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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

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

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Reviews: 1,077 | Ratings: 2,524
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served in an Ayinger glass, this beer pours a deep golden body with a frothy, off-white head. Very active bubbles.

Smell: Light bready, toffee-scented aroma. Maybe some apples, too.

Taste: Whoa, well, the malts are fairly played down flavor-wise. What remains is a restrained doughy flavor with a floral hoppiness. Noticeably more musty than other Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation - nearly flat. Slight alcohol warming comes through in the finish.

Drinkability: Not nearly as moving or stirring as some other Oktoberfests available.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a large foamy yellow head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready and spicy, with a heavy scent of caramel and a hint of hops.

T: The flavors of grain and caramelized malt hold dominance throughout each sip. There are faint background flavors of spice and hops, which provide an excellent balance. After-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Quite tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, excellent representation of style, I polished off the bottle I had extremely quickly and can see myself drinking several of these over the course of an evening.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have come to the last of my Oktoberfest selections that I purchased, tis a sad day and will have to go pick up some more if I can ever seem to get myself out to the store. So this one I saved for last. Poured a nice orange tinted light amber with a good two inches or more of head strewn across the top. A nice slow fade left behind more then an adequate layer of lace across the top and some very nice side glass lace when it was done. Smell was very nice, quite light and refreshing with a good amount of grain backing and a nice light earthy sort of hop tone. Definitely some spices mixed in as there was just that little extra kick to it. The flavor was pretty much on point with the aroma. A tight mix of grain and earthy flavors mixed in with a good amount of spice, maybe cinnamon or nutmeg, something fairly nice and had a good overall fall feel to it. Very nice light body with a huge amount of carbonation made it go down super smooth and kept it from feeling too filling. Overall this was definitely a quality selection and I am glad I picked it up. Superb drinkability and just a great overall profile. I really enjoyed this and will have to pick up some more if I can. One of my favorites of the season.

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Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours amber/caramel with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention, plus persistent effervescence

S: Slight caramel with honey, spicyness & cakeyness as this warmed up

T: caramel & breadyness up front. Herbal & cakey notes once this warms. Finishes with hints of dryness, leafy hops, apricot & a bit caramel & butterscotch

MF: Medium to heavy body with low carbonation & super balance

Drinks too easy, finally a bottle that matches up with what I had in Germany! Recommended right here/right now

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Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a big froth white head, damn good head retention with a bubbly rocky formation.

Smell: Whiffs of mild alcohol, caramel to the point of it being a melanoidian-like aroma with undertones of bread and cracker graininess. Sweet to the nose.

Taste: Medium to full in body with a superb texture, smoothness and crispness position for dominance. Hard bread like malt flavours that are almost cracker like. Restrained hop bitterness is slapped around by the malt for a little while and seems to never recover but still have the strength to balance. Malt flavour is big, sweetness wraps around the tongue and leaves a big impression of malt. Alcohol is squashed in the middle of the malt character yet still lends a sweet and spicy ghost like ester. Finally some spiciness comes through from the hops and mellows the malt and drops a trail of leafy herbal hop flavour also. Complex dry grain and husk linger.

Notes: Oktoberfest in the raw, seems a little rushed from years before. Flavours are not well blended and out of whack with a need to mellow out some more. Perhaps the yeast strain is getting a little stir crazy also? Enough of the babble, this is a decent brew and might beer hard to get used to. Some may like it some may not.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thinker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light hint of earthy hops.

T: The taste of this beer follows the smell, toasted malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness followed by some earthy hops that lend a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable - pairs nicely with a burger and fries. Definitely one of the better German offerings in the style that is easy to find in the US.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Paulaner krug.

Damn, this bottle has to have the loveliest cap of all time! Regardless, it pours a clear copper topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises buttery caramel, light grass, light rye bread, cabbage, light mandarin orange, and a decent amount of straight, bready yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel is slightly sweeter, the rye bread is toastier, and some black pepper and cinnamon find their ways in as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a mostly solid O-Fest, but one that doesn't really stand out from the crowd in any appreciable manner. It rises above the light cabbage character, but it doesn't soar. Still not bad, though, especially for the price...

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a very large foamy head on top. Decent retention, slowly dissipating a small, but still foamy layer on top. Sporadic, but sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Nice combination of caramel, bread, and nutty aromas. Lightly spiced and a little bit of pale malt as well. Slight oxidized aroma at the end.

T: Nice caramelized malt and nutty flavor combination. Slight spice and hop presence, but just enough to balance the beer. Rather bready with a sweet finish.

M: Crisp and clean, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet finish.

O: Solid beer, like it quite a bit in a style that doesn't often do it for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive large, tight off white head. Surprisingly little lace on the glass. The liquid is neutral amber and clear enough to read through the glass.

Disappointing smell--it's starting to get skunked. Behind that is a aroma of lighter crystal and pale malts. I also detect a metallic (iron?) nose.

Better hopped than most marzens, this still has a wonderfully round body with a solid dry caramel malt flavor. Rich body that belies the lager monicker. The swallow is mildly bitter, but the aftertaste lasts well.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%

From 09/16/14 notes. 16oz pour for $9 at The Salty Pig up in Boston, MA...had actually never had this before.

Pours a deep murky bright orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Fruity esters, taste is super fruity. Fruity malts, apples, bready malts, grains, apple juice, and toasted notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation, no alcohol presence.

Overall a very good marzen, one of the better ones I've had. Not my favorite style but if you're going to have it, I say go German and this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ayinger pours a zesty copper orange tone with amber highlights and a huge fluffy cream colored head oh so nice appearance. Aroma is wonderfully bready with spices peaking through and not so much all toasted malt but more of a clean freshness to it. It's amazing I love this beer's aroma Hallertau hops tie it together favorite part about it is the fact that the flavor isn't overly sweet. Rush of well nothing it's so balanced it's not too forceful with anything rather this beer decides to harmonize to my taste buds with a rolling mix of spice and herb tones with a bread slightly toasted malt character and a very clean finish wow this is awesome. Not cloying so creamy and textured almost chewy and good, great brew that is authentic as the name Ayinger the clean finish is just great. Drinkability oh by the liter what it was designed for I'm about to get a keg of this stuff it's that great, can't wait to try Paulaner and Hacker Schorr and the rest of the German Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Radiant orange body with a small white cap. Aromas of lager yeast, subtle spice, fruity malt. Smells true to style. Clean and easy drinking. A good Oktoberfest bier is a thing of beauty. It's that time of year. A solid German brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am continuing with the #OktoberfestChallenge2016, but it is back to bottles for the foreseeable future. I will miss The CANQuest (tm) in the interim.

From the bottle: "Authentic Bavarian Festival Lager"; "Brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516"; "Amber-Colored, Rich, Full-Bodied."; "Ayinger, at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, is one of the world's most respected breweries. Family owned & operated since 1878."

Once again, I utilized a large glass vessel in recognition of the 500-ml bottle. Once the cap was Pop!ped, I did not hold back & allowed the beer to flow freely into my glass. This created just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a toasty, biscuity maltiness underlain by a light, dry grassiness. This is really beginning to mess with my earlier notions/conceptions of what an Oktoberfest/Marzen is and should taste like. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big compared to others thus far, but not quite full. The taste was sweet-ish, a slight maple flavor to accompany a dry biscuit/toastiness underlain by the grassiness that seems to be prevalent in the style. Finish was more towards semi-sweet than semi-dry, although an argument could be made for either. This would probably be the upper limit as far as how much sweetness I would like in the style before my enjoyment begins to recede. YMMV.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saved the best for last here, as far as my opinion and, I will admit, preference are concerned (after trying the Altbairisch Dunkel, Ur-Weisse, and Brau-Weisse). This one is smoother and more rounded than the others I thought with an even, sweet, smooth tone, and hints of grain that do not overpower the flavor. Yet again though, nothing overly unique or interesting. Just another smooth, fairly well made brew.

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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 stakem
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for hosting the Oktoberfest party and having this available for us to try. The brew appears orange in color that is quite clear. A creamy froth of white head appears about a finger strong and displays pretty solid retention.

The smell of this brew is quite sweet with a scent of caramel, toffee and some candied orange aspects. Toasty grain is a secondary thought with a bit of spice from the yeast which comes across almost earthy like nutmeg.

The taste is quite sweet with a flavoring between caramel and toasty toffee. Orange rinds as well as candied oranges come to mind with a faint contrast of herbal hops. A faint yeasty spice is noted as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking with a crisp finish. However, I found this one to be just a little too sweet to be able to sit down and enjoy more than one. The alcohol is completely hidden under this brews residual sweetness.

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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 jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours bright orange with a creamy white head that thins and stays leaving lacing.

The smell is of caramel and a grainy maltiness with earthy spicing. Robust and pleasant malty and hoppy aroma.

he taste is of caramel and grainy malty sweetness with an underlying hop spicing.

The body is on the lighter side, but creamy and smooth. A nice lingering aftertaste hangs on.

Certainly one that I could drink plenty of at an O-fest gathering!

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale translucent copper with a huge, off white head that has great retention

S - caramel, slightly musty, very faint toast

T - caramel, mild bitterness, lager yeast, a bit musty, warm, faintly metallic

M - crisp, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is by no means a bad beer. It does however have some qualities that I don't care fore: musty, metallic, warm. On its face it's a solid Oktoberfest, but the off-putting subtleties ruin it for me. I probably won't buy this beer again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, copperish, amber... layer of head starts big, then dwindles, leaving lace...

Comforting nose. Plenty of malt at play. Tender esters of fruit, herb, vegetals, ...ultimately dryish.

Taste: clean and smooth and loaded with juicy malt. Very stream-lined and tasty.
Lean in body, but unfailing in flavor. Classic. Quite a delicious lager here. Tas-tee, let me say, tas-teee...

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.

A gorgeous gold bronze body and crystal clear, and high carbonation with foamy bubbles with little retention. Love the body.

Malt and salt, minor grass sense. Nothing more just really solid.

Taste has a great grassy malt finish, mixing with a little sweet sugars. Large bread finish of brown bread, mixed with a good yeast body. Great finish with a mild sugar.

Overall very impressive would have any time.

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

Sampled from a 17 Oz. bottle. The color of this beer is golden-orange with nice, creamy head. Mildly hazy. Aroma is malty as expected, bready and caramel aromas stand out. Smell isn't very powerful. The beginning of a sip is somewhat grainy and has some bite. The middle is primarily big malt tastes with some grainy balance. Finish is pronounced lingering sweetness. Like all the German beers I've tried this is easy-to-drink and well-made. However, I think I like the Paulaner and Spaten O-Fests better.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larger bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a dull light almond shade, white allmost tiny bubble head, and leaves well developed and stringy lacing. cabadgy malt nose. This O' fest brew is slightly hoppier and spicier then others I've tried recently. Slightly dry and peppery finish. Complex for the style, decent quaffer/sessioner

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Photo of drabmuh
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OKTOBERFEST! Beer poured from a bottle into a 0.5L glass. Beer is amber to orange and completely clear. High carbonation and a nice white head that leaves lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is soft and sweet. Pilsner mostly, mild caramel.

Beer is sweet and medium bodied and finishes cleanly. Its carbonated on the palate nicely and has this caramelly flavor to it. Very interesting.

Good connectivity and a nice beer overall. One of the best oktoberfests I've had.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,524 ratings.
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