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Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Aying, Germany
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Ayinger Oktober Fest Märzen has a deep golden color tinted with amber. It is lightly sweet with a malty nose balanced with floral hops. Its medium to big body and alcohol is not overpowering. The soft dryness comes from long maturation.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 14, 2004
My first Octoberfest beer, and I really enjoyed it. The head lasts, and the aroma was like honey and flowers. Slight note of alcohol, but seems to add the beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Pours a murky yellow-green the color of almost dry hay and smells roughly the same way. The typical billowy head with good retention and lace that sheets, leaving the inside of the glass looking like a victim of tectonic drift. Smells pretty floral with a touch of alcohol. Finishes clean and dry. Good firm body. Very slightly spicy to complement the sweet. An interesting Octoberfest, perhaps a little past its prime in January.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Pretty good Octoberfest. Nothing special, but nothing offensive. Kind of on the light. Color was an orange-copper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 One of my new favorite oktoberfests. A bit on the light side, as it is a light copper color, but still looked nice, as the head lasted a while. Aroma is of munich malts with no hop aroma. Flavor is very rich with malt and backed up by just a slight bitterness at the end. Medium to slight body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Good and sweet. I'm not absolutely blown away, because I think it could use a bit more body, but good complexity of flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Bottle: mostly malt in the nose. Dark gold to amber appearance with a nice white head. Oddly creamy mouthfeel. Didn't look so carbonated, but it did feel like it. Nice malty flavor. I like this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StoutOrDeath (121) - USA - DEC 14, 2003
Nice beer. I had quite a few of these. Lagers are the second best beer in the world. This one is pretty darned good. Be nice if they were more easily available.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Clear sparkling amber with a very nice white frothy head. The aroma is very German, malt with hints of floral hops. Flavor is quite nice, balanced maltiness with a dose of sweetness. The body is medium and smooth. Very nice marzen.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3176) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Wow, this is one complex Oktoberfest. Pours yellow-orange, with a medium white head. Bready caramel aroma, with alcohol notes evident. Rich and luscious flavor: bready caramel with strong mustiness, light fruitiness that becomes sweet and notable as the beer warms, and alcohol notes. Almost reminiscent of an amber ale. Nicely carbonated. A delicious example of the style.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 (Bottle) Pours an orangish-amber with a thick foamy head. Okay Oktoberfest brew, expected much more from an Ayinger brew.


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