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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Photo of T100Mark
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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 +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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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Photo of redleaves
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great head and color. Caramel on the nose, however light. Poured into imperial dimple mug, seems like a perfect presentation.

Nice flavor, definitive of the style. Medium body and nice Bavarian malts. Roasted caramel, and a nice light body filling hop. But enough hops to dry off the palate. Light enough to drink quite a few and perfect carbonation. These guys know what they're doing.

Gotta get a bunch more before the season's over. Can't beat the German beer price either!

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Photo of fourstringer
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a glass stein. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the bottle, but from 2014.

A: Light amber body with excellent clarity. Towering 3 fingers of off-white, rocky head. Solid retention. Nice lacing. Looks great in the stein.

S: Lightly roasted malt with notes of nuts, bread, caramel. Trace floral, noble-type hops. More fruit as it warms - grape, apple juice.

T: Opens with an airy malt and nuttiness with a somewhat surprising degree of sweetness that surges early and quickly fades. Yields to a nicely balanced hop bitterness and semi-dry, clean finish. Scant grain and trace of hops in the aftertaste. No alcohol presence of significance.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation with medium to light body. Quite drinkable.

O: Quaffable and tasty Marzen. Downed a liter of this lickety-split. Let it warm up a bit and you will appreciate added layers of complexity without any drop in drinkability. This is when this one really shines.


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Photo of fx20736
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pretty copper color with a massive offwhite head that settled down and left an archipelago of foamy islets.

toasted malt, noble hops, perhaps a whiff of caramel.

mouthfeel is good.

Taste: tasty, admirable, well constructed, compelling.

Notes: exceptional beer.

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Photo of animal69
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear light orange-copper color w/ a fluffy white cap which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lace in my glass
S- a very light smell, some bready aromas with a hint of nuts, a faint note of herbal hops barely peeks it's head through but increases a bit as it warms however
T- taste is much fuller than the smell lets on, a nice initial hop bitterness that rolls right into a fresh-baked-bread flavor, turns nutty with some fruits and that classic "cured concrete" undertone that most german marzens have at mid palate, finishes crisp w/0 diacetyl just a touch of alcohol
M- dry with a light-med body, moderately carbonated for the style
D- an extremely drinkable and addictive brew, poss. my new fav. imported o'fest, this is one freeking awesome beer

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Photo of gpogo
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear orange golden body with a white head that dissipates to a small foam cap.

A- Caramel, toffee, bready biscuity aroma. Light bitterness.

T- Sweet full flavor, toffee and caramel up front. Followed by a more bready taste. A nice light bitterness up front and in the aftertaste.

M- Medium body. Smooth, but crisp. Moderate carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. Goes great with food, or without. Quite thirst quenching.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear light orange, and smells of caramel and bread. Tastes similar with an easy light-medium body and a sweetness that stays backed by a good amount of carbonation. A great example of this classic (and one of my personal favorite) styles. Prost!

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Photo of johntangus
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a golden amber almost orange into my awesome mug. Two finger head that dissapated into a thin head that lasted almost the whole time, but laced moderately.
Smelled malty, biscuity and flowery, but not overpoweringly so. The taste was very malty and mysterious. Definitely some tastes that i can't identify. Great mouthfeel and taste.

This is wonderfully chuggable. This is what i think of when i think of octoberfest.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a honey-golden yellow coloring that pours with a ton of white, foamy, frothy head. The head initially stacks up fast while you pour, but it settles into a two inch layer with great endurance. The beer's nose is heavy with toasted grains and rich malt sweetness, and some light spicing throughout. Flavors have a rich, honey and sugary sweet malt profile, with light toasted cereal flavors in the background. The flavors are very light and crisp, with a smooth and round body. Great cling slong the glass while you drink. The aftertaste is light, but a slight sweetness does linger behind. This is a very clean brew. The finish is quick and slick. Very easy to drink, and very tasty while avoiding the overpowering and cloying sweetness that some Marzens carry. Impressive.

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Photo of beerking1
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great malty-toasted aroma, with hints of honey and subtle background of hops. Beautiful amber-orange color, with a big, very dense, pure white head. Flavor is great malty and toasted with a very balancing hops background. This is a true Oktoberfest beer, not the lightrer Wiessenbrau they serve at the fest these days.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Given a choice between Oktoberfest/marzens and pumpkin beers I definitely favor festbiers… in part because of such excellent brews like this one. The cap alone—this cute little image on a bottle cap, imagine that—tells you from the get-go you’re in for a treat. And this beer doesn’t let you down.

It pours a caramel-straw color with some foam and head retention. Tight lacing. It’s sweet, but not overly so. There’s no hop profile to speak of, consistent with the style, but the hops there provide a nice spice and balance to the malty flavor of the beer. It’s refreshing, in a way, starting out crisp with a some caramel on a subdued, sweet finish that I think of as characteristically marzen. The flavors hold up as it warms. Really, a terrific beer. One of my favorites and real treat for the season.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle with the prettiest cap I've ever seen. It pictures 3 people sitting around a table outside enjoying some beers in the German countryside.

Served cold and poured into a pint glass, the beer has a slightly hazy copper orange color. The inch of white head settles pretty quickly leaving just a bit of lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and mildly fruity with caramel and pale malts, wheat, and light hoppiness.

Flavor is wonderful in being both light but full of character. There is caramel sweetness up front with a pleasant tropical fruit middle and a crisp, slightly dry/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate in carbonation. It seems just about right for the style.

Overall a really enjoyable German Oktoberfest beer. Very easy drinking and refreshing - just as it should be.

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Photo of bum732
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear burnt orange, nice bubbly head leaving good lacing. Smells of sweet german malt, good earthiness and grassiness, subtle stone fruits, quite floral with some herbs, touch of sulfur. Tastes of bold sweet maltiness, caramel like with a nice earthy undertone. Moderate bitterness leading to a fairly clean finish with just a touch of grassy sweetness. Good creamy mouthfeel.

A true example of the traditional German Marzen. Great maltiness and the sweetness nicely balanced by the earthy hops. Unbelievably drinkable, my only knock being i wish there was a touch more malt.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrat, clear yellow pine color with a creamy, puffy white head. Smells so sweet. Bready, some brown sugar, red apples, some floral hops in the background. Wonderful. Taste begins with a very nice white bread, toasted short bread, white grapes and a bright red apple sweetness, with a crisp, refreshing citrusy finish. Incredibly drinkable. Leaves you yerning for more. Best of the season so far.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen poured into the tumbler cloudy, hazed, and burnt orange in color. The glass was crowned with a meringue-like off-white head. Eventually the head fell to a mottled cap, but the lace remained thick and tacky.
The smell is predominantly sweet malts with a toasted nutty character, sweet fruity esters and a sharp graininess that is not wholly unpleasant.
The taste is set up by sweet caramel malts with a toasted nuttiness. The middle is light fruit flavors, spices and peppery alcohol. This beer had just enough hop bitterness to keep the malty sweetness in check. The nutty grain flavor lingers, not that this was a bad thing.
The moderately active carbonation was comprised of tiny bubbles that tingled on the tongue. The body was medium and the mouthfeel is somewhere betwewen crisp and slick (if there is such a thing).

I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of Octoberfest/Marzen. Of the ones I have tried this is easily my favorite so far. Based on this version from Ayinger I may have to dig a little deeper into the style.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I love the cap on this beer. Its got a little Bavarian beer table scene. The rest of the presentation, nothing special.

A- This beer has a wonderful clarity to the deep goldenrod hue. A nice frothy cap rises up in my pilsner glass. It fades at a leisurely pace leaving some droopy lacing.

S- Sweet on caramely malts. A bit richer and maltier smelling that I expected. Some tea like hops come around also.

T- Very good stuff. Very sweet and rich. Caramely malts, soem toffee and raisiny fruits. The rich sweetness is slightly cut back by some herbal and tea like hops but this beer swings towards the sweeter side.

M- Nice and velvety smooth. It has a lovely soft carbonation and an insanely clean finish. Each sip makes you need another.

D- I had to keep myself from chugging this. It really is a great thirst quencher, but it also has enough weight to it to make it very enjoyable on a cool October evening.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

Clear light amber pour with a hint of garnet. Massive head with excellent lacing and retention. The nose is sweet biscuit malt with a little caramel over a faint, almost citric, spiciness. Nice light medium body with a slick smooth texture that approaches creamy. Slightly above normal carbonation with a good bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is quite nice, a bit complex, and very well balanced. The sweet malt flavors are there, but not to the extent that they are overpowering. It begins with sweet biscuit, flows to a caramel note and then the effervescence cleans the palate and allows the complexity to escape. The middle presents a multitude of subtle flavors - citric, dark fruit, light bitterness and spicy hops. The smooth finish leaves you with a blend of the aforementioned flavors.

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Photo of Natural510
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, no dating.

Pours a light, bright orange color with immense head into Oktoberfest mug. Pourous foam leaves a layer on top. Looks like a marzen should.
Smells of sweet malt; candied and slightly fruity.
Lightly sweet malts meld with an orange-citric flavor. Bright & juicy, with a decided hop bite. A bit of a grainy, breaded aftertaste.
Nice citrus & malt twang mixed with the hops leave a decidedly interesting mouthfeel.
Quite drinkable traditional Oktoberfest beer. Looks good in the mug and drinks as this beer style should.

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Photo of Reanimator
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden orange color, smells of characteristic bready malt and yeast. The flavor is light yet literally mouth-watering, dominated by sweet, biscuity malts with some caramel notes, and a syrupy yet also light mouthfeel. Wonderful!

One of the better O-fest brews I've had the pleasure of drinking!

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Photo of codfeast
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle to pint.

A: Bright amber-orange, big off head, fades to a ring, lots of bubbles rushing to the surface.

S: Malt, yeast, bread, hints of caramel and dark fruits.

T: Big malty mouthful, a bit of caramel. slightly hot, dried dark fruits become more pronounced as it warms.

M: Big and heavy for the style, nicely carbinated, leaves a sweet coating in the mouth.

O: Marzen on "juice" looks like a marzen and drinks like a bock. not as easy drinking as HB or Spaten or any domestic marzen, but certainly much more complex. Huge flavor profile for style. Don't know if my oktoberfest would last all day if I was drinking this alone.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first German Oktoberfest! Pours a beautiful deep golden color. This brew has little to no head when pouring and very little lacing. It also appears to be kind of flat, which must be typical of an Oktoberfest. Initial taste is very mild, surprisingly mild compared to some of my domestically made samples of late. The Aftertaste is kind of bitter though, which appears to be the opposite of the domestic samples. Overall I could drink this beer all year long, even in the heat of summer. Would definitely buy again.

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