a much more active head than is typical of the style; lacing is the best I've seen in the Oktoberfests.

The smell is malty but thin, considerably less than you might expect from an Oktoberfest. And the flavor--while very clean and smooth--seems to lack a little bit of the "wow" factor of some of the other Oktoberfests. Some overtones of carmel and a little sweetness. A lack of aftertaste of any sort. It just sort of vanishes after you swallow.

Overall, a very nice experience

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Photo of chickenm
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish copper color with a small white head. Aroma is malty, bready, and earthy. Taste is malty with caramel sweetness and some hops bitterness. Medium-light body with good carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Good drinkability; overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of dwren89
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: toasty brown with orangey highlights, thick, foamy white head, and great clarity

Aroma: clean, lager like aroma showcasing great noble hop character and toasted bread malt

Taste: great balance, really shows off noble hops more than malt character but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: clean, crisp, tingly, and medium bodied. Medium carbonation

Overall: A great German marzen that really showcases the noble hops rather than malt character. Very balanced still thought with a crisp finish.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color with white head. Aroma has some caramel, slight sourdough and bread crust. Taste starts with intense bread crust, slightly sweet and malty but finishes with a nice, earthy bitterness. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Although I don’t like the style too much, this one is quite good.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 5$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a huge size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, ceral, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some cereal sweetness and raisins/grapes. It ends with a semi sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall - Not as good as I was expecting, but still an above average brew. Some good grassy/grainy flavours here that suit the fall/Oktoberfest season well.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a pint bottle into a big mug. Beautiful clear copper body with a white/offwhite sticky, foamy 2-finger head. Head retention is great and subsides to a 1/4-inch lacy cap for the remainder of the beer. Decent lacing on the glass.

S - Big and malty with sweet caramel coming forward. Kind of a barley-like smell in the end.

T&M - Very smooth and light mouthfeel with a giant malt kick to the mouth. Classic Oktoberfest taste going on here. Caramel sweetness as it goes down, becoming more prominent as it warms. The sweetness becomes a little much and tad cloying as I drink.

D - Very easy to drink for the most part but the sweetness kind of got to me. Nice flavors and aromas the whole way but by the end of the glass I needed something to get that malt sweetness out of my mouth.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a malty lager scent. It has the dry scent of a typical lager, but with a malty edge that smells great. The taste is decent. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good Fest beer; one I'd buy again.

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Photo of Zraly
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey, honey-orange. The head is off-white, big and beautiful, and the lacing is a nice touch. Well carbonated and, despite the lil' bit o' cloud in this brew, a few bubbles sparkle through.

A rather prominent smell of bread and alcohol. Flavors lie within the same spectrum. Malty, yeasty, and sweet. The sweetness reminds me ever so slightly of the aftertaste one gets from eating cake frosting (icing). Medium-bodied, with a slight tendency to full-bodied...it's got a little "meat" on it. Finishes with a bit of spice...along the lines of clove and black pepper. A nice n' cozy kinda brew.

A nice fall choice. Would go nice with some sausage and lentils.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little late in the year for an Oktoberfest but I found this in the back of the fridge. Lets see what happens.

A: poured a pale gold in color, nice white head about half an inch thick not really much else going on. a little lighter in color than i had expected.

S: sweet malty flavors, but not a whole lot more than that, pretty light on the smell, somewhat of an apple flavor, nothing too spectacular though.

T: light in flavor, slightly roasted, a few honey/caramel flavors. slightly metallic in taste as well. not much of a hop flavor there.

M: relatively thick, nicely carbonated, and relatively wet. this is really about the only thing right on as far as this beer goes.

D: i could easily drink this beer all night, and it gets points for that, as that is right on for the style. really nothing that spectacular though. a good solid beer, but noting that special in the end.

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Photo of sacfly
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, no date.
Pours a hazy orange with a wispy head of small white bubbles. Aroma is of sweet apricots. Flowery. Apricot is the predominant flavor as well, but more subtle- not overwhelming. Medium body. Leaves a bit of a slick, syrup sensation in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness in the flavor/aftertaste as it warms. Good, but on the expensive side for what it is.

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Photo of TH28
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is clean an light golden with a thick white foam cap. Aroma is toast and bread crust, with a hint of raisin. Taste is rich bread and caramel, with some raisin and light toast. Mouthfeel is medium with a slight creaminess and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a nice bitterness to balance the rich caramel malt that lingers.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery orange color with a nice white head.

Molasses and caramel on the nose. Slight hint of graham crackers.

Sweet malt with a stronger dose of hops than I've found in some of the other Oktoberfest's this year.

Easy to drink but the hops provides a fun little bite at the end.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,555 ratings.
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