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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7971) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2003
On draught at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Columbus, OH. This beer is a hazy bright amber color with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma is a fair amount of malt along with a bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a lot of malt from the get-go. The beer does seem to get a little spicier and hoppier toward the end of the glass. The finish is light and a little hoppy. This is a good seasonal from Ayinger.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 This beer is so good it was so fresh. I had it off a keg at a festival. Really enjoyable. Golden in color. Little sweet. Well balanced by malt and hops. Not a overpowering beer. If you are a fan of the fall and octoberfest, then get this beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2003
If you want this beer, this is the time. Just off the boat, the beer was super fresh, had outstanding head retention and aroma, which is sometimes unusual for German bottled beer. The head stayed to the last drop, like it should. Malt flavor ranks right up their with the Paulaner/Hacker bunch. This beer is why Ayinger is one of the best and why Fall is my favorite beer season.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
fantastic. Nice rusty color. Good flavor in the malts. Caramel flavor is very good. Sweet but not overpowering. A great beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Copper color. Sweet malty nose. Full malty/sweet palate. Easy drinker. Low hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 I liked this one.Nice typical oct-fest smell(sweet malts-tease of hops)Poured out w/ a huge frothy head/some lace.Tasted good but had some cloying tastes in there(somewhat metallic-herbal weirdness)candy apple isn't too far off if you use your imagination.Nice dry finish.Best festbier i've had this year thus far...

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Draft at Kahdet Kasvot. What a magnificently tasty malty-grainy-toffee, superbly attenuated, crisp and satisfying pint of liquid bread. If only other lager brewers could so consistently pull off such a flawless libation.

500 mL bottle, pint glass. Gigantic, frothy, off-white head is mostly diminishing. Beautiful orange body appears to be of medium consistancy. Hazy appearance from tiny, dense particles. Slight caramel and apple aroma. Yum...candied apples. Flowery hops and doughy yeast aromas. Flavor starts mod. sweet / mod. bitter and finishes mod. bitter with no acidity. A note of honey arrives in the finish. Light carbonation accompanies a watery body with a light / medium consistancy. Flavors are pleasant, but too subdued.

Rerate: 9/7/03 Rerating with an in-season bottle. The big difference here is the malt. Much bigger malt with a fresh bottle. Old rating was (7,3,6,3,12=3.1).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Pours hazey orange, with a massive head. Active beer. Malty aroma with carmel and maybe some herbs?? smooth malt flavor, toasty, with a bit of hops spice. Sweet finish. Very enjoyable, but too sweet in the end...would have preferred a lighter body or some more bitterness or both.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Hazy dark straw body, uniform off white head, glossy. Lots of fast rising carbonation. Light caramel pale malts, floral hops and earthy tones. A faint ester presence. Mild bitterness. Initially full body with a lively palate. Sweet and citrucy, some cloying, a hint of spice. Light cereal grain finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Pours a pretty hazy light orange color with a large white head. The aroma was different...malty, sweet, lightly hoppy, but I'll go along with per and say that there was a spaghetti character there. The flavor was lightly hoppy, with a malty core...very satisfying. Bubbly, almost fizzy, feel rounded out a great Marzen experience.


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