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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: 1,080 | Ratings: 2,541
Photo of youngleo
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured light brown in color. I had a hard pour and I think it paid off. Decent head that lasted. Head was off white in color. Had some decent lacing. Smelled of malt, a hint of alcohol, and caramel. Tasted ever so lightly sweet. With caramel and maybe a hint of coffee. Reminded me of a light dark beer. Felt good in the mouth. Probably a little on the light side. Carbonation was good. If you was at a party and wanted to use this as a session beer, you would of made a good choice. I think it would be good outside at a campfire with a light jacket on and enjoying a October evening.

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Photo of pBRale
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 10-29-11
Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear orange-light amber pour with a moderate off-white head that settles fairly quickly, is noticeably fizzy, and has very slight retention, leaving an occasional spot of lacing behind.

Smell: Crystal malt and a great hop aroma of spicey herbaceous growth. Great smell.

Taste: Great bready taste and some darker toasty flavors as well. There is virtually no hop taste that I am picking up on.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall: Rich, bready beer that can stand on its own even though it has a lighter body. Very satisfying.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light, balanced/generic Oktoberfest.

A: pleasing light pumpkin orange slightly hazy body with a two finger off white head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

S: candied plums, lots of spices, a bit of butter.

T: a bit of a let down after the excellent nose, but still reasonable... Not nearly as much fruit as the nose but still some, light on malt, main flavors are on drying resinous hops

M: a bit light, and a bit over carbonated Pleasant grain.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A lighter orange and brown colour with a massive head and ok lacing.

S: Smells like the caramel, light roasted and toasty malts I have come to expect from the style. A little depth to the smell, I detect some floral and honey notes.

T: Warm and toasty up front, sweet and full in the middle with a touch of bitterness at the end. Could have a bit more flavour, but the flavour it has is good.

M: Medium body and frothy. Slightly different than the average beer; the carbonation is there, yet... it's not...

D: I would definitely not complain at being served this all night PROST!! first German Oktoberfestbier of the season and America just can't compete...

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Photo of theformula
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rust-copper body into a heavy mug. Massive, fluffy light tan head forms and retains well. Tiny bubbles rise from the bottom actively. Spotty lacing around the glass.

Moderately malty w/ toasted grains. Subtle, floral hops just let you know they're there. Not a strong aroma, but pleasantly malty and semi-sweet. Nuts, dark honey, toasted grains and a nice biscuit-y character. A classic aroma, really.

Light body, medium, crisp carbonation. M.F. is very full, soft and creamy. Very easy to drink.

Nice, malty taste and translates well from the aroma. Lightly sweet w/ dark honey, cinnamon (allspice?) and toasty grains. Barely a hint of floral, leafy hops provide a great balance. Very clean w/ a rounded buiscut flavor.

Immanently drinkable. So light, crisp and it glides down making it easily quaffable for celebrating. I really like the level of spices and hops, although the malts could be amped up as it seems a bit thin in the middle. The depth just isn't there for me. But, the flavor is great and full for such a light body. Very good and certainly recommended. One of the best Oktoberfests IMO.

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - huge head with great retention!! not a huge amount of lacing, but there is some.

s - bit of hops and malt in the nose.

t - very smooth with hints of malt and mild hop bitterness towards the finish. the finish on this is fantastic.

m - a light bodied brew very characteristic of the marzen style.

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Photo of JDK
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden honey with a 2 finger head that lasted throughout. This is one of the few beers I've had where the head solidified to almost a crust. Lots of bubbles in the carbonation but not overly carbonated on the tongue.
Light smell of hops and carameled malts
Has a very nice citrus taste with subtle hints of allspice and cloves
I've not been a big fan of Ayingers other beers but this one was very good. Comes in a 16oz bottle so 2-3 would give a nice buzz.
Worth a try if you can find it!

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Photo of skrib09
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

brew poured a medium-brown color with a crystal clarity. mediocre lacing off of a head that fell quickly.

smell is rich and malty with a hint of hop aroma.

taste is rich, slightly nutty, with a mostly malt character. a hint of hop aroma and flavor is detectable.

mouthfeel is excellent. good body yet clean on the palate. great balance. great drinkability.

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Photo of skeetermoses
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good beer, was very surprised by the taste. Would buy this beer again in a heartbeat. I am very curious about the other beers that Ayinger offers and how they compare to the Oktober Fest Marzen. Received this beer from Capitol Distributing, from a friend who works there.

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Photo of nUgZ
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a 2 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Faint honey and malt aromas followed by a hint of alcohol.

T: Very mellow honey and malt flavors along with some mild hops in the background.

M: Light to medium body with light carbonation.

O: Not bad at all. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy soda-bubbles head. Lighter in color than most other
Ok-Fests. Cloudy too.

Deep, woody, lager-sulphite scent with a strong hint of alcohol. Very dry at the get go. Either the hops or a grain astringency plop on the tongue with a numbing thud. This clears, however, and soon, a tangy Belgian, malt crispness takes over.

Dry, woody hops carry through. Finshes with an apple grape...(dare I say it)...bouquet.

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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 BloodSoakedAleMug
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Translucent orange color with a billowing, three finger off white head.

Smell: Pretzels (salty pretzels), freshly baked bread, apple pie, honey and white grapes.

Taste: Sweet and pleasantly tart flavors of green apple pastries and sultanas upfront. Toasted notes of mildly floral and bitter grains midpalate. It gives the beer a hint of smokiness. Notes of sweet bubblegum and banana on the finish. Again the beer has a really nice, understated and benevolent toasty, roasted and smokey flavor to it that adds a really nice extra dimension of complexity.

Feel: Sweet. Dry. Tart. Smokey. Vaguely bitter. Alcohol is detectable, but not distracting, contributing a pleasant warming sensation as you drink. Full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall Comments: I really enjoyed this one. Almost hellerbock like with a really rich, fruity, bready and smokey flavor that finishes dry and is sweet throughout.

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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 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 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 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 jrsqc7
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful bread flavors pop out and defend your tongue from any rogue hop ninjas with studious malt king fu. Some alcohol tang is present but not unwelcome. Very recommended.

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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,541 ratings.
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