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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Name – Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Country – Germany
Type – Marzen

I love the marzens during the fall.  You can have your pumpkin beers but just give me a nice sweet, malty Oktoberfest beer and I will enjoy my fall months just fine.

A couple years ago I found my favorite, and typical go to, marzen in Spaten Oktoberfest.  Hell I have the remnants of a 12 pack in my fridge right now.  So I was excited to try another one of the big named German brewer’s marzens.  For today’s review I drink Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen.

I poured the bottle into my Spaten Oktoberfest glass to find a clear orangish/amber colored liquid.  A big bubbly white head formed on top and decided to stick around for a good while.  It even left some lacing on the glass as a reminder that it was there.

The nose is greeted with sweet malts as you would expect.  There is a grainy backing in the smell as well to round it out nicely.

First sip is very nice.  Sweet malts and caramel.  A bready character adds to the body.  It then has some traces of spices on the back.  It finishes clean and crisp.

So what is there to say about Ayinger’s version?  I freaking love it!  I still love you Spaten but Ayinger is now my favorite marzen.  This beer is just so smooth and full of flavor.  I wish the Oktoberfest in Lake Worth had this on tap instead of the *cringe* Beck’s Oktoberfest.

So this should from what I understand be a pretty easy to find beer for most, especially the folks in South Florida.  So go out and buy this and enjoy it with some schnitzel, potato pancakes and a person you love.  Because this beer is one you should love as well.

Grade – A

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  • Reply Casey (EvilTwin)

    Just had this at Coffee District on Saturday. I’m still partial to Pumpkin beers and the Fall, but this beer I really enjoyed.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Scott-TheBrewClub

    This was my favorite Marzen as well. Ayinger makes some very tasty brews!

    October 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    • Reply Mike

      I agree Scott. I haven’t had anything bad from them.

      October 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Sam Cavero

    Hey Mike,

    We had the Ayinger this past Saturday for my b-day party. We picked up two of them bad boys at Sunset Corners, very good stuff, it’s definitely on par with the Spaten (which we also love). Good write up man.


    October 27, 2010 at 9:54 am
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