MetalNHopHead (2182) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 1, 2014
For the style, this is about as smooth and flavorful as this beer can get. Ayinger’s brew is rich, malty, and sweet. However, there’s a bit of hoppy spice to give this brew a crisp, clean finishing note. As drinkable as it is beautiful, Oktober Fest-Marzen is a fantastic option for bratwurst and rich meats. 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.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2003
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).
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. Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 Big white foamy head out of the bottle, a little lacing. Liquid Gold in color. In my opinion, not as good as Capital Fest or Leinenkugel Oktoberfest. My Opinion. Smooth drinkable marzen very tasty. I like it. lcwakshul (244) - Chester, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2010
500 mL bottle. Thought I loved Sam’s Octoberfest, but it doesn’t compare as far as flavor profile. The depth of flavors in this Marzen is incredible. I’m ready to go to Germany now for the real deal. Can’t even describe in words. Wish it was easier to find around here. I had to order it through my bar and make it the beer of the month, but they ran out after I got my first and only case. Will start earlier next year.
musinj6 (510) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Very crisp, rich aroma. Pours gold with medium head, has a toasted taste with moderate carbonation. Mild hop flavor with woody hints. Very tasty Oktoberfest. One of my favorites. illiniphil (148) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
This is my favorite Oktoberfest beer. Pours a medium copper with an off-white one finger head. Nice balance with between the hops and lightly roasted malts. Appropriate carbonation and great overall appearance.
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Malts, sweet, a little hops. Caramel, bready, toasty. Very balanced. Tastes similar. Remarkably balanced, very smooth. Nice ending, perfect amount of sweetness
Great way to start Oktoberfest!!!!!! Stephen_S (20) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
This beer brings me back to the time I was travelling on a train from Salzburg to Munich for the 2012 Oktoberfest. On the train I met a few locals and I decided to challenge the Germans to a beer drinking contest. By the time the first German hit the ground drunk I was about 6 liters deep and they were somewhere on their 4th and 5th. The weather was great that day tytm12 (3) - Peru, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2014 does not count
If you have traveled Europe and the U.S. sampling the best marzen beers available.... you know the German quality is easily superior and this beer being one of the best overall.