The History of Oktober Fest-Märzen
Bavarians have been celebrating the harvest with beer festivals since before the 1400s. Märzen is brewed in March to be ready for the September and October beer festivals.
Rich, golden color. Slightly sweet, malty nose. Medium to big body and alcohol. Soft dryness from long maturation.
Tellerfleisch (boiled beef), pretzels and radishes, goulash with dumplings, clam chowder, bock-wurst, weiner schnitzel, roasted chicken, pork, and sauerkraut. Traditionally served in tall earthenware or glass mugs.
"Top-rated - Number One of 55 Oktoberfest/Märzen Beers Blind-Tasted & Ranked," Paste Magazine, September 13, 2016
Chicago Tribune: "Oktoberfest Pick," September 1, 2016
NBC TV, New York City: Oktoberfest (video) with NBC TV and John Holl, September 18, 2016
"World's Top Oktoberfest," Ratebeer.com (Feb. 2015 )
Five out of Five Mugs - "We rated Ayinger October Fest-Marzen the “best of the fests” a few years ago and we stand by that judgment. This 5.8% beer remains tops in its class. " Modern Brewery Age, Sept. 30, '14.
"Best Märzen and Oktoberfest Beers," SeriousEats.com, October 2014
93 points, The Beer Connoisseur Magazine, Fall 2014.
"Best Oktoberfest Beers," Men's Journal Magazine, September, 2014
"Best Fall Lager," Paste Magazine, Oct. 5, 2013 .
Fox News - "Top-Ten Oktoberfest Beer", Sept. 2013.
Gold Medal "Top-Rated Märzen/Oktoberfest" - World Beer Championships 2012.
Five out of Five Mugs - "Best of the fests." Modern Brewery Age, Oct. '11
Best International Lager - Calgary (AB) Beerfest 2009.
Gold Medal and Top-Rated Vienna/Märzen -World Beer Championships 2006.
Gold Medal - World Beer Championships 2005.
Gold Medal and "Best of 2003" - World Beer Championships 2003.
Gold Medal Vienna/Märzen - World Beer Championships 2001, 2002.
Platinum Medal & World Champion Vienna Märzen -World Beer Championships 1997.
Product Sizes and Quantities
- Four-packs of 11.2 oz. (330 ml) bottles / six 4-packs per case
- 16.9-ounce (500 ml) bottles / 20 per case
- 30-liter kegs
ABV: 5.8% - OG: 1.054 - IBU: 21
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, hops, yeast.
Nutritional info: Serving Size - 12 oz. (355 ml). Calories: 215; Total Fat 0 g (0% Daily Value); Sodium 5 mg; Total Carbohydrates 14 g (4.3% DV); Sugars 0 g; Protein 2.1 g (4% DV). (Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet.)