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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Photo of scottg
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 L bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a two finger cloudy white head made up of little buttles with solid retention and light spidery lacing. Aromas of sweet citrus, toffee, and caramel. Toasted malt flavors, biscuity and grainy with a sweet orange citrusy finish. Mdeium carbonation, medium body, very clean and crsip and full of malty goodness.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 0.5 L bottle purchased locally. Aroma is rich with malt with a little sweetness and maybe a hint of orange peel and something slightly mango peppery in there in a good way. Deep golden color with a big off-white head, crystal clear. Flavor is bready rich malt with some of that toasty malt from the aroma. Some sweetness but balanced with the slight hint of bitterness. Clean and drinkable. Makes me want some bratwurst.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

since this is not a huge monster beer my score will seem high to most, but here goes: this poured a beautiful rocky head with durable, thick lacing to match, and was a nice clear amber in color. nothing overpowering in the nose-very subtle but great malt aromas, fresh bread, dough, caramel, nuts in the bouquet. taste matched the aroma. this is a great example of how to use and play up malts without needing to be a huge bodied beer. ayinger really knows how to showcase great clean malt flavor, hop aromas are almost undetectable, however there is just enough amount of background bitterness in this to counter the moderate malt sweetness. it finished slightly sweet with a bit of crispness for balance. this is a wonderful example of the style and very sessionable due to it's abv, mouthfeel, and finish. i only wish it were available in 6ers or mini-kegs.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[.5L purchased at Wine Gallery Kenmore for 2.95]

Bronze with a towering white fluffy head that stays for a while and laces. Gentle pepper aroma dominates with fresh bread dough and metal backing it up. Very easy on the mouth, this is lighter bodied than I expect from the style, but it seems that it is a good thing - I always wonder how people would be able to drink liters of heavy oktoberfest beer. Perhaps that is one thing that many brewers get wrong about this style. But just because it is lighter in body does not mean this is lacking in malt - this one is plenty doughy and nutty. Almonds, walnuts, and cinnamon with a pleasant solid bitterness creeping in as it develops.

This is a very polished beer, and by far the best of the style that I have ever had.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Octoberfest Stein. The bottle cap is easily the coolest one I have ever seen.

A: Golden-orange in color, huge rocky white head that dissipates after a bit. Not much lacing on my glass. Steady streams of quick moving bubbles of carbonation rise into the head.

S: caramel, grain, a sweet fruity citric aroma, and faint grassy hops.

T: Pleasant taste of grains up front transitions into a nice caramel sweetness. Slight fruity notes (banana?) and a mild grassy hop bitterness come through in the middle, and the grains pop up again in the slightly dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and a good amount of carbonation.

D: Very high. This beer was designed to be quaffed, and I'm happy to oblige.

Notes: Good brew, maybe the best Octoberfest I've had so far this fall.

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Photo of alexipa
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-yellow hue but very clear. Great white thick head that dissipates quickly with some lacing.

S: Malty and crisp. Some yeast in there as well. Smells like a beer you'd expect spilled all over the place at an Oktoberfest... which is awesome.

T: Just balanced, balanced, balanced. It's malty as a marzen should be, but it has a balanced bitterness to it that keeps it in check. Breadiness, caramel, citrus, raw malt flavor.

M: Carbonated very well, maybe a bit too much so for my tastes. Feels light, very drinkable.

O: This is just a great beer that can be drunk in excess (and is!). I want to combine the taste of this with the mouthfeel of Paulaner's marzen. It vould be the greatest beer in all ze vorld!

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Photo of puck1225
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful creamy head formed poured into a pint glass. Nice lacing and an eye catching golden orange. Great crisp taste, malty and a bit floral. I always enjoy the beers from Ayinger.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber pour with essentially flawless clarity. Ample white head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves average lacing. Smell is bready, malty, fairly subdued. Flavor is more intense than the nose implies. Delicious malt flavor leads the way, with some breadiness and a little spicy hoppiness to balance it out. Really nice mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish. A delicious marzen.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium head, dark straw color, minimal lacing

S- sweet malts, fruity, yeasty bread. Fall leaves and forest floor coming through, very nice.

T- Very earthy, sweet fruit accents, malt, honey, caramel.

M- Smooth and creamy, well balanced.

O- Very good brew, perfect way to welcome fall. Everything is well balanced and finishes clean. The earthy notes are impressive, feels like drinking the fall season.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass (I wish I had a nice big mug for this one) at fridge-cellar temperature. Bottle gushed with foam upon opening.

L – Deep gold color with a 1.5-finger white bubbly head that fades pretty quickly into a slick of bubbles at the surface. No lacing. Clear and effervescent. The lack of head retention is a little surprising after the exciting opening geyser of foam.

S – Lots of rich German malts with caramel, cereal, bread, nut, and honey aromas.

T – Again, lots of sweet malts with caramel, honey, bread, and cereal flavors. A bit of an earthy toasted bread flavor appears at the finish.

F – Light-to-medium bodied with lots of carbonation, a creamy and mouth-coating feel, and a sweet and toasty finish. Toasted malt flavors linger on the tongue and palate for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a really good Oktoberfest. It’s full of excellent German malt flavors and aromas and has the perfect ABV for a fest beer – not so little that you have to be drinking all day to feel anything but not so little that you’re one and done. I wish the head retention was a little better and there was a bit less carbonation for the sake of the flavor and mouthfeel, but this is a great beer. I’m so glad it’s getting to be fall. Even if I do live in Charleston and it’s still 90 degrees, I’m gonna drink some fall beers, dammit.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beginning of the best 4 beer months of the year...

Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek, Sept. 2010.

Appearance: I was expecting something slightly more orange/amber, but instead, this pours more yellow-golden. Nice fluffy head on the pour, but it dissipates quickly.

Smell: Classic Marzen aroma...Bready and biscuity with some sugary aromas thrown in. Toffee and caramel.

Taste: So good. Amazingly rich malty lager. Lots of grain, and earthiness in the taste. Sweeter then your average lager. Richer sugar flavours.

Mouthfeel: Nice delicate sweetness and a subtle noble hop bitterness. But overall, this is overtly malt-forward.

Drinkability: There's a reason this is served in 1L Steins at the Oktoberfest in Munich. It's an all-day-drinker for sure.

Overall: On the eve of the first weekend of Oktoberfest, this beer brings back great Bavarian memories from my first trip to Germany. Fantastic authenticity which gives a cozy feeling on a late-summer evening. The painted bottle caps are a nice touch too.

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Photo of rx-beer
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a 0.5 L dimpled stein

A - pours an orange copper body with some light carbonation and an inch and a half of off-white head. Head shows decent retention and fades to a nice ribbon. Fine lacing.

S - A clean, light aroma of malts and bread with some caramel.

T - Toasty maltiness balanced out by some bitterness with a touch of alcohol notes. Very well balanced throughout. Finishes off with a semi-sweet dryness.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium-heavy body.

O - A very enjoyable märzen! Very tasty and well-balanced. Definitely looking forward to having this beer again. I agree with those who say that this brew sets the bar for Oktoberfest Märzens, although I personally prefer Samuel Adams' Octoberfest and Victory's Festbier.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the epitome of an Oktoberfest.
In a mug it was a clear copper color with a medium-sized white head.
It had a sweet caramel aroma
Caramel taste, bready. A little bit nutty.
Very smooth, real depth.
Great beer. One that I will be drinking again; I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of MNAle
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber, lightly carbonated. Tall off-white creamy, thick head that recedes moderately with thick lacing that falls just above the head. Prominent malty aroma, dark fruit, raisins, bread, sweet, figs. Taste follows the aroma, dark fruits, bread, not too sweet. Complex flavor. Good mouth feel, not too thin. There is a lot to like with this beer. Little bittering anywhere, not even in the finish, which sets it very much apart from most American so-called Oktoberfest beers. Soft and dry finish. Excellent. It stands up to its reputation as one of the best in the world of this style. A very easy drinking beer for a night at the festival.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark Marzen style lager, thick head with great retention and lacing.
S: bready and sweet smelling
T: wonderfully sweet malt bomb with a crisp hop character on the back end. This beer is very well balanced in the flavor category.
M: High carbonation make this beer very quenching on the palate, really compliments the malty sweetness in this beer
O: Easily this is a top three Oktoberfest Marzen lager. This beer comes fairly close to living up to the hype. Rarest of the style in my area, but worth hunting down every year!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500Ml poured into a tulip
2013 batch

A- A slightly hazy amber orange color. A large two finger of a white head. A nice looking beer.

S- A lot of sweet malts. A complex grain profile. Caramelized figs and sweet molasses.

T- Taste matches the nose. A big caramel note and ripened dark fruits. A complex grain profile. A touch of roasted malt and brief nuttyness. The beer is well balanced. Some hop bitterness but not much hop flavor. A well balanced and flavor Oktoberfest.

M- Very well balanced and full bodied.

O- This is one style that usually doesn't do much for me but this beer is textbook. Its true to the style and one of the best out there.

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours crystal clear golden amber with a ton of bubbles streaming up from the bottle feeding a thick, fluffy head.

Aroma is crisp clean bready malts, caramel and floral hops. There is some light spiciness as well but the overall character is crisp, clean and malty.

The taste is excellent and maybe a tad sweeter than the nose suggests. There is more caramel and a hint of fruit, pears possibly. There is also a hefty toasted bread backbone.

The mouthfeel is one of the best I've had for this style. So creamy and smooth, much more than any American Oktoberfest I've tasted.

I've always been enamoured with Celebrator so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this is one of the better Oktoberfests in the world. Perfect beer for the season.

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Photo of ralree
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy orange with a nice 2-finger head that dissipates to 1/2 a finger and stays there. Bubbles are large and white.

S: Smells like fruit and hops. Good!

T: Very good - a little bit of alkaline taste to it though, which is only evident in the first sip. Nice lemon flavor along with flowering hops, and some sweetness to boot. Bitterness is just right - puckering but not overpowering. Alcohol comes through just barely after swallowing, but is otherwise undetectable.

M: Perfect - carbonation is just right, and body is medium - just how I like this style. Not astringent in the least, and leaves the mouth with a fresh, clean feel. Better than many beers.

D: Very drinkable. I will have no problem finishing this one.

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Photo of Reegze79
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

An excellent marten style German lager, very drinkable and true to style. Classic light amber color, generous carbonation and nice lacing. A bready, carmel, malt smell in the glass and translated directly to the palate. Medium body, malty with a very unusual hop spiciness that was almost metallic-like. Nobody makes an Octoberfest like the Barvarian's and Ayinger is right in the mix. Delish...

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Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A most awesome Oktoberfest Marzen. Probably the best I've had. Has just the right about of carbonation, malt, mouthfeel, smell. Is fantastic with paired with Bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage with apples, sour dough bread (because brat buns seem impossible to find) and german mustards. I look forward to this pairing every year.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A 16.9 ounce Euro bomber poured into a dimpled beer mug.

Appearance - A hazy orange color. A big, off-white head. Great lacing. A very good looking beer.

Smell - Big, fruity nose. Honeydew melon.

Taste - The big fruit juice flavor is front and center. The beer has a malty, biscuit flavored backbone. The mild, dry hops becomes apparent on the backend.

Mouth - Fizzy. Sweet. Bold.

Overall - This is a big, wonderful beer that is greater than the sum of its parts. The sweet, bold malt is complemented by the mild, dry hops. Delicious!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gushes out of the 500 ml botle, all over my temporarily operational keyboard. When it does pour, it comes out a lightly hazed orange color, strong, creamy white head.

Smell: Lightly grassy, with soft caramel candies, malty more than anything.

Taste: Lightly sweet and mellow, smooth. Malt dominates, toasted and caramely, the hops come out as it warms, makes a nice beer. Very nice, better than the last Oktoberfest I had, Spaten, which was much grassier than this.

Drinkability: The Oktoberfest I would order in Germany, well, maybe not when in Munich.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Oktoberfest I have had this year. I would expect nothing less from Ayinger.

Pours a deep amber/orange. A frothy white head climbs quickly up the glass. Bubbly, great lacing.

The smell is soft, not "weak"... but lacking fidelity. I'm getting pleasant grains and caramel, but missing some spice.

Taste is where this beer shines. Starts out as a ballsy lager, grains and malty sweetness. Spices develop mid palate, they are really not "up front" at all. Finish is dry and spicy. Prickly carbonation, generally light mouthfeel. Balance...this beer has it!

Drinkability is great. Well balanced and highly sessionable.

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Photo of Danno48
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful light brown color and an attractive white head.
Smells sweet and malty... A lot like the taste. Delicate caramel toffee notes and very drinkable.
Light and sweet and delicious. I mean just what you want in an oktoberfest... Easy to drink. Amazingly flavorful and not too bitter so you can knock em' back as it was intended. Great beer that is just fun to have.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-golden amber with a thick cream colored head

S-good honey grains. Medium to strong scent, smells sweet.

T-comes in with a decent taste of roasted biscuity grains and honey. This is awesome! The end has a syrupy sweetness and some bitterness. Overall this is awesome. 

M-creamy medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-this is an amazing Oktoberfest. The tastes are awesome yet subtle enough that I could drink liters of this all night

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,541 ratings.
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