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

Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Ratings: 2,608 |  Reviews: 1,106
Photo of Davidstan
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer and worth the extra cost. Had all the caramel bready notes of a great marzen. Foamy head was impressive and had some staying power then consistent lacing around my Ball beer jar mug. I will buy again.

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Photo of Prost76
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold with thick head and sticky lacing. Loads of carbonation in this one. Smells wonderful, malty goodness with some biscuit and honey. Taste is so good, this beer is beyond smooth, loads of flavor, bread, malt, sweet notes of honey, just awesome. Light to medium feel, one of my favorite Oktober Fest beers.

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Photo of badgerbeer1
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps the best oktoberfest I have had. Bought pint size bottles. Color is perfect marzen and The taste is rich, smooth and not overpowering. This will be go to for fall. Probst!

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Photo of GlennWB
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MMOSNN
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - clear golden orange with a two-finger white head that has decent retention and nice lacing.
Smell - on the milder side, but malts all the way around in the form of caramel and grain/biscuit. A little bit of yeast hanging out in the background.
Taste - it's got that crisp, clean, sweet malt profile with caramel and cracker/biscuit dominating along with some earthy yeast rounding it out and cutting out some of that sweetness.
Feel - high carbonation, medium slightly chewy body, incredibly crisp, and finishes dry.

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Photo of ICTguy21
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foundersasap
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: darker Amber color with a foamy white head
S: sweet malt, grain...raw ingredients
T: great balance: sweet malty backbone, clean finish.
F: very smooth, clean finish with a slightly sweet aftertaste.
O: best Octoberfest beer I've come across.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel mug. As usual with Ayinger, no date.

L: Clear, honey gold, big fluffy two finger off white head has excellent retention.

S: Grainy sweet, mild herbal hop notes. Smells wonderful.

T: Sweet grains again followed by that herbal hop note. Really simple, clean flavors that are just delicious.

F: Light, crisp, drying grain finish.

O: Another very well done beer by Ayinger, I think the Weihenstephaner I had was better however this is still stellar.

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Photo of lastmango
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber-orange color with a cream white 2 finger head with good retention. Malty, bready nose. Grainy, sweet malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Moderate body with moderate - light carbonation. Once swallowed, the beer has a heavy feel in the stomach.

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Photo of bicyclesandbeer
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of erk0607
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy copper with white, small bubbled lacing. Head didn't last super long but the lacing did.
Smell: Bread/malt in the foreground, orange, strawberry in the background
Flavor: Even more prevalent bread, somewhat sweet, estery and yeasty notes, noble hops
Feel: Medium body, super thirst quenching, smooth going down with a bit of carbonation to keep it interesting.
Overall: Great beer. Would get again. This is a beer that does not require much thinking and would be easily poundable. Not much more needs to be said.

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Photo of jkblr
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a 500mL krug at fridge temp 5.8% ABV. No bottle dating but I watched the girl at the store open the case yesterday. The beer is bright and golden amber in color. The head is off white and fairly short lived. There are a few islands of lacing and a ring around the mug as the beer is consumed. Aroma is rich malt, most likely Munich, and a little hope spice. The taste follows the nose with full rich toasted Munich malt, then a little cracker finishing with a bit of hope bite. No real perceived bitterness, just enough to balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft, lightly carbonated and dry. That group of traits together is what makes this an easy all night drinker. Overall, excellent. This is an OG brew even if Ayinger isn't technically "in" Munich. Try this one even if you haven't liked other American versions. They don't date anything so grab it in season, although my first time to have this was in April one year and it was still good then.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BubbleChamber
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick head following a hard pour; good head retention several minutes on. Copper-colored lager. Malty, a bit fruity, aroma. Malty taste, with little discernible hops. Malt is bready, but with caramel notes. Somewhat sweet finish. Very good, although I might prefer a bit more hops to balance the sweet malt. But surely would be great with pretzels and mustard or sharp cheese. —Reviewed 2017/08/13

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CBlack85
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug

the beer pours a crystal clear orange/amber color with a large frothy white head that slowly recedes leaves moderate lacing

The flavor and aroma are very similar; grainy, bready malt, slightly sweet, with a hint of floral hops

overall the beer is very clean and quite good. Medium bodied with a dry finish. A lot better than many of the overly sweet American versions that I've had.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mghtg6
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey_L
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle--8 oz sample. Strong, strong grain presence in the nose; also banana esters. Hazy golden appearance. Tastes of roasted grain. More importantly, it tastes like autumn. Pobably the best Oktoberfest I’ve tried, although I’m still not too crazy about the style.

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Photo of bwood06
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife, my parents, and I all went to a local German restaurant for dinner recently and I happened to notice that this beer was on the menu. I've head for forever how good this Marzen is so I just had to order it. The waitress said that they may or may not have it since it is so popular but luckily she found out that they had a couple left and I was able to nab one.

This beer pours a clear, orangish amber hue that has moderate carbonation and features a thick, frothy (almost creamy) off white colored head that dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. 4/5 The aroma is full of malt and is nice and sweet with a nice caramel note. A bit of grass and herbal hops come through as well, cutting into the sweetness a bit and balancing out the aroma. 4/5 The flavor profile is just like the aroma with caramel and sweet grains leading off and really taking over the first half of the sip before grassy and herbal hops come into play, cutting into the sweetness and rounding things off quite nicely. The sweetness is just enough and is not cloying. Bitterness is kept to a minimum and does not linger. 4.25/5 This is a light to medium bodied Marzen that has a light carbonation tickle up front before a wet and coating/creamy sensation kicks in. There is no drying and really no lingering mouthfeel. 4/5 This really is an awesome Marzen and definitely one of the best that I have had. It is very easy to drink on top of being downright tasty. I really enjoyed pairing this with dinner and would gladly have another one of these in the future. 4/5

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Photo of unclekeith
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 82.4% out of 100 with 2,608 ratings
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