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

very good
2,571 Ratings
Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of gouettn
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lwillitz
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - slightly-cloudy golden body under three fingers of white head; lots of carbonation rising

S - sweet grainy/corny smell; faint grassy hops

T - sweet fruity grains; alcohol; hop spice; grain and hop flavors linger for a dry finish

M - surprisingly thick medium-full body; high carbonation balanced well by the sweetness and alcohol warmth

O - This is a solid lager. It was very refreshing at the end of a rough day.

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Photo of Yancey82
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of HopBomb515
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with great clarity, nice fluffy white head and great lacing down the glass. Aromas of honey, clean husky grains, sweet malt, floral hops and raisin. Aromas are faint but worth the effort to pull out. Taste is malt forward with some of that honey and a floral presence up front. Sweetness from the malt barely kept in check by the hops floral and spicy in there own right. Finish brings sweet malty notes and some of that raisin and fig from the nose. Light yet chewy body costs the palet on the finish. Overall, this is the best oktoberfest beer I've had yet. Lovely malt flavors compliment the season and stay true to the style.

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Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of apbarwood
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- Beautiful rich golden color with a rocky, white head and great retention. Plenty of bubbles lingering.

Smell- Light bread-like aromas with a hint of some malt.

Taste- Beautifully balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Strong flavors of caramelized bread up front with a brisk, dry, hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body with great carbonation.

Drinkability- Truly refreshing. The balance of hops and malts was highly appealing and the carbonation made it quite refreshing. Nice beer for a cool late summer/early fall day and with lighter fare on the grill. I've yet to find a beer from Ayinger that I don't love.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a hefe glass.

Appearance - Clear amber body with a big white head.

Smell - Bready. A little caramelly. Some floral notes.

Taste - The floral notes come out up front. Kinda sweet. Breadiness is stronger later. Dries out in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable. Medium body and kinda sweet, but never gets heavy.

Overall - I thought it was too floral at first, but it keeps things interesting and it's extremely drinkable.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap it had a dark orange-like color. Hoping for another great seasonal drink, I was surprised by its almost sour taste. It still had the "Oktoberish" spice, and it was actually a pretty light beverage. But the sour after-taste was really off-putting. One could even smell the slight sour scent coming from this beer. However, its crisp, October-spice rescued it from a complete disaster. The sour taste/smell made the drink just a bit off.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an apricot color with a peach colored cream head that holds well but finally recedes to a solid crown of lace.
Smell is crusty and smokey.
Taste is heavy on the malts with lot's of caramel sweetness. Also has some fruit flavors in there with some smokeyness in a burnt toast kind of way.
Mouthfeel is crisp and the well balanced carbonation gives it a creamy feel.
A very drinkable Marzen that I highley recommend.

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Photo of dstc
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, deep copper color with a foamy, light tan head. Head falls slow leaving behind decent lace.

Mild grainy aroma with a hint of sweetness. No real hops in the smell.

Yummy, toasty malts in the taste with hints of caramel. A slight metallic taste is in there too ending in a roasty bitterness.

Medium bodied and rather smooth yet biting on the tongue.

Good stuff. Now this is a lager.

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Photo of teromous
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't see any bottle or import date.

Appearance: The beer has a light golden color with a robust foamy white head. It looks great in a glass. Good head retention. Gpod lacing.

Aroma: It has a very big soapy floral aroma.

Taste: The taste closely follows the aroma with this flower potpourri flavor. It is very fresh tasting. I'm not getting any real malt character but the hops are outstanding, especially for an import.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice pleasant mouthfeel giving it just enough of a velvety character to deliver the flavors the way you would expect them; nice and smooth with an airy finish. For an Oktoberfest it has a bit more texture (but not heaviness) than the average beer but it just works for this beer.

Overall: It might be a bit too flowery for some but the flavors are good enough that as a general call I would recommend it. The drinking experience is just outstanding on this beer. As of drinking this (October 2016) we lucked out in having a very fresh delivery of this beer. Pick it up while it is still fresh and enjoy it!

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Photo of golf4collet
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of braican
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yen157
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with big rocky head sitting on top of this hazy orange brew. Sweet, malty taste full of bread a little fruit. Beer has perfect carbonation and the warming of the alcohol and caramel on finish. I noticed a bit of a metallic aftertaste on my breath. Hops are there, but not too much, maybe not enough. Very drinkable.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the larger, 1pt.1floz. bottle, with a great germany country scene on the label.
pours up a hazy orange/amber color, thick head of just off white large bubbles, leaves thick lace lines on the glass.
smells of bread and malt, for the most-part, maybe a hint of cinnamon, but i could have imagined that one. average smell.
taste was big and, like the smell but stronger, bready malt. also, some other flavor hidden right up behind the initial ones, which i can't place. not bad, not amazing, interesting. very little hop taste in the mix, almost non-existent.
somewhat thick, with a medium mouthfeel, i liked it quite a bit. i would seek this one out again, but probably would not have more than 2 at a sitting.
still, a nice change of pace from the american oktober/octoberfests that i've had lately. seems very german, for some reason.


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Photo of mickmanhattan
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bone53
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear rich golden color with a huge three finger egg shell colored head

Smell: Toasted caramel malt with big fruity (apple?) esters

Taste: The toasted malt and bready notes come out more in the flavor with a subtle fruity ester balance

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied; Goes down smooth and crisp with slight bitterness

Overall: I dont seek out this style of beer, but i saw this at my local store and have previously enjoyed other Ayinger offerings, so decided to give this one a shot; Glad i did. Its a very clean tasting oktoberfest. The balance between lightly toasted malt and fruity esters from the yeast is spot on. Its one of the best iv had in the style

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Photo of krisandajt
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my DFH glass...

Appearance: A clear amber color with an ample amount of white, fluffy head. Very good lacing and retention.

Smell: A nice, biscuity malt sweetness throughout. An excellent example of the style.

Taste: A crisp, biscuity sweet tasting brew. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, goes down easy.

Drinkability: This is what an Oktoberfest should taste like. Very drinkable, and one of my favorite Fall brews.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a finger width head, some lacing and chunky remainder. Smell is a little biscuity with some caramel. Taste is again biscuity with slight apple undertones. Lots of bubbles feel quite nice, but it's got a fuller body than I like with my lagers. Overall, I think it's a really solid beer. A noteworthy brew in the Marzen style.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5 litter stein.

Pours a very bright orange color with a large 2 finger fluffy head with sup rising lacing and retention for a marzen. The coloring is simply amazing and the body is perfectly clear. The aroma has a distinct cooked sweet potato aroma. Bready malts follow with a clove or allspice undertone.also has a touch of that German lager yeasty aroma. The flavor is clean and crisp with focused bready malty flavors. There is also a semi spicy flavor that flows nicely. The mouthfeel and drinkability are spot on with classic oktoberfests. Unlike American versions, this is light and refreshing and easily put down rather quickly. Well worth the 3 bucks for this bottle.

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Photo of rinsky
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mackeyse
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very nice copper appearance. Head dissipates in under a minute leaving the little coin shaped head seen in the photo. Almost seems flat.

A: Cereal and biscuit smell. Has the “Oktober fest smell” I'm familiar with. Sweet, but a mild aroma. Subtle.

T: Candy sweetness (honey, caramel). An all malt/cereal beginning and some kick of fruit near the end. The candy/fruit taste gets cloying a bit for me after the first 8/10 oz but as far as rating to style this beer tastes great. After finishing it I thought it even had a “prune-like” taste. Maybe best explains the candy/fruit combo.

M: Sticky — really coats the mouth. Aftertaste leaves some sweetness. Cannot taste alcohol at all. Could definitely have some more of these—doesn’t ruin the palate in the least.

I’m probably burned out on IPA’s and DIPA’s to appreciate the nuances of this beer but overall I really did like it and it well deserves its rep.

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Photo of trafordboy
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle purchased at Urban Cellars in Baltimore, MD.

Poured into standard beer mug.

Orangish-gold with a very light chill haze forms a fluffy white head of fine bubbles with excellent retention, leaving nice sheets of lace. 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 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. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TeeCee
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color - very honey brown. Almost the color of good iced tea. The pour had almost no head and left only the smallest traces of foam on the glass.

Smell - (through a congested nose) light malt, fruitiness, a flowery on top of it all.

Taste - light in malt again, just how it smelled, but seemingly defined by the hops. This no IPA or even a bitter, and these aren't hops I recognize, but the bitter and flowery components seem to rule here.

Mouthfeel - the beer seemed not far from flat: perhaps by design, perhaps by bad regulator settings. In any case, not much fizziness in the beer, but still a medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of biggred1
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange blonde with a nice fluffy off white lead that leaves minimal lacing. Smells bready, mildly herbal with some toffee and fruit. Tastes of toasty grain and rich buttery malt well balanced by bitterness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, well made, one of the best of the style.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,571 ratings.
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