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

Poured out of a 500mL bottle into my dimpled mug.

Copper colored -- exactly the same as the sweet tea that my wife was drinking at the same time.

Got a decent head from an aggressive pour. The foam dissipated after a minute or two but left a nice lacing and thin layer on top for the entire life of the drink.

Smelled of really nice malt sweetness.

Tasted nice and malty too, reminds me of fall - maybe even more than a pumpkin ale. A little bit of hops, but nothing very strong. No lingering aftertaste at all. Just nice and sweet.

I could drink this fest beer over and over again and all day long. Really good.


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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tis the season and it's time to trinke ein bier! I poured this baby into my tall Paulaner glass and what I saw interested me.

You can't get a more bubbly beer than this. It almost looks like pouring out a ginger ale with bubbles even sticking to the side of the glass down with the beer. The white head was large but quickly bubbled away.

It smells slightly nutty and fruity from the malt. There is also some bread/grain aroma as well.

The taste is similar to pretty much every Oktoberfest beer I've had before, no surprise there, but has a cleaner feel to it. That was to be expected from a German beer and their Reinheitsgebot. Flavor is of malts with slight sweetness and smoothness. The nutty tang is still there as well as some fruitiness but it isn't significant in any way. The bread/grain flavor is there too and it mixes with the nutty flavors. Finally, there is the gentle bitterness of hops.

Truth be told, I'm not a big Oktoberfest beer fan. I apologize. Still, this is a damn good Oktberfest.

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Photo of don1481
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with a lot of bubbles flowing up to a frothy white head.

Smell: like a typical marzen. Slightly sweet.

Taste: slightly sweet as well. More robust than the smell would imply.

Mouthfeel : a little sticky.

Overall: Pretty good.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has the best head out of all the Fests I've tried. Beautiful, fine-beaded head. No yeast sediment in bottle and very clear beer as opposed to previous reviewer (this was out of a 500ml bottle though). I found the nose quite interesting, subtle for sure, but there was something interesting in there that reminded me of honey. Definately malty, but some honey in there too, more complex sugars in there might produce that kind of scent. Definately a drier, lighter Fest than the others I've had, this one still has some of the malty goodness that makes fest good.

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Photo of mattbk
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden/light amber in color, crystal clear, fairly vigrous head and a lot of carbonation coming through. Head fades rather quickly. Great looking beer.
S- Malty, toasted bread, spicy noble hops, may be a bit oxidized, a little bit of a papery aroma.
T- Malty, light caramel, toasty and rich, some spiciness from the hoppiness, mild but present bitterness. Very clean, no diacetyl, dms, or sulfur. This beer is certainly well made, and I can't expect there would be many better than it. The style is not the most interesting, but this is certainly a tasty beer.
M- Medium-full with medium-high carbonation. I'd prefer the body to be a bit lower and the carbonation to be lower to add to drinkability. But that's just a bit nitpicky.
O- A very good beer, full flavored, just enough complexity to keep things interesting. This is the best example of this style I have ever had.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 25oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Colour is a clear orange-brown. Head is very thin, light, and fluffy. Fades to nothing but a lacing around the edge. Very slight visible carbonation.

Smell: Malt dominates followed by a little bit of roasted and sweet, fruity aromas.

Taste: A little more fruitier than I had expected. Malts, light fruits, and a little bitter bite are the biggest flavours.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. Decent amount of bite.

Overall: I must admit that I am drinking this a little out of season. The aromas and taste bring me to the cool fall months. Nice and mild, nothing too crazy. Not a bad brew by any means.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this brew at Capone's Bottle Shop in East Norriton, PA. This is the second brew I have been able to get by this brewery.

The brew pours a very clear amber color. It poured with a huge, mocha colored head that capped to teh top of the glass. It had decent retention, then fades to a cap that creates lacing the follows the brew down the glass.

It has a caramel, sweet aroma from the start. It followed by a bit of a toasted, bready malt aroma that gets deeper as the brew warms a bit.

This brew starts with a great toasted, bready malt flavor. This hearty flavor is followed by a great caramel malt you expect out of a great Oktoberfest. This brew has a little bit more then some of the others that I had this season. Not that its the best I have ever had, but there is something different about the flavor.

Its deliciously smooth. Its got a great carbonation level, and is a great representation of the style.

The drinkability of this brew is great. Its has some great flavors. A great Märzen/Oktoberfest, that was refreshing, but a little different then its fellow brews in the style. I will have to seek out more brews from this German brewery.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark yellow or pale orange color (light copper?) with about two fingers of head that sticks for a minute or two. Looks like a truly traditional Marzen.

Smell: Very unoffensive-- a bit more complex than the usual Marzen but the flavors are subtle. Toasty barley, caramel, ambiguous fruitiness, and some very faint vanilla. Seems a bit syrupy in the nose-- pleasant.

Taste: The flavors in the taste are a bit more substantiated in the taste than in the nose. It is really biscuity and earthy in the forefront accented by notes of vague fruits, very mild hops, and a hint of vanilla and perhaps bubblegum? Again, the earthiness and breadiness is definitely the feature here, but there are is a slightly sweet harmony of different flavors that gives the palate some complexity to go with the drinkability.

Mouth: Totally smooth, tightly carbonated, and a light to medium body. A bit syrupy as it warms. However, as it warms, the flavors come out.

Overall: A totally legit session Oktoberfest. I really don't like Oktoberfest/Marzens to tell you the truth. This is probably the only one that I've had so far that I will drink again. When you drink a brew like this one, you understand why there is an entire tradition that surrounds the Marzen style. I could drink this one for days. If you rate to style, rating should be higher. I'm grading this one overall, because the best Marzen I've had fails in comparison to the best DIPA or Wee Heavy I've had.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A tasty octoberfest. Different from ones I’ve had from the states. Appears as it ought to. Smells good, malty with a little bit of a surprising little saison-ish hint. Tasted similar to the smell. The steeped grain taste really came forward the more I drank. It’s a style you enjoy, and this one is a bit above the rest. Buy it again.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer by Leah on Dave's birthday at Morgantown pies and pints 2015. Color is such a cool color. Amber and clear. Flavor is quite malty with a slight hop bite!

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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 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 stingrayvr6
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug. Showed a deep caramel orange/brown with a thick white head with tremendous retention and lacing. Smell was sweet with bready malts, caramel and brown sugar. Some faint earthy hops as well. Taste was full and chewy with the caramel sweetness playing big and balanced by some hop dryness in the finish. Not typically a fan of Oktoberfest beers but this was incredible. One of the most drinkable beers I've had in a while, certainly going to pick up a few more bottles while I can.

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Photo of godlessape
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a clear golden amber that looks like a whiskey and ginger ale highball. The two finger head sinks down to a decent quarter inch skim.

Smell: The nose says it's all about sweet,earthy Bavarian malt.

Taste: Great caramel and cereal malt flavor I come to expect with this style with little to no hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light in the body department.

Overall: This is a decent example of a German Oktober Fest brew.

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Photo of decadance
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A yellow-orange hue. Significant 2inch head which fades slowly.

S - Rich Malts. Not the caramelized malts of a stout, but sweet plain malt smell.

T - The beer shines here. A crisp sweetness, with a very mild hop finish. A light pepperiness to the finish as well.

M - Wonderful carbonation and a sharp finish.

D - I could enjoy this all day. Not quite in sessionville, but damn close, and I don't mind if I end the day a little tipsy.

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

Pours clear bright amber, almost sparkling with a very thick off-white head made up of tiny uniform bubbles. The head dissipates kind of quickly but stays around nonetheless and leaves a decent lace. Smells malty and maybe a little nutty. Tastes clean and a little light with nice malt base and a lightly hopped aftertaste. Smooth and refreshing with a slightly creamy texture, medium body and active carbonation and a crisp finish. This is a solid Octoberfest offering from Germany and worth a try.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found this one. Still looking for a great octoberfest beer. Pours a wonderfully clear pale amber with a huge and persistent head. Smell is light. Floral. Taste is huge malt for such a light beer. Herbal and grasy with some vanilla. Creamy almost. Fantastic. I think the heavy malt may put some off. It I love it.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle was cellared for over a year but still good.
Rich malty flavor with a little bit of apple and spice, with some tartness but not bitter. Comparing to Sam Adams (my yardstick for Oktoberfest): a little less sweet and a little more spice.

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

A: Bright copper orange with nice two finger head that fades to a nice thin layer on the surface.

S: Malt, yeast, bread, and some sweet subtle hints of caramel.

T: Nice malt up front and some sweet carmel notes. Finished with the classic octoberfest taste.

M: Nice carbonation and leaves a bit of a sweet taste.

O: Thought is was a good ocktoberfest. Great seasonal beer and would like to try it again.

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Photo of oracle
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20 oz imperial pint in a tradtional english pint glass

Beer arrived a clear medium-to-dark redish color. Low amount of head, but good lacing left behind.

Smell was sweet and fruity, lightly spiced.

Taste was pretty darn good. Not quite what I expected but very drinkable. Very mild hops, overridden by sweet fruitness and malt.

Drank very easy, with a small finish.

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

Pours a light coppery color with a medium-sized head like meringue. Appears very effervescent as bubbles stream up all throughout the brew. Smells of bread, raisins, molasses and brown sugar...maybe some banana in there too? Tastes predominantly of bread, like sourdough. Flavors of caramel and sweet malt are present as well. Slight astringency and a bit of a hop bite at the finish, which is very crisp and clean. Leaves a pleasant taste in my mouth. Carbonation is high, body is a little on the thin side. Not too bad, though. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours towards the lighter side of the marzen family. Orange and yellow hues swirl together into a clear amber glow that appears to be very drinkable. The head is big and very frothy which does give it a classic beer sense.

S-Interesting scent to this one. Malty as a marzen should be, but given its light nature, many of the other flavors shine through in the nose. The malts give off a patented caramel and maybe hint of coffee smell, but there are touches of bitter melon and maybe a bit of apple that is welcomed.

M-Pretty much what you would want in an oktoberfest beer. Very crisp, very drinkable...the point is to drink a bunch isn't it?

T-Not my favorite marzen. I prefer a darker, deeper brew as opposed to frothy lighter side. To me the flavors did not meld as well as I would have hoped, and although it was smooth, the bitter fruits overpowered the remainder of the flavors.

O-Ayinger does many things well and unique to their brewery...disappointingly so their oktoberfest is not one of them

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

This Oktoberfest seemed to be a bit lighter in color then some of the others that I have had. Still had an amber like color, but more yellow-orange. Had a nice head with good lacing. The smell was sweet, malt, even some citrus. Taste was nice sweet malt, with the typical Marzen hop spice at the end. Mouthfeel was ok. A bit light. Drinkability was good.

Overall a pretty tasty and well brewed Oktoberfest beer. I will drink this beer again, and purchase again as well.

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Photo of guinnessfan
2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint

A: Cloudy, amber/copper color with a large 2" head, large bubbles and a lot of carbonation. Good lacing from the off-white head.

S: Heavy metal. The metallic smell is overpowering any other smell.

T: Metal again. Is this beer not fresh ? I never had it before.

M: High carbonation, with medium mouthfeel.

D: Maybe if it tasted better it would have better drinkability

Assuming from the good reviews, I may have gotten a bad beer. I was excited about it, but let down immensely. I will try to give it another chance.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1-pint .9 oz. brown bottle into a tall slender mug. Bunch of notching on bottom of front label gives no freshness date.
5.6% ABV noted on label.

Appearance: dark gold, pale orange colored body with billowing white small-bubbled head remains craggy and towering for a while. The head slowly breaks down to form sticky lacing while carbonation bubbles dance around the top of my glass.

Smell: subtle grain sweetness along with candied, liquored figs.
Little to no hop presence in the nose.

Taste: sweet cereal grains are immediately met by hop bitterness. Sweet tea like flavors along with caramel and hop bite.

Mouthfeel: well balanced with smooth carbonation. Body is a bit on the thin side with an astringent aftertaste. Would love to have more complexity and body.

Drinkability: enjoyable and sessionable, but fairly middle-of-the-road. Will definitely try again, just no big hurry.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,482 ratings.
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