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

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Reviews: 1,086 | Ratings: 2,558
Photo of veech
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have really gotten to enjoy some previously unavailable marzens(this one included) locally this fall and I'm pumped about it. Alas, autumn is but once a year. A: Medium copper amber with moderate carbonation S: malted slightly sugary sweetness with a fair presence of fruityyeastiness. T: Malts that are sweetened with sourwood honey and maybe a touch of brown sugar M: medium bodied with enough heft to bring the flavors of the beer through D: Very quaffable and smooth. Light enough to repeat but flavorful enough to satisfy. Prost Herbst!

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Photo of currysage1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange/amber, with a small head that sticks around.

Smell is of dried apricots and yeast, some light tobacco.

Taste is again the dried apricots with tobacco, some slight chocolate flavors, with cereal grains towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight slickness that coats the tongue, good carbonation.

Drinkabilty is high due to it being refreshing and easy to drink.

This is a good beer across the board but not exceptional, definately worth buying, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Clear golden sun colored with a wispy white quarter inch head and ample lace.

Smells of a floral hop variety and caramel malts. Also detect a bit of sweet corn.

Taste is a well balanced malty biscuit and nobile hops. There is a touch of citrus in the light bodied finish.

Very drinkable and one of the best in class.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml. Euro-style bottle into a pint glass.

A--Pours a fluffy finger and a half eggshell off-white with decent lacing and retention. Body lies more on the gold than the copper end of the spectrum--in other words it's an orange with more yellow than red in it.

S--Spectacular. Strongest part of this beer, for me. Lots of fall fruit--young pears, apples, even quince.

T--Hoppy, especially in the back. Really pulls on your tongue--a little more than i like, as this is more in the turpentine end of things than the gentle nudge to clear the palate and drink more end of things. Soft vanilla up front without a whole lot of spice throughout. Hops boost the fruit into a more acidic profile of them, but the malt really doesn't pull through all that, leaving kind of an echo of a breadloaf rather than the thing itself. Disappointing in that regard. Don't get me wrong here--you'll taste caramel and you'll taste Munich, but it ain't enough for my understanding of the style.

M&D--Again, a little too much pine for this lumberjack. Other than that no complaints. Carbonation was spot on, and it had an easy creaminess that smoothed the ride out amid the tongue-parching. If I liked hops a lot more I'd order plenty of this, rather than the Paulaner, which so far is my favorite in this style.

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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 nickadams2
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Golden amber with a fluffy white head that dissipates into thick ring that lasts all the way down. Spotty lacing.

S_Very grainy with a faint hint of hops. Very mellow aroma.

T_Rich and creamy malty sweetness. Toasted grain,caramel and toffee. Sweet but not overly sweet.

M_Smooth and creamy. Lots of carbonation. Explodes on your tongue

D_Very solid Oktoberfest. Could drink this all night.. .

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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 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 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 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 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 twage04
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear deep orange with medium-high carbonation. Aroma is a little grainy with some noble hops coming through. Taste is fairly toasty/malty a hint of skunk maybe, some noble hops. A little sweet but balanced by the toasty malt on the back end. Overall a solid offering, better than average I'd say.

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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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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,558 ratings.
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