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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: 1268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Has a cloudy amber color and malty smell. The taste has a crisp bitterness and finishes the same, but sort of empty. It seems to be lacking any body. Overall, not the best beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
Bottle. A murky amber orange color. The nose has some true spice (cinnamon, ginger) to add to the heavy malt. A good dry, malty, citrus, and spice flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Golden peach color. Small head. Nice, strong wheat, malt nose. This is a good marzen, not as malty as some other Oktoberfests, but overall rather good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1821) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2002
Orange in color with an average off-white head with good lacing. Body is sparklingly clear. Aroma is moderately malty and smells of sugary cereal and dough with hints of honey. Initial flavor is moderately sweet and finishes less sweet with medium bitterness. Lively carbonation, with a light and airy finish. I started October with a great Oktoberfest!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Fine peach-gold color with a creamy white head---speckled lace...Aroma quite light and slightly sweet, like some tree fruits...Mellow sweet malt front with slightly roastier undertones in tow...Equally mellow hop top-end and characterisitic mild spiciness in finish are all expertly proportioned, and flavors seem to be released in a one, two, three sequence---an amusing sensation! This has good body compared to most Marzens, and fine mouthfeel which owes (in part) to very restrained carbonation...This is as smooth a beer as one will find in this style...Thoroughly enjoyable...Get it while you can!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Very nice head and lacing with some light hops in the nose. The flavor is classic Maerzen--good caramel, balanced sweetness with roasted dryness for definition. Maybe not as much of the darker amber malts as in Spaten, but the finish is much longer. This is actually more comparable to some American Octoberfests (Victory and Dominion) rather than the richer or wortier Spaten and Paulaner.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2002
Damn near prototypical Festbier. Light, sweet bready/malty flavor, with a very dry finish. The definite Saaz hop kick separates it a bit from other Festbier, but is a welcome addition.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2002
Great maltiness in the body with a slight sweetness. Definitely one of my favorite Oktoberfests.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2514) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Pours with an abundant white, creamy and rocky foam. Subdued aromas of apricot, caramel, and toasted bread notes. Medium-full palate. Toffeeish firmness is lacking slightly. Notes of peach, straw, prunes, and potent residual sugars. Decent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
RE-RATE: Damn it, I was *sure* I hadn’t had this one before. This is like the third time in as many weeks I’ve thought I had a new beer only to discover otherwise. Good thing I tried it again, I liked it a lot more this time around, perhaps it’s the season? The taste of Autumn is crisp and evident in this beer. The leafy malt profile is very satisfying and this is perhaps the best Oktoberfest I’ve had so far. ORIGINAL RATING 7/12/02: 3.2/5.0 Well, it had a nice head, but it doesn’t come close to their Celebrator or their Ur-Weiss.


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